MA Economics Entrance: Delhi School of Economics

Firstly, the paper has two options. Candidates need to specify at the time of filling the form which option they would be attempting in the paper. You need to attempt either of the two and NOT both.

  1. Part B (Maths): Starting with Part B first. Frankly, never having seen its paper, we only have limited knowledge of the same. This is for people who have done Bachelors in Mathematics. It contains theoretical (fairly advanced) question relating to Functions, Matrices, Metric Spaces, Real Analysis etc etc. (This is not a comprehensive list of what all is covered). This section itself contains two sections. One section is for Objective type questions and the other is descriptive type (there is usually choice given for the descriptive type questions). There is negative marking for the objective type questions section.

People should not opt for the mathematics part until and unless they are very confident on theoretical Maths. Even people who have done engineering usually attempt the economics part.

  1. Part A (Economics): This option is recommended for people from Economics, Statistics, Engineering and others fields.  The subjects that students are expected to be well versed with are: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Statistics (and some Econometrics which came by surprise in the last 2009-10 paper) and Mathematics. Although there is no subject-wise allocation for marks, but past trends show that all the four subjects get equal weight age in the paper.

This part contains two sections both containing Objective type questions from all subjects:

  1. Twenty questions of 1mark each (20marks)
  2. Forty questions of 2marks each (80marks)

There is negative marking of 1/3marks for the 1mark questions and 2/3marks for 2marks questions.

Since all the questions are objective type, the options that are given in the exam are fairly well researched. Teachers are aware of the common mistakes that students commit and therefore, if you commit a mistake in a question, chances are that the wrong option will be present among the four options. There is very little scope for answering by elimination.

Overall, it is not a very lengthy paper. If students allot time judiciously, then there is enough time to attempt all questions easily.

One mark questions do not take that much time but as mentioned above the options are fairly tricky and until and unless you are crystal clear with your concepts, you are bound to make mistakes. Two-markers are lengthy, might require more time. Models generally will have few two-markers to be attempted with them testing different aspects of the same.

“A little knowledge is a dangerous thing” holds true for this exam in particular because  students think they know some question, attempt it wrong and because of the negative marking lose a lot of marks. So, guess work is absolutely not encouraged.

A note on notations: Probably the thing that will scare you if you have a first look at the entrance paper is the extensive use of symbols. Most students from non-maths background are not well versed with the meaning of these symbols.  Such mathematical notation is fairly easy once you know it but can pose problems if you don’t know it. They are extensively used in Microeconomics and Mathematics questions.


Probably the most scariest and feared section in the paper. The primary references for the same are Fundamental Methods of Mathematical Economics by A. Chiang and Further Mathematics for Economic Analysis by Sydsaeter and Hammond. Students need to be well versed with functions, calculus, logic etc. (Integration and trigonometry can be de-emphasized). Frankly, I don’t think any amount of hard-work can assure that you will be able to attempt the questions that come in the entrance. So, if you are not strong in Maths, recommendation would be that you focus on Micro, Macro and Stats instead.

However, differentiation and differential calculus are extensively used in Macroeconomics and if you are clear with those concepts that 70-80% of your Macro questions are done automatically! (more on this has been covered in the Macroeconomics section) of this post.

Statistics and Econometrics:

Go through DU BA Economics syllabus for Statistics and follow up all the readings. You can refer to Mathematical Statistics by SC Gupta and VK Kapoor for the probability section. For Econometrics, you may refer to Essentials of Econometrics by Gujarati, first 11 chapters. Last year, there were 3-4 questions from Econometrics. So, if you do not wish to take chances, you may decide to do it as well.


First of all, get hold of DU syllabus of Macroeconomics 2nd year and go through all the readings referred. This shall form the basis of the questions asked in the entrance. The entrance will surely have a set of questions on a macroeconomic model. For e.g., the most elementary question can be giving demand and supply sides of the economy in goods and money market respectively and finding the equilibrium output level and rate of interest. This can be supplemented by a question on what will happen if there is an exogenous increase in investment. The basic point to grasp is that one has to be very clear with the concepts because it is then only that you can solve it in mathematical framework. Get hold of Macroeconomics by William Branson. This book deals the subject in the way asked in DSE entrance. Since you will have 4-5 questions linked to the same model, it is necessary that you get the first one right or else it will spill over to all the other questions and hence the negative marking.  While solving the question in the entrance, do it on a fresh page (the extra sheet at the back) and do it very cautiously. DSE professors know where students tend to make mistakes and it is highly likely that the wrong answer that you might be getting is there in one of the options! And as already mentioned, negative marking can ruin your chances to clear the entrance.

Besides having clear concepts, you will also be required to have good mathematical skills, essentially involving differentiation.  Differentiation makes solving these models a lot easier and direct. You will be able to appreciate this when you try out the past year papers. Again, solving the past year question papers is extremely important here. The concepts involved are very much similar to that studied in DU UG but the application part is very different. What you might have studied at UG level is necessary but not at all sufficient to solve the questions asked in Macroeconomics section of DSE entrance.

For the one markers, you should know about different curves in Keynesian and Classical Economics. Also, be clear with Solow model. Questions in Macroeconomics section are quite scoring. So spend good time over getting the concepts right and then applying them in solving the models given in the past years.

Books to be referred:

  1. Macroeconomics by Dornbusch and Fisher
  2. Macroeconomic Theory and Policy by William Branson
  3. Macroeconomics, Schaum Series (little elementary)
  4. Macroeconomics by Oliver Blanchard
  5. Macroeconomics by Mankiw

You may go through these books and decide for yourself which one is good for which topic. Schaum series Macroeconomics is a little elementary and if you are content with the other books then you may skip this one.


Again, quite a scoring section if you have the concepts right. Start with Intermediate Microeconomics (7th edition) by Hal Varian and complement it by doing exercises from Varian Workbook. Both are necessary to get the concepts clear. Microeconomics section in DSE would not ask you to do simple maximization, infact the question might appear to be very simple to you but it will have certain relatively tougher concept being tested. Thus, most of the times, it will be asking you about complement, substitutes, quasilinear etc. preferences. Except chapter 11, 13, 17 in Intermediate Microeconomics all other chapters are to be done.

For market structure, follow chapters from Pindyck. We found them better explained there than in Varian. Make sure that you follow up these concepts by practicing questions in Workbook. You may also go through the following website and browse different topics in Microeconomics, their lecture notes and assignments.

If you are short on time, then just go through the solved assignments.

While doing questions in Varian workbook, you might find them easy as Varian has beautifully written it in a story format. Remember that DSE entrance will not ask you the question in the same format. It will put forth the framework and ask you the last part of question as given in the workbook. Thus, it is necessary that you constantly ask yourself why you are following the procedure outlined through different parts in a question in the workbook and where you are headed.

For the General Equilibrium part, again, the question will not have simple concave utility functions. You have to get hold of how to solve for substitutes, complements and quasilinear preferences. As in macroeconomics section, Geneq section has many questions built in the same framework. Practice them well from the workbook and the past years. Having clear concepts of Consumer theory is essential to get on with General Equilibrium and it is perceived to be the toughest section in DSE. However, if you have the fundas right, General Equilibrium becomes the most interesting section in Microeconomics.

Cut off: We think that the cut-off would usually be around 50.

For queries regarding eligibility, syllabus etc., please see DSE website here.

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345 thoughts on “MA Economics Entrance: Delhi School of Economics”

  1. hey riju thanks for taking out time and writin all the tips u hav given ……
    they sure r really helpful ……
    wanted to ask u abt how much did u attempt in isi and d skul n ny idea as to how much was the dse cutoff last year ….

    1. ISI: i believe the cut-off in maths n stats section could have been around 22-23/30. Actually, it depends on the difficulty level of the paper. If you see 2008 paper, this section was quite easy and hence the cut-off would have been higher. For Micro, Macro section, my suggestion would be target to attempt 80% of the questions.
      DSE: I think the cut-off would have been atleast 50%, I am not sure. Let me figure it out and i shall let you know an approximate idea.

  2. Great Work Riju!! I read the post and m feeling all excited. Can I add a few comments?

    MATHS: Do not take it for granted. U need to be well versed with the language of functions. Usually students are not very clear with the concepts functions but knowing functions properly helps a lot. To supplement this one could also learn various graphing techniques. Comes in very handy while solving a lot of questions.

    What is important with maths is that, it’s knowledge is also important to the remaining parts of the paper. Essentially all of micro and much of the comparative static exercises in macro. So if you knw how handle total differentials and differentiation in general, it becomes easy.

    Micro: Try looking at the following book: Micro Economic Theory : Extensions and Principles by Walter Nicholson. The book is not available in print in India but copies are thr in the Libraries of St. Stephen’s and SRCC for sure. The questions in this book are very good and help you build up on your theoretical knowledge.

    Macro: I would strongly urge that apart from Dronbusch (6th edition, not the 9th plz. The standard of the book fell after the 6th edition) one should definitely look at relevant chapters from Mankiw’s Textbook.

    Stats: Look at DeGroot. The initial chapters only. One of the main problems is that there aren’t many questions to practice for this section. The standard textbooks have either too easy questions or too few. SC Gupta is a guide and too shoddy. I don’t find that one gains from it. Level of problems are way below of what has been asked in the last two years. And if what has been asked is the beginning of a new trend then the questions in DeGroot should help a lot.

    CAVEAT!! Do not over attempt in the entrance. Mark an answer only if you have solved the paper in pen and paper. Will do you a lot of good.

  3. Hi Riju,

    Great work in this blog to start with.

    Thanx for the tips on econometrics.



  4. Hi Riju,

    Thanks a bunch for the detailed advice that you have provided here on the various entrances. It really gave some insight into how I should go about things. 🙂

    I’m pursuing UG in Economics from DU. I wish to appear for the entrances in 2011.

    Could you please tell if DSE gives any weightage to UG marks along with the entrance test (although it is exclusively the entance as per the website) ?
    It so happened that a prof ,who is a DSE graduate told me so, but I wanted to reconfirm this somehow.

    Another query I had is regarding the kind of placements and the job roles offered to students of the MA course with specialisation in world economy.Would you have a clue?

    Thanks again for all your tips. 🙂

    1. Hi Aditi. Even I heard something like this in UG days but I doubt if DSE entrance has any weightage on DU marks. I do not think it goes that ways.
      MA in Economics with specialization in world economy is relatively more placement oriented course than the MA economics offered by SSS. Last year, I believe Watson an Wyatt had recruited from there. Let me check on this information and I shall update you soon.

  5. hi.. what abt the scope of placements in MA economics offered by SSS. how many in numbers do they generally take every year in SSS…

    1. @Archit: Placement in JNU has started picking up. This year, citibank had taken one from SIS and SSS. I am not sure of the net figures. As far as the number of seats in SSS, it is generally around 30. They have a second list as well.

  6. as per the dse admission hand book it says that the admission to ma would be strictly based on merit and no student would be selected unless he/she obtains at least 40 in entrance

  7. Hi Riju,

    How is the book on Mathematics for Economics by Simon and Blume for practicing exercises on functions.Is it better than Chiang?

    What is the title of the book on Statistics by DeGroots recommended by Shoumitro Chatterjee.


    1. @Aparajita: Yes, you may follow this book. I personally liked Chiang but some people find S&B’s explanation better. You should choose between the two according to your preference. (There is a solution manual for Chiang that might be of help to you)
      And the book is “Probability and Statistics” by Morris H De Groot, Mark J Schervish

  8. Hi Riju,

    Thanks for your prompt reply. I thought that DSE exams would be on now and the the reply would take a month or so, but was pleasantly suprised. 🙂

    Any news on the placement scenario in SIS?
    Waiting eagerly. 🙂

    How is the Masters in Financial Economics offered by Madras School of Economics in Chennai? Any idea about its entrance? (An article on it would be most welcome and much awaited!! 🙂 )

    Wouldn’t the 3rd year of UG and preparation for all the above entrances be too much load? Would dropping a year and then preparing be a sensible thing to do? Did you drop?

    (I know it is a subjective thing, but wanted to know your opinion and experience on it.)

    One last question: I read that you took coaching from Ecopoint. I came to know about it too and it seems good. Is the regular course good or the crash course?

    1. @Aditi:
      1. Put your query on SIS in that particular blog so that it can help others as well.
      2. I have no idea about MSE.
      3.I do not think it is too much of a load to prepare for entrances with 3rd year. Majority (by which I mean around 80%) of students at DSE are direct from UG. It is all about your will power and time management and one can surely pursue 3rd year and prepare for entrances together. Infact ISI and JNU entrance exams are held in between the 3rd year univ. exams of DU. I did not drop.
      4. Crash course is meant only for those who have good grip over the concepts. I had joined Ecopoint after my 3rd year exams and by then I had already given ISI, ISI and IGIDR.

    2. @Aditi:
      1. Put your query on SIS in that particular blog so that it can help others as well.
      2. I have no idea about MSE.
      3.I do not think it is too much of a load to prepare for entrances with 3rd year. Majority (by which I mean around 80%) of students at DSE are direct from UG. It is all about your will power and time management and one can surely pursue 3rd year and prepare for entrances together. Infact ISI and JNU entrance exams are held in between the 3rd year univ. exams of DU. I did not drop.
      4. Crash course is meant only for those who have good grip over the concepts. I had joined Ecopoint after my 3rd year exams and by then I had already given ISI, ISI and IGIDR.

  9. Hello RIJU ,actully i am pursing my in University College of Engineering and i have completed my 1st yr.i was quite interested in taking up economics after 10th but i couldn’t but now i want to do MA ECONOMICS after my from DSE,JNU,IGIRD MUMBAI.So how should i go about this and wanted to prepare from my 2nd yr. Onward.pls suggest me some books considering that i din’t had economics in my 12th…. Thanks

    1. @Soumyajit: You may start with “Principles of Economics” by Gregory Mankiw. After that, follow the references given in the different blog entries.

  10. Hi Riju,

    Which r the most important topics to be covered under Functions for DSE entrance exams.

    cld u help me in dwnldg Degroot & schriver Statistics book from net. I am not being able to get hold of this book in my city.


    1. @Aparajita: Cant really say what are the most important topics to be covered under functions for DSE. Besides the DU syllabus, I focussed on the maths taught at +2 level, graphing a function and knowing basic properties of all. You shall go through the past years and decide it for yourself.

  11. hi..u have written about a photostat shop at DSE that provides previous year question papers. is there no other way to get them cuz i’m staying at kolkata. and thanks a lot for all the info..its great!

  12. hey..i am a ba maths hons student.i just gave my second year exams/i manted to know if i can appear for dse entrance.shall i appear through part A or part B?i am from commerce backgroundso i no basic eco that v study in 11th and 12th standard.and keeping in mind my knowledge about maths and eco can you please suggest books ishud study from

    1. @Apurva: Read the blog and follow the books suggested. See the question papers to decide which part you should give.

  13. Hi Riju,

    In the DSE prospectus it is written that a student after eligible for admission may choose to join DSE or any of the 10 du colleges. I wanted to know if this choice is made by the students on their own or they are allotted according to the rank in the entrance exam. And in case if it is allotted do we get our own college or can get any of the 10 colleges?

  14. well, part b usually prepared by Sudhir Shah, I suggest people from Engineering to take Part B, it especially gives you an advantage if you want to go for PhD.

    As SS loves, LA and RA (Linear Algebra and Real Analysis), Any good LA book like Insel, Spence or Hoffman Kunze will suffice.

    For Real Analysis the questions are pretty rudimentary, Rudin is far enough.

    Preparation time at most 2 – 3 weeks, pretty low when compared to time you need to spend for Option A.

    1. @Bhavika: Coaching for MA economics entrance would at max provide you with 0-15% of help. It is mostly about your own preparation and peer group. You may go to one or two, experience it yourself and take the decision. But do not think that coaching will take care of everything, that is a big illusion!
      @Abhirupa: I am not aware of their online coaching classes. You may join it. If it does not help, it surely wont harm you. You will only gain something through it.
      @Ram: My personal view is that even an engineering student shall take option A. The engineers I know had not studied LA and RA the way required in DSE entrance. 50% of the questions in option A are from stats and maths which an engineer shall be able to do. And further, if he/she is writing MA Economics entrance, he/she should be atleast aware of basics of economics to crack say even one-fourth of other questions.

      1. Hi Friends…….i wished to know how it was possible that in the admission list 2009 of MA eco in DSE there were ties on so many ranks: like there were 14 students in the rank 104; 11,10,10 in the ranks of 93,83and 73 respectively. In fact, there were ties on most of the ranks. it certainly cannot b a coincidence. what are the criteria for granting rank being followed by DSE.? I shall be really grateful if anyone clarifies the same ( tie and criteria for rank).
        also i am unable to see the admission list of 2010. I would be obliged if anyone sends me the link for the same.

        1. If 5 people get 56 marks then all five will be clubbed together on one rank. This criteria is followed in ALL entrance exams.

  15. Hi Riju,
    First of all, your blog is really good. It has been very helpful. Thanks ! I am studying Eco(H) in DU and ive just completed 2nd year. I want to start studying for DSE entrance soon. I have made a list of all the books that you recommended and have started revising first year material. I want to know if taking coaching is a good idea, and from where? there are so many coaching centres. Will coaching be helpful or just a waste of time? I feel that coaching may help me to be regular with my preparation and might put things in perspective, as well as give me an idea about the level of competition.. But I am unable to make up my mind. Im very confused. Hope you can help me. Waiting for your reply eagerly. Thank You.

  16. Well I am talking about students, who want to go for PhD, and non Econ students with less time to prepare for the test.

    LA is the same you prepare for Option A, but with knowledge why you do that, ( I know every one knows cramers rule, but learning the proof behind will take no more than 10 mins), only problem is with Inner Product spaces and Spectral Theory, PartB wont test that deeply, so, it will at max. 4 days of work.

    Real Analysis, you too study same for Option A, Limit, Derivative, Continuity, Intergrals ( I dont think Series of functions is necessary, but I am not sure), will be the same, but practicing some what harder problems, (like in Bartle and Sherbert) so theory from Rudin and problems from Barlte and Sherbert will suffice, which will take 10-15 days at max.

    Thats all, you will clear the test, with hardly a month prep.
    Remember do prepare stats to clear objective ones.

    If you still left with time, go for Stats the books are as referred in the Hand Book.

    1. @Ram: I know many Maths hons. people who cleared DSE through Option B :). People, please go through the papers and decide for yourself. It wont take ‘just a month’ but many more than that! If you are interested in PhD, you will have many avenues at DSE to build up your skills and understanding! Even I had done elementary LA and RA for DSE prep but I could not have cleared DSE through Option A!!
      @ Saadia: Do all the questions from Varian Workbook and then you may follow up more questions on MIT’s opencourseware. There is no substitute for Varian Workbook. I will mail you the soft copy.

      1. Hi Riju, I am doing Economics Hons. from IGNOU. Some of my friends have mentioned that I may not be able to clear the eligibility for DSE, JNU or other good institutions because they generally don’t admit students who have done their degree through corresponding courses. I have gone through the DSE website but nothing specific is mentioned in the eligibility column. I am confused.
        And, also,could you please mail me a soft copy of the Varian Workbook…

        1. You are absolutely eligible to apply at DSE.The only criteria that matters is a recognized degree from a recognized university and of course the other eligibility conditions.So any degree from IGNOU will do.Be it a full time degree or through distance-mode,both are considered equal for admission purpose at DSE.

  17. hii riju…could u plz recommend a book for general equilibrium/pareto optimaliy..i’m having problems understanding the concept..

  18. Well I had enough development at DSE,
    One thing dont be panic by looking at those jargon, even though you take LA, RA ( I dont know SS used that age old notes), Optimization, in first sem maths you still do algebra wrong. ( Check this with AB). You might remember (I dont know AB still in same mind set) AB calls LA as just a 3 day course. Well, RA plays very important role in PhD admissions check with Rakesh ( I doubt you know him) or Anirban (Is he still carrying coffee cup??), so clearing Option B adds some more weight in the application.

    @Harsh: You can get Varian work book solutions some where (HE is me actually) in

    1. @Ram: My only argument is that clearing through Option B is easier. I know engineers who did it through option B. Clearing option B adding weightage to PhD application comes only when you actually clear it!! That is my precise argument! If one has good hold on LA & RA, go ahead but the point is that not many people are. It is not at all some one month affair (it might be for you but people differ in their abilities and talent). And I am sorry I did not get “HE is me actually”. Anyway, thanks for sharing your views.
      @Harsh: I have mailed it to you.

  19. Yes, I agree, but you missed my point, if you decide to take DSE test in late Feb. taking Option B might be easier than pushing Macro and Micro hard. ( Actually I did this, I am Engineer, and suddenly decided to go for DSE in late Jan, getting books itself took more than a month, but cleared test with out much knowledge of stats), so instead taking Option B might be easier.

    I dont agree with you, if you can give me 6-7hrs of your time daily, I can make you to score atleast 60 in Option B in the test this year itself.

    But I dont know why ever one tries to push Maths is Panic at DSE, and by referring odd material. ( Especially notes on continuity by SS is for an Advanced Pure Maths students who already excelled in Topo, RA, LA and Functional analysis).

  20. hey riju..ahana here frm KMc eco h,3rd yr…..ur blog is rilly gr8….hey can u tell me from where can i gt answers of Dskul papers for the yr 2001-03…coz thats nt available in the photocopy shop….

    1. @Ahana: Nice to see you here. I do not think there is any answer key for those papers. You should check the answers with your friends. I think I have the solved ones with me. You can post the questions that you are doubtful about, I will try to help.
      @Ram: Ok! My point is that people having studied Maths for 3 years are not able to do it for whatever reasons, one month appears to me as a joke. But anyway, I appreciate you sharing your views. Thanks!

  21. @Riju, later I founf that I might be confusing, I took Option A only. ( But later I thought, i.e., when got enough acquaintance with maths (not at DSE ofcourse), option B would be better choice)

  22. hi,

    I was thinking of attempting the D school entrance exam this year and am very rusted in economics, maths and stats. I completed my mba 5 years back. do you know of any place or anyone who can offer tutions to help me prepare for this entrance. I live in delhi.


    1. @Ziba: There is no sweet pill for DSE entrance! Pick up the books and start preparing. It is all your effort.

  23. Thanks Riju. I am willing to give it everything and have been studying. I just realize I need help! While institutes like ecopoint sound promising, I am not sure if it makes a difference enough to justify the cost (20k). Since you have been there done that would you recommend it, in addition to my own preparation

  24. Hi Riju..your blog is just great..i mean i actually got a lot of my queries cleared only on reading it..there is one thing i wanted to ask..i am a 2nd year student going into 3rd year.(D.U economics (H)) and i am not very good at maths in fact I sometimes fear it too but I am determined to prepare for DSE,so could you suggest me some tips that I should regularly follow all through out this year,keeping in mind i am weak in it..eagerly waiting for your reply..

  25. also riju someone has asked you about the number of seats in dse and i cannot seem to find the answer to that in your blogs,as i wanted to know of the could you please let me know..thank you

  26. @ Riju: I do not have the time to finish entire Varian(is it necessary?). Could you please comment on which chapters to give priority to?
    Also it would be really helpful if you could mail me the varian workbook too.

    Stats: I read that you recommend going through the DU syllabus for stats but could you please mention specific books/sources where I could study from?

    Thanks a lot.

  27. Hi Riju

    Great blog, especially with respect to the amount of information about MA Economics entrance preparations.

    Would like to know if dynamic analysis ( i.e. continuous time and discrete time, simulataneous differnce/differntial eqns, optimal control) should be studied for the maths section of the DSE entrance test(option A)?
    I tried looking at the DU BA economics syllabus, but the syllabus for the “Mathematics for Economists” paper wasn’t there on the link posted (it has some comments regarding future direction of the course). Also tried checking previous years papers for the same, but since ive only 2 (2007 and 2009) cant really infer too much.

    Could you please send the Varian book to me? I cant get a copy of it in Kochin. Im using Pindyck and Rubinfeld at the moment. But everyone here seems to be emphasizing on Varian a lot. Would really like to get a feel for the questions in it.
    Thanks in advance.

    Was wondering if you are aware of other economics students/profs at DSE/ISI(or any other indian institution) who blog on economic theory or on the Indian economy? Wish Indian profs would get a little more involved on the blogosphere.

  28. hi riju. the DU syllabus for UG eco(H) has the following 12 courses

    Course 01: Principles of Economics
    Course 02: Mathematical Methods for Economics
    Course 03: Statistical Methods in Economics
    Course 04: Microeconomics
    Course 05: Macroeconomics
    Course 06: Economic History of India 1857-1947
    Course 07: India’s Economic Development since 1947
    Course 08: Economy, State and Society
    Course 09: Development Theory and Experience
    Course 10: Indian Agriculture and Industry
    Course 11: Money and Financial Markets
    Course 12: Public Economics

    which of these do we have to refer to for isi and dse entrances?
    if i’m looking up the syllabus in course 3 and course 5, then is all that is mentioned therein included in these entrances?pls elaborate.

    1. @Debika: course 01 to 05 and Introductory Econometrics for DSE. For ISI, 01-05. This is not exhaustive. Read the blog for further details.

  29. Hi Riju,
    Can you give me a list of all the books i need to study for the portion on Statistics for DSE entrance. From my first year material, i have ;
    1) Schaum’s outline of theory and problems of statistics by Spiegel
    2) Applied statistics for economists by P.H. Karmel and M.Polasek
    3) Fundamentals of statistics by S.C Gupta
    Are there any other books that i should refer to?

  30. Thanks for ur suggestion.As u said i completed “princ. of economics-markin” and started solving”fundamental method of math economics-chaing” a really nice book.The maths part is preety easy but economics part is going over my head.what should i do ,should i start with micro and macro and then math or some thing else pls suggest.

  31. Hi,
    This is not related yo DSE..But i need ur guidance if u can !!
    I got Interview call for IGIDR,Mumbai.
    Do u have any idea abt what do they ask in interview? n How to go about d preparation for d same??

  32. @Rumita: If you are not confident with maths, focus on micro, macro, stats which will cover 75% of the syllabus. You need 50% to clear DSE so get better hold of the concepts that you are comfortable with. But be sure that you are fine with mathematical tools used in micro and macro. You may refer to books by Chiang and also Simon and Blume for mathematics. Last year, DSE took 170 students in total

  33. hi riju,
    manmeet this side.
    Im a B.COM(HS) student just given my 3rd year exams and i want to do M.A(ECO) from DSE.
    Im droping my one year for the preparation of the same.
    Can you suggest me how should I initial.Really need your help.
    Reply as early as possilbe.
    Manmeet Singh Ajmani

    1. @Manmeet: Read the blog and past comments
      @Ajay: You are eligible for DSE and JNU SSS. Not JNU SIS. Read the respective brochures for knowing the age-limit
      @Rahul: I do not think Econ profs would know about eng! It will be all economics based with may be higher focus on the maths and stats you have done in engineering

  34. Hi Riju,

    Thanks for article.I am an engineer passed out in 2009,right now workin..I have never studied ECO earlier bt always wanted to.Jus few day ago I started my prepration,I started wit Macroeconomics by Mankiw…Finding it very interestin..But I jus wanted to know is it necessary to read 5 books on Macroeconomics..Or one book is sufficient.??If one book is sufficient thn which ! book i shud finish first in each subject..I cnt study more thn 4-5hrs a it sufficient?? Since i hv no previous experiance of ECO hw shud I go abt my prepration…Please reply in advance..N if possibl plz mail me ur No…Thanks for all the help in advance..N thanks in advance….

  35. Hello, I am pursuing Honours in Economics and i am in the second year presently,could you please give me an idea as to when should one start preparing for DSE,JNU entrance examinations,is it sometime during the 2nd year or right from the begining of the final year?

    1. @Surajana: From the end of second year would be optimal. Even from the starting of third year is fine. All depends on your abilities. If you make it earlier, it helps in getting the right frame of mind.

  36. thank you so much for a prompt reply,i am all eager to start as fast as possible,i even started going through some of the previous years’ entrance papers but finding it very difficult to answer them presently,2nd year just started for me,but I have covered most of microeconomics,though we have just started macro and general equilibrium,should i start off with +2 mathematics and stats presently,and then take up questions on economics by the end of 2nd year?what do you suggest?

    1. @Surajana: Take it easy. Start from the end of your second year. Concentrate on second year as of now.
      @Dijo: I did my grad from KMC, DU. Yes, you can surely do it through self study. It will be suggested that you guys form some group to prepare for DSE entrance. Also give other economics entrances. You can surely take the online course but do not divert from the broad syllabus.

  37. Thanks a ton for all the help you are providing. If the question is not too personal, may I know where you completed your Bachelors degree from? As for me, I am a final year student of economics at Gujarat University. I strongly desire to pursue my Masters from DSE. My only worry is whether self study will be enough. Should i take the online course offered by ecopoint?

  38. i thought so,second year itself is quite hard to tackle but thank you so much for the write up on DSE,JNU and ISI entrances…the blog was extremely helpful.

  39. hi riju…..
    i just completed my 2nd yr in du ………
    just wanted to ask in which fields can one go if he goes for MA from DSE…..
    really wanted to do something in economics……..but cant decide wat
    pls help me out
    thank u

  40. hi riju,
    sory for buzzing again.
    I failed 2 crack dse entrance dis time and thinking of dropping my one year for the preparation of the same.
    I read your blog about mathematics but there still some confusion.I want to ask about linear algebra and real analysis, “does dse entrance have some of the ques regarding LAC or RA?”
    Mathematics for economics by hammond or chang is enuf for the preparation regarding maths portion as given in ur blog?

  41. hi riju, rite now for mathematics i am following..1> BASIC STISTCS BY NAGAR AND DAS

    1. @Pronobesh: Please refer to the blog for more books.
      @Nandini: DSE and JNU
      @Manmeet: DSE maths section is usually unpredictable. Yes, it has questions on LA and RA. And nothing is enough in terms of which books to follow. I have just given a list of recommended books. You can easily expect to get questions outside the books I have recommended.
      @Abhinav: Apart from academics and teaching, one can go in Banking and Finance sector (analytics), Marketing and Consultancies.

  42. Hi,

    Firstly I really want to appreciate the efforts you have been putting to keep this website going. It really helps.. Thanks!!

    I am currently pursuing Actuarial Sciences and I have 5 actuarial exams. I’m working with a actuarial firm for the past 2 years but lately I realized that I’m more keen to get into the education sector. I am a B.Sc Stats graduate from Hindu. I’m keen on giving the MA Eco entrances from the 3 institutes mentioned in your website DSE, ISI and JNU. I just want to know which institute would be the best if I want to get into teaching (NET/UGC) after my MA?


  43. DSE/ISI xamz r more aaplication/problem based ……….
    and most of thebooks mentioned in this forum and many other blogs r standard books….

    ii would lik 2 knw if derz any work books other than varian available ???

    plzzz helppp………………..

  44. hii riju,
    can u plz tell me about eligibility in isi and igidr .I had completed my graduation as BBA.and i fo not had maths at +2 level.
    plz reply as soon as possible.


  45. Hii riju,
    I how is online coaching of ecopoint for economic entrance exams?
    and how is the crash course offer by other institutes.

  46. Hey Riju!I really appreciate you taking up the effort and clearing our doubts.

    I am pursuing my B.Sc Mathematics hons from Ramjas College,2nd year.My question to you is,even if I clear the entrance examination,wouldn’t a student from a pure maths background have difficulty in pursuing MA in Economics?I mean,wont it be like impossible for me to cover up the economic theory part that the guys from BA Economics hons would be well versed with?And yeah,I have already read the blog 😛 .

    Your help will be greatly appreciated.Thanks in advance.

    1. @Rohit: It will be a bit difficult but manageable. There are people in our class from mathematics background (and engineers) Professors know that many people who take up MA Economics are from non-economics background so they teach accordingly.

  47. can any one clearify my doubt about the criteria of marks in graduation for dse entrance exam. i am confused about the second para of the information provided in the prospectus.

  48. hello riju,
    Actually i dont have queries but really wanted to know that are there students in your batch from commerce background like bba or
    if yes,can u plz plz send their contact no.’s or email id’s as their experience will really help me in cracking the dse entrance exam.
    And one more request can u plz send ur e.mail id so that i wont bring these stupid queries at your blog?
    My id is
    Sorry for ur inconvenience,but it will really help me.

  49. hi riju,i am anand.i am currently a second year degree student.i want to take pg from dse on economics.could u tell me what books i must refer to?

    1. @anand: refer to blog
      @madhur: that is a personal choice depending on your abilities. Mostly do it with third year.
      @shipra: It is quite an intensive entrance. Superficial knowledge is not sufficient to clear the entrance. To know difference about MBA and MA, you should see the subjects offered in both the courses. Both are totally different courses. There is no Ma Economics with specialization in finance.

  50. nice blog!

    i am a bba final year student. i’ve had micro, macro and +2 maths as semester subjects. i like both eco and maths and hve scored well, but we have’nt done any of these subjects intensively.
    my question is that- do i need to cover anything besides the basics in eco and maths or is an overview of all the basic theories (keynesian, NIA, liq. pef., consumption, basic micro) enuf.

    thanx in advance!

  51. oh! and i frgot 2 ask – is the MA eco course (with specialization in finance) better or the MBA – mib one
    content, faculty and placement wise.

  52. I think you just forgot to reply on my comment posted on 25th august’10.
    N one more thing: Reading of micro and macro of 2nd yr eco h are good for the preparation instead of going for a particular book?
    Eagerly waiting for your reply.

  53. Dear Riju
    I’m a final year architecture student and read your article but I’m still confused as to which paper option to pick…(A or B). I studied maths till std 12. Could you elaborate? And could you send me some sample papers of each option (the sample questions on the DSE website didn’t help)?
    Thank you!

  54. thanx riju!
    and yes i checked there is no specialization
    but we can select finance electives in the 2nd year
    actually i am still confused whether to go in for MA eco, an MBA(fin) or the CFA course – all are considered to be good if one wants to go in for an equity research based job.

    keep up the gud work, the blog’s a gr8 help!

  55. hi riju,
    i am a bba graguate from ggsipu and i am currently a licentiate candidate of iii (exams to b held in october 2010).
    i am interested in doing ma economics and i am currently studying the micro and macro books by hl ahuja.
    i would like to ask what books should i study after i have thoroughly completed these two books and also that would coaching help me as i am not a college going guy n also that don’t have any friends who are preparing for the same course.
    plz help
    thank you

    1. @Annurag: Please read the blog and the comments.
      @Shipra: There are no finance electives per say that will help you ‘specialise’ in finance. Even all the finance related courses will be tackling with economic theory involved and not the finance as it goes..

  56. Thank you! Wonder why I missed that.
    Also, I have a more important query. Am I, as a graduate of architecture, eligible to apply for this course at DSE? The eligibility criteria mention BE but not B.Arch. Kindly advise. (Architecture is a five-year undergraduate course leading to the degree B.Arch)

  57. Riju, your blog has provided a lot of information and is proving to be very very helpful..!! 😀

    I wanted to enquire whether there exists any solution manual for the even numbered questions of the problems of sydsaeter and hammond, edition 3? The answers to the odd numbered questions are given at the back of the textbook, is there any key manual or something that you are aware of? If nothing formal or published, any other informal source of getting the answers like someone’s notes or something?
    Because, it gets very hard to cross-check my answers and i’m unable to understand whether i’m solving the questions in the right manner and arriving at the right solution! Whats your solution to this? 🙂

  58. hi Riju! i m sanya nd i m a student of final year n i m looking forward 2 pursue M.A Economics from DSE
    I wud lyk to knw weather i am eligible for dis course n wen does d entrance exam takes place?
    plz rply asap

    1. @Sanya: Please refer to
      @Shubh: I cant refer to any professor/coaching centre. If you follow the books prescribed, it will help you get the basics right.
      @Prashanth: Yes, there is a website from where you can download the past years. Please google about the same. Last year question paper is available on

  59. Riju,

    Your doing a great job.I am an engg grad and working rite now in Chennai.Apart from the 2009 entrance papers in dse site.Is their any other site or repository from where i can dwld the past year papers ? and also could u mail me the Varian workbook…

    Thanks a lot again for all the info u hv posted here….

  60. Hi Riju,

    Thanks a lot for your elucidating blog. You have referred to the solution manual of Chiang, would like to know about where to get it from.

  61. hi riju! u have given lot of information about dse so thanks! ,but iwant to know the compulsori % in ba ,because i m pursuing simple ba. i have listen that for simple ba riquired % is 60. i m in ba 3rd year (eco,english) . i would like to also give the entrance exam of dse and other. ihave been already read the blog ,but i m confused about the %. so please tell me about this, because this is recent news of % required for dse.

  62. Hey Riju!
    Very enlightening blog…
    I’m currently pursuing Engineering 3rd Year from Manipal Univ.
    Wanted to know how tough the transition is for engineers to an Econ course??? w.r.t assignments, coursework and tests.
    Also is this the right time to start preparing for DSE Entrance?
    And i’m still confused if i should go for option A or option B paper??

    1. @Ravi: You can pursue economics if you are interested in it..the transition phase depends on your interest inclination. It can be smooth if you find the curriculum interesting. My suggestion will be to go for Option A. I have discussed about this in one of the comments. Please read all the comments.
      @Shivali: Please read the blog and the comments. Yes, they are past papers.

  63. Hi Riju , First of all, i want 2 thank u for providing great guidance. I have completed my engineering this year. Most importantly, I have tremendous interest and passion 4 Economics, which I had started to learn since 3rd year of my BE. I have understood basic economics of class 11,12th and able to relate to Contemporary developments. I also have, some background of stats and Maths. Please advice me accordingly, on how to prepare or approach for MA(Eco) Entrances at prestigious institutions, keeping my earlier background of Engineering in focus .

    Thank you

  64. Hi.. I have the following two points to discuss:
    1) I’m currently studyng Macro from Fisher’s book. I was going through the DU 2nd year syllabus and realised that some chapters can be left. I’m not sure if it’ll be safe to leave things at my discretion. I read your blog and you’ve mentioned a few chapters that can be left in Varian. Would it be possible for you to give a similar analysis fo Fisher?
    2) I’m keen on preparing for IES (Indian Economic Services). Could you suggest which would be the most appropriate institute for MA Economics for the same.

    Thanks for your help!

  65. which books i have to follow for pure math part(not mathematical economics part) for eco entrance test in dse.riju will u plz send me the varian work book softcopy & also tell me about any other books consisting mcq type questions in economics.plz send me the softcopy of varian through e-mail id is

    1. @Debanjan: Please look in comments. I have discussed that.
      @Omkar: I cant suggest any tuition..I am sorry..:(
      @Satadru: Please read the blog

  66. hi,i am greatful to u for creating such a helpful blog for dse aspirants.can u please advise me where(tution institute) can i prepare for it,as i am a scince graduate.

  67. hi riju am zeeshan i have done my bba from nagpur univ recently i have developed a lot of interest in economics and want to pursue M.A in economics but dont know how to go about it and what to do can you please help.

    1. @Zeeshan: Please read the blog
      @Ankit: I am not sure which college offers course similar to that asked in IAS. My guess is that none do that. DSE has totally different syllabus. Besides, IAS economics optional asks more of UG economics than that done at PG level.
      @soham: Read information brochure of respective institutions.
      @Himanshu: Option A is economics only.
      @Mini Rai: I have not seen the older version.
      @Shalini: Read the blog
      @Philips: Well, the huge batch size reduces to nearly half by second year. Placement is nearly 100% and average package is 7-8lakhs(approx.)
      @Sameer: That is your personal choice. It all depends on your ability and talent.

  68. i want to give the IAS entrance with economics as an optional… could u please tell me which college offers an ma program the syllabus of which is similar to that of the IAS syllabus…and also kindly tell me if u find ur batchmates in dse taking economics as an optional for IAS , or do they also opt for the the more commonly chosen subjects like pub. ad. , geography etc…thank u

  69. Hi Riju,
    Hw r u??
    just a small question.. In the article you mentioned that “Even people who have done engineering usually attempt the economics part.” and in one of the posts you asked engineers to go fo Option A. Would you please put ur opinions which subject should enggs opt. I know its a personal choice, however your opinion also matters in this case.

    PS: I have msgd u other queries also. would appreciate if you answer those as well.

  70. Hi Riju, Thanks a lot for this post..
    Apart from microeconomics(referring to the MIT site), are there any more sites have assignments and questions on Macro, Maths, Stats etc?

  71. hii….riju….
    i have checked the website of DSE and DSEbottomline , but could not find anything related to the placement statistics of DSE….

    1)What is the average salary offered at DSE ?
    2)Does it have a 100 % placement rate (Iam worried coz of the huge batch size )

  72. Hi Riju , First of all, i want 2 thank u for providing great guidance. I have completed my engineering this year. Most importantly, I have tremendous interest and passion 4 Economics, which I had started to learn since 3rd year of my BE. I have understood basic economics of class 11,12th and able to relate to Contemporary developments. I also have, some background of stats and Maths. Please advice me accordingly, on how to prepare or approach for MA(Eco) Entrances at prestigious institutions, keeping my earlier background of Engineering in focus .

    Thank you

  73. What are the highest salaries offered on campus?
    Also I did my B.Tech from IIT Delhi, will MBA suit me of MA if I want to pursue a PhD later?

  74. Hey!

    I’m a final year engineering student with a sudden craving to get into MA Economics course at DSE. Would really help if you could share links to downloadable e-books online for the books you have mentioned here.

    Thank you.

  75. hi riju..thaks alot for ths info…
    actually i have sci backround….
    though m gud at maths….i have comparitivly less knowledge about eco….
    m scoring vry well currntly in eco….but then i hav grudge abt this sub…
    m doing B.A eco from fergusson coll pune…
    can u help mw whch books i shld prefr 4 vry basic knwlge of eco?

  76. hey riju…i read ur ws very helpful…thanx…actually m doin bbe from du..m in 3rd year…n i hv decided 2 do ma eco 4m dse nw…my maths n stats r nt 2 gud bt m gud enuf in eco…jst wntd 2 noe is der ny sectional cutoff??? n also if d time has fallen short to prepare fr d entrance?????
    also reading d blogs i hv made a list of books which is lyk rele long….n m confused abt which books to refer for stats…sc gupta or degroot????? cn u help me on dis plz

      1. Hi Riju,

        I am preparing for 2011 entrance exam. I understand from the website that previous years question papers really help you prepare for the entrance exam. So, i was wondering if you could help me with getting them (I do not stay in Delhi hence, its difficult to come and collect it.)? Is there any way that i can get/buy previous years’ question papers?

  77. hi riju thanks after reading ur blog i think lot of my queries have been answered thanks a ton for starting such a system where we can get reliable information. thank u………….

  78. can i get last year question papers’ of dse and isi? i am not from delhi and there is no chance i can get the question papers from there. can i get it from any website? and to solve questions can u refer something?

  79. Hi riju! I have just one question is it necessary to have mathematics as our subjet in 12th board to be eligible for MA ECONOMICS in DSE or JNU.

  80. Hi Riju,
    Appreciate your guidance to young aspirants.!!
    I had a rather generic query. I wanted to know as to what number of students take the DSE MA Eco test each year.?
    Also i would be deeply grateful if you mail me the soft-copy of “Varian Workout” as I am unable to find the same in my city(Bangalore).


  81. Hello Riju,

    A very helpful article :). I request you to please send me the soft copy of
    Hal Varian’s workbook. I am not finding the book anywhere. My bookstore says it is out of stock.
    Please send it to the email id you would see along with this comment.
    Thank you.

  82. hello i completed my from lucknow university in 2010 with 62.3% mark..
    as it mention that it should be 60%in graduation(as i fall in third categoty)
    so am i eligible for the entrance for m.a economics,,as there is one year gap,,,do you deduct some percentage for a gap????
    please reply
    thanking you

  83. hi riju,
    thanks for all that vital info..
    i would also like to ask that is there any book which have application based questions like the way asked in dse xam?

  84. Hey Riju ,
    i see you are helping a lot of people. nice advises . so i thought of getting some myself.
    Well i am too pursing UG economics (h) from DU. Being in my third year , I am at present left with roughly 50-60 days to prepare for my entrances of JNU and DSE. As i have come across the syllabi , i see most of it is our 2nd year syllabi. Thus studying it with the vast third year syllabi is a little difficult.
    And with the given time framework, so i wanted to enquire apart from the known books, is there study material available , which is a little more organized and speeds up things ?
    Else if i take a drop after my UG, gain some job experience(if that works good for me) and thus prepare for the entrances , will it help my case ? without affecting my C.V ? Thanking you

    1. @Prateek: It is not difficult to prepare with 3rd year syllabus. Most of those who crack it are without a drop year. I am not aware of any ‘organized material’ Work experience plays no role in making through the entrances. It may help you in placements.

  85. Hi Riju,
    My name is Manish. I’ve gone through the whole of the blog and have got a very good idea regarding the planning for preparation for the entrance. Also, I assume that I am too late to start prep for this year’s entrance though I’d like to know what you opine about this particular thing.
    I am a B.Tech. in Materials & Metallurgy from IIT Roorkee with a limited exposure to economics (a basic semester-long course) and wish to pursue Masters in Economics from DSE. I am aiming the subject as one of my optional in the UPSC later on. My query is how right and honest this decision would be to go with a full time Masters program for the sake of getting stronghold over a subject, that too, without any background of the same in Bachelors. Also, as you’ve been there, how laborious and rigorous is the program and does the curriculum provide its students with time, enough to go along with their studies other than main curricula!

    1. @Manish: I doubt if you can prepare for civils with any of the good institutes. May be target JNU if you are so inclined towards civils. Besides, more often than not, MA Economics syllabus has little connection with Civils Economics optional. For civils, BA level Economics is sufficient.

  86. Hey. Do you think it is possible to crack DSE with three months of preparation starting now? Am appearing in June 2011.

  87. Can you please tell me which chapters of Fundamental Methods of Mathematical Economics (Chiang-4th Ed) should i go through for DSE and JNU entrance exams?
    P.S. – I’m a Physics major!

  88. i am a student of SGGSCC, an economics honours undr grad . driven by the world of economics i am honoured to be part of this course. with the footsteps working to travel the apex of success i was illuminated by the way i have to tread on which evocatively commands to be part of the DELHI SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS. surprisingly as a first year under grad i am planning to COVER (economic fields)all what commands to clear the entrance exam conducted by the DSE , in my upcoming two years.considering u as my guide i ask as to what areas it demands to go through to score an atleast 85/100in the exam . my words might seem fllabergasting but the notion of grabbing a nobel prize in economics makes me to go for unexpected ways ,as successful persons are the ones laying the foundation stones for his followers.

    i hope riju u might lend those precious words regading the course and help me out achieve as to what i mentioned

  89. thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge. i am aspiring to give the entrance exam of DSE but i was totally blank abt the procedure and books to be referred.ur blog has helped in overcoming this problem.hope to gear up my preparations now.thanks once again

  90. thanks a lot Riju.. wonderful blog. information u have provided here is going to help all the DSE aspirants a lot..

  91. Really nice blog… very informative.. keep the good work going.. try if u can add past year papers few of the entrance exams..

  92. thanks Riju, the article is very helpful for guys like me who are preparing for m.a entrance of d.s.e!

  93. Hi Riju, after reading your much knowledge accompained blog and further going through all related Q’s and Ans’s I am affirmative about that you would have a fair suggestion to bring me out of dilemma.

    I am a student of bikaner university, Rajasthan. accomplished pass course and then M.A. here only. But very unsatisfied with my knowledge so far. In lieu to enhance my knowledge in Economics I want to apply for M.Phil in DSE.
    Obviously there is hell lot of difference in both the universities syllabus and pattern. and clearly a months prep is not sufficient. as my knowledge is no where in compariosn to one who has done M.A. from DSE or equivalent.
    Do you agree with the view that I should spend a year going through M.A. syllabus of DSE nd then appear for M.phil entrance or should I re-appear for M.A. this time with DSE? Or you may have any suggestions. Also to share with you, I am eyeing lecturarship as my profession in future and would appear for NET.
    Your reply is much awaited and needed at this juncture. Thanks in advance:-)

    1. Have you seen the past year entrance papers for M.Phil in Economics at DSE? If you can crack them, I would not suggest you to go for another masters. However, if you have problems solving them then you can think of MA Economics from DSE.

  94. i have done my graduation in statistics n have no eco background til…i have a fyn knowledge in
    calculas but quite weak in metric spaces & linear algebra….so i want to sit for dse from option A . I have 2.5 months to prepare for exams please tell from which book i have to start with to learn the economics .

  95. Hello riju
    my name is puja and i am studying economics from ruia college in Mumbai ..i really want to be in dse for MA in economics so this is my final year and i read your article n its superb i got clear idea that i am nt so good in maths but good with economics so i will opt for economics…just tell me one thing the books u have mentioned above will be best to crack the entrance…so that i will start studying from those books…please help me out as i know i am good in studies but still to score good in entrance lil scary so really need ur advice..

  96. DSE MA economics entrance mentions minimum eligibilty condition as any Graduate ( irrespective of subject ).

    Do you know some other institutes which offer MA economics irrespective of subject in which graduation was done ?
    I have done Bsc Computer Sc.


  97. hey. I really liked the article. I am a du eco(hons) student from SRCC. My queries are: 1) How much weigtage does interview in jnu and dse have? 2) is cracking entrance adequate? Do they also see undergraduation marks? 3) Which institute is more suitable for research abroad (in states)?

    1. I am not sure of wieghtage given to interview at JNU, it must be given in the brochure. DSE does not hold any interviews for MA course. For research abroad, ISI and DSE are the best (in the order)

  98. Hi….I am a student of ba(hons) maths ….I am preparing for option b…It will very helpful if u can tel me how to go about it n can u get me in touch with ne1 who has given option b paper n got through… email id is


  99. hi,riju…….i have only 25 days for dse exam.i am strong in maths.How should i prepare in short of time.plz guide me……..

  100. sir,
    I am Anil Bedre from karnataka. I wish to join for M.A ( Economics) in delhi school of economics.

    please replay soon for my queries:
    1) In which entrance i have to qualify to get seat in M.A ( Economics) & (entrance exam syllabus &

    pattern of question papers),

    2)what is the minimum percentage requirement of my degree,

    3)fee structure & course duration,

    Thank you..

    Anil Bedre

  101. hiiiii riju……
    appreciable efforts i must say……….
    i wanted to know does dse offers some correspondance course for MA in eco???
    waiting for reply!!!!!!

  102. hey riju..
    i am doin my grad in statistics from venky and starting my prep for dse… i am so confused for which aption to appear.. A OR B ? my teachers have varying suggestns for me.. wt do you suggest ?
    i had eco in school..other than that i have no idea abt it … but ppl say option b is tough.. wt to do ?
    reply soon 🙂

  103. hey riju , i just cleared dse ma eco entranc test … n im a BSc maths(H) students … so is it difficult for me to pursue ma eco since im totlly non eco background…. plz let me know….

  104. i m a student of du n currently pursuing ecoh.i want 2 knw dat if i do masters from gokhale or mse will i get placement in delhi or outside since i only want to work in companies from delhi visit these campuses?

  105. Hey , I ‘m An English hons. Student .I want to apply for MA Economics entrance . but , I want to confirm one thing Regarding my eligibility That i didn’t studied MAths at 10+2 Level , nor i have any MATHs Paper in my graduation . but I have Economics as an additionla subject in my 2nd year.
    So , please tell M I eligible to apply for entrance ?

  106. Hey riju,
    I am a 4th year student from NSIT, New Delhi. I want to know about placements for MA economics, DSE. I tried googling it but found nothing. PLEASE Help..??
    Thanks 🙂

  107. Hey Riju.
    Thanks for this great post. Its really helpful and gets the important points across clearly.
    I’m a B. Com student from Mumbai University. And even though I’ve had Economics in all three years I’m unsure whether my base in the subject is strong enough to attempt the paper.

    Secondly, I’m only just starting prep. Do I have enough time to prepare well? I also have other exams and entrances starting from October. All the usual suspects. Do you think its possible for me to prep for DSE?

    1. A good reality check will be solving last years DSE entrance paper and see if you are able to solve 50% questions. If you can, you are on the right track.

  108. HIIII RIJU,,

    UR ARTICLE REALLY HELPED ALOT,,thank you for this,,
    I hv cmpleted my graduation from kanpur,,
    m aspiring to get into dse,,
    i jst wanted tto know that we dont have analytical economics in our ba programme wat we studied was majorly theoritical so m finding difficulties in solving questions as you guided in your ,,
    it would be so kind of you ,,if we can connect thru your mail id,,
    i really need ur help,,as i m ready to work harder if you can jst hlp me a little.
    thank you ,,hope to see your reply soon 🙂

  109. hi rijju, i m doing BA Economics from Bakrtullah University, Bhopal.Now i m in 2nd year.I wan’t to know what is the syllabus for MA economics in dse AND FOR MASTERS IN ECONOMICS what are the courses preffered?

  110. Hello mam,
    I have a query and would be highly obliged if i can seek some guidance from u regarding it. I’m a BCA grad and want to pursue my masters and further education in Economics field. Basic reason being i always wanted to pursue my education in this domain but due to inadequate % in 12th std and parental pressure i have to take up IT at my bachelors. I’ve already stared preparing for entrance and i’m very comfortable with maths too as I’ve studied it at engineering level. But after going through the eligibility criteria of colleges carefully i felt that except for DSE i might not qualify for any other colleges like ISI. JNU, IGIDR,etc. This has really shaken me up as i’m halfway through my preparation and can’t think about taking up any other course. Please guide me as what i can do? Is my qualification really inadequate?

  111. Hi Rjiu,

    Are microeconomics, macroeconomics, mathematics and statistics/econometrics the only fields that are tested in the DSE entrance for ma economics? I have gone through their syllabus for BA hons economics and it has many more topics like ” India’s economic development since 1947″, “Economics state and society” etc., does the test not include these topics? Is it restricted to the topics mentioned above ?

  112. hey…! i m pursuing my B.A.(hons.) Economics from SSSIHL Bangalore….and i want to pursue M.A. Economics from Delhi School of Economics, also i had commerce in 10+2, not maths so please guide me regarding this….

  113. Hi Riju. Just wanted to say ur blog has been of immense help!!! The dse site ought to have a link to ur blog.. its wayy more informative than other places..

    I have read ur whole blog, including all the comments. Would still like to get one thing clarified. M in my Final year B.Com Frm Bangalore University. Will start my prep for 2012 exm frm jan 1. Was wondering to wat extent the coaching helps. Please let me knw how useful it would actually be.

    P.S A similar query by a Bhavika din get a reply. So posting the query again.

    Keep up the good work, nay, great work 🙂


    1. I do not answer queries on whether coaching is useful or not. It is your call, try it if you want and see it if works for you.

  114. I must say that your blog has helped me tremendously 😀 However, though this question is’nt related to your blog but still it would be really helpful if you could answer my following query –
    Do any of the institutes look at CAT scores for selection to M.A. in economics ? , m asking this because I am preparing only for the M.a. entrances and not giving CAT .
    Please reply
    Thank you 🙂

  115. Hey! really liked your blog!
    just one query….could you enlighten me about the sports weightage given for the entrance test in dskl!!

    1. I have limited knowledge about this but my understanding is that sports is not given any weightage. Even if you get through ‘sports quota’, you won’t be able to manage the courses at DSE.

  116. Hey riju,can you please help me .I’m referring to the books that u have mentioned above bt the problem is that i’m in 3rd yr Eco(H) in DU and my aggregate marks are not 50% as of now a little less than 50.I’m trying my best in my 3rd year to make it up to 50 .So am i eligible for the exams,can i sit for the entrances with my third year ??They take the agregate of all three years ???

  117. Well, why don’t you just refer to all that is mentioned in the blog, you can get the past year papers from DSE in Delhi and you can start solving them. Go through all the books and cover as many topics as you can and that shall be good.

  118. Hi Riju. Your site is very insightful and comprehensive regarding the entrances. I’m a third year student of B.Sc. Eco in Pune and plan to appear for them this year. Thanks for the posts! 🙂

  119. hi riju , thanks for your post , i wanted to know about How MIB course offered by DU goes with respect to MA economics which is a flagship course of DSE.which of the two has better placements and prospects.
    i am currently working in india infoline and want to pursue masters in economics or business.

    1. MIB is not part of DSE. Dept of Commerce only shares DSE campus but is not part of it. If you want to pursue Masters in Business then you should go for an MBA and if economics, you can consider various options discussed on the website.

  120. hey riju,thanks alot for the article. It really helped. I am doin g from allahabad university and its my 2nd year..and i only have one more year to prepare for the entrance..The main problem is that I am not getting anyone who can guide me well with the concepts,so am trying by myself only..It would be a great help if you specify the best books(easy language to understand) to deal with,as i am interested for DSE and IGIDR..and one more thing, is there a choice b/w maths and economics section in IGIDR also as incase of DSE..
    keep up the good work


    1. Syllabus for IGIDR and DSE is very different. I hope you are aware of that. I am afraid I am not aware of any other books. You should start with Mankiw, Principles of Economics for the basics and as you go upward, you won’t find the other books difficult to understand. There is no choice in IGIDR exam.

  121. and one more thing i forget to ask,as according to my qualification( for which of the colleges I am i guess i am not fit for kindly give me a list of colleges that makes Bcom graduates eligible fr M.A. in economics..

  122. Hey, I’m not from Delhi, and the thing that confuses me most about the DSE site is that it seems to mention everywhere that you have to be an honours student, whereas I am not one. How much of a problem is this?

  123. Hi Riju! Your website is very helpful! Ur doing a gr8 job! I’m in my final year of B.Com in Hyderabad. I would like to pursue M.A economics from DSE. I have just started my preparation. I’d like your advice on how to go ahead with the prep as I have lost touch with Economics after Class XII. Would be very thankful if you can help me.

  124. hello riju ma’am
    this is sonam here..i m pursuing my eco(hons)from dayalbagh educational institute,Agra…this is my last year..i have read ur is really vry helpful..thank u so much..i m planning to attempt entrance exam of dse as well as of jnu..coz i m vry much interested in doing masters in economics..but the problem with me is the level of eco(hons).is comparatively low as it is in i knw i need to put extra efforts..i m relly vry sacred..coz i only have these two options..can u plz give me some guidelines coz i dun have any good guide here..and plzz tel me frm whr i cn get the previous year sample papers of jnu..waiting for ur reply..

  125. thank u ma’am..honestly speaking i m scared bcoz of the level of studies between here my graduation and du graduates…i m not confident about dse…yes i have dse papers..i bought them from dse itself…but still i m trying my best..and that’s why i m looking for jnu too….plz give some guidelines ma’am..i m really helpless…

  126. Hi,

    I am a second year engineering student and i’m quite keen on higher studies in DSE. This site has been of great help. Can you please clarify a few more things for me

    1)Can you suggest a book for practicing numericals of macroeconomics.You mentioned Branson as a text for macroeconomics and a few more books as reference. I have the book by Mankiw, would that do or should i get Branson? And also it is necessary to go through all of the reference books

    2)Can you give me a rough idea of the time taken to prepare for the exam from scratch( i can study for 2 to 3 hrs every day), so that i can plan it accordingly

    3)The exam is held is june, does that mean that we’ll have to give it after our 4th year( a silly thing to ask, but i thought i would be sure)


  127. hi riju,
    great blog. i’m preparing for the entrance exam and aims for dse, isi,jnu and other reputed ones. but i have a query, my past academic record is not very impressive and i’m from non-eco background too.though i qualify for exams but can my poor academic record result in any kind of hindrance in selection process for me?I have worked very hard on preparation and would be very disappointed if my past takes over my present. so pls do reply.

    1. I don’t think eligibility criteria for DSE anywhere mentions poor academic record being a hindrance! Did you go through it???

  128. hey riju! thank u very much for the post..its really helpful.I had a look at the book by william branson..but i could not find any questions in it..i just wanted to confirm that its the text thats presented in the way asked in dse and not the questions..right?

  129. hey!very helpful post.needed ur from (h) statistics .appearing for d.s.e. this year.iv joined the online coaching from eco point 2 weeks back.i have 2 months to it sufficient if one is religious enough ,though from a non eco background??and do statistics people get through the type A paper?and is the coaching sufficient?is it also imp to go through the books uv mentioned ?

    1. According to me, two months is not sufficient time for a non-economics background. Coaching is not at all sufficient. Self study is the key and if you can manage to get 50% in the entrance, you may hold a decent chance to get through.

  130. Hi Riju.

    I’m a third year student of Commerce from the University of Mumbai. I expect to pass with above average marks. My question is regarding the Option A paper. Since I am unfamiliar with the level of Economics and Mathematics required to clear the exam, I’ve planned on staring work with Ernst and Young this year and attempting the paper in 2013. Do you think that is a good plan? What I mean to ask is whether you think that a student from a Commerce background will be able to prepare for the exam sufficiently in a year’s time? It may seem like a lot but bear in mind that I will be working long hours and will probably only get to study about five to ten hours a week. And since my UG background doesn’t comprise of a strong focus on Economics and Mathematics, is it advisable for me to take this course of action?

    Also, do you think having work experience as a Risk Analyst at EnY will be advantageous during the interview? If it is then it may contribute towards me securing place at DSE.

    And lastly, when DSE provides a list of ten campuses to choose from, what does it exactly mean? All classes are held in the DSE campus. So why the split and how does it affect us?


    1. Sure you can prepare for DSE in one year but all essentially depends on the hard work you put in. Getting into DSE is solely based on entrance, as you might have seen in the handbook of information so your EnY experience doesn’t count.
      The last question is redundant. All classes are held in DSE. This was an earlier arrangement and it no longer exists.

  131. Rijuji,
    I havn’t done maths in my XI&XII class. But i had opted for economics in XI&XII. It’s my favourite and strong subject. I am also good at concepts like macro-micro economics,etc.

    I am ready to work hard for this exam at any extent.

    Even though i have not taken maths in my XI&XII, will i ever be able to clear Delhi School of Economics entrance exam?

  132. Hi Riju,

    DSE website states that only students who score above 40% in entrance will be take in, for General category. Are you aware of the total number of General category students that are admitted by DSE? What is the overall, total intake for MA at DSE? Thanks for taking time to enlighten us.

  133. hi riju ji
    i m a 1st year student of economics maths stats wid hons in economics frm bhu..i desperately want 2 crack dse bt i cant find any coachng here in u plz suggst me sum coachng whch provides materials..

  134. Hey Riju,
    I am currently pursuing my bcom(eco hons)from panjab university.I wish to appear for the DSE entrance this year, can u give me a little heads up on how should i prepare in these two months.Should I go through all the books you have mentioned or should I try to minimize all that I have to study?
    thanks for the help!
    Much appreciated!

  135. hello mam,
    maslf asmita singh from punjab, m dng eco. nd m gonna b in 3rd yr now.
    mam i wana take admission in ma eco in dse/igidr r ny reputed clg.
    mam since m a residnt of punjab n m persuing ma grad. in eco from guru nanak dev university so it is tough for me to take ny coachng regardng ma entrance exams frm delhi, nd regarding self prepration m having totaly diffrnt syllabus frm the sylabus of du.
    so plzz gide me from where i ll get all relevant study material i.e. sample papers, books, previous qustion papers(of dse/igidr/isi/jnu/mse/gokhle) for ma preparations..
    mam plzz tell particular place in delhi from where i can get all these things..
    i wud b very grateful to u..
    plzz respond asap..
    mam i hv seen all the blogs n comments n i hvnt get ny satisfactory reply thtsy m askng u so plzzz help me..

  136. Riju,
    Thanks for writing such a useful blog. I want to take DSE exam this year i.e in JUNE ’12. I want to attempt the Part B of this paper i.e the one dealing with maths and stats only. I wanted to know that is there a seperate merit list for both the parts? Also, I wanted to know that what are the chances that economics is also included in the Part B Paper?
    Hope that you reply fast.
    Thanking you in advance

  137. Hello Rijuji,

    I want to crack dse ma entrance and I m choosing option A. But, I am quite weak in concepts. I have Principal of Economics, by NG Mankiw, and Basic Econometrics by Gujarathi and Sangeetha. Will these books will help me to crack the exam?

    Above link shows list of some reference books (which is written in your post also).

    My questions:

    (1). Which one’s better in terms of concepts and practice, Fundamental Methods of Mathematical Economics by Chiang or Mathematics for Economic Analysis by Sydsaeter? I need the concepts explained.

    (2). Mathematical Statistics by S C Gupta and V K Kapoor is not available in my city books stores and flipkart. Will Basic Statistics by Nagar and Das be sufficient for solving Statistics and Probability section. If not, are there any other books which will be helpfull for probability and statistics.
    Will Basic Econometrics by Gujarathi and Sangeetha be helpfull?

    (3). Macroeconomic Theory and Policy by William Branson is also not avilable in my city and in flipkart. For macroeconomics section, will Principle of Economics by N G Mankiw be sufficient, or I have to buy Dornbusch and Fischer’s macroeconomic book?

    I have allmost 1 month to prepare and I am not much good in concepts. If possible, please guide me for the enterance exam. What’s important, what’s primary, which will help, what to skip, etc.
    Thanks in advance…. 🙂

    1. 1. Chiang
      2. Nagar and Das should be fine
      3. Dornbusch and Fischer is a basic requirement to understand macroeconomics concepts

      If you are not good in concepts, thats a big problem! All the questions in DSE are application based and unfortunately there is no shortcut for that.

      1. Have Another Question for you…
        Firstly, thanks a lot for the suggestions!!! I have ordered two books. But I have another quesion for you, about the

        macroeconomics book…

        Ok! I think I just found the macroeconomics th & pol by William H. Branson book, which you said:



        Please check the above link, is this the book you were talking about…?
        Also, there are two available editions of Macroeconomics – the 9th edition, written by Rudiger Dornbusch, Stanley

        Fischer, Richard Startz; and the 6th edition, written by Rudiger Dornbusch, Stanley Fischer.
        Also I said that, I have Principles of Economics by N G mankiw.

        My question is:

        Which books do I need to cover macroeconomic questions, Will Branson and Mankiw be sufficient? Or I

        have to buy Macroeconomics by Dornbush? If so, then which edition?

        I am stressing on the edition because @Shoumitro Chatterjee on April 29, 2010 said to pick the 6th, not the 9th.

        AND in DU BA Eco H syllabus, Course 5 Macroeconomics, Reading, the first one goes: 1. Rudiger Dornbusch, Stanley

        Fischer and Richard Startz, Macroeconomics, 7th or later edition, McGraw Hill. 😀 😀

        So, please please please tell me, which book(s) to buy…
        I seriously need you suggestion about it, as I said, I have almost 1 month to prepare…

  138. hey riju,
    i wanted to clear up a thing that of all books listed above for macroeconomics ,i am not able to find the book by william branson plus there are certain questions in the dse paper which asked about the multipliers value numerically ,i was not able to find any reference about those topics .please help.

  139. Hello Riju
    I’m pursuing Bachelors in Finance and Investment Analysis from S.S.C.B.S.
    I hope the syllabus and the suggested readings remain the same over the years. I will be appearing for the exam in 2013.

  140. Hello Riju
    Thanks for this informative article. The reading list and the syllabus would be helpful for aspirants writing the exam in 2013 also right? I hope the syllabus doesn’t change over the years.

  141. in economics hons syllabus there were two courses namely macro and another topics in macro and another micro and second topics in macro. i wanted to know if we have to follow both or just one ? and i may be having a wrong syllabus so it would be kind of u if u cud provide me d right link ? thanks!

  142. hey…..thnx for the blog.
    i have a query….actually I hav completed my graduation but i got a back in my 5th sem of B.A (hons.)Business Economics in one subject. SO can i still give the entrance?? Is there an option of clearing the entrance and getting through and clear my UG exam which will be held in november???
    plz rply…….

  143. Hi Riju
    I have done my graduation from Panjab University , Chnadigarh. I did give the entrance exam solely on the basis of my knowledge of the university curriculum but did not succeed. I have planned to take up admission in MA Economics in Panjab University , Chandigarh and prepare on my own from the above suggested readings. Will you please guide me a little on whether it is feasible or not ? Moreover my parents arent supportive ofme doing Arts , so i really need some help .

  144. Hey Riju,

    I am doing economics honours not from DU or Kolkata. I have just completed my 1st year. I aspire to give DSE entrance test in the year 2014. I wanted know when should I start preparing religious for this very test? My subjects in Ist year have been Micro, History of economics, little Maths( basic economics maths) and indian economy. And whenever I start, what should be the initial steps( as in where to start form, roots) knowing that there are very bleak possibilities of taking coaching classes?

    Waiting for your reply,


  145. hello ! First of all thanks a lot for the above article, it is really helpful and great. I want to ask that wether coaching is any good while preparing for the entrance for a person from non-economics background.

  146. hey rijju!
    i am currently pursuing my economics (Hons.) last year and planning to give the entrance exams. But i stay in ahemedabad, Gujarat and there are no economics entrance coachings. i wanted to know , if one can prepare for these entrances without going to the classes?!

  147. Hello Riju
    I’m getting BSc.Eco in Narsee Monjee-Mumbai and Symbiosis-pune and hons in some colleges of du. I want to do MA.Eco later… can you suggest me where to go?

    1. If you are getting B.Com hons in DU, you should be getting Eco hons as well? I am not aware of Narsee monjee and symbiosis course structure so can’t suggest.

  148. Hey Riju,
    I have been a regular visitor of your blog for the last few months, preping for DSE and ISI. Finally cracked DSE. Would like to say a big Thank You for maintaining this blog.

    1. Congratulations! I would definitely suggest DSE over JNU if you are interested in PhD, specially if you are more keen on building quantitative skills. ISI is also a comparable option so the debate in my view should be between DSE and ISI, if at all.

  149. I have also appeared for the MA in Economics entrance at JNU, and although the results are yet to get out can you please tell me, between JNU and DSE, which place is better if I eventually want to go for a PhD in Economics?

  150. Hi! riju your suggestions are quite helpful.i’ve a few concepts of probability theory & distribution is very week.which book should i follow to develop my fundamental concepts? + any book which has many worked out can name 2 different books as well.:)

    1. S.C gupta should be fine. If that’s also difficult for you then pick up any business statistics book, it has very basic qns.

  151. Riju I am in 2nd year pursuing Bsc eco hons from calcutta university. Between M.Stat and Msc eco which has more scope. If I go for Msc eco should I be aiming for DSE or abroad like LSE or Cambridge.

    1. It depends. If you are not financially constrained, LSE and Cambridge are good. However, it depends on what you want to do post MA Econ.

  152. Hi Riju!

    I’m currently in my second year of under-graduation from Christ University, Bangalore. I intend on starting my preparation for an MA in Economics soon. Do you know how different or similar the entrance exams for colleges such as DSE, JNU, IDI,IGIDR etc are? Is it the same material that I will have to study for all the entrance tests or does the syllabus differ from college to college?

    Could you also please send me a soft copy of the Varian Workbook?

    Thanks a lot, your blog post was extremely helpful! Looking forward to your reply.

  153. hey riju,
    please tell me, apart from previous year entrance papers what are the sources to practice questions for macroeconomics? I have heard of mankiw study guide & workbook. Is it good enough for dse n isi level?

  154. Greetings Riju,

    An useful read indeed ! I am a B.Tech from BITS(2011),currently working in credit risk analysis for an international bank.I am trying for a good BSchool and am equally interested in DSE as well.
    Can you give your valuable opinion regarding the proffesional opportunities from the campus.Needed a bit of clarity if my current compensation would be matched.

    Thanks in advance !

    1. Already answered elsewhere! Please read the comments. About compensation, I would strongly suggest you to pursue Economics only if you are interested in the subject. If money is the criteria, just aim for a good BSchool.

  155. Hello Riju
    Thanks vm for the detailed blog & patiently answering a million questions!
    I have an MBA in finance from a tier II university, passed out in 2003. Currently working in an Investment Bank (for ~8years & total work ex of almost 10yrs), I’m very interested in pursuing MA in Econ from DU and read through in length about the program from DU website. Having completed my studies way long ago i realize reading through your blog & elsewhere that the entrance prep needs to be very extensive. Given entrance is soon approaching less than 3 months, can you kindly advise realistically should I look for next year’s entrance? Though I did some concepts of micro & macro during my UG & PG, I doubt I would have much memory of it & did not had much exposure to math & had only to very basics of statistics.
    Highly appreciate your response, any advise & tips.

  156. Hello Riju,
    I bought Chiang and I am solving sums, plus I am in the process of acquiring DU BA eco course books. Apart from the books you have mentioned under each section in the blog, I would like to know from you if there is any preparatory book for DSE MA eco which you know of? (I mean to imply one of those one-stop-entrance-books; eg excellent series solved papers etc). I searched the whole of internet and found no info, so i thought it would suit to take personal opinion.
    Thanks and regards

  157. Hi Riju,
    This is the best piece of information and advice I’ve got regarding the entrance exam. I can’t thank you enough for this post. I am unable to get my hands on any of the above mentioned workbooks. Could please suggest some place I could get the books from. I am in Nasik.

  158. This blog deserves an award. It has given me a kickass start. I had no direction and a shit load of queries. And then I stumbled upon this. I guess I’m not even going to sign up for an online course anymore. I found Riju Bafna. Thanks, man. You’re a godsend.

  159. Hey Riju,

    I was wondering on the difficulty level of the paper compared to CAT . cause I am working out on cracking the CAT right now and also wanted to try for DSE . Although CAT doesnt have calculus . I was wondering ,on how would you rate the difficulty of the questions compared to CAT ? so that I get a rough idea for what i am standing against .



  160. Hi Riju, your blog is very helpful. I just wanted to ask that I, most probably, want to pursue Ph.D. in economics. Which institute out of ISI, DSE and JNU will be most helpful for completing my ME course, to achieve this goal.

  161. Hi Riju,
    Thank you very much for starting this blog and sharing your valuable time and experince with us.
    Most of my queries have been resolved after reading all the above comments so I wont bug u with unnecessary comments. I have a doubt related to my eligibility.
    I have done B.E. in Mechanical from MUMBAI UNI and recently completed PGDM(MBA). Currently I have resolved to pursue ME Economics. Since PGDM is a diploma, I believe D SCHOOL wont consider it for admission. My B.E. aggregate is below 60% and I secured 61% in my final year. My degree reads that I have completed my B.E. with first class which means above 60%. In this scenario am I eligible for D SCHOOL admission. Let me know ur take on this issue.

  162. Hi Riju , Thanks a lot for your informative site .I am an IGNOU final year BA student. I have planned to take this year DSE entrance exam . But , I am facing one problem regarding the date of taking admission at DSE .My qualification examination results will be declared in the first week of August 2014 and by then the admission at DSE will get over . In case if I get selected through entrance , will I get provisional admission till my qualifying examinations results are out . Also , It will take another 3 to 4 weeks to get all my documents ( marksheet , certificate , migration etc ) in hand . I am quite worried .The same applies to JNU entrance exam.

    Please , also tell me the average living cost ( including fooding ) at DSE . How much the Hostels charges . I have heard it’s quite expensive .

  163. hey riju thanks for the information.. but lately i have heard that delhi university is favoring delhi students. i mean there is a reservation kind of thing.. i am from jaipur and i study in iis university.. i just wanted to know that even after passing the cut off , is there anything else that will stop you.. like your u.g. marks, your there any interview, because there is one in ISI..

  164. Hi Riju!

    Thanks for this. I have Branson and Mankiw for macroeconomics. My only problem is that, even though the books are excellent in giving conceptual clarity, they dont have any back-questions that one can practice from. Could you suggest a practice book of sorts for macro, like there is varian workouts for micro.

    Thank you so much.

  165. I am on my way to complete varian(in a week or two),i have just started with statistics,i have yet to study macro and maths……considering the time i am left with right now for dse 2014 how should i go further with my preparations?
    also i plan to not focus on maths and i still have to get hold of the statistics concepts

  166. Dear Riju,
    I am Mahmood, an aspirant to study Economics. This discussion helped me a lot to find answers of some of my questions.Still there are some queries need to be sorted out. I am a graduate in Physics and hold a Masters degree in Business Administration. During my study of MBA I developed an interest in Economics and very much keen to pursue. But to fulfill my financial obligation I opted for jobs. Currently I am working in Gulf in the fields of Cost Management with a construction firm. I am 33 years old. I have some queries as below and need a good response from you.
    1) At this stage of my career, should I go for M.A in Economics?
    2) What are career prospects after completing M.A in Economics in my case?
    3) Is it prudent to join academics again at this stage of my career?
    4) I am also interested to join research work as well as Teaching profession. I am not much interested to do Jobs in corporate sector only.
    5) When should I initiate in this direction to take up various tests. I am good at mathematics and have my basics of economics clear to the extent which I assimilated during my MBA.
    Kindly respond to my queries. I shall be waiting for your reply. Even you may answer me through my email.


  167. Hi I’m Anisha Mehta an SYBA Economics student in Ahmedabad. I am interested in giving this entrance and loved your tips, but they were from three years ago. Does it still work the same way? What changes have been made?

    Anisha Mehta

  168. Hello Riju ,
    Thank u so much for starting this blog and sharing our knowledge.
    I m Lakshita goyal from jaipur pursuing hnrs (2nd year) financial studies and looking forward to do MA in economics dorm Delhi school of economics. Please suggest me the path which need to be followed to achieve this goal.

  169. hey riju
    m confused between two books
    1. statistics by sp gupta nd kapoor
    2. basic statistics by degroot

    i have 2002 10th ed. of sp gupta book…is there any problm in this book…
    nd thnx in advance

  170. Hello Riju!
    I’m a 2nd year student of Economics (hons.) and want to take the RBI Young Scholars Award Examination to be held in 2015. Can you tell me from where can I get its previous year question papers? Even after searching a lot I couldn’t find it on any website.
    Is there any Interview round or Subjective type question round also in the exam or only one stage having objective type ques. is held? (RBI’s website states that only objective type ques. are asked but I read on a website that descriptive type ques. Round & Interview Round is also held, that’s why I’m asking you.)
    Hoping for your quick reply!
    Thanks for providing useful information in this Blog.

  171. Hi Riju! Your website is extremely useful. Keep up the good work! 🙂
    I’m a third year Economics (H) student from DU. I will be appearing for MA Economics entrances next year. I’m looking for a coaching institute that provides exhaustive and good quality practice material, some mock tests, and teachers who are regular and willing to take up doubts. I’ve heard about Ecopoint, NDA and Amit Goyal classes. They do provide a single trial class, after which one has to pay the entire fees. This amount is pretty huge, so I’d like to hear your opinion about these institutes before making a decision.
    Thanks in advance!!

  172. Practicing functions, differential calculus and other maths based portions from AIEEE or IIT level book will be sufficient for DSE?

  173. Hello Riju,

    I went through your blog and i could’nt find any books which u recommend for option B … and if i might have missed it by any chance, can u please suggest some good books for option B.. I am a engineering student and will b attempting the paper next year. If i m not wrong, u got through by taking option B, how did u go about in preparing for option B ?

  174. Hello *Riju,

    I went through your blog and i could’nt find any books which u recommend for option B … and if i might have missed it by any chance, can u please suggest some good books for option B.. I am a engineering student and will b attempting the paper next year. If i m not wrong, u got through by taking option B, how did u go about in preparing for option B ?

  175. hey riju…tnq for d info dt u’ve provided…they are really helpful…m from pure arts background n m pursuing my b.a in economics course now…i have neither mathematics nor statistics as my elective subjects…am i ellegible to appear in the entrance exam…n plz help me with the ways by which i can clear the basics in mathematics nd statistics..i mean d books with simple language…vl b grateful to u…

  176. Hello mam,thanks for all d informations. All I want to ask is If dse needs 60% on aggregate mark or only on honours paper From non-du students.

  177. Hello Ma’am,
    I’m currently pursuing my eco hons (not from du) and planning to take dse entrance.
    Can u tell me whether outsiders (non du students) are allowed to purchase the photocopied readings prescribed for du eco hons students from the dse photocopy shop. If yes, then what is the price of the whole material of the 3 year course ?

  178. Hii mam,
    First of all thanks for all the valuable information regarding these exams.
    Mam, I have a query. I am a CA with a graduation in commerce but have a great interest in economics. After reading your article, i felt that these exams are more mathematical oriented. I am having a good knowledge of economics and have infact read the books of DU graduation level but it’s very difficult to cope with maths ques. since I have lost track of it for more than 5 yrs. Can you please tell me any college/ university of repute which while offering P.G. , gives more weightage to eco than maths.

  179. @ rizu i want to go for dse nxt yr .i m doing bcom hons from du.i m not as versed in functions;limits and all but i like micro and macro ….suggest me

  180. I’m a Mechanical Engineer with an interest in Economics. Of late I have been go through the book “Economics by Samuelson and Nordhaus” and have found the concepts really interesting. Now I want to pursue this field of study further and naturally DSE is one of the top institutions for pursuing a higher degree in Economics. But before that, I have a few queries regarding the course and I would really appreciate if you can clarify them. What’s the difference between the course structure taught at Undergraduate level and in DSE. Is it the same course or it deals with advanced concepts. Secondly, what’s the difference between the course structure in MBA (Finance) and MA(Economics). To a lay man like me, the MA program seems to be more academically rigorous program than MBA (finance). Lastly are there any engineers who have taken admission in the MA(Economics) course or is it mostly students who have a background in Economics.

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