All about TISSNET: Everything you need to know about the exam

Tata Institute of Social Sciences conducts a national level exam every year called TISSNET. The exam is conducted for admission to the various masters programmes offered by the institute. The School of Management and Labour Studies offers Masters of Arts in Human Resource Management and Labour Relations / Social Entrepreneurship / Organisation Development, Change and Leadership,etc. Students enroll for various other programmes depending upon their area of interest. Candidates keen to study at TISS can opt for a maximum of three programmes across any two campuses and they also have to indicate their order of preference.
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Students keen to build a career in Human Resource Management should study at TISS Institute’s School of Management and Labour Studies. Masters of Arts in HRM and Labour Relations is a sought- after course and students put in a lot of effort to clear the entrance exam .
When is TISSNET held?
TISS- NET 2022 exam will be conducted in the month of February 2022. Generally, the TISSNET notification is released in the third week of November 2021 and the registrations begin simultaneously. The deadline for registration is in the month of January 2022.
The admit cards can be downloaded from the official website of TISS-, about 10 days before the exam. After the online examination, candidates are shortlisted for GD-PI based on a merit list prepared by the institute. Candidates are advised to regularly check the website for all such updates.
What is the structure of TISSNET?

TISSNET is a computer based, national level examination consisting of 100 questions with time duration of 100 minutes (1 hour 40 minutes). The questions are objective type. Student’s knowledge is tested in areas namely General Awareness; Mathematics & Logical Reasoning, and Verbal Ability. TISS-NET is the first stage of the qualifying process. 

Brief about TISSNET-
Exam type Computer Based
No. of Questions 100
Time limit 100 minutes
Negative Marking No
No. of Choices per question 4
There will be no negative marking in TISSNET 2022 for any programme including HRM.
There is no demarcation of any section in this paper. All 100 questions appear together as a continuous stream. The following table will help you understand the TISS-NET Exam Pattern.
Sections No. Of Questions Total Marks
General Knowledge 40 40
Mathematics & Logical Reasoning 30 30
English Proficiency 30 30
Total 100 100
Programme Aptitude Test (TISS-PAT):
  • The short-listed candidates for stage 2 of the selection process will have to appear for TISS-PAT (Programme Aptitude Test).
  • Students opting for individual programmes have to appear for TISS-PAT. The total time duration of the PAT exam is 45 minutes. If the candidate has opted for two programmes then the duration of the PAT exam extends to 90 minutes and for three programmes the total time-duration of TISS-PAT will be 135 minutes.
IMPORTANT NOTE:-There has been a change in the Selection Process in for students seeking admission for courses offered at Mumbai campus.
TISS Management Aptitude Test (TISS-MAT)
Candidates interested in studying courses MA (HRM & LR) or MA (ODCL) offered at the Mumbai Campus will have to appear for an additional entrance test called TISS Management Aptitude Test (TISS-MAT).
  • This test (TISS-MAT) will be for 45 marks, and it will be for a total of 30 minutes.
  • Marking Scheme- 1 mark for every correct answer marked and 0.25 marks will be deducted for an incorrect answer option.
  • There is no sectional cut-off mentioned for this entrance.
Exam Pattern of TISS- MAT:-
Number of Questions
Total Marks
Management Data Interpretation
Business Awareness
Significance of three sections in TISS-MAT- :-
  1. The Comprehension section has been incorporated to assess the student’s proficiency to understand management literature.
  2. The Management Data Interpretation section checks a student’s ability to understand data related to different domains like economy, business and market functions.
  3. The Business Awareness section checks a students’ awareness related to business sector and other functional areas of management.
Students need to note that TISS-MAT scores will be added to the Personal Interview Score.
Shortlisted candidates have to qualify the Pre-Interview Test and Personal Interview. The candidates should be aware that there can be some variations as regards to in the PIT/PI process for different programmes. Another point that TISS-NET aspirants have to keep in mind is that they need to prepare for Group Discussions (GD) or Aptitude Test (AT) as well. Group discussion and Aptitude Test is a part of the Pre-Interview Test. Here the general awareness of candidates is checked.
Final Score composition will be as follows:-
TISS-MAT Score will be aggregated with the score of Pre Interview Test and Personal Interview.
TISS-MAT : 30%
Pre-Interview Test (PIT) : 40%
Personal Interview (PI) : 30%
Who can appear for TISSNET?
There is no age limit in TISSNET. For admission to M.A. programmes at TISS, a bachelor's degree with minimum 3 years duration or its equivalent (under the 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 or 10+2+2+1 year bridge course pattern of study or any other pattern fulfilling the mandatory requirements of 15 years formal education) from a recognized university is required. Final year students can also appear in the exam.
What all courses are offered by TISS?
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If you’re interested in a career in Social work and Human Resources then there is no better place than TISS. TISS is a glorious institute established in 1936 and ever since then has been tirelessly producing prominent alumni in the field of social work. The institute will offer you the best faculty and environment to pursue a career in social sciences.
So if TISS is on your mind then start preparing now. Gather your resources and make a well planned strategy to come out with flying colors in the exam. For more guidance on TISSNET logon to!
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