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DU DSE M.A. (Economics) Entrance Test

M.A. Admission-cum-Scholarship Test/ Entrance Exam will held on June

There is only one entrance test for all candidates, regardless of their background. Candidates are expected to be familiar with the material contained in the current B.A. (Honours) Economics programme of the University of Delhi. The Entrance Examination will test the candidates’ ability to understand and apply concepts in four basic areas in Economics: (a) microeconomics theory,(b) macroeconomic theory, (c) mathematical techniques used by economists, and (d) probability and statistics. Apart from these, some general questions testing the reasoning and quantitative ability of the students may also be asked.

A list of indicative, but not exhaustive, references that may be used to prepare for the examination are:

  • Chiang, A.C, Fundamental Methods of Mathematical Economics, McGraw-Hill.
  • Dornbusch, R.S.Fischer, and Startz, R.Macroeconomics,McGraw-Hill.
  • Mankiw, N.G., Macroeconomics, Macmillan
  • Devore, J.L., Probability and Statistics for Engineer, Cengage Learning 2010.
  • Freund, John E, Mathematical Statistics, Prentice Hall.
  • Larsen, Richard J. and Morris L. Marx, An Introduction to Mathematical Statistics
  • Pindyck, Robert S. and Rubinfeld, Daniel L. Microeconomics, 5th ed., Prentice-Hall.
  • Sydsaeter, K. and Hammond, P.J.Mathematics for Economics Analysis, Pearson Education.
  • Varian, H. Intermediate Microeconomics, 2nd ed.,Norton & Co.

Entrance Exam Details – The test will consist of multiple-choice questions only. It will comprise 40multiple-choice questions of 2 marks each (with a penalty of –2/3 for a wronganswer), and 20 multiple-choice questions of 1 mark each (with a penalty of –1/3 for a wrong answer). The correct choices must be entered on the bubblesheet provided for the purpose, and not on the question paper.The multiple-choice questions are designed to test rigorously the ability to apply concepts and techniques, rather than have a mere ‘theoretical’ familiaritywith them. Space will be provided in the question paper for the necessary roughwork. Because the bubble sheet will be checked by a machine, it is veryimportant that:

  • Only one bubble be shaded against each question number
  • The chosen bubble be completely shaded
  • HB pencil be used for the shading
  • If you decide to change your choice, completely erase the previouslyshaded bubble

Candidates must bring their own pencils, erasers, sharpeners etc., as well assimple (nonprogrammable, non-alpha-numeric memory) calculators.

Admission Rules and Procedures for MA Economics 2015

With effect from academic year 2014-15, as per University guidelines, 50% of seats are earmarked for direct admission of students who have graduated with B.A. Economics (Hons) of the University of Delhi, subject to eligibility conditions and in order of merit in the respective categories. The remaining 50% will be filled through an Entrance Test to be held on 27 June 2015 at 10 a.m. Reservations/concessions will apply separately for both modes of admissions.However, no candidate will be admitted in the General category through the Entrance Test unless he/she secures at least 40 percent marks in the Test. Shortlisting of students for scholarships will be done on the basis of the Entrance Test only.

Eligibility Conditions

Indian Students (General Category)

  • B.A. (Hons.) Economics of the University of Delhi with 50% or more marks in the aggregate.
  • First Class with 60% or more marks in Graduate/Post-graduate degree in any other subject from the University of Delhi or any Indian University recognized by the University of Delhi.

Foreign Students

Foreign nationals have the option of seeking admission to M.A Economics either by taking the department’s Entrance Examination or by seeking admission on individual basis by submitting their GRE Scores along with recommendations from two academic referees. Those who choose to take the entrance test must apply on the prescribed on-line form by the due date. Those who do not wish to take the entrance test should familiarize themselves with the material covered in the textbooks recommended for the entrance test, so as to ensure that they have the aptitude for the M.A. courses offered by the department. No matter which option they choose, all foreign nationals must route their applications through: