Exam Registration Starts: Second Week of December 2023

Exam Date: 24th February, 2024 (Expected)


What is the TISS exam, and who conducts it?

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) is one of the earliest institutes to offer courses in social sciences. It provides certificate, vocational, PG, doctoral, integrated, and online courses in various fields of Public Welfare and Community Development. The institute has 12 schools in total, of which the majority are located at the Mumbai campus. Apart from the main campus at Mumbai, TISS has campuses at Tuljapur, Hyderabad, and Guwahati. TISS is popular for its PG programmes, for which certain entrance tests take place as a part of the admission process.

Every year, TISS conducts a national-level exam called TISSNET, which paves the way to M.A. programmes at the institute. These programmes are considered equivalent to management programmes (MBA/PGDM) offered by the reputed B-schools of India. Besides the M.A. courses, TISSNET scores are required for admission to courses like M.H.A, M.P.H., M.Sc., B.Ed-M.Ed, and other programmes offered by the institute.



What is the Exam Criteria For SNAP exam

TISS follows a quite relaxed eligibility criterion for its entrance exam. Listed below are the basic requirements to fulfil before appearing in TISSNET:
  • Candidate must have completed a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with a minimum 3 years duration or equivalent (under the 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 or 10+2+2+1 year bridge course pattern or any other pattern fulfilling the compulsory requirements of 15 years formal education) from a UGC-recognized university. 
  • Final year students can also appear in the exam. These candidates must have completed their final year degree (including all examinations and internships, if applicable) by June 2023.
While the above-mentioned eligibility conditions apply for TISSNET only, the institute specifies additional requirements for different programmes. For M.A. (ODCL), the candidate needs to have professional working experience of at least 2 years in order to seek admission. Similarly, in the case of M.A. in Applied Psychology or Urban Policy, the candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in the related field. The complete details about the programme-specific eligibility are available at the institute’s official site.


TISS 2023 Exam Pattern

Listed below are the main features of TISSNET exam format and marking scheme:
  • The duration of the test is 100 minutes.
  • Each correct answer is awarded 1 mark.
  • There is no negative marking in the test.
  • Each MCQ consists of 4 answer options.
  • There are no sectional time limits in TISSNET.


What is the TISSNET syllabus?

TISS indicates a brief overview of TISSNET syllabus 2023. Also, we have enlisted the important topics for each section as per the pattern of the previous year papers. Given below are the crucial areas of TISSNET 2023:
  • English Proficiency: This section includes questions from Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, and Grammar. Generally, there are 2 RC passages with 4-5 questions each. The Comprehension part intends to assess the candidate’s proficiency in understanding management-related literature. Further, the section also has vocabulary-based questions like word choice, odd-one-out, synonyms, antonyms, analogies, sentence correction, etc.
  • Mathematics and Logical Reasoning: This part tends to evaluate the quantitative and reasoning skills of the candidates. It covers topics from Arithmetic, Geometry, Trigonometry, Statistics, Data interpretation (DI), and Analytical reasoning. Questions associated with DI segment check the candidate’s ability to understand data related to different domains like economy, business and market functions.
  • General Awareness: This section involves questions from static GK as well as current affairs. Here, the focus is mainly on socio-political issues and economic developments. Other areas are: sports, science, environment, art and culture, etc. Certain questions are put to evaluate the candidate’s awareness related to business sector and functional areas of management.


The selection process at TISS comprises of two major stages: TISSNET and Assessments. It is important to note that the reservation rules do not apply at the first stage. As per TISSNET score, the candidates are shortlisted for the next stage.

A three-member panel holds the online/offline assessments to evaluate the candidate’s interest and readiness for the chosen programme. The duration of QA is 20-30 minutes. It consists of the following screening stages:

    1. Extempore- The candidate has to select one topic from the two available options and speak on it for 2-3 minutes. The topics are generally related to the programme chosen by the candidate.
    1. Personal Interview- In the last stage, the candidates need to attend an online/offline personal interview, where the interviewers probe them on their knowledge of social and economic issues. Questions regarding graduation subjects, hobbies, etc. mostly form the topic for discussion.
The final score is based on marks allotted to both stages. The following table reflects the weightage given to each screening component:



 Ans. It’s among the AAA+ grade B-schools. It is one of the best HRM programs in India.

Ans.The application fee is Rs. 1030 per programme.

There is no restriction on the number of times you can take TISSNET.

Ans. TISSNET score is valid for one year.