TNEA 2018

TNEATNEA 2018 – Anna University will conduct TNEA 2018 counselling for admission to UG engineering programmes at participating universities tentatively in last week of June. Admission to engineering programmes will be based on marks obtained by candidates in PCM in the qualifying examination. No separate entrance exam will be held. To account for variations in difficulty level of different state boards to that of the State Board of Tamil Nadu, the marks obtained by other state candidates will be normalized. Additionally, the total marks will be reduced to 200 (from 300) for preparing the merit list. Candidates who meet the cutoff of TNEA 2018 will be called for counselling, which will be single window process. Candidates must fill the application form correctly and pay the applicable counselling fee  to be able to partipate in counselling. Allotment of seats during counselling of TNEA 2018 will be done separately for different categories; in all there are seven categories, including SC and ST categories. The application form of TNEA 2018 has to be filled online and will be available tentatively in the first week of May, 2018. The tentative last date to complete the online application of TNEA is the last week of May 2018. Go through the rest of the article to read in detail the admission process of TNEA 2018.

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TNEA 2018 Quick Facts



Name of Admission Process

Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions

Short Name


Conducting Institute

Anna University


Admission to B.E./B.Tech and B.E. (Sandwich) programmes at participating universities.

Number of Participating Institutes


Admission Process

Admission will be based on marks obtained in qualifying exam. No separate entrance exam will be conducted by Anna University.

Counselling Fee

Rs. 5000 (Rs. 1000 in case of ST/SC/SCA candidates belonging to Tamil Nadu)*


Reservation of Seats

According to regulations defined by Govenment of Tamil Nadu

Counselling Procedure

In-person single window counselling conducted in offline mode.

Courses Offered

B.E. /B.Tech – 4 academic years consisting of 8 semesters

B.E. (Sandwich) – 5 academic years made up of 10 semesters

Available Seats

1.5 Lakh (Approximate)

*In case of other state candidates, candidates have to deposit an initial deposit of 5000 by Cash or DD drawn in favour of “The Director, Admissions, Anna University” payable at Chennai. The DD should be produced along with originals of other documents during counselling.


TNEA Important Dates 2018


The important dates of TNEA 2018 will include all the events related to the undergraduate engineering admission process and the dates corresponding to them. TNEA important dates 2018 will update candidates about events like tentatively ending of online registration apart from keep them up to date with the counselling schedule once it is available.


Important Dates of TNEA 2018



Tentative Dates


Start of Online Registration

First week of May, 2018


Deadline for completing Online Registration

Last week of May, 2018


Last date to submit filled-in Online Applications

First week of June, 2018


Assigning of Random Number

Third week of June, 2018


Declaration of Rank List

Fourth week of June, 2018


Counselling starts

Last week of June, 2018

TNEA Eligibility Criteria 2018


Candidates need to fulfil the eligibility criteria prescribed by Anna University to be considered for admission to any of the participating institutes of TNEA 2018. The list of criteria are mentioned below:



  • Candidates from Tamil Nadu (TN) who have passed VIII-XII in the state can apply and needn’t enclose certificate of nativity.

  • Candidates native to TN but who have passed VIII-XII in some other state must enclose nativity certificate.

  • Children of Central Govenmnt Employees can also apply provided their parents have been working in TN for past five years.

  • Candidates who have studied VIII-XII in the state of TN are eligible and don’t need to enclose Nativity Certificate.

Qualifying Exam

Candidates need to have passed HSC or any equivalent exam with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. The category-wise minimum aggregate % of marks required in the three subjects is given below:


Minimum % of marks in aggregate in PCM



Backward Class including Backward Class Muslims






Age Limit: Candidate who are applying to Marine Engineering mustn’t be older than 25 years on the last day of submission of online application deadline.


Additional Requirements for Marine Engineering:

Minimum Height: 157 cm

Minimum Weight: 48 Kg

Vision: Normal


TNEA 2018 Eligibility Criteria for other state candidates:

Under the other-state quota, candidates who are Indian citizens but not a native of Tamil Nadu can apply.


Qualifying Exam and Marks: Candidates need to score a minimum of 50% aggerate marks in PCM taken together (40% in case of SC/ST candidates) in HSc or equivalent exam.


TNEA Application Form 2018


The application form of TNEA 2018 will be available only in online mode. After filling in the online registration of TNEA application form 2018, the candidate will have to send printout of the completed online application in person or by post to:

Secretary, TNEA, Anna University,
Chennai – 600 025


The application form must be accompanied by photocopies of relevant certificates and photographs and must reach the above mentioned address on or before the last date. The registration fee must be paid only online. Candidates must pay the registration fee as per the category they belong to, or else their applications will be rejected.


When filling the application form of TNEA 2018, care must be taken to enter only genuine information. The TNEA application form 2018 will include fields like education details and personal details. Also, when uploading any documents, the candidate must conform to the prescribed format.


TNEA Participating Institutes 2018

Candidates who get selected during counselling round will be allotted seats at one of the participating institutes of TNEA 2018. There are 563 institutes that are expected to participate in TNEA 2018 offering some 1.5 lakh seats. The top 5 participating institutes of TNEA 2018 are listed in the table below.

TNEA Reservation of Seats 2018


Allotment of undergraduate engineering seats through TNEA 2018 will be done under seven categories. These seven categories and the percentage of seats reserved per category are outlined in the table below:


Reservation of Seats TNEA 2018


Percentage of seats reserved

Open Competition (OC)


Backward Class (BC)


Backward Class Muslim (BCM)


Most Backward Class & Denotified Communities (MBC & DNC


Scheduled Caste


Scheduled Caste (Arunthathiyars)


Scheduled Tribes


TNEA Rank List 2018 and Random Number


The rank list of TNEA 2018 will be available tentatively in the third week of June for those candidates who have successfully completed the online registration process. For preparing the rank or merit list of TNEA 2018, the marks obtained in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry in the qualifying examination would be considered. The rank list of TNEA 2018 preparation process includes nomralizing marks obtained by candidates of other boards in the qualifying examination. This is done to factor in differences in difficulty level between different boards and the State Board of Tamil Nadu.


Also, rank list of TNEA 2018 would be prepared based on total marks of 200 (Mathematics – 100, Physics + Chemistry – 100). In case two or more candidates score the same marks in the common merit list, the inter-se-merit of the the candidates would be decided in a following order of priority:

  1. Percentage of marks obtained in Mathematics

  2. Percentage of marks in Physics

  3. Percentage of marks in the fourth optional subject

  4. Age of the candidate (the older candidate will be given prefernce)

  5. Random number assigned (higher number will be placed higher in merit list of TNEA 2018)

The common merit list would include the name and ranking of the shorlisted candidates. To check their random numbers, the candidate will have to log in using their registered email ID and password.


In case of Other State candidates, the 4th condition (age the candidate) will be the last condition for deciding inter-se merit. Also, the rank list will include the overall rank, region wise rank and community-wise rank of the candidate.


TNEA Cutoff 2018


The TNEA 2018 cutoff is the minimum rank a candidate needs to score to be in eligible for seat allotment. The cutoff of TNEA 2018 would be available for the specific college, community code (SC, ST, OC, etc.), and branch. The check the TNEA cutoff 2018, the candidate will have to go to the cutoff portal and select the relevant fields. The candidate, typically, would be required to enter three mandatory – district, college name, and branch, and one non-mandatory field – community code. Candidates who score the cutoff of TNEA 2018 will have to counselling round. When preparing the cutoff of TNEA 2018 factors like the number of candidates applying for admisison, previous years’ cutoff trends, and marks obtained by the candidates in qualifying exams will be taken into consideration.


TNEA Counselling 2018


The counselling of TNEA 2018 will be carried out according to merit and category-wise reservation of seats. Higher ranked candidates will be called for counselling of TNEA 2018 first and have more options to choose from. Candidates can pick their choices of branches and colleges from the available options at the time of counselling. Counselling will be held in offline mode and the candidate has to be present in person. If the candidate is unable to attend counselling for some unavoidable reasons, the parent of the candidate is allowed to attend counselling on behalf of the candidate.


Candidates who get shortlisted for counselling of TNEA 2018 have to pay the counselling fee either through Cash or DD. On the day of counselling, the candidate must also bring along originals of all relevant documents.


TNEA Seat Allotment 2018


The allotment of seats for TNEA 2018 will conducted in the order of merit. Also, when allotting seats category-wise rank of the candidate will be considered for filling seats reserved for candidates belonging to the state of Tamil Nadu. The choices entered by the candidate during counselling will also be taken into account. Once a candidate is allotted a seat, the candidate can go ahead and pay the remaining tuition fee.


For allocation of seats under other-state quota, the table showing the number of seats reserved for different regions will be followed.


TNEA 2018 seat allocation for other state candidates



Number of Seats



Anna University, Chennai-25













Kashmiri Migrant



If there are no applicant under Kashmiri Migrant quota, it will be reverted to Northern Region quota.


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