B.A. Admissions

B.A. FAQs


Q.1 I am Facing a Document upload issue, what should i do?

A. Candidates are requested to follow the following steps :

Step 1 : Candidates should first check the list of documents to be uploaded in the FAQ and should keep the same ready before they log in.

Step 2 : Candidates are advised to complete the application process in one session to minimize the possibility of document not being uploaded.

Step 3 : If the Candidate closes the application during the process with / without uploading all the required documents - then make sure to check if those documents were successfully uploaded when you log in the next time. Login Link : CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE ONLINE APPLICATION SYSTEM

Step 4 : If Document upload fails once , you are advised to check the size or resolution or the file type of the documents you are uploading (check FAQ for size and format guidelines) and re upload the documents. Even if the size and resolution is correct please try uploading once more.

Step 5 : In case, the Candidate is not able to upload documents even after following the above steps then the documents can be e-mailed. Follow these instructions :

  • Compose a mail to  pgadmission@tiss.edu
  • Send from registered email id as in the online application form
  • Subject : < <APPLICATION NO.> Issue in Document Upload: For e.g.: 6692 > Issue in Document Upload

In email mention :

  • Full Name as mentioned in the online application
  • Mobile number as mentioned in the online application
  • City as mentioned in the online application
  • Registered Email id as mentioned in the online application.
  • Compress all the documents in one .Zip OR .Rar file.
  • Name the Zip File as : <Application No.> Eg : 6692
  • Recheck the contents and send the email to : pgadmission@tiss.edu

 

Q.2 Need Help on Resizing / Cropping Documents for upload?

Q.2.1 How to Resize Your Photo for Upload :

A.Tutorial on How to Resize Your Photo to Require Upload Size:

Step 1 : Go to www.picresize.com
Step 2 : Upload / Browse Your photo .
Step 3 : Click Continue.
Step 4 : After seeing the Preview in Step 1 , Scroll down to Step 2 , "Resize your Picture"
Step 5 : From the drop down list - Make My Picture,  Select "Custom Size"
Step 6 : Enter 113 Pixels as the Width and 170 Pixels as Height.
Step 7 : Scroll Down to Step 4 : "Save As"
Step 8 : Select JPG/PNG as Desired Format and "I'm Done Resizing My Image"to download the output.

Q.2.2 How to Resize Your Signature for Upload :

A.Tutorial on How to Resize Your Signature to Require Upload Size:

Step 1 : Go to www.picresize.com
Step 2 : Upload / Browse Your signature .
Step 3 : Click Continue.
Step 4 : After seeing the Preview in Step 1 , Scroll down to Step 2 , "Resize your Picture"
Step 5 : From the drop down list - Make My Picture,  Select "Custom Size"
Step 6 : Enter 302 Pixels as the Width and 132 Pixels as Height.
Step 7 : Scroll Down to Step 4 : "Save As"
Step 8 : Select JPG/PNG as Desired Format and "I'm Done Resizing My Image"to download the output.

Q.2.3 How to Resize Your Remaining Documents for Upload :

PDF Compression
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Step 1: Check the size of your pdf document.

Step 2 : If the documents are more then the required pdf size(check size mentioned below) you can compress the documents using the following link :http://pdfaid.com/compress-pdf-file.aspx
Step 3 : One by one you can compress your documents
Step 4 : After compressing the documents check the file size again. If it is as mentioned below, upload all the documents in one go and complete your application form.
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Income Certificate : Format : PDF, Size : 500kb
Marksheet of Last Exam : Format : PDF, Size: 500kb

Caste / Tribe Certificate : Format : PDF, Size : 500kb
Armed Forces Certificate : Format : PDF, Size : 500kb

PWD Certificate : Format : PDF, Size : 500kb

Kashmiri Migrant Certificate : Format : PDF, Size : 500kb

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Q 3. A - If I am an unemployed candidate belonging to SC, ST and OBC(NC) category :

A.Candidates are requested to keep the following Documents ready for the application process :

Income Certificate PDF 512kb
Photograph 113 * 170 Pixels (In JPG,JPEG/PNG)
Signature 302 * 132 Pixels   (In JPG,JPEG/PNG)
Marksheet of Last Exam

PDF 512kb

Caste Certificate PDF 512kb

 

Q 3. B - If i am an unemployed candidate belonging to general category :

A.Candidates are requested to keep the following Documents ready for the application process :

Photograph 113 * 170 Pixels (In JPG,JPEG/PNG)
Signature 302 * 132 Pixels   (In JPG,JPEG/PNG)
Marksheet of Last Exam PDF 512kb

 

Q 3. C - Which candidates have to upload the Income Certificate :

Category

Unemployed candidates with annual Income

for 2013-2014 of Family and / or Guardian

Income Certificate
General N/A

To be uploaded with application form

(Check : Important dates)

SC/ST

Greater Than Rs. 2,50,000/-

(Rs. Two Lakh Fifty Thousand)

To be uploaded with application form

(Check : Important dates)

OBC(NC) Greater Than Rs. 1,00,000/- (Rs. One Lakh)

To be uploaded with application form

(Check : Important dates)

SC/ST

Less Than Rs. 2,50,000/- (Rs. Two Lakh

Fifty Thousand)

To be uploaded with application before

15th March, 2017

OBC(NC) Less Than Rs. 1,00,000/- (Rs. One Lakh) To be uploaded with application before 15th March, 2017


NOTE : Employed candidates belonging to any category will not get an exemption from the form fees and have to upload the below mentioned documents :


Photograph 113 * 170 Pixels (In JPG,JPEG/PNG)
Signature 302 * 132 Pixels   (In JPG,JPEG/PNG)
Marksheet of Last Exam PDF 512kb

Note: For details/help on resizing documents, please refer Q.1

 

Q.4 Information regarding the Income Certificate/Income Tax Returns (ITR)

Q.4.1 I Belong to the General Category , What is the right document for Income Tax Return(ITR) do i have to submit? Whose Income Tax Return(ITR) do i have to submit?


A.CANDIDATES BELONGING TO GENERAL CATEGORY:-

Source of IncomeCertificate to be uploaded

If the Applicant himself And/OR Parent/s And/Or Guardian /

Other Family members employed

Income certificate from the employer / ITR Form No. 16/16A for the financial year 2015-16 for

all earning members in the family, as the case may be

If the Applicant's Parent/s Retired Pension yearly certificate / ITR Form No. 16/16A for the financial year 2015-16
If Applicant's Parent is a Farmer

Income Certificate issued by the appropriate authority like Tahsildar, Naib Tahsildar, Block Development

Officer or the District Magistrate/Collector or the ITR Form No. 16/16A for the financial year 2015-16

If the Applicant's Parent has Own business

1. Businesses with ITR filed: ITR Form No. 16/16A for the financial year 2015-16

2. Very small businesses / enterprises: Income Certificate issued by the appropriate authority like Tahsildar,

NaiK Tahsildar, Block Development Officer or the District Magistrate/ Collector

 

Q.4.2 I Belong to the Sc/ST Category, which Income Document do i need to Upload?

A. Unemployed SC/ST and OBC(NC) applicant's whose Parent's Annual income is below 2.5 lakh and 1 lakh respectively have to pay Application Fee  Rs 250/- + bank charges additional for  per programme  selected

In order to claim this, the applicant is required to upload Income Certificate issued by the appropriate authority like Tahsildar, Naib Tahsildar, Block Development Officer or the District Magistrate/Collector.

Note: Salary Slip, Pension Slip and the certificate issued by Community, etc., WILL NOT be considered.

 

Q.5 I haven't Appeared for / received Final Semester Marksheet , What do i upload?

A. For 4 YEAR Courses :

For students in a 4 Year Graduation Course who will be able to complete all the requirements of their final year Bachelor's Degree examinations by Saturday, June 12, 2017

  • Candidates in the Final Year(4th year) are requested to upload previous year(3rd year) Marksheet and should be all clear.

 

For 3 YEAR Courses:

For students in a 3 Year Graduation Course who will be able to complete all the requirements of their final year Bachelor's Degree examinations by Saturday, June 12, 2017

  • Candidates in the Final Year are requested to upload Second year Marksheet(whichever latest marksheet they have) and should be all clear.

 

1.  Where is Tata Institute of Social Sciences located?

Ans: Tata Institute of Social Sciences is located in Deonar, Opposite Deonar Depot, V. N. Purav marg, Mumbai 400088, Maharashtra.

2.  What is TISS’s mailing address?

Ans: Tata Institute of Social Sciences

(Deemed University)

V.N. Purav Marg,

Deonar, Mumbai - 400 088

Website: www.tiss.edu

3.  What are the programmes TISS offers?

 

Ans: TISS offers 49 P.G. Programmes: -

MUMBAI CAMPUS:-

 

M.A. Social Work in Children and Family
M.A. Social Work in Criminology and Justice
M.A. Social Work in Community Organization and Development Practice
M.A. Social Work in Disability Studies and Action
M.A. Social Work in Dalit and Tribal studies and Action
M.A. Social Work in Public Health
M.A. Social Work in Mental Health
M.A. Social Work in livelihoods and social entrepreneurship
M.A. Social Work in Women Centred Practice
M.A. Human Resources Management and Labour Relations
M.A. Social Entrepreneurship
M.A. Globalisation and Labour
Master of Health Administration
Master of Hospital Administration
Master of Public Health in Social Epidemiology
Master of Public Health in Health Policy, Economics and Finance
M.A. Development Studies
M.A. in Womens Studies
M.A. Education (Elementary)
M.A./M.Sc. in Climate Change and Sustainability Studies
M.A. / M.Sc. in Urban Policy and Governance
M.A. / M.Sc. in Regulatory Governance
M.A. / M.Sc. in Water Policy and Governance
M.A. / M.Sc. in Disaster Management
MA Applied Psychology - Specialization in Counselling Psychology
MA Applied Psychology - Specialization in Clinical Psychology
M.A. in Media and Cultural Studies
Master of Library and Information Science
Master of laws in access to justice

 

Online Programmes:

 

Online M.A. Social Work in Child Rights
Online M.A. International Family Studies

TULJAPUR CAMPUS

 

M.A. Social Work in Rural Development
M.A./M.Sc in Development Policy, Planning and Practice
M.A./M.Sc in Sustainable Livelihood and Natural Resources Governance
M.A. in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

GUWAHATI CAMPUS

 

M.A. Social Work in Community Organization and Development Practices
M.A. Social Work in Public Health
M.A. Social Work in livelihoods and entrepreneurship
M.A. Social Work in Counselling
M.A. in Labour Studies and Social Protection
M.A. in Ecology, Environment and Sustainable Development
M.A. in peace and conflict studies
M.A. in Sociology and Social Anthropology

HYDERABAD CAMPUS

 

M.A. Development Studies
M.A. in Womens Studies
M.A. in Rural Development and Governance
M.A. in Education
M.A. in Public Policy and Governance
M.A. in Natural Resources & Governance

THE BALM, CHENNAI

 

M.A. Social Work in Mental Health
MA Applied Psychology - Specialization in Counselling Psychology
M.A. in Research, Management and Entrepreneurship in Health

MA Applied Psychology - Specialization in Clinical Psychology

 

 
 
  1. Is this Institute Affiliated to any University?

Ans: No, this is a “Deemed University” established under section 3 of the UGC Act 1956.

 

  1. How many seats do you have for a programme?

Ans: The Number of Seats varies from programme to programme. For more details you may refer to our information visit in the website.

  1. How many seats are reserved for SC/ST/OBC/PWD?

Ans: For SC (15%), ST (7.5%), OBC(NC) (27%) and PWD (3% i.e. 1% in each category of a) Low vision / blindness, b) Hearing Impairment, and c) Locomotor Disability / Cerebral Palsy) as per Government of India (Goi) rules. The reservation for Kashmiri Migrants (KM) 1 % and Armed Forced 5% subject to the Government of India (Goi) Directives.

  1. What are the facilities available for SC / ST / OBC (Non-creamy Layer) / Religious Minority / PWD candidates?

Ans: We conduct post-admission orientation programme, remedial coaching classes and various need based programmes. Besides, scholarship for eligible students as per Goi rules. For more details you may refer to SC/ST cell information booklet in the website (Page No. 8).

  1. Do you have any management / NRI / Ex-Serviceman quota?

Ans: No

  1. Do you offer admission to Deputed / Sponsored Candidates?

Ans: In the case of Government Officers/employees from Departments of Education/SCERTs/DIETs, Teachers and Resources Persons applying for the M.A. Education (Elementary)/all other programmes filled application forms may be sent via the relevant authority nominating the candidates. The selection of such candidates will be through a suitable screening process comprising documentary evidence of interest and motivation of the programme or an interview.

The sponsored candidates will have to write a brief essay of about 500-1000 words as a statement of purpose, explaining their current role in their respective unions, why they would like to join this course and how this course will strengthen their involvement after they complete this course when return to their respective unions. The student should carry a recommendation letter from the trade union he/she belongs to clearly stating that he/she is actively involved in the trade union activities and that he/she will return to his/her trade union activities after completion of the course. The candidates will then go through a telephonic interview. If he/she is selected, their unions will have to pay a fee of 300 Euros (equivalent Indian currency) to the Institute so as to show their commitment to the programme. All candidates sponsored by the trade unions are eligible for a Global Labour University (GLU) scholarship, which pays their fee, health insurance, one return ticket to and from Mumbai, accommodation and pocket allowance for the entire duration of the course.

  1. Do you offer MBA programme?

Ans: We do not offer any MBA programme, but we have an M.A. in Human Resources Management and Labour Relations (HRM & LR) programme.

  1. How much is the fees for a programme?

Ans: Fees vary from programme to programme, please refer Information Brochure on the Website for more details.

ACCOMMODATION FACILITY

1. Do you provide hostel accommodation?

Ans: Yes, we have limited hostel facilities. Preference is given to candidates coming from outside Mumbai on the basis of income criteria, particularly SC/STs. Besides, we do help the selected candidates finding off-campus paying guest accommodation in the neighborhood closer to our Institute.

ELIGIBILITY

  1. What is the eligibility criteria?

Ans: a) A Bachelor’s Degree of a minimum of 3 years duration or its equivalent (under the 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 or 10+2+2+1 year bridge course pattern of study or any other pattern fulfilling the mandatory requirements of 15 years formal education) from a recognized university, in any discipline.

b) Candidates who will complete all the requirements of their final year Bachelor’s Degree examinations by June 10, 2015 are also eligible to apply to all the programmes, except the programmes offered by the School of Health Systems Studies; and for M.A. in Education (Elementary) candidates, May 08, 2017, provided they have successfully completed their first and second years, if the degree course is of 3 years; and the first, second and third years, if the degree course is of 4 years duration. In such cases, admission to any of the Master’s Degree Programmes of the Institute will be provisional. If a provisionally admitted student fails in the final year examination, the offer of provisional admission automatically stands cancelled.

c) Candidates applying for the Master of Public Health in Health Policy, Economics and Finance; and Master of Public Health in Social Epidemiology Programmes should have (i) A Master’s Degree in any discipline, or (ii) A Bachelor’s Degree in medicine / para-medical courses.

d) Candidates who are in their final year Bachelor’s Degree Programme are not eligible to apply for admission to any of the Master’s Degree programmes, conducted by School of Health System Studies, i.e., Health Administration; Hospital Administration; Public Health in Social Epidemiology; and Public Health in Health Policy, Economics and Finance.

e) Candidates applying for the Master in Habitat Policy and Practice should have a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Architecture, Management, Physical Science, Geography, Planning, Law or Social Sciences, with some inclination towards habitat related issues / sectors.

Note: Medical graduates should complete their internship on or before June 12, 2017. Otherwise, their candidature / admission stands cancelled.

 

  1. Whether I will be eligible to apply for the programme, if I have done my graduation through correspondence

Ans: Yes, provided the Institute / University / College is recognized by UGC / AICTE.

MODE OF APPLICATION

  1. a) How to apply?

Ans: We generally post our advertisement in regard to admissions in national and regional newspapers around last week of September every year. The same information is also made available at our website: www.tiss.edu. All the candidates are requested to apply online, however the facility for offline application is available only for candidates coming from remote areas only where Internet facility are not available like North-East, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand etc

b) If I want to apply for more than one programme, whether I can submit one application form?

Ans: A candidate can apply for a maximum of 3 programmes in two campuses in the same application form.

c) How much is the fees for application form?

Ans : a ) For General candidates :

Rs. 1000/- for One programme

Rs. 1000/- x 2 = Rs.2000/- for Two programmes ( Bank charges additional )

Rs. 1000/- x 3 = Rs. 3000/- for Three programmes ( Bank charges additional )

b ) For SC / ST candidates :

Rs 250 /- For One Programme ( Bank charges additional )

Rs. 250/- x 2 = Rs.500/- for Two programmes ( Bank charges additional )

Rs. 250/- x 3 = Rs. 750/- for Three programmes ( Bank charges additional )

However, you have to pay this amount through prescribed challan to any branch of the State Bank of India. And the portion of the challan marked for TISS should be scan and upload along with the application form while submitting the application form online.

d) Is the Application Form Fee refundable?

Ans: No

e) What are the documents required to submit along with the application form?

Ans: The following documents required: -

  1. Graduation Marsheets (first and second year, if appearing for the final year examination or consolidated marksheet, if completed)

  2. Caste Certificate for SC/ST

  3. Non-creamy Layer Certificate for OBC

  4. Certificate of Disability for Person with Disability (PWD)

  5. Bona-fide Certificate from those candidates who are in the final year of the degree.

  6. Income Certificate for all candidates.

  7. One stamp size photograph.

SELECTION PROCEDURE / NATURE OF TEST

  1. a) What is the selection procedure?

Ans: TISS has its own National  Entrance Test i.e. TISS NET  which will be held on Saturday in the month of January 07 , 2017 for the academic year 2017-2019 from 2pm to 3.40 pm. The selection process comprises of 3 steps:

  1. National Entrance Test ( Computer based Exam )

  2. ii) Descriptive type written test

  3. iii) Personal Interview for all programmes.

  4. Please note we do not accept CAT / MAT / CET / GRE / GMAT scores.

b) Do you have any cut-off marks for the selection?

Ans: Yes, minimum qualifying marks for written test is 35% (for SC/ST) and 45% (for others). However, scoring mere qualifying marks in the written test does not guarantee a seat for a programme. Admission is based on Merit List. For more details, please refer to Information Brochure under “Selection Procedure”.

c) What type of preparation do I need to make for the National Written test, group discussion/ written test and interview?

Ans: In the national written test in online format will be held on January 07, 2017, in 39 centres in all parts of the country. The Online test is of objective type and even those with a rudimentary knowledge of working with computer can take the test. The objective test will have questions related to Knowledge on Contemporary issues, Analytical Ability, General Knowledge and Logical Reasoning. Those who clear NET then they will call for PIT/PI ii) Except Mumbai Social Work programmes all other programmes have a written test the format is to write an essay in an descriptive form to a set of questions from given case study focusing mainly on social, socio-economic, socio-political issues at the micro- as well as macro-level. Besides, for some programmes, the written test includes logical analysis and reasoning with figure etc. and simple mathematics.

d) Is there any question bank available in the market or coaching provided to the candidates?

Ans: No, there is no question bank available in the market. However, the last year’s question papers will be uploaded in the website. Though, there is no coaching conducted for the entrance.

e) How many times one can appear for the entrance test?

Ans: You can make attempts as many as you want.

However SC/ST (only Goi) candidates can appear for 2 times without paying application fee but if they wish to appear again, they have to pay the application fees like any other candidate.

  1. Where is the National Written Test conducted?

Ans: We have 35 centres all over India; you can choose any one of these centres refer to the website.

  1. In case, I need to change the test centre later, what is the procedure.

Ans: Only in case of genuine reasons for changing the centre you have to inform the Assistant Registrar (Academic) by E-mail or by Phone.

 

DECLARATION OF RESULT

  1. What is the date of declaration of the result of the National Written Test?

Ans: January 27, 2017.

  1. Month of GD/PI and the declaration of final selection result

Ans: GD/PI will be held in the month of March and the final selection result will be declared in the month of April 21, 2017. For details please refer Information Brochure.

 

ADMISSION PROCEDURE

  1. What is the procedure for verifying Original Documents?

Ans: Document verification will be done after re -opening of classes between 25 April to 12 June 2017 All the original documents from Xth standard onwards should be produced for verification.

2. What is Pre-admission Medical check-up?

Ans: All the provisionally selected candidates have to undergo for the Medical check-up which will be conducted by the Medical Officers of the Institute after verification of original documents on the same Day .

 

FEE PAYMENT

 

  1. Mode of fee payment?

Ans: You can pay your fees in any branch of SBI before coming for document verification after downloading the Challan from the Institute’s website.

 

 

ADMISSION WITHDRAWAL AND FEE REFUND PROCEDURE

Refund of Fees :

1) If a student / candidates withdraws before the commencement of the programme, the entire fee collected from the student, after a deduction of the processing fee of not more than Rs 1,000 /- ( One Thousand Only ), shall be refunded by the Institution to the student / candidate. Should a student leave after commencement  of programme  the vacant seat is filled by another candidate by the late date of admission, then the  Institute will refund all the refundable deposits and also 50% of the remaining fees paid and if the seat remains vacant the same procedure is applicable for refund.

2) Receipt for deposits should be carefully preserved and returned at the time of leaving the Institute for refund.

3) If the request for withdrawal from the programme is given after one month from the commencement of the session, then refund process will be carried forward after  letter received from the respective school deans  for the further procedure.

 

PLACEMENT / FUTURE PROSPECTS

  1. Do you have campus placement?

Ans: Yes, for some programmes, particularly the old ones. For programmes which are recently introduced are also in the process for campus placement. Otherwise students are getting placed in various sectors after graduating from this Institute.

  1. Is this post graduate degree from the TISS recognized abroad?

Ans: Yes

 

OTHER QUESTIONS

  1. Which are the other programmes available?

Ans: At present we are offering full time M.A./ MHA / M.Sc./ Law programmes. The other programmes will be offered in : -

M.Phil. / Ph.D. / Certificate / Diploma. For further information on above programmes you may refer to the Institute’s website.