The Tamil Nadu Professional Courses Entrance Examination (TNPCEE) is an entrance examination used for admitting students to the Engineering and Medical Colleges in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. It is conducted by Anna University on behalf of the Government of Tamil Nadu.
TNPCEE was first conducted in 1984 by Anna University. Before that an interview was conducted but this was found to be inadequate. Anna University has the impeccable record of conducting the test without any question or answers keys being leaked. (Exam questions were leaked in the case of IIT-JEE, CAT and the EAMCET conducted by Andhra Pradesh).
The Entrance examination contains 3 papers: Mathematics, Physical Science (Physics and Chemistry) and Biology. Each paper carries 50 marks and it follows Multiple Choice Question pattern. The performance in the TNPCEE is combined with the performance in the Class 12 Board Examination to arrive at a "cut-off" which is used to determine the rank of the students. TNPCEE carries 100 marks and Class 12 Board Examination carries 200 marks (marks obtained in Class 12 Board Examination of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry normalized to 100 marks, 50 marks and 50 marks respectively)