SNAP 2017 Test Analysis

OVERVIEW

SNAP-2017 was the first year of the test being conducted online. However, the overall structure of the SNAP exam was similar tothat of the previous year. The test consisted of 3 sections having 40 questions of 1 mark each (Quantitative Ability, General English and Analytical & Logical Reasoning) and one section having 30 questions of 1 mark each (General Awareness).

The test interface was similar to that of CAT. However, students had an option of submitting the test after 45 minutes. It was important to click on the button ‘Save and Next’ in order to ensure that the answer was recorded by the system. If only answer was clicked and next question was selected from the questions palette on the right, the answer was not recorded by the system. There was also an option of viewing the question paper (without options) by clicking the button ‘View question paper’ on the top panel of the interface towards theright side.

In terms of level of difficulty, SNAP-2017 appeared to be one notch easier compared to the previous two years. SNAP-2017 was characterized by an easy-to-medium Quantitative Ability section, medium-to-difficult Analytical and Logical Reasoning section, and a an easyGeneral English section. However, the General Awareness section was on the tougher side. Students reported that the General Awareness section in SNAP 2017 was easily one of the most difficult in recent years.

Though in general SNAP-2017 was easier than SNAP-2016, as usual the selection of questions was of critical importance in the test. Like in the previous years, Analytical and Logical Reasoning section contained a few questionsthat were based on the principles of Mathematics. These questions were comparatively on easier side and most of these questions should have been attempted.The best way to maximize one’s score would have been to select questions judiciously and read quickly and not to spend too much time on the questions that seemed difficult.

Following table shows the overall structure of the exam.

Section Subject Area Number of Questions Marks per question Total marks
Section I Quantitative Ability 40 1 40
Section II General English 40 1 40
Section III Analytical and Logical Reasoning 40 1 40
Section IV General Awareness 30 1 30
Total 150 150

The analysis of each of the sections is as given below.

QUANTITATIVE ABILITY

Like in SNAP-2015 and SNAP-2016, this section was dominated by Arithmetic and Modern Mathematics. Out of the 40 questions in the section, 33 were on Quantitative Ability and 7 questions were on Data Interpretation.The 7 questions on DI were spread across two sets, with one set having 2 questions (Line graph) and the other set having 5 questions (Pie chart). There were no questions on data sufficiency. A majority of the questions in this section were of an easy-to-medium level of difficulty. However, this section also had a few tricky questions. Therefore judicious selection of questions was of the utmost importance.

Following table shows the break-up of the questions in the section.

Easy

Medium

Difficult

Total

Quantitative Ability

Algebra

1

1

Simple Equations

1

1

Arithmetic

10

3

13

Averages

1

1

2

Percentages

4

4

Profit & Loss

1

1

2

Ratio-Proportions

1

1

Simple & Compound Interest

1

1

2

Time, Speed & Distance

1

1

Work, Pipe & Cisterns

1

1

Geometry

2

2

1

5

Circles

2

2

Circles & Quadrilaterals

1

1

Triangles & Polygons

1

1

Trigonometry

1

1

Modern Mathematics

4

2

1

7

Logarithms

1

1

Permutation & Combination

2

2

Probability

2

1

3

Set Theory

1

1

Numbers

4

3

7

Complete the series

1

1

Factors & Multiples

1

1

HCF-LCM

1

1

Indices

1

1

Miscellaneous

1

1

Odd man out

1

1

Remainders

1

1

Total Quantitative Ability

21

10

2

33

Data Interpretation

 

Easy

Medium

Difficult

Total

Line Graph

2

0

0

2

Pie Chart

5

0

5

Total Data Interpretation

7

0

7

A good strategy would be to attempt about 27-29 questions in 35-40 minutes with 85% accuracy.

ANALYTICAL & LOGICAL REASONING

Like in SNAP-2016, most of the questions in this section were standalone questions. Out of the 40 questions in the section, 24 questions were standalone questions while the remaining 16 questions were set based questions. Out of the 24 standalone questions, 21 questions were on Non-Verbal Reasoning and 3 questions were on Verbal Reasoning.

There were 5 questions that tested the concepts of Mathematics. These questions could havevery well been included in the Quantitative Ability section as well. There was a set involving as many as 5 graphs. It asked questions based on the inferences of the numbers from the graphs. This was a new question type introduced in SNAP for the first time.

Following was the break-up of the questions in the section:

Easy

Medium

Difficult

Total

Singleton questions

Alphanumeric Series

2

2

4

Analogy

1

1

Complete the series

2

2

Number series arrangement

1

1

Arrangements

1

1

Linear Arrangement

1

1

Coding Decoding

1

1

2

Numbers

1

1

2

Directions

1

1

Family Relations

1

1

2

Puzzles

1

3

1

5

Quantitative Ability

5

5

Circles

1

1

Geometry

1

1

Logarithms

1

1

Percentages

1

1

Ratio-Proportion

1

1

Sequential Output

1

1

Verbal Reasoning

3

3

Total

15

8

1

24

Set Based questions

 

Easy

Medium

Difficult

Total

Puzzle involving time overlap

3

0

0

3

Symbol based family tree

4

 

4

Inference from five graphs

 

4

4

Operations on number series

5

 

 

5

Total

12

4

16

A good strategy would be to attempt around 20 questions with 85% accuracy in 35-40 minutes.

GENERAL ENGLISH

In this year’s SNAP, the level of difficulty of the General English section went down noticeably from last year’s test. The questions were mostly straightforward and very doable. The section consisted of a total of 40 questions: 28 Verbal Ability and Verbal Reasoning (VA & VR) ones and 12 Reading Comprehension (RC) ones.

The VA questions were predominantly vocabulary-based ones, though there were some grammar-based ones as well. The words tested were fairly easy ones (for example, ‘gratify’, ‘accede’, ‘sable’) and even in case of the ones that were a little difficult, the wrong options were easy to eliminate. A few of the grammar-based questions were slightly trickier, but mostly because they tested concepts such as identifying such parts of speech as the students may not be familiar with (for example, ‘compound relative pronoun’ and ‘compound relative adverb’). The VR questions were limited to two Jumbled Paragraphs questions and two analogies.

The RC questions were distributed evenly between two passages. Both the passages were easy enough to understand, and most of the questions were direct ones, except for one question each on title and tone. However, the passages were quite lengthy (850-1000 words), so reading them would have taken a long time. It would have been better if students skipped the first one (on privacy rights in India) and attempted only the second one (on convicts sent to settle in Australia), which was shorter and easier.

Easy Medium Difficult Total
Verbal Ability & Verbal Reasoning
Synonyms 1 1 0 2
Antonyms 3 2 1 6
Phrase/idiom 1 2 1 4
Fill in the Blanks 2 1 0 3
One word fits multiple blanks 1 1 0 2
Match grammar function and usage 0 2 0 2
Active-Passive voice 1 1 0 2
Correct form of underlined word 0 1 0 1
Parts of speech 0 0 2 2
Analogies 2 0 0 2
Jumbled Paragraphs 1 1 0 2
Total 12 12 4 28
Reading Comprehension
  Easy Medium Difficult Total
Passage 1 – about 1000 words on ‘privacy rights in India’. 4 2 0 6
Passage 2 – about 850 words on ‘convicts sent to settle in Australia’. 6 0 0 6
Total 10 2 0 12

A good strategy would be to attempt around 26-28 questions with 80-85% accuracy in 30-35 minutes.

CURRENT AFFAIRS

Though SNAP changed the name of this section from ‘General Awareness’ to ‘Current Affairs’ last year, test-takers were in for a jolt this year as the section was clearly more difficult than that of previous SNAP papers.

This section contained a healthy mix of questions from diverse areas. There were 30 questions from either 2017 or 2016 news items. Only 2-3 questions were very simple; 12 were moderately challenging and about 15-16 were tough.

There were about 12 questions based on national events and 18 questions based on international affairs.

Most of the questions were not derived from headlines. There were also no standard sports-based questions. Some questions contained two or more items as a part of the answer; this only added to the difficulty level.

Students reported that there was one question with 4 blanks pertaining to a specific news item; and one of the blanks in that question had the same answer in all 4 options.

Following is the table giving more details about the GA section:

 India’s longest tunnel Acquisition done by IKEA Female personality who is part of the administration of a sports organisation Wimbledon titles won by Roger Federer E-nirvana is a government scheme started for?
Men’s fashion retail brand bought by Walmart Colombian Juan Manuel Santos won the nobel peace prize for
?
Strait under which the Eurasian tunnel connects Europe and Asia The wave discovered in 2016 Ex-chancellor of Germany who passed away this year and who was responsible for helping unify Germany
In the abbreviation SMAC, A stands for? Owner of the TV channel Republic in India Name of the technology used by Bitcoins Startup backed by Flipkart which is a kind of social media for new parents Company bought out by one entity which was owned by a media mogul (multiple blanks)
Name of Japan’s military communications satellite European country that banned FM in 2017 Inventor of Language Dothraki used in the series Game of Thrones Brand that stopped sponsoring the Olympics after a 41-years association Cyclone that struck India in December 2016
RP Goenka group got which sportsperson to endorse what snack? Country has been boycotted by its neighbours in 2017 HridaynathMangeshkar award winner in 2016 Name the person who walked the moon and who passed away in 2017 Name the lady who is a famous business personality from the picture provided
Names of the current and the previous Attorney General of India Mascot of the Asian Athletics held in Bhubaneshwar Name of the ISRO rocket that was used to launch 104 satellites Comic company acquired by Netflix in 2017. The human organ that was discovered in 2017

A good strategy would be to attempt about 10-11 questions in 10-15 minutes with 80-85%

OVERALL

We expect that the cut-offs for SIBM Pune will be around 71-73 marks while the cut-off for SCHMHRD will be around 68-70 marks.

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