SNAP 2019 Exam Analysis & Expected Cut-off

SNAP (Symbiosis National Aptitude Test) is a very popular management entrance exam and is conducted by Symbiosis International University for admission into its fifteen management institutes offering a wide range of programs. It is a computer based test of 120 minutes. SNAP exam will be held on 15th December this year from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

SNAP 2019 is going to follow a different pattern than SNAP 2018. The paper pattern has undergone some major changes this year. From this year onwards, there will be only three sections in the paper i.e General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability; Analytical & Logical Reasoning; and Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency. The Current Affairs section has been dropped from the paper. Take a look at the new paper pattern:

Section Normal Questions Marks Per Correct Answer Special Questions Marks Per Correct Answer Total Questions Total Marks
General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability 34 1.5 0 0 34 51
Analytical & Logical Reasoning 36 1.5 0 0 36 54
Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency 35 1 5 2 40 45
Total 105 - 5 - 110 150

There is no sectional time limit and although SNAP administrators don't mention anything about sectional cut-offs, it is advisable to not score negatively in any section. There is a penalty of 1/4th of the allotted marks for every wrong answer.

SNAP 2018

There was a change in the paper pattern with the advent of SNAP 2018. Special questions (Non MCQ type questions) were introduced and the total number of questions reduced to 130 from 150. But the change did not add to the difficulty level of the paper. Overall, the difficulty level of SNAP 2018 was much lower than SNAP 2017.

Section Normal Questions Special Questions Total Questions Total Marks
General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability 30 5 35 40
Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency 30 5 35 40
Analytical & Logical Reasoning 30 5 35 40
Current Affairs 20 5 25 30
Total 110 20 130 150

SIBM Pune did not release the official cut offs for SNAP 2018. However, the overall cut off percentile is estimated at 97.4. Similarly, the overall cut off percentile for SCMHRD is estimated at 97.6.

Read complete SNAP 2018 Analysis.

SNAP 2017

SNAP 2017 was similar in to SNAP 2016 in terms of the paper pattern. However, the type of questions differed significantly from last few years. The English and GK sections became much tougher. LR continued its trend of incomprehensible question types and Quant turned out to be more difficult than previous years. Overall, the paper had a higher difficulty level in comparison to the preceding years.

Section No. of Questions Marks/Q Total Marks
General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability 40 1 40
Quantitative, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency 40 1 40
Current Affairs 30 1 30
Analytical and Logical Reasoning 40 1 40
Total 150   150
SIBM Pune General SC STDAKM
Cutoff percentiles 97.6659 73.088 38.8921 46.5174 87.9513

The overall cut-off for SCMHRD was 97.4 percentile.

Read complete SNAP 2017 Analysis.

SNAP 2016

SNAP in 2016 underwent major paper pattern changes, compared to previous years.

  • Share of questions in the reasoning section were increased from 30 to 40 and alternately, marks per question for this section were reduced from 2 to 1.
  • The total marks were reduced from 180 to 150
  • General Awareness section was revamped and renamed 'Current Affairs'. It was specified that static GK questions will not be a part of this section anymore and the section will only encompass the last two years' current affairs.
  • The number of questions were reduced to 30 from the earlier figure of 40 for the Current Affairs Section.
Section No. of Questions Marks/Q Total Marks
General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability 40 1 40
Quantitative, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency 40 1 40
Current Affairs 30 1 30
Analytical and Logical Reasoning 40 1 40
Total 150   150
SIBM Pune General SC STDAKM
Cutoff percentiles 98.014771.077635.099740.757988.6704

The overall cut-off for SCMHRD was 97.1385 percentile.

Earlier, the reasoning section used to account for 1/3rd of the total score (60 out of 180), which demanded a lot of importance for this section, and it acted like a major percentile booster. But, from 2016, the weightage in total marks given to Reasoning and other sections was balanced, which ensured that all the sections contribute equally toward the overall score.

Read complete SNAP 2016 Analysis.

SNAP 2015

SNAP 2015 was deemed to be significantly higher on the difficulty spectrum than its earlier counterparts. The General Awareness section especially troubled most of the aspirants. The Logical Reasoning section also was an aberration, as it contained very unusual and unexpected questions. But, the 2016 paper was somewhat back on track.

Section No. of Questions Marks/Q Total Marks
General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability 40 1 40
Quantitative, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency 40 1 40
General Awareness 40 1 40
Analytical and Logical Reasoning 30 2 60
Total 150   180
SIBM Pune General SC ST DAKM
Cutoff Percentiles 97.903170.867932.368234.066882.8182

The overall cut-off for SCMHRD was 96.6206 percentile.

The overall cut-off for SCMHRD was 96.6206 percentile.

Read complete SNAP 2015 Analysis.

SNAP 2014

The overall difficulty level of the exam did not vary much from that of the previous SNAP exams'. The General English section was a tad tougher than before.

Section No. of Questions Marks/Q Total Marks
General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability 40 1 40
Quantitative, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency 40 1 40
General Awareness 40 1 40
Analytical and Logical Reasoning 30 2 60
Total 150   180
SIBM PuneGeneral SC ST DA KM
Cutoff Percentiles 97.7516 64.6299 24.417 33.4248 89.1520

The overall cut-off for SCMHRD was 96.0069 percentile.

In SNAP 2017, a score of around 58 was enough to get shortlisted for SIBM Pune. But, in 2018, a score as high as 74 fetched the candidates a shortlist call from the coveted Symbiosis Institute. This is because the exam paper of 2018 was relatively easier than SNAP 2017. The SNAP 2018 paper was more on the lines of exam papers before SNAP 16.

For SNAP 2019, this year again there is a major change in the structure of the paper. It is unclear what will be the type and level of difficulty of the questions. This recent change has increased the weightage of the General English and Reasoning section and has done away with the Current Affairs section altogether.

There is no change in the negative marking scheme. Each incorrect attempt will draw a penalty of 1/4th of the allotted marks to the question. In order to score well in SNAP 2019 candidates will need to develop a test taking strategy that will help them best utilize their time and maximize their score despite the changes. Taking ample mock exams, as per the updated pattern, will ensure that a candidate is able to devise a strategy which is most suited to him/her.

Note: The cut-offs mentioned are for the flagship MBA programs of SIBM and SCMHRD.

Read complete SNAP 2014 Analysis.