Strategy for SNAPRahul Singh
The Symbiosis National Aptitude Test is a paper-pen based national-level test that students attempt, to get admission into Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (Pune) and its other affiliated institutes. The test scores are valid for around 14 institutes that are associated with Symbiosis. This makes it a pretty important exam.
The pattern and difficulty level of SNAP has been more or less uniform throughout the years. As a result, it easier to define a strategy for the same. Making a well-defined preparation strategy will ensure that your efforts are channeled in the right direction.
So, go ahead and nail SNAP with the help of the following tips:-
1) Make a list: Make a list of every topic, across all the subjects. Build your strategy around this list. Make sure that you know the concept and methodology of each and every topic that you have noted down.
You do not want to put in months of efforts, to eventually find out that you haven’t covered everything.
2) Go easy: Start your preparation with whatever you find easy or whichever topic you already have a good understanding of. Practice so much so that you can solve these questions in your sleep. This will ensure that you don’t lose marks in these questions in the exams.
Once you are done with these topics, you can proceed on to the difficult/complex topics and build your proficiency in them.
3) Quant, DI & Data Sufficiency: Practice Arithmetic problems extensively and gain good speed and accuracy in the same. Arithmetic topics include Time & Work, Time Speed Distance, Ratio & Proportion, Profit & Loss, etc. Another topic, to focus on, is Algebra.
Make sure that you are thorough with all the different types and difficult questions in these two topics.
Geometry (majorly Mensuration) also appears regularly in this section.
Data Interpretation questions will demand approximations. Without approximations, you might have to spend a lot of time on calculations, which would be counter-productive. Therefore, sharpen your mental maths and approximation techniques. The difficulty level of the DI questions is fairly easy.
Data Sufficiency questions can sometimes be absent in this section, as has been observed in some of the previous years’ papers.
Solve at least 1 caselet of DI and some quant questions, every day
Keep revising important formulae every day
Focus on building strong Concepts and proper practice
4) Analytical & Logical Reasoning: This is the section that carries maximum weightage in the test. It is also the section which is the most scoring, as compared to the others. This section contains a mixture of different topics.
Practice questions on Blood Relations, Series, Coding-Decoding, different types of Arrangement questions, Critical Reasoning, Deduction and analogies, Visual Reasoning, Puzzles and logical Caselets.
As mentioned earlier, do not leave any topic, while preparing.
Practice Intensively for this section
5) English Usage: This section is fairly easy. To crack this section, your grammar skills should be up to the mark. Make sure that you are well familiar with the rules and shortcuts in solving grammar questions. Scoring good in grammar will increase your scores tremendously.
Reading Comprehension questions are manageable and aren’t time-consuming. The passages are usually short and not lengthy.
Be thorough on your vocabulary. English questions are pretty easy, but can have extremely close options. Therefore, a good vocabulary is essential.
Solve 4-5 questions on correct/incorrect sentences, phrases, word usage, every day.
6) General Awareness: This is one section where the syllabus is non-defined and non-ending. To ace this section, read extensively on Current Affairs (especially Business & Economics related events and happenings).
In Current Affairs, one can focus on highlights and major events, Awards and prizes, Sports and the important events in the Business World.
Static GK is also an important part and cannot be overlooked.
Note: While practicing GK, don’t just sit and memorize information. Instead, read opinions and insights along with the usual facts on every topic. This will help you to be updated on the topic and everything else connected to that topic. It will help you in your GD-PIs as well. You can also discuss GK with your friends and peers. Discussing such facts and news will help you in remembering them better.
7) Mocks & Previous years’ papers: Solve all the mocks and previous years’ papers that you get your hands on. This will give you an idea about how questions are asked in the actual papers. It will also help you get accustomed to the difficulty level of the test.
Analyze your strengths and weaknesses after every mock test. Keep a track of your speed and accuracy for every question. This will help you in your preparation for the final day.
Remember, SNAP requires a good combination of speed and accuracy. It is therefore essential that your preparation focuses on improving both speed and accuracy, simultaneuously.
The MBA programs offered by Symbiosis are unique in the sense that they are specialized for different sectors and industries. Therefore, make sure that you follow the above mentioned guidelines and crack the test!
All the best!!