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Best Colleges in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu is known for having many esteemed colleges in the nation. Tamil Nadu has 18 out of 100 colleges that have been given a solid NIRF rank. The top colleges in Tamil Nadu fees range from around Rs.16,000 to Rs.8,58,000. The top specialisations offered are chemical engineering, computer applications, computer science engineering, metallurgical and materials engineering, physiotherapy, and many more. The exams required to take a chance at the best colleges in Tamil Nadu are JEE Main, JEE Advanced, NEET, VITMEE, and SAEEE. Other exams may be required depending on the course the candidate is interested in. 

Best Colleges in Tamil Nadu: Eligibility Criteria/Admission

UG Course Eligibility Criteria in Tamil Nadu: To qualify, candidates must have passed their 12th board exams with a valid score or they must be in the top 20% of their 12th class board exams (for some courses). They are also to have a background in maths, physics, and chemistry Admission is based on the scores attained on the entrance exam. 

PG Course Eligibility Criteria in Tamil Nadu: Candidates must have passed their 10+2 with a valid score. They must also have graduated with a passed bachelor’s degree. Few colleges will include a short interview in the admission procedure. Having work experience is also an added advantage for courses like an MBA. Lastly, merit on the entrance exam is important for admission.  

Popular Entrance Exams for Best Colleges in Tamil Nadu: Exam Schedule 2024

VITMEE: The VITMEE is the VIT Masters Entrance Examination. It is an online examination that is conducted once a year online. The exam is a university-level exam that goes on for a total of 2 hours. 

JEE Main: Also known as “Joint Entrance Examination (Main),” which is conducted by the National Testing Agency. This national-level exam is conducted only twice a year and is the gateway for admissions to technically oriented institutions. The test is conducted online and has a duration of 3 hours. 

JEE Advanced: The Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced) is conducted in two sessions (papers) each lasting 3 hours. The whole examination takes 6 hours a day and is conducted online once a year. 

Best Colleges in Tamil Nadu: NIRF Ranking 2023 

NIRF rankings are awarded to colleges that have met certain criteria. Based on how well they meet the parameters, they are scored. Based on those scores they receive a rank and are deemed the best of the nation. The rankings provided below are the top colleges in Tamil Nadu in the overall category. 

Best Colleges in Tamil Nadu: Fee-wise

The below data consists of the top colleges in Tamil Nadu fee structure. There are two sections, fees for the private colleges and fees for the government colleges. 

Best Private Colleges in Tamil Nadu

The candidates can check the private top colleges in Tamil Nadu fees that are mentioned below. 

Private College

Fees

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore Fees

Rs.950 - Rs.9,00,000

VIT Vellore Fees

Rs.1,20,000 - Rs.15,50,000

SIMATS Chennai Fees

Rs.1,00,000 - Rs.4,00,000

SRM University Chennai Fees

Rs.10,000 - Rs.18,00,000

Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Education, Virudhunagar Fees

Rs.30,600- Rs.12,00,000

Best Government Colleges in Tamil Nadu

The fees for the government best colleges in Tamil Nadu have been given below.

Government College

Fees

IIT Madras Fees

Rs.1,320 - Rs.10,72,000

NIT Trichy Fees

Rs.91,850 - Rs.6,18,000

Bharathiar University Fees

Rs.5,200 - Rs.50,580 

Alagappa University Fees

Rs.3,500 - Rs.80,300

Madras University Fees

Rs.3,940 - Rs.1,37,000

Top Courses Offered by the Best Colleges in Tamil Nadu

The top courses offered by the top 5 colleges in Tamil Nadu have been given in the table. 

The best colleges in Tamil Nadu offer a diverse range of both UG and PG courses. 

College Name

Top Courses

IIT Madras

B.Tech Mechanical Engineering, B.Tech Electrical Engineering, B.Tech Civil Engineering, B.Tech Chemical Engineering, and more

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore

MBA, BA Mass Communication, BBA, Mahabharata Upanayanam, and others

VIT Vellore

B.Tech Computer Science and Engineering, B.Tech Electronics and Communication Engineering, B.Tech Mechanical Engineering, B.Tech Information Technology, and other courses 

NIT Trichy

B.Tech Computer Science and Engineering, B.Tech Production Engineering, B.Tech Mechanical Engineering, B.Tech Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and more courses

SIMATS Chennai

B.Sc Nursing, Post Basic B.Sc Nursing, M.Sc Community Health Nursing, M.Sc Obstetrics and Gynaecology Nursing, and many more

Best Colleges in Tamil Nadu: Top Recruiters

The table below displays the main recruiters for each of the best colleges in Tamil Nadu. A few of many have been shown.

College Name

Top Recruiters

IIT Madras Placements

Deloitte, ITC Ltd, Amazon, Samsung, and more

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore Placements

IBM, Wipro, Google, SAP and others 

VIT Vellore Placements

Amazon, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, Intel, and other companies

NIT Trichy Placements

Deloitte, Genpact, Infosys, Phonepe and many more

SIMATS Chennai Placements

TCS, HCL, Infosys, Wipro, and more companies



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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 4.7/599 Reviews
NIRF Ranking: 1
NIRF Ranking: 1
B.Tech Mechanical Engineering
5000+ Brochures downloaded so far
5000+ Brochures downloaded so far

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore

Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Private

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore

Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu Private 4.3/5120 Reviews
NIRF Ranking: 15
NIRF Ranking: 15
MBA
600+ Brochures downloaded so far
600+ Brochures downloaded so far

VIT Vellore - Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore

Vellore, Tamil Nadu
Private

VIT Vellore - Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore

Vellore, Tamil Nadu Private 4.4/5777 Reviews
NIRF Ranking: 17
NIRF Ranking: 17
B.Tech Computer Science and Engineering
5000+ Brochures downloaded so far
5000+ Brochures downloaded so far

Top Institutes Accepting Applications

NIT Trichy - National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli

Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu
Public/Govt

NIT Trichy - National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli

Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu Public/Govt 4.4/5237 Reviews
NIRF Ranking: 21
NIRF Ranking: 21
B.Tech Computer Science and Engineering
1500+ Brochures downloaded so far
1500+ Brochures downloaded so far

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

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

Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Private
NIRF Ranking: 32
MCA
10000+ Brochures downloaded so far
10000+ Brochures downloaded so far

Bharathiar University - Bharathiar University, Coimbatore

Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Public/Govt

Bharathiar University - Bharathiar University, Coimbatore

Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu Public/Govt 4.0/510 Reviews
NIRF Ranking: 36
NIRF Ranking: 36
MBA
    600+ Brochures downloaded so far
    600+ Brochures downloaded so far

    Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Education, Virudhunagar

    Srivilliputtur, Tamil Nadu
    Private

    Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Education, Virudhunagar

    Srivilliputtur, Tamil Nadu Private 3.7/521 Reviews
    NIRF Ranking: 48
    NIRF Ranking: 48
    MBA
    300+ Brochures downloaded so far
    300+ Brochures downloaded so far

    SASTRA University Thanjavur - Shanmugha Arts Science Technology Research and Academy, Thanjavur

    Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu
    Private
    NIRF Ranking: 49
    MBA
    • Fees : 2.20 Lakhs
    1000+ Brochures downloaded so far
    1000+ Brochures downloaded so far

    Alagappa University - Alagappa University, Karaikudi

    Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu
    4.3/53 Reviews
    Public/Govt

    Alagappa University - Alagappa University, Karaikudi

    Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu Public/Govt 4.3/53 Reviews
    NIRF Ranking: 56
    NIRF Ranking: 56
    B.Sc Aviation
    • Fees : 4.80 Lakhs
    1000+ Brochures downloaded so far
    1000+ Brochures downloaded so far

    Madras University - University of Madras, Chennai

    Chennai, Tamil Nadu
    4.4/59 Reviews
    Public/Govt

    Madras University - University of Madras, Chennai

    Chennai, Tamil Nadu Public/Govt 4.4/59 Reviews
    NIRF Ranking: 65
    NIRF Ranking: 65
    PGDM
    1000+ Brochures downloaded so far
    1000+ Brochures downloaded so far

    Bharathidasan University - Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli

    Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu
    4.4/54 Reviews
    Public/Govt

    Bharathidasan University - Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli

    Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu Public/Govt 4.4/54 Reviews
    NIRF Ranking: 70
    NIRF Ranking: 70
    B.Sc Computer Science
    600+ Brochures downloaded so far
    600+ Brochures downloaded so far

    TNAU Coimbatore - Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore

    Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
    4.0/55 Reviews
    Public/Govt

    TNAU Coimbatore - Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore

    Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu Public/Govt 4.0/55 Reviews
    NIRF Ranking: 93
    NIRF Ranking: 93
    B.Sc Agriculture Hons
      600+ Brochures downloaded so far
      600+ Brochures downloaded so far

      Madurai Kamaraj University - Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai

      Madurai, Tamil Nadu
      3.9/59 Reviews
      Public/Govt

      Madurai Kamaraj University - Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai

      Madurai, Tamil Nadu Public/Govt 3.9/59 Reviews
      NIRF Ranking: 94
      NIRF Ranking: 94
      B.Com Unaided
      600+ Brochures downloaded so far
      600+ 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
      600+ Brochures downloaded so far
      600+ Brochures downloaded so far

      Central University of Tamil Nadu, Thiruvarur

      Thiruvarur, Tamil Nadu
      4.5/53 Reviews
      Public/Govt

      Central University of Tamil Nadu, Thiruvarur

      Thiruvarur, Tamil Nadu Public/Govt 4.5/53 Reviews
      NIRF Ranking: 101-150
      NIRF Ranking: 101-150
      M.Com
      1500+ Brochures downloaded so far
      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 3.8/568 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

      Dr MGR Educational and Research Institute, Chennai

      Chennai, Tamil Nadu
      Private

      Dr MGR Educational and Research Institute, Chennai

      Chennai, Tamil Nadu Private 4.1/526 Reviews
      NIRF Ranking: 101-150
      NIRF Ranking: 101-150
      MBA
      1500+ Brochures downloaded so far
      1500+ Brochures downloaded so far

      Chettinad Academy of Research and Education, Kelambakkam

      Kelambakkam, Tamil Nadu
      4.0/53 Reviews
      Private

      Chettinad Academy of Research and Education, Kelambakkam

      Kelambakkam, Tamil Nadu Private 4.0/53 Reviews
      NIRF Ranking: 101-150
      NIRF Ranking: 101-150
      MBBS
        600+ Brochures downloaded so far
        600+ Brochures downloaded so far

        Periyar University - Periyar University, Salem

        Salem, Tamil Nadu
        4.6/52 Reviews
        Public/Govt

        Periyar University - Periyar University, Salem

        Salem, Tamil Nadu Public/Govt 4.6/52 Reviews
        NIRF Ranking: 101-150
        NIRF Ranking: 101-150
        MBA
        300+ Brochures downloaded so far
        300+ Brochures downloaded so far

        Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli

        Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu
        5.0/51 Reviews
        Public/Govt

        Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli

        Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu Public/Govt 5.0/51 Reviews
        NIRF Ranking: 101-150
        NIRF Ranking: 101-150
        B.Ed
        • Fees : 50.60 K
        300+ Brochures downloaded so far
        300+ Brochures downloaded so far

        Karunya University - Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences, Coimbatore

        Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
        Private

        Karunya University - Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences, Coimbatore

        Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu Private 3.9/597 Reviews
        NIRF Ranking: 151-200
        NIRF Ranking: 151-200
        B.Tech Computer Science and Engineering
        1000+ Brochures downloaded so far
        1000+ 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
          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

          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
          2000+ Brochures downloaded so far
          2000+ 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 3.6/560 Reviews
          NIRF Ranking: 151-200
          NIRF Ranking: 151-200
          MBA
          5000+ Brochures downloaded so far
          5000+ Brochures downloaded so far

          Mepco Schlenk Engineering College, Sivakasi

          Melamattur, Tamil Nadu
          Private

          Mepco Schlenk Engineering College, Sivakasi

          Melamattur, Tamil Nadu Private 3.9/551 Reviews
          NIRF Ranking: 151-200
          NIRF Ranking: 151-200
          BE Computer Science and Engineering
          100+ Brochures downloaded so far
          100+ Brochures downloaded so far

          Annamalai University - Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar

          Annamalai Nagar, Tamil Nadu
          Public/Govt

          Annamalai University - Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar

          Annamalai Nagar, Tamil Nadu Public/Govt 4.1/517 Reviews
          NIRF Ranking: 151-200
          NIRF Ranking: 151-200
          B.P.Ed
          • Fees : 46.76 K
          1500+ Brochures downloaded so far
          1500+ Brochures downloaded so far

          PSGIMSR Coimbatore - PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Peelamedu

          Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
          4.0/51 Reviews
          Private

          PSGIMSR Coimbatore - PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Peelamedu

          Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu Private 4.0/51 Reviews
          NIRF Ranking: 151-200
          NIRF Ranking: 151-200
          MBBS
          600+ Brochures downloaded so far
          600+ 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
          1000+ Brochures downloaded so far
          1000+ Brochures downloaded so far

          Annai Veilankanni's School of Nursing, Chennai

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

            Alagappa University Model Constituent College of Arts and Science, Paramakudi

            Paramakudi, Tamil Nadu
            Public/Govt
            BBA
              100+ Brochures downloaded so far
              100+ Brochures downloaded so far

              Agni School of Architecture and Design Excellence, Dindigul

              Vadamadurai, Tamil Nadu
              Private
              B.Arch
              100+ Brochures downloaded so far
              100+ Brochures downloaded so far

              Nehru Arts and Science College, Coimbatore

              Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
              4.6/53 Reviews
              Private

              Nehru Arts and Science College, Coimbatore

              Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu Private 4.6/53 Reviews
              M.Phil Electronics
              300+ Brochures downloaded so far
              300+ Brochures downloaded so far

              Sasurie College of Arts and Science, Tirupur

              Vijayamangalam, Tamil Nadu
              Private

              Sasurie College of Arts and Science, Tirupur

              Vijayamangalam, Tamil Nadu Private
              BA Tamil
                100+ Brochures downloaded so far
                100+ Brochures downloaded so far

                Poompuhar College, Melaiyur

                Melaiyur, Tamil Nadu
                Private

                Poompuhar College, Melaiyur

                Melaiyur, Tamil Nadu Private
                B.Sc Computer Science
                100+ Brochures downloaded so far
                100+ Brochures downloaded so far

                Sri Vidya Mandir Arts and Science College, Krishnagiri

                Krishnagiri, Tamil Nadu
                Private
                B.Com
                Brochures downloaded so far
                Brochures downloaded so far

                Tirunelveli Dakshina Mara Nadar Sangam College, Tirunelveli

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

                Kanyakumari Community College, Kanyakumari

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

                SAH Community College, Tuticorin

                Thoothukudi (Tuticorin), Tamil Nadu
                Private

                SAH Community College, Tuticorin

                Thoothukudi (Tuticorin), Tamil Nadu Private
                GNM
                100+ Brochures downloaded so far
                100+ Brochures downloaded so far

                Arignar Anna Government Arts College, Attur

                Attur, Tamil Nadu
                3.0/51 Reviews
                Public/Govt

                Arignar Anna Government Arts College, Attur

                Attur, Tamil Nadu Public/Govt 3.0/51 Reviews
                B.Com
                100+ Brochures downloaded so far
                100+ Brochures downloaded so far
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