TISSNET Syllabus 2021, Section-wise Important Topics and Books

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Tata Institute of Social Sciences determines TISSNET Syllabus. The questions are framed out of 3 key areas viz. General Awareness, English Proficiency, and Maths & Logical Reasoning. There will be 100 objective questions, each carrying 1 mark. 

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  • General Awareness has 40 questions on static GK and current affairs mostly from social and economics topics.
  • English Proficiency section of TISSNET 2021 has 30 questions that test candidates’ grasp over the language.
  • The Mathematics and Logical Reasoning section will have 30 questions from quantitative aptitude, reasoning ability and data interpretation. 
  • While preparing for TISSNET, practising via TISSNET Sample Papers will help you fetch better marks. They will give you an overall structure of the expected paper and formulate a better study plan. Check TISSNET Paper Analysis

The detailed syllabus for TISSNET 2021 is given below for your reference.

Maths & LR Syllabus

TISSNET 2021 Syllabus: Mathematics & Logical Reasoning

  • The analytical and numerical ability of candidates will be tested in this section.
  • 30 questions will be asked in this section carrying 30 marks of weightage.
  • Most of the questions involve basic mathematical concepts like prime numbers, composite numbers, square roots etc.
  • This section can be a little tricky but the questions remain easy to attempt.

TISSNET Syllabus for Mathematics and Logical Reasoning

Time and work Basic set concepts
Time and distance Areas, Volumes
Basic geometry Speed-distance-time
Ratio HCF, LCM
Percentage, Average Mixtures and Allegations
Square root and Basic algebra Properties of shapes
Simple and compound interest Pie diagrams
Binomial Theorem Progressions
Quadratic Equations Heights and Distance
Trigonometry Logarithm

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TISSNET Preparation Books: Mathematics & Logical Reasoning

Book Name Author Name/Publisher
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests for Admission into IIMs Sarvesh K. Verma
How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT Arun Sharma
The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation for the CAT Nishit K. Sinha
Mathematics For MBA Dr. R.S Aggarwal
Quantitative Aptitude Dr. R.S Aggarwal

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English Syllabus

TISSNET 2021 Syllabus: English Proficiency

  • This is framed to judge the ability of the candidate in usage and understanding of the English language.
  • English Proficiency section comprises 30 questions carrying 30 marks.
  • Candidates having a good grammatical knowledge can score well in this section.
  • Candidates must know the proper usage of words and sentences formation to crack this section.
  • Passages will be given that must be read comprehensively and then have to be answered questions related to it.
  • A part of this section is framed to check a candidate’s knowledge of synonyms, antonyms, and one-word answer.
  • Reading newspapers on a daily basis can help candidates to increase their vocabulary.

The general topics from which the questions are likely to be asked are listed below:

TISSNET English Syllabus

Cloze Test Fill in the Blanks
Match the Columns Error Detection
Jumbled Sentences Vocabulary & Grammar
One Word Substitution Idioms and Phrases
Antonyms and Synonyms Word Relation
Summary Questions Reading comprehension
Meaning-Usage Match Sentence Correction

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TISSNET Preparation Books: English Proficiency

Name of Book Publisher/Author
Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis
High School English Grammar and Composition Key Wren & Martin 
English for General Competitions Neetu Singh
English Is Easy Chetananand Singh
Pocket Guide to Vocabulary Barron
Mastering the Verbal Ability for CAT Ajay Singh

GA Syllabus

TISSNET Exam Pattern: General Awareness

  • 40 questions will be asked from this section in TISSNET 2021.
  • This section has the highest weightage in the exam with 40 marks.
  • Candidates must be a habitual reader of newspapers to score well in this section.
  • Someone who is good at general knowledge won’t face any problem in answering questions from this section.

TISSNET Important Topics - General Awareness

Recent social issues Current Affairs
Economic processes Literature
History Fine arts and music
Geography Films
General Geology Social activities and movements
Meaning of terms Sociological awareness
Personalities Trade Awareness
Culture Nation and States

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TISSNET Preparation Books - General Awareness

Name of Book Publisher/Author
Manorama Yearbook 2021 Manorama 
Current Affairs Yearly 2021 Arihant 
General Knowledge 2020: Latest Current Affairs & Who's Who RPH Editorial Board
Pearson General Knowledge Manual 2020 Pearson
Pratiyogita Darpan Upkar Prakashan

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Frequently Asked Questions

TISSNET 2021 Syllabus FAQs

Ques. What is the selection procedure followed by TISS?

Ans. The selection procedure happens in 2 stages and has 3 components of assessments. Candidates appear in the National entrance test (TISSNET) based on their performance in the exam; only the shortlisted candidates are called for the Pre Interview Test and Personal Interview (PIT/PI).

Ques. How to improve Quantitative and Logical Reasoning Skills? 

Ans. The only way to improve in the Quant section of TISSNET is to practise it daily. Accuracy is key for this section which can only be obtained with regular practise. 

Ques. What criteria are considered while marking an essay?

Ans. The criteria which are taken into consideration are the Quality of content, structure of essay and logical expression of ideas. Avoid grammatical mistakes.

Ques. How is the essay and the interview scheduled on the same day?

Ans. Candidates are told to write essays in the morning and the interview sessions start. Interview duration ranges from 10 to 30 minutes.

Ques. What do they mean by Pre Admission Medical check up?

Ans. Once the verification of the documents is done all the candidates have to go through the medical check up by the medical officers of the institute.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.


tissnet 2018 we have to read manorma 2017 or 2018.because i already have 2017
bhawna vedwal
Hello Priyanka, You should follow latest edition but it you already have 2017 edition you can follow that.