TNOU: Ranking, Courses, Fees, Admission, Placements

Debasree Banerjee Debasree Banerjee | Jan 17, 2024
Debasree Banerjee
Debasree Banerjee

Updated on - Jan 17, 2024

TNOU was established in the year 2002 as a public university focusing on imparting education in Open and Distance Learning (ODL). It was established by the Government of Tamil Nadu and is a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and is recognized by national bodies like University Grants Commission (UGC), DEB, AAOU, ACU and many others. Admission 2024 depends on the final selection of the candidates. It is based on the completion of the qualifying exam followed by counselling.

Tamil Nadu Open University [TNOU], Chennai is located in the Saidapet area of Chennai, Tamil Nadu. This university is known for offering diploma, undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate level courses in the fields of science, arts, commerce, management, education, computer applications and vocational subjects - and many of them are offered in ODL mode. 

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TNOU Quick Insights

TNOU has over 200 programs offered under various departments. Some of the key highlights of the university are given below, including the courses and their programme levels offered, type of university, recognitions, infrastructure etc.

Tamil Nadu Open University, Chennai
Year of Establishment
Type of University
Courses Offered
UG, PG, Diploma, PG Diploma, Advanced Vocational Diploma, Vocational Diploma, Certificate, Short-Term, Doctorate Courses
Admission Criteria
Entrance & Merit Based 
Number of Faculty
Infrastructure Facilities
Classrooms, Auditorium, Laboratories, Library, Medical centre
Chennai, Tamil Nadu

TNOU Courses

TNOU Chennai offers diploma, undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate level courses in the fields of science, arts, commerce, management, education, computer applications and vocational subjects. The majority of these are offered in ODL Mode as well. Below given are the major courses offered under each faculty/department

Department Courses
Arts BA, BPA, B.Lit, MA
Commerce B.Com
Science B.Sc, M.Sc
Management BBA, MBA
Education Diploma 
Computer Diploma, BCA, MCA

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TNOU Departments

TNOU Chennai offers more than 200 courses under various departments. Each department has a team of faculty members who are specialised in that respective field. Below are the major departments that the university has

History and Tourism
Journalism and New Media
Library and Information Science
Politics and Public Administration
Criminology and Criminal Justice Administration
Tamil and Cultural Studies
Continuing Education
Social Sciences

TNOU Admission 2024

Tamil Nadu Open University [TNOU], Chennai admission 2024 will be done online through the official website of the university. The form along with supporting documents like mark sheets, certificates, applicant’s photo and signature etc. need to be submitted. Thereafter, admission into all the courses is based on a merit list issued by the university based on the marks obtained by the students in their qualifying exams.

TNOU Eligibility Criteria

TNOU has set some eligibility criteria for all the courses. All the applicants for admission into the courses offered by the university must satisfy the below-mentioned eligibility criteria before applying for admission. Candidates failing to meet the eligibility criteria will not get through the admission process. 

MA Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates must have a bachelor's degree from any recognized university or a bachelor’s degree in Tamil under part - I from any recognized university. 

M.Sc Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates must have passed their Bachelor's degree from a recognized institution.

MBA Eligibility Criteria

  •  Candidates need to pass in bachelor’s examination in any stream with at least 50% marks in aggregate.

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Why Choose TNOU?

TNOU offers 218 undergraduate and postgraduate courses in 7 streams. The university is approved by UGC and is located in Chennai. Placements are so good that it has placed more than 60,000 students successfully in well-reputed companies. Some of the advantages of the university are mentioned below

  • TNOU Chennai is one of the few universities that are well known for offering many courses in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode.
  • Deserving students with disabilities, low family incomes and belonging to reserved categories are offered scholarships at TNOU Chennai.
  • The infrastructure of TNOU Chennai is focused on offering education of equal quality to the students face to face as well as in distance mode

TNOU Academic Advantages

TNOU has an excellent team of teaching professionals who are well experienced in their respective fields. The university is known for its research activities done by several approved research supervisors. Some of the other academic advantages of this university are

  • Student placements cell.
  • Well-equipped laboratories.
  • Central library with numerous books and journals.
  • Holistic learning environment.

TNOU Distance Education

TNOU Chennai is one of the few colleges that are known for offering many of its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in arts, education, science and other fields in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode. Most prominent ones of these include B.Ed in Special education, MA in Anthropology, M.Sc in Geography, B.Ed (General) and many others. By offering these courses, the TNOU Chennai has also gained recognition from UGC - Distance Education Bureau.

TNOU Results

TNOU results 2022 have been released on the official website of the university. Candidates who appeared for the Term End Exam can check TNOU Results on this page. An enrolment number is required to check the Tamil Nadu Open University, [TNOU] Chennai Result 2022. Below are the steps to be followed to check the results

  1. Visit the official website of TNOU i.e
  2. Click on Term End Examinations - results from the Examinations tab.
  3. Click on the link of the desired course to check the result.
  4. Enter the enrollment number & submit.
  5. The result will be displayed in pdf format.

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TNOU Infrastructure

TNOU Chennai offers sufficient infrastructure facilities to its students for their quality learning. Many of these facilities are targeted toward fulfilling the need of providing distance education. For instance, the Electronic Media Production and Research Centre (EMPRC) works to produce quality audio-visual learning content for its distance learning students. It also does video conferencing for live interaction between students and experts/ faculties for knowledge exchange. The library of TNOU Chennai holds a collection of 25,780 books on different subjects. Other facilities at TNOU Chennai are given below.

  • Classrooms
  • Auditorium
  • Laboratories
  • Medical centre
  • Mother Care room
  • Water Plant
  • CCTV

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TNOU Placements

TNOU has a Student Placement Cell (SPC) that was set up in July 2016 with the aim of providing employment opportunities to the students of TNOU Chennai. These employment opportunities are not only for the final recruitments but it is also for internship placements. The placement cell organizes Placement Camps for the students at different Regional Centres. Candidates who are seeking a job can fill out the registration form for job seekers. The average package offered at the university is INR 2 LPA. 

Some of the top recruiters of the university are

Sahara Osborn International Reliance
R City Mall   LG Electronics  MRF
Carnival Cruise Lines LUK INDIA PVT LTD - SCHEFFLER GROUP Attivo Protezione Pvt. Ltd.
Heritage Foods Hwashin Automotive  IFB Automotive Pvt. Ltd. 

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TNOU Scholarships

TNOU offers scholarships for all eligible candidates under various categories. Differently abled students pursuing education at this university are eligible for tuition fee exemption. The candidate must apply for the same along with the disability certificate. Moreover, the SC/ ST students pursuing formal distance education are eligible for reimbursement of fees, if they are not employed and if the annual income of their parents is less than Rs. 1 Lakh. The students should apply for scholarships in the prescribed form available at the Offices of Adi Dravidar/ Tribal Welfare Department, which is to be submitted along with the supporting documentation required.

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TNOU Collaborations

TNOU has collaborated with various institutions for improving the overall growth and reach of its students. These collaborations will enhance the learning experience and provide wide exposure to the students. Some of the organisations & institutes which collaborated with the TNOU are mentioned below

  • State Bank of India
  • Learning Matters, Bangalore
  • Entrepreneurship Development and Innovation Institute (EDII).
  • The International Association of Lions Club.
  • Alagappa University
  • Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited
  • Campus Vission
  • Soft Source Technologies Pvt. Ltd (SSTPL)
  • Ltd., Mumbai

TNOU Faculty

TNOU faculty is well qualified and experienced in teaching. They are well equipped with all the necessary knowledge in their relevant field of expertise. There are 60+ faculty members having more than 15 years of experience. The majority of them are PhD holders from reputed institutes. They are always ready to help their students with academic as well as personal problems. Students can reach them at any time to solve their problems. 

TNOU Alumni

TNOU Chennai has a dedicated alumni association and the alumni of the university can get themselves registered on the same via the official alumni cell registration. This alumni association of TNOU aims at bringing out developmental changes for the benefit of the student community. The alumni association of the university is also responsible for increasing the networking and engagement among the alumni. Students passing out from here bloom out to be successful professionals in their field. Some of the notable alumni are: 

Notable Alumni Profession
Maragatham. K Former Member of Lok Sabha
M.Udhayakumar Lawyer and Politician

TNOU Highlights

Institution Type Public
Total Faculty 60+
Year of Establishment 2002
Genders Accepted Co-Ed
Total Area (In Acre) 5721.84
Construction Area (Sq. M) 4726
Recognised by UGC

TNOU Courses & Fees 2024

Course Average Fees Duration
MBA ₹30,150 2 Years
BSc ₹20,100 3 Years
BCA ₹28,100 3 Years
BBA ₹11,950 3 Years
Bachelor of Performing Arts ₹10,100 3 Years
BSW ₹9,900 3 Years
MCA ₹24,800 3 Years
M.Lib.I.Sc ₹10,800 1 Year
MSW ₹12,800 2 Years
BA ₹8,546 3 Years

TNOU Courses and Fee Structure

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Courses offered by TNOU

₹ 30,150 (2 Years)

₹ 28,100 (3 Years)

₹ 11,950 (3 Years)

Bachelor of Literature [B.Lit]

Offline On Campus

₹ 6,850

M.Com [Master of Commerce]

Offline On Campus

₹ 9,800 (2 Years)

MSW [Master of Social Work]

Offline On Campus

₹ 12,800 (2 Years)

₹ 10,800 (1 Year)

₹ 24,800 (3 Years)

BSW [Bachelor of Social Work]

Offline On Campus

₹ 9,900 (3 Years)

Bachelor of Performing Arts

Offline On Campus

₹ 10,100 (3 Years)


What are the courses available in TNOU?

TNOU offers UG and PG courses in streams like arts, science, commerce, management, computer, etc. Some of the main courses include B.A., B.Com, B.Sc., BBA, MBA, MCA, M.A. and M.Sc.

Is an open university degree valid for UPSC?

Yes, it is valid as UPSC has not specified any university for qualification.

Is a TNOU degree valid for Govt jobs?

Yes, it is valid for government jobs as well as further studies.

What are the facilities available on campus at TNOU?

TNOU provides a range of facilities to students like library, transportation, laboratories, sports, hospital etc.

How is the placement avenue at TNOU?

The student placement cell of TNOU has successfully placed 60000+ students in reputed companies. The average package offered is INR 2 LPA.

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Jennifer Douglas Batch 2012 B.Com [Bachelor of Commerce]
Reviewed on Dec 01, 2020
3.5 Placements
3.5 Fees
3.5 Academics
3.5 Infrastructure
3.5 Campus

Placements & Internships : Companies like Accenture, Dell, HP, HSBC hire graduates from TNOU The highest salary for a graduate is INR 5,00,000 PA.

Entrance Exams & Admissions : The candidate must have cleared the Higher Secondary Examination. The admission can be obtained

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Jennifer Douglas Batch 2018 B.Com Accountancy
Reviewed on Aug 24, 2020
4.5 Placements
4.5 Fees
4.5 Academics
4.5 Infrastructure
4.5 Campus

Placements & Internships : Most of the students were placed in the top MNC companies. The average salary offered ranges between INR 15,000 to 40,000 per month. Top companies like TCS, Accenture, Cognizant, and IBM have visited the college for campu

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