TNEA 2020 Eligibility Criteria, Domicile, Age & Qualification Eligibility

TNEA 2020 Eligibility CriteriaCandidates have to fulfill the complete TNEA 2020 Eligibility Criteria before last date of submission of application form in order to get admission. TNEA is the state level admission procedure to get admission in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is organized by the Anna University for providing the admissions in the B.E./B.Tech professional degree courses. The admissions will be offered only by considering the intermediate (12th) class percentage. Every year number of candidates applied for admission in TN State. In this article, candidates can check the TNEA eligibility criteria 2020 in detail.

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TNEA 2020 Eligibility Criteria

In this section, candidates can check the complete eligibility in order to be eligible for the admission in the university and its affiliated institutions.

Passing the qualifying examination or changing the religion after last date of submission of application form will not be considered.

Applications Closing Soon:


TNEA 2020 Application Form has been released from 16th July 2020. Candidates can get the application form through online mode.

Nativity Criteria:

  • The candidates those studied their VIII, IX, X , XII and XII standards from Tamil Nadu state are eligible to apply.
    • They no need to enclose the Nativity certificate.
  • The candidates those studied their VII, IX, X , XII, XII and equivalent exam from outside Tamil Nadu state are also eligible to apply.
    • Such candidates have to enclose the copy of Nativity Certificate in electronic form/digitally signed e-signed certificate.
  • Children of Central Government Employees can also apply irrespective of their nativity.
    • Their parents or guardians (if parents are not alive) have been serving in Tamil Nadu since five years at the time of submission of application.
    • In this case candidates have to enclose the certificate from the employer of the parents/guardian.
  • Children of employees in Public Sector or Government recognized Institutions working since five years in TN may also apply irrespective of their domicile.
    • In this case candidates have to enclose evidence of it such as the Income Tax Return, PF Slips, etc.
  • Sons and daughters of All India Service Tamil Nadu cadre officers are also eligible to apply.
  • Candidates those studied their VIII, IX, X , XII and XII from TN state are also eligible to apply.
    • They need not enclose Nativity Certificate.

Srilankan Tamil Refugee:

  • Candidates those are Srilankan Tamil Refugee and studied from Tamil Nadu can apply and they will be considered under open competition.
    • They have to enclose the following documents:
      • Identification certificate from Head Quarters Tahsildar.
      • Those have not registered under refugee camp have to enclose copy of passport, Visa and letter registered with Police Station.

Qualifying Exam:

Candidates must fulfill the qualification eligibility given below:

  • Qualifying Exam: Candidates should pass the HSC (10+2) or equivalent examination from a recognized board.
  • Minimum Marks: Candidate should obtain the 45% (General category), 40% (Backward class including backward class Musilm), 40% (MBC and DNC) and 40% (SC/ST/SCA).
  • Subjects: Must pass with minimum average marks in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry together.
  • A candidate should also pass with minimum average marks in related subjects, Vocational theory and Practicals together.

Eligibility for Marine Engineering Branch:

  • A candidate should pass 10+2 or equivalent examination in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and English as separate subject with an average of not less than 60% in PCM.
  • Minimum of 50% marks is required in English in 10th or 12th for all candidates.
  • Before selecting the course candidates should notice that they should be medically fit.

Other Eligibilities for Marine Engineering:

  • Maximum age to apply is 25 years.
  • The minimum height is 157 cm.
  • The minimum weight is 48 kg.
  • Normal colour vision.

If you have any query related to the TNEA 2020 Eligibility Criteria, you can ask us by leaving your queries in the comment box given below.

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  1. Pradeep says:

    My Son is born in Chennai and Studied till X std in Chennai. He did his intermediate in Andhra Pradesh. Should he provide Nativity Certificate? Does he come under Tamil Nadu local or Andhra Pradesh?
    Pls advice.

  2. G.MANIKANDAN says:

    My daughter studied until 8th standard in Madhyapradesh (Bhopal).She will be doing 9,10,11 and 12 in Tamilnadu.Does she necessary to enclose nativity certificate.

  3. Rajya says:

    Sir, my son studied untill grade 8 in abroad. He will be doing grade 9,10,11 and 12 in Tamil Nadu. Does he qualify for state domicile quota ?

  4. Prashant says:

    Sir i have completed my 12th cbse from bihar
    Can i apply for tnea 2020

  5. lakshmana pandian says:

    my date of 03-01-2003. in application the year shown upto 2002 only
    I can not enter my date of birth. so I can not apply. plz help me

  6. abhishek says:

    i have got 66.6 percentage in cbse in 12
    can i apply for TNEA

  7. D vedha Leo Adithya says:

    I was born in May 2003 and have completed my class 12th in 2020. Am I eligible for Tamil Nadu engineering counselling .

  8. reena says:

    Is it possible to get a seat in engineering clg by applying in TNEA by the cut-off 46% and 94 out of 200 for BC Muslim?

  9. Khadir says:

    Sir, by mistake i have give my income as less than 6 lacs.
    I cannot produce income there any issue.

  10. Humaid says:

    Can 17yrs old student apply for TNEA counseling

  11. Umayal says:

    When the application registration started for the year 2020 till now no details available in the tnea link

  12. Shiva says:

    When will i recieve application form as i have not completed a exam in 12th grade due to quarantine….It is asking for 12th mark percentage

  13. Rudra says:

    My father is in CRPF. I am a non tamilian, can i qualify eligibility criteria?

  14. agnes Viji says:

    Hello Sir, We are Tamilians and our children have studied from LKG to 5th in Tamil Nadu and 9th to 12th also in Tamil Nadu(Chennai). In between (from 6th to 8th standards) my husband was posted out of TamilNadu. Since my son did not study 8th standard in Tamil Nadu we have obtained a Nativity Certificate (Nativity by birth) for him. My doubts are : is this ‘Nativity by birth’ certificate same as ‘Domicile certificate’?
    And is this Nativity by birth certificate sufficient for applying to Anna University? Would be very grateful for you reply. Thankyou.

    • Sarvgyan Team says:

      Candidates studied their VIII, IX, X , XII and XII standards from Tamil Nadu state are eligible to apply and need not to enclose the Nativity certificate.

  15. PRASAD NAIR says:

    My son is studying in class 8 in Dubai CBSE school & i am planning to make him study in Tamil Nadu from class 9 to class 12 . Will he be eligible for TNEA exams ? Does he still require nativity certificate ??? Please provide guidance

  16. PRASAD NAIR says:

    My son is studying in class 8 in Dubai CBSE school & i am planning to make him study in Tamil Nadu from class 9 to class 12 . Will he be eligible for TNEA exams ?

  17. Divyangana says:

    I am from Uttarakhand and interesed in this university can i apply for it.

  18. latha says:

    My son studying in muscat 9th std . 11 and 12 if he studies in tamilnadu is he eligible For TNEA colleges. kindly reply

  19. Thangavel says:

    Sir, We are the nativity of tamilnadu. My son is studying in Saudi Arabia from 8th to 12 class. We have MBC community certificate also. Is my son eligible for the Anna university admision with the tamilnadu nativity certificate and in MBC quota? Or Will my son comes under the NRI quota?
    Many people are confusing me.
    Please clear my doubt. Thanks in advance.

  20. P.RAJA says:

    We are native of TN but residing in Karnataka .
    we have Ration card and address proof
    My son studied in Ap and Karnataka . He studied 4th to 10 th in CBSE Bangalore and xi, xii in Karnataka board . Will he be eligible to apply for the TNEA counselling?

  21. Shriraam srinivaas says:

    I am a native of Tamilnadu but had studied 8th to 12th in Andhrapradesh. I applied for tnea and got my certificates verified. I had attached nativity certificate also. But in the rank list it is mentioned as “nativity and studied other ” in the “ineligibility remarks”. What that does mean?

  22. Ganesh says:

    Hi, My son is US citizen(US born) and we moved back to India. He is studying in chennai,Tamilnadu from 8th standard. Can he apply to Taminadu engineering colleges under general quota? OR he need to apply under NRI quota? Pls. let me know. Thanks.

  23. Ramesh kumar says:

    Sir, My plus mark 398/600.. applied online for TNEA. Can i get Govt Quota?

  24. susilraj says:

    Dear sir,
    I am tamilnadu. My mark Maths-38, Physics-74, Chemistry-62, Biology-61, Tamil-86, English-81..Am i eligible? sir..Already applied Online. Shall i get Tamilnadu Govt College? please reply me sir?

  25. Dani says:

    If any change they reduce marine eligibility from 60 to 50

  26. SAI says:

    In Hr. Sec. II Year Exam I got below marks French 55 English 56 physics 49 Chemistry 44 Computer science 74 Maths 35 Total Marks 313
    In Hr. Sec. I Year Exam I got below marks French 63 English 69 physics 51 Chemistry 63 Computer science 81 Maths 35 Total Marks 362I belongs to forward community native of Chennai.
    Whether I am eligible for B.E. or B. Tech. Admission.
    kindly guide at your earliest convenience.

  27. Sudharsan says:

    I got a seat through 2018 counseling. Can I apply recouselling in 2019

  28. preethy says:

    is it possible to take biomedical engineering for oc category with 65 percentage……

  29. Minzza says:

    Iam from kerala.can I apply for TNEA?

  30. Ankit raj says:

    The minimum marks in boards category wise is only for tamilnadu board or for all other state also.

  31. Navaneethan says:

    My sister son is a srilankan national but settled in India and did all his schooling in Chennai. Now he completed his 12th in Chennai, under wht category he should apply for engineering in Anna University .he don’t HV any srilankan refeegue certificate.

    • Sarvgyan Team says:

      She can apply using enclose of copy of Nativity Certificate in electronic form/digitally signed e-signed certificate.

      • Navaneethan says:

        What’s that nativity certificate

      • Sarvgyan Team says:

        It is a document issued by the Govt of India certifying the Indian origin of the applying candidate who is or whose parents/grand parents lived in that particular state.

  32. Anant says:

    I am born in Chennai, did my schooling outside Tamilnadu ubder CBSE Board. My parents are not tamilian. Am I eligible for TNEA

  33. Dikshant Javheri says:

    I have successfully completed my Diploma after 10th, from MSBTE. Following that I am a resident of Maharashtra. Am I eligible for applying?

  34. Your Name... says:

    dear sir
    i am Shwet Upadhyay from Varanasi i studied from Cbse pattern school
    from Varanasi and got 80%marks in HG and 69.33% marks in 12
    am i eligible to apply in Aana university and what if i will give improvment…..
    thankyou sir/madam
    yours faithfully
    shwet upadhyay

  35. BALAJI SINGH says:

    Dear Sir

    My son studied from Class I to Class X in Birla Public School, in Qatar under CBSE pattern .

    He joined XI and XII now in Bhaktavatchalam School, Korattur, in Chennai, Tamilnadu, again under CBSE pattern.

    Will he be eligible to apply for the TNEA counselling in 2019.

    He has a valid Ration Card, Passport and Aadhar Card

    Please advise on this.

    Balaji Singh

    • Sarvgyan Team says:

      Yes, can apply but have to enclose the copy of Nativity Certificate in electronic form/digitally signed e-signed certificate.

  36. Shangeeth says:

    Is nativity certificate and income certificates are must and should for certificate verification for engineering?

  37. lakshmi prabha says:

    i made wrong entry of hsc reg number in my tnea application form.

    can i correct in verification center.will they reject my application?pls guide

  38. Vivek kumar singh says:

    I am ip bord studentwe get 85%. Marks in 12th can we apply for anna universty

  39. Lahari says:

    I have done studies in Telangana, And I have a 100% in groups. Am I elligble and will be able to get into anna uni?

  40. Kirushna Kumar says:

    Sir can I change my name because I have entered wrong

  41. Manivel says:

    Can you please tell me, last date for applying counseling?

  42. Janhavi singh says:

    I m from up can i apply for tnea

  43. Samridhi says:

    My age is 19. Can i apply?
    Actually,i’d dropped a year. I’d given my boards in 2017 and i’d got 89.4%

  44. Pravallika says:

    how much percentage are needed to get admission

  45. Pravallika says:

    I am a student of ap physics and chemistry practicals marks are also needed to apply in Anna University and how much percentage are needed to get admission

  46. T.John says:

    While filling up on line TNEA 2018, under eligible criteria information “Whether Candidate has studied 8th to 12th in Tamilnadu YES/NO” opted YES though 8th studied in Karnataka and possess NATIVITY CERTIFICATE and proceeded to make payment. Will my son will disquality during councelling stating wrong information given (or) how to go about it. Can any one guide on this.

  47. Shagun Goyal says:

    Am I eligible for tnea exam if I am from Jharkhand?

  48. Ayaz says:

    I don’t fulfill the nativity criteria can I get admission in anna university

  49. Savita says:

    My daughter is born in Vellore but brought up and studied im Mumbai.We want to apply in Govt.colleges there.What is rhe procedure.My relatives work in Tamilnadu govt but my husband is qorking in.a.private firm in Mumbai.I am.a house wife

  50. Jayanthi says:


    In the application form, For qualifying exam I have selected Apr, 2018. But the result will be declared in May 2018.. The application form is not allowing me to change the 12 th data. it is asking for marks in detail .. If I select No.. It pops as ” you are not eligible” kindly help .. As I have already paid the fees

  51. Biju says:

    Should the candidate applying online for TNEA wait for his/her 12th results and then apply?

  52. Shailesh yadav says:

    Sir, I’m from UP can I apply TNEA-2018.

  53. Nikhitha says:

    Is original hall ticket required for applying for TNEA online application

  54. Patel jaimin says:

    I was completed 12th in Gujarat state bord,can apply for tnea.
    My home state is Gujarat.l am eligible to apply or not?

  55. Venkat says:

    Is there any difference between cbse and stateboard
    cut off marks

  56. Vamsi Krishna says:

    I have completed my 10,11,12th in ap and I got 100 percentage in subjects/pcm. If I apply,can I get an admission in Anna University

  57. Surekha says:

    Where we have to get Anna University BE application form

  58. Ramesh Kumar says:

    I now the nativity certificate in hard copy. What is “electronic form / digitally signed e-signed certificate” ? How to get it ?

  59. P.Varun Srinivas says:

    I was completed 12th stadered in Andhra Pradesh state board, can I apply for TNEA.
    My home state is Andra Pradesh.I am eligible to apply or not?

    • Sarvgyan Team says:

      No, you can’t.

      • Abhimanyu says:

        The candidates those studied their VII, IX, X , XII, XII and equivalent exam from outside Tamil Nadu state are also eligible to apply. Such candidates have to enclose the copy of Nativity Certificate in electronic form/digitally signed e-signed certificate.

  60. Sonali says:

    I have completed my 12th in Bangalore. But my father is a native of Tamil Nadu. Am I eligible to apply for TNEA? My name is registered in our ration card (2005-2009) in Arcot, Vellore. Is this sufficient to prove nativity? Or do I need to procure a nativity certificate( if so could you please provide details)?

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