TISSNET Exam Pattern 2021, Marking Scheme, Syllabus and Books

    Urvashi Singhal Urvashi Singhal
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    TISSNET is a national level entrance exam which is conducted in online (computer-based) mode. As per the official TISSNET Exam Pattern, General Knowledge section will carry 40 marks, while English Proficiency and Maths & Logical Reasoning will carry 30 marks each. Read TISSNET Syllabus

    • Candidates who have applied for a single program or multiple programs will be attempting a single question paper with 100 questions for a duration of 100 minutes.
    • This will also include candidates who have chosen HRM in combination with other program/ programs. Check TISSNET Paper Analysis
    • PWD candidates will be given an option to have a SCRIBE to assist them to complete the test. The SCRIBE should be an undergraduate student and should bring a valid ID proof. 
    • The exam duration is 100 minutes, however, persons with disabilities who have a disability of 40% or more will get a compensatory extra time of 20 minutes per hour. Check TISSNET Cutoff
    • There is no negative marking for any TISS Courses, including HRM. Candidates seeking admissions to Postgraduate Degree courses at TISS campuses in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Tuljapur, and Guwahati,can register forTISSNET 2021at admissions.tiss.edu.
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    TISSNET 2021 Highlights

    TISSNET 2021 Exam Date (Expected)January 2021
    Timings of Exam2:00 PM – 3:40 PM
    Sectional Time-LimitNot Applicable
    TISSNET Marking Scheme1 for each correct answer
    Negative MarkingNo

    TISSNET 2021 Exam Pattern: Mathematics & Logical Reasoning

    • The analytical and numerical ability of candidates will be tested in this section.
    • 30 questions will be asked in this section carrying 30 marks of weightage.
    • Most of the questions involve basic mathematical concepts like prime numbers, composite numbers, square roots etc.
    • This section can be a little tricky but the questions remain easy to attempt.

    TISSNET Syllabus for Mathematics and Logical Reasoning

    Time and workBasic set concepts
    Time and distanceAreas, Volumes
    Basic geometrySpeed-distance-time
    RatioHCF, LCM
    Percentage, AverageMixtures and Allegations
    Square root and Basic algebraProperties of shapes
    Simple and compound interestPie diagrams
    Binomial TheoremProgressions
    Quadratic EquationsHeights and Distance

    Read TISSNET Preparation Tips

    TISSNET Preparation Books: Mathematics & Logical Reasoning

    Book NameAuthor Name/Publisher
    Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests for Admission into IIMsSarvesh K. Verma
    How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CATArun Sharma
    The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation for the CATNishit K. Sinha
    Mathematics For MBADr. R.S Aggarwal
    Quantitative AptitudeDr. R.S Aggarwal

    Read TISSNET 2021 Recommended Books

    TISSNET Exam Pattern: English Proficiency

    • This is framed to judge the ability of the candidate in usage and understanding of the English language.
    • English Proficiency section comprises 30 questions carrying 30 marks.
    • Candidates having a good grammatical knowledge can score well in this section.
    • Candidates must know the proper usage of words and sentences formation to crack this section.
    • Passages will be given that must be read comprehensively and then have to be answered questions related to it.
    • A part of this section is framed to check a candidate’s knowledge of synonyms, antonyms, and one-word answer.
    • Reading newspapers on a daily basis can help candidates to increase their vocabulary.

    TISSNET English Syllabus

    Cloze TestFill in the Blanks
    Match the ColumnsError Detection
    Jumbled SentencesVocabulary & Grammar
    One Word SubstitutionIdioms and Phrases
    Antonyms and SynonymsWord Relation
    Summary QuestionsReading comprehension
    Meaning-Usage MatchSentence Correction

    TISSNET Preparation Books: English Proficiency

    Name of BookPublisher/Author
    Word Power Made EasyNorman Lewis
    High School English Grammar and Composition KeyWren & Martin 
    English for General CompetitionsNeetu Singh
    English Is EasyChetananand Singh
    Pocket Guide to VocabularyBarron
    Mastering the Verbal Ability for CATAjay Singh

    TISSNET Exam Pattern: General Awareness

    • 40 questions will be asked from this section in TISSNET 2021.
    • This section has the highest weightage in the exam with 40 marks.
    • Candidates must be a habitual reader of newspapers to score well in this section.
    • Someone who is good at general knowledge won’t face any problem in answering questions from this section.

    TISSNET Important Topics - General Awareness

    Recent social issuesCurrent Affairs
    Economic processesLiterature
    History Finearts and music
    General GeologySocial activities and movements
    Meaning of termsSociological awareness

    Read How to Prepare General Knowledge for TISSNET 2021

    TISSNET Syllabus - General Awareness

    Name of BookPublisher/Author
    Manorama Yearbook 2021Manorama 
    Current Affairs Yearly 2021Arihant 
    General Knowledge 2020: Latest Current Affairs & Who's WhoRPH Editorial Board
    Pearson General Knowledge Manual 2020Pearson
    Pratiyogita DarpanUpkar Prakashan

    TISSNET Marking Scheme 2021

    • The marking scheme for each section in the TISS NET exam is defined by Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
    • There will be 100 questions, each carrying 1 mark.
    • General Awareness has a weightage of 40 marks, while English Proficiency and Mathematics and Logical Reasoning carry 30 marks each. 
    • There will be no negative marking for a wrong answer or unattempted question.

    TISSNET Selection Procedure 2021

    Candidates who qualify TISSNET are then shortlisted for next round of TISSNET Selection Procedurewhich is a pre-written test.

    Candidates have to attempt 2 sections in the pre-written test:

    1. In Section 1, candidates have to write an essay of fewer than 1000 words on a given theme such as contemporary socio-political, cultural, economic and political significance.
    2. In Section 2, candidates have to answer questions related to a given case study

    Notes: Candidates have to appear for a personal interview after giving the pre-written test.

    Distribution of Marks

    • TISS Exam: 100 marks
    • Pre-written Test: 50 marks
    • Personal Interview: 75 marks

    The total marks allotted for admission in TISS is 225 marks.

    Read Preparation Tips for TISS PIT/ Interview

    TISSNET 2021 Syllabus FAQ

    Ques. Will there be any major changes in the exam pattern? 

    Ans. TISS has not yet announced the application dates but the exam pattern is expected to remain largely the same, but with a few changes. 

    Ques. Due to the lockdown, will TISSNET 2021 Personal Interview be cancelled? 

    Ans. There is a possibility for a few changes in the exam pattern of TISSNET 2021, but the personal interview is likely to be held via video call or through other means. 

    Ques. Where will the PIT/ PI rounds be held?

    Ans. TISSNET will take place in 40 different cities/towns across the country. Pre Interview Test (PIT) and Personal Interview (PI) for programmes offered at Mumbai, Tuljapur, BANYAN, Chennai will be conducted at the Mumbai Campus. For programmes offered at Hyderabad and Guwahati, the PIT/PI will be conducted at the respective campuses. Candidates applying for programmes at more than one campus will have to travel to these places for PIT/PI. Except for the eligible candidates from the SC/ST categories, all others will bear the cost of travel, lodging, and boarding for attending the NET, as well as PIT/PI. However, there might be some changes due to the current pandemic. 

    Ques. Can I change the date of my PIT/ PI?

    Ans. A change in the dates for PIT and PI may be considered if the date of PIT and PI at the TISS clashes with the date of entrance test of another Institution or the date of final year examination of the candidate. However, the candidate must produce documentary evidence for this. Please note that the changed date for PIT and PI will be only within the time schedule announced by TISS.

    Ques. Which is more scoring in a TISSNET essay or interview?

    Ans. Try to maximize good scores in each section. Choose your best area and nail it. Never ignore TISSNET though PIT makes a lot of difference later on. Interview is the most scoring part if you are prepared for the same.

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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    1 Comment
    Ipsita Roy Barman


    19 Jul, 2019 00:20
    Megha Rohilla

    HI IPSITA ROY BARMAN, You can follow books R.S Aggarwal, M.Tyra, S.Chand, Arun Sharma for maths and Arihant Experts, Subhash C.Soni, Pratiyogita Darpan for GK

    22 Jul, 2019 17:13

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