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3-Year B.A.(Hons.) Program in Economics

Madras School of Economics offers the following 3-year (6 semester) Under Graduate program, Awarded by the Madras School of Economics under its degree granting power as per MSE Act 2020.

The core courses lay the foundations for the basic theory and give students a feel for how it is being played out in real economies. The courses in quantitative economics like Statistics for Economics, Mathematical Methods for Economics, Introductory Econometrics and Applied Econometrics equip them with a good range of skills and tools for quantitative analysis. Students with science background are strongly encouraged to apply. The compulsory courses- Public Economics, Development Economics and International Trade provide a unique opportunity to understand the policy prescriptions for a developing country like India. In addition, depending on the demand, disciple specific courses on subfields like Financial Economics, Environmental Economics, Game Theory, Risk Management, Issue in Development Economics, Energy Economics and so on are offered as electives. Further a wide variety of Generic Electives like Real Analysis, Operation Research, Stochastic Calculus, Business analytics, Machine Learning and Data science courses will be offered based on demand.


a) Eligible candidate should PASS Plus Two Examination in the first attempt. Students who are appearing for their plus two examinations in February 2024 can also apply.

b) The eligible candidates should have studied Mathematics in 12th standard (Standard/Applied/Business).

c) The eligible candidates must secure at the plus-two: 65% for General category; 60% for OBC – Non-Creamy Layer; 50% for SC/ST/PWD candidates (Or respective equivalent grades or credits).

d) The eligible candidates should not have completed 22 years of age as on 1st July 2024.

Number of Seats


  • Maximum availability for the B.A. (Honours) Economics Programme is 80, including a 35% quota for the resident students of Tamil Nadu.

Selection Process

  • Admission will be based on entrance test at designated centres in India, subject to fulfilment of eligibility criteria. In case of tie in entrance test marks, merit ranking will be based on percentage of marks obtained in the qualifying examination, and age.
  • The question paper pattern would be as follows.
    Mathematics 40 Questions followed by 20 Questions each in Descriptive Statistics, Language Skill (English) and Aptitude Test. Entrance exam questions in mathematics and descriptive statistics would be based on both 10th as well 12th standard CBSE syllabus. For aptitude test & English various free online resources are available. Students could use these tests for practice.
    The test will have 100 MCQs to be answered in 120 minutes. All questions MCQ type, with 1 mark for each correct answer. No negative marking.