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Tata Institute of Social Sciences - [TISS], Mumbai

Tata Institute of Social Sciences - [TISS], Mumbai

Mumbai, Maharashtra UGC, NAAC-A Estd 1936 Deemed to be University

TISS-RAT 2016 Announced Dates for Admission to Ph.D and Integrated M.Phil. Programs

Tata Institute of Social Sciences, popularly known as TISS, has released its schedule for Research Aptitude Test – RAT 2016. TISS holds RAT every year for admission to its PhD and Integrated M.Phil.- PhD Program offered at TISS Mumbai, Tuljapur and Guwahati campuses.

Last date to submit application Online is January 15, 2016. Candidates with an aggregate of at least 55% or equivalent score in Master’s degree in relevant subject from a recognized university are eligible for the course. Final admission list will be prepared on the basis of performance in the Written Test and Personal Interview.

Admission Schedule



Last date for Submission of Online Application Form

January 15, 2016 by 6.00 pm

Announcement of Shortlisted Candidates for TISS-RAT

January 27, 2016 by 7.00 pm

Test Date for TISS-RAT 2016

February 12, 2016

Announcement of Shortlisted Candidates for Personal Interview (PI)

February 26, 2016

Personal Interview at Tuljapur Campus


Between March 21-31, 2016

Personal Interview at Mumbai Campus

Personal Interview at Guwahati Campus

Announcement of List of Candidates Selected for Admission

April 15, 2016

Eligibility Criteria

The general eligibility criteria for admission to Research Programs at TISS is listed below.

  1. Academic Qualification

Candidates with a minimum of 55% marks or grade point average of 3.5 under the seven-point scale of UGC, whichever applicable, from a recognized university can apply.

For Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates, minimum eligibility is 50% marks or average grade point of 3.05.

  1. Work Experience

The candidate should have a minimum of5 year post graduate work experience for admission to Direct PhD program.

  1. Research Proposal

Each appearing candidate should prepare a research proposal based on the area of interest mentioned in the Information Brochure on the TISS official website under the M.Phil./PhD Category.

TISS Application Fee

The below table show the application fees for Research Program. Check TISS Mumbai Fee Details

No. of Programs



                                      Mode of Payment

Payment through Credit/Debit Card

Internet Banking

Cash Deposit through SBI Challan

Applying to 1 Program


1535 INR

1535 INR

1500 + Bank Charges


410 INR

410 INR

375 + Bank Charges

Applying to 2 Programs


3070 INR

3070 INR

3000 + Bank Charges


820 INR

820 INR

750 + Bank Charges

TISS Mumbai Application Process

The Application Process for TISS-RAT 2016 is entirely Online and the last date to submit application form is January 15, 2016.

For filling the form a candidate should have a scanned copy of a Photograph, Signature and respective Category Certificate. For candidates who pay application fee by cash should also keep a scanned copy of TISS copy of SBI challan.

Note: - SC/ST candidates with an annual family income less than 2.5 Lakh and OBC (NC) candidates with annual family income less than 1 Lakh need to upload their income certificate along with other certificates.

To fill the application form follow the given steps

Step 1: Visit the official website of TISS for PhD and Integrated M.Phil. Admission and Click on the Apply Now link. You will be directed to the login page.

Step 2: Click on the new registration link at the bottom of the page. For new registration you will need to provide a valid email id.

Step 3: You will receive an email with an activation link. Click on the activation link in the email, and set a password. Do not forget to note down your login id and password somewhere.

Step 4: Visit the Login page again and login with your registered email id and password. The Instructions page will open. Read the instructions carefully. The complete instruction for filling the form is given below:

Step 5: To begin the application process, click on the View link at the bottom of the page.

After you have filled in the details, upload the desired documents. Once this stage is over you need to pay the application fee. Application fee can be paid through online or through a challan at any of the branches of State Bank of India. Candidates who choose to pay fee through challan will have to enter the journal number and upload a scanned copy of the TISS copy of challan with the application form.

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TISS Mumbai Selection Procedure

The Selection Procedure for TISS Research Programs involves a Written Test and Personal Interview. After the Application Process is closed, TISS will release a list of shortlisted candidates selected for the Written Test.

Written Test carries a total of 100 marks and is of 2 hours duration. The Pattern for the Written Test is as follows:



No. of Questions

Maximum Marks


Quantitative/Qualitative Research

4 out of which candidate has to answer only 1



Subject Specific Questions

6 out of which candidate has to answer only 3; Each question carries 20 marks


Candidates who have applied to two programs will have to answer questions specific to both the programs. Such candidates will get an extra time of 1 hour.

On the basis of marks scored in the Written Test and the availability of area of research interest at TISS, candidates will be shortlisted for Personal Interview. The list of candidates selected for admission will be declared by the middle of May 2016. Candidates selected for admission will have to bring a hard copy of their filled in application form and original caste, income, and degree certificates.


For any query related to admission and application process drop an email to or call at 022- 25525252.

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