TNEA Counselling 2023

  • By Christy J. Varghese
  • 20 January 2023
TNEA Counselling

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TNEA Counselling 2023

The Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA) is an annual state-level admissions process organised by the Directorate of Technical Education, Tamil Nadu. It allows students to apply for engineering programs at their preferred B.Tech college in Tamil Nadu. Students who have been allocated seats through the TNEA 2023 counselling process must complete the document verification and fee payment process online to enrol for the B.Tech course

TNEA Counselling Date: Latest Updates

The TNEA counselling process 2023 has several stages and a specific schedule for each category (General, Special, and Vocational). The latest updates on the TNEA counselling schedule will be updated here as soon as the authority releases the TNEA notification:



Start of TNEA counselling registration

Yet to be announced

Last date of online registration

Yet to be announced

Issue of TNEA Random Number

Yet to be announced

Declaration of Rank List

Yet to be announced

Start of General Counseling

Yet to be announced

Start of TNEA Supplementary counselling

Yet to be announced

SCA to SC counselling

Yet to be announced

Overview of the TNEA Counselling Process 

The Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA) counselling process consists of several stages, including:

  • Step 1: Registration
  • Step 2: Certificate Verification
  • Step 3: Publication of Merit/Rank List
  • Step 4: Initial Payment
  • Step 5: Fill out the Choices
  • Step 6: Locking of Choices
  • Step 7: Tentative Allotment
  • Step 8: Submission of Allotment Offer
  • Step 9: Final Seat Allotment
  • Step 10: Reporting to the Institute

Step 1: Registration: In the first stage of the TNEA counselling process, students must complete the primary registration to be eligible for counselling and seat allocation. Without registration, students will not be able to participate in the counselling process.

Step 2: Publication of Merit or Rank List: The merit list is prepared based on the marks students obtained in Physics, Mathematics, and Chemistry. Students can check the rank list on the TNEA website or use a direct link that will be provided when the list is released. 

Furthermore, students who notice any errors or discrepancies in the list can object within one week of its publication by contacting the Office of the Secretary - TNEA, Directorate of Technical Education, Chennai. 

Note: Only students who appear on the rank list will be eligible for further rounds of counselling. 

Step 3: Initial Payment: After the merit/rank list is confirmed, a schedule for payment, choice filling, and seat allocation will be published. As per the schedule, students must make an initial payment. The initial payment is a precautionary amount that must be deposited to participate in the choice filling. 

Students can pay the initial fee online through the official TNEA website or by demand draft (DD). The details of the initial TNEA counselling fees are as follows:

  • General: ₹5,000
  • SC/SCA/ST:  ₹1,000

Note: The fees of students who are not offered seats in any of the rounds of TNEA counselling will be refunded.

Step 4: Fill out the Choices:- In the fifth step of the Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA) counselling process, students must select their preferred institutes and courses. This is done by logging into the TNEA portal with their user ID and password and filling out their choices. Applicants must use the same login credentials that they used during the registration process.

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Step 5: Locking of Choices:- After filling out their choices, students must lock them on the third day of the round. Once the choices are locked, a PDF document containing the list of choices will be sent to the student’s registered email addresses along with an integrity code. 

The integrity code is to prevent any further modification to the students’ choice list. If a student fails to lock their choices within the given time frame, the system will automatically lock them.

Step 6: Tentative Allotment: The system will then allot tentative seats to students based on the choices they have made. Students can check their tentative seat allotment by logging into their accounts.

Step 7: Submission of Allotment Offer:- After seats have been allotted, students will have the choice to accept or reject the offer. If a student is not allotted a seat during the Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA) counselling process, they have the following options:

  1. Choose upward movement: This indicates that the student wants to switch to a different seat and take part in more counselling sessions.
  2. Students may also decide whether to proceed with TNEA counselling in the following round based on the vacant seats in the upcoming round.
  3. Students may also choose to quit the TNEA counselling process.

Note: If a student fails to submit their decision within the given time, their seat will be cancelled. However, they can still participate in further rounds of counselling.

Step 8: Final Seat Allotment:- In the final allotment step, the authorities will assign seats to students based on the options they have chosen. The results of the TNEA seat allotment will be made available on the official portal.

Step 9: Reporting to the Institute: Finally, students who are allotted seats in the final allotment must go to the allotted institute to pay the admission fee and confirm their seats. If a student is not allotted any seat during TNEA counselling, they can request a refund of their initial deposit, which will be processed according to TNEA procedures.

Documents Required for TNEA Counselling 2023

After being allocated a seat through the Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA) process, students must bring the following original documents and copies of these documents for verification:

  • 10th Mark Sheet
  • HSC First Year (+1) mark sheet
  • HSC Second Year (+2) or equivalent mark sheet
  • HSC Hall Ticket
  • Transfer Certificate
  • First Graduate Certificate
  • Nativity Certificate (only in electronic or digitally signed e-certificate form, if applicable)
  • Community Certificate (if applicable)
  • Income Certificate (if applicable)
  • Any other documents required for special reservation categories that the candidate has applied for.


The authority will publish the TNEA preliminary allotment on the official website after candidates have finished filling out their choices of institutes. A few days later, the authority will announce the final seat allocation results. 

Before beginning your TNEA exam preparation, it is important to familiarise yourself with the whole TNEA syllabus and consult some B.Tech exam tips that will help you get ready for the test swiftly. Prospective B.Tech students can also sign up on Sunstone to benefit from admission assistance. 

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