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Updated on
November 12, 2020

Latest Update: TISS NET 2021 is scheduled on Saturday, February 20, 2021 from 2PM to 3.40 PM as a computer based test. TISS Net 2021 exam pattern offers admission to various management programmes at different campuses of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). It will be an online CBT exam comprising MCQ type questions. TISSNET exam pattern has remained same for last many years. This year candidates will also have to appear in TISSMAT along with TISSNET for admission to 2021-23 batch in specific Masters’ Programmes.


TISS MAT 2021: Additional Exam for MA (HRM) & MA (ODCL) Admission
TISS offers more than 50 Masters programs at its different campuses. Among these are MA (HRM & LR) and MA (ODCL) which are most sought after masters programs.


The candidates applying for the MA Human Resource Management & Labour Relations (HRM & LR) and MA Organisation Development, Change and Leadership (ODCL) offered by TISS at its Mumbai Campus will also have to appear in a Management Aptitude Test (TISS-MAT) conducted along with TISS-NET for 45 marks for a duration of 30 minutes. The score for TISS MAT will be added to the PIT score of the shortlisted candidates while preparing the final score for the selection. 


The TISS Management Aptitude Test (MAT) will be conducted immediately after the TISS-NET examination.


You will get here the complete information in regard to TISSNET and TISSMAT exam pattern with key sectional components, number of questions, scoring pattern, time duration among others:


TISS NET 2021 Exam Pattern 
Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) conducts TISS NET in 40 centres located in different parts of the country. There are 100 questions in MCQ format in TISSNET 2021. The duration of the test is also 100 minutes. Candidates get 1 mark for every correct answer. There is no negative marking in TISSNET 2021 for wrong answers. The exam is of 100 marks.


TISSNET 2021: Key Changes

  • Online Computer Based test
  • All questions are of MCQ type
  • TISSNET 2021 exam will not have any negative marking question
  • TISSNET 2021 exam will have a single question paper for all the programs
  • There will be 100 questions for a duration of 100 minutes in TISSNET 2021
  • TISSNET 2021 scoring pattern is changed. General Awareness Section has 40 marks; English Proficiency has 30 marks; Maths and Logical Reasoning section carries 30 marks
  • TISSNET 2021 score will not be taken into account for preparing the final merit list for selection. 

TISSNET 2021: Exam Highlights
TISSNET Exam Pattern consists of questions related to General Knowledge; Analytical Ability, Logical Reasoning; and English Proficiency as per following pattern: 

TISS NET 2021 pattern
Tata Institute of Social Sciences National Entrance Test (TISSNET)
TISS 2021 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

TISS NET 2021 Sectional Composition

Section Name
Number of questions
Key Sectional Components
English Proficiency
Vocabulary, Fill in the blanks, synonyms, antonyms, Grammar based Error Correction, odd one out, Jumbled paragraphs, Short and long RC Passages
Mathematics & Logical Reasoning
Arithmetic, Number System, P&C, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Mensuration, Direction, Clocks & Calendars, Series, Arrangements, DI sets, graphs, charts, table
General Awareness
Conventional & Static GK, Current Affairs, social and cultural issues, national policies/ campaigns, international events, literature/art/culture, sports, books/authors/ awards, constitution, science, politics, economics, history
Total Questions
GK commands highest weightage in TISSNET exam

TISS-MAT 2021: Exam Highlights

Conducted immediately after TISSNET exam is over
Maximum Marks in TISSMAT Exam 2021
Total Questions in TISSMAT 2021
TISS MAT 2021 Time duration
30 Minutes
Number of Sections in TISSMAT 2021 Exam
3 (Comprehension, Management Data Interpretation, Business Awareness
Type of Questions in TISSMAT
Answer Options in TISSMAT entrance exam 2021
Negative Marking in TISSMAT 2021 entrance exam
0.25 Mark for each Wrong Answer
TISS MAT Weightage for MA HRM final selection

TISS MAT 2021: Sectional Composition

Section Name
Number of questions
Topics Covered in the Section
Reading a write-up on a management related subject and answering questions related to the passage
Management Data Interpretation
Interpreting graphs, charts, and data across multiple sources. Performing basic operations with data collected from multiple sources
Business Awareness
Knowledge of contemporary events, news, related to the economy, business, human resource management, and labour studies
Total Questions
Maximum Time:30 Minutes; Maximum Marks:45

The TISS Management Aptitude Test (MAT) will be conducted immediately after the TISS-NET examination. The exam has negative marking of 0.25 mark for each wrong answer and each correct answer will fetch 1 mark. In all there will be 45 questions which are equally divided into 3 sections.


TISS MAT: Key Component in Final Selection

TISS-MAT Score will be considered along with the Stage 2 of the admission process and thus will be considered only for those who are shortlisted for Stage 2. TISS-MAT Score will be aggregated with the score of PIT and PI in the following manner to arrive at the final score for selection.


Weightage in Final Selection

  1. TISS-MAT : 30%
  2. Pre-Interview Test (PIT) : 40%
  3. Personal Interview (PI) : 30%

TISS NET paper gives enough opportunities to score in the Verbal and RC area as well as in the Mathematics, Data Interpretation and Logical Ability area. However, the area on General Knowledge and Current Affairs is usually the deciding factor for the cutoff. 


Highest cut off is applied for MA in HRM & LR in TISSNET and goes in the range of 65 to 69.

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