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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 2023: Application Form (Released), Exam Dates (out), Eligibility

Updated On - February 21 2023 by Akriti Maurya

HSEE 2023 Registration will start soon. The application fees are INR 2400 for the unreserved category and INR 1200 for the SC/ST category. Humanities and Social Science Entrance Examination 2023 (HSEE) 2023 will be conducted in June 2023 by the 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 2023 Exam Status

Candidates can check HSEE status from below:


Latest Updates

  • IIT Madras has released the HSEE 2023 official notification. The registration has started from 09 March to 27 April 2023. Scroll down the article to apply online.
  • HSEE entrance exam will be held on 12 June 2023.

Download HSEE 2023 Brochure PDF

HSEE 2023 Important Dates

Have a look at the table given below to know about the important dates of HSEE 2023 like exam date, result date, etc.

HSEE 2023 Schedule
HSEE 2023 EventsDate (Tentative)
Application FormMarch 2023
Last DateMay 2023
Checking Application StatusJune 2023
Admit Card release dateJuly 2023
HSEE ExamJuly 2023 
Copy of candidate responses for Paper I to be available on the HSEE - 2023 websiteAugust 2023
Provisional Answer Keys-
Declaration of ResultAugust 2023
Candidate registration/choice filling for stream in integrated M.A.August 2023
Seat AllocationAugust 2023

HSEE 2023 Application Form

HSEE Application Form 2023 will be released on the official website in February 2023. The HSEE 2023 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 photographs 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 2023 Application Fee

HSEE 2023 Application Fee is posted below category wise:

Application fee for HSEE exam 2023
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 2023 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 2023 Eligibility Criteria

Interested candidates must check the HSEE 2023 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-2023 (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-2023 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 2023 Admit Card

HSEE 2023 Admit Card releasing date will be announced by IIT Madras. Candidates who have successfully registered will only get they 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 2023 particulars, the candidate must immediately get in touch with the officials to get it rectified.
  • Candidates without the HSEE 2023 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 2023 Exam Pattern

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

Exam Pattern for HSEE 2023
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-2023. Candidates may go thoroughly to the exam pattern before starting the preparation of the exam.

HSEE 2023 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 the given details and can prepare for the exam accordingly.

HSEE 2023 Syllabus

HSEE 2023 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 and how must they go on preparing for HSEE 2023 Examination:

  • English and Comprehension skill
    • Reading skills
    • Grammar: The structure and use of sentences, use of tenses, verb patterns, posts, articles, 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 2023 Preparation Tips

HSEE 2023 Preparation Tips are posted below which can be useful for all the candidates appearing for HSEE exam 2023:

  • 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.

HSEE 2023 Result

HSEE 2023 Result will be declared in August 2023. 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-2023 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-2023 to be in the OBC-NCL rank list. Candidates belonging to SC and ST categories must score at least 25% in HSEE-2023 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 2023 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 2023 Exam Centres

Candidates can check the exam centre of HS entrance exam 2023 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 2023 Highlights

Candidates can check the highlights of the HSEE 2023 and can go through it from the information given below

Highlights of HSEE 2023
Exam Name

HSEE 2023

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


Application Link

Apply Here

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 2023 Form Date09 Mar - 27 Apr 2023 (Tentative)
Admit card30 May - 12 Jun 2023 (Tentative)
HSEE 2023 Exam Date12 Jun 2023 (Tentative)
HSEE 2023 Result29 Jun 2023 (Tentative)

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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