TISS NET is the online mode national entrance test conducted by the Tata Institute of Social Science. Aspirants can start filling the TISSNET Form from October 2020 in online mode. Go through the post to know in detail about the TISS Entrance Exam 2021.

Latest Update: The Personal Interview Rounds of TISSNET 2020 has been postponed due to the pandemic. It is expected to be conducted in the month of July-August 2020. 

  • The 100-minute online examination is conducted for admission to its Master's programs.
  • There are as many as 53 post-graduate programs offered by the multi-campus research university through TISS Exam.
  • There are four campuses of TISS, located in Mumbai, Tuljapur, Guwahati, and Hyderabad.
  • Gear up preparations for the entrance exam by practicing TISSNET Question Paper regularly.

TISSNET 2020 Exam Highlights

TISSNET Full Form TISS National Entrance Test
Exam Level  National 
Conducting Body  Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Official Website  tiss.edu
Periodicity of the Exam  Yearly 
Application Mode  Online/Offline
Application Fee General: 1030/2060/3090; Reserved: 260/520/780
Exam Mode  Online
Syllabus English Proficiency, Mathematics and Logical Reasoning, General Awareness

What is the Tata Institute of Social Science?

Tata Institute of Social Sciences is the most sought-after post-graduate institute in the country. It is among the first priority list of every postgraduate aspirant. Hailed as Asia’s oldest institute for professional social work education, it conducts TISS NET annually for admission to programs like MBA/PGDM, MA, MSc, MHA, MPH, MMA in Social Work, and over 50 other courses.

What is TISSNET?

TISSNET is an online mode of exam conducted by the Tata Institute of Social Science to offer admissions to its Master Programs. There are around 53 postgraduate programs offered through the TISS Exam every year. Selected students after TISS NET Exam will be pursuing the graduation in any of the four campuses of TISS located in Mumbai, Tuljapur, Guwahati, and Hyderabad. 

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What are TISSNET 2021 Important Dates?

TISSNET 2021 will be conducted once the process for the ongoing session viz. TISS NET 2020 gets over. The exam will be followed by Result Announcement and invitation for the PI/PIT. The candidates shortlisted in the final merit list will get the opportunity to study from the premiere university. Let’s take a look at the tentative dates of TISSNET 2021

Events TISSNET 2021 Dates
Registration starts October 2020
Online registration November 2020
TISS NET Admit Cards December 2020
Pre-admission orientation Programme for SC/ST/OBC/Minority and PWD candidates December 2020
TISSNET 2021 Online Examination January 2021
TISSNET 2021 Result  February 2021
PIT/PI Dates March 2021
TISS NET 2021 Merit List April 2021

As the entire world including India battles the pandemic, it is expected that the aforementioned dates may be delayed. Any delay or change in TISS Entrance Exam 2021 Important Dates will be mentioned on the university’s official website. The same will be intimated on toprankers.com at the earliest.

Colleges Accepting TISSNET 2021 Scores

Based on the TISSNET Scores, candidates will be offered admissions at the TISS Campuses for various courses. 

  • Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
  • Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Tuljapur
  • Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad
  • Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati
  • Banayan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health (BALM), Chennai

In these five institutes, there are 53 courses offered. Check out campus wise courses offered and also number of seats offered for each course.

What are the Eligibility Criteria of TISSNET 2021?


  • Candidates must be registered citizens of India

Academic Eligibility

  • Since TISSNET is a national level postgraduate entrance test, the basic eligibility is graduation. 
  • Candidates in their final year of graduation are also eligible to apply.
  • Candidates must have secured 50% or above in their Bachelor’s degree course.

Work Experience

  • Candidates applying for the course of Masters in Arts in (Organisation Development, Change, and Leadership) must possess experience of 2 years to post their graduation date.

Age Limit

  • Candidates must be at least 21 years or above at the time of admission in TISS Campuses
  • There is no upper age limit to apply for TISSNET Exam

How to Apply for TISSNET 2021?

The application, registration, and all updates regarding TISS Entrance Exam 2021 will be intimated through its official website admissions.tiss.edu. The TISSNET Application Form will be available tentatively from the third week of October 2020. 

There is also a provision of offline TISSNET Application for the exam. However, it is available for candidates with limited access of the internet from North-East, Jammu & Kashmir, and Jharkhand. It can also be availed by students from remote areas. Such students will have to request TISS Application form from Mumbai Campus. Let us look at the process of the TISSNET 2021 Application.

Online Application

  1. Visit the Official website of TISSNET 2021, admissions.tiss.edu
  2. Register at the portal with email-id and verify with OTP sent at the same email account.
  3. Login at admissions.tiss.edu using the generated user details.
  4. Enter personal information and academic background.
  5. Choose courses to be applied, preferred campus, and exam city.
  6. Upload photographs and signature as per the guidelines mentioned.
  7. Upload necessary documents
  8. Pay TISSNET 2021 Application Fee and Submit
  9. Save a copy of registered TISS Entrance Exam Form and verify the confirmation mail received at your email-id

Offline Application

  1. Submit a request with an application fee for TISSNET Form through Speed-post to TISS Mumbai Campus.
  2. TISS Mumbai generally takes a week to dispatch the form via speed-post
  3. Fill TISSNET 2021 Offline Application Form with all necessary details
  4. Attach attested copies of all required documents.
  5. Send the complete form to the following address via speed-post: 

Assistant Registrar (Academic) 

Tata Institute of Social Sciences, 

Deonar, Mumbai 400088

When will TISSNET Admit Card be Released?

Hall Ticket of TISSNET 2021 will be released post successful submission of the TISSNET Form. It is expected to be available on admisisons.tiss.edu by the second week of December 2020. Candidates without hall tickets will not be permitted to appear for the exam. Follow the steps mentioned to download TISS NET Admit Card

  • Login to admission.tiss.edu
  • Click on the Admit card Section
  • Enter details required & Submit
  • Verify the details mentioned on the admit card
  • Download and keep multiple copies with you.

NOTE: Students are advised to check all the details mentioned in the Admit Card. They should also make sure that the details match with the ones provided in the Application Form. Any discrepancy could lead in rejection of candidature from the admission process

Students who register for the form in offline mode will be sent TISSNET 2021 Admit Card to the corresponding address mentioned in their TISS NET Application Form

Where are TISSNET 2021 Exam Centres? 

TISSNET 2021 is a national level postgraduate entrance exam. Hence, the exam centers are spread across the entire nation and categorized among zones. Let us have a look at the list of TISS NET Exam Centres

Northern Zone Eastern Zone Western Zone Southern Zone
Chandigarh Bhubaneshwar Ahmedabad Bengaluru
Dehradun Guwahati Aurangabad Chennai
New Delhi Jamshedpur Bhopal Hyderabad
Faridabad Kolkata Gwalior Kochi
Ghaziabad Patna Indore Visakhapatnam
Jaipur Raipur Mumbai Madurai
Lucknow Ranchi Nagpur Thiruvananthapuram
Noida Dimapur Pune Kozhikode
Varanasi Silchar Solapur Srinagar
Greater Noida Navi-Mumbai Jammu Thane

What is TISSNET Exam Pattern?

The TISSNET 2021 Exam will be conducted in online formats across centers spread over four zones as mentioned above. The exam will be of 100 questions in 100 minutes with sections- English Proficiency, Mathematics, and Logical Reasoning, General Awareness. 

  • The Mode of the examination will be English
  • Questions will be objective in nature
  • 1 Mark will be awarded for right answers, 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer
  • No marks will be awarded for questions not attempted.
  • English, Reasoning Section: 30 questions each
  • General Awareness: 40 Questions

The Final Merit of TISSNET 2021 will include marks obtained by the student's TISS NET Exam. It will also include marks obtained by students in subsequent rounds of PIT/GD and PI rounds. The table mentioned below gives the detailed breakup of marks distribution.

TISS NET Online Exam 100 marks
PIT/GD 50 marks
PI 75 marks
Total Marks 225 marks

TISSNET Sectional Components 2021

Check the number of questions asked from each section and also the key components of each section.

Section Name Number of questions Key Sectional Components
English Proficiency  30 Vocabulary, Fill in the blanks, synonyms, antonyms, Grammar-based Error Correction, the odd one out, Jumbled paragraphs, Short and long RC Passages
Mathematics & Logical Reasoning  30 Arithmetic, Number System, P&C, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Mensuration, Direction, Clocks & Calendars, Series, Arrangements, DI sets, graphs, charts, table
General Awareness  40 Conventional & Static GK, Current Affairs, social and cultural issues, national policies/ campaigns, international events, literature/art/culture, sports, books/authors/ awards, constitution, science, politics, economics, history
Total Questions 100 GK commands the highest weightage in TISSNET exam

What is TISSNET Syllabus?

The TISSNET Syllabus includes subjects such as Verbal Ability, General Knowledge, Mathematics, and Logical Reasoning. The detailed information of topics asked under each subject is mentioned below.

Verbal Ability General Awareness Maths and LR
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Antonyms-Synonyms
  • Homophones
  • Pick the odd one out
  • Sentence Correction
  • Idioms
  • Active-Passive
  • Direct-Indirect
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Current Affairs
  • History
  • Geography
  • Polity
  • Economics
  • General Science
  • Environment and Ecology
  • Arithmetic
  • Trigonometry & Geometry
  • Mensuration
  • DI, Graphs
  • Puzzles
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Statement-Conclusions
  • Blood Relation

What is TISSNET Cut Off?

TISS invites students with scores above the cutoff to the next process of Pre-Interview Tests/Group Discussions followed by Personal Interview. TISSNET Cut Off is generally higher for general students and comparatively lower for students from reserved categories. However, it is subject to change as it depends on multiple factors mentioned below

  • Number of students writing the test
  • The difficulty level of the examination
  • Number of vacancies
  • Average marks scored in the examination.

The qualifying mark for the general category is 45% of the total marks while it is set to be 35% of the total marks for students from the reserved category. Let us look at the previous year's cutoff of TISS Entrance Exam.

Program Category TISSNET 2020 Cutoff
MA in Human Resource Management and Labour Relations General category 82
OBC category 73
SC/ST category 70
Development Studies General category  75

Similar to the Admit Card, candidates are advised to verify the basic details mentioned in the Score Card. 

TISSNET Courses & Seats Intake 2020

Here is the list of courses offered in each TISS Campus along with the number of seats offered. Check the TISS Seats Intake below for each course.

TISS Mumbai Campus

TISS Mumbai Schools Courses Seats
School of Education Master of Arts in Education (Elementary) 51
School of Development Studies MA in Development Studies 51
MA in Women's Studies 28
School of Habitat Studies MA/MSc in Climate Change and Sustainability Studies 23
MA/MSc in Regulatory Governance 23
MA/MSc in Urban Policy and Governance 23
MA/MSc in Water Policy and Governance 15
School of Health System Studies Master of Hospital Administration (MHA) 51
MPH – Health Administration 39
MPH – Health Policy, Economics, and Finance 23
MPH in Social Epidemiology 28
School of Human Ecology MA in Applied Psychology (Clinical and Counseling Practice) 51
School of Law, Rights and Constitutional Governance LLM (Access to Justice) 39
School of Management and Labour Studies MA in Globalisation and Labour 23
MA in Human Resource Management & Labour Relations 68
Master of Arts/Master of Science(Analytics) (Self Financed) 34
MA in Organisation Development, Change and Leadership 34
MA in Social Entrepreneurship 34
School of Media and Cultural Studies MA in Media and Cultural Studies 29
School of Social Work MA in Social Work (Children & Families) 23
MA in Social Work (Community Organisation & Development Practice) 34
MA in Social Work (Criminology & Justice) 34
MA in Social Work (Dalit & Tribal Studies and Action) 29
MA in Social Work (Disability Studies & Action) 28
MA in Social Work (Livelihoods and Social Entrepreneurship) 29
 MA in Social Work (Mental Health) 23
MA in Social Work (Public Health) 23
MA in Social Work (Women-Centred Practice) 26

TISS Tuljapur Campus

TISS Tuljipur School Courses Seats
School of Rural Development MA/MSc in Development Policy, Planning and Practice 34
MA/MSc in Sustainable Livelihoods and Natural Resources Governance 34
MA in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship 34
MA in Social Work in Rural Development 34

TISS Hyderabad Campus

TISS Hyderabad Schools Courses Seats
Ajeem Premji School of Education Master of Arts in Education 34
School of Public Policy and Governance MA in Public Policy and Governance 34
School of Livelihoods and Development MA in Development Studies 34
MA in Natural Resource and Governance 34
MA in Rural Development and Governance 34
School of Gender Studies MA in Women Studies 34

TISS Guwahati Campus

TISS Guwahati School Courses Seats
School of Social work Master of Arts in Social Work (Community Organisation & Development Practices) 23
MA in Social Work (Counselling) 17
MA in Social Work (Livelihoods and Social Entrepreneurship) 17
MA in Social Work (Public Health) 17
School of Social Science and Humanities MA in Ecology, Environment and Sustainable Development 17
MA in Labour Studies and Social Protection 17
MA in Peace and Conflict Studies 17
MA in Sociology and Social Anthropology 23

Banayan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health (BALM), Chennai 

Course Seats
Master of Arts in Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology) 20
Master of Arts in Applied Psychology (Counseling Psychology) 20
Master of Arts in Social Work (Mental Health) 20

What happens in TISSNET Interview?

Results of the TISS Online Exam is followed by invitation for the interview rounds. The interview rounds consist of the following stages:

  1. Pre-Interview Test/Group Discussion
  2. Personal Interview

Pre-Interview Tests

  • 50-mark Written Test of 2 sections
  • Duration: 35-45 Minutes
  • Section 1 (25-30 Marks): Essay Writing (1000-1500 words)
  • Section 2 (20-215 Marks): Situation Handling Questions (4 Questions)

Interview Test

  • Questions are asked around the course applied by students.
  • Total Marks: 75 Marks

The Final Results in the form of merit list are declared post successful completion of TISS NET Interview Rounds. The merit list is prepared on basis marks scored by candidates in Online Exam and Interview rounds. The weightage given to each stage in the preparation of merit is mentioned below.

TISSNET Exam Stages Percentage of Weightage  Total Marks
TISS Entrance Exam 2020  44% 100
Pre-Interview Test (PIT) 22% 50
Personal Interview (PI) 34% 75
Total 100 225

When will TISSNET Result be Declared?

The TISSNET Result will be announced after the successful conclusion of a 100-minute online examination. The result in the form of the scorecard will be uploaded on the official website of TISS and students will have to provide login details to obtain that. Here’s a detailed process of how you can download your TISS NET 2021 Score Card from the website.

  • Go to the official website of TISSNET viz. admissions.tiss.edu
  • Navigate to the Results tab
  • Enter the required details like your registration info.
  • Download and save your scorecard.

TISS 2021 Admissions

The final TISS Admission for different programs is done in two stages involving three components of assessment. Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) offers programs with a low fee structure. Candidates score in the TISS Entrance Exam will be used only for shortlisting them to the second stage. This score will not be added to the final selection. 

The candidates applying for MA Human Resource Management & Labour Relations (HRM &LR) and MA Organisation Development, Change and Leadership (ODCL) of Mumbai Campus will have to appear in an additional Management Aptitude Test (TISS-MAT) conducted along with TISS-NET for 45 marks for a duration of 30 mins. The score for TISSMAT will be added to the PIT score of the shortlisted candidates while preparing the final score for the selection. 

Only the shortlisted candidates will be called for the Pre Interview Test and Personal Interview.(PIT/PI). Candidates are assessed based on the following parameters for final selection

  • TISSNET 2021 exam scores. Minimum qualifying TISSNET marks are 35%
  • Pre-Interview Test/GD
  • Personal Interview

TISSNET Exam Analysis 2020

The TISS Entrance Exam comprises three sections General Awareness (40 Questions), English Proficiency & Language skills (30 Questions), and Mathematical Reasoning & Quantitative Abilities (30 Questions). In the previous years, the TISS NET Exam was a moderate difficulty level. In order to help candidates enhance their preparation, check out the previous year's exam analysis below. Know the number of questions asked and its difficulty level.

English Proficiency & Language Skills

Topics Number of questions Level of Difficulty
Spot the Error- Grammar 3 Easy
Synonyms and Antonyms 4 Easy-Moderate
Fill in the Blanks 7 Easy
Odd One Out 1 Moderate
Jumbled Up Sentences 3 Easy
Inference/Conclusion 2 Moderate
Reading Comprehension 10 Moderate
Total 30 Easy to Moderate

Quantitative Ability

Topic Number of questions Level of Difficulty
HCF & LCM 1 Easy
Ratios 1 Easy
Time Speed & Distance 1 Easy
Averages 4 Easy-Moderate
Number System 2 Easy
Geometry 2 Moderate
Trigonometry 1 Easy
P&C/Probability 3 Easy-Moderate
SI-CI 1 Easy
Algebra 1 Easy
Total 17 Easy

Logical Reasoning

Topic Number of questions Level of Difficulty
Clocks and Calendars 2 Easy
Series 1 Easy
Miscellaneous 3 Moderate
Total 6 Easy-moderate

Data Interpretation

Topic Number of questions Level of Difficulty
Line Graph 3 Easy-moderate
Table 4 Easy
Total 7 Easy-moderate

General Awareness

GK was slightly difficult compared to other sections.

Topic Number of questions Level of Difficulty
Current Affairs 5 Easy-Moderate
Business & Economy 2 Moderate- Difficult
History 4 Moderate
Geography 3 Easy
Polity 6 Moderate
Science & Technology 2 Moderate
Sports 2 Easy-Moderate
Awards 3 Easy-Moderate
Books 1 Moderate
Programs & Acts 2 Moderate- Difficult
Social Issues 6 Moderate- Difficult
Miscellaneous 4 Moderate
Total 40 Moderate- Difficult


What is TISSNET?

TISSNET is an online Entrance Examination conducted by the Tata Institute of Social Science to offer admissions for Master's Program.

When does the registrations begin for TISSNET 2021?

The registration begin from October 2020 for TISSNET 2021. The last date to fill the TISSNET Form is November 2021.

What is the Eligibility for TISSNET 2021?

Candidates secured 50% or above in Bachelor's degree and aged above 21 years are eligible to apply for TISSNET 2021.

What is the syllabus for TISSNET Exam?

The Syllabus of TISSNET includes subjects such as Verbal Ability, General Knowledge, Mathematics, and Logical Reasoning. 

What is the selection process for TISSNET 2021?

The selection process for TISSNET includes an online examination, Pre-Interview Test/Group Discussion, and Personal Interview.

For how much marks is TISSNET Exam conducted?

The TISSNET Exam is conducted for a total of 225 marks. Out of this 225 marks, the online exam is conducted for 100 marks, Pre-Interview Test for 50, and Personal Interview (PI) for 75 marks.


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