About HSEE 2020

The Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination or HSEE is a national level entrance test conducted by Indian Institute of Technology Madras every year for the admissions to the five-year integrated master's programme in humanities and social sciences offered by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) of the Institute. HSEE 2020 will be a computer-based exam which will be conducted on April 19, 2020, in various cities across India. The admit card of HSEE 2020 will be released on March 18, 2020. Candidates who wish to apply for the exam must make sure to check the eligibility criteria, minimum marks and qualifying exam mentioned to apply for the examination.

Exam level: University Level Exam
Frequency: Once a year
Languages English
Conducting Body: Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Duration 3 Hours

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HSEE 2020 Important Dates

Upcoming Dates and Events

17 Feb, 2020 - 06 Mar, 2020

Application Status | Mode: Online

18 Mar, 2020 - 19 Apr, 2020

Admit Card | Mode: Online

19 Apr, 2020

Exam | Mode: Online

15 May, 2020

Result | Mode: Online

16 May, 2020

Offer letter - Start Date | Mode: Online

Past Dates and Events

11 Dec, 2019 - 23 Jan, 2020

Application - For Offline payment Mode | Mode: Online

11 Dec, 2019 - 22 Jan, 2020

Application - For Online payment Mode | Mode: Online

04 Nov, 2019 - 11 Dec, 2019

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HSEE 2020 Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria of HSEE 2020 mentions the minimum marks required by candidates to apply for HSEE 2020. Candidates who wish to appear for the entrance exam could check the detailed eligibility criteria mentioned. Candidates who wish to apply for HSEE 2020 could check here the eligibility criteria 

Minimum Eligibility

  • Candidates belonging to the general category and OBC category must secure a minimum of 60 per cent aggregate marks in the qualifying examination. 
  • Candidates belonging to SC, ST and PwD categories must secure a minimum of 55 per cent aggregate marks in the qualifying examination. 
  • If the qualifying marks are released in the form of grades, the candidate should obtain a certificate from the Board specifying equivalent marks, and submit it at the time of joining. 

Candidates must have passed any one of the given qualifying examinations -

  • The final examination of the 10+2 system, conducted by a Central or State Board recognized by the Association of Indian Universities.

  • The final examination of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defense Academy.

  • Intermediate or two-year Pre-University examination conducted by a Board or University recognized by the Association of Indian Universities.

  • Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling with a minimum of five subjects.

  • H.S.C. vocational examination.

  • Any Public School, Board or University examination in India or in a foreign country recognized as equivalent to the 10+2 system by the Association of Indian Universities

  • High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva.

  • General Certificate Education (GCE) examination (London, Cambridge or Sri Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level.

Mode of Application : Online

Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card | Other

The application process of HSEE 2020 is divided into two parts. Given below is the detailed description of the application process of HSEE 2020. 


Before applying candidates needed to first complete the registration process. In the registration, process candidates needed to give a valid e-mail ID and mobile number. Candidates must note that all the further communications related to HSEE 2020 will be made through the email ID provided by the candidate during the registration process. 

Documents to be Uploaded


  • Given here are the size and dimension details of the images to be uploaded.  The scanned image of the photograph must be in jpg/jpeg format only. 
  • The size of the photo image must be greater than 15 kb and less than 40 kb 
  • The dimension of the photo image must be 3.5 cm (width) x 4.5cm (height) only.


  • The scanned images of the signature must be in jpg/jpeg format only. 
  • The size of the signature image must be greater than 10 kb and less than 30 kb 
  • Dimension of signature image should be 3.5 cm (length) x 1.5 (height) only. 
  • Supporting Documents: Scanned images of class 10 Certificate/10+2 certificate (if available)

Date of Birth Certificate

OBC-NCL/SC/ST/PwD category certificate (if applicable) must be in jpg/jpeg format only. 

List of Documents to be uploaded

  • 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).

Application Fee

Candidates must pay the Application fee through Net Banking/Credit Card/Debit Card/Indian Bank challan which will be generated during the process of application. 

  • Female candidates and SC, ST, PwD candidates have to pay Rs. 1200/- 
  • While candidates belonging to the General/ OBC category have to pay - Rs. 2400/-. 
  • Additional service charges Rs.40/-.of the Bank also has to be paid by the candidates.

Fields to be filled in the Application Form of HSEE 2019

The following fields have to be filled in the application form.

Name of the Candidate

Candidates must enter their name in capital letters as given in the High School (10th standard) certificate. Leave one blank box between consecutive words of the name. 


Candidates must choose category General, SC, ST or OBC-NCL from the drop-down box. Category once declared cannot be changed at a later date.  Candidates must note that if they fail to produce the necessary certificate, the candidate will be considered as a general category (GE) candidate.  


Candidates can choose the gender from drop-down box as appropriate.  


Choose from the drop-down box as appropriate.  

Date of Birth

Select the date, month and year of the birth as per the English Calendar and as recorded in the High School Class 10 certificate.  

Complete Postal Address

Here, the complete postal address to which all communication is to be sent must be entered. The address must include C/O name if required, and other details including the PIN CODE.  

E-mail address

Enter a valid e-mail address.

Mobile/Phone Number

Enter 10-digit valid mobile number and/or the landline number with STD code. Mobile number will be used by the institute to communicate important messages in the form of “SMS”

Choice of City of Examination

Candidates can select an exam centre of their convenience from the drop-down box of the different cities where HSEE 2020 will be conducted.

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
General, OBC Offline, Online Male, Transgender, Female ₹ 2400
SC, ST PWD Offline, Online Male, Transgender, Female ₹ 1200
English and comprehension skill
Reading skills
Analytical and quantitative ability
Highest common factor (HCF) and lowest common multiple(LCM)
Basic statistics -average
Ratio and proportion
Profit and loss
Simple and compound interest
Work and time
Age sums
Linear equations
Elementary trigonometry
Data interpretation
Analytical reasoning
Logical reasoning
General studies
Indian economy
Indian society and culture
World affairs
Environment and ecology
Current affairs and general knowledge

HSEE 2020 Exam Pattern

The HSEE exam pattern 2020 mentions the types of questions and the sectional division and duration to attempt each section. HSEE 2020 will be conducted for a total duration of 3 hours where candidates will have to answer both multiple choice and descriptive type of questions. Candidates who wish to appear for HSEE 2020 can check their exam pattern here.   




Type of questions

Part I

2.5 hours


Multiple Choice Questions

Part II

30 minutes

Descriptive Questions

Topics in Part I

  • 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 II will contain descriptive questions. Candidates need to answer an essay on a general topic involving description, or/and reflection or/and discussion.

HSEE 2020 Admit Card

HSEE 2020 admit card will be released on March 18, 2020. The admit card of HSEE 2020 will be available to download until April 19, 2020.  The admit card will contain the details of the exam centre such as the exam centre address and the reporting time for the exam. 

The admit card will be available to only those candidates who have completed the application form of HSEE 2020 along with the application fee.  The HSEE 2020 admit card will contain the following details - 

  • Name of candidate
  • Photograph
  • Date of birth
  • Address and category of the candidate 
  • Name and the address of the examination centre allotted

The candidate is expected to carefully examine the HSEE admit card for all the above-mentioned entries on the HSEE 2020 admit card. 

In case of any discrepancy, the candidate must inform the Chairman, HSEE, immediately by phone/email/fax.

HSEE 2020 Exam Centers

State City
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Karnataka Bengaluru
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
Odisha Bhubaneshwar
Tamil Nadu Chennai
Assam Guwahati
Telangana Hyderabad
Kerala Kochi
West Bengal Kolkata
Maharashtra Mumbai City
Delhi New Delhi
Uttar Pradesh Varanasi

Documents Required at Exam

  • HSEE admit card
  • A valid photo id

The HSEE 2020 result will be released on May 15, 2020. A common merit list will be prepared for those candidates who have qualified with a minimum of 50 per cent marks in the entrance exam. A separate merit list will be prepared for candidates belonging to the reserved categories. 

Candidates belonging to the OBC-NCL should score 45 per cent in the examination to qualify.

Candidates belonging to SC and ST categories must score at least 25 per cent in the examination

A Common Rank List (CRL) will be prepared for PwD candidates. PwD candidates must score at least 25 per cent in the examination to qualify.


In case of a tie in both Part II and aggregate marks, the candidate who scores more marks in the “General studies” section of Part I will be given a higher rank. If a tie occurs in all of the aggregate, Essay writing, and General studies marks, then, the candidate who scores more marks in the “Analytical Abilities” section of Part I will receive a higher rank. If a tie occurs after all the above-mentioned tie-breaking criteria, the candidate will be given the same rank.

Documents Required at Counselling

  • Class 10 certificate
  • Class 12 mark sheet
  • Category certificate
  • HSEE admit card
  • Character certificate

General Information

Questions related to HSEE

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i wrote my father name incorrect and paid money.how can i edit my fathers name after application is submitted.

Parvathi Sreeraj 14th Jan, 2020

Dear student,

To cater to you better, please be specific and let us know which application form you are referring to. Some examination agencies open up a correction window to edit details later on, and some others can be edited right away, while still some others may require you to register all over again.

So please specify and revert back to up, or check up if they have a toll free centre or IT helpline mentioned in the official website.

For further queries, please do not hesitate to revert back to us.


important reference books for hsee

IMran Mir 12th Jan, 2020

Hello Sathya!

I hope you are having a nice day!

I would like to inform you that you have to study these books for the preparation of HSEE examination which are mentioned below:-

  • NCERT class 11 and 12 Textbooks - Economics,Political Science and Sociology, geography.
  • And for English you can take 1.)Word power made easy by : Norman Lewis

    2.)Wren and martin High School Grammar.

  • For Math you can take :- R.S Agarwal : Quantitative aptitude.

  • For History you can take:- Modern History by : Bipin Chandra.

For Current affairs:-

1.) Hindu Newspaper

2.) Success Mirror

3.) Pratiyogita Darpan

4.) Competition review

These all are my recommendation and I hope it helps. So keep studying and keep growing.

All the best for your future!



do I need to appear for hsee exam to get qualification for integrated degree in english at iitm

Sharon Rose Student Expert 17th Dec, 2019
Yes, HSEE is an entrance exam conducted by Indian Institute of Technology, Madras for admission 5 year integrated M.A in English and M.A in Development studies. So yes, you need to appear for HSEE.The application process is ongoing.To be eligible for this
  • A candidate must have passed 10+2 or its equivalent from a recognised board or university.
  • Candidates belonging to general category, EWS, OBC-NCL must atleast have passed with atleast 60% in qualifying exam and candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD must have passed with atleast 55% in qualifying exam.

how can i get hsee sample papers key for previous years im pursing intermediate 2 nd year

Sonali Sahu Student Expert 30th Nov, 2019


Prepare your subject from the books and solve questions as many as available in example and excercise section. On the part of previous year question paper it depends if your state board has uploaded it or not. You can browse for it in google. if you get it then it is your  good luck. But even you get paper you have to solve it by the end of the day. for that your basic  concepts have to be clear. so study everything while understanding them. If you don't understand and keep on memorize you will forget and the only solution to it practice. You have books and it is enough to get your concepts strong.

Hope it helps!


Does HSEE have EWS quota for entrance exam 2020?

Deblina Roy 11th Nov, 2019

Dear  Aspirant, I am giving you a important table and it will help you,

Categories Minimum Marks
General, GEN-EWS, OBC-NCL minimum of 60% in the qualifying examination
SC, ST and PwD
minimum of 55% in the qualifying examination

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