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Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination

Application Correction: 28 Apr - 11 May 2021

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Application Correction: 28 Apr - 11 May 2021

HSEE Basic Information

  • Application Fee:₹ 2,400
  • Examination Modes:Online Mode
  • Exam Conducting Body:Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)
  • Courses:MA
  • Streams:Arts

HSEE 2021: Application Process (Over), Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Syllabus

Updated On - May 01 2021 by Swagota Nandi

HSEE 2021 has been postponed, release of admit card and declaration of result has also been delayed due to the rising cases of Covid-19. Application Form was available from 1 February 2021 to 31 March 2021. The candidates were able to fill the form & submit the same via both online & offline modes. Humanities and Social Science Entrance Examination 2021 (HSEE) 2021 will be conducted by Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras). HSEE is a national level entrance test conducted once in a year to offer admission to the Master's Programme in the Department of Humanities and Social Science (HSS). The test is conducted annually. This is the only test of its kind, which admits candidates to a five year integrated Masters Programme in Humanities and Social Sciences subjects offered by an IIT. 

HSEE 2021 Exam Status

Candidates can check HSEE status from below:

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HSEE 2021 Important Dates

Have a look at the table given below to know about the important dates of HSEE 2021 like exam date, result date, etc.

HSEE 2021 Schedule
EventsImportant Dates 
HSEE 2021 Notification release dateJanuary 2021
HSEE 2021 Registration starts 1 February 2021
Last date to submit HSEE 2021 application by paying fee online31 March 2021
Last date to submit an application form by paying fee challan31 March 2021 
HSEE 2021 Application Status check from31 March 2021 - 30 April 2021
Last date for OBC-NCL applicants 
to submit scanned scan online
copy of the OBC-NCL-Undertaking
30 May 2021
HSEE 2021 Admit Card download 12 May 2021-13 June 2021
MHSEE 2021 Exam date 13 June 2021
HSEE 2021 Result declaration

28 June 2021

HSEE 2021 Offer Letter issue 

30 June 2021

HSEE 2021 Application Form

HSEE Application Form 2021 has been released on the official website on 1 February 2021. The HSEE 2021 application form must be filled very carefully by the candidates. All the successfully registered applicants can check the HSEE form Status from the official website of HSEE.

A checklist of documents that all the applicants must keep in mind while filling up the HSEE form:

  • Scanned photograph and signatures of the candidate.
  • scanned copy of the 10th Level Certificate of Public Inspection for Name and Evidence of Date of Birth.
  • Scanned copy of the 10 Class mark sheet (10+2 test if already passed).
  • Scanned copy of category certificate (SC/ST/OBC-NCL-Undertaking).
  • Scanned copy of PwD/Dyslexia/Scribe certificate, if applicable.

HSEE 2021 Application Fee

HSEE 2021 Application Fee is posted below category wise:

Application fee for HSEE exam 2021
Category of candidates

 Rs. 1200/-

For all Other Category candidates

Rs. 2400/-

Mode of Payment: Candidates can pay the fee through the following options:
  •  Net Banking/Credit Card/Debit Card/Indian Bank challan
  •  Additionally, the service charges of the Bank will be Rs. 40/-.
For those who wish to pay the HSEE 2021 Application Fee Payment by Indian Bank e-challan: A bank challan of Indian Bank will be generated during the online process of application. The candidate has to go to any branch of the Indian Bank along with a printed challan and pay the fee. The candidate must verify that the application numbers on both the copies of the challans are the same as that in the application.

HSEE 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Interested candidates must check the HSEE 2021 Eligibility before filling the HSEE form. Given below are the eligibility criteria for HSEE entrance exam:

  • Candidates who are NOT citizens of India at the time of registering for HSEE-2021 (by birth or naturalized) are treated as foreign nationals.
Seat Reservations:

Indian nationals belonging to certain categories are admitted under the seats reserved for them under the rules of the Government of India. Candidates belonging to the OBC-NCL, SC, ST and PwD categories will be declared as qualified based on a relaxed criterion.

The categories are as follows:

  • Other Backward Classes belonging to Non-Creamy Layer (OBC-NCL)
  • Scheduled Caste (SC)
  • Scheduled Tribe (ST)
  • Persons with Disabilities (PwD)
  • Other Backward Classes belonging to the Non-Creamy Layer (OBC-NCL):
    • 27% of seats are reserved for OBC - NCL.
    • Candidates belonging to the creamy layer of OBC are NOT entitled to reservation.
    • Such candidates are treated as belonging to the general, i.e., unreserved category, and they will be eligible for the OPEN seats.
    • While submitting the completed application, the candidate must submit online a scanned copy of the OBC-NCL-Undertaking.
    • They are required to upload the valid OBC-NCL certificate.
  • Scheduled Caste (SC)/ Scheduled Tribe (ST):
    • 15% seats are reserved for SC and 7.5% seats for are reserved for ST.
    • The benefit of reservation will be given only to those castes and tribes that are mentioned in the respective lists of corresponding states published by the Government of India.
    • While submitting the completed application, the candidate must submit online a scanned copy of the, failing which the candidate will be considered as a general category candidate.
    • If selected, the candidate must produce the original certificate at the time of admission, failing which he/she will be treated as a general category candidate.
  • Persons with Disabilities (PwD):
    • 5% of seats are reserved in every category, i.e., GE, OBC-NCL, SC and ST.
    • The benefit would be given to those who have SEVERE dyslexia or at least 40% impairment irrespective of the type of disability i.e., locomotor, visual.
    • Leprosy-cured candidates who are otherwise fit to pursue the course are also included in this sub-category.
    • While submitting the completed application, the candidate must submit online a scanned copy of the certificate issued by a district medical board/competent authority.
    • If selected, the candidate must produce the original certificate at the time of admission, failing which the offer of admission will be cancelled.
  • Dereservation:
    • Unfilled seats reserved under OBC-NCL category will be deserved to OPEN category seats.
    • However, seats remaining vacant under the SC and ST categories shall NOT be de-reserved to any category.
    • The reservation for PwD candidates is horizontal and hence, unfilled seats will be de-reserved to the respective categories i.e., unfilled SC-PwD seats will be converted to the SC category seats and so on.
  • Foreign Nationals:
    • Admission to the M.A. program for all foreign nationals will be made through HSEE-2021 only.
    • Foreign nationals are outside the ambit of reservation of seats under the OBC-NCL, SC, ST and PwD categories.

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 2021 Result

HSEE 2021 Result will be declared on 28 June 2021. The result would be prepared separately for different category candidates and they will be offered admission based on their merit of rank list.
  • 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 OBC-NCL, SC, ST and PwD categories.
  • Candidates belonging to OBC-NCL category must score at least 45% in HSEE-2021 to be in the OBC-NCL rank list. Candidates belonging to SC and ST categories must score at least 25% in HSEE-2021 to be in their respective rank lists.
  • A separate Merit list would be prepared for the candidates belonging to PwD category and to be able to be in that list, PwD category candidates must score at least 25% aggregate.

HSEE 2021 Courses

As the focus remains on the MA programs (Integrated 5-year courses) offered at the Institute, below mentioned are those programs:

  • Integrated M.A. in Development Studies
  • Integrated M.A. in English Studies
IITM focuses on the general enlightenment of each student by inhibiting the knowledge of humanities and social sciences to meet the needs of universitiesresearch institutes and commercial and public sector enterprises by offering these courses and supplying candidates with all modern educational facilities. 

HSEE 2021 Exam Pattern

Candidates can check the exam pattern of HSEE by the below-given exam pattern.

Exam Pattern for HSEE 2021
Mode of Examination

Online for Part 1

Offline for Part 2

Number of Questions Asked

30-35 Questions

- Part 1
- Part 2

180 minutes (3 hours)

150 minutes (2 ½  hours)

30 minutes (1/2 hour)

- Part 1 (MCQ)
- Part 2 (Descriptive)

2 Sections (Further Sub-divided)

4 Sections

1 Sections

Medium of Examination

English Language

Marking Scheme

+1 for Correct and NO Negative Marking

Given above the exam pattern for the HSEE-2021. Candidates may go thoroughly to the exam pattern before starting the preparation of the exam.

HSEE 2021 sections and topics covered
Topics Covered
Part 1

- English and Comprehension Skill

- Analytical and Quantitative Ability

-General studies in the fields of Indian 
economy, Indian culture and society, international affairs, 

- Environment and Ecology

Part 2
-An essay on general subject that includes 
explanation or and reflection or and debate 

Candidates can check the exam pattern through given details and can prepare for the exam accordingly.

HSEE 2021 Syllabus

HSEE 2021 syllabus is mentioned below which seems to be vast and must be thoroughly followed by the candidates to be very aware of what they are preparing for an how must they go on preparing for HSEE 2021 Examination:

  • English and Comprehension skill
    • Reading skills
    • Grammar: The structure and use of sentences, use of tenses, verb patterns, posts, article, active and passive constructions, etc.
    • Vocabulary: The ability to grasp words in terms of context, form and collocation.
  • Analytical and Quantitative Ability
    • Numbers
    • Algebra
    • Highest Common Factor (HCF) and the Lowest Common Multiple (LCM)
    • Calendar
    • Basic Statistics – Percentages, Basic and Compound Interest, Job and Time, Discount, Age Amount,
      Linear Equations, Elementary Trigonometry, Average, Ratio and Proportion, Benefit and Loss. 
      Analytical reasoning, logical reasoning, brainteasers, and patterns, data analysis.
  • General Studies
a) Indian Economy:
  • Understanding the Economy: Scarcity, opportunity cost, resource allocation, economic systems and their characteristics, features of market economies, forces of demand and supply, the 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: Definition and Calculation of Economic Growth, Development Phases, Principles and Patterns in National Income,  Savings and Expenditure Patterns: Index on Human Development, National Policy, Welfare and Welfare Policies.
  • Planning in India: Five-Year Plans- targets, priorities and concerns.
  • Sectoral Development: Agriculture- Green Revolution and technological changes, current problems and policies: Industrial policy developments in India (Since 1948), Industrial development strategies, public and private sectors, small and medium enterprises, infrastructure, transport and communication, service sectors, etc.
  • Global trade and the international economy: balance of payments, savings and trade policy of foreign exchange, I.M.F., W.T.O., international assistance.Money, Banking and Public Finance: Liquidity principles and money supply controls.
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, Modernization, 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: the emergence of UN system: the Cold War and nuclear race: the disintegration of Soviet Union, a 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:
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.

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.

HSEE 2021 Admit Card

HSEE 2021 Admit Card releasing date has been announced by IIT Madras. Candidates who have successfully registered will only get their admit cards from the official website. Following are a few points regarding the HSEE Hall Ticket:

  • If there is any discrepancy found in the HSEE Hall Ticket 2021 particulars, the candidate must immediately get in touch with the officials to get it rectified.
  • Candidates without the HSEE 2021 Hall Ticket can not appear for the examination at the allotted exam centre.
  • A valid Photo ID proof must be carried by the candidates appearing for the examination to the venue as their identity will be cross-checked and if found incorrect, strict actions would be taken.

HSEE 2021 Exam Centres

Candidates can check the exam centre of HS entrance exam 2021 through the following details:

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

Candidates can check the exam centre through the above information and can choose the centre for the exam accordingly.

HSEE 2021 Preparation Tips

HSEE 2021 Preparation Tips are posted below which can be useful for all the candidates appearing for HSEE exam 2021:

  • Candidates must go through the examination syllabus before they start preparing for it.
  • Applicants should look up for practice sets and previous years.
  • Candidates must follow proper sleep schedules as it helps to focus and concentrate.
  • Having some sort of recreational activity is a must as it eases out the stress after studying for long hours.
  • Before the candidates start preparing for any examination, always set a goal on when to finish particular topics/subjects.

Candidates can download HSEE 2021 Information brochure pdf here.

HSEE 2021 Highlights

Candidates can check the highlights of the HSEE 2021 and can go through it from the information given below

Highlights of HSEE 2021
Exam Name

HSEE 2021

Exam Full Name

Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination

Conducting Body

 Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (Department of Humanities and Social Sciences)


National Level


M.A Development Studies and M.A English

HSEE Official website


Exam Mode

Partly (Online and Offline)

Exam Purpose

To offer admission in Master's Programmes Offered by the Institute

Humanities and Social Science Entrance Examination (HSEE)

HSEE is an entrance exam conducted by IIT Madras, for admission to the Master programme offered by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences(HSS) of the Institute.

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), IIT Madras

The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) is one of the earliest departments at IIT Madras. The department is essentially multi-disciplinary and has faculty from diverse streams, such as Development Studies, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, Film Studies.

HSEE Contact

The Chairman, HSEE,
JEE Office, IIT Madras,

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HSEE Important Dates

HSEE 2021 Exam Date20 Jul 2021 (Tentative)
Admit card01 Jul - 17 Jul 2021 (Tentative)
HSEE 2021 Form Date01 Feb - 31 Mar 2021
HSEE 2021 Result30 Jul 2021 (Tentative)
Application Correction28 Apr - 11 May 2021

Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination Exam Pattern

Paper 1
Exam Duration:

2 hours 30 minutes

Total Marks:


Question Paper Type :


Negative Marking:



Instructions:Section 1 will include English and comprehension, Analytical and quantitative, General studies and Environment and ecology.

Paper 2
Exam Duration:

3 hours

Total Marks:


Question Paper Type :


Negative Marking:



Instructions:This section consists of essay writing and it will be of 30 minutes.

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Form Start Date:

01 Feb 2021

Form End Date:

31 Mar 2021

The last date to submit the form was on 31 Mar 2021
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