TISSNET Exam Pattern, TISSNET 2020

TISSNET Exam Pattern 2020

The TISSNET 2020 exam will be conducted by Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai. It is a post graduate exam conducted online for all the 53 MA programmes offered at the four campuses of TISS and two other locations:

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

Here is all you need to know about the TISSNET 2019 exam and the exam pattern.


TISSNET 2020: Important Dates


TISSNET 2020 Registration Window

Online: 18th Oct – 30th Nov 2019

Offline: 80th Oct – 3rd Dec 2019

TISSNET 2020 Online Application Form Window Ends (ONLY for already registered candidates)

17th December 2019

TISSNET 2019 Admit Card

20th Dec 2019

TISSNET 2019 Exam Date

Saturday, January 4th, 2020

2 PM till 3:40 PM

TISSNET 2019 Exam Result

4th February 2020


TISSNET 2020: Exam Pattern

The TISSNET 2020 will test candidates on the following areas English, Mathematics, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, and General Awareness. Below is the exam pattern and markings scheme for TISSNET 2020 exam:

TISSNET 2020 Exam Sections

Total Questions

TISSNET 2020 Marking Scheme

Time Duration (Ideal Time Spent)

Correct Answer

Total Marks

English Proficiency





Mathematics & Logical Reasoning





General Awareness










There is NO negative marking for the TISSNET 2020 exam.


TISSNET 2020: Exam Syllabus

Section 1: English Proficiency

Weightage: 30%

The English Proficiency section tests a students verbal reasoning and reading comprehension skills. The syllabus consists of topics like:

  1. Grammar
  2. Odd-one-out & Analogies
  3. Reading comprehension
  4. Synonyms & Antonyms
  5. Verbal reasoning
  6. Word Choice/ sentence correction


Section 2: Mathematics & Logical Reasoning

Weightage: 30%

The Mathematics & Logical Reasoning section tests a students’ math knowledge up to class X level. It also tests the quantitative and logical reasoning. The syllabus consists of topics like:

  1. Basic Arithmetic
  2. Basic Geometry
  3. Basic Statistics
  4. Basic Trigonometry
  5. Data interpretation
  6. Logical reasoning
  7. Number Series

Section 3: General Awareness

Weightage: 40%

The General Awareness section is the most critical section and is the differential factor. It tests the students on the current affairs and knowledge about socially relevant issues. The popular topics asked are:

  1. Art & Culture
  2. Environment
  3. Indian History
  4. Politics
  5. Science & Technology
  6. Social Studies
  7. Sports

TISSNET 2020: Recommended Books

The following books are recommended for preparation for TISSNET 2020 exam:

  1. English Proficiency
    1. Objective General English by SP Bakshi
    2. Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension by Arihant
  2. Mathematics & Logical Reasoning
    1. Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Agarwal
    2. Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency by Arihant
    3. A Complete Manual for the CAT by Arihant
  3. General Awareness
    1. General Knowledge by Arihant
    2. Year Book 2018 by Competition Success Review


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