TISSNET 2021 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 Program Aptitude Test (TISS-PAT) / Management Aptitude Test (TISS-MAT)along with TISS Online Personal Interview (OPI).
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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 program under each category. Hence it is a shortlisting process 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.
Explanatory Note:
Shortlisting 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.
AnalysisTISS-NET (TISS National Entrance Test)
The online test TISSNET was conducted successfully on 20 February 2021. The overall feel was moderate to tough as Mathematics and Logical reasoninghad a few tricky questions. The GK section also had tricky questions.
The computer based test was divided into 3 sections: General Awareness, Mathematics and Logical reasoningand 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 2020.
Exam Pattern
The sectional division of the test is given in the following table:
No. of Questions
Total Marks
English Proficiency
Mathematics and Logical reasoning
General Awareness
Expected cut off
The expected cut off for MA HR and ODCL this year should be in 67-70 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 2021 in detail:
English Proficiency:
The overview of this section is given as:
No. of Questions
Reading Comprehension
Spotting the error & Spelling based error
Para jumbles
Fill in the Blanks
Logical & Critical   reasoning
Evaluation: The level of difficulty of this section was easy to slightly moderate and there was hardly any surprising element. 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 online platforms and another one was on role of coffee in enlightenment. Although, one or two questions had tricky options, the candidates managed to attempt the questions well. Logical & Critical reasoning questions were a little tricky. An attempt of 22-24 questions could be considered good in order to score well.
Mathematics and Logical reasoning:
The overview of this section is given below:
No. of Questions
Permutation and probability
Geometry and mensuration
Number system+ stats
Data interpretation
Misc. (series, calendar and clock, direction)
Evaluation: This section comparatively difficult than last year and will result in bringing down the cut off as compared to last year.. A total of 30 questions covered every part i.e. Logical reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation. The Data Interpretation block was difficult and time consuming. The ideal time allocation for this section would be 30-35 minutes. An attempt of at least 21-23 questions would be considered well this time.
General Awareness:
Evaluation: General Awareness comprised questions from both static and current GK with the maximum number of questions from current GK. The section was dominated by static 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 a little difficult to attempt. A good score in this section could be 23-25.
Stage 2
Stage 2 of the selection process is aimed at assessing the interest and suitability of the candidate for the program selected.
  1. Program Aptitude Test (TISS-PAT)/ Management Aptitude Test (TISS-MAT) 
Program Aptitude Test (TISS-PAT)
The TISS PAT is conducted for the candidates shortlisted from Stage 1. PAT is a 45 mins test conducted for individual programs. The duration of the PAT is 45 minutes if candidates selected only one program. If candidates selected two programs the duration of the PAT will be 90 minutes and for three programs the duration will be 135 minutes. The details of PAT will be announced soon.
Management Aptitude Test (TISS-MAT) (Only for HRM&LR and ODCL)
Candidates applying for two program (i) MA Human Resource Management & Labor Relations (HRM &LR) and (ii) MA Organization Development Change and Leadership (ODCL) of Mumbai Campus, the Program Aptitude Test will be known as Management Aptitude Test (TISS-MAT).  The TISS MAT will be a computer based MCQ type test with duration 45 minutes and 50 Marks.
b.   Online Personal Interview (OPI):
OPI is conducted separately for each program applied. Schedule of OPI will be announced after the shortlisted candidates are notified. Candidates can attend the Online Personal Interview (OPI) only after attending the TISS-PAT / TISS-MAT as the case may be. Those who do not attend TISS-PAT / TISS-MAT shall not be eligible for attending the OPI and names of such candidates will be eliminated from the OPI list.
Aggregated Final Score
The aggregated Final Score is calculated based on the table given below:
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Marks and Weightage for the different components:
Stage I
Stage II
Final Score
All Programs (except HRM & ODCL)
100 Marks(30% Weightage)
50 Marks
(40% Weightage)
100 Marks
(30% Weightage)
Only for HRM & ODCL
100 Marks     (30% Weightage)
50 Marks (40%Weightage)
100 Marks      (30% Weightage)
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