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TISSNET 2020: Exam Date, Syllabus, Pattern, Preparation, Eligibility

TISSNET 2020 – Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) conducts National entrance test (NET) for admission in all the MA courses offered at its campuses. TISSNET is a computer based test held for a duration of 1 hour 40 minutes. The candidates who have successfully completed a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree of minimum of 3 or 4 years duration are eligible to apply for TISSNET 2020. To apply for TISSNET 2020 the candidates have to apply online. Only the qualifying candidates are given admission in the MA courses based on their TISSNET scores. For more details on TISSNET 2020 like eligibility, exam pattern, syllabus, selection process keep reading below.


TISSNET 2020 is a national level entrance exam and the candidates can apply for the same after going through the course specific eligibility criteria. There are 53 Master’s Degree that TISS offers from its Mumbai, Tuljapur, Guwahati, and Hyderabad campuses. Check the important TISSNET 2020 dates below:

TISSNET 2020Important Dates
TISSNET Application Form3rd week of Oct 2019
Last Date to Register1st week of Dec 2019
Last Date to submit the application form2nd week of Dec 2019
Last Date to send Application Form by Post2nd week of Dec 2019
Issuance of Admit Card4th week of Dec 2019
Pre Admission Orientation for SC/ST/OBC/Minority and PWD candidates4th week of Dec 2019
TISSNET 2020 Exam Date1st week of Jan 2020
Last Date to apply for EWS Reservation1st week of Feb 2020
Exam Result2nd week of Feb 2020
Pre-Interview Test and Personal InterviewMar – Apr 2020
TISS Merit List Declaration Date2th week of Apr 2020
Confirmation of Provisional Admission and Payment of Fees1st week of  May 2020
First Wait List2nd week of May 2020
Confirmation of Provisional Admission and Payment of Fees after the waiting list2nd week of May 2020
Document Verification Schedule (except Sunday and holidays)Jun -Jul 2020
Closing of Admission1st week of Jun 2020
Commencement of 2019-21 session1st week of Jun 2020

TISSNET 2020 Eligibility

The candidates must ensure that they are eligible for admission before they apply for the TISSNET 2020. The candidates can check below the eligibility criteria for admission in any one of the 53 MA courses in TISS.

Minimum education qualification: Candidates should have successfully completed Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree of minimum of 3 or 4 years duration or its equivalent.

Programme specific eligibility: Some courses have programme specific eligibility criteria that the candidates can check from the official website of TISSNET 2020.

The final year candidates: The candidates who are in the final year can also apply for TISSNET 2020, given that they have passed all the previous year semester exams and they submit their final result by the month of September 2020.

TISS Selection Process via TISSNET 2020

The candidates have to go through a 3 level selection process to be able to take admission in any one of the MA courses offered at TISS.

The candidates can check below the selection process of TISSNET 2020 via the national entrance test (NET).

Level 1: Qualifying TISSNET 2020, the candidates shortlisted in this level go-ahead for the level 2.

Level 2: Pre-Interview Test/GD

The candidates who qualify all these levels are selected for admission. For all the categories of the candidates, the selection is based on 40% of the marks in NET + 30% of the marks in PIT+30% of the marks in PI.

TISSNET 2020 Syllabus

The syllabus of TISSNET 2020 is as follows. The point that must be noted about the TISSNET 2020 syllabus is that the syllabus is not restricted to below given topics. These are basically the themes around which the questions are framed in the exam.

English proficiency (30% weightage)Mathematics and Logical reasoning (30% weightage)General Awareness(40% weightage)
Word Choice/ sentence correctionBasic ArithmeticPolitics
Odd-one-out & AnalogiesBasic GeometrySocial Studies
Synonyms & AntonymsBasic TrigonometryScience & Technology
GrammarBasic StatisticsEnvironment
Verbal reasoningNumber SeriesSports
Reading comprehensionData interpretationArt & Culture

Logical ReasoningIndian History
  • In the question paper of TISSNET there are 30% of the questions asked from the English proficiency section
  • Also, there is a 30% weightage given to the mathematics and Logical Reasoning questions
  • The maximum weightage is given to the questions from the General awareness section.

TISSNET 2020 Exam Pattern

The candidates can check below the exam pattern of TISSNET 2020:

  • Duration of the exam: 1 hours 40 minutes
  • Total number of questions: 100
  • Mode of the exam: CBT
  • Type of questions: MCQ based
  • Marking scheme: No negative marking, +1 for each correct answer

The distribution of the marks is as follows:

General Awareness40
English Proficiency30
Maths & Logical Reasoning30

TISSNET Previous Year Question Papers

Candidates can practice for TISSNET 2020 from previous year question papers. The papers are from the official website for the year 2017 and 2016.

TISSNET 2020 Books for Preparation

Candidates can check list of the books that they can use for the TISSNET 2020 Preparation:

Book NameAuthor/ PublisherLink to Purchase
A Mirror Of Common ErrorsDr. Ashok Kumar SinghClick Here
Verbal Ability & Reading ComprehensionArihantClick Here
Complete Manual for  CATArihantClick Here
Verbal and Non-Verbal ReasoningR.S AggarwalClick Here
The Mega YearBookDisha ExpertsClick Here
Objective General KnowledgeLucentClick Here

TISSNET 2020 Preparation

The candidates can check below the TISSNET 2020 preparation tips:

General Awareness: The candidates must note that this section carries the maximum weightage and also need the most attention.

  • For the preparation of this section, candidates must target current affairs and static gk equally.
  • Start reading newspapers on a daily basis.
  • If possible and necessary, make notes so that you can revise them before the exam.
  • In order to prepare for static gk, taking mocks papers are the best way.
  • Tests will help you to categorize topics and know more about them.
  • Notably, the main areas to covers are Geography, Arts, Culture, Dances, and Tribes.

English Proficiency: The candidates can check below a few tips to prepare for this section

  • The Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section of TISSNET 2020 are simple as compared to other MBA entrance examinations.
  • The questions asked are usually direct and easily solvable in a few minutes. Thus, focus on vocabulary, grammar, idioms to crack this section.

Quantitative Ability: This section can be prepared with the help of the below given tips

  • This section is also easy to attempt. In the TISSNET 2020, there are only a few questions that you will find tricky and time-consuming.
  • Keep the basics clear and solve questions of QA, LIDR daily.
  • Additionally, revise the formulas daily to keep them fresh in your mind.

How difficult is TISSNET – An analysis

The candidates can check below the level and the type of questions that TISSNET carries so that one can get an idea of the level of the examination:

General awareness section:

Last time as per the experts the most difficult section in TISSNET was General awareness section. About 22-24 questions were from static GK and the remaining questions were from Economy and Current Affairs

English and Reasoning section:

This section continued to be easy. The English Proficiency & Language skills and Mathematical Reasoning & Quantitative Abilities section were seemingly simple and the scoring sections of the paper.

The cutoff marks:

The cutoff marks for TISSNET last year was expected to be between 74-75 marks.

Courses Offered via TISSNET 2020

Candidates can check below the list of the MA courses that are offered across the various TISS campuses if the candidates qualify TISSNET 2020 and the other rounds of selection:

Sr. No.School/ CentreProgrammes
1SSWM.A. Social Work in (Children and Families)
2SSWM.A. Social Work in (Criminology and Justice)
3SSWM.A. Social Work in (Community Organisation and Development Practice)
4SSWM.A. Social Work in (Dalit and Tribal Studies and Action)
5SSWM.A. Social Work in (Disability Studies and Action)
6SSWM.A. Social Work in (Livelihoods and Entrepreneurship)
7SSWM.A. Social Work in (Mental Health*)
8SSWM.A. Social Work in (Public Health)
9SSWM.A. Social Work in (Women Centred Practice)
10SM&LSM.A. in (Globalisation and Labour)
11SM&LSM.A. in (Human Resources Management and Labour Relations)
12SM&LSM.A. in (Social Entrepreneurship)
13SM&LSMaster of Arts in (Organisation Development, Change and Leadership) (Also Offered from Hyderabad Off-Campus)
14SHSSMaster of Public Health (Health Administration)
15SHSSMaster of ( Hospital Administration )
16SHSSMaster of Public Health (Health Policy, Economics and Finance)
17SHSSMaster of Public Health (Social Epidemiology)
18SDSM.A. in (Development Studies)
19SDSM.A. in (Women’s Studies)
20SEM.A. in Education (Elementary)
21SMCSM.A. in (Media and Cultural Studies)
22SHSM.A./M.Sc. in (Climate Change and Sustainability Studies)
23SHSM.A./M.Sc. in (Regulatory Governance)
24SHSM.A./M.Sc. in (Urban Policy and Governance)
25SHSM.A./M.Sc. in (Water Policy and Governance)
26JTCDMM.A./M.Sc. in (Disaster Management)
27SHEMaster of Arts in Applied Psychology (Clinical and Counseling Practice)
28CLIMSMaster of Library and Information Science
29SLRCGMaster of Law (LL.M ) in (Access To Justice)
30CEARMaster of Arts (Education)
31CEARThree years Integrated B.Ed/M.Ed programme
32RDM.A. in (Social Work in Rural Development)
33DPPPM.A./M.Sc. in (Development Policy, Planning and Practice)
34SEM.A. in (Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship)
35SLNGM.A./M.Sc. in (Sustainable Livelihoods, Natural Resources Management and Governance)
36RDGM.A. in (Rural Development and Governance)
37EDM.A. in (Education)
38PPGM.A. in (Public Policy and Governance)
39DSM.A. in (Development Studies)
40WSM.A. in (Women’s Studies)
41NRGM.A. in (Natural Resources & Governance)
42ODCLMaster of Arts in (Organisation Development, Change and Leadership)(Also Offered from Mumbai Campus)
43TISS- BALM (Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health), Chennai centreM.A. Social Work in (Mental Health)
44TISS-BALM (Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health), Chennai centreM.A. in (Applied Psychology with specialisation in Counseling Psycholog)
45TISS-BALM (Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health), Chennai centreM.A. in (Applied Psychology with specialisation in Clinical Psychology)
46EESDM.A. in (Ecology, Environment and Sustainable Development)
47LSSSM.A. in (Labour Studies and Social Security)
48PACSM.A. in (Peace and Conflict Studies)
49SSAM.A. in (Sociology and Social Anthropology)
50CODPM.A. Social Work in (Community Organisation and Development Practices)
51LEM.A. Social Work in (Livelihoods and Entrepreneurship)
52COM.A. Social Work in (Counselling)
53PHM.A. Social Work in ( Public Health)
54TISS MGAHD, Nagaland CentreM. A. Social Work in (Livelihoods and Entrepreneurship)

TISSNET 2020 Application Form

Candidates can check below the process to apply for the TISSNET 2020, the process is simple can be completed using the steps below. Note that the candidates can apply for more than 1 course using a single application form only.

1st step: Registration
2nd step: Fill the application Form
3rd step: Upload the documents
4th step: Pay the application fee

The candidates can also fill the application form offline. In such cases, you have to write to TISS to request a printed application form. After filling the form, you have to send the same at the university address via speed post.

Application Fee: Candidates must pay the fee according to the number of programme selected and caste category.

Number of Programmes
One ProgrammeRs 1030/-Rs 260/-
Two ProgrammeRs 2060/-Rs 520/-
Three ProgrammeRs 3090/-Rs 780/-

TISSNET 2020 Admit Card

The candidates have to download their TISSNET 2020 Admit Card from the official website of TISSNET 2020. Candidates must use the email-id and password to access the admit card. The TISSNET admit card contains the important details like registration details, roll number, test venue etc. Most importantly, candidates must carry the hall ticket on the examination day along with a valid identity proof.

TISSNET 2019 Answer Key

After the exam, candidates can check the TISSNET 2020 Answer Key. The official answer key releases later on the website. The candidates can use the TISSNET 2020 Answer key to get an estimate of their scores even before the result is out. The candidates can check the number of correct answers and the number of wrong ones in the exam. Using the marking scheme the candidates can then calculate their scores. The formula that the candidates can use to get the estimated scores are:

1 X (number of correct answers) – 0 X (number of wrong answers)

TISSNET 2020 Result

After the exam is over, the candidates can check the result of the exam online over the official website. To TISSNET Result is made available in the form of a PDF file and it has the sectional and overall marks in the exam. In addition to that, it consists of the minimum qualifying marks that a candidate must need to appear in the next stage of the selection process.

Candidates must also download their result using their email-id and password and keep it safe until the completion of the admission process. This is only the preliminary result, once the PIT & PI rounds are over, the final merit also releases. The admission is based on this final merit list.

TISS Reservation Policy

The candidates can check below the reservation details of TISS. The admission is based on the reservation policy of the institute:

  • Scheduled Castes SC: 15% of the total seats.
  • Schedule Tribes ST: 7.5% of the total seats.
  • Other Backward Classes OBC (Non-Creamy Layers): 27% of the total seats
  • EWS reservation is also available

About TISS

Via TISSNET the candidates can take admission in any one of the 53 MA courses offered at the following TISS campuses:

  • Mumbai Campus
  • Tuljapur Campus
  • Hyderabad Campus
  • Guwahati Campus
Tata Institute of Social Science
Number of Campuses4
Courses Offered53
RankingNIRF #49, AAA+
M.A Programme Seat Intake (Management)
Globalization and Labour (GL)30
Human Resources Management and Labour Relations (HRM)60
Social Entrepreneurship (SE)30
Organisation Development, Change, and Leadership (OD)In Hyderabad Campus Also (Work Experience required)30
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