TISSNET 2020 is likely to be held in the month of January. Here are some tips and tricks that will be useful to ace the exam in three months.

TISSNET is a national level exam for MBA conducted by Tata Institute of Social Sciences or TISS every year. TISSNET 2020 is most likely to be held in the month of January. This means that the students who are planning to take the exam next year have very little time left for the preparations. But even if you start now, you will be able to ace the exam if you follow the below mentioned tips to prepare for TISSNET 2020 exam in 3 months.

TISSNET 2020: Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme

Before we discuss how to prepare for TISSNET in 3 months, let’s first look at the exam pattern and marking scheme as they are very important before any preparation.

TISSNET Exam Pattern

TISSNET Exam Pattern


Exam Mode

Computer-Based Test mode

Exam Timings

2:00pm to 3:40pm

Test Duration

1 hour 40 minutes

Total Questions

100 questions


3 sections based on:

  • English Proficiency
  • Mathematics and Logical Reasoning
  • General Awareness

Total Marks

100 marks

Type of Questions

Multiple choices based questions

TISSNET 2020 Sectional Weightage

In the table given below, we’ve mentioned the weightage of each section of the TISSNET question paper along with the number of questions in each section.


Questions per section


General Awareness

40 MCQs


English Proficiency

30 MCQs


Maths and Logical Reasoning

30 MCQs



100 MCQs


TISSNET 2020 Marking Scheme

  • Each question carries one mark each
  • There is no negative marking in case of wrong answers
  • No marks will be deducted or awarded for questions not attempted

How to Prepare for TISSNET in 3 months: Tips and Tricks

We bring to you a few tips which will help you excel TISSNET exam 2020 easily.

  • Strengthen Your Basics and Key Concepts

This is the most important strategy to be adopted if a student wants to crack TISSNET, or for that matter, any exam. It is all about basics. If they are strong, difficult questions will also seem easier to solve. When you are preparing for Mathematics section make sure all the formulae, theories, etc. are on your tips. When preparing for English read a lot, improve your grammar. If you are already preparing for CAT, XAT, SNAP and other MBA entrance exams, you can cover the TISSNET syllabus in 3 months.

  • Plan your day

Since you do not have much time for TISSNET exam, planning your day according to the days left for the exam is of utmost importance. It is time to give a push to your preparations. Decide how much time you need to devote to every section as per your preparation till now and chart out a time table accordingly. Experts believe that time table is a very useful tool for exam preparations. To prepare for TISSNET in 3 months, a daily routine of 4-6 hours of study is recommended.

  • Refer to the right study material

Studying from a bunch of books at the same time is not a wise decision, but studying from the right ones is. Choose the study material and books which cover the entire TISSNET syllabus. Instead of losing precious time in collecting all kinds of study material, sort the important ones which covers the important topics and study from them.

  • Section-wise preparation

TISSNET has three sections, i.e. General Awareness, English Proficiency, and Maths and Logical Reasoning.

General Awareness: Tracking the latest trends and news will help you score high in this section. All you need to do is to stay updated with the current affairs by reading the newspaper daily. Jot down the important dates, events, awards and awardees, etc. and keep revising them when you are preparing for this section. You should also refer to the internet if you want to gather more information about any particular topic or event. You can also refer to various GK prep books. Refer to book like Manorama Year Book and Competition Success Review.

Also Read: Tips to score well in GK section

English Proficiency: To excel in this section, students need to brush up their vocabulary and grammar skills. Revise topics like synonyms, sentence formation, para jumbles, reading comprehension, etc. Take a look at the table below for popular topics to study.

Verbal Reasoning

Word Choice

Sentence correction



Synonyms & Antonyms


Reading Comprehension (Passages)

Maths and Logical Reasoning: This section would not require a lot of effort if you have already given other MBA entrance exams like CAT, XAT, MAT, CMAT, SNAP, etc. This section covers topics like Quant, DI, LR, etc. To score good in this section your basics in arithmetic, geometry, trigonometry must be strong. This section is all about the mathematics that you studied in school.

  • Practice is the key

Practice is the key to success. During your preparation make sure that you practice a lot of mock tests and previous year question papers. This will help you in analyzing your progress. TISSNET is a one hour forty minutes exam and students need to attempt the exam in the specified time. Practicing mock tests will help the students in increasing their speed and accuracy, hence they will be able to score good in the given time.

  • Stay Calm and Focused

This is the most important tip. Try to maintain your calm throughout your preparation for TISSNET exam. Being nervous will only downgrade your confidence and you might end up clicking on the wrong answer. Hence it is important to read a question calmly before attempting it.

These are a few tips that will help you ace TISSNET 2020. All the Best!