Exam Analysis - TISS NET 2015
The National Entrance Test for admission to the Master of Arts programme of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS-NET), 2015 was conducted across India on 10 Jan, 2015. Besides the main programme, MA in Human Resource Management, which is widely regarded as one of the best in the country, TISS offers numerous programmes in the areas of social work, health, management, development, etc. through its centres at Mumbai, Tuljapur (Rural Maharashtra), Guwahati and Hyderabad.
The test had 3 sections: Math and Logical reasoning, English Proficiency and General Awareness. The number of questions and marks were as follows:
We expect the overall cutoff
for the core HRM program to be in the range of 85-87 marks. TISS NET has traditionally not had any sectional cutoffs and even though there is no official word, the
trend is likely to continue.
The distribution of the questions in the Math and Logical reasoning area was as follows:
A few questions were difficult to understand/wrong and may have lead to one not being able to attempt all 35 questions correctly:
1. 33 Cubic centimetres of silver is drawn into a wire of 2 mm diametre. What will be the length of the wire? - (The answer choices did not match the correct answer.)
2. Pick the odd one out in the following series: 30, 45, 36, 77 (There can be various answers 77 is divisible by 7 or 11; 36 is divisible by 6; etc.)
3. Count of 4 digit numbers divisible by 15 using digits 2, 3, 9 and 5 when the repetition of digits is not allowed. (No 4 digit number formed using the given digits without repeting can be divisible by 15.)
4. Two equal amounts are invested in two different banks one under simple interest and the other at compound interest. Which would give better return at the end of 5 years? (Nothing is said about the rate of interest or the frequency of compounding. A rather simple logic.)
time allocation for the section would be around 40 min.
The questions in the English Proficiency area were from the following areas:
1. The 5 questions on Paragraph formation were difficult.
2. The Reading Comprehension based questions were inferential in nature and required a good understanding of the context in which the statements were presented.
A few of the vocabulary based
questions used difficult/infrequent words: Culpable vs
Accountable; Timorous vs Vapid; Subversion vs Complaisance; Praxis vs
Overall, a good student could have attempted all 30 questions and can expect to get around 25 of them right in about 30 min.
The questions related to General Awareness were from History (India and World),Science, Current Affairs,Social awareness etc. The questions covered areas such as
If we compare the questions in the GA section with the pattern from earlier years, the questions this year were more generic in nature a trend started by TISS last year. Earlier the questions used to be predominantly from the field of Social Sciences only while they cover concepts from a wider range of topics now. Also, this year the questions were not as intricate as last year's were.
time distribution for the section would be around 30 min.