Admissions open for MA applied Economics 2014

Centre for Development Studies‚ CDS‚ Thiruvananthapuram invites applications for M.A. programme in Applied Economics Admission for 2014 session. The degree will be awarded by Jawaharlal Nehru University‚ New Delhi.

Course Details:

This four-semester programme is intended to equip students with knowledge of the analytical framework and empirical methodologies required for the study of contemporary issues in Economics‚ particularly with respect to development

The wide range of topics and a balance between theory and application are the hallmarks of the programme

The students will be exposed to a vigorous research community consisting of faculty‚ research students and visitors

With training in economic theory‚ quantitative methods‚ and exposure to a variety of data sets‚ graduates of the programme will be well prepared for careers in academia‚ government‚ the corporate sector and consulting

Eligibility for MA by CDS 2014:

A bachelor’s degree in any discipline under 10+2+3 pattern‚ with at least 50% marks

SC/ST/PH (with above 40% disability) candidates are eligible irrespective of percentage of marks secured in the qualifying degree

Those who are appearing for their final examination may also apply

Such candidates‚ if selected‚ shall be allowed to join the programme only if they have secured the minimum prescribed percentage of marks in their qualifying examination at the time of registration to the programme

They should also submit the final mark sheets of the qualifying examination at the time of registration to the programme


MA students have to pay a tuition fee of Rs 8000/- per semester

All students would be provided hostel accommodation on a sharing basis and CDS hostel rent is Rs 200/- per person per month which includes charges for electricity and water


Admission is based on an entrance test scheduled on 25th May 2014 from 10.00am to 12.00 noon at Bengaluru‚ Chandigarh‚ Chennai‚ Hyderabad‚ Kolkata & Thiruvananthapuram

Reservation: Statutory reservation for SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer) / PH (more than 40% disability) candidates as per Govt. of India rules

Entrance Test for MA in Applied Economics by CDS 2014:

Candidates will be tested for their analytical ability and aptitude

Candidates are expected to be familiar with the undergraduate course content of a standard Economics programme taught at the BA level

They are also expected to be aware of current national and international economic issues of importance

An illustrative list of areas to be covered is given below‚ especially for the benefit of candidates without an undergraduate degree in Economics

1) Microeconomics (Demand Curves‚ Price and Income Elasticity of Demand‚ Cost Curves‚ Equilibrium of firm under perfect Competition and Monopoly)

2) Macroeconomics (National Income‚ Theory of Income determination‚ Monetary Policy‚ Trade and Balance of Payments)

3) Statistics and Mathematics: Descriptive Statistics (Mean‚ Median and Mode‚ Standard Deviation‚ Correlation coefficient). Elementary Probability Theory‚ Mathematics for economists (Elementary Algebra‚ Coordinate Geometry and Elementary Calculus)

4) India’s planning and Development experience since Independence‚ Basic indicators of Development

5) International Economics issues of Contemporary importance

The MA entrance test question paper will consist of two parts

The first part will have 5 passages with 2-3 short analytical questions from each passage‚ carrying a total of 5×10 = 50 marks

The second part will have 25 multiple choice questions with +2 marks each for correct answers and -1 for each wrong answer

The duration of the entrance examination is two hours and maximum marks will be 100

Minimum Marks to be obtained in the written test in order to be considered for selection

i) General Category: 50%

ii) OBC (NCL): 45%

iii) SC/ST/PH: 40% 

How to Apply

Application is to be submitted in the prescribed format along with copies of all mark sheets/certificates from +2 onwards

Application fee of Rs 200/-‚ as a demand draft drawn in favour of the Centre for Development Studies‚ payable at Trivandrum

SC/ST/PH (with more than 40% disability) applicants are exempted from payment of the application fee

The application with enclosures should reach the Academic Programme Office‚ Centre for Development Studies‚ Ulloor‚ Medical College (PO)‚ Thiruvananthapuram-695011‚ Kerala‚ on or before 21st April 2014

Important Date

Application deadline: 21st April 2014 


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