HSEE - Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination

HSEE - Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance ExaminationHSEE  stands for Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination. It is a national level exam conducted by IIT Madras for shortlisting candidates to fill seats in five years integrated Master of Arts (MA).The course takes an interdisciplinary perspective at intellectual and cultural foundations for the study of human relations in contemporary contexts. Check more information about HSEE  exam, syllabus, pattern, and more from this page.

HSEE 2019


The course aims at offering a broader learning to engage in critical thinking and research on ideas. First, 2 years of the programme are common to all after that it branches out into two streams:-(i) Integrated M.A. in Development Studies (ii) Integrated M.A. in English Studies. Exame Date for HSEE  is given below.

Event Date
HSEE-2018 Examination Date 15 Apr 2018
HSEE-2019 Examination Date 21 Apr 2019


Programmes Offered

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

HSEE Eligibility Criteria

Candidates applying for HSEE must have passed any one of the following qualifying examinations listed below:-

  • 12th class conducted by CBSE
  • Intermediate or 2 Pre-University examination recognized by the Association of Indian Universities.
  • The final examination of the 2-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the NDA
  • Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the NIOS with a minimum of five subjects.
  • Any Public School 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.

HSEE  Exam Pattern

  • Type of questions– MCQ for Part I and Descriptive for Part II
  • Duration assigned– 150 minutes for Part I and 30 minutes for Part II

HSEE Syllabus

HSEE- has two parts: Part I and Part II. Syllabus for Part 1 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

(A) English

This section tests the candidate’s ability to understand and use standard English, and to appreciate the literary language. Questions are related to the following areas:

(i) 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.

(ii) 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.

(iii) Vocabulary: This section is a test of vocabulary and the ability to understand meaning, structure and collocation of words.

(B) Analytical and Quantitative Ability

Numbers, Algebra, Highest Common Factor (HCF) and Lowest Common Multiple (LCM), Calendar,

Basic Statistics – Average, Ratio and proportion, Age sums, Percentages, Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Work and time, Discount, linear equations, elementary trigonometry.

Data interpretation, Analytical reasoning, Logical reasoning, Brainteasers, and Patterns.

(C) General Studies

  1. Indian Economy
  2. Indian Society and Culture
  3. World Affairs
  4. Environment and Ecology

Part II

This section is descriptive based and candidates get a topic here to write in form of an essay. Topics are current affairs and general knowledge based.

Test Centers for HSEE

The exam for HSEE will be held at the following test centers:

  1. Ahmedabad
  2. Bengaluru
  3. Bhopal
  4. Bhubaneswar
  5. Chennai
  6. Coimbatore
  7. Guwahati
  8. Hyderabad
  9. Indore
  10. Jammu
  11. Kochi
  12. Kolkata
  13. Lucknow
  14. Mumbai
  15. New Delhi
  16. Patna
  17. Thiruvananthapuram

Minimum scores to be obtained by categories

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.

Admission intake HSEE

Admission is solely through the Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination (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.

HSEE Reservation

  • Other Backward Classes belonging to Non-Creamy Layer (OBC-NCL) -27%
  • Scheduled Caste (SC)- 15%
  • Scheduled Tribe (ST)- 7.5%
  • Persons with Disabilities (PwD)- 05%

HSEE Contact

The Chairman, HSEE,
JEE Office, IIT Madras,

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

HSEE website: hsee.iitm.ac.in

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