The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) offers fifty-two-degree programs from its Mumbai, Guwahati, Hyderabad and Tujlapur campuses. Candidates can apply for at most of 3 programs across any two of the campuses indicating the order of preference. The TISS examination is conducted to shortlist the candidates to stage-2. The shortlisting process depends on the score obtained by the candidates. The test score obtained by the candidate is valid for securing admission into TISS campuses for the only current academic year.

Candidates applying for the upcoming batch for the Regular Post Graduate Degree programmes of TISS have to take the TISS National Entrance Test (TISSNET). TISSNET exam is likely to be conducted as a computer-based test (CBT) during the second week of January. TISSMAT is the new postgraduate management entrance test of TISS. TISSMAT will be conducted in addition to the TISSNET. The exam will be conducted immediately after TISSNET. Candidates who are applying to the MA (HRM & LR)/ ODCL courses at TISS Mumbai will have to first appear for the TISSNET exam and post that, the students have to appear for the TISSMAT exam. The scores of TISSMAT will be considered in the final selection process.



The TISSNET eligibility criteria for the current academic year is below: –

  • Candidates should have completed a 3-year degree or 4-year degree course or its equivalent course from a university recognized by University Grants Commission (UGC).
  • Candidates applying for the exam should have passed all the courses from 1st to 4th semester in a 3-year degree and all the subjects from 1st to 6th semester studying in a 4-year degree course.

Some programs might have some specific/additional criteria.

For detailed TISSNET eligibility criteria for various programs please refer –



Exam Structure

The mode of the exam will English. The below table shows the likely TISSNET exam pattern as per the past trends.

SectionsEnglish Proficiency, Mathematical & Logical Reasoning and General Awareness
Total Number of questions100 (Each question has 4 options)
Total Number of marks100
The time duration of the exam100 minutes
Sectional time limitNo sectional time limit
Negative markingNo negative marking

TISSMAT Exam Pattern:


S NoSectionNo. of questionsNo. of marks
2Management Data Interpretation1515
3Business Awareness1515

Registration Process:

The online registration process for the TISSNET exam is as below: –

  • Candidates applying for TISSNET exam this year are required to apply online through the E-application process.
  • Candidates can apply for a maximum of three programs across any two of the TISS Campuses and other Centre locations.  

Category-wise TISSNET 2021 application fee is given below: –

Number of CoursesGeneral CategorySC/ST/NC-OBC Category
One courseRs 1030Rs 260
Two coursesRs 2060Rs 520
Three coursesRs 3090Rs 780

Since the official notification is yet to be released by TISS, please keep a track for the detailed TISSNET 2020 registration process on the following link 


Cut-offs as per past trends:

TISSNET cut-off-

The above cut-offs represent the overall score for M.A. (HRM) – Mumbai campus.

CategoryTISSNET Cut-off

These cut-offs are might vary depending on the difficulty and the applicant pool for TISSNET-2021 exam.

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TISS Syllabus:

The following tables show the TISS syllabus and broad topics which might be asked in the exam.

The English proficiency section contains the syllabus as follows

Verbal Ability Reading Comprehension
Substitution of a word in a sentence The primary purpose of the passage
Right usage of words in fill in the blank Strengthening and weakening of sentences
Right usage of the word in match the following Assumption and Supporting Statements
Fill in the Blanks – Homophones Finding error and discrepancy in the sentence
Idioms Questions based on the passage
Error spotting – words/punctuation Author’s Point of View
Sentence Correction The main idea of the passage

The Mathematical skills, logical reasoning and the Data Interpretation section covers the following topics-

Mathematics Logical Reasoning Data Interpretation
Profit and Loss Number Series Bar graphs
Averages Alphabet Series Tables
Basic Geometry Details specific questions Pie chart
Ratio and Proportion Statement Conclusion/Assumption/ Arguments Double pie chart
Percentages Logical Connectivity Case lets
Speed and Time Linear/Circular/Family Arrangement Multiple graphs
Probability Venn Diagram Line graphs
Number System Puzzles Data comparison
The General Awareness section would cover the following areas: –
National EventsEnvironment
International EventsPolitics/History/Governance/Law
Corporate Events and AwardsSocial Studies, Movements
National/International Awards in Entertainment IndustryEconomics, Policy
National/International Awards for Social, Environmental
International politics/ current events
Defence, Military, Terrorism relatedGender/Health/Education/Labour
Finance, Budget Environment & EcologyMedia/ICTs/Literature/Art/Culture

Click Here to Check TISSNET Previous Year Paper Analysis of 2020 , 2019, 2018

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