Excellence in higher education in humanities and social sciences is evidently of growing importance around the world. By imparting quality education through this programme, the Institute aims at producing well-rounded individuals with sound training in humanities and social sciences to answer the needs of universities, research institutes and commercial and public sector enterprises. The programme draws its strength from the unique mix of streams.


Integrated M.A. in Development Studies

Integrated M.A. in English Studies

Both streams allow for a mix of courses taken as electives that borrow themes from each to give students a vista of the broader landscape of the humanities and social sciences. In addition, students will have the opportunity to do immersive work in sub-domains through their final year theses.

A brief description of each stream of the programme is given below.

Development Studies:

This stream addresses questions of "order and change" in a globalizing world and aims to explore available approaches to fostering development, understood broadly as the goal of providing people the freedom to make their lives better. This will entail studying the web of relationships humans have with each other and the physical world, which can serve both as a constraint and a source of enormous creativity and ingenuity for achieving sustainable development.

Analyzing and addressing these issues therefore requires knowledge and skills from across the social sciences, which is what the inter-disciplinary area of Development Studies seeks to do. It covers such topics as economic development, the role of the state and markets, globalization, inequality, poverty, gender relations, environment, conflict, new social movements, politics and institutions, urban studies, area studies and international relations, to name a few. Courses include those in economics, urbanization, gender studies and science and technology studies as well as advanced topics in political philosophy and social theory. Students in this stream will be expected to acquire and develop quantitative skills in introductory calculus and statistics in the course of the programme. Graduates have career opportunities in government, academia, research organizations and industry.

English Studies:

The English Studies stream is designed to open out the world of texts and the world as text. Built on a foundation of English literatures and translations from around the world, it inculcates in students a capacity for critical thinking, reading and writing in preparation for the quandaries of the modern world. The strengths of this stream lie in its many entry points, ranging from fiction, literary theory and cultural studies to linguistics, media studies, translation and creative writing. It offers an immensely interdisciplinary curriculum with the flexibility to incorporate multiple forms of cultural expressions, literatures and language use. A range of genre-based, author-based and period-based courses are offered so that students appreciate different kinds of literature as well as their production and reception. In the process, the stream directs itself to sets of cultural formations of everyday life and ways of reading them as signposts of our times.

Aspirants to English Studies typically possess wide-ranging interests and display flair and passion for the written and spoken word. Previous graduates have gone on to successful careers in writing, journalism, publishing, academia, research, audio and visual media, and entertainment.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to review the curricula before applying to the programme.


A. The programme has been designed to introduce students to many ideas and perspectives.

B. A distinctive feature of the programme is the involvement of the Engineering, Sciences and Management faculties in offering innovative courses in collaboration with the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. Such courses are offered as "minor streams" and electives. Such collaboration with other departments is also visualized through dissertation work under joint-supervision.

C. The programme imparts substantial knowledge of Indian economy, literature, philosophy, culture, society, and public policy. It provides opportunities for learning a foreign language. Currently German, French, Korean and Chinese are offered.

D. The programme requires students to complete 511 credits spread over five years to earn the degree. Discipline-related courses account for a minimum of around 50% of total 511 credits. This includes core and elective courses and a dissertation (refer to the Table below). However, the students will have the option of earning credits from taught courses in lieu of dissertation writing.

The distribution of credits is according to the course categories given below:

S.No. Course Category No. of Courses Credits %

Common Courses

21 208 41

Discipline Courses
(Core and Stream Electives)

22 222 43

Other Electives
(including Free Electives/ Minor stream Electives)

5 45 9

Dissertation (including mini project) or Equivalent Elective Courses (4 courses with minimum of 9 credits each)

2 36 7



50 511 100

Admission & Fees

Admission Mode and Intake

Admission is solely through Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination (HSEE). The programme has a total number of 58 seats for both Development Studies and English Studies streams; each stream will have 29 seats. Allocations of seats to individual stream will be made based on the choice of stream preference of the candidate and availability of seats under each discipline.

Seat Matrix:
Development Studies 12 3 8 4 2 29
English Studies 12 3 8 4 2 29
Total 24 6 16 8 4 58

PwD reservations @ 5% will be followed as per GoI norms. PwD candidates will consume seats from their individual category pool. During the seat allocation process, e-mail or phone queries regarding the status of vacant seats will NOT be entertained. All the information regarding seat allotment shall be published on the official HSEE - 2022 website.

Registration for Choice of Streams:

i) For choosing the order of stream preference, a candidate should login to the portal ( with the HSEE - 2022 registered Email address and password.
ii) There is no additional fee for choice filling.
iii) A 5-days window will be enabled for filling the choice of streams. During this period, each qualified candidate must fill the two choices carefully. Any request for change of stream preference will not be entertained.

Allocation of Seat:

Seat allocation will be made based on the All India Rank (merit order) / category reservation in each stream as per the seat availability.

Provisional Offer of Seat and its Confirmation:

i) Provisional allotment will be made based on the filing of choice by the candidate.
ii) The Candidate has to download the "Provisional Seat Allocation Letter" from the HSEE - 2022 Portal.
iii) Seat Acceptance has to be confirmed on or before the last date/time specified in the provisional seat allocation letter.

Performance in Qualifying Examination:

The Qualifying exam for the candidate can be any one of the exams as listed in HSEE - 2022 Information Brochure. Candidates belonging to the General, GEN-EWS and OBC-NCL category must secure a minimum of 60% aggregate marks in the qualifying examination. Candidates belonging to SC, ST and PwD categories must secure a minimum of 55% aggregate marks in the qualifying examination. Where only letter grades are mentioned in the grade sheet, the candidate should obtain a certificate from the Board specifying equivalent marks, and submit it at the time of joining. In case the candidate does not provide such a certificate, the decision of the HSEE admission committee regarding his/her eligibility shall be final.


Candidates admitted through HSEE-2022 will have to pay the following fees at the time of admission:

S.No Item
Indian Nationals Foreign Nationals

One Time Payment

Rs. 3,550 Rs. 18,500

Semester Fees*

Rs. 11,200 Rs. 3,07,900

Refundable Caution Deposit

Rs. 2,000 Rs. 2,000

Estt.’A’ charges

Rs. 6,000 Rs. 6,000

Extra-curricular Fee

Rs. 1,500 Rs. 1,500

Medical Insurance Premium (subject to revision)

Rs. 792 Rs. 792

Refundable Hostel Deposit

Rs. 3,000 Rs. 3,000

Hostel and other Fees #

Rs. 19,450 Rs. 19,450

All fees are subject to vary time to time.
* SC/ST and PwD students are exempted from payment of tuition fees of Rs. 3,000/- per semester irrespective of the parental income.
# Includes advanced dining of Rs. 17,500/- per semester.

The fee structure for subsequent semesters will be made available at the time of admission.

Physical Fitness

Every qualified candidate will have to submit a Physical Fitness certificate from a registered medical practitioner in the prescribed format that will be made available along with the letter of offer of admission. Candidates will be admitted only if they are physically fit for pursuing a course of study at the Institute.