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SNAP 2018 Exam Analysis: Moderate Exam, Expected Cutoffs to go-up

Dec 17, 2018 10:20 IST
    SNAP 2018 Exam Analysis
    SNAP 2018 Exam Analysis

    The first impressions coming from the students as well as the experts, suggest that the SNAP Test 2018, overall, was a moderate exam with few tough questions being included in a few sections. In terms of section-wise analysis, reasoning section was the toughest with few tricky questions which required aspirants to improvise their exam strategy to score well. In line with the overall moderate difficulty level of the SNAP 2018 exam, aspirants should expect the cutoffs to go up slightly.

    Get detailed exam analysis for SNAP 2018 along with thorough section-wise Analysis, know what would be the ideal number of good attempts for the exam and the expected cutoffs from the experts.

    SNAP 2018 Exam Analysis – Overview

    SNAP 2018 Exam Analysis: MBA aspirants who have appeared for SNAP 2018 exam were in for a pleasant surprise with the overall difficulty level of the test being moderate in nature. The SNAP 2018 Test which serves as the gateway for MBA admissions to over 15 Symbiosis institutes was held on 16th December 2018 in the evening slot i.e. 2PM to 4PM. The test was held at 92 cities in computer based format. In line with the moderate nature of the exam, MBA aspirants should expect the cutoffs to move slightly upwards. Any one scoring between 56 to 60 out of 150 should expect a call back from SNAP Participating Colleges / Institutes for MBA admissions.

    The SNAP 2018 exam was held in 92 cities, for admission toMBA 2019-21 batch in 15 Symbiosis Institutes  in a single session from 2PM to 4PM. SNAP 2018 was the second computer based exam in the history of Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) conducted by Symbiosis International University (SIU) Pune.

    Initial Impressions

    The Initial Impressions or the first-hand exam analysis of the SNAP 2018 Exam suggests the following key highlights:

    • Key Changes in Exam: SNAP 2018 Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme was changed
    • Total Number of Questions: The total number of questions in the SNAP 2018 were 150 as compared to 130 earlier
    • Marking Scheme: SNAP 2018 provided +1 mark for correct answer to MCQs and +2 marks for correct answer to non-MCQs
    • Negative Marking: Each incorrect answer to MQCs attracted negative marking of 0.25 marks while each incorrect answer for non-MCQs attracted -0.50 marks.
    • Inclusion of Non-MCQs: The SNAP 2018 exam consisted of MCQs as well as non-MCQs (Special Questions)
    • 4 Sections: The SNAP test 2018 consisted of 4 Sections
    • Lowest Weightage: GK / Current Affairs Section was given lowest weightage among all the sections
    • Two Hour Test: SNAP 2018 was a two hour test which started at 2PM and concluded at 4PM

    SNAP 2018 Exam Pattern

    SNAP 2018 exam underwent a thorough change in terms of its exam pattern and structure. The exam was more aligned to CAT 2018 exam patter. This included increase in the total number of questions, introduction of non-MCQs and other changes in the marking scheme of the test. Despite these changes, the overall level of difficulty of the SNAP 2018 test was moderate and most candidates were able to handle the test quite easily.  

    Detailed break-up of SNAP 2018 Exam is given below:

    Section name

    No of questions

    MCQs

    Non-MCQs

    Total marks

    General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability

    35

    30

    5

    40

    Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

    35

    30

    5

    40

    Current Affairs / GK

    25

    20

    5

    30

    Analytical & Logical Reasoning

    35

    30

    5

    40

    Total

    130

    110

    20

    150

    SNAP 2018 - Marking Scheme

    With the introduction of Non-MCQs / Special Questions, the marking scheme for SNAP 2018 was also altered. The new marking scheme that was followed for the SNAP 2018 exam held on 16th December is as follow:

    Section Name

    MCQs

    Non-MCQs

    Marking Scheme

    Marks for Correct Answer

    Marks for Wrong Answer

    Marks for Correct Answer

    Marks  forWrong Answer

    General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability

    +1

    -0.25

    +2

    -0.50

    Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

    +1

    -0.25

    +2

    -0.50

    Current Affairs (of last 2 years)

    +1

    -0.25

    +2

    -0.50

    Analytical & Logical Reasoning

    +1

    -0.25

    +2

    -0.50

    SNAP 2018 - Sectional Analysis

    You can understand the level of difficulty, format, style and the number of questions by going through the detailed analysis of each of the sections of SNAP 2018  below:

    Section 1: General English, Verbal Ability & Verbal Reasoning

    General English section was the first section in the SNAP exam 2018. The English section consisted of 35 questions as compared to 40 questions in 2017. Despite the decrease in the number of questions, the overall marks for the General English section remained the same i.e. 40 marks. The General English Section consisted of 35 questions of which 30 were straightforward MCQs while the rest of the 5 were non-MCQs / Special Questions each carrying 2 marks.

    In term of key topics or concepts on which questions were asked, the English section was dominated by Vocabulary Based Questions and 2 RC Passages. The Vocabulary Based Questions were of moderate difficulty level. The section also included a few Fill-In-The-Blanks type questions which were easy and could be answered using elimination process.

    The questions based on the core concepts of grammar were based on Identification Parts of Speech, Sentence Correction and Rewriting Sentences. Overall the questions were easy and aspirants with good grasp of the core concepts of English Grammar should have attempted them easily.  

    There were a few Para Jumbles as well in the English Section, which again could be answered easily using the elimination technique. Questions based on Synonyms/Antonyms, Idioms, Phrases, Usage tested were of moderate difficulty and those having good knowledge of English Language would have answered them easily.

    Reading Comprehension questions were based on two passages. One passage in RC which attracted 5 questions was based on the topic of Google Location Security. The RC passages were lengthy and required good time management. Questions on Verbal Analogy and Critical Reasoning were of moderate Difficulty.

    Verdict: Aspirants attempting 20 – 22 questions with 90% accuracy will manage to clear the cut-offs easily.

    Section 2: Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

    The overall difficulty level of Quant section in SNAP 2018 was quite similar to the previous years. However, the questions were lengthy in nature and required more time than usual. The section consisted of questions from Quantitative Aptitude and Data Sufficiency concepts only, there were no questions on Data Interpretation in this section. Overall, the quant section was of moderate difficulty but because of the calculation intensive nature of the questions, it was more time-consuming.

    The total number of questions in this section were 35 as compared to 40 last year. The maximum marks / score for this section remained 40, the same as last year, with the introduction of special questions / non-MCQs. In terms of MCQs and Non-MCQs break-up, the section consisted of 30 MCQs and 5 non-MCQs.  

    The key topics on which questions were asked in this section included: Airthmetic, Profit & Loss, Time & Work, Percentage and Number system. The section also had questions based on Geometry and Morden Math, and their weighage has also gone up in SNAP 2018.

    Verdict: Aspirants attempting 24 – 25 questions with 90% accuracy will manage to clear the cut-offs easily.

    Section 3: Analytical & Logical Reasoning

    In line with the legacy of SNAP, Reasoning Section remained the toughest section of the exam this year as well. The section included 35 RC questions as compared to 40 last year. The maximum marks awarded for RC section remained the same i.e. 40 as the newly introduced Special Questions / Non-MCQs carried 2 marks each.

    Overall, the level of difficulty of Reasoning section was moderate with a few tough questions being included in the section. The LR question set based on the Folding Shapes was tough and very aspirants were able to solve it in time. Other key concepts / themes which were featured in Reasoning section included Clocks & Calendars, Verbal & Visual Reasoning, Mathematical Concepts, Sense of Direction, Coding & Decoding and Analogy.

    Verdict: Aspirants attempting 20 - 22 questions with 85% accuracy will manage to clear the cut-offs easily.

    Section 4: Current Affairs (GK) Section

    The Current Affairs Section in the SNAP 2018 was quite different from other MBA exams, as it was based on Current Affairs and Events of the last 2 years only. The section didn’t carry any questions based on static GK.

    The section included 25 questions which carried a maximum score of 30. The section included 25 MCQs and 5 non-MCQs. The Current Affairs & GK section of SNAP 2018 was direct and didn’t include any tricky questions. The section was moderate but was difficult for those who did not know the answers and easy for those who had prepared well for this section.

    The section also included questions on the recently concluded State Assembly Elections in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Mizoram. Among these, one question was based on identifying the winning party in Chhattisgarh  while another was based on the naming the states where assembly elections were held.

    Other topics / concepts on which Current Affairs Questions were based included Constitution, Sports, Awards, Geography, Govt Schemes, Who’s Who, International Events, Business & Economics as well as Science & Technology.

    Verdict: Aspirants attempting 12 - 14 questions with 80% accuracy will manage to clear the cut-offs easily.

    SNAP 2018: Ideal / Good Number of Attempts

    After going through the detailed analysis of SNAP 2018 exam as well as the section-wise analysis for each of the sections, candidates must be wondering if they have done enough to clear the Cut-offs. To know this, you can refer to the table below, which mentions the number of good / ideal attempts to expect a call back for MBA admissions:

    Section

    Suggested Time

    Suggested Attempts

    Sectional Score

    General English

    30-35 mins

    20-22

    18-20

    Quantitative Aptitude

    40-45 mins

    23-25

    18-20

    Reasoning

    30-35 mins

    20-22

    16-20

    General Awareness

    10-12 mins

    13-14

    8-9

    SNAP 2018 Expected Cutoffs

    As per the experts at different test prep institutes as well as other experts suggest that a raw score of 58-65 marks will help you clear the SNAP 2018 cutoffs. However, the individual shortlisting and screening criteria followed by different Symbiosis Institutes is decided by different B-schools, therefore, it will also depend on the internal matrix which they derive.

    Overall, you can look at the following score-range and the expected percentile table, to evaluate your chances of getting a call back from any of the SNAP participating institutes.

    Score Range

    Expected Percentile

    36-40.9

    81-87.99

    41-45.9

    88-90.99

    46-55.9

    91-92.99

    56-65.9

    93-94.99

    66-74.9

    95-97.99

    75-84.9

    98-99

    85 & Above

    99+

    The detailed analysis and other details of previous years of SNAP Exam is given below. You can go through the previous year SNAP exam analysis and understand the general trend and the difficulty level over the years.

    About The SNAP Exam

    Symbiosis International University (deemed to be university) will conduct the Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) for admission to its institutes offering management programmes. The national level test will be held on December 16, 2018. Currently, the registration gates are open, interested candidates can apply for SNAP 2018 until November 26, 2018. Only those who successfully register for the entrance exam and meet its basic eligibility criteria will be able to download the SNAP 2018 admit card. As per the official notification, the SNAP admit card will be available for download from December 1, 2018, onwards.

    Post the SNAP 2018 exam, the analysis of SNAP exam will be conducted by various coaching institutes and experts. The SNAP exam analysis is done in order to guide future SNAP test takers to understand the exam pattern and how the entrance exam is conducted. This enables aspirants to become familiar with the SNAP exam and prepare accordingly.

    Since the SNAP 2018 exam is yet to be conducted, therefore, we bring to you previous year’s SNAP exam analysis that will help you understand previous year’s trend of the exam and how it has changed over the years.

    Also Read: SNAP Exam Admit Card: Download Here

    SNAP 2017 Exam Analysis

    In 2017, the first-ever computer-based SNAP exam was conducted at 102 test cities across India. Majority test takers claimed that this year’s SNAP exam was difficult than the previous year as this the exam was lengthy and required more time to complete. Some test takers added that a longer duration would have helped them solve more questions. As per the SNAP 2017 exam analysis, there were a total of 150 questions that were to be solved in 120 minutes, meaning each question had less than a minute time to solve. Fortunately, this time there were no sectional cut-off; candidates could focus on maximising their overall score instead of trying to score higher in each section.

    According to the SNAP exam analysis 2017, the Quant section was tough, emphasis was on Arithmetic in the QA section. Overall the SNAP 2017 was lengthy and required more time to maximise the overall score.

    Also Read: Institutes that accept SNAP exam scores for admission to MBA programme

    SNAP 2016 Exam Analysis

    After the SNAP 2016 exam conducted on December 18, 2016, there was a mix feedback from the test takers. Some said the exam was easy but lengthy while some said it was easy to moderate. There were a total of 150 questions worth 150 marks that were to be solved in 120 minutes. Some test takers added how they got stuck in the Logical Ability section and how the Quant was unsurprisingly easy. SNAP 2016 brought along changes such as in the number of questions in the GK section that was reduced to 30 from 40. Apart from this, until last year each correct answer carried 2 marks but this year it was 1 mark for correct answer.

    The expected cut-off for SIBM Pune was 60-62 and 50-60 for SCMHRD. The other Symbiosis institutes had lower overall cut-off.

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