How to prepare for the TISSNET General Awareness Section?

Enhance your score with the help of these tips in this critically important 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 35 questions in the General Knowledge section accounting for 35% 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 35 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.

TISSNET 2015 - GK Analysis

The GK section in TISSNET 2015 had 35 questions, out of which only 5-6 questions were from Current GK. 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.

    TISSNET 2015 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:

    1. Q. 1. Who is the author of the book 'Tobak Teg singh'? - Saadat Hasan Manto

    2. Q. 2. Who is author of the book 'The High Caste Hindu Woman'? - Pandita Ramabai

    3. Q. 3. 'The Courtesan' is a painting by which famous painter? - Vincent Van Gogh

    4. Q. 4. 'Tamasha' is popular folk theatre of which Indian State? - Folk Theatre of Maharashtra

    5. Q. 5. Which monument is also popular as the Replica of Tajmahal - Bibi Ka Maqbara (Aurangabad, Maharashtra)

    6. Q. 6. Madhubani painting originated from which state? - Bihar

    7. Q. 7. What did Martin Luther King Jr. fight for? - Civil Rights

    8. Q. 8. Battle of Plassey was fought on the banks of which river? - Bhagirathi

    9. Q. 9. Who is the author of the book 'Indica'? - Megasthenes

    10. Q. 10. What was the name of Maharaja Rana Pratap's horse - Chetak

    Evaluation: The TISSNET 2015 section was the toughest of the three sections, and was the deciding section for many test-takers. It was tough because mainly because of a larger than usual number of questions from areas like World History, 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
    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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