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SNAP stands for Symbiosis National Aptitude Test. It is a national level MBA entrance exam conducted by Symbiosis International University (Pune) for admission to its various management programs offered at its affiliated institutes, including SCMHRD and SIBM. After CAT, it is one of the most popular MBA entrance exams in India, and more than 50,000 students take the exam every year.
What differentiates the test from the CAT is the General Awareness Section and the overall level of difficulty (LoD); the General Awareness section has a key role to play in the SNAP, while it is absent in the CAT. Further, the overall LoD of the SNAP test has been perceived to be historically lower than that of the CAT. You need to develop separate MBA preparation strategy to crack SNAP Entrance Exam.
Traditionally speaking, the SNAP exam has always had a heavy emphasis on Arithmetic questions. It covers topics like: Time and Work, Mixtures and Alligations, Ratio and Proportion, Percentages, Time and Distance, Averages and Profit & Loss. As far as Geometry is concerned, Mensuration has been a fairly regular part of the exam.
Data Sufficiency has been present in SNAP on a fluctuating basis, with it being absent from the exam in 2009 and 2011. In general, the Data Interpretation questions asked in SNAP are fairly easy, and are not as complex as the ones asked in XAT/ CAT or as calculation intensive as the ones asked in the IIFT test. An attempt of 24-28 questions within 40 minutes should land you in the safe zone.
Generally, this is an easy section in SNAP. It features a host of vocabulary questions, grammar questions and short RC passages. This section generally has questions from the following areas: Verbal Reasoning, Vocabulary and Grammar.
In the last couple of years, only 4 to 6 RC questions have appeared in this section and there has been a greater focus on vocabulary-based questions. Keeping this in mind, you are advised to learn and revise as many words as possible.
A particular favorite of the SNAP paper setters are questions on 'Kangaroo Words'. A kangaroo word is one that contains letters of another word, in order, with the same meaning. For example: the word 'allocate' contains the word 'allot'. For more such pairs, you can refer to the list of Kangaroo Words given in Miscellaneous Wordlist of the Bulls Eye Vocabulary Builder page.
In the SNAP Verbal section, you should try to attempt 29-30 questions within 30 minutes.
A major change in SNAP 2016 exam pattern is that this year the Analytical and Logical Reasoning section will have 40 Questions and each question will carry one mark. There is a chance that the difficulty level of the questions will also come down. The total marks of the exam have also been reduced from 180 to 150. The implication of this will be seen on lower cut off scores.
This section is a pot-pourri of sorts, and features questions from diverse areas. The popular areas from which questions are asked are: critical reasoning, deductive logic, analogies, logical reasoning sets, series, visual reasoning, arrangement, blood relations and puzzles.
In the SNAP Analytical and Logical Reasoning section, one should target an attempt of 20+ questions within 30 minutes.
This is one area that gives grief to a number of students-the reason is the vastness of the SNAP General Awareness syllabus!
The major areas quizzed by SNAP in this area include: Static GK, Current Affairs, Brand and Business GK. A lot of emphasis is on Current Affairs questions including-major news stories, awards and prizes, sports event winners and important mergers and acquisitions in the last one year.
Generally, GK sections have very low cut-offs. So one should attempt questions with certainty and conviction, and hold back from guessing randomly. An attempt of 15-20 questions within 10 minutes should be targeted.
The paper can be split into three parts: concept driven, practice intensive and environment sensitive. Quantitative Ability & select areas of General English are concept driven; Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning are practice intensive while General Awareness is environment sensitive.
Overall, you need to understand that the test is a reflection of certain basic managerial skills. You can do well by upholding basic management principles like effective time management, right prioritization, strategic approach to different sections and a judicious mix of speed & accuracy!