SNAP Test 2014 Analysis

The Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) was conducted by the SNAP National Secretariat on December 21, 2014. Based on the candidates' inputs and their own SNAP experience, our mentors arrived at a composite picture of the SNAP 2014 analysis including the SNAP 2014 answer key and the expected cutoffs for various institutes that accept SNAP scores.
Overview of the SNAP 2014 Test Pattern:
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1General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability4040
2Quantitative Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency4040
3General Awareness: General Knowledge, Current Affairs, Business Scenario4040
4Analytical & Logical Reasoning3060
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The total duration of SNAP Test 2014 was 120 minutes. The test was a paper based objective test in which each question was followed by 4 options, out of which only one was correct. Each wrong response carried .25 negative marking.
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Sectional Analysis:
General English:
1Reading Comprehension2 passages of 200 and 500 words each; direct question9Easy to Moderate
2Verbal ReasoningSentence with parts jumbled1Easy
3GrammarFIB, contextual errors, grammar part error16Easy to Moderate
4VocabularyAntonyms, Synonyms, Spellings, Single/Double FIB14Moderate to Difficult
 Total 40 
Evaluation: The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate. As compared to the previous year's paper, this section had more vocabulary based questions. Due to this, the level of difficulty was slightly raised. Along with the typical grammar-based questions, this section also had error spotting questions based on punctuations, figure of speech and active-passive voice. One could easily do about 30+ questions with 85% accuracy to score well in this section. Not more than 25-30 minutes should have been spent on this section.
General Awareness: Carrying an equal weightage as the General English and Quantitative Ability section, this is the section that worries most of the students. Similar to the previous years' SNAP Test, SNAP 2014 also had a good mix of questions from various fields like business affairs, awards, finance, economics, international relations and so on. A lot of questions were related to world affairs and national affairs/ events. Not more than 15 minutes should have been spent on this section. Around 70% of the questions were from Static GK. Avoid making guesses in this section as the negative marking might reduce your score.
Analytical & Logical Reasoning:
1ReasoningCritical/Verbal reasoning, Analogies8Easy to Moderate
2Matrices1 individual question and one set with 4 questions5Easy to Moderate
3Set TheorySet Based4Easy
4ArrangementsLinear & Circular arrangements7Moderate to Difficult
5OthersClocks, Series completion, True/False6Easy
 Total 30 
Evaluation: This section contains 30 questions of 2 marks each and is hence critically important. Having good analytical/ logical skills with considerable practice will give you an edge over others and boost your total score.The overall level of this section in SNAP 2014 was moderate. Looking at the different types and trends of questions in the past years, it can be easily said that this section has been the most experimental section for the test makers. The target attempt should have been around 20-25 questions, to be attempted in not more than 35-40 mins.