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The SNAP Test is the gateway to a number of reputed MBA colleges in India. It is one of the most popular exams amongst MBA aspirants. The SNAP test is unique in the sense that it has a separate section on General Awareness or General Knowledge. In this article, we will make an in-depth analysis of the past year SNAP papers and devise a methodical strategy to prepare for this key section in an effective and efficient manner.

The GK Section in SNAP is of 30 marks out of a total of 150 marks. This is around 20% of the weightage, so it is not advisable for you to take this section lightly. There are no sectional time limits in the SNAP test, so you are free to allocate as much, or as little time to each section as you please.

Why is GK Important?

GK-based questions, due to their inherent nature, provide you with a distinct opportunity to enhance your accuracy. This is because, if you know the answer to a GK question, there is no scope for confusion! However, this is only applicable if you do not indulge in blind guesswork. Further, the GK section is highly time efficient, as there is no calculation-work and analysis involved. You can use this to your advantage by allocating more time to other sections of the examination.

As mentioned earlier, SNAP is one of the few MBA entrance exams with a GK section, besides, IIFT, XAT, CMAT, MAT etc. This additional section thus, can act as a good back up, especially if you feel you are weak in any of the traditional sections like Quant, Verbal, DI, Reasoning etc.

SNAP GK - Past Year Paper Analysis

2015 2014
Static 28 (70%) 33 (83%)
Current 12 (30%) 7 (17%)
Total 40 40

Table 1 gives you an analysis of the SNAP GK sections from the year 2014 and 2015. As you can see, their major focus has been on Static GK, with only a few questions being asked from current GK. However, since the syllabus for this section is not clearly defined, there is every possibility that current GK may carry more weightage in SNAP 2016. Hence, you will do well not to ignore current affairs in your preparations.

Sub-Area 2013 2014
Miscellaneous 8 9
Economy 9 3
International 4 7
Corporate GK 5 2
Geography 2 6
Financial Sector 3 1
S&T 3 3

Table 2 gives an area-wise analysis of the GK sections of SNAP from 2013 and 2014. A cursory glance at this table reveals that there is no discernible trend that emerges from these two past year papers. Hence, it is imperative for you to prepare each section thoroughly.

Level of Difficulty

Compared to the IIFT GK section, the GK section of SNAP Test is relative easy to moderate level. Let us take a look at a few easy level questions from the past year papers, to check your current level of preparations:

Q. 1 IRDA is the Indian Regulator for the
  1. Banking Sector
  2. Mutual Funds
  3. Rural Development
  4. None of the Above


Q. 2 The Speaker of the Lok Sabha is elected by the
  1. Members of the Lok Sabha
  2. President of India
  3. Leader of the majority party in the Lok Sabha
  4. None of the Above

Now, try and answer the following relatively tougher questions that have been asked in the previous SNAP tests:

Q. 1. Which bank was the first to introduce the ATM in India?

  1. HSBC
  2. 2. Citibank
  3. 3. Standard Chartered
  4. 4. HDFC

Q. 2. 'Gold fixing' refers to setting the price of Gold. Where is the value of Gold set?

  1. New York
  2. London
  3. Tokyo
  4. Singapore

SNAP Static GK

Static GK broadly consists of areas that do not change over time. You may expect questions from the following sub-topics in Static GK:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Economy
  • Companies and Brands
  • Indian Political System & Constitution
  • Organizations
  • Science & Technology
  • Sports
  • Miscellaneous

SNAP Current GK

In Current GK, you may expect questions from these broad areas:

  • Economy
  • Business & Corporate News
  • Indian Polity
  • Organizations
  • New Developments in Science & Technology
  • People in News
  • Sports
  • Miscellaneous

Attempting the SNAP GK section

Ideally, you should not devote more than 10-12 minutes on the SNAP GK section. This will allow you to allocate more time for other time-consuming sections. Further, we advice you to follow a 2-cycle method of attempting this section:

Cycle 1
  • Identify the very easy questions and marks their answers
  • Identify and mark the questions, which you think you can attempt i.e. you feel that if you spend more time on such questions, you may be able to guess the correct answer.
  • Identify the questions, which you think you CANNOT attempt i.e. question about which you have no idea. These questions are best left untouched.
Cycle 2

In the second cycle, mark the answers of maximum possible questions that you have identified in Step (2) of Cycle 1 through intelligent guessing using option elimination.

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