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HSEE Exam Pattern


HSEE-2021 is of three hours duration and has two parts. Part I consists of objective type multiple choice questions for 2½ hours duration (150 minutes), administered through computer. Part II involves essay writing for 30 minutes where the student can use the keyboard to type the essay in the space provided in the question paper. However, candidates wishing to write essay in offline mode (using pen and paper) will also be allowed to do so, upon request. The request can be made while downloading the Admit Card by clicking suitable option. One-hour compensatory (extra) time (50 minutes for Part I and 10 minutes for Part II) will also be allowed to the candidates with 40% or more disability.


Part I covers the following topics: (i) English and Comprehension Skill; (ii) Analytical and Quantitative Ability; (iii) General Studies covering the areas of Indian Economy, Indian Society and Culture, World Affairs; and (iv) Environment and Ecology. Part II requires the candidates to write an essay on general topic involving description, or/and reflection or/and discussion.


HSEE Highlights


Name of the Exam

HSEE or Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination

Exam Level

National Level

Conducting Body

IIT Madras

Mode of the examination

Computer-based examination

Duration of the examination

Part I: 150 minutes

Part II: 30 minutes

Language of the examination


Type of Questions

Part I: Objective Type Questions (MCQs)

Part II: Essay Writing

Number of Sections

Part I: 6

Part II: 1

Total Number of Questions

Part I: 144

Part II: 1

Total Marks

144 + 30 = 174


Section-wise Weightage



Total Number of Questions

English and Comprehension Skill


Analytical & Quantitative Ability


General Studies-Indian Economy


General Studies-Indian Society and Culture


General Studies-World Affairs


General Studies-Environmental and Ecology



HSEE Marking Scheme 2021


  • +1 will be awarded for each correct answer.
  • - 0.25 will be deducted for each incorrect answer.
  • No marks for Unattempted questions.


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