EXAM ANALYSIS: TISSNET 2016- MBA entrance preparation

EXAM ANALYSIS: TISSNET 2016- MBA entrance preparation

TISSNET 2016 was held at 39 centres in India, on Saturday, 9th January, 2016. TISS NET is the entrance exam for the M.A. in Human Resource Management program at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. As compared to the previous year, TISSNET was a bit different this year. It was an online test, with three sections.


Total Duration: 100 mins

Negative Marking: NO

Sectional Time Limit: None









Mathematical & Logical Reasoning

This section was fairly easy. In this section, different students faced a different break-up of questions. Some students faced more questions in LR while others faced more questions in QA. A lot of questions were based on Modern Maths and Arithmetic. Arithmetic-based questions were easy and should have been attempted by all. Difficulty level of LR was similar to the previous year. A score of 26 would have been essential in getting a good score.

A rough break-up of the questions could be as follows:


General Awareness

This section was the toughest out of the three sections. It had 22 questions on Static GK and 18 questions on Current Affairs. In total, 13 questions were based on International topics and 27 were on national topics. Static GK had questions pertaining to Indian History, Science, etc.

Questions on Current Affairs were moderately difficult, with Static GK being tougher. Overall, around 16 questions would be considered easy. Questions were non-specific and weren’t exclusively chosen from any particular topic like Social Sciences, as used to happen before. 20 mins would be the ideal time to spend on this section. Getting a minimum score of 16 would contribute to a good score.



Verbal Ability was easier than last year. Accuracy could be achieved in a lot of questions. Out of 30, 21 questions were vocabulary-based. They consisted mainly of idioms, antonyms, fill in the blanks, analogies and one word substitutions. The 4 questions on sentence correction were pretty easy. 5 questions were based on Reading Comprehension with an 800-word passage. Out of these 5 questions, 3 were easy and 2 were moderate. Para-jumbles were absent in this year’s paper. A well-prepared student could have attempted all 30 questions. Getting at least 25 questions right would guarantee a good score. Completing it in 30-35 mins would have been possible for a good student.


Overall, TISSNET 2016 was slightly easier than TISSNET 2015.



Based on the overall scores, the cut-offs were as follows,

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