Tata Institute of Social Sciences (2021-22)

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) is one of the earliest educational institutes in India and leads in the field of welfare development studies. It ranks among the top 50 universities, as per NIRF. TISS has campuses at Mumbai, Tuljapur, Hyderabad, and Guwahati. The institute offers nearly 50 master degree programmes, including management specializations like HRM. TISS shortlists the candidates based on their scores in TISSNET. The final admissions are determined by the candidate’s performance in subsequent selection rounds.
Selection Process
TISS admissions ’22 followed the given procedure:
  • Shortlisting (based on TISSNET score)
  • Personal Interview
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Interview Experiences
A panel of three interviewers asked the candidates about their goals, academics, experiences, hobbies, etc. Some candidates were also put general questions about their preferred specialization. Other questions were based on the information provided by the candidate in their DAF (Detailed Application Form). TISS interviews also included an extempore round, wherein the candidate was given a topic to speak on. For this, the candidate had one minute to think and 1.5-3 minutes to speak.
The interviews lasted for 10-15 minutes per candidate. Here are some experiences shared by the candidates interviewed during TISS admissions 2022:
Interview 1:
Background:B.Sc.,Worked in Zomato
Interview for: MA (HRM & LR)
  • Introduce yourself.
  • Tell me about your work experience in Zomato.
  • You are from Science background and also scored well in academics, then why did you go for B.Sc. and not engineering?
  • Why Management?
  • What is glass ceiling? How can you work on this problem?
  • Why are you shifting from science to social science?
  • What is the difference between approaches in science and social science?
  • How will your science background help you in contributing to HRM?
  • What is metaverse?
  • Are you aware of any HR theories?
  • What do you think are some traits that you need to work on before joining here?
  • What was Einstein’s biggest contribution to physics?
  • What is the difference between quantum mechanics and classical mechanics?
  • How can you help solve societal problems by working in the HRM field?
Extempore Topic:How can millennial voters contribute to India?
Interview 2:
Background:B.Sc. (Agriculture & Rural Development), Fresher
Interview for: Masters of Sustainable Livelihood & Natural Governance
  • Define feminism.
  • Why is women empowerment so important?
  • What problems do women face?
  • Tell us the names of two books that you have studied on tribal development. Also, name their authors.
  • What was Rabindranath Tagore’s contribution to rural development?
  • Can one tribal sell his land to another tribal? And to a non-tribal?
  • Is Land a State subject or a Central one?
Extempore Topic:Joint Forest Management & Sustainable Livelihood
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Interview 3:
Background:B.Sc. (Agriculture & Rural Development), Fresher
Interview for: Masters of Social Work (Rural Development)
  • What is ICDS?
  • What is Zamindari System?
  • What is your concept of caste and class in society?
  • How willyou link these three things - land, agriculture, and caste?
  • You have a YouTube channel. So, what kind of videos do you share there?
  • What sort of schemes do you share about?
  • Do you read books? What types of books do you read?
  • So, which is your favourite book? What did you learn from it, and how did it impact your life?
  • How did you help your father in NGO work? What is your long-term vision for the NGO?
  • What is rural development, according to you? So, what are the indicators of the positive changes?
  • What do you know about DurgaVahini?
  • What is your perception about cows?
Extempore Topic:Child Malnutrition in India
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