What is Tamil Nadu Engineering Entrance Admissions (TNEA)?

Tamil Nadu Engineering Entrance Admissions (TNEA) is conducted by the Directorate of Technical Education, Tamil Nadu to offer admission to candidates in various engineering colleges in the state of Tamil Nadu. TNEA counseling 2023 is a single-window process and admission in Tamil Nadu engineering colleges is done through such a process as the authorities believe that such initiatives bring transparency. The TNEA rank list is used to admit candidates to undergraduate programs such as Bachelor of Engineering (BE) and Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in colleges in Tamil Nadu. Candidates should note that TNEA written test has been canceled as the counseling is based on class 12 marks and hence seats are allotted in colleges through the TNEA rank list.

TNEA Eligibility Criteria 2023

TNEA 2023 eligibility criteria indicate that candidates will be eligible for admission if they satisfy the below-mentioned eligibility criteria:

The candidates are eligible to apply for admission through TNEA if they:

  • Tamil Nadu Candidates who have Passed Class VIII to Class XII in Tamil Nadu.
  • Children of Central Government employees, irrespective of their date of birth, provided their parent or guardian (only if both parents are not alive) have been serving in Tamil Nadu continuously for the last five years at the time of submission of the TNEA application form.
  • Sons/Daughters of All India Services Tamil Nadu Cadre Officers.
  • Children of employees of public sector or government-recognized institutions, who were working in their organizations for the last five years at the time of submission of the TNEA 2023 application form, are also eligible to apply, irrespective of their domicile.
  • Other state candidates who have studied in Tamil Nadu from class VIII to class XII can also apply for TNEA 2023.
  • Candidates who are domiciled in Tamil Nadu and have passed class VIII, IX, X, XI, and XII or equivalent examinations from schools located outside Tamil Nadu can also apply for TNEA.

Qualifying Exam

Candidates are eligible to apply for Tamil Nadu Engineering Entrance Admissions if they have passed their HSC (Academic) or its equivalent with the minimum average percentage in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry as mentioned below:

Community Passes Percentage
General Category 45%
Backward Class including Backward Class Muslim 40%
MBC and DNC 40%

Apart from the above-mentioned eligibility criteria, candidates will also be eligible for admission if they have passed HSC (Professional subject) with the minimum average percentage in any one of the engineering-related subjects like Mathematics, Physics, or Chemistry. Put together as follows:

Community Passes Percentage
General Category 45%
Backward Class including Backward Class Muslim 40%
MBC and DNC 40%

TNEA Application Form 2023

The Directorate of Technical Education (DoTE) Tamil Nadu releases the TNEA 2023 Application Form on the official website. To apply for TNEA 2023 Admission, candidates must have passed their qualifying examination i.e. 10+2 or Intermediate and must satisfy the eligibility requirements set by the authority. To be eligible for TNEA 2023, candidates must have passed the qualifying examination i.e. 10+2 or Intermediate, and other eligibility criteria as prescribed by the authority. The candidates who have successfully registered for admission will be allotted a random number. To participate in the TNEA 2023 counseling process, candidates must submit the TNEA Application Form 2023 within the stipulated time frame and pay the required fee. The TNEA 2023 application process includes the below-mentioned steps.

Step 1: User Registration

Step 2: Log in

Step 3: Fill IN – Personal Information

Step 4: Fill II – Special Reservation Information

Step 5: Fill IV- Scholarship details

Step 6: Fill V – School of Study Information

Step 7: Fill VI – Academic Information

Step 8: VII – Preview Details

Step 9: VIII – Full Payment

Step 10: IX – Download the Application

TNEA Reservation for Sports Quota

Below is the list of sports considered by TNEA for reservation in the sports quota:

Mallakhamb Athletics Motor Sports
Atya Patya Netball Badminton
Powerlifting Ball Badminton Roller Skating
Baseball Rowing Basketball
Rugby Beach Volleyball Sailing
Billiards and Snooker Sepak Takraw Bodybuilding
Shooting Boxing Silambam
Carom Soft Ball Chess
Soft Tennis Cricket Squash Rackets
Cycle Polo Swimming Cycling
Table Tennis Fencing Taek–won–do
Football Tennikoit Golf
Tennis Gymnastics Throwball
Handball Triathlon Hockey
Volleyball Judo Weightlifting
Kabaddi Wrestling Karate-Do
Wushu Kho Kho Yachting
KorfBall Archery Yoga Asanas


TNEA 2023 Courses Offered

Through TNEA, candidates will be offered various undergraduate courses in engineering such as BE and B.Tech in various specializations:

  • Biotechnology Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • computer science engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Electronics and Communication Engineering
  • Automobile engineering
  • Information technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Food Technology
  • Chemical Engineering

Vocational courses prescribed for BE/BTech degree admission

Group Code Name of Vocational Subject
421 General Machinist
422 Electrical Machines and Appliances
423 Electronic Equipment
424 Draughtsman Civil
425 Auto Mechanic

Participating Colleges of TNEA 2023

There are 519 colleges in Tamil Nadu that accept TNEA admission for B.Tech admission. Below is the list of top institutes that are accepting TNEA:

List of a few top institutes accepting TNEA Total no. of seats
PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore 300
College of Engineering, Anna University, Chennai 1290
Dr. Mahalingam College of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore (MCET) 1110
Madras Institute of Technology, Chennai 900
Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai 860
Kumaraguru College of Technology, Coimbatore 1200
Kongu Engineering College, Erode 1680
Velammal Engineering College, Chennai 600
St.Joseph’s College of Engineering, Chennai 540
Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Coimbatore 700
Adhiyamaan College of Engineering, Hosur 1380

TNEA 2023 Admission Process

The steps involved in the Tamil Nadu Engineering Entrance Admissions 2023 admission process are listed below:

  •  Interested and eligible candidates need to register themselves and submit their application forms.
  •  The university itself scrutinizes the application forms.
  •  University publishes the merit/rank list after studying all the application forms.
  •  Selected candidates are called for centralized counseling. They have to download their TNEA Counseling Call Letter from the official website www.tneaonline.org
  •  Through single-window counseling, candidates are offered admission to various engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu.

Candidates who have scored well in their 12th board exam have more chances to get admission to the right college through TNEA 2023.

TNEA 2023 Document Verification Process

While verifying the documents uploaded during TNEA 2023 registration, candidates need to follow the following steps:

  • If the status shown is incomplete, then candidates have to scan all the required certificates in the form of a PDF file and upload it.
  • After uploading they have to freeze the upload and logout.
  • If the status shown is ‘Upload not completed and Upload status not started’, then scan and upload all the certificates as one PDF file.
  • After the upload freezes the upload and logout.
  • If the status shown is ‘In Progress’, then the certificate verification is in process.
  • If the status shown is ‘Completed Successfully’, it indicates that the certificate verification for that application has been completed successfully.