TISS (Tata Institute of Social Sciences) Ph.D Admissions 2018

Last Updated - March 10 2018

TISS Ph.D. Admissions 2018

TISS invites applications for the Integrated M.Phil.-Ph.D. and ‘Direct’ Ph.D. Programmes (the academic year 2018-2019) with the different Schools and Independent Centres of the Institute across TISS Mumbai, Tuljapur and Guwahati Campuses. UGC JRF qualified aspirants, postgraduates, students in the final year post graduation in Social Sciences and allied fields and personals with M.Phil. and/or industrial, academic and field-based experience in Social Sciences, Social Work, Disaster Management, Development Studies and allied fields are invited to apply.

  • Method of Application

    Online & Offline Both


    22nd Jan 2018

Important Dates for TISS (Tata Institute of Social Sciences) Ph.D Admissions 2018

M.Phil/Ph.D in Arts, M.Phil/Ph.D in Education, M.Phil/Ph.D in Science & M.Phil/Ph.D in Management
Last date of submission of Application Form22nd Jan 2018
Research Aptitude Test (RAT)12th Feb 2018
Releasement of selected aspirants15th Apr, 2018

Eligibility Criteria for Ph.D Admissions 2018

M.Phil. + Ph.D. (Social Management), M.Phil + Ph.D. (Education) & Ph.D. (Social Sciences)

Participants will be shortlisted for the Research Aptitude Test (RAT) on basis of the meeting the following considerations with regard to educational qualifications, work experience and research proposal:

  • Aspirants who are likely to clear all the requirements of their final year Master’s Degree examinations by July 1, are also applicable to apply for M.Phil., offered they have successfully finished their first year Master’s degree. However, aspirants with one to two years of work experience will be preferred.
  • Research Proposal: Aspirants must prepare their research proposal based on the research interests mentioned in the Information brochure (Available under Integrated M.Phil.-PhD and Direct PhD Admissions 2015-17 on the TISS Website).
  • Educational Qualifications: The at least academic qualification for admission to the integrated M.Phil. & Direct PhD programmes is a Second Class Master’s or equivalent degree in the relevant subject honoured by a recognized university in India or abroad, with minimum an average of 55 percent of aggregate marks, or a grade point average of 3.5 under the seven-point scale of the University Grants Commission (UGC). In the case of Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) aspirants, the at least eligibility is an average of 50 percent of aggregate marks, or a grade point average of 3.05.
  • Aspirants who have an M.Phil. or equivalent degree honoured by a recognised university in India or abroad are also applicable for a Direct PhD
In case of the Integrated M.Phil. - PhD Programme, there is no requirement of work experience. In such cases, admission will be provisional. If a provisionally admitted student successfully clears the admission formalities such as completing the Research Aptitude Test but fails to score the at least need mark/grade at the end of the final year examination of his/her Master’s degree, the provisions of provisional admission will be automatically cancelled.
  • Work Experience: A at least of five years of post-graduation work experience is a need for Direct PhD programmes.

  • How to apply for TISS (Tata Institute of Social Sciences) Ph.D Admissions 2018?

    M.Phil. + Ph.D. (Social Management), M.Phil + Ph.D. (Education) & Ph.D. (Social Sciences)

    Online process:

    STEP 1: Visit the application page.

    STEP 2: Fill in the boxes with the need details to be taken to ‘application home page.’ Fill in your basic details, academic details and have to mention the programmes they wish to apply for in the order of preference.

    STEP 3: Choose to pay the fee online (credit/debit card or net banking) OR offline (SBI Challan).

    STEP 4: Scan and upload photograph, signature, mark sheet of the last exam passed and other necessary certificates.          

     Payment of application fees

    Application fee: General aspirants – Rs.1535/-

     SC/ST aspirants (parental income less than 2.75 lakhs) and OBC aspirants (parental income less than 1 lakh) – Rs.410/-

    You can choose between two modes of payment namely Cash and Payment gateway.

    Payment Gateway (online payment)

    Payment gateway pertains to payment made via credit/debit card or online transactions.

    Cash (Offline payment)

    • If you choose to pay via cash then deposit the cash amount mentioned on the challan in any discipline of State Bank of India.
    • Aspirants have to then scan the 'TISS Copy' of the challan, login back to the online application system and upload it.
    • The bank will return two copies of the challan copy (Student Copy and TISS Copy) with the bank’s seal, signature and journal number on it.
    • Please note that in case of payment by cash deposit in an SBI discipline, the SBI will charge Rs.50/- as their procedures fee, which has to be paid separately, and is not a part of the application fees.

    NOTE: If you are applying for the exemptional fee of Rs.410/- then you would have to upload the caste and income certificate. 

    Photograph for Hall Ticket

    Photograph with the following specifications required to be uploaded.

    1.The photograph should be a recent colour photograph taken against a plain background.

    2.The photograph should show only your face and shoulders.

    3.The photograph should not have any other object or person in part or full.

    4. The photograph should be a good resolution; complete photograph in png, jpeg pattern and its size should not exceed 2MB.

    Offline process:

    Aspirants from remote places where no Internet and Telecommunication facilities are available can get a printed copy of the application form from the Institute. Please send a request for a printed form by Speed Post with application fees to

    Assistant Registrar(Academic),

    Tata Institute of Social Sciences,


    Mumbai, 400088.

    Please note that aspirants applying via the E-application form should not send the application form by post.

    Selection Procedure

    M.Phil. + Ph.D. (Social Management), M.Phil + Ph.D. (Education) & Ph.D. (Social Sciences)

    Selection is made on the basis of fulfilling the eligibility criteria and the score obtained in the Research Aptitude Test (RAT).

    RAT Exam Format

    1. The scoring for RAT is 100 marks and the interview is for 100 marks. Detailed instructions are offered later in the question paper. Each response carries 20 marks.
    2. This paper is common to both M. Phil and Ph.D. aspirants.
    You are expected to response all the parts.
  • Part I will assess analytical skills and it is for 40 marks. You need to response one question from this part. Both the choices carry equal marks and you required to response all the questions within that.
  • Part II will assess conceptual and interpretative skills and it is for 60 marks.
  • These questions will assess your subject specific competence in responses the questions. RAT will assess research and analytical abilities and the individual interview will assess your research aptitude, competence, subject knowledge and suitability to join the research stream.
  • The period of the test paper is for 2 hours, carrying 100 marks. For participants applying for two programmes, the period will be three hours.
  • The test paper consists of Part I and II.

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