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TISSNET Exam Pattern 2020, Marking Scheme, Syllabus and Books

Updated On - July 3rd 2019 by LOKESH GUPTA

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 Post-Graduate Degree courses at TISS campuses in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Tuljapur, and Guwahati,can register for TISSNET 2020 at
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Other Facts of TISSNET Paper Pattern 2020
TISSNET 2020 Exam DateJanuary 12, 2020 (Tentative)
Timings of Exam2:00 PM – 3:40 PM
Sectional Time-LimitNo
TISSNET Marking Scheme1 for each correct answer
Negative MarkingNo

TISSNET 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 asks to involvebasic 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 

TISSNET Syllabus for Mathematics and Logical Reasoning
Time and workBasic set concepts
Time and distanceAreas, Volumes
Basic geometrySpeed-distance-time
Percentage, AverageMixtures and Allegations
Square root and Basic algebraProperties of shapes
Simple and compound interestPie diagrams
Binomial TheoremProgressions
Quadratic EquationsHeights and Distance

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TISSNET Preparation Books: Mathematics & Logical Reasoning

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

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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 of 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 has to be answered questions related to it.
  • A part of this section is framed to check a candidate’s knowledge of synonyms, antonyms, one-word answer.
  • Reading newspaper on daily basis can help candidates to increase their vocabulary.

TISSNET Syllabus

TISSNET Syllabus for English Proficiency
Reading comprehensionRearrange the sentences
VocabularyFill in the blanks
AcronymsSynonyms and antonyms
AnalogyPairing of words
Summary QuestionsFacts / Inferences / Judgments
Meaning-Usage MatchSentence Correction

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TISSNET Preparation Books: English Proficiency

TISSNET Preparation Books for English Proficiency
Book NameAuthor Name/Publisher
Proficiency in Reading Comprehension Simplifying the 'Passage' for youAjay Singh
Objective English for Competitive ExaminationHari Mohan Prasad
Word Power Made EasyNorman Lewis
Objective General EnglishS.P Bakshi
English for General CompetitionsNeetu Singh

TISSNET Exam Pattern: General Awareness

  • 40 questions will be asked from this section in TISSNET 2020.
  • This section has 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

United Nations OrganizationIndian rivers
Basic historical facts about IndiaImportant Indian monuments
Basic facts and latest numbers about the Indian economyRecent government initiatives like MNREGA, Mid-day meal scheme etc.
Indians who have won prominent international awardsOlympics News

TISSNET Syllabus

TISSNET Syllabus for General Awareness
Recent social issuesCurrent Affairs
Economic processesLiterature
HistoryFine arts and music
General GeologySocial activities and movements
Meaning of termsSociological awareness

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TISSNET Preparation Books: General Awareness

TISSNET Books for General Awareness
Book NameAuthor Name/Publisher
The Best Book of General Knowledge 2020Subhash C.Soni
General Knowledge Encyclopaedia: Including Objective Type QuestionsRPH Editorial Board
Manorama Yearbook 2020Mammen Mathew
Pratiyogita Darpan General Studies Indian Economy Exam Oriented SeriesPratiyogita Darpan
Current Affairs Yearly 2020Arihant Experts

TISSNET Marking Scheme 2020

  • The marking scheme for each section in 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 2020

Candidates who qualify TISSNET are then shortlisted for next round of TISSNET Selection Procedure which 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
  • 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.

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*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


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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