All about TISSNET 2021


Hello Uotians, this article will help you understand the TISSNET 2021 exam, Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme, Syllabus and Books etc. You can also download TISSNET previous year question papers with solutions given at the end for free.

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What is TISSNET 2021?

  • Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) conducts a National-level Entrance Test commonly known as TISSNET for all Masters programmes offered in TISS campuses.
  • TISS does not offer an MBA programme, instead, it offers MA in Human Resources Management and Labour Relations (HRM & LR) which is equivalent to an MBA in HR from any top B-school.


  • It also offers various other Masters degrees.
  • TISSNET is an online (computer-based) exam.
  • Registration fee is Rs. 1000/- per programme for general category and Rs. 250/- per programme for the reserved category.

TISS-NET 2019 was scheduled on 13th January 2019 from 2 p.m. to 3.40 p.m.

TISSNET 2021 Timeline

Events Dates
Online registration Oct to Nov 2020
Hall Ticket Dec 2020
Exam date Jan 2021
Result date Feb 2021

TISSNET 2021 Syllabus PDF

English Proficiency

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Grammar
  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Odd one out
  • Idioms and phrases
  • Parts of speech
  • Sentence correction
Mathematics and Logical Ability

  • Basic arithmetic
  • Basic geometry
  • Basic trigonometry
  • Statistics
  • Number series
  • Mensuration
  • Profit and loss
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Time and work
  • Speed time and distances
  • Data Interpretation
  • Logical Reasoning
General Awareness

  • Indian History
  • Politics
  • Social Sciences
  • Art and Culture
  • Sports
  • Environment
  • Books and authors
  • Awards and honors
  • Science and Technology


TISSNET 2021 Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidate should have completed a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree of minimum 3 or 4 years or equivalent from a recognized university.
  • Candidates appearing for the final year examinations can also apply provided they have successfully cleared all previous years semester exams.
  • Final year candidates who fail to submit the final mark sheet or degree certificate before the institute’s deadline will not be eligible for admission process and their provisional admission will be cancelled.

TISSNET 2021 Exam Pattern

  • English proficiency
  • Mathematics and Logical Reasoning
  • General Awareness


Duration of TISSNET Exam

The duration of the exam is 100 minutes and with a total of 100 questions. There is no sectional time limit.

English proficiency – 30 questions

Mathematics and Logical Reasoning – 30 questions

General Awareness – 40 questions


*After TISSNET exam, the students who have applied for HRM/LR or MA ODCL course will have to give TISSMAT exam 


TISSMAT Exam Pattern

There is a total of 45 questions in TISSMAT for 45 marks.

Comprehension – 15 questions

Management Data Interpretation – 15 marks

Business Awareness – 15 marks


Duration of TISSMAT – 30 minutes

TISSNET Marking Scheme

  • + 1 mark for each correct answer.
  • There is no negative marking in TISS-NET for incorrect answers.
  • Sectional cut off(14 marks) for General Awareness section

TISSMAT Marking Scheme

  • +1 mark for the right answer
  • -0.25 mark for the wrong answer


Final Selection for TISS
Stage 1 shortlist will go through stage 2

  • TISSMAT – 30%
  • PITPI – 40%
  • PI 30%

TISSNET 2021 Books

English Proficiency

  1. Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
  2. Objective General English by S.P. Bakshi
  3. High School English Grammar by Wren and Martin


Mathematics and Logical Ability

  1. Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by R.S. Aggarwal
  2. Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency by Arihant Publications
  3. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning by Arun Sharma


General Awareness

This section makes a major difference carrying the highest weightage and thus good preparation will help to enhance the score.

  1. Indian Polity by M. Lakshmikanth
  2. Science, History and Geography – NCERT from 8th to 12th standard
  3. For current affairs and social issues reading newspapers and magazines is essential

Management equivalent courses provided at TISS

  1. MA in Human Resource Management and Labour Relations
  2. MA in Globalization and Labour
  3. MA in Social Entrepreneurship


Read more: How to crack TISS PIT-PI

TISSNET 2021 Cut-off

Course Candidate’s Category Cut-off 2018
MA in Human Resource Management and Labour Studies General 82
OBC 73
SC/ST 70
Development Studies General 75



Scoring high percentile in TISS 2021 is not enough. You must be prepared for Group Discussion and Personal interview. So why don’t you take a small step and start today itself?

How to ace Personal Interview?

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