Analytical & Logical Reasoning forms an essential and highly scoring part of SNAP. In 2019, SNAP consisted of 36 questions on Reasoning with each question carrying 1.5 marks. In this article, you will get expert tips and strategies to score well in the Analytical and Logical Reasoning section of the SNAP exam. You have ample time to prepare for SNAP 2020, therefore it is mandatory that you understand the pattern of this section.
SNAP Reasoning: Past Year Analysis
In 2019, the analytical and logical reasoning section had 36 MCQs of 1.5 marks each. The questions were of medium difficulty level. Students should prepare topics such as visual reasoning, arrangements, puzzles, verbal reasoning, calendar and missing number. There were questions based on a family tree, arrangements and puzzles in 2019 SNAP paper. Two questions were based on clock although questions on series and coding were a little confusing. According to the students, managing time while attempting the reasoning section was a little difficult as some questions were time-consuming. Those who have attempted 25-30 questions were in a safe zone and can get a decent score.
Some Key points:
Keep the points given below in mind for the SNAP reasoning section: Be ready for some really difficult questions and do not get stuck on particular questions (there might be some tricky questions). Be ready for a variety of questions. Make sure that you study the topics mentioned above. A certain level of minimum practice is required for the above topics. Even though there is a good chance to score well in this section, remember that the Reasoning section is at par in terms of marks with the other sections. So make sure you balance your time with the other sections in the exam as well.
Major Topics of SNAP Reasoning
- 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.
Previous Year Questions
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 a special focus on the topics mentioned above.