SNAP 2015 – 21st December – An Analysis

OVERVIEW:
The overall structure of the SNAP exam remained the same as that of the previous years’. The
exam consisted of 3 sections having 40 questions of 1 mark each (Quantitative Ability,
General English and General Awareness) and one section having 30 questions of 2 marks each
(Analytical and Logical Reasoning). The overall difficulty level of the exam did not vary much
from that of the previous SNAP exams’ but the English section was perceptibly more
challenging than before. A majority of the questions varied between an easy to moderate
level of difficulty. The best way to maximize one’s score would have been to select questions
judiciously and read quickly.
Section Subject Area

Number of
Questions

Marks per
question

Total marks

Section I Quantitative Ability
Section General English
II

40
40

1
1

40
40

Section
III
Section
IV

Analytical and Logical
Reasoning
General Awareness

30

2

60

40

1

40

Total

150

180

The analysis of each of the sections is as given below.
QUANTITATIVE ABILITY
This section was dominated by arithmetic and modern mathematics. There was one DI set
with five questions, based on a pie chart. Additionally, there were two questions on sequences
(odd-man-out and complete-the-series). There was no question on data sufficiency. A majority
of the questions in this section were of an easy to moderate level of difficulty. However, a few
questions on modern mathematics, especially those on logarithms and probability, were
somewhat tricky. Therefore judicious selection of questions was of utmost importance.
It has been observed that over the last two years, the level of difficulty of the Quantitative
Ability section in SNAP has gone up.
Topics

No. of questions

Level of difficulty

Arithmetic
Time-Speed-Distance

4

Easy-Moderate

Percentages

3

Easy

Partnership

1

Easy – Moderate

Ratio-Proportion

1

Easy-Moderate

Profit and Loss

1

Easy-Moderate

Averages

1

Easy

Work, Pipe and Cisterns

1

Easy-Moderate

Simple & Compound Interest

1

Easy

Total

13
Modern Mathematics

Probability

3

Moderate-Difficult

Logarithms

2

Moderate-Difficult

Permutation & Combination

1

Moderate

Functions

1

Moderate

Though students prefer to avoid RC. Attenuate. Cajole Consanguinity Demurrage. one could go through all the questions and attempt about 30 questions with 80% accuracy. Pernicious Qn s. About 18 questions were very easy. So. 16 grammar questions. Level 3 e/m/e 1 E 2 d/m . In 25-30 minutes. about 11 were of a moderate level and about 11 were quite challenging (either due to difficult words or due to difficult-toeliminate options) It was very important not to keep pondering over questions that were confusing and instead be decisive. For the longer passage. GENERAL ENGLISH This section was more challenging than the previous years’ SNAP English sections. reading one paragraph at a time and solving one question alongside helped as the questions were in the same order as their answers were in the passage and one could save spending time on scanning.Total 7 Geometry Mensuration 2 Easy Trigonometry 1 Difficult Co-ordinate Geometry 1 Moderate Circles 1 Easy Quadrilateral 1 Easy Total 6 Numbers Divisibility 2 Easy Properties of Numbers 2 Easy Total 4 Algebra Factorization 1 Easy Linear Equations 1 Easy Quadratic Equations 1 Moderate Total 3 Data Interpretation Pie chart 5 3 questions were easy. There were about 14 pure vocabulary questions (we are including vocabulary questions requiring knowledge of grammar under ‘grammar’). 2 were difficult Others Sequences-Complete the sequence 1 Easy Sequences-Odd man out 1 Easy A good strategy would be to attempt about 26-28 questions in 30-35 minutes with 85% accuracy. students should have attempted them. 9 RC questions and 1 verbal reasoning question. this time the RC questions were much simpler than many non-RC ones. Topic VOCABULARY Antonyms Synonym Spellings Description Native.

D = difficult 6 e/d/e/e/d/d 1 m 1 e 1 E 1 M 2 m/m 1 E 1 d 1 E 1 D 6 e/m/e/e/e/m 3 e/e/d 1 E ANALYTICAL & LOGICAL REASONING Overall.. Likewise/Furthermore.like READING COMPREHENSION Passage 1 – about 500 words on “what to keep in mind while establishing an export business” All questions were direct and specific Passage 2 – about 190 words on “Francis Bacon’s One vocabulary question (meaning of views on reading” confute) and two direct questions VERBAL REASONING A sentence with its parts arranged in 4 ways  E= easy. the single question on clocks could have been answered by a lot of you just by looking at the options. This set was best left out. not easy. Broke new ground. Selling family silver. the level of difficulty of the logical reasoning questions could be termed as moderate... Stuck in a jam Determiner based FIB Fewer/less Contextual idiom meaning Knock the bottom out means… Word type Which is not a compound word? Grammar FIB Such as.Single FIB Double FIB GRAMMAR Shut/Lock. All other questions were solvable and very much like the SNAP questions of previous years. Incongruous… A contestant 5 d/d/d/m/d 3 m/m/e Flies to honey. There were 5 single questions and 17 questions in sets. The Verbal Reasoning questions (8 in number) were welcome as they required hardly a minute per question and were quite simple. R. C. T) would have saved you time.but. S. GK and Mathematics) were the easiest of the lot. mainly because of one set on circular arrangement (of 6 Germans and 6 Americans. M = medium. Also.. Turn tail. With bated breath. The overall break-up of the questions was as follows: Topic Description Qn Level . Using options to your advantage in the single question on matrix arrangements (5 persons – 5 professions) and family tree (6 people A. B.. Polemical/Commercial. End of tether Idiom based FIB Phrasal verb based FIB Cast of Proverb meaning Half a loaf is better…. Giving free rein/Airing/Venting. Thumbnail/Thumbprint Temerity…Courteous. Forehandedness… Stinginess. which had an additional condition of sequencing of communication between people on both the tables). The single questions and the question set based on Venn diagrams (students passing in English. Preposition based FIB Travel by/in… Tenses based FIB Enter…would be Choose grammatically correct sentence More nearly square than….

F.. . GENERAL AWARENESS This section contained a healthy mix of questions from various areas (politics. Sayali. sports. B. 13 would have been moderately challenging and about 15 would have been tough. while 15 had to do with national afairs/events. GK and Math Vertex: pyramid.G in a line No. in 10-15 minutes. of people passing in English. students should have been able to attempt 18-20 questions with about 70% accuracy. No. Rupa…6 institutes… No.E and 4 males C. C. B. S. literature. RICE belonging to JIM. We expect the cut-offs for SIBM to be about 105 marks and for SCMHRD to be about 95 marks. of people passing in English. government. MICE. Piety: Pilgrim What is the conclusion/supporting statement 1 Easy 1 Easy Which conclusion follows? 1 e Which assumptions are implicit? 2 m/m Which conclusion follows? 1 e 1 Easy 1 Moderate 1 Easy 4 Easy-Moderate 4 Easy 2 Easy-Moderate Moderate5 Difficult 2 Easy-Moderate 4 Easy 2 d/m 2 e/e Ideally. one should have allotted 45 minutes to this section and solved about 22-24 questions with about 85% accuracy. LT3G… 6 girls Shobha. of times 2 hands meet in 24 hours 5 people A. About 12 questions would have been very simple for someone who had prepared for SNAP GK.D. GK and Math NICE. C are males & R.s. T are females N2WF. Symbol based family tree Clocks Matrix Arrangements Family Tree Series (Completion) Matrix Arrangements (set) Set Theory (set based) True/False statement (set) Circular Arrangement Linear Arrangement VERBAL REASONING Analogies Critical Reasoning 3 statements & 4 conclusions (Venn diagram based) Statement and 3 assumptions Statement and 2 conclusions X+Y -X is mother of Y…. SIM & LIM 6 Germans and 6 Americans on 2 diferent tables 3 females A.B. Bank… Family of 6 A. awards and personalities. And 5 professions Pharma. Most questions (25) were based on world afairs. So.. etc…) There were about 31 questions based on static GK and 9 based on current afairs.