M.A. Admissions

Master of Arts (Sociology and Social Anthropology)

Location: Guwahati

Intake: 15



*8(maximum) seats are reserved for internal BASS students. If any of the seats (8 reserved seats for internal BASS) are left vacant, it will be open for lateral entry.


a) Bachelor's Degree of minimum of 3 years duration or its equivalent ( under the 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 or 10+2+2+1 year bridge course pattern of study or any other pattern fulfilling the mandatory requirements of 15 years formal education) from a recognised university, in any discipline.

b) Candidates who will be able to complete all the requirements of their final year Bachelor's Degree examinations by Saturday, June 10, 2017 are also eligible to apply.

c) At the time of applying candidates studying in 3 year degree progremme should have passed in all the subjects for the 1st to 4th semesters and candidates studying in 4 year degree progrmmes should have passed in all the subjects for 1st to 6th semester.

d) Candidates who have taken a break from formal education, especially those who have had to work in the voluntary, non-governmental, governmental, formal and informal sectors and those who are willing to undertake the rigours of an MA programme are encouraged to apply.

Till the time the candidate submit results of the final year degree examination, admission to any of the Master's Degree Programmes of the Institute will be provisional. The results of the final examination have to be submitted before September 30, 2017. Those who fail to do so the provisional admission stands cancelled.



Master of Arts (Sociology and Social Anthropology) as two distinct disciplines had its origin in Europe. Sociology emerged as the study of European society and Social Anthropology as the study of other society. The distinction was implanted in India too. Sociology tended to be the study of rural and urban dimension of the Indian society and Social Anthropolgy of the tribal society. This distinction besides being problematic is also blurred. The two disciplines, though traditionally located into two departments, are intricately related with each other in regard to the subject they deal and perspectives and approaches they adopt.

In keeping with, the programme is designed to integrate the discipline of Sociology and Social Anthropology with a view to have a comparative and systematic understanding of the society and its institutions. Such a programme is most suited considering the regional location of TISS, Guwahati Campus.

Distribution of Credit Hours:


Course Credit

Total Credits

1 Semester

Compulsory/core courses: 18


2 Semester

Compulsory/core courses:18


3 Semester

Core courses: 12

Optional: 4


4 Semester

Core Courses: 8


Dissertation: 4




Semesterwise Courses:


Course Code

I SSA01 Sociological theories I 3
SSA02 India Society I 4
SSA03 Religion and Society 4
SSA04 Marriage, Family and Kinship 4
SSA05 Research Methods I 3
SSA06 Field Visits 0
Total 18
II SSA07 Sociological Themes II 3
SSA08 India Society II 4
SSA09 Polity and Society 4
SSA10 Economic and Society 4
SSA11 Research Methods II 3
SSA12 Field Visits 0
  Total 18
III SSA13 Social Stratification 4
SSA14 Sociology of Development 4
SSA15 Gender and Society 4
SSA16(optional) Theory, Culture and Society 4
SSA17(optional) Population and Society 4
SSA18(optional) inter-programmed offered courses 4
SSA19 Field Visits 0
  Total 16
IV SSA20 Society and Education 4
SSA21 Urban Sociology 4
SSA22(optional) Law and Society 4
SSA23(optional) Globalization and Society 4
SSA24(optional) Inter-programme offered courses 4
SSA25 Dissertation 4
Total 16
Grand Total 68

In the III and IV semester, students can opt for optional courses offered within the MA (SSA) programme  OR

Inter-programme offered courses (i.e. LSSP, EESD, MSW and PACS) equivalent to 4 credits each (8 credits in total)

Fee Structure:

Components SSA_Guwahati
Fees Sem I Sem II
Sem III Sem IV
1 Tuition 12000 12000 12000 12000
2 Examination 800 800 800 800
3 Computer Charges 1000 1000 1000 1000
4 Convocation Charges 0 0 0 2000
5 ID Card 300 0 0 0
6 Medical Insurance Premium Charges 1500 0 1500 0
7 Internship Expenses (Reimbursable) 0 0 0 4000
8 Students' Union 500 500 500 500
9 Dev. Fund / Prog. Fund 8000 8000 0 0
10 Rural Practicum / Study Tour ( Refundable ) 0 4000 0 0
11 Medical Examination Fee 100 0 0 0
12 Caution Deposits ( Refundable at the time of leaving the programme on submission of No Dues Certificate) 10000 0 0 0
1. Total Fees for Non-Hostellers 34200 26300 15800 20300
13 Hostel & Electricity Charges Rs.10000 & Rs.5000 15000 15000 15000 15000
14 Dining Hall Charges (Advance) 16000 16000 16000 16000
2. Total Fees for Hostellers 65200 57300 46800 51300

*Institute reserves the rights to revise the Fees Structure of programme if necessary.