When it comes to competitive exams, TISSNET is considered of moderate difficulty. It heavily focuses on general knowledge. With courses ranging from HRM and social service to public policy, TISS is an institute that emphasizes general awareness. TISS aspirants are expected to be socially and politically aware and well informed. But now, cracking the TISSNET will not be enough, especially if you hope to study HRM Or ODCL at TISS. Now you will also have to crack the TISS MAT. Find out more about TISS MAT and changes to the selection and shortlisting process for TISS 2020 in this article.


  • TISS introduces a sectional cutoff of 35% (14 Marks) for the GK section in the TISSNET.
  • TISS introduces a new shortlisting test – TISS-MAT – for HRM and ODCL applicants.
  • TISS MAT or TISS Management Aptitude Test will account for 30% weightage in the final selection (stage 2), while the PIT or Pre Interview Test will account for 40% of the weightage and Personal interview will account for 30% weightage during the final selection process.
  • TISSMAT follows suit of other MBA entrance exams by introducing negative marking of 0.25 marks for every uncorrect answer.
  • TISSMAT will be conducted on the same day as TISSNET for all applicants applying for the TISS HRM&LR & ODCL program.

TISS MAT: For HRM&LR and MA ODCL Programs

Candidates applying for MA (HRM&LR) and / or MA (ODCL) programmes, are required to appear for the TISS Management Aptitude Test (TISS-MAT) in addition to the TISS-NET Examination. The TISS Management Aptitude Test (MAT) will be conducted immediately after the TISS-NET examination.

NEGATIVE MARKING: Each correct answer will fetch 1 mark and each wrong answer will result in 0.25 negative marks.

TISS Final Selection Criteria For HRM and ODCL

TISS Final Merit List Weightage
Percentage of Weightage
awarded in
final admission offer
PIT / GD40%

Your TISSNET scores will not be a parameter in the 2nd stage or final selection. Instead, it will be your TISSMAT score. 

Basic Structure, Objective and Contents of TISS-MAT 2020 are given below

Components /
Data Interpretation
Number of Questions151515
Total Marks (45)151515
Sectional Cut-offNilNilNil
ObjectivesTo assess ability to read and
To assess ability to read and
interpret data
related to the
economy,market, business, and
To assess awareness and familiarity with business knowledge.
Broad Coverage (Indicative and not restrictive)Reading a write-up on a management related
subject and
answering questions related to
the passage.
graphs, charts,
and data across
multiple sources.Performing
basic operations with data
collected from multiple sources.
Knowledge of
events, news,
related to the
human resource management,
and labour

Conclusion – Author’s Note

This announcement comes just a few months before TISSNET. This change to the TISS HRM and ODCL selection process is an interesting development for aspirants. 

The TISSMAT brings a new level of difficulty for aspirants who are hoping to get into TISS for HRM and ODCL. Adding to all this is the negative marking introduced for TISSMAT.

TISSNET has never followed the negative marking trend that different other entrance exams espouse. But this time around, the 0.25 negative marking for a wrong answer means that you’ll also have to work on your strategy and adapt it accordingly.

Best of luck for your preparations!

Meanwhile, here’s a few reads from our TISSNET archives to help you prep for TISSNET and hopefully TISSMAT as well:

  • TISSNET 2020: Complete Guide : Click Here
  • TISSNET Course Wise Cutoff : Click Here
  • TISSNET Previous Year Question Papers : Click Here