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Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination 2020

Result: 30 Sep 2020

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Result: 30 Sep 2020

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 2020 : Result (30 Sep), Selection Process, Syllabus

Updated On - September 18 2020 by Akriti Maurya

HSEE 2020 Result will be announced on 30 September 2020 on the official website. The exam has been rescheduled to be held on 09 September 2020. Humanities and Social Science Entrance Examination 2020 (HSEE) 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 Masters 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 Latest Updates

  • The Result for HSEE 2020 will declared on 30 September 2020.
  • GEN-EWS/OBC-NCL Certificates issued on/after 01 April 2020 are Valid.
  • Last day for uploading GEN-EWS/OBC-NCL certificate is 29 September 2020.

HSEE 2020 Important Dates

Have a look at the table given below to know about the important dates of HSEE 2020 like exam date, result date, etc.

HSEE 2020 Schedule
EventsImportant dates
HSEE 2020 Registration starts 11 Dec 2019
Last date to submit HSEE 2020 application by paying fee online22 Jan 2020
Last date to submit an application form by paying fee challan23 Jan 2020
HSEE 2020 Application Status check from17 Feb to 6 Mar 2020
Last date for OBC-NCL candidates to upload online a scanned
copy of the OBC-NCL-Undertaking
13 May 2020
HSEE 2020 Admit Card download 

18 Mar – 19 Apr 2020
3 Apr 2020

01 - 09 September 2020

HSEE 2020 Exam date 

19 Apr 2020 (10.00 AM – 1.00 PM)
28 Jul 2020

09 September 2020

HSEE 2020 Result declaration

15 May 2020

30 September 2020

HSEE 2020 Offer Letter issue 

16 May 2020

30 September 2020

HSEE 2020 Result

HSEE 2020 Result will be declared on 30 September 2020. 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-2020 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-2020 to be in the OBC-NCL rank list. Candidates belonging to SC and ST categories must score at least 25% in HSEE-2020 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 2020 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

By offering these courses and providing the candidates with all the modern educational facilities, IITM focuses on overall enlightenment of each student by inhibiting the knowledge of humanities and social sciences to answer the needs of universities, research institutes and commercial and public sector enterprises.

HSEE 2020 Exam Pattern

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

Exam Pattern for HSEE 2020
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-2020. Candidates may go thoroughly to the exam pattern before starting the preparation of the exam.

HSEE 2020 sections and topics covered
Topics Covered
Part 1

- English and Comprehension Skill

- Analytical and Quantitative Ability

- General Studies covering the areas of Indian Economy, Indian Society and Culture, World Affairs

- Environment and Ecology

Part 2

- an essay on a general topic involving description or/and reflection or/and discussion

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

HSEE 2020 Syllabus

HSEE 2020 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 2020 Examination:

  • English and Comprehension skill
    • Reading skills
    • Grammar: sentence structure and usage, the use of tenses, verb patterns, articles, and active and passive constructions etc.
    • Vocabulary: the ability to understand meaning, structure and collocation of words.
  • Analytical and Quantitative Ability
    • Numbers
    • Algebra
    • Highest Common Factor (HCF) and the Lowest Common Multiple (LCM)
    • Calendar
    • Basic Statistics – Average, Ratio and Proportion, Profit and Loss, Percentages, Simple and Compound Interest, Work and time, Discount, Age sums, linear equations, elementary trigonometry. Data interpretation, Analytical reasoning, Logical reasoning, Brainteasers, and Patterns.
  • 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: Meaning and measurement of economic growth, stages of development, national income concepts and trends, trends in savings and investment: human development index, national policy on education, health and health care policies.
  • Planning in India: Five-Year Plans - objectives, priorities and problems.
  • Sectoral Development: agriculture – Green Revolution and technological changes, current issues and policies: industry-evolution of industrial policies in India (from 1948), strategies for industrial development, public and private sectors, small and medium industries, infrastructure, transport and communication, service sector etc.
  • Foreign Trade and International Economy: balance of payments, foreign exchange reserves and trade policy, I.M.F., W.T.O., international aid. Money, Banking and Public Finance: Concepts of money and measures of the money supply.
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 2020 Admit Card

HSEE 2020 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 2020 particulars, the candidate must immediately get in touch with the officials to get it rectified.
  • Candidates without the HSEE 2020 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 2020 Application Form

HSEE Application Form 2020 had been released on the official website on 11 December 2019. The HSEE 2020 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 from 17 February till 06 March 2020.

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 10th Class Public Examination certificate for Name and proof of date of birth.
  • Scanned copy of 10+2 Class mark sheet (if already passed 10+2 examination).
  • Scanned copy of category certificate (SC/ST/OBC-NCL-Undertaking).
  • Scanned copy of PwD/Dyslexia/Scribe certificate, if applicable.

HSEE 2020 Application Fee

HSEE 2020 Application Fee is posted below category wise:

Application fee for HSEE exam 2020
Category of candidates


For all Other Category candidates


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 2020 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 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Interested candidates must check the HSEE 2020 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-2019 (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-2020 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 2020 Exam Centres

Candidates can check the exam centre of HS entrance exam 2020 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 2020 Preparation Tips

HSEE 2020 Preparation Tips are posted below which can be useful for all the candidates appearing for HSEE exam 2020:

  • 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 2020 Highlights

Candidates can check the highlights of the HSEE 2020 and can go through it from the information given below

Highlights of HSEE 2020
Exam Name

HSEE 2020

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 2020 Form Date11 Dec - 22 Jan 2020
Admit card01 Sep - 09 Sep 2020
HSEE 2020 Exam Date09 Sep 2020
HSEE 2020 Result30 Sep 2020

Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination 2020 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:

11 Dec 2019

Form End Date:

22 Jan 2020

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