Tamil Nadu State Counseling Procedures

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Directorate of Medical Education (DME), Tamil Nadu, is the governing body for conducting the counseling process within Tamil Nadu. Within the state, 15% of All India Quota counseling is conducted by Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), whereas the rest 85% is conducted by the state governing body DME. After the declaration of NEET score, the governing body conducts the counseling for the eligible students.

The State Quota seats include the seats in the Government Medical Colleges and Government Quota seats in Self Financing Private Medical College including the seats surrendered to Government by Rajah Muthiah Medical and Dental College, Annamalai University, Chidambaram and also for seats in Management Quota in Self Financing Private Medical/Dental colleges inclusive of NRI quota.

There are around 4550 MBBS seats and 1940 BDS seats in the state of Tamil Nadu. The counseling is conducted in the medical colleges on the basis of the scores secured in NEET UG examination.

NEET cut-off 2020

College NameOBC RankSC RankST RankOpen Rank
Annapoorana Medical College and Hospital, Salem37981055716416
Chengalpattu Medical College, Chengalpattu108447179663941
Christian Medical College, Vellore (Institutional Quota)2080
Coimbatore Medical College, Coimbatore69646327432480
Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Medical College and Hospital, Perambalur327210453158462303
ESIC Medical College and Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Chennai1890666113591997
Government Dharamapuri Medical College, Dharmapuri1762701010910
Government Kilpauk Medical College, Chennai63736629106480
Government Medical College and ESIC Hospital, Coimbatore1458660011098878
Government Medical College and Hospital, Karur1988769112348
Government Medical College and Hospital, Pudukkottai2089760013119
Government Medical College, Omandurar96041188215722
Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College, Salem107455027124851
Government Sivagangai Medical College and Hospital, Sivaganga2047769813490
Government Thiruvarur Medical College, Thiruvarur2091749012947
Government Thoothukudi Medical College, Thoothukudi1822745712375913
Government Tiruvannamalai Medical College and Hospital, Tiruvannamalai1949693511509
Government Vellore Medical College, Vellore1514618510309999
Government Villupuram Medical College, Villupuram1689643211701798
Indira Medical College and Hospital, Thiruvallur469410939171312592
IRT Perundurai Medical College, Perundurai2184791713748
Kanyakumari Government Medical College, Asaripallam1892758212935
KAP Viswanatham Government Medical College, Tiruchirapalli120754108028964
Karpaga Vinayaga Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Palayanoor28669406156012618
KMCH Institute of Health Sciences and Research, Coimbatore24998880157012202
Madha Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai395510651
Madras Medical College, Chennai1881973455593
Madurai Medical College, Madurai85746377067556
Melmaruvathur Adhiparasakthi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Kancheepuram30549785165262794
Panimalar Medical College Hospital and Research Institute, Chennai30629853166452570
PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Peelamedu23048508140221683
Rajah Muthiah Medical College, Annamalainagar2468855514113
Sree Mookambika Institute of Medical Sciences, Kulasekharam371310640
Sri Muthukumaran Medical College Hospital and Research Institute, Chennai373410079167482819
Stanley Medical College, Chennai41528726249256
Tagore Medical College and Hospital, Chennai363910475160892916
Thanjavur Medical College, Thanjavur106172375131841
Theni Medical College, Theni1513685613470
Tirunelveli Medical College, Tirunelveli1370570111848984
Trichy SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Irungalur272692122539
Velammal Medical College Hospital and Research Institute, Madurai305110152160302772

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NEET admission Highlights

StateTamil Nadu
Official Websitewww.tnhealth.tn.gov.in
Counseling BodyDirectorate of Medical Education
Courses offeredMBBS/BDS
Results acceptedNEET UG
EligibilityNEET Qualified
Participating collegesGovernment and private colleges
Seats available85% government and 100% private
No of counseling roundsRound 1, Round 2, and Mop-up
Types of seatsGovernment, Govt. Aided, Private & NRI
CategoriesGeneral, SC, ST, OBC, EWS
No. of collegesGovernment: 26 Private: 16 Deemed: 10
Recognized collegesGovernment: 22 Private: 13 Deemed: 9
Permitted collegesGovernment: 4 Private: 3 Deemed: 1

Important Dates

Serial NumberEventsDate For 2021 Counselling
1.Release of Online Application Form 19/12/2021
2.Last date of submission of online application 07/01/2022
3.Last Date for Receiving Application (Hard Copy) 10/01/2022
4.Verification of Documents 
5.First round of Counseling 
6.Last date to report to the allotted college 
7.Second round of Counseling 
8.Last date to report to the allotted college 
9.Counseling for Mop up round 
10.Last day to report to the allotted college 

Admission Procedures and Counseling body

  • First fill up the NEET application form online
  • Generation of admit card
  • NEET entrance examination
  • Declaration of Result
  • College/State wise counseling
  • Seat Allotment
  • Admission

Important Links

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NEET Question BankClick Here
Sample PaperClick Here

Eligibility Criteria

  • Only the citizens of India or Person of Indian Origin are eligible for the counseling procedure.
  • Candidates must be a native (domicile) of Tamil Nadu.
  • Candidates who have completed Class 8 & 12 in Tamil Nadu do not have to submit the nativity certificate.
  • Candidates who have completed Class 8 & 12 partially or completed from outside Tamil Nadu, must submit a nativity certificate along with photocopy of birth certificate, or ration card or passport.
  • 17 years is the minimum age of the candidates to take the admission in the medical colleges in Tamil Nadu.
  • Candidates who are below 25 years of age (30 years for reserved category) as on the date of NEET exam will be considered for admission.

Apart from this the candidates should pass class 12 examinations with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English from a recognized board of education. To be eligible for the examination, the unreserved category candidate must secure 50% marks while that of PH category and unreserved category candidates must have secured 45%. And 40% for reserved category including PH reserved. Candidates who are already pursuing MBBS/BDS course are not eligible to apply for MBBS/BDS course. Candidates should also secure the minimum qualifying percentile in the NEET UG Exam as per the qualifying criteria mentioned in the table below.

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Application Form

The candidates who want to get into MBBS and BDS courses from government and private colleges in Tamil Nadu need to fill the NEET counseling form Tamil Nadu. You need to fill the counseling application form on the official website of the Directorate of Medical Education.

Step 1: Visit the official Karnataka Examination Authority website www.tnhealth.tn.gov.in

Step 2: Then go to the login or register page.

Step 3: If you register for the first time, you need to go to “Candidate Registration.” While completing the registration, you need to enter your NEET roll number, rank, date of birth, and mobile number. Once you have successfully registered, then you will receive a registration number and a security pin.

Step 4: If you have already registered, you need to do “candidate login.” You must enter your NEET 2021 roll number, the generated registration number, and the security PIN.

Step 5: Once you have logged in, you must enter your academic details like class 10 marks, 12 marks, NEET 2021 marks and ranks, your address for verification.

Step 6: After filling in all the details, go to “Save and Pay” and proceed to NEET 2021 counseling application fees payment.

Step 7: Make the payment by choosing your choice of online payment from the options mentioned on the screen.

Step 8: The filled application form will come on the screen. You need to download and save it for future use.

Tamil Nadu NEET 2021 qualifying marks

Here is the Tamil Nadu NEET 2021 qualifying marks

General PH146-129
SC/ST/OBC- PH128-113

NEET Merit List: Tamil Nadu

Secretary, Selection Committee, DME will publish the merit list of the qualified candidates. The candidates who will register online for the counseling process are the only eligible one for 85% state quota counseling. The state quota merit list will be available online it also includes the candidate’s name, father’s name, category, NEET roll number, NEET marks and State merit rank.

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Steps to download NEET merit list 

  • The candidates have to visit the official website of DME to check their names in the merit list for admission to the Government quota and Management Quota (including NRI) seats.
  • The updated merit list will be shown to the candidates after entering name or NEET roll number.
  • The State Rank as derived from NEET scores is also mentioned in the merit list.
  • The candidate has to take a print out of the merit list

After the merit list is being declared, the candidates whose name has successfully declared are then called in for the counseling process. DME publishes the allotment result in online platform of its official website.

Tie breaking criteria

There are many students who appear for the counseling with similar marks. The counseling authority follows different parameters for tie breaking purpose: 

  • The candidates who have higher marks in Biology (Botany & Zoology) in NEET entrance exam will get preference.
  • If a tie exists till then candidates who have higher marks in Chemistry will get preference
  • If the above two mechanisms do not work then candidates with lesser number of wrong answers will be given higher order in the merit list.
  • The candidates with older age will get preference as a final resolve 

Process of NEET counseling in Tamil Nadu

Online Application Form: The interested candidates have to fill up the application form, to take part in the counseling process to be conducted on the basis of candidate’s names in the merit list. The application forms will be released by DME on its official websites and will be put in government colleges also. Candidates will have to pay for the applications in the form of Demand Draft worth INR 500/- drawn in favour of ‘Secretary, Selection Committee, Chennai-10’. The forms have to be filled up accordingly and send to the Secretary, Selection committee, DME along with relevant documents. 

Merit List declaration: The list of the eligible candidates selected for the first round of counseling including names of candidates who had already applied for participating in the counseling process, will be displayed online in the official website of DME.

Release of Counseling Schedule: DME will release the counseling schedule containing the dates and ranks of candidates called for the counseling.

Downloading of Rank Letter:  Candidate, who have qualified NEET and acquired a rank in the merit list must thereafter download the counseling call from DME. This letter will contain the merit ranks and can be downloaded from official link forwarded by DME. This call letter must be carried at the designated counseling centres and allotted colleges for verification purposes.

Special Category Counseling: At first, candidates of special category including Ex-servicemen, Eminent Sports Persons and Orthopedically Physically Disabled will be called for counseling. It should be noted that candidates selected under this category at this time are not re-allotted the seats under any circumstances.

First and Second Counselling Rounds:  As per the rank declared in the counseling schedule the candidates are required to appear in the counseling process. Candidates have to attend the session as per the date, time and merit tanks mentioned in the counseling schedule. They have to carry their rank letters and original certificates for counseling. As a processing fee, candidates are required to produce a demand draft of INR 500/- drawn in favour of ‘Secretary, Selection Committee, Chennai- 10’ at the time of counseling. Besides, candidates must bring along with them a second DD towards payment of tuition fee as per their respective categories. The category wise fee will be mentioned in the counseling schedule. For admission in any medical colleges in Tamil Nadu only if they fulfill the eligibility criteria as prescribed by DME.  

NEET Cutoff 2020

NEET 2020 Cut-off MaharashtraNEET 2020 Cut-off Tamil Nadu
NEET 2020 Cut-off Andhra PradeshNEET 2020 Cut-off Telangana
NEET 2020 Cut-off RajasthanNEET 2020 Cut-off Bihar
NEET 2020 Cut-off KarnatakaNEET 2020 Cut-off West Bengal
NEET 2020 Cut-off KeralaNEET 2020 Cut-off Uttar Pradesh
NEET 2020 Cut-off DelhiNEET 2020 Cut-off Odisha
NEET 2020 Cut-off HaryanaNEET 2020 Cut-off Punjab
NEET 2020 Cut-off Jharkhand NEET 2020 Cut-off Madhya Pradesh
NEET 2020 Cut-off Chhattisgarh NEET 2020 Cut-off Assam

Documents required for counseling

  • NEET UG admit card
  • NEET UG rank/result/score card
  • Application or Registration Form Copy
  • Class 10 certificate and Mark Sheets
  • Class 12 certificate and Mark Sheets
  • Domicile Certificate
  • Transfer Certificate
  • Community Certificate
  • Category Certificate
  • Identity Proof
  • Three Passport Size Photographs
  • Any other document as applicable

Seat Matrix as per reservation policy

Serial No.CategoryReservation
1Open Category31%
2Scheduled Caste18% (Of this 16% seats will be provided to Scheduled Class Arunthathiyars)
3Scheduled Tribes1%
4Backward Classes30% (3.5% seats of these 30% seats will be given to Backward Classes Muslim)
3Most Backward Classes or Denotified Communities  20%

All reserve categories mentioned above are eligible to be given admission in Open Category on the basis of merit.

All the candidates holding community certificate received from other states are given admission in general or open category.

With regard to other special categories find the following link:-

Serial NoSpecial CategoryMBBS Seats Reserved in Government medical CollegesBDS Seats reserved in Government Dental College
1Children of Ex-Servicemen51
2Eminent Sportsperson3
3Orthopaedically physically Disabled4%4%

Cancellation and Fee Refund:

If a candidate does not join the college, then he/she have to forfeit the amount paid during counseling, and the allotted seat will be automatically cancelled. The selected candidates and their parents/guardians have to sign an agreement bond for college admission. The bond is for the reason that if a candidate discontinues the course after admission, then will be liable to pay a specified sum as a penalty. If they discontinue in the beginning of the month, they will have to pay INR 1, 00,000 and if they discontinue the course after second month, they are liable to pay INR 10, 00,000 penalties. Failure to sign the agreement bond will lead to complete admission cancellation.

Choice Filling for 2021 MCC counseling

MaharashtraTamil NaduRajasthan
BiharAndhra PradeshTelangana
KeralaUttar PradeshJharkhand
West BengalOdishaHaryana
Himachal PradeshMeghalayaMadhya Pradesh
Jammu & KashmirTripuraDelhi


  1. What are the discontinuation fees?

Discontinuation fees are the amount you need to pay if you decide to discontinue from the college after taking admission. This fee varies from Rs. 1 lakh to 10 lakh depending on the time frame at which the student decides to discontinue.

  1. Is there a security deposit for Tamil Nadu NEET UG counseling?

No, you need not pay security deposit fees in any NEET counseling rounds.

  1. What amount do I need to pay to block a Management quota seat at the time of the provisional allotment order?

You need to pay Rs. 1 lakh which will be adjusted in the remaining tuition fees.

  1. Can I authorize my parents to participate on my behalf?

Yes, you can authorize your parents to participate on behalf of you only if you are not medically fit to participate or have any other valid reason.

  1. Which is the best medical college in Tamil Nadu for MBBS?

Madras Medical College, Stanley Medical College, and Coimbatore Medical College are among the best MBBS college in Tamil Nadu.

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