SNAP 2019 Exam Analysis by CL, IMS, T.I.M.E., Bullseye: Similar Difficulty Level Exam Leading to Higher Cut offs

close
After CAT, thinking Which MBA Exam? Take NMAT by GMAC for NMIMS University & 35+ Top B-school; Online At Home Option available
MBAUniverse.com News Desk |
December 16, 2019
Symbiosis International University conducted SNAP 2019 exam on December 15, 2019 as computer based test. Well known preparation centres for SNAP 2019 namely IMS, T.I.M.E., Career Launcher, Bulls Eye in their comprehensive analysis of SNAP 2019 exam have rated the SNAP 2019 on moderate difficulty level and have predicted slightly higher cut offs with 70+ marks for 90 percentile
SNAP 2018 Analysis by CL, T.I.M.E., IMS, Bullseye

Symbiosis National Aptitude test (SNAP) 2019 has got over at 4 PM on December 15, 2019 as a computer based test. The exam was conducted in single slot from 2PM to 4PM across the country. 

Top coaching institutes for SNAP namely IMS, T.I.M.E., Career Launcher, Bulls Eye have come up with their comprehensive analysis of SNAP 2019 exam with expected cut offs for all the top symbiosis institutes. Despite many changes in the SNAP 2019 exam pattern and the scoring pattern, the experts at all these preparation institutes have rated SNAP 2019 as of moderate difficulty level exam leading to higher cut offs. The overall analysis for SNAP 2019 with expected cut off score in the exam has been announced by these institutes. Besides the SNAP 2019 percentile predictor, based on your performance in SNAP 2019 exam, can also be used to know the nearest SNAP 2019 percentile. Last year the experts at these coaching centres had rated the SNAP exam on the easier side also and had predicted the cut off scores for the low and high percentile range.

SNAP Percentile Predictor LIVE Now - Check your CAT Percentile Score in 5 mins now

We share below the SNAP 2019 Exam Analysis and expected cut offs in detail by IMS Learning, Career Launcher (CL), and Bullseye. The SNAP 2019 section wise analysis by them is followed by expected SNAP 2019 cut offs for admission 2020 in top Symbiosis institutes brought to you by MBAUniverse.com:

SNAP 2019 & Expected Cut Offs by IMS Learning
The structure of SNAP 2019 was announced at the time of the test notification and was slightly modified from previous year’s test pattern. The overall pattern is given below along with the level of difficulty reported by IMS students and experts, and the suggested time allocation per section:  

Section
No. of Questions
Marks per Qn.
Total marks
Level Of Difficulty
Suggested Time Allocation
General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability
 
34
 
1.5
 
51
 
Easy
 
25-30 min
Analytical & Logical Reasoning
36
1.5
54
Easy
35 to 40 min
Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
35 (MCQs)
1
35
Medium
40 to 45 min
05 (Special Qs*)
2
10
Difficult
10 to 15 min
Total
110
 
150
 
 
 
*Special Questions: Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency included 5 Special Questions in which no answer choices were provided. The answers had to be keyed in using the onscreen keypad.  The questions were of difficult level.

Negative Marks: 25% of the allotted marks for each incorrect answer.

VERDICT
Based on the feedback received from students and IMS experts who took the test we estimate the scores and percentiles as follows:

Score
Percentile
85+
98 percentile
72+
90 percentile
SIBM and SCMHRD (Open Seats):
85 +  marks at 98 percentile should fetch a call from SIBM (Pune)
82 +  marks at 97 percentile should fetch a call from SCMHRD (Pune)
 
Analysis of Sections:

GENERAL ENGLISH
The General English Section of SNAP 2019 was easy and was similar to last year’s SNAP. There were 26 Verbal Ability questions  and 8 Reading Comprehension (RC) questions. None the questions posed any challenge. Majority of the questions were Vocabulary based - most of them were frequently used words. The wrong options could be easily eliminated to arrive at the correct answer. The grammar questions too were easy. The questions on figures of speech and parts of speech were elementary. In fact all VA questions could be attempted with very high accuracy.  The passages were easy to read and understand. Most of the questions were direct ones. The shorter passage was from the Dalai Lama’s book The Art of Happiness. The other RC passage was an article that appeared years ago in the Economist (Panda on Hong Kong’s line about the Chinese takeover of Hong Kong). This passage was quite long (about 1000 words); so, reading it was time consuming. However, both the passages could be attempted.

General English
Easy
Medium
Difficult
Total
Grammar
5
2
0
7
Vocabulary
12
7
0
19
Reading Comprehension (2 passages)
5
3
0
8
Segmentation:
Phrases and Idioms
1
0
0
1
Active-Passive Voice
1
1
0
2
Fill in the blanks (Tense-based, spelling-based, conjunction-based)
4
3
0
7
Parts of speech
1
1
0
2
Synonyms/Antonyms
2
3
0
5
Prefix
1
0
0
1
Jumbled paragraph - 7 sentences
0
1
0
1
Figures of Speech
2
0
0
2
Grammatically correct sentence
1
0
0
1
Cloze Passage (Homonym-based)
3
0
0
3
Odd Word out
1
0
0
1
Passage 1 (600 words) Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama
2
1
0
3
Passage 2 (1200 words) Chinese business and Hongkong
3
2
0
5

One could attempt 29-30 questions with about 85% accuracy in about 25-30 minutes.

ANALYTICAL & LOGICAL REASONING
Like in the previous two years, most of the questions in Analytical & Logical Reasoning sections in SNAP-2018 were standalone questions. Out of the 35 questions in the section, 26 questions were standalone questions while the remaining 9 questions were set based questions. It included a set of 6 questions on Linear Arrangement having a single row and a set  of 3 questions based on scheduling which were of easy level.

Only three questions were present on Verbal Reasoning. Two were on analogies and one was on Statement-Conclusion (however, the instructions for this question said Course of Action).

Like in SNAP-2018, there were 5 questions that tested the concepts of Mathematics. These questions could have very well been included in the Quantitative Ability section as well. Two questions in the section also required understanding of the concepts of science in order to answer them.  There were no questions on sequential output.

Following was the break-up of the questions in the section:

TOPIC
Easy
Medium
Difficult
Total
Visual Reasoning
 
1
1
2
Arrangements (Single row)
6
 
 
6
Coding Decoding
 
1
 
1
Blood Relations
3
 
 
3
Scheduling
3
 
 
3
Puzzles
 
1
 
1
Number sequence
 
1
 
1
Directions
1
 
 
1
Calendar
1
 
 
1
Clocks
2
1
 
3
Quantitative Ability
2
2
 
4
Verbal Reasoning
2
1
 
3
Miscellaneous
2
1
 
3
Total
22
12
1
35
 
These questions required understanding of the concepts of science in order to solve them. A good strategy would be to attempt around 27 - 28 questions with 85% accuracy in 35-40 minute 

QUANTITATIVE APTITUDE, DATA INTERPRETATION AND DATA SUFFICIENCY
The biggest surprise of SNAP-2019 was that there were12 questions on Data Interpretation. 2 sets were based on Venn diagram containing 4 and 2 questions. A set based on Table and a set based on two pie charts, had 3 questions each. Out of the 28 questions of ‘Quantitative Aptitude’, 5 questions were special questions.  Like in SNAP-2018, there were no questions on data sufficiency. Most of the questions in this section were of Medium to Difficult level. Therefore judicious selection of questions was important.  

Following table shows the break-up of the questions in the section.

TOPIC
Easy
Medium
Difficult
Total
Quantitative Ability  (28 questions)
Numbers
1
2
 
3
Arithmetic
6
4
 
10
Geometry
2
1
3
6
Modern Mathematics
2
3
2
7
Algebra
1
1
 
2
Data Interpretation (12 questions)
Venn diagram, Tables, 2 Pie Charts
3
8
1
12
 

A good strategy would be to attempt about 20-22 questions in 40 - 45 minutes with 85% accuracy.

SNAP 2019 Exam Analysis by Career Launcher

SNAP continued to be an absolutely uninteresting paper. Like it is the case with SNAP every year, there were weird questions and some weird options to go with them. While General English was easy, Quantitative Ability turned out to be a lengthy paper. Overall, the paper was similar to last year give and take a few weird questions where you certainly should not have spent any of your time.
This year with the change in the exam structure, there were only three sections viz. General English, Quantitative Ability and Analytical & Logical Reasoning in the paper with 34, 35 and 36 questions in each section respectively. You could have attempted the paper in the sequence of your choice as you were allowed to move from one section to another section. The total time given for the paper was 120 minutes.
A detailed analysis of the paper is as follows:

General English
The General English section was dominated by vocabulary questions. There were only two RCs like last year but this time one of them had 3 questions while the other had 5 questions, which made it 8 questions from RCs. Except for 1 RC, the entire General English was a cakewalk and one should have got done with it really quickly.
This time around, the vocabulary questions weren’t as difficult as it was last year. Compared to the vocabulary words that figured in the paper last year (for example: “tergiversate”), this year’s vocabulary was definitely easier.
The FIB questions could have been answered by using common sense. The grammar-based questions were easy as well. However, the two questions on voice change were extremely easy.
Overall, it was an easy section to attempt. An attempt of 25-26 in 20-25 minutes with 90% plus accuracy is desirable.
A detailed break-up of the question patterns is as follows:

Topic
Number of Questions
Level of Difficulty
Synonym/Antonym
4
Easy
Vocab (Spellings + Odd one Out + Meaning)
4
Easy
FIB (Vocab)
4
Easy
FIB (Grammar)
4
Easy
RC (2 passages)
8 (3+5)
Easy – Moderate
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
Easy – Moderate

Quantitative Ability
The quantitative ability section turned out to be much more time consuming as compared to previous years. The paper was dominated by questions from Time, Speed and Distance, Geometry and Modern Math. The lack of a calculator meant that estimates had to be used while answering quite a few questions. 
Some of the questions were long to read and one would wonder why wouldn’t the question-setter write it in fewer words.
While the questions weren’t very difficult it was important for students to spend a good amount of time on this section. An attempt of 18-20 in 45 minutes with 90% accuracy would be ideal.

Topic
Number of Questions
Doable Questions
Level of Difficulty
Percentages, SICI
1
1
Easy
Ratios & Mixtures
1
0
Moderate
TSD, Work
7
5
Easy-Moderate
Averages
1
1
Easy
Number System
3
1
Easy-Moderate
Algebra
4
1
Easy-Moderate
Geometry
6
4-5
Easy
P&C
4
2
Easy-Moderate
Probability
1
0
Moderate
Set Theory (2 Sets)
6 (4+2)
3
Moderate
DI-Pie Chart
3
3
Easy
DI-Table
3
3
Easy
Total
40
 
Moderate

Logical and Analytical Reasoning
After including WhatsApp jokes in their SNAP 2015 paper, and a Pinterest post in SNAP 2018, this years paper was not as weird.
Logical Reasoning was quite similar to previous years with some of the questions being quite boring and lengthy. There were a couple of caselets which were quite easy and should be easy marks for the test takers. The proportion of verbal reasoning questions was quite low and analytical reasoning questions dominated. A good score in Logical Reasoning would be around 32-33.

Topic
Number of Questions
Doable questions
Level of Difficulty
Mathematical
6
3-4
Moderate - Difficult
LR Sets
9 (6+3)
9
Moderate
Blood Relation
3
3
Easy-Moderate
Analogy
2
0
Moderate
Direction
1
0
Moderate
Coding-decoding
1
1
Easy - Moderate
Clocks & Calendars
3
2
Easy
Series
1
0
Easy - Moderate
Visual Reasoning
5
3
Easy - Moderate
Verbal Reasoning
1
1
Easy
Misc. Reasoning
4
2
Easy - Moderate
Total
40
24-25
Moderate

Overall
Overall the paper was similar to last year, and students would have done well to attempt about 80-85 questions with 80-85% accuracy.

Section
Normal Questions
Marks Per Correct Answer
Special Questions
Marks Per Correct Answer
Total Questions
Total Marks
Good Attempts
SIBM(P)/SSMHRD Call at
General English
34
1.5
0
0
34
51
 
35
Analytical & Logical Reasoning
36
1.5
0
0
36
54
 
32-33
Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
35
1
5
2
40
45
 
20-22
Total
105
 
5
 
110
150
 
85

SNAP Exam 2019 Analysis by Bullseye

SNAP 2019 was based on changed pattern as declared by the Symbiosis International University (SIU) on its website. The major change was in reduction of total number of questions and removal of GK. There were Objective Type (MCQ) questions as well as Non MCQs. General English section was of easy to moderate difficulty level mainly because of the tricky vocabulary based questions and one lengthy RC. Analytical & Logical reasoning section was easy to moderate. This section was dominated by arrangements, puzzles and family tree based questions. Quant section was moderate to tough. This section was dominated by geometry, modern mathematics, time speed distance and number system.   Overall time management and selection of questions will play a major role in clearing cut-off.

Overview of the paper:
There were 110 questions (3 Sections) in all and the time allotted was 2 hrs. The three sections were as follows:

Overview of Different Sections

Sections
No. of questions
Marks
Total Marks
General English
34
34 × 1.5
51
Analytical & Logical Reasoning
36
36 × 1.5
54
Quantitative Aptitude, DI & DS
40 (35 MCQ + 5 Non MCQ)
(35 × 1) + (5 × 2)
45
Total
110
 
150

Expected SNAP Cutoffs (Score)

Institute
Cutoff (Score)
SIBM (Pune)
76+
SCMHRD
72+
SIIB
67+
SIBM (Bengaluru)
64+
SIOM, SIBM (Hyderabad), SITM, SCIT
54+
Other SNAP Institutes
42+

SECTIONAL – ANALYSIS

SECTION I: General English

Evaluation: Verbal section had conventional types of verbal questions ranging from grammar, vocabulary, figure of speech, modal verbs, sentence correction, foreign words,    correct spelling, fill in the blanks to reading comprehensions etc. However the difficulty level of verbal was easy to moderate. The verbal section was dominated by reading comprehension, vocabulary based, grammar and sentence completion questions.

There were two RCs in the paper. One of the RCs was an extract from ‘The Art of Happiness’ by the Dalai Lama and Howard C Cutler and the other was from the Economist and was based on China and Hong Kong Telecom industry. The RC based on telecom industry was very lengthy but had factual questions and the other RC was easy. The vocabulary questions were of moderate difficulty level and had few tricky words.

 There were also questions based on foreign words, modal verbs and figure of speech which added to the diversity of the paper. A few grammar based questions purely checked the fundamentals of grammar.  There were questions based on idiomatic usage and parts of speech. There was also one para jumble question. Remaining questions were from various areas which included two questions of correct spelling, one question of match the following, two active passive voice questions. The overall difficulty level of the section was easy to moderate and this was mainly because of some tricky vocabulary based questions.

Good Attempt: 25 to 30 questions

SECTION II: Analytical & Logical Reasoning

Evaluation: The difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate. This section had a few questions based on mathematical puzzle. The section included questions on visual reasoning, arrangements, family tree, verbal reasoning, calendar and missing number. This section was dominated by arrangements, puzzles and family tree based questions followed by 1 or 2 questions from remaining areas. One of the sets was based on movies (3 questions) and other set based on spice had 6 questions. It also included questions from analogy and verbal reasoning. There were two questions based on clock. The series question and coding were bit confusing and time consuming. Overall feel of the section was easy to moderate.

Good Attempt: 25 - 30 questions.

SECTION III: Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation & DS

Evaluation: This section was dominated by geometry, modern mathematics, time speed distance and number system. There were 6 questions based on data interpretation. Some of them were calculation intensive. The questions based on permutation combination were tricky. Other topics like mensuration, polynomials, AP/GP had 1 to 3 questions each and these topics tested the student’s grab of fundamental concept. Overall the feel of the section was moderate to tough and selection of questions was important to get hold on the paper.

Good Attempt: 27 to 32 questions

Disclaimer: All the above given information is based on personal opinion of Bulls Eye Expert faculty. Several factor have been considered before giving these cut-offs however, It has nothing to do with original cut-offs   

Stay tuned to MBAUniverse.com for more updates on SNAP 2019