TISS MBA Exam 2020 - Exam Syllabus, Pattern and Analysis

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) is a Deemed University by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India. It was established in 1936 as Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work but renamed in 1944. It is the first school of social work in India.

TISS offers 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.

TISS conducts the TISS National Entrance Test (TISSNET) every year for all 53 Master programs offered at the various campuses located in the following locations:

  1. Hyderabad
  2. Mumbai
  3. Guwahati
  4. Tuljapur
  5. BALM, Chennai
  6. TISS – Nagaland

TISS offers reservation in seats as per the Government of India:






Kashmiri Migrants

Children of the Armed Forces Employees

North Eastern States








 NO Reservation

























Please note, that TISS offers only MA programmes, for example, TISS Mumbai offers MA in HRM & LR (Human Resources Management and Labour Relations). Apart from that, there are several other master’s degree programmes offered by the institute.

Exam Name

TISS National Entrance Test (TISSNET) 2020

Exam Conducting Authority


Exam Mode

Online (Computer-Based Test)

Exam Date

January 04, 2020

Exam Time

2 PM till 3:40 PM

Exam Duration

1 Hour 40 Mins or 100 Minutes

Exam Level


Exam Sections


Exam Pattern

English Proficiency

Mathematics & Logical Reasoning

General Awareness

Exam Marking Scheme

+1 Mark for Every Correct Answer

No Negative Marking

Exam Question Type

Multiple-Choice Question

Maximum Marks


Total Exam Questions


Important Dates

TISSNET 2020 Online Registration Ends

30th November 2019

TISSNET 2020 Offline Registration End (received by post)

 3rd December 2019

TISSNET 2020 Admit Card

18th-19th December 2019

TISSNET 2020 Exam Date

4th January 2020, 2 PM till 3:40 PM

TISSNET 2020 Exam Result & Scorecard

4th February 2020

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TISSNET 2020 Eligibility

  1. Bachelor's Degree of 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 university recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India.
  2. Those in the final year who complete their examinations and internships by Monday, June 8, 2020, are also eligible to apply.
  3. Those eligible must submit all degree certificate and grade/mark sheet by September 30, 2020. Those failing to do so will have their provisional admission automatically canceled without any further reference to the candidate. No further extension of date will be allowed under any circumstances.
  4. There is no age limit.

Note: Some Master’s degree programmes will have additional/specific eligibility requirements. Please refer to the programme specific eligibility criteria. Read more

Does TISS Accept CAT Score? 

MBA aspirants should note that TISS doesn't accept CAT score rather TISS is having their own exam TISSNET and candidates have to clear this examination before they are subjected to GD & PI which plays very vital marks to have admission in TISS. Students should also note that the final selection of pre-interview test and PI is aggregated in 70 : 30 ratio.

In TISSNET MBA 2020, is there negative marking? 

There will not be any negative marking and MBA aspirants must ensure to opt-out for correct answers and sail through 3 sections of TISSNET i.e. General Knowledge, Mathematics and logical reasoning following by English proficiency. In total there will be 100 questions with stipulated 100 marks.  

Is there a sectional cutoff in TISSNET MBA 2020? 

There won't be any section cut off and every objective question will have 5 options and you need to tick the correct one. The three sections of General Knowledge, English proficiency and Mathematics supplemented with logical reasoning would definitely test you for both Quantitative aptitude and Language skills besides current affairs.

Can I apply for TISSNET MBA 2020 application form in offline mode? 

Yes, you would be able to apply for TISSNET  2020 in both online and offline mode. The important dates for TISSNET 2020 are TISSNEST 2020 exam is happening on 4th January 2020 from  2 pm to 3.40 pm. The availability of TISSNET scorecard would be from February 4, 2020. The announcement of selection will happen by April 21, 2020. announcement of 1st waitlist will happen May 11, 2020, following by 2nd waitlist and finally the commencement of academic session 2020 - 22 will be from June 8, 2020.   

TISSNET MBA 2020 will be conducted in which mode?

TISSNET MBA 2020 will be conducted as a computer-based test which is happening on 4th January 2020 from 2 pm to 3.40 pm. TISSNET results will be out on 4th February 2020. With TISSNET exam candidates will get eligible to get admission in TISS wherein they will be getting specialized education in Economics, Politics, Engineering and Environmental Sciences. That is the reason TISSNET  is one of the most popular exam.

TISSNET 2020 Exam Pattern 

The total exam duration of TISSNET 2020 Exam is 1 Hour and 40 Minutes or 100 Minutes. There is NO negative marking

TISSNET 2019 Exam Sections

Number of Questions

Marking Scheme

Correct Answer

Total Marks

English Proficiency




Mathematics & Logical Reasoning




General Awareness







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TISSNET 2020 Exam Syllabus

The syllabus for the TISSNET 2019 exam is:

English Proficiency

1. Grammar

2. Odd-one-out & Analogies

3. Reading comprehension

4. Synonyms & Antonyms

5. Verbal reasoning

6. Word Choice/ sentence correction

Mathematics & Logical Reasoning

1. Basic Arithmetic

2. Basic Geometry

3. Basic Statistics

4. Basic Trigonometry

5. Data interpretation

6. Logical reasoning

7. Number Series           

General Awareness

1. Art & Culture

2. Environment

3. Indian History

4. Politics

5. Science & Technology

6. Social Studies

7. Sports

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TISSNET 2020 Registration Process

Candidates who wish to appear for TISSNET 2019 can register two ways:

  1. Online Registration at
  2. Offline Registration by seeking a print out of the TISS 2020 application form by post.

Please Note:

  1. A candidate can apply for a maximum of THREE programmes across any TWO of the TISS campuses
  2. Candidates must upload/submit all the relevant certificate(s) and document(s)
  3. Only one form (online/offline) needs to be filled per candidate even if you are applying for more than one programme.
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TISSNET 2020 Registration Fees 




No. of Programmes Applied For

Payment Mode

Online – Debit/Credit Card/ Net Banking

Offline – Cash Deposit in any SBI Branch using prescribed Challan






Eligible Goi-pms SC/ST/OBC(NC)


Not-Eligible Goi-pms SC/ST (only)






Eligible Goi-pms SC/ST/OBC(NC)

Not-Eligible Goi-pms SC/ST (only)


INR 1030

INR 260

INR 510

INR 1000 + Bank Charges

INR 250 + Bank Charges

INR 500


INR 2060

INR 520

INR 1020

INR 2000 + Bank Charges

INR 500 + Bank Charges

INR 1000


INR 3090

INR 780

INR 1530

INR 3000 + Bank Charges

INR 750 + Bank Charges

INR 1500

Please Note:

  1. DO NOT confuse the offline registration mode with offline payment mode
  2. Even if a candidate is registering online (online application form) they can still choose a mode of payment as – online or offline
  3. If you choose the mode of payment as 'Cash,' you need to download a payment challan from the 'Download Challan' tab. The payment challan has three copies. You can deposit the cash amount on the challan in any branch of State Bank of India. The bank will return two copies- Student Copy and TISS Copy - with the banks seal, signature and journal number on it
  4. Please scan the 'TISS Copy' of the challan and upload it on your online application system.

Admit Card

  1. TISSNET 2020 Admit card will be available for download online from December 18-19, 2019.
  2. Candidates will be able to download the admit cards till the exam date.
  3. Candidates must log in on the official website with the registered e-mail ID and password.
  4. Candidates must take a print out of the admit card and are advised to check all the details mentioned on it.
  5. Candidates must carry their admit cards on the day of the exam, failed to do so they will not be allowed to appear in the exam. Read more

TISSNET 2020 Selection Criteria

The selection of candidates for different programmes happens in two stages and has three components of assessment


Note: PIT/PI is organized at four campuses: Mumbai, Tuljapur, and Hyderabad and Guwahati campuses. Candidates for programmes from Mumbai and other locations will come to Mumbai Campus for the PIT/PI. Candidates selected for programmes at Tuljapur, Hyderabad, Guwahati will attend PIT/PI at those campuses

The final merit list is prepared based on the following:

  1. Weightage of each component for General and Reserved Categories is:


  1. Based on the preference filled by the candidates at the time of filling the form
  2. In case of a tie between two or more students the order of preference based on which the final merit will be made is:
    1. PI Marks
    2. PIT Marks
    3. NET Marks
    4. Higher Age

TISS announces two lists:

  1. Final Merit List
    1. Those offered the first preference will not be put on a wait list
  2. Wait List
    1. Those offered the second preference will be put only on the wait list of first preference
    2. Those offered the third preference will be put only on the wait list of first and second preference read more

Important Exam Facts

Exam Name TISS 2020
Exam Date January 04, 2020
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
Mode Computer Based

Selection Criteria

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 75 marks
Personal Interview 50 marks
Total 225 marks

Pre-Interview Test (PIT)

For all the programmes across TISS Campuses, the PIT will be in the form of a Written Test (or Group Discussion for a few programmes).

Personal Interview (PI):

Candidates will appear for a personal interview after the PIT. They are advised to acquaint themselves with the programme for which they have applied, as questions may be asked questions on related topics during the PI.

PIT/PI is organised at four campuses: Mumbai, Tuljapur, and Hyderabad and Guwahati campuses. Candidates for programmes from Mumbai and other locations will come to Mumbai Campus for the PIT/PI. Candidates selected for programmes at Tuljapur, Hyderabad, Guwahati will attend PIT/PI at those campuses

Final Merit List Preparation

  • Weightage for List: NET – 40%; PIT – 30%; PI – 30%.
  • Merit List is prepared on basis of merit list and preference filled in application form.
  • In case if there is a tie between two candidates their PI marks will be preferred, in case if there is tie between their PI marks their PIT will be considered, if their PIT tie then Entrance exam will be preferred if Entrance exam is also tie then the candidate with high age will be given preference.

TISS 2020: Important Features

  • TISSNET 2020 does not have negative marking, sectional time limits or sectional cut-offs. Thus, you can focus on the sections you are good at and still manage to score well in those which troubles you a lot.
  •  The applicants applying for the HRM program need to take two tests. The first one is common across all the 16 postgraduate 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 like any other management entrance test. Both the tests happen differently, and one must do well in both the test to get to the next stage.

Exam Analysis TISSNET

There has been not much difference in the exam pattern as compared to previous years. It has been conducted across 39 centers in different parts of the nation.

The exam has 3 sections – Math and Logical Reasoning, English Proficiency and General Awareness. The no of questions in 2015 in Math and Logical reasoning were 35, 30 and 35 in English Proficiency and General Awareness respectively.

Students have to attempt the questions in 100 minutes. There is no negative marking.

For the year 2016 and 2017 there has been a change in the no of questions. Given below is the sectional wise breakup of the exam:

Sections Sections No. of Questions Total Marks
General Knowledge 40 40
Analytical Ability and Logical Reasoning 30 30
English Proficiency 30 30
Total 100 100


The result of TISSNET 2020 will be declared on  4th February 2020. Candidates can check their score cards online on the website. No hard copies of the score card will be sent to the candidates. Candidates can download their score card with their user ID and password.

A merit list will be prepared for selection process. The list will carry the names of the candidates who will attend the Pre-Interview Test (PIT) / Group Discussion, and Personal Interview rounds. This test or group discussion is normally of 35 to 40 minutes. Candidates are advised to keep their score card safe until the admission process is over. Read more about results

Test Centres

National Entrance Test (TISS-NET) is computer based. It will be held on January 13, 2019 in 39 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
Western Region Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Solapur, Navi-Mumbai, 
Southern Region Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Visakhapatnam, Madurai, Calicut, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode

Note: The Institute may cancel any test centre and/or assign a nearby centre to a candidate, if the situation so demands.


Q.1 I am facing a Document upload issue, what should i do?

A. Candidates are requested to follow the following steps:

Step 1: Candidates should first check the list of documents to be uploaded in the FAQ and should keep the same ready before they log in.

Step 2: Candidates are advised to complete the application process in one session to minimize the possibility of document not being uploaded

Step 3: If the Candidate closes the application during the process with / without uploading all the required documents - then make sure to check if those documents were successfully uploaded when you log in the next time. Login Link: CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE ONLINE APPLICATION SYSTEM

Step 4: If Document upload fails once, you are advised to check the size or resolution or the file type of the documents you are uploading (check FAQ for size and format guidelines) and re upload the documents. Even if the size and resolution is correct please try uploading once more.

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