SNAP 2016 Analysis and expected Cut Off

SNAP 2016 exam was conducted on 18th December, 2016 (2.00-4.00 pm). The paper was slightly different from the previous year’s papers. For starters, General Knowledge became Current Affairs which led to a drastic decrease in the level of difficulty. Last year, the GK section was tough. This year’s Current Affairs section was easy as majority of the questions were from areas any well-informed student would be aware of. The English section was easier than that of last year with a plethora of sitters . The overall difficulty level of the paper, however, was moderate to difficult. A well-prepared student would be able to attempt about 95-100 questions (including about 15-20 questions from Current Affairs) . In comparison to last year, the Quantitative Aptitude section was on the tougher side while the reasoning section continued to be difficult.

The analysis of individual sections is given below.

Verbal Ability Section Analysis

The detailed break-up of the section is given as follows:

Topic Number of questions Difficulty
Reading Comprehension (Two passages) 11 (6 + 5) Easy
Para Jumble (Six sentence and five sentence) 3 (2 +1) Easy- Moderate
Verbal Analogy 3 Moderate
Foreign phrase 1 Easy
One word substitution 1 Moderate
Idioms 2 Moderate
FIB - Vocabulary based 2 Moderate
FIB - Grammar based 4 Easy
Synonym 3 Easy - Moderate
Antonym 3 Easy - Moderate
Common Confusable 4 Easy - Moderate
Identify figure of speech 1 Difficult

Critical Reasoning

2 Easy

Unlike last year, this year’s paper was much more balanced. There were the usual vocabulary based questions which were quite easy to attempt. 3 questions of vocabulary used the same words as that in the IIFT paper. They asked to find two answers for a few vocabulary questions which is similar to the GRE pattern. Sentence Correction was a surprise miss this year. So were the figure of speech questions. There was only one question which asked the candidate to identify the type of the word used. There were two RC passages and all but one of the 11 questions asked were factual in nature. The options were straight forward and easy to select. The two passages came from the areas of Fuel Conservation Technology and Brexit issue respectively. They were lengthy but easy to read. There were two six-sentence para-jumble questions and they were tedious to read. However, the options were not close. The idioms and migratory word questions were quite easy. Three vocabulary questions contained words which had already appeared in IIFT this year. One common confusable question came from CAT 2007 paper. The analogy and CR questions were very easy. Overall, a student should have attempted 35-37 questions in this section with 90% accuracy. One should have taken 22-25 minutes in this section.

Quantitative Aptitude Section Analysis

The detailed break-up of the section is given as follows:

Topic Number of questions Difficulty
Percentages, SICI 1 Easy - Moderate
P&L 3 Easy - Moderate
TSD, Work 5 Easy - Moderate
Averages 1 Easy
Number System 7 Easy - Moderate
Algebra 4 Easy - Moderate
Logarithm 1 Easy - Moderate
Geometry, Mensuration 7 Moderate -Difficult
P&C 2 Moderate
Probability 2 Easy - Moderate
Set Theory 1 Moderate
DI-Pie Chart 3 Easy
Table 3 Easy - Moderate

The difficulty level of this section went up considerably compared to that of the last year. Overall, the difficulty of the section was moderate. There were 4-5 questions that were lengthy to read. Questions from Number System, Arithmetic and Algebra dominated the paper. There were a significant number of questions from Modern Math. Though data provided for a couple of questions were not adequate to find the required quantity, there were no such options like ‘Data inadequate’ and ‘Cannot be determined’ in these questions. A student would have done well to attempt all the DI questions. Thus, those questions can be considered as erroneous ones. An attempt of 25-27 with 85% accuracy should fetch a good score in this section.

Reasoning Section Analysis:

This section had 5-6 questions that could be put in Quantitative Aptitude section as well. There was surprising no case-let based set in the section. Almost all the typical areas of the Reasoning section were present with the special focus on mathematic based and series questions. The detailed break-up of the section is given as follows:

Topic Number of questions Difficulty
Blood Relation-Tree Based 2 Easy - Moderate
Coding-decoding 1 Easy
Series 8 Difficult
Seating Arrangement 2 Moderate
Distribution 1 Moderate
Mathematical 11 Moderate - Difficult
CR 2 Difficult
Puzzles 1 Moderate - Difficult
Visual Reasoning 5 Difficult
Input-output 4 Easy
Clock 1 Moderate
Calendar 1 Moderate
Venn diagram 1 Moderate

There were a significant number of questions from Visual Reasoning. To solve a couple questions in the section, one needed to have some factual information. The questions based on series and visual reasoning were quite difficult. An attempt of 24-26 and a score of around 20 can be considered a good score.

General Awareness Section Analysis

The biggest difference in the paper this year was in this section. As announced earlier there were only Current Affairs questions in this section. Most of it was from 2016 with a few of last year as well. The detailed break-up of the section is given as follows:

Topic Number of questions Difficulty
Persons 8 Easy - Moderate
Business Awareness 6 Easy - Moderate
Sports 5 Easy - Moderate
Current affairs- Science &technology 4 Easy - Moderate
Current affairs-Awards 3 Easy - Moderate
Government Programmes/Operations 2 Easy - Moderate
Current affairs-Geography 1 Easy
Current affairs-Miscellaneous GK 1 Easy

This section was a good mix of all the areas of Current Affairs(Persons, Business Awareness, Sports, Science &technology, Awards, Government Programmes/Operations, Current affairs-Geography and Miscellaneous GK ).