MA by Research

The HSS department at IITBombay is introducing the Master of Arts by Research (MA.Res) with precisely this emphasis. The faculty members in the department represent diverse areas of expertise and have considerable experience inteaching with an emphasis on research skills while accommodating disciplinary crossovers with ease. This is especially important since many of the concerns of the Humanities and Social Sciences requireamulti-disciplinary approach. Our students have been successful both in working at the interfaces of different areas and in transcending traditional disciplinary boundaries in their work.

The programme combines course work to build student competence in specific areas, research training, and researchmodules for independent work. Students are expected to carry out a successful programme of research within the duration of the programme. The internal structure of the programme is designed to be quite different from course intensive postgraduate programmes and allows for relative flexibility interms of student backgrounds and prior training


MA.Res Admissions 2023-2024

Eligibility and Selection criteria in full

Candidates applying to the MA.Res programme may please note the following



Candidates must have one of the following:
A 3-year Bachelor's Degree (such as a BA, BSc, BCom or others – 10+2+3)
A 4-year Bachelor’s degree (such as BA, BS, BTech –  10+2+4)
An earlier post-graduate degree (such as an MA, MSc – 10+2+3+2).


Candidates must meet the minimum percentage criterion in their qualifying degree as per the institute norms (GN/EWS/OBC-NC 60% and SC/ST/PwD 55%;

or a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)/Cumulative Performance Index (CPI) of 6.0 on the scale of 0-10; or an equivalent to 6.0 or other corresponding proportional requirements when the scales are other than 0-10).


Candidates must have a valid GATE score/qualification in the GATE-XH paper. MoE norms will be applicable to the GATE score obtained by the candidates.

Note: Candidates with qualification in other GATE papers are NOT eligible


The minimum GATE score (cut-off score) for 2023-24 is 200 for the GN category. Eligible scores for other categories will be determined as per MoE norms.




Candidates who meet the minimum eligibility criteria and who meet the requisite GATE-XH cut-off shall be invited for the MA by Research Admissions Test (MAAT-2023), subject to the following: The total number of applicants called for the MAAT-2023 test may be restricted in the ratio 1:5 (for a maximum of 100 candidates for 20 seats.)


Candidates who qualify in MAAT-2023 will be invited to appear for an interview; the shortlist will be determined by an aggregate of GATE and MAAT scores. The shortlist may be limited in the ratio 1:2.5 (50 students).


The final selection will be based on the composite score obtained in MAAT-2023, the interview, and the GATE examination. Students eligible for consideration under the SC/ST category will be selected on the basis of GATE scores only.


Information about the structure of the admission test and the previous year’s paper will be available on the department website.


The final list of selected candidates through the written test and interview will be uploaded on COAP for TA/RA category and on the dept. website

 For any questions please contact at HSS office on 022-25767351 or email at