SNAP 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.

SectionTotal No. of QuestionsTotal Marks
Total130150
General English35 (30 MCQ + 5 Non MCQ)40 (30*1+5*2)
Quantitative Aptitude, DI & DS 35 (30 MCQ + 5 Non MCQ) 40 (30*1+5*2)
Analytical & Logical Reasoning35 (30 MCQ + 5 Non MCQ)40 (30*1+5*2)
General Awareness25 (20 MCQ + 5 Non MCQ)30 (20*1+5*2)

Negative marking existed for the Multiple choice questions; 1/4th i.e: 0.25 negative marks

0.5 for the NON MCQ Questions

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.

General English

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.

Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation & DS

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.

Analytical & Logical Reasoning

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

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. Interestingly a lot of questions were from current affairs which were less than 1 month old but no single area dominated in terms of no of questions asked in the section. Overall this section was tougher as options were tricky. The cut off expected in this section is not very high.

SNAP 2017 Analysis

SNAP 2017 continues the trend of surprising the students with innovation in the type of questions in every section. Let’s try to understand the difficulty level of each section and the key focus areas SNAP 2017 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. This SNAP 2017 Analysis will provide you with detailed information about the difficulty level and tips on the required strategy.

SectionsNo. of questionsTotal Marks
Total150150
General English4040
Quantitative Aptitude, DI & DS4040
General Awareness3030
Analytical & Logical Reasoning4040

Time Allocated: 2 Hrs
Negative Marking: 1/4 of Allocated Marks

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Analytical & Logical Reasoning

It was a twisted section with a lot of surprises, barely any conventional analytical puzzles were there. More focus on data analytics with questions coming from clocks and calendars. In fact, 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.

General English

As expected, it was not like CAT dominated by Reading Comprehension; this exam had only 2 very straightforward passages but was 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.

Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation & DS

This section covered almost all conventional topics of Quant. There were questions based on number system, percentage, geometry, averages, permutation & combination, S.I/CI, sets, and logs etc. There were 5-6 questions based on percentage change. Some of them were verbose. Most of the geometry questions were tricky. Question based on number system were easy and tested the candidate’s knowledge on remainders, factors, L.C.M & H.C.F etc. There were 2 DI blocks of 2 & 4 questions respectively. One was line graph while other was on pie-chart.

General Awareness

This section was dominated by current general awareness questions as mentioned in the notification itself.  This section required you to be thorough with your knowledge of Business, Sports, Movies, awards and Government Policies etc. Questions were mostly based on current affairs with no emphasis on any area. Interestingly a lot of questions were from current affairs, which were more than 12 month old.

SNAP 2016 Analysis

SNAP 2016 was different from last year’s as the number of questions as well as the marking scheme changed this year. This time the total number of questions and total marks were same. Each question was of one mark. Therefore each section had played important role in scoring well in this exam. Overall the feel of the paper was slightly easier than last year’s SNAP Paper.

SectionsNo. of questionsTotal Marks
Total150150
General English4040
Quantitative Aptitude, DI & DS4040
General Awareness3030
Analytical & Logical Reasoning4040

Time Allocated: 2 Hrs
Negative Marking: 1/4 of Allocated Marks

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Analytical & Logical Reasoning

This section covered various topics of reasoning from Coding Decoding, Blood Relation, Series, to Input Output and Puzzles. There were a few questions on Critical Reasoning. The four questions on Input – output were easy. There were conventional puzzles (insect eating the books and mixing the two liquids) .The series question and coding were bit confusing and time consuming. The non verbal questions were also confusing.

General English

This year verbal section had a fair mix of all conventional types of verbal questions ranging from grammar, vocabulary, fill-ups to reading comprehensions, sentence rearrangement etc. The section was dominated by vocabulary based questions followed by reading comprehension, grammar and sentence completion based questions. There were no surprise elements this year. In nutshell, questions were based on conventional areas. There were two RCs in the paper. One of the RCs was based on Euro- crisis and another one was based on thermal liquefaction. The questions based on them were very easy, & direct. A few grammar based questions purely checked the fundamentals of grammar. Vocabulary based questions were mostly easy to moderate. There were questions based on idiomatic usage.

Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation & DS

This section covered almost all conventional topics of Quant. There were questions on Percentage, Average, Numbers, TSD, Geometry, Profit & Loss, Basic Algebra, Partnership, Permutation Combination & Probability etc. The questions on arithmetic were easy while on geometry a bit tricky and time consuming. One question was a mixture of surd and number system. The questions on probability was easy. There were 2 DI blocks of 3 questions each out of which one block (of blood pressure before and after exercise) was easy while second block (passengers in train) was time consuming.

General Awareness

This section was dominated by current general awareness questions as mentioned in the notification itself. This section required you to be thorough with your knowledge of Business, Sports, Movies, awards and Government Policies etc. Questions were mostly based on current affairs with no emphasis on any area.

SNAP 2015 Analysis

SNAP 2015 was more or less same as that of last year’s. The number of questions and the marking scheme were exactly the same. Overall the feel of the paper was slightly difficult than last year’s SNAP Paper, so one can expect a bit lower cutoffs than last year’s.

SectionsNo. of questionsTotal Marks
Total150180
General English4040
Quantitative Aptitude, DI & DS4040
General Awareness4040
Analytical & Logical Reasoning3060

Time Allocated: 2 Hrs
Negative Marking: 1/4 of Allocated Marks
Marking Scheme: Different for all Sections.

General English

This year verbal section had a fair mix of various types of general verbal questions ranging from grammar, vocabulary, fill-ups to reading comprehensions etc. The section was dominated by vocabulary based questions followed by grammar and sentence completion based questions. There were a few surprises this year like coalition words and finding the equivalent of American words in British language &vice-versa. These surprises were easy to moderate. There was one RC in the paper. The RC was an extract from Knowledge and wisdom by Bretrand Russel and the questions based on it were very easy, and had direct questions based on it. A few grammar based questions purely checked the fundamentals on the subject and Grammar based questions also. Vocabulary based questions were mostly easy to moderate in difficulty level. There were questions based on idiomatic usage and verbal phrases.

Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation & DS

This section was dominated by arithmetic questions. There were question on Percentage, Average, TSD, Geometry, Profit & Loss, Basic Algebra and Log etc. There were around 4 question on time and work which required thorough understanding and practice of the topic. The questions on probability were moderate .There was also one question on trigonometry ,which was based on height and distance and was easy. In DI ,there was one block of 5 questions(Tabular data of illitrate persons) which was also easy.Like last year , there were no DS questions in this section.

General Awareness

This section required you to be thorough with your knowledge of Business, Sports, Movies and Government Policies. Questions were mostly based on current affairs with emphasis on politics etc.

Analytical & Logical Reasoning

There were two AR blocks one was condition based (on mixing flavors) which was easy. The other block on sitting arrangement was bit tricky but could have been solved easily by plugging the options. There were questions based on strengthening the argument, alphanumerical series, blood relations, coding and Venn diagram. There was one question on AR (based on arrangement of shows on weekend) which was easy.

SNAP 2014 Analysis

SNAP 2014 had the same pattern as previous years. It has 150 questions within 120 mins. There are four sections. Each section, except AR, has 40 questions. AR has 30 questions each carrying two marks.The Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) was conducted by the SNAP National Secretariat on December 21, 2014.

SectionsNo. of questionsTotal Marks
Total150180
General English4040
Quantitative Aptitude, DI & DS4040
General Awareness4040
Analytical & Logical Reasoning3060

Time Allocated: 2 Hrs
Negative Marking: 1/4 of Allocated Marks
Marking Scheme: Different for all Sections.

General English

It concentrated on vocabulary, usage, grammar and comprehensive. Other questions were on mixed varieties of FIB, basic grammar, antonyms, synonyms, spellings etc.  Vocabulary question is slightly difficult. As compared to the previous year’s paper, this section had more vocabulary based questions. Due to this, the level of difficulty was slightly raised. Along with the typical grammar-based questions, this section also had error spotting questions based on punctuations, figure of speech and active-passive voice.

General Awareness

This section contains recent happening in the world of Economics, politics, sports, science, current affairs, books and author, brand and companies etc. It is one of the least time-consuming section and quite manageable by just reading daily newspapers.Carrying an equal weightage as the General English and Quantitative Ability section, this is the section that worries most of the students. Similar to the previous years’ SNAP Test, SNAP 2014 also had a good mix of questions from various fields like business affairs, awards, finance, economics, international relations and so on. A lot of questions were related to world affairs and national affairs/ events. Not more than 15 minutes should have been spent on this section. Around 70% of the questions were from Static GK.

Quantitative Ability & DI

This section was dominated by arithmetic and modern mathematics. There was one DI set with five questions, based on a pie chart. Additionally, there were two questions on sequences (odd-man-out and complete-the-series). There was no question on data sufficiency. A majority of the questions in this section were of an easy to moderate level of difficulty. However, a few questions on modern mathematics, especially those on logarithms and probability, were somewhat tricky. Therefore judicious selection of questions was of utmost importance.

Analytical & Logical Reasoning

This section contains 30 questions of 2 marks each and is hence critically important. Having good analytical/ logical skills with considerable practice will give you an edge over others and boost your total score.The overall level of this section in SNAP 2014 was moderate. Looking at the different types and trends of questions in the past years, it can be easily said that this section has been the most experimental section for the test makers.

SNAP 2013 Analysis

SNAP 2013 more or less same as the last year’s SNAP. The number of questions and marking scheme were exactly the same. The difficulty level of the paper was again easy to moderate. Overall the feel of the paper was easy and doable.

SectionsNo. of questionsTotal Marks
Total150180
General English4040
Quantitative Aptitude, DI & DS4040
General Awareness4040
Analytical & Logical Reasoning3060

Time Allocated: 2 Hrs
Negative Marking: 1/4 of Allocated Marks
Marking Scheme: Different for all Sections.

General English

This year verbal section had a fair mix of various types of general verbal questions ranging from grammar, vocabulary, fill – ups to reading comprehensions etc. There were two RCs in the paper instead of one last year. One of the RCs was based on temperament/anger management and the questions based on it were very easy. The other RC talked about the importance of education in ensuring dignity and freedom in a person’s life. The passages had all the conventional RC questions including one tone based question. This year again the paper was dominated by vocabulary and grammar based questions. A few grammar based questions purely checked the fundamentals on the subject while others were lengthy and difficult. Grammar based questions also included questions on active/passive voice, punctuation etc. Vocabulary based questions were mostly easy to moderate in difficulty levels. There was one sentence rearrangement question, which was a little tricky as it was difficult for the student to locate opening and concluding sentences. Sentence completion questions were easy to moderate in difficulty levels.

General Awareness

This section required you to be thorough with your knowledge of Business, Foreign Policy, Sports, Movies and Government Policies. Questions were mostly based on business, economy, banking, commerce and current affairs. The cut off expected in this section is not very high.

Quantitative Ability & DI

This year also the section was dominated by arithmetic question. There were question on percentage, TSD, Geometry, Profit & Loss, Probability, Basic Algebra, Log etc. The questions were of basic level. Anyone who has brushed his fundamentals could have easily attempted this section. This year there were no DI and DS questions in this section.

Analytical & Logical Reasoning

The only change in this section this year was that two DI blocks that were supposed to be the part of quant section came in this section. Over all the section was dominated by AR and conventional reasoning questions like coding decoding, blood relation, symboperation, etc. There were 2 AR blocks which were moderate. Keeping in mind that this section contained questions of 2 marks each, one should have attempted this section first.

SNAP 2012 Analysis

SNAP 2012 did not give any surprises as the paper was similar to last year’s SNAP paper. The number of questions and marking scheme were exactly the same. The difficulty level of the paper was again easy.

SectionsNo. of questionsTotal Marks
Total150180
General English4040
Quantitative Aptitude, DI & DS4040
General Awareness4040
Analytical & Logical Reasoning3060

Time Allocated: 2 Hrs
Negative Marking: 1/4 of Allocated Marks
Marking Scheme: Different for all Sections.

General English

The verbal section had a few changes in comparison last year’s verbal section. As compared to 6 RCs in the last paper, there was only 1 RC (easy) in this year’s exam, while the rest of the section was filled with grammar and vocabulary based questions. There were questions on the parts of speech, types of sentences, sentence rearrangement, sentence completion and vocabulary based analogy questions also.

General Awareness

This section was dominated by questions from the field of business and commerce and required the test taker to be thorough with knowledge of Business, Foreign Policy, Sports, Movies and Government Policies, Physics, chemistry, Constitution etc. Overall, this section was moderate to difficult.

Quantitative Ability & DI

There were basic questions on percentages, Number system, TSD, Geometry, Profit & Loss, Probability, Basic Algebra, Log etc. This year there were no DI and DS questions but an easy case (based on salary, provident fund, house rent etc.). Overall, the section was dominated by arithmetic questions.

Analytical & Logical Reasoning

There were 2 very easy AR blocks in this year’s exam. The paper also had questions on Venn diagram, condition based input questions. This was the highest scoring section as the questions were 2 marks each.

SNAP 2011 Analysis

SNAP 2011was similar to SNAP 2010 in terms of difficulty level as well as in number of questions. The marking scheme was also the same. Like last year, this year also in AR & LR section there were 30 questions of 2 marks each; rest of the paper contained questions of 1 mark each.

SectionsNo. of questionsTotal Marks
Total150180
General English4040
Quantitative Aptitude, DI & DS4040
General Awareness4040
Analytical & Logical Reasoning3060

Time Allocated: 2 Hrs
Negative Marking: 1/4 of Allocated Marks
Marking Scheme: Different for all Sections.

General English
The verbal section was easy, with majority of questions based on grammar and vocabulary. Grammar questions, (knowledge of punctuations & basic tenses) tested students on basic grammar principles. The direction for one question was not mentioned properly. Overall the verbal section was very easy and a scoring one.

General Awareness
This section required you to be thorough with your knowledge of Current Affairs Business, Foreign Policy, Sports, Movies and Government Policies and Static GK- Business, Physics, chemistry, Constitution. Majority questions in both current and static were from business and commerce and single question each on movie, physics and chemistry.

Quantitative Ability & DI

This sections was dominated by Simple Airthmetic questions which were easy and doable. Two DI Blocks were also easy. This year Data sufficiency question were not there.

Analytical & Logical Reasoning

This section was mix of CR & AR questions. As this section had a lot of Critical Reasoning questions students who are good at Verbal would have found this section Easy and should have attempted more questions from this section.

SNAP 2010 Analysis

SNAP 2010 was similar to SNAP 2009 in terms of difficulty level as well as in number of questions. The marking scheme was same. So one can expect similar cut offs as that of last year’s. Like last year, this year also in AR & LR section there were 30 questions of 2 marks each; rest of the paper contained questions of 1 mark each.

SectionsNo. of questionsTotal Marks
Total150180
General English4040
Quantitative Aptitude, DI & DS4040
General Awareness4040
Analytical & Logical Reasoning3060

Time Allocated: 2 Hrs
Negative Marking: 1/4 of Allocated Marks
Marking Scheme: Different for all Sections.

General English
The verbal section was easy, with majority of questions based on vocabulary, idioms, and general Verbal Ability. The paper was dominated by idioms/proverbs and sentence completion based questions. Grammar questions, (knowledge of punctuations & basic tenses) tested students on basic grammar principles. Vocabulary based questions had very moderate difficulty level; questions on general verbal ability were very easy. There was only one RC with four questions.

General Awareness
The main focus of this section was to evaluate the general knowledge and awareness level of the last couple of years- approximately 40%- 50% focused on it.The number of questions from static GK was less.It was just based on trivia with no definite set pattern of questions with questions mainly from current and business GK.

Quantitative Ability & DI

DI questions were very easy and direct. This section was dominated by Data sufficiency and number system. Overall the Quant section was easy to moderate.

Analytical & Logical Reasoning

This section was mix of DI & AR questions. This section contained direct puzzles from Bulls Eye Study Material. Keeping in mind that this section contained question of 2 marks each one should have attempted this section first.