SNAP 2015 was similar to earlier SNAP exams in terms of the overall paper pattern but the difficulty level was much higher due to the experienced difficulty level of three out of four sections. In general, QA was the easiest section with lot of attemptable questions. Like last year, GK was the toughest section with extensive focus on static GK and trivia.
Overall cut-offs for the colleges under SNAP are expected to be as under:
SIBM-B and SIIB: 76+
Other institutes: May go down to 50-55
A preliminary analysis of each section is as under:
1) Quantitative Aptitude:
· This was by far the simplest of all four sections. Some of the questions in this section were slightly ambiguous but overall the section was easy enough. The major focus, like last year was on Arithmetic and Algebra with 25-26 questions being from this area. Arithmetic had questions from Averages, Percentages, Simple and Compound Interest, Profit and Loss, Ratio and Proportion, Mixtures and Alligation, Time and Distance, Time and Work. Most questions in Algebra were from Numbers with some questions also based on Logarithms, Surds and Indices and Equations.
· Modern Maths was also moderately represented with around 7-8 questions from this area. There were easy to moderate questions from P & C, Probability, Sequences and Venn Diagrams.
· Geometry had minimal representation with just 3 questions – one each on Trigonometry, Triangles and Circles. However, these were slightly more difficult.
· There was also a DI set on tables – using the concepts of percentages and ratios. Though the questions looked calculation intensive, they were quite easy.
· A well-prepared student could have been able to attempt 33-34 questions in this section.
2) Logical Reasoning:
· Not only was this section more difficult due to slightly complex and new question types but also due to a few incorrect questions (e.g. the light bulb question).
· The sets on logical grouping (4 questions) and rectangular arrangement (5 questions) were relatively easy and should definitely attempted rather than first attempting the individual questions.
· There were close to 10-11 questions on number series, coding-decoding and analogies. Most of these were of moderate to high difficulty level and you had to spend a couple of minutes per question to gauge the pattern.
· Apart from these there were questions on relationships, logical puzzles, scheduling of events etc. There were also 3-4 questions that were more mathematical in nature than logical.
· The question on cash flow was difficult while the two questions on critical reasoning were slightly ambiguous.
· 18-20 questions in 45-50 minutes would have been a good attempt.
3) Verbal Ability
· Verbal Ability was relatively difficult this year due to the enhanced focus on vocabulary, unlike last year. Nearly 15 out of 40 questions were based on vocabulary, which also included a new question type on collocative words. There were also 2 analogy and 3 odd man out questions that were simpler.
· Like each year, there were questions on figures of speech and foreign language words.
· The questions on idioms and fill in the blanks were relatively simpler and should definitely have been attempted.
· Like each year, there was one RC passage. The passage was moderately long, at 650+ words, and was based on the relation between knowledge and wisdom. However, the questions based on this set were relatively easy. Hence, this set should have been attempted.
· Overall, 22-24 questions in 25 minutes would be a good attempt.
4) General Knowledge
· Like each year, this section was completely dominated by trivia and static GK.
· Roughly 10-12 questions were based on information related to 2015. The remaining questions were from areas like politics, business, geography, history, culture etc.
· 9-10 attempts would be considered a good performance.
On the whole, the cut-offs this year are expected to be lower this year with SIBM Pune and SCMHRD expected to be in the low 80s.