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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for admissions of
B.Sc. (Economics) Honours 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.

Ans: Eligibility: 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), Writing Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interaction (PI). Writing Ability Test (WAT) will be included as a part of Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET). Personal Interaction (PI) will be conducted in online mode for the shortlisted candidates. Total Intake:

    a. Indian Student: 130 seats including reservation for (SC 15%, ST 7.5%, DA (Differently Abled) 3%) + 2 seats for Kashmiri Migrant.

    b. International seats: 20 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 www.scie.ac.in

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

Ans: - Students will be selected for admission based on the cumulative score of -

1. Performance in the Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET) 50 % weightage
2. Performance in Personal Interaction and Written Ability Test (PI-WAT) 50 % Weightage

SET: Students have to appear for the common, mandatory Computer Based Test(s) (CBT). For SET (General) Exam structure, refer https://www.set-test.org/structure.html This year SET will be conducted on 27 June, 2021 SET is held in various cities (For details refer https://www.set-test.org/set-test-cities-name.html) Registration Process for SET- For appearing in SET, one has to do online registration.

1. Online Registration- For the current academic year the online registration will start from 18th February, 2021 and closes by 4th June, 2021

2. 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. Admit Card generation starts from 14th June, 2021

4. Test Date -27th June, 2021 The Test is conducted only once a year.

5. Maximum Score- The maximum score for SET will be 75

6. SET Results- The set results will be declared on web site www.set-test.org on 8th July, 2021
Note: SIU reserves the right to change these dates in view of uncertainties
prevailing across the country on account of Covid-19 pandemic or any other
unavoidable circumstances.

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) will be included as a part of Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET). Personal Interaction (PI) will be conducted in online mode for the shortlisted candidates.

1 Personal Interaction (PI) - It is 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 over all 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.

Ans: At SSE, students will be provided access to Microsoft Office365 accounts. Lectures are conducted on MS Teams (an online meeting tool of Microsoft). Students are provided training on usage of softwares required for learning. A number of resources are available to support students taking remote classes. Online databases, E-books and journal articles are made available online to students by the Library team of Symbiosis. The entire past question papers are made available online, to the students. All the course materials and assignments are uploaded on MS TEAMS, where students can easily access the resources.

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 https://www.sse.ac.in/Library 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: A credit is defined as 15 contact hours or 30 hours of project. Each credit is assessed for 25 marks for the BSc. (Economics) Hons. program. During the three year program, students will have to complete 144 credits

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. 1950/- (non-refundable & non-transferable)
2 Fees for SSE Institute Registration – Rs. 1000/- (non-refundable & non-transferable)

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:B.Sc.(Economics) Honours programme is a full time, three-year graduation programme. It has a semester pattern. For more details please check our website www.sse.ac.in

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 intadmissions@symbiosis.ac.in +91 7720858521, +91 20 25671905 (Ext 324) +91 20 25673854 and check website www.scie.ac.in

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:

*FEE STRUCTURE FOR B.SC (ECONOMICS) HONOURS BATCH 2021-24

Indian students (Amount in INR for 1st Year)

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

Academic Fee (per annum) Rs. 2,15,000

Academic Fee (per annum) Rs. 3,25,000

Institute Deposit (Refundable) Rs. 10,000

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

Total Rs.2,25,000

Institute Deposit (Refundable) Rs. 10,000

Total Rs. 3,75,000

*For more details check www.sse.ac.in

Ans:Please check the refund rules on the link : - https://www.siu.edu.in/pdf/Refund-Rules- 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)