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Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)

The TISS in Mumbai was established in 1936. It is the first school of social work in India. TISS was a pioneering effort, characteristic of the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT).It was earlier known as Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work but it was renamed as the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in the year of 1944. The year 1964 was an important landmark in the history of the Institute, when it was recognized as a Deemed University by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India.

Since then, the TISS has been expanding continuously in terms of educational programs and infrastructure. And now the institute is offering various programs in different streams like health and hospital administration, human resource management, personnel management, research methodology and so on. However, it offers one of best post graduate courses in Human Resources Management (HRM) in Asia.

National Entrance Test (TISS-NET) is computer based. It will be held on January 10, 2015 from 2 pm to 3.40 pm in 35 centres (below mentioned) in different parts of the country.



Northern Region

Chandigarh, Dehradun, Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Noida, Varanasi Greater Noida, Mohali

Eastern Region

Bhubaneshwar, Guwahati, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Patna, Raipur, Ranchi, Dimapur, Silchar, Patna

Western Region

Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Solapur, Navi-Mumbai, Thane

Southern Region

Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Visakhapatnam, Calicut, Madurai, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode

Note: The Institute may cancel any test centre and/or assign a nearby centre to a candidate, if the situation so demands.
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For getting admission in any Master's Program offered by TISS, securing good marks in TISS written exam is very vital. For admission in PG programs in the academic year 2015 - 2017, it is mandatory to appear for the TISS 2015 written exam and secure good marks.

Last date for filling the form online: November 29, 2014. To know the application procedure in detail and to fill up the online application form click here. : ( )

TISS 2015: Important Features
  1. The first noteworthy feature of the TISS exam is that it hasn't had negative marking, sectional time limits or sectional cutoffs, at least for the last 2-3 years. This means that you have all the reason to focus on the sections you are good at and still can manage to score good in those which troubles you a lot. It also gives you the opportunity in the end to try your luck and take blind guesses for the questions which you were not able to solve.
  2. The second thing is that applicants to the HRM program have to take two tests. The first one is common across all the 16 post graduate courses of TISS and it seeks to test your basic cognitive ability. The second test is different for each course and the one for the HRM program is more or less like any other management entrance test.
  3. Both the tests happen differently and one has to do well in both the test in order to get to the next stage.

TISS (2015-17): Test Overview

Exam Name

TISS 2015

Exam Date

January 10, 2015

Institutes accepting this exam score

Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Total Duration of the exam (minutes)

Part 1 - 45 minutes
Part 2(HRM) - 60 minutes

Total number of questions

Part 1 – 50,
Part 2(HRM) – 75

Timed Test


Number of choices per question

4 or 5

Marks per question

Not mentioned

Negative Marking

Part 1 – No Negative Marking 
Part 2 (HRM) - 1/4th  Negative marks per question

Mode of marking the ovals


Admit Card: Admit Card: Admit Card will be sent between 19th DECEMBER 2014 and 20th DECEMBER 2014, by e-mail to the candidate. Those candidates who have not received their admit card by December 25th, 2014, can call TISS CARE : 022 - 2552 5252 OR may register their complaint by sending a mail to Please note that candidates without an admit card won't be allowed to attend the entrance test.

TISS Written Examination
Following will help you with the following topics of TISS Written Examination:
  • Paper Pattern
  • Previous Year Paper Analysis

TISS 2013: Paper Pattern
Part 1



Number of Questions

Section A

Analytical and Numerical Ability


Section B

Language Ability


Section C

Awareness of General and Social Issues


This paper accounts for 25% of the weightage in the final written score of an applicant and the distribution of questions within the sections of this paper changes marginally from year to year. Last year, it had 50 questions, all worth the same marks, meant to be solved in 45 minutes.

Analytical and Numerical Ability
One can expect a small number of very basic visual reasoning and inferential questions in this section. Also there may be a set or two consisting of basic DI questions which you need to answer on the basis of a graph or a pie chart. The remaining questions are quantitative ability questions not very different to those in the CAT. The subjects covered in the last year's exam include time and work, quadrilaterals, numbers, averages, profit and loss, mathematical series, etc. You should be able to solve this section fairly quickly as all you need is a grasp on the fundamentals. This section had 15 questions last year.

Language Ability
This section requires you to solve RC passages with most questions being direct. Besides RC, logical arrangement of paragraphs, vocabulary based fill-in-the-blanks, analogies, sentence correction, essence/summary of a paragraph are the kind of questions that have traditionally appeared in this section and one can expect them this year too. The general level of questions is easy. This section had 20 questions last year.

Awareness of General and Social Issues
In the past two years, this section has had general knowledge questions about:
  1. United Nations Organization
  2. Indian rivers
  3. Basic historical facts about India
  4. Important Indian monuments
  5. Basic facts and latest numbers about the Indian economy
  6. Recent government initiatives like MNREGA, Mid-day meal scheme etc.
  7. Indians who have won prominent international awards
  8. Olympic Games facts

As is apparent, there is a strong emphasis on India in this section. Everyone should keep this in mind and not waste their time on learning random facts about the world for this exam. Prepare for this section just as you would for the IRMA entrance test. If you have a regular newspaper and magazine reading habit, it will be a huge advantage. Do go through the GK books like year books with detailed Indian facts. This section had 15 questions last year.

Part 2



Number of Questions

Section I

Data Interpretation


Section II

Data Sufficiency


Section III

Reading Comprehension


Section IV

Business Knowledge and Foundation of Management


This paper is the real clincher because it is worth 75% in the written score. Last year, it had 75 questions, all carrying equal marks, to be done in 60 minutes. The difficulty level is higher in this paper than the first test but it is still manageable.

Data Interpretation
This section had 10 questions last year, equally divided into two sets both of which were based on tabular data. You can expect similar questions this year too. Build skills to do quick and accurate calculations for this section. The level of questions is medium to low.

Data Sufficiency
With 20 questions, this section mattered a lot in the last year's test. Good speed and practice with data sufficiency problems can really help score high in this section. So, attempting second paper with this section could be a strategy that you can try out at home first and then implement in the exam.

Reading Comprehension
This section generally features two long passages on management subjects with direct questions at the end. So, speed reading would come handy. Last year, this section had 16 questions.

Business Knowledge
The areas focused upon in the previous year's papers are:
  1. Recent Mergers & Acquisitions
  2. Brand taglines
  3. Famous books and authors
  4. Indian banking
  5. Indian economy
  6. CSR initiatives by corporate houses

Those who have already prepared for this section for exams like IIFT should just revise the same material. Last year, this section had 15 questions.

Foundations of Management
This section troubles people the most because they do not have concrete sources to prepare from and also because they do not relate to the subjects asked in this section.

Experts say that reading and understanding any BMS or BBA level HRM textbook could be of great help. Also, you can skim through the personalities, theorists and management thinkers in the book such as Adam Smith, Charles Babbage, Robert Owen, Frederick Taylor (scientific management), Henry Ford, Max Weber, Henri Fayol (14 principles of management), Mary Follet , Chester Bernard, Maslow, McGregor (Theory X and Theory Y), Hawthorne experiments by Elton Mayo, Dale Carnegie, McClelland, Fiedler, Herzberg and Hackman & Oldham.

Few experts observed a pattern in the last two years papers of 50-60% of questions fall under the ambit of 'social psychology'. So, one should read online materials related to this topic carefully.

Aspirants should remember that this section is intended to just check the basics of management and not in-depth psychology or something of that sort. So, if there is no negative marking in this section, just go with any option by gut feeling. Last year, 14 questions were asked in this section.

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