How to prepare for the TISSNET General Awareness Section?

TISS stands for Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. It offers a range of Masters' programs at various campuses. M.A in Human Resource Management & Labour Relations is of prime interest to management aspirants. TISS has its own National Entrance Test i.e. TISSNET.
The TISSNET has 3 sections, namely, General Knowledge; Analytical Ability, Logical Reasoning; and English Proficiency. There are 40 questions in the General Knowledge section accounting for 40% of the total weightage of the paper. So it goes without saying that you cannot afford to take this section lightly in the TISSNET.
Significance of TISSNET General Knowledge:
Considerable Weightage: The GK section in TISSNET has 40 questions. Most importantly, the TISSNET GK section has equal or more weightage as compared to the other sections, unlike papers like IIFT and XAT, which give relatively less weightage to GK. Thus, this section will play a critical role in boosting your scores!
Better Accuracy: GK questions provide you with a distinct advantage of improving your accuracy since, if you know the answer to a question; there is little scope for confusion!
Time Management: GK questions are highly time-efficient as they can be solved in a few seconds. You can use this to your advantage in papers like TISSNET, which do not have sectional time limits and allocate more time for other, more time consuming sections.
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TISSNET 2017 - GK Analysis
The GK section in TISSNET 2017 had 40 questions, out of which 12 questions were from Current Affairs. A few of the questions that were asked were:
Q.1. Who is the Oscar winning Director of the movie 'Life of Pi' - Ang Lee
Q.2. Why was the Gujarat Local Authority Law Amendment Act of 2009 in news recently? - It made voting compulsory in local elections
Q. 3. What is the title of Sachin Tendulkar's autobiography? - Playing it my Way
Q. 4. India's first transgender mayor has been elected in which city? - Raigarh, Chattisgarh.
Q. 5. What is the official name of Mangalyaan? - Mission on Mars (M.O.M)
As you can see, questions asked were from varied fields. However, candidates who were regular with newspaper reading and

followed current affairs would have found this section to be a cakewalk.

Further Reading :
The Art of Reading the Newspaper for Competitive Examinations
TISSNET 2017 GK section was dominated by Static GK based questions. A few of these questions have been given below to give you an idea of the nature of questions asked:
Q. 1. Who is the author of the book 'Tobak Teg singh'? - Saadat Hasan Manto
Q. 2. Who is author of the book 'The High Caste Hindu Woman'? - Pandita Ramabai
Q. 3. 'The Courtesan' is a painting by which famous painter? - Vincent Van Gogh
Q. 4. 'Tamasha' is popular folk theatre of which Indian State? - Folk Theatre of Maharashtra
Q. 5. Which monument is also popular as the Replica of Tajmahal - Bibi Ka Maqbara (Aurangabad, Maharashtra)
Q. 6. Madhubani painting originated from which state? - Bihar
Q. 7. What did Martin Luther King Jr. fight for? - Civil Rights
Q. 8. Battle of Plassey was fought on the banks of which river? - Bhagirathi
Q. 9. Who is the author of the book 'Indica'? - Megasthenes
Q. 10. What was the name of Maharaja Rana Pratap's horse - Chetak
Evaluation: The TISSNET 2017 section was one of the toughest of the three sections, and was the deciding section for many test-takers. It was tough mainly because of a large number of questions from areas like Economics, Science, Art and Culture, etc. The current affairs questions were of an easy-moderate level of difficulty, whereas the static questions were moderate-difficult.
Strategy for TISSNET Static GK
Static GK broadly consists of areas that do not change over time. You may expect questions from the following sub-topics in Static GK:
  • History
  • Geography
  • Economy
  • Companies and Brands
  • Indian Political System & Constitution
  • Organizations
  • Science & Technology
  • Sports
  • Miscellaneous
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Strategy for TISSNET Current GK
In Current GK, you may expect questions from these broad areas:
  • Economy
  • Business & Corporate News
  • Indian Polity
  • Organizations
  • New Developments in Science & Technology
  • People in News
  • Sports
  • Miscellaneous
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