As announced by SNAP authorities, SNAP 2018 had significant changes in the exam pattern as compared to SNAP 2017. Special questions which are similar to TITIA question asked in CAT were introduced in SNAP 2018. SNAP 2017 had total 150 questions while SNAP 2018 had 130 questions out of which 20 questions; 5 in each section, were of a special type and remaining 110 questions were MCQ questions with four answer options. SNAP 2018 exam analysis and review is discussed below. SNAP 2018 had four sections as below:
- General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability-35 Questions
- Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency- 35 Question
- Analytical & Logical Reasoning-35 Question
- Current Affairs- 25 Question
Variable Marking in SNAP 2018
SNAP 2018 had introduced variable marking, which was a significant change as compared to SNAP 2017. +2 marks were awarded for special questions & +1 marks for MCQ questions. Each wrong attempt in SNAP 2018 had a neagtive marking of 25% of the marks alloted to the question that is -0.5 for each incorrect special question and -0.25 for each icnorrect MCQ question. There was no negative marking for the un-attempted questions.
SNAP 2018 Pattern
SNAP 2018 pattern is tabulated below.
|Section in SNAP 2018||Number of MCQ questions||Marks for Correct MCQ Question||Negative Marks for Incorrect MCQ Question||Number of Special Questions questions||Marks for Correct Special Question||Negative Marks for Incorrect Special Question||Total questions in SNAP Section||Total Marks in Section|
|General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability||30||+1||-0.25||5||+2||-0.5||35||40|
|Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency||30||+1||-0.25||5||+2||-0.5||35||40|
|Analytical & Logical Reasoning||30||+1||-0.25||5||+2||-0.5||35||40|
|Total||110 MCQ Questions||20 Special Questions||130 Total question in SNAP 2019||150 Total Marks|
The test user interface was similar to that of CAT exam. However, students had the option of submitting the test after 45 minutes at the start of the SNAP exam. It was essential to click on the button ‘Save and Next’ to ensure that the answer was saved on the server. If question next question was directly selected from the question pallet without clicking on ‘Save and Next’, answer will not be recorded on the server. Candidate need to ensure that he or she clicks on ‘Save and Next’ after marking the answer. Also there was a facility to view question paper on the top right hand side which enables the candidate to see the complete question paper on one page, however you will not be able to mark the answers in question paper view mode.
Level of difficulty of the SNAP 2018 exam was slightly easier as compared to SNAP 2017. Questions in the Quantitative section were easy and straight forward. Some RC and Verbal ability questions were basic but confusing to some candidates. The current affairs section was on the easier side with two straight questions from the elections which were in the news at that time.
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SNAP 2018 Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency Analysis
SNAP 2018 Exam Analysis and review for the Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency Analysis section in SNAP 2018 can be labeled as moderate. Most of the question were on an easy side and tested the basic understanding of the concepts. A small element of surprise was that there were no questions from the Data Interpretation part. As usual Arithmetic and Modern Maths had a greater weight-age in this section with 18 out of 35 questions were from Arithmetic and Modern Maths. After this Geometry was the predominant section with eight questions in total. Similar to SNAP 2017 there were no questions on data sufficiency. The section comprises of total 35 questions with five special questions. Below is the breakup of the questions in Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency section in SNAP 2018.
|Topic||Number of Questions||Difficulty Level|
|Surds and Indices||1 (Special question)||Easy|
|Roman numbers||1 (Special question)||Easy-Moderate|
|Simple & Compound Interest||1||Easy|
|Time & Work||1||Easy|
|Permutation & Combination||4||Easy-Moderate|
|Polynomials||1+1 (Special question)||Easy-Moderate|
|Higher degree equations||1||Easy-Moderate|
Good attempts would be around 27-30 questions with 85% accuracy in 40-45 minutes.
SNAP 2018 Analytical & Logical Reasoning Analysis
SNAP 2018 Exam Analysis and review for the section Analytical & Logical Reasoning section followed the footsteps of SNAP 2017. Like SNAP 2017, most of the questions in Analytical & Logical Reasoning were standalone questions. Out of a total of 35 questions in Analytical & Logical, Reasoning 28 were independent questions while the remaining question was from a single case of matrix arrangement. Out of the 35 questions in total, five questions were of special type were candidate needed to type the answer using the on-screen virtual keyboard.
The table below shows the distribution of the topics asked in the Analytical and Logical Reasoning Section.
|Topic||Number of Questions||Level of Difficulty|
|Linear Arrangement||3+1(Special Question)||Moderate|
|Coding Decoding||1+2 (Special Question)||Easy-Moderate|
|Letter sequence||1+1(Special Question)||Easy-Moderate|
|Matrix Arrangement Case||7||Moderate-Difficult|
Good attempts would be around 25-28 questions with 85% accuracy in 35-40 minutes.
SNAP 2018 General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability Analysis
The difficulty level of the General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability section was similar to that of SNAP 2017. This section consisted of 35 questions out of which 5 were a special question where answer had to be written with the help of virtual onscreen keyboard. There were two RC passages with ten questions in total, and the remaining 25 questions were from the verbal ability. Most of the VA questions were from word usage like antonym, synonyms, followed by the correct usage of Grammar. Two of the RC passage were easy to read and could be attempted easily if given well read. The table below shows the distribution of the topics asked in the General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability Section.
|Topic||Number of Questions||Level of Difficulty|
|The correct form of underlined word||2||Easy-Moderate|
|Error in sentence||2||Easy-Moderate|
|Fill in the Blanks||4||Easy-Moderate|
|Idioms and Phrases||2||Easy-Moderate|
|Odd one out||2||Easy|
|RC 1: Google use of location services as malpractice||5||Easy-Moderate|
|RC 2: Free market economy||5||Moderate|
Good attempts would be around 29-31 questions with 85% accuracy in 30-35 minutes.
SNAP 2018 Current Affairs Analysis
Below were the topics from which questions were asked from the Current Affairs section. Overall the section was moderate+, some of the special questions were factual and difficult. A reasonable attempt will be around 14-16 questions with 75% accuracy in 12-15 minutes.
|Topic||Number of questions||Level of Difficulty|
|Current affairs- Eco and polity||8||Easy-Moderate|
|Current affairs-Miscellaneous GK||2||Moderate|
As per SNAP result 2018, a score of 95 would have fetched 99.9802%, a score of 72 would have fetched close to 97.5%, and a score of 64.75 would have brought close to 93.7%.
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