In the process of the fulfillment of the set objects of the University, a Centre for Integrated Studies (CIS) has been established in the year 2006-07 to offer 5 year Integrated Master’s Degree courses in several subjects for imparting specialised education to the young boys and girls on completion of their +2 level of education.
Courses offered by the Centre
The Centre offers 5-year integrated Master’s Degree courses in Science, Humanities and Social Science subjects.
An overview of the above courses:
The five year Integrated M.A. (I.M.A.) and M.Sc. (I.M.Sc.) course of the University of Hyderabad is not merely an integrated program that combines pre-graduate and post-graduate studies, but is also trans-disciplinary, cutting across several disciplines. Its special features are :
Facilities: Central Library with a good collection of books and periodicals, computing facility with internet access, experimental laboratories and hostel accommodation on the campus.
Flexibility: The credit system has the advantage of allowing the student ample choice of courses. (The students are permitted to exercise their option of subjects either soon after admission, or at the end of first year, or at the end of second year or even at the end of third year in certain courses).
Research orientation: There will be a component of research project in the last year (5th year).
Breadth: The subjects from Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences are offered in the first 2 years for all the students of these courses.
Academic atmosphere: These students will be amidst about 3000 students engaged in higher studies and research.
Financial Assistance: Every student admitted to these courses will be paid finacial assistance. At present the value is Rs.500/- p.m.
Important points to be noted:
a) All courses are full time regular courses. There is no provision for exit in between.
b) The Medium of Instruction is English for all the courses except the language courses which will be taught in the language concerned. Therefore, proficiency in English is very much required.
Courses in Sciences:
The subjects for I. M.Sc courses in Mathematical Science, Physics, Chemical Science, and Systems Biology are common in the first semester. The students with Biology background in +2 stage, who left Mathematics after 10th are expected to put in necessary effort to learn Mathematics needed for other courses. Similarly, the students who studies Mathematics in +2 stage and left Biology after 10th are expected to learn necessary biology. To provide necessary help in this direction, the University will run bridge courses in the first two semesters. The students who join the programme will be required to attend the relevant bridge courses. They are also encouraged to approach and seek help of the concerned faculty members and their Mentors.
Entrance Examination: The admission for these courses are open without any test/interview to all IIT-JEE 2009 rank holders/extended rank holders and also different streams of KVPY 2009 scholars and the top rankers (1st ranker only) of different State Boards of education at +2 level. Candidates with a minimum of 60% marks at +2 level of education (Intermediate, CBSE/ICSE/HSC/Equivalent with science subjects) are eligible to apply.
Courses in Humanities:
I.M.A. courses in Languages (Telugu/Hindi/Urdu) and Language Sciences lead to an M.A. degree in the respective subjects. Students however, in the first two years get a broad foundation for their degree by being exposed to the basics of several disciplines.
Entrance Examination: There will be a common entrance test for admission to I.M.A. in Humanities. The test consists of three parts; Part A, B, and C. Part ‘A’ is on Quantitative and analytical Reasoning. This part consists of 25 questions and each question carries one mark. There will be negative marking of 1/4th for every wrong answer. Part ‘B’ and ‘C’ of the question paper has 25 questions each. Each question carries one mark. Part ‘B’ is on Reading and Comprehension and Part ‘C’ is on current affairs and general knowledge. Part B has two sections : Section I and Section II. Section - I is a general test on competence in English and contains 10 objective type questions. Section – II is a passage for comprehension and contains 15 objective type questions. Students who opt for I.M.A. in Languages (Telugu or Urdu or Hindi) may chose a passage in the language concerned Students who opt for Language Science should attempt the English passage. There is no negative marking for Part ‘B’ and ‘C’.
Courses in Social Sciences:
I.M.A. course in Social Sciences leads to the award of Master’s Degree in Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology, and Anthropology. The students admitted to IMA Social Sciences makes his/her choice of the discipline at the end of third year in which he/she wants to get the degree after fulfilling the minimum number of credits specified in each department. There will be an Academic Counseling Unit at the School level to guide the students every semester.
Entrance Examination: There will be a common entrance test for admission to the IMA Courses in Social Sciences. Written test carries 75 marks. The test consists of ;
(a) Language and Comprehension (25 marks),
(b) reasoning abilities (25 marks), and (c) quantitative aptitude (25 marks).
The minimum eligibility requirements and the schedule of written test/interview for admission to the above courses are given in a tabular form at chapter 1 of this Prospectus-cum-Application form.
The following procedure shall be followed for selecting the candidates for different Integrated Master’s degree courses :
a) All eligible applicants will be called for the written test to be held at 26 centres as at page ……. Only such candidates who are found successful in the written test will be called for the interview to be held at University Campus , Gachi Bowli, Hyderabad – 500 046.
b) The written test will be in the form of simple objective type questions of +2 standard of two hours duration to be answered in the OMR sheet with black ball point pen or black sketch pen. There is a possibility of negative marking for wrong answers. Specific instructions will be given in the question paper/answer book.
c) The weightage for different components for the final selection for admission will be as follows :
Written test carries 75 marks and interview carries 25 marks.
a) Weightage for distinction in sports/cultural activities will be given as stated at page ……… of this brochure.
b) Some weightage will be given in the interview to the rankers of National exams like KVPY, and National Olympiad.
c) Weightage for candidates from Backward District : Weightage may also be given to the candidates belonging to backward districts and pursued their education upto +2 level in those districts as per the classification/notification of backward districts by the Government of India, for which duly certified proof of residence and education in those districts would be required. 4 marks will be given to the candidates belonging to backward District under 1st quartile and 2 marks to the candidates belonging to the backward Districts under 2nd quartile.
d) Weightage for Linguistic Deprivation : 2 marks of weightage may also be given to those who pursued their +2 level education in non-english medium which may be evident from their educational certificate. In its absence, the applicants should enclose a copy of the medium of instruction certificate issued by the Head of the college or institution where they have studied their +2 level education.
The following criteria shall be followed, one after the other, to resolve the ties, where candidates secure the same marks in the entrance examination:
(a) First criterion: Marks obtained in the entrance examination (written test).
(b) Second criterion: Division and marks obtained by the candidates in the qualifying examination (at +2). If the final result is not available, then the marks up to the 1st year will be taken into account.
(c) Third criterion: Division and Marks obtained in the next lower public examination (SSC/Matriculation or equivalent).
Candidates whose result of the qualifying examination (+2) is not declared may also apply for admission.
Reservation of seats for SC/ST/OBC/PH candidates:
As per the policy of the Govt. of India, 15%, 7.5%, and 3% of the seats are reserved for SC, ST, and Physically Challenged candidates respectively. 27% of the seats reserved for OBC is subjudice and subject to the final decision of the Govt. of India. For more details refer to the provisions at pages 4 to 5 of this brochure.
Reservation of seats for candidates from the Union Territories / North‑Eastern States:
Over and above the intake mentioned at page 21, 2 seats for the I.M.Sc courses (all the four streams put together), 2 seats for the I.M.A. courses in Humanities (all the five streams put together) and 2 seats in I.M.A. courses in Social Sciences (all the five streams put together) are reserved for the candidates from Union Territories/North Eastern States, viz., Tripura, Sikkim, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Lakshadweep, Dadra and Nagar Haveli. The selection will be made on the basis of the relative merit among all the applicants nominated by the concerned UT/NE State Governments. The nominations of the candidates should reach the University through the respective UT/State Government.
Reservation of seats for Foreign Nationals / NRIs:
Foreign Nationals and Non-resident Indians (NRIs) will be admitted over and above the approved intake of the I.M.Sc and I.M.A. courses upto the extent of 15% of the sanctioned seats.
Prof. Jyotirmaya Sharma
Dr. Sanjay Subodh
Dr. Krishnaveni Mishra