SNAP 2015 Test Analysis

What after SNAP 2015?

OVERVIEW:

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
  Total 150   180

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

QUANTITATIVE ABILITY

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
Arithmetic
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
Time-Speed-Distance 1 1 Easy
Averages 1 1 Easy
Ratio-Proportions 1 1 Easy
Total 14  
Modern Mathematics
Probability 3 1 Easy + 2 Medium
Sequences & Series (AP-GP) 2 2 Easy
Logarithms 2 2 Easy
Venn Diagram 1 1 Medium
Permutation & Combination 1 1 Easy
Total 9
Numbers
HCF-LCM 1 1 Easy
Factoral 1 1 Easy
Digit in Unit’s Place 1 1 Easy
Indices 1 1 Easy
Remainders 1 1 Easy
Problems on Properties of Numbers 1 3 Easy
Miscellaneous 2 2 Medium
Total 8
Geometry
Trigonometry 1 1 Medium
Triangles 1 1 Medium
Circles 1 1 Difficult
Total 3
Algebra
Polynomials 1 Easy
Expansion of Algebraic Terms 1 Easy
Total 2  
Data Interpretation
Table 4 4 Easy

A good strategy would be to attempt about 28-30 questions in 35-40 minutes with 85% accuracy.

GENERAL ENGLISH

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.

Topic Description Qns. Level
VOCABULARY      
Antonyms Taciturn 1 E
Synonym Inclement 1 M
Singular/Plural Word Form Scarves 1 E
Single FIB Closed/Crashed/Pooled/Went 1 M
Word collocation ____Weapon
Seminal ______
_____Percentage
______ Activism
4 E/D/M/E
British/American English
Latin/English
French/English
Aubergine
Baseball
Drawing pins
CACTII
TROUSSEAUX
5 E/M/D/D/D
Idiom based To catch a tartar
A leopard can’t change its stripes/dots/colour/none
To buy a lemon
Against the clock
4 M/D/M/E
Phrasal verb based FIB Raking/making/looting/breaking off 1 M
GRAMMAR
Choose correct sentence It is 2 PM
Myself Kedar, from Mumbai
2 E/M
Figures of speech So sober something serious....alliteration
The strength given by my mother.....hyperbole
Buzzing of bees.....onomatopoeia
3 E/E/M
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.
5 M/D/E/E/E
Sentence completion To ensure success in a ....
The more we looked at the....
2 E/M
VERBAL REASONING
Word analogy Tepid:Hot
Propensity:Tendency
2 E/D
Odd one out Lampoon, Satire, Parable, Ridicule
Euphemism, Maxim, Aphorism, Dictum
Shakedown, Intimidate, Force, Bleak
3 M/D/E
READING COMPREHENSION      
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:

Topic Description Qns. Level
Analytical Reasoning
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
Visual Reasoning 3 Medium-Difficult
Mathematics based questions 3 Easy-Medium
Logical Puzzles 2 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
Verbal Reasoning
Critical Reasoning - Sentence with two arguments 1.
Weakens/strengthens the statement
2.
Arguments are outcome of
Arguments are dependent/independent of
2 D/D

Ideally, one should have allotted 45 minutes for this section and solved about 16-18 questions with about 85% accuracy.

GENERAL AWARENESS

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:

Topic Description
Abbreviation CSIRO
UNRISD
IBDA name changed to
WEEE
W3C
Acts ASI Act
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
Science New species
Super BloodMoon
NASA Spitz orbiter
Indian satellite....1000th of a second
Economy Foreign exchange...
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
Symbols Reusable plastic
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?
Society Vrajpati means
Singapore faced pollution issues due to....
Real population...
Art and Dance Tamasha inspired by...
Assamese dance form....
Miscellaneous Six questions

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:

B-school Percentile Score
SIBM Pune 97.9031 69.75
SCMHRD Pune 96.6206 66.25

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:

B-school Percentile Score
SIBM Pune 98.21 109
SCMHRD Pune 96.5 98

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