How to Prepare for HSEE Exam


Name of the exam: HSEE (Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination)

Nationality: Indian, Foreign nationals

Age Limit: 25 years for General-category candidates, 5 years of relaxation for SC/ST candidates.

Educational Qualifications:
  • 10+2 from a recognised education system inIndia.
  • Pre-university examination of a recognised board or university.
  • Foreign university/college degree equivalent to 10+2 system inIndia.
  • HSC Vocational Examination

The streams of HSEE

HSEE, in its present form, offers two streams:
  • Integrated M.A. in English Studies
  • Integrated M.A. in Development Studies

Test centers for HSEE: Bangalore, Chennai,Coimbatore,Hyderabad,Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai,New Delhi, and Thiruvananthapuram.

Time of exam: Once every year. The examination will be held on Sunday, 20 April 2014.

Eligibility for the HSEE

The integrated five-year Master of Arts course has 46 seats, 23 for each stream.

CategoryPercentage of marks in QE
General and OBC60
SC/ST/PD55


HSEE Examination pattern

The HSEE Entrance Test is segregated into two parts. The selection of applicants is made on basis of their performance in both parts.

HSEETimeModeContents
Part One150 minutesOnlineQuestions on Analytical and Quantitative Ability, General Knowledge and English and Comprehension skill.
Part Two30 minutesWrittenAn essay in English on the given subject


Application for the HSEE

Applications for the HSEE are submitted online. The applicants need to log in to HSEE website http://hsee.iitm.ac.in and thereafter follow the guidelines to complete the application. Note that data once submitted cannot be changed.

Preparing for the HSEE

  • If you opt for HSEE it is necessary to practice solving sample question papers on a regular basis.
  • The students need to develop knowledge on current events and developments in the world. They also need to sharpen their analytical and writing skills.
  • For Part One of the exam, you can prepare from books prescribed for Banking and other exams with a matching pattern. This way, you can be sure of high-quality material.
  • Apart from using textbooks of 10+2 education system, you need to enhance your general awareness and knowledge to clear HSEE. This means staying abreast of the latest happenings by watching informative TV shows, reading publications, etc.
  • Use the history and sociology books of BA courses for HSEE preparation. However, don't just be limited to the given material only. Refer to external source to build a well-rounded perspective.
  • For General Knowledge, you may opt for a popular Year Book for building a foundation. Because these can get a little dated, it is also advisable that you subscribe to a good current affairs magazine.
  • Understand that the writing section is what creates the most difference. You should go the extra mile by reading a book or two by important people in the field of administration, law, economy, etc.

Syllabus for HSEE

SubjectsDistribution of marksContents
English25.00%Reading skills, Grammar and Vocabulary
Analytical and Quantitative Ability25.00%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- 4 sections50.00%Indian Economy, Indian Society and Culture, World Affairs and Environment and Ecology


Important dates for HSEE 2014

Online Application process (HSEE website) - Starts12/18/13
Online Application process (HSEE website) - Ends01/17/14
Payment of examination fee through Indian Bank challan - Starts12/18/13
Payment of examination fee through Indian Bank challan - Ends01/24/14
Last date for receiving Completed Application from the candidate by registered or speed post01/27/14
Admit Card availability for download (from HSEE website) by candidates - Starts03/17/14
Admit Card availability for download (from HSEE website) by candidate - Ends04/17/14
HSEE-2014 online Examination04/20/14
Result declaration on HSEE Website05/14/14
Offer Letters to Candidates - Starts05/15/14




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