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Tata Institute of Social Sciences conducts a national level exam every year called TISSNET. The exam is conducted for admission to the various masters programmes offered by the institute, the most popular being Masters in Human Resource Management and Labor Relations.

The masters programme in HRM & LR offered by TISS is considered as good as an MBA in HR from XLRI. So all those candidates who are interested in building a career in the field of human resources, should take TISSNET.


When is TISSNET held?

The TISSNET notification is released in the month of October (last week) and the registrations begin simultaneously. The deadline for registration is in the last week of November. The exam is held in January and the results are declared in January/February.

The admit cards can be downloaded from the official website of TISS-, about 10 days before the exam. After the online examination, candidates are shortlisted for GD-PI based on a merit list prepared by the institute. Candidates are advised to regularly check the website for all such updates.

What is the structure of TISSNET?

TISSNET is a computer based, national level examination consisting of 100 questions with time duration of 100 minutes (1 hour 40 minutes). The questions are objective type and are related to General Awareness; Mathematics & Logical Reasoning, and English Proficiency.

Brief about TISSNET-

Exam type

Computer Based

No. of Questions


Time limit

100 minutes

Negative Marking


No. of Choices per question


Most likely, there will be no negative marking in TISSNET 2021 for any programme including HRM.  Even if candidates have applied for multiple programmes they have to appear in a single examination (Same question paper for all).

There is no demarcation of any section in this paper. All 100 questions appear together as a continuous stream.  The General Awareness section will carry 40 marks, English Proficiency 30 marks, Maths and Logical Reasoning will also carry 30 marks.

IMPORTANT NOTE:-There has been a change in the Selection Process in for students seeking admission for courses offered at Mumbai campus.

TISS Management Aptitude Test (TISS-MAT)

Candidates interested in studying courses MA (HRM & LR) or MA (ODCL) offered at the Mumbai Campus will have to appear for an additional entrance test called TISS Management Aptitude Test (TISS-MAT).

  • This test (TISS-MAT) will be for 45 marks, and it will be for a total of 30 minutes.
  • Marking Scheme- 1 mark for every correct answer marked and 0.25 marks will be deducted for an incorrect answer option.
  • There is no sectional cut-off mentioned for this entrance.

Exam Pattern of TISS- MAT:-


Number of Questions

Total Marks




Management Data Interpretation



Business Awareness




Significance of three sections in TISS-MAT- :-

  1. The Comprehension section has been incorporated to assess the student’s proficiency to understand management literature.
  2. The Management Data Interpretation section checks a student’s ability to understand data related to different domains like economy, business and market functions.
  3. The Business Awareness section checks a students’ awareness related to business sector and other functional areas of management.

Students need to note that TISS-MAT scores will be added to the Personal Interview Score.

Shortlisted candidates have to qualify the Pre-Interview Test and Personal Interview. The candidates should be aware that there can be some variations as regards to in the PIT/PI process for different programmes. Another point that TISS-NET aspirants have to keep in mind is that they need to prepare for Group Discussions (GD) or Aptitude Test (AT) as well. Group discussion and Aptitude Test is a part of the Pre-Interview Test. Here the general awareness of candidates is checked.

Final Score composition will be as follows:-

TISS-MAT Score will be aggregated with the score of Pre Interview Test and Personal Interview.

TISS-MAT : 30%

Pre-Interview Test (PIT) : 40%

Personal Interview (PI) : 30%

Who can appear for TISSNET?

There is no age limit in TISSNET. For admission to M.A. programmes at TISS, a bachelor's degree with minimum 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 is required. Final year students can also appear in the exam.

What all courses are offered by TISS?

If you’re interested in a career in Social work and Human Resources then there is no better place than TISS. TISS is a glorious institute established in 1936 and ever since then has been tirelessly producing prominent alumni in the field of social work. The institute will offer you the best faculty and environment to pursue a career in social sciences. So if TISS is on your mind then start preparing now. Gather your resources and make a well planned strategy to come out with flying colors in the exam.