SNAP 2019 Topper Interview: Arka Ghosh - “Keep on doing your work and do not worry about the results”
SNAP 2019 Topper Interview - It is said that if one is determined and has their eyes on the goal, then there are no such things that will deter you from accomplishing your goal. SNAP 2019 Topper: Arka Ghosh who fetched 99.0628 percentile. Arka highlighted the importance of dedication during the SNAP preparation. Moreover, Arka managed his time well and cracked the exam. The other important point which Arka said is he started preparing and more focused for CAT, after Common Aptitude Test, he shifted the entire focus on SNAP. Because of the similar syllabus, it was pretty comfortable shifting from one exam to the next. Read the full interview of SNAP topper to know the nuances, preparation tips so that you too put your name in the top scorer’s list of SNAP.
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Careers360: What was your SNAP 2019 overall percentile? Apart from SNAP, which other entrance exams you appeared for and what were your scores?
Arka Ghosh: I obtained 88.250 marks in SNAP, which fetched me a percentile of 99.0628. Apart from SNAP, I applied for CAT, IIFT, NMAT, and XAT. In CAT, I scored 150.18 and thus obtained 98.57 percentile. NMAT and IIFT did not go as per expectations and I narrowly missed the cut-offs.
Careers360: What was your preparation strategy? Please share the section-wise strategy in detail.
Arka Ghosh: Regarding preparation, I initially started by asking myself to identify my strong and weak areas. I always felt that I had a stronghold on English ie VARC, and decided that I will capitalize on it. Quants and reasoning portions required some brushing up, and thus I created a daily routine that allowed me to focus on the weaker parts, while also strengthening my strong areas. In the mornings, I would read some book or news article that was reading-intensive and tested my comprehension. In the evenings, I would practice QA and DILR.
During the later part of my preparation, my strategy relied heavily on mocks. My main focus was on attempting mocks, analyzing them and subsequently rectifying my mistakes. This helped me a lot during the final stages of preparation.
Careers360: With the change in the SNAP 2019 exam pattern did it affect your preparation strategy? Do you think it was appropriate to remove the General Knowledge section?
Arka Ghosh: The change in the SNAP 2019 pattern did affect my preparation strategy. With the questions in English and reasoning carrying 1.5 each, I decided to shift more focus on these two sections. Since SNAP allows the candidate to shift between sections, I put in relatively more time on answering these two sections and it paid off well.
Careers 360: How did you prepare – Self-study or Coaching? If you took coaching then from where? Please explain which one is better- self-study or coaching?
Arka Ghosh: I was an enrolled student of Byju’s coaching classes and also prepared from the YouTube channel of ElitesGrid. I feel coaching is essential, since you have to cover up the basics and get a hold of the tricks and formulas, and if there is someone who can guide you through this process, it is a huge advantage.
Career360: When did you start preparing for SNAP? Please share in detail your month-wise preparation strategy for SNAP.
Arka Ghosh: I started preparing in March 2019. I initially focused more on CAT, and after CAT was done with I shifted my entire focus on SNAP. As the syllabi of these two are almost similar, I felt pretty comfortable shifting from one exam to the next.
To speak of a month-wise preparation strategy, I would say that the initial three-four months of my preparation, I focussed intently on clearing the basics. I studied each topic in detail. In the next four-five months, I practiced from various sources and attempted a lot of mocks. This part was essential as it built in me a sense of confidence in my abilities.
Careers360: Are you working? If yes then how did you balance your preparation with a job? Please share your timetable.
Arka Ghosh: No, I am not working currently.
Careers360: According to you, what is the most important aspect of preparation?
Arka Ghosh: For me, the most important aspect of preparation is dedication. It takes care of almost everything else.
Careers360: What are the best study materials for SNAP or other exams? Please name some study materials you had referred to during preparation which includes the names of books that you consulted for each section.
Arka Ghosh: I cannot comment on which study materials are the best, as I don’t have enough idea to compare any of them.
Careers360: How does one with a non-English background prepare him/herself for the exam as the mode of the exam is only English?
Arka Ghosh: For a person with a non-English background, I would suggest reading a lot. Reading English novels, magazines and newspapers can build up enough practice to ace any test.
Careers360: What was your exam day strategy in terms of question selection, time management, accuracy, and sectional attempts/cutoffs?
Arka Ghosh: My exam strategy was simple- answer the easy questions first and keep calm no matter what happens. I usually started off with the English section and moved on to reasoning and finally in quants. In each section, I would attempt the easy questions first and then move on to the moderate and difficult ones.
Careers360: How do you suggest one should keep his/her calm and confidence during the long and tiring preparation process for a management entrance exam?
Arka Ghosh: It is difficult to maintain calm during the long journey of preparation, but what helped me was reminding myself this evergreen statement “Keep on doing your work and do not worry about the results”. Also, if I felt really low, I would take a day or two off and have fun. This would rejuvenate me and I put me back on track.
Careers360: What is your message for future SNAP aspirants?
Arka Ghosh: I would only say “All the best”
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top mba college in india without any entrance exam like cat mat snap cmat etc
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1. Amity Global Business School (Amity University)
2. Birla Global University, Bhubaneswar
3. OP Jindal Global University
4. GIBS Bangalore
5. IIBS Bangalore
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Whats official information about CAT 2020, NMAT 2020, SNAP 2020, CMAT 2021 and XAT 2021 ? When will they happen and what are the changes they are bringing this year ? #MBA
MBA is a two year postgraduate program offered by many management institutes in India. The admission to these colleges are made on the basis of different entrance exams. Following is a tentative date for conduct of various MBA entrance exam for your reference:
- Common Admission Test (CAT)- November 29, 2020
- Maharashtra MBA Common Entrance Test- March 2021
- Common Management Admission Test (CMAT)- January 2021
- Xavier Aptitude Test- January 2021
- Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) Test -December 13, 2020
- NMAT by Graduate Management Admission Council - Oct 4 to Dec 17, 2020
- TISS-NET- January 10, 2021
- MICAT - December 5, 2020 to January 23, 2021
- IRMASAT - February 2021
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What is the SNAP cut off for *mba in infrastructure management at SCMHRD*? Does SCMHRD acceot freshers for MBA in IM? (i am a civil engineering student)
Cutoffs for SCMHRD, infrastructure management course is 95 percentile in entrance exam SNAP.
Yes, freshers are also eligible to apply.
Basic eligibility is just that you have to be graduated in any field either btech or any other course from a recognised university.
Hope this information is helpful.
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Is there any entrance exam for symbiosis college of arts and commerce pune Bcom, snap is for mba.
Symbiosis college of arts and commerce conducts no entrance exams for admission to bcom courses.
Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce offers various disciplines in B.A. and B. Com for students who have applied for under graduation. Students can specialize in economics, English or psychology in Bachelor of Arts.
They can also study cost accounting, banking and financial systems, Business entrepreneurship, Business Communication or Marketing Management in Bachelor of commerce.
Students must have qualified 10+2 from CBSE or any other recognized board to apply for under graduation and admission would be solely based on merit and seats availability.
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Hi, symbiosis college of arts and commerce pune for bcom does not have any entrance exam, snap test is for mba not for bcom?
Symbiosis College for Arts and Commerce Pune doesn't conducts any entrance examination for admissions in B.Com course. Admission to this course is being carries out on the basis of board marks only after an online application.
SNAP stands for Symbiosis National Aptitude Test and is being carried out for admission to the MBA programmes in the Symbiosis colleges.
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