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TISSNET 2019 Selection Procedure, Merit List, TISS Courses

Updated On - January 14th 2019 by JAINAB ALVI

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) regulates the entire TISSNET Selection Procedure. The selection rounds will begin in March 2019, post declaration of results. Candidates who obtain the minimum cut off marks and secure a place in the merit list are eligible to participate in these rounds. Check TISSNET Cut off

TISSNET Selection Procedure 2019 three main stages/ deciding factors:

  • National Entrance Test (TISSNET): TISSNET 2019 is scheduled in January 2019. 
  • Pre-Interview Test (PIT)/ Group Discussion (GD): All candidates who qualify the Cut off appear in PIT (written test) /GD stage.
  • Personal Interview (PI): This final stage requires shortlisted candidates to appear in an interview round.

The marking scheme and weightage assigned to various rounds are tabulated below:

National Written Test or TISSNET10040%
Pre-Interview Test or Group Discussion5030%
Personal Interview7530%

Post completion of all three selection stages, the final result containing names of selected candidates will release on April 22, 2019 on On the basis of this list, candidates will be offered admissions in M.A., M. Sc., M.H.A., M.P.H courses. Read more about TISSNET Result

TISSNET 2019 Dates

TISSNET Result will be declared in February 2019. After its declaration, qualifying candidates will be called for further rounds of selection i.e. Group Discussion and Personal Interview. In these, candidates are tested on their knowledge of the subject chosen. The dates of group discussion and Personal Interview (campus wise) are as follows:

TISSNET Result DateFebruary 4, 2019
Pre-Interview Test / Personal Interview Starts at Mumbai Campus for Programs offered at Mumbai and BALM, Chennai CampusesMarch 5 – 15, 2019
Pre-Interview Test and Personal Interview at Hyderabad for all Hyderabad Campus ProgramMarch 25 – 28, 2019
Pre-Interview Test and Personal Interview at Guwahati for all Guwahati Campus ProgramsApril 1 – 4, 2019
Announcement of Selection for all the ProgramsApril 22, 2019
In person Original Document Verification and Payment of feesApril 24 – May, 2019
Announcement of First Wait List on TISS website for all ProgrammesMay 14, 2019
In person Original Document Verification and Payment of fees May 16 – 24, 2019
Closing of Admissions for Mumbai, Tuljapur, Hyderabad, Guwahati and BALM, Chennai CampusesJune 8, 2019
Commencement of Academic session (2019-20)June 10, 2019

Check TISSNET 2019 Important Dates

TISSNET 2019 Selection Stages

  • As discussed above, there are three main stages in TISSNET Selection Procedure/ Counselling that decides the final selection of candidates.
  • All three stages carry a total of 225 marks. The weightage for NET, PIT and PI is 40%, 30% and 30% respectively.
  • Clearly, the first round of entrance test carries the most weight while the next two rounds carry equal weight.

Read below to know details of each of the stage in Selection Procedure of TISSNET:

Stage 1: TISS NET Exam

  • TISSNET 2019 is scheduled for January 6, 2019.
  • The total marks allotted to the entrance exam of TISS is 100 marks.
  • There are 100 objectie-type questions that must be completed in 1 hour 40 minutes.
  • Questions are majorly on General Awareness, Mathematical and Logical Reasoning and English.
  • The overall difficulty level of last year’s paper was relatively higher since there was an increase in number of the GA questions.

Read about TISSNET Paper Analysis

Stage 2: TISSNET Pre-Interview Test/ Group Discussion

  • Candidates who get shortlisted post TISSNET, are invited for the subsequent round- Pre-Interview Test / Group Discussion.
  • In this round, students are required to participate in a written test or a GD, depending on the institute. 
  • This round will be held at TISS Mumbai in March 2019.

Eligibility for Pre-Interview Test

It may be noted that following are the eligibility criteria for the second round of TISSNET selection process of –

  • Shortlisting of candidates will be done on the basis of merit list of TISS NET
  • TISSNET Cut off marks are decided by the Institute at a later stage
  • Only short-listed candidates will be given invitation letters
  • The second round will be conducted in Mumbai, Hyderabad and Guwahati at the institute’s respective campuses.

Detailed Application Form for all Programs

  • Candidates short-listed for rounds of PIT and PI will be required to download the Detailed Application Form, which is expected to be available in the 3rd week of February 2019.
  • Regularly checking the website of TISS for all possible updates is strongly recommended to candidates.

Read about How to prepare for TISS PIT/PI?

Facilities available during PIT at TISS Campuses

  • Some facilities will be provided to candidates who travel to any TISS campus for TISSNET selection procedure.
  • For instance, candidates can purchase coupons from the Cash Counter and the Hostel In-charge, if they wish to have tea or lunch in the Dining Hall of the Institute.

Facilities for SC and ST Candidates Eligible for Govt. of India Post-Matric Scholarship

Those candidates who belong to the category of Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) and are eligible for the Post-Matric Scholarship provided by Government of India will be able to avail of the following facilities -

  1. Reimbursement of Travelling Allowance (TA)
  • In case the SC/ST candidates are unemployed and their parent’s/guardian’s income has been less than INR 2.5 lakh, and have submitted a certificate to this effect, they will be provided to-and-fro travel expenses immediately after the Online Written Test is over at every centre, only if they are appearing for the test for the first time.
  • Candidates may note that the reimbursement of the travel expenses will depend on submission of their ticket and only on production of caste/tribe and income certificate.
  • The SC/ST and OBC (NC) candidates will have to fill-in the TA form provided and provide a photocopy of the call letter for Online Written Test before appearing for it.
  • The money must be collected as soon as the test is over.
  1. Reporting at the Institute for PIT and PI
  • SC/ST candidates, who are eligible for such facilities, will be required to report at any one or two TISS Campuses only after receiving the call letter/mail for PIT and PI.
  • Their to-and-fro travel expenses from both the campuses will be reimbursed.

1. It may be noted that the SC/ST candidates, who have already availed of such services, but were not chosen in a previous attempt and who have been called for the test again will not be compensated their travel expenditures.
2. The boarding, lodging and travelling expenses incurred by them during the admission rounds at the Institute will be recompensed only if they are selected.
3.An important point to keep in mind is that the SC/ST candidates, who have received financial assistance to enrol for a Master’s Degree course in one field, will not be eligible for similar provisions, if they apply for another Master’s Degree course.

Stage 3: TISSNET Personal Interview

  • The final round of the TISSNET selection process is Personal Interview (PI).
  • Candidates who have been selected after the round of Pre-Interview Test or Group Discussion are eligible for this step.
  • For the round of PI, candidates are expected to be acquainted with the programme for which they have applied.
  • Questions may be asked regarding their programme during the Personal Interview (PI).

Centers for PIT/PI

  • It is important for applicants to note that second and third rounds of selection for courses offered at campuses of Mumbai, Tuljapur, MHAT, Banyan and Ranchi will be held 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.

TISSNET Merit List

There are certain factors taken into consideration while preparing the TISSNET merit list. Based on the merit list for each program, the list of selected candidates is put up on the website. Each candidate will also receive a score card indicating the marks for each component of the examination process.

The following things play a role in the preparation of the TISSNET 2018 merit list –

  • The weightage for NET, PIT and PI for General as well as for Reserved Category candidates is as shown:  NET – 40%, PIT – 30%, PI – 30%.
  • The merit list is prepared on the basis of merit and the preferences indicated while filling TISSNET Application Form
  • Rules followed when there is a tie in the score of two candidates –
  1. First their PI marks will be compared and the one with more marks will be considered.
  2. If PI marks are also same, their PIT marks will be compared and the one with more marks will be chosen.
  3. If PIT marks are same too, then the Entrance test marks will be compared and the one with more marks will be selected.
  4. If Entrance marks are also the same, then candidate higher in age will be given the seat.

TISSNET Wait-List Preparation

Some rules have to be observed while undertaking the preparation of the wait-list for TISSNET. These rules are as stated below –

  • Candidates who get admission into their first preferred option will not be on wait-lists for any other courses at all.
  • Candidates, who are admitted into their second preferred option, will only be retained in the wait list of their first preference. Those who get admission into any course which is their third preferred, will be retained in the wait list of their first and second preferences.
  • Candidates, who get admitted in any course that is lower on their preference list, will be retained in the wait-list of a course that is higher on their list, till the seats in that course are filled.
  • In case a candidate qualifies in more than one course simultaneously, when the wait list is activated, the course that is higher on the list will prevail. Admission will be provided only into the one preferred more.
  • If a candidate, who has been admitted in a course according to the first merit list, is later offered a higher course upon activation of wait list, he will be transferred into the better preferred course and will be intimated.

TISSNET 2019 Counselling

Shortlisted candidates receive an Acceptance Letter. This can also be downloaded from official website for TISSNET 2018 i.e.

  • A candidate has to submit Acceptance Letter individually on given time for counselling.
  • For the verification purpose, candidates are instructed to keep and present all required Academic and Other documents at the time of counselling.
  • If a candidate does not report for counselling on the stipulated date and time, shall be deprived of the right for admission. The offer of admission shall stand cancelled and no correspondence in this regard shall be entertained.
  • If a candidate is perusing any full-time coursefrom any other college/university, then he is required to get his name removed from the rolls of the University / College / Institution where already admitted, and submit a certificate to this effect from the concerned authority at the time of reporting for counselling / admission to the course (including evening Courses and Professional Courses under Centre for Professional courses) for which he may have been provisionally selected.

Check all TISSNET Accepting Colleges

Documents Required for TISSNET Counselling

  • Candidate is required to produce the original Mark sheets / Certificates, including the statement of the marks qualifying examinations with the requisite percentage of marks at the time of reporting for admission, failing which he shall not be allowed to complete the admission, and the offer of admission shall stand cancelled and no further correspondence in the matter shall be entertained.
  • Certificate of Category candidate belongs i.e. Sc / St / OBC / PH / etc
  • The candidate selected for counselling/admission shall have to deposit the attested photo copy of qualifying examination in the Office at the time of counselling/admission.
  • TISSNET 2019 Score Card
  • 5 photographs

Check  Guidelines for Confirmation of Admission

Contact and Admission Help Line

In case of any query/ question, you may contact TISS Mumbai. The details are given below:

Tata Institute of Social Sciences

V.N. Purav Marg, Deonar, Mumbai – 400 088.

Admissions Helpline Phone No. (022) 25525252

(Monday to Saturday - Timing 8:00 am to 8:00 pm)

Fax No. (022) 25525050


Official portal: and

TISS Courses with Total Seats

Tata Institute of Social Sciences offers 55 M.A. courses across the country. TISS campuses are located in Mumbai, Chennai, Tuljapur, Guwahati, and Hyderabad. The number of seats varies from program to program in each of these campuses. Check them below:

TISS CampusCourses AvailableTotal Seat Intake
TISS MumbaiM.A. Social Work in Children and Family805
M.A. Social Work in Criminology and Justice
M.A. Social Work in Community Organization and Development Practice
M.A. Social Work in Disability Studies and Action
M.A. Social Work in Dalit and Tribal Studies and Action
M.A. Social Work in Public Health
M.A. Social Work in Mental Health
M.A. Social Work in livelihoods and social entrepreneurship
M.A. Social Work in Women Centred Practice
M.A. Human Resources Management and Labour Relations
M.A. Social Entrepreneurship
M.A. Globalisation and Labour
Master of Health Administration
Master of Hospital Administration
Master of Public Health in Social Epidemiology
Master of Public Health in Health Policy, Economics and Finance
M.A. Development Studies
M.A. in Womens Studies
M.A. Education (Elementary)
M.A./M.Sc. in Climate Change and Sustainability Studies
M.A. / M.Sc. in Urban Policy and Governance
M.A. / M.Sc. in Regulatory Governance
M.A. / M.Sc. in Water Policy and Governance
M.A. / M.Sc. in Disaster Management
MA Applied Psychology - Specialization in Counselling Psychology
MA Applied Psychology - Specialization in Clinical Psychology
M.A. in Media and Cultural Studies
Master of Library and Information Science
Master of laws in access to justice
Online Programmes:
1. Online M.A. Social Work in Child Rights
2. Online M.A. International Family Studies
TISS Tuljapur M.A. Social Work in Rural Development80
M.A./M.Sc in Development Policy, Planning and Practice
M.A./M.Sc in Sustainable Livelihood and Natural Resources Governance
M.A. in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
TISS GuwahatiM.A. Social Work in Community Organization and Development Practices155
M.A. Social Work in Public Health
M.A. Social Work in livelihoods and entrepreneurship
M.A. Social Work in Counselling
M.A. in Labour Studies and Social Protection
M.A. in Ecology, Environment and Sustainable Development
M.A. in peace and conflict studies
M.A. in Sociology and Social Anthropology
TISS HyderabadM.A. Development Studies90
M.A. in Women Studies
M.A. in Rural Development and Governance
M.A. in Education
M.A. in Public Policy and Governance
M.A. in Natural Resources & Governance
M.A. Human Resource Management
TISS ChennaiM.A. Social Work in Mental Health20
MA Applied Psychology - Specialization in Counselling Psychology
MA Applied Psychology - Specialization in Clinical Psychology
M.A. in Research, Management and Entrepreneurship in Health

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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