HSEE 2021 – Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Exam

HSEEIIT Madras conducts HSEE to shortlist aspirants for admission to the College’s five-year integrated Master of Arts (MA) program. The first two years of the IIT Madras MA program are the same. The course branches into two streams after that, though–Integrated MA in Development Studies and Integrated MA in English Studies. The total amount of seats available in the MA course of IIT Madras is 46 (each year).

The entrance exam for humanities and social sciences (HSEE) lasts three hours. The exam document includes questions of multiple-choice (MCQs) as well as issues of description. The exam is highly competitive and only 2 percent are selected for admission out of the total amount of learners appearing for HSEE.

HSEE 2021

Examination NameHumanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination
Abbreviated NameHSEE
Conducting BodyIndian Institute of Technology Madras
Examination LevelNational Level
Examination TypeUndergraduate
Examination ModePartly Online and Partly Offline
Programmes Offered2
Seats Offered46 (23 seats each)

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HSEE Important Dates 2021

HSEE 2021 is being conducted for students who are willing to join Integrated M.A. Development Studies and English Studies. The program requires substantial understanding about Indian economy, literature, philosophy, culture, society, and public policy.

Candidates can check from the table below the planned dates of HSEE 2021.

HSEE 2021Important Date
Availability of Online Application FormDecember 2020
Payment through Net Banking / Credit Card / Debit Card starts (option A)
Payment through Indian Bank Challan (option B)
December 2020
Last date to submit the online applicationJanuary 2021
Last date of payment through option AJanuary 2021
Last date of payment through option BJanuary 2021
To check Application StatusFebruary 2021
Issuance of Admit CardMarch 2021
Last date to download the Admit CardApril 2021
HSEE-2021 exam dateApril 2021
Result DeclarationMay 2021
Date of the offer letterMay 2021

HSEE 2021 Eligibility

Candidates fulfil the eligibility requirements of HSEE 2021 if they have cleared or appeared for any of the above-mentioned exams with qualification marks in 2021 or are appearing for them in 2021:

  • The final examination of the 10 + 2 scheme undertaken by the Central or State Board recognized by the Association of Indian Universities
  • Intermediate or two-year pre-university examination undertaken by the Board or University.
  • The final exam of the National Defense Academy Joint Services Wing’s two-year course.
  • Senior Secondary School Examination with a minimum of five topics undertaken by the National Open Schooling Institute.
  • Any public school, board or university exam in India or abroad recognized by the Association of Indian Universities as equivalent to the 10 + 2 scheme.
  • HSC’s vocational exam.
  • Examination of the General Certificate Education (GCE) at Advanced (A) level (London, Cambridge or Sri Lanka).
  • Cambridge University High School Certificate Examination or International Baccalaureate Diploma from the Geneva International Baccalaureate Bureau.

The official website states: “Candidates who have finished a Class XII (or equivalent) examination outside India or from a board not indicated above should generate a certificate from the Indian Universities Association to the effect that the examination they have passed is equal to a Class XII examination.” It also says, “If the Class XII exam is not a government exam, the applicant must have passed at least one government examination (board or pre-university) previously.”

Candidates should have obtained atleast 60 percent aggregate marks in the qualifying examination if they are from the general or OBC category to fulfill the eligibility requirements for the HSEE examination.

On the other side, applicants from the SC, ST and PwD categories fulfill the eligibility requirements for HSEE 2021 if they have secure minimum marks of 55 percent in the qualifying examination. “Where only letter grades are specified in the grade sheet, a board certificate specifying equal marks should be obtained by the candidate and submitted at the moment of entry.

In the event that the applicant does not provide such a certificate, the HSEE admission committee’s decision on his / her eligibility will be final, “reports IIT HSEE’s official website.

Age Limit: General category applicants who are born on or after October 1, 1994 are qualified to apply for HSEE 2021. Age relaxation of 5 years is provided to SC / ST / PwD applicants.

HSEE 2021 Application Form

The application form for the HSEE 2021 was published. Before completing the application form, candidates should meet the eligibility requirements. The application form must be filled out by interested candidates until January 2021. You only need to fill in the application form in online mode.

Before the due date, candidates should submit the application form along with fees and relevant documents. If, in any other mode, a candidate submits the application form, it can be summarily rejected/cancelled.

Important Documents to be Submitted with HSEE Application Form 2021

  • Scanned photograph and signatures of the candidate.
  • Scanned copy of Class 10 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.

Photograph and Signature Specifications

Photograph15KB to 40KB3.5 cm x 4.5 cm
Signature10KB to 30 KB3.5 cm to 1.5 cm

Application Fee: Applicants must submit the application fee before the due date to finish the application process. Check the table below to find out how much the request form should be paid.

  • SC/ ST / PwD Category: Rs. 1200.
  • Candidates of all other categories: Rs. 2400.

Note: Bank charges of Rs 40/- is applicable.

Payment Method: Applicants should ensure that the application fee is paid by Net Banking / Credit Card / Debit Card before the due date. Candidates can also make the fee payment created during the application phase through Indian Bank Challan.

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HSEE 2021 Exam Pattern

It is very essential to be familiar with the exam pattern for the applicants who appear for the HSEE 2021 exam. It thus functions as a helping side in preparing the aspirants for the examination.

Exam Language: English

Exam Duration: The 2021 HSEE takes place for 3 hours. The examination consists of two parts with the sectional time limit each. Part I is one hour and a half (150 minutes). Part II is a 30-minute essay writing segment.

Part IEnglish  and Comprehension Skill
Analytical and Quantitative Ability
General Studies (Indian economy, Indian Society and Culture, World Affairs)
Environment and Ecology
Part IIEssay writing on a general topic involving description, or/and reflection or/and discussion

HSEE 2021 Syllabus

HSEE-2021 consists of two components: Part I and Part II. Syllabus for Part 1 consists of English (25 percent marks of Part I), Analytical and Quantitative Ability (25 percent marks of Part I) and General Studies (four parts ; 50 percent marks of Part I). Part II involves the writing of an essay.

Part I

  • English and Comprehension skill

This section tests a student’s ability to solve English language questions. The key areas from which questions are to be asked are:

  1. Reading skills: Candidates has to read the unseen passage(s) that aim(s) to test their comprehension skills and answer the questions on its basis.
  2. Grammar: This section tests the candidate’s ability to solve questions related to English grammar including sentence structure and usage, the use of tenses, verb patterns, articles, and active and passive constructions etc.
  3. Vocabulary: This section tests candidate’s command over vocabulary and their ability to understand meaning, structure, and collocation of words.
  • Analytical and Quantitative Ability

In this section, candidates are assessed analytical skills, quantitative aptitude and the ability to solve the mathematical questions

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
  1. Indian Economy
  2. Indian Society and Culture
  3. World Affairs
  4. Environment and Ecology

Part II

This chapter includes writing an essay. Candidates can obtain any particular subject for the writing of essays such as current affairs and general knowledge. The essay should be descriptive, simple to comprehend, and examples should be included where necessary.

HSEE 2021 Admit Card

Candidates who submit their application form effectively on time will be issued admit card prior to the examination. You can download the Hall ticket from the official website for eligible applicants. Admit Card will be made accessible in March 2021. The last date the HSEE 2021 Admit card will be downloaded is April 2021.

It should be noted that applicants will not receive the admit card via post. Only in online mode is it made available. Hall ticket/admit card is a significant document because it includes significant exam-related data. Candidates should, therefore, keep the admit card in good condition until the admission process is fully over.

How to Download IIT HSEE 2021 Admit Card

Step 1: Visit official website of HSEE exam

Step 2: Click on ‘Admit Card’ link

Step 3: Enter email ID and password provided at the time of registration

Step 4: Click on ‘Login’ button

Step 5: Download and save IIT HSEE hall ticket

Step 6: Take clear print of HSEE 2021 admit card

Information to Check on HSEE 2021 Admit Card

Details that are displayed on the admit card for HSEE exam is as follows:

Candidate’s namePhotographAddress
CategoryDate of birthTest centre name & address

If there is any discrepancy in the admit card, then candidates should immediately telephone/e-mail/fax contact the chairman of HSEE-2021.

HSEE 2021 Exam Centers

HSEE exam is scheduled to be conducted across 16 test cities. Candidates can view IIT HSEE 2021 test centres which are listed below:

HSEE Exam Centres 2021
MumbaiNew DelhiPatna

HSEE 2021 Result

The outcome is made accessible on the official website to the applicants. This link will be also provided when the results are published on this page. After the declaration of the result for each category, the merit list/rank list will be released individually. The results are only available for applicants who qualify for the exam. For further reference, the candidate should safely keep a hard copy of the result.

Re-grading and Re-totaling

Candidates should understand that as Part I is a computer-based exam (CBT), there is no possibility of re-grading and re-totaling in Part I. Also, re-grading and re-totalling are not feasible in Part II as the answer sheets are checked in an extremely confidential way. So, it can’t be revealed to anyone.

How to Download HSEE 2021 Result

Step 1: Visit official website of HSEE exam

Step 2: Click on ‘HSEE 2021 Result’ link

Step 3: Enter email ID/login ID and password

Step 4: Click on ‘Login’ button

Step 5: View and save IIT HSEE result

Step 6: Take clear print of HSEE 2021 result

HSEE 2021 Cutoff

IIT Madras releases a separate category-wise ranking list for HSEE 2021. To make it to the HSEE rank list applicants need to obtain minimum marks. HSEE cut-offs for separate category applicants are as follows:

CategoryHSEE 2021 Cut off

HSEE 2021 Seat Reservation

Candidates from reserved categories are admitted under the reservation policy. Here is the percentage of relaxation provided to each category to qualify for admission.

  • 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 2021 Contact Information

The Chairman, HSEE

JEE Office,

IIT Madras


Fax: (044) 22578224

Email: [email protected]

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