FAQs on TISS


Q1) Can you tell me something about TISS ?

TISS (Tata Institue of Social Sciences), established in 1936, is the leading institute in the field of 'Social Work'. It is considered as a pioneering effort with the objective of Social Welfare through academic excellence.Today, TISS has earned recognition as an institution of repute from different Ministries of the Government of India, various State Governments, international agencies such as the United Nations, and the non-government sector, both national and international. This is due to the academic freedom leading to a positive work ethos and creativity in the Institute, strong linkages among education, research, field action and dissemination and the social commitment and responsiveness to varying social needs.

Q2) What is the entrance test / qualifying test for the Masters Programs of TISS?

TISS's National common written test to be held on Sunday, January 13 2013 is the qualifying examination for admission to its various Masters Programs. This year the examination will be conducted both in online as well as paper-pencil format. The students can choose the either of the formats.

Q3) What is the core / flagship program related to field of Management ?

M.A. HRM – LR (Human Resources Management & Labour Relations) is the program related to the field of management. It is equivalent to MBA in HRM & LR.

Q4) How good is the MA Human Resources Management & LR program ?

It is one of India's most prestigious programs in the field of HR. It is rated as "AAA" as per T.I.M.E B-school ranking for 2012.

Q5) What is the eligibility criteria and the total number of seats for MA HRM & LR program ?

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.

The total number of seats for the MA HRM & LR program is 60 seats.

Q6) What is the complete selection criteria and weightage to these criterion for the MA HRM & LR Program ?

Criteria & respective weightage

National common written test – 100 marks

Pre interview test (The Pre-Interview Test consists of either a Group Discussion (GD) or a Written Test) - 50 marks Personal Interview – 75 marks-Total-225 marks

Q7) Is there reservation for the Masters programs of TISS?

For the Mumbai, Tuljapur and Hyderabad Campuses

Reservation of seats is as per Government of India requirements: 15% for Scheduled Castes, 7.5% for Scheduled Tribes and 27% for Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layers Persons With Disability: 3% seats as applicable will be considered in the Master’s Degree Programmes for PWD of which 1% each is reserved for persons with (a) Low Vision/Blindness, (b) Hearing Impairment, and (c) Learning Disability/Cerebral Palsy.

Kashmiri Migrants: Subject to the GoI directives.

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.

Q8) How is the admission process scheduled to take place?

I Last Date for Receipt of Completed Forms at the Institute by Post and in Person November 30, 2012
II Last Date for Receipt of Completed Forms at the Institute from Remote Areas/Regions December 3, 2012
III Pre-admission Orientation Programme for SC, ST, OBC,Minority and PWD Candidates December 14 - 16, 2012
IV Common Entrance Test – (Computer Based) at Different Centres January 13, 2013
V Announcement of Eligible Candidates on TISS website for Pre Interview Test and Personal Interview February 1, 2013
VI Pre-Interview Test and Personal Interview at TISS Mumbai Campus for all the Programmes across Campuses March 7- 20, 2013
VII Announcement of Selection on TISS website for all the Programmes April 12, 2013

Commencement of the Academic Session, 2013-2015
I M.A. Education (Elementary) May 13, 2013
II All Other Programmes June 10, 2013


Q9) What is the pattern of the written qualifying test ?

The National common written test will be of 100 marks and the duration of the test will be 1 hour and 40 minutes. The objective test will have questions related to Social Sensitivity; Knowledge on Contemporary issues; Analytical Ability, and Logical Reasoning. There will be no negative marking. The entire pattern of the test has not been revealed (as on 21 November 2012).

Q10) Can I take a demo test ?

Yes, you can take a demo TISS national common entrance test using the following link http://www.digialm.com/TISS_MOCK/

Q11) Can you give me some suggestions on how to prepare for TISS Entrance Test for MA HRM& LR program ?

A decent enough preparation for CAT would suffice for Quantitative aptitude based questions.

For the Data Interpretation questions CAT preparation would suffice. However, students are advised to practice observation based questions and brush up their calculation techniques / Speed Maths.

For the Logical Reasoning questions, it would be advisable for students to revise concepts pertaining to Puzzles, Number and Letter Series, Verbal Analogies, Coding and Decoding, Deductions, and Non-Verbal Reasoning.

For the questions on language ability a good preparation for CAT would suffice. The students should focus on Reading Comprehension , Vocabulary Usage, Antonyms & Analogies, Fill in the Blanks, Error Identification (Grammar), Para forming questions, & Summary questions.

For preparation on General Awareness, in addition to reading newspapers regularly, it would be advisable for a student to prepare from the following sources:
  1. India 2011 / 2012 Yearbook (published by Govt. Of India). This (especially the Labor chapter) will help in answering General Awareness questions on Social Awareness.

  2. Last 10-12 issues of MBA Education and Careers (T.I.M.E. Magazine)

  3. GAHO and GAT question papers

  4. Economic Times

  5. Manorama & CSR Year Book - it helps in preparation for stock type questions

Q12) Can you tell me something about the PIT(pre interview test)?

The PIT has 50 marks weightage(out of 225 marks) during the final selection process.

Short-listing of candidates for the second round of selection (PIT and PI) will be based on cut-off marks to be decided later by the Institute. Only short-listed candidates will receive call letters for the second round (PIT and PI) to be held in Mumbai. The Pre-Interview Test consists of either a Group Discussion (GD) or a Written Test.

Q13) Can you tell something about the PI stage of selection process?

The PI has 75 marks weightage(out of 225 marks) during the final selection process.

The candidate is expected to be acquainted with the programme for which he/she has applied for, as questions may be asked on the topic during the Personal Interview (PI).

Note: PIT and PI will be centrally held in the TISS Mumbai campus for all the programmes across all campuses. Thus, candidates short-listed for all programmes for Tuljapur, Guwahati and Hyderabad campuses will come to Mumbai for PIT and PI.

Q14)In case I face any problem during the application process or I have any query, who can I contact?

You can get your queries addressed using the following phone number and email id

Admissions Helpline : 022 - 2552 5252

Email for Queries related to Admissions : pgadmission@tiss.edu





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