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TISSNET vs TISSMAT: Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Final Score Calculation

Abhinav Chamoli
Abhinav ChamoliUpdated On: February 07, 2022 03:17 pm IST | TISSNET

TISSNET and TISSMAT are the two entrance exams for MA admissions at TISS. In this article, we explore the difference between TISSNET and TISSMAT and compare key factors of the two such as exam pattern and final score calculation.


Till 2019, aspirants seeking admission to the postgraduate courses at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai had to appear for the TISSNET (TISS National Entrance Test). From 2020 onwards, the institute has introduced a new exam called TISSMAT (TISS Management Aptitude Test). Being a new management entrance exam in India, TISSMAT is causing some confusion among the students. In this article, we have provided important information about the TISSMAT exam and explained the differences between TISSNET and TISSMAT.

What is TISSMAT?

TISSMAT or TISS-MAT is the new postgraduate management entrance test of Tata Institute of Social Sciences. TISSMAT will be conducted by the institute in addition to TISSNET and will be conducted right after the TISSNET exam. TISSMAT will be a compulsory exam for students who wish to take admission to the following courses offered by TISS Mumbai.

  • MA (HRM&LR): Master of Arts in Human Resource Management & Labour Relations

  • MA (ODCL): Master of Arts in Organization Development, Change, and Leadership

What this means is that students who are applying to the MA (HRM&LR) / (ODCL) courses at TISS Mumbai will have to first appear for the TISSNET exam and after that, they will have to take the TISSMAT exam. The TISSMAT exam will be conducted right after the TISSNET exam. It should be noted that for all other courses except the MA (HRM&LR) / (ODCL) courses, the college also conducts the TISSPAT examination. TISSPAT is also conducted after the TISSNET examination. 


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The TISSMAT exam will assess a candidate's ability to understand management-related literature, their business knowledge, and their ability to interpret data related to core management areas such as market, business, economy, etc.

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TISSNET vs TISSMAT: Highlights

Let's take a quick look at some of the highlights of the basic differences between TISSNET and TISSMAT.

  • TISSMAT will be conducted for admission of the candidates to the postgraduate courses in management offered by TISS while TISSNET is conducted for all postgraduate courses of TISSNET.

  • Students who want to take admission to the postgraduate courses of TISS will have to take the TISSNET exam only but candidates who want admission to the PG management courses of TISS will have to take TISSNET and TISSMAT exams.

TISSNET vs TISSMAT: Eligibility Criteria

The TISSMAT eligibility criteria will be the same as the TISSNET eligibility criteria except for one difference. Students who have applied for some specific courses only will be eligible to take the TISSMAT exam. The eligibility criteria for TISSMAT are given below.

  • Candidates must have completed graduation or postgraduate of minimum 3 years or 4 years from a recognized university i.e.
    Candidates must have completed at least 15 years of formal education as 10+2+3 / 10 + 2 + 4 / 10 + 2 + 2 + 1 or equivalent.

  • Candidates must have received passing marks in all of the subjects in the qualifying course.
  • Candidates can be from any stream of education.

  • To be eligible for TISSMAT, candidates must have applied for either the MA HRM&LR or MA ODCL course at TISS Mumbai.

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TISSNET vs TISSMAT: Exam Pattern

TISSNET tests the general aptitude level of a candidate for postgraduate study at TISS but TISSMAT focuses on testing the management aptitude of a candidate. Therefore, the TISSMAT exam pattern is very different from the exam pattern of TISSNET.

TISSMAT Exam Pattern

Let's take a look at the exam pattern of TISSMAT.

SectionNo. of QuestionsMaximum Marks
Management Data Interpretation1515
Business Awareness1515

Also Read:TISS MAT 2022: Eligibility Criteria, Dates, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Selection Process

Here is how the exam pattern of TISSMAT compares with the TISSNET exam pattern.

TISSNET vs TISSMAT: Exam Pattern
Type of ExamOnlineOnline
Type of QuestionsMCQsMCQs
No. of Questions10045
Duration100 minutes30 minutes
No. of Sections33
  • General Awareness
  • English Proficiency

  • Maths & Logical Reasoning

  • Comprehension
  • Management Data Interpretation

  • Business Awareness

Marks for Correct Answer11
Negative MarkingNo Negative Marking0.25 marks for every incorrect answer

Also Read:MBA Admission Process in India

TISSNET vs TISSMAT/ TISSPAT: Selection Criteria and Weightage

TISSMAT exam will hold weightage when considering a candidate for the MA courses in management at TISS. The score of a candidate in the TISSMAT exam will be considered during the score aggregation of TISS for the final selection of candidates. Here is how the final score calculation of TISSNET compares to the score aggregation of TISSMAT.

Final Score Calculation of TISSNETFinal Score Calculation of TISSMAT/ TISSPAT
  • Pre-Interview Test (PI): 70%
  • Personal Interview (PI): 30%

  • TISSMAT/ TISSPAT Score: 50%

  • TISS-NET: 30%

  • OPI: 30%


Given below are some common doubts related to the difference between TISSNET and TISSMAT exams.

What is the TISSMAT exam?TISSMAT is the entrance exam for admission to the MA courses in management offered by TISS. The exam will be conducted from 2020 onwards in addition to the TISSNET exam.
I want to take admission to TISS. Do I have to appear for TISSNET or TISSMAT?

For admission to the 45 MA courses of TISS (excl. management courses), you have to appear for TISSNET and TISSPAT.
If you want to take admission to the MA HRM&LR or the MA ODCL course at TISS, you will have to appear for TISSNET and TISSMAT.

Is there any negative marking in the TISSMAT exam?Yes. 0.25 (1/4) mark will be deducted for every wrong answer in the TISSMAT exam.
Where can I get the sample questions for the TISSMAT exam?You can use this link to download TISSMAT sample questions PDF.

Here is some other related information regarding admissions at TISS.

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