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Tata Institute of Social Sciences : M.Phil/Ph.D Admissions 2021
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The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai: M.Phil/Ph.D. Programmes 2021

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Tata Institute of Social Sciences : M.Phil/Ph.D Admissions 2021
Category : M.Phil/ Ph.D Admissions 2021
Published : On December 15, 2020 By Webindia123 Editor

Important Dates

Last date of submission of Application Form February 25th 2021
Demo International Entrance Test February 26th - 7th March , 2021
Online International Entrance Test (Written Test): 8 March - 14 March 2021
Mumbai Campus To be announced
Tuljapur Campus To be announced
Guwahati Campus To be announced
Announcement of Selected Candidates To be announced

TISS invites applications for the Integrated M.Phil-Ph.D. and ‘Direct’ Ph.D. Programmes (academic year 2021-2023) with the various Schools and Independent Centres of the Institute across TISS Mumbai, Tuljapur, Guwahati and Hyderabad Campuses. UGC JRF qualified candidates, post graduates, students in the final year post graduation in Social Sciences and allied fields and individuals with M.Phil and / or industrial, academic and field based experience in Social Sciences, Social Work, Disaster Management, Development Studies and allied fields are invited to apply.

The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) was established in 1936, as the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work. In 1944, the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work was renamed as the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. The year 1964 was an important landmark in the history of the Institute, when it was declared deemed to be a university under section 3 University Grants Commission Act, 1956.

TISS has six inter-disciplinary Schools and four independent centers, which offer academic programs and also carry out research. Candidates can opt for the schools and independent centres based on their background and area of interest. The centers and schools are

1. School of Habitat Studies
2. School of Health Systems Studies
3. School of Human Resources Management and Labor Studies
4. School of Rural Development
5. School of Social Sciences
6. School of Social Work
7. Centre for Lifelong Learning
8. Centre for Media & Cultural Studies
9. Centre for Research Methodology
10. Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management

Admission to the Integrated M.Phil – Ph. D. programme & Direct Ph. D. programme in the following Research Areas:

Research Areas Seats in Integrated M. Phil and Ph. D Seats in Direct Ph. D
Habitat Studies 5 -
Public Health 10 5
Management and Labour Studies 15 -
Social Work 25 15
Disaster Management 5 5
Education 7 5
Womens' Studies 10 5
Development Studies 15 5
Social Sciences 5 5
Media and Cultural Studies - 5
Social Sciences with Specialisation in Sociology of Education 6 -
Social Sciences (to be anchored by Centre for Lifelong Learning) 5 5
Inclusive Development and Social Justice 10 -

About the programmes:

Integrated M. Phil – Ph. D. programme is a five year full time Programme. All the candidates admitted to the Integrated M. Phil – Ph. D Programme will follow a common course curriculum (see webpage on Social Sciences). However, for M. Phil in Education*, Women's Studies, Health System Studies, Rural Development, Development Studies, Disaster Management*, Inclusive Development and Social Justice there will be a subject specific taught M. Phil. Programme of four semesters. The first year of the programme comprises of course work while in the second year, students will work towards completing their M.Phil Dissertation.

Ph.D. programme is designed for candidates with a minimum of five years of post-graduate relevant experience in the field being proposed for research by the candidate. Selected candidates can pursue Ph.D. either by staying on the TISS campus (subject to availability of accommodation) or from whichever location they are based in. TISS does not make any distinction among research scholars as full time and part time. However, selected candidates who are not residing in the Campus, are expected to be in touch with the research guide, attend modular programmes/courses (also applicable for direct on campus PhD scholars who do not hold an M.Phil degree), pay fees regularly, ensure timely submission of progress reports and fulfill the necessary requirements of the Ph.D. programme.

Eligibility Criteria :

Applicants will be shortlisted for the Research Aptitude Test (RAT) on basis of them meeting the following considerations with regard to educational qualifications, work experience and research proposal:

The minimum academic qualification for admission to the integrated M.Phil. & Direct Ph.D programmes is a Second Class Master’s or equivalent degree in the relevant subject awarded by a recognized university in India or abroad, with at least an average of 55 per cent of aggregate marks, or a grade point average of 3.5 under the seven-point scale of the University Grants Commission (UGC). In the case of Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates, the minimum eligibility is an average of 50 per cent of aggregate marks, or a grade point average of 3.05.

Candidates who are likely to complete all the requirements of their final year Master’s Degree examinations by July 1, are also eligible to apply for M.Phil, provided they have successfully completed their first year Masters degree. In such cases, admission will be provisional. If a provisionally admitted student successfully completes the admission formalities such as clearing the Research Aptitude Test, but fails to score the minimum required mark/grade at the end of the final year examination of his/her Master’s degree, the offer of provisional admission will be automatically cancelled.

Work Experience: A minimum of five years of post graduation work experience is required for Direct PhD programmes. In case of the Integrated M.Phil-PhD Programme, there is no requirement of work experience. However, candidates with one to two years of work experience, will be preferred.

Research Proposal: Candidates must prepare their research proposal based on the research interests mentioned in the Information brochure (Available under Intergrated M.Phil-PhD and Direct PhD Admissions 2021-23 on the TISS Website).

Admission Procedure :

Candidates must complete the application process in online mode. The online application can be saved at any stage (information entered will remain intact). The candidate can then return to the application by logging in with the respective user name and password at any time before the submission deadline of February 25th 2021. Once the application has been submitted online, candidates can choose the mode of payment of the application fees (Credit card, Debit card or net banking).

Candidates facing genuine technical issues/having difficulty in accessing the online application, may write to mentioning their name, contact details and a clear description of the problem being faced or may call 022-25525252.

Online International Entrance Test (Written Test):

The RAT to be held in Feburary 26th, 2021 (tentative date) would comprise of two parts. The first would deal with quantitative/qualitative skills of the applicant whereas the second part would contain subject/programme/research area specific questions. Applicants will have to answer the research questions that are closest to the programme that they are applying to.

A model question paper will be put up on this website by Feburary 26th, 2021. However, a demo paper (based on 2021 format) is available below for reference.

Selection :

More Details can be available from the institute website.

Contact Details
 Address  : The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) 
(A Deemed University U/s – 3 of the UGC Act, 1956)
V. N. Purav Marg, Deonar, Mumbai – 400 088
 Phone  : (022) 25525253/25525252
 Fax  : (022) 2552 5050
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