It was here that the first industrial school was established at Guindy in 1842. This school ultimately became the Guindy College of Engineering. India’s third Institute of Technology (IIT Madras) was opened on July 31, 1959 with collaboration from West Germany. At present there are nearly 500 colleges imparting engineering education with more than 2.34 lakh intake every year at the undergraduate level alone.

Engineering in Tamil Nadu

Among the 493 institutes, in the engineering discipline-pie, majority of student intake (nearly 82%) is in five branches: namely Electronics & Communications (46,874 seats); Mechanical Engineering (39,738), Computer Science (39,635); Electrical & Electronics (30,420) and Civil Engineering (23,980). Information Technology has over 22,500 seats. The less intake disciplines include Textiles, Production, Food Technology, Industrial Engineering, Metallurgy and Bioinformatics

Allocation of Seats in Colleges

Following types of seats are available:

(i) Seats in University Departments and University Colleges.

(ii)Seats in il Engineering (Tamil Medium) in the University Departments & Colleges.

(iii)Seats in Government, Government Aided Colleges and Seats surrendered by the Self-Financing Engineering Colleges.

 a)    Category I

(i)  Seats in Government Engineering Colleges

(ii)Seats in Aided courses in Government Aided Engineering Colleges

(iii)Seats in Central Electro Chemical Research Institute (CECRI), Karaikudi

b)      Category II

 (i)Seats in Self-Supporting courses in Government Aided Engineering Colleges

 (ii)Seats surrendered by the Self Financing Engineering Colleges

(iii)Seats in Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Technology

Eligibility Rules

General Candidates satisfying the eligibility conditions given below as on the last date of submission of application are eligible to apply.

Nativity Candidates belonging to Tamil Nadu only will be considered for admission. However, the following categories of candidates are also eligible to apply as Tamil Nadu candidates subject to the conditions indicated:

(A)  Candidates belonging to Tamil Nadu

(B)  Candidates belonging to Other State (eligible for Open Competition only)

i) Other State candidates who have studied VIII, IX, X, XI & XII Std. in Tamil Nadu

ii)Children of Central Government Employee, provided their parents or guardians  continuously for the past FIVE YEARS

iii)Sons and daughters of All India Service TN Cadre Officers

iv)  Children of Employees in Public Sector or Govt. recognised Institutions who at the time of ubmission of application  for  admission  employed  in  Tamil Nadu  continuously  for  the  past  five  years  may  also  apply  

(C)  Foreign Nationals are not eligible.

Qualifying Examinations and Eligibility

A pass in the HSC (Academic) or its equivalent with a minimum average percentage in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry as prescribed


Selection shall be made under seven categories namely OC, BC, BCM (BC Muslim), MBC & DNC, SC, SCA and ST reservations following the rules of reservation of the Government of Tamil Nadu as follows. Tamil Nadu native candidates alone will be considered for communal reservations.

Candidates seeking admission against ST/ SC / SCA / MBC & DNC / BC / BCM (BC Muslim) quota should obtain the certificate of social status issued by the competent authority in the prescribed Permanent Community Card in Tamil Nadu and enclose an attested photocopy of the same along with the application.




The selection of candidates will be on the basis of the marks obtained in the prescribed subjects in the qualifying examination. The academic marks in the prescribed subjects reduced to 200 (Mathematics 100, Physics + Chemistry = 100) will be considered for Ranking.

(ii) Normalisation of Marks and Inter-se Merit

As per Tamil Nadu Acts No. 3 of 2007, dt: 05.03.2007 and G.O. (Ms) No. 77 HE (J2) Dept, dt: 05.04.2007, the marks obtained by the students in the relevant subjects in the qualifying examination conducted by various Boards or Authority shall be equated with the marks obtained by the students in the same subjects in the qualifying examination conducted by the State Board of Tamil Nadu by adopting the method of normalization. After normalization of marks in the relevant subjects in the qualifying examination conducted by different Boards, the qualified students shall be merged into a common merit list.

A merit list will be prepared based on the total marks of 200. In cases where more than one candidate have got the same marks in the common merit list, the inter-se merit among such candidates shall be determined in the order of priority as specified below.

(1) Percentage of marks in Mathematics, (2) Percentage of marks in Physics, (3) Percentage of marks in the fourth optional subject, (4) Date of Birth (elder will be given preference) and (5) Random number assigned (higher value will be given preference).

(iii) Admission to Special Reservation Categories

Candidates who are applying for the special reservation categories of seats should satisfy the rules stipulated for admission. Allocation of these Special Reservation seats will be followed as per horizontal reservation.

Selection will be based on the ranking or on the basis of total marks obtained for achievements in Sports as given.

If enough candidates are not available under any of the special reservation, the vacancies will be reverted to the general quota in the respective communities.


100 Seats in Category I and 4 % of seats coming under Single Window System in Category II have been set apart vide G.O. (Ms.) No. 290 HE (J2) Dept. dt: 21.08.2007 for the HSC (vocational stream) candidates.

The academic marks in the prescribed subjects will be reduced to 200 (Related subject 100 marks, vocational subject including theory and practical 100 marks). No seats are reserved in University Departments and University Colleges. Selection will be made following the Communal reservations. There is a separate ranking and counselling for vocational candidates.

Out of 3 % of Vocational seats in Category I and II the reservation for Differently Abled Persons candidates is 1 % for Orthopaedically Differently Abled Persons, 1 % for Hearing Impaired and 1 % for Visually Impaired.


Candidates will be called for counselling in the order of their merit. Based on the merit and communal reservation, allotment of the branch/college chosen by the candidate will be made. Candidates have to opt for colleges and branches that are available at the time of counselling.

Candidates have to pay an initial deposit of Rs. 5000/- (Rs. 1000/- for SC/SCA/ST candidates belonging to Tamil Nadu) by Cash or DD and produce all their original certificates when they attend counselling.

If a candidate has deposited all the certificates in an Institution where he/she has already been admitted, a letter from the Head of the Institution should be produced to that effect. In such case  only, attested photocopies of certificates from the Head of the Institution will be accepted for verification. However, the provisional allotment order will be withheld and it will be released only on production of all the original certificates.

Eligible candidates who have applied may appear for counselling according to their cut-off mark, two hours before the counselling session along with their original certificates for verification, irrespective  of receipt of individual communication.

Points to Note

  • Choice once made is final and cannot be changed.
  • No change of date/time of counselling is permissible. 
  • Candidates who do not attend the counselling have to forego the claim for admission.


List of various branches available for doing BE/BTech in Tamil Nadu


Name of Course


Aeronautical Engineering


Automobile Engineering


Biomedical Engineering




Chemical Engineering


Civil Engineering


Computer Science & Engineering


Electrical And Electronics


Electronics & Communication Engg


Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering


Electronics And Communications Engineering


Environmental Engineering


Fashion Technology


Food Technology


Industrial Engineering
And Management


Information Technology


Instrumentation And Control Engineering


Marine Engineering


Material Science And Technology


Mechanical Engineering




Metallurgical Engineering


Petroleum Engineering


Polymer Technology


Printing Technology


Production Engineering


Robotics And Automation


Textile Technology


69 % Rule of Reservation

Open Competition

31.00 %

Backward Class

26.50 %

Backward Class Muslim

3.50 %

Most Backward Class & Denotified Communities

20.00 %

Scheduled Caste

*15.00 %

Scheduled Caste (Arunthathiyars)

*3.00 %

Scheduled Tribes

1.00 %

* As per Tamil Nadu Government Gazette Extraordinary, No. 134 dt: 29.05.2009 and G.O. (Ms) No. 50 Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare (TD2) Department dt: 29.04.2009.

Top Engineering Disciplines in Tamil Nadu

Distribution amongst the various Prominent Engineering Branches




ME: Mechanical
ECE: Electronics & Communication
CE: Civil
IT: Information Technology
CSE: Computer Science
EEE: Electrical & Electronics

OT: Others

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