CDS MA Economics Admission 2018 – Centre for Development Studies Thiruvananthapuram conducts an entrance test for the students to take admission for its MA programme in Applied Economics for the year 2018-2019. The course which deals in the theory and methods for applied economic analysis and issues of economic development. The institute not only provides admission to the Indian students but also provides admissions to the students hailing from the SAARC countries. For which the specification of seats is, twenty seats for the Indian students and five seats are for the foreign students. The degree is awarded by Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Latest: Result of CDS MA Economics admission 2018 has been published, check it through the link provided below.

MA Economics Admission 2018

The institute offers admissions in MA Economics to the students who are able to clear the entrance test. The entrance test for the admission in MA Economics 2018 will be held on Sunday, May 20th 2018. The timings of the examination will be from 10.00 a m to 12.00 noon. Students are required to look for the eligibility criteria, which is given below. Once they know they are eligible they can apply for the test by filling the application form.

Events Dates
Last date for application form 11 Apr 2018
Exam Date 20 May 2018
Skype Interview (SAARC candidates) 04 May 2018 to 10 May 2018
Result 28 Jun 2018
Programme commence 26 Jul 2018


Once the entrance examination is over, the students may expect the announcement of the result online on June 28, 2018, by the conducting body. Students are suggested to keep an eye over the announcement of the result by staying in touch with the official website. Candidates can check the same through the link provided below.


  • Click Here to check the admission list & waitlist.
  • Click Here to check the Mark list of the MA Entrance Examination 2018.

Application Form

Candidates interested in the course can apply online by filling up the application form which is relaesed by the exam conducting body. They have provided two separate Application forms for the Indian and SAARC candidates. The instructions to fill the form are given in the form itself, students are suggested to read it properly and fill the form before it hits the last date. The link to the forms are given below.

Application process over..!!

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria is broadly classified for the two types of admission. One for the Indian students and the other for the SAARC students.

For Indian students 

A graduate in any discipline under 10+2+3 pattern, with at least 50 percentage of marks. Also, the students appearing in their final year of examination can also apply, ony if they have secured the minimum prescribed percentage of marks in their qualifying examination at the time of registration to the programme. Whereas candidates from SC, ST & Persons with Disability (PWD) (with ≥40% disability) are eligible irrespective of percentage of marks secured in the qualifying degree.

For SAARC students

The candidate must have a there year programme Bachelor’s/undergraduate degree in English medium. And the three year undergraduate programme must be equivalent to an undergraduate programme of an Indian university.

Admit Card

Admit card/ hall ticket for the Indian students is attached in the application form itself. Students are advised to fill and send the hall ticket along with the application form. Admit card will be sent to the eligible candidates by registered post/speed post in the first week of May to the ‘Communication Address’ given by the applicant. SAARC students are requested to keep in touch with the official website for the information regarding the hall ticket.

Test Centres

CDS MA Economics entrance test scheduled which is scheduled for May 20th 2018 will be during 10.00 am to 12.00 at the various test centres in Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kozhikode, New Delhi, Pune & Thiruvananthapuram. No TA/DA or any kind of allowances shall be provided for taking the Entrance Test.

Exam Pattern

The two hours entrance test consists of the question paper with fifty questions. Each question will have multiple choice answers. Also, there will be negative marking for incorrect answers. For each correct choice students will be awarded two marks and for each incorrect choice one mark will be deducted. Maximum obtainable marks will be 100. Out of the 50 questions, 25 will be based on five passages (five questions from each passage).

The questions asked will cover the areas from Microeconomics (Theories of consumer behaviour, production and the firm), Macroeconomics (National Income, Theory of Income determination, Monetary Policy, Trade and Balance of Payments), Statistics and Mathematics: Descriptive Statistics (Mean, Median and Mode, Standard Deviation, Correlation coefficient). Elementary Probability Theory, Mathematics for economists (Elementary Algebra, Coordinate Geometry and Elementary Calculus). And India’s economy in the post liberalized period.

Also, candidates will be tested for their analytical ability and aptitude. Candidates should also expect a few questions from the areas of current national and international economic issues.

Admission Procedure

Similar to the Application form, there are two distinct admission procedures for Indian Candidates and SAARC candidates too.

For Indian Candidates 

Admission for Indian candidates is based on an entrance test. No TA/DA will be provided for attending the Entrance Test. The candidates are advised to make their own arrangements for travel and lodging to attend the Entrance Test.The rest of the admission procedure will be started as soon as the result will be declared.

For SAARC candidates 

As stated above, a separate form to apply is available for students from SAARC countries, which they can download from the link given in the “admission Form” section above. Students are supposed to scan a copy of the filled up and signed application form which is to be send to the email address: [email protected] as an attachment with “MA-SAARC” on the subject line before April 11, 2018. Short listed applicants will be interviewed over Skype or telephone between 4th- 10th May. The candidates are requested to keep scanned copies of their mark list/grades sheets for later detailed verification before Skype/telephonic interview.

Fee structure

A tuition fee of Eight Thousand (Two thousand for SC/ST) is charged per semester for the course. Along with it a one-time JNU Registration/ Enrolment fees of Rs. 6115 shall be charged too. All the students will be provided hostel accommodation with sharing. The rent for CDS hostel per person is rupees Two Hundred per month, which includes charges for electricity and water. while they are required to pay their mess bill monthly basis.

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