Fundas For SNAP

Monday, May 6th, 2013


Fundas for SNAP

Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) Test is a common and mandatory written test for the admission to all the Post-Graduate Institutes of Symbiosis International University.

 

The structure of this year’s paper is given below:

 

Sr.No.

Section Total Marks

1.

General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability 40

2.

Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency 40

3.

General Awareness: General Knowledge, Current Affairs, Business Scenario 40

4.

Analytical & Logical Reasoning 60
Total 180

 

The above information is via www.snaptest.org I would also recommend that you join the official SNAP Facebook page if you haven’t done it already. They keep posting questions / information about the exam which might come in handy.

Few basic things that you should note based upon the official information available and papers from last two years are:

a)      It is a two-hour exam with 150 questions.

b)      All questions are of 1 mark except of ‘Analytical & Logical Reasoning’ that are 2 marks each. This means, that there will be 40 questions each in English, Quant & General Awareness and 30 in LR.

c)      Each wrong answer attracts 25% negative marks. So, avoid blind guesses.

 

In this post we would discuss a little about the General Awareness section. GA is a scoring area because it does not need any specific talent. Also, you need not devote too much time to this section. The questions are ‘either-you-know-or-you-don’t’ category and hence spending too much time on these would not be a good idea. Let’s face it – you cannot work out or calculate who is the Paramount Leader of China. I recommend a maximum of 20 minutes to go through this section. 30 seconds per question might sound a little optimistic but if you go through some of the sample papers for GA – you will realize that it is enough.

Given below is a broad categorization of questions that have come in the exam in the past three years (2008 / 09 / 10).

Topic-wise distribution:

 

Topic

# of Ques (‘08)

# of Ques. (‘09)

# of Ques ‘(10)

Business & Economy

9

12

12

People

0

3

8

Technology (IT / Science)

9

9

7

Politics

7

4

7

Awards

1

1

2

Sports

2

5

2

Geography – World

4

5

1

Books & Authors

3

1

1

Total

35

40

40

 

Time-wise distribution:

# of Ques (08)

# of Ques. (09)

# of Ques (10)

Current Affairs

10

7

16

Time independent

25

33

24

Total

35

40

40

 

There are few things that I will like to point out from the above data:

  1. Questions on Business / Economy dominate the test. Reading business magazines of second-half of 2011 might be a good idea.
  2. There are lot of questions on Science & IT as well but let me assure you that the exam-setters do not go into too much detail but it would help if you know what did Watson & Crick do.
  3. The importance of current affairs has increased over the years. It would help to know who Arvind Kejriwal and Dhanush are.

 

There is no substitute or short cut to keeping yourself up-to-date and reading newspapers / magazines regularly. However, sample papers and old SNAP papers will come in handy in such situations.

You can download a chapter (link this to the PDF) from my book – Biz World. It won’t be much but it will help you get started.

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