How I prepared for TISS

Tips from the Topper


TISSNET (TISS National Entrance Test) is held in the month of January, which means that TISS aspirants have few months with them to prepare for this highly competitive engineering entrance exam. Here is the right strategy you must follow to excel in TISSNET.

We bring forth TISSNET Preparation Tips – a concise set of crucial guidelines from experts, along with success mantras from toppers, to excel in TISS. A part of TISSNET Preparation, these tips are essential for every aspirant while aiming to qualify and succeed in TISSNET.

How to prepare for TISSNET in few months?

Cracking TISSNET is your first step towards getting admission in the prestigious TISS. Preparing in the right manner in these final months can change your destiny. Your hard work may turn into success if you follow these TISSNET Tips sincerely. Read below to know the success strategies that can help you in cracking TISSNET.

Choose Proper Study Material:

It is a common misconception among aspirants that preparing from a number of books will help them in getting good marks. The truth is that referring the right books only will aid you in securing high. Don’t run behind multiple study material to prepare for TISSNET. Ask your teachers and friends which TISSNET Study Material to refer. Students should choose books that cover entire TISSNET Syllabus and are as per Paper Pattern.

Prepare a Time Table:

Six months is a good amount of time to excel in TISSNET, provided you are sincere and dedicated towards achieving your goal. These final months are very crucial for every TISS aspirant and a proper plan is needed for the preparation. You should make a time table to devote time to each subject as per your weaknesses and strengths. Coaching experts also believe that having a proper time table proves to be very helpful for the students,

“Work according to a time table. It is better to have a plan than not to have any at all”.

Strengthen Important & Key Concepts:

Students appearing for TISSNET should know that not all topics carry equal weightage of marks. Some topics carry more marks, while others don’t. Devoting much of your time on such important topics is recommended. You just need to identify such topics and practice them more.


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 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. The general level of questions is easy.

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.

Section Topic Number of Questions
Section I Data Interpretation 20
Section II Data Sufficiency 20
Section III Reading Comprehension 20

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, 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 matters a lot. 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.
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.

—- This article are prepared as per tips given by our topper Renu Tolani