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The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences restructures its M.A. program. From 2023, instead of HSEE, GATE score will be used for admission.

The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras, has restructured its existing M.A. program from 5 years to 2 years. It has also added Economics to the existing Development Studies and English Studies streams.

From 2023, the Department will offer 2-year M.A programs in Development Studies, Economics and English Studies. Each stream seeks to provide an excellent theoretical base as well as market-readiness for careers across academia, publishing, policy, governance and corporate consultancy. The Department’s interdisciplinary faculty has drawn upon its considerable experience and research to design a programme that will continue to uphold the standards set over the last many decades by IIT Madras.

There will be no HSEE after 2022. Instead of HSEE, the GATE score will be used for admission to all the streams of the 2-year M.A. programs.

Admission Process:

Admissions to each stream for the academic year 2023 are via valid GATE 2023 scores in the following XH paper sections.

Sl No

Stream Name

GATE 2023 Paper Name (Code)


Development Studies

Economics (XH C1), Philosophy (XH C4), Psychology (XH C5), Sociology (XH C6)



Economics (XH C1)


English Studies

English (XH C2), Linguistics (XH C3)

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[ Posted on October 19, 2022, 16:00 IST ]

IIT Madras is introducing two-year M.A. programmes in three separate streams, viz. Development Studies, English Studies, Economics, which will be offered from academic year 2023-24. The new two-year MA programmes will replace the current five-year Integrated M.A. programme. The admission criteria for the new M.A. programme will be announced soon and HSEE will not be used anymore. In light of this, HSEE will not be conducted by IIT Madras from 2023.

[ Posted on July 07, 2022, 11:00 IST ]