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TISSNET 2017 Analysis

Last Updated - January 09, 2017

The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) conducts TISSNET (TISS National Entrance Test) for admission to various programs. TISSNET 2017 was conducted on January 7, 2017 this year. This article gives a detailed analysis of TISSNET 2017 for the appeared candidates.

TISSNET 2017 Exam Pattern

This year, TISSNET 2017 was conducted online. TISSNET exam pattern generally consists of the following points:

  1. Total number of questions- 100.
  2. The total time limit is 100 minutes.
  3. There is no negative marking.
  4. A number of areas are 6.
  5. A number of choices per question are 4.

Detailed Analysis of TISSNET 2017

TISSNET 2017 came out as expected. It gave enough opportunities to candidates to score in the Verbal and RC area as well as in the Mathematics, Data Interpretation, and Logical Ability area.

It is expected that the General Knowledge and Current Affairs area would be the decider for the cutoff.

For MA in HRM &LR, the cutoff is expected to be high like it used to be earlier.

It is assumed that students will score more in the English and Logical & Analytical section of the paper this year. Almost all the 60 questions were easy to solve and there was sufficient time to attempt every question in the paper.

The only difference would be in the marks that one gets in the General Knowledge section. A student who has a good knowledge of the present happenings in the country and abroad or the one who has a habit of going through the newspapers regularly, would have found this section very easy to crack. There was a plethora of questions about Static GK too, which could make a difference in the marks that one gets in the test.

An efficient student would have attempted the three sections in the following manner:

Verbal and Reading Comprehension

The English section had 30 questions. The sectional analysis is given below:

AreaNo of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Sentence Correction3Easy
Fill-in-blanks (Vocab/English Usage)9Easy
Idioms and phrases4Easy
Odd Man Out3Easy

There was one Reading Comprehension passage on Nutrition for injured athletes which had five questions along with it. Almost all questions were easy and understandable.

Logical Ability

The logical ability section had the following pattern of questions:

AreaNo of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Order Sequence2Easy
Counting of Rectangles1Moderate
Blood Relations2Easy
Letter Series2Easy
Number Series2Easy
Venn Diagrams2Easy
Critical Reasoning1Moderate

This section was very easy except for two of the questions. The question which had to calculate the number of rectangles in a 6*5 grid and another question on Critical Reasoning were most challenging in the paper.


Mathematics section had 7 questions in total. Of these, two questions were from Geometry, two were from Averages and three questions were from Ratios, Percentages & Profit and Loss.

All the 7 questions were easy and any student could have got all 7 correct. There was only one question on Averages, which was a bit lengthy.

Data Interpretation

Unlike other exams, the Data Interpretation section in TISSNET had no sets. It had 8 questions in total and each of the 8 questions were independent of each other and had a graph attached to them.

The pattern for the 8 questions was as follows:

  1. Case let – 1
  2. Bar Charts – 4
  3. Table   – 2
  4. Pie Chart – 1

All the questions asked either had the calculation of percentages or calculation of ratios only. Only one question was given wrong in this area. The question asked about the percentage points whereas the actual options given were for percentage only.

General Knowledge

The General Knowledge section had a larger number of static questions. There were questions on Current affairs, people, books and sports persons etc.

AreasNo of Questions
Current Affairs12
People / Books6

Marks of about 20 would be considered very well in this area.

TISSNET 2017 Overall Analysis

From the above analysis, it seems that the cutoff would be more or less in the same range for the MA in HRM course. The expected cutoff for MA is 67-68.  It is predicted that the candidates who score above 67-68 can get admissions in TISS Mumbai for the HRM and LR program.

TISS results are expected to come out on January 27, 2017. We wish you all good luck!



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