SNAP Exam 2017 will be conducted on 17th December, 2017 by SIU.
After CAT, it is one of the most popular MBA entrance exams in India, and more than 50,000 students take the exam every year.
What differentiates the test from the CAT is the General Awareness Section and the overall level of difficulty (LoD); the General Awareness section has a key role to play in the SNAP, while it is absent in the CAT. Further, the overall LoD of SNAP has been perceived to be historically lower than that of the CAT.
You need to develop separate MBA preparation strategy to crack SNAP Entrance Exam. From 2017 onwards, the SNAP exam will take place in an online format.
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Before moving to last minute tips, let’s first go through SNAP Pattern Analysis:
Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
Traditionally speaking, the SNAP exam has always had a heavy emphasis on Arithmetic questions. It covers topics like: Time and Work, Mixtures and Alligations, Ratio and Proportion, Percentages, Time and Distance, Averages and Profit & Loss. As far as Geometry is concerned, Mensuration has been a fairly regular part of the exam.
Data Sufficiency has been present in SNAP on a fluctuating basis, with it being absent from the exam in 2009 and 2011. In general, the Data Interpretation questions asked in SNAP are fairly easy, and are not as complex as the ones asked in XAT/ CAT or as calculation intensive as the ones asked in the IIFT test. An attempt of 24-28 questions within 40 minutes should land you in the safe zone.
Generally, this is an easy section in SNAP. It features a host of vocabulary questions, grammar questions and short RC passages. This section generally has questions from the following areas: Verbal Reasoning, Vocabulary and Grammar.
In the last couple of years, only 4 to 6 RC questions have appeared in this section and there has been a greater focus on vocabulary-based questions. Keeping this in mind, you are advised to learn and revise as many words as possible.
A particular favorite of the SNAP paper setters are questions on ‘Kangaroo Words’. A kangaroo word is one that contains letters of another word, in order, with the same meaning. For example: the word ‘allocate’ contains the word ‘allot’.
In the SNAP Verbal section, you should try to attempt 29-30 questions within 30 minutes.
Analytical & Logical Reasoning
A major change in SNAP 2016 exam pattern was that the Analytical and Logical Reasoning section witnessed a total of 40 Questions and each question carried one mark. This led to fall in the level of difficulty of the questions. Also, the total marks were reduced from 180 to 150. The implication of this was seen on lower cut off scores.
This section is a potpourri of sorts, and features questions from diverse areas. The popular areas from which questions are asked are: critical reasoning, deductive logic, analogies, logical reasoning sets, series, visual reasoning, arrangement, blood relations and puzzles.
In the SNAP Analytical and Logical Reasoning section, one should target an attempt of 20+ questions within 30 minutes.
This is one area that gives grief to a number of students – the reason is the vastness of the SNAP General Awareness syllabus! The major areas quizzed by SNAP in this area include: Static GK, Current Affairs, Brand and Business GK.
A lot of emphasis is on Current Affairs questions including-major news stories, awards and prizes, sports event winners and important mergers and acquisitions in the last one year.
Generally, GK sections have very low cut-offs. So one should attempt questions with certainty and conviction, and hold back from guessing randomly. An attempt of 15-20 questions within 10 minutes should be targeted.
Now, let’s move to some last minute tips for a better preparation or revision. As we prepare for any competitive test and once you do the revision properly, success will follow.
The basic things we can to in the remaining last few days are:
• Work on your concepts: It is important to go thorough in most areas like statistics & geometry. There is important to have strong concepts to crack the SNAP 2017 successfully.
• Be Dynamic: Do not be disturbed or overwhelmed by past experiences of mock tests. Be confident but not over-confident.
• Be Informed: You should keep your eyes and ears open and collect data about previous year tests, competition, important dates, etc.
• Know your Strengths & Weaknesses: Understand what you are good at, which section, which particular area, etc. and where improvement is required?
• Develop your Strengths: Once they are identified, you need to build upon your strengths and ensure that they are concrete.
• Work on your Weaknesses: Ensure that you turn your Weaknesses into your Strengths through Hard work & Application. However, you can ignore certain areas you are not sure of or makes you confuse.
• Analyze & Strategize: Analysis about strength and weakness will help you strategies your test paper like which section to attempt first, how much time to spend on each section, what kind of questions to scan for solving at first, etc.
• Take help when required: Do not hesitate to approach your mentor or seniors at any point where you require our help. May it be analysis or strategising, you should have the right guidance.
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