About TN-SET 2021: 

  • On  behalf  of  Tamil  Nadu  State  Government,  Annamalai  University  shall conduct the State Eligibility Test (TN-SET 21) for determining the eligibility of  Tamil  Nadu  Students  for  the  position  of  Assistant  Professor  in  Tamil  Nadu  Universities  and  Colleges.  The  TN-SET  examination  will  be  conducted  in  General Studies and 26 subjects in pen and paper mode (OMR based) or online  mode if the pandemic  persists, in various centres spread over across the State.
  • The  eligibility  for  Assistant  Professor  depends  on  the  performance  of  the candidate  in  both  papers  of  TN-SET  in  aggregate.  The  candidates  who qualify in the test for eligibility of Assistant Professor will be governed by the rules and regulations for recruitment of Assistant Professor of the concerned Universities/Colleges/State Governments, as the case may be.
  • The  result  of  the  TN-SET  will  be  made  available  on  the  website: www.tnsetau.in as  and  when  it  is  declared.  The candidates  will  not  be individually intimated about their result

Conditions of Eligibility:

  1. A minimum of 55% marks without rounding off  (or an equivalent  grade in a point-scale,  wherever  the  grading  system  is  followed)  at  the  Masters  level shall be the essential qualification for direct recruitment of teachers and other equivalent cadres at any level.
  2. A  relaxation  of  5%  shall  be  allowed  at  the  Bachelor’s  as  well  as  at  the Master‘s  level  for  the  candidates  belonging  to  Scheduled  Caste/Scheduled Tribe/Other Backward Classes (OBC)(Non-creamy Layer)/ PwD (Persons with Disability)  ((a)  Blindness  and  low  vision;  (b)  Deaf  and  Hard  of  Hearing;  (c) Locomotor  disability  including  cerebral  palsy,  leprosy  cured,  dwarfism,  acid-attack  victims  and  muscular  dystrophy;  (d)  Autism,  intellectual  disability, specific  learning  disability  and  mental  illness;  (e)  Multiple  disabilities  from amongst persons under (a) to (d)  (including deaf-blindness)) for the purpose of eligibility and assessing good academic record for direct recruitment. The eligibility  marks  of  55%  marks  (or  an  equivalent  grade  in  a  point  scale wherever  the  grading  system  is  followed)  and  the  relaxation  of  5%  to  the categories  mentioned  above  are  permissible,  based  only  on  the  qualifying marks without including any grace mark procedure.
  3. A relaxation of 5% shall be provided, (from 55% to 50% of the marks) to the  Ph.D.  Degree  holders  who  have  obtained  their  Master’s  Degree  prior  to19 September, 1991 (irrespective of date of declaration of result).
  4. A  relevant  grade  which  is  regarded  as  equivalent  of  55%,  wherever  the grading  system is  followed  by  a  recognized  university,  at  the  Masters  level shall also be considered valid.
  5. Candidates  who  are  pursuing  their  Master’s  Degree  Programme  or  the candidates  who  have  appeared  for  their  qualifying  Master’s  Degree  (final year)  examination  and  whose  result  is  still  awaited  or  candidates  whose qualifying  examinations  have  been  delayed  may  also  apply  for  the  test. However,  such  candidates  will  be  admitted  provisionally  and  shall  be considered eligible for Assistant Professor / Lecturer after they have passed  their  Master’s  Degree  examination with  at  least  55% marks  (50%  marks  in case  of  SC/ST/Other  Backward  Classes  (OBC)(Non-creamy  Layer)/PwD (Persons  with  Disability))  category  candidates.  Such  candidates  must complete their Master’s Degree examination within two years from the date of SET  result  with  required  percentage  of  marks,  failing  which  they  shall  be treated as disqualified.
  6. Candidates  belonging  to  third  gender  in  other  words  transgender would  be eligible  to  draw  the  same  relaxation  in  fee,  age  and  qualifying  criteria  for TN-SET  examination  as  are  applicable  to  SC/ST/  PwD  categories.  The subject wise cut-off  for  this category  should  be  the lowest among  those  for SC/ST/PwD categories in the corresponding  subject.
  7. Candidates are advised to appear in the subject of their Postgraduation only.
  8. Candidates  are  required  to  send  neither  any  certificates/documents  in  support  of  their  eligibility  nor  print  out  of  their  Application  Form (Confirmation  Page)  to  TN-SET  office.  However,  the  candidates,  in  their  own interest, must satisfy themselves about their eligibility for the  Test. In the  event  of  any  ineligibility  being  detected  by  the  TN-SET  at  any  stage,  their candidature will be cancelled and they shall be liable for legal action.
  9. Candidates  having  Postgraduate  Diploma  awarded  by  Indian  University/ Institute  or  Foreign  Degree/Diploma  awarded  by  the  Foreign  University/  Institute  should  ascertain  the  equivalence  of  their  Degree  /Diploma  with  Master’s Degree of recognized Indian universities from Association of Indian  Universities (AIU), New Delhi. (www.aiu.ac.in)
  10. 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  documents  such  as  Community  Certificate  and  Certificate  related  to PwD  (VI/HI/PH),  when  they upload  their  applications.  The  Community  Certificate  uploaded  by  the  candidates  must be issued by competent authorities.  In case any of the certificates  mentioned  above  is  found  to  be  invalid  by  the  TN-SET  2021  authority at any stage, their candidature will be cancelled and they shall be  liable  for  legal  action.    As  the  category  declared  cannot  be  changed  after  submitting the application form, candidates are advised to be doubly cautious  while filling the category (Community) details.
  11. 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 TN-SET  2021  authority  has  accepted  his/her  candidature.  Candidates  may note that candidature will be deemed final, only upon verification of eligibility conditions.

Age Limit

    There is No Upper age limit to apply for TN-SET examination.

Examination Fee and Mode of Payment:



General Candidates      




SC / SCA / ST /PwD/Transgender   


  1. After filling up all the details for the online application form for TN-SET 2021, the candidates have to select the option of payment of examination fee either  by  credit/debit  card  or  net-banking.  In  case  the  examination  fee  is  paid  through  credit/debit  card  or  net-  banking,  the  applicable  taxes  and  convenience fee, etc. will be additionally charged.
  2. Please note that fee paid by any other mode like Money Order, Demand Draft,  IPO, etc. will be rejected. Fee once paid will  not be refunded under  any  circumstances.

NOTE:  Candidate must necessarily enter his/her mobile number and email  address  while  making  payment  of  registration  fee  and  the  same  mobile  number  is  to  be  retained  for  further  reference  i.e  to  view  results.

Scheme of Test:

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

  1. 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. The  paper  will  consist  of  50  (fifty)  Multiple  Choice  Questions  (MCQs);  each  question will carry 2 Marks.
  2. Paper-II will consist of 100 objective type compulsory questions; each question carries 2 marks, which will based on the subject selected by the Candidate.
  3. There is no negative mark for wrong answers.
  4. All the questions of Paper-II will be compulsory, covering the entire syllabi.
  5. The candidate will have to mark the responses for questions of Paper-I and  Paper-II  on  Optical  Mark  Reader  (OMR)  sheet  which will  be  provided  along  with the test booklet.

Subjects and Syllabus of Test:

Question paper for Paper-I is common for all subjects in which SET is conducted  and it will be bi-lingual (English and Tamil). Paper-II of certain subjects will also be   bi-lingual. All questions of Paper II will be compulsory, covering the entire syllabus of  Paper-II  (Including  all  electives,  without  options).  Syllabi  for  all  TN-SET  2021  subjects  can  be  downloaded  from  the  website  www.ugcnetonline.in  and  www.csirhrdg.res.in TN-SET office will not send the syllabus to candidates.

How to apply:

A.  General Instructions

  1. The  candidates  must  read  the  conditions  of  eligibility  carefully  and  must  satisfy themselves regarding their eligibility for the TN-SET 2021 before filling  the Online Application Form.
  2. Submission of Online Application is mandatory.  Hard copies of  application  form will not be accepted by Annamalai University.
  3. Application Form must be complete in all respects as per the Notification.
  4. Incomplete Application  Forms  and  forms  with  factual  errors  will  be  summarily rejected.
  5. Applications submitted on any other format will not be accepted.
  6. Application submitted without the prescribed fee will be rejected.
  7. Candidates  are  advised  to  carefully  fill  the  check  list  page  (Last  page  of registration process) before submitting the form.

B.  Steps for submission of Online Application Form

Candidate seeking admission to the TN-SET 2021 must apply online, only on  the TN-SET website: (www.tnsetau.in).  Before applying Online, candidates are advised to go through detailed notification available on TN-SET website.

Before  start  filling  online  application,  the  candidates  must  possess  the  scanned images as detailed below:

  1. Recent Passport size  photograph  (in  JPG  format, size  4  kb-30  kb) either in  colour  or  black  & white with  80% face  (without mask)  visible including  ears  against white  background.  The  resolution  of  the  photograph  should  be  100  pixels widths by 120 pixels height.  Candidates are advised to keep two more  copies  of  the  same  photograph  to  paste  it  on  the  attendance  sheet  at  the  examination centre.
  2. Signature  in  JPG  format  of  minimum  4kb  to  30  kb.  The  resolution  of  the  scaned  signature  should  be  140  pixels  widths  by  60  pixels  height.    The  candidate should put his full signature on white paper with Black Ink pen and  scan for uploading.  
  3. Community  Certificate  in  JPG  format  of  minimum  50  kb  to  300kb,  if  the  candidates belongs to other than general category.
  4. PwD certificate issued by the competent authority in JPG format of minimum  50 kb to 300 kb, if claiming the relaxation under PwD category.

Step-1: To register click Registration in the Menu and enter your email and set the password. You will receive a confirmation mail from TN-SET.  If you don’t find  the  confirmation  mail  in  the  Inbox,  check  the  Spam/Junk  folders also.  It is a one time procedure.

Step-2: Click the confirmation mail which will take you to the TN-SET website.

Step-3:  Now  login  with  the  password  used  for  registration  and  complete  the application form.  Note down your email and password for further logins.

Step-4: Upload legible scanned images of (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv) mentioned above

Step-5:  Pay  fee  using  the  payment  gateway  integrated  to  the  online  application. Candidates have to pay the examination fee either by credit/debit  card/net banking.

All the above 5 steps can be done together or at separate timings.  However,  after the final submission further corrections cannot be done.  

The candidates are required to bring a photo identity card along with their  printout of online admission card on the day of examination.  

Please note that Fee submitted through any other mode like Money Order,  Demand Draft, IPO, etc. will be summarily  rejected.

In order to avoid last minute rush, candidates are advised to apply early enough. TN-SET will not be responsible for network problems or any other problem of this  nature in submission of online application during last days.

Hall Ticket

It  may  be  noted  that  the  Hall  ticket  will  be  uploaded  on  the  website:  www.tnsetau.in.  Hall  Ticket  will  not  be  sent  to  the  candidates  by  post.  The  candidates should download their hall ticket from the website to ascertain their  venue of the Test as mentioned in the Hall Ticket and appear for 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  Hall Ticket.

Instructions for Examination

  1. TN-SET 2021 will be conducted through pen and paper mode (OMR based) or  online.
  2. The Hall Ticket must be presented for verification along with at least one original  (no photocopy or scanned copy) valid identification card (for Example: Passport, PAN  Card,  Voter  ID,  Aadhaar-UID,  Government  Employer  ID  and  Driving License).
  3. The candidates who do not have clear photographs on the hall ticket will have to bring  two  passport  size  photographs  for  appearing  in  the  Test  with  an undertaking.
  4. Candidates will be subjected to checking to ensure that they are not carrying any electronic or any other gadget, mobile/cellular phone, tablet, pen drive, bluetooth  device, watch, calculator, log table, wallet, purse, notes, chart, loose sheets or  recording instruments strapped on their body or in their pockets.
  5. There may not be a guaranteed security facility for safe-keeping of your valuable  devices or personal belongings outside the examination hall.
  6. The check-in procedure inside the test hall includes capturing candidates’ photo  and left thumb impression. This is a security feature which will verify your identity  and also check impersonation by any candidate. Therefore, they are advised not  to apply any external matters like Mehandi, Ink, etc. on their hands/foot.
  7. Candidates will be allowed inside the test centre from 8:30 AM onwards.
  8. The  test  centre  gate  will  be  closed  at  9:00  AM.  NO  CANDIDATE  WILL  BE  ALLOWED TO ENTER THE TEST CENTRE AFTER CLOSING OF THE GATE.
  9. Candidates  are  prohibited  from  communicating,  consulting  or  conversing  with  other candidates in the Examination hall or causing disturbance in any manner  whatsoever. Candidates are prohibited to borrow any item from other candidates  in  the  Exam-Hall.  In  case  of  any  disturbance,  such  candidates  would  be disqualified.
  10. Candidates will not be permitted to leave the examination hall before the end of  the examination.
  11. Candidate  can  carry  ONLY  his/her  hall  ticket  and  valid  identification  card(s)  inside the test centre, and other belongings will not be strictly allowed inside the  test centre.
  12. Candidates have to inform the invigilator in case of any misprint, missing pages  in the question paper booklet within 5 minutes of the start of the examinations for  replacement.

Important Dates:

Commencement of online Registration:  01 June, 2021

Closing of online Registration:   30th  June, 2021

Dates for Data corrections:  Will  be  announced  later  in  the  website

Date of uploading of Hall tickets:  Will  be  announced  later  in  the  website

Test Date:  Will  be  announced  later  in  the  website

Date of uploading of answer keys:  Will  be  announced  later  in  the  website

Time window for grievances representation:  Will  be  announced  later  in  the  website

Date of uploading of revised answer keys:  Will  be  announced  later  in  the  website

Date of result publication:  Will  be  announced  later  in  the website

Apply online: Click here

Link for official notification: Click here

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