SNAP 2018 Test Analysis

OVERVIEW:

As officially announced earlier, SNAP-2018 underwent slight change in pattern from that of  SNAP-2017. While SNAP-2017 consisted of 150 questions, SNAP-2018 consisted of 130 questions. Of the 4 Sections in the test, 3 sections (Quantitative Ability, General English and Analytical & Logical Reasoning) had 35 questions each, and the fourth Section on Current Affairs had  25 questions.

A new feature of 2018 SNAP was the Special Questions. 5 questions in each section were designated as ‘Special questions’ (similar to TITA questions in CAT). These special questions had a weightage of 2 marks while all other MCQs had a weightage of 1 mark each.  

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 the right side.  

In terms of level of difficulty, SNAP-2018 was slightly easier than the last year’s exam. SNAP-2018 was characterized by an easy Quantitative Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency section, medium Analytical and Logical Reasoning section, and an easy General English section. The Current Affairs section was easy as compared to last year’s test.

Like in the previous years, Analytical and Logical Reasoning section contained a few questions that were based on the principles of Mathematics. About two questions also required understanding of concepts of science in order to solve them. There was one set on matrix arrangement with 7 questions. All other questions were standalone questions. Out of 35 questions in the section, only one question was on Verbal Reasoning and the remaining 34 questions were on Non-Verbal Reasoning.  

Following table shows the overall structure of the exam.

Section Number of Questions Details Marks per question Total marks
Quantitative Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency 35 Normal questions: 30 1 40
Special questions: 5 2
General English 35 Normal questions: 30 1 40
Special questions: 5 2
Analytical and Logical Reasoning 35 Normal questions: 30 1 40
Special questions: 5 2
Current Affairs 25 Normal questions: 20 1 30
Special questions: 5 2
Total 130 150

The analysis of each of the sections is given below.

QUANTITATIVE DATA INTERPRETATION AND DATA SUFFICIENCY

The biggest surprise of SNAP-2018 was that there was no question on Data Interpretation. Like in the previous 3 years, this section was dominated by Arithmetic and Modern Mathematics. Out of the 35 questions in the section, 9 questions each were on Arithmetic and Modern Mathematics, while 8 questions were on Geometry. Like in SNAP-2017, there were no questions on data sufficiency. Most 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 important.  
Following table shows the break-up of the questions in the section.

Easy Medium Difficult Total
Numbers 1 2 0 3
BODMAS 1 1
Surds and Indices 1 (Special question) 1
Roman numerals 1 (Special question) 1
Arithmetic 7 2 0 9
Percentages 4 4
Time-Speed-Distance 1 1 2
Simple & Compound Interest 1 1
Time & Work 1 1
Averages 1 1
Geometry 4 4 0 8
Triangles 1 1
Parallel Lines 1 1
Quadrilaterals 1 1 (Special question) 2
Mensuration 3 (1 special question) 3
Circles 1 1
Modern Mathematics 4 4 1 9
Logarithms 1 1 1 3
Permutation & Combination 2 2 4
Probability 1 1
Set Theory 1 1
Algebra 4 2 0 6
Simple equations 3 3
Polynomials 1 (Special question) 1 2
Higher degree equations 1 1
Total Quantitative Ability 20 14 1 35

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

ANALYTICAL & LOGICAL REASONING

Like in the previous two years, most of the questions in Analytical & Logical Reasoning sections in SNAP-2018 were standalone questions. Out of the 35 questions in the section, 28 questions were standalone questions while the remaining 7 questions formed one set based on matrix arrangements. Out of the 28 standalone questions, 27 questions were on Non-Verbal Reasoning and only one question was on Verbal Reasoning.

Like in SNAP-2017, there were 5 questions that tested the concepts of Mathematics. These questions could have very well been included in the Quantitative

Ability section as well. Two questions in the section also required understanding of the concepts of science in order to answer them.  There were no questions on sequential output.

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

Easy Medium Difficult Total
Standalone questions
Visual Reasoning 3 3
Paper folding 2 2
Miscellaneous 1* 1
Arrangements 2 2 4
Linear Arrangement 2 (1 was a special question) 2 4
Coding Decoding 1 2 (2 were special questions) 3
Missing Numbers 3 3
Number sequence 1 1
Puzzles 1 1 (Special question) 2
Letter sequence 1 1 (Special question) 2
Family Tree 1 1
Calendar 1 1
Miscellaneous 1 1* 1
Quantitative Ability 3 2 5
Simple equations 1 1 2
Geometry 1 1
Set Theory 1 1
Time-Speed-Distance 1 1
Verbal Reasoning 1 1
Total 12 16 28
Set Based questions
Easy Medium Difficult Total
A set involving matrix arrangement 7 7
Total 12 23 35

*: These questions required understanding of the concepts of science in order to solve them.
A good strategy would be to attempt around 20-22 questions with 85% accuracy in 35-40 minutes.

GENERAL ENGLISH

The difficulty level of the General English section this year went down noticeably from last year’s test. The questions were straightforward and doable. The section consisted of 35 questions: 25 Verbal Ability questions  and 10 Reading Comprehension (RC) questions. It was one of the easiest General English sections in recent years.
The VA questions were predominantly vocabulary-based, though there were some grammar-based questions as well. The words tested were fairly commonly used words, and the not-so-common ones had incorrect options that were easy to eliminate. The grammar-based questions were also easy.
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.
However, one of the passages was quite long (1250-1300 words), so reading it was time consuming. Students should have, however, attempted both passages as the questions were very easy.

4 of the 5 Special (TITA) questions were on the easier side. Only one question required the knowledge of a proverb.  Answers to the TITA questions were to be entered in numerals.

General English Easy Medium Difficult Total
Synonyms 2 0 0 2
Antonyms 0 1 0 1
Phrase/idiom 1 1 0 2
Fill in the Blanks 3 1 0 4
Special (TITA) questions 4 1 0 5
Match grammar function and usage 0 2 0 2
Error in sentence 2 0 0 2
Correct form of underlined word 0 2 0 2
Direct/Indirect speech 0 2 0 2
Analogies 1 0 0 1
Odd one out 2 0 0 2
Reading Comprehension
Passage 1 – (about 600 words), Google’s invasive practices 4 1 0 5
Passage 2 – (about 1350-1400 words), Free market economy (source: Economist) 4 1 0 5
Total 23 12 0 35

A good strategy would be to attempt around 29-30 questions with 80-85% accuracy in 30-35 minutes.

CURRENT AFFAIRS

In the ‘Current Affairs’ section, only the TITA questions were slightly difficult. This section contained a healthy mix of questions from diverse areas. There were 25 questions from 2017-2018 news items. About 8 questions were very simple; 12 questions were moderately difficult and about 5 questions were tough. There were about 18 questions based on national events and 7 questions based on international affairs. Most of the questions were news events of this year.

A good strategy would be to attempt about 14-15 questions in 10-15 minutes with 65-70%
accuracy.

OVERALL

According to SNAP 2018 results, a score of 95 was equivalent to 99.9802 percentile; a score of 89 was equivalent to 99.9084 percentile, a score of 83 was equivalent to 99.6497 percentile, a score of 77.25 was equivalent to 98.9831 percentile, and a score of 70.75 was equivalent to 97.0894 percentile.

The Cut-offs for SIBM Pune and SCMHRD Pune as per SNAP 2018 results are given below:

B-school Percentile Score
*SIBM Pune 98 73-74 marks
*SCMHRD Pune  97.13 70-71 marks

*As per secondary sources


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