The overall structure of the SNAP exam remained the same as that of the previous years’. The exam consisted of 3 sections having 40 questions of 1 mark each (Quantitative Ability, General English and General Awareness) and one section having 30 questions of 2 marks each (Analytical and Logical Reasoning).
SNAP-2015 was characterized by a difficult General Awareness section, easy to medium Quantitative Ability Section, difficult Analytical and Logical Reasoning section and a relatively more difficult General English section. In general, SNAP-2015 was significantly tougher than the previous years’ SNAP exams. The selection of questions was all the more important in SNAP-2015. 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||30||2||60|
|Section IV||General Awareness||40||1||40|
The analysis of each of the sections is as given below.
This section was dominated by Arithmetic, Modern Mathematics and Numbers. Emphasis on Geometry was reduced while the emphasis on Numbers was increased vis-a- vis SNAP-2014. There was one DI set with four questions, based on a table. There were no questions on data sufficiency. A majority of the questions in this section were of an easy-to-medium level of difficulty. The section also had a few tricky questions (especially questions on Geometry and Probability). Therefore judicious selection of questions was of the utmost importance.
|Topics||No. of questions||Level of difficulty|
|Profit & Loss||3||2 Easy + 1 Medium|
|Time & Work||2||2 Easy|
|Simple & Compound Interest||2||2 Easy|
|Percentages||3||2 Easy + 1 Medium|
|Mixtures & Alligations||1||1 Easy|
|Probability||3||1 Easy + 2 Medium|
|Sequences & Series (AP-GP)||2||2 Easy|
|Venn Diagram||1||1 Medium|
|Permutation & Combination||1||1 Easy|
|Digit in Unit’s Place||1||1 Easy|
|Problems on Properties of Numbers||1||3 Easy|
|Expansion of Algebraic Terms||1||Easy|
A good strategy would be to attempt about 28-30 questions in 35-40 minutes with 85% accuracy.
This section was more challenging than the previous years’ SNAP English sections. There were about 18 pure vocabulary questions (we are including vocabulary questions requiring knowledge of grammar under ‘grammar’), 12 grammar questions and 5 RC questions. There were 5 verbal reasoning questions. About 17 questions were easy, about 14 were of a moderate level and about 9 were quite challenging (either due to difficult words or due to difficult-to-eliminate options). It was very important not to keep pondering over questions that were confusing and instead be decisive. Though students prefer to avoid RC, this time the RC questions were somewhat simpler than many non-RC ones. So, students should have attempted them. The RC passage was around 800 – 900 words and was easy to understand. In 30-35 minutes, one could go through all the questions and attempt about 30 questions with 80% accuracy.
|Singular/Plural Word Form||Scarves||1||E|
|Idiom based||To catch a tartar
A leopard can’t change its stripes/dots/colour/none
To buy a lemon
Against the clock
|Phrasal verb based FIB||Raking/making/looting/breaking off||1||M|
|Choose correct sentence||It is 2 PM
Myself Kedar, from Mumbai
|Figures of speech||So sober something serious....alliteration
The strength given by my mother.....hyperbole
Buzzing of bees.....onomatopoeia
|Choose grammatically correct sentence||He is capable at twisting....
My cousin’s brother.......
Ganesh is taller ....much more taller
My parents are Indian...in Sydney
Standing on top of .....could be seen.
|Sentence completion||To ensure success in a ....
The more we looked at the....
|Odd one out||Lampoon, Satire, Parable, Ridicule
Euphemism, Maxim, Aphorism, Dictum
Shakedown, Intimidate, Force, Bleak
|Passage 1 – about 800 words on “Importance of wisdom with respect to knowledge.”||Three questions were direct and two were summary-based||5||E/E/M/M/D|
E= easy, M = medium, D = difficult
ANALYTICAL & LOGICAL REASONING
This section took students by surprise. The emphasis on Verbal Reasoning was significantly lower in SNAP-2015 as compared to that of previous years. Furthermore, as many as 3 questions in the section required application of concepts in Mathematics and were fit to be included in the Quantitative Ability section as well. Additionally, there were 3 questions on Visual Reasoning and 5 questions on coding-decoding (including 3 on Analogies) that were somewhat tough. One question actually tested the concepts of Accounting, which most students from non-Commerce background would find difficult. There were two sets (one on seating arrangements and one on Grouping & Conditionalities) with 9 questions in all. These two sets were straightforward and should not have been missed.
The overall break-up of the questions was as follows:
|Rectangular Arrangement||10 persons seated around a rectangular table—4 each along the length on each side and 1 each along the width on each side||5||Easy|
|Coding-Decoding||3 questions on analogies using coding + 2 questions on usual coding||5||Difficult|
|Grouping & Conditionalities||A set on ingradients and some conditions given||4||Easy|
|Mathematics based questions||3||Easy-Medium|
|Complete the series||2||Medium|
|Relations & Family Tree||Two standalone questions||2||Easy-Medium|
|Linear Arrangement||One standalone question||1||Easy|
|Miscellaneous||Impact of reduced prepaid expense on cashflow||1||Difficult|
|Critical Reasoning - Sentence with two arguments||1.
Weakens/strengthens the statement
Arguments are outcome of
Arguments are dependent/independent of
Ideally, one should have allotted 45 minutes for this section and solved about 16-18 questions with about 85% accuracy.
This section contained a healthy mix of questions from various areas (politics, government, awards and personalities, sports, literature, etc…). It was more difficult than that of previous SNAP papers. There were about 29 questions based on static GK and11 based on current affairs. Most questions (22) were based on world affairs, while 18 had to do with national affairs/events. About 5-6 questions would have been very simple for someone who had prepared for SNAP GK, 22 would have been moderately challenging and about 12-13 would have been tough. So, in 10-15 minutes, students should have been able to attempt 11-13 questions with about 80% accuracy.
Following is the table giving more details about the GA section:
IBDA name changed to
|Indian History||Bahmani Empire
Age at which Akbar ascended to the throne
|Padma Awards||Which of the following did not receive the award...|
|Grammy Awards||Most popular folk album|
|Nobel Peace Prize||British citizen|
NASA Spitz orbiter
Indian satellite....1000th of a second
Charge for converting bullion to coins
Base years of NSE/BSE
|Business||Microsoft Note taking app
Facebook acquired Whatsapp
Country exporting drone components...Saudi Arabia and South Korea
National emblem of Iran during 1979-1980
|Politics||Date of oath of Narendra Modi
Number of seats won by NDA in LS 2014 polls
Country quantitatively easing population
|Standards||BS EN 160|
|Health||Smoking ban on which day|
|Festivals||What is Diwali known as in Nepal?|
Singapore faced pollution issues due to....
|Art and Dance||Tamasha inspired by...
Assamese dance form....
SNAP 2015 and SNAP 2014 Results
According to SNAP 2015 results, a score of 90.50 was equivalent to 99.8467 percentile, a score of 86.75 was equivalent to 99.7770 percentile, a score of 75.50 was equivalent to 99.0800 percentile and a score of 74.75 was equivalent to 98.9864 percentile.
The Cut-offs for SIBM Pune and SCMHRD Pune as per SNAP 2015 results are given below:
For your reference and a better understanding of the test, we have also mentioned SNAP 2014 results.
According to SNAP 2014 results, a score 98.25 of was equivalent to 99.1646 percentile, a score of 97.25 was equivalent to 99.01 percentile, a 93 score of was equivalent to 98.25 percentile and a score of 91.75 was equivalent to 97.9712 percentile.
The Cut-offs for SIBM Pune and SCMHRD Pune as per SNAP 2014 results are given below: