TISSNET 2020 Exam Analysis and cut-offs

Tata Institute of Social Sciences conducts its own exam called TISSNET (Tata Institute of Social Sciences- National Entrance Test) for admission into its Master's programs offered in TISS campuses at Mumbai, Tuljapur, Hyderabad, Guwahati, IMHST Chennai, MHAT Calicut and G-SET Ranchi. This year TISSNET will be conducted on 4th January 2020 between 2 pm and 4:30 pm.

100 questions have to be attempted in 100 minutes, with no sectional time limits.

The GK section of TISS is regarded as one of the toughest GK sections out of the major management entrance exams. Out of 40 questions in this section, the trend has been that 20-25 questions have been on static GK, 10-15 questions are based on the news from last 8-10 months, and about 5 generic ones based on biology/geography and other subjects. The GA sections accounts for more weightage than each of the other two sections. This serves to prove that TISS prefers students who have immense knowledge, which doesn't necessarily or generally pertain to textbooks.

The other two sections are fairly easy for a serious aspirant who is preparing for other, more mainstream entrances (like CAT). What differentiates the students who crack TISS is their extensive general awareness. This shows a social sciences school like TISS the interest level of a candidate to pursue one of their programs.

The pattern of TISSNET for the exam held in 2019 was:

The Application Fee for TISSNET is 1030 Rupees for Open category students and 260 for Reserved category students, for each program.

Section No of Questions
General Awareness 40
Language Skills 30
Logical reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation 30
Total 100


TISSNET did not break its trend and GK continued to be the most difficult section of the paper. About 22-24 questions were from static GK and the remaining questions were from Economy and Current Affairs. The English Proficiency & Language skills and Mathematical Reasoning & Quantitative Abilities section were seemingly simple and the scoring sections of the paper.

Overall, the paper was on similar lines as TISSNET 2018.

Category TISSNET Cut Off
General 75
SC/ST 59

*The cut-offs mentioned are for HRM program at the Mumbai campus..


There was no change in the paper pattern. The General Knowledge section continued to be the game-changing section. In addition, the difficulty level was higher as compared to the previous year. The English section consisted of two RC passages instead of one. Overall, the level of difficulty was higher than TISSNET 2017. As a result, the cut off in 2018 dropped by 8 marks from 82 in 2017.

Category TISSNET Cut Off
General 74

OBC 67


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  • *The cut-offs mentioned are for HRM program at the Mumbai campus.

    TISSNET 2017

    The paper pattern was same as TISSNET 2016. The level of difficulty of the English section was slightly easier in comparison to TISSNET 2016. For the other two sections the level of difficulty remained the same as the previous year.

    Category TISSNET Cut Off
    General 82
    OBC 73
    SC/ST 70

    *The cut-offs mentioned are for HRM program at the Mumbai campus.

    TISSNET 2016

    In 2016, the pattern of TISSNET was changed just a few days before the exam.

    Questions in the General Awareness section were increased from 30 to 40.

    Questions in the Mathematical and Logical Reasoning section were reduced from 35 to 30.

    The total questions were increased from 95 to 100.

    This simply meant that more importance was given to the general awareness of the candidate from this year.

    Category TISSNET Cut Off
    General 82

    OBC 73


  • 70
  • *The cut-offs mentioned are for HRM program at the Mumbai campus.

    The overall difficulty of the test was slightly higher than last year, mostly due to the higher number of GA questions.

    TISSNET 2015

    The test of 2015 was on expected lines and the difficulty level and the pattern was the same as 2014.

    Section No. of questions Marks/Q Total Marks
    General Awareness 30 1 30
    Mathematics and Logical Reasoning 35 1 35
    English Proficiency 30 1 30
    Total 95 - 95
    Category TISSNET Cut Off
    General 76
    OBC 64
    SC/ST 60

    *The cut-offs mentioned are for HRM program at the Mumbai campus.

    For TISSNET 2020, the paper can be expected to be on similar lines as last year. The cut-off should be in the range of 76-82, for the Mumbai campus for HRM program. This means that the paper is most probably going to be easy-to-moderate with the game-changing section being General Awareness again.

    A serious TISSNET aspirant must be aware of the importance that the General Awareness section holds in this exam. To prepare effectively, sufficient time has to be invested in enhancing your general knowledge as the section claims 40 questions out of the total 100.

    Furthermore, there is no negative marking for a wrong answer. After maximizing genuine attempts, a candidate can mark the same option choice for the rest of the questions as it increases the probability for some of them being correct.

    CL extends best wishes to all TISS aspirants!

    Go through the previous year TISSNET exam analysis to be prepared for surprises