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January 7, 2021
Symbiosis International University is conducting SNAP 2020 exam on three different dates in December 2020 and January 2021 with a shorter duration of one hour on each exam day with changed structure as computer based test. The two of three SNAP exams were held on December 20, 2020; January 6, 2021 from 11AM to 12 Noon. Well known preparation centres for SNAP 2020 namely CL, IMS in their comprehensive analysis of SNAP 2020 exam have rated the SNAP 2020 on moderate difficulty level and have predicted cut offs for 90+ percentile range
SNAP Analysis by CL, T.I.M.E., IMS, Bullseye

The two of three Symbiosis National Aptitude tests (SNAP) 2020 got over at 12 noon on December 20, 2020 and January 6, 2021 as computer based tests with reduced time duration of one hour this year as against two hours last year. This year SNAP is conducted on three dates – December 20, 2020; January 6, 2021 and January 9, 2021. Shared below are the key changes in SNAP 2020 exam pattern as against last year SNAP Test:

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SNAP 2020 Vs SNAP 2019: Overall Key Changes
With reduced maximum marks, higher percentile in SNAP 2020 can be obtained with less score. Key changes in SNAP 2020 are detailed below:

  • First SNAP Test date: December 20, 2020; Second & Third SNAP Test dates: January 6 and 9, 2021
  • Candidate can take SNAP 2020 upto two times
  • SNAP Exam 2020 duration is reduced to 1 hour (11AM to 12 Noon) from 2 hours (2 PM to 4 PM)
  • Total questions reduced to 60 from 110 earlier
  • Best of the performance of candidate out of the attempts he/ she has made will be considered for final percentile calculation.
  • Total number of questions reduced to 60 in SNAP 2020 from 110 last year
  • All questions are of MCQ type
  • No Special Questions in SNAP 2020 as against 5 questions last year
  • No variable marking scheme, each right answer carries +1 mark in SNAP 2020
  • 1/4 Negative Marking for incorrect answer

SNAP 2020 Exam Pattern: Overall & Sectional Changes

Particulars
SNAP 2020
 SNAP 2019
Duration
60 minutes
120 minutes
SNAP Test Timing
11 AM to 12 Noon
2 PM to 4 PM
Total no. of questions
60
110
General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability
15
34
Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
20
35
Analytical & Logical Reasoning
25
36
Special Questions
Nil
 5

Top coaching institutes for SNAP namely IMS and Career Launcher have come up with their comprehensive analysis of SNAP 2020 exam with expected cut offs for all the top symbiosis institutes. Despite many changes in the SNAP 2020 exam pattern and the scoring pattern, the experts at all these preparation institutes have rated SNAP 2020 as of moderate difficulty level exam. Besides the SNAP 2020 percentile predictor, based on your performance in SNAP 2020 exam, can also be used to know the nearest SNAP 2020 percentile

We share below the SNAP 2020 Exam Analysis and expected cut offs by IMS Learning and Career Launcher (CL). The SNAP 2020 section wise analysis by them is followed by expected SNAP 2020 cut offs for admission 2021  in top Symbiosis institutes brought to you by MBAUniverse.com:

January 6, 2021 SNAP Test Analysis & Expected Cut Offs by IMS Learning

Section
Number of questions
Level of difficulty
Good Attempts
Suggested time (in minutes)
General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability
15
Easy
12-13
12-14
Analytical & Logical Reasoning
25
Easy to Medium
19-20
24-26
Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
20
Easy
16-17
20-22

Each question had 1 mark and there was a negative marking of 25% on all incorrect questions. There was no sectional time-limit.

VERDICT
Based on the feedback received from students and IMS experts who took the test we estimate the scores required to secure a call for the next round of admissions by general category students to SIBM-Pune, SCMHRD, SIIB and SIBM-Bengaluru and corresponding percentiles as follows:

Raw Score for SNAP Dec 2020 Test
Percentile
45-47
98 percentile ( for SIBM -Pune)
43-45
97 percentile ( for SCMHRD)
37-39
90 percentile ( for SIIB & SIBM Bengaluru)

Analysis of sections:

General English
General English section of SNAP-2020 was easy and surprisingly had a big change from last year’s SNAP. There were no RC questions. All questions were on Verbal Ability.

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

General English
Easy
Medium
Difficult
Total
 Vocabulary
 11
0
 0
 11
Grammar
 2
0
0
2
Others*
 2
0
 0
2

The VARC section was dominated by vocabulary questions with around 6 to 7 FITB (Fill in the Blanks), a couple of idiom usage questions, 1 question each on synonyms and compound words. 2 grammar based questions were asked where one had to identify the part of speech.

*There was also 1 question on identifying the correct figure of speech as well as a parajumble question where one had to identify the first statement in the correct sequence. No RC questions were asked which made it less time consuming to attempt. There were no TITA questions. A good strategy would be to attempt around 12 - 13 questions in 12-14 minutes with 85+% accuracy..

Analytical & Logical Reasoning

Out of the 25 questions in this section, 6 questions were on Verbal Reasoning and the remaining 19 were on Non-Verbal Reasoning.

The six questions on Verbal Reasoning were on expected lines - 1 question on syllogism, 2 questions on course of action, 1 on statement - assumption, 1 on statement - conclusion and 1 analogy question. All were fairly easy to attempt.

The questions on Non-Verbal Reasoning were dominated by Series questions (total 5), followed by Puzzles type questions (total 3). There were only two set based questions, having two questions each. Many students reported that the two questions in the sets were not consecutively placed. Continuing the tradition of SNAP, this section had one question that required some understanding of Physics in order to be able to answer the question.

Most of the questions in the section were on easy to medium in terms of level of difficulty. Only one question in series completion required students to calculate the square of a four digit number. Moreover, the options in that question could not be easily eliminated. The following table shows the break-up of the questions in this section.

Question types
Number of questions
Level of difficulty
Verbal Reasoning
Syllogisms
1
Easy to Medium
Statement & Course of Action
2
Easy to Medium
Statement & Conclusion
1
Easy to Medium
Statement & Assumption
1
Easy to Medium
Analogy
1
Easy to Medium
Non-Verbal Reasoning
Complete the series ( numbers, letters & combined)
 5
3 easy, 2 Medium
Puzzle
3
2 easy, 1 medium
Clocks
2
2 easy
Family Tree
2
2 easy
Sequential Output
2
2 easy
Circular Arrangement
2
2 easy
Calendar
1
1 easy
Coding
1
1 easy
Physics
1
1 medium

Overall this section was easy. A good strategy would be to attempt around 19-20 questions in 24-26 minutes.

Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

Out of the 20 questions in this section, 19 questions were on Mathematics and there was one singleton question on Data Interpretation. There was no question on Data Sufficiency. Overall this section was very easy. Many questions in the section could be solved orally.

The questions on Mathematics were dominated by Arithmetic (8 questions), followed by Modern Mathematics (5 questions). There was one question on completing the series in this section, which might as well have been included in the Analytical and Logical Reasoning section.

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

Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
Easy
Medium
Difficult
Total
Arithmetic
7
1
0
8
Modern Mathematics
1
3
1
5
Geometry
2
0
0
2
Numbers
2
0
0
2
Algebra
0
1
0
1
Data Interpretation
 1
0
0
1
Complete the sequence
 1
0
 0
1

A good strategy would be to attempt around 16 to 17 questions in 20-22 minutes.

Update on the second attempt on 6th January 2021

The second attempt of SNAP was easy, much on similar lines of the first attempt. We expect the cut- off unchanged from that of the first attempt as follows:

Raw Score for SNAP Dec 2020 Test
Percentile
45-47
98 percentile ( for SIBM -Pune)
43-45
97 percentile ( for SCMHRD)
37-39
90 percentile ( for SIIB & SIBM Bengaluru)

However, the individual sections underwent some changes in terms of the structure and coverage of topics, as follows:

Analytical & Logical Reasoning
Out of the 25 questions in this section, 7 questions were on Verbal Reasoning and the remaining 18 were on Non-Verbal Reasoning. Unlike in the first attempt and a few SNAP exams in earlier years, there was no question involving concepts of Physics. There was no question on Sequential Output or coding.

Following was the topic-wise break-up of the questions in Non-Verbal reasoning.

Non-Verbal Reasoning
Complete the series (numbers, letters & combined) 4 2 easy, 2 Medium
Family Tree 4 (2 in a set + 2 standalone) 4 easy
Directions 2 (set) 2 easy
Calendar 2 2 easy
Puzzle 1 1 easy
Clocks 1 1 easy
Quantitative Comparison 1 1 easy
Linear Arrangement 1 1 easy
Binary Logic 1 1 easy
Venn Diagram 1 1 easy

Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

Out of the 20 questions in this section, 19 questions were on Mathematics and there was one singleton question on Data Interpretation. There was no question on Data Sufficiency. Overall this section was very easy. Many questions in the section could be solved orally.

The questions on Mathematics were dominated by Arithmetic (7 questions), followed by Geometry (4 questions). There was one question on completing the series in this section, which might as well have been included in the Analytical and Logical Reasoning section.

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

Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
Easy
Medium
Difficult
Total
Arithmetic
 5
2
 0
 7
Geometry
3
1
0
4
Algebra
2
1
0
3
Modern Mathematics
2
0
0
2
Numbers
0
2
0
2
Data Interpretation
0
1
0
1
Complete the sequence
1
0
0
1
Total
13
7
0
20

IMS Analysis for SNAP December 20, 2020
SNAP-2020 underwent significant change in pattern and delivery this year as compared to the previous years. The duration of the exam was curtailed to one hour and the exam is being offered in three different slots - on 20th December 2020, 6th January 2021 and 9th January 2021, out of which students can appear for up-to two slots.

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
Number of questions
Level of difficulty
Good Attempts
Attempts Suggested time (in minutes)
General English: Reading
Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability
15
Easy
12-13
12-14
Analytical & Logical Reasoning
25
Easy to
Medium
19-20
24-26
Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
20
Easy
16-17
20-22

Each question had 1 mark and there was a negative marking of 25% on all incorrect questions.
There was no sectional time-limit.

VERDICT

Based on the feedback received from students and IMS experts who took the test we estimate the scores required to secure a call for the next round of admissions by general category students to SIBM-Pune, SCMHRD, SIIB and SIBM-Bengaluru and corresponding percentiles as follows:

Raw Score for SNAP Dec 2020 Test
Percentile
45-47
98 percentile ( for SIBM -Pune)
43-45
97 percentile ( for SCMHRD)
37-39
90 percentile ( for SIIB & SIBM Bengaluru)

Analysis of sections:

General English
General English section of SNAP-2020 was easy and surprisingly had a big change from last year’s SNAP. There were no RC questions. All questions were on Verbal Ability.

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

General English
Easy
Medium
Difficult
Total
Vocabulary
11
0
0
11
Grammar
2
0
0
2
Others*
2
0
0
2

The VARC section was dominated by vocabulary questions with around 6 to 7 FITB (Fill in the Blanks), a couple of idiom usage questions, 1 question each on synonyms and compound words. 2 grammar based questions were asked where one had to identify the part of speech. *There was also 1 question on identifying the correct figure of speech as well as a parajumble question where one had to identify the first statement in the correct sequence. No RC questions were asked which made it less time consuming to attempt. There were no TITA questions. A good strategy would be to attempt around 12 - 13 questions in 12-14 minutes with 85+% accuracy..

Analytical & Logical Reasoning
Out of the 25 questions in this section, 6 questions were on Verbal Reasoning and the remaining 19 were on Non-Verbal Reasoning.

The six questions on Verbal Reasoning were on expected lines - 1 question on syllogism, 2 questions on course of action, 1 on statement - assumption, 1 on statement - conclusion and 1 analogy question. All were fairly easy to attempt.

The questions on Non-Verbal Reasoning were dominated by Series questions (total 5), followed by Puzzles type questions (total 3). There were only two set based questions, having two questions each. Many students reported that the two questions in the sets were not consecutively placed. Continuing the tradition of SNAP, this section had one question that required some understanding of Physics in order to be able to answer the question.

Most of the questions in the section were on easy to medium in terms of level of difficulty. Only one question in series completion required students to calculate the square of a four digit number. Moreover, the options in that question could not be easily eliminated.

The following table shows the break-up of the questions in this section.

Question types
Number of questions
Level of difficulty
Verbal Reasoning
Syllogisms
1
Easy to Medium
Statement & Course of Action
2
Easy to Medium
Statement & Conclusion
1
Easy to Medium
Statement & Assumption
1
Easy to Medium
Analogy
1
Easy to Medium
Non-Verbal Reasoning
Complete the series (numbers, letters & combined)
5
3 easy, 2 Medium
Puzzle
3
2 easy, 1 medium
Clocks
2
2 easy
Family Tree
2
2 easy
Sequential Output
2
2 easy
Circular Arrangement
2
2 easy
Calendar
1
1 easy
Coding
1
1 easy
Physics
1
1 medium

Overall this section was easy. A good strategy would be to attempt around 19-20 questions in 24-26 minutes.

Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
Out of the 20 questions in this section, 19 questions were on Mathematics and there was one singleton question on Data Interpretation. There was no question on Data Sufficiency. Overall this section was very easy. Many questions in the section could be solved orally.

The questions on Mathematics were dominated by Arithmetic (8 questions), followed by Modern Mathematics (5 questions). There was one question on completing the series in this section, which might as well have been included in the Analytical and Logical Reasoning section.

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

Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
Easy
Medium
Difficult
Total
Arithmetic
7
1
0
8
Modern Mathematics
1
3
1
5
Geometry
2
0
0
2
Numbers
2
0
0
2
Algebra
0
1
0
1
Data Interpretation
1
0
0
1
Complete the sequence
1
0
0
1

A good strategy would be to attempt around 16 to 17 questions in 20-22 minutes.

SNAP 2020 Analysis & Expected Cut offs by Career Launcher (CL)

The SNAP 2020 Notification had sprung the biggest surprise: reduced time. From 2 hours , the test duration had been reduced to 1 hour, with no sectional timing. Another surprise revealed in the notification was about SNAP being conducted on three different days - with students being allowed to appear for any 2 of the three exam dates (though one had to pay twice!); with the better score being counted towards selection. The first SNAP was conducted on December 20, 2020 between 11:00 and 12:00 hrs. The test was conducted smoothly. The paper had the same interface as that of CAT. There were no surprises, except that the paper was extremely easy; hence, the cutoffs would probably be higher than expected.

SNAP 2020: Review of Paper Pattern

Section
Total Questions
Total Marks
Marking Scheme
Level Of Difficulty
General English
15
15
+1/-0.25
Easy - Moderate
Analytical & Logical Reasoning
25
25
+1/-0.25
Easy
Quantitative, DI and Data Sufficiency
20
20
+1/-0.25
Easy
Total
60
60
-
Easy

Section-wise Analysis

General EnglishThe (pleasant) surprise element, for many students, was that there was no Reading Comprehension. This made the paper easy in terms of the time required to solve the 15 questions. Many students could have completed this section in less than 10 minutes; thus having enough time for the Quant and Reasoning sections. Grammar questions were slightly off-beat, as is expected from SNAP. For instance, there were questions on finding out what a collective noun is, or a compound word is in a sentence. Other usual questions of SNAP, such as, Idioms and Phrases, Spelling Corrections, Parts of Speech, or Figures of Speech were also asked. The level of difficulty of this section was easy-to-moderate. We say, moderate because many students might not be comfortable with the level of the grammar questions! 

A good score In General English would be 10+ marks. A detailed break-up of the question patterns is as follows:

Verbal Ability

Type of Q
No. of Qs
Fill in the Blanks
3
Grammar
1
Identify - Parts of Speech
1
Figures of Speech
1
Synonyms
1
FIB - Prepositions
2
Idioms and Phrases
2
Collective Noun
1
Compound Word
1
Para Jumble (Find the Start)
1
Spelling
1
Total
15

Analytical & Logical Reasoning

There were absolutely no surprises in this section too. The questions were extremely easy, except that yours truly could not attempt too many Number Series questions. The usual questions on Coding-Decoding, Letter Series, Blood Relations, Input/Out ( very easy), Calendars, Clocks, Syllogism, Analogies, Circular Arrangements (2 questions, not continuous, but of the same set), and Verbal Reasoning. There were two miscellaneous reasoning questions, as well. The section was extremely easy; and almost every question could have been attempted. Given that there were a few not-so-easy number series questions - and also miscellaneous reasoning questions - the attempts could be between 22 to 25 questions. 

A good score in this section would be 16+ (for the top Symbi school). A detailed break-up of the question Pattern is as follows:

Analytical & Logical Reasoning

Type of Q
No. of Qs
Coding-Decoding
3
Blood Relations
1
Number Series
3
Letter Series
1
Input/Output
2
Clocks
2
Calendars
2
Syllogisms
1
Analogies
1
Circular Arrangements
2

Verbal Reasoning

Type of Q
No. of Qs
Course of Action
2
Assumptions
1
Action
2
General Misc. Reasoning
2
Total
25

Quantitative Ability

This section was of LOD 1. Almost all the questions were easy and straightforward. The maximum number of questions (9 out of 20) was from Arithmetic. As usual, the SNAP paper had 2 P&C and 2 Probability (though easy) questions. There was only one Data Interpretation question; and while the section name had Data Sufficiency, there was no question from that topic. A good attempt would be almost all of the 20, but clearly 15+ attempts can be expected, with a 12+ score. A detailed break-up of the question pattern is as follows:

Quantitative Ability

Type of Q
No. of Qs
Ratios
1
Percentages, P&L
3
Averages
2
T&W
1
TSD
2
Number Series
1
Number Theory
2
Logs
1
Mensuration
1
Coordinate Geometry
1
P&C
2
Probability
2
Data Interpretation
1
Total
20

Overall
The paper was easy; and similar to that of last year, in terms of level of difficulty.

SIBM Pune: SIBM Pune has the highest competition and the cutoff for the flagship MBA of the institute  would be easily 38+ marks (out of the 60).

SCMHRD : The next-best institute under the Symbiosis umbrella; and the cutoff could be 35 to 36 marks  to get a 97 percentile.

Other top Symbi institutes would require scores of around 30+ The lowest-ranked institute (and course) also may require 17 to 20+ marks for admission in the General Category. This is the first time SNAP can be written twice but there may not be any big advantage writing the exam more than once.

Section
Total Questions
Total Marks
Marking Scheme
Good Attempts
SIBM(P)/SCMHRD Call at
General English
15
15
+1/-0.25
10+
                  -
Analytical & Logical Reasoning
25
25
+1/-0.25
16+
-
Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
20
20
+1/-0.25
15+
-
Total
60
60
 
38+
38-40/35-36

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