TISSNET Eligibility Criteria 2021: Age Limit, Educational Qualification

Exam Date

Feb 20, 2021

Result Date

Mar 25, 2021

Jun 19, 2021 | Arts, Law

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Eligibility is an important factor in applying for any exam, and Tata Institute frames certain criteria for the TISSNET exam. Before applying through the TISSNET 2021 Application Form, candidates need to check the eligibility criteria for each course.

TISSNET Eligibility Criteria Highlights

All aspiring candidates must satisfy the minimum eligibility of TISSNET 2021, which consists of Educational Qualification, Age Limit & Nationality. A candidate can very well read the TISSNET 2021 Syllabus to score well in the exam.

TISSNET 2021 Eligibility Criteria - Bachelor's Programs

  • TISSNET Educational Qualification: Candidates should have completed 10+2 or equivalent from any recognized state/central board syllabus. Candidates who have completed their 10+2 grade and are waiting for their results can also apply for the exam.
  • Age Limit for TISSNET: A candidate's age should be less than 23 years as of 05th May 2021. If they have age more than 23 years, they are not applicable to apply for the TISSNET.
  • Diploma Candidate: Candidates who have completed their International Baccalaureate Diploma can also apply for TISSNET 2021.

TISSNET 2021 Intake Seats - B.A. programs

The table clearly defines that the seats for B.A. programs on any campus are limited. Hence, students should prepare well and score high to get a seat in this prestigious institution and get a bright future.

TISSNET 2021 B.A. Program Seat Intake 
TISS Campus BA programs Intake in BA in Sciences Program
Hyderabad OffCampus BA program in Social Sciences 60
Guwahati OffCampus BA program in Social Sciences 60
Tuljapur OffCampus BA program in Social Sciences 60
Tuljapur OffCampus BA (Hons) in Social Work in Rural Development 40
Total 220

TISSNET 2021 Eligibility Criteria - Master's programs

  • Educational Qualification: Candidates who have completed their Bachelor's Degree in any stream can apply for the Master's program.
  • Final Year Candidate: Candidates in the final year of their Bachelor's degree can also apply for the TISSNET 2021 exam. Final year candidates need to clear their degree before the counseling begins. At the time of counseling, a candidate has to show a degree.
  • Age Limit: For Master's Degree programs, the TISSNET exam authorities have not specified any age limit.

TISSNET 2021 Eligibility Criteria - M.Phil & Ph.D.

  • Educational Qualification: Candidate willing to apply for the integrated M.Phil & Ph.D. programs should have a Master's Degree or its equivalent in a relevant subject from any affiliated or recognized university.
  • Percentage Criteria: Candidate needs to have 55% aggregate or 3.5 - grade points under seven pointer scale from any affiliated university. SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidate should have 50% aggregate marks or 3.05 - grade points under seven pointer scale from any affiliated university.
  • Work Experience: A minimum of five years of post-graduation work experience is required to apply for the direct Ph.D. program

TISSNET 2021 Campus-wise and Program-wise Eligibility criteria

Mumbai Campus: The programs for the TISS Mumbai campus are provided in the table below:

TISSNET Program-Wise Eligibility Criteria
School Program (Mumbai Campus)
Integrated M.Phil-Ph.D Direct Ph.D.
Habitat Studies General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields General eligibility analysis + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields + 5 years Post PG work experience.
Public Health General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields + 5 years Post PG work experience
Health Systems Management General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields + 5 years Post PG work experience
Management and Labour Studies General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields + 5 years Post PG work experience
Social Work General eligibility + PG in Social Work General eligibility + PG in Social Work + 5 years work Post PG work experience
Disaster Studies General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields. Candidates with previous educational qualifications, work experience, and research in the area of disasters would be given preference. General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields + 5 years Post PG work experience. Candidates with previous educational qualifications, work experience, and research in the area of disasters would be given preference.
Education (Regular) General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields + 5 years Post PG work experience
Women's Studies General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields + 5 years Post PG work experience
Development Studies General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields + 5 years Post PG work experience
Social Sciences (to be anchored by School of Research Methodology) General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields + 5 years Post PG work experience
Social Sciences with Specialisation in Sociology of Education General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields -
Inclusive Development and Social Justice General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields -
Media and Cultural Studies - Main eligibility + PG with at least 5 years of relevant work experience & possessing adequate competencies to undertake work in the practice area chosen by the candidate. In the case of work involving video/audio/multimedia/web production, candidates would be expected to demonstrate their competence through the sharing of work portfolios.
Social Sciences (to be anchored by Centre for Lifelong Learning) - Main eligibility + PG in any So.Sc. discipline/allied fields + 5 years Post PG work experience So. Sc., Social Work, Education & Special Education, Adult Education, and Lifelong Learning would be suitable for Ph.D. Candidates with work experience in the above areas for 5 years & more, who propose to work in the larger inter-disciplinary context of lifelong learning, elderly and youth, would also be eligible. 
Education (practice-based)  General eligibility + Post-Graduation in Education or related/allied disciplines with at least two years of relevant work experience  Main eligibility + Post graduation with at least five years of relevant work experience. In practice-based Ph.D., to additionally possess adequate competencies to undertake work in the practice area chosen by the candidate. In the case of work involving video/audio/multimedia/web production, candidates would be expected to demonstrate their competence through the sharing of work portfolios. 

Other TISS Campus Eligibility Criteria

Here, we are mentioning courses that occur in TISS, campus-wise. All are explained in separate tabular form for the different campuses

Research Areas Integrated M.Phil-Ph.D Direct Ph. D.
Guwahati Campus
Social Sciences General eligibility + PG in any Social Sciences discipline/allied fields -
Tuljapur Campus
Rural Development General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields  
Hyderabad Campus
Education General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline / allied fields -
  - Main eligibility + PG in any So. Science discipline / allied fields + 5 years Post PG work experience
Social Sciences - Main eligibility + PG in any So. Science discipline / allied fields + 5 yrs. Post PG work experience

TISSNET 2021 Program Specific Eligibility

TISSNET Program-Specific Eligibility
SCHOOL/ CENTRE PROGRAM CODE PROGRAM-SPECIFIC ELIGIBILITY
SSW M.A. Social Work (Children and Families) CF General Eligibility + graduation from any discipline
SSW M.A. Social Work (Criminology & Justice) CJ General Eligibility + graduation from any discipline
SSW M.A. Social Work in (Community Organisation and Development Practice) COP General Eligibility + graduation from any discipline
SSW M.A. Social Work in (Dalit and Tribal Studies and Action) DTA General Eligibility + graduation from any discipline
SSW M.A. Social Work in (Disability Studies and Action) DSA General Eligibility + Preference will be given to candidates having a graduate degree in Social Work, Psychology, Special Education, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy, and Disability rehabilitation-related fields. Graduates with at least 2 years of experience in the field of social welfare will be preferred.
SSW M.A. Social Work (Livelihoods & Entrepreneurship) LE General Eligibility + graduation from any discipline
SSW M.A. Social Work in (Mental Health) MH General Eligibility + graduation from any discipline
SSW M.A. Social Work in (Public Health) PH General Eligibility + graduation from any discipline
SSW MA.Social Work(Women Centre Practice) WCP General Eligibility + graduation from any discipline
SM&LS M.A. in (Globalisation and Labour) GL General Eligibility + graduation from any discipline
SM&LS M.A. in (Human Resources Management and Labour Relations) HRM General Eligibility + graduation from any discipline
SM&LS M.A. in (Social Entrepreneurship) SE General Eligibility + graduation from any discipline
SM&LS Master of Arts (Organisation Development, Change & Leadership) (Also Offered from Hyderabad Off-Campus)  OD a) The program requires completion of a Bachelor's Degree of a minimum of 3 years duration or equivalent (under 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 or 10+2+2+1 year bridge course pattern of study or any other pattern fulfilling mandatory requirements of 15 years formal education) from a recognized university, in any discipline. b) Candidates must have 2 years of professional experience in any field of work after graduation.
SHSS Master of Public Health (Health Administration) HE (A) Candidates should have (i)completed a three-year graduate degree in any discipline, or (ii) four-year graduate degree in medicine, paramedical sciences, or other four-year programs like pharmacy, veterinary sciences, engineering, law (iii) Candidates should have completed their internship on or before Monday, June 02, 2018. (B) Candidates who are in their final year in the Bachelor’s degree program are not eligible to apply. 
SHSS Master of Hospital Administration(MHA) HO (A) Candidates should have (i) successfully completed a three-year graduate degree in any discipline, or (ii) four graduate degree in medicine, paramedical sciences, or other four-year programs like pharmacy, veterinary sciences, engineering, law (iii) Candidates should have completed an internship on or before Monday, June 02, 2018. (B) Candidates who are in their final year in a Bachelor’s degree program are not eligible to apply.
SHSS Master of Public Health (Health Policy, Economics, and Finance) PHHP (A) Candidates should have:(i) Master's degree in any discipline, or (ii) Completed Bachelor's degree in medicine, paramedical or other four-year programs like pharmacy, veterinary sciences, engineering, law (iii) Candidates should have completed an internship on or before Saturday, June 02, 2018. (B) Candidates in the final year with Bachelor’s degrees are not eligible to apply.
SHSS Master of Public Health (Social Epidemiology) PHSE (A) Candidates should have: (i) Master's degree in any discipline, or (ii)Completed Bachelor's degree in medicine, paramedical or other 4 years program like pharmacy, veterinary sciences, engineering, law (iii) Candidates should have completed their internship on or before Saturday, June 02, 2018. (B) Candidates who are in their final year in the Bachelor’s degree program are not eligible to apply.
SDS M.A. in (Women’s Studies) WS General Eligibility + graduation from any discipline
SE M.A. in Education (Elementary) EE General Eligibility + graduation from any discipline
SMCS M.A. in (Media and Cultural Studies) MC General Eligibility + graduation from any discipline
SHS M.A./M.Sc. in (Climate Change and Sustainability Studies) CCSS General Eligibility + graduation from any discipline
SHS M.A./M.Sc. in (Regulatory Governance) RG General Eligibility + graduation from any discipline
SHS M.A./M.Sc. in (Urban Policy and Governance) UPG General Eligibility + graduation in one of the following disciplines Engineering, Architecture, Management, Physical Sciences, Geography, Planning, Law, or Social Sciences, with interest in habitat-related issues/sectors.
SHS M.A./M.Sc.(Water Policy & Governance) WPG General Eligibility + graduation from any discipline
JTCDM M.A./M.Sc. in (Disaster Management) DM General Eligibility + graduation from any discipline
SHE M.A. in (Applied Psychology with specialization in Counselling Psychology) APCP General Eligibility + a) Candidates should have completed (i) B.A. Psychology, (ii) B.A./B.Sc. Home Science with specialization in child/Human Development; (iii) B.A. in Social Work, or (iv) B.A. General with a minimum of three papers in Psychology.b) Candidates who will appear for their final year B.A. examination in 2018, with the above subjects and are awaiting results are also eligible to apply.
CLIMS Master of Library & Information Science MLIS General Eligibility + graduation from any discipline 
SLRCG Master of Law (LL.M ) in (Access To Justice) ATJ LL.B. Degree with 50% marks (45% in case of SC/ST). The candidates appearing in the final LL.B. Examination in April / May 2018 can also apply 

 

TISSNET Program-Specific Eligibility
SCHOOL/ CENTRE PROGRAM CODE PROGRAM-SPECIFIC ELIGIBILITY
RD M.A. in (Social Work in Rural Development) RD (T) General Eligibility + Graduation in any discipline
DPPP M.A./M.Sc.(Development Policy, Planning & Practice) DPPP (T) General Eligibility + Graduation in any discipline
SE M.A. in (Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship) SE (T) General Eligibility + Graduation in any discipline
SLNG M.A./M.Sc.in (Sustainable Livelihoods, Natural Resources Management & Governance) SLNRMG (T) General Eligibility + Graduation in any discipline
WASH M.A./M.Sc. in (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) WASH (T) General Eligibility + Graduation in any discipline
TISSNET Program-Specific Eligibility
SCHOOL/CENTRE PROGRAM CODE PROGRAM-SPECIFIC ELIGIBILITY
RDG M.A.(Rural Development & Governance) RDG (H) General Eligibility + Graduation in any discipline
ED M.A. in (Education) ED (H) General Eligibility + Graduation in any discipline
PPG M.A. (Public Policy & Governance) PPG (H) General Eligibility + Graduation in any discipline
DS M.A. in (Development Studies) DS (H) General Eligibility + Graduation in  any discipline
WS M.A. in (Women's Studies) WS (H) General Eligibility + Graduation in any discipline
NRG M.A. (Natural Resources & Governance) NRG (H) General Eligibility + Graduation in any discipline
OD Master of Arts (Organisation Development, Change, and Leadership) (Also Offered from Mumbai Campus) OD (H) General Eligibility + Graduation in any discipline. a) The program requires completion of a Bachelor's Degree of 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 university, in any discipline. c) Candidates must have 2 years of professional experience in any field of work after graduation.
TISS-BALM (Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health), Chennai  M.A. Social Work in (Mental Health) MH General Eligibility + graduation in any discipline
TISS- BALM (Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health), Chennai centre M.A. in (Applied Psychology with specialization in Counseling Psychology) APCP General Eligibility + graduation in one of the following disciplines Candidates have (I)B.A. Psychology or (ii) B.A./B.Sc. Home Science with specialization in Child/Human Development or(iii) B.A. Social Work, or (iv) B.A. General with a minimum of three papers in Psychology.
TISS- BALM (Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health), Chennai centre M.A. in (Applied Psychology with specialization in Clinical Psychology) APCLP General Eligibility + a) Candidates should have completed (i) B.A. Psychology, or (ii) B.A. General, with a minimum of 3 papers in Psychology. b) Candidates who will appear for their final year B.A. examination in 2018, with the above subjects and are awaiting results are also eligible to apply.
TISS Kerala Centre, Thiruvananthapuram M.A. /M.Sc in (Ecology, Society and Sustainable Development) ESSD (Kerala) General Eligibility + Graduation in any discipline
TISSNET Program-Specific Eligibility
SCHOOL/CENTRE PROGRAM CODE SPECIFIC ELIGIBILITY
EESD M.A. in (Ecology, Environment, and Sustainable Development) EESD (G) General Eligibility + Graduation in any discipline
LSSS M.A. in (Labour Studies and Social Security) LSSS (G) General Eligibility + Graduation in any discipline
PACS M.A. in (Peace and Conflict Studies) PCS (G) General Eligibility + Graduation in any discipline
SSA M.A. in (Sociology and Social Anthropology) SSA (G) General Eligibility + Graduation in any discipline
CODP M.A. Social Work (Community Organisation & Development Practices) SWCODP(G) General Eligibility + Graduation in any discipline
LE M.A. Social Work in (Livelihoods and Entrepreneurship) SWLE (G) General Eligibility + Graduation in any discipline
CO M.A. Social Work in (Counselling) SWCL (G) General Eligibility + Graduation in any discipline
PH M.A. Social Work in ( Public Health) SWPH (G) General Eligibility + Graduation in any Discipline
TISS MGAHD, Nagaland M. A. Social Work in (Livelihoods and Entrepreneurship) LE (Nagaland) General Eligibility + graduation from any discipline

TISSNET MBA Eligibility Criteria For International Student

The candidates who are not Indian nationals or permanent residents of India will be eligible in this category. The foreign nationals, person of Indian origin (PIO) cardholders, an overseas citizen of India (OCI-Dual citizens), and Non- Residents Indian nationals (NRIs). Find below the criteria.

  • The international candidates can apply for not more than two programs and fulfill the general eligibility of the programs they are applying to.
  • The candidates from the Foreign Universities or Boards of Higher Education equivalent by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) will be eligible.
  • For M.A Human Resource Management and Labour Studies Program (HRM), candidates must have qualified a GMAT with a score of 610 and above. Candidates must submit the scores within the stipulated time frame.
  • Candidates with a B.A. degree from a University located in a non- English speaking country need to submit proof of English proficiency.
  • Candidates must submit either IELTS or TOEFL scores.

TISSNET Reservation Policy

The Indian Government has set some reservation policies for the TISSNET varying for different TISS campuses. Find below the policies for TISSNET reservation 2021.

TISS Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Tuljapur Campuses

  • 7.5% seats are reserved for STs
  • 15% seats reserved for SCs
  • 27% seats reserved for OBCs( non-creamy layer)
  • Seats for the Kashmir migrants are reserved as per GOL Directives.
  • 3% seats reserved for persons with disabilities (PwD- Supernumerary Quota)
  • 5% reserved for armed forces (supernumerary quota), widows/children of armed/paramilitary personnel, killed/disabled during the hostilities priority given below.
    • Priority I - Widows/Wards of paramilitary/personnel killed in action. Certificate required as proof in original.
    • Priority VII - Widows/wards of defense /paramilitary personnel who got disabled during military services. Provide an original certificate of disability stating that the disability is due to military services.
    • Priority III - Widows/wards of paramilitary/defense personnel who died during military services. Original death certificate stating that the cause of death is due to military services.
    • Priority IV - Wards of disabled paramilitary/defense personnel during military services. Need to provide the Original disability certificate stating that the disability is due to military service.
    • Priority V - Wards of ex-servicemen police personnel/paramilitary and serving defense personnel recipients of Gallantry Awards. Original Certificate as proof to be provided.
    • Priority VI - The Wards of ex-servicemen of defense. Original Certificate as proof to be provided.
    • Priority VII - The wards of defense serving personnel. Original Certificate of service identity cards and dependent certificate/card.

Factors Determining TISSNET Eligibility 2021

The Authorities have laid down the factors that determine the eligibility of the candidates to fill the TISSNET application. Find below the factors determining the TISSNET Eligibility 2021.

  • The candidates’ bachelor’s degree with the ‘Pass Class” indicated in it will determine their eligibility.
  • To be eligible to apply for the TISSNET 2021, candidates must have cleared all the courses (main, major, or substitute) of their first and second year if they are currently in the 3rd or 4th year of graduation.
  • Candidates who must have 15 years of formal education in either 10+2+2+1 bridge course pattern or any other pattern from a recognized institute or university are eligible.
  • The candidates fulfilling the requirements of their final year Bachelors’s degree exam by 2021 will be eligible to apply for all the TISS courses.
  • If found misleading or incorrect, the information provided by the candidates in the application forms will lead to the cancellation of the candidature.
  • The candidates who fail in the final year of their bachelor’s degree will not be eligible to take the TISSNET exam.
  • The candidates holding the provisional admission must also pass their final year. If they fail in the final year exam, admission will be canceled.
  • All the candidates must produce all the documents in original like mark sheets and other certificates at the time of interview.

TISSNET 2021 Eligibility FAQs

Q. The candidates who have done a bachelor’s degree from a distance learning institution are eligible?

Ans. If the degree is from the UGC recognized university, the candidates are eligible for the TISSNET 2021 exam.

Q. If the candidates do not receive the educational documents by the time of submission. What shall the candidate do?

Ans. The candidates must submit the documents as per the timeline of the DISSENT 2021. Candidates are advised to reach out to their university and raise their issues. If the documents are not submitted in time, candidates’ admission will be canceled.

Q. Does TISS provide campus placements?

Ans. Yes, the campus provides the placements for old programs. For the newly introduced courses, the placement process has started.

Q. Do the reserved category candidates have separate TISSNET eligibility criteria?

Ans. No, the eligibility criteria for all the candidates applying for the TISSNET are common.

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