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IIT Madras HSEE 2019 Notification - Exam Dates, Application, Eligibility, Fee

IIT Madras HSEE 2019 - Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, has invited applications for admission to the five-year Integrated Master of Arts (M.A.) Program conducted with an interdisciplinary perspective by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, during 2019-20 academic year through Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination (HSEE) 2019


The Program is designed to meet the needs of students who seek a broader learning forum and who appreciate the unique design of interdisciplinary studies. The program encourages students to engage in critical thinking and research on ideas, people, society, environment and the human condition


About IIT Madras HSEE 2019

  • HSEE (Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination) is for admission to the five-year integrated Master of Arts (M.A.) Program at IIT Madras for admission in Integrated MA
  • The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras is an institute of national importance which offers quality education in Humanities, Sciences, Engineering, Management and Technology at UG / PG level
  • The Program draws its strength from the unique mix of streams


Courses Offered

  • HSEE 2019 for admission into the two following courses:
  • a) Integrated M.A. in Development Studies
  • b) Integrated M.A. in English Studies


IIT Madras HSEE 2019 Dates

  • Online Application and Payment of Exam Fee: 12th December 2018
  • Payment Option A:
  • Net Banking/Credit Card/Debit Card - Starts: 12th December 2018
  • Payment Option B:
  • Indian Bank Challan - Starts: 12th December 2018
  • Last Date for Submission of Online Application:
  • 1) for payment made by Option A - Ends: 23rd January 2019
  • 2) for payment made by Option B (step -2 must have been completed by January 23, 2019) - Ends 2): 24th January 2019
  • Application Status can be Checked from the HSEE website by Candidates - Starts: 13th February 2019
  • Admit Card can be Downloaded from the HSEE Website by Candidates - Starts: 20th March 2019
  • Admit card can be downloaded from the HSEE Website by Candidates - Ends: 21st April 2019
  • Examination Date for HSEE-2019: 21st April 2019
  • Declaration of Result on HSEE Website: 13th May 2019
  • Offer letter can be downloaded from the HSEE website by Successful Candidates - Starts 14th May 2019


Seats Intake

  • Admission is solely through Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination (HSEE)
  • Total number of seats are 46 (23 seats in each stream)
  • Allocations of seats to individual streams will be made based on the academic performance of students (CGPA) during the first three semesters, students' preferences, and availability of seats under each discipline


IIT Madras HSEE 2019 Application Process

  • Application for HSEE-2019 is only through online mode. The procedure is given below.



  • Log on to the site in and select from the menu “Apply Online” and follow the instructions on the site. Enter all the data as per the instructions. The site will prompt to save the data on the system when necessary
  • Upload Scanned (a) Photograph, (b) Signatures & (c) Supporting Documents:
  • Photograph: The scanned image of photograph should be in jpg/jpeg format only. The size of the photo image must be greater than 15 kb and less than 40 kb and the dimension of the photo image should be 3.5 cm (width) x 4.5cm (height) only. Signatures: The scanned images of signature should be in jpg/jpeg format only. The size of the signature image must be greater than 10 kb and less than 30 kb and the dimension of signature image should be 3.5 cm (length) x 1.5 (height) only
  • Supporting Documents: Scanned images of 10th Certificate/10+2 certificate (if available)/Date of Birth Certificate/OBC-NCL-Undertaking/SC/ST/PwD category certificate (if applicable) should be in jpg/jpeg format only. After successfully entering the data, click the 'finalize' button. After this, the details cannot be edited


Examination Fee

  • Candidates must pay the exam fee as applicable is through Net Banking/Credit Card/Debit Card/Indian Bank challan that will be generated during the process of application
  • The exam fee for SC, ST, PwD candidates is Rs.1200/- and for all other candidates it is Rs.2400/-
  • Additionally, the service charges of the Bank will be Rs.40/-
  • Payment by Indian Bank e-challan: A bank challan of Indian Bank will be generated during the online process of application. The candidate has to go to any branch of the Indian Bank along with a printed challan and pay the fee. The candidate must verify that the application numbers on both the copies of the challans are the same as that in the application


Payment by Net Banking/Credit Card/Debit Card

  • The candidate has to select the option to pay the application fee and follow the online instructions to complete the payment. After successful payment, candidate will be able to print the acknowledgement page
  • Read the instructions carefully before filling the application form. Application form must be complete in all respects. Incomplete application or application with incorrect information is liable for rejection
  • All applications are to be made through online mode Visit:


Eligibility Criteria for IIT Madras HSEE 2019

  • Candidates applying for HSEE-2019 must have passed any one of the following qualifying examinations for the first time in 2018 or should be appearing in 2019
  • (a) The final exam of the 10+2 system, conducted by a Central or State Board recognized by the Association of Indian Universities (
  • (b) Intermediate or two-year Pre-University Exam conducted by a Board or University recognized by the Association of Indian Universities
  • (c) Final exam of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defence Academy; senior secondary school exam conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling with a minimum of five subjects
  • (d) Any Public School, Board or University Exam in India or in a foreign country recognized as equivalent to the 10+2 system by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU)
  • (e) HSC vocational examination
  • (f) General Certificate Education (GCE) exam (London, Cambridge or Sri Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level
  • (g) High School Certificate Exam of the Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva
  • Candidates who have completed Class XII (or equivalent) exam outside India or from a Board not specified above should produce a certificate from the Association of Indian
  • In case the Class XII exam is not a public exam, the candidate must have passed at least one public (Board or Pre-University) exam earlier


  • Candidates who are NOT citizens of India at the time of registering for HSEE 2019 (by birth or naturalized) are treated as foreign nationals
  • Percentage of Marks in QE: Candidates belonging to the GEN Category & OBC Category must secure a minimum of 60% marks in aggregate in the QE. Candidates belonging to SC/ST & PwD Categories must secure a minimum of 55% in aggregate in the QE
  • Date of Birth: Candidate, whose date of birth falls on or after 01st October 1994, is eligible for HSEE-2019; however, in the case of SC/ST & PwD candidates, upper age limit is relaxed by 5 years, i.e., candidates belonging to these categories/ sub-categories born on or after 01st October 1989 are eligible
  • Physical Fitness: Every qualified candidate will have to submit a Physical Fitness certificate from a registered medical practitioner in the prescribed format that will be made available along with the letter of offer of admission


Reservation of Seats

  • Indian nationals belonging to certain categories are admitted under the seats reserved for them in accordance with the rules of the Govt. of India. The categories and the extent of reservation are as follows:
  • OBC belonging to Non-Creamy Layer (OBC-NCL) - 27% seats
  • SC - 15% Seats
  • ST - 15% Seats
  • PwD - 03% Seats


IIT Madras HSEE 2019  Exam Pattern

  • Type of Question Paper: HSEE-2019 exam 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 the following topics: (i) English and Comprehension Skill; (ii) Analytical and Quantitative Ability; (iii) General Studies covering the areas of India Economics and (iv) Environment and Ecology)
  • Part II requires the candidates to write an essay on general topic involving description, or/and reflection or/and discussion
  • Language of Questions Paper: English
  • Items Prohibited in the Exam Hall: Electronic devices like mobile phone, calculator, iPod, iPad and headphones, etc. are NOT PERMITTED in the exam hall. Further, items such as log table, abacus, slide rule, textbooks, notebooks, and geometry box, etc. and any other means of calculation are also strictly prohibited in the exam hall


Cities for HSEE 2019

  • The Entrance Examination will be conducted in the following 16 cities - Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Coimbatore, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jammu, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, New Delhi, Patna and Thiruvananthapuram
  • A candidate has to give two choices for the exam centre. Every attempt will be made to allot the centre of his/her first choice. In extreme cases, the candidate may be allotted the centre/city of his/her second choice


Admit Card for IIT Madras HSEE 2019

  • After successful registration and payment of required fee either through the bank challan or through net- banking/credit-card/debit-card, the candidates can download their admit card for HSEE-2019 from 20th March 2019 (10.00 AM) onwards till 21st April 2019 (09.00 AM) from the HSEE-2019 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 exam 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-2019, immediately by phone/email/fax


IIT Madras

Indian Institute of Technology (Madras), Chennai, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, Chennai-600036, Tel.: 044-22578220, Website