HSEE Study Material

One of the most prestigious colleges in South India is IIT Madras and one of the most sought-after courses in the field of Humanities is their five-year integrated Master of Arts programme. To induct students into this integrated programme, the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras conducts an entrance test HSEE “Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination”. The following article sheds light on IIT Madras’ five-year integrated Master of Arts (M.A.) programme HSEE exam.
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Common questions that students face during their preparation journey are the following:
  • What is the selection process for the IIT Madras’ five-year integrated programme in the field of Humanities and Social Sciences?
  • What is HSEE?
  • How to prepare for HSEE?
  • What is the syllabus to clear HSEE?
  • What is the best strategy to clear HSEE?
  • Will coaching help in the preparation for HSEE?
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Before going any further let us look at one of the most important parts of HSEE Exam preparation. Read the following points regarding the HSEE Exam:
  • There are two parts to the HSEE exam where part 1 comprises multiple-choice questions.Total time allocated to attempt Part -1 is 150 minutes.HSEE question paper comprises the following sections namely, English and comprehension skill, Analytical and Quantitative Ability, General Studies (Indian Economy), General Studies (Indian Society and Culture), General Studies (World Affairs), and General Studies (Environmental and Ecology ).
  • In the second part of the HSEE Exam, students are expected to write an essay from the given list of topics. As the total marks allocated to the essay writing task is 30, therefore it is recommended that candidates preparing for this part should read a lot to gain an understanding of important news stories. Students can opt for either online mode or offline mode to write the essay. Students will get 30 minutes for completing HSEE Part 2.
HSEE Syllabus: Important topics for HSEE Exam preparation:-
English and comprehension skill section
Following are the list of topics:
  • Vocabulary - Synonyms, Antonyms, Analogies, Wrongly spelled words, Contextual Usage
  • Idioms and Phrases, One- word substitution
  • Fill in the blanks, cloze test
  • Grammar- Common errors, Spotting errors, Sentence improvement
  • Sentence Rearrangement
  • Reading comprehension
Analytical and Quantitative Ability
Following are the list of topics:
  • Arithmetic: Number system, Surds and indices, Square roots, Ratio and proportions,Average, H.C.F and L.C.M Simplification,Logarithms and Functions,Fractions and decimals, Time and work
  • Commercial Maths: Simple and Compound Interest, Percentage,Profit, loss & discounts,Partnership
  •  Geometry & Mensuration: Areas and Volumes, Geometry
  • Modern Mathematics: Permutation and Combination, Probability, Clocks, and Calendars.
  • Data Interpretation, Analytical Reasoning, Brainteasers and Patterns
General Studies
Following are the list of topics:
  • Indian Economy
  • Indian Society and Culture
  • World Affairs
  • Environmental and Ecology
  • Events of National and International importance
  • Current events in areas of Economics, Science, Sports, Places, Persons
  • Books and Authors
Essay writing
Topics will be based on current affairs and general knowledge. 
Strategy to prepare for HSEE Exam:
Each topic will require a specific approach and below mentioned are key points to score well in each section in the HSEE exam.
For the English and comprehension skill section, practice the following approach to score well in this section:
  • Diversity in Reading
  • Quick comprehension
  • Vocabulary and contextual usage
  • Application of grammar concepts (Use of tenses, verb patterns, articles, active and passive construction)
  • Speed and accuracy
For Analytical and Quantitative Ability, practice the following approach to score well in this section:
  • A thorough understanding of key concepts is a must.
  • Formulas should be at your tips.
  • Improve your calculation speed.
  • Make use of options to solve questions.
  • Improve accuracy rate.
  • When practicing mock tests, make an intelligent choice from the given set of questions, and assess your performance.
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For the General Studies section, practice the following approach to score well in this section:
  • It is recommended that students read the newspaper regularly.
  • Make notes on important news stories, book releases, awards, etc.
  • An understanding of basic economic concepts and key economic issues pertaining to India. Major Economic problems,Sectoral Development, Foreign Trade, and International Economy, Banking and Public Finance.
  • Indian Society and Culture- Structure of Indian Society,Medieval and Modern Indian History, Indian Philosophy and Thinker.
  • World Affairs- Democracy and Development,Environmental degradation and green politics,Globalization, and changing economy.
  • Environment and Ecology- Ecosystems, Global Environmental Picture
For Essay Writing, practice the following approach to score well in this section:
  • Read editorials and keep abreast of important news events and other general knowledge issues.
  • Develop the habit to build an argument and have a logical perspective supported with relevant examples and important facts.
  • Practice writing on some current affairs topics under time pressure and then assess objectively.
For more detailed information regarding the HSSE Syllabus, click on the link below.
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