HSEE Syllabus 2024: Exam Pattern, Study Material Get PDF Here

HSEE Syllabus 2024: The Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination (HSEE) is a national level exam which is conducted by IIT Madras. In our previous post, we provided the details of the Application form and registration details.

Now in this post, we are covering the details of the HSEE Exam Syllabus. So interested candidates can check the detailed examination syllabus of HSEE 2024.

hsee syllabus 2024

HSEE Exam Pattern 2024

Those candidates who filled the HSEE Application Form successfully of HSEE they can check the IIT HSEE Exam Pattern which is given below under the table. The whole exam is divided into 2 parts i.e. Part I and Part II.  Part- I consists of 3 subjects and part-II is of essay writing.

Name Of The Part Name Of The Subject Percentage Of Include
Part-I English 25% of Part I
Analytical and Quantitative Ability
General Studies (in 4-sub Part) 50% of Part I
Part-II Essay Writing

IIT HSEE Exam Syllabus 2024

The detailed topics of the above-mentioned subject are given below. Candidates can check the complete IIT HSEE Syllabus and do preparation for the exam according to that.

Part I

Name Of the Subject Name Of Topics
English To check the ability to understand language English and to appreciate literary language this section is conducted.

Reading Skill: In this, a passage is given which test the candidate’s comprehension skills and methodology of giving the answer.

Grammar: this section is conducted to check the knowledge of the candidate in the grammar portion. The topics which include in this portion is:

  • active and passive construction
  • pattern of verb
  • sentence structure and usage
  • use of tenses
  • articles

 Vocabulary: This is another section in the subject English which test the vocabulary of the candidate along with the understanding ability of meaning, structure, and collocation of words.

General Studies Indian Economy:

The purpose of this section is to understand the basic economic concept and awareness of key issues pertaining to the Indian economy with a focus on the development after independence. The topics which are covered is

Understanding The Economy:

  •  opportunity Cost
  • features of market economies
  • scarcity
  • resource allocation
  • elasticity of demand and supply
  • economic systems and their characteristics
  • forces of demand and supply

Major Economic Problems:

  • Sectoral distribution and policies
  • Poverty
  • Inflation- trends, causes, and remedies
  • ·Unemployment and inequality- measurement, concept, trends

Economic Growth and Development:

  • National Income concepts and trade, Meaning and measurement of economic growth, Trends in savings and investment, stages of development.
  • Human development index, national policy on education, health  and health care policies

Planning in India: Five- Year Plans- Objectives, priorities, and problems

Foreign Trade and international economy: balance of payments, foreign exchange reserves and trade policy, W.T.O, I.M.F, international aid. 

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.

Money, Banking and Public Finance: Concepts of money and measures of money supply.

Indian Society and Culture

Structure of Indian Society: Caste, demographic indicators and trends, class and tribe, family and kinship, the institution of marriage, political institution

Social Change in India: Panchayati Raj Institutions & Governance, commissions and policy interventions, westernization and secularization, Sanskritization, modernization, social movements and regionalism, affirmative action programme of the government.

Medieval and Modern Indian History:

  • Uprising of 1857
  • social reform, and resistance movements
  • Delhi Sultanate and Mughal era
  • Indian national movement and the emergence of the Indian nation British Raj

Indian Philosophy and Thinkers:

  • Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
  • Swami Vivekananda
  • Sikhism
  • Buddhism
  • Gandhi
  • Orthodox Systems
  • Rabindranath Tagore
  • Jainism
  • Sufism

Indian Traditions and Knowledge Systems 

  • Architecture
  • Painting
  • Education
  • Textiles Indian Literature
  • Mathematical and Medical Systems
  • Classical dance forms
  • Music
  • Ethics
  • Language and grammar
  • Theatre

World Affairs

  • Emergence of the US and USSR
  • Emergence of UN System
  • Decline of communism and rise of nationalism
  • The cold war and nuclear race
  • Disintegration of Soviet Union
  • Conflict and wars
  • NAM and role of India
  • India-China and India-Pakistan relations
  • Arab-Israel conflict
  • India and the world
  • China and the world
  • UN and its various developmental and peacekeeping operations
  • Indo-US relations
  • New centers of power in Asia, Latin America and Africa
  • Democracy and development
  • Challenges to democracy
  • North-South divide on the issue of development
  • Fundamentalism and the war on Terror
  • Nuclearization and Non-proliferation
  • Indo-US relations
  • International terrorism
  • India in SAARC and ASEAN
  • Mass Media and Cultural change
  • Hunger and Poverty
  • Religion in the contemporary world
  • Human rights
  • Democracy and development
  • The emergence of various popular mass movements
  • Environmental degradation and green politics
  • Ethnicity and Gender
  • Globalization and changing economic, cultural and political landscape
  • Issues of Race
  • Deprived classes and minority politics
  • Culture and civilization

Environment and Ecology

Global Environmental Picture:

  • Loss of Biodiversity
  • Degradation of Soils
  • Population Growth
  • Loss of Biodiversity
  • Global Atmospheric changes


  • Control Strategies
  • Primary and Secondary Pollutants
  • International Treaties
  • Major forms of Pollution and their Impact
  • Global warming
  • Indoor Pollutants

Principles of Solar Energy, Hydropower, wind power, biomass energy, ocean thermal energy, geothermal energy, and tidal power.

Analytical and Quantitative Ability
  • Profit and Loss
  • Work and time
  • Analytical reasoning
  • Numbers
  • Age sums
  • Brainteasers and Patterns
  • Elementary trigonometry
  • Highest common factors (HCF) and Lowest Common Multiple (LCM)
  • Algebra
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Calendar
  • Basic statistics- Average
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Percentages
  • Discount
  • Data interpretation
  • Linear equations
  • Logical reasoning

Part II

Regarding Essay writing the topics which are covered in the exam are based on the current affairs and general knowledge. The essay must build an argument, demonstrate a clear perspective and be substantiated with examples, wherever possible.

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