HSEE 2023: Application Form, Exam Date, Eligibility Criteria

HSEE 2023 application form might release in 2nd week of March 2023 in online mode, while the last date for registration may fall in the last week of April 2023. Applications are invited by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras from eligible candidates for admission to five years integrated Master of Arts (M.A.) programmes through Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination (HSEE) for the academic session 2023-2024. Interested candidates have to apply for the HSEE 2023 before the due date.

Course offered through HSEE

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

HSEE 2023 Exam Date (Tentative)

Event Date
Online application process will start from March 2023
Submit application with payment of Examination Fee online April 2023
Last date for the payment of application fee through Indian bank challan April 2023
HSEE 2023 Application Status Check date May 2023
Admit card will available to download on May 2023
Exam will conduct on June 2023
Result will be announced on June 2023
Seat allocation July 2023

HSEE 2023 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates want to appear in HSEE 2023 must satisfy any one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Candidates who qualified Intermediate or two-year Pre-University examination organized by a Board or University or by Association of Indian Universities can also appear in the exam.
  • Candidate passed final examination of the 10+2 system, organized by a Central or State Board recognized by the Association of Indian Universities
  • Candidates with two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defence academy can are eligible to apply.
  • Any Board, Public School, or University examination in India or in a foreign country recognized as equivalent to the 10+2 system by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).
  • A Senior Secondary School Examination organized by the National Institute of Open Schooling with at least of 5 subjects.
  • Vocational examination
  • Candidate with General Certificate Education (GCE) examination (London, Cambridge or Sri Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level
  • Baccalaureate Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva
  • High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University or International

HSEE 2023 Application Form: How to Fill?

  • HSEE 2023 application form will be available only through online mode. First candidate have to register selves through visiting official link i.e. http://hsee.iitm.ac.in.
  • After successful registration click on “Apply-Online”, button and follow the instructions on the site.
  • Candidates have to provide all required details mention in application form accurately and carefully.
  • They have to upload scanned photographs, signature and copies of necessary documents as per required format.
  • Submit the duly filled application form on or before due date.

Application Fee

  • SC/ST/PwD: Rs. 1200/
  • For all others: Rs. 2400/

Candidates should submit the certain amount as necessary application fee. Application fee can be submitted through Credit Card/ Net Banking/ Debit Card or Indian Bank Challan that will be generated during the process of application. In case of DD payment, the DD should be drawn in favour of

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Indian Institute of Technology (IIT),

Madras, Chennai-600036

Extra service charges of bank are also applicable.

Documents to be submitted with application 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 (GEN-EWS-Undertaking / OBC-NCL-Undertaking / SC / ST). See FORM-GEN-EWS-UNDERTAKING, FORM-OBC-NCL-UNDERTAKING, FORM-SC/ST.

Scanned copy of PwD/Dyslexia/Scribe certificate, if applicable. See FORM-PwD(II), FORM-PwD(III), FORM-PwD(IV), FORM-DYSLEXIC-1, FORM-DYSLEXIC-2, FORM- SCRIBE / COMPENSATORY TIME.

HSEE 2023 Reservation

There will be reservation criteria as per the rules of the government of India.

The categories and the percentage of reservation are as follows:

  1. Other Backward Classes belonging to Non-Creamy Layer (OBC-NCL) – 27% of seats
  2. Scheduled Tribe (ST) – 7.5%
  3. Scheduled Caste (SC) – 15%
  4. Persons with Disabilities (PwD) – 3%

HSEE 2023 Admit Card

After successful registration and application fee payment, the candidates can download their admit card for HSEE 2023 from the official HSEE website.  Your Admit Card will include your exam details such as your name, photograph, Roll no, date of birth, Exam center, date and time of exam.  Candidates must be brought their admit card to the Examination Centre.

HSEE 2023 Exam Pattern

  • The duration of HSEE 2023 examination will be 3 hours.
  • The exam will conduct in English language only.
  • The exam contains two parts as follows:

Part I – it will consist of objective type multiple choice questions for two and half hours duration i.e. 150 Minutes.

This section will cover the topics like English and Comprehension Skill, General Studies covering the areas of Indian Economics (since Independence), Analytical and Quantitative Ability, Indian Society, Contemporary World Affairs (post-World War II); and Environment and Ecology

Part II – it will consist of essay writing for 30 Minutes to be written on answer sheet allotted to the applicants at the end of Part I. It requires the candidate to write an essay on the general topic involving reflection/description, or/and discussion.

Items Prohibited in the Examination Hall:

Electronic devices like mobile phone, calculator, iPod, iPad and headphones, etc. are NOT PERMITTED in the examination hall. Further, items such as log table, abacus, slide rule, textbooks, notebooks, and geometry box, etc. and any other means of calculation are also strictly prohibited in the examination hall.

HSEE 2023 Syllabus

HSEE-2023 has two parts: Part I and Part II. Syllabus for Part I 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.


English and Comprehension skill

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

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.

(Or This section tests candidates’ reading comprehension skills of a given passage.)

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.

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

Analytical and Quantitative Ability

This section tests the candidate’s analytical skills and quantitative abilities. Questions  are related to the following areas:

Numbers, Algebra, Highest Common Factor (HCF) and 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

Indian Economy:

This section is intended to test the understanding of some basic  economic concepts  and awareness of key issues pertaining to the Indian economy with a focus on the developments after independence. The concepts and issues covered are:

Understanding the Economy: Scarcity, opportunity cost, resource allocation, economic systems and their characteristics, features of market economies, forces of demand  and supply, 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 money supply.

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, Modernisation, 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.

World Affairs:

Emergence of the US and USSR; emergence of UN system; the Cold War and nuclear race; disintegration of Soviet Union, 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; North-South  divide  on issues of development; UN and its various developmental and peacekeeping operations; Nuclearisation and Non-proliferation; India in SAARC and ASEAN; International terrorism, fundamentalism and the War on Terror;  Indo-US  relations; New centres of power in Asia, Latin America and Africa.

Hunger and Poverty; Human Rights, Democracy and Development; Environmental degradation and green politics; Issues of Race, Ethnicity and Gender; Deprived Classes and minority politics; Religion in the contemporary world; Culture and Civilization; Globalization and changing economic, cultural and political landscape; Mass media and cultural change; Emergence of various popular mass movements.

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.


Topics for the 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 Result

The result will be declared soon after the written exam is over. Candidates, who successfully appeared in the entrance exam, can check their result online by visiting the official website. They have to enter required details like roll no/registration number, date of birth/name in order to check the result.

  • Rank list will be prepared based on the aggregate marks obtained in HSEE-2023.
  • 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 GEN-EWS, OBC-NCL, SC, ST and PwD categories.
  • Candidates belonging to GEN-EWS and OBC-NCL category must score at least 45% in HSEE-2023 in order to be in the respective rank list. Candidates belonging to SC and ST categories must score at least 25% in HSEE-2023 in order to be in their respective rank lists.
  • The candidate’s choice of stream (either DS or ES) and rank will be taken into consideration while allocating a stream at the time of admission.
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