TISS-NET 2021 Detailed Analysis

For TISS-NET 2021, candidates applying for MA (HRM&LR) and / or MA (ODCL) programmes in TISS (Tata Institute of Social Sciences) are required to appear for the TISS-NET Examination which is the first stage of the selection process.

The structure of the TISS-NET 2021 (Saturday, 20 Feb 2021, 2 - 3:40 pm) was the same as that of last year. 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.


Section Subject Area No. of Qs Marks Stipulated Cut-off(Gen,EWS,KM,AF)*
Section I English Proficiency 30 30 Nil
Section II Mathematical & Logical Reasoning 30 30 Nil
Section III General Awareness 40 40 14
  • No Negative Marks
  • No Sectional timings

* TISS-NET has a sectional cut-off for the GK section. It is 35% (14 Marks) for Gen, EWS, KM and AF; 30% (12 Marks) for OBC (NC) and PWD. There will be no sectional cut off for SC/ST for the GK section.

(Ref: https://admissions.tiss.edu/view/6/admissions/ma-admissions/tissnet/ )


The overall difficulty level of TISS-NET was at par with that of last year’s test mainly due to easier General Awareness and English Proficiency Sections and a slightly more difficult Mathematical & Logical Reasoning Section.

The Overall TISSNET 2021 estimated cut-offs for the shortlisting of candidates for the 2nd stage for M.A. (HRM) - Mumbai campus, General Category is mentioned below:

HRM program- Mumbai Campus TISSNET 2021 cut-offs
General Category 72-75

(2020 - 73 ; 2019 - 75 )

As per the admission guidelines, the TISS-MAT will be conducted only for those candidates who are short-listed for stage 2 on the basis of TISS-NET results.

(Ref: https://admissions.tiss.edu/view/6/admissions/ma-admissions/tiss-mat/ )


Section I: English Proficiency

This section comprised 30 questions, out of which 10 questions were on Reading Comprehension based on 2 passages. Out of these 10 RC questions, 6 were easy and 4 were of medium difficulty. One RC passage was about 300 words long (it dealt with OTT Platforms in India) while the other was about 450 words and was about the possible role of coffee in the age of enlightenment. Most of the questions in this section were easy to medium. Overall, this section was slightly simpler than last year.

A good score for this section would be 25-26. A serious aspirant would be able to tackle all questions within 35 to 40 minutes.

Topics No. of Questions Level of Difficulty
Reading Comprehension(2 passages) 10 6 Easy, 4 Moderate
Fill in the Blanks (1 blank, spelling error) 1 Easy
Fill in the Blanks (1 blank) 1 Easy
Fill in the Blanks (2 blanks) 6 4 Easy, 2 Moderate
Grammar - Spot the Error in underlined part. 4 2 Easy, 2 Moderate
Synonym 2 1 Easy, 1 Moderate
Antonym 2 1 Easy, 1 Moderate
Jumbled Paragraphs 2 2 Moderate
Critical Reasoning (Inference) 1 Moderate
Logical Reasoning 1 Moderate

Section II: Mathematical and Logical Reasoning

The Mathematical and Logical Reasoning section in TISS NET-2021 was one notch more difficult than the one in the previous two years. Number of questions in the section were conceptual in nature. Out of the 30 questions in the section, 4 questions were on Logical Reasoning, 4 questions were on Data Interpretation (one set) and the remaining 22 questions were on Mathematics. The set on Data Interpretation was based on calculations and involved somewhat less user-friendly numbers. There was also one question on Statistics and one question on Logarithms. There were 7 questions on Arithmetic and 6 questions on Geometry and Modern Maths each. In Geometry, as many as 4 questions were on mensuration.

The breakup of the questions was as follows:

Area Number of questions Level of Difficulty
QA and Logical Reasoning 12 Easy 12 Moderate 6 Difficult
Numbers (Remainders) 1
(Quadratic equations)
(Simple-Compound interest, Time & Work, Time-Speed-Distance, Clocks and Calendars)
(Mensuration and Quadrilaterals)
Modern Math
(P&C, Probability, set theory, Statistics)
Data Interpretation 4
Logical Reasoning
Complete the series 3
Directions 1

By allotting 40 minutes to this section, one should have ideally aimed at solving about 22 questions correctly and marked the answers to the remaining, as there was no negative marking.

Section III: General Awareness

This section comprised 40 questions, each carrying 1 mark. Out of the 40 questions, there were 20 static and 20 current affairs questions. There were 8 questions on international affairs, 27 on national events and 5 questions were based on miscellaneous topics (such as health, environment, etc). About 9 - 10 questions were easy, 17 - 18 were medium and about 12 were difficult. This section was slightly simpler than last year.

A score of 23-24 would be a good benchmark. Attempting all GA questions would not have taken more than 20 minutes.


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