Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination (HSEE) 2021 

Contact Details:

The Chairman
JEE Office
IIT Madras
Phone: (044) 2257 8220
Fax: (044) 22578224
HSEE website:

Important Dates of HSEE-2021 :

  • Online Application Starts from – 1st February, 2021
  • Last date for submitting online application – 15th March, 2021
  • Application status can be checked from – 31st March to 30th April, 2021
  • Download Admit card from – 12th May to 13th June, 2021
  • HSEE Exam Date – 13th June, 2021
  • HSEE Result Date – 28th June, 2021
  • Offer letter download date – 30th June, 2021

Application Procedure For HSEE :

HSEE 2021 Application can be submitted only through Online Mode.

Candidate Filling Online Application can follow the below steps with the access to computer and internet connection.

1.Registration : Log on to from Menu select “Apply online”

2.Upload Documents :

(a) Photograph :

The scanned image format – jpg/jpeg.The size of the photo image -15 kb to 40 kb.Dimension of the photo image should be 3.5 cm (width) x 4.5cm (height).

(b) Signatures:

The scanned image format – jpg/jpeg.The size of the photo image -10 kb to 30 kb.Dimension of the photo image should be 3.5 cm (width) x 1.5cm (height).

(c) Supporting Documents :

Scanned images of 10th Certificate/10+2 certificate (if available)/Date of Birth Certificate/GEN-EWS-Undertaking/OBC-NCL-Undertaking/SC/ST/PwD category certificate (if applicable) should be in jpg/jpeg format only.

HSEE Examination Fee:

The examination fee for SC, ST, PwD candidates is Rs. 1200/- and for all other candidates it is Rs. 2400/-. Additionally, the service charges of the Bank will be Rs.40/-.

FEE Payment mode : Option A: online modes (net banking/credit cards/debit cards) or Option B: offline mode (Indian Bank Challan).

HSEE 2021 Admits to five year integrated Master of Arts program in the following stream

  1. Integrated M.A. in Development Studies
  2. Integrated M.A. in English Studies

Prospective candidates are encouraged to review the curricula ( before applying to the programme.

Admission is solely through Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination (HSEE). The programme has a total of 58 seats; each stream will have 29 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

Eligibility for HSEE 2021 :

  1. Qualifying Examination: 10/+2 or two-year Pre-University examination
  2. Date of Birth: Born on or after October 01, 1996 are eligible for HSEE 2021.

HSEE 2021 Exam Mode :

Paper I – objective type Questions – 2½ hours duration (150 minutes) duration

Paper II – Essay Writing – either using Keyboard or paper & pen – 30 mins

Total duration of HSEE exam is 3 hours.

Exam Pattern of HSEE :

Part I – (i) English and Comprehension Skill; (ii) Analytical and Quantitative Ability; (iii) General Studies covering the areas of Indian Economy, Indian Society and Culture, World Affairs and (iv) Environment and Ecology.
Part II – requires the candidates to write an essay on general topic involving description, or/and reflection or/and discussion.

Negative marks may be awarded for incorrect answers in Part I.

Language of Question Paper: English.

Syllabus for HSEE 2021 :

i. English and Comprehension skill
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.

ii. 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.

iii. General Studies
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
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.

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 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: Jainism, Buddhism, Orthodox Systems, Sikhism, Sufism, Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda, Rabindranath Tagore, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
Indian Traditions and Knowledge Systems: Classical dance forms, Architecture, Education, Ethics, Language and Grammar, Painting, Music, Theatre, Textiles Indian Literature, Mathematical and Medical systems.

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.

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.

Exam Centres of HSEE 2021 :

HSEE entrance examination will be conducted in the following 16 cities:

Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Coimbatore, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jammu, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, New Delhi, Patna and Thiruvananthapuram.

When to Download HSEE Admit card :

After successful registration and payment of required fee the candidates can download their admit card for HSEE-2021 from May 12, 2021 (10 AM) onwards till June 13, 2021 (9 AM) from the HSEE-2021 website.

HSEE Merit List / Ranking 2021 :

Rank list will be prepared based on the aggregate marks obtained in HSEE-2021.

  • A common rank list made up of candidates who score at least 50% in HSEE-2021 will be prepared. Separate rank lists will be prepared corresponding to GEN-EWS, OBC-NCL, SC, ST and PwD categories.
  • Candidates belonging to GEN-EWS and OBC-NCL category must score at least 45% in HSEE-2021 in order to be in the respective rank list. Candidates belonging to SC and ST categories must score at least 25% in HSEE-2021 in order to be in their respective rank lists
  • A Common Rank List (CRL) will be prepared for PwD candidates. To be in the PwD rank list, candidates must score at least 25% in HSEE-2021 in aggregate. Separate PwD rank lists will be prepared corresponding to GEN-EWS, OBC-NCL, SC and ST categories. Seats will be allotted using the rank lists and the number of seats available in each category. If a candidate (who has been allotted a seat) declines to take admission due to some reason or does not respond to the allotment, a seat becomes vacant. Such vacant seats will be allotted to the next candidate in the respective rank lists. While allotting a seat, if a candidate belongs to more than one category of relaxed norms, he/she shall be considered only in the category in which he/she gets the maximum benefit. If sufficient GEN-EWS and OBC-NCL candidates are not available, the seats will be de-reserved and open for allotment to general candidates.
  • If ties occur in the aggregate marks, the candidate who scores more marks in Part II (Essay writing) will be given a higher rank. If ties occur in both Part II and aggregate marks, one who scores more marks in the “General studies” section of Part I will be given a higher rank. If ties occur in all of aggregate, Essay writing, and General studies marks, one who scores more marks in the “Analytical Abilities” section of Part I will receive a higher rank. If ties occur after all these tie breaking criteria, candidate will be given the same rank.

IIT Madras M.A Integrated Course Fee Structure :

Candidates admitted through HSEE-2021 will have to pay the following fees at the time of admission:

S.No. Item Indian Nationals Foreign Nationals
1 One Time Payment Rs. 3,550 Rs. 18,500
2 Semester Fees * Rs. 11,400 Rs. 3,07,900
3 Refundable Caution Deposit Rs. 2,000 Rs. 2,000
4 Estt.’A’ charges Rs. 6,000 Rs. 6,000
5 Gymkhana fee Rs. 1,500 Rs. 1,500
6 Medical Insurance Premium
(subject to revision)
Rs. 1,600 Rs. 1,600
7 Refundable Hostel Deposit Rs. 3,000 Rs. 3,000
8 Hostel and other fees # Rs. 21,115 Rs. 21,115

All fees are subject to vary time to time.
* SC/ST/PwD students are exempted from payment of tuition fees of Rs.3,000/- per semester irrespective of the parental income.
# Includes mess advance of Rs.19,365/- per semester.
The fee structure for subsequent semesters will be made available at the time of admission.

HSEE 2021 Result :

Result will be declared on 28th June 2021. Check the official website for more details.

JEE Main

Application Form Submission 16 Dec 2020 to 16 Jan 2021.