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TISSNET 2018 Exam Pattern

TISSNET Exam Pattern is decided by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) each year. The exam will be scheduled for January 07, 2018 (tentative). National Entrance Test (NET) is conducted to test a candidate’s aptitude in various management skills, by analyzing his/ her general knowledge, comprehension, and analytical & logical reasoning capacities. The following article contains information related to section wise pattern, weightage, marking scheme of TISSNET 2018. 

Listed below are quick facts related to TISSNET Exam Pattern:

  • TISSNET is an online exam having 100 questions.
  • The questions will be of objective type in nature.
  • Total duration for TISSNET 2018 is 100 minutes.
  • There are no sectional time limits in NET exam.
  • TISSNET Exam Pattern covers 3 key sections viz. Analytical & Numerical Ability Skills, Quantitative Skills.
  • As for TISSNET Marking Scheme, each correct answer will fetch you +1 mark and there is no provision of negative marking
  • The exam will be conducted across 39 centers across the country.

At first, candidates are shortlisted by Tata Institute of Social Sciences on the basis of their TISSNET scores. Then, they are called for pre-written test and personal interviews for admission to the courses offered by TISS campuses. CheckTISSNET Selection Procedure

Highlights of TISSNET 2018 Exam Pattern

Given below are the important details regarding TISSNET 2018 Exam Pattern. Candidate must be acquainted with all the below key points to score good marks in the exam:

Date of ExamJanuary 07, 2018
Timings of Exam2:00 PM to 3:40 PM
Exam ModeOnline
Number of Questions100
Number of Sections3
Time Duration1 hour 40 minutes
Negative MarkingNo

TISSNET 2018 Marking Scheme

There will be 100 questions in TISSNET 2018. The marking scheme for each section in NET exam is defined by TISS. Listed below is the scheme that will be followed in the exam:

  • Candidates have to attempt 100 questions asked from 3 sections namely Analytical & Numerical Ability, English Proficiency, and General Awareness.
  • Each question will have a weightage of 1 mark.
  • There will be no negative marking for a wrong answer or unattempted question.

Tabulated below are the sections in TISSNET with number of questions with the weightage:

SectionNumber of QuestionsMarks
Analytical and Numerical Ability3030
English Proficiency3030
General Awareness4040
Total100 Questions100 Questions

Section Wise Details of TISSNET 2018

Before appearing for TISSNET 2018, candidates should have a clear idea about the exam pattern of TISSNET. Listed below is the section wise details of the examination:

Analytical and Numerical Ability

  • The analytical and numerical ability of candidates will be tested in this section.
  • 30 questions will be asked from this section.
  • Most of the questions asked involve basic mathematical concepts like prime numbers, composite numbers, square roots etc.
  • Along with this, there will be questions on graphical data, or pie diagrams, relationships and determining validity of conclusions based on given premises.

As per the previous year trends, this section is comparatively easy. Mentioned below are some topics asked in previous year and their level of difficulty:-

TopicsNumber of QuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Set Theory3Easy
Sequence and Series3Easy
Permutations and Combinations4Easy-Moderate
Time and Work3Easy
Time, Speed and Distance3Easy
Profit and Loss1Easy
Odd One and Out2Easy

English Proficiency

  • This is frame to judge the ability of the candidate in usage and understanding of English language.
  • This section comprises of 30 sections.
  • Candidates having good grammatical knowledge, can score well in this section.
  • Candidates must know proper usage of words and sentence formation to crack this section.
  • Passages will be given that must be read comprehensively and then has to be answered questions related to it.
  • A part of this section is framed to check candidate’s knowledge of synonyms, antonyms, one word answer.
  • For preparing this section candidates have to increase their Grammar skills.
  • Also, reading newspaper on daily basis can help candidates to increase their vocabulary.

Candidates can check below important topics asked from this section with their level of difficulty:-

TopicNumber of QuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Word Analogies5Easy-Moderate
Fill in the blanks10Easy-Moderate
Reading Comprehension5Moderate
Contextual Vocabulary5Easy-Moderate
Para Jumbles5Moderate

General Awareness

  • 40 questions will be asked from this section in TISSNET 2018.
  • 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.
  • Candidates must have some amount of knowledge on all these topics.

Here are some topics from General Awareness which are asked in last 2 years TISS NET Paper:

  • United Nations Organization
  • Indian rivers
  • Basic historical facts about India
  • Important Indian monuments
  • Basic facts and latest numbers about the Indian economy
  • Recent government initiatives like MNREGA, Mid-day meal scheme etc.
  • Indians who have won prominent international awards
  • Olympic Games facts


Candidates who will qualify TISSNET 2018 examination will be then shortlisted and called for pre-written test. Candidates have to attempt 2 sections in the pre-written test:

  • In Section 1, candidates have to write an essay of less than 1000 words on a given theme such as contemporary socio-political, cultural, economic and political significance.
  • In Section 2, candidates have to answer questions related to a given case study.

Candidates have to appear for a personal interview after giving the pre-written test.

The total distribution of marks for getting admission to courses offered by TISS is as follows:

  • National Entrance Test: 100 marks
  • Pre-written Test: 50 marks
  • Personal Interview: 75 marks

The total marks allotted for admission in TISS is 225 marks.

TISSNET 2018 Syllabus and Important Books

TISSNET 2018 examination will be based on questions related to general knowledge, English proficiency and logical & analytical reasoning. All the questions that will be asked in TISSNET will be from the prescribed syllabus. Candidates must study, according to the syllabus in order to score well in the examination. The syllabus for all the sections of TISSNET 2018 examination is listed below:

Awareness of Social and General IssuesAnalytical and Numerical abilityEnglish Proficiency
Recent social issuesTime and workReading comprehension
Economic processesTime and distanceVocabulary
HistoryBasic geometryAcronyms
General GeologyPercentage, AveragePairing of words
Meaning of termsSquare root and Basic algebraSynonyms and antonyms
PersonalitiesSimple and compound interestFill in the blanks
Sociological awarenessProperties of shapesRearrange the sentences
Social activities and movementsMixtures and Allegations -
Fine arts and musicSpeed-distance-time
LiteratureAreas, Volumes
Current AffairsBasic set concepts

TISSNET Preparation Books

Given below are some reference books that candidates can refer while preparing for TISS NET 2018:

Book NameAuthor/Publisher Name
Quantitative Aptitude by RS AggarwalRS Aggarwal
How to prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT by Arun SharmaArun Sharma
An Advanced Approach to Data Interpretation by RS Aggarwal.RS Aggarwal
Proficiency in Reading Comprehension Simplifying the ‘Passage’ for you by Ajay Singh.Ajay Singh
Objective English for Competitive Examination by Hari Mohan PrasadHari Mohan Prasad
Indian Polity by M LaxmikanthM Laxmikanth

Along with above mentioned books, candidates can also study NCERT Books of Class 8th to 12th for preparation of General awareness and mathematics section. Also candidates should read newspapers daily to be updated with current hot topics which will help them in scoring well in TISSNET 2018.



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