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TISS RAT 2019: M.Phil & Ph.D Admission Test

TISS conducts Research Aptitude Test (RAT) 2019 for admission to its M.Phil. and Ph.D. Programmes in  various Schools and Independent Centres of the Institute across TISS Mumbai, Tuljapur and Hyderabad Campuses. Candidates who have successfully completed their post graduation and have qualified the UGC JRF are eligible to apply. Those in the final year of 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 Studies, Development Studies and allied fields are eligible to apply.

TISS RAT 2019 MPhil PhD Admission Test Important Dates

Last date of submission of Application Form:  January 15, 2019 by 6.00 p.m.
Announcement of shortlisted Candidates for Research Aptitude Test (RAT): January 24, 2019 by 9.00 p.m.
Research Aptitude Test (RAT) Venue: Mumbai, Hyderabad, Guwahati
Date: February 8, 2019
Time: 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Announcement of candidates invited for Personal Interview (PI): February 28, 2019

TISS RAT 2019 M.Phil Ph.D Personal Interview:

Hyderabad Campus: March  22 and 23, 2019
Tuljapur Campus: March 25 & 26, 2019
Mumbai Campus: March 18, 19 and 20, 2019
Announcement of selected candidates (all campuses): To be announced later

TISS MPhil PhD Number of Seats

TISS Mumbai Campus

Habitat Studies
M. Phil.: 5
Ph. D.: 0*
Public Health
M. Phil.: 8
Ph. D.: 3

Management and Labour Studies
M. Phil.: 10
Ph. D.: 5

Social Work
M. Phil.: 15
Ph. D.: 10

School of Human Ecology (Applied Psychology)
M. Phil.: 6
Ph. D.: 3

Health Services Management
M. Phil.: 8
Ph. D.: 3

Women's Studies
M. Phil.: 10
Ph. D.: 0*

Development Studies
M. Phil.: 10
Ph. D.: 0*

Social Sciences (to be anchored by School of Research Methodology)
M. Phil.: 8
Ph. D.: 0*

Inclusive Development and Social Justice
M. Phil.: 10

Social Sciences with Specialisation in Sociology of Education
M. Phil.: 5

Media and Cultural Studies
Ph.D.: 5

Social Sciences (to be anchored by Centre for Lifelong Learning)
Ph. D.: 5

Education
M. Phil.: 9
Ph. D.:  0*

Psychiatric Social Work (to be anchored by School of Social Work)
M. Phil.: 8

TISS Tuljapur Campus

Rural Development
M. Phil.: 10

TISS Hyderabad Campus

Education
M. Phil.: 10
Ph. D.: 0*

Social Sciences
M. Phil.: 0*
Ph. D.: 5

* Will not be offered this year

TISS MPhil PhD Courses

Schools
School of Development Studies - Mumbai Campus
MPhil programme in Development Studies
MPhil programme in Women's Studies

School of Habitat Studies - Mumbai Campus
M.Phil programme School of Habitat Studies
School of Health Systems Studies - Mumbai Campus
MPhil programme in Health Services Management
MPhil programme in Public Health
Ph. D. programme in Health Services Management
Ph. D. programme in Public Health
School of Human Ecology - Mumbai Campus
M.Phil (Specialisation in Clinical and Counselling Practice)
PhD in Applied Psychology (Anchored by School of Human Ecology)
School of Management and Labour Studies - Mumbai Campus
MPhil programme in Management and Labour Studies
Ph. D. programme in Management and Labour Studies
School of Media and Cultural Studies - Mumbai Campus
Ph.D. in Media and Cultural Studies

School of Research Methodology - Not Applicable Campus
M.Phil in Social Sciences
School of Social Work - Mumbai Campus
MPhil in Psychiatric Social Work
MPhil programme in Social Work
PhD programme in Social Work

Centres
Centre for Education Innovation and Action Research - Mumbai Campus
M. Phil. Programme in Education
Centre for Lifelong Learning - Mumbai Campus
Ph. D. in Social Sciences (to be anchored by Centre for Lifelong Learning)
Centre for Studies in Sociology of Education - Mumbai Campus
M.Phil in Social Sciences with Specialisation in Sociology of Education
Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policies - Mumbai Campus
MPhil in Inclusive Development and Social Justice
M.Phil Programme in Education (Hyderabad Campus)
MPhil programme in Rural Development - Tuljapur Campus
Ph. D. in Social Sciences - Hyderabad Campus

TISS MPhil PhD Admissions 2019 Eligibility Criteria

Educational Qualifications:
Candidates are required to successfully complete their master’s or other equivalent securing 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 SC/ST/OBC(non-creamy layer)/differently-abled candidates, the minimum eligibility is an average of 45 per cent of aggregate marks, or a grade point average of 2.50.
Candidates who are in their final year of Master’s and are likely to complete all the requirements of their final year 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 for TISS PhD Admission

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

Research Proposal:

Submission of a research proposal is a compulsory requirement for admission to the M.Phil. and Ph.D. Programme. A research proposal consisting of approximately 1,000 words should accompany the proposal and indicate the Specification of the broad field of study, Statement of the research problem and scope and objectives of the study, rationale for and the significance of the study, methodology to be followed, references, and the candidate’s research/work experience in that area, if any.
Candidates who have an M.Phil or equivalent degree awarded by a recognized university in India or abroad are also eligible for a PhD
Eligibility criteria (Subject wise)
Mumbai Campus
Habitat Studies
M.Phil.: General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields
Ph.D. : General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields + 5 years Post PG work experience.
Public Health
M.Phil.: General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields
Ph.D. : General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields + 5 years Post PG work experience
Health Services Management
M.Phil.: General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields
Ph.D. : General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields + 5 years Post PG work experience
Management and Labour Studies
M.Phil.: General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields
Ph.D. : General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields + 5 years Post PG work experience
Social Work
M.Phil.: General eligibility + PG in Social Work
Ph.D. : General eligibility + PG in Social Work + 5 years work Post PG work experience
School of Human Ecology (Applied Psychology)
Ph.D. : General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields + 5 years Post PG work experience
Women's Studies
M.Phil.: General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields
Ph.D. : General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields + 5 years Post PG work experience
Development Studies
M.Phil.: General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields
Ph.D. : 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)
M.Phil.: General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields
Ph.D. : General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields + 5 years Post PG work experience
Social Sciences with Specialisation in Sociology of Education
M.Phil.: General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields
Inclusive Development and Social Justice
M.Phil.: General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields
Media and Cultural Studies
Ph.D. : General eligibility + Post graduation with at least five years of relevant work experience and 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)
Ph.D. : General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields + 5 years Post PG work experience Social Sciences, Social Work, Education and Special Education, Adult Education and Lifelong Learning would be suitable for this PhD.  Candidates with work experience in the above areas for 5 years and more, who propose to work in the larger inter-disciplinary context of lifelong learning, elderly and youth, would also be eligible.
Education (practice-based)
M.Phil.: General eligibility + Post-Graduation in Education or related/allied disciplines with at least two years of relevant work experience
Psychiatric Social Work
M.Phil.: General eligibility + PG in Social Work

Tuljapur Campus
Rural Development
M.Phil.: General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields

Hyderabad Campus
Education
M. Phil.: General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields
Sciences
Ph. D.: General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields + 5 years Post PG work experience

TISS MPhil PhD Admissions 2019 Application Process

Candidates are required to apply online for MPhil and PhD courses offered by TISS. To apply online, Click here. 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 January 10, 2019.
Application Instructions
i.    A candidate is eligible to apply for a maximum of two programmes from among the different programmes offered at TISS Mumbai, Hyderabad and Tuljapur campuses. The same application form can be used for applying to more than one programme.

ii.    Candidates who apply for more than one campus, if shortlisted, have to travel for Personal interview to both the campuses on designated dates.

iii.    Candidates can apply for two programmes within one or across more than one campus. The Research Aptitude Test (RAT) can be taken at any one of the chosen campuses on February 08, 2019. The RAT score is valid across campuses and across two choices.

iv.    Candidates must ensure that application is complete in all respects, including fee payment. Incomplete application forms will not be considered. Processing fee paid by the candidates will not be refunded if they are found ineligible for the applied programme/s.

v.    Unemployed candidates whose parent’s / guardian's annual income from all the sources for the Financial Year 2016-17 is less than Rs. 2.5 lakhs for SC/ST and Rs. 1 lakh for OBC - NCL (Non Creamy Layer) fulfill the criteria to apply for GOI-PMS sponsored by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment for SC/OBC (NCL) and the Ministry of Tribal Affairs for ST students. It is the responsibility of eligible candidates to apply in time for availing scholarships on time. The OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) Certificates issued before prior to 31st March 2018 will not considered. Please note that while caste certificate is issued once in a lifetime, the Non Creamy Layer certificate depends on the family income of the candidate in the previous financial year and hence the NCL certificate has to be obtained for the period after 1st April 2018.

vi.    Applications received after the due date will not be considered and the processing fee paid will not be refunded.

vii.    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).

Certificates/Documents to be uploaded:
General : Photograph, Signature, TISS copy of challan (if paid by cash).
SC / ST (Annual income less than Rs.2.5 lakhs): Photograph, Signature, Caste / Tribe Certificate, Income Certificate for the financial year 2017-18, TISS copy of challan (if paid by cash),
SC / ST (Annual income more than Rs.2.5 lakhs): Photograph, Signature, TISS copy of challan (if paid by cash), Caste / Tribe Certificate.
OBC (NC) (Annual income less than Rs.1 lakh): Photograph, Signature, Income Certificate for the financial year 2017-18, Other Backward Class (Non-Creamy Layer) certificate issued after 01-04-2018 by the District Magistrate / Deputy Commissioner / Tahsildar, TISS copy of challan (if paid by cash).
OBC(Non Creamy Layer) (Annual income more than Rs.1 lakh but less than Rs. 8 lakhs): Photograph, Signature, TISS copy of challan (if paid by cash).
Other Backward Class (Non-Creamy Layer) certificate issued after 01-04-2018 by the District Magistrate / Deputy Commissioner / Tahsildar. CERTIFICATES dated before April 1, 2018 will not be considered valid.
PWD: Photograph, Signature, TISS copy of challan (if paid by cash) and PWD certificate.
KM: Photograph, Signature, TISS copy of challan (if paid by cash) and KM certificate.
Armed Forces: Photograph, Signature, TISS copy of challan (if paid by cash) and Armed Force certificate
Note 1: Candidates applying through the online application form will have to upload the certificates mentioned above. Those who are submitting a hard copy of the application form should post along with the application form the above mentioned documents attested by a School Headmaster or a Principal of College or a Gazetted Officer (refer to Reservation Section on the admission website). Requests received without the above Certificates will be rejected and no communication will be sent in this regard.
Note 2: SC/ST candidates whose annual family income is <=250000 (2.5 lac) and OBC(NC) candidates whose annual family income is <=100000 have to upload Income certificate for the Financial Year 2016-2017 issued by Revenue Officer

 TISS MPhil PhD Admissions 2019 Application fee:

Applying for 1 Programme
Online Payment by Credit Card/Debit Card
General: Rs. 1535
Non Eligible SC/ST: Rs. 735
Eligible SC/ST/OBC(NC): Rs. 410
Online Payment by NetBanking
General: Rs. 1535
Non Eligible SC/ST: Rs. 735
Eligible SC/ST/OBC(NC): Rs. 410
Cash Deposit in any SBI Branch using the prescribed challan
General: Rs. 1500 + Bank Charges
Non Eligible SC/ST: Rs. 700 + Bank Charges
Eligible SC/ST/OBC(NC):Rs. 375 + Bank Charges

Applying for 2 Programmes
Online Payment by Credit Card/Debit Card
General: Rs. 3070
Non Eligible SC/ST: Rs. 1470
Eligible SC/ST/OBC(NC):Rs. 820
Online Payment by NetBanking
General: Rs. 3070
Non Eligible SC/ST: Rs. 1470
Eligible SC/ST/OBC(NC):Rs. 820

Cash Deposit in any SBI Branch using the prescribed challan
General: Rs. 3000 + Bank Charges
Non Eligible SC/ST: Rs. 1400 + Bank Charges
Eligible SC/ST/OBC(NC):Rs. 750 + Bank Charges
Notes:
(i) the SBI will charge Rs. 50/- as their processing fee for each cash deposit, which cannot be adjusted against the application fee.
(ii) No payments made via demand draft, pay order or any mode other than the above modes will be acceptable and the application will be rejected. No communication to this effect will be sent to such candidates.
(iii) Candidates applying online will be asked to choose between two modes of payment 'Cash' or 'Pyment Gateway' in the online application form. If the preferred mode of payment is 'Cash', a payment challan has to be downloaded from the 'Download Challan' tab. The payment challan will have 3 copies. Deposit the cash amount mentioned on the challan in any branch of State Bank Of India. The bank will return two copies of the challan (Student Copy and TISS Copy) with the banks seal, signature and journal number on it. Candidates have to scan the 'TISS Copy' of the challan, login back to the online application system and upload it.

TISS MPhil PhD Admissions 2019 FAQs

Question: Does TISS provide the placement assistance after M.Phil / Ph. D completion?
Answer: No. We do not have this practice for M. Phil. and PhD students.
Question: I have a postgraduate degree and 20 years experience in rural development work willing to do PhD. Since I am working, it may not be possible to take up a regular course, does your institute offer correspondence courses?
Answer: No, but you could work for your PhD from wherever you are and visit the Institute as often as required to meet with the Research supervisor, Doctoral Advisory Committee members and conduct your Ph. D seminars. You are also required to submit a six-monthly report, through their guide. In addition to the same, since you have last degree is several years back, you will be asked to do some course work in research methodology for which you will have to spend some time at the Institute. Do go through the prospectus.
Question: I would like to apply for the M.Phil programme at TISS and would like to know whether you have any part time Ph. D programmes which can be done from long distance.
Answer: If you are admitted to the M.Phil Programme, course work will be mandatory. You would be required to attend lectures that are held across two semesters. In the second year of the programme, students go for data collection (field work) and write their M.Phil dissertation. Hence, if you would like to apply for a programme that offers flexibility in attending course work, a ‘direct’ PhD programme would be a more appropriate choice for you.
Question: What is meant by course work? In which cases will the scholar be asked to undertake the course work? What will be the total duration of course work,? Whether they are on Saturday & Sunday. Or Evening / Regular. Whether the classes are conducted at other locations.
Answer: Students admitted into the ‘Direct’ Ph.D. programme who do not have an M.Phil degree will have to attend modular workshops (details in prospectus). For students entering into the M.Phil programme, two year course work is mandatory. Classes are generally held on weekdays. However, some class might also be scheduled on weekends. Modular Workshops are also conducted at the TISS Hyderabad and Guwahati campuses, apart from the Mumbai Campus.
Lectures are held across two semesters beginning from early July of each year.
Question: Do I need to approach the potential supervisor myself?
Answer: Yes. However, the final allocation of guides will be done in consultation with the Dean/Chairperson of the respective School/Independent Centre.

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