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Tata Institute of Social Sciences Mumbai: Courses, Ranking, Cutoff, Placement, Scholarship

Last updated on August 31st, 2021 by Akanksha Gupta

Tata Institute of Social Sciences, established in 1936 as Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work and renamed TISS Mumbai in 1944. It is an esteemed institute ranking 57th in the overall category and 34th in Universities across India (NIRF Ranking 2020), well known and often credited for its contribution through research in social work, social sciences, human resources management & health systems.

It offers PG and Doctoral programs like MA, M.Sc, MPH, MHA, MLIS, LLM and PhD. & M.Phil. One of the top programs at TISS Mumbai is the M.A. in HRM and Labour Relations. Admission is based on TISS-NET with a cut-off of marks 68-69 for general category students. Basic eligibility criteria are to have a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject for the PG courses and a Master’s with valid marks for doctoral programs. Applications can be filled online on the official website.

Some of the top recruiters of the college include Mahindra and Mahindra, P&G, Asian paints, etc offering an average package up to INR 20 LPA.

TISS Mumbai Key Points

  • Due to the ongoing pandemic, TISS has shifted its course study online and has established its own Learning Management System (LMS) called TISSOL, as a two-way academic platform for both students and teachers.
  • TISS is well known for its top 7 Master of Arts courses:
    • M.A. in Human Resource Management and Labour Relations
    • M.A. in Development Studies
    • M.A. in Media and Cultural Studies
    • M.A. in Social Work (Public Health)
    • M.A. in Social Entrepreneurship
    • M.A. in Women’s Studies
    • M.A. in Climate Change and Sustainability Studies
  • TISS offers Summer Internship Programs; all the offers made available to the students in the previous year were paid internship offers with Highest paid stipend being INR 1,60,000 per month and the Average monthly stipend being INR 1,03,785.
  • As far as the placements are concerned at TISS, it has a remarkable record of near 100% Placement across all programmes. In a batch of 60 students, about 75% stood at a salary package of INR 24 LPA.
  • The highest Salary offered at TISS is INR 37 LPA and the Average Salary offered is INR 21 LPA

TISS Mumbai Ranking and Achievements

  • NIRF 2020 has ranked TISS at 57th place in the overall category and 34th among the category of Universities.
  • TISS was featured in Forbes India in 2018 and was named ‘A Great Place to Study’.
  • TISS has been awarded a 5-star rating from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) for securing a score of 3.89 out of 4.00 for the 3rd consecutive cycle.
  • According to The World University Rankings, Impact Ranking 2020, TISS stands at 301-400th rank.

TISS Mumbai Courses

The following table shows the top courses offered by the TISS and their details:

Program Program Details Selection Criteria
MA
  • Specializations: Human Resource Management, Clinical Psychology, Social Work, Disaster Management, Development Studies, Counselling Psychology, Education, Culture And Media Studies, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Globalisation And Labour, Water Policy and Governance, Public Health, Women Studies, Sustainable Development Practice, Analytics, Social Entrepreneurship, Livelihoods And Social Entrepreneurship, Urban Policy And Governance, Child Care And Development, Mental Health, Community Development, Disability Studies & Action, Tribal Development, Organisation Development, Change and Leadership, Regulatory Governance
  • Duration: 2-Years
  • Eligibility: Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree of minimum of 3- or 4-years duration or equivalent from a recognized university.
  • Stage 1: TISS-NET aggregate score
  • Stage 2: TISS-MAT score
  • Stage 3: Online Personal Interview (OPI)
PhD
  • Specializations: Social Work, Public Health, Social Sciences, Education, Culture & Media Studies, Disaster Management, Applied Psychology, Health Systems, Development Studies, Health Services Management, Habitat Studies, Women Studies, Labour Studies
  • Duration: 3 Years
  • Eligibility: Masters or equivalent Degree in relevant subject with minimum 55% aggregate GPA of 3.5 on a 7-point scale. Candidates completing M.Phil. If M.Phil. is not available, certificate depicting minimum 5-years of PG work experience. Compulsory submission of Research Proposal.
  • Fees: INR 29,400 per semester
RAT (Research Aptitude Test) Score Online Personal Interview (OPI)
MSc
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree in Architecture/ Engineering/ Management/ Geography, Physical Science/ Planning/ Law or Social Science from a recognized University and completed the internship on or before 8 June 2021.
TISSNET followed by PI
MPH
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree in any stream or 4-year Bachelor’s degree in medicine or paramedical science, and other 4-year programs such as pharmacy, engineering, law, or veterinary science.
TISSNET followed by PI
LLM
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Eligibility: LLB with 50% marks
TISSNET followed by PI
M.Phil
  • Specializations: Social Sciences, Rural Development, Inclusive Development and Social Justice, Psychiatric Social Work, Management & Labor Studies, Health Services Management, Social Work, Clinical and Counseling Practice, Disaster Studies, Public Health, Women’s Studies, Social Sciences with Sociology of Education, Development Studies, Education
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Eligibility: 55% marks (50% for SC/ST & PWD) in Master’s degree or GPA of 3.5 in the discipline of Social Science or Allied discipline.
RAT (Research Aptitude Test) Score Online Personal Interview (OPI)

TISS Mumbai Cutoff

TISSNET, conducted for admissions in Masters program at TISS comprises 3 components; viz. English proficiency, Mathematics & Logical Reasoning, General Awareness (GA). Although the English Proficiency and Mathematics & Logical Reasoning does not have any cut-off GA holds a sectional cut-off, which students must score to qualify TISSNET.

The following table shows category wise sectional cut-off for GA in TISSNET:

General/ EWS/ KM/ AF OBC/ NC/ PWD SC/ ST
35% (14 marks) 30% (12 marks) No Sectional Cut-off

Category wise Minimum Qualifying marks for selection into OPI (Online Personal Interview) round:

GEN/ OBC 45%
SC/ ST 35%

Following Table shows program wise cut-off in TISSNET for the year 2019:

Programme General Cut-off
M.A. HRM & LR 67
M.A. Social Work (Public Health) 61
M.A. Media and Cultural Studies 65
M.A. Women Studies 48
M.A. Social Entrepreneurship 62

TISS Mumbai Placements

TISS has a remarkable record of near 100% Placement across all programs with high compensation. The highest Salary offered at TISS is INR 37 LPA and the Average Salary offered is INR 21 LPA.

Apart from Placements, TISS also provides opportunities for various Field Work and Summer Internships that students can avail themselves of. The highest stipend paid during Summer Internship was INR 1.6 Lakh per month and the Average monthly stipend being INR 1,03,785.

TISS has a partnership with many reputed recruiters, a few are mentioned below:

Larson & Toubro ITC Synchrony Décor
CRISIL Transworld The Great Eastern Shipping Co. Ltd. Fire Eye
Aarti Industries Ltd. Aurobindo CYIENT JP Morgan

TISS Mumbai Scholarships

TISS, as of now does not provide any institutional Scholarships; however, it does enforce the Scholarship provided by the Government.

GoI-PMS (Government of India – Post Matric Scholarship), is a scheme centrally sponsored and implemented by the Government of India. It provides the SC/ ST students with the financial assistance for studying at the post-matriculation or post-secondary stage to ease the tuition fees and complete their education.

TISS has provided guidelines for students for availing the GoI-PMS:

  • SC/ ST students whose parents/ guardian’s annual income is less than INR 2,50,000 are eligible for GoI-PMS.
  • Students are required to produce a valid Income Certificate issued by the competent authority.
  • Under this scheme, SC/ ST students are exempted from Tuition Fees; however, they are required to pay institutional charges.
  • Total Fees for such candidates will stand at INR 9,500 for 2-years.
  • Fees Applicable for OBC students eligible for GoI-PMS:
    • OBC Students whose parent’s/ guardian’s annual income is less than INR 1,00,000, such students can opt for Upfront Student Aid by TISS upon producing a valid OBC (NC) Certificate and Income Certificate by the competent authority of the respective state.
    • Such students are required to pay fees in the following manner:
      • Course Fees for the programme to which they are admitted to.
      • Considering the Availability of the funds, students will be eligible for upfront aid of INR 12,000 towards tuition fees. Students desiring to opt for this facility should choose the respective option in the Student Management Fee Payment Portal of TISS.
      • Caution Deposit of INR 2,500 will be incurred instead of INR 10,000

TISS Mumbai FAQs

Ques. Is the process of admission in TISS Mumbai for International Students the same as Indian Students?

Last updated on July 27th, 2021

Ans. No, the admission process for International Students is different from that of Indian Students at TISS. Admissions for International students to various programmes commence from December and to February. International students have to apply through the online application link and submit all specified documents. Shortlisted candidates are needed to appear for the International Entrance Test (IET) followed by Online Interview via Skype or Hangout.

Ques. How is Final Selection carried out during TISS Mumbai admission?

Last updated on July 27th, 2021

Ans. To carry out the final selection at TISS, total marks acquired in the qualifying exams are tallied. The final percentage is calculated by summing marks obtained in TISS-NET (30%), TISS-PAT (40%) in case the student is opting for a regular M.A. program or TISS-MAT (40%) a student has opted for M.A. HRM & LR/ M.A. ODCL courses and OPI (Online Personal Interview) (30%) accounting for 100% marks.

Ques. Can Candidates awaiting the result of the qualifying exam get admission into TISS Mumbai?

Last updated on July 27th, 2021

Ans. Candidates awaiting the result of the qualifying exam may be offered admission into TISS; however, in such scenarios admission thus offered will be provisional and will be subject to their completion of minimum eligibility requirements for the selected programme. If the student fails to complete all the eligibility requirements for qualification, then the provisional admission may be cancelled.

Ques. Is it worth pursuing HRM & LR Course from TISS Mumbai?

Last updated on July 27th, 2021

Ans. Although personal opinions may vary, there are several reasons for which TISS, Mumbai is a great place to pursue a Master’s Degree in HRM & LR; first, the course being economic i.e., students won’t have to opt for huge educational loans to get through this. Second, the teaching pedagogy, where importance is given to research study and methodology. TISS provides the best opportunities for industry interaction and ample opportunities for learning through more than one different organization.

Ques. How tough is the TISS-NET exam conducted for TISS Mumbai admission?

Last updated on July 27th, 2021

Ans. TISS-NET is a considerably easy exam and covers general aspects of English, Mathematics and General Knowledge. Preparation level for the sections like English Proficiency and Mathematics & Logical Reasoning can be marked at class Xth Syllabus, as far as General Awareness is concerned it can be linked with the objectives of the section and includes current affairs, developmental and socio-political issues etc.

Ques. How to prepare for the TISS-MAT exam for TISS Mumbai?

Last updated on July 27th, 2021

Ans. TISS-MAT consists of four components, viz. Comprehension, Management Data Interpretation, Business Awareness and Descriptive Writing. To appear for TISS-MAT, Candidates must prepare in regards to the following:

Ability to read and understand management literature, read and interpret economical/ market/ organizational data, increase awareness and familiarity with business knowledge.