Reservation Policy

Reservation Policy for Mumbai, Tuljapur, Hyderabad Campuses and Centre at BALM:

Reservation Policy for admission to the year 2020--22 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 (EWSs) 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 (EWSs) 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 gross annual income below Rs.8.00 lakh (Rupees eight lakh only) are to be identified as EWSs 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 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 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 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 verify of 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 the North-Eastern India and thus reserves 66% of the seats for candidates from these states. 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 rest of India. The GoI reservation policy will be applicable to these 34% of the seats.



 1)  Persons With Disability:

As per Government of India requirement: the provisions under section 32 of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, 5% seats are reserved for persons with disabilities in admission requirements. The five categories of disabilities are: (a) low-vision/blindness, b) deaf and hard of hearing, and c) loco motor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victim and muscular dystrophy d) autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness e) multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d) including deaf-blindness in the catogory identified for each disabilities and any other category of disability specified by the Government of India regulations in this regard and applicable for reservations in higher education institutions.

Twenty one categories of Disability:

3.Leprosy Cured persons
4.Hearing Impairment (deaf and hard of hearing)
5.Locomotor Disability
7.Intellectual Disability
8.Mental Illness
9 Autism Spectrum Disorder
10.Cerebral Palsy
11.Muscular Dystrophy
12.Chronic Neurological conditions
13.Specific Learning Disabilities
14.Multiple Sclerosis
15.Speech and Language disability
18.Sickle Cell disease
19.Multiple Disabilities including deafblindness
20.Acid Attack victim
21.Parkinson's disease


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 an option to have a SCRIBE to assist them to complete the test. The SCRIBE should be an undergraduate student and should bring a valid ID proof at the time of the test.

The 5% quota will have "horizontal reservation" and 1% each will be reserved for physical disability, intellactual disability, mental behaviour disability caused due to chronic neurological conditions and blood disorder and multiple disability categories.


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 instituttions from the academic year 2020-21 and onwards till further orders:

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

(2) Increase in intake capacity upto 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 Famililies (Non-Migrants) living in the Kashmiri Valley need domicile certificate.


3) Armed Forces:

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

Priority I : Widows/wards of Defense personnel/Para-Military Personnel killed in action.

Required Certificate: Proof in Original.

Priority II : Wards of serving Defense Personnel and ex-servicemen/Para-Military personnel disabled in action.

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

Priority III : Widows/wards of Defense Personnel/Para-Military Personnel who died in peace time with death attributable to Military Service.

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

Priority IV : Wards of Defense Personnel/Para-Military Personnel disabled in peace time 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 Para-Military/Police Personnel 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

ix) President's Police Medal for Gallantry

x) Police Medal for Gallantry

Required Certificate: Proof of award in Original.

Priority VI : Wards of Defense Ex-servicemen.

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

Priority VII: Wives of : i) defence personnel disabled in action and boarded out from service. ii) defence 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 Defense 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.

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.