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January 15, 2011 / economistindia

JNU MA Economics entrance exam


(M.A Economics, Center for Economic Studies and Planning “CESP”)

The old pattern of entrance examination for M.A Economics from CESP had slight changes time by time. The paper was of 100 marks with no negative marking and consisted of, mostly, four to five parts with the following elaboration:

  1. 1.      30 multiple choice questions of one mark each.
  2. 2.      8 less explanatory questions with 5 marks each, and some proofs too, and out of which, 6 ought to be solved.
  3. 3.      3 Elaborative questions with 10 marks each, out of which, 2 was required to be solved.
  4. 4.      A 20 mark easy writing question, with a choice of 1 from 6 given topics.


In 2010, the pattern was changed by the center and the new pattern was introduced and it is applicable now. In this new pattern, there are 100 multiple choice questions with 5 choices and with the weightage of one (1) mark each. The negative marking of (-1/2) per each wrong answer is also part of the new pattern introduced.

Note: Before appearing for the examination, please look carefully the latest prospectus for any announcement reading the changes in the pattern of exam, decided by the university.

The entrance exam would majorly include questions from 4 main economics papers and general knowledge, which are briefly explained below:

1)         Statistics:

The average graduation level knowledge of this paper would suffice to solve its questions in the exam. The main focus should be on Probability, Averages and Dispersion.

The preferable books to be consulted for Statistics are:

  1. a.      Basic Statistics by: Nagar and Das.
  2. b.      Mathematical Statistics with Applications by: John E. Fraeund.
  3. c.       Schaum’s Outline of Statistics by: Murray R. Spiegel and Larry J. Stephens.


2)         Microeconomics:

The principle focus should be on utility maximization, special cases of perfect substitutes and compliments, different productions and cost functions with emphasis on their minimization exercise and profit maximization problems, different forms of competition encompassing perfect competition, monopoly, basic theory of general equilibrium, questions of allocation and Pareto optimality. Requirement is of the nature of an average graduation curriculum.

The reference that should be followed:

  1. Intermediate Microeconomics by: Hal. E. Varian
  2. Exercise book of intermediate Microeconomics by: Hal. E. Varian (Questions to be solved carefully).


3)         Macroeconomics:

Basic knowledge of average graduation level should be sufficient. Emphasis on growth models, e.g., Harrod-Domar, Solow-Swan model should be laid. Also, focus should be directed towards Keynsian macroeconomics pertaining to multipliers of closed and open economy, IS-LM etc.

The references that need to be consulted are as follows:

  1. a.      Macroeconomics by: M.C. Vaish (for growth models).
  2. b.      Macroeconomics by: Dornbush and Fischer.
  3. c.       Or any other standard Macroeconomics text book.
  4. d.      Development economics by: Debraj Ray (for growth models).


4)         Mathematical Economics:

Stressed should be laid on series, sequences, functions and relations, sets, basic calculus such as integration and differentiation. Incorporate notions of implications, quantifiers etc. in Logic.

The references are:

  1. a.      Mathematical Economics by: Sydsaeter and Hammond. Or
  2. b.      Mathematics for Economists: Simon and Blume.
  3. c.       Refer to the appendix of any standard book of mathematics for the Logic section.


5)         General Knowledge:

Preliminary knowledge of national and international economy and regular surfing of newspapers will be enough.


Any passage from famous economists’ work will be quoted as a comprehension question. Analytical understanding of basic economics should suffice the purpose.

Note: It has been observed that previous years’ questions are frequently repeated, therefore, suggestion is to solve previous years’ questions, available in JNU, at the time of application process. Questions should be solved preferably in a group as it helps built better understanding and to correct solutions of the questions.

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  1. shagufta / Feb 28 2011 5:30 am

    Please suggest topics for essay- JNU MA in eco entrance

  2. aalia ameen / Feb 28 2011 10:35 am

    you should scan last six months’ major economic developments and news. normally essay comes from related to current affairs.

    • shagufta / Feb 28 2011 11:51 am

      Thank you..of India or globally?? Also please help me with some short questions..

  3. shagufta / Feb 28 2011 11:47 am

    Can anyone suggest if short questions of 5 marks are in the question pattern for 2011?? I am confused luking at the question set of previous yrs..If yes then help me with some short questions as per 2011 syllabus.. thanks for ur help!!

    • rufina_25 / Apr 27 2011 7:18 am

      scaning of last 6 months EPWs are also beneficial for essays

  4. rufina_25 / Apr 27 2011 7:16 am

    Thank you so much. it is realy very useful.

  5. divya / May 2 2011 6:55 pm

    Can we find the previous years’ papers online?

    • sohail / May 9 2011 10:46 pm

      sorry to say, but the previous year question papers r not available online… i’ve already tried… it can be had directly from jnu .. n may be smwhere around the campus ..

  6. shagufta / May 10 2011 7:23 am

    Pls help me with the best coaching centres in Delhi who can prepare for the entrance, because the hons syllabus of Delhi are different from East India universities. Pls suggest..

  7. Naren Yadhav / Aug 2 2011 9:56 am

    pls help me in finding previous year JNU Entrance paper

  8. Ankit / Aug 22 2011 10:19 am

    What was previous year cuttof 4 jnu economics ma

  9. Biswajyoti sarmah / Sep 17 2011 2:17 pm

    Thank you for the informtions…please help me with some question papers…

    • economistindia / Sep 18 2011 6:17 am

      Question papers are not available on net. you may plz visit Jnu website- for that and you have to send a draft to them for it and they will dispetch you to your postal address. If you ae nearby i will suggest you to visit JNU once. Wish you good luck !

  10. Biswajyoti sarmah / Sep 17 2011 2:18 pm

    Please help me with some previous yrs question papers

  11. Biswajyoti sarmah / Sep 17 2011 3:01 pm

    Please Notify me with the best coaching centres for entrance xm jnu m.a in economics…

    • kartika narang / Oct 22 2011 9:09 am

      one of the institutes i know is ecopoint in delhi. if u come to know about any other insti plz tell me.

      • biswajyoti sarmah / Oct 28 2011 1:41 pm

        thank u… i ll let u know about if i come to know…can you let me know where the ecopoint is located?

  12. MANITA / Oct 22 2011 9:36 pm

    is there is grup discussion and personal interview besides written test for ma in eco-sss from jnu?????????????

    • biswajyoti sarmah / Oct 28 2011 1:44 pm

      as i know there is only written xm for M.A…

  13. Amanjot / Jan 18 2012 12:00 pm

    i wannt do MA from JNU ..
    nd tell me abt for jNU entrance exam for it…………

  14. manita shaw / Feb 4 2012 2:07 pm


  15. Raiece ahmad / Feb 17 2012 3:52 pm

    I am Raiece from J&K.I want to do pg in economics from jnu, for that i am in need of sylabuss, name of books to be consulted and previous years question papers. Please send me through e-mail or call me on 9622481815.

  16. kacharam / Apr 27 2012 7:43 am

    you will find JNUEEQP useful for direct download of all question papers..if you want can mail them

  17. shamseer / Apr 28 2012 6:28 pm

    jnu entrance exam question papers are available @

  18. pray / May 13 2012 6:02 am

    can any one tell me when do we have to submit our application for m.a in economics entarance exam? and when is this exam going to be held and where ? plzzz reply its urgent

  19. prakash kumar nayak / May 16 2012 5:20 pm

    hi ,my self prakash m an 3rd year student wants to do PG in economics from JNU.kindly update me the sylabus for entrance exam.and pls update the coching center for the same.

  20. Aditi / May 17 2012 2:35 pm

    does anyone has solutions to the mathematics questions that have been asked in the last year’s exam??

  21. lisa mukherjee / Jun 19 2012 3:41 pm

    hi ,my self Lisa mukherjee, i m a student of 3rd year (honours in economics) from kalyani university in west subject combination is geography, history. i wants to do PG in economics from JNU.may i get admission in jnu?plzzz reply about it through e-mail, its urgent. my email address is lisa

  22. lisa mukherjee / Jun 19 2012 3:53 pm

    hi ,my self Lisa mukherjee, i m a student of 3rd year (honours in economics) from kalyani university in west subject combination is geography, history. i wants to do PG in economics from JNU.may i get admission in jnu?plzzz reply about it through e-mail, its urgent. my email address is

  23. Gaurav / Jun 25 2012 5:08 am

    hello! can u just plz send me d previousentrance pprs of MA Eco of JNU.

  24. manita / Jul 7 2012 8:04 pm

    M.A in economics entrance exam for SSS And SIS are same??

  25. digvijay singh rajpurohit / Jul 27 2012 4:24 am

    plz give me d proper detail to admission process in jnu economics..reply fast with d hole detail.

  26. Altaf / Aug 9 2012 4:47 pm

    Sir,i am from jammu and kashmir.can you send me previous years question paper of eco entrance.

  27. Aaqib farooq / Aug 21 2012 3:46 am

    I want to pursue my ma economics through it,when are application issued.

  28. aman mishra / Aug 27 2012 2:11 pm

    hi..myslf aman . plzz any1 suggest me the process of getng previous yrs questn pepr…plzzz hlp me

    • prasanth / Jan 24 2013 9:03 pm

      just google jnuee or jnueeqp and click on first result of two

  29. rajnish prasad / Feb 25 2013 6:44 pm

    thanx to post it

  30. Tiruwork Mekuriaw / May 31 2013 7:42 am

    I thank you for your information for the questions I asked . Please feed me by giving recent questions ; because I take entrance exam in Economics.

  31. Pratiksha / Jun 11 2013 5:18 am

    Can any one tell me what is approximate cut off marks in enterance as per trend for masters in economincs in JNU

  32. Probin / Apr 10 2014 6:24 pm

    I didnt have maths and statistics as
    my subsidiary paper so am i eligible
    for giving M.A entrance or not?

  33. Shraddha / May 13 2014 2:10 pm

    Thankyou! It really helped. :)

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  35. prakash / Jul 31 2014 5:26 pm

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  36. era / Aug 5 2014 4:50 pm

    Hi plz can anyone tell me that is there a separate paper for GK for MA eco entrance?? And what all comes under it???

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