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TISSNET 2017 on Saturday, January 07, 2017

Tata Institute of Social Sciences conducts the National Entrance Test (TISSNET) annually for admission into its Post-Graduate Degree Programmes (M.A., M.Sc., MHA & MPH) offered at BALM, Chennai and across its 4 campuses located in Mumbai, Tuljapur, Hyderabad, and Guwahati. The exam is conducted at 39 centers across India.

TISSNET 2017 is to be held on Saturday, January 07, 2017, from 2 pm to 3:40 pm. As of 2017, there is no negative marking and candidates applying for multiple programs will be attempting a single question paper.

Exam Pattern
TISSNET is a computer-based test comprising 100 objective type questions, including General Knowledge, Analytical Ability, Logical Reasoning, and English Proficiency. The test duration is 1 hour 40 minutes.

The marks distribution for TISS 2017 is as follows:

  • General Awareness - 40 marks
  • English Proficiency - 30 marks
  • Quant and Logical Reasoning - 30 marks

Students preparing for TISSNET 2017 may refer to the previous year’s question paper available on the TISS website. The 3 sections General Awareness, English Proficiency, Quant and Logical reasoning will cover the following topics as given by the official TISS website:

  • Logical Reasoning:
  • Number series, alphabet series, eye for detail, statement conclusion/assumption/ arguments, logical connectivity, linear/circular/family arrangement, Venn diagram, puzzles and cubes.

  • Data Interpretation:

Bar graph, tables, pie chart, double pie, case lets, multiple graphs, line graphs, data comparison.

  • Quant:

Profit and loss, averages, basic geometry, ratio and proportions, percentages

  • Verbal Ability:

Antonyms, analogies ,odd word out, word substitute in a sentence , right usage of words in fill in the blank, right usage of words in match the following, fill in the blanks – homophones/idioms, idioms - match the following, error spotting - grammar/words/ punctuation, sentence correction.

  • Reading Comprehension:

Purpose of the passage, strengthening and weakening of the main argument, assumption and supporting statement, flaw and discrepancy, inference and conclusion drawn, passage based questions, author's point of view, main idea of the passage.

  • General Awareness: Environment & ecology, politics/history/governance/law, economy/ policy, international politics/current events, gender/health/education, labor, media/literature/art/culture, sports, etc.

 Selection Procedure
Candidates are short-listed based on the TISSNET scores and those qualifying are called for the preinterview test/group discussion (PIT/GD) and personal interview (PI). The total marks allotted in the selection procedure is 225 marks, with the NET comprising 100 marks, the PIT/GD comprising 50 marks and the PI comprising 75 marks.

The TISSNET result will be declared on 27th January, 2017 at 8 pm on the TISS website where students will be able to access their result according to which they will be further called for the PIT/GD and PI. The dates for the PIT/GD shall be declared later.

The list of selected and wait-listed candidates will be available on the official TISS admission website on 21st April, 2017. The programs are scheduled to start on 13th June 2017 except M.A. Education (Elementary) which is due to commence from 9th May 2017.

Wishing you all the very best for your exam.

XAT 2017 on Sunday, January 8, 2017

Xavier Aptitude Test is conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur on first Sunday of January every year. XAT 2017 is scheduled on 8th January. Around 90000 students take XAT every year for admissions in XLRI Jamshedpur and more than 150 B-schools in India. Although the fact that XAT is not very different from other MBA exams, it does require extensive practice and different techniques. XAT preparation might seem a sphinx but it is not that complicated. Given below is an overview of the exam pattern.

Being one of the most dynamic and perennially changing MBA entrance exams, it does have some surprises for the test takers As it is one of the most dynamic MBA entrance exam, the pattern changes almost every year. The paper is split into two parts – Part A and Part B. Total time duration of the exam is 3.5 hours inclusive of a break of 5 minutes in between.

Sections Time No. of questions Marking Scheme
PART A Decision Making 170 mins 78 0.25 is deducted for every wrong answer and 0.05 for more than 13 un attempted questions
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
Verbal & logical Ability
PART B General Knowledge 35 mins 25 No negative marking
Essay Writing 1 Essay

First part of the paper comprises  four major sections and it is expected from the students to do fair justice to each section, i.e  Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability, Data Interpretation and Decision Making. XAT 2016 had QA and DI with highest weightage and difficulty level. However, as per the experts and exam takers, overall paper was easier in comparison to the previous years. Topics covered under each section have been mentioned in the table given below:



1.       Geometry

2.       Algebra & Functions

3.       Tables Chart

4.       Number System

5.       Arithmetic Sequence

6.       Pipes & Cisterns

7.       Data Sufficiency

8.       Bar Graph

9.       Set Theory

10.   Clocks

11.   Base Conversion

12.   Profit & Loss

13.   Time, Speed & Distance

Suggested Attempts: 14-15 ques



1.       Reading Comprehension

2.       Contextual Understanding

3.       Sentence Rearrangement

4.       Critical Reasoning

5.       Verbal Reasoning

6.       Vocabulary

7.       Analogies

8.       Pronunciation

Suggested Attempts: 11-13 ques


1.       Decision Making

2.       Analytical Reasoning

Suggested Attempts: 12-14 ques


Part 2 of the paper comprises General Knowledge and Essay Writing. General Knowledge has 25 questions which are mainly Static GK based questions from topics like Geography, History, Books Awards, etc. Current affairs questions are based on Politics, Economy, Sports, Science and Technology, etc.

Essay Writing part is where the students are judged on critical appreciation of the topic, syntax diction and the ability to organize thoughts of the test takers. It should be devoid of redundancy and should be well knit.  Duration of essay writing is limited to 20 minutes which means that the students have to extensively work on their writing skills and learn how to pen down the thoughts effortlessly on paper.

Hope this article helped in understanding what to expect in XAT 2017.  Best wishes to all XAT aspirants.


Now that the CAT is over, it would be pertinent of you, the aspirants, to focus on Non-CAT exams and SNAP remains one of the most important test for us.

First of all, let’s get the factual data out of the way and move to actionable part.

The SNAP test is the gateway to MBA courses offered by various institutes affiliated to Symbiosis International University. It is an objective type pen and paper based test. The duration of the exam is 2 hours.

For SNAP 2016, the major change is in the total marks of the exam which has been reduced from 180 to 150. This year, there are 30 questions in General Awareness and 40 questions in Analytical and Logical Reasoning. The difficulty level of the questions is generally easy to moderate. The exam will be held on 18th December, 2016.

Each wrong answer attracts 25% negative marks.

Expected Cutoffs

  • Score of 86-90 can expect a call from SIBM Pune & SCMHRD(Pune)
  • Score of 83-86 can expect a call from SIBM (Bengaluru)  SIIB(IB) Pune
  • Score of 80-83 can expect a call from SIOM (Nasik)
  • Score of 57-67 can expect a call from SITM, SCIT, SIIB (other courses).
  • Score of 37-52 can expect a call from SSBM, SICSR, SIMS, SIHM, SIMC and others



Dec 5-Dec 7

Day 1 to Day 3– Go through the last 5 years’ SNAP Papers. They should be readily available on Google search. Try the questions and see if there are any question types that are tripping you up. The key thing to note is that there will hardly be any areas which you have not prepared for already within the ambit of IIFT, CAT and other entrance exams. The question types would be hopefully familiar and if any surprise question type pops up, just make sure you have understood the logic and practice the same in the coming days.

Dec 8 – Dec 14

Day 4 to Day 10 - Start practicing for the test by taking a mock every day and analyzing it on the same day. It is highly recommended you try different orders of attempting sections and try to find the right order that works for you. Target questions you are comfortable with. In the first round, try and ensure that cutoffs are met in all sections and then go on to maximize scores in your strength areas. Do not try and learn a completely new topic.

Another important point to learn during this period is to identify what not to attempt. Far too often people get stuck at a question and waste precious time that can be fruitfully used elsewhere. Never waste more than 40 seconds on a question on which you are unable to react. This is where mocks will help by exposing you to your shortcomings and strengths.

Dec 15 – Dec 17

Day 11 to Day 13 – Chill! I cannot stress this enough. There have been too many cases across exams where people have built up so much pressure on themselves that they are, despite being capable and smart, unable to crack the exam because their minds are all frayed! Go for a movie, watch a match, dance but for God’s sake and your own, do not try to cram up more.

Your mind just like your body needs rest and by denying that you cannot expect it to function optimally. At the same time, ensure the admit card, and all other necessary items are in place and you have visited your center a day in advance for obvious reasons.

D-Day – Have fun

Dec 18 – Go have fun. Take the exam. And then do not bother much about finding out the right answers, as what is done cannot be undone. Leave that to the people who like to chase rainbows because nothing will change now.

All the Best!