TISSNET Paper Analysis 2020

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October 11, 2019

TISS NET 2020 paper analysis by MBAUniverse.com will be available on TISSNET 2020 exam date immediately after completion of TISS NET exam on January 4, 2020. TISSNET exam analysis will help you to assess your performance, expected cut off and admission chances in M.A HR in TISS after the online computer based TISS NET 2020 exam. 

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TISSNET 2020 exam analysis from other experts and TISSNET coaching centres will also be made available. Important TISSNET 2020 exam analysis by experts which will be made available are:

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 TISSNET 2020 exam Analysis will reflect on the following key points:

  • TISSNET Analysis on overall TISSNET exam pattern, total questions, time duration, overall difficulty level, expected overall cut offs, overall calculation of TISSNET percentile
  • TISSNET exam Analysis on Sectional pattern, type of questions, sectional difficulty level, TISSNET cut offs by experts
  • Ideal attempts in TISSNET exam with required accuracy level to clear cut offs for different TISS programmes
  • TISSNET analysis leading to expected percentile predictions by experts as per TISSNET scoring pattern

TISSNET Analysis 2019

TISSNET 2019 got over at 3.40PM on Sunday, January 13, 2019 with a few changes brought in the test pattern and type of questions. While GK was reported as a little tougher, Logical Reasoning was found a bit tricky and English proficiency was back again with certain forgotten question type which did not appear in TISSNET last year. The exam was held in 39 test cities in a single session as computer based test of 2 hours 40 minutes duration comprising 100 MCQs.


TISSNET 2019 is the mandatory entrance exam for admission 2019 to M.A. Programmes at different campuses of Tata Institute of Social Sciences. MA programmes of Tata Institute of Social Sciences are highly sought after Masters Degree courses for the candidates seeking career in management and other branches.  MA in Human Resource Management and Labor Relations, MA in Social Entrepreneurship and MA in Globalization and Labor are some of the most sought after programmes by MBA aspirants. 

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TISSNET 2019: Key Changes in Exam

  • TISSNET 2019 exam did not have any negative marking questions
  • Exam had a single question paper for all the programmes offered by TISS
  • TISSNET had 100 questions to be attempted in 100 minutes

TISSNET 2019 Scoring Pattern
TISSNET 2019 scoring pattern is changed. General Awareness Section has 40 marks; English Proficiency has 30 marks; Maths and Logical Reasoning section carries 30 marks


TISSNET 2019 Analysis: Overall Exam Pattern
TISSNET 2019 Exam Pattern consisted of questions related to General Knowledge; Analytical Ability, Logical Reasoning; and English Proficiency as per following pattern: 

TISSNET 2019 pattern
TISSNET 2019 Paper pattern
Online Computer Based Test
No of Questions
Maximum Score
100 Marks
Type of questions
Time limit
100 Minutes
Maximum marks per question
Negative Marking
No negative Marking
No of Areas
No of Choices per question


TISSNET 2019 Analysis: Sectional Test Pattern
TISS 2019 remained on the lines of previous year exams. The sectional composition of TISSNET 2019 is as under:


TISS NET 2019 Sectional Composition

Section Name
Number of questions
Time allotted
Analytical Ability
No Sectional Time limit
Logical Reasoning
No Sectional Time limit
English Proficiency
No Sectional Time limit
General Knowledge
No Sectional Time limit
100 minutes


Analytical Ability is the Quant section of TISSNET and is clubbed with Logical Reasoning.


TISSNET 2019: Key Exam Features

Overall Moderate difficulty level: TISS NET exam difficulty level has remained moderate. Earlier TISSNET used to be considered as tough as CAT exam.


Better Performers in TISSNET 2019

Those who have prepared and appeared in CAT 2018, IIFT 2018 and XAT 2019 found TISSNET 2019 an easier exam and hope to score high in it.


TISSNET with 6 Areas of Test Paper: Although TISSNET 2019 had three sections the exam consisted of six sub areas in the test paper. English-divided into core English language questions based on Grammar, vocabulary, Idioms, and Reading Comprehension;  Analytical Ability (Mathematics) consisted of all types of Quant questions that one could expect; Logical Reasoning had some tricky questions; General Knowledge covered Contemporary Issues, current affairs, social issues and static GK as well.


GK: Key Differentiator: With English, Quant and LR/DI being on expected pattern with varying difficulty level, TISSNET placed major thrust on GK and has also allotted highest weightage of 40 marks to it. To get yourself shortlisted for final selection round, GK could turn the tables in your favour or against you.


Since you will be shortlisted on the basis of your TISSNET score, GK can play a substantial role in the process with higher marks allotted to it.


No Negative Marking: TISS NET does not have negative marking for any programmeThis allowed TISNNET examinees going for some hit and trial to maximize your score. 


TISSNET 2019: Cut Offs
TISSNET 2019 overall cut-off may not go down too much. It is expected that the candidates with a score of about 74-75 marks may get shortlisted by TISS for final selection round.


TISSNET Analysis 2018

The TISSNET 2017 test paper awarded the opportunity to the students to score heavily in the English and Logical & Analytical section of the paper. Barring a few questions, almost all the 60 questions were solvable and there was sufficient time to attempt every question.


The only difference were the marks one could get in the General Knowledge section. A student who is thoroughly in tune with the present happenings in the country and abroad and one who has a habit of going through the newspapers regularly, found this section easy to crack. There was a heavy dose of Static GK too which could make a difference in the eventual marks that one gets in the exam.


A good student would have attempted the three sections in the following manner

Section No of Question Time Limit Expected Corrects
General Knowledge 40 15 15+
Logical Reasoning 15 20 13
Mathematics 7 10 6
Data Interpretation 8 12 7
Verbal Ability 25 25 20+
Reading Comprehension 5 8 8
  100 90 66

* Buffer of at least10 minutes

Verbal and Reading Comprehension (30 questions)
The English section had the following pattern

Area No of Questions Difficulty Level
Analogies 4 Easy
Sentence Correction 3 Easy
Fill-in-blanks (Vocab/English Usage) 9 Easy
Idioms and phrases 4 Easy
Odd Man Out 3 Easy
Antonyms 2 Easy
Total 25 EASY


There was ONE Reading Comprehension passage on Nutrition for injured athletes and had FIVE questions with the passage. Almost all questions were straightforward and should have been solved by students!


Logical Ability
The section had the following pattern

Area No of Questions Difficulty Level
Order Sequence 2 Easy
Cubes 1 Easy
Numbers/Sets 2 Easy
Counting of Rectangles 1 Moderate
Blood Relations 2 Easy
Letter Series 2 Easy
Number Series 2 Easy
Venn Diagrams 2 Easy
Critical Reasoning 1 Moderate
Total 15 EASY


The section was very easy except for two questions. The question which had to calculate the number of rectangles in a 6*5 grid and another one on Critical Reasoning, were the only ones that were probably challenging in the paper.


A question which asked for the answer to a 3*5*4 figure may have stumped the students as there was no answer which was corresponding to the multiplication of the above numbers!


A student could easily get about 12 or 13 marks without much problem.



Mathematics area had 7 questions. Of these, TWO questions were from Geometry, TWO from Averages and THREE from Ratios, Percentages & Profit and Loss!


All the 7 questions were sitters and any student could have got almost all 7 correct. There was only one question on Averages, which was a bit lengthy and could have challenged a student!


Data Interpretation

Unlike in other exams, the DI in TISSNET had no Sets and each of the 8 questions was independent of each other and had a graph attached to the same.


The breakup for the 8 questions was

Case let                                                   -1

Bar Charts                                              - 4

Table                                                       - 2

PIE Chart                                               - 1


Of these questions, all the questions asked were either had calculation of percentages OR calculation of ratios!

Only one question was given wrong in the DI area. The question asked was for PERCENTAGE POINTS where as the actual options given were for PERCENTAGE!


General Knowledge
The General Knowledge section had a generous dose of Static questions. There were questions on Current affairs, peoples, books and sports persons.

Areas No of Questions
Static 20
Current Affairs 12
People / Books 6
Sports/Persons 2
Total 40


A student with a fair amount of general awareness and who is abreast of the happening in the country and abroad, could score well in the paper. Around 20 marks would be considered very good in this area!


The cutoff would be more or less in the same range for the MA in HRM course. With the program at the Hyderabad Campus being scrapped, the desperation to get into the Mumbai Campus has remained high.

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