TISS Exam Analysis

TISSNET 2020

The overall difficulty level of the exam was marginally lower than last year’s test mainly due to an easier Verbal section and a slightly easier Quant section. 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 can be considered as an ideal score for a general category student.

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.

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 ReasoningTotal Questions-30Quants section –relatively easy
Data Interpretation- Easy-moderate
General AwarenessTotal question-40Around 20-easy
12-medium
8-difficult

The topic-wise break-up of the questions across different sections are as follows: –

 

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-
AreaNo. 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
Logarithm1Moderate
Polynomials, series54 Easy and 1 Medium
Miscellaneous11 Easy

TISSNET-2019:

The overall difficulty level of the exam was slightly on the higher side when compared to last year due to the tougher General Awareness test and slightly tougher English section.

With General Awareness being slightly tougher than last year, the expected overall cut off (for general category) for the MA in HRM program to slightly drop compared to last year. The cut off is expected to be in the range of 71- 72 marks.

English Proficiency:

This section comprised 30 questions, out of which there were 20 questions on Verbal Ability and Vocabulary.10 questions on reading comprehension.

The 20 VA questions were of easy-moderate difficulty level. And the Reading Comprehension section comprised of two passages with five questions each with 5 easy and difficult questions.

Mathematical and Logical Reasoning:

The overall difficulty level of the section was easy when compared to the previous year. This section included only one set on logical reasoning. And the remaining questions were based on quants.

By allotting 40 minutes to this section, a well-prepared candidate should have ideally solved at least 24-25 questions correctly and marked the answers to the remaining.

General Awareness:

The difficulty level of the GA section was on the tougher side. This section consisted of 5-6 easy questions, 11-13 were of moderate difficulty and about 21 were difficult.

The ideal strategy would have been to attempt all the General Awareness questions in about 22 minutes, targeting a score of 20.

SectionSection DetailsDifficulty level
English ProficiencyTotal questions-30
Reading Comprehension-10
Verbal Ability-20
VA questions-easy-moderate
RCs- two passages with 5 questions each- 1 easy and 1 moderate
Mathematical and Logical ReasoningTotal Questions-30Quants section –relatively easy
Data Interpretation- Easy-moderate
General AwarenessTotal question-40Around 5-6 were easy
11-13 moderately difficult
21-difficult

Topic-wise break up: –

The below table shows the topic wise questions for mathematical skills and logical reasoning

TopicNo. of QuestionsDifficulty level
Numbers5Easy-Medium
Series2Easy-Medium
Ratio & Proportion1Easy
Simple Interest1Easy
Averages and mixtures2Easy
Simple Equations1Easy
Time and Distance1Easy
Clocks and calendar2Easy
Geometry21 Difficult, 1 moderate
Mensuration1Easy
Trigonometry1Easy
Statistics2Easy
Permutations and Combinations1Medium
Probability1Easy
DI set on Tabular Data4Easy but lengthy
DI set on Line graph3Medium

The below table shows the topic wise break up for English Proficiency.

 

TopicNo of QuestionsDifficulty level
Reading Comprehension 15Easy
Reading Comprehension 25Moderate
FIBs (2 Blanks)62 Easy, 4 Moderate
FIBs (1 Blank)11 Difficult
Synonyms3Easy-Moderate
Antonyms2Easy-Moderate
Odd One Out1Easy
Grammar Based32 Easy, 1 Moderate
Para jumbles3Easy
Critical Reasoning1Easy

TISSNET-2018

The overall difficulty level of the exam was easy-moderate compared to last year. A score of 72+/-2 could be considered as the cut-off for MA HRM program at TISS Mumbai.

English Proficiency:

This section included a mixed set of questions with a varied difficulty level. There were about 20 questions on Verbal Ability which were moderate-difficult. And the question from Reading Comprehension was easy-moderate.

A good score in this section would be around 25. A serious aspirant would be able to tackle most of the questions within 35 to 40 minutes.

Mathematical and Logical Reasoning:

This section was on the easier side compared to last year. This section consisted of 22 easy questions and 8 moderate questions.

A score of 22-25 can be considered to be a good score in this section.

General Awareness (GA):

The questions were based on wide topics. The questions were based on current affairs and static GK topics. 

A student with decent preparation could expect a 60 to 70% accuracy. A score of around 25 out of 40 can be considered to be good in this section.

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 ReasoningTotal Questions-30Quants section –22 questions on quant relatively easy-moderate
Data Interpretation- Easy-moderate
General AwarenessTotal question-4025 questions were easy-moderate

The topic-wise break up for the section for the mathematical skills is as below-

TopicNo. of QuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Set Theory1Easy
Calendar and clocks3Easy
Series3Easy-Medium
Odd man out2Easy
Data Interpretation6Medium
Mixtures and alligations1Medium-Difficult
Progressions1Medium
Statistics1Easy
ERPV5Easy-Medium
Direction sense1Easy
Logical Deductions1Easy
Trigonometry1Easy

The English proficiency section had the following questions based on different topics-

 

TopicsNumber of questionsLevel of Difficulty
Reading Comprehension (2 passages)10Easy-Moderate
Fill in the Blanks9Easy-Moderate
Sentence correction3Moderate
Error identification in the sentences4Moderate
Synonyms3Moderate
Logical connectives1Moderate

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TISSMAT 2020 Analysis:

Section-1: 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.

Section-2: 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 the exam. 

Section-3: 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.

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