TISS-NET 2013, the first ever online test for admission into Post-Graduate courses of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, was conducted on 13th January 2013. The candidates were given a choice of taking the test in paper or computer based format. There was no difference in the questions of the paper based test and the computer based test.

Unlike CAT and NMAT, the test taking conditions for the TISS-NET were quite lax. There was no registration required at the test center and candidates were allowed to carry their bags with them inside the test labs. The candidates were assigned the test taking username and password with the admit card itself. So, all a person had to do at the center was to slip into the correct seat and start the test.

At the beginning of the test, a screen popped up that asked the candidate to verify some personal details. Surprisingly, all the details except for the name of the test taker, for most students, were incorrect. When this was brought to the attention of the invigilators, they asked the candidates to not get bothered by this and start the test anyways.

At some centers the candidates were given one single A4 sheet as scratch paper and later, the invigilators refused to supply more of it. As the test takers were not allowed to use their own scratch sheets, most of them were left in the lurch having already used the given sheet.

The test comprised 100 questions and students were given 100 minutes to complete them. There was no negative marking in the test and most of the questions were of easy-moderate level of difficulty. The time given for completing the test was more than sufficient and most students were able to complete the test before time. An attempt of less than 80 questions in this test might not be considered good.

The details of the questions was as given below-

Topic Number Of questions Level of difficulty Possible Score
Verbal Ability 30 Easy-Moderate 23-24
Fill in the blanks 11 Easy
Analogy 7 Moderate
Antonyms 8 Easy
Reading Comprehension (2 passages) 4 Moderate
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 30 Easy 27-28
Number Systems 6 Moderate
Profit & Loss 3 Easy
Time Speed Distance 3 Easy
Time Work 2 Easy
Ratio and Mixtures 6 Easy
Percentage 2 Easy
Averages 2 Easy
Algebra 3 Easy
Data Interpretation 3 Easy
General Awareness 40 Moderate 27-30
Static 22 Easy-Moderate
Current 18 Easy-Moderate
Total 100 77-82

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