SNAP 2019 Test Analysis

OVERVIEW:

The structure of SNAP 2019 was announced at the time of the test notification and was slightly modified from previous year’s test pattern.

The overall pattern is given below along with the level of difficulty reported by IMS students and experts, and the suggested time allocation per section:

Section No. of Questions Marks per Qn. Total marks Level Of Difficulty Suggested Time Allocation
General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability 34 1.5 51 Easy 25-30 min
Analytical & Logical Reasoning 36 1.5 54 Easy 35 to 40 min
Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency 35 (MCQs) 1 35 Medium 40 to 45 min
05 (Special Qs*) 2 10 Difficult 10 to 15 min
Total 110 150

*Special Questions: Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency included 5 Special Questions in which no answer choices were provided. The answers had to be keyed in using the onscreen keypad. The questions were of difficult level.

Negative Marks: 25% of the allotted marks for each incorrect answer.

VERDICT

Based on the feedback received from students and IMS experts who took the test we estimate the scores and percentiles as follows:

Score Percentile
85+ 98 percentile
72+ 90 percentile
SIBM and SCMHRD (Open Seats):
85 + marks at 98 percentile should fetch a call from SIBM (Pune)
82 + marks at 97 percentile should fetch a call from SCMHRD (Pune)

Analysis of Sections:

GENERAL ENGLISH

The General English Section of SNAP 2019 was easy and was similar to last year’s SNAP. There were 26 Verbal Ability questions and 8 Reading Comprehension (RC) questions. None the questions posed any challenge. Majority of the questions were Vocabulary based - most of them were frequently used words. The wrong options could be easily eliminated to arrive at the correct answer. The grammar questions too were easy. The questions on figures of speech and parts of speech were elementary. In fact all VA questions could be attempted with very high accuracy. The passages were easy to read and understand. Most of the questions were direct ones. The shorter passage was from the Dalai Lama’s book The Art of Happiness. The other RC passage was an article that appeared years ago in the Economist (Panda on Hong Kong’s line about the Chinese takeover of Hong Kong). This passage was quite long (about 1000 words); so, reading it was time consuming. However, both the passages could be attempted.

General English Easy Medium Difficult Total
Grammar 5 2 0 7
Vocabulary 12 7 0 19
Reading Comprehension (2 passages) 5 3 0 8
Segmentation:
Phrases and Idioms 1 0 0 1
Active-Passive Voice 1 1 0 2
Fill in the blanks (Tense-based, spelling-based, conjunction-based) 4 3 0 7
Parts of speech 1 1 0 2
Synonyms/Antonyms 2 3 0 5
Prefix 1 0 0 1
Jumbled paragraph - 7 sentences 0 1 0 1
Figures of Speech 2 0 0 2
Grammatically correct sentence 1 0 0 1
Cloze Passage (Homonym-based) 3 0 0 3
Odd Word out 1 0 0 1
Passage 1 (600 words) Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama/td> 2 1 0 3
Passage 2 (1200 words) Chinese business and Hongkong 3 2 0 5

A good strategy would be to attempt  29-30 questions with about 85% accuracy in about 25-30 minutes.

ANALYTICAL & LOGICAL REASONING

Like in the previous two years, most of the questions in Analytical & Logical Reasoning sections in SNAP-2019 were standalone questions. Out of the 36 questions in the section, 27 questions were standalone questions while the remaining 9 questions were set based questions. It included a set of 6 questions on Linear Arrangement having a single row and a set of 3 questions based on scheduling which were of easy level.

Only three questions were present on Verbal Reasoning. Two were on analogies and one was on Statement-Conclusion (however, the instructions for this question said Course of Action).

Like in the previous years, a few questions in the Analytical & Logical Reasoning section of SNAP-2019 tested the concepts of Mathematics and these questions could very well have been included in the Quantitative Ability section as well. These questions included a total of 4 questions on Clocks & Calendar and 4 other questions on other concepts of Mathematics.

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

TOPIC Easy Medium Difficult Total
Visual Reasoning 1 1 2
Arrangements (Single row) 6 6
Coding Decoding 1 2 3
Blood Relations 4 4
Scheduling 3 3
Puzzles 1 1
Number sequence 1 1
Directions 1 1
Calendar 1 1
Clocks 2 1 3
Quantitative Ability 2 2 4
Verbal Reasoning 2 1 3
Miscellaneous 2 2 4
Total 24 11 1 36

A good strategy would be to attempt around 27 - 28 questions with 85% accuracy in 35-40 minute

QUANTITATIVE APTITUDE, DATA INTERPRETATION AND DATA SUFFICIENCY

The biggest surprise of SNAP-2019 was that there were12 questions on Data Interpretation. 2 sets were based on Venn diagram containing 4 and 2 questions. A set based on Table and a set based on two pie charts, had 3 questions each. Out of the 28 questions of ‘Quantitative Aptitude’, 5 questions were special questions. Like in SNAP-2018, there were no questions on data sufficiency. Most of the questions in this section were of Medium to Difficult level. Therefore judicious selection of questions was important.

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

TOPIC Easy Medium Difficult Total
Quantitative Ability (28 questions)
Numbers 1 2 3
Arithmetic 6 4 10
Geometry 2 1 3 6
Modern Mathematics 2 3 2 7
Algebra 1 1 2
Data Interpretation (12 questions)
Venn diagram, Tables, 2 Pie Charts 3 8 1 12

A good strategy would be to attempt about 20-22 questions in 50 - 55 minutes with 85% accuracy.

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