TISSNET-2018 Exam Pattern & Syllabus

Accepted For : MA

Exam Mode : Online

Registrations Date

24 Oct, 2017


Exam Date

06 Jan, 2018


TISSNET 2018 Exam Pattern

The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) has set the pattern of TISNET exam. TISSNET exam pattern provide details regarding the number of sections, marking scheme, total marks and time duration. The objective test will have questions related to General Knowledge, Analytical Ability, Logical Reasoning, and English Proficiency.

TISSNET 2018 will not have negative marking for any programme including Human Resource Development (HRM). Candidates who have applied for a single programme or multiple programmes will be attempting a single question paper with 100 questions for a duration of 100 minutes, this includes candidates who have chosen HRM in combination with other programme/ programmes.

The test consists of multiple choice questions and thus even those with the basic knowledge of working with computers or cell phones can take the test.

TISSNET Exam Pattern 2018


Number of Questions

Total Duration

General Awareness


100 Minutes (1 hour 40 minutes)




English Proficiency


Maths & Logical Reasoning


Total Number of Questions



  • TISSNET question paper carries 100 objective type questions. 
  • Each question carries 1 mark.
  • There is no negative marking.
  • The exam carries a total of 100 marks.
  • After the written test, the candidates will have to appear for personal interview 

TISSNET 2018 Syllabus

The exam will have questions related to Analytical Ability, Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge and English Proficiency.

TISSNET 2018 syllabus components are listed below:

Logical Reasoning (LR) :

  • Eye for detail
  • Number Series
  • Logical Connectivity
  • Alphabet Series
  • Linear/Circular/Family Arrangement
  • Statement Conclusion/Assumption/ Arguments
  • Puzzles
  • Venn Diagram
  • Cubes 

Reading Comprehension (RC):   

  • Assumption and Supporting Statement
  • Purpose of the passage
  • Author's Point of View
  • Flaw and Discrepancy
  • Inference and Conclusion Drawn
  • Main idea of the passage
  • Strengthen and Weaken 
  • Passage-based questions


  • Basic Geometry
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Profit and Loss
  • Percentages 
  • Averages

Verbal Ability (VA):

  • Word substitute in a sentence
  • Right usage of words in fill in the blank
  • Antonyms
  • Right usage of word in match the following
  • Analogies
  • Fill in the Blanks – Homophones
  • Odd word out
  • Idioms - Fill in the blank
  • Sentence Correction
  • Error spotting - grammar/words/ punctuation
  • Idioms - Match the following

Data Interpretation (DI):

  • Bar graph
  • Case lets
  • Tables
  • Line graphs
  • Pie chart
  • Data comparison 
  • Double pie chart
  • Multiple graphs

  General Awareness (GA):

  • International politics/ current events
  • Economy/ Policy
  • Sports
  • Politics/History/Governance/Law
  • Media/ICTs/Literature/Art/Culture
  • Gender/Health/Education
  • Environment & ecology
  • Labour