• Total Questions: 150
  • Total Marks: 180
  • Total time: 120 minutes

Innovative…Fast Moving…Difficult are the words that can describe SNAP this year. Although the pattern of the paper remained the same but a lot of innovative questions were seen. Students who would have apprehended a difficult section earlier and switched over would have advantage. Compared to previous few years SNAP 2016 is definitely on a difficult note.

Detailed section wise analysis is as follows:

Section 1: General Awareness, 40 questions, 1 mark each

This section can be considered as most challenging section of paper. More than 80% of the questions were static. Questions on the Whatsapp valuation, the day on which Narendra Modi was sworn in as the PM, NDA and total seats in Loksabha were the only few dynamic questions and the options for the same questions were really close. Rest static questions were based on history, constitution,full forms, business etc.A well-read candidate could only have attempted approximately 9+ questions in12-14 minutes. Managing high accuracy is a little challenging here and hence6+ can be considered a good score.

Section 2: General English, 40 questions, 1 mark each

High focus on vocabulary based questions made this section a quick attempt one. There was just one RC passages comprising 5questions which was easy. Surprisingly there were no questions on para-jumbles, logical continuation or discontinuation. There were 7 questions based on concepts of grammar. There were questions on idioms, word usage, odd one out, figure of speech, synonyms and antonyms and most of them were technically simple but would have taken the student community by surprise. The fresher variety of questions – which can’t be put under the aptitude bracket – included American to British English and French and Latin origin based questions.

Because of such a break-up, scores in this section can go either way i.e. either a lottery (for candidates having strong command over vocabulary) or a no-show (for candidates depending upon RC and Verbal reasoning-based questions like para-jumbles). Assuming a decent number of candidates would have prepared really well on vocabulary, 30+ questions attempted within 30 minutes can qualify as a good attempt. With 82-85% accuracy, a net score of 23+ can be considered a good score.

Section 3: Analytical and Logical Reasoning, 30 questions, 2 marks each

Contrary to the general trend of SNAP year on year, this section was difficult. There were newer varieties like smiley based,orientation based(ceiling fan: Table fan), cash flow based, words and numbers (WOE 1089 Misery) questions which could have surprised a student who started this section. There were just two sets of arrangement and conditional reasoning of 5 and 4 questions respectively which were easy and must do questions. Independent questions, especially on series, were technically difficult. There were 2 questions on statement and argument, which were a little weird and hard to mark. Overall, a good candidate would have spent no more than 45 minutes in attempting this section would have been under difficult times. An ideal attempt will be 20+ and a good score can go up to 35+.

Section 4: Quantitative and Data Interpretation & Sufficiency, 40 questions, 1 mark each

This section followed the conventional style of aptitude tests and hence, the break-up of questions was proportionately distributed. About 1/3rdquestions were based on arithmetic and 1/4th on algebra. There were just 3 questions based on Geometry and 4 questions based on modern maths. Data Interpretation was just 1 set of 4 questions. Surprisingly, there were no Data Sufficiency based questions& for the fact that this section was easy, 2 incorrect questions (1024! & a question on SICI) added to the woes. Overall, the time taken to attempt this section can go up to a little more than 30 minutes. Candidates with good command over concepts and strong speed will end up attempting 32+ questions. Good score in this section can be 28+.

Overall:

If we consider a serious candidate to be very good in two sections, good enough in a third section and average in the fourth, then an overall good score can reach 82+. Apply bell curve logic and we get approximately top 1.5% of test takers scoring in the range of 82 or more, and another 3% or so scoring in the range 77+. This more or less becomes the cut-off of top two institutes affiliated to SNAP i.e. SIBM and SCMHRD respectively. The next rung of institutes, comprising SIBM – Bangalore, SIIB – International Business and SCMHRD – Infrastructure Management, may consider a cut-off of approximately 90%ile, scores for which may be in the range 65-75 marks. The subsequent rung of institutes will be SIOM, SCIT, SSBF, SIMS and SITM, and they may consider a cut-off in the range of 55-60 marks or approximately 80%ile. Further, SIHS, SICSR, SIG, SIMC and SIIB –ABM / E & E, offering specialized courses in management may consider a cut-off in the range of 40 to 45 marks.

Good luck to all the SNAP 2015 takers for the results!