SNAP Exam Analysis

SNAP Exam Analysis 2018 will be published by MBAUniverse.com immediately after the SNAP 2018 exam is over on December 16. The SNAP 2018 exam analysis will reflect the SNAP exam pattern, key changes and ideal attempts to improve your scores. During the last two years since SNAP has changed its exam pattern by awarding the equal marks to every question and reduced the weightage to Reasoning section, it is expected that the SNAP exam 2018 analysis will reflect a changed difficulty level and twisted type of questions among other things.

 

Alongwith the SNAP Exam 2018 Analysis , the cut offs based on SNAP Percentile Vs Marks from experts will also be published. Besides the SNAP 2018 Analysis by Career Launcher and other prominent SNAP coaching centres will be published.

 

SNAP Exam Analysis: Last 3 Years
SNAP 2018 Exam Analysis is based on the last three years of SNAP Analysis as shared below:

SNAP Exam Year
2017
2016
2015
Total Questions
150
150
150
Exam Duration
2 hours
2 hours
2 hours
Exam Format
Online Computer Based
Paper-Pen Based
Paper-Pen based
Maximum Marks
150
150
180
Marking Pattern
+1 for each correct answer
+1 for each correct answer
+1 for 3 sections; +2 for Reasoning section
Negative Marking
25% for each wrong answer
25% for each wrong answer
25% for each wrong answer
Type of Questions
MCQs
MCQs
MCQs
Answer options
4
4
4
Difficulty Level
Moderate with lengthy paper
Moderate
Moderate
Number of Sections
4
4
4
Name of Sections with Number of Questions
General English-40
Quant & DI-40
Analytical & Logical Reasoning-40
Current Affairs-30
General English-40
Quant & DI-40
Analytical & Logical Reasoning-40
Current Affairs-30
General English-40
Quant & DI-40
Analytical & Logical Reasoning-30
Current Affairs-40
Section with higher weightage
All questions carry equal marks
All questions carry equal marks
Analytical & Logical Reasoning with 33% weightage. 30 MCQs carry 60 marks out of 180

 

SNAP Analysis: After the exam
The SNAP 2018 analysis with expected SNAP Percentile, marks, Cut offs will also be released immediately after the exam is over alongwith the SNAP exam analysis by Career launcher and other top coaching institutes and experts in India.

 

The detailed SNAP 2018 exam analysis will consist of SNAP 2018 exam structure, difficulty level overall and section wise, surprise elements, key topics and questions in the exam, sectional composition and important topics asked section wise, expected Cut offs in top MBA colleges accepting SNAP like SIBM Pune, SCMHRD, SIBM Bangalore among others and the attempts with accuracy level to achieve the cut off level for shortlisting.   

 

SNAP 2018 is an online test that is conducted by Symbiosis International University, Pune. Apart from SIBM Pune, 14 other Symbiosis institutes will accept its scores for admission to their MBA/PGDM 2019-21 batch

 

SNAP 2018 is going on the same test format as that of last year and is to remain Computer Based Test with 150 MCQs to be solved in 2 hours (120 minutes). The test taker has less than 1 minute per question to solve. No descriptive type questions are being asked in SNAP exam.

 

SNAP Exam Analysis 2017

 

SNAP 2017 Analysis & Cut off predictions: MBAUniverse.com, CL, T.I.M.E

 

A lengthy exam
The first reaction after the SNAP 2017 paper was over, was more or less same from all the SNAP 2017 test takers who reported that the paper was a bit more difficult and lengthy and needed more time to solve.

 

There were 150 questions in SNAP 2017 exam and the allotted time to solve the question paper was 120 minutes. So less than 1 minute only was available to attempt 1 question. Reasoning was found lengthier than other sections. Current Affairs (GK) section was found a bit on difficult side but focused on last 2 years’ events in the revised exam pattern. This fact was already shared by MBAUniverse.com and the candidates were advised to focus their preparation on Current Affairs on last two years events.

 

Difficult SNAP than last year, expect low Cut offs : Career Launcher
The Analysis by Career Launcher has rated SNAP a difficult exam on following counts:

  • The types of questions differed significantly from the last few years.
  • Overall, the paper was more difficult as compared to that of last year.
  • The sections were jumbled up.
  • The English section was dominated by RC and vocab.
  • The Reasoning section had only one question on Verbal Logic.
  • Overall, the English and GK sections became much tougher.
  • While LR continued its saga of incomprehensible question types, Quant turned out to be more painstaking as compared to previous years.

Expected cut offs by CL
Overall the paper was slightly tougher than last year, and students would have done well to attempt about 85-90 questions with 80-85% accuracy.

Suggested time distribution and attempts:

Sections Time (min) Good Attempts Good Net Score
Quantitative Aptitude 45-50 26-28 22-24
Logical & Analytical Reasoning 40-45 24-26 22-23
General English 25-30 28-30 22-23
Current Affairs 12-Oct 13-Nov 8-Jul
Total 120 79-87 68-70

 

Difficult than last year: T.I.M.E. Analysis
In view of T.I.M.E. also, ‘SNAP exam, conducted on 17th Dec 2017, in the computer based test format for the first time ever, had the same pattern as it had last year. The overall difficulty level of the exam was higher as compared to last year’s. Since there was no sectional cut-off, it made the job of the students a lot easier i.e., they could focus on maximising the overall score instead of perforce trying to improve their sectional performances in tougher sections.’

 

T.I.M.E. Analysis highlights

  • RC passages were lengthy in nature with around 1000-1100 words. Passage 1 was lengthy and was on “The right to be left alone” or “Privacy” taken from “The Indian Express”. The questions included Title and Tone of the passage and four ‘specific detail’ questions.
  • RC Passage 2 was equally lengthy and was on “The Founding Fathers of Australia.There were 5 ‘specific detail’ questions and 1 Vocab based question. Around 20-22 can be considered to be a good number of attempts in this section.
  • Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency was lengthier and relatively trickier. This was unlike last year when the section had more doable questions. Surprisingly, the weightage of Pure Maths was a little on the higher side.
  • There were only two DI sets which were not calculation intensive and should be on the easy-moderate side for most of the students. There were no DS questions this year.
  • One question was ambiguous (p^q =169) and two other questions did not have the correct answer options (1. Sale of two FM Radios, 2. DI question on the technicians and carpenters).
  • Current Affairs had no static GK questions. Most of the questions were difficult. There were few easy questions but none of them can be categorised as sitters at all. Around 7-9 attempts in the section in around 10-15 min would have been good for this section.
  • Analytical & Logical Reasoning section, unlike last year, apart from the standalone ones, had a few set based questions also. Added to this, there were some tough ones to crack. The level of the section could be pegged at a moderate level of difficulty. Around 18-20 attempts could be considered to be a good attempt in this section.

Cut-Offs predicted by T.I.M.E
T.I.M.E has predicted following cut off scores for top Symbiosis institutes as under:

Institute name
Expected SNAP 2017 cut offs (Raw score)
SIBM Pune
66-68
SCMHRD Pune
62-64
SIBM Bangalore
53-55
SIIB Pune
53-55

 

Overall Analysis of SNAP 2017: Highlights

  • Quant was a little more difficult. SNAP test had emphasis on Arithmetic in the QA section 
  • Reasoning was lengthy
  • Verbal Ability, Current affairs were also on difficult side
  • Overall paper was found lengthy and needed more time

Overall cutoff is expected to go down to 66-67

 

SNAP 2017 Paper composition

Duration of the paper
120 min
No of Questions
150
No of Sections
4
Marking pattern
+ 1
Negative marking
1/4th of the allotted mark
Total Marks allotted
150

 

Section-wise composition of SNAP 2017 test paper

S.no
Sections
Total Marks
No of Questions
1
General English
40
40
2
Quantitative Ability
40
40
3
General Awareness: General Knowledge, Current Affairs, Business Scenario
30
30
4
Analytical & Logical Reasoning
40
40
 
Total
150
150

 

Section-wise Analysis & Cutoffs
SNAP requires the test taker to keep moving on and not waste time on any question that he/she is not able to answer. Solving 150 questions in 120 minutes requires presence of mind and speed also.

 

General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability
The English section had no surprises but it was a bit more difficult despite being on expected lines. The RC passages were not very difficult. Any student who had given time to attempt the RC passages would have got full marks in the same.

 

Fill-in-the-blank (FIB) questions were of moderate difficulty level. The section had dose of Vocabulary with Synonyms, Antonyms, Analogies and Idioms and Phrases. Questions on jumbled paragraphs were also doable.

 

A student who could give about 30 minutes to this section would have attempted close to 25-26 questions and a get a comfortable score of 21+.

 

Major Topics & Questions: General English
Following were the major topics on which questions were framed in General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability section of SNAP 2017:

  • Overall Section: Lengthier than last year
  • RC passages more lengthy
  • Difficult vocabulary words in many questions
  • Higher weightage to Vocabulary & Grammar based questions
Question topics
Total No of questions
Level of Difficulty (LoD)
2 RC Passages followed by 6 questions each
12
Moderate
Synonym, Antonym, Fill in the blanks with correct words
 13-14
Difficult
Jumbled paragraphs
2-3
Moderate
Idioms, phrases, Word usage
6-7
Moderate
Analogy, Parts of speech
3-4
Moderate to difficult
Grammar based questions: Sentence correction, Active-Passive voice
3-4
Moderate

 

Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interprattion, Data Sufficiency
The Quant section with DI and DS was very much on the expected lines but was a little difficult. The QA questions were individual questions while most DI and DS questions were in sets.  There were more questions based on Arithmetic. Besides, Algebra, Geometry, Pure Math, Mensuration also played an important part.

 

A good student who had spent about 40 minutes in this section could have attempted 24 questions accurately.

 

A good score in this section would be anything more than 19.

 

Major Topics & Questions: Quantitative Ability

Following were the major topics on which questions were framed in Quantitative Ability section of SNAP 2017:

  • Overall Section: More Difficult than last year
  • Higher weightage to Modern Math and Geometry
  • No on-screen calculator available
Question Topic
  Total Number of questions
  Level of Difficulty (LoD)
Arithmetic: Percentages, Profit & Loss, SICI
 7-8
Moderate to difficult
Profit & Loss, Time speed & Work, Average
6-8
Moderate
Number System
4-5
Moderate
Algebra
2-3
Difficult
Geometry, Series
7-8
Moderate to difficult
Permutation-Combination (PnC)
2-3
Moderate to difficult
Probability, Set Theory
5-6
Moderate to difficult
Pie Chart & Line chart based in DI part
7-8
Moderate but time consuming
 

 

Analytical and Logical Reasoning (LR)
This section was a nightmare for a lot of students. The fact that since last year, SNAP has increased the number of questions and reduced the marks made it difficult for students to score more in this section.

 

Except for a few questions, most of the questions in LR were either difficult or time consuming.

 

There were questions on Clocks, Calendars, Blood Relations, Coding-Decoding type among others. Overall this section was not easy. The student who could spend about 30 minutes would attempt around 15 to 20 questions.

 

A good score in this section would be around 15 marks.

 

Major Topics & Questions: Analytical & Logical Reasoning
Following were the major topics on which questions were framed in Analytical & Logical Reasoning section of SNAP 2017:

  • Overall Section: Lengthy & Difficult
  • Major topics of questions were Puzzles, Verbal Reasoning among others
Question Topic
Total questions
Level of Difficulty (LoD)
Based on Series
         8-9
Moderate to difficult
Blood Relations
         1-2
Moderate
Coding based
         1-2
Moderate
Seating Arrangement
         2-3
Moderate
Distribution concept based
         1-2
Moderate
Calculation based questions
       9-10
Difficult
Critical Reasoning
       2-3
 Difficult
Puzzles based
      1-2
Moderate
Visual Reasoning
     4-5
Difficult
 Input-output based
     3-4
Moderate
Clocks & Calendars
    2-3
Moderate
Others
    1-2
Difficult

 

Current Affairs
The GK section in SNAP 2017 had questions from the current affairs and general knowledge areas and that too from the past two years. The section was slightly on difficult side.

 

A student who is a regular reader of News paper and follows news would find this section on doable side.

 

Good attempt in this section would be around 11 questions and getting a positive score of 5-6.

 

Major Topics & Questions: Current Affairs

Following were the major topics on which questions were framed in Current Affairs section of SNAP 2017:

  • Overall Section: Moderate to Difficult
  • 19-20 questions on Indian national events – Business, economy, Governance, sports, Who’s who, Books, Awards
  • 10-12 questions on International events
Question Topic
Total questions
Level of Difficulty (LoD)
Who’s who
     8-9
Moderate to difficult
Business, economy related
     6-7
Difficult
Sports related
     4-5
Moderate
Science based
     3-4
           Moderate to difficult
Awards
     2-3
Moderate
Government schemes & Programmes
     2-3
Moderate
Others
    1-2
                     Difficult

 

SNAP 2017: Expected Cut offs
Expected cut off at SIBM Pune could be 67-68 marks, while it could be 58-59 for SCMHRD and 49-50 for SIBM Bangalore. The expected cut offs in top B-schools are:

Institute
Expected cut off mark by MBAUniverse.com
Expected cut off by CL
Expected cut off by T.I.M.E.
SIBM Pune
66-67
    68-70
    66-68
SCMHRD
58-59
    NA
    62-64
SIIB
50-51
    NA
    53-55
SIBM Bangalore
49-50
    NA
   53-55
SIMS
44-45
    NA
   NA
SITM/SIOM
40-41
    NA
   NA

 

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SNAP test Analysis for 2016
SNAP last year was a paper based test. The exam was overall easy but was lengthy. Though people were stuck in the Logical Ability area in the paper, the Quant was pleasantly & not so surprisingly, easy.

 

The General Awareness section also was not difficult and hence the feeling was good once students came out of the exam hall. 

 

Highlights of SNAP Test

  • The SNAP 2017 paper will have the same test pattern as that of 2016 exam.
  • SNAP 2016, had 150 questions carrying maximum 150 marks. With the number of questions in GK section getting reduced to 30 (from 40 as the authorities would have realized that it is futile to check the non-existent GK aptitude of students!)
  • The no of questions in LA section increased to 40 (from 30), but the marks allotted came down. The SNAP paper had 2 marks for each LA question till last year.
  • SNAP test had emphasis on Arithmetic in the QA section.
  • In the Verbal Section and the QA section, it was a bit of a surprise to get two sets each of RC and DI respectively.
  • The overall paper was similar in difficulty to that of the previous year. However, since the total marks in the overall paper have reduced from SNAP 2015 which had 180 marks, the overall cutoff is to go down proportionately.

 

SNAP Paper Pattern

Duration of the paper
120 min
No of Questions
150
No of Sections
4
Marking pattern
+ 1
Negative marking
1/4th of the allotted mark
Total Marks allotted
150
 
S.no
Sections
Total Marks
No of Questions
1
General English
40
40
2
Quantitative Ability
40
40
3
General Awareness: General Knowledge, Current Affairs, Business Scenario
30
30
4
Analytical & Logical Reasoning
40
40
 
Total
150
150
 

SNAP Analysis & Cutoffs

  • SNAP is an exam that requires the student to keep moving on and not waste time on any question that he/she is not able to answer.
  • Solving 150 questions in 120 minutes requires presence of mind and tremendous speed! That is less than a minute per question. 
  • Considering that there are 30 questions of General Knowledge, it is still required a different mindset and speed to be able to ace the SNAP exam.

SNAP : Ideal Time Break-up
The ideal time break-up in SNAP test is as below with the number of attempts that a good student should make to ensure a call from the top Symbiosis Institutes

S.no
Sections
Expected time for the section in minutes
Expected number of attempts
Expected Marks
1
General English
30
30 - 32
22 – 24
2
Quantitative Ability
40
20 - 22
18 – 20
3
General Awareness:
8 -10
8 - 10
3 - 4
4
Analytical & Logical Reasoning
40
16 - 18
14 – 16
 
Total
120
74 – 82
57 – 64
 

SNAP Analysis: General English
The English section had no surprises except that there were 2 passages of Reading Comprehension for a total of 11 marks. The two RCs, though long, had very simple and easy questions. Any student who had given time to attempt the RC passages would have got full marks in the same.

 

There were almost 10 Fill-in-the-blank (FIB) questions with various types. Four of which were of single blank and single word, two of them with a similar word meaning words to be selected for a single blank and 4 others which required one to understand the usage of homonyms (similar sounding words but with different meanings) to answer the FIBs.

 

The English section had liberal dose of Vocabulary with Synonyms, Antonyms, Analogies and Idioms and Phrases accounting for 14 marks.

 

There were 3 Para-jumble questions (not very difficult) and 2 Critical Reasoning questions, which were easily doable.

 

Overall the paper was doable and a student who gives about 30 minutes in this section would have easily attempted close to 30/32 questions (or even more) and a get a comfortable score of 20+

Sub Area
# Of Questions
Difficulty Level
Fill-in-the-Blanks (Single Blank)
4
Easy
Fill-in the-Blanks (Single blank, with same meaning)
2
Easy
Fill-in-the-Blanks (Homonyms)
4
Easy to Moderate
Vocab
3
Moderate
Synonyms
3
Difficult
Antonyms
3
Difficulty
Idioms and Phrases
2
Easy
Analogies
3
Moderate
Para Jumbles
3
Easy to Moderate
Critical Reasoning
2
Easy to Moderate
READING COMPREHENSION
11
Easy
TOTAL
40
Easy to Moderate

SNAP: Quantitative Aptitude Analysis
The Quant section was very much on the lines of the previous SNAP papers. There was a heavy tilt towards Arithmetic with about 9 questions in the same. Algebra (if we include Numbers in this) would be the highest weightage area in the SNAP paper as there were 12 questions in this (of which 6 questions were from Numbers area itself).

 

The surprise, however, was that there were 7 questions in Geometry and Mensuration.

 

A good student should have spent about 40 minutes in this section and he/she could have identified at least 22 to 25 questions that were easy.

 

However, having said the above, it is normal that most students always find the Quant area either tough or lengthy! Hence, a good score in this section would be anything more than 18!

Area
Topic
No of Questions
Arithmetic
 
9
Algebra
 
6
Numbers
Number Theory
6
Pure Math
 
4
Geometry
 
7
Miscellaeneous
Venn Diagram and Others
2
DATA Interpretation
Tables (3) + PIE Charts (3)
6
 

SNAP: Analytical and Logical Reasoning (LR) Analysis

This section is usually a nightmare for the students. Last year also this section in SNAP took the candidates for a ride. The fact that they have increased the number of questions and reduced the marks (instead of 2 marks per questions, in SNAP 2016, each logic had only 1 mark for the correct answer) made it difficult for students to score more in this section.

 

Except for a few questions on Series and Input/Output type, most of the questions in LR were either difficult or time consuming.

 

There were questions on Clocks, Calendars, Blood Relations, Coding-Decoding type among others. Some of the questions resembled the question types that come in MENSA puzzles!

 

Overall this section was difficult. Ideally, the student should have spent about 30 odd minutes and attempted around 15 to 20 questions.

 

The extra time (that could have been allotted to this section) should have been allotted to either English or the QA area to maximize scores. A good score in this section would be 14+

 

General Awareness

The SNAP people were true to their word. The questions were from the current affairs and general knowledge areas and that too from the past two years.

 

A student who follows news would have found this section actually easy (for a change!). A good attempt in this section would be around 10+ questions and getting a positive score of 4 or more.

 

Top Institute cut offs

Expected cut off at SIBM Pune could be 58 marks, while it could be 56 for SCMHRD and 48 for SIBM Bangalore. The anticipated cut offs in top B-schools is shared below

Institute
Expected cutoff mark
SIBM Pune
56 – 58
SCMHRD
54 – 56
SIIB
48 – 49
SIBM Bangalore
46 – 48
SIMS
40 - 41
SITM/SIOM
36 - 38

15 Symbiosis Institutes to offer admission
Candidates will be shortlisted for 15 Symbiosis Institutes affiliated to Symbiosis International University (SIU), Pune on the basis of scores obtained in SNAP 2017 for admission to the flagship MBA 2018-20 programme

 

Sl No.
Name of the B School
MBA Programme offered
1
Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM-Pune)
MBA and MBA (Innovation and Intrapreneurship)
2
Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies & Research (SICSR)
MBA (Information Technology)
M.Sc (Computer Applications)
3
Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resources Development (SCMHRD)
MBA and MBA (Infrastructure Management)
4
Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB)
MBA (International Business)
MBA (Agri Business)
MBA (Energy & Environment)
5
Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management (SITM)
MBA (Telecom Management)
6
Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies (SIMS)
MBA
7
Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication, Pune 
(SIMC- Pune)
MBA (Communication Management)
8
Symbiosis Institute of Operations Management (SIOM- Nashik)
MBA (Operations Management)
9
Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology (SCIT)
MBA (Information Technology Business Management)
10
Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences (SIHS)
MBA (Hospital & Healthcare Management)
11
Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Bengaluru 
(SIBM - Bengaluru)
MBA
12
Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication, Bengaluru (SIMC - Bengaluru)
MBA (Communication Management)
13
Symbiosis School of Banking and Finance (SSBF) (Formerly Symbiosis School of Banking Management)
MBA (Banking and Finance)
14
Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Hyderabad (SIBM, Hyderabad)
MBA
15
Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences (SSSS)
MBA (Sports Management)