TNEA 2024

TNEA 2024: Key Information and Application Process

The Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA) 2024 schedule and information booklet were published on May 6, 2024, on the official TNEA website, The Department of Technical Education (DoTE) in Tamil Nadu has made the TNEA 2024 application form available online, with the registration period open from May 6, 2024, to June 6, 2024. Interested candidates must complete their registration before the deadline to participate in the admission process.

Admission Process

TNEA facilitates BE/BTech admissions in Tamil Nadu through an online counselling process. Unlike many states, Tamil Nadu does not conduct a state-level entrance exam for engineering admissions. Instead, candidates are selected based on their Class 12 marks in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry, which are scaled to a total of 200 points (Mathematics: 100, Physics: 50, Chemistry: 50).

Key Steps in the TNEA 2024 Process

  1. Registration: Candidates must register on the official TNEA website within the specified dates.
  2. Random Number Assignment: After registration, candidates are assigned random numbers.
  3. Certificate Verification: Submitted documents are verified for eligibility.
  4. Rank List Publication: A rank list is generated based on the scaled Class 12 marks.
  5. Counselling: Conducted in four rounds, the counselling process includes:
    • Choice Filling: Candidates select their preferred colleges and courses.
    • Allotment: Seats are allotted based on the candidate’s rank and preferences.
    • Confirmation: Candidates confirm their allotted seats.
    • Reporting: Candidates report to the assigned colleges or TNEA Facilitation Centers (TFCs) and pay the required fees.

Eligibility and Participation

Candidates who have passed or are appearing for their Class 12 exams are eligible to apply for TNEA counselling. The counselling process is open to Indian Nationals who wish to secure admission to Government and Government-Aided Engineering Colleges, University Departments, Constituent Colleges of Anna University, Annamalai University, and seats surrendered by Self-Financing Engineering Colleges in Tamil Nadu.

TNEA 2024 Counselling Schedule

The detailed schedule for TNEA 2024 counselling, including dates and procedures, will be available on the official TNEA website. Candidates are advised to check the website regularly for updates on the rank list, cutoff marks, and counselling dates.

TNEA offers a unified single-window admission system for BE/BTech and BE (sandwich) courses, making the admission process streamlined and transparent. For more detailed information on how to apply, eligibility criteria, and the complete counselling process, visit

TNEA 2024 Exam Dates & Schedule

Refer to the table below for the complete schedule of TNEA 2024:

DatesUpcoming Exam Dates
06 May ’24 – 06 Jun ’24TNEA 2024 application window (ONGOING)
12 Jun ’24TNEA 2024 Assigning Random Number
12 Jun ’24TNEA 2024 Last date for uploading documents
10 Jul ’24TNEA 2024 Publication of Rank list
11 Jul ’24 – 20 Jul ’24TNEA 2024 Grievances Redressal
Jul ’24TNEA 2024 Counseling for Special Category (TENTATIVE)
Jul ’24 – Sep ’24TNEA 2024 General Counseling (Online) (TENTATIVE)

TNEA 2024 Highlights

Check important details for TNEA 2024 counselling below:

Counselling nameTamil Nadu Engineering Admissions
Admission FrequencyOnce a year
Courses offeredBE/BTech (4 years, 8 semesters), BE (Sandwich – 5 years, 10 semesters)
Admission ModeOnline
Admission based on10+2 marks
Compulsory subjectsMaths, Physics, and Chemistry
Accepting Colleges440 colleges
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Application FeeGeneral: INR 500, Reserved: INR 250
Total Seats Offered151,870
Applications Per YearApproximately 1.4 lakh
TNEA Helpline044-22351014, 044-22351015

TNEA 2024 Important Downloads

  • Schedule
  • Information brochure
  • TFC List
  • Counselling Procedure
  • Important instructions: English | Tamil
  • Documents needed

TNEA 2024 Application Form

The TNEA 2024 application form is available online. Eligible candidates can register for state-level counselling at Candidates can also visit TNEA Facilitation Centers (TFC) in selected cities to fill out the application form with assistance from representatives.

Steps to Apply for TNEA 2024 Counselling

  1. Registration: Provide the required details to register for counselling.
  2. Login: Successfully registered candidates will receive a username and password.
  3. Fill out the online application form: Complete the form, which has seven parts, including the application fee payment.
  4. Preview and submit the online form: Carefully review the form before final submission.
  5. Download the online form: Download and keep a copy of the submitted form for your records. It does not need to be sent to the authorities.

TNEA 2024 Application Fee

General categoryINR 500
SC/SCA/ST category from Tamil NaduINR 250

For more information, visit the official website at

TNEA 2024 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates will be eligible for admission through TNEA 2024 if they meet the following criteria:


  1. Tamil Nadu Candidates:
    • Candidates who have completed their education from Class VIII to Class XII in Tamil Nadu.
  2. Children of Central Government Employees:
    • Eligible irrespective of their nativity, provided their parents or guardians (if both parents are deceased) have been serving in Tamil Nadu continuously for the past five years at the time of submitting the TNEA application.
  3. Sons/Daughters of All India Service Tamil Nadu Cadre Officers:
    • Eligible for admission.
  4. Children of Public Sector or Government-Recognized Institution Employees:
    • Eligible if their parents have been working in Tamil Nadu for the past five years, regardless of their domicile.
  5. Other State Candidates:
    • Eligible if they have studied from Class VIII to Class XII in Tamil Nadu.
  6. Tamil Nadu Native Candidates:
    • Eligible if they have passed any of the VIII, IX, X, XI, and XII standards or equivalent examinations from schools outside Tamil Nadu.

Qualifying Exams

Candidates must have cleared their Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) or its equivalent with a minimum average percentage in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry, as specified below:

CommunityPass Percentage in 10+2
General Category45%
Backward Class (including Backward Class Muslim)40%
Most Backward Class (MBC) and Denotified Communities (DNC)40%
Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Scheduled Castes Arunthathiyar (SCA)40%

Additionally, candidates who have cleared any one of the HSC (Vocational Subject) with one of the Engineering-related subjects (Mathematics, Physics, or Chemistry) must meet the following minimum average percentage criteria:

CommunityPass Percentage in 10+2
General Category45%
Backward Class (including Backward Class Muslim)40%
Most Backward Class (MBC) and Denotified Communities (DNC)40%
Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Scheduled Castes Arunthathiyar (SCA)40%

Courses Offered via Tamil Nadu Engineering Admission (TNEA) 2024

TNEA 2024 offers various undergraduate engineering courses, including BE and BTech in multiple specializations:

  • Biotechnology Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics & Communication Engineering
  • Automobile Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Food Technology
  • Chemical Engineering

Additionally, vocational courses prescribed for BE/BTech degree admission are available, with the following group codes and subjects:

Group CodeName of Vocational Subject
421General Machinist
422Electrical Machines and Appliances
423Electronic Equipment
424Draughtsman Civil
425Auto Mechanic
426Textile Technology

Tamil Nadu Engineering Admission (TNEA) 2024 Process

The TNEA 2024 admission process consists of several steps:

Step 1: Registration

Candidates must register for the counselling process within the stipulated time. After registration, they can proceed to the next step.

Step 2: Assigning a Random Number

Registered candidates are assigned a unique random number used for tie-breaking while preparing the merit list.

Step 3: Certificate Verification

Candidates must visit the TNEA Facilitation Centers (TFC) for certificate verification. Without this verification, candidates cannot proceed to the next step.

Step 4: Publication of Rank List

After certificate verification, candidates are included in the rank list. The rank list is based on marks obtained in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry, scaled to a total of 200 points (Mathematics: 100, Physics: 50, Chemistry: 50).

Step 5: Counselling

Candidates on the rank list must participate in the counselling rounds, which include:

  • Choice Filling: Selecting preferred colleges and courses.
  • Allotment: Seats are allotted based on rank and preferences.
  • Confirmation of Allotment: Confirming the allotted seat.
  • Reporting: Reporting to the assigned college or TFC and paying the necessary fees.

For more information and detailed instructions, visit the official TNEA website at

TNEA 2024 Random Numbers

TNEA random numbers are issued to registered candidates for tie-breaking purposes when preparing the merit list. Each candidate receives a unique 10-digit random number. To view their assigned random number, candidates must log in using their ID/email ID and password. Additionally, the conducting body informs all registered candidates of their random number via SMS.

TNEA 2024 Rank List Selection Criteria

The selection process for TNEA 2024 includes the following steps:

Step 1: Scores Reduction

The selection of candidates is based on the marks obtained in the prescribed subjects, reduced to a total of 200 points (Mathematics: 100, Physics + Chemistry: 100) in the qualifying examination.

Step 2: Normalization of Scores

The marks obtained by students in relevant subjects in the qualifying examination conducted by various boards or authorities are equated with the marks obtained by students in the same subjects in the State Board of Tamil Nadu’s qualifying examination using a normalization method.

TNEA 2024 Merit List

A merit list is prepared based on the normalized marks in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry, scaled to a total of 200 points (Mathematics: 100, Physics: 50, Chemistry: 50). The merit list integrates qualified students from different boards into a common list. The overall rank and community rank are published on the official TNEA website. A week is allocated for addressing any grievances after the rank list publication. In case of grievances, applicants can contact the office of the Secretary, TNEA at the Directorate of Technical Education, Chennai 600 025.

Tie-Breaking in Merit List

If multiple candidates have the same marks in the common merit list, inter-se merit is determined in the following order of priority:

  1. Percentage of marks in Mathematics
  2. Percentage of marks in Physics
  3. Percentage of marks in the optional subject
  4. Percentage of total marks in the 12th Standard Examination
  5. Percentage of total marks in the 10th Standard Examination
  6. Date of birth (preference given to older candidates)
  7. Random number assigned (higher value given preference)

TNEA 2024 Counselling Process

TNEA counselling groups applicants based on their ranks, with each group participating in counselling according to their turn. TNEA 2024 counselling consists of four rounds. Applicants must log in to the TNEA portal using their user ID and password (same as used during registration) to perform various activities in each round. The procedure for each round is as follows:

1. Publication of Eligible Applicants

The list of eligible applicants for a particular round is published on the TNEA portal.

2. Rounds of Counselling

Counselling is conducted online in four rounds as per the schedule. Candidates participate in corresponding rounds based on their rank.

3. Stages of Counselling

Each round has four stages:

  • Choice Filling
  • Allotment
  • Confirmation of Allotment
  • Reporting to College/TFC and Payment of Fees

4. Process Followed in Each Round

  • Choice Filling: Candidates have three days to fill in their choices of colleges and branches based on their preferences. The order of choices is crucial. Candidates can fill in any number of choices.
  • Seat Allotment: Allotment is based on the preferential order of choices, rank, and available seat matrix.
  • Choice Confirmation: If allotted a seat, candidates must confirm it within two days. Failure to confirm will result in the candidate being moved to the next round.
  • Reporting and Confirmation of Seat:
    • Candidates satisfied with the allotted seat and opting for “Accept and Join” must download the allotment order, report to the college within seven days, and complete the admission procedure by paying the necessary fees.
    • Candidates opting for “Accept and Upward” receive tentative allotment orders. They must report to the nearest TFC, pay the tuition fees, and submit their original certificates to hold the current seat. Failure to report or pay fees results in losing the allotted seat and disqualification from further counselling rounds.

For more detailed information, visit the official TNEA website at

TNEA 2024 Counselling Choice Confirmation Options

Once candidates are allotted seats in TNEA counselling, they have six options for confirming their choices:

  1. Accept and Join
    • Candidates satisfied with their allotted seat can download the provisional allotment order and report to the college on the specified date for admission. Failure to report to the college will result in losing the allotted seat and disqualification from further rounds.
  2. Accept and Upward
    • Candidates satisfied with their allotted seat but wishing for a higher preference can wait for the upward movement. If no better choice is available, the candidate retains the previously allotted seat.
  3. Decline and Upward
    • Candidates not satisfied with the allotted seat can decline it but still wait for a higher preference. If no higher preference is available, the candidate will move to the next round.
  4. Decline and Move to the Next Round
    • Candidates not satisfied with the allotted seat and not wishing to wait for an upward movement can participate in the next round.
  5. Decline and Quit
    • Candidates not satisfied with the allotted seat and not wishing to participate in subsequent rounds can quit the process.
  6. Upward or Move to the Next Round
    • Candidates not allotted any seat based on their choices can opt for upward movement. If no seat is available during upward movement, the candidate will move to the next round.

TNEA 2024 Counselling Cutoff

The Directorate of Technical Education (DoTE) releases the TNEA 2024 cutoff, which is the minimum mark required for admission to BTech courses. The cutoff scores are community-wise and vary for each category. The cutoff marks determine eligibility for seat allotment, based on availability in participating colleges. The cutoff scores are released after each round of counselling on the official TNEA website.

TNEA 2024 Counselling Participating Colleges

A total of 519 colleges in Tamil Nadu accept TNEA admissions for BTech courses. Below is a list of some top participating institutes:

InstituteTotal No. of Seats
PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore300
College of Engineering, Anna University, Chennai1290
Dr Mahalingam College of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore (MCET)1110
Madras Institute of Technology, Chennai900
Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai860
Kumaraguru College of Technology, Coimbatore1200
Kongu Engineering College, Erode1680
Velammal Engineering College, Chennai600
St. Joseph’s College of Engineering, Chennai540
Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Coimbatore700
Adhiyamaan College of Engineering, Hosur1380

For further details, visit the official TNEA website at

TNEA 2024 Counselling Fee Structure

ParticularsAmount (INR)
Total Fees
First Graduate General7180
Amount to be paid at the time of counselling
First Graduate General5000
Balance amount to be paid at the time of admission
First Graduate General2180

TNEA 2024 Facilitation Centres for Certificate Verification

A total of 52 TNEA facilitation centres have been set up for document verification and seat allotment. Below are some of the TNEA 2024 TFCs as declared by DoTE Chennai:

TFC NoDistrictTFC Name and Address
1ChennaiTamilnadu Science and Technology, Gandhi Mandapam Road, Chennai – 600 025
2ChennaiAnna Centenary Library, Kotturpuram, Chennai – 600 085
3ChennaiCentral Polytechnic College (Integrated Workshop), Tharamani, Chennai – 600 113
4ChennaiCentral Polytechnic College (Auditorium), Tharamani, Chennai – 600 113
5ChennaiGovernment Polytechnic College, R.K. Nagar, Chennai – 600 081
6ChennaiGovernment Polytechnic College, Purasawakkam, Chennai – 600 012
7ChengalpattuIRT Polytechnic College, Bharathamadha Street, Bharathipuram, Chromepet, Chennai, Chengalpattu District – 600 044
8KanchipuramPachaiyappa’s Women’s College, Ramasamy Kulam, Chinna Kanchipuram, Kanchipuram District – 631 501
9ThiruvallurMurugappa Polytechnic College, Avadi, Chennai, Thiruvallur District – 600 062
10ThiruvallurLoganatha Narayanasamy Government College (Autonomous), Ponneri
11RanipetArignar Anna Government Arts College for Women, Walajapet – 632 513
12VelloreThanthai Periyar Government Institute of Technology, Bagayam, Vellore District – 632 002
13TirupathurGovernment Polytechnic College, Jolarpet, Thirupathur District – 635 651
14ThiruvannamalaiGovernment Polytechnic College, Cheyyar – 604 407, Thiruvannamalai District
15KallakurichiGovernment Polytechnic College, Sankarapuram, Kallakurichi District – 606 401
16CuddaloreThiru Kolanjiappar Government Arts College, Virudhachalam, Cuddalore District – 606 001
17CuddaloreFaculty of Engineering and Technology, Annamalai University, Chidambaram, Cuddalore District – 608 001
18VillupuramGovernment Polytechnic College, No. 27, Kandachipuram Main Road, Arakandanallur (PO), Tirukoilur (TK), Villupuram District – 605 752
19SalemGovernment College of Engineering, Karuppur, Omalur, Salem District – 636 011
20ErodeGobi Arts & Science College (Autonomous), Gobichettipalayam, Erode District – 638 453
21ErodeGovernment Polytechnic College, Perundurai, Erode District – 638 053
22CoimbatoreGovernment College of Technology (GCT), Thadagam Road, Coimbatore District – 641 013
23CoimbatoreGovernment Polytechnic College for Women, Bharathiyar Road, New Siddhapudur (PO), Coimbatore District – 641 044
24CoimbatoreCoimbatore Institute of Technology, Coimbatore District – 641 014

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