Ace the General Awareness Section in TISSNET

TISSNET is conducted for admission to programs offered by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). TISSNET scores are accepted only by TISS, at campuses in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Tuljapur and Guwahati. It was a computer based test with no negative marking. The total duration of the exam was 100 minutes for 100 questions. The paper consisted of three sections viz. General Awareness (40 Questions), English Proficiency & Language skills (30 Questions), and Mathematical Reasoning & Quantitative Abilities (30 Questions).
GENERAL  AWARENESS
It is considered to be the toughest of the three as GK is never a favorite of students . Most of the questions were asked from current affairs, polity, history and current social issues. A student should have attempted all the questions with 70% accuracy. A score of 23-26 out of 40 should be ideal for this section.
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2019 GK ANALYSIS
This section comprised 40 questions, each carrying 1 mark. Out of the 40 questions, there were 29 static and 11 current affairs questions. There were 13 questions on international affairs and 27 on national events. About 6-8 questions were easy, 12 -14 were medium and about 20 were difficult. This section was much more difficult than last year. A score of 20-21 would be a good benchmark. Attempting all GA questions would not have taken more than 20 minutes.
Topic
Number of questions
( 2019 )
Number of questions
( 2018 )
Current Affairs
5
5
Business & Economy
2
3
History
4
3
Geography
3
3
Polity
6
1
Science & Technology
2
2
Sports
2
3
Awards
3
2
Books
1
2
Programs & Acts
2
2
Social Issues
6
5
Miscellaneous
4
6
census
 
3
Total
40
40
TISSNET covers all the broad areas like History, Geography, Polity, Economy, Science and technology, Sports and Awards. However, as always their main focus had been on Static Gk but students are advised to thoroughly go through the current affairs of 9-12 months previously form the date of exam.
How to prepare Static GK :
While the syllabus for the Static GK section seems to be very vast, it can be done effectively if we choose authentic and reliable sources to study from. You can take Bullseye Static Gk books as we have covered the broad areas. For further studies, you can also refer NCERTs from Class 6-12 for History, Geography, Polity and Science.
How to prepare Current affairs :
The best source to prepare for Current Gk is the Hitbullseye Gk Web Portal where you will find Videos and Pdfs on Current Affairs, updated timely. How to read the newspaper for MBA entrance examinations has been covered in a separate article. For Editorials, Read newspaper, preferably The Hindu. Also, go through our ‘Special Report’ and ‘Topic of the Week’ columns for better understanding of contemporary topics.
Sample Questions:
  1. The term hegemony refers to
    1. A dominant ideology that legitimizes economic, political and cultural power
    2.  A Liberalized ideology that follows Laissez faire
    3. Relating to or designed for efficiency and comfort in the working environment.
    4.  Associated with monetary and fiscal stimulus and economic reforms.
  2. The renowned Hindustani musician Annapurna devi, who passed away in 2018 was a :
    1. Guitarist
    2. Sitarist
    3. Tabla master
    4. Flute player
  3. Who founded the satya shodhak samaj
    1. C. Rajagopalachari
    2. Jyotirao Phule
    3. M.K.Gandhi
    4. Kanshi Ram
  4. Malthusian theory of population explored relationship between
    1. Optimum growth and resources
    2. The size of population and production of wealth.
    3. Actual population trends of advanced countries of the world
    4. None of the above
  5. Author of the book “Ants among elephants”
    1. Amitav Ghosh
    2. Sujatha Gidla
    3. Narendra Jadhav
    4. Aravind Adiga
  6. According to B.R. Ambedkar which one of the following was considered as the “Heart and soul of The Constitution”
    1. Right to Constitutional Remedies
    2. Right to Freedom
    3. Right to Equality
    4. Cultural and Educational Rights
  7. Salome Zurabishvili was elected as first female president of which country?
    1. Croatia
    2. Georgia
    3. Astonia
    4. Czech Republic