HSEE 2021 Analysis

HSEE is a national-level entrance exam conducted by IIT Madras. It is a gateway for admissions to five-year integrated programmes like MA Development Studies and MA English, offered by the institute.
This year, HSEE exam was conducted on 7thAugust, 2021. After the exam, candidates are naturally curious to assess their performance and evaluate their future prospects. To help you with this, our experts have done a detailed section-wise analysis of HSEE 2021.
HSEE 2021
HSEE is a computer- based test of three hours duration. It consists of two main parts, where Part I is composed of multiple choice questions and Part II involves essay writing. These parts are allotted 2.5 hours and 30 minutes respectively.
However, the candidates could also write essay in pen-paper mode, after making such request.
Overview of the Exam:
Part I includes the following segments: (1) English and Comprehension Skill; (2) Analytical and Quantitative Ability; (3) General Studies covering the areas of Indian Economy, Indian Society and Culture, World Affairs; and (4) Environment and Ecology.
Part II includes essay writing; the candidates are asked to write an essay on general topic, describe, analyse, or discuss it.
The given table illustrates the section-wise breakup and marking scheme of the exam:
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HSEE 2021: Exam Structure & Sectional Break-up
Section
Sections
No. of Questions
Marks per Questions
Total Marks
Negative Marks/Questions
1
English and Comprehension Skill
36
1
36
1/4
2
Analytical and Quantitative Ability
36
1
36
1/4
3A
General Studies-Indian Economy
18
1
18
1/4
3B
General Studies-Indian Society and Culture
18
1
18
1/4
3C
General Studies-World Affairs
18
1
18
1/4
3D
General Studies-Environmental and Ecology
18
1
18
1/4
 
Total
144
 
144
 
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HSEE 2021: Overall Analysis
Overall feel of the HSEE exam was ‘moderate to tough’ and GK section was the toughest as well as the dominant one. The sections devoted to Analytical and Quantitative Ability were quite manageable. Further, English and Comprehension Skill was easiest of all sections.
Overview of the HSEE 2021 Paper
Time Allotted
150 Minutes
Total no. of questions
144
Sections
3
Number of choices
4
Section I: - English and Comprehension Skill
In this section, RCs were moderate in terms of difficulty level of the questions based on them. The first RC was based on psychology of inner conflict and second RC was based on a poem by T.S Eliot. Most of these questions were either tricky or had close options. The second dominant area was vocabulary with a mix of easy and medium level questions. There were also questions from sentence completion, grammar, Voices & Narrations, spellings, root & punctuation. The overall feel of this section was easy. Given table reveals the number of questions from different areas, that appeared in HSEE 2021:
Topic
No. of Questions
RC-Based on psychology of inner conflict
5
RC- Based on a Poem by T.S Eliot
4
Contextual Vocabulary
3
Figures of Speech
3
Punctuation
1
Identifying Parts of Speech
3
Sentence Completion
7
Spellings
2
Idioms
2
Root Based
1
Narration & Voices
3
Grammar & Sentence Correction
2
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SECTION II: Analytical & Quantitative Ability
In this segment, questions were drawn from varied topics from Basic Numbers to Probability. Right selection of questions proved important to get a good score in Analytical & Quantitative Ability. Here, some of the questions were very easy and direct and some required advanced level application. The questions on TSD, Geometry and Mensuration, Percentage, Profit & Loss were easy and doable. Basic numbers and algebra were moderate. One question on HCF & LCM was direct and rests two were difficult.
In DI Table, one question was direct and the rest two were on compounded growth rate and moderate in level. Given below are the number of questions from different areas, that appeared in HSEE 2021:
Topic
No. of Questions
Basic Numbers
5
Basic Algebra
5
Geometry & mensuration
2
HCF &LCM
3
Permutation and Probability
4
Percentage, Profit Loss, Time & Work, SI CI, TSD
5
Sets
1
Statistics ,  Clock And Trigonometry
3
DI Tables
3
Statement Conclusion
2
Series
1
Misc. (puzzles etc.)
2
SECTION III: General Studies
GK segments were fetched from a wide range of areas, as explained below:
Indian Economy- This portion was moderate to difficult. It focused on questions on deep economics and basic economy. There was less emphasis on current affairs and more focus on concept-based questions.
Indian Society and Culture- In this area, the focus was on static portion of Indian society and History. Here, the level of questions was easy to moderate. Also, there were a sufficient number of questions on important Indian personalities. Most of the questions were fact-based.
World Affairs- The level of this part was moderate. Here, the focus was on important international organizations, including a few questions on current affairs. However, these questions were also direct and fact-based.
Environment and Ecology- The level of this area was quite moderate. Its questions are more of concept-based than fact-focused.
Given table shows the number of questions from different topics of GK:
Topic
No. Of Questions
Indian Economy
18
Indian Society and Culture
18
World Affairs
18
Environment and Ecology
18
HSEE 2021: Ranking & Merit Lists
After HSEE 2021 is over, a common rank list made up of candidates who score at least 50% in HSEE-2021 will be prepared. Separate rank lists are prepared for GEN-EWS, SC, ST,OBC-NCL, and PwD categories. The criteria for different categories is as follows:
  • Candidates of GEN-EWS and OBC-NCL category must have scored at least 45% in HSEE-2021 in order to be included in the respective rank lists.
  • SC and ST candidates must have scored at least 25% in HSEE-2021 to be in their corresponding rank lists.
  • Similarly, to be included in the PwD rank list, the concerned candidates must have scored at least 25% in HSEE-2021 in aggregate. For PwD candidates, a CRL (Common Rank List) is prepared. Alongside, Separate PwD rank lists are prepared for GEN-EWS, SC, ST, and OBC-NCL categories.
Admission seats are allotted using the rank lists and the number of seats available in each category. If a candidate (who has been allotted a seat) doesn’t take admission due to any reason or fails to respond to the allotment, that seat is rendered vacant. Such seats are then allotted to the next candidates in the respective rank lists. Further, if a candidate belongs to more than one reserved category, he/she will be considered only in the category in which he/she obtains the maximum benefit. If adequate number of GEN-EWS and OBC-NCL candidates are not available, their seats will be de-reserved and opened for General candidates.
Note: A candidate with higher aggregate marks is assigned a better rank. If any tie occurs in the aggregate marks of two or more candidates, the candidate with higher marks in Part II (Essay writing) will receive a higher rank. However, if ties happen to be in both Part II and total marks, then the one with better marks in the “General studies” section (Part I) will be assigned a higher rank. Further, if ties occur in all ways (aggregate, Essay writing, and General studies marks), then the one who scores higher marks in the “Analytical Abilities” section (Part I) will get a higher rank. If ties occur after all these tiebreaking criteria, the candidates will be given the same rank.
*Disclaimer: All the above-given information is based on the personal opinion of Bulls Eye Expert faculty.
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