TNEA 2021 - Exam Dates, Application Form, Selection Procedure, Cut-Off, and Merit List


Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA) is conducted for admission into undergraduate engineering courses (B.E./ B.Tech.) offered by the government colleges, government-aided colleges, and self-financing colleges in the state. The TNEA 2021 admission process will be conducted by Anna University. There is no entrance exam for TNEA, the admissions are done based on the merit list prepared considering class 12th scores. For more information on the TNEA 2021 exam important dates, eligibility, application form, and result, check out the article ahead.

TNEA 2021 Latest Update - The application process for TNEA 2021 will begin from the first week of May 2021. The TNEA 2021 merit list will be published in the third week of June 2021.

TNEA 2021 Highlights

Exam name

Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA)

Official website

Exam occurrence

Once in a year

Application Mode


Selection Procedure

On the basis of Merit List

TNEA Exam 2021 Important Dates

The schedule provided here is on the basis of 2020 important dates. The official schedule is yet to be released.

TNEA Exam Events

Important Dates

Exam notification

Last week of April 2021

Registration process begins

1st week of May 2021

Last date for application submission

Last week of May 2021

Allotment of Random number

1st week of June 2021

Document verification

1st and 2nd week of June 2021

Merit list publication

3rd week of June 2021

Counselling process

1st week of July 2021

TNEA Exam Previous Years Solved Papers

TNEA Exam 2021 Pattern & Syllabus

The selection through the TNEA is done on the basis of candidates’ class 12th performance. A merit list is prepared based on the marks secured in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics. Every student receives a random allotment number which can be used in case of a tie. The merit list will be released on the official website.

TNEA Exam 2021 Eligibility

General Eligibility

  • Candidates who are from other states can also apply. Such candidates are required to show their Nativity Certificate (only in digital form - digitally signed e-certificate).
  • Children of Central government employees are also eligible.

Educational Criteria

  • Candidates must have passed class 12th level examination from schools in Tamil Nadu or any other recognised board with a minimum 50% marks (45% for OBC and 40% for SC/ST/MBA/SCA/DNC). Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics are compulsory subjects.

For Marine Engineering

Educational Qualification - Passed class 12th or equivalent examination from a recognised board with Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, and English as main subjects.

Age Limit - The maximum age limit for the exam is 25 years.

TNEA Exam 2021 Application Process

The application process for the TNEA 2021 exam will begin from the first week of May 2021. Candidates are required to apply for the exam within the specified time. Here is the application process:

  • Visit the official website -
  • Click on the link for applying for the TNEA 2020 exam application.
  • Complete the registration process and you will receive the log-in details.
  • Now, log in again to completing the application form.
  • On log-in, you will receive the random number allotted to you.
  • Complete the application form by providing your personal information, special reservation information, scholarship information, academic information, and more.
  • Make the application fee payment. The application fee details are:
    • For General category candidates - ₹ 500/-
    • For ST/SC/SCA category candidates - ₹ 250/-
    • For the special reservation category - ₹ 100/-

The application fee can be paid through debit card/ credit card/ internet banking.

  • Submit the completed application form and take a print of the same.

Now, send the printed copy of the filled-in application form to the following address:

The Secretary,
Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions,
Anna University, Chennai - 600025

The application form should be sent with some required documents which are mentioned under.

List of Documents Required to be Attached with the Application Form

  • Marksheet and passing certificate of 10th and 12th class
  • Transfer certificate
  • Permanent Community Certificates
  • Class 12th hall tickets
  • First graduate certificate
  • Nativity certificate (if applicable)
  • Sri Lankan Tamil refugee certificate
  • Documents for Army Personel (for identity)

Other Details

TNEA 2021 Cut Off

After the registration process is over, the University will release the cut-off for TNEA 2021. Separate cut-off marks will be released for different programmes and different colleges. Candidates must qualify the minimum cut-off of an institute for getting admission into various courses.

TNEA 2021 Merit List

The TNEA 2021 merit list will be released in the third week of June 2021. Candidates can check their overall rank and community rank at the official website. The counselling process will be conducted on the basis of merit list prepared by the University. Only those candidates who will be shortlisted through the merit listed will be eligible for appearing in the counselling process.

TNEA 2021 Counselling

TNEA 2021 counselling will be organised in the first week of July 2021. Candidates can take part in the counselling process only on the basis of their ranks. Candidates must download their call letter before appearing for counselling. The counselling process will be conducted in five rounds. Candidates are required to choose their preferred college. Candidates must also carry the required documents for the document verification process.

TNEA 2021 Admission

After the counselling process, candidates will be allotted colleges on the basis of their ranks and preferences. Candidates must report to the allotted institute at the date and time mentioned in the allotment letter. Candidates must complete the admission process by submitting the required documents and paying the admission fee.

If you are still in doubt ask your question right here. Check TNEA Frequently Asked Questions here.


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