SNAP 2012 did not give any surprises as the paper was similar to last year's SNAP paper. The number of questions and marking scheme were exactly the same. The difficulty level of the paper was again easy. Overall the feel of the paper was easy and doable.
There were 150 questions (4 Sections) in all and the time allotted was 2 hrs. The four sections were as follows:
|Sr. No.||Sections||Total Marks||No. of questions||Level|
|2||Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation||40||40||Easy|
|3||General Awareness||40||40||Moderate to Tough|
|4||Analytical Reasoning||60||30||Easy to Moderate|
|Time allotted||2 Hrs.|
|Total no. of questions||150|
|Marking Scheme||Different for different sections|
|Number of choices||4|
|Expected cutoffs*||96+ : can expect a call from SIBM & SCMHRD 85 - 95: can expect a call from SIIB, SIOM, SITM 70 - 84: can expect a call from SIMC, SCIT, SIMS, SIG, SIHM, SICSR|
* - In some of the Symbiosis institutes, overall profile (academic performance, work experience, extra co-circular activities etc.) is seen rather than only SNAP score.
Evaluation: The verbal section had a few changes in comparison last year's verbal section. As compared to 6 RCs in the last paper, there was only 1 RC (easy) in this year's exam, while the rest of the section was filled with grammar and vocabulary based questions. There were questions on the parts of speech, types of sentences, sentence rearrangement, sentence completion and vocabulary based analogy questions also. Overall this section was easy to moderate.
Evaluation: There were basic questions on percentages, Number system, TSD, Geometry, Profit & Loss, Probability, Basic Algebra, Log etc. This year there were no DI and DS questions but an easy case (based on salary, provident fund, house rent etc.). Overall, the section was dominated by arithmetic questions.
Comfortable Attempt: 30 to 34 questions in about 35 - 40 minutes.
Achievable Score: 26 + was an achievable score.
Evaluation: This section was dominated by questions from the field of business and commerce and required the test taker to be thorough with knowledge of Business, Foreign Policy, Sports, Movies and Government Policies, Physics, chemistry, Constitution etc. Overall, this section was moderate to difficult.
Comfortable Attempt: 10 to 15 questions in about 10-15 minutes.
Achievable Score: 10 + was an achievable score.
Evaluation: There were 2 very easy AR blocks in this year's exam. The paper also had questions on Venn diagram, condition based input questions. This was the highest scoring section as the questions were 2 marks each.
Comfortable Attempt: 22 to 26 questions in about 40 minutes.
Achievable Score: 36 + was an achievable score.