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 conducted in both offline and online mode, in various cities across India. The admit card of HSEE 2020 will be released on April 3, 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.
HSEE 2020 Highlights
|Full Exam Name||Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination|
|Short Exam Name||HSEE|
|Conducting Body||Indian Institute of Technology Madras|
|Frequency of Conduct||Once a year|
|Exam Level||University Level Exam|
|Mode of Application||Online|
|Application Fee (General)||2400 Rs [Offline] +1 More|
|Mode of Exam||Online|
|Mode of Counselling||Offline|
|Exam Duration||3 Hours|
|Number of Seats||52 Seats|
HSEE 2020 Important Dates
Upcoming Dates and Events
28 Jul, 2020
Exam | Mode: Offline and Online
Past Dates and Events
17 Feb, 2020 - 06 Mar, 2020
Application Status | Mode: Online
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
Advertisement | Mode: Online
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
- 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).
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.
Enter a valid e-mail address.
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.
|OBC, General||Online, Offline||Transgender, Female, Male||₹ 2400|
|SC, ST||PWD||Online, Offline||Transgender, Female, Male||₹ 1200|
|Reading comprehension skills of a given passage|
|Sentence structure and usage, the use of tenses, verb patterns, articles, and active and passive constructions etc|
|Meaning, structure, and collocation of words|
Analytical and quantitative ability
Highest common factor (HCF) and lowest common multiple (LCM)
Ratio and proportion
Profit and loss
Simple and compound interest
Work and time
Brainteasers and patterns
|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 and 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|
|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 based on 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
Multiple Choice 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 April 3, 2020. The admit card of HSEE 2020 will be available to download until the day of examination. 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
- 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
Documents Required at Exam
- HSEE admit card
- A valid photo id
The HSEE 2020 result will be released in online mode. 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
Questions related to HSEE
What are the overall maths topics in CLAT, AILET and HSEE ?
For CLAT, Mathematics comes under Quantitative Techniques section. And this section includes short set of facts or prepositions, graphs, or other textual, pictorial or diagrammatic representations of numerical information followed by a series of questions. You need to apply 10th standard mathematical operations on ratios and proportions, basic algebra, mensuration and statistical estimation.
For AILET, There will be 10 questions from Mathematics Section.
- Mensuration: Areas and Volumes
- Commercial Mathematics: Interest, Profit, Loss and Discounts, Percentage, Partnership
- Modern Mathematics: Permutation and Combination Probability, Clocks and Calendars
- Data Interpretation: Graphs and Charts
- Arithmetic: Number Syaytem, H.C.F and L.C.M, Logarithms and Functions, Fractions and Decimals, Rots and Indices, Simplification, Ration and proportions, Time and Work, Average.
For HSEE, you need to prepare on topics like Numbers, Algebra, High Common Factor and Lowest Common Multiple, Calendar, Basic Statistics, Profit and Loss, Percentages, Simple and Compound Interest, Work and time, Discount, Age, Sums, Linear Equations, Elementary Trigonometry, Data Interpretation, Analytical Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, Brain-teasers and patterns.
Can I know more about HSEE exam ?
HSEE is Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination which is conducted by Indian Institute of Technology, Madras to offer admission in Masters of Arts (MA) in Humanities and Social Science Department, which is a 5 year integrated programme. Under this programme following are majors offered:
- Development Studies
- Film Studies
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What are the books I need to attempt CLAT, AILET and HSEE exams?
Books for CLAT:
Word Power Made Easy
Manorama Year Book
India Year Book
Universal’s LLB Entrance Guide
Books for AILET:
- Lucent General Knowledge
- Manorama Book
- Pratiyogita Darapan
- Universal Guide to CLAT & LLB Entrance Examination
- Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning by RS Agarwal
Books for HSEE:
- A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by RS Agarwal
- Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
- High School English Grammar and Composition by Wren & Martin
how do I prepare for HSEE exam ,are CBSE class 11 and 12 books enough??
For HSEE you read NCERT 11and 12 std textbook especially for economics,indian society,world affairs.
and for Environment and ecology you refer shankar IAS book OR NIOS textbook
essay is on Current Affairs.
Hope this information will be helpful to you.
what is the cut off of hsee exam?
The minimum marks required to qualify in HSEE is different for different categories.The result will be declared on May 15.The minimum percentage required to be on the merit list is given below :
General - 50%
SC/ ST /PwD- 25%
OBC NCL - 45%
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