TISSNET is a computer based exam conducted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences for admission to their masters programmes, the most popular being Human Resource Management and Labour Relations. This exam is highly popular among MBA aspirants as the course offered by TISS is equivalent in value to an MBA in HR.
The TISSNET exam consists of questions based on 6 areas. The General Awareness part will be of 40 marks, English Proficiency will be of 30 marks and Maths and Logical Reasoning of 30 marks.
There are a lot of books in the market which claim to be the best for TISSNET preparation making it difficult for candidates to decide which one to follow. These books will also be helpful to those candidates who are preparing only for TISS and no other MBA exam.
TISSNET Preparation Books
Analytical and Numerical Ability Section
This section corresponds to the Quant section of CAT. But the level of questions in TISS is easier as compared to CAT. So the set of books will remain the same but the level of questions that you should practice is the basic ones. This means that all you need to focus on is concept clarity. Not much advanced questions are asked. The following books can help you-
- Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT; by Arun Sharma
- Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT; by Sarvesh K Verma
Language Ability Section
This section is similar to the Verbal Ability section of CAT. The nature of questions remains the same like Reading Comprehension, cloze test, grammar etc. But the level is much lesser than CAT. So you need not follow CAT level books instead you can try the following-
- Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension – By Arihant Publication
- Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability – By Sujit Kumar, Pearson Publication
Social and General Awareness Section
This is one of the most important and toughest sections of TISSNET. The syllabus for this is also very vast. The questions are based on national and international current affairs, social issues in India and the world etc. As such there is no single book which can help you prepare this part. You can refer to a combination of all these books-
- Competition Success Review
- Manorama Year Book
- Pratiyogita Darpan
For more resources on general knowledge you can log on to gk.hitbullseye.com.
Also you can read the analysis of last year’s gk section in TISSNET here
Along with preparing from these books, it is recommended that you regularly take mock tests. This will help you in analyzing your strengths and weaknesses and work on them accordingly.