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.

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 bachelor’s degree in any discipline under 10+2+3 pattern, with at least 50 percentage of marks. Candidates from SC, ST & Persons with Disability (PWD) (with ≥40% disability) are eligible irrespective of percentage of marks secured in the qualifying degree. Those who are appearing for their final examination may also apply. Such candidates, if selected, shall be allowed to join the programme only if they have secured the minimum prescribed percentage of marks in their qualifying examination at the time of registration to the programme. They should also submit the final mark sheets of the qualifying examination at the time of registration to the programme.

For SAARC students

The candidate must have a Bachelor’s/undergraduate degree (three year programme) with English as the medium of instruction and the three year undergraduate programme must be equivalent to an undergraduate programme of an Indian university. All certificates provided by the candidate must be Apostille certified before joining

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 which was held on May 20th 2018 and was from 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

Candidates will be tested for their analytical ability and aptitude. They are expected to be familiar with the course content of a standard Economics programme taught at the undergraduate (BA) level. They are also expected to be aware of current national and international economic issues of importance. An illustrative list of areas to be covered is given below, for the benefit especially of candidates without an undergraduate degree in Economics.

  1. Microeconomics (Theories of consumer behaviour, production and the firm)
  2. Macroeconomics (National Income, Theory of Income determination, Monetary Policy, Trade and Balance of Payments)
  3. 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).
  4. India’s economy in the post liberalized period

The entrance test question paper consists of 50 questions. Each question will have multiple choice answers. There will be negative marking for incorrect answers. Each correct answer will carry two marks and each incorrect -1 marks. Of the 50 questions, 25 will be based on five passages (five questions from each passage). The duration of the entrance examination is two hours and maximum marks will be 100. Prospective candidates may find past question papers of the entrance examination on the official website.

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 is based on an entrance test scheduled on Sunday, May 20th 2018 from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon at Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kozhikode, New Delhi, Pune & Thiruvananthapuram. 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.

For SAARC candidates 

Separate application form is available for students from SAARC countries, which can be downloaded from our website: Scanned copy of the filled up and signed application form should 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 should also keep scanned copies of their mark list/grades sheets for later detailed verification before Skype/telephonic interview.

Fee structure

MA students must pay a tuition fee of Rs. 8000/- (Rs.2000/-for SC/ST) per semester and a one-time JNU Registration/ Enrolment fees of Rs. 6115/-. All students will be provided hostel accommodation on a shared basis. There are hostels for men and women on campus. All rooms have attached bath and are modestly furnished. CDS hostel rent is Rs.200/- per person per month, which includes charges for electricity and water. All hostel residents are expected to have their meals at the cafeteria where simple and nutritious food is served. They are required to pay their mess bill monthly basis.

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