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SNAP 2021 Analysis

16 December, 2021

SNAP-2021 Analysis

Slot 1 – December 19, 2021



SNAP-2021 had no major changes in pattern or difficulty level from last year. The duration of the exam was 60 minutes with 3 Sections.  The exam is being offered in three different slots – on 19th December 2021, 8th January 2022, and 16th January 2022, out of which students can appear for up to two slots.

The overall pattern and the level of difficulty as reported by IMS students are given below along with the IMS suggestion of time allocation per section:


Section Number of questions Level of difficulty Good Attempts Suggested time (in minutes)
General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability 15 Easy 13-14 13-14
Analytical & Logical Reasoning 25 Easy 20-22 24-26
Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency 20 Medium 14-15 20-22


Each question carried 1 mark. There was a negative marking of – 0.25 for each incorrect answer.  There was no sectional time limit.



Based on the feedback received from students and IMS experts who took the test in Slot 1, we estimate the scores and the corresponding percentiles required to secure a call for the next round of admissions for General Category students to SIBM-Pune, SCMHRD, SIIB and SIBM-Bengaluru as follows


Raw Score for SNAP Dec 2021 Test Percentile**
41-43 98 percentile ( for SIBM -Pune)
39-41 97 percentile ( for SCMHRD)
35-37 90 percentile ( for SIIB & SIBM Bengaluru)


** The above estimate is based on the feedback received on Slot 1. The scores and percentiles may change subject to the other slots due to take place in January ‘22.




General English

The General English section of SNAP-2021 was easy like last year’s SNAP. There were no RC questions. All questions were on Verbal Ability.


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


General English No. Of Qs LOD
Vocabulary 6 Easy
Grammar 8 Easy
Others* (Poem based) 1 Medium


The VARC section was dominated by Vocabulary and Grammar questions. There were questions on synonyms, (1 question)  Fill in the blanks (Single blank 2 questions and two blanks 1 question) and spellings (1 question).  Parts of speech and tenses were tested in grammar questions. There were 6 questions on direct grammar. There was one question that required one to identify the correct sentence and another similar question to identify the incorrect sentence. In another question, one had to identify the meaning of a proverb. *The poem-based question required one to identify the line with the most ‘standard word order’.  No RC questions were asked which made the section less time-consuming.

Since the section was overall easy, one could attempt 13 or 14 questions with high accuracy in about 13 or 14 minutes.


Analytical & Logical Reasoning

Out of the 25 questions in this section, 10 questions were on Verbal Reasoning and the remaining 15 were on Non-Verbal Reasoning. This was the easiest section in the test.


The 10 questions on Verbal Reasoning of which 3 were Critical Reasoning – Conclusion questions. The rest of the Verbal Reasoning questions were on expected lines with Courses of Action (2 questions), Statement and Assumption (1 question) Cause-Effect (1 question), and Syllogisms (1 question). There were also 2  word arrangement questions type of questions; however, all these questions were easy and one could easily score in 7 or 8 questions.


The questions on Non-Verbal Reasoning included questions on clocks, calendars, Linear arrangement etc. There were no set based questions. Unlike previous years of SNAP test, no question in this section required any understanding of Physics in order to be able to answer the question.


Most of the questions in the section were easy to medium in terms of level of difficulty.


The following table shows the break-up of the questions in this section.


Question types Number of questions Level of difficulty
Verbal Reasoning
Syllogisms 1 Easy
Statement & Course of Action 2 Easy
Conclusion – Critical Reasoning 3 Easy
Statement & Assumption 1 Easy
Cause- Effect 1 Easy
Word-Arrangement 2 Easy
Non-Verbal Reasoning
Complete the series 2 2 easy
Clocks 2 2 easy
Calendars 2 2 easy
Linear Arrangement 2 2 easy
Coding 2 1 easy,1 medium
Family Tree 2 1 easy, 1 medium
Odd man out 1 1 easy
Sequential Output 1 1 easy
Numerical puzzle 1 1 medium


Overall this section was easy. A good strategy would be to attempt around 20-22 questions in 24-26 minutes.


Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency


Out of the 20 questions in this section, 19 questions were on Mathematics and there was one singleton question on Data Interpretation. There was no question on Data Sufficiency. Overall this section was very medium in terms of the level of difficulty. Though many questions in the section were easy and could be solved orally, about 5 to 6 questions were somewhat challenging. Overall, this section was slightly more difficult than the QA section of the first attempt of SNAP-2020.


The questions on Mathematics were dominated by Arithmetic (7 questions), followed by Modern Mathematics and Geometry (4 questions each). Students reported that the options in one question on Modern Mathematics did not match the correct answer.


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


Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency Easy Medium Difficult Total
Arithmetic 6 1 7
Modern Mathematics 3 1 4
Geometry 1 2 1 4
Numbers 2 2
Algebra 2 2
Data Interpretation 1 1


A good strategy would be to attempt around 14 to 15 questions in 20-22 minutes.