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India has thousands of colleges and institutions offering engineering courses. More than 3000 colleges have registered BTech programmes for students. Most of these colleges are in Karnataka, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Delhi, and Kolkata. These states and cities also offer the most IT jobs, but definitely with some pay differences. Tamil Nadu is another state that extends the opportunity to secure advanced education and good placement.
There are 1135 engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu, out of which 1015 are private colleges and 120 are state-run colleges. This article will list the top 10 engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu.
Our list is based on the NIRF ranking of engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu. So, here we go.
Best Engineering Colleges in Tamil Nadu
1. IIT MADRAS - Indian Institute of Technology
NIRF Ranking: #1
Admission: IIT Madras takes admission based on JEE Advanced, GATE, JAM, CAT, HSEE, and other entrance exams.
Courses: It offers B.E./BTech, M.E./MTech, MSc, PhD, and Dual degrees like B.A.+M.A., BTech+MBA.
Placement: In 2022, 1199 students among 1500 registered for placement were offered jobs. The highest CTC stood at ₹1.98 crores per annum, whereas the average CTC stood at ₹21.48 lakhs per annum.
2. NIT Trichy - National Institute of Technology
NIRF Ranking: #9
Admission: NIT Trichy considers JEE Main, JEE Advanced, GATE, and other entrance scores for admission into their UG and PG courses. However, the final counselling and seat allotment at NIT Trichy is done through CCMT, CCMN, and JoSAA Counselling.
Courses: NIT Trichy offers UG and PG degrees in engineering, science, computer application, architecture, and business administration, along with doctoral degrees.
Placement: The exact figures of NIT Trichy placement are not out to the public, but the range of salary offered to the students was ₹6.9 to ₹10 lakhs per annum.
3. Anna University, Chennai
NIRF Ranking: #14
Admission: Candidates applying to Anna University must clear the Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test (TANCET). Candidates applying for Architecture discipline must clear the National Aptitude Test in Architecture or NATA.
Courses: Anna University offers B.E. and B.Tech degrees in various engineering fields. It also offers an MBA degree.
Placement: The median salary offered to Anna University UG (4 years) students was ₹4 lakhs to ₹5 lakhs per annum.
4. Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore
NIRF Ranking: #15
Admission: VIT admits engineering candidates through the VITEEE or Vellore Institute of Technology Engineering Entrance Examination.
Courses: VIT offers BCA, MCA, B.Tech, BBA, B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons.), M.Sc., and research programmes.
Placement: In 2022, the highest package offered to VIT graduate students was ₹1.2 crores per annum, while the average package was ₹8.19 lakhs per annum.
5. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore
NIRF Ranking: #30
Admission Process: Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham conducts its own entrance examination for admission into the engineering discipline. It also considers the scores of national-level entrance exams like XAT, CAT, MAT, CMAT, GMAT, GRE, and GATE for admission into its PG management programmes.
Courses: Undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Engineering, Computer Science, and Management. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham also offers research programmes.
Placement: The highest package offered during the placement drive in Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham was ₹25.16 lakhs per annum, and the average package was ₹4.20 lakhs per annum.
6. SASTRA (Deemed to be University), Thanjavur
NIRF Ranking: #37
Admission Process: SASTRA considers national-level entrance examination scores for admission into its engineering courses. For PG courses, candidates must clear the GATE exam.
Courses: SASTRA offers UG and PG degrees in varied fields of engineering.
Placement: The highest salary package offered to a SASTRA graduate was ₹27 lakhs per annum.
7. SRM Institute of Science and Technology - [SRMIST], Chennai
NIRF Ranking: #41
Admission: SRM Institute considers entrance scores of JEE Main, NATA, LSAT, CLAT, and NEET.
Courses: B.Tech, BCA, BBA, MBA, B.Sc., MBBS, and M.Tech.
Placement Record: In 2022, the highest package offered during SRM Institute’s placement drive was ₹1 crore per annum. Companies like Amazon, Honda, Cognizant, Wipro, TCS, and Infosys have been the most prominent recruiters.
8. SSN College of Engineering, Kelambakkam
NIRF Ranking: #44
Admission: SSN College admits students into its UG and PG programmes based on merit. 65% of seats are filled through single-window counselling, and the rest, 35%, is reserved under management quota.
Courses: SSN College offers UG and PG courses in science and engineering.
Placement Record: As per the 2021 placement data, the median salary package offered to SSN College UG students was ₹5.5 lakhs per annum. PG students were offered an average salary of ₹4.6 lakhs per annum.
9. PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore
NIRF Ranking: #49
Admission: PSG College of Technology considers the scores obtained in Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions or TNEA for admission into the UG programme of engineering discipline. For PG programmes, the candidates will be evaluated on the marks obtained in TANCET.
Courses: PSG College of Technology offers 63 courses in two levels - UG and PG.
Placement Record: PSG College of Technology is one of the top engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu because almost 90 big-shot companies recruit from its campus. However, the exact figures for on-campus offers are not available to the public.
10. Sathyabama University, Chennai
NIRF Ranking: #51
Admission: For admission into the UG degree programmes in engineering, design, and nursing, Sathyabama University conducts its own entrance exam — SAEEE. Admission is merit-based for other UG courses.
Courses: Sathyabama University offers diploma, UG, PG and doctoral programmes in multiple disciplines — science, technology, dental science, education, nursing, pharmacy, and arts.
Placement Record: In 2020, the average salary package offered to the students during the on-campus placement was ₹4.1 lakhs per annum.
Although the list of top 10 colleges ends here, another college is worth mentioning. It is TEC or Thangavelu Engineering College, Chennai.
11. Thangavelu Engineering College, Chennai
NIRF Ranking: #Participating college.
Admission: Thangavelu Engineering College selects candidates for the B.E. degree programme on the basis of Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions or TNEA counselling by Anna University.
Courses: Thangavelu Engineering College offers UG and PG programmes in multiple disciplines — science, architecture, engineering, commerce, and business administration.
Placement Record: In 2020, the average salary package offered to the students of the UG programme during the on-campus placement was ₹2.25 lakh per annum.
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Top Engineering Colleges in Tamil Nadu - FAQ
How many engineering colleges are there in Tamil Nadu?
Tamil Nadu has 1135 engineering colleges.
What are the top 10 engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu?
The top 10 engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu are —
- Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
- National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli
- Anna University, Chennai
- VIT University, Vellore
- Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore
- SASTRA, Thanjavur
- SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai
- SSNCE, Chennai
- PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore
- Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai