SNAP 2018 Examination Analysis

The SNAP 2018, conducted by the Symbiosis International (Deemed University), got over on December 16, thus bringing in a lot of relief to the aspiring candidates who prepared for the examinations for months on end. The pan India SNAP 2018 examination, held this year was a lot easier than the previous year’s examination.

At least, that is what the initial feedback from the students who had sat for the examination had expressed with a sigh of relief. This year’s examination was more or less like the ones held before 2016, according to industry grapevines. The questions that came for the examination was not one-bit complex that includes unique questions, that were akin to TITA questions that had come for the CAT, making the students feel like it was less cumbersome. Most of these students agree that this year’s SNAP examination was more or less hassle-free compared to 2017 and the year before.

This year, the examinations were conducted in four sections such as General English, Quantitative Ability, Current Affairs as well as Analytical and Logical Reasoning in the paper with 30+5, 30+5, 20+5 as well as 30+5 questions – MCQ+Special Questions – in each section respectively.

What is more, this year, the examiners had jumbled up all the sections, while each correct MCQ answer fetched the students one mark and 0.25 mark penalty for each wrong MCQ answer was imposed. Same was the case with Special Questions with 2 and 0.5 marks respectively.

The students got 120 minutes to answer these questions. While the English section was replete with RC and vocabulary, the reasoning section had only a separate question on Verbal Logic. The general feedback received is that the English, as well as Quant sections, were a lot easier and the same was the experience with Logical Reasoning as well. Meanwhile, Current Affairs was more or less like that of last year.

In General English, there were two RC passages, each carrying five questions. The introduction passage was on Google’s attempts to probe the user-movement, while a particular question was posted on the title of the passage.

All other questions were based on fact, while the second passage was on the topic of opening up of India’s economy. Similarly, the vocabulary questions too were comparatively easy this year with a couple of questions on synonyms and a single question on antonym. Besides that, there were a couple of other vocabulary-related questions as well under special questions section. The first question was about the plural form of “Crisis” and the second one relating to the meaning of “Arbitration.” What is more, the fill in the blanks questions was connected to grammar. To recapitulate, the SNAP 2018 examination made the student’s lives a lot easier this year.

Heads up

To give a comprehensive heads-up on the question patterns, the Synonym/Antonym question had three questions, while the level of difficulty was pretty much less and the good attempts were two. In FIB Vocabulary, there were five questions, relatively moderate with 4-5 good efforts. The RC, consisting of two passages of 5×2=10 questions, which was eventually relaxed to moderate with 8-9. In the Sentence Jumble Special Question, ¬†where the number of the question was single, relatively easy with one good attempt. In the Idioms and Proverb section one Special Section, there were two questions, which were moderate with one good effort.

In the Verbal Analogy section there was one easy question with one good attempt, while in the Grammer (Identify the participle) Special question, the single question was moderate too with the single good attempt. In the Word Usage section, there were two questions which were relatively comfortable with two good attempts, while in the Sentence Improvement section, two questions were easy too with two good attempts.

The Direct/Indirect Speech had two questions which were easy with two good attempts, while the Odd one OUt had two questions as well which was less cumbersome with 1-2 good attempts. In the Spot the Error section, two questions were pretty easy with two good attempts and in the Vocabulary based Special Questions, there two which gave moderate experience for the students with 1-2 good attempts. Overall, 35 questions were between easy to moderate with 30-32 good attempts.

Quantitative Ability

This section was relatively easy too in contrast with the previous years. The importance given to Geometry and Modern Math was high, and there were no questions which came from number system this year. Also, the use of calculators was not allowed in the examination. Hence, the students had to use the estimates methodology, while attempting many questions in this section, making it a cumbersome process.

Also, the Quantitative Ability took the children by surprise when they found to their utter dismay that there were no questions at all from DI and DS, which made quant less time-consuming. The questions weren’t nightmarish. Nevertheless, the students had to spend a considerable amount of time on this section as it is a significant section with an attempt of 2-25 in 45 minutes with almost 85% accuracy is the best bet.

Logical and Analytical Reasoning

In this section, there were some complex questions, and it has been the same way in the previous two examinations as well. The questions contained reasoning skills replete with basic physics knowledge such as pendulum and candle questions. Instead of the point format, the set on sitting arrangement was lengthy by expressing as a passage, and this had given a tough time for the students. Though, those who spent 12-13 minutes on this had the advantage of scoring as many as seven correct answers. Also, questions about coding and decoding along with paper folding were best left alone, if the students were not having the ability of excellent visualisation prowess. To recapitulate, this section was a bit cumbersome, nevertheless less weird than the previous year’s papers.

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