National Entrance Test (TISS-NET) is computer based. Exam will be conducted on 9th of January 2016 at all India level.

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Tiss 2016 - 2018

1. Important Dates
2. TISSNET Exam Pattern
3. Selection Process
4. Eligibility Criteria
5. Analytical and Numerical Ability
6. Language Ability
7. Awareness of General and Social Issues
8. Data Interpretation
9. Data Sufficiency
10. Reading Comprehension
11. Business Knowledge

Important Links for your preparation

500 + Topics for you on General Awareness

100 Mock Questions on Logical Reasoning

Preparation Material on Grammar

Tissnet 2016 Important Dates

Activities Dates
Last Date for Online form APPLICATION / REGISTRATION for All Master's programmes November 30, 2015
Last Date for receipt of application form by post December 01, 2015
National Entrance Test – (Computer Based) at Different Centres January  09, 2016
Candidates who appeared for the national entrance test will be sent their score cards on email February 02, 2016
Pre-Interview Test and Personal Interview at TISS Mumbai for programmes offered at Mumbai, Tuljapur Campuses, MHAT, BANYAN and G-SET Ranchi March 10- 19, 2016
Pre-Interview Test and Personal Interview at Hyderabad  for all Hyderabad Campus Programmes March 30 - April  02, 2016
Pre-Interview Test and Personal Interview at Guwahati for all Guwahati Campus Programmes Will update soon
Announcement of Selection on TISS website for all the Programmes April 15, 2016
Verification of Documents and Payments of fees have be done at the Campus where candidates are selected except eligible SC/ST candidates April 18-28, 2016
Announcement of First Wait List on TISS website for all Programmes May 03, 2016
Verification of Documents and Payments of fees have be done at the Campus where candidates are selected except eligible SC/ST candidates May 04-14, 2016
Announcement of Second Wait List on TISS website for all Programmes May 19, 2016
Verification of Documents and Payments of fees have be done at the Campus where candidates are selected except eligible SC/ST candidates May 20-31, 2016

Commencement of the Academic Session, 2016-2018

M.A. Education (Elementary) 

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May 09, 2016

June 13, 2016

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TISS (2016-18) Exam Pattern

Exam Name TISS 2016
Exam Date January 9th, 2016
Exam Timings 2 PM - 3:40 PM
Institutes accepting this exam score Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Total Duration of the exam 1 Hour 40 Minutes
Total number of questions 100
Timed Test Yes
Number of choices per question 4 or 5
Negative Marking No Negative Marking 
Mode of marking the ovals Pencil


Analytical Ability
Logical Reasoning 
General Knowledge
English Proficiency

Selection Process

The selection of candidates for different programmes happens in two stages and has three components of assessment. All candidates appear for the National entrance test (TISSNET). Based on the performance in the TISSNET examination, only short listed candidates are called for the Pre Interview Test and Personal Interview.(PIT/PI)

Marks for Different Components of Assessment
National Common Written Test 100 marks
Pre-Interview Test/GD 50 marks
Personal Interview 75 marks
Total 225 marks

General Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates having a bachelor's degree with minimum of 3 years duration or its equivalent ( under the 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 or 10+2+2+1 year bridge course pattern of study or any other pattern fulfilling the mandatory requirements of 15 years formal education)  from a recognized university are eligible to apply
  • At the time of applying candidates studying in 3 year degree programme should have passed in all the subjects for the 1st to 4th semesters and candidates studying in 4 year degree progrmmes should have passed in all the subjects for 1st to 6th semester. 
  • Only those Candidates who will be able to complete all the requirements of their final year Bachelor's Degree examinations by Saturday, June 11, 2016 are eligible to apply to all the programme.
  • Till the time the candidate submit results of the final year degree examination, admission to any of the Master's Degree Programmes of the Institute will be provisional. The results of the final examination have to be submitted before September 30, 2016. Those who fail to do so the provisional admission stands cancelled.

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).

National Entrance Test (TISS-NET) is computer based. Exam will be conducted on 9th of January 2016 at all India level.

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 9th, 2016 in 35 centres (below mentioned) in different parts of the country.

Region Place
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.
For any assistance call Helpline: 022-25525252

for further information please visit : http://www.tiss.edu, http://admissions.tiss.edu and http://campus.tiss.edu

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 2016 - 2018, it is mandatory to appear for the TISS 2016 written exam and secure good marks.

Last date for filling the form online: November 30, 2015. To know the application procedure in detail and to fill up the online application form click here. : (https://admissions.tiss.edu/admission-process/online-application-form )

TISS 2016: 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.

Admit Card: Admit Card: Admit Card will be sent by e-mail to the candidate. Those candidates who have not received their admit card, can call TISS CARE : 022 - 2552 5252 OR may register their complaint by sending a mail to pgadmission@tiss.edu. 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 2014: Paper Pattern

Part 1

Section Topic Number of Questions
Section A Analytical and Numerical Ability 15
Section B Language Ability 20
Section C Awareness of General and Social Issues 15

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

Section Topic Number of Questions
Section I Data Interpretation 20
Section II Data Sufficiency 20
Section III Reading Comprehension 20
Section IV Business Knowledge and Foundation of Management 15

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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