Annamalai University, Chidambaram Overview Overview

  Chidambaram   UGC, AICTE, NAAC, MCI, DCI, NCTE, State University   ESTD 1929
  Chidambaram   UGC, AICTE, NAAC, MCI, DCI, NCTE, State University   ESTD 1929

About College

Founded by the entrepreneur Annamalai Chettiyar, the All India Council for Technical Education (A.I.C.T.E.) and University Grants Commission (U.G.C.) approved Annamalai University is a state university situated in Tamil Nadu, India.

With around 500 courses and 1,529 faculty members,  Annamalai University is considered to be one of Asia's largest public residential universities.

Annamalai University held an international rank between 801 and 1,000 among universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2018.  In India, it had an overall rank of 92 under the NIRF rankings of 2017.

The university offers a total of 445 courses in branches of Accounting & Commerce, Animation, Architecture & Planning, Arts ( Fine / Visual / Performing ), Aviation, Banking, Finance & Insurance, Business & Management Studies, Design, Engineering, Hospitality & Travel, Humanities & Social Sciences, I.T. & Software, Mass Communication & Media, Medicine & Health Sciences, Science, Teaching & Education e.t.c.

The faculty at Annamalai University is considered to be highly qualified with most of them holding a PhD in their respective field of study. The teachers are knowledgeable, experienced, helpful and known to use unique and effective methods of teaching.

Establishment Year 1929
Accredited by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) with ‘A’ Grade
Total Academic Departments 49
Total number of students enrolled till the year 172846
The geographical area of the campus  1,500 acres 

Courses offered and Fee Structure

Undergraduate courses

Annamalai University courses are offered in several disciplines. Annamalai University courses in Undergraduate level ,include B.A, B.Com, B.E./B.Tech, B.Ed, B.F.Sc, B.Lib.I.Sc, B.P.Ed, B.Pharma, MBBS, B.Sc, BBA, BCA, BFA, BHM and BPA.

The Bachelor of Science + Master of Science full-time course provides degrees in Zoology, Biotechnology, Physics, Geology, Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Information Technology, Computer Technology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Botany.

The Bachelor of Education course consists of specializations like Commerce, General, History, Mathematics and English, Physical Science & English, English, Social Studies & English, Tamil, Economics, Mathematics and Geography spanning over a period of two years.

The duration of the UG courses under Annamalai University is generally 4 to 5 years. Annamalai University exam fees for the courses can be paid online.

The course fee for MBBS programme is INR 27.72 lakhs, for the B.Ed programme INR 82500, for the B.Sc + M.Sc programme INR 65805, for the B.Ed programme INR 82500, for the B.E programme INR 2.1 lakhs and INR 1.14 lakhs for the B.F.Sc degree 1.14 lakhs.

Postgraduate courses

The Postgraduate courses offered by the university include M.A., M.E./M.Tech, M.Ed, M.Lib.I.Sc, M.P.Ed, M.Sc, MBA/PGDM, M.C.A., MD and M.S.W.

The Master of Business Administration degree provides specializations in General, Human Resource Management, Financial Management, Marketing Management, Agriculture, Business Sustainability, Environmental Management, Hospitality Management and International Business for 2 years for a fee of 1.12 lakhs.

The 2-year-long Master of Arts programme provides degrees in Hindi, Economics, Political Science, Philosophy, History, Sociology and many more for a fee of INR 11770.

The university also offers a Master of Commerce degree in Accounting and Finance, Accounting and Taxation, Computer Applications, International Business & Banking and Entrepreneurship for a fee of INR 17,970 over 2 years.

Annamalai University distance education courses have around two hundreds of different learning courses. Annamalai University has a unique distinction of offering first in India, Postgraduate Degree Programmes in subjects like Psychology, Physics, Chemistry, Zoology, Botany, Bioinformatics and Law through Distance Education mode.

University offers courses in Science (B.Sc & M.Sc), Arts (B.A & M.A), Commerce (B.Com & M.Com) , Vocational (Diploma, Certificate & PG Diploma) and Professional through distance learning.

Admission Process

Annamalai University admission   through a long process. All the applicants are admitted to the university courses based on the marks scored in their qualifying degree, entrance examination, written test or personal interview. Candidates need to score above a specified mark in these exams to get admitted to a particular course or discipline.

The entrance exams include TNEA (Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions), IPU CET (Indraprastha University Common Entrance Test), JNU-CEE (Jawaharlal Nehru University Combined Entrance Exam), AMU (Aligarh Muslim University) Entrance Test, NEET etc.

For some courses, shortlisted candidates need to sit for a personal interview round. The final selection of candidates is done on the basis of the qualifying exam score plus the performance in the personal interview. 

  • Admissions based on Qualifying Degree Merit is conducted for B.Ed, M.Sc, MA, M.Com, Pharm. D, B.Sc Agriculture, B.Sc Horticulture, BFSc, B.Pharm (L.E.), B.E, B.Voc, MBBS and BDS degrees.
  • Admission based on Qualifying Degree Merit + Interview is conducted for M.Ed, M.Sc Marine Sciences and D.Pharm courses.
  • Admission based on Qualifying Degree Merit + Entrance Examination + Interview is conducted for courses like MBA, MCA, M.E/M.Tech, M.Pharm, MCA, MPT, M.Sc Nursing, B.Pharm, M.Pharm, M.Sc Agriculture and MBA Agriculture.
  • Admission based on Written Test and Personal Interview is conducted for M.Phil and PhD courses.
  • The B.P.Ed and M.P.Ed courses admission is based on Qualifying Examination merit and performance in Physical Fitness and written test.


Following are the placement statistics (median package) of the UG and PG departments of Annamalai University for the years 2017 and 18:

Departments Highest CTC offered till date
Computer Application and IT (MCA) 8.54 LPA
Medicine and Allied Sciences (MBBS) 8.40 LPA
Pharmacy (B.Pharma) 1.50 LPA
Pharmacy (M.Pharma) 3.36 LPA
Pharmacy (Pharm.D) 13.91 LPA
Engineering and Architecture (BE/B.Tech) 2.46 LPA
Engineering and Architecture (ME/M.Tech) 2.68 LPA
Management and Business Administration (MBA) 1.68 LPA

The companies employing B.Sc students at Annamalai University include Adpro, 9x Studio,, Avakai Games, Black Bambooz, Cognizant, Concentrix, Decathlon, Flipkart, HCL, India games, ITC Ltd.,, Ramoji Film City, Reliance, MediaWorks, TATA, ELXSI, TCS, Tech Mahindra, Times of India, Value Labs, Balaji Telefilms, Calvin Klein, Manish Malhotra, Neeta Lulla, Nike, Rocky S, Satya Paul, Shoppers Stop, Spykar, Tommy Hilfiger, Wrangler e.t.c.

Companies recruiting B.Com (Hons) students include Big Bazaar, HCL, HDFC Bank, Idea Cellular Services, Infosys, Tata teleservices Ltd, Wipro, Worley Parsons e.t.c.

Results and Cut-off

Annamalai University declares the cut-off list for its several courses and degrees once the results of their respective entrance examinations are calculated.

The Annamalai University result or the cut-off list is governed by various factors like the highest marks obtained in the examination, the number of candidates appearing for the qualifying exam, the level of difficulty of the exam and the number of seats left in a particular department of the university.

The candidates need to obtain a score which is equal to or more than the cut-off mark specified by the university to get admitted to their desired courses.

For example, M.Sc Biotechnology aspirants need to clear the JNU-CEEB Cut Off, BE/BTech aspirants need to clear the TNEA cut-offs and M.B.A aspirants must clear the IPU-CET cut-offs.

Other entrance exams having specific cut-off scores include AMU (Aligarh Muslim University) Entrance Test and NEET. Annamalai University results for different examinations are published on its official website.

Alumni Network

Annamalai University has an alumni association that is responsible for the growth of its alumni network and the creation and rejoining of new and old relationships amongst the former students of the university.

It does so by creating a platform for the exchange of information through meetings, conferences, seminars, workshops and conventions, thus allowing interactions between the students and their alma mater.


The university runs two main categories of scholarship/assistantship programmes for its students:

  • Post Matric Scholarship scheme - This scholarship is applicable only for UG, PG, M.Phil, Diploma in Nursing and PhD courses. The candidate needs to have a minimum aggregate of  50% in the preceding year’s final exam and his or her annual family income should be less than INR 2 lakhs.
  • Merit cum means scholarship scheme - This scholarship is strictly rewarded on the basis of an individual’s merit. A candidate living in a particular state or union territory will be eligible for a scholarship under the quota of that very state or union territory. The student needs to be in a degree or postgraduate technical and professional course under a recognized institution. The candidate needs to have a minimum aggregate of  50% in the preceding year’s final exam and his or her annual family income should be less than INR 2.50 lakhs.

30% of all scholarships are reserved for girl students. But if the required number of eligible female candidates is not reached, then the remaining part of the reserved scholarships are offered to eligible male candidates.

Campus Facilities 

Annamalai University has a central library which houses a proud collection of around 4,63,000 books and volumes. The services offered by the library include the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC), INTERNET (e-journal) service, Circulation Service (Issue, Return & Nil arrears), CD-ROM Service (MEDLINE Subscription) and Orientation Programmes.

The university provides hostel or lodging provisions for both boys and girls. DU also has Basketball Courts, Tennis Courts and a Volleyball Court. Other facilities available at the campus include Gym, Cafeteria, Auditorium, Medical/Hospital, IT Infrastructure, Laboratories and Guest Rooms.