TISSNET 2021 Exam: Dates, Registrations (Started), Pattern, Syllabus, Preparation

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TISS National Entrance Test or TISSNET exam is a nationwide entrance examination conducted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai for admission to its graduate courses. TISS offers up to 53 master's programs at its campuses in Mumbai, Tuljapur, Guwahati, Hyderabad, and elsewhere. The master's programs offered at TISS campuses are on par with the management programs offered by the best MBA universities in India. The entrance exam is conducted online and the exam consists of questions on English Proficiency, Mathematical Skills and Logical Reasoning, and General Awareness. The TISSNET examdates have been announced on November 12, and the exam will take place on February 20, 2021. Although the application process was scheduled to begin from November 20 at 5 p.m. onwards, has been postponed and has started as of December 3. The latest application date is January 15, 2021.

TISSNET Exam Highlights



Exam Name

Tata Institute of Social Sciences National Entrance Test

Conducting Body

TISS Mumbai

Exam Level


Exam Frequency

Once a year

Exam Mode


Exam Duration

100 minutes

Exam Syllabus

English Proficiency, Mathematical Skills & Logical Reasoning, and General Awareness

Exam Pattern

100 questions in MCQ format



Exam Fees

Rs 1,030 per course (for the unreserved category) and Rs 260 per course (for reserved category)

Exam Purpose

Admission to TISS Mumbai, TISS Tuljapur, TISS Hyderabad and TISS Guwahati

Course Offered

MBA/PGDM, MA in Education, MA, MA-MSc, MHA, MPH, MPH-HPEF, MPH-SELL, MMA in Social Work, MLIS

No. of Test Cities


Exam Helpdesk No.

 022-2552 5000

Exam Website


TISSNET Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria to appear in the TISSNET 2021 exam are detailed below:

Academic qualification

  • The candidate must possess a bachelor's degree or equivalent from a recognized university.
  • Candidates who will complete their final year of bachelor's / equivalent in June 2021 can also apply
  • Candidates pursuing a 3-year bachelor's degree must have passed all 4 semesters by completing the TISSNET application form, while those pursuing a four-year bachelor's degree must have passed all subjects up to the sixth semester.
  • Shortlisted candidates must present original certificates and a grade sheet on the date of the personal interview.
  • Those who are in the final year of the degree program must submit report cards from all previous semesters.

Age limit

There is no set age limit to appear on the TISSNET 2021 exam.

Work experience

Candidates applying for the Master of Arts in (Organizational Development, Change and Leadership) must have at least 2 years of work experience in any field (after graduation)

TISSNET 2021 Important Dates

The TISSNET 2021 exam schedule was announced on November 12. However, the first event, that is, the application process, has been delayed, so the entire calendar is likely to be postponed. Take a look at the tentative schedule for TISSNET 2021 in the table below:


TISSNET 2021 Dates

Salient Features

Registration starts

20-Nov-2020 (5 pm)



Online registration open, no change in registration fees and the application process

Online registration ends


Last date to submit application and exam fee

Last date of submitting the offline application form


Offline application is available only for candidates coming from remote areas where internet facility is not available like north-east, Jammu & Kashmir Jharkhand

TISSNET admit cards downloading begin


To Be Announced

To be downloaded from TISS website

Pre-admission orientation Programs for SC/ST/OBC/Minority and PWD candidates

To Be Announced

This is to introduce candidates to the entire process of the entrance test, Pre-Interview Test / Group Discussion and personal interview.

TISSNET 2021 exam date


To be held at approximately 100 exam centers in 39 cities in one session

TISSNET 2021 Result announcement

To Be Announced

To be downloaded from the official website

Pre-Interview Test and Personal Interview dates

To Be Announced

PIT consists of a written test conducted before the Personal Interview.

Displaying list of selected candidates

To Be Announced

Candidates will be eligible for admission subject to the availability of all the required documents


TISSNET Exam Pattern and Test Structure

The TISSNET questionnaire is divided into three sections: - English Proficiency, Mathematical Skills and Logical Reasoning, and General Awareness. While English proficiency and mathematical skills and logical reasoning have 30 points each, the general awareness section is weighted at 40 points. Below are the highlights of the TISSNET exam pattern.

TISSNET Exam Pattern


Exam Mode

Computer-Based Test mode

Exam Timings

2:00 pm to 3:40 pm

Test Duration

1 hour 40 minutes

Total Questions

100 questions


3 sections based on: English Proficiency Mathematics and Logical Reasoning General Awareness

Total Marks

100 marks

Type of Questions

Multiple choices based questions



Negative Marking



TISSNET 2021: Selection process

Candidates should check below the step-by-step selection process for TISSNET 2021:

Step 1: Complete the application form

Candidates must register for the TISSNET exam by completing the online application form available on the TISS Mumbai official website.

Application fees:

Number of courses

General Category

SC/ST/OBC(NC) Category

For one course

Rs 1,030

Rs 260

For two courses

Rs 2,060

Rs 520

For three courses

Rs 3,090

Rs 780


The application fee for TISSNET exam can be paid in online mode using:

  • Net Banking
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card

Step 2: Download the TISSNET 2021 Admission Card

Candidates who successfully register for the exam will receive their TISSNET admission cards. It can be downloaded from the official TISS website. Candidates should remember that the admission card is an important document that must be brought to the exam room.

Step 3: Take the TISSNET 2021 exam

Candidates must take the entrance test on the scheduled date. The duration of the exam is one hour and 40 minutes, and examinees will be asked questions based on proficiency in English, mathematics and logical reasoning and general knowledge.

Step 4: Check the result of TISSNET 2021

The TISSNET result will be provisionally declared in the fourth week of February on the official TISS website. Candidates can view their scorecards by entering their user ID and password.

Step 4: Pre-Interview Test / Group Discussion (GD)

Candidates who pass the TISSNET exam are summoned for the pre-interview test (PIT) / group discussion round. The varsity team may take the pre-interview test in the form of a written test or group discussion. The PIT duration is generally 35 to 40 minutes. For some courses, the PIT consists of two sections: essay writing and a short case study with questions based on it.

Step 5: Personal Interview (PI)

Candidates who pass the PIT / GD round are summoned for the personal interview. Here, candidates are asked questions about their previous academic history, the program they have applied to, and their future plans.

Expected cut of TISSNET 2021

The qualification limit in TISSNET is usually between 65 and 75 years. Please see below the table indicating the section cut for the TISSNET exam:


Expected Cut-Off

General Awareness


English Proficiency


Maths and Logical Reasoning





TISSMAT 2021 Expected cut

For applicants seeking admission to management programs at TISS, an overall score of 32-35 will likely put them on the list of merits.


Expected Cut-Off



Management Data Interpretation


Business Awareness





TISSNET 2021 Test Cities

TISSNET 2021 will take place in more than 100 test centers in 39 cities in India. Candidates must select their choice of test cities for TISSNET 2021 while completing the application form. See below the list of test cities for TISSNET 2021 for all regions:

Northern Region



New Delhi







Greater Noida




Eastern Region












Western Region














Southern Region










TISSNET 2021 Program

Now that you know the distribution of the notes, let us inform you about the detailed schedule for TISSNET 2021 so that you can start preparing early from now on. Below is a list of the various topics on which questions are asked and the syllabus it is expected to cover for each topic.

English Proficiency or Verbal Ability: This section contains questions on Verbal Comprehension and Verbal Ability (VA). These are certain areas you should focus on: fill in the blanks with the correct word, antonyms, synonyms, homophones, choose the strange word, sentence correction, idioms, analogies, and acronyms. In the case of reading comprehension (RC), you must know the purpose of the passage, the assumption and the supporting statements, learn to make inferences and conclusions. You must learn to identify the author's point of view, determine the strength or weakness of arguments, and identify flaws or discrepancies in logic.

General Knowledge / General Awareness or Social Sensitivity: This section contains questions on current affairs, history, meanings of terms, recent social problems, activities and social movements. You are expected to know about environment, ecology, sports, entertainment, work, politics, economics, etc. You must have extensive knowledge in topics such as health, media, education, ICT, literature, art, governance, law, international. politics and news.

Mathematics and logical reasoning: This section has questions about basic mathematics, data interpretation (DI), and logical reasoning. We will provide you with the details of the topics to cover for each subsection.

Math: Review your basics of algebra, profit and loss, percent, ratio and proportion, HCF and LCM, average, square root, time and distance, BODMAS, mixtures and claims, as well as basic geometry.

Data Interpretation (DI) - Learn how to interpret bar charts, pie charts, uppercase and lowercase letters, line charts, tables, double pie charts, and multiple charts. You must also have knowledge of data comparison.

Logical Reasoning - Here you are expected to solve questions about number series, alphabetical series, logical connectivity, Venn diagrams, puzzles, cubes, and statement conclusion. You are expected to pay attention to detail when solving the questions in this section. Assumptions, arguments, and family trees will also be questioned.

TISSNET 2021 Preparation Tips

To prepare for TISSNET 2021, read the preparation strategies mentioned below, the best books and preparation material to help you in your annual preparation.

  • First of all, you must decide whether you will opt for coaching or continue self-study at home.
  • If you decide to go to coaching classes, find out the best coaching centers that can guide you properly. Look carefully for the best mentor who can provide you with a complete understanding of the entire syllabus.
  • If you decide to study on your own, you should be more careful in managing your time and finishing the study program.
  • It is absolutely crucial that you know the exam pattern.
  • Take a look at the official syllabus and prepare accordingly.
  • Don't leave out any topic.
  • Read newspapers and magazines regularly to get a good score in the General Knowledge (GK) section.
  • Find out about current events in India and abroad by closely following the news.
  • You must have a clear concept of your basic concepts. There should be no problem in your fundamental knowledge.
  • Report regularly for TISSNET mock tests to rectify your mistakes.
  • Take quizzes from previous years to get the real feel of the exam.

TISSNET 2021 Advisory Process

The written national entrance exam is only the first round of selection at TISS. You must also appear for the Pre-Interview Test (PIT) and Personal Interview (PI) rounds to finally qualify. These admissions rounds will be held separately for each TISS campus. Only after all these rounds are completed will the TISS authorities draw up the final selection list. Your final score will be based on your performance in all rounds. Applicants will also need to present all necessary documents at the time of admission. You must bring both your original documents and certified copies of them. After your documents are verified, the TISS authorities will ask you to undergo a medical check-up before you are allowed admission.

Frequently asked questions related to TISSNET 2021

Question 1: Is TISS affiliated with any university?

Answer: TISS is a "Considered University" established under section 3 of the UGC Act of 1956.

Question 2: What is the process for getting admission through TISSNET?

Answer: The admission process includes the TISSNET test, the pre-interview test, and the personal interview.

Question 3: Are minimum scores required for the TISSNET exam?

Answer: Yes, the minimum score for the written test is 35% (for SC / ST) and 45% (for others). However, mere scores on the written test does not guarantee a place for a program.

Question 4: How many times can one take the TISSNET exam?

Answer: There is no limit to the number of attempts for the TISSNET exam. A candidate can appear as many times as he wishes.

Question 5: In case you need to change the test center later, what is the procedure?

Answer: Only in case of genuine reasons, the request to change the test center will be considered. For the same, candidates should contact the examining authority or write to them at pgadmission@tiss.edu.

Question 6: What are the fees for a course at TISS?

Answer: The fee varies from program to program and candidates can refer to the information brochure available on the TISS website for more details.

Question 7: Does TISS offer accommodation to its candidates?

Answer: Yes, the facility is available at TISS, but preference is given to candidates coming from outside Mumbai based on the income criteria, for students belonging to the SC / ST category

Question 8: Are there any Administration / NRI / Ex-Serviceman fees available at TISS?

Answer: No, TISS does not provide admission based on the Administration / NRI / Ex-Serviceman fee.

Question 9: When will the final shortlist of candidates be announced?

Answer: The list of merits will be announced in the third week of April 2021.

Question 10: What is the pre-interview test?

Answer: PIT or pre-interview test is essentially an essay writing test. The questionnaire consists of two sections: a) Essay writing b) Short case.

Question 11: How is the score for the final selection added?

Answer: PIT and PI scores will be added in a ratio of 70:30 for the final selection.



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