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Mass cheating during TISSNET 2016: Exam to be re-conducted?

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Complaints of mass cheating and technical faults were registered in TISS-NET 2016, computer based test, has led authorities to think if the exam should be re-conducted or not. The exam was held on January 9 between 2 pm to 3:40 pm.

According to reports, cell phones and calculators were allowed inside the test centre. TISSNET has also failed to inform about the changes introduced in the exam pattern. It is reported that only minority and SC/ST/OBC applicants were informed about the changed exam pattern while other students were not intimated.

Besides these, the exam started at different times, questions asked were out of the syllabus and discussions were being done on the questions during the test.

As per the reports, TISS authorities have decided to change the prevalent pattern in the last week, increasing the percentage of GK upto 40 per cent and reducing Math to a mere 30 per cent of overall score. Data Interpretation, which was not part of the prevalent pattern until this year, was introduced this year, occupying around 16 per cent of the paper.

TISSNET 2016: Exam to be re-conducted?

The change in pattern was announced by TISS in their orientation (limited to few candidates) held a week before the exam. However, the official notice stating the change in pattern did not appear on the TISS website until 2 days before the exam.


  • Mode of Exam: Computer-based entrance
  • Types of questions: Objective questions based on Social Sensitivity, Logical Reasoning, Analytical Ability and Knowledge on Contemporary issues
  • Exam Duration: 1 hour and 40 minutes.

The exam is conducted for Master in Social Work and various other Master's programmes offered in TISS campuses at Mumbai, Tuljapur, Hyderabad, Guwahati, IMHST Chennai, MHAT Calicut and G-SET Ranchi.

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