SNAP 2016 Exam AnalysisAnisha Mukhija
SNAP 2016 had given a new twist to the exam pattern which saw a drastic change in the weightage assigned to the Logical Reasoning and the General Awareness Sections.
SNAP tested students on Speed, Logic and Analytical skills, though the number of marks allocated changed the type of questions in the aptitude exam were on the same lines as last 2 -3 years. Preparing from the previous papers would surely have helped the candidates.
The surprise elements in the exam were the General Awareness shifting completely from a Static GK dominated questions set to Current Affairs based; Good thing it was completely based on Current Affairs, students who had done the major headings as discussed inclass and in webinars were able to easily do 15-20 Questions. Mergers and Acquisitions has become the most favourite topic in all exams.
Logical reasoning saw a well distributed set of questions from seating arrangement, number puzzles, series, visual reasoning and analytical reasoning. Students with a strong analytical base found this as an easy section. Also the marking scheme saw a major twist in 1 Mark for the logical reasoning as compared to the always 2 marks per correct answer. But this would not affect the overall criteria for a student selection in Symbiosis colleges.
Verbal ability as expected was not like CAT dominated by Reading Comprehension; this exam had only 2 very straightforward passages. Vocab based questions: synonyms, antonyms, idioms and phrases were from the Norman Lewis one thing always recommended by me to all MBA Aspirants, said Rahul. Parajumbles could trick students if they haven’t practiced, grammar was very basic. A unique set of questions were the multiple Fill in the Blanks questions that are usually seen in GRE.
Quantitative ability: This had 2 data interpretation sets and apart from that as always arithmetic dominated the paper. The couple of questions on logarithms, algebraic identities and numbers may have surprised students who have left these for the CAT.
Negative marking existed for the Multiple choice questions; 1/4th ie: 0.25 negative marks.
The exam was not very difficult, was manageable provided your concepts were clear, general awareness was repeatedly done from a managerial perspective and if you had a command on speed. 150 questions 120 minutes definitely tests you on that more than the NMAT now; General awareness is what makes the other sections doable.
A good attempt would be 110-115 Questions