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M.A. admissions, 2014-2016


ANNOUNCEMENT: The process for M.A. Admissions 2014-2016 has ended





Established in 1936, Tata Institute of Social Sciences is a Government of India funded Deemed University that contributes to the creation of ecologically sustainable, equitable and just society. TISS through its 9 schools and 3 independent centres at the Mumbai Campus, along with vibrant campuses in Tuljapur (Rural Maharashtra), Guwahati and Hyderabad offers 45 highly competitive, socially relevant M.A. / M.Sc. / M.P.H./ M.H.A. Programmes in inter and trans-disciplinary areas of social work, health, management, development, habitat and climate sciences. The Institute has over 160 full-time highly accomplished faculty members involved in teaching, research, policy influencing and institution building activities. Currently, the Mumbai campus has over 1600 Masters and 380 Doctoral students. In 2009, TISS was re-accredited by NAAC and was awarded Grade “A” with a score of 3.88 out of 4.

Tuljapur, Guwahati and Hyderabad campuses have independent high quality faculty engaged in teaching, research, policy and outreach activities; and are networked with Mumbai campus to access library, online books and journals and classes. All campuses have unified campus placement programme.

TISS ANNOUNCES Admission to the 2014-16 batch for it's Full-Time (Regular) Post-Graduate Degree Programmes (M.A., M. Sc., M.H.A., M.P.H.) offered from Mumbai, Tuljapur, Guwahati and Hyderabad campuses


As per Government of India norms, Mumbai, Tuljapur and Hyderabad Campuses provide 15%, 7.5% and 27% reservation to Scheduled Caste, Schedule Tribe and Other Backward Classes (non-creamy layer) for each of the programmes. In addition, supernumerary seats are allocated to Persons With Disabilities (PWD) {3%} , Kashmiri migrants {1%} and children of the Armed Forces Employees {5%}

As per agreement with Ministry of Development of North-East Region, Government of India, Guwahati Campus allots 66% of the seats to candidates from eight North Eastern States. The remaining 34% of the seats are for candidates from other parts of the country. For these seats (34%) same rules for reservation mentioned above for SC/ST and OBC categories are applicable . In addition, supernumerary seats are allocated to Persons With Disabilities (PWD) {3%} , Kashmiri migrants {1%} and children of the Armed Forces Employees {5%}

Campus Preference:

TISS offers 45 Master's Degree programmes from its Mumbai, Tuljapur, Guwahati and Hyderabad campuses for the 2014-2016 batch. Candidates can apply for a maximum of three programmes across any of the two campuses indicating the order of preference. The merit list will be prepared based on the preferences given by the candidate in the application form.

National Entrance Test will take place at 35 centres in different cities/towns across the country.  Pre Interview Test (PIT) and Personal Interview (PI)  for programmes offered at  Mumbai, Tuljapur, MHAT, CUTN, and  BANYAN will be conducted at the Mumbai Campus . For programmes offered at Hyderabad and Guwahati, the PIT/PI will be conducted at the respective campuses. Candidates applying for programmes at more than one campus, will have to travel to these places for PIT/PI. Except for the eligible candidates from the SC/ST/OBC(NC) categories all others will bear the cost of travel, lodging and boarding for attending the NET, as well as PIT/PI.

In case the candidate is selected for more than one programme after National Entrance Test, Pre-Interview Test and Personal Interview, admission will be offered to the programme higher in the order of preference. For more information about the selection procedure click here.

Application Submission:

Candidates have to apply through the online application form only. Following are the steps involved in filling up the form

  • The candidate has to register with an emailid. The candidate will be sent a password which is to be used to login and fill the online form.
  • After login candidates have to fill in their basic details, academic details and have to mention the programmes they wish to apply for in the order of preference.
  • Pay the application fee (depending on number of programmes applied) either by depositing cash in any branch of SBI or through Credit card/ Debit Card/ Net Banking and
  • Scan and upload photograph, signature, marksheet of last exam passed and other necessary certificates.


Candidates having lack of access to internet services (remote area) can write to Mumbai campus for printed application form. They have to the application form and submit before last date of submission.

Candidate can apply for multiple programmes and pay for all the programmes in one online form and should not fill more than one online form. If a candidate is found to have filled more than one form, all his applications will be cancelled

Pre Admission Orientation:

Every year the pre-admission orientation is organised by the Social Protection Office(SPO) for all SC/ST/OBC/PWD/Minority candidates who have qualified to appear for the National Entrance Test of the Institute.  The objectives of this programme is to orient candidates from these categories to the whole process of the entrance test, various aspects of computer based test, group discussion/pre-interview test and personal interview. All the above category candidates are oriented to the facilities and entitlements. This orientation is a unique effort of the TISS to build confidence among SC,ST, OBC(NC), PWD and Minority candidates.

Candidates belonging to SC, ST, OBC(NC), PWD and minority communities are eligible to attend the two -day orientation programme to be held on November 15-16,  2013 at Mumbai, on November 30, 2013 & December 01, 2013 at Guwahati and on November 16-17, 2013 at Delhi, on November 23-24, 2013 at Bhubaneswar and on November 29-30,  2013 at Hyderabad. Candidates from these categories must choose the place nearest to their residence and indicate  the centre for orientation programme in their application form. An invitation letter by email from the Office of Dean, Social Protection Office will reach them 2 weeks prior to the date of orientation programme.

Travelling Allowance (TA) is paid to eligible* candidates (SC/ST/OBC(NC) for attending the Pre-Admission Orientation Programme at the Centre. The candidates are required to submit the TA form along with onward (Original) and return journey tickets(photo copy), Caste/Tribe/OBC(NC) certificate and Income Certificate for preceding year issued by a competent authority.

(*Criteria for Eligibility: Unemployed SC/ST and OBC(NC) candidates whose parent's / guardian's income is below Rs. 2.5 lakhs and Rs. 1 lakh respectively for the Financial Year 2012-13. Other SC/ST/OBC candidiates will not be entitled for TA.)


National Entrance Test:

National Entrance Test (TISS-NET)  is computer based. It will be held on December 22, 2013 from 2 pm to 3.40 pm in 35 centres (below mentioned) in different parts of the country.



Northern Region

Chandigarh, Dehradun, Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Noida, Varanasi

Eastern Region

Bhubaneshwar, Guwahati, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Patna, Raipur, Ranchi, Dimapur, Silchar

Western Region

Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Solapur

Southern Region

Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Visakhapatnam, Calicut, Madurai, Thiruvananthapuram

Note: The Institute may cancel any test centre and/or assign a nearby centre to a candidate, if the situation so demands.

Admit Card: Admit Card: Admit Card will be sent between 9th DECEMBER 2013 and 11th DECEMBER 2013, by e-mail to the candidate. Those candidates who have not received their admit card by December 12, 2013, can call TISS CARE : 022 - 2552 5252 OR may register their complaint by sending a mail to Please note that candidates without an admit card won't be allowed to attend the entrance test.

The PIT and PI for all the programmes will be held at TISS Mumbai, Hyderabad, Guwahati Campuses (please refer the to Important dates Tab) The actual date of the PIT and PI of a candidate will be put up on the TISS website and will also be intimated to the candidate through e-mail. Short-listed candidates are requested to contact the Assistant Registrar (Admissions), in case they do not receive any mail with regard to the date of PIT and PI by March 1, 2014.

Request for change in the date for the computer based National Entrance Test will not be considered. However, a change in the dates for PIT and PI may be considered, if the date of PIT and PI at the TISS clashes with the date of entrance test of another Institution or the date of final year examination of the candidate. However, the candidate must produce documentary evidence for this. Please note that the changed date for PIT and PI will be only within the time schedule announced by TISS.

The test consists of Multiple choice questions  and thus even those with rudimentary knowledge of working with computers or cell phones can do the test.

Candidates 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 Persons with Disabilities who has disability of 40% or more will get  compensatory extra time of  20 minutes per hour.

Key Positions

Prof. S. Parasuraman

M.Sc. (Pune), C.P.S. (IIPS),
D.P.D. (ISS, The Hague),
Ph.D. (Mumbai)


Prof. Neela Dabir

M.S.W. (Mumbai), Ph.D. (SNDT, Mumbai)

Deputy Director (Administration)

Mr. C.P. Mohankumar Registrar

Prof. Lakshmi Lingam

M.A. (Andhra), Ph.D. (IIT-B)

Deputy Director,
TISS Hyderabad

Prof. Virginius XaXa

M.A. (Pune), Ph.D. (IIT-Kanpur)

Deputy Director,
TISS Guwahati

Prof. Abdul Shaban

M.A. (Delhi), M.Phil., Ph.D. (IIT-B)

Deputy Director, School of Rural Development, TISS Tuljapur

Chairperson, International Students’ Office

Prof. C.A.K. Yesudian

M.A. (Madras), Ph.D. (TISS)

Dean, School of Health Systems Studies

Prof. S. Siva Raju

M.Sc., M.A. Ph.D. (SVU)

Dean, School of Development Studies

Prof. H.Beck

M.A. (TISS), Ph.D. (Aurangabad)

Dean, School of Social Work

Prof. D.K. Srivastava

M.Com., D.Phil. (Allahabad), F.D.P.M. (IIM-A)

School of Management and Labour Studies

Prof. T. Jayaraman

M.Sc. , Ph.D. (Madras)

Dean, School of Habitat Studies

Prof. Anjali Monteiro

M.A. (Pune) , Ph.D. (Goa)

Dean, School of Media and Cultural Studies

Prof. G.G. Wankhede

M.A., B.Ed. (Marathwada), M.Phil., Ph.D. (JNU)

Dean, School of Education

Prof. Asha Bajpai

LL.M., M.Phil., Ph.D. (NLSIU, Bangalore)

School of Law, Rights and Constitutional Governance

Prof. Lata Narayan

M.S.W., Ph.D. (Mumbai)

Centre for Lifelong Learning

Prof. Sujata Sriram

M.Sc., Ph.D. (Delhi)

Centre for Human Ecology

Prof. Madhushree Sekher

M.A. (Bhubaneshwar), Ph.D. (Bangalore),
Post-Doctoral Research (World Bank-Robert McNamara Fellow)

Centre for Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policies

Dr. Anil Sutar

M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. (Karnataka)

Centre for Research Methodology

Prof. Leena Abraham

M.A., Ph.D. (Mumbai)

Chairperson ,
Centre for Studies in Sociology of Education

Prof. Surinder Jaswal

M.A. (TISS), Ph.D. (London)

Research and Development

Prof. Arvind Tiwari

M.A., Ph.D. (Sagar)

Students’ Affairs

Prof. P.K. Shajahan

M.A. (Mahatma Gandhi), Ph.D (Delhi)

Social Protection

Prof. Nasreen Rustomfram

M.A. Ph.D. (TISS)

Gender Amity Committee

Mr. D.K. Shetty

B.Com. (Ranchi), PGD in PM&IR (XISS)

Deputy Registrar (P&A)

Ms. Rajee Menon

B.Com. (Mumbai)

Deputy Registrar (F&A)

Mr. Mustafa Momin

M.Com(Shivaji), D.P.M.(TISS),
F.S.M.(Mumbi) , PGDEM(Mumbai)

Assistant Registrar (Academic)

Ms. Geeta Venket


Assistant Registrar (Academic)


Programmes Offered At Different Campuses

Mumbai Campus :

Sr. No.

School of Social Work (M. A. Social Work in)


1 Children & Families 30
2 Criminology & Justice 26
3 Community Organisation & Development Practice 30
4 Disability Studies & Action 26
5 Dalit & Tribal Studies & Action 30
6 Mental Health *# 20
7 Public Health 20
8 Livelihoods & Social Entrepreneurship (mentioned as Livelihoods and Entrepreneurship in the online application form) 30
9 Women-Centred Practice 20

School of Management and Labour Studies (M.A. in)

10 Human Resource Management & Labour Relations 60
11 Social Entrepreneurship 30
12 Globalisation and Labour ** 20

School of Health Systems Studies (Master of)

13 Health Administration (MHA) 35
14 Hospital Administration (MHA) 45
15 Public Health (MPH) in Social Epidemiology 25
16 Public Health (MPH) in Health Policy, Economics and Finance*** 20

School of Development Studies (M.A. in)

17 Development Studies 45
Women's Studies 26

School of Education (M.A. in)

19 Education (Elementary) 40

School of Habitat Studies (M.A. / M. Sc. in)

20 Climate Change and Sustainability Studies 15
21 Disaster Management 40
22 Urban Policy and Governance 20
23 Regulatory Governance 20
24 Water Policy and Governance 15

Centre for Human Ecology (M.A. in)

25 Applied Psychology - Specialization in Counseling Psychology 26
26 Applied Psychology - Specialization in Clinical Psychology* 20

School for Media and Cultural Studies (M.A. in)

27 Media and Cultural Studies 26

Centre for Library and Information Management Studies,
Sir Dorabji Tata Memorial Library
(Master of)

Library and Information Science (MLISc) 15

School of Law, Rights and Constitutional Governance

29 LLM in Access to Justice 30

TISS Mumbai also offers two online Masters programmes in Child rights and International Family Studies. Admission to these programmes for 2014-16 will be announced at a later date.


Tuljapur Campus :

30 M. A. in Social Work in Rural Development 30
31 M.A. in Development Policy, Planning and Practice 30
32 M.A, in Social Entrepreneurship 30
33 M.A. in Sustainable Livelihood, Natural Resources Management and Governance 30

Hyderabad Campus:

34 M. A. in Rural Development and Governance 30
35 M. A. in Education 30
36 M.A. in Public Policy and Governance 30
37 M.A. in Women's Studies 30
38 M.A. in Development Studies 30

Guwahati Campus:

39 M.A. in Ecology, Environment and Sustainable Development 20
40 M.A. in Labour Studies and Social Security 15
41 M.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies 15

M.A. Social Work in

42 Community Organisation & Development Practices 20
43 Livelihoods and Social Entrepreneurship (mentioned as Livelihoods and Entrepreneurship in the online application form) 20
44 Counseling 15
45 Public Health 15

* In order to meet acute shortage of Mental Health care professionals in the country, TISS offers the M. A. Social Work in Mental Health and M.A. in Applied Psychology- Specialization in Clinical Psychology  in multiple locations

  • TISS Mumbai Campus ( Mental Health);
  • Central University of Tamil Nadu (CUTN), Tiruvarur (Mental Health);
  • THE BANYAN, Chennai (Mental Health) and
  • MHAT, Calicut. ( Mental Health and Applied Psychology- Specialization in Clinical Psychology)


The intake of students in each of these programmes  at different locations will be 20.

# Developed in collaboration with Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. KULEUVEN and Brothers of Charity, Belgium are partners in providing field work exposure to interventions addressing mental health issues in Belgium where some of the students may get an opportunity to spend part of the time during the course.

** Part of International Labour Organisation (ILO) facilitated Global Labour University. University of Kassel, and Berlin School of Economics and Law, Germany; University of the Witwatersrand (WITS), Johannesburg, South Africa; and The University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and the Institute of Economics, Brazil are other partners of the GLU.

*** Developed in collaboration with LSE Health, London School of Economics and Political Science, London.

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