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SNAP 2016 Analysis
 

SNAP 2016 Analysis

TestFunda ,  23-Dec-16
The SNAP 2016 exam was similar to SNAP 2015 as far as the difficulty level is concerned. VA and LR were slightly on the easier side while QA and GK were on the moderate level. The overall structure and marking scheme of the exam was i.e. 150 questions for 150 marks in 120 minutes. The GK section had 30 questions where earlier it is used to have 40 questions.

Summary

Number of Sections

4

Options per Question

4

Negative Marking

1/4th of Marks for the Question

Marks per Question

1/question for all the sections

Expected Overall Cut-offs

72-75(sibm)


1. Logical Reasoning – 30 questions: 
This year, the LR section had 40 questions, with 1 mark allotted per question. The reasoning concepts covered in this section were linear Arrangements, coded relationships, family tree, Venn diagrams, letter series, clocks etc. The questions ranges from easy to moderate level. The question-type level breakup of this section is as given below: 

Question Type

No. of Questions

Relationships - Coded

4*

Relationships – Family Tree

2*

Linear Arrangements

1*

Visual Reasoning

4*

Input output

4*

Number Series

5 *

Clocks

1*

Venn Diagrams

1*

Logical Reasoning

10*

Critical Reasoning

4*

Knowledge Based

2*

Calendar

1*

Odd man out

1*


In general, the difficulty level of the section was easier than last year, but question selection and the order in which you attempted questions was critical. The question on Venn Diagrams, should have been attempted first. This along with the questions on, number series and linear arrangements could have been attempted next. Surprisingly, the critical reasoning questions were easy. Approximately 20-25 questions in 40 minutes would be a good attempt. 

2. Verbal Ability – 40 questions:
This year’s SNAP differed from last year in the sense that the importance given to vocabulary. The number of fill in the blank questions came down to and the number of vocabulary questions was 15. The overall break-up of this section was:   

Question Type

Number of Questions

Reading Comprehension

11*

Vocabulary – Synonyms, antonyms, spellings, compound words

15*

Fill in the blanks

9*

Critical Reasoning

2*

Para jumbles

3*


The vocabulary based questions tested knowledge of synonyms, antonyms, and meanings of words. Fill in the blanks tested sentence construction, and other parts of speech as well as use of idioms and phrases. The test also comprised two RCs – a long passage with six questions and another medium one with five questions. The longer passage was based on the perspectives of German and French in terms of their ideological differences. Though the passage was long, it was straightforward and all the questions were factual and directly available from the passage. The shorter passage was based on a chemical procedure involving heat and pressure. The questions were again factual. Both passages should have been attempted and some of the trickier fill in the blanks and vocabulary questions skipped to increase accuracy.
Around 25-30 attempts with 80% accuracy in 20 minutes would be a good attempt. 


3. General Knowledge and Current Affairs – 30 questions:
As mentioned earlier, GK was the moderate section as it was dominated Current affairs of past two years. Hence, a lot of questions were binary in nature i.e. you either knew the answer to the question or didn’t know it at all. Also, close answer options made guessing a risky proposition. Questions were asked from diverse areas like geography, literature, sports, history, personalities, science and technology, organisations etc. 
Around 15 attempts  in 20-25 minutes would be a good attempt. 

4. Quantitative Ability + Data Interpretation + Data Sufficiency – 40 questions:
The Quantitative Ability section was tougher this year when compared to previous year where wide range of concepts was asked with moderate level. There was two DI sets under this section. One on Tables and other on pie charts. The questions were of moderate level. No Data sufficiency questions. The overall topic-level breakup of this section is as given below: 

Topic

Number of Questions

Averages

1*

Profit, Loss and Discount

2*

Ratio and Proportion

3*

Time and Distance

3*

Time and Work

1*

Clocks

1*

Code

1*

Quadratic & Higher Order Equations

2*

Circles

3*

Quadrilaterals and other Polygons

1*

Trigonometry

1*

Geometry

3*

Permutations & Combinations

2*

Probability

2*

Number Theory

4*

Sequence and series

2*

DI- Pie Charts

3*

Surds and Indices

1*

DI - Tables

3*

Venn Diagram

1*


Most of the questions were from Geometry and Number theory. A good grasp on both these areas would have certainly made the section easier. There were few tricky questions on probability and P&C which needed little more effort to solve. Both the DI sets should have been solved after solving most of the easy questions from QA .Overall, 20 -25 should be a good attempt within 30 -35 minutes time. A good candidate can get up to 20-21 marks.

Overall, 90-95 attempts and a score of 72-75 or above should be good for students applying to SIBM (Pune). For students applying to SCMHRD, 70 or above should be a safe score. 

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