Anna University: Ranking, Courses, Eligibility Criteria, Cutoff, Admissions 2021, Placements

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Anna University, Chennai is a public university in the state of Tamil Nadu which consists of 13 constituent colleges, 3 Regional Campuses, 4 University Department Campuses, and 593 colleges under its affiliation. The university offers numerous specialised courses in under-graduate, post-graduate, diploma, and fact-finding programs for scholars.

Anna University is famous for its strong dominion in the engineering and management streams. The entrance exam which is accepted by the university is TNPCEE, TANCET, NATA, JEE, and others. Mainly, the university focuses on TNEA counselling which is based on students’ cut-off marks in their class 12. The cut-off marks will change according to the college. The TNEA counselling will allow students holding cut-off marks of more than 75.

Anna University offers a lot of courses from various streams such as CSE, EEE, ECE, IT, etc. The university also holds 43rd in the overall category in India in Outlook and 17th place among management institutes in India.

The university was formed by bringing four institutes together which are

  • College of Engineering (CEG) (since 1794)
  • Alagappa College of Technology (ACT) (since 1944)
  • Madras Institute of Technology (MIT) (since 1949)
  • School of Architecture & Planning (SAP) (since 1957)

Anna University Highlights

The following table consists of the basic information about Anna University. It will give an idea about how the university works.

Established | Institute Type1978 | State University
Approved byAll India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and University Grants Commission of India (UGC)
Set byTamil Nadu Government
Entrance ExamTNPCEE, TNEA, TANCET, NATA, JEE, and others
Courses Offered30 | UG, PG, and Ph.D.
Popular CoursesBE, B. Tech, MBA
Application ModeOnline
Admission CriteriaMerit-based & Entrance Test
Top RecruitersCognizant Technology Solutions, Bank of America, Infosys, HCL, CEAT, Philips Innovation, Oracle, Reliance Industries, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL), Conde Nast, etc.
Campus Area185 Acres
Facilities AvailableLibrary, Hostel, Auditorium, Sports.
Official Websitehttps://www.annauniv.edu/

Anna University Ranking

Anna University, Chennai is the most reputed university in Tamil Nadu. The university will always have its place reserved in every ranking.

Body/ MagazineRankingYear
Outlook17th among management institutes in India2020
QS World University Rankings601-800 among Engineering institutes (Internationally)2020
QS World University Rankings16th among overall category in India2020
US News Ranking1103 in the overall category across the globe2020
Outlook13th in the overall category in India2019
Financial Express43rd in the overall category in India2019
ARWU Ranking11-16 in the overall category across the globe2019
NIRF20197th (Universities Category) out of 200 14th (Overall Category) out of 200 9th (Engineering Category) out of 200
BRICS202087th out of 400
Times Higher Education2020#601-800 out of 1009 in Engineering Category
The Week20198th out of 126 in Engineering Category

Anna University Courses Offered

B.TechIT, Printing Technology, and othersIntermediate graduate with Physics, Chemistry, and Maths Candidates with Diploma in Engineering/ Technology can apply for lateral entry4 years
B.ECSE, EEE, ECE, Mechanical, and othersIntermediate graduate with Physics, Chemistry, and Maths Candidates with Diploma in Engineering/ Technology can apply for lateral entry4 years
B. ArchArchitecture, Landscape design, etcIntermediate graduate with 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Maths and 50% in aggregate as well4 years
MBAManagement, Finance, accounting, etcGraduation in relevant discipline with 50% marks2 years
M.ScMathematics, Chemistry, Physics, etc.Graduation in relevant discipline with 50% marks2 years
M.C.AComputer ApplicationsGraduation in relevant discipline with 50% marks2 years
M.EStructural Engineering, CAD-CAM, Plastic Engineering, and othersGraduation in relevant discipline with 50% marks2 years
M.TechPrinting Technology, Information Technology, and othersGraduation in relevant discipline with 50% marks2 years
M.ArchLandscape Design, Architecture, and othersB.Arch in relevant discipline with 50% marks2 years

Anna University Admissions

Admission at Anna University, Chennai is based on either entrance exam or merit-basis. Most of the time, the university prefers the students to be selected on merit basis.

Firstly, the university releases separate application forms for each stream and course. The application forms will be available on the official website. For B. Arch and M. Arch, the students must go through the NATA Entrance exam registration. They should pass with a credible score in it to get eligible for admission at Anna University.

The below table contains the accepted entrance exam for admission at Anna University.

Course NameAcceptable Exam
B. Arch / M. ArchNATA
B. E / B. TechTNEA Counselling

How to Apply?

The students must follow the steps given below to fill up the Anna university application form:

  • Visit the official site of the college to get the application form (https://www.annauniv.edu/)
  • Click the “online application form” link.
  • Fill up the basic details and get the login credentials.
  • Now, log in using the given login credentials given by the server.
  • After that, fill up the in-depth details.
  • Attach the scanned copy of the required documents, photograph & signature (20 KB to 30 KB).
  • Pay the application fee.
  • Click the “Download application” tab.
  • Take printouts of the filled-in application form.

Documents/ Details required while filling application form:

  • 10th / 12th mark sheet
  • 12th admit card
  • Permanent community certificate
  • Graduation certificate
  • Medical certificate
  • Transfer certificate
  • Nativity certificate
  • Army Personnel proof document
  • Permanent community certificate
  • Aadhar Card, and PAN Card.

TNEA Cut-Off 2020

The cut-off will be calculated with the marks scored by the students in Class 12 in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry. This table is based on the previous year’s TNEA cut-offs accepted in Anna University.

College of Engineering, Anna University, Chennai:

Engineering SpecializationsOpening MarksClosing Marks
Civil Engineering179199.25
Computer Science Engineering183200
Electronics and Communication Engineering194.75200
Electrical and Electronics Engineering189.5199.67
Geo informatics181197.25
Industrial Engineering171.5197.25
Mechanical Engineering194.25200
Mining Engineering185.25198.25
Manufacturing Engineering175.25197
Printing Technology138.5194.25

Anna University Placement

Anna University is known for its sovereignty in placement cell. The university is very active in terms of placements from top recruiting companies. More than 200 companies are coming to recruit the students. The university focuses on the students to enhance their skills and academic and curricular activities by conducting mock interviews, seminars, conferences, experts talk, etc.

Salary packagesLakhs per Annum
Highest salary12 LPA
Median salary6.5 LPA
Average salary4.71 LPA

The placement cell’s main objective is to train candidates in -

  • Personality development
  • Industry Interface
  • Leadership/teamwork skills
  • On the job training
  • Career planning skills

The placement strategy will change depending upon the course and the stream chosen. The salary trend of Anna University is given below:

Anna University Salary Trend

The top recruiting companies are:

MU SIGMAQualcomm India Pvt. Ltd
Ranbaxy LaboratoriesSaint Gobain Glass
AccentureAshok Leyland
Essar groupGeneral Motors
Maruti SuzukiMahindra & Mahindra
InfosysIndian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL)

The placement statistics for Anna University is mentioned below:

Anna University Placement Statistics

Anna University Scholarship

Anna University, Chennai provides financial support to deserving students. There are many scholarships available differing from the eligibility criteria to the amount of support.

  • Tamil Nadu e-District Community Scholarship specifically for the backward category (BC/BCM/MBC) students who are pursuing UG and PG regular courses. The annual income of the parents must be less than Rs. 2 lakhs.
  • Tamil Nadu e-District Community Scholarship for SC/SCA/ST category students who are pursuing UG and PG regular and Self-Supporting courses. The annual income of the parents must be less than Rs. 2.5 Lakhs. A certificate from Tahsildar is required as proof of the category.
  • Hostel Loan Scholarship for the UG & PG (SC/SCA/ST) Students in ACTECH Hostel. The annual income of parents must be below 2 Lakhs.
  • Merit-cum-means Minority Scholarship for the students who belong to Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, and Sikkim can go for this scholarship. The annual parental income must be less than Rs. 2.5 Lakhs.
  • Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for the students who pursue a degree with more than 80% marks in HSC exams. They have to maintain 75% attendance in 1st year.

Anna University Facilities

Following are the facilities provided for the students by Anna University.

  • Computing: The students and faculty are equipped with internet services, specialized computing centres to meet the computational and technological requirements.
  • Library: The students can access a vast amount of books and journals (over 1.5 lakhs) and digital services for their studies.
  • Health Centre: The university is aided by a medical centre having experienced doctors, staff, and modern lab equipment.
  • WiFi: The university provides a campus-wide, high-speed WiFi service for students and faculty members.
  • Students Amenities Centre: There are several services to fulfill the students’ needs such as photocopy, Xerox, etc.
  • Travel Agency: There is an on-campus travel agency to provide the facility for students’ travel needs.
  • Banking Facilities: Lots of banks and ATMs are located around the college to satisfy the students’ bank requirements.
  • Sports Facilities: The sports facilities that the college provides for the students are large open play grounds, athletic tracks, courts and arenas, Gymnasiums and Swimming Pool.

Anna University Faculty

The faculty members of Anna University are not only the expert in their fields but also friendly in manners. The professors would always help the students with any academic and career-wise doubts.

There are a total of 7476 staff members working in association with the university. But on the campus, there is a total of 724 faculty including professors, associate professors, and assistant professors.

No. of Faculty members in College of Engineering, Guindy

Mining Engineering6
Printing technology8
Industrial Engineering11
Computer Science and Engineering32
Manufacturing Engineering14


Ques: How many courses are offered at Anna University?

The university offers various specialized courses in under-graduate, post-graduate, diploma, and investigative programs for the students.

  • Under-Graduate: CSE, IT, Mining Engineering, Printing Technology, ECE, EEE, Manufacturing Engineering, etc.
  • Post-graduate:M.E. Structural Engineering, M.E. Construction Engineering and Management, M.E. Irrigation Water Management, M.E. Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering, and others.

Ques: What are the admission criteria for Anna University?

The admission criteria are based on the students’ performance in the entrance exam (TNPCEE, TANCET, NATA, JEE, and others)and class 12 and class 10.

Ques: When was Anna University established?

Anna University, Chennai was established in 1978 by clubbing four major institutes:

  • College of Engineering (CEG) (since 1794)
  • Alagappa College of Technology (ACT) (since 1944)
  • Madras Institute of Technology (MIT) (since 1949)
  • School of Architecture & Planning (SAP) (since 1957)

Ques: Is Anna University UGC approved Institute?

Anna University and all the distance education programs of the university have been approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

Ques: Does Anna University offer distance education?

Yes, Anna University offers PG distance education programs. The university conducts an entrance exam known as Distance Education Entrance Test (DEET) to select the candidates for admission for these courses.