HSEE Question Paper – Download Previous Year Question Papers with Answers PDF

HSEE Question Paper

HSEE Question Paper –  Download previous year question papers of Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination (HSEE) conducted by IIT Madras

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HSEE is organized by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras to grant admission to its Humanities and Social Sciences programs in the post graduate level. The Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination or HSEE is a national level entrance test conducted every year by Indian Institute of Technology Madras for admission to the master programme offered by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Institute. The test is completely computer based and is usually conducted in the second or third week of April in various cities across India. The HSEE started in the year 2006 coinciding with the launch of the M.A. programme at IIT Madras. This is the only test of its kind, which admits students to a five year integrated masters programme in humanities and social sciences subjects offered by an IIT.

The 5-year integrated Master of Arts (M.A.) programme is designed to meet the needs of students who seek a broader learning forum and who appreciate the unique design of inter-disciplinary studies. The programme encourages students to engage in critical thinking and research on ideas, people, society, environment and the human condition. The total number of seats sanctioned for the programme is 46. HSEE-2018 is intended to admit students to this programme in two streams: Development Studies and English Studies. The first two years of the curriculum are common to all the students after which, they branch out into the two streams. Allocation of streams will be based on students’ preferences, their academic performance during the first three semesters, and availability of seats under each stream.

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Important Dates for IIT Madras HSEE 2018

Event Date
Online Application process begins 14 Dec 2017
Payment of Examination Fee starts 14 Dec 2017
Payment of Examination Fee Ends 24 Jan 2018
Final date for Submitting Online Application 24 Jan 2018
Payment of Examination Fee through bank e-challan Ends 25 Jan 2018
Application Status Check date 16 Feb 2018
Admit Card issue 14 Mar 2018
Last date to download issued Admit Card 14 Apr 2018
HSEE-2018 Examination Date 15 Apr 2018
Result Declaration 15 May 2018
Offer Letters to Candidates 16 May 2018


Eligibility Criteria

Candidates meet HSEE 2018 eligibility criteria if they have cleared any of the below mentioned examinations with qualifying marks in 2017 or are appearing for them in 2018:

  • The final examination of the 10+2 system, conducted by a Central or State Board recognised by the Association of Indian Universities
  • Intermediate or two-year Pre-University examination conducted by a Board or University recognised by the Association of Indian Universities.
  • Final examination of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defense Academy.
  • Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling with a minimum of five subjects.
  • Any Public School, Board or University examination in India or in a foreign country recognised as equivalent to the 10+2 system by the Association of Indian Universities.
  • HSC vocational examination.
  • General Certificate Education (GCE) examination (London, Cambridge or Sri Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level.
  • High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva.


Age Limit: General category candidates are eligible to apply for HSEE 2018 if they are born on or after October 1, 1993. SC/ST/PwD candidates are given age relaxation of 5 years.


The HSEE exam is of total 3 hours and divided into two parts as below:

HSEE Papers Sections Test Medium Duration
Part I English and Comprehension Skill Computer based exam 150 minutes
Analytical and Quantitative Ability
General Studies covering the areas of Indian Economics (since Independence), Indian Society, Contemporary World Affairs (post-World War II)
Environment and Ecology
Part II Write an essay on general topic involving description, or/and reflection or/and discussion. Written 30 minutes


HSEE Marking Scheme: For every correct answer, aspirants are awarded one mark. There is no negative marking in IIT HSEE.

How to Download HSEE Question Paper, Solved Sample Paper:

HSEE Question Paper of previous years is available on its official website and we have provided a direct link to download HSEE question papers of past 7 years. The previous year HSEE Question papers are available in PDF format for free download.

HSEE Previous Years Question Papers  – Download Here

The year wise list of Past year HSEE Question Papers are given below for free download. Click the link to get the HSEE Question paper for the particular year.

Year Question Paper
2017 2017 Question Paper
2016 2016 Question Paper
2015 2015 Question Paper
2014 2014 Question Paper
2013 2013 Question Paper
2012 2012 Question Paper
2011 2011 Question Paper

Importance of HSEE Question Paper:

HSEE previous year question paper will provide candidates an insight into the type of questions asked, difficulty level of paper, syllabus, weightage of topics, important topics to prepare etc. Aspirants can prepare with  HSEE model papers designed on the basis of previous year IIT Madras HSEE Question paper and latest pattern and syllabus.

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