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TISSNET Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme and Syllabus

Updated On - January 17th 2019 by KRITIKA 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.

  • TISSNET concluded on January 13, GK was the toughest section and the other two sections had simple and direct questions. Check TISSNET Paper Analysis
  • As per the cut off marks, it is expected it will range between 72 to 76 marks only. Check TISSNET Cut off

This year, 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 (closed) for TISSNET 2019 at

  • 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. 
  • Visually impaired 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. 
  • Persons with Disabilities who have a disability of 40% or more will get a compensatory extra time of  20 minutes per hour. Check TISSNET Exam Centers
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Other Facts of TISSNET Paper Pattern
TISSNET 2019 Exam DateJanuary 13, 2019
CheckTISSNET Answer Keys
Timings of Exam2:00 PM – 3:40 PM
Sectional Time-LimitNo
TISSNET Marking Scheme+1 for each correct answer
Negative MarkingNo

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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.
  • Most of the questions asked to 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

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

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 Aggarwa

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TISSNET 2018 Paper Analysis

As per the analysis, the level of difficulty of this section was easy. Few questions on LR were quite tricky and DI questions were calculation intensive. An overview of this section is tabulated below:

Topic/ AreaNo. of Questions.
Analytical Reasoning6
Data Interpretation9
Ratio & Proportion2

Profit & Loss

Total30 Questions

Ideal Time: 30 – 35 minutes

Good Attempt: 23 – 25 questions

TISSNET 2017 Paper Analysis

Most of the question in this section are from easy to moderate level. Some of the most frequent questions are on Permutations and Combinations, Mensuration, graphical data, or pie diagrams, relationships and determining the validity of conclusions based on given premises.

TopicsNumber of QuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Set Theory3Easy
Sequence and Series3Easy
Permutations and Combinations4Easy-Moderate
Time and Work3Easy
Time, Speed and Distance3Easy
Profit and Loss1Easy
Odd One and Out2Easy
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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 sections.
  • Candidates having a good grammatical knowledge can score well in this section.
  • Candidates must know the proper usage of words and sentence 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

Read complete  How to Synchronize TISSNET Preparation with CAT Exam?

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 2018 Paper Analysis

As per the test takers and experts, the difficulty level of this section varied between easy to moderate. Most of the questions were from RCs, Error spotting, Antonyms etc. There were no questions from para jumbles in TISSNET 2018.

Topic/ AreaNo. of Questions
Reading Comprehension (RC)10
Spotting the Error7
Fill in the Blanks5
Odd man out1
Total30 questions

Ideal Time: 15 – 20 minutes

Good Attempt: 25 – 27 questions

TISSNET 2017 Paper Analysis

As per the previous year’s analysis, most of the questions were fill-in-the-blanks. The overall difficulty level the paper is generally moderate. Candidates do not face any problem in attempting this section.

TopicNumber of QuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Word Analogies5Easy-Moderate
Fill in the blanks10Easy-Moderate
Reading Comprehension5Moderate
Contextual Vocabulary5Easy-Moderate
Para Jumbles5Moderate

TISSNET Exam Pattern: General Awareness

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

TISSNET Preparation Books: General Awareness

TISSNET Books for General Awareness
Book NameAuthor Name/Publisher
The Best Book of General Knowledge 2018Subhash C.Soni
General Knowledge Encyclopaedia: Including Objective Type QuestionsRPH Editorial Board
Manorama Yearbook 2017Mammen Mathew
Pratiyogita Darpan General Studies Indian Economy Exam Oriented SeriesPratiyogita Darpan
Current Affairs Yearly 2017Arihant Experts

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TISSNET 2018 Paper Analysis

This section had questions from both static and current GK with maximum questions from current GK. The difficulty level of current affair questions was of east to moderate whereas the questions from static GK were more difficult to attempt.

Topic/ AreaNo. of Questions
Current Affairs10
Govt. Policies6
Art & Culture5
Books/ Authors/ Persons2
Total40 questions

Ideal Time: 10 – 15 minutes

Good Attempt: 23 – 25 questions

TISSNET 2019 Marking Scheme

  • There will be 100 questions in TISSNET.
  • The marking scheme for each section in TISS NET exam is defined by Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
  • Listed below is the scheme that will be followed in the exam:
  1. Candidates have to attempt 100 questions asked from 3 sections namely Analytical & Numerical Ability, English Proficiency, and General Awareness.
  2. Each question will have a weightage of 1 mark.
  3. There will be no negative marking for a wrong answer or unattempted question.


Aspirants can now practice TISSNET Mock Test. This model paper is just for practice and acts as a window to know how the actual question paper will look like. It also helps analyze your preparation level and can guide you towards possible remedial actions to work in your weak areas.

TISSNET 2018 Mock Test

TISSNET Selection Procedure

Candidates who qualify TISSNET are then shortlisted and called for 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.

Read TISSNET Selection Procedure

*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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