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SNAP 2019 Topper Interview - ‘Exams are just a step towards my goal’ as quoted by Vaibav Gosar who bagged 99.75 in Symbiosis National Aptitude Test 2019. SNAP 2019 topper- Vaibhav Gosar in his interview with Careers360 talks about how he prepared for management entrance examinations. Vaibhav Gosar has appeared for various entrance examinations such as CAT, XAT and NMAT. Each day he used to mimic 2 hours as per the duration of the exam to acquaint himself with the timing and speed. Vaibhav believes that one who is focused and disciplined requires no coaching to prepare for such examinations. He shares the book which can be referred to and other online material for preparation. Read this interview of SNAP 2019 topper- Vaibhav Gosar to get insights into his exam day strategy, preparation strategy and some tips for future aspirants.
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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?
Vaibhav Gosar: My Snap 2019 percentile was 99.75. Apart from Snap I appeared for Common Admission Test (CAT), Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) and NMIMS Management Aptitude Test (NMAT).
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Careers360: What was your preparation strategy? Please share section-wise strategy in detail.
Vaibhav Gosar: I studied for the exam in slots of 2hrs each to mimic the duration of the exam. My focus was more on quants because that is my weaker subject. For all the sections I referred to Arun Sharma and specifically for quants I used video lectures of Elites grid as my preparation went. I gave mocks every 2 days and analyzed them thoroughly and tried to improve upon my mistakes.
Careers360: With the change in SNAP 2019 exam pattern did it affect your preparation strategy? Do you think it was appropriate to remove the General Knowledge section?
Vaibhav Gosar: The removal of the General Awareness section was good news for me. I can't remember names or dates of important persons or events no matter how hard I try and hence hearing the news of the removal of GA renewed my confidence to crack the exam.
Careers360: 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?
Vaibhav Gosar: I went with the coaching route and chose IMS. There's no definite answer to which is better. I think if one is disciplined enough they can get by without ever needing coaching. So it depends on how focused and disciplined you can be towards studies.
Careers360: When did you start preparing for SNAP? Please share in detail your month-wise preparation strategy for SNAP.
Vaibhav Gosar: I prepared for SNAP 2019 alongside CAT and after appearing for CAT, SNAP became my sole focus. I studied everyday for 6 to 8 hours for SNAP in slots of 2 hours each to condition myself for the duration of the test. I appeared for mocks at the same time at which the actual test was to take place and I think that this too helped condition me to be at my best on the D-day.
Careers360: Are you working? If yes then how did you balance your preparation with a job? Please share your timetable.
Vaibhav Gosar: I left my job in August to prepare for entrance tests.
Careers360: According to you, what is the most important aspect of preparation?
Vaibhav Gosar: The most important aspect of the preparation is to not let the exam pressure overtake you, you need to realise that the exam is just the part of your journey and not the destination. Failure in an exam doesn't end your journey, get your head down and prepare for the next exam.
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 which you consulted for each section.
Vaibhav Gosar: Arun Sharma Books for all the three sections.
Careers360: How does one with non-English background prepare him/herself for the exam as the mode of the exam is only English?
Vaibhav Gosar: I suggest start reading novels, starting with fiction because they are always more interesting then once you develop a habit you can start with nonfiction related to history science and philosophy. Mugging up vocabulary is overrated, I can vouch for the effectiveness of reading.
Careers360: What was your exam day strategy in terms of question selection, time management, accuracy and sectional attempts/cutoffs?
Vaibhav Gosar: On the exam day I was very calm and had a clear goal in my mind to maximize my score in the verbal and logic section since there was no sectional cut off I didn't have to manage my time within sections and focus only on the question at hand.
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?
Vaibhav Gosar: Visualize the goal that you have set for yourself. Whenever I was demotivated or nervous I thought about my end goal and came to realise that these exams were just a step towards my goal, this lifted the pressure a little and helped me focus better.
Careers360: What is your message for future SNAP aspirants?
Vaibhav Gosar: You can crack it believe in yourself.
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Your marks in CAT and SNAP is poor and according to the marks you have got in these exam you won't be getting any good college, However your NMAT marks is average which can get you some average colleges like IBS, Alliance, UPES Dehradun.
So you can try for above mentioned college for doing MBA.
I wish you a good luck.
I hope the above information is beneficial for you.
All the best.
its true that iims and some of other top ranked institute shortlisted candidates as per their academic record and cat or any other management aptitude test score. see right now which of institute name you have mentioned is also comes under tier 1 college. now you need to focus on your presentation skills, communication approach to get shortlisted in final rounds. so keep calm and focus on your goal, I think you will surely crack it.
Symbiosis is also a great college for doing PGDM since it it a one of the tier 1 college but if you want to drop a year for converting IIM than you can do it but remember one thing you should also do something in that one year apart from preparing like any certificate course (Digital Marketing, Advance excel) or work in any social organisation like NGO which not only makes your profile stronger but also gives you an upper hand during the interviews when interviewer ask you about your year gap, So try to do any of these thing apart from preparing.
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