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TISSNET - Exam Pattern

Tata Institute of Social Sciences National Entrance Test

Form Date: 18 Oct - 29 Nov 2020 (Tentative)

Computer Based Test

Form Date: 18 Oct - 29 Nov 2020

TISSNET 2021 Exam Pattern: Mode, Marks Distribution, Marking Scheme

Updated On - July 15 2020 by Latika Kalra

TISSNET 2021 Exam Pattern is set by its conducting authority Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). TISS National Entrance Test is a Computer-Based Test conducted to offer admission into full-time Postgraduate Degree programmes. Through TISSNET 2021, candidates will get the admission into M.A., M.Sc., MHA., M.P.H., Law courses offered by Mumbai, Tuljapur, Guwahati, Hyderabad campuses and other centres locations like Chennai and Nagaland. TISSNET 2021 will be held in the first week of January 2021. Candidates can read the complete article to know more about TISSNET 2021 Exam Pattern. 

TISSNET 2021 Exam Pattern

Candidates should follow the TISSNET exam pattern for scoring well in the exam as question paper structure gives a clear picture of how the exam is going to be and applicants can plan accordingly. Check the TISSNET 2021 paper pattern given below in detail:

  • Mode of Examination: The exam will conduct in Online mode (Computer-Based Test).
  • Time Allotted: Duration of test is 100 minutes (one hour and 40 minutes) from 02:00 pm to 03:40 pm.
  • Number of Questions: Total of 100 questions will be asked in the TISS exam.
  • Type of Questions: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) will be asked in the exam. 
  • Marking Scheme: There is no negative marking for any programmes in TISSNET exam.
  • Medium: Question will be asked in English language only.

Check the Basic Structure, Objective and Contents of TISS-NET 2021 are given below:

TISSNET Exam Pattern
Components / SectionsEnglish proficiencyMathematics and Logical reasoningGeneral Awareness
Number of Questions303040
Total Marks (100)303040
Sectional Cut-offNilNil35% (14 Marks)
Preparation LevelUp to Class 10Up to Class 10Linked with Objectives of the Section
ObjectivesTest the English language comprehension and usageTest the quantitative skills and logical reasoningAwareness about current affairs, developmental and socio-political issues
Broad Coverage (Indicative and not restrictive)

Word Choice / sentence correction



Synonyms & Antonyms


Verbal reasoning

Reading comprehension

Basic Arithmetics

Basic Geometry

Basic Trigonometry

Basic Statistics

Number Series

Data interpretation

Logical reasoning


Social Studies

Science & Technology



Art & Culture

Indian History

In case candidate is selected for more than one programme after National Entrance Test (NET), Pre-Interview Test and Personal Interview, admission will be offered to the programme higher in the order of preference. 

TISSNET Marking Scheme 2021

Tata Institute of Social Sciences defines the marking scheme for each section in TISSNET exam. There will be 100 questions each of 01 mark. General Awareness section has a weightage of 40 marks, while English Proficiency, Mathematics and Logical Reasoning section carry 30 marks each. There will be no negative marking for any wrong answer or unattempted question.

TISSNET Selection Procedure 2021

Candidates who will qualify TISSNET entrance test have to appear in the next round of TISSNET Selection Procedure which is a pre-written test.

Candidates have to attempt 2 sections in the pre-written test:
  1. In Section 1, candidates have to write an essay of about 1000 words on the asked topic. Generally essay from contemporary socio-political, cultural, economic and political significance topics are asked.
  2. In Section 2, candidates have to answer questions related to a given case study.

After giving the pre-written test, candidates have to appear for a personal interview

Distribution of Marks

  • TISS Exam: 100 marks
  • Pre-written Test: 50 marks
  • Personal Interview: 75 marks

The total marks allotted for admission in TISS is 225 marks.

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Form Start Date:

18 Oct 2020

Form End Date:

29 Nov 2020

The forms will open on 18 Oct 2020



Examination Date (Online):

04 Jan 2021

Application Fees:

₹ 1,030

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