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Tamil Nadu Engineering Admission (TNEA) is the process through which more than 1.5 lakh engineering aspirants get themselves enrolled into engineering colleges of Tamil Nadu through single window counselling.


Counselling Procedure

About TNEA

The Government of Tamil Nadu entrusted Anna University to conduct Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions in a transparent way. Anna University designed, developed, and adopted TNEA Single Window Counselling process to ensure that engineering aspirants get admission into engineering colleges of Tamil Nadu transparently.

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  1. Application Issue & Submission
  2. Application Scrutiny
  3. Random Number and Rank Publication
  4. Counselling Call Letter
  5. Single Window Counselling

Application Issue & Submission

TNEA process starts with the issuing of the applications forms. Anna University issues TNEA applications usually around the second week of May but it may differ based upon the publication of the 10+2 results every year. The date of issue of application forms will be publicized in all leading dailies and other media ( would be an authentic source of information). All the engineering aspirants who wish for an engineering seat need to obtain this application form from their nearest application issuing venue and submit it duly filled. The application form includes a coding sheet, application form, instruction booklet and list of all engineering colleges booklet.

The number in the coding sheet is the candidate’s application number and any reference to a candidate’s application can be made only with the application number. The candidate can collect the application form from many avenues across major cities that would be published in the leading dailies duly informed through the media.

Application Scrutiny

Application scrutiny is an internal process that starts after the application submission. The coding sheets filled by the candidate will be scanned by special machines and the data will be fed to the computer for further processing. Therefore, it is highly essential that the coding sheet provided to the candidate is filled up meticulously. The data in the coding sheet is final in case there is a contradiction between the data provided in the printed application form and coding sheet.The scanned data from the coding sheet is then verified with the application data along with supporting documents attached. Any data requiring supporting documents not enclosed will be nullified. So the candidate needs to be very careful in ensuring that all the necessary documents are enclosed.

Random Number and Rank Publication

The candidate satisfying all the rules put forth now and then by Government of Tamil Nadu will be described in TNEA booklet. The candidate should satisfy all the minimum eligibility criteria like minimum eligibility mark as per the Government of Tamil Nadu described in the TNEA booklet. One of the main eligibility criteria is the minimum eligibility mark and it is the sum of marks obtained in Physics, Chemistry and Maths divided by sum of maximum marks in Physics, Chemistry and Maths.

Aggregate mark or cut-off mark is the sum of Physics mark obtained scaled to 50, Chemistry mark obtained scaled to 50 and Maths mark obtained scaled to 100. Thus the maximum aggregate or cut-off mark is 200. All the marks obtained from different board of studies will be normalized as described in the TNEA instruction booklet.The candidates are ranked based on the aggregate mark or cut-off mark. The ranked candidates will be grouped into counselling sessions ordered by rank and in turn each counselling session will be ordered rank wise. Eventually many candidates will have same aggregate mark leading to tie, which should be broken to ensure unique ranking. The following rules mentioned below is used to break the tie:

  1. If two candidates have the same aggregate marks, the candidate with higher Maths mark will be ranked above
  2. If the Maths Mark is same, then a higher Physics mark would break the tie
  3. If the Maths and Physics mark are same, then the Chemistry mark would be eventually same. The fourth optional subject mark would break the tie.
  4. If the fourth optional subject marks are also same then the candidate’s date of birth will be considered. Elder candidate gets the benefit of being ranked above.
  5. If the date of birth is also same, then a 10-digit random number assigned to each candidate decides the ranking. A candidate with the highest random number will be ranked above the other.

A random number is a number generated by a process, whose outcome is unpredictable, and which cannot be subsequently reliably reproduced. Before ranking, after the application scrutiny, a random number will be assigned to every candidate. In order to make this random number assignment transparent, it will be assigned in public amidst the media and will subsequently be published in the TNEA website. Along with the random number, the raw data captured from the coding sheet and verified during scrutiny will be published. After random number assignment, the rank list will be prepared and published in the website. Usually, re-evaluation marks will be released after the publication of TNEA rank list. In which case, the candidate’s marks if revised, their marks and rank will be updated on production of authenticated supporting documents. In which case, the candidate can attend the counselling by his/her revised rank and revised date of counselling calculated by the candidate itself subject to scrutiny and approval of TNEA administrators.

Counselling Call Letter

The candidates will be ranked and called for counselling based on the rank as described above. A call letter containing the date of counselling for the particular candidate for allotment of seats will be sent to the communication address. The counselling date will also be published on the TNEA website during publication of rank. The candidates may also find their counselling dates published in the leading dailies and in TNEA website.

Single Window Counselling

At the day of counselling, TNEA follows a procedure as indicated below:

    1. The candidate has to remit the sum towards conduction of counselling in the Bank counter and receive a bank receipt or challan after submitting their call letter. The candidates will be allowed to remit the sum well before their counselling session so as to avoid crowding at the last hour.The challan will contain the candidate’s ranking in the respective counselling session along with other information.
    2. The candidate accompanied with one person with the bank challan will be allowed at the allotted time. Entering the briefing hall, each candidate’s attendance will be marked for that counselling session. The candidates will then be briefed about the order in which they should arrange the certificates and procedures that will follow.
    3. The candidate’s certificates and supporting documents in original format will be verified. TNEA can reject a candidate if the certificates or supporting documents were not original or any discrepancies are found. The candidates upon successful verification will be allowed into the counselling hall.
    4. The candidates will then be called according to the session rank before the terminal for counselling. The candidates can now choose a seat from the available seats. They can make three choices. Based upon the session rank, choices will be confirmed. The candidates are encouraged to have at least a list of 5-10 choices either college wise or branch of study wise. The choice may be made by visiting the particular college and getting feedback from the faculty and students of the respective preferred college. Moreover, those choices may become unavailable on the respective candidate's counselling day due to some other higher ranked candidate opting for it. Therefore, the candidate has to keep track of the availability, posted on the TNEA website after every counselling session. Even on the day of counselling, the choices of a particular candidate may not be available, in which case, the candidate may track and re-prioritise his choices by monitoring the LIVE displays at the TNEA venue.
    5. After the seat is allotted, the respective candidate alone can collect the allotment order from the Allotment Order section. The candidates should verify that the course and college printed in the respective allotment order is the same as that of his choice.
    6. The candidate has to take this allotment order to the respective college and enrol for admission before the last date mentioned in the allotment order. 

The application can be obtained sufficiently before time so that the candidate can prepare all the necessary supporting documents in the proper format as required. Except marks all other data can be filled even before the publishing of marks.

Important Dates

Issue of applications will commence in the first week of May.


Anna University welcomes the candidates who desire to apply for Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions 2014 (TNEA 2014) and wishes them all success in their endeavour.

To facilitate the students who have completed their HSC / Equivalent Examinations for the submission of applications for TNEA 2014. The format of required certificates to be enclosed along with the applications hosted in the website as given below. 

Candidates may select the certificates which are relevant to them and get the certificates readily available, so as to enable them to submit the TNEA 2014 applications soon after the publication of HSC / Equivalent Examination results. 


Nativity Certificate
Tamil Nadu Native candidates who have not studied any one of VIII, IX, X, XI and XII Standard or whole in Tamil Nadu needs to submit Nativity Certificate along with the application for TNEA 2014. 


First Graduate tuition fee exemption
Tamil Nadu native candidates who are to be first graduate in a family, those who are attending counselling and joined in professional courses in Government / Aided and Self-Financing Engineering Colleges (for Government quota) alone are eligible
(If the applicant's brother or sister has already availed First Graduate Tuition Fee concession for studying Professional Courses, then the applicant is not eligible for such concession). 


Special Reservation
Tamil Nadu native candidates alone are eligible for the special reservation.

Son / Daughter of Ex-Serviceman - Certificate No. III
Son / Daughter of Freedom Fighters - Certificate No. IV
Medical certificate for Orthopedically Differently Abled persons - Certificate No. V
Medical certificate for Hearing Impaired - Certificate No. VI
Medical certificate for Visually Impaired - Certificate No. VII


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 Co-ordination Committee

The Government of Tamil Nadu vide G.O.(D) NO. 17 Higher Education (J2) Department Dated 24.01.2013 have constituted Co-ordination Committee for Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions and Tamil Nadu Common Admissions consisting of the following Members.

1. Prof. Dr. M. Rajaram Chairman
Anna University
Chennai - 600 025.

2. Thiru. Hemant Kumar Sinha, I.A.S. Member
  Principal Secretary to Government
Higher Education Department
Secretariat. Chennai - 600 009.

3. Thiru. Kumar Jayant, I.A.S. Member
  Commissioner of Technical Education
Chennai - 600 025.

4. Thiru. V.K. Jeyakodi, I.A.S. Member
  Member Secretary
Spofts Development Authority of Tamil Nadu
Chennai - 600 084.

5. Dr. R.G. Sukumar Member
  Secretary, Selection Committee
Medical Education, Kilpauk
Chennai - 600 010.

6. Dr. T. Senthamizh Selvi Member
Collegiate Education
Chennai - 600 006.

7. Thiru. K. Devarajan Member
Directorate of Government Examinations
Chennai - 600 006.

8. Dr. S. Ganesan Member
  Registrar i/c
Anna University
Chennai - 600 025.

9. Dr. P. Samraj Member
  Registrar i/c
Tamil Nadu Physical Education
and Sports University, Melakottaiyur
Vandalur, Chennai - 600 127.

10. Dr. G. Nagarajan Member
  Director (Admissions)
Anna University
Chennai - 600 025.

11. Dr. S. Rajendra Boopathy Member
  Director (E.E)
Anna University
Chennai - 600 025.

12. Dr. H. Khanna Nehemiah Member
  Deputy Director (Admissions)
Anna University
Chennai - 600 025.

13. Tmt. D. Latha Member
  Legal Co-ordinator
Anna University
Chennai - 600 025.

14. Dr. V. Rhymend Uthariaraj Member Secretary
  Secretary (TNEA/TANCA)
Anna University
Chennai - 600 025.



TNEA Contacts : 

The Secretary,
Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA),
Anna University,
Chennai - 600 025.


Phone 044 - 2235 8044 044 - 2235 8045
  044 - 2235 8265 044 - 2235 8266
  044 - 2235 8267 044 - 2235 8268


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