SNAP 2017 AnalysisCATKing
SNAP 2017 continues this academic seasons trend of throwing surprises with many innovative type of questions in every section. Let’s try and understand each sections difficulty level and areas of focus:
SNAP tested students on Speed, Logic and Analytical skills, this year particularly there was a higher focus on the analytical skills which was evident with infographics being introduced in the reasoning section.
In all the sections, the Quants and Verbal section were easy and could be easily managed provided you ensured to skim through all the 40 questions as there were lengthy and time consuming questions as well. Data Interpretation for a change was not too calculation intensive and had 2 easy sets to solve. Quantitative ability: This had 2 data interpretation sets and apart from that as always arithmetic dominated the paper.
Logical reasoning was a twisted section with lot of surprises, barely any conventional analytical puzzles were there. More focus on data analytics with questions coming from clocks and calendars. Infact the infographic was a big hit which tested you on your interpretation and analytical skills. Verbal reasoning questions were eliminated this year to make their way for Game theory based questions. The scoring part were the basic blood relations, coding decoding and mathematical operations, input output based questions.
Verbal ability as expected was not like CAT dominated by Reading Comprehension; this exam had only 2 very straightforward passages but were lengthy each comprising of 6 questions each. Vocab based questions: synonyms, antonyms, idioms and phrases were from the Norman Lewis one thing always recommended by me to all MBA Aspirants except for a few tricky ones but knowing the roots would have helped to take a smart guess ! , said Rahul. Parajumbles could trick students if they haven’t practiced, grammar was very basic.
There were some conceptual grammar questions based on the parts of speech which definitely were on the difficult side.
Current affairs section had both 2016 and 2017 questions as expected, and the highlight was there on Personality based questions and also recent last 15 days questions from business and economic times. The GK Maximizer students of CATKing would have been able to get at-least 10-12 questions in the section provided each eBook was studied.
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 80-85 Questions and the overall expected cut off for SIBM would be 65-70