TISS-NET 2019 Test Analysis

The structure of the TISS-NET 2019 (Sunday, 13 Jan 2019, 2 - 3:40 pm) 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 carrying a total of 100 marks. There was no Sectional timing. Each question had 4 options. There was no negative marking. 

The overall difficulty level of the exam was marginally higher than last year’s test mainly owing to several difficult General Awareness questions and a slightly tougher English section.

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 student feedback) is given below.

Section I: General Awareness 

This section comprised 40 questions, each carrying 1 mark. Out of the 40 questions, there were 29 static and 11 current affairs questions. There were 13 questions on international affairs and 27 on national events. About 6-8 questions were easy, 12 -14 were medium and about 20 were difficult. This section was much more difficult than last year.

A score of 20-21 would be a good benchmark. Attempting all GA questions would not have taken more than 20 minutes.

Section II: Mathematical and Logical Reasoning 

The questions on arithmetic were easy and all of them should have been attempted. Also, there were many questions on Numbers. Some of the questions based on Numbers were downright sitters. There were 2 DI sets of 4 questions and 3 questions each. Both the sets were easy. However, one question was ambiguous in one of the sets. The question on the number of triangles in the figure was rather difficult and time consuming. There were no LR questions. Overall, this section was a bit easier compared to the last year’s test.

The breakup of the questions was as follows:

Area

Number of questions

Level of Difficulty

QA and Logical Reasoning

23 Easy
6 Moderate
1 Difficult

Numbers 
(exponents + find out the unit’s digit)

5

Algebra 
(linear equations)

3

Arithmetic 
(questions on percentages, Averages, mixtures and ratio-proportions)

5

Geometry 
(questions on triangles)

3

Modern Math 
(questions on P&C, Probability, set theory, clocks and calendars)

4

Sequences and series  (questions on numeric and alphabetic)

2

Trigonometry

1

DI  

Graph-based

3

Table-based

4

By allotting 40 minutes to this section, one should have ideally solved at least 24-25 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 10 questions were on Reading Comprehension based on 2 passages. Out of these 10 RC questions, 5 were easy and 5 were of medium difficult. One RC passage was about 200 words long (it dealt with India’s missile programme in the 1970s) while the other was about 450 words and was about Alan Turing. Most of the questions in this section were easy to medium. Overall, this section was slightly more difficult than last year.

A good score for this section would be 24-25. A serious aspirant would be able to tackle all questions within 40 minutes.

  Topics

No. of Questions

Level of Difficulty

Reading Comprehension
(2 passages)

10

5 Easy, 5 Moderate

Fill in the Blanks (1 blank)

1

Difficult

Fill in the Blanks (2 blanks)

6

2 Easy, 4 Moderate

Grammar - Spot the Error in underlined part.

3

2 Easy, 1 Moderate

Synonym

3

2 Easy, 1 Moderate

Antonym

2

1 Easy, 1 Moderate

Odd Word Out

1

Easy

Paragraph Jumble

3

2 Easy, 1 Moderate

Critical Reasoning ( Conclusion)

1

Easy

Overall expected cut-offs

This year, we expect the cut-off for M.A. (HRM)- Mumbai campus, for General Category, to be 70-72 marks. Last year the  cut-off for the same was 74.


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