FACILITIES provided FOR ELIGIBLE SC/ST/OBC(NC) by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences for B.A. Programmes


Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe Cell & Equal Opportunity Cell (SC/ST & EO Cell):

ESTABLISHMENT OF SC/ST CELL AND EO CELL AT TISS In 1986, TISS set up a Student Services Cell with financial assistance from the then Ministry of Welfare, Government of India, to assist SC and ST students in improving their academic performance and optimising their personal and social development. In 1988, the Institute obtained the approval of the UGC to set up a Special Cell for SCs and STs, which began functioning from 1989. The 1998 UGC Guidelines directed all educational institutions and Universities receiving grant-in-aid from the UGC to establish Cells not only for the SCs and STs, but also for Other Backward Classes (OBCs), Persons with Disability (PWD), and religious minorities. The purpose of these Cells was to help the University/Colleges/Institutions concerned implement the reservation policy with regard to admission of students, as well as recruitment of teaching and non-teaching staff at various levels. With a view to accommodate all this under one umbrella and for better coordination and functioning, the Social Protection Office (SPO) of TISS was established in 2012. The SPO was managed by a faculty member designated as Liaison Officer-cum-Dean. In 2018, based on meetings with the National Commission of Scheduled Tribes, the Institute decided to divide the work of the SPO into two different Cells, viz., the SC/ST Cell to deal with the issues of the SC and ST students, teaching and non-teaching staff, and the Equal Opportunity Cell to deal with the issues of OBCs, Religious Minorities, PWD, Kashmiri Migrants and kin of Armed Forces. The Cells have a common Standing Advisory Committee, but function under their own exclusive Liaison Officers (LOs). Both these Cells deal with the issues and concerns of students and staff belonging to the reserved category at the Main Campus in Mumbai, as well as the three Off-campuses of TISS at Tuljapur, Guwahati and Hyderabad. Each Off-Campus has a faculty nominated as the Convener of the SC/ST Cell and EO Cell, who work in coordination with the LOs of the SC/ST Cell and EO Cell at the Mumbai Campus.

 1. Post-Admission Orientation

All students admitted to various programmes are provided post-admission orientation at the beginning of the academic session (around mid – June 2020). The main focus is to orient them to the curriculum outline, information on Foundation Courses and core and optional courses and guidance in selection of optional courses. Tata Institute of Social Sciences campuses in Mumbai, Tuljapur, Guwahati and Hyderabad show high level of diversity with students coming from diverse social, ethic and economic backgrounds from almost all States and Union Territories. The campuses value and respect diversity and expects all students to confirm to basic values. The students from all categories are provided with information on various facilities available on the campuses.

 2. Criteria for Eligible SC/ST/OBC(NC) Candidates for reservation:

The statutory lists of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes, in pursuance of Articles 341 and 342 of the Indian Constitution, were notified for the first time under the Constitution (Schedule Castes) Order, 1950 and the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950. For the benefit of reservation of the seats of SC, ST and OBC(NC), it is candidates duty to provide the right certificate of the caste/Tribe/OBC (NC) issued by competent authority not below the rank of SDM (Sub-Divisional Magistrate) or of the Tehsil or Revenue Department. TISS considered only the central list of the SC, ST and OBCs. for format of Caste/Tribe/OBC(NC) certificates you can visite TISS website click        BookletfSCsSTsEOCsCell20181Online2592018.pdf on page number 20 for SC and ST and page 22 for the OBC (NC).
 3. Fee for Application Form for TISS National Entrance Test

Unemployed SC/ST and OBC(NC) (including NT, DNTs & SBC from Maharashtra State) candidates, whose parent's/ guardian's income is less than Rs.2.5 lakhs and Rs.1 lakh respectively, are eligible for concessional application Fee of Rs. 250/ (for online payment)+ Bank charges. For availing this concession candidates are required to submit a valid Caste/ Tribe/ OBC(NC) Certificate and Income Certificate (FY2018-19) issued by a competent authority. The OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) Certificates issued before prior to 31st March 2019 will not be considered.

All candidates of all other categories need not upload any certificates, but produce all relevant certificates if selected. Failure to produce the certificates will lead to cancellation of the admission Please see Sections 8.2, 8.3 and 8.4 for more information.

All other SC, ST candidates whose parental income is more than Rs.2.5 lakhs, are expected to pay an application fee of Rs.500/- for online + Bank charges.

 4. Fees, Scholarships, Loans and Student Aid Policy for Students taking admission in TISS:
Eligible SC and ST candidates whose parent's/ guardian's income is less than 2.5 lakhs have to pay the basic fees (including Hostel and Dining Hall). Thereafter they can approach for Scholarship from their respective States if they fulfill the criteria for the award of the Govt. of India Post Matric Scholarship. If any eligible student fail to fill the form of GoI-PMS then he/she will be paid full fees of the programme to the Institute.

All SC and ST GoI-PMS (Government of India's Post Matric Scholarship ) eligible students who getting deferment in the fees payment of the heads which are covered under the said scheme. The scholarship amount get into the bank account of the students by the respective state government ( those who applying DBT system), students have to reimburse that into the institute account immediatly.

All candidates selected for programmes at TISS are required to pay fees and various other charges/ funds as given in the Fee Chart (please see below table) at the time of taking admission: TISS are required to pay exempted fees and various other charges/ funds as given in the Fee Chart (please see table below) at the time of taking admission:
 5. FEEs EXEMPTION UNDER GoI-PMS (Academic Year 2020-21)
Category Income Limit (Annually) Fees Exempted Hostel Dining Hall
SC (All States)

Less than

Rs.2.50 lakhs

Refer the Fee Chart* Below Not Exempted Not Exempted
ST (All States)

Less than

Rs.2.50 lakhs

Refer the Fee Chart* Below

Not Exempted

Not Exempted

(Including SBC, NTs DNTs from Maharashtra State)

Less than

Rs.1 lakh

Not Exempted Not Exempted Not Exempted

**Scholarship applications for OBC(NC) eligible students will be processed by the Social Protection Office and any amount received by the Institute will be reimbursed to students.

*Fee Chart ( For Eligible SC/ST Goi-Pms Candidates)
Particulars Fees Per Semester (in Rs.)
First Second Third Four Five Six
Medical Insurance 1,500 0 1,500 0 1,500 0
Students' Union 500 500 500 500 500 500
Convocation Fees 0 0 0 0 0 2,000
Hostel Charges 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000
Dining Hall Charges 16,000 16,000 16,000 16,000 16,000 16,000
Refundable Deposit 2,500 0 0 0 0 0
Total 35,500 31,500 33,000 33,500 33,000 33,500

  Kindly Note:

(i) Please link your Saving Bank Account (any Bank/Branch) with Aadhar Card Number to the said account to make it an Adhar Enabled Account- AEA) and also link your Aadhar Card to your mobile number for availing the scholarship benefits.

After joining the programme, a copy of the Aadhar Enabled Account (AEA) Passbook, Mobile No., E-mail ID and Self attested photocopy of the Aadhaar Card shall necessary be submitted to the SC/ST & EO Cell Office.

a). TISS offers ‘student aid’ for those with financial need. Arrangements are also made with nationalised banks to facilitate student educational loans. The Office of the Students Affairs will anchor these processes and candidates facing financial hardships are advised to avail of an educational loan to pay fees. Securing Scholarships / Loans will be the sole responsibility of the candidates and the Institute will not be responsible for ensuring the grant of release of loans by the Bank. Candidates can start repaying the loan taken after they have got a job (after getting their degree) or within one year of graduating (whichever is sooner).

b) Students who are eligible for Government of India Post-Matric Scholarships (GoI-PMS) are required to apply as per the procedures of the State and Union Governments concerned and secure, fill and submit scholarship application ON TIME. The Institute SC/ST Cell Office will help in submitting online the Scholarship Forms but the students would be responsible for applying and doing the necessary follow up.

c) Students are also responsible for renewing their Scholarship application as per the Government of India norms. Failure to renew scholarships may result in economic hardships and problems in completing course work. Institute will not be responsible for any adverse impact on course completion due to this.

6. Reimbursement of Traveling Allowance (TA)
If the SC/ ST candidate’s parent's/ guardian's income is less than Rs.2.5 lakhs (for SC/ ST) during the financial year 2018-19 and have submitted a certificate to this effect, they will be provided to and fro travel expenses (Second Class Railway or State Transport Bus fare) only for the TISS-BAT. The reimbursement of the travel expenses will be subject to their submission of the original tickets.                                            
The candidates are required to post/courier their filled in application form for TISS-BAT along with onward (original) and return (xerox) journey tickets, Caste/Tribe certificate and Income Certificate for preceding year (2018-19) issued by a competent authority. Only to and fro tickets of second sleeper class (by train) or State/Govt. Transport (by road) fares with shortest route will be reimbursed.  Local eligible candidates are not entitled for travel reimbursement.
7. Caste/ Tribe Certificate
Caste/ Tribe/ Income Certificates are valid only if issued by the Revenue Officer, Tahsildar, Block Development Officer or District Collector.
 8. OBC (NC) Certificate
OBC candidates from the creamy layer are treated as general candidates for the entire process of admission. Candidates belonging to OBC (creamy layer status) should select the category ‘General’ in the application form. Candidates belonging to OBC (non-creamy layer status) should have the community and non-creamy layer certificate issued after 1st April 2019 by an official of the Revenue Department of the respective State government along with an income certificate, if they are mailing a hard copy of the application. If not, these have to be produced in person upon selection and at the time of admissions.
Applications received without any of the above mentioned documents would be rejected.
Please note that the non-creamy layer certificate issued before 31 st March 2019 will be treated as outdated and such candidates will be treated as general candidates though they may belong to OBC(NC).

Please note that the Candidate’s caste is to be listed in the Central List issued by the Central Government.
9. KM and PWD Certificate
Candidates belonging to Kashmiri Migrants (KM) and Persons with Disability (PWD) categories should attach certificate-giving proof of their status. The certificates for PWD should indicate a minimum 40% of disability.