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.

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:

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SNAP 2017 Exam 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:

Exam Overview:

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.

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.

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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.

Verbal Ability

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.

The 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.

80-85 Questions is a good attempt and the overall expected cut off for SIBM might be 65-70.

SNAP 2016 Analysis

Overall exam pattern:

The overall structure of the SNAP exam went some change as compared to the previous years. The exam consisted of 3 sections having 40 questions of 1 mark each (Quantitative Ability, General English and Analytical & Logical Reasoning) and one section having 30 questions of 1 mark each (General Awareness). In the previous years, the Analytical & Logical Reasoning section consisted of 30 questions with 2 marks while General Awareness consisted of 40 questions with 1 mark each. SNAP-2016 was distinctive by a Medium to Difficult Quantitative Ability section, Difficult General English Section, Medium to Difficult Analytical and Logical Reasoning section and a Difficult General Awareness section.

 

The best way to increase one’s score would have been to select questions prudently and read quickly and not to spend too much time on the questions that appeared difficult.
Detailed Sectional Analysis:

General English:

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension section was clearly more challenging than the previous years’ SNAP English sections. There were approximately 23 vocabulary questions, 1 grammar questions and 11 RC questions. There were 5 verbal reasoning questions. About 12 questions were easy, about 20 were of a moderate level and about 8 were quite challenging. It was important not to keep considering over questions that were confusing and instead be decisive. This time, the RC passages were also lengthy with words ranging from 800-1000 and the questions were moderately difficult and time consuming.

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Quantitative Ability & DI:

Quantitative Ability was dominated by Arithmetic, Modern Mathematics and Numbers. There were two DI sets with three questions each, one set based on a table and the other based on pie-charts. There were no questions on data sufficiency. A majority of the questions in this section were of an easy-to- medium level of difficulty. However, this section also had a few tricky questions.

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Logical & Analytical Reasoning:

Logical & Analytical Reasoning had most of the singleton questions. There were number of questions on puzzles. As many as 10 questions, in these questions were based on the concepts in Mathematics and could also have been included in the Quantitative Ability section as well. These questions were mostly easy to medium and must not have been missed.

 

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General Awarness:

General Awareness section contained a healthy mix of questions from various areas (government, awards, politics and personalities, sports, literature, etc.). It was on a difficult side than that of previous SNAP papers. There were about 19 questions based on national events and 11 based on international affairs. All questions were on current affairs of the past 2 years. 2-3 questions were very simple, 15 were moderately challenging and about 12-13 were tough. A good strategy would be to attempt about 15 questions in 10-15 minutes with 80-85% accuracy.

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Overall Inputs:

According to SNAP 2016 results, a score of 90.5000 was equivalent to 99.9007 percentile, a score of 88.75 was equivalent to 99.8683 percentile, a score of 85.25 was equivalent to 99.7442 percentile and a score of 79.75 was equivalent to 99.23 percentile.

SNAP 2014 Exam Analysis

Overall exam pattern:

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.

 

SR.NO SUBJECT TOPICS COVERED
A General English Critical Reasoning, Grammar, ParaJumbles, Odd Sentence Out
B General Awareness Current affair, business, socio-economical environment, awards, sports
C Quantitative Ability & DI Algebra, Integer, Geometry, Arithmetic, Modern Maths, Bar diagram, Tables, Chart
D Analytical & Logical Reasoning Data arrangement, blood relation, statement/assumption, linear circular arrangement

Detailed Sectional Analysis:

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.

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A good score in this section is about 25 marks.

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.

A good score in this section is about 15 marks.

Quantitative Ability & DI

16

 

A good score in this section is about 25 marks.

Analytical & Logical Reasoning

17

 

A good score in this section is about 38 marks.

BIRD’S EYE VIEW:

Sections Topic No. of Questions2 Difficulty Level
1 General English 40 Moderate
2 Analytic & Logical Reasoning 30 Easy to Moderate
3 General Awareness 40 Moderate
4 Quantitative Ability DI 40 Easy to Moderate

SNAP 2013 Exam Analysis

Overall exam pattern:

SNAP 2013 had 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.

SR.NO SUBJECT TOPICS COVERED
A General English Critical Reasoning, Grammar, ParaJumbles, Odd Sentence Out
B General Awareness Current affair, business, socio-economical environment, awards, sports
C Quantitative Ability & DI Algebra, Integer, Geometry, Arithmetic, Modern Maths, Bar diagram, Tables, Chart
D Analytical & Logical Reasoning Data arrangement, blood relation, statement/assumption, linear circular arrangement

Detailed Sectional Analysis:

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.

12

 

A good score in this section is about 28 marks.

General Awareness

This section contains recent happening in the world of Economics, politics, spots, 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.

A good score in this section is about 15 marks.

Quantitative Ability & DI

13

 

A good score in this section is about 28 marks.

Analytical & Logical Reasoning

14

A good score in this section is about 41 marks.

BIRD’S EYE VIEW:

Sections Topic No. of Questions2 Difficulty Level
1 General English 40 Moderate
2 Analytic & Logical Reasoning 30 Easy to Moderate
3 General Awareness 40 Moderate
4 Quantitative Ability DI 40 Easy to Moderate

SNAP 2012 Analysis

Overall exam pattern:

SNAP 2012 had 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.

SR.NO SUBJECT TOPICS COVERED
A General English Critical Reasoning, Grammar, ParaJumbles, Odd Sentence Out
B General Awareness Current affair, business, socio-economical environment, awards, sports
C Quantitative Ability & DI Algebra, Integer, Geometry, Arithmetic, Modern Maths, Bar diagram, Tables, Chart
D Analytical & Logical Reasoning Data arrangement, blood relation, statement/assumption, linear circular arrangement

Detailed Sectional Analysis:

General English

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A good score in this section is about 24 marks.

General Awareness

This section contains recent happening in the world of Economics, politics, spots, 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.

A good score in this section is about 14 marks.

Quantitative Ability & DI

10A good score in this section is about 27 marks.

Analytical & Logical Reasoning

11

 

A good score in this section is about 38 marks.

BIRD’S EYE VIEW:

Sections Topic No. of Questions2 Difficulty Level
1 General English 40 Moderate
2 Analytic & Logical Reasoning 30 Moderate to tough
3 General Awareness 40 Moderate
4 Quantitative Ability DI 40 Easy to Moderate

SNAP Analysis 2011

Overall exam pattern:
SNAP 2011 had 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.

SR.NO SUBJECT TOPICS COVERED
A General English Critical Reasoning, Grammar, ParaJumbles, Odd Sentence Out
B General Awareness Current affair, business, socio-economical environment, awards, sports
C Quantitative Ability & DI Algebra, Integer, Geometry, Arithmetic, Modern Maths, Bar diagram, Tables, Chart
D Analytical & Logical Reasoning Data arrangement, blood relation, statement/assumption, linear circular arrangement

Detailed Sectional Analysis:

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.

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A good score in this section is about 24 marks.

General Awareness

This section contains recent happening in the world of Economics, politics, spots, 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.

A good score in this section is about 24 marks.

Quantitative Ability & DI

7A good score in this section is about 25 marks.

Analytical & Logical Reasoning

8A good score in this section is about 30 marks.

BIRD’S EYE VIEW:

Sections Topic No. of Questions2 Difficulty Level
1 General English 40 Easy to Moderate
2 Analytic & Logical Reasoning 30 Moderate to Tough
3 General Awareness 40 Moderate
4 Quantitative Ability DI 40 Easy to Moderate

SNAP 2010 Analysis

Overall exam pattern:
SNAP 2010 had 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.

 

SR.NO SUBJECT TOPICS COVERED
A General English Critical Reasoning, Grammar, ParaJumbles, Odd Sentence Out
B General Awareness Current affair, business, socio-economical environment, awards, sports
C Quantitative Ability & DI Algebra, Integer, Geometry, Arithmetic, Modern Maths, Bar diagram, Tables, Chart
D Analytical & Logical Reasoning Data arrangement, blood relation, statement/assumption, linear circular arrangement

Detailed Sectional Analysis:

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.

3

A good score in this section is about 24 marks.

General Awareness

This section contains recent happening in the world of Economics, politics, spots, 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.

A sample good score in this section is about 15 marks.

Quantitative Ability & DI

4

A good score in this section is about 30 marks.

Analytical & Logical Reasoning

5

A good score in this section is about 34 marks.

BIRD’S EYE VIEW:

Sections Topic No. of Questions2 Difficulty Level
1 General English 40 Moderate
2 Analytic & Logical Reasoning 30 Easy to Moderate
3 General Awareness 40 Moderate
4 Quantitative Ability DI 40 Easy