SNAP 2018 Analysis

SNAP 2018 was based on changed pattern as declared by the Symbiosis International University (SIU) on its website. There were Objective Type (MCQ) questions as well as Non MCQs. Quant and General English sections were easier than last year’s. However there were no DI questions in Quant section. General Awareness section was dominated by current affairs and was a bit tricky. Analytical & Logical reasoning section was moderate. Overall time management and selection of questions will play a major role in clearing cut-off.
Overview of the paper:
There were 130 questions (4 Sections) in all and the time allotted was 2 hrs. The four sections were as follows:
Overview of Different Sections:
Sec. No.SectionTotal No. of Ques.MarksTotal Marks
IGeneral English35 (30 MCQ + 5 Non MCQ)30*1 + 5*240
IIQuantitative Aptitude, DI & DS35 (30 MCQ + 5 Non MCQ)30*1 + 5*240
IIIAnalytical & Logical Reasoning35 (30 MCQ + 5 Non MCQ)30*1 + 5*240
IVGeneral Awareness25 (20 MCQ + 5 Non MCQ)20*1 + 5*230
 TOTAL130 150
Overview of Different Sections:
Exam ModeOnline Computer Based Test
Time allotted2 Hrs.
Total Questions130
Total Maximum Marks150
Number of Sections4
Types of Questions110 MCQs followed by 4 answer options & 20 Non MCQs with No answer option
Marking Scheme+1 for each correct answer for MCQs & +2 for each correct answer for Non-MCQs
Negative Marking-0.25 Mark for each wrong answer of MCQs & -0.50 Mark for each wrong answer of Non-MCQs
Expected Cutoffs (Score)
(Last year in SNAP, Cutoffs were on the basis of percentiles. However, for students’ convenience we are converting these percentile cutoffs into score cutoffs)
InstituteCutoffs (Score)
SIBM (Pune)70+
SSBF,SIMS, SIIB (Energy / Agriculture)46+
SECTION I: General English
Evaluation: Verbal section had conventional types of verbal questions ranging from grammar, vocabulary, fill-ups to reading comprehensions etc. However verbal was easier in comparison to last year’s. The verbal section was dominated by reading comprehension followed by vocabulary based, grammar and sentence completion questions. There were two RCs in the paper. One of the RCs was based on issue of location tracking of individuals by Google and privacy and the other one was based on globalization and trade barriers. The questions based on them were easy. The vocabulary questions were easy to moderate this year. A few grammar based questions purely checked the fundamentals of grammar.  There were questions based on idiomatic usage and parts of speech. There were 5 question carrying 2 marks each. These included one jumbled up sentence, one question of spelling (Arbitration), one question plural (of crisis), one proverb, one relating to past participle form of word (wear). The overall feel of the section was easy.
Good Attempt: 22 to 24 questions in about 20 - 25 minutes.

SECTION II: Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation & DS
Evaluation: The biggest surprise in this section was that DI was missing. There were questions based on number system, percentage, geometry, averages, permutation & combination, S.I/CI, sets, and logs etc. There were 7 questions based on mensuration. Some of them were calculation intensive. The questions based on permutation combination were tricky. As compared to other topics percentage, permutation combination, mensuration, algebra and logs had higher coverage each having roughly 4 questions. The remaining topics tested the student’s grab of fundamental concept. Overall the feel of the section was moderate and selection of questions was important to get hold on the paper.
Good Attempt22 to 25 questions in about 35 - 40 minutes.
SECTION III: General Awareness
Evaluation: GK was on expected lines and dominated by current general awareness questions as has been the trend. This section required you to be thorough with your knowledge of Business, Awards, Government policies, and Politics etc. (for eg. three questions based on recent vidhan sabha elections in five states, winner of earth award, Modicare, company acquisitions etc.). Interestingly a lot of questions were from current affairs which were less than 1 month old but no single area dominated in terms of no of questions asked in the section. Overall this section was tougher as options were tricky. The cut off expected in this section is not very high.
Good Attempt: 12 - 15 questions in about 10-15 minutes.

SECTION IV: Analytical & Logical Reasoning
Evaluation: This section was much trickier as compared to quant and infact a few questions of quant were present in this section also. There were a few questions on blood relation, puzzles, coding, direction sense, number series, data sufficiency etc.  One set of seven questions (about twelve people in two parallel rows) was tricky & verbose and should have been avoided. There were conventional puzzles (like paper folding, binary logic etc.). The series question and coding were bit confusing and time consuming. Again selection of question was also important in this section to clear the cut off.
Good Attempt20 - 23 questions in about 35-40 minutes.
*Disclaimer: All the above given information is based on personal opinion of Bulls Eye Expert faculty. Several factor have been considered before giving these cut-offs however, It has nothing to do with original cut-offs.