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Hello sir, I am Kanhaiya. I am from Dlehi. I want you t oehl pem by giving me some information about the study material for Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) for MA Economics entrance exam. Can you help me?
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As you have asked about the study material for Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) for MA Economics entrance exam, I am giving you some information about it, check below for the details

(M.A Economics, Center for Economic Studies and Planning “CESP”):
The pattern of entrance examination for M.A Economics from CESP had slight changes time by time.
The paper was of 100 marks with no negative marking and consisted of, mostly, four to five parts with the following elaboration:

1):30 multiple choice questions of one mark each

2): 8 less explanatory questions with 5 marks each and some proofs too, and out of which, 6 ought to be solved

3): 3Elaborative questions with 10 marks each, out of which, 2 was required to be solved.

4): one 20 mark easy writing question, with a choice of 1 from 6 given topics.


1) Statistics: The average graduation level knowledge of this paper would suffice to solve its questions in the exam. The main focus should be on Probability, Averages and Dispersion.

The preferable books to be consulted for Statistics are: a. Basic Statistics by: Nagar and Das.

b. Mathematical Statistics with Applications by: John E. Fraeund.

c. Schaum’s Outline of Statistics by: Murray R. Spiegel and Larry J. Stephens.

2) Microeconomics: The principle focus should be on utility maximization, special cases of perfect substitutes and compliments, different productions and cost functions with emphasis on their minimization exercise and profit maximization problems, different forms of competition encompassing perfect competition, monopoly, basic theory of general equilibrium, questions of allocation and Pareto optimality. Requirement is of the nature of an average graduation curriculum.

The reference that should be followed:

a. Microeconomics by: Hal. E. Varian

b. Exercise book of intermediate Microeconomics by: Hal. E. Varian (Questions to be solved carefully).

3) Macroeconomics: Basic knowledge of average graduation level should be sufficient. Emphasis on growth models, e.g., Harrod-Domar, Solow-Swan model should be laid. Also, focus should be directed towards Keynsian macroeconomics pertaining to multipliers of closed and open economy, IS-LM etc.

These are some recommended references

a. Macroeconomics by: M.C. Vaish (for growth models).

b. Macroeconomics by: Dornbush and Fischer.

c. Or any other standard Macroeconomics text book.

d. Development economics by: Debraj Ray (for growth models).

4) Mathematical Economics: Stressed should be laid on series, sequences, functions and relations, sets, basic calculus such as integration and differentiation. Incorporate notions of implications, quantifiers etc. in Logic.

The references are:

a. Mathematics for Economic Analysis by: Sydsaeter and Hammond. Or

b. Mathematics for Economists: Simon and Blume.

c. Refer to the appendix of any standard book of mathematics for the Logic section.

5) General Knowledge: Preliminary knowledge of national and international economy and regular surfing of newspapers will be enough. Comprehension: Any passage from famous economists’ work will be quoted as a comprehension question. Analytical understanding of basic economics should suffice the purpose. Note: It has been observed that previous years’ questions are frequently repeated, therefore, suggestion is to solve previous years’ questions, available in JNU, at the time of application process. Questions should be solved preferably in a group as it helps built better understanding and to correct solutions of the questions.

Some other books:

1. Hal R Varian,
2.Hendarson & Quandit
3. Mankiw

Over All Recommended books for M A Economics
1) Economics by J K Chopra
2) Microeconomics by Robert S. Pindyck
3) Macroeconomics : Theories and Policies by Richard T. Froyen
4) Mathematics for Economic Analysis
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