SNAP 2020 Topper Hitesh Gulati says “Don’t miss your mocks and take out time for in-depth analysis”
SNAP Exam 2020 Topper Interview - Needles to say what hard work and consistency along with lots of patience is needed to give an exemplary performance in any national level management entrance exam. Relying on his dedication and honest preparation Hitesh Gulati has topped in SNAP 2020 with more than 99 percentile. The plus point which makes Hitesh different from the crowd is that he prepared for this tough competition along with his job. Before taking SNAP he was working as a Business Analyst and used to study for four hours with utmost consistency in a day without any failure. In a talk with Careers360 Hitesh emphases Mocks the most. “I’d like to give it- don’t miss your mocks. Make a time table with at least 2 mocks a week and do not miss those”, says Hitesh. Know the depth of his SNAP preparation journey by reading this Interview of Hitesh Gulati with Careers360.
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Careers360- What was your SNAP 2020 overall percentile? Apart from SNAP, which other entrance exams you appeared for and what were your scores?
Hitesh Gulati- My overall SNAP percentile is 99.5478 and score is 47.25. Apart from SNAP, I appeared for NMAT (Score-268) and CAT (99.29)
Careers360- What was your preparation strategy? Please share the section-wise strategy in detail.
Hitesh Gulati- My strategy was to attempt as many mocks as possible. I attempted Mocks on every alternate day. I used to do in-depth analysis of the mocks and focus on weak areas. For Snap, I devoted 2 hours every day on practice, 1 Hour on Quant, 30 minutes each on reasoning and English. For quantitative aptitude I focused mainly on Arithmetic and Algebra as these two topics carry a lot of weightage. I practiced past year SNAP and NMAT questions and assignments provided by Iquanta which were at par with the difficulty level of this Exam. For the reasoning section, I focused on critical reasoning and analytical reasoning, I used to practice daily 20 questions from Class Assignments and NMAT official guide. For Verbal Ability I used to practice Grammar Questions and 20 synonyms every day.
Careers360- With the change in SNAP 2020 exam pattern did it affect your preparation strategy? Do you think it was appropriate to remove the General Knowledge section?
Hitesh Gulati- Change in pattern most certainly affected my preparation. Since the earlier pattern consisted of some special questions, I had to practice questions of moderate to high difficulty level as well. But due to the removal of these questions, I practiced only easy to moderate level questions. Also, since time per question decreased, now my strategy was to focus on speed along with accuracy.
Personally, I benefited a lot from the removal of the general knowledge section from SNAP. For other aspirants as well, I feel like this was a good thing as everyone preparing for any management exam like CAT or NMAT could now also sit for SNAP without preparing anything extra.
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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?
Hitesh Gulati- I enrolled for NMAT and SNAP Preparation Course by Iquanta. I personally feel one should have some guidance through this journey as one might face some hurdles during the preparation. It’s important to have someone with relevant experience so that you can have a clear strategy and roadmap on how to proceed and tackle those hurdles.
Careers360- When did you start preparing for SNAP? Please share in detail your month- wise preparation strategy for SNAP.
Hitesh Gulati - I started preparing for Management Entrance exams in July. However my main focus was on CAT. After appearing for CAT, I shifted my focus to SNAP and started attempting mocks and SNAP specific Assignments. I had 25 Days between CAT and SNAP. For the first 15 days, my focus on attaining a good speed and practicing maximum questions from my assignments and past snap papers. In the last 10 days, my strategy was to revisit the mocks identify the weak areas and focus on them.
Careers360- Are you working? If yes then how did you balance your preparation with a job? Please share your timetable.
Hitesh Gulati- I worked as a business analyst till November. While in job, I used to study for at least 4 hours daily, without fail- 2 hours before my shift in the morning and 2 hours in the evening after my work hours. I kept my weekends only for the attempting and analyzing mock tests.
However, when the exams came near, I thought it was imperative to give all my attention to the preparation. So I decided to leave my job and devoted more hours towards studying.
My everyday schedule since November is given below.
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Careers360- According to you, what is the most important aspect of preparation?
Hitesh Gulati- The most important aspect of preparation is regularity. It’s very important to practice daily at least 20 questions each of every section. Attempt mocks at least twice a week and do in-depth analysis. Also, it is very important to experiment in mocks. I constantly changed my order of attempt and time assigned to each section in mocks to figure out the best suited order to maximize the score.
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.
Hitesh Gulati- Quant: Iquanta Daily assignments and IMS sectional assignments
Reasoning: Iquanta Daily Assignments and NMAT Official Guide
English: Iquanta Daily Assignments, From Plinth to Paramount- English (For Grammar)
Mocks: Iquanta and IMS Mocks
Careers360- How does one with non-English background prepare him/herself for the exam as the mode of the exam is only English?
Hitesh Gulati- Since all management exams are conducted only in English, one must be well accustomed to the language even before starting his/ her preparation for these exams. Aspirants with non-English background can start by reading very Basic English story books or novels every single day. Apart from improving their understanding of the language, this will also directly help them in the exams as their reading speed (required for reading comprehension) will increase eventually and also, their vocabularies would improve. This process is definitely very time consuming, but it will be very beneficial as it’ll help in forming a strong base.
The preparation for non-English background aspirants might take a little longer than their peers, but it’s still totally worth the effort.
Careers360- What was your exam day strategy in terms of question selection, time management, accuracy and sectional attempts/cutoffs?
Hitesh Gulati- My order of attempt was Quant, Reasoning and then Verbal Ability. Quant being my strongest area, I attempted it first to gain some confidence and move into the next sections on a positive note. I spent First 22-23 mins on Quant. I attempted 19 out of 20 questions and got 17 correct. I spent the next 27-28 mins on Reasoning. I attempted 24 out of 25 questions in this section and got 20 correct. I spent the last 9-10 minutes on verbal ability. I attempted 13 out of 1 questions and got 12 correct. For time management, I didn’t spend more than 70 secs on a question and due to negative marking I didn’t make any guess in the exam.
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?
Hitesh Gulati- The first thing to do in order to maintain your calm and confidence is setting realistic targets. Start your preparation by attempting a mock exam or a previous year exam. This will give you an idea of where you stand currently and what are the areas you need to work on.
Once you’re clear on this, make a timetable for yourself. Start with easier topics first. Solving these questions and moving forward to next topics will boost your confidence. Don’t burden yourself with studies. If you currently study for 2 hours every day, make it 4 in your new time table and gradually increase this time. Take short breaks after every hour, and a long break after completing every topic.
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Careers360- What is your message for future SNAP aspirants?
Hitesh Gulati- Know your exam. This is my message to all the future SNAP aspirants. All the management exams are very different from each other in terms of their patterns. Invest your time in going through previous year question papers and understanding the pattern of this exam. This analysis of previous year papers will help you in deciding the important areas on which you should focus more on. It’ll also give you an idea of the difficulty level of this exam.
Another message that I’d like to give is- don’t miss your mocks. Make a time table with at least 2 mocks a week and do not miss those. Giving mocks is of no use if you don’t analyze them properly. So take out time for in-depth analysis of the mocks that you give.
Careers360- What is your take on the Changed exam pattern and reduced number of questions?
Hitesh Gulati- I have a very neutral take on the changed SNAP exam pattern. Since, we are getting judged on the same parameters, the only change is change in duration and number of questions which I personally feel doesn’t have a huge impact.
Careers360- Do you think it is a good idea to have three attempts in the near future also?
Hitesh Gulati - Three attempts is definitely a good idea in future as well. Since aspirants prepare for this exam for a year or so, a bad day resulting in a bad exam must not decide their future. Someone who’s well prepared for the exam but is going through a bad time, definitely deserves another chance with a short interval in between.
Careers360- How were the arrangements at the test center for COVID 19?
Hitesh Gulati- The test center for SNAP took all the relevant precautions for COVID 19. Every person entering the center had his/her temperature checked before stepping in. there was a sanitizer dispenser at the entrance of the center and everyone was asked to sanitize their hands before going in. No one without a mask was allowed to enter. People were made to sit on alternate tables for the sake of social distancing. The chairs and table were also well sanitized.
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i got waitlist of127 in SIBM Hyderabad and 229 in SSBF. what is my chance of conversion. also , what was the last accepted score of last year?
Last year cutoff of SNAP is 58 percentile in SIBM Hyderabad...
Thecut-offforSSBF'sflagship MBA program in Banking and Finance is around 60 percentile in Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP).
my waiting list number is 597 for sibm hyd. Ive scored 82 percentile,my snap score was 34 and overall snap+gepiwat score is 50. Is there any chance that i would be able to convert it. Or I should start preparing for other exams?
SNAP expected cutoff 2021 in SIBM Hyderabad is 58%...
I hope you will get the chance... You can contact to college department they will tell you clearly..
All the best!
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7th list out of SIOM Nashik.
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I have scored 92.14 %ile in snap 2020-21 and gepiwat went average. I have work ex of 39 months. Chances of converting SIOM nashik??
Yes, I believe having a percentile of 92.14 in SNAP 2021, and an average GD-PI/WAT, besides having a strong profile with a work experience of 39 months, you still have fair chances in securing admission at SIOM Nashik. Trust your Preparation and hope for the best.
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