Eligibility Criteria for Master's in Economics in India

I often get questions from students about eligibility criteria for Master's in Economics in India.  This information has been compiled with the goal of providing this information for various exams in one handy list. Please note that the universities mentioned below are in no particular order.
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DISCLAIMER: The sources have been mentioned for each school. This information has been last updated on Oct 4, 2014. Please check for the latest information yourself. CrackDSE is not liable for any change in the information as listed here.

1. The Delhi School of Economics

Please see this page on DSE's website regarding the admission criteria. Here you'll find information pertaining to all backgrounds. You will also be asked to check the academic bulletin of Delhi University, which can be found here or here. In case you have any further questions, please get in touch with DSE's office. All their contact information is listed on this page.

2. Jawaharlal Nehru University

JNU offers two different Masters in Economics programs.

  • The School of International Studies (or commonly known as the SIS) offers a M.A. Economics (with specialisation in the World Economy). All the eligibility criteria and other admission related information can be found here.
  • The School of Social Sciences offers various M.A. programs. The master's program in Economics is offered via the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning. A description of the course can be found here. Please contact CESP office for admission information and criteria (CESP contact information can be found here.)

3. Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research

IGIDR offers a Master's in Economics program that is among the smaller, but highly respected, ones in the country. They provide all admission related information including the eligibility criteria, placement prospects, cost etc on this page.

4. Indian Statistical Institute

Master of Science in Quantitative Economics is offered by ISI at their Delhi and Kolkata campus.

  • All information regarding the course and admission at ISI Kolkata can be found on this page
  • ISI Delhi provides answers to some FAQs on this page and more detailed information on the admission here

5. Madras School of Economics

The Madras School offers two programs: M.Sc. Economics and M.Sc. Financial Economics. Eligibility criteria for both the programs is mentioned on their website.

6. University of Hyderabad

Information for the Master's program offered by the School of Economics at the University of Hyderabad can be found in the 2013 prospectus. This information may be a little outdated at this point, so please do check with their admission office.

7. South Asian University

Information for the Master's program in Development Economics offered by SAU can be found here.

8. Eligibility Criteria for Master's in Economics in other universities

And here's a collection of all these and other universities compiled in one list!

Hope this information has been helpful! Please let me know in the comments below if there are others schools that should be added to this list.

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  • himanshu goyal

    Dear Sir,

    Sincerely Thanks for such a concise and accurate information. Do you have a question bank with solution of last 5-10 years entrance papers of above major examination. or may you please let me know any source where I can find all papers at one place?

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    • CrackDSE

      Hi Sudhanshu, all the papers are available on my website. Nobody provides solutions though, sorry

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  • vd

    hello sir, i did my ba with major eco from ignou, am i eligible to sit for the entrance test of ma (eco)?? my 3rd year % ws 60+.
    plz reply soon if possible..
    thank you.

    • Aarzoo Sabharwal

      You should be !
      Via entrance mode
      However confirm from DSE once
      mail me at [email protected] for any other info

    • CrackDSE

      Yes, should be eligible. But please check with each university individually to be completely sure

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  • anupama

    hey sir, im an undergraduate from university of Colombo, Sri lanka. My major is economics. Im maintaining my GPA above 3.4. Can I apply for a scholarship for masters degree in economics in India?

  • Jincy Wilson

    Hello Sir, I'm a second year student in BA Economics under Kerala University.I've studied Maths only till 12th std since my college doesn't provide the option of choosing it as a complementary subject at the undergraduate level.So, will it be realistically possible for me to crack DSE or IGIDR entrance exams if I start preparing now.
    Thank you.

    • Rohit Sharma

      I have notes that consist of the following for Dse preparations
      overlapping set
      functions
      probability
      producer theory(basic and advanced )
      differentiation
      rules of expectation
      linear approximation
      consumer theory (basic and advanced )
      phillips curve ( basic and advanced )
      unemployment
      cost theory
      supply side economy
      probability
      hypothesis
      econometrics numericals introduction to macro
      optimization
      hammond questions
      important proves
      profit maximization
      monopoly n demand numericals n many more..
      They are for 2500 (delhi)
      3000 (outside Delhi )
      Contact me at [email protected]

    • CrackDSE

      Hi Jincy, yes, you can do it still. It'll take a little more effort, than for others, but it's still doable.

    • surbhi sharma

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  • krishna

    can i eligible for M.A.(ECO) if i have appeared in improvement paper in UG course of DU, institutions like DSE, JNU, IGIDR, JAMIA & MSE ?

    • CrackDSE

      Yes, you're still eligible

  • SOHAM CHAKRABORTY

    I have secured 52% in my graduation and have done Honours in Economics. Which are the Universities I am eligible to apply for?

    • surbhi sharma

      Hi 🙂

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    • CrackDSE

      You should be eligible for all universities

  • Rahul Shaw

    I am engineering grad from one of the NITs. Am I eligible from an M.A in economics? If yes, how can I crack into a good Economics School and how do I prepare for it as I do not have a former knowledge of economics.Also list some good school where I can possibly apply. Thanks !

    • surbhi sharma

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    • CrackDSE

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      • Boom

        My query is similar to that of Rahul's. Could u please answer here?

  • surbhi sharma

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    I am from delhi school of economics . I sell notes for masters entrance preparation . A lot of students have cracked exam using these notes and videos . In case you want to buy notes or videos , please contact me at [email protected] .

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  • Sumita Chatterjee

    My daughter is undergraduate student with Economics,Applied statistics and English as her subjects.Which universities will allow her to join in M.A [Economics]?

    • CrackDSE

      She should be able to apply to all universities, but please check the criteria for each carefully (you can go through their admissions pages listed above)

  • R.S.

    Hello sir
    I am a B.Pharmacy graduate with 73% . Am i eligible for MA Economics ?

    • CrackDSE

      yes, you'll be eligible. but please check with DSE's admission office

      • R.S.

        Thank you sir for your reply.
        Can you please name some good institutes from where i can do MA in Eco. by Correspondence. Actually my main purpose is to appear for IES exam for which Masters in Eco. is essential Qualification.
        TYIA.

        • CrackDSE

          send me an email on [email protected] and i'll connect you with someone who will be able to guide you on IES.

  • Arnab Choudhuri

    Hello.. I completed my honours in mathematics with 56%. Am I eligible to apply for MA in economics(SSS) from JNU?

    • CrackDSE

      Hi Arnab, yes, you will be eligible. But check the JNU prospectus, it is available now https://admissions.jnu.ac.in/

      • Arnab Choudhuri

        Yes I checked it. It is given that 50% in any discipline is the eligibility. But whether only marks of honors paper will be considered or marks of pass subjects including languages will also be taken in account?

        • CrackDSE

          Just honours courses I believe.

          • Arnab Choudhuri

            thanks a lot

  • Divya

    I have not studied maths at the higer secondary level. Im pusuing BA eco (h). Am i eligible for MSc at IGIDR?

  • jitendra Kumar

    Sir i have completed my graduation (part time) with political science ,social science ,economics& hindi language.
    From dbrau agra.can i apply for m.a by political science from DSE DELHI.

  • Neil Singh

    Gipe vs jnu Cesp which one is better ?

    • CrackDSE

      JNU

  • Neil Singh

    Is the course at Jun JNU balanced or left leaning

    • CrackDSE

      it is balanced

  • Tapish Kothari

    For placements how would you rank these premier institutes
    DSE ,ISI both Calcutta and Delhi, IGIDR, JNU both SIS and SSS
    and please let me know about avg package in these institutes, it would be highly helpful.

  • Arpita

    I am b.com 3rd year student from Ignou. Am I eligible for DSE. How to start preparations for this? I haven't studied maths at +2 level. Still am I eligible for this?

  • Aanchal Hassanandani

    thank you so much for this important information and dates...i have one query though,exam dates of some colleges have not been mentioned..like dse and hyderabad university..so this means that the dates aren't out right,because even the websites of the colleges are not updated with regard to the dates...so there is time in filling the application form too,right( i presume that these form aren't out either)?

    • CrackDSE

      Yes, dates for DSE and Hyderabad are not announced yet. But Hyderabad form should be available from tomorrow. So please do check their website

  • Akash Gaur

    sir iam doing bca from ignou can i do ma economics

  • Linu

    Sir.. my name is Linu, I completed BA Economics( 50% marks ) Calicut University Kerala.Currently I am working Dubai , Sir i can do Online MA Economics

    • CrackDSE

      Do you want to do MA Economics online or onine coaching for MA Economics exams?

      • Linu

        I want to do MA economics online....please give me course details

  • Sushil

    Sir I have 55% in my Honours BA Economics, while at the same time my aggregate is above 60%. Am i eligible to DSE MA economics. I am not from Delhi University. Please do reply.

    • CrackDSE

      Please contact DSE's academic office on how they will treat this. My guess is since you're from Eco (H), you will be eligible.

  • mallika jain

    Sir i am planning to do BA Economics from St Xaviers College Mumbai. it is not an honours programme but it allows me to do a double major in economics in the third year. Will i be eligible for MA Economics after this in DSE or ISI?

  • Debangshu Chakrabarti

    Sir i am planning to do BSc Economics/Maths/Statistics (whichever i can get) from St Xaviers College Kolkata.
    The cutoff of Eco honours in Xaviers Kolkata is very high so I am not sure whether I will get Eco honours or not. Can I do Msc or MA in Economics after completing BSc (Stat) or BSc(Maths).(Subject combination is Eco+Stat+Maths).

  • radha dwivedi

    hello sir , i am doing my graduation in B.A(programme) in economics and psychology . am i eligible to do M.A. in economics.

    • Manuj Garg

      Yes, in most universities in India. However, please do check the the specific criteria in each of them as listed above

  • Akshay

    Sir i have cleared Madras School of Economics and JNU SSS. I have little doubt about the placement after JNU SSS as its a bit theoretical course and is not much analytical. Which one should i choose sir...

    • Manuj Garg

      JNU would be better

  • prakhar goyal

    hello sir
    i have done my btech from NIT Raipur
    and now i am taking online courses in economics fro MITocw but i as am not getting any degree i want to know colleges which provide private post graduation in central india.

    • Manuj Garg

      Prakhar, please see the list above

  • satvik luthra

    Respected sir,
    I Am Pursing BBA specialization in E-Banking and Finance. Will i be eligible for M.S. in quantitative economics from ISI Calcutta and M.A in Economics from Delhi ?

  • Yedivar

    Hello sir
    I am doing eco hons from DU 2016 batch
    I want to that if the merit based admission for ma eco is still intact for DSE

  • Yash Sutaria

    Hello sir
    I have completed B.com from Mumbai University and scored 59.47% aggregate.am i eligible to do M.A. in economics? If not can i get admission by doing one year diploma course in economics which is offered by ISBF?