TISSNET 2018 Analysis

TISSNET 2018 Analysis

TISSNET 2018 was held on Saturday, 6th January, 2018. 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. As all exams threw in a bunch of surprises in the paper pattern, marking scheme but TISSNET was true to its nature of being easy, with no negative marking and standard 3 sections:

Total Duration: 100 mins

Negative Marking: No

Sectional Time Limit: None

General Awareness

This section was the toughest out of the three sections. It had 28 questions on Static GK and 12 questions on Current Affairs. In total, 12 questions were based on International topics and 28 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 24-26 would contribute to a good score.

Mathematical & Logical Reasoning

This section was fairly easy more than 22 were easy and 8 Data Interpretation Questions. In this section, different students faced a different break-up of questions. Some students faced more questions on LR while others faced more questions on 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 be essential for a good score as this was definitely easier than last year.


Verbal Ability was easier than last year. Accuracy could be achieved in many questions. Out of 30, 20 questions were vocabulary-based and 10 was Reading Comprehension. The vocabulary questions were mainly consisted of idioms, antonyms, fill in the blanks, analogies and one word substitutions. The reading comprehension passages were shorter compared the usual lenghty ones in paper based. Parajumbles were absent in this year’s paper. A well-prepared student could have attempted all 30 questions. Getting at least 27-28 questions right would guarantee a good score. Completing it in 30-35 mins would be possible for a good student.

Overall, TISSNET 2018 was slightly easier than TISSNET 2017 barring General awareness which is always the students most fretting area.


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