University of Madras, Chennai Overview

  Chennai   NAAC   ESTD 1857
  Chennai   NAAC   ESTD 1857

About College

Madras University was founded in 1857 in the coastal state of India, Tamil Nadu. The university board was set up in the year 1840 with Mr. George Norton, who became the first president of the university. It is worth to be mentioned that, Madras University was established in the model of prestigious London University.

Among all the colleges under this university, nine have been counted in the top 100 list of NIRF (National Institute Ranking Framework) in the year 2017. This state university has 109 affiliated colleges along with 52 approved research centres.

The university has several departments for different courses. Madras University offers more than 230 courses on different academic levels like UG, PG, MCA, M Phil, M Tech, Diploma and Certification, etc.

Thiru Banwarilal Purohit, Governor of Tamil Nadu, is the current chancellor of Madras University. The university is ranked 29 overall according to the National Institutional Ranking Framework in the year 2018. It is ranked 18 among other universities by NIRF reports 2018.

In BRICS Rankings, the university is placed in the 171-180 rank globally. The university has several departments for different fields of education.

These include Saiva Siddhanta, Malayalam, Jainology, Medical Biochemistry, Microbiology, Econometrics, Counselling Psychology, Crystallography and Biophysics, Applied Geology, Biochemistry, Commerce, Anatomy, etc. Some of the colleges under the university are AM Jain College, Madras School of Social Work, Stella Mari’s College, The Ethiraj College for Women, Loyola College etc.

Year of Foundation 1857
No. of colleges under the university 109
Accreditation NAAC with ‘A+’ grade
Approval University Grants Commission
No. of departments under university  85
Geographical area 625 acres

Courses offered and Fee structure

Madras University courses are offered with various levels of programmes including Undergraduate, Postgraduate, MBA, MCA, etc. These courses are covered in the duration of one year to five years. Diploma and certification courses are also included in the university’s curriculum, which are offered as Distance programme.

Integrated courses like BA+MA, etc. are available in the university. The working professionals can also avail the distance courses through its University of Madras Institute of Distance Education programme. For more details, candidates can refer to the Madras University official website.

Undergraduate courses

Madras University offers UG courses like BA, BCA, BBA (Bachelor in Business Administration), BCom (Bachelor of Commerce), BCom (Hons.), BSc, BSW (Bachelor of Social Work) etc.

Under the Arts section, courses in Business Economics, Journalism, Sanskrit, Sociology, Performing Arts, Criminology and Police Administration, Tourism and Travel Management, Defence and Strategic Studies, Economics, etc are offered.

BSc and BCA courses include disciplines like Digital Publishing, Mathematics, Microbiology, Home Science, Chemistry, Visual Communication etc. Lateral entry courses are also available at the undergraduate level. B Com course includes specializations in Bank Management, Marketing Management, Commerce, Computer Applications, Corporate Secretaryship etc. 

In terms of fees, the BA course comes with a fee of Rs. 7,500 and B Nat course fee is Rs. 9,300. On the other hand, BSc course fee for different disciplines ranges between Rs. 9,000 and Rs. 1.50 lakhs.

BCA course fee is Rs. 1.13 lakhs and BSW course fee is Rs. 96,020. All these courses are offered in full-time options with a duration between three and four years. Students can apply for the different programme via online Madras University application.

Postgraduate courses

The university offers PG courses like MSc (Master of Science), MA, MCom (Master of Commerce), MBA (Master in Business Administration), MCA (Master of Computer Applications), MSW (Master of Computer Application) etc. MBA course is offered in subjects like Human Resource Management, Information Technology, Marketing, Finance etc.

MSc course is available in disciplines like Geology, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Photonics, Inorganic Chemistry,  Online Media, Geoinformatics, Zoology etc.

MA includes specializations like Bharatnatyam, International Relations, Journalism & Mass Communication, Continuing Education Management, Defence and Strategic Studies etc. LLM (Master of Laws) includes specializations in Constitutional Law and Administrative Law, International Law etc.

These courses are covered in a two-year duration. MSc course fee is Rs. 13,515. Another master level course, MA course fee is Rs. 5,290 for the first year, MCA course fee is Rs. 22,565 for one year and M Tech course fee is Rs. 27,040 for one year. 

Admission Process

 All the applicants in Madras University are admitted to a particular course on the basis of marks scored in the qualifying exam. These qualifying exams include TANCET MBA (Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test), MAT, CAT (Common Entrance Exam), GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test Engineering), etc. 

These exams include subjects or topics like quantitative aptitude, logical reasoning, general awareness, etc. These exams are followed by a counselling round and a personal interview round. The selection of the candidates depends on the marks scored in these exams with the marks scored in the personal interview round.

  • For admission in Bachelor level courses such as the B Tech course, state-level entrance exam’s score is considered.
  • At the postgraduate level courses, like admission in MBA course, CAT score is considered.
  • In the PhD course, qualifying exam score along with marks scored in the personal interview round is considered.

Further, students can follow the official website of the university to apply for admission. To download the application form, refer to Madras University application form 2019. Candidates can also check Madras University admission 2019 tab to get further details regarding the admission procedure.


Madras University offers various placement opportunities for the passed out students. The University Students Advisory Bureau (USAB) works for the benefit of the students. Under USAB, career guidance and counselling are provided to the students.

The director of the institute focuses on the academic pursuits of the students and making them capable of bagging the jobs. For this, training sessions are conducted in the university in which students are trained to face the real challenges of the work environment.

Their soft skills are improved like personality development etc. Placement officers arrange the placement sessions and many recruiters visit the campus to offer on-site job opportunities. Coaching classes are also organized under expert supervision.

Results and Cut-off

Madras University announces the cut-off list after the results of the qualifying exams are out. The cut-off list is prepared on the basis of factors like the number of appearing candidates, the difficulty level of the exam, candidates’ marks in the exams and number of seats available in the university.

Candidates have to cross the cut-off marks in order to get entry into the course. For instance, the MBA candidates have to cross the CAT cut-off score.

Alumni Network

The university’s alumni cell tries to maintain cordial relations with its alumni members. The distinguished alumni members are kept updated on the happenings of the institute and are often invited to the events of the university.

Notable alumni members include Srinivasa Ramanujan, CV Raman, Ramaswamy Venkataraman, P Chidambaram, C Rajagopalachari etc. The alumni cell aims at getting maximum benefits from the alumni members for the university and its students.


Madras University provides scholarships to its deserving students in many possible ways. These scholarships include loan facility, merit cum means based scholarship, tuition fee waiver etc. Students with good academic performance are encouraged with scholarships given to them on a yearly basis.

Campus Facilities

The university provides many facilities to its students. Madras University library has been provided on all four campuses. These amenities include spacious and furnished separate hostel rooms for boys and girls, guest houses, medical facilities, Wi-Fi enabled campus, hygienic canteen and a mess etc.

All these facilities make the Madras University campus a pleasant place for students. Candidates can check Madras University address on the official website.