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SNAP 2021 Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency Preparation Tips

Abhinav Chamoli
Abhinav ChamoliUpdated On: November 29, 2021 | SNAP

Candidates preparing for the Quantitative Ability section in SNAP 2021 can find the best preparation tips for the section given here.

SNAP 2021 Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency Preparation Tips

SNAP 2021 is going to be held on December 19, 2021, January 8, 2022, & January 16, 2022. Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) is the common entrance exam for admission to the postgraduate courses in Management offered by 15 SNAP participating b-schools affiliated to the Symbiosis International University (SIU), Pune.

SNAP has a total of 3 sections, which cover Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Quant, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency subjects. The revised exam pattern of SNAP 2021 can be checked here.

SectionNo. of Questions
No. of Questions
Time Allotted
General English15341 hour
Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency2035
Analytical & Logical Reasoning2536
Special Questions05

Note: Special Questions were a part of the Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency section only.

QA, DI & DS Section in the SNAP 2021 Question Paper

Quantitative, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency (QA, DI & DS) is a single section in SNAP. It holds 1/3rd (one-third) of the total marks of SNAP and hence it is very important that candidates have a solid preparation plan for this section.

QA, DI & DS is considered to be the most time-consuming and one of the toughest sections in the SNAP question paper. This is also evident in the SNAP exam analysis of previous years.

This is because the section has heavy calculations, which require knowledge of not only basic concepts but also tips and tricks to increase your speed and accuracy.

In this article, we take a look at some of the best preparation tips for the QA, DI & DS section of SNAP 2021. However, before that, here is a quick summary of what the section is all about.

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SNAP 2021 QA, DI & DS Highlights

  • SNAP QS, DI and DS section was the longest section in SNAP with 40 questions in total. These included 35 MCQs and 5 Special Questions.
  • However, Special Questions have been removed from this year's question paper and the number of questions in QS, DI and DS has been reduced to 20 in the revised SNAP 2021 exam pattern but it still has 33.33% weightage in the exam.
  • The marking scheme is the same as last year. Candidates will get +1 marks for a correct answer and a negative marking of -0.25 for incorrect answers.

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SNAP 2021 QA, DI & DS Syllabus

Given below are the topics included in the syllabus of Quantitative, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency section in SNAP 2021.


Number system



Work and time

Number Base System

Arithmetic mean

Ratios and Proportion

Work, Pipes, and Cisterns

Compound Interest

Geometric Progression

Simple Interest


Arithmetic progression

Permutations and Combinations


Geometric mean

Quadratic and Linear equations


Profit and Loss


Venn Diagram

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SNAP QA, DI and DS Preparation Tips

When preparing for the SNAP 2021 Quant section, it is important to learn by solving questions. Pick up a good book for Quant in SNAP from which you can understand the basic concepts and formulas. Then, use what you have learned in the sample papers and mock tests.

This section will definitely prove to be a bit easier for candidates who have a good knowledge of basic concepts in Mathematics. However, there is a lot more than goes into preparing for this section.

Here are some of the best tips to prepare for the QA, DI and DS section of SNAP 2021.

Tip #1: Learn by Practice

Make it a habit to learn formulas and theorems by practice instead of going for rote learning. You should know how to apply a formula to different types of questions. Practising will also help you to find out how to do calculations faster and with better accuracy.

Tip #2: Make Short Notes

While practising, make short and clear notes of frequently used theorems, formulas and calculations. These will provide you with a single source to refer to for your preparation and save you the hassle of searching through the books again and again.

Tip #3: Learn To Manage Time

Solving questions is one thing but feeling the pressure when racing against the clock is another. Time management is central to QA, DI and DS as students frequently report this section to be the most time-consuming. It is easy to get lost in a problem and waste a lot of time on unnecessary calculations. Make it a habit to time yourself even when practising and learn how to make the best use of your limited time in the exam.

Tip #4: Choose Your Battles Wisely

Remember that it is not possible to solve each and every question in the exam within the stipulated time limit. There would be some questions that you would have to leave in order to finish on time. It is important that you keep this choice in your hands. Categorise questions between easy, borderline and difficult. Solve easy questions in the first go, save borderline questions for later and be very careful when you decide to attempt a difficult question.

Tip #5: Solve Mock Test and Sample Papers

SIU releases a SNAP Mock Test to give participants an idea of the exam. Make sure you attempt that mock test and become familiar with the interface. You should also look for SNAP Sample Papers from multiple sources to have the best idea of the exam pattern.

Tip #6: Learn Tricks to Shorten Calculations

When attempting QA, DI and DS questions, working hard is not the right way to go. Keep on the lookout for new tricks that help you reduce calculations as much as possible. You can also develop new methods of doing this on your own during practice. You would be surprised at how almost impossible questions can become very easy to solve once you learn how to remove difficult calculations from your plate.

Tip #7: Calculate Your Guesses

Going by guesswork is a bad idea especially when attempting the QA, DI and DS section of SNAP. It is best to only mark an option when you are absolutely sure of an answer. That being said, you can certainly make calculated guesses where required if you are sure that it won't affect your chances of clearing the SNAP sectional cutoff.

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Best Books to Prepare for SNAP 2021 QA, DI & DS

Here are some of the best preparation books for the Quantitative section of SNAP 2021.

BookAuthor / Publisher
Quantitative AptitudeR S Aggarwal
The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude for the CATNishit K Sinha
How to prepare for Data Interpretation for CATArun Sharma
TARGET SNAP 2021Disha Experts
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExaminationsVarun Gupta

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How many questions do I attempt in SNAP Quant section?

The number of good attempts in SNAP Quant section will depend on the difficulty. But based on previous year trends, the good attempts would be around 12-14 questions with high accuracy.

Will the Quant section in SNAP be easier for Engineering students?

Engineering students are more familiar with numbers and hence they might it find it a bit easier. However, since the section is based on basic concepts of Maths, students from other streams can also crack it with proper preparation.

Are QA, DI and DS different sections in SNAP?

No, Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency are all clubbed into a single section in SNAP.

Is the Quant section in SNAP difficult?

Nothing is too difficult if you have prepared well. The quant section has been reported to be time consuming in the previous editions of the exam but you can score well in this section if you study well and play it smart in the exam.

How many questions does the Quant section in SNAP have?

The quant section in SNAP has 20 questions as per the new exam pattern. Earlier, this section had 40 questions but it was reduced.


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