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TISSNET 2020: In Depth Analysis of TISSNET Exam

TISSNET 2020: The TISS exam date was 4th January, 2020. Aspirants who wish to get admitted into Human Resource Management (M.A), a flagship program at Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) Mumbai appeared for this exam. The M.A programme offered here is at par with the management programmes at various top MBA colleges in India. TISS Mumbai is ranked as 34th best university by NIRF 2020. TISS exam is also a prerequisite for other post-graduation courses like M.Sc, M.H.A, etc across all TISS campuses (Mumbai, Tuljapur, Guwahati and Hyderabad). TISSNET 2020 did not break its trend of exam pattern this year. TISSNET Syllabus comprised of General Awareness, Analytical and Logical Reasoning and English Proficiency sections.

TISSNET 2020 comprised of 100 questions with a weightage of 1 mark per question. There is no sectional cut off or sectional time limit and there is no negative marking for wrong answers. The overall difficulty level of the “TISSNET paper” was marginally lower than last year’s test mainly due to an easier Verbal section and a slightly easier Quant section. “With no sectional cut-offs in TISSNET 2020, it was advisable to students that they maximise their score by attempting maximum questions.” A well-prepared candidate with good command on vocabulary, reading speed could have attempted around 84 questions. This attempt can be considered a good attempt in this paper. A score of around 76 “in TISS result” can be considered as an ideal score for a general category student.


TISS Exam Pattern Analysis:

The section wise questions pattern and difficulty in TISSNET 2020 is as follows:”

English Proficiency:

This section comprised 30 questions, out of 20 questions were on verbal ability, and 10 questions on Reading Comprehension.

Reading Comprehension:

The RC area had two passages with a total of 10 questions out of which 5 were easy and 5 were of medium difficulty. Most of the questions were inference based.

Verbal Ability and Vocabulary:

The 20 questions in the VA/ Vocab/ Grammar areas were of moderate difficulty level.
A good score for this section would be 25-26. A good student would have been able to tackle all questions within 40 minutes.

Mathematical and Logical Reasoning:

The overall difficulty level of the section was easy. The quant-based question was easy and the data interpretation questions were a bit lengthy.
One should have ideally solved at least 26-27 questions correctly and marked the answers to the remaining, as there was no negative marking.

General Awareness:

This section comprised of 20 easy questions, 12 medium questions and 8 difficult questions. “Questions were framed more on the lines of UPSC GK and less on the lines of traditional GK in TISSNET 2020. So, some students found the GK section to be difficult.”
A score of 20-23 would be a good benchmark. Attempting all GA questions would not have taken more than 20 minutes.

SectionSection DetailsDifficulty level
English ProficiencyTotal questions-30
Reading Comprehension-10
Verbal Ability-20
VA questions-moderately difficult
RC had 2 passages: 5-easy
5-moderately difficult
Mathematical and
Logical Reasoning
Total Questions-30Quants section –relatively easy
Data Interpretation- Easy-moderate
General AwarenessTotal Question-40Around 20-easy 12-medium

Topic Wise Difficulty Over Sections:

English Proficiency:

TopicNo. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Passage 154 Easy, 1 Moderate
Passage 253 Easy, 2 Moderate
Fill in the blanks33 Easy
Para completion42 Easy, 2 Moderate
Error spotting22 Easy
Correct sentence11 Moderate
Antonym22 Easy
Synonym22 Easy
Odd Word Out1Easy
Para jumbles2Moderate
Critical reasoning1Moderate
Logical Reasoning1Easy
Logical Reasoning (Data Sufficiency)1Moderate

Mathematical Skills:

TopicNo. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Numbers (HCF, LCM)1Easy
Arithmetic, Geometric, Harmonic mean1Easy
Compound Interest1Moderate
Ratio and Proportion3Easy
Time, speed, distance2Easy
Time and Work2Easy
Geometry and Mensuration64 Easy and 2 Medium
Polynomials, series54 Easy and 1 Medium
Miscellaneous11 Easy

“TISS 2020” Analysis


The comprehension section had two passages. The passages were not difficult to understand, but there was a lot of data involved. A well – prepared candidate would attempt at least 10 questions. The overall difficulty level was moderate.C


There were three Data Interpretation sets. A well-prepared candidate would try to solve 90-95% of the questions with 95% accuracy and aim for a score of 11. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy.

SetNo. of QuestionsThe topic of the question
Set 1 – Pie chart5Contribution to a global cause by 7
countries including North America
Set 2 -Two Pie charts5% of Educated and
Uneducated people
Set 3 – Histogram/ Bar Graph5Duration of calls and
Number of calls

The above table shows the DI sets and the question types asked in “TISSNET 2020 exam.”


There were a total of 15 questions which could be attempted in 5 minutes. Almost close to 50% of the questions were difficult. The GK questions were not from recent news.

Overall Analysis: – A good score of 25-27 would be achievable by a well-prepared candidate. And the candidate could have maximised his/her score by attempting 32-25 questions with 85-95% accuracy “in TISSNET 2020.

Please Note: Candidates applying for (MA Human Resource Management & Labour Relations (HRM &LR) and MA Organization Development, Change and Leadership (ODCL) of Mumbai Campus will have a Management Aptitude Test (MAT) conducted along with TISS-NET for 45 marks for a duration of 30 mins. The score for Management Aptitude Test (MAT) will be added to the PIT score of the shortlisted candidates while preparing the final score for the selection.”

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