IITM – Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination (HSEE-)

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IITM – HSEE Admission 2019

Applications are invited for admission into Master of Arts course through entrance examination for the academic session 2019.

IITM – HSEE Admission Courses 2019

  • Integrated M.A. in Development Studies
  • Integrated M.A. in English Studies

IITM – HSEE Admission Eligibility 2019

Candidates applying for HSEE-2019 must have passed any one of the following qualifying examinations for the first time in 2017 or should be appearing in 2019.

  • The final examination of the 10+2 system, conducted by a Central or State Board recognized by the Association of Indian Universities.
  • Intermediate or two-year Pre-University examination conducted by a Board or University recognized 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 recognized as equivalent to the 10+2 system by the Association of Indian Universities.
  • H.S.C. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Percentage of Marks in Qualifying Examination

  • Candidates belonging to the general category and OBC category must secure a minimum of 60% aggregate marks in the qualifying examination.
  • Candidates belonging to SC, ST and PwD categories must secure a minimum of 55% aggregate marks in the qualifying examination.
  • 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.

Date of Birth

  • Candidates whose date of birth falls on or after October 01, 1994 are eligible for HSEE2019. However, in the case of SC, ST and PwD candidates, upper age limit is relaxed by 5 years, i.e., candidates belonging to SC, ST, and PwD and born on or after 1st October, 1989 are eligible. The date of birth as recorded in the High School (10th std./12th Std.) first Board/ Pre-University Certificate will be taken as authentic. Candidates must produce a scanned copy of this certificate along with the completed Application Form as proof of their age and at the time of admission original certificate has to be produced failing which they will be disqualified

IITM – HSEE Admission Seats 2019

  • Admission is solely through Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance ExaminAdmissionation ( HSEE ).
  • The programme has a total of 46 seats; each stream will have 23 seats. Allocations of seats to individual streams will be made based on the academic performance of students ( CGPA ) during the first three semesters, students’ preferences, and availability of seats under each discipline.

Reservation Of Seats

  • Indian nationals belonging to certain categories are admitted under the seats reserved for them in accordance with the rules of the Government of India. Candidates belonging to the OBC-NCL, SC, ST and PwD categories will be declared as qualified on the basis of a relaxed criterion.
  • The categories and the extent of reservation are as follows:
    • Other Backward Classes belonging to Non-Creamy Layer ( OBC-NCL )
    • Scheduled Caste ( SC )
    • Scheduled Tribe ( ST )
    • Persons with Disabilities ( PwD )

Other Backward Classes belonging to the Non-Creamy Layer ( OBC-NCL )

  • 27% of seats are reserved for OBC – NCL. The backward class should be in the updated central list of OBCs ( http://www.ncbc.nic.in ). Candidates belonging to the creamy layer of OBC are NOT entitled for reservation. Such candidates are treated as belonging to the general, i.e., unreserved category, and they will be eligible for the OPEN seats – the seats for which everyone is eligible. While submitting the completed application, the candidate must submit online a scanned copy of the OBC-NCL-Undertaking . They are required to upload the valid OBC-NCL certificate ( issued after 1st April, 2019 ) by 12th May, 2019.

Scheduled Caste (SC)/ Scheduled Tribe ( ST )

  • 15% seats are reserved for SC and 7.5% seats for are reserved for ST. The benefit of reservation will be given only to those castes and tribes that are mentioned in the respective lists of corresponding states published by the Government of India ( http://socialjustice.nic.in and http://tribal.nic.in ). While submitting the completed application, the candidate must submit online a scanned copy of the certificate (see FORM-SC/ST, given in page 19, for the format and details), failing which the candidate will be considered as a general category candidate. If selected, the candidate must produce the original certificate at the time of admission, failing which he/she will be treated as a general category candidate.

Persons with Disabilities ( PwD )

  • 5% of seats are reserved in every category, i.e., GE, OBC-NCL, SC and ST. Benefit would be given to those who have SEVERE dyslexia or at least 40% impairment irrespective of the type of disability i.e., locomotor, visual. Leprosy-cured candidates who are otherwise fit to pursue the course are also included in this sub-category. While submitting the completed application, the candidate must submit online a scanned copy of the certificate issued by a district medical board / competent authority in the prescribed format ( choose the appropriate form: FORMPwD( II ) / FORM-PwD ( III ) / FORM-PwD ( IV ) / FORM-DYSLEXIC-1 / FORM-DYSLEXIC-2 . If selected, the candidate must produce the original certificate at the time of admission, failing which the offer of admission will be cancelled.


  • Unfilled seats reserved under OBC-NCL category will be dereserved to OPEN category seats. However, seats remaining vacant under the SC and ST categories shall NOT be de-reserved to any category. The reservation for PwD candidates is horizontal and hence, unfilled seats will be de-reserved to the respective categories i.e., unfilled SC-PwD seats will be converted to the SC category seats and so on
  • The category chosen by a candidate at the time of registration for HSEE-2019 will be final and requests for change of category will NOT be entertained

IITM – HSEE Admission Exam Pattern 2019

  • HSEE-2019 is of three hours duration and has two parts. Part I consists of objective type multiple choice questions for 2½ hours duration (150 minutes), administered through computer. Part II involves essay writing for 30 minutes to be written on answer sheet distributed to the candidates at the end of Part I.

Part I : 

It covers the following topics :

  • English and Comprehension Skill
  • Analytical and Quantitative Ability
  • General Studies covering the areas of Indian Economy, Indian Society and Culture, World Affairs
  • Environment and Ecology.

Part II : 

  • requires the candidates to write an essay on general topic involving description, or / and reflection or / and discussion.

IITM – HSEE Admission Application Form 2019

  • IITM-HSEE application form details will be available at the website : www.hsee.iitm.ac.in.
  • The following documents are to be attached along with the application form :
    • Scanned photograph and signatures of the candidate.
    • Scanned copy of 10th Class Public Examination certificate for Name and proof of date of birth.
    • Scanned copy of 10+2 Class mark sheet ( if already passed 10+2 examination ).
    • Scanned copy of category certificate ( SC / ST / OBC-NCL-Undertaking )
    • Scanned copy of PwD certificate, if applicable.

Application Fee

  • The examination fee for female candidates and SC, ST, PwD candidates is ₹ 1200/- and for all other candidates it is ₹ 2400/-. Additionally, the service charges of the Bank will be ₹ 40/-.
  • Candidates must pay the examination fee as applicable is through Net Banking / Credit Card / Debit Card / Indian Bank challan that will be generated during the process of application.

IITM – HSEE Admission Admit Card 2019

  • After successful registration and payment of required fee either through the bank challan or through net- banking / credit-card / debit-card, the candidates can download their admit card for HSEE-2019 from 20th March, 2019 (10 AM) onwards till 21st April, 2019 ( 9 AM ) from the HSEE-2019 website. The admit card will bear the name, photograph, date of birth, address and category of the candidate along with name and the address of the examination centre allotted. The candidate should carefully examine the admit card for all the entries made therein. In case of any discrepancy, the candidate should inform the Chairman, HSEE-2019, immediately by phone / email / fax.

IITM – HSEE Admission Selection Process 2019

  • IITM – Humanities and Social Sciences admission selection will be based on performance in Entrance Examination conducted by by the university.

IITM – HSEE Admission Exam Centres 2019

Entrance Exam will be held on following countries.

  • Ahmedabad
  • Bengaluru
  • Bhopal
  • Bhubaneswar
  • Chennai
  • Coimbatore
  • Guwahati
  • Hyderabad
  • Kochi
  • Kolkata
  • Mumbai
  • New Delhi
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Varanasi

IITM – HSEE Admission Syllabus 2019

  • HSEE-2019 has two parts: Part I and Part II. Syllabus for Part I 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.

Part I : English

  • 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 ( s ) to test their comprehension skills and answer the comprehension questions. ( Or This section tests candidates’ reading comprehension skills of a given passage )
  • Grammar: This section tests the candidate’s knowledge of English grammar, including sentence structure and usage, the use of tenses, verb patterns, articles, and active and passive constructions, etc.
  • Vocabulary: This section is a test of vocabulary and the ability to understand meaning, structure and collocation of words.

Part I : Analytical and Quantitative Ability

  • 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.

Part I : General Studies

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 following
  • 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, I.M.F., W.T.O., international aid.
  • Money, Banking and Public Finance: Concepts of money and measures of money supply.

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 Secularization, Social Movements and Regionalism, Panchayati Raj Institutions & Governance, Affirmative Action Programme of the Government, Commissions and Policy Interventions.
  • Medieval and Modern Indian History: Delhi Sultanate and Mughal era; British Raj; Uprising of 1857; ( Social ) Reform, and Resistance Movements; Indian National Movement and the Emergence of the Indian nation.
  • Indian Philosophy and Thinkers: Mahavira and Jainism, Buddha and his Teachings, the Charvakins, Orthodox Systems, Sikhism, Sufism, Gandhi and Non-violence.
  • Indian Traditions and Knowledge Systems: Classical dance forms, Architecture, Education, Ethics, Language and Grammar, Painting, Music, Theatre, Textiles Indian Literature, Mathematical and Medical systems.

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.

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.

Part II

  • Topics for the essay writing in Part II will be based on current affairs and general knowledge.
  • The essay should build an argument, demonstrate a clear perspective and be substantiated with examples, wherever possible.

IITM – HSEE Admission Important Dates 2019

S NoEventsDates
1Online Application and Payment of Examination Fee - Starts
Payment Option A:
Net Banking / Credit Card / Debit Card – Starts
Payment Option B:
Indian Bank Challan - Starts
12th December, 2018
2Last Date of submission of application form for payment made by Option A - Ends23rd January, 2019
3For payment made by Option B ( step -2 must have been completed by 23rd January, 2019 ) - Ends24th January, 2019
4Application Status can be Checked from the HSEE website by Candidates – Starts13th February, 2019
5Admit Card can be Downloaded from the HSEE Website by Candidates – Starts20th March, 2019
6Admit card can be downloaded from the HSEE Website by Candidates - Ends21st April, 2019
7Examination Date for HSEE-201921st April, 2019
8Declaration of Result on HSEE Website13th May, 2019
9Offer letter can be downloaded from the HSEE website by Successful Candidates – Starts14th May, 2019

Contact Details

The Chairman,
JEE Office, IIT Madras,
Chennai – 600 036.
Phone : 044 2257 8220,
Fax : 044 2257 8224,
E-mail : hsee@iitm.ac.in,
Website : www.hsee.iitm.ac.in.


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Application Form Submission 16 Dec 2020 to 16 Jan 2021.