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HSEE IIT Exam Pattern 2022

Author : Palak Khanna

Updated On : August 17, 2022


HSEE IIT Exam Pattern 2022

The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT Madras, one of the oldest departments, provides intellectual and cultural foundations for the study of human relations in modern contexts, with an interdisciplinary perspective at its core.
There are a total of 58 seats available for the programme. Students will be admitted to the HSEE-2022 programme in two streams: (1) Development Studies and (2) English Studies. 
The first two years of the curriculum are the same for all students, after which they are divided into two streams. Streams will be assigned based on students' preferences, educational excellence in the first three semesters, and seat availability in each stream.

HSEE 2022 Exam Pattern

Applicants must be aware of the IIT HSEE Syllabus 2022, Exam Pattern, and the expert suggested tips before beginning their preparation for the examination, as they can help improve their preparation.

  • Part I will be conducted in online mode and Part II will be essay writing where the student can give it in online mode. However, candidates wishing to write essays in offline mode (using pen and paper) will also be allowed to do so, upon request.
  • The exam pattern will consist of Part I three sections, English and Comprehension Skill, Analytical and Quantitative Ability, General Studies covering the areas of Indian Economy, Indian Society and Culture, World Affairs, and Environment and Ecology.
  • Part II students will be asked to choose ONE topic from a given list and write an essay (approximately 300 words).
  • Solving Previous Year Question Papers can allow candidates to know the level of complexity of the paper and the sort of questions posed in the test.
  • Studying important topics from recommended books can help students score well and excel in the examination. 

HSEE Exam Pattern Highlights

Important points regarding Exam Pattern are tabulated below:-

Exam Name 


Conducting Body

Indian Institute of Madras

Exam Level

National level

Exam Date

To be notified


  • Part I four sections, English and Comprehension Skill, Analytical and Quantitative Ability, General Studies covering the areas of Indian Economy, Indian Society and Culture, World Affairs, and Environment and Ecology.
  • Part II students will be asked to choose ONE topic from a given list and write an essay (approximately 300 words).

Exam Mode

Computer-based test and on request offline mode

Question Type

Part I : Multiple Choice Questions

Part II : Essay Writing

Total marks

Part I : 144 Marks

Part II: 30 Marks

Exam duration

Total time for Part I is 150 minutes (09.00 am to 11:30 am).

Total time for Part II is 30 minutes (11.30 am to 12.00 noon).

Negative Marking


HSEE 2022: Exam Pattern 

The HSEE exam pattern consists of specifics such as maximum marks, section-wise weightage, marking scheme, and duration of the examination. Aspirants can go through the tentative exam pattern as per previous year examinations.

  • There are a total of three sections to be attempted in the total duration of 150 minutes. 
  • The question paper will be in English language only.
  • The question paper will comprise of 144 Multiple Choice Questions(MCQ) of different topics.
  • For each correct response, the candidate will be rewarded 01 (one) marks and for each incorrect response, 0.25  mark will be deducted from the total marks. 


The type of question varies from section to section. Here is the type of questions that will be asked in all the sections: 

Section 1: English and Comprehension Skill 

English is one of the easiest and scoring sections of the HSEE. It consists of 36 questions, and the level of difficulty is moderate. The most important topics in the verbal ability section are Synonyms and Antonyms, Sentence Rearrangement, Reading Comprehension, Correct usage of words and phrases, Sentence correction, Sentence completion, Verbal analogies, and Grammar. To improve your vocabulary and grammar, read the newspaper on a daily basis and practice questions from prior years' question papers to score well.

Section 2: Analytical & Quantitative Ability

The Analytical & Quantitative Ability section is to test the reasoning aptitude of candidates. It consists of 36 questions, and the level of difficulty is moderate. Logical reasoning questions are asked more frequently in which candidates are asked to find the conclusion of a given set of statements, whereas the Analytical Aptitude section is to test and evaluate how well a person works with numbers. This may include interpreting graphs and tables or using math and algebra to solve calculations. In this section, questions will be from simplification, number series, arithmetic questions, algebra, etc. Solving different types of questions on a regular basis will help students score well on the exam and also save time.

Section 3 (a): General Studies-Indian Economy

This section is intended to test the understanding of some basic economic concepts and awareness of key issues pertaining to the Indian economy with a focus on the developments after independence. The concepts and issues covered are:

  • Understanding the Economy: Scarcity, opportunity cost, resource allocation, economic systems and their characteristics, features of market economies, forces of demand and supply, elasticity of demand and supply.
  • Main Features of Indian Economy: Natural resources; human resources -population size and composition, literacy and education, occupational distribution.
  • Major Economic problems: Poverty, Unemployment and Inequality -concepts, measurement, trends, sectoral distribution and policies, inflation – trends, causes and remedies.
  • Economic Growth and Development: Meaning and measurement of economic growth, stages of development, national income concepts and trends, trends in savings and investment; human development index, national policy on education, health and health care policies. Planning in India: Five-Year Plans – objectives, priorities and problems.
  • Sectoral Development: agriculture – Green Revolution and technological changes, current issues and policies; industry-evolution of industrial policies in India (from 1948), strategies for industrial development, public and private sectors, small and medium industries, infrastructure, transport and communication, service sector etc.
  • Foreign Trade and International Economy: balance of payments, foreign exchange reserves and trade policy, I.M.F., W.T.O., international aid.
  • Money, Banking and Public Finance: Concepts of money and measures of money supply.

B) Indian Society and Culture:

  • Structure of Indian Society: Caste, Class and Tribe, Institutions of Marriage, Family and Kinship, Political institutions, Demographic Indicators and Trends.
  • Social Change in India: Sanskritization, Modernisation, Westernization and Secularization, Social Movements and Regionalism, Panchayati Raj Institutions & Governance, Affirmative Action Programme of the Government, Commissions and Policy Interventions.
  • Medieval and Modern Indian History: Delhi Sultanate and Mughal era; British Raj; Uprising of 1857; (Social) Reform, and Resistance Movements; Indian National Movement and the Emergence of the Indian nation.
  • Indian Philosophy and Thinkers: Jainism, Buddhism, Orthodox Systems, Sikhism, Sufism, Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda, Rabindranath Tagore, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
  • Indian Traditions and Knowledge Systems: Classical dance forms, Architecture, Education, Ethics, Language and Grammar, Painting, Music, Theater, Textiles Indian Literature, Mathematical and Medical systems.

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C) World Affairs:

  • Emergence of the US and USSR; emergence of UN system; the Cold War and nuclear race; disintegration of Soviet Union, decline of Communism and rise of nationalism; Arab-Israel conflict; India and the World; NAM and role of India; India-China and India- Pakistan relations, China and the World, conflict and wars.
  • Democracy and Development; Challenges to democracy; North-South divide on issues of development; UN and its various developmental and peacekeeping operations; Nuclearisation and Non-proliferation; India in SAARC and ASEAN; International terrorism, fundamentalism and the War on Terror; Indo-US relations; New centres of power in Asia, Latin America and Africa.
  • Hunger and Poverty; Human Rights, Democracy and Development; Environmental degradation and green politics; Issues of Race, Ethnicity and Gender; Deprived Classes and minority politics; Religion in the contemporary world; Culture and Civilization; Globalization and changing economic, cultural and political landscape; Mass media and cultural change; Emergence of various popular mass movements.

D) Environment and Ecology:

  • Global Environmental Picture: Population Growth, Degradation of Soils, Global Atmospheric Changes, Loss of Biodiversity.
  • Ecosystems: Structure of Ecosystems, Biotic Structure, Categories of Organisms, Feeding and Non-feeding Relationships, Ecosystems and how they work, Elements in Living and Non-living Systems, Energy Laws, Nutrient Cycling.
  • Pollution: Major forms of Pollution and their Impact, Primary and Secondary Pollutants, Control Strategies, Indoor Pollutants, Global Warming, International Treaties.

Principles of Solar Energy, Hydropower, Wind Power, Biomass Energy, Ocean Thermal Energy, Geothermal Energy, and Tidal power.

HSEE 2022: Sectional Weightage

The HSEE exam pattern consists of specifics such as maximum marks, subjects, marking scheme, and duration of the examination.  Aspirants can go through the sectional weightage to understand the importance of different sections.

HSEE Sections

Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Percentage Weightage

Time Duration

English and Comprehension Skill

36 questions



Analytical & Quantitative Ability

36 questions



General Studies-Indian Economy

18 questions



General Studies-Indian Society and Culture

18 questions



General Studies-World Affairs

18 questions



General Studies-Environmental and Ecology

18 questions




144 questions


150 Minutes

HSEE 2022 Marking Scheme

As per the Exam Pattern trend, each question will be carrying 1 mark in the question paper. There is a negative marking of 0.25  for each wrongly answered question. 



Each Correct Answer

+1 marks

Each wrongly Answered Question

-0.25 Mark

Un-attempted questions

No marks

HSEE Preparation Tips

Here are a few crucial tips and tricks that will help you prepare for your Exam

  • Firstly, take a proper look at the precise Syllabus and exam pattern. Learn each concept of the prescribed syllabus and important topics from recommended books.
  • Make sure you make notes which include important points during your study. Those notes will help during the revision period.
  • After studying all the subjects according to the latest syllabus and exam pattern, start your evaluation during which you need to solve the Sample Papers.
  • Try to attempt the easier questions first as it will increase your confidence.
  • Solve one question paper in a day so that you can have time to improve on the weak areas or wherever you go wrong.
  • Check all your answers after solving, and allot marks yourself for every question and then analyze your performance and start correcting your mistakes.
  • Try as many mock tests as you can. Practice until you have perfected that part.
  • After completing each section, attempt the section-wise tests to evaluate your preparation.
  • Make a list of your mistakes and try to improvise on the same thing.
  • Make sure you follow up on your study plan regularly, consistency and perseverance are of the utmost importance to excel in the exam.


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