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Tata Institute of Social Sciences


Reservation Policy

Reservation Policy for Mumbai, Tuljapur, and Hyderabad Campuses:

All rules related to reservations of seats under different categories and priorities will be applied only at the time of final seat allocation through merit list / wait list.

Reservation Policy for admission to the academic year 2023-24 is as per Government of India requirements:-

(a) Scheduled Castes SC : 15% of the total seats.

(b) Schedule Tribes ST : 7.5% of the total seats.

(c) Other Backward Classes OBC (Non-Creamy Layers).: 27% of the total seats.

The seats reserved for the SC/ST shall be filled by the SC/ST candidates only. However, in the case of non-availability of the eligible candidates, the reserved seats may be interchanged between the SC & ST. If still any seat remains unfilled, the same shall be left vacant.

The seats reserved for the OBCs shall be filled with the OBC candidates only. Only if OBC candidates possessing the minimum eligibility marks are not available in the OBC category then the vacant OBC seats shall be converted into General Category seats in accordance with the admission schedule notified by the Institute.

Reservation Policy for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) Ceritificate

In accordance with the provisions of the Constitution (One Hundred and Third Amendment) Act 2019, and the reference of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment vide OM NO.20013/01/2018-BC-II dated: 17th January, 2019, enabling provision of reservation for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) who are not covered under the existing scheme of reservations for the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes, it has been decided to provide reservation in admission to educational institutions subject to a maximum of ten percent of the total seats in each category.

Where, on a representation by any Central Educational Institution, the appropriate authority is satisfied that for reasons of financial, physical or academic limitations or in order to maintain the standards of education, the annual permitted strength in any branch of study or faculty of such institution cannot be increased for the academic session following the commencement of this Act, it may permit such institution to increase the annual permitted strength over a maximum period of two years beginning with the academic session following the commencement of this Act: and then, the extent of reservation for the Economically Weaker Sections shall be limited for that academic session in such manner that the number of seats made available to the Economically Weaker Sections for each academic session shall not reduce the number and the percentage of reservations provided for SC/ST/OBC categories.

The scheme for implementing the reservation for the EWS shall be displayed on the website of the website of the institution as soon as possible, but no later than 31st March 2019.


Persons who are not covered under the scheme of reservation for SCs, STs, and OBCs and whose family has a gross annual income below Rs.8.00 lakh (Rupees eight lakh only) are to be identified as EWS for benefit of reservation. Income shall also include income from all sources i.e. salary, agriculture, business, profession, etc. for the financial year prior to the year of application. Also, persons whose family owns or possesses any of the following assets shall be excluded from being identified as EWS, irrespective of the family income:-

i. 5 acres of agricultural land and above:
ii. Residential flat of 1000 sq. ft. and above,
iii. Residential plot of 100 sq. yards and above in notified municipalities;
iv. Residential plot of 200 sq. yards and above in areas other than the notified municipalities.

The property held by a “Family” in different locations or different places/ cities would be clubbed while applying the land or property holding test to determine EWS status.

The term “Family” for this purpose will include the person who seeks the benefit of reservation, his/her parents and siblings below the age of 18 years as also his/ her spouse and children below the age of 18 years.


The benefit of reservation under EWS can be availed upon the production of an Income and Asset Certificate issued by a Competent Authority. The Income and Asset Certificate issued by any one of the following authorities in the prescribed format as given in Annexure-I shall only be accepted as proof of the candidate’s claim as belonging to EWS:-

i. District Magistrate/ Additional District Magistrate/ Collector/ Deputy Commissioner/ Additional Deputy Commissioner/ 1st class Stipendiary Magistrate/ Sub-Divisional Magistrate/ Taluka Magistrate/ Executive Magistrate/ Extra Assistant Commissioner
ii. Chief Presidency Magistrate/ Additional Chief Presidency Magistrate/ Presidency Magistrate.
iii. Revenue Officer not below the rank of Tehsildar and
iv. Sub-Divisional Officer or the area where the candidate and/or his family normally resides.

The Appointing Authorities/ Admitting Universities should, in the offer of Appointment/ Admission to the candidates claiming to be belonging to EWS, include the following clause:-

“The Appointment/ Admission is provisional and is subject to the Income and asset certificate being verified through the proper channels and if the verification reveals that the claim to belong to EWS is fake/false the Services/ Admission will be Terminated/ Cancelled forthwith without assigning any further reasons and without prejudice to such further action as may be taken under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code for production of fake/false certificate.”

The Appointing Authority/ Admitting Universities should verify the income and asset certificate submitted by the candidate through the certificate issuing authority.

Reservation Policy for the Guwahati Campus :

TISS Guwahati is meant to serve the eight states in North-Eastern India and thus reserves 66% of the seats for candidates from these states. A specific quota is allotted for each of the eight states, and seat allotment for each of the states will be governed by the reservation policy of the respective state.

The remaining 34% of the seats are for candidates from the rest of India. The GoI reservation policy will be applicable to this 34% of the seats.



 1)  Persons With Disability:

As per the Government of India, Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, 5% of seats are reserved for persons with disabilities in admission requirements. The five categories of disabilities are:

1.  Physical disability:
A.   Locomotor disability (a person's inability to execute distinctive activities associated with movement of self and objects resulting from affliction of the musculoskeletal or nervous system or both), including—

(a)   "leprosy cured person" means a person who has been cured of leprosy but is suffering from—

(i)  loss of sensation in hands or feet as well as loss of sensation and paresis in the eye and eye lid but with no manifest deformity;

(ii)  manifest deformity and paresis but have sufficient mobility in their hands and feet to enable them to engage in normal economic activity;

(iii)    extreme physical deformity as well as advanced age which prevents him/her from undertaking any gainful occupation, and the expression "leprosy cured" shall be construed accordingly;

(b)   "cerebral palsy" means a Group of the non-progressive neurological condition affecting body movements and muscle coordination, caused by damage to one or more specific areas of the brain, usually occurring before, during, or shortly after birth;

(c)  "dwarfism" means a medical or genetic condition resulting in an adult height of 4 feet 10 inches (147 centimeters) or less;

(d)   "muscular dystrophy" means a group of hereditary genetic muscle diseases that weakens the muscles that move the human body and persons with multiple dystrophy have incorrect and missing information in their genes, which prevents them from making the proteins they need for healthy muscles. It is characterised by progressive skeletal muscle weakness, defects in muscle  proteins, and the death of muscle cells and tissue;

(e)  "acid attack victims" means a person disfigured due to violent assaults by throwing acid or a similarly corrosive substance.

B. Visual impairment—

(a)  "blindness" means a condition where a person has any of the following conditions, after best correction—

(i)   total absence of sight; or

(ii)  visual acuity less than 3/60 or less than 10/200 (Snellen) in the better eye with best possible correction; or

(iii)  limitation of the field of vision subtending an angle of less than 10 degrees.

(b)  "low-vision" means a condition where a person has any of the following conditions, namely:—

(i)  visual acuity not exceeding 6/18 or less than 20/60 upto 3/60 or upto 10/200 (Snellen) in the better eye with best possible corrections; or

(ii)  limitation of the field of vision subtending an angle of less than 40 degrees up to 10 degrees.

C. Hearing impairment—

(a)  "deaf" means persons having 70 DB hearing loss in speech frequencies in both ears;

(b)  "hard of hearing" means a person having 60 DB to 70 DB hearing loss in speech frequencies in both ears;

D.  "speech and language disability" means a permanent disability arising out of conditions such as laryngectomy or aphasia affecting one or more components of speech and language due to organic or neurological causes.

2.   Intellectual disability: a condition characterised by significant limitations both in intellectual functioning (reasoning, learning, problem-solving) and in adaptive behavior which covers a range of everyday, social and practical skills, including—

(a)   "specific learning disabilities" means a heterogeneous group of conditions wherein there is a deficit in processing language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself as a difficulty to comprehend, speak, read, write, spell, or do mathematical calculations and including such conditions as perceptual disabilities, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, and developmental aphasia;

(b)  "autism spectrum disorder" means a neuro-developmental condition typically appearing in the first three years of life that significantly affects a person's ability to communicate, understand relationships and relate to others, and is frequently associated with unusual or stereotypical rituals or behaviors.

3.  Mental behavior:
"mental illness" means a substantial disorder of thinking, mood, perception, orientation, or memory that grossly impairs judgment, behavior, capacity to recognise reality, or ability to meet the ordinary demands of life, but does not include retardation which is a condition of arrested or incomplete development of mind of a person, specially characterised by sub normality of intelligence.

4.  Disability caused due to:
(a)   chronic neurological conditions, such as—

(i)  "multiple sclerosis" means an inflammatory, nervous system disease in which the myelin sheaths around the axons of nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord are damaged, leading to demyelination and affecting the ability of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord to communicate with each other;

(ii)   "Parkinson's disease" means a progressive disease of the nervous system marked by tremors, muscular rigidity, and slow, imprecise movement, chiefly affecting middle-aged and elderly people associated with degeneration of the basal ganglia of the brain and a deficiency of the neurotransmitter dopamine.

(b)  Blood disorder—

(i)   "hemophilia" means an inheritable disease, usually affecting only male but transmitted by women to their male children, characterised by loss or impairment of the normal clotting ability of blood so that a minor would may result in fatal bleeding;

(ii)   "thalassemia" means a group of inherited disorders characterised by reduced or absent amounts of hemoglobin.

(iii)   "sickle cell disease" means a hemolytic disorder characterised by chronic anemia, painful events, and various complications due to associated

tissue and organ damage; "hemolytic" refers to the destruction of the cell membrane of red blood cells resulting in the release of hemoglobin.

5. Multiple Disabilities: (more than one of the above-specified disabilities) including deaf-blindness which means a condition in which a person may have a combination of hearing and visual impairments causing severe communication, developmental, and educational problems.

6.  Any other category as may be notified by the Central Government.

This provision is applicable if the candidate suffers from any of the listed disabilities to the extent of not less than 40% as certified by medical authority as prescribed and explained in the said Act.
Persons with visual impairment will be given the option to have a SCRIBE to assist them to complete the test. The SCRIBE should be an undergraduate student and should bring valid ID proof at the time of the test.


2) Kashmiri Migrants and Kashmiri Pandit / Kashmiri Hindu Families (Non-Migrant ):

The concession for the wards of Kashmiri Migrants and Kashmiri Pandit / Kashmiri Hindu Families (Non-Migrants) living in Kashmir valley for admission in Higher Education Institutions:

The Ministry’s letter No. 3-1/2012-NER dated 12.03.2015 and 22.07.2016, it has been decided to allow the following concessions to the wards of Kashmiri Migrants as well as Kashmiri Pandits / Kashmiri Hindu Families who are living in the Kashmiri Valley, in the matter of their admission in the educational institutions from the academic year 2020-21 and onwards till further orders:

(1) Relaxation in cutoff percentage up to 10% subject to minimum eligibility requirement.

(2) Increase in intake capacity up to 5% course-wise.

(3) Reservation of at least one seat in merit quota in technical/professional institutions

(4) Waiving off domicile requirements for Kashmiri Migrants only. Kashmiri Pandits / Kashmiri Hindu families (Non-Migrants) living in the Kashmiri Valley need a domicile certificate.


3) Armed Forces:

Reservation of 5% seats (supernumerary quota) for Children/widows of personnel Armed Forces killed/disabled in action during the hostilities in the following priority:-

Priority I: Widows/wards of Defense personnel killed in action.

Required Certificate: Proof in Original.

Priority II: Wards of disabled in action and boarded out from service.

Required Certificate: Original disability certificate clearly indicating the disability is attributable to Military Services.

Priority III: Widows/wards of Defense personnel who died while in service with death attributed to military service.

Required Certificate: Original death certificate clearly indicating the cause of death is attributable to Military Service.

Priority IV: Wards of disabled in service and boarded out with disability attributable to military service.

Required Certificate: Original disability certificate clearly indicating the disability is attributable to Military  Service.

Priority V: Wards of Serving Defense Personnel and Ex-servicemen who are in receipt of Gallantry Awards.

i) Param Vir Chakra

ii) Ashok Chakra

iii) Maha Vir Chakra

iv) Kirti Chakra

v) Vir Chakra

vi) Shaurya Chakra

vii) Sena, Nau Sena, Vayu Sena Medal

viii) Mention-in-Despatches

Required Certificate: Proof of award in Original.

Priority VI : Wards of Ex-servicemen.

Required Certificate: Original ex-servicemen Identity Card/discharge book/PPO(Pension Payment Order).

Priority VII: Wives of :

i) defense personnel disabled in action and boarded out from service.

ii) defense personnel disabled in service and boarded out with disability attributable to military service.

iii) ex-Servicemen and serving personnel who are in receipt of Gallantry Awards.

Required Certificate: Proof of award in Original.

Priority VIII: Wards of serving Personnel.

Required Certificate: Original Service Identity Cards and Dependent Card/Certificate issued by the Competent Authority.

Priority IX: Wives of Serving Personnel.

Required Certificate: Original Service Identity Cards and Dependent Card/Certificate issued by the Competent Authority.

 Clarification regarding reservation policy:
1. The application of the reservation process this year remains the same as in previous years and is in accordance with all statutory norms. No change has been made to this.

2. The number of candidates shortlisted for Stage 2 under each category will be arrived at in a ratio approved by the competent body of TISS based on the number of seats under each category as per reservation rules and the score candidates in that category receive for TISS NET.

3. As has been the process followed in previous years, the cut-off for different reserved categories will be different and no standard cut-off will be applied for all categories.

4. The TISS admissions process is approved by the competent body of the Institute following all statutory provisions and government guidelines on the matter.

Candidates are advised to refer to the institute’s admissions website only for information. Institute takes no responsibility for any other sources of information.
Deputed Candidates

In the case of government officers/employees from Departments of Education/SCERTs/DIETs, teachers and resource persons applying for the M.A. Education (Elementary) programme, 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 for the programme and/or interview.

Officers for other programmes deputed by the Central and State Governments and autonomous organisations for studying any of the Master’s Degree programmes will have to undergo a PI.

In the case of Defence Personnel applying for M.A./M.Sc. in Disaster Management, the eligible candidates will be called for a Written Test at TISS, and, if found eligible, for the PI also at TISS.


International Candidates:

Admission of International Students to all the Master's Degree programmes offered by TISS will be done through the International Relations Office (IRO) of TISS. Students will be admitted in the beginning of the degree programme. For customised short-term course, students can be admitted at any time during the year. All foreign nationals(holding citizenship other than Indian or in addition to that of Indian) are eligible to apply as International Students. For detailed information on Eligibility, Selection Procedure, Fees and On-line Application Form etc. please visit the IRO Information Brochure on TISS website.