December 21, 2014
For 2014 Test paper (entry into 2015-17 session)

SNAP Test December 21, 2014
Detailed Analysis

The Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) Test 2014, conducted by Symbiosis International University for the 2015-17 intake of its constituent Business Colleges is an important event in the crowded test schedule of any MBA aspirant.

The fact that top level B-schools like Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM), Symbiosis Center for Management and Human Resource Development (SCMHRD), Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB), Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication (SIMC) and Symbiosis Institute of Operations Management (SIOM) among others accept SNAP test scores, make the test a very attractive proposition for the student. The sheer variety of niche specializations on offer from the various colleges enhances the appeal of this test. And it shows on the testing day - hundreds upon hundreds of students lined up patiently to test their mettle, and luck! Good going Symbi! You've made quite a brand.

The 2014 paper had four sections with a total 150 questions to be solved in 120 min. Each question of the Reasoning section had a weightage of 2 marks; so reasoning as a testing area was important!

The test conducted across the country was for admission to the 2015-17 academic session and was taken by thousands of enthusiastic students. The paper pattern was same as compared to the previous year and there were no surprises in terms of difficulty level etc. In fact, it was ditto as expected, and announced.

The printed test paper booklet had to be deposited with the examiner, which has made it slightly difficult for the students to calculate their expected scores. We have recreated from memory as many questions as possible.

All the questions were multiple choice with 4 options given for each question.

Bird’s Eye View

Total Number of Questions – 150            Total Time – 120 minutes

The Marking Scheme – Three sections of 40 marks each and one section of 60 marks. 25 % negative marking.

Total Marks – 180                                    Number of Options – 4

Sections/Sectional Time Limit – There were four sections and there was no sectional time constraint.

Medium of marking – Blue/Black Ball point pen

Sectional Break-up
S. No. Section No. of Questions  Marks
One mark each Two marks each
1 General English 40 -- 40
2 Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency 40 -- 40
3 General Awareness: General Knowledge, Current Affairs, Business 40 -- 40
4 Analytical and Logical Reasoning - 30 60
  Total  120 30 180

Section Topic Areas Tested No. of Ques. No. of Marks Difficulty Level Time suggested Ideal Marks
(90% accuracy)
I General English English Vocabulary, Grammar and Reading Comprehension 40 40 Moderate 25 min. 25 +
II Analytical and Logical Reasoning Logical Reasoning and Critical Reasoning (some like DI) 30 60 Easy  to Moderate 45 min. 38 +
III General Awareness General Knowledge, Business Awareness 40 40 Moderate 15 min. 15 +
IV Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation and Sufficiency QA + DS (No Question on DI) 40 40 Easy to Moderate 35 min 25 +
  Total   150 180   120 min. 103 +
General English
Total number of questions : 40 | Total Marks : 40

The section was easy to moderate level - it concentrated on Vocabulary, Usage, Grammar and Comprehension. There were two RC passages - one of approximately 200 words and other approximately 550 words. The other questions were on a mixed variety which included FIBs, basic grammar, antonyms, synonyms, spellings etc. The questions on vocabulary were slightly difficult. The questions based on grammar could have been handled easily.

An attempt of 33 with around 85% accuracy should be good enough to optimise the score.

General English 
Area No. of questions
Reading Comprehension 6+3
Correct spelling 2
Synonym 2
Antonym 2
FIBS (2 + 1 blank) 19
Correct usage / statement  2
Idioms / Proverb 2
Miscellaneous  2

Analytical and Logical Reasoning
Total number of questions : 30 | Total Marks : 60

This section was the most important section of the paper as it amounted to a solid 60 questions! Around 20 questions out of 30 were easy and should have been attempted. Overall level of toughness - Easy to Moderate

The questions were based on data arrangement, clocks, blood relation, binary operations, FIJs, series, circular arrangement, Linear arrangement, analogies, Venn diagram etc.

Analytical & Logical Reasoning 
No. of questions
Venn diagram based 1 Set of 4 Qs
Clock 1
Series (missing term) 1
Analogies 2
Truth / Lies Set 3
Binary Operations 2
Statement / Conclusion  2
Author's Main Point 2
Statement / Assumption 2
Data arrangement  4
Blood relations / tree 2
Linear / Circular arrangement  4
Miscellaneous  1

General Awareness
Total number of questions : 40 | Total Marks : 40

The level of toughness was moderate to tough, and definitely not easy. Questions were asked from recent happenings in the world of Economics, Politics, Sports, Science, Current Affairs, Books and Authors, Brand and Companies etc. Refer the table for micro breakup, and the associated pagelink for micro listing of questions with detailed solutions. Those with a regular newspaper and magazine reading would have found many "manageable" questions! This section again can prove to be the differentiator as those good at their GK could have scored more in less time, relatively.

A score of 14 can be called decent for this section.

General Awareness (GK-CA)
Area No. of questions
Committees, Business and Markets, Companies 5
Sites, Monuments, Movements  3
PM, Presidents, Leaders, Politics, constitution. 4
Pacts, Standards, Brands, Logos, Events, Mottos 8
Books and Authors 2
Years 1
Geography (rivers, stones, Moon) 4
Prizes, Awards 3
Chemicals 1
Current Awareness 2
Games and Sports 1
Founders, Famous Person 2
Terms, Logies 3
History, Religion 1

QA + DI + DS
Total number of questions : 40 | Total Marks : 40

An easy to moderate level section with two questions from DS and 38 questions from QA! The QA questions were conventional and most of those types have been covered amply the study material. These questions were based on Time Speed and Distance, Pipes and Cisterns, Percentages, Profit and Loss, Partnerships, Geometry and Mensuration, Number Systems, Permutation and Combination, Ratio and Proportion, Set Theory, Statistics, etc.

All in all, a student should have scored at least 25 marks in this section in 35 odd minutes.

QA + DI + DS
Area No. of questions 
Number System, LCM, Divisibility 3
Profit & Loss 4
Percentages, SI, Partnership 3
Ratio, Pipes & cisterns 2
Time, speed and distance 2
Trigonometry / distance between points 2
Factorisation, Roots of equations 2
Clock 1
Probability 3
Logarithm 2
Permutations and combinations 2
Series (missing term) / Work and Time 2
Ages, Averages 2
2D Geometry 3
3D Geometry 2
DI based on pie chart 5

Expected Cut-Offs

Expected Cut-Offs
Institute Name Expected Cut-offs   Institute Name Expected Cut-offs
SIBM Pune 100+ SCMHRD 90+
SIIB 80+ SITM 70+
SCIT 65+ SIOM 70+
SIBM Bangalore 85+ SIMC Pune 68+

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