TISS (Tata Institute of Social Sciences), Mumbai was founded in 1936 and was declared a deemed-to-be University in 1964. Tata Institute of Social Sciences is one of the premier institutes in India which focuses on education in the field of Social Science, Public Policy, Human Development, and Economics. The Institute, at its Mumbai campus, provides Postgraduate and Research courses.
Tata Institute of Social Sciences begins the admission procedure for Master’s programs at its Mumbai campus by the end of November each year. Tata Institute of Social Sciences organizes isolate entrance tests for admission to Post Graduate and Research programs in January and February respectively. The application procedure is online and an aspirant can reach the application form from the institute’s official website. The admission procedure for Research programs begins in the month of January. The academic year usually starts by the end of May and beginning of June.
Tata Institute of Social Sciences follows the National policy on the reservation of seats for reserved category aspirants. The institute also provides supernumerary quota to those who fall in PwD (Persons with Disability), Armed Forces, and Kashmiri Migrant category as per the Government of India directives. Apart from the 49.5% seat reservation for aspirants in the SC, ST, and OBC category.
Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai provides Postgraduate courses in a variety of branches. The online application for Post-graduate programs begins in November and the entrance exam for selection to the program is organized in January.
The relevant dates for admission to Post Graduate programs at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai are given below:
|Last date for online application/registration||December 10, 2017|
|Date for National Entrance Test||January 9, 2017|
|Result Declaration||February 02, 2017|
|Pre-Interview Test and Individual Interview||March 10-19, 2017|
|Merit List Declaration||April 22, 2017|
|Admission Procedure Commencement||April 25 – May 04, 2017|
|Commencement of Academic Session|
|For MA Education||May 09, 2017|
|All other Post Graduate Programs||June 13, 2017|
The detailed timeline for admission procedure for Research programs is given below:
|Last Date of submission of application form||January 22, 2017|
|Releasement of Aspirants shortlisted for Entrance exam||January 29, 2017|
|Research Aptitude Test (RAT)||February 12, 2017|
|Releasement of aspirants selected for Individual Interview||February 28, 2017|
|Individual Interview||From March 21 – March 31, 2017|
|Releasement of Aspirants Shortlisted for Admission||April 29, 2017|
|Commencement of Classes||Mid-May 2017|
There is a single entrance examination (Tata Institute of Social Sciences NET) for admission to all the above-mentioned courses. The Institute provides Master’s courses via its 12 Schools in branches such as The paper is of 100 marks. The test paper has three sections: General Awareness, English proficiency, and Mathematics and Logical Reasoning. Tata Institute of Social Sciences NET is an objective type examination.
|Social Work||Media and Culture Studies||Management and Labor Studies|
|Psychology||Women Studies||Social Science|
|Law||Development Studies||Disaster Management|
|Education||Health Science||Habitat Studies|
The table below explains the eligibility criteria and selection process for Post Graduate programs at Tata Institute of Social Sciences:
|MA MLIS (Master of Library and Information Science) M.Sc.||Students must have passed a Bachelor’s degree in relevant branch from a recognized University.||Tata Institute of Social Sciences National Eligibility Test (Tata Institute of Social Sciences NET) + Pre-Interview Test and Individual Interview|
|MPH (Master of Public Health) MHA (Master in Health Administration)||Bachelor’s degree of 3 years or a four-year degree in Medicine/ Paramedical/ Pharmacy/ Veterinary Science/ Engineering|
|LLM||LLB degree with an at least of 50% marks|
On the basis of marks scored in Tata Institute of Social Sciences NET, aspirants are then called for a Written Test and Individual Interview. The list of selected aspirants will be displayed on the institute website. Based on performance in these tests, Institute prepares the final list of aspirants selected for admission.
The institute provides Integrated M.Phil.-PhD and Direct Ph.D. programs in different branches. The application procedure for the research programs begins in the month of January. The entrance exam for research programs is organized in the month of February.
Before applying to the Research programs, an aspirant must ensure that they fulfill the eligibility criteria need by the institute. The respective eligibility for the Integrated M.Phil.-PhD and Direct PhD courses is given in the table below:
|Branch||Integrated M.Phil.-PhD Eligibility||Direct PhD Eligibility|
|Habitat Studies Public Health Health Systems Management Management and Labour Studies||Students want admission must have passed Post Graduate in any Social Science Branch||Post Graduate in any Social Science branch+ 5 years Post Post Graduate work experience|
|Social Work||Students with PG degree in Social work are applicable to apply.||Post Graduate in Social Work+ 5-year Post Post Graduate Work experience|
|Disaster Management Education Women’s Studies Social Sciences||Post Graduate in Social Science or any other allied branch||Post Graduate in Social Science or any other allied branch + 5 years Post Post Graduate Work experience|
|Social Sciences with Specialization in Sociology of Education Inclusive Development and Social Justice||Post Graduate in Social Science or any other allied branch||-|
For admission to the above-mentioned programs, an aspirant will have to first appear in Research Aptitude Test or RAT organized by the Institute. The application form for RAT is available online and an aspirant can reach the form via Tata Institute of Social Sciences official website. An aspirant can apply for a maximum of two programs in one application form.
RAT would include two parts. The final selection will be made on the basis of performance in the individual interview. Based on performance in RAT, a selected few aspirants will be called for an individual interview. The first part will have questions pertaining to quantitative or qualitative research, while the second part will have program-specific questions.