TISSNET 2023 Analysis

TISSNET 2024 has been cancelled and instead will be accepting the CUET (PG) scores for all its Postgraduate (Master's degree) programs
Admission to masters’ programs at TISS is comprises of two stages,
1. TISS National Entrance Test (TISS-NET)
2. TISS Online Assessments (OA).
Stage 1
TISS-NET (TISS National Entrance Test)
TISS-NET is a computer based common screening test for all Masters Programs across all the campuses. It is a 100mins test and consists of 100 objective types multiple choice questions (MCQ). TISS-NET is conducted to shortlist candidates for Stage 2 based on the TISS NET Mark and the ratio on the number of seats announced for individual programs under each category. Hence it is a short-listing process with no reservation rules are applied at this stage. All rules related to reservations of seats under different categories and priorities will be applied only at the time of final seat allocation through merit list / wait list.
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Short listing for Stage 2 will be done on the basis of the candidates’ aggregate TISS NET Score. The same ratio will be applied to the number of seats under each Category thereby having candidates from every category getting shortlisted for stage 2 in proportionate numbers.
Analysis TISS-NET (TISS National Entrance Test)
The paper pattern was exactly as advertised on the official website with a few surprise elementsin Mathematics & Logical Reasoning. and General Awareness.The test was divided into 3 sections: General Awareness, Mathematics and Logical reasoning and English Proficiency. There were 100 questions of 100 marks with no negative marking. The GK section of TISSNET 2023 continued to be a slightly tricky section of the paper. The English Proficiency section was easy to moderate, with 8 FIB questions (based on grammar& vocabulary). The Mathematics & Logical Reasoning section this time was moderate to tough and calculation intensive.
Let's take a look at the exam pattern, before going through the in-depth analysis of TISSNET 2023.
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Exam Pattern
The sectional division of the test is given in the following table:
Sections
No. of Questions
Total Marks
English Proficiency
30
30
Mathematics and Logical reasoning
30
30
General Awareness
40
40
Total
100
100
Expected cut off
The expected cut off for MA HR and ODCL this year should be around 65-67 for general candidates.
Note – As given in the official website, there will be sectional cut off in General Awareness section. General, EWS, KM, AF candidates must have at least 14 marks, and OBC; PWD should have at least 12 in order to be considered for further evaluation. There is no sectional cut off for SC, ST candidates.
Now that the test is done, it's time to analyze each section of TISSNET 2023 in detail:
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English Proficiency:
The overview of this section is given as:
Area
No. of Questions
Reading Comprehension
10
Spotting the error
3-4
Synonyms
2
Para jumbles
2
Antonyms
2
Fill in the Blanks
8
Logical & Critical reasoning
2
Total
30
Evaluation: The level of difficulty of this section was easy to slightly moderate and there was hardly any surprising element. This section was dominated by Fill in the blanks both grammar and vocab based (doable). The main areas covered were: RCs, sentence completion, Error spotting, antonyms, Synonyms, & Para Jumbles. The RCs were easy to moderate in terms of understanding. One of the RC was on impact of environment on women and another one was on social & behavioural aspects in games. Although, one or two questions had tricky options, the candidates managed to attempt the questions well.There were two questions based on para-jumbling and were easy. Logical & Critical reasoning questions were also conventional and manageable. An attempt of 20-22 questions could be considered good in order to score well.
Mathematics and Logical reasoning:
The overview of this section is given below:
Area
No. of Questions
Arithmetic
7
Permutation and probability
4
Geometry and mensuration
4
Number system
3
Data interpretation
9
Analytical Reasoning
3
Total
30
Evaluation: This section was moderate to difficult. The surprise element was presence three DI sets with 3 questions each. One of the blocks was very difficult from TISS paper point of view. The ideal time allocation for this section would be 30-35 minutes. An attempt of around22-24 questions would be considered well this time. Due to higher difficulty of this section, the overall cut offs will be slightly lower than last year.
General Awareness:
Evaluation: General Awareness comprised questions from both static and current GK with the maximum number of questions (25+) from static GK. Almost all the areas like environment, awards/honour, books/authors,sports, economics, polity, current affairs, art and culture etc. were covered. There were around 8-10 question on polity. The current affairs questions were of easy to moderate level of difficulty whereas the questions from static GK were a little difficult to attempt. A good score in this section could be 23-25
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