In this article, you will get expert tips and strategies to score well in the Analytical and Logical Reasoning section of the SNAP exam. A major change that has been made to the exam pattern of SNAP in 2016 is that the total number of questions in the reasoning section has increased from 30 to 40 and each question will carry 1 mark. The list of major topics from which questions are asked in this section is given below:
- The major areas from which questions are commonly seen in the SNAP Test are, Analytical Reasoning and Puzzles (Distribution, Linear Arrangement, and Circular Arrangement).
- Also, questions on Critical Reasoning (Strong & Weak arguments, Deductions, Assumptions, etc.) are generally asked.
- Further, you can expect a few questions on 'miscellaneous reasoning' like, Coding-Decoding, Analogies, Series - numeric and alphabetic, Clocks, Blood Relations and Directions, Symbol operation, Venn Diagrams, etc.
One should learn and practice the basic concepts of all the fundamental topics of reasoning with special reference to the above-mentioned areas. The questions from the topic of Symboperation are relatively easy. Take a look at a question that appeared in one of the previous years
"A set of symbols is given indicating the terms for which they will be used in the questions following them.
Q. 'A + B' means 'A is the daughter of B'; 'A × B' means 'A is the son of B';'A – B' means 'A is the wife of B'; (SNAP 2014)
If P × Q – S, which of the following is true ?
- S is wife of Q.
- S is father of P.
- P is daughter of Q.
- Q is father of P.
- None of these
Just having the basic knowledge of the topic is sufficient to answer this question related to it.
Another question asked in the reasoning section was:
Q. Rohit walked 25 metres towards South. Then he turned to his left and walked 20 metres. He then turned to his left and walked 25 metres. He again turned to his right and walked 15 metres. At what distance is he from the starting point and in which direction? (SNAP 2014) As you can see, this is also a fairly easy level problem.
Another direct question was, "At what time between 9 PM and 10 PM, minute hand and hour hand will be opposite to each other?"
The level of difficulty of the SNAP Test Reasoning section varies between easy to medium. Also, you will find questions requiring direct usage of concepts in the SNAP Test unlike CAT, wherein concepts have to be applied indirectly to solve reasoning-based questions. Ideally, you must prepare all the major topics of the Reasoning section thoroughly, with special focus on the topics mentioned above.