SNAP Exam Analysis 2019

Nidhi Bahl Updated On: 14 Jan, 2020 16:29 IST

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SNAP 2019 Exam Analysis (LIVE)

SNAP 2019 exam was conducted by Symbiosis International University on December 15, 2019 in a computer based format. As per the SNAP 2019 exam analysis, the paper was mostly on the same lines as that of previous years in terms of difficulty level. The exam had some changes in the testing as well as scoring pattern, and had a moderate difficulty level. In the Verbal and QA & DI section, few questions were found to a bit tough. 

This year, SNAP had three sections only - General English, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, and Analytical & Logical Reasoning. The questions and marks distribution for all the sections is given below. Candidates had the flexbility to attempt the questions in the sequence of their choice as moving from one section to another was allowed. Test takers were required to attempt the paper within a span of 120 minutes.

Break-up of SNAP 2019 Exam Paper


Normal Questions

Special Questions

Total Questions

Total Marks

General English





Analytical & Logical Reasoning





Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency










Section-wise Analysis of SNAP 2019

General English

Majority of the questions in this section were vocabulary based and they were much easier in comparison to last year's questions on the same topic. Like last year, there were only two RCs followed by a total of 8 questions. 1 RC had 3 questions while the other had 5 questions. The FIB questions were easy and required common sense. The grammar-based questions were also on the easier side.

Overall, this section was a cakewalk and an attempt of 25-26 questions in 20-25 minutes with 90% plus accuracy would be considered a good attempt.

Quantitative Ability

This year, this section turned out to be much more time-consuming. Majority of the questions asked in this section belonged to topics like Time, Speed and Distance, Geometry and Modern Math. Calculator use was not permitted, which test takers had to resort to estimates while answering quite a few questions. Candidates had to spend a lot of time on reading questions as some of them were pretty long. Eventhough this section was not very difficult, it turned to be time-consiming.

An attempt of 18-20 question within a duration of 45 minutes with 90% accuracy would be considered ideal.

Logical and Analytical Reasoning

Some of the questions asked in this section were quite boring and lengthy but LR was mostly similar to the previous years. Questions from Analytical reasoning dominated the section and the proportion of verbal reasoning questions was quite low. A couple of caselets were quite easy and should fetch the test takers easy marks. 

A score of around 32-33 would be considered ideal for LR.

Overall SNAP 2019 Analysis

In a nutshell, the SNAP 2019 paper was on the same lines as that of previous year, and an attempt of 80-85 questions with 80-85% accuracy would be considered ideal.

With Inputs from Career Launcher

SNAP 2018 Exam Analysis

SNAP 2018 was conducted on 16th December 2018 between 2 pm to 4 pm for all the candidates who had applied for the exam. SNAP 2018 turned out to be easier in comparison to the exams conducted in the last two years. Talking about the section-wise difficulty level, Quantitative Aptitude and General English turned out to be easy, although there were long RC passages in the English section. The section on Logical & Analytical Reasoning was also easier compared to the previous year and Verbal Reasoning was completely missing. 

Now that the exam is over, you can check our in-depth analysis of SNAP 2018.

Section-Wise Analysis of SNAP 2018

General English

This section usually comprises of Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, and Verbal Ability. Apart from a few unusual vocabulary questions, this section turned out to be on the easier side. The special questions that were introduced in this section, which had all the aspirants worried, were actually coded questions that required candidates to identify the correct spelling or something on the same lines. There were 2 passages in RC, which turned out to be long and time-consuming. Each passage was followed by 5 questions that were quite direct and needed minimum time.

An attempt of 30-32 in 25-30 minutes with 85% plus accuracy should be considered good.

Topics Number of Questions Difficulty Level Good Attempts
Synonym/Antonym 3 Easy 2
 RC (2 passages) 10 Easy-Medium 8-9
FIB (Vocab) 5 Medium 4-5
Sentence Jumble (Special question) 1 Easy 1
Verbal Analogy 1 Easy 1
Idioms and proverb (1 special question) 2 Medium 1
Grammar (Identify the participle) (Special question) 1 Medium 1
Word usage 2 Easy 2
Sentence improvement 2 Easy 2
Direct/Indirect speech 2 Easy 2
Odd one out 2 Easy 1-2
Spot the error 2 Easy 2
Vocab based (Special questions) 2 Medium 1-2
Total 35 Easy-Medium 30-32

Quantitative Aptitude

This year, the Quantitative Aptitude section had no Data Interpretation questions, which turned out to be a major surprise. This could've either been an advantage or a disadvantage, depending on how comfortable a candidate is with DI questions. The section was easy but a little time-consuming, and more inclined towards Arithmetic.

A good number of attempts in this section would be 23-25 in 45 minutes with 85% accuracy.

Topics Number of Questions Difficulty Level Good Attempts
Percentages 5 Easy-Medium 3-4
SI/CI 1 Easy 1
TSD, Time & Work 3 Medium 2
Mensuration 5 Easy-Medium 3​
Simplification 6 Easy-Medium 3-4
Geometry 3 Easy-Medium 2
  Averages 1 Easy-Medium 1
Logarithm 1 Easy 1
Set Theory 1 Easy-Medium 1
Probability 1 Easy 1
 P&C 4 Medium 2
Linear equations 3 Easy-Medium 2
Trigonometry 1 Easy 1
Total 35 Medium 23-25

Logical & Analytical Reasoning

The difficulty level of this section was moderate, with no sign of Critical Reasoning questions. The surprising element in this section was Visual Reasoning, based on which some questions were asked. There were no questions on decision making unlike the official mock test of SNAP 2018. Logical Reasoning had a very lengthy arrangement set and carried 8 questions.

An attempt of 19 to 20 questions in this section should be considered good.

Topics Number of Questions Difficulty Level Good Attempts
Puzzles-singlets 3 Easy 2
Sitting arrangement 7 Medium-Tough 2-3
Cone-circle-triangle 2 Easy-Medium 1
Analogy 1 Medium 0-1
Blood Relation 1 Easy 1
Directions 1 Easy 1
Coding-decoding 4 Medium-Tough 1
Series 3 Medium 1
Calendar 1 Medium -
Venn-diagram 1 Easy 1
Paper folding 2 Medium -
Linear equation 1 Easy 1
Data sufficiency 3 Easy-Medium 2
Missing number 2 Easy 2
TSD-train based 1 Easy 1
Physics-based 2 Easy-Medium 1
Total 40 Medium 19-20

Current Affairs

Overall, this section was pretty doable, with a few questions based on recent events. The difficulty level of special questions asked in this section was a bit tough. Basically, this section was on the same lines as the previous year.

An attempt of 10-12 questions with 60-65% accuracy in about 10 minutes should be considered decent.

Topics Number of Questions Difficulty Level Good Attempts
Sports 1 Easy-Medium 1
Personalities 2 Medium 1
Business Awareness 9 Easy-Medium 4-5
Current affairs-Awards 3 Easy-Medium 1
Current affairs- Eco and polity 8 Easy-Medium 4-5
Current affairs-Miscellaneous GK 2 Medium 0-1

With inputs from Career Launcher

SNAP 2017 Exam Analysis

The Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) Test was conducted on 17th December 2017 (Sunday) in 102 cities across India and the SNAP Result 2017 was announced on 28th December 2017. According to Career Launcher's official website, the SNAP 2017 examination turned out to slightly more difficult in comparison to SNAP 2016. Analytical & Logical Reasoning section was a little difficult and time-consuming. The Quant section seemed slightly tougher as well. The sections on Current Affairs & General English were more difficult. 

Detailed Section-Wise Analysis of SNAP 2017

General English (Overall Difficulty Level - Moderate to Tough)

This section with Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, and Verbal Ability did not bring any surprise elements although it turned out to be a little more difficult. The Reading Comprehension passages were not very tough and it was easy for any student to score well in the same. The difficulty level of Fill-in-the-blank (FIB) questions was moderate. Students were tested based on their Vocabulary and knowledge of Synonyms, Analogies, Antonyms, Idioms, and Phrases in this section.  There were also questions on jumbled paragraphs, which were quite doable. Within 25-30 minutes, students would have attempted close to 28-30 questions in this section and achieved a comfortable score of 22-23.

Topics Number of Questions Difficulty Level
Synonym/Antonym 8 Difficult
FIB (Vocab) 5 Moderate
RC (2 passages) 6X2=12 Easy to Moderate
Para Jumble 2 Easy
Idioms & Phrases 4 Moderate
Verbal Analogy 2 Easy
Identify parts of speech 2 Tough
Word usage 2 Easy
Sentence correction 1 Easy
Voice Change 2 Easy

Quantitative Aptitude (Overall Difficulty Level - Moderate)

While this section turned out to be on the expected lines, it was also a little difficult. The questions on QA were individual questions and on the other hand, most Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency questions were in sets. Majority of questions were based on Arithmetic but there were also questions based Geometry, Algebra, Pure Math as well as Mensuration. Within 40-50 minutes, students would have easily attempted 26-28 questions accurately in this section. In this section, a good score would be anything between 22-24.

Topics Number of Questions Difficulty Level
Percentages, SICI 6 Moderate
P&L 1 Easy
TSD, Work 3 Easy to Moderate
Averages 2 Easy
Number System 4 Easy to Moderate
Algebra 3 Easy to Moderate
Geometry 5 Moderate
Series 2 Moderate
P&C 2 Moderate
Probability 4 Easy to Moderate
Set Theory 1 Easy
DI-Pie Chart 5 Moderate
DI-Line Chart 2 Moderate

General Awareness (Overall Difficulty Level - Slightly Tougher than Last Year)

In this SNAP 2017 question paper, the GK section was a little on the tougher side and had questions based on past two years' events. For someone who had good knowledge of current affairs and is updated with the latest news from around the world, this section would not be so much of a problem. In this section, a good attempt would be around 10-12 questions within 11-13 minutes a positive score of 7-8.

Topics Number of Questions Difficulty Level
Personalities 7 Moderate
Business Awareness 6 Easy to Moderate
Sports 4 Easy to Moderate
Science & Technology 5 Easy to Moderate
Awards 2 Easy to Moderate
Geography 3 Easy to Moderate
Miscellaneous GK 3 Moderate

Analytical & Logical Reasoning (Overall Difficulty Level - Moderate)

Apparently, this section turned out to be very difficult for students. Most of the questions in LR were either tough or time-consuming. Students had to answer questions which were based on Clocks, Blood Relations, Calendars, etc. This section turned out to be difficult also because of the fact that since last year, SNAP has added more questions and cut down the marks. For someone who could give around 40-45 minutes to this section would attempt around 24 to 26 questions. In this section, a good score would be around 22-23.

Topics No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Mathematical 10-11 Moderate to Difficult
Input-output 1 Moderate
Game-Based 2-3 Moderate
Blood Relation 5 Easy to Moderate
Analogy 2-3 Moderate
Direction 1 Moderate
Coding-decoding 2-3 Easy to Moderate
Clock 1 Easy
Series 2 Easy to Moderate
Meaningful word 1 Moderate
Visual Reasoning 2 Easy to Moderate
Matrix 1 Moderate
Verbal Reasoning 1 Easy
Misc. Reasoning 6 Easy to Moderate

The result for SNAP 2017 exam will be out on December 28, 2017. Now that the exam has been conducted, candidates would soon be able to check the Answer Key of SNAP 2017

Note: Inputs taken from official website of Career Launcher.

SNAP 2017 Expected Cut-offs in Top Institutes

SIBM Pune 66-67
SCMHRD 58-59
SIIB 50-51
SIBM Bangalore 49-50
SIMS 44-45

SNAP 2016 Paper Analysis

SNAP is conducted by Symbiosis International University (SIU) for admissions to its MBA programmes offered at various Symbiosis institutes. Last year, the examination was conducted on December 18, 2016, between 1400 hours to 1600 hours across various examination centres in 32 cities in India. More than 40000 candidates appeared for the examination, which is taken by management aspirants for admissions to any of the 15 Symbiosis B-schools. The management courses offered at SIU are two-year full-time flagship MBA programmes.

SNAP was conducted in a pen and paper-based format (from 2017, SNAP is being conducted online). The objective test had 150 questions that candidates were supposed to answer. Every question was followed by 4 options, out of which had to choose one. For every incorrect answer, 25% marks out of the total marks allotted to that particular question was to be deducted. The difficulty level of SNAP 2016 was more or less like SNAP 2015.

Synopsis of SNAP 2016

  • SNAP 2016 was multiple-choice questions based exam.
  • The section which is usually the most challenging, Analytical and logical reasoning questions, was of moderate to high level of difficulty.
  • In the General Awareness section, the questions were a bit tricky and comprised of mostly economics and business-related questions. 
  • The difficulty level of Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency section was high.

  • English section was a little easier although some questions were tricky. Nevertheless, candidates should be able to score maximum marks in this section. 

The following link will provide you overall break-up, along with the sectional analysis of SNAP 2016.

SNAP 2016 Detailed Paper Analysis

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