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Best Colleges in Chennai

Chennai is among fastest growing cities of India and is home to the best educational institutions in the country. Top colleges in Chennai offer courses in Engineering and Architecture, Management and Business Administration, Sciences, Art, humanities and social sciences and computer applications & IT, Management and Business Administration, Medicine and allied sciences. Top Colleges in Chennai offers courses in online, full time and part-time mode. The admission to the top colleges in Chennai is based on entrance exams like JEE Main, TANCET, CAT, XAT, MAT, NEET and others. The colleges in Chennai are owned both by the government and private bodies. 

Top Colleges in Chennai - Eligibility Criteria

B.Tech - Candidates must have completed 10+2 or equivalent as Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics are required as compulsory subjects in Class 12th.

M.Tech - B.Tech/B.E degree and/or master’s degree in sciences in a relevant discipline  and valid score in GATE.

M.Sc - Bachelor's degree with relevant subjects. 

M.B.A - Candidates must have completed graduation in any discipline from a recognised university with the qualifying marks.

M.B.B.S - Candidates must have completed 10+2 or equivalent with minimum 50 percent marks in Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English. Candidates must have qualified NEET(UG).   

Ph.D - Candidates must have completed master’s degree with valid GATE score/ entrance examination

Top Colleges in Chennai - Entrance Examination

Admission to top colleges is based on the score obtained in the entrance examination by the candidate. The details of some of the popular entrance examinations is mentioned in the table below:

Entrance Exam 

Details

JEE Advanced

Joint Entrance Exam Advanced is online exam conducted once a year in online mode.

NEET

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is conducted by NTA one  a year in offline mode. 

GATE

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering(GATE) is a national level exam conducted by Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur once a year  in online mode.


JEE Main

Joint Entrance Examination (Main) is conducted by NTA twice a year in online mode

TANCET

Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test or TANCET is conducted by Anna University in offline mode once a year.

List of Top Colleges in Chennai - NIRF Ranking 2023

National Institute of Ranking Framework (NIRF) is a ranking methodology adopted by MHRD to rank higher education institutes in India. The list of top colleges in Chennai based on their NIRF ranking for 2023 is mentioned in the table below:

College Name

Category

NIRF Rank

Indian Institute of Technology,  Madras

Engineering

1

Anna University, Chennai 

University

14

S.R.M. Institute of Science and Technology Chennai

University

18

SIMATS Chennai

University

13

Sathyabama University, Chennai

University

51

University of Madras

University

50

Top Colleges in Chennai: Fee-Wise

The course fee of the top 10 colleges in Chennai ranges from Rs 1,310 to Rs 1.20 Crore depending upon the type and level of the course.Top universities in Chennai provide various kinds of scholarship schemes and freeships to its students

Top Government Colleges in Chennai - Fee-Wise

College Name

Fee Range

IIT Madras 

Rs 1,320 to Rs 10.72 Lakhs

Anna University 

Rs 4,000 to Rs 22 Lakhs

Madras University Chennai

Rs 1.130 to Rs 18.66 Lakhs

IMU Chennai 

Rs 2.75 Lakhs to Rs 18.60 Lakhs

MMC Chennai 

Rs 87. 23 to Rs 1,41 Lakhs 

Top Private Colleges in Chennai - Fee-Wise

College Name

Fee Range

SIMATS Chennai 

Rs 1 Lakh to Rs 1.20 Crore

Sathyabama University Chennai

Rs 90,000 to Rs 23 Lakhs

SRM University Chennai

Rs 16,000 to Rs 1.35 crore

Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education And Research

Rs 1.50 Lakhs to Rs 1.62 Crore

Bharath Institute of Higher Education And Research, Chennai

Rs 90,000 to Rs 1.36 Crore

Top Courses Offered by the Top Colleges in Chennai

College Name

Courses offered

IIT Madras

B.Tech, B.Tech M.Tech, MBA, M.Tech, Executive MBA

Anna University, Chennai 

B.E/B.Tech,B.Arch, M.E/M.Tech, MBA, MCA

SIMATS Chennai 

B.E /B.Tech, M. E, M.Sc, M.D.S 

Sathyabama University, Chennai

B.E/B.Tech, B.Sc, M.E/M.Tech, M.D.S, MBA

Madras University, Chennai

B.Sc, M.Sc, M.Com, MBA

Top Colleges in Chennai: Placement -Wise

Below mentioned is the placement details of top 5 colleges in Chennai with meridian salary offered for the undergraduate and post graduate courses as per NIRF report 2024: 

College Name

Median Salary 2023 - UG 

Median Salary 2023 - PG

IIT Madras Placements

Rs 17 Lakhs

Rs 15 Lakhs

Anna University Placements

Rs 7.50 Lakhs

Rs 6.80 Lakhs

SIMATS Placements

Rs 9.30 Lakhs

Rs 15.60 Lakhs

Madras University Placements

NA

Rs 3.73 Lakhs

SRM. Institute of Science and Technology Placements

Rs 1.60 Lakhs

Rs 2.04 Lakhs

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Note: The colleges in Chennai also receive financial support from the government. The top colleges in Chennai provide financial support to its students based on their financial need and academic performance.

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IIT Madras - Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Public/Govt

IIT Madras - Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Chennai, Tamil Nadu Public/Govt 4.7/5105 Reviews
NIRF Ranking: 1
NIRF Ranking: 1
B.Tech Mechanical Engineering
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SIMATS Chennai - Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai

Chennai, Tamil Nadu
3.2/59 Reviews
Private
NIRF Ranking: 27
MBBS
  • Exams : NEET
  • Fees : 111.38 Lakhs
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100+ Brochures downloaded so far

SRM University Chennai - SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai

Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Private
NIRF Ranking: 32
MCA
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1500+ Brochures downloaded so far

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Madras University - University of Madras, Chennai

Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Public/Govt

Madras University - University of Madras, Chennai

Chennai, Tamil Nadu Public/Govt 4.3/510 Reviews
NIRF Ranking: 65
NIRF Ranking: 65
PGDM
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300+ Brochures downloaded so far

Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai

Chennai, Tamil Nadu
4.3/53 Reviews
Private
NIRF Ranking: 98
MBBS
  • Exams : NEET
  • Fees : 125.25 Lakhs
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100+ Brochures downloaded so far

Dr MGR Educational and Research Institute, Chennai

Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Private

Dr MGR Educational and Research Institute, Chennai

Chennai, Tamil Nadu Private 4.1/528 Reviews
NIRF Ranking: 101-150
NIRF Ranking: 101-150
MBA
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1500+ Brochures downloaded so far

Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai

Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Private

Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai

Chennai, Tamil Nadu Private 3.8/569 Reviews
NIRF Ranking: 101-150
NIRF Ranking: 101-150
B.Tech Electronics and Communication Engineering
300+ Brochures downloaded so far
300+ Brochures downloaded so far

Meenakshi Academy of Higher Education and Research, Chennai

Chennai, Tamil Nadu
2.0/51 Reviews
Private

Meenakshi Academy of Higher Education and Research, Chennai

Chennai, Tamil Nadu Private 2.0/51 Reviews
NIRF Ranking: 151-200
NIRF Ranking: 151-200
MBBS
  • Exams : NEET
  • Fees : 123.75 Lakhs
100+ Brochures downloaded so far
100+ Brochures downloaded so far

TANUVAS Chennai - Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai

Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Public/Govt

TANUVAS Chennai - Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai

Chennai, Tamil Nadu Public/Govt
NIRF Ranking: 151-200
NIRF Ranking: 151-200
B.V.Sc and AH
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    300+ Brochures downloaded so far

    Vels University Chennai - Vel's Institute of Science Technology and Advanced Studies, Chennai

    Chennai, Tamil Nadu
    Private
    NIRF Ranking: 151-200
    BA LLB Hons
    • Fees : 10.91 Lakhs
    600+ Brochures downloaded so far
    600+ Brochures downloaded so far

    HITS Chennai - Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, Chennai

    Chennai, Tamil Nadu
    Private

    HITS Chennai - Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, Chennai

    Chennai, Tamil Nadu Private 3.6/561 Reviews
    NIRF Ranking: 151-200
    NIRF Ranking: 151-200
    MBA
    1000+ Brochures downloaded so far
    1000+ Brochures downloaded so far

    Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Chennai

    Chennai, Tamil Nadu
    Private

    Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Chennai

    Chennai, Tamil Nadu Private 4.2/548 Reviews
    NIRF Ranking: 151-200
    NIRF Ranking: 151-200
    BE Computer Science and Engineering
    300+ Brochures downloaded so far
    300+ Brochures downloaded so far

    Vel's School of Hotel and Catering Management, Chennai

    Chennai, Tamil Nadu
    Private
    B.Sc Hotel and Catering Management
    • Fees : 3.43 Lakhs
    100+ Brochures downloaded so far
    100+ Brochures downloaded so far

    Asan Memorial College of Arts and Science, Chennai

    Chennai, Tamil Nadu
    4.6/53 Reviews
    Private
    B.Com II Shift
    100+ Brochures downloaded so far
    100+ Brochures downloaded so far

    SIVET College, Chennai

    Chennai, Tamil Nadu
    Public/Govt

    SIVET College, Chennai

    Chennai, Tamil Nadu Public/Govt
    B.Sc Mathematics
    100+ Brochures downloaded so far
    100+ Brochures downloaded so far

    Indian Institute of Logistics, Chennai

    300+ Brochures downloaded so far
    300+ Brochures downloaded so far

    Measi Institute of Management, Royapettah

    Chennai, Tamil Nadu
    Private

    Measi Institute of Management, Royapettah

    Chennai, Tamil Nadu Private 4.1/514 Reviews
    MBA
    • Fees : 4.50 Lakhs
    100+ Brochures downloaded so far
    100+ Brochures downloaded so far

    PDCH Pandur - Priyadarshini Dental College and Hospital, Pandur

    Chennai, Tamil Nadu
    Private
    BDS
    100+ Brochures downloaded so far
    100+ Brochures downloaded so far

    SRM Dental College, Ramapuram

    Chennai, Tamil Nadu
    Private

    SRM Dental College, Ramapuram

    Chennai, Tamil Nadu Private
    BDS
    • Exams : NEET
    • Fees : 17.70 Lakhs
    100+ Brochures downloaded so far
    100+ Brochures downloaded so far

    Centre for Distance Education, Anna University, Chennai

    Chennai, Tamil Nadu
    Public/Govt
    MBA
    • Fees : 56.15 K
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    100+ Brochures downloaded so far

    Panimalar Polytechnic College, Chennai

    100+ Brochures downloaded so far
    100+ Brochures downloaded so far

    NIS Chennai - National Institute of Siddha, Chennai

    Chennai, Tamil Nadu
    Public/Govt
    BSMS
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      100+ Brochures downloaded so far

      MMM College of Nursing, Chennai

      Chennai, Tamil Nadu
      Private

      MMM College of Nursing, Chennai

      Chennai, Tamil Nadu Private
      B.Sc Nursing
      100+ Brochures downloaded so far
      100+ Brochures downloaded so far

      Annai Violet Arts and Science College, Chennai

      Chennai, Tamil Nadu
      Private
      B.Com
      100+ Brochures downloaded so far
      100+ Brochures downloaded so far

      Soka Ikeda College of Arts and Science for Women, Chennai

      Chennai, Tamil Nadu
      Private
      B.Com
      100+ Brochures downloaded so far
      100+ Brochures downloaded so far

      Bhaktavatsalam Memorial College for Women, Chennai

      Chennai, Tamil Nadu
      3.0/51 Reviews
      Private
      M.Sc Mathematics
      100+ Brochures downloaded so far
      100+ Brochures downloaded so far

      Mar Gregorios College of Arts and Science, Chennai

      Chennai, Tamil Nadu
      3.7/53 Reviews
      Private
      B.Com
      100+ Brochures downloaded so far
      100+ Brochures downloaded so far

      Alpha Arts and Science College, Chennai

      Chennai, Tamil Nadu
      3.0/51 Reviews
      Private

      Alpha Arts and Science College, Chennai

      Chennai, Tamil Nadu Private 3.0/51 Reviews
      B.Com
      100+ Brochures downloaded so far
      100+ Brochures downloaded so far

      St Isabel's School of Nursing, Mylapor

      Chennai, Tamil Nadu
      Private

      St Isabel's School of Nursing, Mylapor

      Chennai, Tamil Nadu Private
      GNM
        100+ Brochures downloaded so far
        100+ Brochures downloaded so far

        Shenbagha College of Nursing, Chennai

        Chennai, Tamil Nadu
        Private

        Shenbagha College of Nursing, Chennai

        Chennai, Tamil Nadu Private
        B.Sc Nursing
          100+ Brochures downloaded so far
          100+ Brochures downloaded so far

          Sree Balaji College of Nursing, Chennai

          Chennai, Tamil Nadu
          Private

          Sree Balaji College of Nursing, Chennai

          Chennai, Tamil Nadu Private
          B.Sc Nursing
          100+ Brochures downloaded so far
          100+ Brochures downloaded so far

          Billroth College of Nursing, Chennai

          Chennai, Tamil Nadu
          Private

          Billroth College of Nursing, Chennai

          Chennai, Tamil Nadu Private
          B.Sc Nursing
            100+ Brochures downloaded so far
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            Sri Sairam Homoeopathy Medical College and Research Centre, Chennai

            Chennai, Tamil Nadu
            3.5/51 Reviews
            Private
            BHMS
            100+ Brochures downloaded so far
            100+ Brochures downloaded so far

            Sri Kanyaka Parameswari Arts and Science College for Women, Chennai

            100+ Brochures downloaded so far
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            Thiruthangal Nadar College, Chennai

            Chennai, Tamil Nadu
            Private

            Thiruthangal Nadar College, Chennai

            Chennai, Tamil Nadu Private
            B.Sc Computer Science
            100+ Brochures downloaded so far
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            The Madras Sanskrit College, Chennai

            Chennai, Tamil Nadu
            Private

            The Madras Sanskrit College, Chennai

            Chennai, Tamil Nadu Private
            BA Sanskrit Siromani Madhyama
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              KCS Kasi Nadar College of Arts and Science, Chennai

              Chennai, Tamil Nadu
              Private
              B.Com
              100+ Brochures downloaded so far
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              Gojan College of Teacher Education, Chennai

              Chennai, Tamil Nadu
              Private
              B.Ed
                100+ Brochures downloaded so far
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                Bridge Academy for Music and Fine Arts, Chennai

                Chennai, Tamil Nadu
                Private
                BA Bharatanatyam
                100+ Brochures downloaded so far
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                The Spastics Society of TamilNadu, Chennai

                Chennai, Tamil Nadu
                Private

                The Spastics Society of TamilNadu, Chennai

                Chennai, Tamil Nadu Private
                D.Ed Spl.Ed Cerebral Palsy
                  100+ Brochures downloaded so far
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                  Vel Tech, Chennai

                  Chennai, Tamil Nadu
                  Private

                  Vel Tech, Chennai

                  Chennai, Tamil Nadu Private
                  BE Electronics and Communication Engineering
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