Tata Inst. of Social Sciences(2018-19)

Process
The selection process at TISS consists of PIT/Essay Writing, Group Discussion, followed by personal interview.
Feedback - PIT-GD
PIT (Personality Interview Test) is not conducted for every course. Same topic is given for PIT and GD.
Duration for PIT: 20 minutes, 1 minute given to choose between two topics
Word Limit for PIT: 200
Duration for GD: 15 minutes
No. of participants: 8-10
  • Education system in India
  • Working class in India: Issues and Challenges
  • Investment in higher education
  • Building industry-academia partnership for the growth of knowledge economy
  • Labour laws: Issues, challenges and their solutions in India
  • Gender inequality
  • Role of Media
  • What is Forest Rights Act? Why has it been in news recently?
  • Describe different sociological approaches to religion and their impacts on development.
  • Critically examine the benefits, impacts and cons of Corporate Social Responsibility.
  • Inter-caste marriage
  • Skill development
Feedback - Personal Interview
Average Duration: 25-35 minutes
No. of Panelists: 3
Excerpt from Interview 1-
Candidate profile: B.Tech, Work Experience at Larsen & Toubro
You are an engineering student, passed recently. What excites you to join this course? So, do you read any socio-political journal? So, have you ever read any articles of TISS professors there? Would you name some contributors to EPW magazine? So, you read articles of Anand Teltumbde. You know he has been facing a lot of troubles for the last few months? Suhas Palshikar wrote about which issues? So, Freedom of Expression should be absolute or not? Why Muktibodh was so pessimistic? How the activities of mining become defining points of conflict and development at some places? So, what you want to do? Please ask any questions regarding this place and the course.
Excerpt from Interview 2-
Candidate profile: B.Tech (ECE), Work Experience
Tell me about yourself. Why HR? Tell us about your work profile. (some cross questioning) How did your product help the customer? How is Vipassana relevant in HR and management? (candidate attended a course in Vipassana) What is the difference between sympathy and empathy? If you are an HR manager, how will you sympathize or empathize with a woman employee who has just lost her husband? Do you know about labour laws in India? Which of these labour laws are applicable in the company where you work? Which are the top three labour unions in India? Name the top three HR gurus. Have you read any book on HR? Are you aware of the Constitution of India? So, tell me what is concurrent list? What is the difference between marketing and HR? Why do you want to switch from engineering to management? How are you suitable for a career in HR? What is the law of natural justice? Should Facebook page (and other such social profiles) be shared with your manager? Is it a breach of privacy?
Excerpt from Interview 3-
Candidate profile: Work Experience in banking sector
Introduce yourself. How does your management do appraisal? What is the appraisal format? What is KRA? Are you aware of labour laws? If there is discrimination in an organization, how will you handle it? What do you mean by conflict? Did you face any problems from HR department? Which are the unions in banking sector? How are workman grievances addressed? and Customer feedback? How have you prepared for the interview? Give a brief overview of the HR policies of your department. How they interact with each and every employee? Suppose, a staff member has to interact with the customer on call, how will you come to know that he has done his work diligently or not?
Excerpt from Interview 4-
Candidate profile: B.Tech, Work Experience of 2 years

Tell us about yourself. What are your strengths and weaknesses? Why do you want to switch to HR from technical field? What is the work of HR manager? What is emotional intelligence? Do you have any idea of labour laws? What is strike? How will you set performance standard for employees? Are you aware of latest business news? Name some popular HR gurus. What are the main HR policies in your company? What are the types and sources of recruitment? What is attrition? Do you know about Cipla and Novartis?