HSEE on April 16: Apply from Dec 17
Kochi: Applications can be submitted from December 17, 2016, for the Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination (HSEE) for admission to the five-year integrated Master of Arts (M.A.) programme of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
The Integrated M.A. is offered in two streams-Development Studies and English Studies. Admission is solely through HSEE. The programme has a total of 46 seats and each stream will have 23 seats. 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. A brief description of each stream of the programme is given in the Information Brochure at http://hsee.iitm.ac.in/.
Date of Test & Test Structure:
HSEE will be held from 10 am to 1 pm on April 16, 2017 (Sunday) at Bengaluru, Bhopal, Chennai, Coimbatore, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Thiruvananthapuram & Varanasi. It is of three hours duration and has two parts. Part I of 2½ hours duration consists of objective type multiple choice questions, 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 (ii) Analytical and Quantitative Ability (iii) General Studies covering the areas of (a) Indian Economics (since Independence) (b) Indian Society and Culture (c) World Affairs (post-World War II) and (d) Environment and Ecology with 25% marks weightage for English, 25% for Analytical and Quantitative Ability and 50% for General Studies. Detailed syllabus is given in the Information Brochure available at http://hsee.iitm.ac.in/
Part II requires the candidates to write an essay on general topic involving description, or/and reflection or/and discussion. Topics for the essay writing will be based on current affairs and general knowledge. Question Paper will be in English. Items such as log table, abacus, slide rule, textbooks, notebooks, and geometry box, etc. and any other means of calculation are not permitted in the examination hall.
Applicant must have passed any one of the following qualifying examinations for the first time in 2016 or should be appearing in 2017.
(i) The final examination of the 10+2 system, conducted by a Central or State Board recognized by the Association of Indian Universities (www.aiuweb.org)
(ii) Intermediate or two-year Pre-University examination conducted by a Board or University recognized by the Association of Indian Universities
(iii) Final examination of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defense Academy
(iv) Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling with a minimum of five subjects
(v) 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
(vi) H.S.C. vocational examination
(vii) General Certificate Education (GCE) examination (London, Cambridge or Sri Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level
(viii) High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva
Those who have completed Class XII (or equivalent) examination outside India or from a Board not specified above should produce a certificate from the Association of Indian Universities to the effect that the examination they have passed is equivalent to the Class XII examination. In case the Class XII examination is not a public examination, the candidate must have passed at least one public (Board or Pre-University) examination earlier.
General/OBC applicants must have secured a minimum of 60% aggregate marks in the qualifying examination. SC, ST and PwD categories need only 55% aggregate marks in the qualifying examination. Where only letter grades are mentioned in the grade sheet, applicant should obtain a certificate from the Board specifying equivalent marks, and submit it at the time of joining. In case the candidate does not provide such a certificate, the decision of the HSEE admission committee regarding his/her eligibility shall be final.
Applicant should have been born on or after October 01, 1992. For SC, ST and PwD applicants, upper age limit is relaxed by 5 years. Those in these categories, born on or after October 01, 1987 are eligible.
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. Candidates will be admitted only if they are physically fit for pursuing a course of study at the Institute.
Admission to the programme will stand cancelled, if the proof of having passed the qualifying examination, as per the eligibility criteria specified is not submitted to the Institute latest by September 30, 2017.
Reservation of seats:
Seats are reserved for Indian nationals belonging to OBC-NCL (27%), SC (15%), ST (7.5%) and PwD (3% within each category including General) categories in accordance with the rules of the Government of India. Admission to the M.A. program for all foreign nationals will also be made through HSEE- 2017 only. Seats allotted to foreign nationals are supernumerary. The number of such seats will be made known at the time of admission. Applicants who are not citizens of India at the time of registering for HSEE-2017 (by birth or naturalized) are treated as foreign nationals.
The examination fee for female candidates and SC, ST, PwD candidates is Rs. 1100/-. For all other candidates, it is Rs. 2200/-. Additionally, the service charges of the Bank will be Rs.35/-. Applicant must pay the examination fee through Net Banking/Credit Card/Debit Card/Indian Bank challan that will be generated during the process of application.
Application: Application for HSEE-2017 can be submitted only through online mode at http://hsee.iitm.ac.in, from December 17, 2016 to January 27, 2017. Fee can also be paid during this period.
Applicant needs access to a computer with Internet connection and a printer. Applicant should first Register at http://hsee.iitm.ac.in and select from the menu ‘Apply Online’ and follow the instructions on the site and enter all the data as per the instructions. Applicant 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. Applicant has to Upload scanned (a) Photograph, (b) Signatures and (c) Supporting Documents as per the specifications given. Supporting Documents include Scanned images of 10th Certificate/10+2 certificate (if available)/Date of Birth Certificate/OBC-NCL/SC/ST/PwD category certificate (if applicable). After successfully entering the data, applicant must click the 'finalize' button. After this, the details cannot be edited.
For payment by Indian Bank e-challan, a bank challan of Indian Bank will be generated during the online process of application. Applicant has to go to any branch of the Indian Bank along with a printed challan and pay the fee. He/she must verify that the application numbers on both the copies of the challans are the same as that in the application and also check the challan details at the specified places in the application including Challan No.; Branch Code; Transaction No./Journal No.; Date of Payment & ensure that the seal of the bank branch and the signature of the banker are affixed on the challan in the space provided.
For Payment by Net Banking/Credit Card/Debit Card, applicant has to select the option to pay the application fee and follow the online instructions to complete the payment. After successful payment, applicant will be able to print the acknowledgement page.
The receipt of application online will be reflected on the HSEE website. Applicants can check the HSEE website for the status of their applications after February 17, 2017.
Admit Card can be downloaded from 10 am on March 14, 2017 till 5 pm on April 15, 2017 from the HSEE-2017 website. It will bear the name, photograph, date of birth, address and category of the candidate along with name and the address of the examination centre allotted. 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-2017, immediately by phone/email/fax.
Rank list will be prepared based on the aggregate marks obtained in HSEE-2017. If ties occur in the aggregate marks, the candidate who scores more marks in (i) Part II (Essay writing) (ii) ‘General studies’ section (iii) Analytical Abilities’ section, considered in that order, will receive a higher rank. If ties occur after all these tiebreaking criteria, candidates will be given the same rank.
A common rank list made up of candidates who score at least 50% in HSEE-2017 will be prepared. Separate rank lists will be prepared corresponding to OBC-NCL, SC, ST and PwD categories. Candidates belonging to OBC-NCL category must score at least 45% and those belonging to SC and ST categories, at least 25% in HSEE-2017 in order to be in the OBC-NCL/SC/ST rank lists. A common rank list will be prepared for PwD candidates. To be in the PwD rank list, candidates must score at least 25% in HSEE-2017 in aggregate. Separate PwD rank lists will be prepared corresponding to OBC-NCL, SC and ST categories. Seats will be allotted using the rank lists and the number of seats available in each category.
The ranks/scores of the candidates will be available for viewing in the HSEE website on May 9, 2017. Separate performance cards will not be sent individually to the candidates.
Issue of Offer Letters to Candidates will start on May 10, 2017.
The programme has been designed to expose students to many ideas and perspectives. The students choose their streams of specialization at the end of the second year after taking a wide variety of courses in various disciplines. Specialization begins in the third year. A very distinctive feature of the programme is the involvement of the Engineering, Sciences and Management faculties in offering innovative courses in collaboration with the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. Such courses are offered as ‘minor streams’ and electives. Such collaboration with other departments is also visualized through dissertation work under joint-supervision. The programme imparts substantial knowledge of Indian economy, literature, philosophy, culture, society, and public policy. It provides opportunities for learning a foreign language. Currently German, French and Chinese are offered. The programme requires students to complete 521 credits spread over five years to earn the degree. Discipline-related courses account for a minimum of 46% of total 521 credits. This includes core and elective courses and a dissertation. Details are there in the Brochure.
Semester fee of Rs.11,813/- for Indian Nationals has to be paid at the time of admission along with other fees, the details of which are given in the Brochure. SC/ST/PwD students are exempted from payment of tuition fees of Rs.3,000/- per semester irrespective of the parental income. The fee structure for subsequent semesters will be made available at the time of admission.
For more details, visit http://hsee.iitm.ac.in/