The TISSNET is an entrance exam that is conducted by the Tata Institute of Social Services (TISS). To get admission to TISS, it is mandatory to appear for the TISSNET 2019. The TISSNET Exam is considered to be quite easy compared to the CAT exam. But the GK section of TISSNET is dreaded by many students as it is considered to be the toughest section of the test. But worry not as we are going to help you nail this section.

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How to prepare for TISSNET GK?

The GK section of the TISSNET is considered to be very difficult because it has the highest weightage in the exam. Secondly, the syllabus for the GK section is very vast and it’s hard to prepare for this sections due to many facts and figures. You cannot just mug up each and everything that is in the current affairs. But we are going to make the preparation part for this section easy for you. After you read this article you will not be worried at all when preparing for GK.

Before going to the preparation part for GK, let’s have a quick look at the exam pattern for the test:

TISSNET Exam Pattern

The TISSNET exam will be conducted in the online mode. The mode of the questions that will be asked in the exam will be MCQs.

Sections Marks
General Awareness 40
English Proficiency 30
Maths and Logical Reasoning 30
Total 100

TISSNET 2019 Exam pattern

How to Prepare for GK section for TISSNET?

Now that we know the exam pattern of TISSNET lets get on to the GK section. The questions in the section in the GK section will comprise of :

  • Current Affairs
  • Static GK

In the Static section, the questions will comprise of the following topics:

  • Economy
  • Miscellaneous
  • Business & Corporate News
  • Organizations
  • New Developments in Science & Technology
  • People in News
  • Sports
  • Indian Polity

In the Current affairs section,  you must focus on the following topics:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • Indian Political System
  • Sports
  • Science and Technology

Static GK Preparation

For the static part of the GK, we recommend you some best GK books to prepare with:

Book Author Link to buy
10th to 12th Economics, History, and Geography NCERT
Wiley’s ExamXpert GK and Issues of Social Concern for IRMA and TISSNET Wiley India Buy Here
Static General Knowledge A P Bhardwaj Buy Here


  • For Static preparation read as much as you can and make notes of all the important topics. Re-read them after few days.
  • Also, practice as many previous years questions as you can.
  • Do not mug up the facts, as you may forget it on the day of the exam. You can use flashcards to prepare for this part of the exam. Quizlet is a perfect app for flashcards.

GK Current Affairs Preparation

For the current affairs section the best way to prepare is by reading and observing:

  • Read newspapers daily and make notes of what you have read on that particular day.  The best newspapers to read are The Hindu, Indian Express, The Economic Times.
  • If you feel you can’t read so much daily then you can also install an app on your phone which is called “In shorts”. The app shortens the actual news and presents it to their readers in around 30-40 words only so that in very little words, they get the gist of the news.
  • Watch news on TV and discuss with people if there is something that you don’t understand.
  • Here some of the best books to prepare for Current Affairs GK.
  • Look out for the major events happening this year and follow their news. It can be any event such as world cup, elections etc.
Books Author Link to buy
General Knowledge 2019 Manohar Pandey Buy Here
Manorama Yearbook Mammen Matthew and Philip Matthew Buy Here
14000+ Objective Questions – General Studies Manohar Pandey Buy Here

Last Year’s GK Section Analysis

Last year, it was observed that the ratio of the questions that were asked in the exam was 60:40 for the static and the current affairs questions. The students felt that the General Awareness Section was the toughest out of all three sections. A large number of questions were asked from Economics, Science, Art, and Culture. So we advise you to pay attention to these topics for preparation. Following are the statistics of the questions asked in the GK section last year.


TISSNET 2019 GK Questions


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