SNAP 2018 Analysis

SNAP 2018 Analysis

SNAP 2018 Analysis

SNAP 2018 was expected to show some unique surprises this year, especially after the change in the Paper Pattern incorporating the Special Non MCQ Questions with double marking scheme. These type of questions definitely were on the tricky side especially for GK and Quantitative Ability. But it was one of those exams which were easier than the previous years.

Exam Overview:

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 detailed puzzles and reading comprehension passages which tested the interpretation skills.

The General English or the Verbal section was overall moderate, for all students who have been sincerely studying post CAT also would have been easily been able to attempt around 25-28 questions.

The vocabulary questions were pretty direct and simple, the CATKing students would have been pleased here to see some of the Verbal Wednesday vocabulary words come in the exam.

The reading comprehension were lengthy and also had answers with close options hence needed some focus and would have been manageable.

The fill in the blanks were a little on the tougher side hence were more time consuming. Overall the Verbal Section was on the lines of the previous years with a moderate difficulty level.

The Quantitative Ability section was relatively trickier and lengthier when compared to last year. Especially the Non MCQ Questions were a big Risk, they had a small Note: Round up to 1 Decimal space all answers, someone who skipped the instructions would end up losing marks due to mere carelessness.

The Surprise here was to have no Data Interpretation which made the paper easy for Quant Lovers and Difficult for the people who hate maths ! This change ended up increasing the overall weightage of Geometry and Modern Maths in the exam. But yes would have been less time consuming than usual mocks or previous years.   

The Reasoning Section I would say was difficult than how it usually has been but atleast wasn’t weird like the previous year having infographics etc.  The Seating arrangement Question was a Stand out this time, very elaborate and lenghty but easy to score 7 Correct if one had the patience to spend 12 minutes on the same. The Coding decoding questions were tricky and would have been best to be left out as they were based on the paper folding techniques and needed more time and visualization skills.

Still students should have managed to attempt around 20-22 questions, rest all depends on the accuracy.

General Awareness was doable with 10 minutes to fetch you 12-13 marks. The current affairs focused well on the Politics and Business Awareness asking the presidents of organizations and number of seats in the elections. However the only place students can loose marks is the spelling and typo errors in the TITA Questions. As we always say remember to study the last month’s GK the paper saw very recent November December based 3-4 Questions.

Negative marking existed for the Multiple choice questions; 1/4th ie: 0.25 negative marks, and 0.5 for the NON MCQ Questions

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. 130 questions 120 minutes definitely tests you on the speed but the easy difficulty level made it doable and a non stressful exam, which would lead to probably an increase in the Cutoffs.

A good attempt would be 82-89 Questions and the overall expected cut off for SIBM Pune would be 66-72

Analysis By:

Rahul Singh ( Director CATKing ) – CATKing is a premier MBA Coaching institute of Maharashtra which  focuses on strategic, engaging and high quality education (

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  • Teaching Excellence Award by World Education Summit



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  • Executive Management: Harvard Business School (SPNM)
  • MBA :SP Jain Institute of Management &  Research 
  • Master of Information Technology, Virginia Tech

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