Tamil Nadu Open University (TNOU) has offered various Master Degree Programmes, Post-Graduate Diploma Programmes, Bachelor Degree Programmes, Diploma Programmes & Certificate Programmes for the academic year 2018-2019. Candidates can check the complete information of TNOU Admission 2018 Application process, eligibility criteria and other information from this page below.

Latest: The application process for B.Ed. Programme admission 2019 of Distance mode has been started. Click here to download the same for B.Ed programmes.

Tamil Nadu Open University (TNOU) Admission 2018

The Programmes conducted by the Tamil Nadu Open University have been recognized by the following statutory authorities.

  • University Grants Commission [UGC]
  • Distance Education Council [DEC]
  • National Council for Teacher Education [NCTE]
  • Rehabilitation Council of India [RCI]

The University offers Programmes at various levels leading to Certificates, Diplomas, Post-Graduate Diplomas, Bachelor Degrees and Master Degrees. Each of the Programmes at the University is constituted by a certain number of Courses and each Course is divided into a number of Units (of study).

Eligibility & Fee Structure

TNOU 2018 Application Form

The Application Forms together with the Prospectus are issued separately for the above two admission cycles. The applicants shall use the application for admission prescribed for the respective admission cycle only.

The Application Form with Prospectus can be obtained as follows:

  •  From the University Sales Counter on payment of Rs.100/- in cash  per Application.
  • From the Study Centres on payment of Rs.100/- per Application.
  • From the Zonal Centres on payment of Rs.100/- per Application.
  • From the Deputy Registrar, MPDD, TNOU, 577,  Anna Salai, Saidapet, Chennai– 600 015 by post on payment of Rs.150/- by demand draft issued by any nationalized or scheduled bank drawn in favor of the Tamil Nadu Open University payable at Chennai. The Application Form along with the Prospectus will be sent by ordinary post only.

The  Application Form once sold shall not be taken back and the cost of  Application Form will not be refunded or adjusted towards any purpose

Note: Applicants who wish to enroll for a Diploma / Certificate Programme under the scheme of Dual Registration shall submit separate Application Forms.

Submission of Application Form

Before submitting the Application Form, applicants are asked to read carefully and thoroughly the Application Form, the OMR Application Form and the instructions for filling up the Application Form. Before filling in the Application Form, check your eligibility regarding minimum required age, educational qualification, experience, etc., for the Programmes applied for.

Copies of the certificates, photo of the applicant  and the signature of the applicant should be attested by any one of the following categories of Officers :

a)    Group A or Group B Officers of the Tamil Nadu Government / Government of India.
b)    Members of the Syndicate, Academic Council and Boards of Studies of the Tamil Nadu Open University.
c)    Teaching Staff / Non-Teaching Staff  (Assistant Registrar and above) of the Tamil Nadu Open University.
d)    Principals of Colleges/Headmasters / Headmistresses of Government / Government Recognized Higher Secondary or High Schools.
e)    Co-ordinators of respective Study Centres

Applicants possessing Degrees awarded by the Universities not recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) are not eligible for admission to the Programmes for which the minimum qualification prescribed is a Bachelor Degree.

Only those applicants who have passed the qualifying examination either under the 10+2+3 pattern of education or under the 11+1+3 pattern of education or 11+2+2 pattern of education or under the  Open University system will be eligible for admission to the  Programme for which the minimum qualification prescribed is a Bachelor’s Degree.

If the copies of the Certificates enclosed are in a language other than Tamil or English, a true version of the Certificates in Tamil or English duly certified by a person authorized to attest the Certificates must be enclosed.

Admission Procedure of Tamil Nadu Open University

The University has established a number of Study Centres throughout Tamil Nadu to assist the student in the admission to various Programmes and for coordinating their learning activities.
The following categories of Study Centres have been recognized by the University :

S.No. Category of Study Centre For assistance to which programme
1 Learning Resource Centres All Programmes handled by Computer Programme Centres, Psychotherapy  Centres,
Catering and Hotel Administration Programme Centres)
2 Computer Programme Centres B.Sc. (Computer Science), BCA, BCA  (LE), BCA (SE), MCA, MCA (LE), PGDCA, DDB, PGDSM and PGDIS
3 Psychotherapy Centres M.Sc. (Counselling and Psychotherapy)and PGDPC
4 Catering and Hotel Management B.Sc. (Catering and Hotel Administration),
Programme Centres    DFP, DFBS and DBC
5 Programme Study Centres Post Graduate Diploma in Export Marketing, B.A. Islamic Studies & M.A. Islamic Studies,
B.Sc. Visual Communication and Certificate in Community Radio Technology

With a view to coordinating the activities of the Study Centres and to act as a link between the Study Centres, the students, and the University.
The academic activities of the University are carried out in two admission cycles, viz. The calendar Year cycle commencing from the month of January and  Academic Year cycle commencing from the month of July. (It may be noted that B.Ed. Programmes are offered only during the Calendar Year Admission and the Hotel Management and Catering Programmes are offered only during Academic  Year Admission).


As per G.O.M/s No 73, Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare (ADW) (III) Department dated 14.07.2004,SC / ST students pursuing distance education (formal stream) are eligible for reimbursement of the non-refundable fees if they are not employed and if the annual income of their parents does not exceed Rs 1,00,000/. The students should apply for scholarships in the prescribed form to be obtained from the Offices of Adi Dravidar/Tribal Welfare Department along with the supporting document required, including the applicant’s Savings Bank Account No., Name of the Bank,Branch, etc., to the Director, SSSD,TNOU, after University fees are paid. After due scrutiny the applications for scholarships will be forwarded to the respective Government Departments for sanction of the scholarships.The disbursement of the scholarship is subject to the conditions prescribed by the Government

As per G.O. Ms. No 429, Higher Education Department , dated 16-10-2008, differently-abled students pursuing a Programme at the University are eligible for tution fee exemption. The candidate shall apply in the prescribed Application Form, for admission along with the core banking challan for Rs.300/- enclosing a copy of the disability certificate

Other Admissions

Official Website: www.tnou.ac.in

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