TISSNET 2019 - Syllabus, Eligibility, Application form, 2019 Notification

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Introduction to the Exam

TISSNET is an entrance exam conducted by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) for admission to its Master’s programme. The exam is held across 39 cities in the country.  The institute offers 55 Master’s Degree programmes. TISS has 5 campuses in the following cities:

  • Mumbai
  • Tuljapur
  • Guwahati
  • Chennai
  • Hyderabad

This year the exam was conducted on 6th January 2018. The application process began from October 2017 and December 8, 2017 was the Last Date for Online form Application / Registration for All Master’s programmes.

The following table gives a brief overview of TISS NET

Name of examination TISS NET
Type of exam Master’s ( post graduate)
Level of exam University
Conducting body TATA Institute of Social Science (TISS)
Exam date 6th January 2018
Number of programmes offered 55

Structure and pattern of exam

 

The TISSNET 2018 was held on 6th January 2018.

The exam is conducted through online means i.e. it is computer based. The language of the exam is English. The total duration of the exam is 1 hour 40 minutes.

It is an objective type exam with multiple choice questions. Each question will have four options. Total number of questions asked in the examination is 100, each question carrying 1 mark making the total marks allotted for the exam to be 100.

The exam has 4 sections, the details of which are given in the following table:

Topic Number of questions Marks allotted
General Awareness 40 40
Maths + Logical Reasoning 30 30
English Proficiency 30 30
Total 100 100

 

It is important to remember that there is no negative marking for wrong answers.

Eligibility Criteria

Since this exam is conducted for seeking admission in master’s level, only candidate who have a bachelor’s degree or who are in their final year of undergraduate programme are eligible to apply.

Further details of the eligibility criteria are given below:

Candidates who have bachelor’s degree with 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 are eligible to apply.

OR

Candidates who are studying in 3 year degree programme, during the time of application must have passed in all the subjects for the 1st to 4th semesters and candidates who are studying in 4 year degree programmes must have passed in all the subjects for 1st to 6th semester.

Points to be kept in Mind-

  • It is important to remember that only those Candidates are eligible to apply, who will be able to complete all the requirements of their final year Bachelor’s Degree examinations by Saturday, June 2, 2018.
  • Further, candidates in their final year of undergraduate degree must remember that till the time the candidate submits results of the final year degree examination, admission to any of the Master’s Degree Programmes of the Institute will be provisional. The results of the final examination have to be submitted before September 30, 2018. Those who fail to do so the provisional admission stands cancelled.

Form Submission and application process

Registration and application process for TISS NET 2018 had begun in October 2017, and the last date for the same was 8th December 2017.

Candidates can apply for a maximum of three programmes across any two of the TISS Campuses and other Centre locations

Candidates can apply both via online and offline. In order to apply offline candidates need to get a printed copy of TISSNET application form from the institute by sending a request by Speed Post with application form fees to Assistant Registrar (Academic), Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Deonar Mumbai, 400088.

For online method, candidates need to visit the official site of TISS NET 2018 i.e https://appln.tiss.edu/

The following documents are required both for offline and online application:

  • Photograph, Signature, TISS copy of challan (if paid by cash)

Below is a list of documents required in case of different categories/caste-

Category Documents Required
In case the candidate belongs to SC / ST  with Annual income less than Rs.2.5 lakhs

 

Candidates need to submit Caste / Tribe Certificate, Income Certificate for the financial year 2016-17 along with photograph, signature and copy of challan.

 

For candidates belonging from SC / ST  with Annual income more than Rs.2.5 lakhs

 

Candidates need to submit their caste certificate along with signature, photographs and cash challan.

 

For candidates belonging to OBC (NC) Annual income less than Rs.1 lakh

 

Candidates need to submit Photograph, Signature, Income Certificate for the financial year 2016-17, Other Backward Class (Non-Creamy Layer) certificate issued after 01-04-2017 by the District Magistrate / Deputy Commissioner / Tahsildar, TISS copy of challan (if paid by cash).

 

For candidates belonging from OBC(Non Creamy Layer) (Annual income more than Rs.1 lakh but less than Rs. 8 lakhs)

 

Candidates need to submit-photograph, Signature, TISS copy of challan (if paid by cash), Other Backward Class (Non-Creamy Layer) certificate issued after 01-04-2017 by the District Magistrate / Deputy Commissioner / Tahsildar.

Certificates dated before April 1, 2017 will not be considered valid.

 

For candidates belonging to PWD Category

 

Photograph, Signature, TISS copy of challan (if paid by cash) and PWD certificate.

 

For candidates belonging to KM category

 

Photograph, Signature, TISS copy of challan (if paid by cash) and KM certificate.

 

For candidates belonging to armed forces Photograph, Signature, TISS copy of challan (if paid by cash) and Armed Force certificate

 

The application fee can be paid both via online and offline means-

Online- Credit, debit card or net banking

Offline- Cash Deposit in any SBI Branch using the prescribed challan.

The table below shows the application fee for different categories in case it is to be paid via online means:

Category Number of Programmes Fee(in INR)
General 1 1030
2 2060
3 3090
Eligible SC/ST/OBC(NC) 1 260
2 520
3 780

The table below shows the application fee for different categories in case it is to be paid via offline means:

Category Number of programmes Fee(in INR)
General 1 1000+bank charges
2 2000+bank charges
3 3000+bank charges
Eligible SC/ST/OBC(NC) 1 250+bank charges
2 500+bank charges
3 750+bank charges

Refund of Fee

Candidates looking for refund of admission fee are requested to go through the below information-

Admit Card

The admit card for TISS NET 2018 was released on 21st December 2017. Candidates can download their admit card online by visiting https://appln.tiss.edu/ and logging in with their email id and password.

The admit card will contain details of the candidate like

  • Name of the candidate
  • Parent’s name
  • Date of birth
  • Application number
  • Date and Time of examination and so on

Candidates must check their details as mentioned in the admit card. Candidates will have to carry their admit card along with a valid id proof in order to sit for the examination. Failing to do so will lead to disqualification of the candidate from sitting for the exam.

Candidates should also retain the admit card carefully for future use.

Admission process

Admission to TISS is a three-step process. TISS NET is only the first step. Candidates who a clear the cut off of TISS NET are shortlisted for the next rounds which include a Pre Interview Test and Personal Interview. (PIT/PI). The following table shows the marks allotted for the different stages of admission:

Name of stage Marks allotted
National Common Written Test( TISS NET) 100
Pre-Interview Test/GD 75
Personal Interview 50
Total 225

Pre Interview Test:

The shortlisted candidates after the TISS NET will be called for the Pre Interview Test. The PIT is conducted for all the programmes across all TISS Campuses.

The PIT is usually a written exam for most of the programmes. However, it might include Group Discussion for a few programmes as well.

Personal Interview (PI):

Candidates will appear for a personal interview after the PIT. In the personal Interview round questions are usually asked to understand the values and thinking of the candidates as well as on their knowledge about the programmes for which they are applying .

Hence it is advised that the candidates prepare well enough about the programmes that they are applying for.

PIT/PI is organised in four campuses: Mumbai, Tuljapur, and Hyderabad and Guwahati campuses. Candidates for programmes from Mumbai and other locations will come to Mumbai Campus for the PIT/PI. Candidates selected for programmes at Tuljapur, Hyderabad, Guwahati will attend PIT/PI at those campuses.

 

Final Merit List Preparation:

After the completion of all the three rounds, the final merit list is prepared on the basis of which candidates are granted admission in TISS.

The following table shows the weightage accorded to each stage of the admission process:

Stage of admission Weightage granted (in %)
NET 40
PIT 30
PI 30

It is important to remember that in case there is a tie between two candidates, it is their PI marks will be preferred, in case if there is tie between their PI marks their PIT will be considered, if their PIT tie then Entrance exam will be preferred if Entrance exam is also tie then the candidate who is older will be given preference.

Candidates whose names feature in the final merit list will have to visit their designated campus along with the required documents and upon the payment of the programme fees, admission will be granted.

Notification

Although no particular notification was released, the registration process began from the 24th of October, 2017. One can begin the registration process at the official website i.e. https://appln.tiss.edu/.

Syllabus

The TISSNET syllabus can broadly be divided into three sections. The sections are General Awareness, Math + Logical Reasoning and English Proficiency. A detailed list is:

Section Syllabus
General Awareness
  • Environment & ecology
  • Politics/History/Governance/Law
  • Economy/ Policy
  • International politics/ current events
  • Gender/Health/Education
  • Labour
  • Media/ICTs/Literature/Art/Culture
  • Sports
Math and Logical Reasoning LOGICAL REASONING
  • Number Series
  • Alphabet Series
  • Eye for detail
  • Statement Conclusion/Assumption/
  • Arguments
  • Logical Connectivity
  • Linear/Circular/Family Arrangement
  • Venn Diagram
  • Puzzles
  • Cubes

Mathematics

  • Bar graph
  • Tables
  • Pie chart
  • Double pie chart
  • Case lets
  • Multiple graphs
  • Line graphs
  • Data comparison
  • Profit Loss
  • Averages
  • Basic Geometry
  • Ratio and Proportions
  • Percentages
English Proficiency
  • Antonyms
  • Analogies
  • Odd word out
  • Word substitute in a sentence
  • Right usage of words in fill in the blank
  • Right usage of word in match the following
  • Fill in the Blanks – Homophones
  • Idioms – Fill in the blank
  • Idioms – Match the following
  • Error spotting – grammar/words/ punctuation
  • Sentence Correction
  • Purpose of the passage
  • Strengthen and Weaken
  • Assumption and Supporting Statement
  • Flaw and Discrepancy
  • Inference and Conclusion Drawn
  • Passage based questions
  • Author’s Point of View
  • Main idea of the passage

Important Dates

Event Dates
Start of the Admission Process October 24th, 2017
Last date for the admission process/ to fill the online application form December 8th, 2017
Last to for the post to be received (offline application) December 8th, 2017
Issue of the Admit Cards December 21st, 2017

(It can be downloaded until January 5th, 2018)

Pre-admission orientation program for SC/ST/OBC/Minority and PWD candidates that will be held at Mumbai/Tuljapur/Hyderabad and Guwahati Campuses December 22nd and 23rd , 2017
Date of the Computer Based Examination (Nation-wide) January 6th, 2018
Declaration of the TISS-NET results

(Results will be declared in the official website once a candidate logs in)

January 27th, 2018
Pre-Interview Test and Personal Interview at TISS for programs offered at Mumbai, Tuljapur, Hyderabad, Guwahati and BALM, Chennai Campuses. February 27thto March 1st, 2018 and March 5th to March 10th, 2018 in the Mumbai and BALM, Chennai campuses

March 13th to March 17th, 2018 in the Tuljapur campus

March 20thto March 23rd, 2018 in the Hyderabad campus

March 26th to March 29th, 2018 in the Guwahati campus

Announcement of Selection on TISS website for all the Programs April 27th , 2018
Beginning of the counselling process for the first round April 28th to May 8th , 2018
Announcement of the first waitlist May 11th , 2018 at 8:00 pm
Beginning of the counselling process for the second round May 12th to May 21st, 2018
Announcement of the second waitlist May 24th, 2018 at 8:00 pm
Final round of Counselling May 25th to May 31st, 2018
Closing of Admissions in all campuses June 2nd, 2018

List of Exam Centers

The exam is conducted in 39 cities over the four different zones in India. They are:

Northern Region Eastern Region Western Region Southern Region
  • Chandigarh
  • Dehradun
  • New Delhi
  • Faridabad
  • Ghaziabad
  • Jaipur
  • Lucknow
  • Noida
  • Varanasi
  • Greater Noida
  • Mohali
  • Bhubaneshwar
  • Guwahati
  • Jamshedpur
  • Kolkata
  • Patna
  • Raipur
  • Ranchi
  • Dimapur
  • Silchar
  • Ahmedabad
  • Aurangabad
  • Bhopal
  • Gwalior
  • Indore
  • Mumbai
  • Nagpur
  • Pune
  • Solapur
  • Navi-Mumbai
  • Thane
  • Bengaluru
  • Chennai
  • Hyderabad
  • Kochi
  • Visakhapatnam
  • Madurai
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Kozhikode

 

Contact Details

There are two types of helplines. For Admission related queries: 022 – 2552 5252. They can be contacted from Monday to Saturday from  8:00 am to 8:00 pm.

For any technical related details, the following email addresses can be contacted:

Finally, international Students can contact [email protected] or 022 2552 5919/ 5920

To contact the respective campuses, the addresses are:

TISS MUMBAI

Tata Institute of Social Sciences,
V.N. Purav Marg,
Deonar
Mumbai – 400 088

TISS TULJAPUR

Tata Institute of Social Sciences,
V.N. Purav Marg,
Deonar
Mumbai – 400 088

TISS HYDERABAD

SR Sankaran Block,
AMR–AP Academy of Rural Development,
Rajendranagar,
Hyderabad 500 030.

TISS GUWAHATI

14-A, Bhuban Road,
Uzanbazar,
Guwahati 781 001

Colleges Accepting the score

Campus

College

Course

School of Social Work(M.A. Social Work in) Master of Arts in Social Work (Children & Families)
Master of Arts in Social Work (Criminology & Justice)
Master of Arts in Social Work (Community Organization& Development Practice)
Master of Arts in Social Work (Disability Studies & Action)
Master of Arts in Social Work (Dalit & Tribal Studies & Action)
Master of Arts in Social Work (Mental Health) #(Offered at 2 locations – TISS Mumbai, BANYAN Chennai)
Master of Arts in Social Work (Public Health)
Master of Arts in Social Work (Livelihoods & Social Entrepreneurship)
Master of Arts in Social Work (Women-Centered Practice)
School of Management and Labor Studies (M.A. in) Master of Arts (Human Resource Management &Labor Relations)
Master of Arts (Social Entrepreneurship)
Master of Arts (Globalization and Labor )
Master of Arts (Organization Development, Change and Leadership) (Also Offered from Hyderabad Off-Campus)
School of Health Systems Studies (Master of) Master of (Public Health in Health Administration)
Master of (Hospital Administration)
Master of Public Health (Social Epidemiology)
Master of Public Health (Health Policy, Economics and Finance)
School of Development Studies (M.A. in) Master of Arts (Development Studies)
Master of Arts (Women’s Studies)
School of Education (M.A. in) Master of Arts in Education (Elementary)
School of Habitat Studies (M.A. / M.Sc. in) Master of Arts / Master of Sciences (Climate Change and Sustainability Studies
Master of Arts / Master of Sciences (Urban Policy and Governance)
Master of Arts / Master of Sciences (Regulatory Governance)
Master of Arts / Master of Sciences (Water Policy and Governance)
Jamsetji Tata School for Disaster Management(M.A. / M.Sc. in) Master of Arts / Master of Sciences (Disaster Management)
School for Human Ecology (M.A. in) Master of Arts in Applied Psychology (Counseling Psychology) (Offered at TISS Mumbai, & BANYAN (Chennai)
School of Media and Cultural Studies (M.A. in) Master of Arts (Media and Cultural Studies)
Centre for Library and Information Management Studies (CLIMS) (Master of) Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS)
School of Law, Rights and Constitutional Governance Master of Law (LLM) (Access to Justice)

Tuljapur Campus

Master of Arts (Social Work in Rural Development) – Intake from TISS NET
Master of Arts / Master of Science (Development Policy, Planning and Practice) – Intake from TISS – NET
Master of Arts (Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship) – Intake from TISS NET
Master of Arts / Master of Science (Sustainable Livelihoods and Natural Resources Governance) – Intake from TISS NET
Master of Arts / Master of Science in (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) – Intake from TISS – NET

Hyderabad Campus

RDG Master of Arts (Rural Development and Governance)
ED Master of Arts (Education)
PPG Master of Arts (Public Policy and Governance)
WS Master of Arts (Women’s Studies)
DS Master of Arts (Development Studies)
NRG Master of Arts (Natural Resource & Governance)
OD Master of Arts (Organization Development, Change and Leadership) (Also Offered from Mumbai Campus)
TISS-BALM, Chennai Centre Master of Arts Applied Psychology-Specialization in (Clinical Psychology)
TISS-BALM, Chennai Centre Master of Arts Applied Psychology-Specialization in (Counselling Psychology
TISS-BALM, Chennai Centre Master of Arts in Social work (Mental Health)
TISS Kerala Centre, Thiruvananthapuram M.A./M.Sc. in (Ecology, Society and Sustainable Development)

Guwahati Campus

EESD Master of Arts (Ecology, Environment and Sustainable Development)
LSSP Master of Arts (Labor Studies and Social Protection)
PACS Master of Arts (Peace and Conflict Studies)
SSA Master of Arts (Sociology and Social Anthropology)
CODP Master of Arts in Social Work (Community Organization& Development Practices
LSE Master of Arts in Social Work (Livelihoods and Social Entrepreneurship)
CO Master of Arts in Social Work (Counselling)
PH Master of Arts in Social Work (Public Health)
TISS- MAGAHD  Nagaland Centre Master of Arts in Social work (Livelihoods and Social Entrepreneurship)

Results

The results of the TISS-NET examination will be declared on 27th of January, 2018. They will be declared on the official TISSNET website.

Candidates who have appeared for the exam can download their scores on login. The candidates are also requested to take a printout of the scorecard in order to take part in the admission procedures.

Cut-off

The qualifying cutoff for candidates from the Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe categories is 35% of the total marks and 45% of the total marks for all other categories.

Score Validity

The results of TISSNET 2018 is valid for only one year.

The validity of the TISSNET examination score stands for the particular academic year only. Hence, the validity of TISSNET 2018 score will be for the academic year 2018-19 only.

Every candidate will get only one chance to write TISSNET for a particular academic year. Request for multiple attempts in any scenario will not be entertained by the exam conducting body.

Reservation/ Seat Distribution

In accordance to the government of India norms, Tuljapur, Mumbai and Hyderabad Campuses will provide 15%, 7.5% and 27% reservation to the Scheduled caste, Scheduled tribe and Other Backward classes for each of the programs offered.

Additionally, there are supernumerary seats which are offered to Persons with Disabilities (PWD) [3%], children of the Armed Forces Employees [5%] and Kashmiri migrants [5%].

In accordance with the Ministry of development of the North-Eastern Region, Government of India, Guwahati allocates 66% of the seats to the eligible candidates from the eight North Eastern States.

The remaining 34% of the seats can be allocated to candidates hailing from other parts of the country. The reservation rules that are allocated for the SC/ST, OBC, PWD Kashmiri migrants and children of the Armed Forces Employees are also employed here.

The distribution for each program across various campuses are:

Mumbai Campus

Name of Program Intake
Master of Arts in Social Work (Children & Families) 30
Master of Arts in Social Work (Criminology & Justice) 26
Master of Arts in Social Work (Community Organisation& Development Practice) 30
Master of Arts in Social Work (Disability Studies & Action) 26
Master of Arts in Social Work (Dalit & Tribal Studies & Action) 30
Master of Arts in Social Work (Mental Health) 20
Master of Arts in Social Work (Public Health) 20
Master of Arts in Social Work (Livelihoods & Social Entrepreneurship) 30
Master of Arts in Social Work (Women-Centered Practice) 20
Master of Arts (Human Resource Management &Labour Relations) 60
Master of Arts (Social Entrepreneurship) 30
Master of Arts (Globalisation and Labour ) 30
Master of Arts (Organisation Development, Change and Leadership) 30
Master of Public Health (Health Administration) 35
Master of (Hospital Administration) 45
Master of Public Health (Social Epidemiology) 30
Master of Public Health (Health Policy, Economics and Finance) 20
Master of Arts (Development Studies) 48
Master of Arts (Women’s Studies) 30
Master of Arts in Education (Elementary) 40
Master of Arts / Master of Sciences (Climate Change and Sustainability Studies) 25
Master of Arts / Master of Sciences (Urban Policy and Governance) 30
Master of Arts / Master of Sciences (Regulatory Governance) 20
Master of Arts / Master of Sciences (Water Policy and Governance) 20
Master of Arts / Master of Sciences (Disaster Management) 40
Master of Arts in Applied Psychology (Counseling Psychology) 26
Master of Arts in Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology) 20
Master of Arts (Media and Cultural Studies) 30
Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) 15
Master of Law (LLM) (Access to Justice) 30

Tuljapur Campus

Master of Arts (Social Work in Rural Development) 30
Master of Arts / Master of Science (Development Policy, Planning and Practice) 30
Master of Arts (Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship) 30
Master of Arts / Master of Science (Sustainable Livelihoods and Natural Resources Governance) 30
Master of Arts / Master of Science in (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)) 35

Hyderabad Campus

Master of Arts (Rural Development and Governance) 30
Master of Arts (Education) 30
Master of Arts (Public Policy and Governance) 30
Master of Arts (Women’s Studies) 30
Master of Arts (Development Studies) 30
Master of Arts (Natural Resource & Governance) 30
Master of Arts (Organisation Development, Change and Leadership) 20

Guwahati Campus

Master of Arts (Ecology, Environment and Sustainable Development) 25 55 PH 25 56 TISS- MAGAHD* Nagaland Centre * 25
Master of Arts (Labour Studies and Social Protection) 25
Master of Arts (Peace and Conflict Studies) 20
Master of Arts (Sociology and Social Anthropology) 25
Master of Arts in Social Work (Community Organisation& Development Practices) 25
Master of Arts in Social Work (Livelihoods and Social Entrepreneurship) 25
Master of Arts in Social Work (Counselling) 25
Master of Arts in Social Work (Public Health) 25

Counselling Schedule

A detailed counselling schedule has no been released yet but the outline is as follows:

Announcement of Selection on TISS website for all the Programs April 27th ,2018
Beginning of the counselling process for the first round April 28th to May 8th ,2018
Announcement of the first waitlist May 11th ,2018 at 8:00 pm
Beginning of the counselling process for the second round May 12th to May 21st,2018
Announcement of the second waitlist May 24th, 2018 at 8:00 pm
Final round of Counselling May 25th to May 31st,2018

During the counselling procedure, a candidate is expected to pay the fee, produce the acceptance letter along with the score cards of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th-year graduation i.e. Bachelor’s Degree mark sheet. All the candidates that belong to SC/ST/OBC category must also send their Caste and Income certificates.

Sample Papers

The 2016 paper can be found at https://www.tiss.edu/uploads/files/TISSNET_2016_QP-1_Revised.pdf.

And the 2017 paper at https://tiss.edu/uploads/files/TISSNET_2017.pdf.

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