SNAP 2019 Analysis: Exam & Scoring Pattern Changed; Moderate Difficulty Test with No Surprises

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December 16, 2019
Symbiosis International University conducted SNAP 2019 exam on December 15, 2019 as computer based test. SNAP 2019 was a moderate difficulty level exam with fewer number of questions and changed scoring pattern. A few questions in Verbal and QADI were found a bit difficult. A score of 60-65 could fetch 90+ percentile and is expected to be the cut off for SIBM & SCMHRD Pune
SNAP 2019 Analysis

SNAP 2019 threw no surprises and the exam was on expected pattern. The difficulty level remained same as of last year. SNAP exam was held on December 15, 2019 from 2PM to 4 PM as a computer based test. This was the third computer based SNAP exam in the history of Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) conducted by Symbiosis International University (SIU) Pune for MBA admission 2020 in 15 Symbiosis Institutes.

SNAP 2019 Postponed in NE States
SNAP exam 2019 was postponed for the SNAP test takers in Guwahati, Dibrugarh and Shillong. Although no clear reason is mentioned for the SNAP deferment, the protests against Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) recently passed by Parliament appears the major reason of postponement. New dates for SNAP 2019 exam for these cities will be announced later. 

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The SNAP 2019 exam has changed its structure this year and followed a different pattern. The exam has been rated a moderate to difficult exam despite all the changes in the testing and scoring pattern.

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Quick SNAP Exam Analysis:

  • Exam Pattern and Scoring Pattern changed
  • Total questions reduced to 115 from earlier 130
  • Questions were divided into MCQs (Normal Questions) and Non-MCQ (Special questions) 
  • Exam Divided in 4 sections with lowest weightage to Current Affairs (GK) section
  • SNAP 2019 test duration was of 2 hours from 2PM to 4PM
  • Variable Scoring pattern in Sections and for MCQs and Special questions also
  • All questions had negative marking of 25%.
  • 2 RC passages rated moderate
  • Few LR sets were difficult
  • A few GK questions were based on elections
  • Expected Cut off to remain 75-80 Marks 

Key Changes in SNAP 2019 Exam over last year
SNAP exam pattern 2019 has been overhauled. Symbiosis International University (SIU) has brought about numberof major changes in SNAP 2019 exam pattern and to a large extent SNAP has moved on the lines of CAT exam.

SNAP not only consisted of Objective Type MCQ questions but will also have Non MCQs. Some of the importantchanges introduced in SNAP exam pattern 2019 are:

Components of SNAP Exam pattern
SNAP Exam Pattern 2019
Last Year SNAP Exam Pattern
Total Questions
115
130
Sectional Composition of Questions in SNAP 2019 exam pattern
English-30; QA & DI-35; Reasoning-30; Current Affairs-20
English-35; QA & DI-35; Reasoning-35; Current Affairs-25
Normal Questions (MCQ Type)
110
110
Special Questions (Non-MCQ Type)
 5 (Only in QADI section)
 20
Scoring Pattern (Normal Questions)
+1 Mark for Each Correct Answer in Quant & Current Affairs sections; +1.5 Marks for English and Reasoning Sections  (110 MCQs)
+1 Mark for Each Correct Answer of Normal Questions (110 MCQs)
Scoring Pattern (Special Questions)
+2 Marks for Each Correct Answer of Special Questions (5 Non MCQs)
+2 Marks for Each Correct Answer of Special Questions (20 Non MCQs)
Negative Marking
-25% for each wrong answer
 
-0.25 Mark for each wrong answer of Normal Question
-0.50 Mark for each wrong answer of Special Question
Choice of Answer Options (Normal Questions)
4 for Normal Questions only
4 for Normal Questions only
Choice of Answer Options (Special Questions)
No Choice. Must Write the answer in the given space on computer screen using virtual key board
No Choice. Must Write the answer in the given space on computer screen using virtual key board
Number of SNAP 2019 Test Cities
90
92

SNAP Exam Pattern 2019: Sectional Structure with Scoring Pattern
Similar to other major National Level MBA entrance exams such as CAT/XAT, SNAP 2019 had three common sections – Quant, LR/DI and English. Current Affairs was an additional section in SNAP Exam 2019. 

Section
Normal Questions (MCQ Type)
Special Questions (Non-MCQ Type)
Total Questions
Total Marks
General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability
30 (+1.5 Marks for each correct answer)
Nil
30
45
Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
30 (+ 1 Mark for Each Correct Answer)
 5 (+2 Marks for each Correct answer)
35
40
Analytical & Logical Reasoning
30 (+1.5 Marks for each correct answer)
Nil
30
45
Current Affairs
20 (+ 1 Mark for Each Correct Answer)
Nil
20
20
Total
110
 5
115
150

SNAP 2019 Exam: Key Highlights
Following are the key Highlights of SNAP 2019 Exam

Sr. No.
SNAP 2019
 Highlights
1.
SNAP Exam Conducting Authority
Symbiosis International University (SIU) Pune
2.
SNAP 2019 Exam Mode
Online Computer Based Test
3.
Top MBA colleges accepting SNAP 2019 score 
SIBM Pune, SCHMRD, SIIB, SIBM Bengaluru and all the institutes affiliated to Symbiosis International University
4.
SNAP exam Duration
120 minutes 
5.
Total Questions in SNAP
115
6.
Total Maximum Marks
150
7.
Number of Sections
  4
8. 
How Many Times SNAP is held in a year
Single
9. 
Type of questions in SNAP
110 MCQs followed by 4 answer options
    5 Non MCQs with No answer option
10.
Sectional Cut off
No individual sectional cutoff.
11.
Facility to choose order of sections
No pre-fixed order for sections. The exam allowed switching freely among different sections.

SNAP 2019 Sectional Analysis

Section-1: General English
The section included questions on Reading Comprehension passages, vocabulary, verbal Ability and

Verbal Reasoning.

  • More Vocabulary Questions than last year. Questions were easier than last year
  • 2 RC passages with 8 questions. One RC had 3 questions, other had 5 questions
  • One RC passage was difficult, other was moderate
  • Overall General English Section was easy
  • Fill in the Blanks and Grammar Based questions were easy
  • Good attempt of 24-25 questions in 20-25 minutes with 90% accuracy could help you score high

Question Pattern

Question Topics
Total Questions
Difficulty level
Synonym/Antonym
4
Moderate
Vocab (Spellings + Odd one Out + Meaning)
4
Easy
FIB (Vocab)
4
Easy
FIB (Grammar)
4
Easy
RC (2 passages)
8 (3+5)
1 Moderate
1 Difficult
Para Jumble
1
Moderate
Identify parts of speech
2
Moderate
Sentence correction
1
Easy
Voice Change
2
Easy
Figure of Speech
2
Easy – Moderate
Miscellaneous
2
Easy – Moderate
Overall
34
Moderate

Quantitative Ability

  • More time consuming than last year
  • More questions on Arithmetic like Time, Speed and Distance
  • Geometry and Modern Math also had good number of questions
  • Few questions were longer
  • Moderate Difficulty level
  • Good attempt of 19-21 questions in 40 minutes with 90% accuracy was expected to score high
Question Topic
Total Questions
Difficulty Level
Arithmetic-Percentages, Averages
2
Moderate
Ratios, mixtures, Time Speed Distance, Work  
9
Moderate
Number System
3
Easy-Moderate
Algebra
4
Easy-Moderate
Geometry
6
Easy
P&C
4
Easy-Moderate
Probability
1
Moderate
Set Theory (2 Sets)
6
Moderate
DI-Pie Chart
3
Easy
DI-Table
3
Easy
Total
40
Moderate


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 Logical and Analytical Reasoning
Similar to Last Year

  • Few Questions were lengthy
  • 2 Caselets of moderate difficulty
  • More questions on Analytical reasoning and fewer questions on Verbal reasoning
  • A score of 30-32 in Logical Reasoning could be obtained by attempting 22-23 questions
Question Topic
Total Questions
Difficulty Level
Blood Relation
3
Easy-Moderate
Analogy
2
Moderate
Direction
1
Moderate
Coding-decoding
1
Easy - Moderate
Clocks & Calendars
3
Easy
Series
1
Easy - Moderate
Reasoning based on Mathematics
6
Difficult
Logical Reasoning Sets
9
Moderate to difficult
Visual Reasoning
5
Easy - Moderate
Verbal Reasoning
1
Easy
Misc. Reasoning
4
Easy - Moderate
Total
40
Moderate

SNAP 2019 Overall Cut Offs
75-80 questions with 85-90% accuracy could fetch you a high percentile of 95+ in SNAP 2019.

Expected SNAP Cut offs for MBA admission 2020 are as below:

Symbiosis Institute
Expected SNAP 2019 cut offs Marks
Expected Percentile
Symbiosis Pune
82-85
97-98
SCMHRD Pune
80-82
95-96
SIIB Pune
71-73
90-91
SIBM Bengaluru
68-70
88-89
SIBM Hyderabad, SIOM Nashik
65-67
85-87
Other Symbiosis Colleges
45-60
70-80

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