Tata Institute of Social sciences (TISS)
The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) is a University Grants Commission; Government of India funded Deemed University that works towards creating a people -centered, ecologically sustainable and Just society. The Institute has over 130 full -time faculty members involved in teaching, research, policy influencing and institution building activities and was accorded a 5-star rating by NAAC.
Various stages of the admission process for each of the programs offered by TISS (Including written test, Interview and group discussion).
First step is to fill the Application Form. One critical element of the form is the "Biographical Sketch". Under this heading, the candidate applying to the course is expected to put down his life experience, preferably relating it to his choice of HR as a career. The biographical sketch is considered for questioning during the interview process; hence, it must be very thoughtfully written.
After the application, the candidate undergoes the Aptitude Test, which is similar in pattern as any other MBA entrance exam. Number of questions in each of the 2 sections is 60. The difficulty level of the test is moderate. It is conducted mostly on the third Sunday of January.
Test results are declared in the second week of February and GD / PI scheduled in early-mid April. 500-600 candidates (last year was exceptional, due to a technical glitch, almost 1800 candidates were called) are called for GD/PI to Mumbai. Usually, but not always, accommodation is provided at the campus to outstation candidates.
Group Discussion at TISS is unique in two ways: -
a) GD is not an elimination round, i.e., all GD candidates are also interviewed.
b) In the GD, two topics are given to the group and they are asked to choose one. 5 minutes are provided for this.
Then the groups are given 20 minutes to discuss the topic they have chosen. There is negative marking for trying to dominate the group.
Personal Interview can be a 5 minutes to 50 minutes affair. The result is not correlated to the length of the interview. The panel comprises at least 3 members - One internal TISS faculty, one industry representative, one psychologist. The number of panelists could go up to 5.
TISS allocates some weightage to all the processes that the candidate undergoes: -
1) 70 marks for Aptitude Test
2) 30 marks for Group Discussion
3) 70 marks for Personal Interview
4) 30 marks for Extra-Curricular / Merit, etc.
These are last year's figures as indicated in the admission brochure.
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