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BSc (Economics) - Honours / Honours with Research Programme

    Ans: The difference between B.Sc. Economics and B.A. Economics:

  • The main difference between the two is the nomenclature.
  • The aims, objectives and goals of both the programmes may be similar.
  • Economics is considered both as an art and science. Therefore, some universities design the programme with a strong tilt towards being a decision science. The universities that consider economics as a science tend to use the B.Sc. nomenclature.
  • The B.Sc. Economics programme at the Symbiosis School of Economics also has significantly more quantitative aspects and is quite technical. Students learn about practical applications of economics theories, concepts and principles.
  • Further, there are number of Universities that consider economics as an arts subject and therefore, tend to lean towards the theoretical aspects. Though the program structures maybe similar the number of quantitative courses is significantly less in the B.A. Programme, when compared with the B.Sc. Programme.

Passed Standard XII (10+2) or equivalent examination from any recognised Board with a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent grade (45% Marks or equivalent grade for Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribes).

Admission is against qualifying the Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET) and Personal Interaction (PI).

Personal Interaction (PI) will be conducted for the shortlisted candidates.

Total Intake:

  1. a. Indian Student: 150 seats including reservation for (SC 15%, ST 7.5%, DA (Differently Abled) 3%) + 2 seats for Kashmiri Migrant.
  2. International seats: (15% of Indian Students intake) Admissions of all International Students including Foreign Nationals, PIO, OCI & NRI are done through Symbiosis Centre for International Education (SCIE). (Kindly refer to and for details)

Ans: For BSc. (Economics) Honours programme SET (General) Exam will be applicable. For details please check the website:

Ans: SET: Students have to appear for the common, mandatory Computer Based Test(s) (CBT). Please check for details related to SET (General) Exam structure, SET held in various cities and the online Registration Process for SET.

1. Online Registration- For the current academic year the online registration will start from 13th Dec, 2023 and end on 12th April, 2024.

Registration Fees- Registration fees as specified on the website to be paid along with registration before the closing date for online payment given under ‘Important dates’ tab.

3. Admit – Card- the admit–card for SET to be printed/ collected online by a candidate within the dates specified.

4. SET Test Dates -

  • Test 01 -May 05, 2024 (Sunday)
  • Test 02 - May 11, 2024 (Saturday)
A candidate can appear for SET on both the dates May 05, 2024 (Sunday) and May 11, 2024 (Saturday). If a candidate appears for more than one test, the higher score will be considered for the final percentile calculation.
For details check

SET Results- The set results will be declared on 22nd May, 2024
Candidates will be shortlisted for PI based on their respective Entrance Test marks.

Note: Depending on any unavoidable circumstances, the schedules as well as the nature/structure of the test can change, and all tests can be conducted entirely online or entirely offline or in a combination of both modes at the discretion of SIU.

Overview of PI & WAT

Admission is against qualifying the Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET), Writing Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interaction (PI). Writing Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interaction (PI) will be conducted for the shortlisted candidates.

1 Personal Interaction (PI) - It is the personal interaction/ interview of a candidate with a panel of experts from Industry/ Academia. That covers general awareness,extracurricular activities, your academics and your specific field of interest, communication – skills and overall personality.

2 Written Ability Test (WAT) - The Test includes writing a short essay on a given topic (of general nature) as well as answering the questions related to a given topic.

It is mandatory to attend all components / tests of PI-WAT to be eligible for admission. Only candidates who attend all components / tests of the selection process (PI-WAT) shall be considered as eligible for generation of merit / wait / reject list. Candidates who remain absent for any one of the components / test will be considered as ineligible for the selection process.

Ans: Teaching methodology at SSE is essentially learner-centric and research-oriented, strengthening students in reflective and critical thinking skills along with value-orientation. Faculty focusses on Interactive Lecturing and active learning. Modern teaching methods include the Classroom Presentation, Group Discussion, Problem solving, Think-pair-share, Games, Research Project, blogs, field study, Experiential Learning, flipped classrooms, group projects, videos and films. A dynamic, continuous evaluation system ensures that students are kept abreast of contemporary economic and political events, as well as in line with the syllabus. Apart from this, various workshops, conferences, webinars and guest lectures are organized on a regular basis to enhance the student's understanding and sharpening of the required academic and industrial skill-sets. Students get access to one year free access to Coursera Courses to enhance their skill sets and learnings.

Ans: SSE library has access to more than 40,000 E-Journals, more than 7 E-Databases and more than 100000 E-Books through SIU Library portal. SSE library has subscribed E- resources such as CMIE ProwessIQ, CMIE States of India, CMIE Economic Outlook, and EPWRF to access information in support to students, teaching and research and to enhance scholarly communication. For details on E-resources refer SSE library also provides Document Delivery Service to its students. If the required articles or research papers which comes in the journals is available in the subscribed database then SSE library send the full text to its users and if the required information access in full text is not available in subscribed database then SSE library coordinates with its mother concern to provide its users with the requested materials. SSE Library also offers Plagiarism Checking Service using a ‘Turnitin’ tool to its students. Turnitin is a leading originality checking and plagiarism prevention web tool. Our Librarian team provided document delivery service.

Ans: Yes, At SSE we follow Choice Based Credit System (CBCS); Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) System. To know more about the electives refer to the program structure mentioned in prospectus or on SSE website.

Ans:Yes, during the program students are taught value added courses on advanced excel, wellness and job skills. Apart from it students are provided with free access to online courses in Coursera and Datacamp.

Ans:Yes, during the fourth semester at SSE, under Global Immersion Programme initiative, students get an opportunity to experience a semester abroad. The university accepts the credits earned by students who undertake these programs.

Ans:Students can choose from a wide variety of sporting options like cricket, football, volleyball, throwball, basketball, table tennis, swimming, badminton and much more. University Sports Board at SIU undertakes several initiatives and is providing the necessary assistance to sportspersons by way of training and equipment support as well as sports scholarship / cash incentives for boosting student’s morale. Each year, inter-institute sports and games competitions are held.

Ans:All campuses of Symbiosis have an ultra-modern, state–of-the-art recreation & wellness facilities which includes a Gymnasium, Aerobics studio, yogshala with meditation hall and swimming pool, managed by the qualified & certified Fitness trainers. The nearest swimming pool facility for Symbiosis students from our SB road campus is at SIMS Khirkee (3 km away).

Ans:At campus we have Symbiosis Centre for Emotional Well-being (SCEW), wherein the team provides the students with a safe and confidential space where they can come and share their concerns / problems without the fear of being judged. During this pandemic, SCEW continued with the online counselling with students. During the year, SCEW conducts a series of lectures or workshops to help develop their Emotional resilience in order to prepare them to face the challenges in Society and help them become successful individuals.

Ans:Symbiosis International (Deemed University) offers medical facilities for all its students and teaching and nonteaching staff through Symbiosis Centre of Health Care (SCHC). It is the “In-house Health Care Unit” of Symbiosis which provides preventive, promotive and curative health care services. The healthcare services are rendered to students & staff through standardized healthcare setups and quality NABL accredited lab services. The SCHC collaborates closely with the campus community to provide a comprehensive health services, promotion and prevention effort that cares for the physical and mental health of Symbiosis students, striving for excellence in student services and to support and sustain a healthy campus community. With a team of qualified healthcare professionals, the SCHC has implemented a unique ‘Health Insurance Program’ for staff & students and has utilized Information Technology in healthcare & maintenance of Electronic Health Records (EHR). During this pandemic, SCHC doctors continued to provide telephonic and online consultation

Ans:Students avail Medical Insurance under the Group Insurance Scheme. The student is covered for hospitalization up to Rs. 50,000/- in case of non-accidental emergencies (as per the Mediclaim Insurance Policy) and Rs. 1,00,000/-in case of Rail / Road traffic accidents.

Ans: 1 Fees for SET Registration – Rs. 2250/- per test (non-refundable & non-transferable)
2 Fees for SSE Institute Registration – Rs. 1000/- (non-refundable & non-transferable)

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Ans:SET cut off keeps changing every year for the Institute.

Ans:Symbiosis School of Economics is a Department of Symbiosis International (Deemed University).

Ans:No. B.Sc. (Economics) Honours is a non-residential programme.

Ans:We have hostel facilities for girls and boys. Due to limited seats available in the hostel, seats are allotted on merit basis. In addition, guidance is given by first year academic coordinators for nearby private hostels / PG accommodations.

Ans:Wi-Fi enabled Campus, Computer Lab, Library, Classrooms, Auditorium, Gymnasium, Cafeteria, Mess, Symbiosis Centre for Health Care (SCHC), Bank ATM and Reprography Centre.

Ans: SSE will be offering the four-year degree programme with multiple entry and exit options as envisioned in the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. The highlights of the new programme being offered are as under:

  • The Programme framework allows exciting options to pursue single major, with minors, opportunity to pursue multidisciplinary, Ability and Skill Enhancement courses and Value Added Courses
  • A good blend of immersive learning, research and community engagement
  • Includes opportunities for semester exchange programmes with foreign universities
  • Offers the following exit options:
    1. Exit after 1 year - will offer a certificate - BSc Certificate in Economics and IT Applications
    2. Exit after 2 years - will offer a diploma - BSc Diploma in Economics
      The Diploma with a vocational training in Fintech + Taxation
    3. Exit after 3 years - BSc Degree in Economics
      A UG Degree- (BSc Economics) at the end of 3 years of the programme
    4. Exit after 4 years - BSc in (Economics) Honours Those who wish to continue into the 4th year and have secured CGPA less than 7.5 will be offered a UG Degree with Honours at the end of 4 years of programme
    5. Exit after 4 years - BSc in (Economics) Honours with Research
      Those who wish to continue into 4th year and have secured 7.5 CGPA or more. A UG Degree with Honours and Specialization in Research at the end of the 4 years of the programme
In the first year, students will be offered fundamental core courses which then translate into specialisations from the second year. The fundamental courses will help students to understand and analyse the importance of all these studies in economics. The purpose of including these fundamental courses with Skill Enhancement Courses and Value Added Courses in the first year of their UG program is to make students aware of the global trends and build their foundation in economics.

Ans:Admissions of all International Students including Foreign Nationals, PIO, OCI & NRI are done through the Symbiosis Centre for International Education (SCIE). For more details contact at +91 7720858521, +91 20 25671905 (Ext 324) +91 20 25673854 and check website

Ans:Yes, we do have E-Cell (Entrepreneurship Cell) to promote entrepreneurs.

Ans:Career options after B.Sc. (Economics) Honours programme are as follows:

1 Higher Studies: Many would like to pursue a career in academics and research, it is necessary to do post-graduation. SSE Students take up their masters in economics including allied disciplines such as finance, management, Development studies, Public Policy, Operations research and Statistics, ,etc. in India and abroad. After completing the Master's students can go in for PhD. in India or abroad. Some of our BSc. students have completed Masters abroad in the world's best universities.

2 Campus Placement: Our students are adept with sought-after skills in data analysis: Stata, SPSS, ToRA, R and MS Excel. Students have engaged in various research projects with institutions like RBI, NABARD, RIS, ICRIER, NIPFP, IIM Ahmedabad, etc. and are placed in sectors pertaining but not limited to Economic research, Analytics, Academic Institutions, Financial Services, Market Research, Equity Research, and NGOs. Past recruiters include ZS Associates, Tresvista Financial Services, E&Y, CRISIL, D. E. Shaw, Nielsen India, Kingfish group, Valuenotes, Ken research, L&T infotech, KPMG, etc.

3 Research: Students have engaged in various research projects with institutions like RBI, NABARD, RIS, ICRIER, NIPFP, IIM Ahmedabad, IIT Bombay, Gokhale institute of Politics and economics. etc. Students also take research-oriented jobs in following : a) Data and Research Analyst in Market research and Financial Services b) Research Assistant in Development and Research Organisation Development and Fellowships: Few students go in for Teach for India fellowship, Gandhi fellowship by Piramal foundation and similar fellowship to explore the careers in development sector. Economics Journalism. You can start working in media house which covers economy segment. Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy, Capital Markets (I) Pvt. Ltd. Marketing, PR and sales opportunities across different sectors. Entrepreneurship: Few students have started their own ventures Banking and Civil Services: Student opt and appear for Banking, UPSC and civil services exam

Ans:The Placement Cell conducts a number of activities to help students prepare for their careers after graduation. Each final year BSc and MSc student attend a career counselling session to help them understand and make choices from the various opportunities available. Students are encouraged to attend follow-up counselling sessions to help their decision- making process. The Placement Cell arranges workshops on other important aspects of preparing for placements like CV writing, Aptitude Tests, Mock interviews & Group discussions, Grooming and Etiquette, speaking skills & body language, an impact of current affairs on business & economy etc.

Ans:The Fee Structure for First Year B.Sc. (Economics) Honours programme is as follows:


Indian students (Amount in INR for 1st Year)

International students (USD Equivalent to INR for 1st Year)

Academic Fee (per annum) Rs. 2,48,000

Academic Fee (per annum) Rs. 3,70,000

Institute Deposit (Refundable) Rs. 20,000

Administrative Fee (Non-Refundable) Rs. 40,000

Total Rs. 2,68,000

Institute Deposit (Refundable) Rs. 20,000

Total Rs. 4,30,000

*For more details check

Ans:Please check the refund rules on the link : - of-the-University.pdf

Ans:Co-curricular activities form a large part of any college student’s life, and whether you’ve already discovered your passion or hope to do so, you’ll surely find your place in one of the Clubs at SSE.

The Clubs of Symbiosis School of Economics are as follows:

Sr. No.

Name of the Clubs

1 Arthniti (Econ + Writing Club)
2 Kalakriti (Art)
3 Raaga (Music)
4 Student Research Cell
5 Synergy (Dance)
6 Deb Soc (Debating Society)
7 IT and Social Media Club
8 MUN (Model United Nations)
9 Samarpan (ISR)
10 Small Talk
11 Literature and Media Entertainment Club
12 Street Lights (Theatre)
13 EOTY club (Economist of the Year)
14 Epilogue (Literary Club)
15 Club Kodak (Photography)
16 Investor’s Club
17 Quiz Club
18 E Cell (Entrepreneurship)