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SNAP 2021 Exam Analysis: Key Changes, Difficulty Level, Cut Offs

SNAP 2021 exam Analysis will be published by MBAUniverse.com immediately after SNAP exam is over. The likely SNAP 2021 exam date is December 19, 2021 and the SNAP exam 2021 will be held on a single date as a computer based test as against the last year SNAP exam which was held thrice in the months of December and January with the option for the candidates to take exam twice.

 

The SNAP 2021 exam analysis will focus on following key trends in SNAP exam

  • SNAP Analysis 2021 with Exam Structure and Pattern
  • SNAP exam analysis 2021 for its difficulty level
  • SNAP Exam Analysis 2021 with Sectional Changes
  • SNAP  2021 Analysis on Ideal attempts to score high
  • SNAP 2021 Analysis with expected cut offs for SIBM Pune, SCMHRD and other Symbiosis colleges
  • SNAP Percentile Vs Marks as predicted by Experts in their SNAP Analysis
  • SNAP Analysis with SNAP percentile calculator by top coaching institutes
  • SNAP 2021 Analysis by Career Launcher
  • SNAP Analysis by CL, T.I.M.E., IMS and other prominent SNAP coaching centres will be published with their respective SNAP percentile calculator. 

During the last few years since SNAP has changed its exam pattern by awarding the equal marks to every question and reduced the weightage to Reasoning section, it is expected that the SNAP exam 2021 analysis will reflect a changed difficulty level and twisted type of questions among other things.

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SNAP Exam Analysis: Previous SNAP Exams
Below is shared the previous years’ SNAP analysis with SNAP percentile Vs marks, SNAP percentile calculator by experts. Read below the all the details about key changes in the exam pattern, scoring pattern difficulty level among others in SNAP exam analysis for previous years

 

SNAP 2020 Exam Analysis: Key Changes, Difficulty Level, Cut Offs  

SNAP 2020 exam was held on three different dates as computer based test for MBA admission 2021 in 16 Symbiosis institutes. The first SNAP 2020 was held on December 20, 2020; second SNAP was on January 6, 2021 and the third SNAP test was held on January 9, 2021. All the SNAP exams were conducted in a reduced time duration of one hour each from 11 AM to 12 Noon as against two hours each last year. The exam was on the same pattern as was conducted last year but with many changes in number and type of questions. This year SNAP exam was completely overhauled and was held thrice with the option for the candidates to take exam twice. Better of the two scores will be considered by the Symbiosis Institute for MBA admission 2021. 

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Below is shared the SNAP Exam Analysis 2020 from Career Launcher, IMS with key changes in test pattern, Difficulty level, good attempts, overall and sectional cut off for top Symbiosis Institutes

 

SNAP Analysis 2020: December 20 & January 6 Exams
The first two of the three SNAP 2020 tests are over now. While the first exam was conducted from 11AM to 12 Noon on December 20, 2020 as a computer based exam, the second SNAP test was conducted on the same pattern on January 6, 2021. SNAP 2020 Exam Analysis from Top coaching institutes CL and IMS is shared below: 

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SNAP 2020 Analysis & Expected Cut offs: Career Launcher
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 and second SNAP was conducted on January 6, 2021 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

SNAP 2020 Analysis By IMS: Exam Difficulty level, Expected cut off

SNAP Exam Analysis 2020 by IMS with exam difficulty level and expected Cut off is shared below:

 

OVERVIEW:

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. 

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