All About TISS: Everything you need to know

TISSNET 2024 has been cancelled and instead will be accepting the CUET (PG) scores for all its Postgraduate (Master's degree) programs
Established in 1936, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) is one of the earliest institutes to offer courses in social sciences. It provides certificate, vocational, PG, doctoral, integrated, and online courses in various fields of Public Welfare and Community Development. The institute has 12 schools in total, of which the majority are located at the Mumbai campus. Apart from the main campus at Mumbai, TISS has campuses at Tuljapur, Hyderabad, and Guwahati. TISS is popular for its PG programmes, for which certain entrance tests take place as a part of the admission process.
In this article, you will get to know about the CUET PG exam that has replaced the popular TISSNET exam. It will be held for admissions into M.A. (HRM & LR) and M.A. (ODCL) at the School of Management and Labour Studies at TISS. The test also applies to other master's degree programmes offered at various campuses.
What is CUET PG?
The CUET PG is a common entrance examination conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for admission to various PG programmes in about 40 central and other participating universities. The CUET PG exam is conducted annually as a 120-minute exam. Till 2022, the CUET PG exam was called CUCET (Central Universities Common Entrance Test). Before 2021, the University Grants Commission (UGC) had conducted the exam in the mode of paper-pencil.
The CUET 2024 PG examination is scheduled from March 11, 2024 to Marc 28, 2024. The Application forms for CUET 2024 will be released in March 2024, by the NTA. Students will be able to register online on the CUET 2024 application portal, from March'24 to April'24. Applicants will also get a chance to edit the CUET 2024 PG application form if they have made any errors while filling it out. Applicants will be able to download the CUET 2024 PG admit card in the fourth week of May. It is expected that there will be no alteration in the CUET PG 2024 exam pattern.
CUET-PG exam is held in computer-based mode at 100+test centres across various cities of India. Around 40,000 candidates appear for the exam annually. The difficulty level of CUET-PG is comparable to that of NMAT, CMAT, and similar other entrance tests.
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What is the structure of the CUET-PG exam?
The CUET PG 2024 examination pattern consists of 100 questions. The CUET 2024 question paper is divided into two sections. Part A consists of 25 questions on Language Verbal/Comprehension Ability, and Part B consists of 75 subject/topic-related questions. In the case of the CUET PG marking scheme, every question carries four marks. For every incorrect answer, one mark is deducted, and for every unanswered response, no mark is given. The following table brings the structure of the expected CUET PG 2024 question paper.
CUET-PG Exam Pattern 2024
Part
Sections/Subjects
Number of Questions
A
Language Comprehension/Verbal Ability, General Test (GK, QA, Analytical Skills)
25
B
Domain knowledge
75
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Candidates must note that the Language Comprehension/Verbal Ability section is compulsory. The General Test also has to be taken by candidates opting for all test papers except Education (PGQP01).
Note that
  • Candidate can choose a maximum of 20 test paper codes in all.
  • Each question paper will have 100 MCQ Questions.
  • Candidate has to choose language English or Hindi at the time of registration for the Part A. (Choose carefully)
  • In case of language papers Part B of the Question Paper will be in the specified language.
CUET PG 2024: Marking Scheme
The marking scheme of the CUET PG 2024 exam is as follows:
  • Each question carries four marks.
  • For each correct response, candidates will get four marks.
  • For each incorrect answer, one mark will be deducted from the total score.
  • Unanswered/unattempted answers will be given no marks.
CUET 2024 PG Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must meet the exact eligibility criteria set by the NTA to register and attempt the CUET PG 2024. The main CUET PG 2024 eligibility criteria are given below:
  • PG Admissions: Students applying for a master’s degree must possess a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university. There is no minimum or maximum age limit for PG admissions.
  • PhD Admissions: Students applying for a PhD should have a master’s degree from a recognised institute or university.
Did you Know: TISS is Asia's oldest institute for professional education in social work and public welfare.
What all courses are offered by TISS?
TISS extends a total of 57 Masters and 3 PG Diploma programmes across its Tuljapur, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Guwahati campuses. All four campuses are connected so that the online library and classes are accessible through a common platform. Besides, they also have a unified placement process with the same set of rules. TISS has the best faculty and environment equipped for studies in social sciences. Listed below are the main fields in which the institute offers multiple specializations:
  • M.A. (Social Work)
  • M.A. (Human Resource Management/Labour Studies)
  • M.A. (Health Systems Studies)
  • M.A. (Development Studies)
  • M.A. (Education)
  • B.Ed-M.Ed (Integrated)
  • M.A./ M.Sc. (Habitat Studies)
  • M.A. (Disaster Management)
  • M.A. (Applied Psychology)
  • M.A. (Media and Cultural Studies)
  • Master of Library and Information Science
  • Master of Law (LLM)
Most of the aforementioned fields are further bifurcated into specialized master's degree programmes. Of the total programmes, 32 are offered at the Mumbai campus alone, while 4-8 of them are available in each of the other campuses. The number of seats varies from course to course, with the lowest (15 seats) in M.A./M.Sc. (Water Policy & Governance) and highest (68 seats) in M.A. (HRM/LR).
Admission Process at TISS
The selection process at TISS comprises of two major stages: CUET PG and Assessments. It is important to note that the reservation rules do not apply at the first stage. As per CUET-PG score, the candidates are shortlisted for the next stage.
Assessments
A three-member panel holds the online/offline assessments to evaluate the candidate’s interest and readiness for the chosen programme. The duration of QA is 20-30 minutes. It consists of the following screening stages:
  1. Extempore
  2. The candidate has to select one topic from the two available options and speak on it for 2-3 minutes. The topics are generally related to the programme chosen by the candidate.
  3. Personal Interview
  4. In the last stage, the candidates need to attend an online/offline personal interview, where the interviewers probe them on their knowledge of social and economic issues. Questions regarding graduation subjects, hobbies, etc. mostly form the topic for discussion.
The final score is based on marks allotted to both stages. The following table reflects the weightage given to each screening component:
 
Stage
Weightage
1
CUET-PG
50
2
Extempore
20
PI
30
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ROI of Programmes offered by TISS
Considering the cost and time investments in master degree programmes, it is absolutely critical to learn about the placement scenario before enrolling into one. In this respect, TISS maintains a high reputation owing to its 100% placement records across all programmes. In 2022, The highest salary has increased by 44%, the average salary increased by 22% & the median salary increased by 19% compared to the 2021.
  • For HRM & LR 2022 batch, the Highest salary stood at INR 42.09 LPA. With an Average salary of INR 23.97 LPA offer coming in, the Consulting sector was the leading recruiting sector. 65% of the total offers were made from this sector.
  • During the 2022 summer internship placement drive, the Highest Stipend stood at INR 1.5 Lakhs Per Month. Some of the major recruiters included Accenture, Aditya Birla Group, Nestle, Flipkart, Amazon & many more..
  • Top 10% of the batch received an average salary of INR 23.97 LPA & top 25% of the batch received an average salary of INR 32.21 LPA. The median salary stood at INR 22.50 LPA.
On similar lines, TISS prides in its summer internship records. The 2022 placement process was a success with 100% of the batch getting the maximum stipend at INR 4.4 lacs for 2 months. The placement season saw the highest-ever numbers in the history of the program. The process witnessed the participation of regular recruiters like Accenture Strategy, Asian Paints, Aditya Birla Group, Citi, HUL, ITC, Mahindra and Mahindra, Marico, Nestle, Piramal Group, P&G, TAS etc.
The highest stipend stood at INR 4.4 Lakhs for two months, witnessing an increase of 33%, over the previous year. The average stipend of the top 10% and the top 25% was INR. 3.45 Lakhs and INR 3.2 Lakhs respectively. The mean stipend stood at INR 2.62 Lakhs and the median stipend was INR 3 Lakhs, registering an increase of 11.49% and 25% respectively, over the previous year. 95% of the batch of 77 received a stipend of INR 2 Lakhs and above. The maximum number of candidates will be interning in Conglomerates, followed by FMCG, Consulting, and Pharma. Amazon rolled out the highest number of offers followed by Aditya Birla Group, Asian Paints, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Piramal Group, Reliance and Tata Steel. Pernod Ricard India & Texas Instruments were back on campus after a hiatus.
Preparation Tips for CUET-PG 2024
After you have thoroughly studied the syllabus and exam pattern of CUET-PG, you need a proper preparation plan to ace the exam. As there is no penalty for incorrect answers in CUET-PG, you should aim to maximise the score in all sections. For this, our experts have come up with top tips for CUET-PG 2024:
  • To start with, you can begin by working on your vocabulary. The best way to broaden your vocabulary base and improve comprehension skills is to develop a regular habit of reading. In the next stage, you must practice 2 RC passages every day. Your reading resources should include newspapers, magazines, books, etc. This way, you will also stay updated on current affairs, which form a crucial part of the General Awareness section.
  • Apart from the RC portion, the English section includes questions from verbal reasoning and grammar-based topics. While there are a few standard rules that you will need to learn for grammar, achieving mastery in reasoning questions can be built up with practice only.
  • For the Mathematics part, you should focus on understanding the fundamental concepts of Arithmetic, Geometry, and other important areas. Alongside, start practising chapter-wise tests to boost your speed and accuracy in the section.
  • Since there are no fixed rules and formulas in Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, you can get a hold on the related topics by practising previous year's papers on CUET-PG.
  • Once you are well-confident in your knowledge, it is ideal to attempt the complete mock tests for CUET-PG 2024. After the tests, make it a point to analyse your strong and weak areas. With this knowledge, you can devise an exam strategy that works best for you and lets you attain a great score.
So if TISS is on your mind, then start preparing now! Gather your resources and make a well-focused strategy to come out with flying colours in the exam! For more guidance, check out our prep stuff at mba.hitbullseye.com!
FAQs Regarding TISS
  1. In TISS application, how many programmes can I choose?
  2. A candidate can apply for a maximum of three programmes across any two campuses of TISS. He has to select in the order of preference. Finally, the institute prepares the merit list based on the preferences mentioned by the candidate in the application form.
  3. What is the validity of CUET-PG score?
  4. The score is valid for one year.
  5. What exam will be considered for admissions into TISS?
  6. Effective from 2024, TISS will be considering the CUET-PG scores for admissions into its various PG programs.
  7. Are there any age restrictions for CUET-PG?
  8. There is no age limit for appearing in CUET-PG.
  9. How many times can I appear in CUET-PG?
  10. There is no restriction on the number of times you can take CUET-PG.
  11. What is the fee for CUET-PG application?
  12. The application fee for General candidates is INR 750, for OBC-NCL candidates is INR 700, and for SC/ST/PwBD/Third Gender is INR 650.
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