Tamil Nadu B.Tech Admissions 2021 (TNEA): Dates, Merit/Rank List, Seat Allotment, Eligibility, Application Form

Sakunth Kumar
Sakunth KumarPublished On: December 03, 2020

Find out all about B.Tech entrance exams, eligibility, selection process, fees important dates, and information on some of the best B.Tech colleges in Tamil Nadu here.

Tamil Nadu B.Tech Admissions 2021 (TNEA): Dates, Merit/Rank List, Seat Allotment, Eligibility, Application Form

Tamil Nadu is one of the popular states in India for pursuing B.Tech. There are around 560 engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu, which offer diverse specialisations in Bachelor of Engineering (B.E) or B.Tech (Bachelor of Technology). Directorate of Technical Education (Tamil Nadu) is responsible for conducting centralised and online counselling process for B.Tech in Tamil Nadu. B. Tech admission process in Tamil Nadu is called TNEA (Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions).

Lakhs of students compete for B.Tech admission in government or private engineering colleges and state universities across the state. Tamil Nadu has numerous deemed universities (private), which offer B.Tech admission based on entrance test or Class 12 merit. The online B.Tech admission process of Tamil Nadu is not complex and offers flexibility to students. All the details pertaining to TNEA 2021 or Tamil Nadu B.Tech admissions 2021 such as TNEA important dates, B.Tech eligibility criteria, selection process and application procedure can be checked here.

TNEA Application Form 2021TNEA Counselling Process 2021
List of Documents Required for TNEA Counselling 2021TNEA Random Number 2021
List of TNEA Participating Colleges 2021TNEA Rank List 2021

About Tamil Nadu B.Tech Admissions 2021

B.Tech admission process in Tamil Nadu, i.e., TNEA begins in the third or last week of May. Usually, DTE initiates the admission process only after the announcement of Class 12 results. TNEA process involves different stages, and the entire counselling process is online. For the benefit of students, DTE sets up facilitation centres in all the districts across the state where students can submit the online application form without relying on internet centres. The varsity releases the list of facilitation centres a week before the commencement of TNEA. The official notification for TNEA 2021 will be released in May 2021.

Entrance Exams Accepted by Tamil Nadu Engineering Colleges 2021

Tamil Nadu state government does not conduct any entrance exam for B.Tech admissions in Tamil Nadu. The students are given admission based on merit in Class 12. Students who wish to secure admission in government or private engineering colleges across the state can apply for the centralised counselling process, i.e., Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA). Private deemed universities conduct separate entrance exams for B.Tech admissions. Some of the popular entrance exams conducted by deemed universities are –

  • SRM Deemed University conducts SRMJEE for B.Tech admissions
  • VIT Deemed University conducts VITEEE for B.Tech admissions
  • Hindustan Deemed University conducts HITSEEE for B.Tech admissions
  • JEE Main (accepted by private deemed universities and private engineering colleges)

Eligibility Criteria for B.Tech Admissions in Tamil Nadu 2021

Tamil Nadu B.Tech aspirants must satisfy the below eligibility norms for securing B.Tech admission. The aspirants must note that the online application submitted by students will be accepted for admission/ counselling process only if he/ she satisfies the below eligibility criteria.

Nativity Rules/ Domicile Rules

  • Tamil Nadu residents or students who have studied Class 8 – 12 in the state are eligible for the admission process, and these candidates can claim state government reservation policies, scholarship scheme or concession seat. These students are not required to enclose the Nativity Certificate along with the applications.
  • Students who have studied Class 8 – 12 outside Tamil Nadu can also apply for admission only if his/ her parents are the natives or residents of Tamil Nadu. These students must enclose the ‘Nativity Certificate’ along with the application form.
  • Only the above students are eligible for communal reservation in Tamil Nadu.
  • Students from other states can apply for B.Tech admissions in Tamil Nadu. However, these students will have a chance to secure admission in private engineering colleges subject to the availability of seats.

Academic Qualification

  • Students aspiring to secure B.Tech admission in Tamil Nadu must have passed Class 12 with Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry as the main subjects.
  • Students with Biology/ Biotechnology can also apply for specific courses in B.Tech like Biotechnology etc.

Minimum Qualifying Marks

  • The minimum qualifying marks required in Class 12 for B.Tech admission in Tamil Nadu is as follows –
  1. General Category – 50%
  2. SC/ ST/ SCA – 40%
  3. BC – 45%
  4. DNC & MBC – 40%

Tamil Nadu Engineering Admission Important Dates 2021

Directorate of Technical Education will release the important dates related to TNEA. Given below are the dates regarding Tamil Nadu Engineering admission 2021:



TNEA online application process commencement date

To be Notified

TNEA online application process closing date

To be Notified

Allotment of Random Number

To be Notified

Publication of Merit List

To be Notified

Counselling Process

To be Notified

Supplementary CounsellingTo be Notified
Last date of CounsellingTo be Notified

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Tamil Nadu Engineering (B.E/ B.Tech) Admission Procedure 2021

The engineering (B.E/ B.Tech) admission procedure of Tamil Nadu is completely online. Students must take part in TNEA counselling process in order to secure admission in B.Tech/ B.E courses offered by Tamil Nadu engineering colleges. On the other hand, the chances of getting admission in the preferred engineering colleges are based on options filled in the candidates in the choice entry. Some of the important guidelines that candidates must remember with regard to Tamil Nadu engineering (B.E/ B.Tech) admission procedure –

  • You will have fair chances to get admission only if you choose choices/ options based on your TNEA rank/ aggregate marks. It is also advisable to check previous year cutoff/ opening and closing ranks of colleges to get better clarity.
  • For example, if you choose the institutions that have rank or cutoff higher than your aggregate marks or score, the chances of getting admission in that particular institution will be less.
  • Therefore, choose the college that has cutoff or rank at par with your aggregate marks or rank. There is a 100% chance of getting admission in engineering courses.
  • TNEA web portal will have details pertaining to opening and closing ranks of the participating colleges. Students will have adequate time to refer the information and take a decision regarding the choice filling or option entry.

Before the commencement of the counselling process, Anna University releases the merit list of the candidates eligible for B.Tech admission in Tamil Nadu. The merit list will have the name of the candidate, category, rank, and normalised score. Based on the merit list, the candidates can refer to the opening and closing ranks of colleges and cutoff score so that they can choose the best options during the counselling process. The Tamil Nadu B.Tech admission process is also bound to the reservation policy.

Tamil Nadu B.Tech Selection Process 2021

The B.Tech selection process of Tamil Nadu begins the preparation of merit/ rank list based on different factors. The selection of candidates for B.Tech admission in Tamil Nadu is purely based on the merit/ rank of the candidates as per the merit/ rank list. The selection of candidates is as follows –

Admission to General and Reserved Category: The selection of candidates for B.Tech admission under General Category will be based on the marks secured in the prescribed subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. The marks secured in these subjects will be reduced to 200 (Physics+ Chemistry = 100 and Mathematics = 100).

Normalisation of Marks and Inter-Se Merit: For the method of normalisation, highest marks secured by the students in relevant subjects in Tamil Nadu board exams will be equated with the highest marks scored by the candidates in same subjects in board exams of other states. After the normalisation process, the qualified students will be merged into a common merit list.

Tamil Nadu B.Tech Admission Reservation Policy 2021

B.Tech/ B.E seats in Tamil Nadu engineering colleges are distributed across different categories. The distribution of seats can be checked here –

Name of the Category

Percentage of Seats Reserved



BC – Muslim


Open Competition






SC (Arunthatiyars)


Most Backward Class and Denotified Communities


Quota for Special Reservation Categories

Apart from the above, separate seats are applicable for special reservation categories in Tamil Nadu. Only Tamil Nadu natives are eligible under special reservation categories. The list of categories and the number of engineering seats reserved for these categories is given below –

Name of the Category

Total Number of Seats Reserved

Daughters/ Sons of Freedom Fighters


Daughters/ Sons of Ex-Servicemen


Visually Impaired/ Hearing Impaired/ Orthopedically Differently Abled Persons

3% (1% for each category)

Eminent Sports Persons


Documents Required for B.Tech Admission in Tamil Nadu

The candidates must upload the following documents along with the TNEA online application form –

  • HSC (Class 12) Hall Ticket
  • Class 10 & 12 Mark Sheet
  • Transfer Certificate (TC)
  • Category Certificate (only for reserved categories)
  • Nativity Certificate (only for some students – refer eligibility criteria section)

TNEA Rank List 2021

Directorate of Technical Education - Tamil Nadu releases the rank list of TNEA (Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions). All the candidates who featured in the TNEA rank list are eligible for admission in B.E/ B.Tech course in Tamil Nadu. The TNEA rank list is usually released in the last week of June. The rank list of TNEA can be downloaded through the official website of TNEA.

Tamil Nadu B.Tech Counselling Process 2021

Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), Tamil Nadu will start counselling process in July 2021. The student must register and pay for the counselling process. Students can exercise the choice-filling option for round 1 in the second week of July 2021, and for round 2, from the third week of July 2021. Round 1 seat allotment result is usually released in the second week of July itself and round 2 results are declared in the third week of July. TNEA will conduct four rounds of counselling and seat allotment.

The entire TNEA counselling process involves different stages, and the same can be checked below:

Registration: Candidates will have to open the TNEA website to register for the counselling process. For registration purpose, the candidates need a valid E-Mail ID and Mobile Number. At this step, the candidates must enter other details such as Religion, Nativity, and Address for Communication etc. The login id and password will be generated after the submission of the above details.

Candidates who do not have internet facility must visit the nearest facilitation centre for registration with all the details, documents and counselling fee.

Application Fee Payment: The candidates must pay the TNEA application fee to take part in the counselling process. The TNEA application fee for reserved categories is Rs. 250 and Rs. 500 for General category.

The TNEA application fee can be paid in online mode by using Credit/ Debit Card/ Internet Banking. Candidates who are present at the facilitation centre can pay the application fee to the officer. After fee payment, an online receipt will be generated.

Application Form Filling: TNEA online application form will be activated after the counselling fee payment. Here, the candidates must fill academic and personal details. If you are present at the facilitation centre, please carry all the academic certifications so that it will help the computer operator to fill all the details in the application form.

Application Submission: Check the details entered in the online application form before clicking on the ‘Submit’ button. If you are sure that all the details entered in the application form are correct, submit and take the printout of the application form.

Random Number: A random number will be generated after the submission of the application. Candidates can check the random number on the printout copy of application form. The random number will be useful during the certificate verification process and tie-breaking.

Verification of Certificates: Candidates who submit TNEA online application form must be present at the nearest facilitation centre for certificate verification. The candidates must report to the centre first and register their names along with random numbers. The candidates will be called accordingly for certificate verification. It is mandatory to carry all the required documents for certificate verification. The admission authority will confirm the details of candidates only after the certificate verification.

Declaration of Merit/ Rank List: With a few days after the completion of the certificate verification process, TNEA authority will release a merit/ rank list that comprises the name of the candidates, category, rank, and normalised score. Candidates who feature in TNEA merit/ rank list are allowed to take part in choice entry/ option entry process.

Online Choice Filling/ Option Entry: The candidates must log in to the TNEA website and fill the option entry form. The list of colleges, cutoff, opening, and closing ranks will be published on the official website, and the candidates are advised to fill the options only after referring the cutoff and ranks (opening and closing ranks) of colleges. It is advisable to fill the maximum number of options to improve the chances of securing admission. (Please refer admission procedure section for more details).

The initial process of TNEA counselling ends with option entry. The most important stage in the counselling process is seat allotment.

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Tamil Nadu B.Tech Seat Allotment Process 2021

Within a few days after the choice entry/ option entry, TNEA authority releases the seat allotment on its official website. Candidates must log in and check the seat allotment. The candidates will see the name of the course and course allotted on the screen. Here, the candidates will have three options to choose from:

I Agree and Confirm the Current Allotment: If the candidates are satisfied with the seat allotment, they can tick on ‘I Agree and Confirm the Current Allotment’ option. These candidates will not be allowed to take part in the next rounds of TNEA counselling process.

I Decline Current Allotment and Move to the Next Round: If the candidates are not satisfied with the seat allotment, they can tick on ‘I Decline Current Allotment and Move to the Next Round’. These candidates will be allowed to take part in the next rounds of the TNEA counselling process.

I Decline Current Allotment and Quit Counselling: candidates who wish to quit TNEA counselling can click on this option. These candidates will be neither considered for the next rounds of TNEA counselling nor seat allotment.

After selecting any one of the above options, read the declaration and click on the ‘I Agree’ button. Candidates who accepted the allotment will have to deposit the initial admission fee to confirm admission. The initial admission fee for General category is Rs. 5000 and Rs. 1,000 for reserved categories.
There are 4 rounds of seat allotment for TNEA. The result is released in the online mode and candidates can visit the official website for checking the provisional results. Candidates who have been allotted seats need to confirm their seats by the last week of July 2021

Finally, the candidates must take the printout of seat allotment letter and initial fee payment receipt. Report to the respective colleges with all the relevant documents along with seat allotment letter and fee receipt. Pay the remaining first-year B.E/ B.Tech fee at the college within the stipulated dates.

Top B.Tech Colleges in Tamil Nadu 2021

Approximately, 563 B.Tech colleges participate in TNEA counselling process for B.Tech admissions. Here is the list of some of the top engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu that participate in TNEA counselling process –

Name of the College

Saveetha School of Engineering - Chennai
Aarupadi Veedu Institute of Technology (AVIT) - Chennai
Vel Tech - Chennai
Bharat Institute of Higher Education and Research (BIHER)
Kumaraguru College of Technology

University Departments of Anna University (MIT Campus, SAP Campus, ACT Campus and CGE Campus)

Government College of Technology, Coimbatore

Coimbatore Institute of Technology

Vel Tech Multi Tech Dr. Rangarajan Dr. Sakunthala Engineering College

St. Peter's College of Engineering and Technology

Kings Engineering College

Rajalakshmi Engineering College

Loyola Institute of Technology

Apollo Engineering College

John Bosco Engineering College

Meenakshi Sundararajan Engineering College

Adhiparasakthi Engineering College

Sri Krishna Engineering College

Balaji Institute of Engineering and Technology

Pollachi Institute of Engineering and Technology

PSG Institute of Technology and Applied Research

K.S.R. College of Engineering (Autonomous)

CMS College of Engineering

Salem College of Engineering and Technology

Hindustan College of Engineering and Technology (Autonomous)

Krishnasamy College of Engineering and Technology

E.G.S. Pillay Engineering College (Autonomous)

Trichy Engineering College

Sri Bharathi Engineering College for Women

Stella Mary's College of Engineering

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