Tamil Nadu State Eligibility Test Selection Process

By Ashwani Tyagi|Updated : July 6th, 2021

Annamalai University has kept the Tamil Nadu SET Exam Selection Process 2021 similar to the ones used by the UGC. For qualifying the TNSET Exam, candidates must cross the cutoff. The selection procedure of TNSET is determined according to the specified criteria laid down by the UGC, New Delhi. For qualifying the TNSET Exam candidates must come in the top 6 % of students. When the candidate qualify TNSET Exam they become eligible for Assistant Professor in the state of Tamil Nadu. The detailed TNSET selection process is given below.

TNSET Exam Dates will be announced soon by Annamalai University. The application form for TNSET was released on 7th June and the last date for filling the application form is 7th of July. Annamalai University acts as State Agency for the Tamil Nadu SET Exam. As per the TNSET selection procedure candidates must appear in both Paper 1 and Paper 2. Candidates must choose Paper-2 only as that subject that they studiedd in their post-graduation.

TNSET Selection Process 2021

Step- I: The total number of candidates to be qualified for TNSET is 6% of the total candidates who appeared for the examination.

Step- II: The total slots among the qualified candidates will be based on the reservation policy of the Government of Tamil Nadu.

Step- III: For qualifying TNSET candidates must have appeared for both the Papers and secured atleast 40% marks in both the papers taken together. There is a relaxation of 5% for OC / BC/ BCM / MBC / DNC category candidates and (SC / SCA / ST / PwD/ Transgender).

Reservation Policy of Tamil Nadu

  • Open Category- 31%
  • BC- 26.5%
  • BCM -3.5%
  • MBC-Vanniyakula Kshatriya- 10.5%
  • MBC and DNC- 7%
  • MBC- 2.5%
  • SC- 15%
  • SCA -3%
  • ST- 1%
  • Total 100%

TNSET Minimum Qualifying Marks & Merit List

For qualifying for the TNSET Exam, candidates must score minimum marks in both Papers: Paper 1 and Paper 2.  Minimum marks criteria apply separately for the General category and reserved category. Candidates must score more then the cutoff for qualifying for TNSET Exam. After the TNSET Exam is conducted, merit list is released of sucessful candidates. Check all the details about minimum marks to be obtained in GSET and the merit list. 


Minimum marks in % to be obtained

Paper 1

Paper 2


40% Aggregate marks in all the two

papers took together

 OC / BC/ BCM / MBC / DNC category candidates and (SC / SCA / ST / PwD/ Transgender).

35% Aggregate marks in all the two

papers took together

TNSET Merit List

Annamalai University announces the TNSET Merit List after completion of the exam cycle. The merit list contains the list of candidates who successfully qualifies the TNSET exam and will be eligible for Assistant Professor in the state of Tamil Nadu.

TN SET Exam Pattern 2021

The Test will consist of two papers with Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and will be held in two separate sessions as follows:







Number of

Multiple Choice  Questions







50 Questions - all Compulsory

(2 Marks each)

1 Hour

(09:30 A.M. to

10.30 A.M.)

1 Hour 20 minutes

(09:30 A.M. to

10.50 A.M.)




100 Questions - all compulsory 

(2 Marks each)

2 Hours

(11.00 A.M. to

01.00 P.M.)

2 Hours 40 minutes

(11.00 A.M. to 

01.40 P.M.)

We hope you all understood the selection procedure for TNSET Exam 2021.

Thank you.

Team BYJU'S Exam Prep.


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  • Only 6 % of the candidates qualify for TNSET in each subject. The selection of candidates for the 6% slot shall be based as per the reservation rules and policies of Tamil Nadu.

  • After qualifying TNSET exam, candidates become eligible for Assistant Professor in the state of Tamil Nadu.

  • Candidates will be able to download TNSET certificate online after qualifying the exam.

  • For the general category 40% aggregate and for reserved categories, 35% aggregate in both the TNSET papers is required to pass.


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