SNAP 2018 Analysis and Expected Cutoff
Ranjini Basu, 17 Dec 2018, #SNAP
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SNAP 2018 Analysis - Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) result has been declared on January 10, 2019. SNAP 2018 was conducted on December 16, 2018, from 2 pm to 4 pm in the computer-based format. As already mentioned by the SNAP officials, SNAP 2018 underwent a minor alteration in exam pattern from that of the previous year. While SNAP 2017 consisted of 150 questions, SNAP 2018 question paper was composed of 130 questions. Out of the four sections, three sections (Quantitative Ability, General English and Analytical & Logical Reasoning) had 35 questions each, and the fourth section on Current Affairs comprised 25 questions. Moreover, there were five questions in each section labelled as ‘special questions’ (similar to TITA questions in CAT). The weightage of these special was two marks while all other MCQs had a weightage of one mark each. Careers360 brings the overall and sectional analysis of SNAP 2018 for the benefit of test-takers as and when the SNAP 2018 analysis is released by the experts. Experts from various coaching institutes, like Career Launcher, IMS Learning, T.I.M.E., and Hitsbullseye have given their opinions in the form of SNAP 2018 Analysis which is published in this article.
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According to the overall analysis of Career Launcher experts, the difficulty level of SNAP 2018 was easier as compared to the last two years. Both Quantitative Aptitude and General English sections were easy, English section had long Reading Comprehension passages. Logical & Analytical Reasoning section was comparatively easier with the absence of Verbal Reasoning as well. The cut-off for SIBM Pune is expected to increase by 12-14; marks to a score 71-73.

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As per the IMS experts, SNAP 2018 was slightly easier than the previous year’s exam. SNAP-2018 was characterised by an easy Quantitative Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency section, medium Analytical and Logical Reasoning section, and an easy General English section. The Current Affairs section was easy as compared to last year’s.

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T.I.M.E experts are of the opinion that since there were no sectional cutoff scores, it made the job of test takers a lot easier i.e., they could focus on maximising their overall SNAP score instead of trying to improve their sectional performances in tougher sections. An overall score of 74-76 or above should be a good score for SIBM, 70-73 for SCMHRD, and 62-65 for SIBM Bangalore and SIIB.

As per the experts of Hitbullseye, the verbal section was dominated by reading comprehension followed by vocabulary based, grammar and sentence completion questions and was comparatively easier in comparison to previous year’s. The biggest surprise laid in the quantitative section. Questions on Data Interpretation (DI) were absolutely missing. Questions were based on the number system, percentage, geometry, averages, permutation & combination, S.I/CI, sets, logs, and mensuration.

Last year, in terms of sections, SNAP exam had difficult General English and Reasoning sections as compared to the other sections. SNAP 2018 Analysis will help test takers understand the overall and sectional difficulty level, sectional distribution of questions and marks, a good number of attempts to crack each section and also the expected cutoff. It is a good idea to go through the SNAP test analysis after the exam to gauge one's performance in the test. Let us check the SNAP 2018 analysis now.
 Key Highlights of SNAP 2018 Analysis

  •  The exam pattern of SNAP 2018 has observed a slight change and has witnessed certain alterations in terms of questions and marks distribution. 
  • While SNAP 2017 consisted of 150 questions, SNAP 2018 question paper was composed of 130 questions. 
  • Out of the four sections, three sections (Quantitative Ability, General English and Analytical & Logical Reasoning) had 35 questions each, and the fourth section on Current Affairs comprised 25 questions.
  • There were no DI questions on the Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency section.

SNAP 2018 Exam Pattern

 The exam pattern of SNAP 2018 has been revised as the exam conducting authorities have introduced Non-MCQ questions in the form of 'Special Questions'. The answers to the questions have to be typed in by the candidates using the virtual keyboard on the screen. Each of the four sections had five special questions besides a certain number of normal questions. Also, SNAP 2018 was conducted in online mode. The duration of the exam was two-hour (120 minutes) and the test had 130 multiple choice questions carrying 150 total marks.

SNAP 2018 Exam Pattern/Question Distribution

            

S.No.

        
            

Sections

        
            

Normal Questions

        
            

Special Questions

        
            

Total Questions

        
            

Total Marks

        
            

1.

        
            

General English: Reading             Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability

        
            

30

        
            

5

        
            

35

        
            

40

        
            

2.

        
            

Quantitative, Data             Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

        
            

30

        
            

5

        
            

35

        
            

40

        
            

3.

        
            

Analytical & Logical             Reasoning

        
            

30

        
            

5

        
            

35

        
            

40

        
            

4.

        
            

Current Affairs

        
            

20

        
            

5

        
            

25

        
            

30

        
            

Total

        
            

110

        
            

20

        
            

130

        
            

150

        


Marking Scheme: Each question carries one mark which means each correct response will fetch one mark. There will a negative marking -0.25 Mark for each wrong answer of MCQs and -0.50 Mark for each wrong answer of Non-MCQs. However, there would be no sectional cutoff score in SNAP 2018.

SNAP 2018 Analysis - Sectional Analysis


SNAP Analysis - General English 

As per the SNAP analysis of 2018, the Reading Comprehension questions consisted of two passages with 5 questions in each; one of the passage was based on the issue of location tracking of individuals by Google and privacy issues and the other one was based on globalisation and trade barriers. The RC questions were easy. The topics and question types, as shared by T.I.M.E. experts are as below:

As per IMS Learning experts, the VA questions were predominantly vocabulary-based, though there were some grammar-based questions as well. The words tested were fairly commonly used words, and the not-so-common ones had incorrect options that were easy to eliminate. The grammar-based questions were also easy. 

English

Type of Questions (Normal Qs – 1 mark each – MCQ Type)

No of questions

Synonyms

3

Antonyms
1

Analogies (Similar pair)

1

FIB (Single blank: Preposition, conjunction, spelling, correct form of a word, correct tense)

5

Match the Parts of Speech (Noun, Verb, Adverb, Adjective) correctly with the sentence

2

Replace the underlined word (Vocab and grammar based)

2

Odd Word Out

2

Error Spotting (Sentence divided into four parts)

2

Direct to Indirect speech

2

RC 1

5

RC 2

5

Overall

30

Reading Comprehension

Passage 1: A lengthy passage on “Google tracks your movement – whether you like it or not” or “Privacy” taken from “CBS news”. The questions included 1 Title, 1 Specific detail, 3 Contextual Reference (of a phrase)/ Inference based questions.

Passage 2: Another lengthy passage on “Tired of globalization – Trade and Poverty” taken from “The Economist”. There were four ‘specific detail’ questions and one Vocabulary based question.

Question Type of Question (SPECIAL Questions; 2 marks each, Non-MCQ type)
Number of questions
Jumbled words to form a sentence (Rearrange the numbered sequence).
              1
Plural forms of a word which were differently coded. (The correct code had to be entered in the input box).
              1
The correct spelling of a word which needed to replace the meaning of a phrase. Four numbered boards providing different spellings were mentioned – The number of the board providing the correct spelling had to be entered).
              1
Four different past participles of a word were given which were (numeric) coded differently (The code for the word representing the correct spelling had to be entered).
              1      
Four different ways of quoting were a proverb. (The number of the correct proverb had to be entered in the input box).
              1

Total

                 5

Good Attempt - Around 22-24 can be considered to be a good number of attempts in this section.


SNAP Analysis 2018 - Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency

According to the T.I.M.E. experts, this section was relatively easier compared to the previous year. There were 30 questions of 1 mark each (normal MCQ type). There were 5 special questions of 2 marks each (non-MCQ type). The section had more doable questions with a surprise element. Data Interpretation questions were completely missing in this section. Continuing the tradition, there were no Data Sufficiency questions in this section but the same was asked in the Logical Reasoning section instead. The weightage of questions from algebra was on the higher side.

Distribution of Quantitative Aptitude Questions

Topic

No of Questions

P&C

4

Averages, Mixtures & Alligations

1

Geometry

1

Logarithm

3

Indices

2

Mensuration

7

Numbers

1

Percentages

4

Functions

1

Probability

1

Time & Work

1

Ratio, Proportion, & Variation

1

Simple Equations

2

Venn Diagram

1

SI-CI

1

Polynomial Simplification
2
Time and Distance2

Total

35

Good Attempt - Prepared test taker should have attempted a set of 22-24 out of 35 questions in this section by spending around 35-40 minutes. However, a judicious selection of the questions was required.

SNAP Analysis - Analytical and Logical Reasoning (LR) 

The Analytical and Logical Reasoning section was composed of a reasonable number of easy and moderate questions. There were 30 questions of one mark each (normal MCQ type). There were 5 special questions of 2 marks each (non-MCQ type). Unlike last year, there were 7 questions based on a caselet. Additionally, there were also some tough and tricky questions as well. The difficulty level was moderate in the section.

Analytical & Logical Reasoning

Type of Questions

Number of Questions

Level of Difficulty

Blood Relationship

1

Easy

Directions

1

Moderate

Number/ Letter series

5

Moderate to Difficult

Binary Logic

1

Easy

Verbal Analogy

1

Easy

GK-based Reasoning

2

Easy-Moderate

Quant-based Reasoning

4

Moderate

Calendars

1

Moderate

Coding

3

Moderate-Difficult

Arrangements

1

Easy

Venn Diagram

1

Easy

Scheduling
2Moderate

Folding of paper

2

Difficult

Data Sufficiency
3Moderate
Caselet on Arrangements
7Difficult
Total35-

Good Attempt - A good candidate should have answered at least  19 to 21 questions out of 35 questions in this section.


SNAP Analysis - General Awareness 

The General Awareness section had 25 questions. According to the T.I.M.E experts, there were no static GK questions. Most of the questions were not difficult especially for those who read newspapers every day. Most of the questions were pertaining to events which occurred in the last few months.

According to IMS experts, only the TITA questions were slightly difficult in the ‘Current Affairs’ section. This section contained questions from diverse fields. About 8 questions were very simple; 12 questions were moderately difficult and about 5 questions were tough. There were about 18 questions based on national events and 7 questions based on international affairs. Most of the questions were news events of this year.

General Awareness

Topic/Area

Number of questions

Corporate Entities and related questions

9

Government and Polity

4

Sports

1

Current Affairs-Awards

4

Current affairs-Miscellaneous GK

7

Total25

Good Attempt - Around 12 to 14 attempts in the General Awareness section in around 10-15 min would have been good.


SNAP Expected Cutoff 2018 by Experts

Candidates can check the expected SNAP cutoff 2018 as released by the training institutes-

Name of Training InstituteCutoff by T.I.M.E.
Cutoff by IMS Learning
Cutoff by Bulls Eye
SIBM (Pune)74-76
74-75
70+
SCMHRD (Pune)
70-73
71-72
67+
SIIB
62-65
-62+
SIBM (Bengaluru)
62-65
-60+
SIOM, SITM, SCIT
--51+
SSBF,SIMS, SIIB (Energy / Agriculture)
--46+
SICSR,SIMC
--42+
SIHS,SSMS,SSSS,SSMC
--36+

Source- Official Website

Please note: The above mentioned estimated cut-offs are for general category students, the cut-offs for SC/ST/DA/Kashmiri migrants will be lower.

Previous Year cutoff of SNAP 2018

Institute

Cutoff by T.I.M.E.

Cutoff by IMS Learning

Cutoff by Bulls Eye

SIBM Pune

66-68

75

67+

SCMHRD

62-64

71

64+

SIIB

53-55

NA

58+

SIBM Bangalore

53-55

NA

56+

SITM, SIOM, SCIT

NA

NA

47+

SSBF, SIMS, SIIB (Energy/Agriculture)

NA

NA

42+

SICSR, SIMC

NA

NA

38+

SIHS,SSMS,SSSS,SSMC

NA

NA

32+

The result of SNAP 2018 will be declared in the second week of January 2019. SNAP participating institutes will then announce the shortlisted candidates who would have to appear for the SNAP selection procedure in the months of January to March 2019.

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