HSEE 2017

HSEE - Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance ExaminationHSEE 2017 (Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination) is intended to admit students to this programme in two streams: Development Studies and English Studies. The first two years of the curriculum are common to all students, after which they branch out into one of the two streams. The programme has a approx. 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.

Latest – HSEE Result 2017 has been announced on 09 May 2017. Click on “Result” page below to check the same.


Schedule for the HSEE 2017 is given below.

Event Date
Online application process & exam fee start 17 Dec 2016
Payment of examination fee through Indian Bank challan,
Net Banking/ Credit Card/Debit card – Starts
17 Jan 2017
Last date of submission of application 27 Jan 2017
Payment of examination fee through Indian Bank challan,
Net Banking/ Credit Card/Debit card – Ends
27 Jan 2017
Application status check on the website 17 Feb 2017
Availability of Admit card 14 Mar 2017
Last date to download admit card 15 Apr 2017
Exam Date HSEE 2017 16 Apr 2017
Declaration of Result 09 May 2017
Offer letter to candidates starts 10 May 2017

HSEE 2017 Quick Links

HSEE Application Form 2017

Complete application form has to be submitted online only, along with the scanned photograph, signature and copies of relevant certificates, on or before scheduled date. Candidates are advised to ensure their eligibility before applying online application. Candidates will also check the status of their application from the “Application Form” link mentioned above.

HSEE Eligibility Criteria 2017

Candidates applying for HSEE-2017 must have passed for the first time in 2016 or should be appearing in 2017 in any one of the following qualifying examinations (QE):

  • The final examination of the 10+2 system, conducted by a Central or State Board recognized by the Association of Indian Universities (www.aiuweb.org).
  • 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 Defence Academy.
  • Senior SecondarySchool 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 (AIU).
  • 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.

Physical Fitness : Every qualified candidate will have to submit a Physical Fitness certificate from a registered medical practitioner in the prescribed format that will be made available along with the letter of offer of admission. Candidates will be admitted only if they are physically fit for pursuing a course of study at the Institute.

Nationality : Candidates who are NOT citizens of India at the time of registering for HSEE-2017 (by birth or naturalized) are treated as foreign nationals.

Seat Intake

Admission is solely through Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination (HSEE). The programme had 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.

The categories and the extent of reservation are as follows:

  • Other Backward Classes belonging to Non-Creamy Layer (OBC-NCL) – 27% seats
  • Scheduled Caste (SC) – 15% seats
  • Scheduled Tribe (ST) – 15% seats
  • Persons with Disabilities (PwD) – 3% seats

HSEE Exam Pattern

Type of Question Paper: HSEE-2017 examination 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 covers the following topics:

(i) English and Comprehension Skill;
(ii) Analytical and Quantitative Ability;
(iii) General Studies covering the areas of Indian Economics (since Independence), Indian Society, Contemporary World Affairs (post-World War II); and
(iv) Environment and Ecology

Part II requires the candidate to write an essay on general topic involving description, or/and reflection or/and discussion.

Language of Question Paper: English.

HSEE Fee Structure

All candidates admitted through HSEE will have to pay the following fees at the time of admission:

S.No Item First Semester(s) Foreign Nationals
1 One Time Payment Rs. 2,550 US $ 2000 (tution fees & other fees per annum) + US $ 261
(towards one time fee, deposits and application cost) for SAARC Countries.
US $ 4000 (tution fees & other fees per annum) + US $ 261
(towards one time fee, deposits and application cost) for other countries.
2 Semester Fees* Rs. 11,813
3 Refundable Caution Deposit Rs. 2,000
4 Hostel Deposit Rs. 3,000
5 Hostel and other Fees+ Rs. 20,750 Rs. 20,750

All fees are subject to variation from time to time.

* SC/ST students are exempted from payment of tuition fees of Rs.3,000/-per semester irrespective of the parental income.
# Includes mess advance of Rs.14,000/-for 6 months.

The fee structure for subsequent semesters will be made available at the time of admission.

Certificate / Letter Formats

Candidates can download the form of certificate to be produced by OBC-NCL, SC or ST and PWD candidates. Link for certificate formats is given below.

Certificate Description Format
SC or ST Form of Certificate to be Produced by SC or ST Candidates FORM-SC-ST
OBC-NCL Form of Certificate to be Produced by OBC-NCL Candidates FORM-OBC-NCL
PwD Form of Medical Certificate for Persons With Disabilities FORM-PwD
Dyslexia Format of Medical Certificate to be Produced by Dyslexic Candidate FORM-DYSLEXIC
Letter Description Format
Scribe Format of Request Letter for Scribe and Extra Time for PwD Candidates FORM-SCRIBE
OBC-NCL Declaration by the candidate in lieu of OBC-NCL Certificate LETTER-OBC-NCL

Past Question Bank


The Chairman, HSEE-2017,
JEE Office, IIT Madras, Chennai–600036

Phone: (044) 2257 8220
Fax: (044) 22578224
Email: [email protected]

HSEE website: http://hsee.iitm.ac.in

For complete details of the HSEE 2017 – Download Information Brochure

IIT Madras Admission Home Page All Arts and Humanities Entrance Exams

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