TNOU Admission 2023: Eligibility, Application Process & Dates

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TNOU Admission

TNOU Admission 2023 would be for undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programs with different specializations to choose from. Candidates can get admission to any of these courses if they fulfil the eligibility criteria. The final admission is also made based on the scores in previous qualifying examinations. The admission seeking candidates can fill up the TNOU online application for admission.

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The highlights of Tamil Nadu Open University admission are tabulated below

Institute TNOU
Type Open University 
Courses Offered Undergraduate Courses, Postgraduate Courses, Diploma courses
Entrance Exam N/A
Mode of Application Offline/ Online
Selection Criteria  Merit-based


TNOU admission of the admission seeking candidates to the courses offered is done on the basis of merit. The final selection is made on the basis of previous scores, academic qualifications, and availability of seats. 


TNOU UG admission 2023 offers Bachelor’s Programmes.  The courses with their specialisations are given in the table below

Course Specializations
BA Tamil, English, Tourism and Travel Studies, +more
BBA General, Marketing Management
B.Com Computer Applications, Bank Management, Corporate Secretaryship, Accounting & Finance
B.Sc Mathematics, Mathematics with Computer Applications, Psychology, Geography, +more
BCA General
BSW General
BPA Drama and Theatre Studies

TNOU UG Admission Eligibility Criteria

The details are given below for the eligibility criteria for TNOU Bachelor's degree course admission 2023

  • For admission to the BA and B.Com, B.Sc and BBA degree courses the candidates need to be pass in 12th (HSC) or equivalent examination or PUC or TNOU BPP or 10+3 Years of Diploma or 11+2 Years TTC or 10 +2 Years ITI.
  • For the admission to the BCA course, 10th or 12th (HSC) examination or equivalent or PUC or TNOU BPP or 10th +3 Years Diploma or 11+2 Years TTC or 10+2 Years ITI and for lateral entry candidate must have any Diploma from recognized polytechnic college is required.
  • For B.Sc Apparel and Fashion Design, the candidates are required to have a Three Year Diploma in Textile Technology from Polytechnic College (or) TNOU DAFD.
  • The BSW and BPA course requires that the admission seeking candidates must have passed their 10+2 examinations from a recognized institution.


The details are given below for the various PG Courses with their specializations offered at the institute

Course Specializations
MA History, Public Administration, Sociology, Political Science, +more
MBA Marketing, Finance, Human Resource Management, Operations Management, and International Business
M.Com General
M.Sc Psychology, Counselling & Psychotherapy, Counselling & Psychotherapy (Lateral Entry - LE), +more
MSW General
M.Lib.Sc General
MCA General, Lateral Entry

TNOU PG Admission Eligibility Criteria

The details are given below for the Tamil Nadu Open University eligibility criteria

  • For admission to the MA degree course, the candidates must have a bachelor's degree from any recognized University or Bachelor’s degree in Tamil Under Part -I from any recognized University.
  • For admission to the MBA course offered by the institute, the candidates need to pass in Bachelor’s examination in any stream with at least 50% marks in aggregate.
  • For admission to the M.Com course candidates must be a Graduate in Commerce/ Business Administration/Corporate Secretaryship/ ACA/ AICWA/ and ACS/ who have studied at least 02 papers in Commerce in their degree program.
  • For admission to the M.Sc degree course, the candidates must have passed their Bachelor's degree from a recognized institution.
  • For the MCA course, any Bachelor's Degree with a duration of a minimum of 3 (three) years from a recognized University with Mathematics as one of the subjects at +2 level or UG level is required.
  • For admission to the MCA Lateral Entry a Bachelor’s Degree or Equivalent with Degree / (or) B.Sc., Computer Science / (or) BCA / (or) BE / B.Tech. Computer Science / Computer Engineering from any recognized University is required.


The institute offers Diploma courses to candidates in various specializations. The specialisations are tabulated below

Course  Specializations
Diploma Archaeology and Epigraphy, Wildlife Tourism, Tourism and Tour Operations Management, Lab Technician
Advance Vocational Diploma Vocational Diploma in General Duty Assistant, Vocational Diploma in General Duty Assistant
Vocational Diploma Fashion Design and Garment Making, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician, General Duty Assistant, Acupressure Therapist, +more

TNOU Diploma Admission Eligibility Criteria

The details for the Diploma course are given below for the eligibility criteria

  • For admission to the Diploma courses, the admission seeking candidates must have passed their class 10th or 12th admission.


BA Specializations

The institute offers a BA degree course with a number of specializations to choose from. The specialisations offered are tabulated below

BA Specializations
Tamil English  History
Tourism and Travel Studies Political Science Public Administration
Criminology and Criminal Justice Administration Islamic Studies Sociology
Human Rights Economics  

B.Sc Specializations

B.Sc  Specializations
Maths Physics Chemistry
Botany Zoology Psychology
Geography Visual Communication Apparel and Fashion Design 
Computer Science Multimedia Apparel and Fashion Design (Lateral Entry)


The TNOU offers PG courses to the admission seeking candidates in various specialisations tabulated below

MA Specializations

MA Specializations
Tamil English History
Tourism and Travel Studies Political Science  Public Administration
Public Administration Linguistics Anthropology
Criminology and Criminal Justice Administration Human Rights Sociology

M.Sc Specializations

M.Sc Specializations
Maths Physics Chemistry
Zoology Botany Psychology
Counselling and Psychotherapy Geography Apparel and Fashion Design
Computer Science    


Vocational Diploma Specializations

Vocational Diploma Specializations
Fashion Design and Garment Making Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician General Duty Assistant
Acupressure Therapist Early Childhood Care and Education Office Automation
Design Beauty Therapist Vehicle Mechanic


The Registration is done through online mode. Steps are given below for the procedure.

  • The application process is conducted in online mode.
  • TNOU online application and TNOU application forms are available on the institute's official website.
  • The TNOU fee structure is available on the official website.
  • TNOU application form can be obtained online mode.

Steps to Apply for TNOU

To get admission to any course in TNOU, candidates have to follow the below-mentioned steps

  • Step 1: Go to the official website of TNOU Chennai and click on the 'Admissions' tab. 
  • Step 2: On the admissions tab, select the 'Online Admission' option and register as a new candidate.
  • Step 3: After successful registration, fill the application form with the necessary details and upload the scanned copies of all the required documents.
  • Step 4: After filling out the application form, pay the registration fees and submit the application form.
  • Step 5: Candidates should take a printout of the application form for future reference

Documents Required for Application Process

The following documents required for application at University are

  • Mark sheet of highschool
  • Mark sheet of intermediate
  • Graduation degree certificate
  • Category certificate (If applicable)
  • Passport size photographs
  • Signature


The contact details for TNOU courses admission 2023 are as follows

TNOU Contact Details
Address Tamil Nadu Open UniversityNo 577, Anna Salai, Saidapet,Chennai - 600 015
Phone 044-24306600
Email [email protected]

TNOU Admission Highlights

Courses Exams Accepted Admission Form
M.Lib.I.Sc -
BA -
B.Com -
B.Sc -
MA -
M.Com -
M.Sc -
B.Ed -
BE -
Other -


What are the basic eligibility criteria for admissions to TNOU?

The basic eligibility criteria for admissions to TNOU are as follows -  Applicants to B.A., B.Com., B.Sc., BCA & BBA courses must have passed the 10+2 examination from a recognized board. Those who have applied to M.Com., M.A., M.Com. and M.Sc. courses must have passed Bachelor’s courses from a recognized board. Candidates applying for MBA courses must hold a Bachelor's Degree in any discipline from a recognized board. The minimum marks required to be eligible for admission to an MBA course is having secured at least 50% marks in the undergraduate degree.

What are the courses offered by TNOU?

The university offers education in 3-year under-graduation in B.A., B.Com., B.Sc., BBA, and BCA. College offers studies in 2-year Master’s programs in MBA, MCA, M.A., M.Com. and M.Sc., Diploma & Postgraduate Diploma courses in multiple specializations.

What is the admission process followed at TNOU?

The admission process followed at TNOU are as follows -  Admission to under-graduation is based on completion of 10+2 or TNOU BPP conducted by the Tamil Nadu Open University. Admission to the post-graduation program will be merit-based and application forms are available at the study centers of the Tamil Nadu Open University.

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Jennifer | Bachelor of Commerce [B.Com], batch of 2012

Reviewed on Dec 01, 2020

  • 3.5
  • Admission 3.5

The candidate must have cleared the Higher Secondary Examination. The admission can be obtained by filling out an application form and submitting the documents. There are no entrance examinations conducted for B.Com course. The candidate must have scored over 60% in Class XII for admission in B.Com program.

Jennifer | Bachelor of Commerce [B.Com] (Accountancy), batch of 2018

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2020

  • 4.5
  • Admission 4.5

The eligibility to apply for a bachelor course is 10+2, and for masters, the eligibility is higher education and undergraduation degree with a minimum of 50% of marks.

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