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1. Description of the course
The Course for the Diploma in Engineering shall extend over a period of three academic years, consisting of 6 semesters, as detailed below:
I Semester July to November
II Semester December to April
III Semester June to November
IV Semester December to April
V Semester June to November
VI Semester December to April
2. Conditions for admission
Candidates for admission into the Diploma Course shall be required to have passed the S.S.L.C.
Examination of the Board of Secondary Education, Tamil Nadu
(or)
The Anglo Indian High School Examination with the eligibility for Higher Secondary Course in Tamil Nadu.
(or)
The Matriculation Examination of Tamil Nadu.
(or)
Any other examination recognized as equivalent to the S.S.L.C. Examination, by the Board of Secondary Education, Tamil Nadu.
Note :
In addition at the time of admission the candidate will have to satisfy certain minimum requirements, which may be prescribed from time to time.
3. Eligibility for the Award of Diploma
No candidate shall be eligible for the Diploma unless he/she has undergone the prescribed course of study for a period of not less than 3 academic years in an institution, affiliated to the State Board of Technical Education and Training, Tamilnadu when joined in First year and two years if joined under Lateral Entry scheme in the second year and passed the prescribed examination.
4. Subject of study and curriculum outline
The subjects of study shall be in accordance with the syllabus prescribed from time to time, both in theory and practical.
5. Requirements of Examination
The Examinations shall be conducted at the end of each semester by the State Board of Technical Education & Training, Madras. A candidate will be permitted to appear for the Board’s Examination for a subject only if, He/she secures 80% of attendance in the subject concerned.
6. Examinations
Board Examinations in all subjects of all the semesters under the scheme of examinations will be conducted at the end of each semester.
The sessional marks in all the subjects will be awarded on the basis of continuous internal assessment made during the concerned semester. For each subject 25 marks are allotted for internal assessment and 75 marks are allotted for Board Examination.
7. Continuous Internal Evaluation
Continuous Internal assessment is done for a total of 25 marks which are to be distributed as follows:
Attendance 5 Marks Directorate of Technical Education, Chennai has established an “e-governance cell” to enforce certain uniformity among all polytechnic colleges. It decides the number of working days per semester. Cumulative attendance of students is sent online every month. Monthly attendance is entered in the e-governance portal every month. It also issues hall tickets for eligible candidates with 80% attendance per semester. No student can claim any change in the attendance (or) mark entries once they are entered in the internet. (Website - www.tndte.com)
Attendance
Percentage 
Marks Awarded
80% 
83%
1
84%  
87%
2
88%
91%
3
92% 
95%
4
96% 
100% 
5
Internal Assessment Test
5 marks
Model Exam
5 marks
Assignment
10 marks
Total (Internal Marks) for Theory
25 marks
2 Tests each of 2 hours duration for a total of 50 marks are to be conducted out of which the best one will be taken and the marks to be reduced to : 05 marks
The 3 Test is to be the Model test covering all the five units and the marks so obtained will be reduced to : 05 marks
Assignment   10 marks
For each subject three Assignments are to be given in a semester and the average marks scored in the assignments should be reduced to 10 marks.
For practical, the internal assessment marks to be given is as follows:-
a
Attendance
5 Marks
Procedure / Observation and tabulation / other related Practical Work
10 Marks
c
Result
5 Marks
d
Record Writing
5 Marks
 
Total (Internal Marks) for Practical
25 Marks
The Record for every completed exercise should be submitted in the subsequent Practical classes and marks should be allotted for 20 for each exercise as per above allocation.
At the end of the Semester the average of all marks for all exercises should be calculated for 20 marks and 5 marks for attendance as per allocation is to be added.
8. Criteria for Pass
1. No candidate shall be eligible for the award of Diploma unless he/she has undergone the prescribed course of study sucessfully in an institution approved by AICTE and affiliated to the State Board of Technical Education & Training, Tamil Nadu.
by AICTE and affiliated to the State Board of Technical Education & Training, Tamil Nadu.
2. A candidate shall be declared to have passed the examination in a subject if he/she secures not less than 40% in theory subject and 50% in practical subject in the Board Examination out of the total prescribed maximum marks including the sessional and Board Examination marks put together.
3. For a pass in theory subject including Drawing a candidate should secure a minimum of 30 marks out of the maximum examination marks of 75 in Board Examination.
4. For a pass in practical subject a candidate should secure a minimum of 35 marks out of the maximum examination marks of 75 in Board Examination.
9. Classification of successful candidates
Classification of candidates who pass out the final examination will be done as specified below:
i) First Class with Distinction
A candidate will be declared to have passed in First Class with Distinction if he/she secures not less than 75% of the aggregate marks in all semesters put together, except I and II Semesters and passes all the above semesters in the first appearance itself and completes all papers including that of I & II Semesters  within the stipulated period of 3 years, without any break.
ii) First Class
A candidate will be declared to have passed in First Class if he/she secures not less than 60% of the aggregate marks in all semesters put together, except I & II Semesters and completes all papers including that of I & II Semesters  within the stipulated period of 3 years, without any break.
iv) Second Class
All other successful candidates will be declared to have passed in Second Class.