TNEA Counselling 2020 (Soon) - Merit/ Rank List, Dates, Choice Filling, Seat Allotment, Process

Sakunth Kumar
Sakunth KumarPublished On: July 07, 2020

TNEA counselling 2020 will begin soon. Candidates can check all the details of TNEA such as registration, merit list, choice filling and seat allotment details here.

TNEA Counselling

TNEA 2020 - TNEA (Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions) is a centralized admission process for B.Tech courses in Tamil Nadu. DTE (Directorate of Technical Education) Tamil Nadu is the authority of conducting TNEA counselling 2020, and the candidates who are planning to get admission in B.Tech courses offered in various private and government engineering colleges (Including Anna University) will have to participate in this counselling process. All the details about the counselling process of TNEA have been explained here. The candidates can check the important dates, choice filling procedure, seat allotment and fee deposit details pertaining to TNEA here.

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TNEA Counselling Dates/ ScheduleTNEA Counselling Process
TNEA Rank ListTips to Exercise Options in TNEA Counselling
List of TNEA Participating Colleges-

TNEA 2020 Dates/ Schedule - Merit List, Registration, Choice Filling, Seat Allotment

TNEA 2020 dates have been delayed. As the official dates of TNEA 2020 are not yet released, the candidates can check the tentative schedule of TNEA counselling 2020 here.



Registration start date for TNEA 2020


Registration last date for TNEA

To be Notified

TNEA Merit List 2020 release date

To be Notified

Certificate Verification and Choice Filling (First Round)

To be Notified

Seat Allotment

To be Notified

TNEA Counselling Process 2020

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 2020 are as follows -

Stage 1


Stage 2

Certificate Verification

Stage 3

Publication of Rank List/ Merit List

Stage 4

Payment of Initial Deposit

Stage 5

Add/ Remove Choices (Choice Filling)

Stage 6

Choice Lock

Stage 7

Tentative Seat Allotment

Stage 8

Confirmation of Tentative Seat Allotment

Stage 9

Final Seat Allotment

Stage 10


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 2020 have been explained in the article below. Please click on the link below for details.

TNEA Application Form & Registration 2020 - Fees, Documents, Apply Online

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. All the candidates who had registered for the counselling will have to attend the certificate verification on the scheduled date. The Call Letter for the Certificate Verification will be uploaded on the official website. The candidates will have to present at the Facilitation Centre on the scheduled date, time & venue. The following documents must be carried for the verification -

Documents to be Produced for TNEA Certificate Verification 2020

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

Class 10th Certificate/ Mark Sheet

Class 12th Certificate or Mark Sheet

Class 12th 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

Common FAQs



How many sets of xerox copies of documents should I carry to the Facilitation Centre?

It is advisable to carry at least two sets of above documents to the facilitation centre.

Should I affix photograph on the TNEA Application/ Registration Form?

Yes. The candidates must affix the passport size photograph on the TNEA application form.

Is it mandatory to attend the certificate verification?

It is mandatory to attend the certification. Only those candidates who get their certificates verified will be eligible for the inclusion in rank list/ merit list.

Stage 3 - Publication of Merit/ Rank List

The most important stage in the counselling process of TNEA is the publication of merit list. The candidates must note that the merit list/ rank list will be 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 will be published as per the date specified by TNEA. A direct link to check the rank list of TNEA will be updated here as and when DTE Tamil Nadu releases the same. Also, the candidates can visit the official website, i.e., to check the rank list.

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

After the publication of 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 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, his/ her 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.

Common FAQs



If a student secures seat in TNEA counselling, will his/her initial refund adjust in college fees?

Yes. The initial refund will be adjusted in the candidates’ college fees if they secure a seat in the counselling process.

I did not receive confirmation e-receipt after the fee payment. What should I do?

In such cases, the candidates should immediately contact TNEA authority on 040-22351018 or visit the nearest Facilitation Centre.

Stage 5 - Choice Filling

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.

Common FAQs



How many choices can a candidate fill in the TNEA Choice Filling round?

The candidates can choose any number of choices and there is no limit on the same.

Can I change the order of choices?

The candidates can change or alter the choices postilion through the ‘Move’ button on the screen.

Can I delete a choice if required?

The candidates can delete the choices if required by clicking on ‘Remove’.

How to Choose the Relevant Choices in TNEA Counselling?

The candidates must be smart while filling choices in TNEA counselling 2020. 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, lower choice is allocated as per the community and rank of the candidates
  • If the seat allotment is not possible as per the above two factors, 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 the 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 seat 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 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 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 in 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.

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