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Madras University

Madras University is considered the mother of almost all the old Universities of South India. Established in 1857, it is one of the three oldest universities in India (along with the University of Calcutta and the University of Mumbai). In recent years, after the establishment of various universities in the State and the demarcation of the University territories, the jurisdiction of Madras University has been confined to three districts of Tamil Nadu. The Madras University has grown from strength to strength while widening its teaching and research activities.

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The University imparts both Under Graduate and Post Graduate Education through the Affiliated Institutions which are spread over the districts of Chennai, Thiruvallur, and Kancheepuram. Apart from teaching, research activities in Arts, Humanities, Science, Management, and Technology Shape the academic tenor of the University. A number of institutions affiliated to Madras University concentrate on research activities offering Ph.D., Programs in their respective field of specialization.

The University also offers teaching and research programs at its four campuses. The 68 University Departments of study and research are spread over four campuses organized into 18 Schools each of which offers Post Graduate Courses in respective specialization, part time and full-time Ph.D. Programs, Diploma and Certificate Programmes.

Recognizing the need for educating a large number of people in the country, the University offers both Under Graduate and Post Graduate programs through the Institute of Distance Education (IDE).

In this article, we’re focusing on the Madras University admissions for the academic year 2017-18 and some other important aspects related to it.


The Madras University offers various undergraduate courses to students from all over the world. The undergraduate courses comprise of Tamil, English, Telegu, Urdu, Historical Studies, Public Administration and Economics, Vaishnavism, Christian Studies, Criminology, Tamil Literature and Mathematics, Geography, Psychology, Medical Sociology, Hotel Management, Fashion and Textile, Bachelor of Multimedia, Yoga, Music and much more. The eligibility for all these courses is open to all candidates who have passed any of the following examinations that have been previously conducted by the University, or any other equivalent University. There should a minimum gap of two years after passing class 12 from any school and all supporting higher education documents should be ready with the application form.

The university also offers various PG courses for students, which include Master of Arts in history and archaeology, anthropology, applied linguistics and Sanskrit, Arabic, Bharatanatyam and communication, continuing education, corporate sociology, criminal justice, Indian music, philosophy, and the list is simply never-ending.

Naturally, admission into this acclaimed university is not a piece of cake as it conducts an entrance test annually to select students for around half of their courses.

Take a look at the exhaustive list of courses offered at the university here.

Madras University 2017-2018 Admissions

Madras University conducts examinations for various courses such as BA, B.Com, B.Sc., M.Sc., MBA, and LLB.

Exam Schedule for Madras University’s Master’s Programs

Event Dates
Last Date for M. Phil & Master’s Program 19th June 2017
Last Date for PG Diploma, Diploma & Certificate Programs 31st July 2017
Admit Card Available from 19th June 2017
Master’s Program Exam Date 22nd June to 30th June 2017

Candidates can use the following links to download the time-table for all the Madras University courses and check the eligibility criteria for the same.

Admission Procedure

The admission procedure is based on the marks of the qualifying examination as well as the marks of the examination carried out during admission. Students can choose from a variety of courses in the undergraduate as well as the postgraduate level. There are various certificate programs and diploma programs as well. The application form for admission can be downloaded from the website directly.

Candidates applying for Madras University’s Entrance Exam have to fill separate application forms at a cost of Rs. 300/-. The cost of the application can be paid through the online mode through demand draft favouring ‘The Registrar, University of Madras’ payable at Chennai. The printout of the application form has to be sent directly to the Head of the Department along with the proof of payment of the application cost and the following certificates/documents on or before 20th June 2017.

  • SSLC & HSC Certificates.
  • Community Certificate (if applicable).
  • Transfer Certificate.
  • Statement of Marks.
  • Provisional Degree Certificate.
  • Supporting documents for any concessions claimed.

The admissions are granted to some courses on the basis of the scores of the qualifying exams and other courses through the scores obtained in the entrance exam.

Programs where admission is offered through scores of the qualifying exam

M.A. Programs

Ancient History & Archaeology Human Resource Management Rythomology
Anthropology Indian Economics South & Southeast Asian Studies
Arabic Indian Music Comparative Religion & Philosophy with specialization in Saiva Siddhanta
Applied Sanskrit Indian Philosophy Saiva Siddhanta, Saiva Agamas & Pannirutirumurai Classics
Buddhism Islamic Studies Sanskrit
Bharathanatyam International Relations Sociology
Comparative Religion & Philosophy with Specialization in Christian Studies Jaina Studies Telugu
Christian Scriptures Kannada Urdu
Defense & Strategic Studies Lifelong Learning Vaishnavism
Divyaprabhandham Malayalam Yoga: Theory & Practice
French M.L. Constitutional Law & Legal Order Historical Studies
Econometrics M.L. International Law & Organization Public Affairs
Folk Music Political Science Hindi
Financial Economics Public Administration Public Administration (TM)

M.A. Five Year Integrated Program: Post Modern Development Administration

M.Sc. Programs

M.Sc. Programs M. Lib. I. Sc. Program
Biophysics Library & Information Science
Photonics & Biophotonics

Diploma & PG Diploma Programs

PG Diploma Programs Diploma Programs Certificate Programs
Ambedkar Thoughts Arabic Arabic
Banking & Finance Cyber Crime & Information Security Blogging
Biblical Languages & Interpretation French Buddhist Studies
Clinical Embryology German Christian Scriptures & Interpretation
Counselling Psychology Internal Audit French
Christian Spirituality & Counselling Italian Functional English & Public Speaking
Digital Library Management Jaina Temple Management German
Ethics & Biotechnology Kannada Hindi
Ethics & Human Resource Management Malayalam Hospitality Management
Extension & Development Administration Manuscriptology (PT) Italian
Functional Hindi & Translation Spanish Kannada
Folkloristic & Mass Media Travel & Tourism Management Malayalam
Immunotechnology Urdu NGO Management
Inscription & Culture Telugu Pre-Primary Education
Linguistics Buddhist Studies Skin Care Beauty Therapy
Manuscriptology & Editing Spanish
Molecular Cell Biology & Stem Cell Technology TV New Reading Comparing
Stem Cell Technology & Tissue Engineering Urdu
Organizational Development & Management of Change Webpage Design
Parent Counselling (For School Principal & Teachers) Women’s Studies
Peace & Communal Harmony Yoga (PT)
Saiva Siddhanta
Taxonomy of Algae
Taxonomy of Fungi
Technical Writing
Yoga Therapy (PT)
Yogic Education

Programs where admission is offered through Entrance Exam

M.A. Programs Geology
English Applied Geology
Journalism & Communication HRD Psychology
Tamil Literature & Culture Inorganic Chemistry
Tamil Studies Mathematics
M. Ed.- Education Medical Biochemistry
M. Com. – International Business & Finance Neuroscience
M. Sc. Programs Organic Chemistry
Actuarial Science Physical Chemistry
Advanced Biochemistry Physics (Nuclear Physics)
Analytical Chemistry Physics (Theoretical Physics)
Applied Geography Polymer Chemistry
Biomedical Genetics Toxicology
Biotechnology Zoology (Special)
Botany Medical Microbiology (3 Years)
Criminology & Criminal Justice Science Anatomy (3 Years)
Cyber Forensic & Information Security Physiology (3 Years)
Computer Science M. Sc. Geoinformatics
Masters in Journalism – Online Media M. Tech. Geoinformatics
Energy & Material Science M. Tech- Nanoscience & Nanotechnology

M. Phil Programs

Analytical Chemistry English Physical Chemistry
Ancient History & Archaeology Environmental Toxicology Political Science
Anthropology French Psychology
Applied Economics Geology Physics
Applied Geology Hindi Public Administration
Applied Sanskrit Historical Studies Public Affairs
Arabic Human Resource Management Sanskrit
Biochemistry Indian Music (FT & PT) Scientific Instrumentation
Botany Inorganic Chemistry South & Southeast Asian Studies
Christian Studies International Relations Saiva Siddhanta
Commerce Islamic Studies Tamil Literature & Culture
Communication Jaina Studies Tamil Studies
Computer Science Kannada Telugu (FT & PT)
Continuing Education Management Malayalam Theoretical Physics
Defence & Strategic Studies Mathematics Urdu
Development Economics Network System & IT Vaishnavism
Economics Organic Chemistry Physical Education & Yoga
Endocrinology Philosophy Zoology

Madras University Admit Card/Hall Ticket 2017

The candidates who have applied and submitted the application form within the stipulated time limit can download the Admit Card from the official website.

Steps to Download the Admit Card

  • Click on the link to download the Admit Card.
  • You will see two options to download the admit card.
  • You can use Option 1 by entering Program, Batch, and Mobile No.
  • You can use Option 2 by entering Application No. and Date of Birth.
  • After entering the information, click on the ‘Download Admit Card’ tab.
  • Your Admit Card will be displayed on the screen.
  • Download and take multiple printouts of the admit card for future reference.

The Institute of Distance Education (IDE), University of Madras

Students who are not able to join the campus for courses can also opt for distance education from any part of the country. The University of Madras developed this excellent Institute of Distance Education in the year 1981 to help learners achieve their educational, career and personal goals. It has already completed more than 25 years of service in the field of Distance Education. Now the IDE is offering 22 Undergraduate Courses, 14 Postgraduate Courses, 9 Postgraduate Science Courses, 5 Professional Courses, 16 Diploma Courses and 12 Certificate Courses.

Admissions are made throughout the year for all these 78 Programs in two streams namely: Academic Year Admissions and Calendar Year Admissions.

Admissions are also made through the authorized Spot Admission and Study Centres. The IDE has 30 Spot Admission Centres located in different parts of Tamil Nadu. It has 50 Study Centres located in other States of our Country and has 11 Overseas Study Centres. Presently, the Institute has about 1,60,000 students on roll.

What’s the best part about IDE? It offers printed learning materials, personal contact programs (PCP) and a wide network of study centres in India and abroad.
Let’s take a quick look at the courses offered by IDE.

IDE UG Courses Offered

Sr. No. Courses Offered Medium
1. B.A. – Tamil
2. B.A. – English
3. B.A. – Urdu
4. B.A. – Historical Studies English & Tamil
5. B.A. – Public Administration English & Tamil
6. B.A. – Economics English & Tamil
7. B.A. – Vaishnavism English & Tamil
8. B.A. – Christian Studies English & Tamil
9. B.A. – Performing Arts English & Tamil
10. B.A. – Criminology and Police Administration English & Tamil
11. B.Lit. – Tamil Literature<t/d>
12. B.Sc. – Mathematics English & Tamil
13. B.Sc. – Geography English & Tamil
14. B.Sc. – Psychology English & Tamil
15. B.Sc. – Medical Sociology English
16. B.Sc. – Hotel and Catering Management English
17. B.Sc. – Visual Communication English
18. B.Sc. – Apparel Fashion Design English
19. BMM – Bachelor Of Multimedia Animation English
20. B.Nat. – Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences English
21. B.Music – Music English & Tamil
22. B.Com. – Commerce English & Tamil
23. B.Com. – Bank Management English & Tamil
24. B.Com. – Corporate Secretaryship English & Tamil
25. B.Com. – Computer Applications English & Tamil
26. B.B.A. – Business Administration English & Tamil
27. B.C.A. – Computer Applications English & Tamil

IDE PG Courses Offered

Sr. No. Courses Offered Medium
1. M.A. – Tamil
2. M.A. – English
3. M.A. – Hindi
4. M.A. – Urdu
5. M.A. – Modern Arabic
6. M.A. – Historical Studies English & Tamil
7. M.A. – Political Science English & Tamil
8. M.A. – Public Administration English & Tamil
9. M.A. – Economics English & Tamil
10. M.A. – Sociology English & Tamil
11. M.A. – Christian Studies English
12. M.A. – Human Rights and Duties Education English
13. M.A. – Vaishnavism Tamil
14. M.Music – Music English & Tamil
15. M.Com. – Commerce English & Tamil
16. M.Sc. – Mathematics English
17. M.Sc. – Geography English
18. M.Sc. – Psychology English
19. M.Sc. – Counselling Psychology English
20. M.Sc. – Medical Sociology English
21. M.Sc. – Cyber Forensics and Information Security English

IDE Professional Courses Offered

Sr. No Courses Offered
1. M.C.A. (Computer Applications)
2. M.Sc. IT (Information Technology)
3. M.B.A. (Business Administration)
4. B.L.I.S. (Library and Information Science)
5. M.L.I.S. (Library and Information Science)

Madras University Previous Year Question Papers

The surest way to crack any examination is by practicing its previous years’ question papers. Solving past question papers not only prepares for the types of questions asked, the exam pattern, marking scheme, etc. but also helps you assess your exam preparedness.

Madras University Results 2017 

The University of Madras has two examination cycles, the first one is in Nov.-Dec. and the other one is in April-May, the results for which are declared around January-February and June-July respectively. The results are published on the Madras University official website. All the students who are looking for their examination result are advised to visit the above-mentioned official website of Madras University and enter the required information to see the result online. It is expected that the result of UNOM will be declared in the month of June or July 2017. Here, we have mentioned some easy steps to check the results online.

  • Visit the official website of the Madras University.
  • Look for the Student’s corner or examination corner on the website’s homepage.
  • Search for the result page on the university homepage.
  • Now click on the ‘Madras University Result’ tab.
  • Enter your registration number and date of birth in the relevant fields.
  • Click on the ‘Submit’ tab.
  • Your ‘Madras University Result 2017’ will be displayed on the screen.
  • Through the mark sheet, check you are qualified for next sessions or not.
  • You can save the result page on your device.

Candidates are advised to download and take the printout of the Madras University Result 2017 page for future reference.

Ranking & Accolades

Madras University has been consistently listed among the top-ranked universities for its academics and research output. Internationally, the university was ranked 70th in the QS University Rankings: BRICS 2013. Ranked by the number of international students, the university is placed 1st in India and 11th among BRICS nations. In rankings of Indian universities, it was ranked 5th by the India Today top universities ranking of 2011. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council have conferred a ‘five-star’ accreditation to the university and it has been given the status of ‘University with Potential for Excellence’ by the University Grants Commission.

Renowned Alumni

The University of Madras has a strong alumni network as its students have taken over many prestigious positions across the world. Some of the prominent alumni include Nobel laureates Sir C. V. Raman and S. Chandrasekhar, mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan and S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan, former presidents Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, V. V. Giri, Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy, R. Venkataraman and A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Pepsico Chairperson Indira Nooyi, Chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand, cinema actors and directors M.G. Ramachandran, Gemini Ganesan, Mani Ratnam, and the list is endless.


This collegiate research university has six campuses in the city viz., Chepauk, Marina, Guindy, Taramani, Maduravoyal, and Chetpet. The Chepauk campus of the University houses the VC’s secretariat, central library, centenary auditorium and the historic Senate House. The oriental and Indian languages departments are located in the Marina Campus. The Guindy campus incorporates the natural sciences departments while the campus at Taramani houses the school of basic medical sciences. The sports union and the botanical garden are based in Chetpet and Maduravoyal campus respectively.

At present, there are 73 academic departments grouped under 18 schools, covering diverse areas such as sciences, social sciences, humanities, management and medicine along with 109 affiliated colleges and 52 approved research institutions.

Top Colleges Affiliated to the University of Madras

  • Loyola College
  • Presidency College
  • Madras Christian College
  • Stella Maris College
  • Women’s Christian College
  • Ethiraj College for Women
  • DG Vaishnav College
  • Queen Mary’s College
  • The New College
  • Madras School of Art
  • Madras School of Social Work
  • A.M. Jain College
  • Guru Nanak College
  • M. O.P. Vaishnav College
  • SHASUN College
  • Stella Matutina College of Education
  • Vivekananda College
  • Pachaiyappa’s College
  • Sir Theagaraya College

Madras University offers nothing but the best to its students. If you are looking for a place that takes you beyond the realms of education and makes you a better human being and an all-rounder, then this university is definitely worth checking out.

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