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Admission to M.A. in Development Studies, IIT Mandi

April 3 @ 12:00 am April 25 @ 11:59 pm

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) invites applications from eligible candidates
for admission to the M.A. in Development Studies program for the academic year commencing in
August 2024. Interested candidates may fill in the online application form available at from 3rdApril 2024. The applicants should read the following instructions carefully. Incomplete applications will not be considered for further

Prepare for the entrance and interview of MA Development Studies, IIT Mandi at Catalyst. Register today for a 1:1 Career Mapping Session at :

Shinjini SenguptaShinjini Sengupta
15:30 10 Jun 23
Catalyst have been an excellent experience for me. Saurveswear Sen sir is an excellent mentor as he believes in interaction between teacher and student. Sir is very supportive and always available for all the support and help required.
Shyamasree JanaShyamasree Jana
07:28 14 May 23
I joined Catalyst in the month of November, 2021. I was keen to pursue my career in the field of social sector and Catalyst has been the perfect platform for me where I got guidance extensively by both Sauraveshwar Sir and Team. They have a well articulated plan for the aspirants to balance between all the subjects required to focus on for the competitive examinations. Along with Mathematics, Reasoning and Vocabulary, we had a separate website where we could go through the entire General Knowledge and General Studies which will be useful for the exams. There are separate one - to - one sessions as well by Sauraveshwar sir himself along with doubt clearing classes. We also attended various seminars and workshops on the prevailing social issues and on the solutions so as to curb it down. It has been a wonderful experience with Catalyst!
srijana ghoshsrijana ghosh
14:39 13 May 23
Catalyst has literally been the path of direction in leading me into my area of actual interests and especially fully utilize my potentials. It provides a vast source of resources in terms of networking, all the the necessary updates in the social sector. Saureshwar sir has been the most humble mentor, and has been supportive even beyond the course and been in touch continuously. Catalyst has been a great decision in my life for sure!
Sreya BanerjeeSreya Banerjee
11:18 10 May 23
Catalyst has been a great experience for me. Sauraveswar sir is an incredible teacher. He teacher us each and every topic with ease and even repeats it for us. He has been available all the time over phone. Whenever I used to feel nervous for vivas or exams I used to call him up. All the topics that came in our exam was explained thoroughly by sir. It was really great journey with catalyst. I can't even imagine that I could enroll myself in Symbiosis. I always used to dream but sir helped me in turning my dream into a reality.
Chandreyee GuptaChandreyee Gupta
14:48 22 Jan 23
It has been a great learning experience and journey with Catalyst Learning Services. I had enrolled in Catalyst in the year 2014. I was aspiring to study Masters and I required preparations for the competitive examination. The structured academic planning helped me to prepare for the exam. The classes were informative and insightful, and my doubts would be cleared as well. I was given study materials and questionnaires on the concepts taught, that helped me to strengthen my analytical, quantitative and qualitative skills sets. Overall I had a learning experience studying in Catalyst. I was able to pass the competitive examination and the following rounds. I got admissions in the Masters Programme in 2015. I sincerely thank Catalyst Learning Services for helping me in preparations and guiding me in the journey.
Shipra GuptaShipra Gupta
07:25 19 Aug 22
I got to know about Catalyst via What's app group. Before joining, they will take an orientation where they will try to understand your requirement and help you to see how can they help you. Going forward it was a smooth journey. They were there on every step and always a call away.
Madhurima RoyMadhurima Roy
11:17 09 Aug 22
It is a great learning space. It has given me the opportunity to push myself further to the edge at which I never thought I could have ever reach. Thorough learning and exercising has helped me overcome my many fears. Words would fall short to express the gratitude and gratefulness to this place.
05:02 27 Jul 22
I found about Catalyst through a random Google search. At that very time I was not very sure about which career path I should choose that will be best for me. After connecting with Sauraveshwar sir in catalyst. I could get a sense of what I should do next after my undergrad. As I joined catalyst during covid year, it really helped me a lot to get through a lot of entrance exams. The materials provided from catalyst helped me a lot in preparing better for the exams. Also, the guidance I received from sir was very useful not just for the exams but also for life ahead.
Ankit SinghAnkit Singh
09:02 10 Jul 22
One of the best platform to learn and grow in such an amazing atmosphere. I thank the mentor as well as founder Sauraveswar Sen Sir for putting his effort and creating a holistic purview in every students mind who has been with catalyst as he has served the purpose and keeps on doing the same after we have finished our courses as well.
Sudeshna BandyopadhyaySudeshna Bandyopadhyay
08:23 03 Jul 22
When I first joined Catalyst, I had little to no idea of what I was going to do after graduation. Sauraveshawar Sir guided me day in and day out to help me come to a conclusion about my plans for Masters. It has been a wonderful experience.

Eligibility Criteria for Application
i. Candidates who have qualified for the award of a three/four-year Bachelor Degree (B.A./ B.Sc./
B.Tech./ B.E. or equivalent), after 10+2 or equivalent schooling, from a recognized University or
Institute with at least 55% marks/6.0 CGPA on a scale of a 10-point/equivalent (a minimum of 50%
marks/5.5 CGPA on a 10-point scale/equivalent for SC/ST/OBC(NCL)/PwD candidates), are eligible
to apply for admission to the Program.
ii. Applicants awaiting final results in the qualifying exam are also eligible to apply. However, their
final selection will be contingent on the production of the final mark/grade sheet satisfying minimum marks.

Mode of Selection

  • The list of shortlisted candidates will be notified on the IIT Mandi website. No separate letter/email
    communication will be sent. Applicants are encouraged to check the IIT Mandi website.
  • The admission process (Written Test and/or Interview) will be communicated to the shortlisted
    General Information and Regulation:
    Important Dates and Schedule
  • Starting date for filling online application: 3rd April 2024
  • Last date for submitting online application: 25th April 2024
  • The list of shortlisted candidates will be published by 6th May 2024.

• Date of online written test will be communicated to the shortlisted candidates.
• Date of online interview will be communicated to the shortlisted candidates following the written test.

Application Fee for Ph.D. Admission:
Mode of Payment:
SBI Collect Portal. Applicant should submit fee on SBI collect portal of the IIT Mandi; and submit
generated transaction number to the OAS admission application portal. One application fee is valid
for the single application. The application fee is non-refundable.
Information to the Candidates
 For further information, write to
 For queries related to the online application form, contact
 No TA/DA will be provided for appearing in the admission process by the institute.
Uniqueness of the M.A. Development Studies Program, IIT Mandi
 Multi-disciplinary approach, foregrounding issues and challenges of development in the
Himalayan region.
A combination of rigorous and relevant courses with filed exposure to development
 Understanding the basic scientific and technological underpinnings of developmental challenges and
their existing solutions.
 A mandatory field study component to understand the laboratory of Development Studies.
 Participatory research through components of dissertation/guided internship.
 Ability to communicate results to a range of stakeholders, including academia, professionals in
policy making and implementation, local communities etc.
 Possibility of conversion/admission to integrated Ph.D. Program, if the candidate fulfills the
We look forward to reviewing your application.

Prepare for the entrance and interview of MA Development Studies, IIT Mandi at Catalyst. Register today for a 1:1 Career Mapping Session at :