TISS 2011: Analysis & Expected Cut-offs

Analysis: TISS 2011
TISS 2011 had 2 papers. The first test is common for all 16 PG courses of TISS which tests the basic cognitive ability. The second one is different for each course and the one for the HRM program is same as any other management entrance test. Pattern of the paper was same as that of 2009 and 2010. Part 1 was easy and Part 2 was a bit tough. Overall the level of difficulty of the test was easy to moderate and it was very easy to attempt all the questions in the given time.
Overview of the TISS Paper
Time allottedPart 1: 45 Minutes Part 2 (HRM): 60 Minutes
Total no. of questionsPart 1: 50 Part 2 (HRM): 75
Marking SchemeNot mentioned
SectionsNo distinct sections
Number of choices4 or 5
Negative MarkingPart 1: No Negative Part 2 (HRM): 1/4th per question
Expected cut-offs*A score of 80% was appropriate to clear the cut off
SectionDescriptionNo. of QuestionDifficulty Level / remarks
AAnalytical & Numerical Ability15Easy-Moderate
BLanguage Ability20Easy - Moderate
CGeneral Awareness15Easy
Overall 50Easy-Moderate
Analytical & Numerical Ability: The section was very easy. This section had a combination of Quant, DI and LA. DI consisted of one set on Bar chart with 5 questions. Numerical ability had very basic questions on arithmetic from topics such as Geometry, Profit & Loss, Mensuration, Simple equation, etc. Section also had 2 basic questions on pictorial logic. One could easily have solved 11-12 questions.
Language Ability: The section tested the basics in grammar, usage of English and vocabulary. A very short passage on chemicals in CFLs was given, followed by very easy questions. A couple of questions could be answered even without reading the passage as they are straight vocabulary questions. One could easily have solved 14-16 questions.
General Awareness: This section had questions on the topics based on science, history, geography, economics and current affairs. This section was very easy to solve. One could easily have solved 12-13 questions.
SectionArea TestedNo. of QuestionDifficulty Level / remarks
AData Interpretation20Moderate-Difficult
BData Sufficiency20Easy - Moderate
CReading Comprehension20Moderate-Difficult
DBusiness knowledge & Foundation of Management15Moderate-Difficult
Overall 75Moderate-Difficult
Data Interpretation: There were a total of 4 sets on Data Interpretation, which required intense calculations .The appropriate strategy was to try and attempt 12-13 questions in this section with greater accuracy to maximize scores.
Data Sufficiency: This section had questions that were very easily solvable. A good number of attempts in this Section would be about 13-14 again with more focus on accuracy.
Reading Comprehension: This section had 3 long passages that were difficult but the questions were direct. A student who had read the passage carefully could have answered most of the questions. One could have attempted 10-12 questions in this section.
Business Knowledge & Foundation of Management: This section tests the deepest reserves of student knowledge of general issues. Only those with a thorough reading habit which helps them get through details well could have done well in this section. One could have attempted 12-14 questions in 10 minutes.