TISSNET 2021 – Preparation Strategy

Every year thousands of students appear for management entrance examination and CAT being the largest of them hosts around 2.5L+ candidates. It focuses on judging your aptitude by evaluating your knowledge in the three subjects:

  1. Verbal Ability
  2. Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation
  3. Quantitative Aptitude

There are other exams who have test patterns different from that of CAT but the syllabus for them are similar and if you have prepared for CAT, you will be able to crack them, given the familiarity with the test pattern. There is also another league of Institutions who judge the budding managers based on their General Awareness along with the mandatory aptitude tests.

TISSNET is one of the exams which gives very high weightage (40%) to the General Awareness than it gives to the other sections. This is the common entrance examination to get admission into more than 50 M.A. /M.Sc. courses in 4 different campuses of TISS.

This exam also holds the key to your entrance in one of the most prestigious programs of south Asia and flagship program of TISS i.e. Master of Arts in Human Resource Management. This course not only is the best in the sense of ROI (average package of 20+ LPA with the complete course fee of <1.2L) but also the learning pedagogy which sets it apart from other management courses in India. The alumni base, faculties, and the brand Tata Institute of Social Sciences speaks for all of them. (XLRI and TISS compete to be the best HRM program in the country)

Many of the aspirants interested in the field of Human Resource Management tend to give up on TISSNET as to its 40% weightage given to the General Awareness section which is the highest in any Management Entrance exam of India. It also has introduced an additional section named TISSMAT specially for the students applying for HRM and ODCL course from last year (This year it will be held only for those candidates who qualify for the PI round).

But like all other exams if critically examined, it is possible to crack TISSNET with preparation less than 10 days. Having cracked TISSNET twice in the past along with my CAT preparations, I think I might be of some help.

If you’ve prepared for CAT 20 or have the basic understanding of the topics and you are appearing for TISSNET 21, the following analysis is for you.

TISSNET 2021 will be of 100 minutes with 100 questions divided into 3 sections: –


(No negative marks mean you can attempt all the questions)

Parameters General Awareness Mathematics and Logical reasoning English proficiency
No. of questions 40 questions 30 questions 30 questions
Difficulty level Moderate/Tough Easy Easy/Moderate
Sectional Cutoff Yes (35%) NO NO
Ideal Time to attempt 20-25 min 40-45 min 30-35 min
Decent achievable Score 18-22 27-30 27-30
Syllabus Thorough understanding of:

Static GK:
History (Indian)
Art & Culture
World Organizations

Current Affairs:
Social Issues
Social Laws/happenings

Quantitative Methods:
Basic Arithmetic
Basic Geometry
Basic Trigonometry
Basic Statistics
Number SeriesData interpretation
2 easy setsLogical reasoning
Blood relations
Other concepts with quant topics
Word Choice / sentence correction
Synonyms & Antonyms
Verbal reasoning
Reading comprehension
Sources to Prepare:

Not the exhaustive list but the tested ones.

Static GK:
Lucent (not feasible for short duration)
GK Notes from iQuantaCurrent Affairs:
Month wise notes of the recent happenings
Curated notes from iQuanta
Preparation of other management Entrance exams should do good. Preparation of other management Entrance exams should do good.

The cutoff for HRM course hovers generally hovers in between 70-80 depending on the difficulty level of the paper.

MA-HRM Cut-offs for general candidates in the past.
Year 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
Cut-off 73 75 74 82 76

General Do’s and Don’ts:

  1. Please get some full-length mocks and practice on your time management (5 should be enough to give you a feel of the real scenario).
  2. Try to maximize your score in Non-GK section. You will be competing with the people preparing for UPSC, Working in social sector etc. They will have GK as their strength but will struggle in the Non GK topics especially mathematical ones.
  3. Don’t just read GK, you won’t remember them (unless you have very sharp memory). Give sectional Mocks (must for GK section). The options will be very close, and you will end up marking the wrong one.
  4. Don’t stick with a single question. Eliminate the choices and go for the right option and move ahead (works almost every time).
  5. Don’t panic with the syllabus of GK. 50% of the syllabus you already have covered as a part of your non-cognitive learning.
  6. There will not be direct questions like you would have seen in IIFT and XAT. Try to read about the major events instead of going through just questionnaires.
  7. Attempt every question. As there is no negative marking, you need to attempt every question. If you aren’t sure with the answer, please go ahead with a calculated guess.
  8. In quant there will be a few very basic questions which people tend to ignore. Revise the theoretical concepts of the above-mentioned topics for sure. (there was a question asking for relationship between mean, median and mode which I wasn’t sure of. Took calculated risk and marked correct)
  9. Reach the examination center on time. (You might face technical issues with the server, or the desktop allocated to you)
  10. Go with a positive can-do attitude.

I appeared for TISSNET in the year 2019 and 2020 and I was able to crack TISSNET both the times. Looking forward to seeing your details in following snapshots. All the best!!

Result for TISSNET 2019 (just cleared the cut-off)

The letter you get to attend the PIT & PI for TISSNET 2020

Will be writing about the Personal Interview strategy and my interview experience in upcoming days. Meanwhile if you have any doubt please feel free to contact me on mail2avinash.h@gmail.com or you can also connect through the LinkedIn on : www.linkedin.com/in/avinash-kumar48 . I would be happy to be able to help you in any form.

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