SNAP Paper Analysis, Question Paper, Answer Key & Cut off

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    SNAP is an examination conducted every year by Symbiosis International University for students who want to get admission into an MBA programme. SNAP 2019 was conducted on December 15, 2019 in online (computer-based) mode. Results for the exam are expected to be announced on January 10, 2020. On the other hand, the official answer key is set to be released around December 17-18, 2020. 

    SNAP EligibilitySNAP 2019 Application FormSNAP Participating Institutes

    SNAP answer key help candidates to analyze their performance and predict an approximate SNAP Result. As per the marks scored by the candidates, SNAP cut off will be released soon. Students who scored more than the cut off marks will only be eligible for admission to various management programmes in the desired participating institutes. 

    SNAP 2019 Expected Cutoff

    SNAP 2019 Expected Cut off

    SNAP comprises a negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer. After the declaration of result, SNAP Cut off will be released to shortlist students. All the participating institutes release their individual cut off based on the  following factors such as:

    • Number of candidates appearing for SNAP
    • Total numbers of candidates who pass the exam.
    • Difficulty level of the question paper
    • Availability of seats

    SNAP Section-wise Cut off

    Expected SNAP Cut offGeneralSCSTDAKM
    Quantitative Aptitude2616.5010.6810.8519.20
    Verbal Ability28.8018.89121521.30
    Logical Reasoning23.2014.609.509.7017.20
    General Awareness2815.7010.3010.4518.50

    SNAP Institute-wise Cut off

    SIBM, Pune10166434478
    SIBM, Bangalore95442-71
    SCMHRD, Pune9568405274
    SIIB, Pune9157-3372
    SITM, Pune66911018
    SIMC, Pune58----

    SNAP Cut Off by Experts

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    SIBM Pune68-7068-7060-6272+75+
    SCMHRD Pune63-6564-6658-6072+73+
    SIIB Pune56-60N/A52-5368+68+
    SIBM Bangalore56-60N/A50-5268+68+
    SIBM HyderabadN/AN/AN/A62+N/A
    SITM HyderabadN/AN/A40-4262+N/A
    SIOM HyderabadN/AN/A40-4262+N/A
    SIMS (Energy/ Agriculture)N/AN/A44-4554+N/A

    SNAP 2019 Paper Analysis

    SNAP 2019 Year Analysis & Previous Year Analysis

    Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP 2019) was successfully held on December 15, 2019 across 87 cities, with the exception of Guwahati, Digbrugarh, and Shillong. SNAP Question Paper comprised of 110 objective type questions that were asked from General English, Quantitative Data, Interpretation & Data Sufficiency, and Analytical & Logical Reasoning topics. The difficulty level of the questions was easy to moderate.

    There was a signficant change in the exam pattern of SNAP 2019 as the General Awareness section was removed. Overall, the general english section was on the easy-moderate level of difficulty, due to the occurrence of a complex vocabulary section and one extensive reading comprehension passage.

    The analytical and logical section mainly included arrangements, puzzles and family tree based questions and was ascribed an easy-moderate rating. On the other hand, the quantitative section included many questions related to geometry, modern mathematics, time speed distance and number system.  Coaching institutes such as Career Launcher, Bull Eye and IMS have collated together a thorough analysis of SNAP 2019. Below is an extensive summary of the their findings: 

    SNAP 2019 Paper Analysis: 

    Section Number of Questions Marks per Question Total Marks Level of Difficulty Suggested Time Allocation
    General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability 341.5 51 Easy 25-30 min
    Analytical and Logical Reasoning 36 1.5 54Easy 35 to 40 min
    Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency 35 MCQs135Medium40 to 45 min
    05 (Special Qs) 210Difficult 10 to 15 min
    Total 110 -150--

    General English

    • General English was termed as an overall ‘easy section’ and thus should be a scoring section for a majority of candidates. A large portion of the section was dominated by questions on vocabulary that included synonym and antonyms which could have been a tricky section for some candidates. An overall good score for this section is situated around 35. 
    • There were 26 Verbal Ability questions and 8 Reading Comprehension (RC) questions. Most of the passages were elementary and easy to understand. One of the passages was about the Chinese takeover of Hong Kong while the other was based on Dalai Lama’s book ‘The Art of Happiness’. 
    • A good strategy would have been to attempt around 29-30 questions with 85% accuracy in 25-30 minutes. 
    AreasLevel of Difficulty of QuestionsTotal
    Grammar 5 – Easy7
    2 – Medium 
    Vocabulary 12 – Easy19
    7 – Medium
    Reading Comprehension (2 Passages) 5 – Easy 8
    3 – Medium

    Topics Level of Difficulty of Questions Total 
    Phrases and Idioms 1 – Easy 1
    Active Passive Voice 1- Easy 2
    1- Medium 
    Fill in the blanks (tense based, spelling based, conjunction based) 4 – Easy 7
    3 – Medium 
    Parts of Speech 1 – Easy 2
    1 – Medium 
    Synonyms / Antonyms 2 – Easy 
    3 – Medium 
    Prefix 1 – Easy 1
    Jumbled Paragraph – 7 sentences 1- Medium 
    Figures of Speech 2 – Easy 2
    Grammatically correct sentence 1 – Easy 
    Cloze Passage (Homonym based) 3 – Easy 
    Odd Word Out 1 – Easy 
    Passage 1( (600 words) Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama 2 – Easy3
    1- Medium 
    Passage 2 (1200 words) Chinese takeover of Hong Kong 3 –  Easy5
    2 – Medium

    Analytical and Logical Reasoning 

    • Logical Reasoning questions mirrored the ones posed in SNAP 2019 and thus were lengthy and boring in nature. There weren’t many questions on verbal reasoning so subsequently most of the questions involved analytical reasoning. A good score in logical reasoning is estimated to be centered around 32-33 marks.  
    • The section was dominated by standalone questions since only 9 questions were set based, while 27 were standalone. The set questions comprised a set of 6 questions on Linear Arrangement with a single row, while a set of 3 questions were based on scheduling which were of easy level. 
    • A couple of the questions tested mathematical concepts i.e. 4 questions on Clocks & Calendar and 4 other questions on other concepts of Mathematics. 
    Topic Easy Medium Difficult Total 
    Visual Reasoning 
    Arrangements (Single row) 6--
    Coding – Decoding 12-3
    Blood Relations --4
    Scheduling --3
    Puzzles -1
    Number Sequence -1-1
    Directions 1--1
    Calendar 1--1
    Clocks 1 -3
    Quantitative Ability 2-4
    Verbal Reasoning -3
    Miscellaneous 22-4
    Total 24 11136

    Quantitative Data, Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

    • There were no questions present on data sufficiency, while there were 12 questions present on Data Interpretation. 2 sets were based on Venn diagram and contained  4 and 2 questions respectively. There were 3 questions each on a set based on 2 pie charts. 
    • Out of the 28 questions in Quantitative Aptitude, 5 questions were special questions. 
    • The questions based on permutation and combination were considered challenging. Other subjects such as mensuration, polynomials etc. tested the candidates’ fundamental knowledge. 
    • A good attempt in this section included answering 27 to 32 questions. 
    Quantitative Ability (28 Questions)
    Topic Easy Medium Difficult Total 
    Numbers 3
    Arithmetic 6-10
    Geometry 1 3 6
    Modern Mathematics 
    Algebra -2
    Data Interpretation (12 Questions)
    Venn Diagram, Tables, 2 Pie Charts 38112

    The overall analysis of SNAP 2018 is given below:

    SectionsExpected time for a section in minutesNumber of Good AttemptsExpected Marks
    General English3030-3222-24
    Quantitative Ability4020-2218-20
    General Awareness8-108-103-4
    Analytical & Logical Reasoning4016-1814-16

    SNAP 2018 Paper Analysis

    SNAP 2018 Sectional Analysis

    1. General English

    • There were 2 passages of Reading Comprehension which were long yet they had very easy and simple questions
    • In this section, questions were also asked from Synonyms, Antonyms, Analogies, Idioms and Phrases.
    • The questions asked from Para-jumble and Critical reasoning were not very difficult.
    • The paper also had 10 various types fill in the blank questions. Out of 10, four of them were single blank and a single word, two of them were the word meaning and rest of the four were homonyms.
    • So, the overall difficulty level of this section was Easy-to-Moderate.

    The following table shows the difficulty level of sub-topics, along with the total number of questions asked:

    Sub-TopicNo. Of QuestionsDifficulty Level
    Fill in the Blanks (Single Blank)4Easy
    Fill in the Blanks (Single Blank, with same meaning)2Easy
    Fill in the Blanks (Homonyms)4Easy to Moderate
    Idioms and Phrases2Easy
    Para Jumbles3Easy to Moderate
    Critical Reasoning2Easy to Moderate
    Reading Comprehension11Easy

    2. Quantitative Ability

    • Questions in this section were easy to a moderate difficulty level.
    • Most of the questions involve a lot of calculations, making the section tough and lengthy.
    • Algebra contained the highest weight-age
    • Students should have to spent about 40 minutes to find at least 22 to 25 easy questions
    Sub-TopicNo. Of QuestionsDifficulty Level
    Number System1Easy
    Probability 3Moderate
    Data Interpretation20Moderate
    Data Sufficiency8Easy
    Reasoning and Puzzles3Moderate

    Read SNAP 2019 Paper Analysis and Expected Cut off

    3. General Awareness

    • In this section, there were only current affairs questions. It is a good mix of questions from all the areas of current affairs.
    • The level of difficulty of these questions was easy to moderate
    Sub-TopicNo. Of QuestionsDifficulty Level
    Persons8Easy to Moderate
    Business Awareness6Easy to Moderate
    Sports5Easy to Moderate
    Current Affairs – Science & Technology4Easy to Moderate
    Current Affairs – Awards3Easy to Moderate
    Government Programmes2Easy to Moderate
    Current Affairs – Geography1Easy

    4. Analytical & Logical Reasoning

    • The level of Analytical & Logical Reasoning section was moderate.
    • There were also questions from Visual Reasoning. To solve questions of this section, students must have some factual information.
    Sub-TopicNo. Of QuestionsDifficulty Level
    Critical Reasoning4Moderate
    Deductive Logic & Logical Consistency3Difficult
    Logical Reasoning6Moderate
    Visual Reasoning2Difficult
    Cross Word1Moderate
    Miscellaneous12Average to Difficult



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