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TNEA Counselling 2023 - Seat Allotment Round 3 (Out), Dates, Process, Choice Filling, Participating Colleges

Sakunth Kumar
Sakunth KumarUpdated On: August 25, 2023 11:16 am IST

TNEA Round 3 Seat Allotment schedule is out and the last date for candidates to confirm allotment is August 26, 2023. Check the complete TNEA counselling 2023 details, such as important dates, process, web options and seat allotment here. 


TNEA Counselling

TNEA Counselling 2023 -TNEA Seat Allotment 2023 for Round 3 has been released at on August 25, 2023. Candidates must log in to the portal and confirm their allotment on or before August 26, 2023, 5 PM, failing which their allotment shall be cancelled. TNEA Counselling 2023 was conducted in three rounds. Following the final seat allotment and counselling, TNEA will release the cutoff marks for various participating colleges. 

Latest: TNEA Round 3 Tentative Allotment 2023 Released

Also Read: TNEA Round 3 Seat Matrix 2023

In Tamil Nadu, admission to BE/BTech courses is conducted through the online counselling process known as TNEA. There is no state-level entrance exam for admission in Tamil Nadu. Candidates who have passed or are appearing in the 10+2 exams can apply for TNEA counselling. The admission will be based on the candidates' marks in the relevant subjects: Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry. These marks will be reduced to a maximum of 200 (Maths - 100, Physics - 50, Chemistry - 50).

The TNEA 2023 counselling process consists of registration, assignment of random numbers, certificate verifications, publication of the rank list, and actual counselling. The counselling rounds involve steps like Choice Filling, Allotment, Confirmation of Allotment, Reporting to the College/TFC, and payment of fees based on their confirmation. To find comprehensive details about TNEA 2023 counselling, including application procedures, eligibility criteria, important dates, and the counselling process, please read further below.

TNEA 2023 Highlights

Candidates can check the key areas pertaining to TNEA 2023 from the table below.


Exam Name

Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions

Admission Frequency

Once a year

Courses Offered
  • The BE/BTech program is designed to span 4 academic years, consisting of 8 semesters. 
  • The BE program duration extends to 5 academic years, comprising 10 semesters.

Admission Mode



1.4 Lakhs (Approximate)

Accepting Colleges


Mode of Application


Application Fee

General- INR 500 Reserved- INR 250

Total Seats Offered

9450 (including govt. and private colleges)

Applications Per Year

1.4 lakh (approx.)

Official Website

TNEA 2023 DownloadsTNEA 2023 Information Brochure

TNEA Helpline

044-22351014 | 044-22351015

TNEA Counselling 2023 Dates

TNEA 2023 dates have been revisited and the updated dates can be found in the table below: 



Registration start date for TNEA 2023

May 5, 2023

Registration last date for TNEA

June 4, 2023

Last Date for Uploading DocumentsJune 9, 2023
TNEA Random Number 2023June 6, 2023

Certificate Verification by TFCs

June 5 to 20, 2023
Release of TNEA Rank List 2023June 26, 2023
TNEA Grievances Redressal 2023June 26 to 30, 2023
Round 1
Commencement of TNEA Choice FilingJuly 28, 2023 
Last date of Choice FillingJuly 30, 2023
Release of Tentative AllotmentJuly 31, 2023
Tentative Seat Allotment ConfirmationJuly 31 to August 1, 2023
Round 2
Commencement of TNEA Choice FilingAugust 9, 2023
Last date of Choice FillingAugust 11, 2023
Release of Tentative AllotmentAugust 12, 2023
Tentative Seat Allotment ConfirmationAugust 12 to 13, 2023
Round 3
TNEA Choice FilingAugust 24, 2023
Release of Tentative AllotmentAugust 25, 2023
Tentative Seat Allotment ConfirmationAugust 26, 2023 (Till 5 PM)

Also Check: TNEA 2023 List of Documents & Certificate Upload: Dates, Process, Digital Formats & Sizes

TNEA Counselling Process 2023

The counselling process of TNEA is divided into various stages, and the candidates must complete the required process in all the stages to be eligible for the seat allotment. The stages involved in TNEA counselling 2023 are as follows -

Stage 1


Stage 2

Certificate Verification (Online)

Stage 3

Publication of Rank List/ Merit List

Stage 4

Payment of Initial Deposit

Stage 5

Choice Filling

Stage 6


Stage 7

Confirmation of Allotment

Stage 8

Reporting to College/TFC and payment of fees depending upon their confirmation 

The candidates can check the detailed counselling process of TNEA for all the stages mentioned above here.

Stage 1 - Registration

The first stage in the counselling process of TNEA is registration. The candidates will have to complete the primary registration to be eligible for the counselling and seat allotment process. All the details pertaining to the registration process for TNEA 2023 have been explained in the article below. Please click on the link above for details.

The candidates must note that without registration, it is not possible to participate in the counselling process and seat allotment of TNEA.

Stage 2 - Certificate Verification

The second stage in the counselling process of TNEA is certificate verification. Unlike in 2021, the certificate verification process may be conducted offline in 2023.

Documents to be Produced for TNEA Certificate Verification 2023

The following documents must be produced for the TNEA certificate verification -

Class 10 Certificate/ Mark Sheet

Class 12 Certificate or Mark Sheet

Class 12 Hall Ticket

TC (Transfer Certificate)

Community Certificate (only for SC/ ST/ SCA/ BCM/ BC/ MBC & DNC)

Nativity Certificate (if required)

Income Certificate (if applicable)

First Graduate Certificate

Special Reservation Certificate (If applicable)

TNEA Application/ Registration Form

Stage 3 - Publication of Merit/ Rank List

The most important stage in the counselling process of TNEA is the publication of the merit list. The candidates must note that the merit list/ rank list is prepared on the basis of marks obtained in Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry.

Weightage for Each Subject in TNEA Rank List

The weightage given for each subject while preparing the rank list of TNEA is as follows -

Name of the Subject








How to Check TNEA Merit/ Rank List?

The candidates must note that the merit list was published on June 26, 2023, by TNEA. The candidates can visit the official website, i.e., to check the rank list by logging in using their username and password.

Only the candidates who feature in the rank list of TNEA will be eligible for further rounds of the counselling process. If the candidates find any discrepancy in the merit or rank list published by DTE, they can raise the objection. Such candidates need to contact the Office of the Secretary - TNEA, Directorate of Technical Education (Chennai).

After the publication of the merit list, the candidates will have one week to raise objections.

Stage 4 - Initial Payment

An official schedule for payment, choice filling and seat allotment will be published after the confirmation of the merit list. As per the schedule, the candidates will have to complete the initial payment. The detailed process for the same can be checked below.

What is TNEA Initial Payment?

The candidates will have to deposit a precautionary amount to participate in the choice filling. If the candidates do not get a seat in any of the four rounds of counselling, their payment will be refunded. The fee details are as follows -

Name of the Category

Initial Deposit


Rs. 5,000


Rs. 1,000

How to Pay TNEA Initial Fee?

There are two methods to complete the initial fee payment. The candidates can either pay the fee through the online payment gateway through the official website or by DD (Demand Draft).

Online Fee Payment

The candidates planning to pay the fee online will have to follow the below guidelines -

Step 1

The candidates will have to log in on the official website by using their e-mail ID and password.

Step 2

The personal details of the candidates will be displayed on the screen. Please crosscheck these details.

Step 3

After checking the personal details, click on ‘Next’

Step 4

You will be Payment Gateway 1, 2, 3, 4 on the screen. Click on any option to complete the payment.

Step 5

An E-Receipt will be displayed on the screen confirming the fee payment.

Offline Fee Payment

For offline fee payment, the candidates will have to follow the below guidelines -

Step 1

The candidates will have to draw a DD (Demand Draft) of Rs. 5000/ 1000 in favour of ‘The Secretary, TNEA’ payable at Chennai.

Step 2

The candidates will have to visit the Facilitation Centre.

Step 3

Submit the DD at the Facilitation Centre and get the confirmation receipt from the authority.

TNEA Choice Filling 2023

The next stage in the TNEA counselling process is choice filling. The candidates will have to exercise his/ her choices, i.e., he/ she should select the list of colleges in which they are aspiring for admission. The detailed process for the same can be checked below.

Step 1

The candidates will have to log in on the official website of TNEA.

Step 2

Click on the option that indicates ‘Add Choices’

Step 3

You will a list of colleges & courses along with their location and the total number of seats. Click on ‘Add’ if you want to choose any college.

Step 4

You can also select the district, branch through the dropbox on the screen. You can also search the college name in the search section and add the same as preference.

Step 5

Now, you can see all your choices under ‘My Choices’ section. You can change/ shuffle the choices (if required.

How to Choose the Relevant Choices in TNEA Counselling?

The candidates must be smart while filling choices in TNEA counselling 2023. The candidates must consider the following factors before filling choices -

Factor 1

Location Preference

Factor 2

College Reputation

Factor 3

Previous Year TNEA Cutoff of the Respective College

Factor 4

Total No. Of Seats Reserved for Each Category

Factor 5

Merit Position or Rank in TNEA

Stage 6 - Choice Locking

The next stage is Choice Locking. The candidates will have to lock his/ her choice once the filling is completed. The candidates are advised to crosscheck the filled choices before locking the same. The candidates can follow the steps mentioned below to lock the choices -

Step 1

First, the candidates need to click on My Choices and crosscheck the filled preferences

Step 2

Click on ‘Next’

Step 3

Tick the box that says ‘I have completed adding my preferential choices and hence lock my choices’.

Step 4

You will receive an OTP on your mobile via SMS

Step 5

Enter the OTP and click on ‘Lock Choices’.

Once the choices are locked, the candidates will not be allowed to edit the same. If the candidates do not receive the OTP, click on the ‘Resend OTP’ option. It is advisable to wait for at least two minutes for the OTP.

Stage 7 - Tentative Seat Allotment

Based on choices filled by the candidates, tentative seat allotment is published. The seat allotment will be made as per the following three factors -

  • The first choice in the preference list will be allocated
  • If the first choice is not allocated, the lower choice is allocated as per the community and rank of the candidates
  • If seat allotment is not possible as per the above two factors, the choice that is not filled by the candidates in the preference list will be allocated based on rank and community.

Stage 8 - Confirmation of Tentative Seat Allotment

After checking the seat allotment, the candidates will see three options -

Option 1

I Accept and Confirm the Choice Allot to me

Candidates choosing this option can accept the allotment and join the college/ wait for a better allotment in the next round. The allotted seat will remain until the candidates get a better allotment. This option is only for those candidates who have been allotted seats as per lower preference/ choice.

Option 2

I decline the current seat allotment and proceed to the next round.

Candidates choosing this choice will have no right on the seat allotted in the respective round and he/ she can participate in the next round for better seat allotment.

Option 3

I decline the current allotment and quit counselling

Candidates choosing this option will not be eligible for the further rounds of the TNEA counselling process.

After choosing any of the above options, the candidates will have to click on ‘Submit’ and ‘Confirm’.

Stage 9 - Final Seat Allotment

Once the candidates confirm the tentative seat allotment, the final seat allotment of TNEA will be published on the official website. The candidates will have to download the seat allotment order. It will have the details such as the Candidate’s Name, Rank, Overall/ Community Rank, College Name and Branch Name. Take the printout of the seat allotment order.

Stage 10 - Reporting

Reporting is the last stage in the counselling process of TNEA. The candidates who have been allotted admission through TNEA counselling will have to report to the respective college within the specified date. The candidates will have to carry the TNEA seat allotment order and the list of documents specified on the allotment order. Candidates who fail to report within the specified date must note that his/ her admission will stand cancelled.

If you are looking for direct B. Tech admission in Tamil Nadu, you can fill out the Common Application Form on CollegeDekho.

Participating Colleges of TNEA 2023

 There are around 500+ colleges in Tamil Nadu that accepts TNEA admission for BTech admission. Below is the list of top institutes which are accepting TNEA:

List of a few top institutes accepting TNEA

Total no. of seats

PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore


College of Engineering, Anna University, Chennai


Dr. Mahalingam College of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore (MCET) 


Madras Institute of Technology, Chennai


Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madhurai


Kumaraguru College of Technology, Coimbatore


Kongu Engineering College, Erode


Velammal Engineering College, Chennai


St.Joseph’s College of Engineering, Chennai


Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Coimbatore


Check: TNEA 2023 Registration & Application Form: Dates, Fees, Documents, Process

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Stay tuned to CollegeDekho for the latest TNEA news and updates.


When will be the TNEA Counselling 2023 conducted?

The TNEA Counselling 2023 is being conducted in from May 5 to August 3, 2023

Who conducts TNEA Counselling?

DTE (Directorate of Technical Education) Tamil Nadu conducts TNEA Counselling.

What are the different stages of the TNEA Counselling process?

The different stages of TNEA Counselling process include Registration, Certificate Verification, Publication of Rank List/ Merit List, Payment of Initial Deposit, Choice Filling, Choice Lock, Tentative Seat Allotment, Confirmation of Tentative Seat Allotment, Final Seat Allotment and reporting.

Is it compulsory to register for TNEA Counselling?

Yes, without registration, no candidates will be allowed to appear for the TNEA Counselling process.

What are the various documents to be produced for TNEA Counselling?

The various documents to be produced for TNEA Counselling include qualifying degree mark sheets, TNEA application form, hall ticket, transfer certificate and reservation certificate.

How will the merit list be prepared for TNEA Counselling?

The merit list for TNEA Counselling will be prepared on the basis of marks obtained in Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry.

What weightage will each subject hold for the TNEA rank list?

For TNEA rank list, Mathematics will hold 100 marks, Physics 50 marks and Chemistry 50 marks as weightage.

How can I check the TNEA rank list?

You can check the TNEA rank list by visiting the official website.

What is the TNEA Initial fee?

TNEA Initial fee is a precautionary amount which the candidates will have to pay to participate in the choice filling.

How much fee do I have to pay for TNEA choice filling?

For TNEA choice filling, the general candidates will have to pay INR 5,000 and reserved candidates will have to pay INR 1,000.

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