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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. Latest - SNAP 2018 result is available now.
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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.
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
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
General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability
Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
Analytical & Logical Reasoning
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.
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.
Type of Questions (Normal Qs – 1 mark each – MCQ Type)
No of questions
Analogies (Similar pair)
FIB (Single blank: Preposition, conjunction, spelling, correct form of a word, correct tense)
Match the Parts of Speech (Noun, Verb, Adverb, Adjective) correctly with the sentence
Replace the underlined word (Vocab and grammar based)
Odd Word Out
Error Spotting (Sentence divided into four parts)
Direct to Indirect speech
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.
Good Attempt - Around 22-24 can be considered to be a good number of attempts in this section.
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
No of Questions
Averages, Mixtures & Alligations
Time & Work
Ratio, Proportion, & Variation
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.
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
Number/ Letter series
Moderate to Difficult
Folding of paper
Good Attempt - A good candidate should have answered at least 19 to 21 questions out of 35 questions in this section.
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.
Number of questions
Corporate Entities and related questions
Government and Polity
Current affairs-Miscellaneous GK
Good Attempt - Around 12 to 14 attempts in the General Awareness section in around 10-15 min would have been good.
Candidates can check the expected SNAP cutoff 2018 as released by the training institutes-
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
Cutoff by T.I.M.E.
Cutoff by IMS Learning
Cutoff by Bulls Eye
SITM, SIOM, SCIT
SSBF, SIMS, SIIB (Energy/Agriculture)
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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