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Delhi School of Economics Admission Test - M.A. Economics Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern

  • Total Marks: 120
  • Total Questions: 40
  • Test Duration: 120 minutes
  • Marking System: For each question, you will get 3 marks if you choose only the best answer; 0 mark if you choose none of the answers. However, if you choose something other than the best answer or if you choose multiple answers, then you will get -1 mark for that question.

How to prepare

Preparation Strategy

Make a proper Time Table
It is very important that you make a time table and stick to it and you will have an exact idea of what you are required to study and the time required for it.

Concept clarity rather than rote learning
It is essential that you have a clear idea of the formulas and concepts rather than rote learning of things for the papers. While you might require it for memorizing formulas it is important that for other stuff you make sure you clear your basics and concepts before moving on.

Prepare Notes
It is very important make small notes or a comprehensive list of formulas on each covered topic and chapter which will come in handy at the time of revision. This will require you to be regular with your work but will surely make things easy at the time of revision.

Seek guidance
It is not possible for you to know everything in your syllabus, at least not at the time of preparation. Sooner or later you will run into a concept or so which will give you trouble and then it is best you seek guidance from an instructor or a teacher. It is necessary that you clear your doubts at regular intervals and don’t prolong things for long. Getting into a good coaching class is nothing to be ashamed off and if anything a regular coaching class will enable you to avoid roadblocks in your preparation.

Sample Papers
Even though there may be a complete change in the exam pattern or the expected questions altogether,it is important that you practice on the sample and previous years question papers. You will know the existing pattern and have a fair idea of the type of questions to expect in the paper along with the time constraint.

Mock tests
The paper pattern, duration of the paper and the number of questions to be attempted in the given amount of time is not something you will be able to pick up on the day of the examination. A Mock Test tests a student’s abilities as it not only provides a similar feel of real exams but also helps in building speed and confident to face the exam. Furthermore, they can improve their performance to get an extra edge in actual exams.

Time management
Time management can be learnt through thorough practice and regular test taking. So it is important that you practice it and practice it well.

Duration : 3 Hours

Important Instructions


  • The Applicant is being allowed to appear in the Entrance Examination, subject to fulfillment of the eligibility conditions and verification of applicant's documents after declaration of result of the Entrance Examination. Merely qualifying the entrance examination does not guarantee admission of the applicant to the course. The admission of the applicant will be considered in accordance with the University rules.
  • Along with the printed copy of this Admit card, please bring a valid ID proof (in original) and a passport size photograph.
  • Please use only last five digits of the Roll number (as printed on the admit card) for your OMR sheet, e.g. for roll no. "164512345", the roll no. for the OMR sheet will be 12345.
  • The applicant must bring Black/Blue Ball Point Pen for filling OMR Sheet. Use of Pencil, Pilot Pen, Fountain Pen is strictly prohibited.
  • Electronic and Communication Devices like Cellular Phone/Pager etc. and Textual materials are strictly prohibited in the examination premises. No whitener/eraser/blade is allowed for changing answers. Eatable items and water bottles are not allowed inside examination premises.
  • The candidates are advised to visit the University Website, i.e. for Department/College specific guidelines, if any.


  • Applicants are required to retain Admit Card for production at the time of collection of admission slip, if selected for admission.
  • Applicants will not be allowed to enter into the Examination Hall after the scheduled time of commencement of Examination.
  • Applicants will be required to remain seated for the entire duration of the entrance examination.
  • No applicant shall be allowed to leave the Examination Hall before the conclusion of the test and without handing over the Answer Sheet to the Invigilator concerned.
  • All Visually Disabled (VD) and Other than Visually Disabled (OVD) Applicants who need scribe/writer must bring their original Disability Certificate issued by Government hospital along with a photocopy.
  • Scribes/writers assisting the Visually Disabled (VD) and Other than Visually Disabled (OVD) must bring original and a copy of their valid identity proof.

OMR Sheet Instruction:

  • The bubble sheet must be filled in ball-point pen.
  • Rough work is to be done on the blank pages of the question booklet, but it will not be checked. As the number of blank pages will be limited, you are advised to use pencil for rough work and erase it to ensure enough space.
  • Check that you have a bubble-sheet accompanying this booklet. Do not break the seal on this booklet until instructed to do so by the invigilator.
  • Immediately on receipt of this booklet, fill in your Name, Signature, Roll number and Answer sheet number (see the top left the corner of the bubble sheet) in the space provided below.
  • This examination will be checked by a machine. Therefore, it is very important that you follow the instructions on the bubble-sheet.
  • Fill in the required information in Boxes on the bubble-sheet. Do not write anything in Box 3 - the invigilator will sign in it.
  • Make sure you do not have the mobile, papers, books, etc., on your person. You can use non-programmable, non-alpha-numeric memory simple calculator. Anyone engaging in illegal practices will be immediately evicted and that person’s candidature will be canceled.
  • You are not allowed to leave the examination hall during the first 30 minutes and the last 15 minutes of the examination time.
  • When you finish the examination, hand in this booklet and the bubble sheet to the invigilator.
  • Candidates must bring their own pencils, erasers, sharpeners etc., as well as simple (non- programmable, non-alpha-numeric memory) calculators.