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January 16, 2023

TISS NET 2024: Exam Cancelled; TISS to Accept CAT 2023 and CUET (PG) 2024 Score; Check Key Details, Impact on Admission Process, Options Available


The present TISSNET will not be conducted any more as per the notification released by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) for admission 2024 onwards. After Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) has cancelled its own PG entrance exam TISSNET 2024 for admission 2024 and has made CAT 2023 and CUET PG 2024 exams mandatory for Admission 2024 to various PG programmes, TISS aspirants are worried about other options as the CAT registration is already closed. Shared below are the key facts about the changes in TISS admission process, Top MBA options available for the candidates and more:

TISS Admission 2024: No TISSNET

  • TISSNET 2024 has been cancelled by Tata Institute of Social Sciences
  • Now CAT 2023 is Mandatory Exam for M.A. (HRM & LR), M.A. (ODCL) Admission 2024
  • CUET (PG) 2024 is the Mandatory Exam for Admission 2024 in other PG programs
  • TISS Aspirants to appear in CAT 2023 or CUET PG and apply separately for TISS Admission
  • TISS Applications for Admission 2024 likely to Open in December 2023

In its notification dated November 14, 2023, Tata Institute of Social Sciences has clarified, “The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), has decided that admission for the forthcoming Academic Session 2024-25 for all its Postgraduate Programmes will be based on the CUET (PG)-2024 scores, except for the following programmes, which will consider CAT scores.

  • Master of Arts in Human Resource Management & Labour Relations
  • Master of Arts in Organisation Development, Change and Leadership

All additional details, updates, and notifications, as applicable, will soon be accessible on the Institute's admissions website.” 

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Latest Update: Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) offers highly valued 50+ M.A. programs at its 20 Schools and Centres located at Mumbai, Tuljiapur, Hyderabad, Guwahati, BALM Chennai campuses. All these TISS MBA colleges accepting TISSNET score will start the admission process 2023 post declaration of TISSNET 2023 score.


Top TISS Schools

  • School of Education - Mumbai Campus
  • School of Development Studies - Mumbai Campus
  • School of Habitat Studies - Mumbai Campus
  • School of Health Systems Studies - Mumbai Campus
  • School of Human Ecology - Mumbai Campus
  • School of Law, Rights and Constitutional Governance - Mumbai Campus
  • School of Management and Labour Studies - Mumbai Campus
  • School of Media and Cultural Studies - Mumbai Campus
  • School of Rural Development - Tuljapur Campus
  • School of Social Work - Mumbai Campus
  • Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies - Mumbai Campus
  • TISS-Azim Premji School of Education - Hyderabad Campus
  • School of Public Policy and Governance - Hyderabad Campus
  • School of Livelihoods and Development - Hyderabad Campus
  • School of Gender Studies - Hyderabad Campus
  • School of Social Work - Guwahati Campus - Guwahati Campus
  • School of Social Sciences and Humanities - Guwahati Campus

TISS Centres

  • Centre for Education Innovation and Action Research - Mumbai Campus
  • Centre for Library and Information Management - Mumbai Campus

The Courses at TISS are offered in multiple disciplines ranging from social sector to policy making. TISS NET is a moderate difficulty level test with major thrust on GK section. Admission to TISS is through TISSNET. Some of the programmes in Social Health may only have a descriptive paper. The coveted MA (HRM & LR) at TISS is considered equivalent to an MBA in HR.  

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TISS School of Management and Labour Studies, Mumbai: At par with Top MBA Colleges
The Master Degree courses for which TISS is sought after by an MBA aspirant are MA in Human Resource Management and Labor Relations, MA in Social Entrepreneurship and MA in Globalization and Labor.


TISS  is  part  of  the  Global  Labour  University  network in  partnership  with  the  International  Labour  Organisation.  Other  partners  of  GLU  offering  similar  programmes include: Germany (Kassel/Berlin) at the University  of  Kassel  and  the  Berlin  School  of  Economics and  Law,  South  Africa  (Johannesburg)  at  the  University  of Witwatersrand  (WITS),  Brazil  (Campinas,  the State of Sao Paulo) at the State University of Campinas (Unicamp)  and  Penn  State  University,  State  College, PA, USA.


A good score in TISSNET 2023 can open the admission opportunity in coveted M.A. courses at its flagship School of Management and Labour Studies, Mumbai. TISS Masters degree programmes are at par with various MBA programmes offered by top MBA colleges in India. Some of the most sought after programmes by MBA aspirants with intake at TISS Mumbai are as under:

TISS School
Programme Offered and duration
TISS School of Management and Labour Studies, Mumbai
2 Years full time Master of Arts (Globalisation and Labour)
TISS School of Management and Labour Studies, Mumbai
2 years full time Master of Arts (Human Resource Management & Labour Relations)
TISS School of Management and Labour Studies,Mumbai
2 Years full time Master of Arts/Master of Science (Analytics) (Self Financed)
TISS School of Management and Labour Studies, Mumbai
2 Years full time Master of Arts (Organisation Development, Change and Leadership) (Self Financed)
TISS School of Management and Labour Studies, Mumbai
2 Years full time Master of Arts (Social Entrepreneurship)

TISS MBA Equivalent Programmes: Detailed structure


1. Master of Arts (Globalisation and Labour)

  • Location: Mumbai
  • School: School of Management and Labour Studies
  • Intake: 23

Programme Details
The  Master of Arts (Globalisation and Labour)  is aimed  at  strengthening  capabilities  of  those  working in  membership-based  organisations,  and  the  informal sector  of  the  economy.  These  include  trade  unions, organisations  such  as  co-operatives,  self-help  groups etc. Bright young graduates or post graduates who do not fall  in  the  above  categories  but  are  interested  in working  in  such  organisations,  or  would  be  engaged in labour research, are also included. It is important to understand that this is not a management programme.

The  course  provides  a  framework  to  understand  the diversity of experiences of globalisation and its impact onwork and labour in the informal sector. As the formal sector  is  increasingly  externalising  social,  economic and  environmental  costs  of  production  to  the  unor-ganised/informal  sector,  there  is  a  need  to  organise and  strengthen  capabilities  of  the  workers  in  this  sector  to  articulate  and  claim  their  right  to  dignified  life. There will be an emphasis on comprehending the implications of globalisation and labour on economically and  socially  marginalised  sections,  and  bringing  out the complexities of the same in forms of mobilisation, protest and resistance. The course content will provide both theoretical analyses as well as empirical studies.


2. Master of Arts (Human Resource Management & Labour Relations)

  • Location: Mumbai
  • School: School of Management and Labour Studies
  • Centre: Centre for Human Resources Management and Labour Relations
  • Intake: 68

Programme Details
The Master of Arts (Human Resource Management & Labour Relations) (HRM & LR) programme (formerly known as M.A. in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations) is designed to develop students into professionally competent and socially sensitive management graduates, fully equipped to take on the challenges of the corporate world. The programme explores the critical areas of contemporary human resources management, in conjunction with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the key functions of management and business.


The broad objectives of this M.A. programme are to sensitise students to the social, political, economic, and ecological environments of the society; to enable students to become effective business leaders and decision-makers to contribute to organisational effectiveness; to facilitate the use of systems thinking among the students to evolve possibilities while addressing various personal and organisational challenges; to develop a global perspective among students to respond to global challenges; and to impart values of intellectual honesty, justice and fairness.


The programme places importance on both theoretical and hands-on learning. While classroom learning through participation in the forms of discussions and case studies, presentations, simulation games, assignments, etc., emphasises conceptual clarity, practical inputs are provided through the rigorous fieldwork system, which complements the classroom inputs by throwing light on the practical dimension of the profession. The insights that emerge out of such an experience make students conceptually strong and successful in practice of the profession. Students are also required to complete a dissertation on any topic of their choice. All these, coupled with the focused attention that students get owing to the small size of the batch, makes personal learning highly effective. Fieldwork is a continuous process, which seeks to facilitate student’s exposure to varied industry sectors. Besides, students undertake internships with organisations for a period ranging from 6–8 weeks, which is seen as an opportunity for the student to learn significantly from, and contribute meaningfully to organisations.


In brief, the M.A. in HRM & LR programme, which benefits from over 4 decades of teaching and research in the same area, is a challenging teaching–learning experience that blends cutting edge theory with innovative practice to develop business leaders for the global industry. The TISS HRM & LR post-graduates are amongst the most sought after in the global industry today. They occupy positions of leadership across a wide spectrum of industries and sectors including, IT/ITeS, banking and finance, telecom, manufacturing, public sector, pharmaceutical, retail and management consultancy.


3. Master of Arts/Master of Science(Analytics) (Self Financed)

  • Location: Mumbai
  • School: School of Management and Labour Studies
  • Intake: 34

Programme Details
In the milieu of convergent information and communication technologies (ICT) and growing application of artificial intelligence, analytics of big data and data science generate exciting career opportunities in the labour market. For long people have been doing the analytics; they have been designing, tabulating, presenting, drawing inferences, and predicting. Varian (2014), however, view why the analytics turns out to be an exciting opportunity.


“Computers are now involved in many economic transactions and can capture data associated with these transactions, which can then be manipulated and analyzed. Conventional statistical and econometric techniques such as regression often work well but there are issues unique to big datasets that may require different tools”.


Moreover, Varian provides three reasons for why analytics of big data is distinct from conventional approaches: volume of data, more potential predictors, and large data sets unravel complex non-linear patterns. Ackermann and Angus (2014) provides examples of analytics applications to social sciences. Multi-lateral institutions like European Commission (EC) provides estimates of discernibly huge demand Big Data/Data Science/Analytics professions in United Kingdom. Not only this segment of labour is likely to grow exponentially, also occupational profiles in this sector may provide better reward packages than Information Technology (IT) and IT enabled services do offer.


Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), being a public funded deemed university, aspires to provide learners more inclusive opportunities in Analytics. In January 2018, the School has launched a short term learning progarmme for working professionals ‘Executive Post Graduate Diploma in Analytics (EPGDA)’. The first batch of EPGDA has graduated in January, 2019, second batch is on going, while the Third batch will begin from February 2020.


Since its inception, the programme has been coordinated by the Labour Market Research Facility at the School. The Labour Market Research Facility (LMRF) is a think tank that specialises in macro and micro labour market, household sample surveys, working and living condition surveys and macro labour market analysis. The think tank has won some of the prestigious global research grants, and has created exemplary capabilities in extraction and analysis of large sample databases such as National Sample Survey and Annual Survey of Industry. As an ecology of research, the LMRF continues to support M.Phil. and Ph.D. scholars who pursue research in labour-related themes.


While the current programme (EPGDA) caters to the learning needs of the working professionals, there appears to be space for envisaging a full-fledged post graduate programme in Analytics. The proposed Master of Arts (M.A.) or Master of Science (M.Sc) in Analytics will be distinct from the learning programmes in analytics offered by other institutions since this programme captures both policy analytics and technological aspects of the analytics.


Why to do an M.A in Analytics from TISS

  1. Visualize and Analyse the Big Data
  2. Grounded Learning on the Philosophy of Analytics and Predictive Modelling
  3. Applying the analytics to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) contexts
  4. Collaborative Live Analytics projects with Industry and Civil Society Organisations
  5. Bench-marking with Global Learning Standards in Analytics
  6. Modelling the Economy, Business, Organisations, Society, and Environment
  7. Transforming Ideas into Data Products
  8. Human Dimension of Data and Technologies
  9. Interactive Learning through regular series of seminars and workshops

4. Master of Arts (Organisation Development, Change and Leadership) (Self Financed)

  • Location: Mumbai
  • School: School of Management and Labour Studies
  • Intake: 34

Programme Details
Organisations are increasingly affected by constant change and the ability to adapt and stay relevant is the key determinant of their very existence. This has created a need for a genre of professionals who are able to enable organisations to better respond and adapt to industry/market changes and technological advances by deeply impacting both organisational factors and human factors.


In response to this need from the industry, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)  has launched the Executive Post Graduate diploma in Organisation Development and Change Programme (EPGDODC) in 2015 at the Mumbai campus. Soon, increased demand saw the programme being delivered out of Delhi and Bangalore  centres also in 2016.  The programme focused both on developing the knowledge and skills needed for  professionals who are dealing with Organisation Development and Change Management activities. However, it was felt that a much deeper understanding of both knowledge and practice of various business functions is also required to enable leaders to make sustainable change and create both competitive and collaborative advantage.


The MA in Organisation Development, Change and Leadership programme endeavours to address this gap by enabling the development of a new generation of leaders who are able to ride this wave of change with panache and lead organisations. The programme will transform the students both personally and professionally. Students will gain a deeper understanding about themselves and a thorough knowledge of organisational strategy, operational excellence and the interplay of systems and  people processes. This is in addition to creating an in-depth understanding  of functional knowledge across management disciplines.


The learning methodology is heavily tilted in favour of experiential learning through intensive “Field Immersions" across organisations. Students will have hands on exposure to different business functions during the field immersion  in varied industries.  Renowned  national and international academicians, in addition to reputed practitioners from the industry would facilitate  class room sessions. The programme adopts a customised approach to student development and provides individual coaches to students. There will be opportunities for students to work across  virtual teams in collaboration with top universities across the globe to enhance their cross cultural competence.


Over two years, this program blends multi-disciplinary formal and collaborative learning with human interaction labs, research dissertation and situated learning  experiences in social sector organisations and small medium enterprises.


The MA in Organisation Development, Change and Leadership programme focusses on nurturing next generation global leaders who can understand the new world as a system of interacting components that impact each other in significant but often underutilized ways; opening doors for more holistic, effective and innovative leadership for businesses and Societies.
For those passionate about growing their careers and making a difference, Masters in Organization Development, Change and Leadership is the program to reckon with.


5.Master of Arts (Social Entrepreneurship)

  • Location: Mumbai
  • School: School of Management and Labour Studies
  • Centre: Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
  • Intake: 34

Programme Details
The field of Social Entrepreneurship which has grown very rapidly in recent years, leveraging knowledge of business  management  and  entrepreneurial  skills  to solve problems  related  of  society  and  the  environment.  The  major  reasons  are  failure  or  withdrawal of  state  and/or  market  to  deliver  the  needed  service to  the citizen  especially  the  poor  and  marginalised groups.  Some  changes  are  aligned  with  the  global politico-economic  developments  and  seem  to  be  irreversible. The need  is  to  develop  fresh  perspectives which  are  contextually  relevant  and  also  capable  to deliver  the  needed  services. We  need  trained  professionals  who  can take  leadership  in  such  situations. The  new  models  to  be  designed  by  them  should  be capable  of  ensuring  sustainable  development.  The Masters of arts   in social entrepreneurship   has been  developing  young  entrepreneurial  talent  pool to become ‘change agents’.

The objectives of the Master of Arts (Social Entrepreneurship) (MASE) programme are to:

  • develop individuals as entrepreneurs with a focus on social entrepreneurship;
  • enable  budding  and  practicing  social  entrepreneurs to solve social problems;
  • create  an  environment  for  dialogue,  discussion and  creation  of  a  research  base,  for  developing the domain of knowledge in social entrepreneurship,  for  sharing among  interest  groups,  and  to enable  practitioners  in  enhancing  effectiveness of their operations.

The  programme  covers  an  overview  of  economics, polity  and  sociology,  innovative  problem  solving, venture  creation,  business  and  organisational  management, and  leadership  linking,  with  benefits  to stakeholders.  Distinctive  features  of  the  curriculum are  inductive  pedagogy,  blending  classroom  teaching   and   experiential  learning   through   fieldwork, problem-solving  assignments  on  social  problems  at individual  and  group  levels,  and  meeting  and  interacting  with  social  and  business entrepreneurs.  The programme is primarily targeted toward developing entrepreneurial  skills. There  are  three  major  dimensions  and  components  of  this  programme: (i)  social context, (ii) entrepreneurship skills, and (iii) management tools.

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