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Tamil Nadu State Eligibility Test (TNSET)


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  1. Important Dates
  2. Eligibility Criteria
  3. Application Fee
  4. How to Apply
  5. Exam Pattern
  6. Syllabus
  7. Admit Card / Hall Ticket
  8. Centres
  9. Results
  10. Contact Details

Tamil Nadu State Eligibility Test (TNSET)

Mother Teresa Women's University is nominated as Nodal Agency for Tamil Nadu to conduct the TNSET. MTWU will conduct TNSET in 25 subjects at 16 selected Centres of Exam spread across the state

Candidates can get the full details of TNSET Exam 2017 such as Application Form, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Important Dates and much more on this post.

About TNSET Exam
Exam Name: Tamil Nadu State Eligibility Test
Conducting Institute: Mother Teresa Womens University, Kodaikanal
Commonly called as: TNSET
Exam Level: State Level
Stream: Engineering Entrance Exam

Important Dates

TNSET Exam Dates
Events Dates
Online Registration Starts From 3rd Week Of January 2017
Submission Of Registration Fee Through E-challan starts from 3rd Week Of January 2017
Last Date Of Online Registration Second Week Of February 2017
Last Date For Submission Of Registration Fee Through E-challan Second Week Of February 2017
Complete The Application Form And Upload The Photo 1st Week Of January 2017
Entrance Exam Date 3rd Week Of February 2017

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Candidates who have secured at least 55% of marks (without rounding off) for General category and 50% for Backward Classes, Most Backward Classes (MBC) / Denotified Communities (DNC) / Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), Persons with Disability (PWD-VH/PH), in Master’s Degree OR equivalent examination from universities / institutions recognized by UGC New Delhi, in subjects like Science, Humanities (including languages), Social Science, Computer Science & Applications, Electronic science etc., are eligible to appear for this test.
  2. Candidates who have appeared (OR) will be appearing at the Master’s Degree (final year) examination and whose result is still awaited (OR) candidates whose qualifying examinations have been delayed may also appear for this test. However, such candidates will be admitted provisionally and for those who clear the TNSET- 2017 examination, eligibility certificate will be issued only on production of proof for having passed the Master’s degree or equivalent examination securing at least 55% marks (without rounding off) for General Category and 50% for Backward Classes/ Most Backward Classes (MBC) / Denotified Communities (DNC) / Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), Persons with Disability (PWD-VH/PH), within two years from the date of TNSET-2017 examination, failing which they will be treated as disqualified.
  3. The Ph.D. Degree holders whose Master’s Degree completed on or before 19th September 1991 (irrespective of declaration of result) shall be eligible for a relaxation of 5% marks for appearing inTNSET 2017 examination.
  4. Candidates shall appear for TNSET-2017 examination in their relevant subject of their post-graduation only, in case the candidate did not find the subject of his post graduation in the list of TNSET 2017 subjects, the candidate may appear in UGC-NET / UGC-CSIR NET which is held twice a year.
  5. Candidates other than general category are required to mention their social status in the online application form. Candidates may note that they should satisfy the eligibility conditions with reference to the documents such as PG degree marks sheet and certificates, community certificates and certificates related to PWD (VH/PH) uploaded with their application. The community certificates submitted by the candidates must be issued by the competent authority. In case their certificate is found to be invalid by the TNSET- 2017 agency at any stage, their candidature will be cancelled and they shall be liable for legal action.
  6. Candidates should note that their candidature is provisional. The mere fact that an admission card has been issued to a candidate will not imply that the TNSET- 2017 centre has accepted his/her candidature. Candidates may note that candidature will be deemed final only upon verification of eligibility conditions.

Application Fee

TNSET Registration & Examination Fee Structure
The Application Fee For General Category Candidate Rs. 1000
The Application Fee For Other Backword Category Candidate is Rs. 750
The Application Fee For Visually Challenged and Physically Chalanged Candidates is Rs. 250

How to Apply

  1. Read carefully the notification before applying.
  2. Go to the link given on our site for online application.
  3. Fill the form in the given format without any mistakes.
  4. Upload the scanned copies of recent passport size photograph and signature.
  5. Make fee payment using the e-challan form or through Credit/ debit cards by selecting the payment option.
  6. Submit the duly filled application form before the last date.
  7. Take a printout of the application form for future use.

Exam Pattern

The Test will consist of three papers. All the three papers will consist of only objective type questions and will be held on 21.02.2016 (SUNDAY) in three separate sessions as under:

SessionPaper MarksNumber of QuestionDuration
FirstI10060 out of which 50 question to be attempted1¼ Hours (09:30 A.M. to 10:45 A.M.)
SecondII10050 questions all are compulsory1¼ Hours (11:15 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.)
ThirdII15075 questions all are compulsory2½ Hours (02:00 P.M. to 04:30 P.M.)

Paper-I shall be of general nature, intended to assess the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate. It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate. 60 (sixty) multiple choice questions of 2 marks each will be given, out of which the candidate would be required to answer any 50 (fifty). In the event of the candidate attempted more than 50 questions, the first 50 questions attempted by the candidate would be evaluated.

Paper-II shall consist of 50 objective type compulsory questions based on the subject selected by the candidate. Each question will carry 2 marks.

Paper-III will consist of 75 objective type compulsory questions from the subject selected by the candidate. Each question will carry 2 marks.

All the questions of Paper – II and Paper – III will be compulsory, covering entire syllabus (including all electives, without options).

The candidate will have to mark the responses for questions of Paper – I, Paper - II and Paper – III on the Optical Mark Reader (OMR) Sheet provided along with the test booklet.

There are no negative marks for incorrect answers.


Syllabus for TNSET examination will be the same as in UGC/CSIR-NET. Mother Teresa Women’s University Kodaikanal will not send the syllabus to the candidates individually. Syllabi for all SET subjects can be downloaded from UGC website

Admit Card / Hall Ticket

It may be noted that the admission card will be uploaded on the website Official Website. No admission cards will be sent to the candidates by post. The candidates should download their admission cards from the website to ascertain their venue of the Test as mentioned in the Admission Card and appear in the examination only at the designated examination centre. No candidate will be allowed to appear at the examination centre other than that allotted to him/her in the admission card.


The sixteen TNSET Centres where test will be conducted in Tamil Nadu State with their respective codes are given below. The candidate can select any one Test Centre for TNSET examination.

Nodal Centres for TNSET 2016 Centre Code
Chennai 01
Coimbatore 02
Madurai 03
Tiruchirapalli 04
Salem 05
Tirunelveli 06
Villupuram 07
Karaikudi 08
Dharmapuri 09
Vellore 10
Erode 11
Nammakal 12
Tanjore 13
Nagercoil 14
Pudukkottai 15
Cuddalore 16


The candidates are also advised to download the Rank Cards from the website after publication of results.

Contact Details

Mother Teresa Women’S Univeristy
Nodal Set Agency For Tamil Nadu
Kodaikanal-624 101,
Tamil Nadu
Customer Support - [email protected], 97903-59115 / 98420-47212
Support Timings - 10 AM to 5.30 PM


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