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Tamil Nadu Open University Chennai Admission 2021: Dates, Eligibility, Selection Criteria, Application Process

Last updated on August 31st, 2021 by Arunima Sethi

Tamil Nadu Open University [TNOU] is located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, and was established in 2002. It offers Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Diploma programs in numerous specializations. The dates for admission into these programs will be soon issued by the TNOU authorities. Candidates can apply for the UG, PG, and Diploma programs via Online Mode.

The selection of the candidates to the TNOU Chennai courses is done based on the merit list prepared by the varsity on the basis of their last qualifying examination. The course curriculum has been approved by University Grants Commission(UGC) and Distance Education Board (DEB).

The key points related to TNOU Chennai Admission 2021 are mentioned below:

  • Candidates must have completed their class 12 or equivalent examination for admission into the Bachelor’s Degree courses.
  • For admission into the PG courses, graduation is a must in the relevant discipline.
  • The minimum educational degree for the PG Diploma programs is Bachelor’s/Master’s degree in the relevant field.
  • For Vocational Diploma or Certificate courses, Class 10th pass or equivalent is the eligibility requirement.
  • Admission into the B.Ed program is done based on the entrance exam conducted by the concerned authorities.

TNOU Chennai Admission Important Dates 2021

TNOU Chennai will soon be releasing the dates for TNOU Admission 2021.

Events Dates
Date of Start of Application form To be notified
Last Date to fill the Application form To be notified
Release of Merit List To be notified
Counselling Process/Document Verification To be notified
Commencement of PCP Classes To be notified

TNOU Chennai UG Admission 2021

Under the UG Programs, Tamil Nadu Open University offers a total of 40 specializations under various streams of Arts, Commerce, and Science. 20 bachelor degree programs are offered in English medium, 2 in Tamil Medium, 17 both in Tamil and English Medium. The detailed specializations for the UG programs are tabulated below:

Course Specializations
B.A. English, English and Communication, History, Criminology & Criminal Justice Administration, Tamil, Tamil Literature, Tourism, and Travels Study, Economics, Public Administration, Political Science, Sociology, Human Rights, Islamic Studies
B.Sc Mathematics, Psychology, Geography, Computer Science, Visual Communication, Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Apparel, and Fashion Design/(L.E.)
BBA General, Computer Applications, Marketing Management, Retail Management
B.Com General, Computer Applications, Accounting and Finance, Corporate Secretaryship, Bank Management
B.Ed Special Education
BSW Social Work
BCA (Lateral Entry) General
BPA Drama and Theatre Studies

TNOU Chennai UG Eligibility Criteria

  • B.A./B.Com/B.Sc/BCA/BSW/BPA: Passed class 12 or equivalent in the relevant stream of Arts/Science/Commerce from a recognized board.
  • BCA(L.E.)/ B.Sc Apparel Design (L.E.): Diploma in relevant field from a recognized polytechnic college.
  • B.Ed: Graduation in any stream from a recognized institution.

TNOU Chennai UG Selection Criteria

  • The selection is done based on the marks scored in the last qualifying degree.
  • For the B.Ed program, candidates need to appear for the entrance test conducted by the TNOU.

TNOU Chennai PG Admission 2021

TNOU offers a total of 35 PG programs in various specializations. 27 specializations are in the English Language, 1 program is conducted in the Tamil language and 6 programs are commenced in the English as well Tamil language. The detailed specializations of the PG programs are tabulated below:

Course Specializations
MBA General, Shipping and Logistics, Hospital Administration, Logistics Management
M.A. History, Public Administration, Sociology, Political Science, Economics, Tamil, English, Criminology & Social Justice, Human Rights, Anthropology, Islamic Studies, Linguistics, Police Administration, Women Studies, Tourism and Travel Studies
MSW Social Work
M.Com General
M.Sc Psychology, Counselling & Psychotherapy, Counselling & Psychotherapy (L.E.), Mathematics, Computer Science, Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology
MCA (Lateral Entry) General
M.L.I.Sc Library Science

TNOU Chennai PG Eligibility Criteria

  • MBA/MSW/M.Com/M.A/MCA.: Passed in the Bachelor’s degree in the relevant stream from a recognized College or University.
  • M.Sc Counselling & Psychotherapy(L.E.): Post Graduate Diploma from TNOU in Psychotherapy and Counselling.
  • M.L.I.Sc.: Passed B.L.I.Sc. from a recognized college/university.

TNOU Chennai PG Selection Criteria

  • The selection into the PG programs is done based on the marks/scores obtained in the last qualifying degree from a recognized College/University.

TNOU Chennai Diploma Courses Admission 2021

TNOU offers a Diploma program as a Vocational Diploma, General Diploma courses, and PG Diploma courses. The specializations and eligibility criteria vary for these diploma programs. TNOU offers 4 Diploma programs, 3 PG Diploma programs, and 17 Vocational Diploma programs. The specializations are mentioned in the table below:

Course Specialization
Diploma Program Media Art, Archaeology and Epigraphy, Wildlife Tourism, Apparel Industrial Technology
PG Diploma English, Psychological Counselling/N.P, Psychological Counselling
Vocational Diploma Beautician, Fashion Design and Garments Technology, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology, Four Wheeler Mechanism, DTP Operator, Computer Applications, Computer Hardware Servicing, General Duty Assistance, General Duty Assistance(L.E.), Catering Assistant, House Electrician, Acupressure Therapist, Animation, Childhood Care and Education

TNOU Chennai Diploma Courses Eligibility Criteria

  • Diploma: Passed class 12 or Higher Secondary Examination from a recognized Board.
  • PG Diploma: Bachelor’s degree/Masters degree in relevant field.
  • Vocational Diploma: Candidates with 10th pass/10th fail or TNOU PPE Passed.

TNOU Chennai Diploma Courses Selection Criteria

  • The selection into the Diploma, PG Diploma, and Vocational Diploma program is done based on the marks scored in the last qualifying degree examination or relevant.

TNOU Chennai Certificate Programs Admission 2021

TNOU offers a Certificate program in one specialization namely Entrepreneurship Development. The course curriculum for the program is designed in English medium.

TNOU Chennai Certificate Programs Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates must have passed class 10 or SSLC from a recognized board. Candidates must have prior experience of three years of working in an NGO.

TNOU Chennai Certificate Programs Selection Criteria

  • The selection into the Certificate program is done based on the merit prepared on the last qualifying examination passed by the candidate.

TNOU Chennai Application Process 2021

TNOU has shifted its offline application procedure to the online mode. Candidates can apply to the UG/PG/Diploma/PG Diploma courses on the official website of the TNOU.

  • Visit the official website of the TNOU.
  • Visit the AdmissionSection, and click on the ‘Online Admission’ option.
  • Register yourself for the UG/PG/Diploma/Certificate course.
  • Fill up the online application form by providing all the necessary personal and educational details.
  • Upload the copies of the documents, signature, and photograph in the required format.
  • Pay the application fee.
  • Verify all the filled information and submit the application form.
  • Keep a printout of the application and remember the login details for future reference.

TNOU Chennai Admission FAQs

Ques. Is the TNOU degree valid or not?

Last updated on July 16th, 2021

Ans. Tamil Nadu Open University is well recognized and listed in the University Grants Commission. It has been approved by the Distance Education Board, DEC IGNOU, and other recognized bodies. The degree of TNOU in any field is equally valid.

Ques. Can a non-resident person of Tamil Nadu pursue a degree from TNOU Chennai?

Last updated on July 16th, 2021

Ans. Yes. Tamil Nadu Open University offers UG, PG, Diploma, and Certificate courses to both residents and non-residents of Tamil Nadu state. Candidates need to meet the eligibility criteria as per the chosen UG/PG/Diploma/Certificate program.

Ques. What is the exam pattern for the B.Ed entrance exam conducted by TNOU Chennai?

Last updated on July 16th, 2021

Ans. TNOU Chennai conducts an entrance exam for admission into its B.Ed course. The entrance exam has a total of 100 marks and 100 questions are asked. Each question carries one mark. Questions are asked from the sections of English Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge, Aptitude Teaching, Special Education Awareness, and the Teaching-Learning process.

Ques. How do you submit the allocated assignments after the TNOU Chennai Admission process?

Last updated on July 16th, 2021

Ans. Candidates can visit the official website of the Tamil Nadu Open University. Under the ‘Online Assignment’ option, fill in the allotted Enrolment number and registered mobile number. Students need to complete the assignments in their own handwriting on A4 sheets. It should be scanned and converted into a pdf file before uploading it on the online portal.

Ques. Do TNOU provide study material to the students after the confirmation of TNOU Chennai Admission?

Last updated on July 16th, 2021

Ans. Tamil Nadu Open University provides study material to the students admitted under all the offered courses. The study material is provided in the form of a printout, video, or recorded lectures. The study material can be obtained from the respective study center under TNOU or can be received through registered post.