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The overall difficulty level of the test was much higher compared to earlier.

The Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) 2016 was successfully conducted on December 18 at various test centres across the nation.

The entrance examination is conducted by Symbiosis University, Pune each year for granting admissions into management courses such as MBA in various affiliated colleges and institutions. The overall difficulty level of the test was much higher as compared to earlier.

This year SNAP 2016 had a slightly different pattern from what it had been following since 2009.

The total number of questions remained at 150. However, the section on current affairs had 30 questions and the section on analytical and logical reasoning had 40 questions, compared to 40 and 30, respectively earlier.

The other change was that the reasoning section had one mark per question compared to 2 marks per question earlier.

The broad distribution of the test is as follows:

Section

Marks

No. of Questions

Good number of net attempts

Ideal time allocation (min)

General English

40

40

20-22

25

Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

40

40

21-23

40

Current Affairs (of last 2 years)

30

30

12-15

15

Analytical & Logical Reasoning

40

40

15-16

40

Total

150

150

68-75

120

As the exam did not have sectional cut-offs, the job of the students was easier compared to the other OMETs as they have to focus on maximising the overall score instead of perforce trying to improve their sectional performances in tough sections.

Let us have a closer look at each of the sections -

General English

We will look at this section area-wise

Verbal Ability

Question Type

No. of questions

Fill in the blanks (Verbs)

2

Fill in the blanks (Adjectives and comparisons)

1

Fill in the blanks (Prepositions)

1

Fill in the blanks with 2 choices to complete the sentence logically and result in similar meaning

2

Para-formation Questions (PFQs) with 6 sentences

2

PFQs with 4 sentences

1

The FIB questions had a sentence with single blank and six words A, B, C, D, E, and F given. Combinations like AD, AB, CE, and BF were provided as choices.

The PFQs with 6 sentences and the sentence equivalence questions were difficult. The remaining question types were easy to moderate.

Vocabulary

Question Type

No. of questions

One word replacement for a phrase

1

Foreign word

1

4 words which could all be classified as Compound words

1

Synonyms

3

Confusable words (F.I.B.)

2

Confusable words in pairs (Synonyms)

2

Antonyms

3

Analogy

3

Idioms

1

The questions in this area were of moderate difficulty level.

Critical Reasoning & Reading Comprehension

  • This RC area consisted of two passages each with six questions
  • The passages were lengthy in nature at around 650-700 words
  • There were two CR based questions, one on conclusion and another on weakening argument
  • Around 20-22 can be considered to be a good number of attempts in this section.

Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency

  • The Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency section was a little lengthy and relatively trickier section
  • Similar to last year's SNAP, there were no DS questions this year as well.

Topic

Description

No of Questions

Difficulty Level

Percentages

No of passengers in train

1

Moderate

Profit & Loss

Trader marking up by 80%, Trader buying from wholesaler – faulty weight

2

Moderate

Ration & Proportion, Partnership

Raja & Rani invested in the ratio 4:5

1

Easy

Indices & Surds, Logarithms

(x+y)^3..., [a-b {sq rt(6)}]..., Log(tan1+...tan89)

3

Moderate

Progressions

Ball dropped from a height

1

 

Time & Work

Ram twice as efficient as Shyam

1

Easy

Speed, Distance, & Time

A & B running with different speeds given in terms of their steps, Raj walked from A to B

2

Moderate

Clocks

Clock late on Sunday noon

1

Moderate

Simple Equations

Train left station P

1

Moderate

Numbers

Dogs eating cats, No of zeros in (5!)^5!+..., HCF – LCM of P & Q, Unit’s digit - $ value, unit’s digit of (1!)^ 1!+...,Maximum no of bells in the church..., Fruit merchant had six varieties of fruits

7

Easy-Difficult

Geometry and Mensuration

Circle and parallel lines, Cart – front wheel, rear wheel..., Chords extended in a circle, Equilateral triangle with side 24, Circle inscribed in a square, Square plank of side 4m

6

Easy-Difficult

P&C

No of triangles formed by joining vertices of Octagon, Chess tournament with male and female participants

2

Moderate-Difficult

Probability

Red balls, Ram lies 60% of the times

2

Moderate

Averages

Male-Female average age

1

Easy

Statistics

Summation(Xi -2) = 110

1

Easy

Venn Diagrams

Students play cricket, hockey etc.

1

Moderate

Miscellaneous

A=0, B=1,

1

Moderate

DI Set # 1

Passengers getting in and out at various stations – Pie Chart Based

3

Moderate

DI Set # 2

Pulse – Table based

3

Moderate

A good student could have attempted a net of 21-23 of the 40 questions in the section by spending around 35-40 minutes.

General Awareness:

The General Awareness section had 30 questions.

Questions were asked from various categories as below:

  • Sports (Davis cup/Test cricket/Oscar Pistorius, English Premier League, Finalists in 2015 FIFA world cup etc.)
  • Awards (Oscar for best picture, Lata Mangeshkar Life Time Achievement Award, Noble prize for Literature, the person inducted into International Astronautics Federation etc.)
  • Famous people (Matching people with their professions - Janet Yellen, Urijit Patel, Mario Dragi, UN Secretary General, Vice president of the US etc)
  • Government Schemes/Operations (Code name of the rescue operations conducted in Sudan, Sethu Bharatam etc.)
  • Business (Name of Google's Instant Messenger, Company that acquired Linkedin, Indian company in the top 150 R&D spenders, Company that Flipkart acquired etc)
  • Science and Technology (Name of the mini satellite made my the Pune engineering college students, Humanoid Robot unveiled by China etc.)
  • International Affairs (Kigali Agreement)
  • Most of these questions were crackable by those who had a decent touch with the happenings around the world.

Analytical and Logical Reasoning:

  • The Analytical and Logical Reasoning section did not have a lot of 'easy' questions
  • All the questions were stand alone questions, unlike the set based ones that we are used to see in the "CAT". Added to this, there were quite a few tough ones to crack
  • The difficulty level of the section could be pegged at moderate-difficult.

The question distribution in the section was as below:

Type

No. of Questions

Difficulty

Input-Output

5

Medium

Non-Verbal Reasoning

5

Difficult

Number/Letter series

4

Difficult

Blood relations

3

Medium

Quant based Reasoning

3

Medium-Difficult

Arrangements

3

Medium

Venn Diagrams

1

Easy

Decision making

2

Medium

Clocks

1

Easy

Miscellaneous

13

Medium-Difficult

Around 15-16 attempts could be considered to be a good attempt in this section.

Cut-Offs:

An overall score of 68-70 or above should be a good score for SIBM, 63-65 for SCMHRD, and 56-60 for SIBM Bangalore and SIIB. Please note that there are no sectional cut-offs for SNAP.

 For any query, the candidates can visit the official website.

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