TISSNET 2018 Analysis

The online test TISSNET was conducted successfully on January 6, 2018. TISSNET is the prerequisite for the admission to the M.A. Human Resource Management which is the flagship course at TISS Mumbai. TISS offers various other programs in the specialized areas of Social Work, Social Entrepreneurship, Healthcare, Human Resources Management and Labor Relations, Globalization and Labor, etc.
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The computer based test was divided into 3 sections: General Awareness, Analytical and Logical Reasoning and English Proficiency. There were 100 questions of 100 marks with no negative marking. Let's take a look at the exam pattern, before going through the in-depth analysis of TISSNET 2018.
Exam Pattern
The sectional division of the test is given in the following table:
Sections No. of Questions Total Marks
General Awareness 40 40
Analytical Ability and Logical Reasoning 30 30
English Proficiency 30 30
Total 100 100
The candidates were given a total time of 100 minutes with no sectional time limit. This proved to be an advantage for the candidates as they could easily switch across the sections within the given time period.
Now that the test is done, it's time to analyze each section of TISSNET 2018 in detail:
General Awareness:
Overview of the section is given below:
Area No. of Questions
Current Affairs 10
Politics 3
Economics 3
Science 3
Sports 3
Art and Culture 5
Books, Authors, Persons 2
Others 5
Govt. policies 6
Total 40
Evaluation: General Awareness comprised questions from both static and current GK with the maximum number of questions from current GK. Almost all the areas like Science, Geography, Sports, Economics, Polity, Current Affairs, Art and Culture etc. were covered. The current affairs questions were of easy to moderate level of difficulty whereas the questions from static GK were more difficult to attempt. A good score in this section could be 23-25.
Analytical Ability and Logical Reasoning:
The overview of this section is given below:
Area No. of Questions
Percentages 2
Ratio and Proportion 2
Series 4
Analytical Reasoning 6
Time and work 0
Profit/ Loss 1
Geometry 1
Averages 1
Numbers 2
Relations 1
Data Interpretation 9
Arrangement 1
Total 30
Evaluation: This section was easy in terms of the level of difficulty. A total of 30 questions covered every part i.e. Logical reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation. Some questions on Logical reasoning were quite tricky. The Data Interpretation section was calculation intensive and had only one question per figure. The ideal time allocation for this section would be 30-35 min. An attempt of at least 23-25 questions would be considered good as the section was fairly easy.
English Proficiency:
The overview of this section is given as:
Area No. of Questions
Reading Comprehension 10
Spotting the error 7
Odd man out 1
Idioms 3
Antonyms 1
Fill in the Blanks 5
Grammar 3
Total 30
Evaluation: The level of difficulty of this section was easy to moderate. The main areas covered were: RCs, Error spotting, Odd Man Out, Antonyms, Analogy, Idioms etc. No question was witnessed from Para Jumbles this year. Although, one or two questions had tricky options, yet the candidates managed to attempt the questions well. An attempt of 25-27 questions could be considered good in order to score well.
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The TISS authorities decide the TISS cut off after the results are made public; the cut off score decides who gets an interview call and who does not.
Based on TISSNET cut-offs, candidates are called for the GD and PI round. The criteria for final selection include the TISSNET score, candidate's academic record, profile of the candidate, work experience in months etc.
The TISS cut off score varies according to the difficulty level of the exam, number of applicants, and the intake capacity at each campus. The TISS cut off will vary as per the course and location as well.
TISS Mumbai
CUT-OFFs (general) - 75+
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