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SNAP 2019 Exam Analysis by TIME

Here is a detailed SNAP 2019 Exam Analysis from the expert of TIME, Mr Ramnath Kankadandi. Find out the difficulty level of the MBA entrance test and the expected SNAP 2019 cut-off as per the experts at TIME Institute.

Dec 16, 2019 12:01 IST
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SNAP 2019 ANALYSIS BY TIME
SNAP 2019 ANALYSIS BY TIME

SNAP 2019 Exam Analysis by TIME- Finally the SNAP 2019 exam is over and as an aspirant you must be eager to find out the SNAP exam analysis and the expected SNAP cut-off scores. SIU successfully conducted SNAP exam on 15th December 2019 (Sunday) in computer-based format at various test centers for admission to 15 SIU affiliated institutes.

With some changes in the exam pattern and even the scoring of the questions, let us find out the SNAP exam analysis and what candidates had to deal with during the 2 hours (2pm to 4pm) while appearing in the exam from the expert faculty Mr Ramnath Kankadandi, National CAT Course Director at TIME.

The SNAP exam conducted on 15 Dec 2019 in the computer-based-test format went glitch-free.

The overall difficulty level of the exam was lower as compared to last year’s.

The broad distribution of questions in the test is as under:

Section

Normal Questions

Special Questions

Total Questions

Total Marks

General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability

34

0

34

51

Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

35

5

40

45

Analytical & Logical Reasoning

36

0

36

54

Total

105

5

110

150

Since there were no sectional cut-offs, it made the job of the students a lot easier i.e., they could focus on maximising their overall score instead of perforce trying to improve their sectional performances in tougher sections. Since LR and English carried 1.5 marks per question, it would have made sense to have spent more time on these two sections.

General English

The section had a total of 34 questions. All were NORMAL questions (MCQs) of 1.5 mark each. There were no SPECIAL questions (non-MCQ).

The distribution of the questions area-wise was as under:

Question Type (Normal Qs – 1.5 marks each – MCQ Type)

No. of Questions

Synonyms

3

Antonyms

3

Conversion from active to passive voice and vice versa

2

FIB (Verb form in conditional sentence, conjunction, spellings, tenses, auxiliary verbs)

7

Match the Parts of Speech (Noun, Verb, Adverb, Adjective) correctly with the sentence

1

Identify the form of the underlined word in the sentence

1

Odd Word Out

1

Which of the following is a word that does not have a prefix

1

Identify the figure of speech employed in the sentence

2

Parajumble with 7 sentences labelled A to G

1

Grammar based: Identify the grammatically correct sentence

1

Paracompletion (Cloze Test) with 3 blanks

3

RC 1

3

RC 2

5

Total

34

The RC area had two passages with 8 questions in all. The passages were lengthy in nature, while the first one had around 630 words, the other had around 1200 words.

Passage 1: A passage on “Art of happiness by Dalai Lama”, had 3 questions.

Passage 2: Another lengthy passage on “China’s telecom interest in Hongkong”, it accounted for 5 questions.

Analytical & Logical Reasoning

Question Type

No. of questions

Difficulty Level

Blood relations

3

Easy-Moderate

Clocks

2

Moderate

Number series

3

Moderate-Difficult

Binary Logic

1

Easy

Verbal Analogy

2

Moderate-Difficult

GK based reasoning

1

Moderate

Quant based reasoning

6

Moderate-Difficult

Calendars

1

Moderate

Coding and Decoding

1

Easy

Arrangements with Distribution

6

Moderate

Symbols and Notations

1

Easy

Scheduling based Puzzle

3

Easy-Moderate

Folding of paper

1

Difficult

Non-Verbal Reasoning

3

Easy-Moderate

Courses of Action

1

Easy-Moderate

Miscellaneous

1

Easy

Around 20-22 can be considered to be a good number of attempts in this section.

The Analytical and Logical Reasoning section had a good number of easy and moderate questions.

There were 36 questions of 1.5 mark each (normal MCQ type). There were no Special questions (non-MCQ type) in this section.

Just like last year, apart from the standalone ones, there were 9 questions based on two caselets. Apart from this, the majority of questions appeared from Non-Verbal Reasoning, Blood Relations, Verbal Analogies, Clocks and Calendars, Quant Based Reasoning and Number series.

The level of the section could be pegged at Easy-moderate for a serious aspirant.

The distribution of questions in the section was as below:

Out of 36 questions in this section, 24 to 26 would be considered a good number of attempts.

Quantitative Ability

Question Type

No. of questions

Difficulty Level

Arithmetic (PPL, SICI, T&W, T&D, AMA)

9

Moderate

Numbers

3

Moderate-Difficult

Geometry, Mensuration, Trigonometry

7

Moderate-Difficult

Simplification

1

Easy-Moderate

Algebra

3

Moderate

P&C, Probability

5

Moderate-Difficult

Venn Diagrams Set

4

Moderate-Difficult

Venn Diagrams Set

2

Moderate

Table-based Set

3

Easy-Moderate

Pie chart-based Set

3

Moderate-Difficult

The section was slightly easier compared to the last year. There were 35 questions of 1 mark each (normal MCQ type) and 5 Special questions of 2 marks each (non-MCQ type). However, QA-DI-DS being the third section and the first two sections being easier (added to the fact that questions in the first two sections were worth 1.5 marks each) would’ve led most test takers to believe that the section is more difficult than it is.

Data Interpretation questions, which were completely missing last year, made a strong comeback with 12 questions. Continuing the tradition, there were no Data Sufficiency questions in this section. The weightage of questions from arithmetic and geometry chapters was on the higher side, while algebra was under-represented compared to last year. One question from P & C involved an implicit assumption that the books were identical and another on probability would’ve left the test takers unsure about whether to enter 0.0345 or 0.035 in the space provided (the instructions at the beginning of the test did mention explicitly that test takers must enter up to 3 digits after the decimal, where applicable). A couple of special questions (one on average stipend and another on sum of multiples of 7) were very lengthy and time-consuming. SNAP seems to be following CAT in according a high weightage to Venn Diagrams as there were 2 DI sets based on the same, one involving 4 sets and the other involving 3 sets. Another table-based DI set involved simple calculations while the pie chart-based set wasn’t direct.

A few questions like the one on the difference between SI and CI, and the one on the bus halting every hour are eerily similar to the ones that appeared in SNAP 2018.

The broad distribution of the questions from various areas is as below:

Out of 40 questions in this section, 20 to 22 would be considered a good number of attempts.

Cut-Offs:

An overall score of 88-90 or above should be a good score for SIBM Pune, 86-88 for SCMHRD, and 74-76 for SIBM Bangalore and SIIB.

Note: The above mentioned estimated cut-offs are for general category students, the cut-offs for SC/ST/DA/Kashmiri migrants will be lower.

Please note that there are no sectional cut-offs for SNAP.

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