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The top engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu include IIT Madras, NIT Trichy, SRM, VIT and many other colleges affiliated to Anna University and Bharathiar University. These colleges offer engineering education across all levels of higher education covering popular courses like BTech, MTech, BE, ME and even MPhil and PhD in Engineering.

  • The state has a total of 684 colleges offering engineering courses, comprising 110 government and 574 pivate engineering colleges. This lot includes 502 Engineering Colleges in Tamil Nadu under Anna University, while 13 are affiliated with Bharathiar University, Coimbatore.
  • Admissions in these colleges are done through JEE Main, TNEA, JEE Advanced, SRMJEEE, VITEEE and many other exams for BTech/BE programs and exams like GATE and TANCET for master courses MTech and ME. Check the complete list of top engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu accepting JEE Main score.
  • The average fee of BTech in Tamil Nadu is around INR 1-3 lakh per annum, and for the MTech courses, the fee is around INR 50,000-1,00,000 per annum.
  • These colleges offer all the engineering specializations ranging from CSE and Mechanical to Leather Technology and Media Studies. The average engineering placement package in Tamil Nadu stands at around INR 3-5 lakh per annum for the fresh graduates.

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Top Engineering Colleges in Tamil Nadu: Rankings

Various ranking agencies release the list of top engineering colleges in India on the basis of different parameters every year. These rankings are based on parameters like Perception of the University, Teacher-Student Ratio, Placement Reports, Faculty Quality and many more.

Ranking agencies like NIRF, India Today, The Week, release rankings in different categories including state-wise and city-wise. Given below are some of these ranking lists released for Top Engineering Colleges in Tamil Nadu by these agencies.

Top Engineering Colleges in Tamil Nadu: NIRF Ranking

NIRF or the National Institutional Ranking Framework releases the rankings of top colleges in India every year, divided into different categories. The table below shows NIRF Engineering College Ranking list data.

College Name NIRF Ranking 2020 NIRF Ranking 2019 Change Average Annual BTech Fee
IIT Madras, Chennai 1 1 0 INR 75,116
NIT Trichy 9 10 +1 INR 1,61,250
Anna University, Chennai 14 9 -5 INR 50,000
Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore 15 18 +3 INR 1,98,000
Shanmugha Arts Science Technology & Research Academy, Thanjavur 37 38 +1 INR 23,670
SRM Institute of Technology, Chennai 41 36 -5 INR 6,48,300
Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering 44 37 -7 INR 50,000
PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore 49 44 -5 INR 87,000
Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai 51 47 -4 INR 1,71,000
Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Higher Education, Srivilliputtur 60 61 +1 INR 1,20,600

There are 34 engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu which have been ranked by NIRF. IIT Madras has been ranked as the best engineering college in Tamil Nadu by NIRF.

  • IIT Madras has also been ranked as the 1st university all around India out of 200 participating universities.
  • The next top engineering college ranked by NIRF in Tamil Nadu is NIT Trichy which has secured the 9th rank in India.
  • Anna University is also included in the list, however it has seen a drop of 5 ranks in its position.
  • The list also mentions VIT, SRM Institute of Technology, PSG Coimbatore and Thiagrajar College of Engineering, Madurai.
  • VIT ranks 15th out of 200 participating colleges all around India.

Check latest updates on IIT Madras Admission 2020 Dates

NIRF basis its ranking list for all specializations on 5 key parameters. The chart below shows these 5 parameters and the individual weightage alloted to them.

nirf ranking

Source: nirfindia.org

Top Engineering Colleges in Tamil Nadu: The Week Ranking

The Week is an Indian news magazine published from Kochi and printed in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Kottayam. The Week conducts a survey along with Hansa Research every year to list the top Engineering colleges in India and also state-wise. The following are the top Engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu listed by this collective survey.

College Name The Week Ranking 2019 The Week Ranking 2018 Change Average Annual BTech Fee
IIT Madras 3 4 +1 INR 75,116
NIT Trichy 10 12 +2 INR 1,61,250
Vellore Institute of Technology 19 22 +3 INR 1,98,000
PSGCT Coimbatore 31 NP - INR 87,000

There are 44 colleges and universities in Tamil Nadu in total which have been ranked by The Week. IIT Madras emerges as the best engneering college here also.

  • The institute has been ranked as 3rd among all the 120 participating colleges.
  • NIT Trichy has been ranked 10th in the ranking list by the Week.
  • Other colleges in the list include the Vellore Institute of Technology, PSGCT Coimbatore Allahabad along with other colleges.
  • Vellore Institute of Technology has been ranked 19th by The Week.

Top Engineering Colleges in Tamil Nadu: Outlook Ranking

The Outlook Rankings are based on the research on various parameters carried down in partnership with Drshti Strategic Research Services. These rankings are taken out annually. Listed below are the top colleges in Tamil Nadu for Engineering by the Outlook Rankings.

College Name Outlook Ranking 2019 Outlook Ranking 2018 Change Average Annual BTech Fee
IIT Madras 3 NP - INR 75,116
NIT Trichy 48 NP - INR 1,61,250
PSGCT 23 17 -6 INR 87,000
SRM College of Engineering 36 28 -8 INR 6,40,000
  • According to the Outlook Rankings, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras has been ranked 3rd out of 150 participating colleges.
  • NIT Trichy has been ranked 10th all over India as the top engineering college in Tamil Nadu.
  • Other colleges in the list include Vellore Institute of Technology, PSGCT, Mepco Schlenk Engineering College University among others.

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Top Engineering Colleges in Tamil Nadu: ROI (Return on Investment)

The return on investment is an important parameter while assessing the top colleges as ROI tells us how profitable is the course the candidates are choosing from their respective colleges. The ROI is an important parameter as it measures the ratio of an average annual fee and the average placement package.

The below table represents the Top Private Engineering Colleges in Tamil Nadu for ROI.

College Name Average Annual Fees Average Placement Package ROI Rank*
Coimbatore Institute of Technology INR 23,670 INR 3,50,000 1
PSG College of Engineering INR 87,000 INR 5,40,000 2
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham INR 1,25,000 INR 4,50,000 3
Vellore Institute of Technology INR 1,98,000 INR 5,00,000 4
SRM Institute of Technology INR 6,48,000 INR 6,00,000

*Return on Investment = {(Average CTC)/(Average Annual Fee)}*100%

Based on the ROI calculation above, Coimbatore Institute of Technology emerges as the best college ROI wise. The institute offers an average package equivalent to almost 15 times of what it charges as the 1 year fee for engineering.

Top Engineering Colleges in Tamil Nadu: Cutoff

Admissions in these colleges are done through the top engineering entrance exams like JEE Main, JEE Advanced and TNEA for UG courses and GATE and TANCET for PG courses. Given below are details of cutoff lists released by the top engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu for all engineering courses offered by them.

  • These lists have provision of caste category reservation and also have state quotas sometimes.
  • Colleges also release more than 1 list in order to fill all the vacant seats for the course.

IIT Madras Cutoff 2019

IIT Madras offers various engineering specializations at both the UG and PG level to students. IIT Madras cutoff for JEE Advanced, GATE and IIT JAM are available. The following table gives some insights into the 2018 and 2019 JEE Advanced cutoff of IIT Madras.

Course Name Cutoff 2019 Cutoff 2018
Aerospace Engineering 2075 1270
Chemical Engineering 1831 1582
Civil Engineering 2220 2721
Computer Science & Engineering 90 51
Electrical Engineering 182 216
Engineering Physics 1537 1008
Mechanical Engineering 741 689

This is just a small set of data. Click on IIT Madras Cutoff to check everything about JEE Advanced, GATE and IIT JAM Cutoff. Also compare this with the cutoffs of top IITs in India.

Cutoffs of Other Colleges

The table below shows the cutoff details for other top engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu.

College Name Cutoff
College of Engineering, Anna University TNEA Cutoff
NIT Trichy JEE Main and GATE Cutoff
VIT Vellore VITEEE Cutoff
SSN College of Engineering, Chennai TNEA Cutoff
PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore TNEA Cutoff
Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai TNEA Cutoff
Coimbatore Institute of Technology TNEA Cutoff

Top Engineering Colleges in Tamil Nadu: Admission Process

There are a total of 684 engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu out of which 110 are public engineering colleges and 574 are private Engineering colleges. 

private and public engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu

Source: Official Survey

The majority of the colleges accept the TNEA scores to give admissions to candidates. Some of the colleges also accept TANCET and JEE Main scores. Also, the Masters' admissions take place through GATE ranks.

The following table shows the number of different top Engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu giving admissions on the basis of a particular entrance exam:

Name of Exam Number of Colleges Accepting the Exam
TNEA 499
TANCET 306
GATE 82
JEE Main 21
SRMJEEE 4
IMU CET 4
UNI GAUGE E 4

Mentioned below are some of the top Engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu and their details.

IIT Madras

Established in 1959, IIT Madras has been ranked by various prestigious ranking agencies.The institute has been ranked 1st by the NIRF Ranking 2019, and is one of the top engineering colleges in not only Tamil Nadu but also India.

  • The institution offers admissions in Engineering on the basis of JEE Main scores.
  • IIT Madras offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programs.
  • The average placement package at IIT Madras is seen to be INR 12,40,000 and highest has been INR 17,50,000 till now.
  • Some of the top recruiters include Adobe, Amazon, Cisco, Dell, eBay, Bajaj among other big giants.

Tabulated below are the number of students placed in different sectors across the industry: 

Criteria Analytics/Consulting/Finance Core Education FMCG IT Others PSU
Total Companies 61 52 11 2 65 27 1
No. of Students Offered 251 189 43 3 271 109 3
No. of Students Placed 204 170 38 3 234 98 3
% of Placements 23 19 4 0 27 11 0

NIT Trichy

Established by the government of India, NIT is one of the many prestigious institutions of India.The institute has been ranked by various ranking agencies like NIRF, The Week, Outlook among others.

  • NIT Trichy offers 10 undergraduate and 28 post graduate programs.
  • The entrance to engineering programs is through JEE Main score.
  • NIT Trichy is famous for the best placements in the country, some of the frequently visiting companies include Google, Oracle, Adobe, Amazon among other giants.
  • The average placement package received by students is around INR 6 lakh per annum.
Placement Statistics of NIT Trichy

Source: Official Institute Website

Below table represents placement statistics of NIT Trichy for year 2019:

Number of Companies who have visited the campus 66
No. of Students who are placed through campus 120
MBA Package INR 90 lakh
M.Tech Package INR 48 Lakh

VIT Vellore

Established in the year 1984, the institute is famous for being one of the best technical universities in India. The institute offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

  • The admissions to engineering is based on JEE Main score.
  • VIT Vellore has been ranked by various ranking agencies, 15th in the best engineering colleges in India by NIRF, and 19th among top Indian universities by the Outlook Rankings, to name a few.
  • The institute has a place in the Limca Book of Records for excellent placement records.
  • The average placement package is seen to be INR 5 lakh per annum and visiting companies include Myntra, Kotak, eBay, Tata Motors, and Paypal to name a few.

Top Engineering Colleges in Tamil Nadu: Entrance Exam Wise

Admissions in Tamil Nadu Engineering colleges are done mainly through entrance exams like TNEA, TANCET, JEE Main, GATE. Listed below are some of the top Engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu entrance exam wise.

Top Engineering Colleges in Tamil Nadu Accepting TNEA Score

Almost a majority of Engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu admit students on the basis of the TNEA score. Over 499 colleges in Tamil Nadu Admit students on the basis of the TNEA Exam scores. Some of the top Engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu which accept the TNEA score are:

  • PSG College of Technology
  • Coimbatore Institute of Technology
  • Vinayaka Missions University
  • Anna University
  • Sastra University

Check the complete list here

Top Engineering Colleges in Tamil Nadu Accepting TANCET Score

Many colleges in Tamil Nadu accept the TANCET scores for admission into Engineering programs. Around 306 colleges accept the score of TANCET Exam.  Some of these institutions include:

  • SRM Institute of Technology
  • PSG College of Technology
  • Coimbatore Institute of Technology
  • SSN College of Engineering

Check the complete list of top engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu accepting TANCET scores.

Top Engineering Colleges in Tamil Nadu Accepting JEE Main Score

JEE Main Registration commences in the month of February and Exam is scheduled in the month of April every year. The exam is conducted to take admission in the courses of B.Tech, B.E, B.Arch and B. Planning Papers.

  • Candidates with a background of commerce and humanities are also eligible to sit for JEE Main B. Planning Paper.
  • JEE Main has no age bar. The candidates who have passed class 12th  / equivalent examination in 2018, 2019 or appearing in 2020 irrespective of their age can appear in JEE Main 2020.

Some of the best colleges accepting JEE Maina are:

  • NIT Trichy
  • Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore
  • VIT University
  • Vinayaka Missions University

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Top Engineering Colleges in Tamil Nadu: Placement Wise

Most of the colleges give direct placements to students, and there are some colleges which offer huge placement packages to students.

  • IIT Madras offers an annual placement package of INR 12,00,000 per annum.
  • NIT Trichy and Vellore Institute of Technology, offer an average placement package of INR 6,00,000 per annum and INR 5,00,000 per annum respectively.

Graph Below represents the average placement package of Top Engineering Colleges in Tamil Nadu.

Average CTC of Top Engineering Colleges in Tamil Nadu

Source: Official Institute Websites

Top Civil Engineering Colleges in Tamil Nadu

There are around 526 colleges in Tamil Nadu offering civil engineering. Some of the top Engineering Colleges in Tamil Nadu offering Civil Engineering are:

  • Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  • National institute of Technology, Trichy
  • VIT Vellore
  • SRM Institute of Technology
  • PSGCT

See more Top Civil Engineering Colleges in Tamil Nadu

Top Mechanical Engineering Colleges in Tamil Nadu

There are around 559 Engineering colleges offering Mechanical Engineering in Tamil Nadu. Some of the top Engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu for Mechanical Engineering are given below:

  • Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  • National Institute of Technology, Trichy
  • Thiagarajar University
  • SRM Institute of Technology
  • Sastra University

See more Top Mechanical Engineering Colleges in Tamil Nadu

Top Computer Science (CSE) Colleges in Tamil Nadu

There are around 587 Engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu offering Computer Science. Some of the top Engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu offering Computer Science are given below:

  • Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  • National Institute of Technology, Trichy
  • VIT, Vellore
  • SRM Institute of Technology

See more Top CSE Colleges in Tamil Nadu

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Top Engineering Colleges in Tamil Nadu: FAQs

Ques. Which college is the best for Engineering in Tamil Nadu?

Ans. The best Engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu are:

  • Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  • National institute of Technology, Trichy
  • VIT Vellore
  • SRM Institute of Technology
  • PSGCT
  • Sastra University

Ques. How many total Engineering colleges are there in Tamil Nadu?

Ans. There are about 679 Engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu out of which 572 are private and 107 are public colleges.

Ques. What is the cost of doing engineering in Tamil Nadu?

Ans. The cost of doing Engineering in Tamil Nadulies somewhere in between 25000-25 lakhs.

Ques. Which college is the best for computer science in Tamil Nadu?

Ans. The best Engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu for computer science are:

  • Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  • National institute of Technology, Trichy
  • VIT, Vellore
  • SRM Institute of Technology
  • PSGCT
  • Sastra University

Ques. Which is the best private Engineering College in Tamil Nadu?

Ans. The best private Engineering College in Tamil Nadu is Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore.

Ques. Which college is the best for mechanical engineering in Tamil Nadu?

Ans. The best Engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu for mechanical engineering are:

  • Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  • National institute of Technology, Trichy
  • VIT, Vellore
  • SRM Institute of Technology
  • PSGCT
  • Sastra University

Ques. Which college is the best for civil engineering in Tamil Nadu?

Ans. The best Engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu for civil engineering are:

  • Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  • National Institute of Technology, Trichy
  • VIT, Vellore
  • SRM Institute of Technology
  • PSG College of Engineering
  • Sastra University

Ques. Which is the best public college for engineering in Tamil Nadu?

Ans. The best public engineering college in Tamil Nadu is Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.