Thursday, 20 December 2012

HSEE-2013 Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination – 2013

Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Chennai 600036

Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination – 2013

Online Application process started. It ends on January 18, 2013.

Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600036 has invited applications for the Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination-2013 (HSEE 2013) for admission to the Five-year integrated Master of Arts (MA) Programme, designed to encourage students to engage in critical thinking and research on ideas, people, society and the human condition.

HSEE-2013 is intended to admit students to this programme in two streams, namely, Development Studies and English Studies. The first two years of the curriculum are common to all students, after which they branch out into one of the two streams. The programme has a total of 46 seats. Allocation of streams will be based on students’ preferences as well as their academic performance during the first three semesters.

Admission is through Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination (HSEE) to be held on Sunday, April 21, 2013 between 1000 hrs and 1300 hrs at Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Thiruvananthapuram. If sufficient number of candidates is not available at any of these cities, the same may be dropped and the candidates will be allocated to a centre in any of the other cities.

Applicants should have either completed or should be appearing in 2013 in any one of the following qualifying examinations.
(i)    The final examination of the 10+2 system, conducted by any recognized Central / State Board, such as Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi; Council for Indian School Certificate Examination, New Delhi; etc.
(ii)    Intermediate or two-year Pre- University Examination conducted by a recognized Board / University
(iii)    Final Examination of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defence Academy
(iv)    General Certificate Education (GCE) Examination (London/Cambridge/Sri Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level
(v)    High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University. Any Public School / Board / University Examination in India or in any foreign country recognized by the Association of Indian Universities as equivalent to 10+2 system
(vi)    H.S.C. Vocational Examination
(vii)    Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Open School with a minimum of five subjects

Courses which are preparatory in nature, without offering any Degree are not considered equivalent to 10+2 system. In case the relevant qualifying examination is not a public examination, the applicant must have passed at least one Public (Board or Pre-University) examination at an earlier level. This is in addition to passing in the qualifying examination with aggregate marks relevant to the category of the candidate.

Applicants belonging to the General category and OBC (CL/NCL) category must secure a minimum of 60% marks in aggregate and those belonging to SC, ST and PD categories must secure a minimum of 55% in aggregate in the Qualifying Examination. If any Board awards only letter grades without providing an equivalent percentage of marks on the grade sheet, the candidate should obtain a certificate from the Board specifying equivalent marks, and submit it at the time of joining. In case, such a certificate is not provided by the candidate, the decision of the HSEE Admission Committee regarding his/her eligibility shall be final.

Only those persons, whose date of birth falls on or after October 1, 1988, are eligible for HSEE-2013. However, in the case of SC, ST and PD candidates, upper age limit is relaxed by 5 years. So applicants belonging to these categories / subcategories born on or after October 1, 1983 are eligible.

Physical Fitness: All qualified candidates will have to submit a Physical Fitness certificate from a Registered Medical Practitioner in the prescribed format that will be made available to them along with ‘offer of admission’ letter. They will be admitted only if they are physically fit for pursuing a course of study at the Institute.

Admission to the MA program for all foreign nationals will be made through HSEE-2013 only. The eligibility requirements for foreign nationals will be same as those meant for the general category candidates in India.

Reservation of seats will be there for Other Backward Classes (OBC) if they belong to Non-Creamy Layer (NCL), Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Persons with Physical Disability (PD) etc. Details are available in the website/Brochure.

Examination fee: There is no examination fee for female candidates. Fee for SC/ST/PD (Male) candidates is Rs.800/- and that for GE/OBC (Male) candidates is Rs. 1600/-. The fees must be paid at Indian Bank using the Challan generated online during the application registration process. In addition, a processing fee of Rs.10 will be charged by the bank (for challan). Applicants can also pay the examination fee through DD, in case there is no branch of Indian Bank in the place of the applicant. The DD should be drawn in favour of ‘IIT Madras HSEE-2013’, payable at Chennai.

Applications can be submitted online at  till 18th January, 2013.

Information Brochure can also be downloaded from this site. Options, once selected in the application form, cannot be changed later. After filling up the online application, applicant should take a print of the completed application form and affix his/her colour photograph (against white background). Applicant and parent/guardian must sign on the application form at the specified places and fill-up and check the details of the Challan or DD, in the application form. Facility for the payment of examination fee through Indian Bank Challan will be available till January 25, 2013.

The following supporting documents are to be submitted along with the application form to be sent to JEE Office, IIT Madras.
(i)    Printed application form with photograph pasted, and duly signed by the candidate and the Parent/Guardian
(ii)    Paid Indian Bank challan (IIT Madras copy) / Demand Draft for all male candidates
(iii)    Attested copy of 10th Class Public Examination certificate for Name and Age proof
(iv)    Attested copy of 10+2 Class mark sheet (if already passed 10+2 examination)
(v)    Attested copy of category certificate [SC/ST/OBC(NCL)] . OBC (NCL) certificate must be obtained later than December 1, 2012 (See Appendix-I and Appendix-II of Information Brochure)
(vi)    Attested copy of PD certificate (See Appendix-III of Information Brochure)

The application complete in all respects along with all enclosures and the 'IIT Madras Copy' of the Indian Bank challan generated online or the Demand Draft, must reach the Chairman, HSEE-2013, IIT Madras latest by 5 pm on January 28, 2013. There will not be any acknowledgement of the application. However, as and when the applications are received, it will be reflected on the HSEE website. Candidates should check the HSEE website for the status of their applications after February 15, 2013. Any enquiry may be mailed  

HSEE-2013 examination is of three hours duration and has two parts. Part I consists of objective type multiple choice questions for 2½ hours duration (150 minutes), administered through computer. Part II involves essay writing for 30 minutes to be written on answer sheet distributed to the candidates at the end of Part I. Part I covers (i) English and Comprehension Skill (25% marks) (ii) Analytical and Quantitative Ability (25% marks) (iii) General Studies covering the areas of Indian Economics (since Independence), Indian Society, Contemporary World Affairs (post-World War II) and (iv) Environment and Ecology (50% marks). Detailed syllabus can be had from the Prospectus.

Part II requires the candidate to write an essay on general topic involving description, or/and reflection or/and discussion. Language of Question Paper will be English. Use Calculators, cell phones, pagers and Log Tables are not permitted inside the examination hall.

Applicants can download their admit card for HSEE-2013 from 10 am on March 18, 2013 till 5 pm on April 18, 2013 from HSEE-2013 website. The Admit Card will bear the name, photograph, date of birth, address and category of the candidate along with name and the address of the HSEE-2013 Centre allotted. The candidate should carefully examine the Admit Card for all the entries made therein. In case of any discrepancy, the candidate should inform the Chairman HSEE-2013 immediately by phone/email/fax. No applicant will normally be permitted to write the examination without a valid Admit Card. The Admit Card should be presented to the invigilators for verification. The candidate’s identity will be verified in respect of his/her details on the Admit Card and centre verification record. Candidates have to carefully preserve their Admit Cards till the entire admission procedure through HSEE-2013 is completed.

Rank list will be prepared based on the aggregate marks obtained in HSEE-2013. A common rank list made up of candidates who score at least 50% in HSEE-2013 will be prepared. Separate rank lists will be prepared corresponding to OBC (NCL), SC, ST and PD categories. Candidates of OBC (NCL) category must score at least 45% in HSEE-2013 examination in order to be in the OBC rank list. Candidates of SC and ST categories must score at least 25% in the HSEE-2013, in order to be in their respective rank lists. A common rank list will be prepared for PD candidates. To be in the PD rank list, candidates must score at least 25% in the HSEE-2013 exam in aggregate. Separate PD rank lists will be prepared corresponding to the OBC (NCL), SC and ST categories. Seats will be allotted using the rank lists and the number of seats available in each category. If a candidate who has been allotted a seat declines to take admission due to some reason or does not respond to the allotment, then such vacant seats will be allotted to the next candidate in the respective rank lists. While allotting a seat, if a candidate belongs to more than one category of relaxed norms, he/she shall be considered only in the category in which he/she gets the maximum benefit. If sufficient OBC (NCL) candidates are not available, then the seats will be de-reserved and will be open for allotment to general candidates.

A candidate scoring more in aggregate mark than another will receive a better rank than the other. If ties occur in the aggregate marks, then one who scores more in Part II (Essay writing) will be given a higher rank. If ties occur in both Part II and the aggregate, then one who scores more in the 'General studies' section of Part I will be given a higher rank. If ties occur in all of aggregate, Essay writing, and General studies, then one who scores more in the 'Analytical Abilities' section of Part I will receive a higher rank. If ties occur after all these tie-break criteria, then they will be given the same rank.

The ranks/scores of the candidates will be available for viewing in the HSEE website on May 15, 2013. The scores/ranks cannot be used by any person / institution without prior permission of Chairman HSEE-2013. Separate performance cards will not be sent individually to the candidates.

Offer Letters to Candidates will be sent from May 16, 2013.

Contact Details: The Chairman, HSEE-2013, JEE Office, IIT Madras, Chennai-600036 (Phone: (044) 2257 8220; Fax: (044) 2257 8224; Email:

Online Application process (HSEE website) - Starts December 19, 2012
Online Application process (HSEE website) - Ends January 18, 2013
Payment of examination fee through Indian Bank challan - Starts December 19, 2012
Payment of examination fee through Indian Bank challan - Ends January 25, 2013
Last date for receiving completed application from the candidate by registered or speed post January 28, 2013
Admit Card availability for download (from HSEE website) by candidates – Starts March 18, 2013
Admit Card availability for download (from HSEE website) by candidates – Ends April 18, 2013
HSEE-2013 online Examination April 21, 2013
Result declaration on HSEE website May 15, 2013
Offer Letters to Candidates - Starts May 16, 2013

The Chairman, HSEE-2013,
JEE Office,
IIT Madras,
Phone: (044) 2257 8220
Fax: (044) 2257 8224
HSEE website:

For more information related to the streams and other details, see

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