New Batches at TathaGat Delhi & Noida!
by Lokesh Sharma - Tuesday, 9 December 2014, 05:44 PM
  TISS or Tata Institute of Social Service conducts its own exam by the name TISSNET (TISS National entrance test) usually in the month of December/January for the academic session starting in the succeeding year. TISSNET is a computer based test and is held in multiple parts of the country, including Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida, Faridabad, Ghaziabad.

Pragrammes and campuses

The most coveted program of TISS is MA in Human Resource Management and Labour Relations at Mumbai campus. If you wish to pursue MBA in HR, then TISS is one of the best options you have in Asia. The newer campuses do not have the same branding as that of Mumbai and hence it is advisable to apply for the Mumbai campus only.

Students with Bachelor's Degree in Medicine, Paramedical Sciences, or other four years programmes like Pharmacy, Veterinary Sciences, Engineering are also eligible for two other famous courses at the Mumbai campus- Masters in Hospital Management and Masters in Health Management. Students are highly advised to take good stock of the career options available in India after, feasibility of studying and interest in these courses before they join. Usually only students with biology background in Bachelors consider these courses.

The Exam

No negative marking, sectional time limits or sectional cutoffs, at least for the last 2-3 years. This means that you have all the reason to focus on the sections you are good at and still can manage to score good in those which troubles you a lot. It also gives you the opportunity in the end to try your luck and take blind guesses for the questions which you were not able to solve.

The applicants to the HRMLR program have to take two tests. The first one is common across all the 16 post graduate courses of TISS and it seeks to test your basic cognitive ability. The second test is different for each course and the one for the HRM program is more or less like any other management entrance test.

Both the tests happen differently and one has to do well in both the test in order to get to the next stage.

TISS (2015-17): Test Overview

Time allotted
Part 1 - 45 minutes
Part 2(HRMLR) - 60 minutes

Total number of questions
Part 1 – 50,
Part 2(HRM) – 75

Number of choices per question: 4 or 5
Marks per question: Not mentioned

Negative Marking
Part 1 – No Negative Marking
Part 2 (HRM) - 1/4th Negative marks per question
Mode of marking the ovals: Pencil

TISS 2013: Paper Pattern

Part 1

Section: Topic: Number of Questions
Section A :Analytical and Numerical Ability : 15
Section B: Language Ability: 20
Section C: Awareness of General and Social Issues: 15

This paper accounts for 25% of the weightage in the final written score of an applicant and the distribution of questions within the sections of this paper changes marginally from year to year. Last year, it had 50 questions, all worth the same marks, meant to be solved in 45 minutes.

Analytical and Numerical Ability

One can expect a small number of very basic visual reasoning and inferential questions in this section. Also there may be a set or two consisting of basic DI questions which you need to answer on the basis of a graph or a pie chart. The remaining questions are quantitative ability questions not very different to those in the CAT. The subjects covered in the last year's exam include time and work, quadrilaterals, numbers, averages, profit and loss, mathematical series, etc. You should be able to solve this section fairly quickly as all you need is a grasp on the fundamentals. This section had 15 questions last year.

Language Ability

This section requires you to solve RC passages with most questions being direct. Besides RC, logical arrangement of paragraphs, vocabulary based fill-in-the-blanks, analogies, sentence correction, essence/summary of a paragraph are the kind of questions that have traditionally appeared in this section and one can expect them this year too. The general level of questions is easy. This section had 20 questions last year.

Awareness of General and Social Issues

In the past two years, this section has had general knowledge questions about:
United Nations Organization
Indian rivers
Basic historical facts about India
Important Indian monuments
Basic facts and latest numbers about the Indian economy
Recent government initiatives like MNREGA, Mid-day meal scheme etc.
Indians who have won prominent international awards
Olympic Games facts

As is apparent, there is a strong emphasis on India in this section. Everyone should keep this in mind and not waste their time on learning random facts about the world for this exam. Prepare for this section just as you would for the IRMA entrance test. If you have a regular newspaper and magazine reading habit, it will be a huge advantage. Do go through the GK books like year books with detailed Indian facts. This section had 15 questions last year.

Part 2

Section:Topic:Number of Questions
Section I: Data Interpretation: 20
Section II: Data Sufficiency: 20
Section III: Reading Comprehension: 20
Section IV: Business Knowledge and Foundation of Management:15

This paper is the real clincher because it is worth 75% in the written score. Last year, it had 75 questions, all carrying equal marks, to be done in 60 minutes. The difficulty level is higher in this paper than the first test but it is still manageable.

Data Interpretation

This section had 10 questions last year, equally divided into two sets both of which were based on tabular data. You can expect similar questions this year too. Build skills to do quick and accurate calculations for this section. The level of questions is medium to low.

Data Sufficiency

With 20 questions, this section mattered a lot in the last year's test. Good speed and practice with data sufficiency problems can really help score high in this section. So, attempting second paper with this section could be a strategy that you can try out at home first and then implement in the exam.

Reading Comprehension
This section generally features two long passages on management subjects with direct questions at the end. So, speed reading would come handy. Last year, this section had 16 questions.

Business Knowledge

The areas focused upon in the previous year's papers are:
Recent Mergers & Acquisitions
Brand taglines
Famous books and authors
Indian banking
Indian economy
CSR initiatives by corporate houses

Those who have already prepared for this section for exams like IIFT should just revise the same material. Last year, this section had 15 questions.

Foundations of Management
This section troubles people the most because they do not have concrete sources to prepare from and also because they do not relate to the subjects asked in this section.

Experts say that reading and understanding any BMS or BBA level HRM textbook could be of great help. Also, you can skim through the personalities, theorists and management thinkers in the book such as Adam Smith, Charles Babbage, Robert Owen, Frederick Taylor (scientific management), Henry Ford, Max Weber, Henri Fayol (14 principles of management), Mary Follet , Chester Bernard, Maslow, McGregor (Theory X and Theory Y), Hawthorne experiments by Elton Mayo, Dale Carnegie, McClelland, Fiedler, Herzberg and Hackman & Oldham.

Few experts observed a pattern in the last two years papers of 50-60% of questions fall under the ambit of 'social psychology'. So, one should read online materials related to this topic carefully.

Aspirants should remember that this section is intended to just check the basics of management and not in-depth psychology or something of that sort. So, if there is no negative marking in this section, just go with any option by gut feeling. Last year, 14 questions were asked in this section.

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by Lokesh Sharma - Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 12:34 PM
  Tuition fee is around 2 lakhs for two years. But TISS does not provide hostel in the first year. So food and lodging expenses can go up to 3 lakhs for that year. For the second year, food and lodging costs come down to 50k per year since hostel and mess is provided.

HR is the only feasible program for students looking for a management course and worthy placements. As on the date of writing this review, HR is available in Mumbai campus only.
Placements record is very good. For exact figures you can refer to summer and final placement reports available on their website.
by TG3692 Delhi - Thursday, 8 October 2015, 11:02 PM
Are students with an active backlog allowed to appear for TISSNET-2016? I would get an opportunity to clear the paper only in December 2015. Would the undergraduation results be screened during the registration or only at the time of admission?
by Lokesh Sharma - Saturday, 10 October 2015, 05:27 PM
  Query: Sir,
Are students with an active backlog allowed to appear for TISSNET-2016? I would get an opportunity to clear the paper only in December 2015. Would the undergraduation results be screened during the registration or only at the time of admission?

Answer: Yes you are allowed as long as you are able to clear all your backs in time to start your MBA at TISS. For example, if you are supposed to write your last semester exam in June 2016 and the result of those exams will be declared by Septemeber 2016, then you have to clear all your backlogs by then.
by vishesh arora - Thursday, 29 October 2015, 09:32 AM
  Hello sir

Right now my only criterion to fill up forms is to apply in top colleges,and even after several talks i have not been able to decide whether i would want to get into HR.

Keeping this as premise(targeting top college+no clarity over pursuing HR),would it b advisable to apply for TISS or not?

Also,does it provide an MA degree instead of MBA?
by Lokesh Sharma - Tuesday, 3 November 2015, 04:17 PM
  Query: Hello sir

Right now my only criterion to fill up forms is to apply in top colleges,and even after several talks i have not been able to decide whether i would want to get into HR.

Keeping this as premise(targeting top college+no clarity over pursuing HR),would it b advisable to apply for TISS or not?

Also,does it provide an MA degree instead of MBA?

Answer: Yes, it offers MA but that MA in Human Resource and Labour Reasearch is, for all practical purposes, is as good as an MBA in HR. TISS is without a doubt one of the top colleges. So I suggest that you apply for it and try to clear the written post. Post result we would see whether you would want to pursue an MBA in HR and also evaluate what other options you have.
by TG3976 Delhi - Sunday, 29 November 2015, 08:53 PM
  In the form they have a question whether you have back paper or not. If you say yes, automatically you can't proceed any further. Also, here's the link for eligibility page from their website :

It says the following for all the courses:


Instructions for Determining Eligibility to Apply:
( i ) ' Pass Class' in the Bachelor's Degree pursued by the applicant will be taken for determining his/her eligibility.

( ii ) Candidates who are in the final year of their Bachelor's Degree programme, but have not passed in all the courses ( main/major/subsidiary, etc.) of the first and second years ( if the Degree is of 3 years duration) and first, second and third years (if the Degree is of 4 years duration) on the day of applying for the programme are not eligible to apply for any of the Master's Degree programmes offered by the Institute.

( iii ) Candidates who have been declared as failed in the final year examination are not eligible to apply for any of the Master's Degree Programmes of the Institute, unless they pass their Bachelor's Degree examination on the day of applying for any of the programmes.

( iv) Eligibility, once determined on the basis of the information given by the candidates in the Application Form, shall be final for the purpose of test/interview/selection. However, in case it is found that the information furnished by a candidate is incorrect or misleading or ineligibility being detected before or after the test/interview/selection/admission, his/her candidature will be cancelled.

( v ) If a provisionally admitted student fails in the final year of his/her Bachelor's Degree Examination and even if he/she has re-evaluation at the university/college, he/she will not be allowed to continue the programme as the offer of provisional admission stands automatically cancelled on his/her failure in the final year examination.


a) Candidates having a bachelor's degree with minimum of 3 years duration or its equivalent ( under the 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 or 10+2+2+1 year bridge course pattern of study or any other pattern fulfilling the mandatory requirements of 15 years formal education) from a recognized university are eligible to apply

b) At the time of applying candidates studying in 3 year degree progremme should have passed in all the subjects for the 1st to 4th semesters and candidates studying in 4 year degree progrmmes should have passed in all the subjects for 1st to 6th semester.

c) Only those Candidates who will be able to complete all the requirements of their final year Bachelor's Degree examinations by Saturday, June 11, 2016 are eligible to apply to all the programme.

Till the time the candidate submit results of the final year degree examination, admission to any of the Master's Degree Programmes of the Institute will be provisional. The results of the final examination have to be submitted before September 30, 2016. Those who fail to do so the provisional admission stands cancelled.
by Lokesh Sharma - Thursday, 3 December 2015, 01:01 PM
  Their criteria is very clear. Any back, then stay back.
by Tyler Durden - Sunday, 21 February 2016, 03:23 PM
  How is HRM-LR at TISS Hyderabad? Would it be a good idea to join considering that the first batch is yet to be placed? Can it hold a candle to the flagship programmes of NMIMS, IMT and IMI?