Department of Management Studies, Anna University

Guindy, Chennai, T.N, India - 600025


Anna University started its MBA program in 1981; since then, the Department of Management Studies has gone on to offer two different postgraduate programs (General MBA and MBA in Tourism Management), which have become some of the top MBA programs in Tamil Nadu. The Department offers its MBA degrees in several modes, including full time, part time, and distance education.

A notable point about DOMS, Anna University, is the high Faculty to Student Ratio, and the extremely qualified professors, with 14 out of 15 Faculty Members holding a PhD degree. The Placement Statistics of the Department are extremely impressive, with the largest companies in India’s Banking, E-Commerce, IT and Manufacturing sectors giving lucrative job offers to MBA graduates of DoMS, including HDFC, IDBI Bank, Infosys, Wipro, Renault Nissan, and TVS Motors.

Despite the relatively low tuition fee for an MBA course, the Department of Management Studies at Anna University provides very good return on investment for students; it is ranked # 40 among B-Schools in India in the IIRF ranking 2023. The academic quotient is bolstered by having regular guest lectures featuring distinguished alumni, and professional training is facilitated through live projects, industry defined problems, and pre-placement talks.


Establishment Year1981
Ownership TypePublic
Total Students58 (as of 2021)
IIRF Ranking 202340  (BEST B-SCHOOLS (Government)-OVERALL)
Campus SizeN/A
Total Number of Campuses1
University Websitehttps://cde.annauniv.edu/doms/ 
Number of Courses2 (General MBA; 5 specializations + Tourism Management MBA)
Total Faculty Size15
Highest Placement PackageN/A
Top RecruitersTVS, TCS, HDFC, Club Mahindra
Student to Faculty Ratio4:1
Total number of HostelsN/A
College EventsKurukshetra, Agni


The fee structure for the two main MBA specializations at DoMS, Anna University, is as follows. The total tuition fees are far lower than those charged by the other contenders for the best MBA colleges in India, and hence private B-Schools as well.

  • MBA (General; full time):
    • Tuition fee: INR 12,500 per semester.
    • Infrastructure fee (including Library, Computer, Development, Internet, and Educational Media fee): INR 3,900 per semester.
    • Industrial Visit and Medical Relief Fund: INR 650 per semester.
    • Other semester fees (including Sports and Games Fees, and Registration Fees): INR 4,480 per semester.
    • One time Admission Fees: INR 7,160
    • Security and Library Deposits (refundable): INR 9,000.
    • These fees are reduced by approximately 50% for SC/ST candidates.
  • MBA (Tourism Management; full time):
    • Tuition fee: INR 22,000 per semester.
    • Infrastructure fee (including Library, Computer, Development, Internet, and Educational Media fee): INR 6,200 per semester.
    • Industrial Visit and Medical Relief Fund: INR 1,000 per semester.
    • Other semester fees (including Sports and Games Fees, and Registration Fees): INR 11,380 per semester.
    • One time Admission Fees: INR 7,160
    • Security and Library Deposits (refundable): INR 9,000.
  • MBA (Part Time): Approximately 10% lower than the full time general MBA fees.


Students are admitted to the Department of Management Studies, Anna University, based on their performance in the Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test (TANCET). This qualifying examination is conducted by Anna University, for admission to several management and engineering programs across the state. The eligibility criteria based on earlier education are implicit in the requirements to appear for TANCET, and are as follows:

  • The candidate must hold an undergraduate degree of at least three years’ duration from a recognized Higher Education Institution in India or abroad.
  • There is no restriction based on undergraduate major subjects; students of any discipline may apply for the MBA at Anna University.
  • The applicant must have an aggregate of at least 50% across all the years of the UG degree. This criterion is relaxed to 45% in the case of reserved category candidates.

To apply for the MBA program at Anna University, students must proceed to the TANCET 2024 website and click the Apply for TANCET link. After filling up their personal details and undergraduate academic transcripts and certificates, they can pay the examination fee (INR 1,000 for general category and OBC candidates, INR 500 for SC/ST applicants) and complete the process of registration for the entrance examination.

The TANCET examination has four main sections that must be attempted in two hours. Negative marking is present (33% of the total value of each question):

  • Verbal Aptitude: 25 questions.
  • General Knowledge: 25 questions.
  • Quantitative Aptitude: 25 questions.
  • Logical Reasoning: 25 questions.


The main companies which visit the DoMS (Anna University) campus for full time recruitment include Ramco, Cognizant, Tata Consultancy Services, Renault Nissan, ICICI Bank, Infosys, Citibank, Zoho, Capgemini, Wipro, and IDBI Bank. The student profiles are a major factor in attracting the top industry names, with specializations in multiple fields, with work experience earned before enrolling in the MBA degree; this is another factor that makes it one of the best MBA colleges in India.

Big corporate names visit the DoMS campus for summer internships as well, including Club Mahindra, TVS Motors, TCS, HDFC, Indian Overseas Bank, and United Spirits Limited. Through this, students are able to gain business exposure in companies of the same level as those which will hire them in the long term.


There are two levels of cut-offs for students who wish to pursue their MBA at Anna University: 

  • Standard 12 Board Examination marks: Applicants must have an aggregate above 50% across all semesters (45% for reserved category candidates).
  • TANCET performance: Students are invited for counseling based on their TANCET score out of 100. The rank list is prepared according to the score, and the seats are filled from the highest ranker downwards. Therefore, there is no fixed cut-off; it is determined by the total score of the last student who obtains a seat. If some students drop out of the process, more applicants are allowed in, and the cut-off drops further.

Faculty & Alumni

DoMS, Anna University, has a very high Faculty Student Ratio, with 15 full time Faculty Members. 33% of them are full Professors, in addition to 2 Associate Professors, 4 Assistant Professors, one Visiting Faculty member, and two Teaching Fellows. More than 90% of Faculty Members hold Doctoral Degrees in their areas of specialization, and their fields of expertise range from Management Information Systems to Financial Management, and Quantitative Science to Marketing, Operations, and Supply Chain Management.

Given that the Department of Management Studies, Anna University, has a history of more than four decades, several of its alumni are employed in important positions (e.g. Senior Vice President, Senior Business Consultant) in major Indian and international conglomerates like Sett & Lucas and Temenos India. Graduates of DoMS also give back to the student community through regular guest lectures, allowing them to gain a greater appreciation of the practical skills needed to succeed in the industry, and making it one of the top MBA colleges in India.


Even though the tuition fee for students of DoMS, Anna University, is relatively low, there are several scholarship options to make the access to MBA education more universal. The process for selection has two main steps: first, the student must submit an application to the Dean’s Office before the due date, and shortlisted candidates must appear for an interview before being granted financial assistance. Several institutions award scholarships to DoMS students: from the University itself, to the Tamil Nadu Government, to alumni of Anna University, and corporate partners. A student will normally be allowed only to avail of one scholarship, even if he/she qualifies for multiple awards.

More than 15 scholarships are available to students of the Department. In addition, students in various reserved categories can access scholarships for postgraduate courses in the DoMS, based on eligibility, need, and academic merit.

Preparation & FAQs

Candidates who wish to study MBA at Anna University should solve previous years’ exam papers and use online resources to prepare for different sections. For example, verbal reasoning can be mastered by studying word lists and solving 500 to 1,000 questions on sentence correction, paragraph reading comprehension, etc. Students who are short of time can use similar resources to those used for the CAT / XAT, as the topics covered are the same.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. Which is the best Business School in Tamil Nadu?

The PGDM at Department of Management Studies, Anna University, is among the top MBA programs in Tamil Nadu, with a ranking in the top MBA colleges in India (40) according to the latest IIRF Rankings.

Q. What documents need to be submitted when a student applies to Anna University for the MBA program?

In addition to the Board Examination certificates and undergraduate academic transcripts, applicants must also submit two passport photographs, permanent address proof, a copy of the photo ID, and (if applicable) a caste certificate, before paying the registration fee.

Q. How can candidates access mock tests and sample papers for the Department of Management Studies, Anna University, entrance test?

Previous years’ TANCET papers can be found on the relevant website. In addition, you are encouraged to check this webpage where we will update the latest TANCET mock tests and sample papers ahead of the exam date in 2024.

Q. How much does it cost to study MBA in Chennai?

The tuition fee to study MBA in Chennai varies among the top Business Schools in Tamil Nadu. Private Universities like LIBA have relatively higher tuition fees. The Department of Management Studies, Anna University, being a public institution, has lower tuition fees, below INR 40,000 per semester.

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