Exam info

Research Aptitude Test (RAT) is a written test conducted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) for admission to the Integrated M.Phil-Ph.D. and ‘Direct’ Ph.D. Programmes offered by the institute. TISS invites applications for the Integrated M.Phil-Ph.D. and ‘Direct’ Ph.D. Programmes with the various Schools and Independent Centres of the Institute across TISS Mumbai, Tuljapur, Hyderabad and Guwahati Campuses. UGC JRF qualified candidates, post graduates, students in the final year post graduation in Social Sciences and allied fields and individuals with M.Phil and / or industrial, academic and field based experience in Social Sciences, Social Work, Disaster Studies, Development Studies and allied fields are invited to apply.

Eligibility Criteria

"The minimum academic qualification for admission to the integrated M.Phil. & Direct Ph.D programmes is a Second Class Master’s or equivalent degree in the relevant subject awarded by a recognised university in India or abroad, with at least an average of 55 per cent of aggregate marks, or a grade point average of 3.5 under the seven-point scale of the University Grants Commission (UGC). In the case of SC/ST/OBC(non-creamy layer)/differently-abled candidates, the minimum eligibility is an average of 50 per cent of aggregate marks, or a grade point average of 3.05. Work Experience: A minimum of five years of post graduation work experience is required for Direct PhD programmes. In case of the Integrated M.Phil-PhD Programme, there is no requirement of work experience. However, candidates with one to two years of work experience, will be preferred."

Examination Date

Exam DatesConfirmed

  • Registration Start19thOct 2017
  • Admit Card Date Yet To Be Announced
  • Examination dates10thFeb 2018


  • Third week of October
  • First week of February
  • Second week of February

Application Fee

"Rs. 1500 + Bank Charges for General Rs. 375 + Bank Charges for SC/ST/OBC(NC)"


"The Research Aptitude Test (RAT) is common to both M.Phil and Ph.D. candidates. The total marks for the test will be 100 and duration for the test will be 2 hours. The RAT will comprise of two parts. You are expected to answer all the parts. Part I will assess analytical skills and it is for 40 marks. You are required to answer one question from this part. Part II will assess conceptual and interpretative skills and it is for 60 marks. These questions will assess your subject specific competence in answering the questions. Each answer carries 20 marks."

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