TISSNET 2018 Test Analysis

The structure of the TISS-NET 2018 was the same as that of last year. The test was online and was divided into 3 sections – General Awareness (40 questions), Mathematical and Logical Reasoning (30 questions) and English (30 questions). There were 100 questions for 100 marks. There was no negative marking.

The overall difficulty level of the exam was slightly more difficult to that of last year owing to some difficult GA questions.

Section Subject Area No. of Questions Marks
Section I General Awareness 40 40
Section II Mathematical & Logical Reasoning 30 30
Section III English 30 30

 The analysis of each of the sections (based on some students’ reports) is as given below.

Section I: General Awareness
This section comprised 40 questions, each carrying 1 mark. Out of the 40 questions, there were 28 static ones and 12 on current affairs. There were around 12 questions on international affairs and 28 were related to national events. About 7 questions were easy, 22 were medium and 11 difficult. This section was more difficult as compared to last year’s test.

A score of 25-26 would be a good benchmark. Attempting all GA questions would not have taken more than 15-20 minutes.  

Section II: Mathematical and Logical Reasoning
The questions on arithmetic were easy and all of them should have been attempted. Some of the questions were complete sitters. Out of the 8 DI questions, 4 were standalone ones with individual graphs, and there were 2 sets of 2 questions each. The DI questions were of easy level as well. Overall, this section was a bit easier as compared to last year’s test.

The breakup of the questions was as follows:

Area Number of questions Level of Difficulty

QA and Logical Reasoning

22 Easy
6 Moderate
2 Difficult
(linear equations)
(questions on percentages, mixtures and ratio-proportions)
(questions on triangles)
Modern Math
(questions on directions, set theory, clocks and calendars)
Sequences and series  (questions on numeric and alphabetic) 5
Verbal Reasoning (Syllogism) 1
Graph-based 5
Table-based 3

By allotting 35-40 minutes to this area, one should have ideally solved at least 20-24 questions correctly and marked the answers to the remaining, as there was no negative marking.

Section III: English
This section comprised 30 questions, out of which there were 10 RC questions (2 passages). Out of these 10 RC questions, four were easy, five were of moderate level and one was difficult. One of the RC passages was about 200 words long (it dealt with lessons imparted by a desert to a person) while the other was 400-450 words long and dealt with the growing problem of trash in Britain. Most of the questions in this section were of an easy to moderate level. Overall, this section also was a bit easier as compared to last year’s test.

A good score for this section would be 26-27. A serious aspirant would be able to tackle all questions within 35-40 minutes.

  Topics No. of Questions Level of Difficulty
Reading Comprehension
(2 passages)
10 4 Easy, 5 Moderate , 1 Difficult
Fill in the Blanks (single blank) 4 4 Easy
A word which is not a synonym
of the given word
2 2 Easy
Underlined part of statement has an error 4 3 Easy, 1 Moderate
Fill in the Blanks (Idioms based) 1 1 Moderate
Homonym-based FIB 1 1 Easy
Grammatically correct sentence 3 2 Easy, 1 Moderate
Tense-based double FIB 1 1 Easy
Grammar-based FIB 1 1 Easy
Double FIB 1 1 Easy
Sentence-Conclusion 1 1 Easy
Closest synonym 1 1 Easy

Overall, the cutoff for M.A. (HRM) Mumbai Campus, for general category students is expected to be 77 – 78 marks.



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