TISSNET exam pattern, syllabus and selection process

TISSNET Exam Pattern, Syllabus and Selection Process

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) conducts TISS National Entrance Test (TISSNET) for admission to about 55 of its Programs. TISS has 21 schools and 45 centres offering a variety of programmes. TISSNET consists of objective type questions and those with a preliminary knowledge of computer could take TISSNET without difficulty. TISSNET Exam is usually conducted in first week of January in about 40 cities for admission to different campuses of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)

Following are the TISSNET Frequently Asked Questions:

TISSNET 2021 Conducting AuthorityTata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)
TISSNET Full FormTata Institute of Social Sciences National Entrance Test
TISS campuses offering admission through TISSNET 2021TISS Mumbai, Tuljiapur, Hyderabad, Guwahati, BALM Chennai
Most sought after Management programmes at TISSMA in Human Resource Management and Labor Relations; MA in Social Entrepreneurship; MA in Globalization and Labor
TISSNET 2021 Exam DateFirst week of January
TISSNET Exam 2021 Application ProcessOnline
TISSNET 2021 Exam PatternComputer-Based
TISSNET 2021 Test Time & Duration2 PM to 3.40 PM (100 Minutes)
Maximum Marks in TISSNET Exam 2021100
Total Questions in TISSNET100
Number of Sections in TISSNET 2020 Exam3 (GK, QA-LR, English)
Type of Questions in TISSNET entrance examMCQs
Negative Marking in TISSNET 2020 entrance examNo Negative Marking for Wrong Answer
TISSNET Question paper difficulty levelModerate

Note : General Awareness which comprises of 40 Questions one has to score minimum of 14 marks. So,TISSNET has sectional Cut-off of 14 marks in GA Section.

TISSNET Exam Pattern

TISSNET 2020 Exam PatternDetails
TISSNET 2020 Paper patternOnline Computer Based Test
No of Questions100
Maximum Score100 Marks
Type of questionsMCQs
Time limit100 Minutes
Maximum marks per question1
Negative MarkingNo negative marking
No of Choices per question4

TISSNET  Sectional Composition

Section NameNumber of questionsTime allotted
Mathematical Ability30N/A
English Proficiency30N/A
General Knowledge40N/A
Total100100 minutes

A Big change in the Exam Pattern of TISS HRM&LR and TISS ODCL.


 TISSMAT is of 45 Marks and Time will be 30 minutes with negative marking of 0.25 for wrong questions.

TISSMAT Exam Pattern

  • 45 question will consist 15 Business Awareness GK questions +15 Management Reading Comprehension questions+ 15 Management Data Interpretation questions.
  • In TISSMAT Negative Marking will be there you will get 1 Marks for every right question and 0.25 negative for every wrong question.

Basic Structure, Objective and Contents of TISSMAT are given below

Components / SectionsComprehensionManagement Data InterpretationBusiness Awareness
Number of Questions151515
Total Marks (45)151515
Sectional Cut-offNilNilNil
Preparation LevelGraduateGraduateGraduate
ObjectivesTo assess ability to read and understand management literature.To assess ability to read and interpret data related to the economy, market, business, and organization.To assess awareness and familiarity with business knowledge.
Broad Coverage (Indicative and not restrictive)Reading a write-up on a management related subject and answering questions related to the passage.Interpreting graphs, charts, and data across multiple sources. Performing basic operations with data collected from multiple sources.Knowledge of contemporary events, news, related to the economy, business, human resource management, and labour studies.

Selection Process for TISS

Stage 1: TISS-NET (TISS National Entrance Test) – TISSNET is a common screening test for all Masters Programmes across all the campuses and centres. TISSNET is aimed at shortlisting candidates for Stage 2 based on differential cut-offs for different programmes depending on the number of seats, number of applicants and the scores secured by the candidates.


PLEASE NOTE: Candidates applying for (i) MA Human Resource Management & Labour Relations (HRM &LR) and (ii) MA Organisation Development, Change and Leadership (ODCL) of Mumbai Campus will have a Management Aptitude Test (TISSMAT) for 45 marks for a duration of 30 mins. The score for MAT will be added to the PIT score of the shortlisted candidates while preparing the final score for the selection. 

Stage 2:  PIT / PI (Pre-Interview Test and Personal Interview) – PIT/PI are programme specific and might have variations across different programmes. Some of the programmes have Group Discussions (GD) or Aptitude Test (AT) as part of PIT. The details of programme specific components are provided against each of the programmes.


In the case of candidates applying for (i) MA HRM&LR and (ii) MA ODCL the scores for TISS-MAT, PIT and PI will be aggregated in the ratio 30:40:30.

Merit List preparation:

1.   Programme wise Open (Unreserved) Merit List (OML) will be prepared on the basis of

(i) the aggregate score as above and
(ii) the candidate’s preference of programmes as given in the online application form. OML will be prepared without consideration of the category they have applied, thus providing opportunity for all candidates to get selected in the OML depending on their aggregate score.

TISSNET Exam Syllabus

TISSNET Exam Syllabus

The syllabus for TISSNET is more or less similar to other major MBA entrance examinations. The Syllabus has three major sections on English Language, Quant and Logical Reasoning & DI, and General Awareness. The three TISSNET exam sections are further subdivided and effectively become six sections as under. Although GK consists of maximum number of 40 questions with the highest weightage in the exam, Mathematics & Logical Reasoning with 30 questions consist of all types of Quant, DI and LR questions. 

TISSNET Syllabus for English Proficiency Section: 30 Questions

The English Proficiency section Syllabus of TISSNET covers the topics to test Reading Comprehension, Verbal Ability, and English Language Skills. Syllabus and Exam Pattern for English Proficiency section will test you on the following major topics spread in three broad segments:

  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Reading Comprehension 

The question types that you can expect in the TISSNET exam within each of these areas are:

  • Synonyms/Antonyms
  • Analogies
  • Odd word out
  • Word substitute in a sentence
  • Right usage of words in fill in the blank
  • Right usage of word in match the following
  • Fill in the Blanks – Homophones, Idioms
  • Matching & Error spotting – grammar/words/ punctuation, Sentence Correction
  • Jumbled paragraphs
  • Reading comprehension passages – short & long
  • RC Passage question types include – Purpose of the passage, Assumption and Supporting Statement, Flaw, and Discrepancy, Inference and Conclusion Drawn, Passage based questions, Author’s Point of View, the main idea of the passage.

TISSNET Syllabus for Mathematics & Logical Reasoning Section: 30 Questions

Mathematics & Logical Reasoning section syllabus covers the topics to test you on Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Mensuration, Series, clocks & Calendars, Direction sense, Data charts, graphs, tables among other topics. This section can be broadly divided in the following three parts:

  • Mathematics
  • Reasoning
  • Data Interpretation 

The question types that you can expect in the TISSNET exam within each of these areas are:

TISSNET Syllabus: Arithmetic

  • Time & Work
  • Simple & Compound Interest
  • Ratio-Proportions
  • Percentages
  • Numbers
  • Other Questions on Arithmetic

TISSNET Syllabus: Algebra

  • Equations
  • Inequalities
  • Log
  • Linear Equations
  • Quadratic Equation
  • Absolute Value
  • Logarithm
  • Other questions on Algebra

TISSNET Syllabus: Geometry & Mensuration

  • Lines
  • Triangles
  • Angles
  • Polygons
  • Circles-radius, circumference, diameter, chord, arc, Tangent, etc.
  • Square & Rectangles
  • Cubes
  • 3 Dimensional Figures
  • Pythagoras Theorem
  • Base Angle Theorem
  • Longest Side Theorem
  • Quadrilaterals, Parallelogram, Rhombus, Trapezium, Cuboid, Cylinder, Cone and Sphere

TISSNET Syllabus: Modern Math

  • Permutation & Combination
  • Probability
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Progression-Arithmetic, Geometric, Harmonic, Relationship
  • Set Theory

TISSNET Syllabus: Logical Reasoning

  • Direction
  • Clocks & Calendars
  • Number Series
  • Alphabet Series
  • Eye for detail
  • Statement Conclusion/Assumption/Arguments
  • Logical Connectivity, Linear/Circular/Family Arrangement,
  • Venn Diagram, Puzzles, Cubes

TISSNET Syllabus: Data Interpretation

  • Bar graph
  • Tables
  • Pie chart
  • Double pie chart
  • Case lets
  • Multiple graphs
  • Line graphs
  • Data comparison

TISSNET Syllabus for General Awareness Section: 40 Questions

This is the section with the highest weightage in TISSNET exam syllabus. General Awareness section covers different type of topics to test you on conventional, current, national, international, economic, business, social and other components on General Awareness. TISSNET 2020 exam syllabus in this section can be broadly divided into following parts:

  • Environment & ecology
  • Politics
  • History
  • Governance
  • Law
  • Economy
  • Policy
  • International politics
  • Current events
  • Gender/Health/Education
  • Labor
  • Media
  • ICTs/Literature/Art/Culture
  • Sports.

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Colleges/Campuses and Top Courses

CampusesTop Courses
MumbaiMaster of Arts (Human Resource Management & Labour Relations) Master of Arts (Globalisation and Labour)Master of Hospital Administration (MHA)Master of Arts / Master of Sciences (Climate Change and Sustainability Studies)Master of Arts (Development Studies)Master of Public Health (Health Administration)
TuljapurMaster of Arts / Master of Science (Development Policy, Planning, and Practice)Master of Arts (Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship)
HyderabadMaster of Arts (Organisation Development, Change, and Leadership)Master of Arts (Public Policy and Governance)Master of Arts (Development Studies)
GuwahatiMaster of Arts in Social Work (Public Health)Master of Arts (Labour Studies and Social Protection)
Chennai (Banyan)Master of Arts in Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology)Master of Arts in Social Work (Mental Health)

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