Candidates applying for the M.A./M.Sc. in Habitat Policy and Practice should have a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Architecture, Management, Physical Sciences, Geography, Planning, Law, or Social Sciences, with some inclination towards habitat-related issues/sectors.
Professionals working in different sub-sectors of the habitat sector or the urban sector are also eligible, provided they possess the minimum academic qualifications. They could come from different types of institutions, including ULBs, government, research organisations, civil society groups, and private companies are also eligible for admission to the programme.
Apart from the minimum academic qualifications, proficiency in written and spoken English and basic capabilities in mathematics would be desirable and helpful to students in making best of what the programme offers.
Instructions for Determining Eligibility to Apply
i) 'Pass Class' in the Bachelor's Degree pursued by the applicant will be taken for determining his/her eligibility.
ii) Candidates who are in the final year of their Bachelor's Degree programme, but have not passed in all the courses (main/ major/ subsidiary, etc.) of first and second years (if the Degree is of 3 years duration) and first, second and third years (if the Degree is of 4 years duration) on the day of applying for the programme are not eligible to apply.
iii) Candidates who have been declared as failed in the final year examination are also not eligible to apply, unless they pass their Bachelor's Degree examination on the
day of applying for the programme.
iv) Eligibility, once determined on the basis of the information given by the candidate in the Application Form, shall be final for the purpose of test/interview/selection. However, in case it is found that the information furnished by a caandidate is incorrect or misleading or ineligibility being detected before or after the test/interview/selection/admission, his/her candidature will be cancelled.
v) If a provisionally admitted student fails in the final year of his/her Bachelor's Degree Examination and even if he/she has applied for re-evaluation at the university/ college, he/she will not be allowed to continue the programme as the offer of provisional admission stands automatically cancelled on his/her failure in the final year examination.
Weightage for the Different Components
(a) Written Test (100 marks): The Written Test is in two parts.
Part I is an Objective Test which consists of 3 sections:
(i) General awareness/ knowledge about current/contemporary social issues;
(ii) Analytical/logical reasoning and quantitative ability; and
(iii) Verbal reasoning. The duration of the test is 45 minutes.
Part II of the Written Test is the "Programme-Based" test, and the duration is 60 minutes. This Written Test aims to assess the following:
Section I: Descriptive Test — Critical Analysis, Sensitivity to Social and Environmental Issues.
Section II: Objective Test —
(i) General Awareness/Knowledge about Current/ Contemporary Social Issues;
(ii) Analytical/Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Ability; and
(iii) Verbal Reasoning.
Note: Model question paper for the programme is placed on TISS website on November 9, 2016.
(b) Personal Interview (70 marks): The candidate is expected to be acquainted with the programme for which he/she has applied for, as questions may be asked on the
topic during the Personal Interview (PI).
Eligibility for Personal Interview
Candidates short-listed for the PI will be required to submit the Detailed Application Form online, which will be available at www.tiss.edu after declaration of the results of the Written Test on 15th March, 2016. They are also required to bring a hard copy of the filled in Detailed Application Form along with photocopies of all documents and two passport-sized photographs while coming for Personal Interview. No candidate will be allowed to appear for the PI without submitting the Detailed Application Form on time.
Reservation for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) will be as per Government of India (GoI) requirements, that is, 15% and 7.5%, respectively. Reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBC) is 27%, while for Kashmiri Migrants it will be subject to the GoI directives.
How to Obtain the Application Form
The prescribed Application Form and Information Brochure can be obtained:
By sending a request letter to the Assistant Registrar (Academic) of the Institute along with a self-addressed (A4-Size) cloth-lined envelope and a Demand Draft for Rs. 750/- drawn in favour of the "Tata Institute of Social Sciences", and payable at Mumbai.OR
By downloading the Application Form from the TISS website (www.tiss.edu). Please note that while submitting the downloaded Application Form either by post or in person to the Academic Section, it should be accompanied by a Demand Draft for Rs. 750/.
From the Cash Counter of TISS, against cash payment (Cash timings: Mondays to Fridays from 9.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. and on Saturdays, from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.).
Unemployed SC and ST candidates, whose parents'/guardian's income was Rs. 1 lakh (Rupees One lakh) for the financial year 2016 can obtain the Application Form for Rs. 700/-
For speedy processing of applications, we recommend online filling of applications. Once you submitted the on-line application, print the application, attach the DD and other necessary documents and mail to TISS, Mumbai. Note:Those candidates who have already applied for this programme need not apply again.
Unemployed SC and ST candidates, whose parents'/guardian's income was Rs.One lakh or below for the financial year 2016 can obtain the Application Form free of cost.
They can download the Form from www.tiss.edu and submit it along with a true copy of the Caste/Tribe Certificate and the Income Certificate or they can send a request letter along with a true copy of Caste/Tribe Certificate, Income Certificate and self- addressed (A4-Size) cloth-lined envelope to the Assistant Registrar (Academic), TISS. Please note that the (a) Caste/Tribe Certificate should be issued in the name of the candidate by a Revenue Officer not below the rank of a Tehsildar; and (b) A copy of the Income Certificate of the candidate's parents/guardian should be issued by the employer or by any appropriate authority for the financial year 2016.
Submission of Duly Filled in Application Form
(a) Candidates who have filled in the downloaded form should write their name, address, telephone number (along with STD code), etc., on the reverse of the Bank Draft, at the time of submitting the completed form to the Academic Section, TISS.
(b) Candidates can send their duly filled applications through Registered Post/Speed Post/Courier. The envelope should be addressed to the Academic Section, TISS
(c) Candidates can also submit their duly filled applications personallyto the Academic Section, TISS, against proper receipt. The Institute will not be responsible for the applications sent/ delivered to any other functionary of the Institute.
(d) The last date for receiving the Application Forms, completed in all respects, by hand or by post, is 5th February, 2016, up to 5.00 p.m.
Candidates belonging to SC or ST or OBC or PWD category must submit the relevant certificates of their status (as SC or ST or OBC or PWD) along with their filled in applications. No candidate will be considered for more than one category as mentioned in the Application Form.
The last date for receiving applications sent BY POST from remote areas/regions (i.e., Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim, Jammu & Kashmir, Lahaul and Spiti district, Pangi sub-division of Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, and Lakshadweep Islands), is 12th February, 2016.
Candidates who are claiming the benefit of extended time for submission of the Application Form, should clearly indicate in their forwarding letter the particular area or region (for example, Assam, Meghalaya, Jammu & Kashmir, etc.) they have posted their application from. In case they fail to do so, the benefit of extended time will not be granted. In the case of Application Forms received by hand or through courier services of any type, the benefit of extended time will NOT be granted, regardless of the place of residence of the applicant.
Candidates should clearly note that the Institute will in no case be responsible for non-receipt of their applications or any delay in receipt thereof on any account whatsoever. They should, therefore, ensure that their applications reach the Institute on or before the prescribed last date.
ENTRANCE TEST SCHEDULE
The Written Tests for this programmes will be held on 7th March, 2016, at 5 centres: Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Guwahati and Kolkata.
The Institute may cancel any test centre and/or assign another centre instead of the centre indicated by the candidate, if situation demands.
Admit card will generally be dispatched on weekly basis. However, candidates who not received their admit card by 24th February, 2016, may register their complaint with Section Officer (Admissions) by sending a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates who registered their complaints will be given a duplicate admit card a day prior to the entrance test at his/her respective centre. No duplicate admit card will be issued on the day of the written test.
The PI for the programme will be held at the Mumbai Campus on 29th and 30th March, 2016 OR 9th and 10th May, 2016. The actual date of the PI of a candidate will be put up on the TISS website and will also be intimated to the candidate through email. Shortlisted candidates are requested to contact the Section Officer (Admissions), in case they do not receive any mail with regard to date of PI at least by 22nd March, 2016.
Request for change in the date for the Written Test will not be considered. However, a change in the dates for PI may be considered, if the date of PI at the TISS clashes with the date of entrance test of another Institution or the date of final year examination of the candidate. However, the candidate must produce documentary evidence for this. Please note that the changed date for PI will be within the time schedule announced by TISS only.
Last Date for Issue of Forms in Person - 1st February, 2016
Last Date for Receipt of Completed Forms at the Institute by Post and in Person - 5th February, 2016
Last Date for Receipt of Completed Forms at the Institute from Remote Areas/Regions - 12th February, 2016
Written Test - 7th March, 2016
TATA INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
V.N. Purav Marg Deonar, Mumbai - 400 088
Phones: 91-22-2552 5262/2552 5375,
Fax: 91-22-2552 5050