• Humanities And Social Sciences Entrance Exam (HSEE) Science-Commerce-Arts

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    IIT Madras
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    HSEE 2022 Exam details: Eligibility, Application Form, Admit Card, Result, Admission, Syllabus, Colleges, Exam Pattern



    Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Exam (HSEE)



    Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Exam (HSEE) is conducted by IIT Madras for admission in the five-year integrated Master of Arts (MA) programme offered by the college. HSEE is conducted by IIT Madras to shortlist aspirants for admission in five-year integrated Master of Arts (MA) programme offered by the college. 

    The first two years of the MA programme offered at IIT Madras are the same as regular courses. Thereafter, the course branches into two streams – Integrated MA in Development Studies and Integrated MA in English Studies. 

    Total number of seats for MA course is 52. 



    Age Limit: General category candidates are eligible to apply for HSEE 2021 if they are born on or after October 1, 1995. SC/ST/PwD candidates are given age relaxation of 5 years. 

    Candidates meet the HSEE 2021 eligibility criteria if they have cleared any of the below-mentioned examinations with qualifying marks in 2018 or are appearing for them in 2021:

    • The final examination of the 10+2 system, conducted by a Central or State Board recognised by the Association of Indian Universities

    • Intermediate or two-year Pre-University examination conducted by a Board or University recognised by the Association of Indian Universities.

    • Final examination of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defense Academy.

    • Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling with a minimum of five subjects.

    • Any Public School, Board or University examination in India or in a foreign country recognised as equivalent to the 10+2 system by the Association of Indian Universities.

    • HSC vocational examination.

    • General Certificate Education (GCE) examination (London, Cambridge or Sri Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level.

    • High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva.

    The official website informs: “Candidates who have completed Class XII (or equivalent) examination outside India or from a Board not specified above should produce a certificate from the Association of Indian Universities to the effect that the examination they have passed is equivalent to the Class XII examination”. It further states, “In case the Class XII examination is not a public examination, the candidate must have passed at least one public (Board or Pre-University) examination earlier”.

    To meet the eligibility criteria for HSEE exam, candidates should have secured atleast 60% aggregate marks in the qualifying exam if they are from General or OBC category. On the other hand, SC, ST and PwD category candidates meet HSEE 2019 eligibility criteria if they have secure minimum 55% marks in aggregate in the qualifying exam.

    “Where only letter grades are mentioned in the grade sheet, the candidate should obtain a certificate from the Board specifying equivalent marks, and submit it at the time of joining. In case the candidate does not provide such a certificate, the decision of the HSEE admission committee regarding his/her eligibility shall be final”, informs the official website of IIT HSEE.



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    Step 1: Registration

    To fill the HSEE 2021 application form, candidates will have to log on to the official website of the exam and select from the menu “Apply Online” and follow the instructions on the site. The applicant has to enter all the data as per the instructions. The site will prompt to save the data on the system when necessary. Once the candidate has entered the details such as name, email-ID and phone number, the applicant will receive a confirmation mail, which consists of the HSEE 2021 registration number and password.

    Step 2: Fill HSEE Application Form

    Once the candidate has successfully registered themselves, the aspirant can fill the HSEE application form. The application fee needs to be paid through Credit Card/Debit Card/Net banking/ Indian Bank challan. 


    Step 3: Get HSEE Admit card

    Once the candidate has successfully filled and submitted the HSEE application form, the candidate will have to download their respective HSEE admit card, which will be available online on the official website of HSEE which will be released two weeks before the exam. Candidates are advised that the university will not send the HSEE admit card via post or courier and can only avail the admit card from the exam website.

    Step 4: Appear for IIT HSEE 2021

    The Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Exam (HSEE) is of three hours duration and consists of two parts. HSEE Part I consists of objective type questions and Part II of IIT HSEE comprises of an essay question. Candidates are advised to go through the exam pattern, marking scheme and syllabus of HSEE.

    Step 5: Check HSEE Result

    The HSEE 2021 results will be released on the official website of the exam page. A common rank list is released with names of candidates who have secured at least 50% marks in the exam. Apart from this, separate HSEE merit lists are released for each category.

    Step 6: Counselling

    After the HSEE 2021 results have been declared, the counselling and admission process will commence. The college will release a merit list after the results have been declared, where candidates who meet the qualifying cutoff marks, will be called for counselling in Integrated MA programmes offered by IIT Madras.


    How to download HSEE admit card?

    Candidates can follow the step by step process:

    Step 1: The candidate has to visit the official website of the exam to avail the HSEE admit card. The link which will be present on the website will be activated only when the admit card is released.

    Step 2: On clicking the link, the candidate will be directed to a new page, where they will have to enter the following details:

    • Login ID

    • Password

    • Date of Birth

    Step 3: Once the candidate has entered the aforementioned details, the aspirant will have to click on the ‘Download HSEE Hall ticket/Admit card’ button.

    Step 4:  After downloading the HSEE admit card, candidates are advised to take a print-out of the admit card.

    Candidates are advised to take the print of the hall ticket only by means of laser jet/ink jet printer. HSEE admit card is a mandatory document, candidates who are not carrying a valid hall ticket to their exam centre on the day of the exam will not be allowed to appear for the entrance test.



    The HSEE exam will be conducted in English language, which will be divided into two parts. Part I will be a computer-based exam and Part II is a pen and paper-based exam. Candidates are advised to come well prepared for the entrance exam and refer to the syllabus before appearing for the test.

    HSEE Exam Section

    Topics/Type of Questions

    Test Medium

    Part I

    English and Comprehension Skill

    Computer based exam

    Analytical and Quantitative Ability

    General Studies covering the areas of Indian Economics (since Independence), Indian Society, Contemporary World Affairs (post-World War II)

    Environment and Ecology

    Part II

    Write an essay on general topic involving description, or/and reflection or/and discussion.

    Pen-Paper based exam



    HSEE syllabus for Part I and Part II of the exam is released by IIT Madras. Syllabus for Part 1 of IIT HSEE consists of English (25% marks of Part I), Analytical and Quantitative Ability (25% marks of Part I), and General Studies (in four sub-parts; 50% marks of Part I). Part II involves essay writing.

    This section tests the candidate’s ability to understand and use Standard English, and to appreciate literary language. Questions are related to the following areas:

    Reading skills: Candidates will be required to read the given passage/s that aim to test their comprehension skills.

    Grammar: This section tests the candidate’s knowledge of English grammar such as sentence structure and usage, the use of tenses, verb patterns, articles, and active and passive constructions etc.

    Vocabulary: This section examines the candidate’s vocabulary skills. Candidate’s ability to understand meaning, structure and colocation of words is tested here.

    This section tests the candidate’s analytical skills and quantitative abilities. Questions are related to the following areas:

    • Numbers, Algebra, Highest Common Factor (HCF) and Lowest Common Multiple (LCM), Calendar, Basic Statistics – Average, Ratio and proportion, Profit and Loss, Percentages, Simple and Compound Interest, Work and time, Discount, Age sums, linear equations, elementary trigonometry.

    • Data interpretation, Analytical reasoning, Logical reasoning, Brainteasers, and Patterns.

    a) Indian Economy:

    • This section is intended to test the understanding of some basic economic concepts and awareness of key issues pertaining to the Indian economy with a focus on the developments after independence. The concepts and issues covered are:

    • Understanding the Economy: Scarcity, opportunity cost, resource allocation, economic systems and their characteristics, features of market economies, forces of demand and supply, elasticity of demand and supply.

    • Main Features of Indian Economy: Natural resources; human resources -population size and composition, literacy and education, occupational distribution.

    • Major Economic problems: Poverty, Unemployment and Inequality -concepts, measurement, trends, sectoral distribution and policies, inflation – trends, causes and remedies.

    • Economic Growth and Development: Meaning and measurement of economic growth, stages of development, national income concepts and trends, trends in savings and investment; human development index, national policy on education, health and health care policies. Planning in India: Five-Year Plans – objectives, priorities and problems.

    • Sectoral Development: agriculture – Green Revolution and technological changes, current issues and policies; industry-evolution of industrial policies in India (from 1948), strategies for industrial development, public and private sectors, small and medium industries, infrastructure, transport and communication, service sector etc.

    • Foreign Trade and International Economy: balance of payments, foreign exchange reserves and trade policy, IMF, WTO, international aid.

    • Money, Banking and Public Finance: Concepts of money and measures of money supply.

    b) Indian Society and Culture:

    • Structure of Indian Society: Caste, Class and Tribe, Institutions of Marriage, Family and Kinship, Political institutions, Demographic Indicators and Trends.

    • Social Change in India: Sanskritization, Modernisation, Westernization and Secularisation, Social Movements and Regionalism, Panchayati Raj Institutions & Governance, Affirmative Action Programme of the Government, Commissions and Policy Interventions.

    • History and the Making of Indian Society: Mughal era and Islamisation, British Raj, Sepoy Mutiny, Reform Movements in the 19th Century and the Emergence of India.

    • Indian Philosophy and Thinkers: Jainism and Mahavira, Budhha and his Teachings, the Charvakins, Orthodox Systems, Sikhism, Sufism, Gandhi and Non-violence.

    c) World Affairs:

    • Emergence of the US and USSR; emergence of UN system; the Cold War and nuclear race; disintegration of Soviet Union, decline of Communism and rise of nationalism; Arab-Israel conflict; India and the World; NAM and role of India; India-China and India-Pakistan relations, China and the World, conflict and wars.

    • Democracy and Development; Challenges to democracy; North-South divide on issues of development; UN and its various developmental and peacekeeping operations; Nuclearisation and non-Proliferation; India in SAARC and ASEAN; International terrorism, fundamentalism and the War on Terror; Indo-US relations; New centres of power in Asia, Latin America and Africa.

    • Hunger and Poverty; Human Rights, Democracy and Development; Environmental degradation and green politics; Issues of Race, Ethnicity and Gender; Deprived Classes and minority politics; Religion in the contemporary world; Culture and Civilization; Globalization and changing economic, cultural and political landscape; Mass media and cultural change; Emergence of various popular mass movements.

    d) Environment and Ecology:

    Global Environmental Picture: Population Growth, Degradation of Soils, Global Atmospheric Changes, Loss of Biodiversity.

    Ecosystems: Structure of Ecosystems, Biotic Structure, Categories of Organisms, Feeding and Non-feeding Relationships, Ecosystems and How they Work, Elements in Living and Non-living Systems, Energy Laws, Nutrient Cycling.

    Pollution: Major forms of Pollution and their Impact, Primary and Secondary Pollutants, Control Strategies, Indoor Pollutants, Global Warming, International Treaties.

    Principles of Solar Energy, Hydropower, Wind Power, Biomass Energy, Ocean Thermal Energy, Geothermal Energy, and Tidal power.

    HSEE 2020 Syllabus for Part II

    Topics for the essay writing in Part-2 will be based on current affairs and general knowledge.



    The HSEE exam centres are mentioned below. HSEE exam is conducted across 16 test cities.

    HSEE Exam Centres 














    New Delhi




    As per the official website informs: “A candidate has to give two choices for the exam centre. If a sufficient number of candidates are not available at any of the above-listed cities, the same may be dropped, and the candidates will be allocated a centre of second choice in the other city”.

    The university also mentions that “requests from candidates for change of city/town allotted to him/her will NOT be entertained under any circumstances”.




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