SNAP 2015 Preparation Tips

In this article you will get some really helpful SNAP 2015 Preparation Tips such as recommended books for SNAP Exam, Quick Tips and other latest updates related to this exam. The Symbiosis International University (SIU) which is one of Indias best Private Universities conducts the Symbiosis National Aptitude test FOR THE PURPOSE OF SHORTLISTING CANDIDATES FOR Post Graduation admission into its MBA courses at 13 of its centres. The SNAP also features a centralized interview as well as a written test in addition to the objective type SNAP. The SNAP marks (80%) and the previous academic merits (20%) are used for the purpose of shortlisting candidates for the Personal Interview/Interaction and Written Aptitude Test (PI-WAT) thus it’s essential to ace this test. For this very purpose we have enlisted a few tips and tricks to help you through your preparation.

Syllabus for SNAP 2015:

The SNAP test comprises of Objective type questions  in the Multiple Choice format (MCQs) that constitute of 180 marks that has to be completed within a duration of 2 hours. There is negative marking in this test thus its better to steer away from guess work. The topics that will be covered are as follows:

  1. General English : Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability- consisting of 40 marks
  2. Quantitative , Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency – consisting of 40 marks.
  3. General Awareness: Current Affairs, General Knowledge , Business Scenario-consisting of 40 marks.
  4. Analytical and Logical Reasoning – consisting of 40 marks

Sectional Inputs

Its imperative to check out individual sections of the examination to analyze how will you cope with each and score more

Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency:

The SNAP examinations had always had a strong emphasis on Arithmetic questions and would cover the topics of Time and Work, Mixtures and Allegations, Ratio and Proportion, Percentages, Time and Distance, Averages and Profit, Loss and Discount. The Data Sufficiency has been a fluctuating part of the SNAP examination but still to keep on the safe side you should make sure to browse the basics of the topic aand in the category of Geometry Mensuration has been a fairly regular constituent of the examination.

The Data Interpretation question that are asked in SNAP are usually fairly easy and aren’t as complex as the ones asked in XAT/CAT or as calculation intensive as those that are asked in IIFT. Thus the overall level of difficulty of the section has been labeled as ranging between easy to moderate.

Logical Reasoning:

This is regarded as one of the most important section of the examination and the rason for this is that the questions in this section carry two marks each thus it’s a vita section to aid you in clearing your cut-offs. The questions in this section is of mixed sorts featuring questions from various diverse areas such as : critical reasoning, deductive logic, analogies, logical reasoning sets, series, visual reasoning, arrangement, blood relations and puzzles. Thus a candidate should target to attempt 20+ questions in the exam and always keep an eye for some sitters in this particular section as these are scattered all around.

Verbal Ability:

This is generally considered as an easy section in the SNAP and it consists of a host of vocabulary questions , grammar questions and short RC passages. Usually only 4 to 6 RC questions have been asked as of yet and there’s always a greater focus on the Vocabulary questions thus its advised to learn and revise as many words as possible. A favorite of the SNAP paper setters revolves around the “Kangaroo Words” which contains of letters of another word in order with the same meaning.In the verbal reasoning section a couple of simple para jumbled questions are asked and in the vocabulary section  the questions that are asked are sentence completion, synonyms, antonyms, idioms and phrases , word usage and spelling questions. The Grammar section consists of error spotting , identifying the grammatically correct sentence and occasionally, questions based on topics such as active/passive voice. The exam also at times asks questions based on ‘Figures of Speech’, and you would do well to cover these. They total to about 20 and can be done in an hour.

Thus in this overall section you should aim for attempting more than 30 questions and should be able to complete it within 20 to 25 minutes.

General Knowledge:

This is one particular area that most students have difficulty with as the section is so vast which makes it a tough section to prepare for. The major areas quizzed by SNAP in this area include: Static GK, Current Affairs, Brand and Business GK. Remember that SNAP places a lot of emphasis on Current Affairs questions, and make sure that you cover the major news stories, awards and prizes, sports event winners and important mergers and acquisitions for the last one year. Generally, GK sections have very low cut-offs, so you do not need to overly worry about the section but attempt only those questions about which you are sure. Prepare to leave questions in this section.

Quick tips for SNAP 2015 Exam

  • Browse all the previous years SNAP papers do that you better understand the nature of the examination.
  • Ensure that you are left with enough time for the Logical Reasoning section in the examination.
  • Keep an eye out for sitter questions in each section of the exam.
  • Don’t waste a whole lot of time on the GK questions and brace yourselves to skip the questions you are unsure of
  • – Although the level of questions may seem easier as compared to other competitive exams, the number of questions is more so its essential to focus on speed in addition to accuracy
  • – Prepare a study schedule and include minimum of 2 topics per day, increasing to all 4 as exam date approaches
  • – Study the basic concepts from NCERT books before working on questions
  • – As negative marking is applicable, skip any question you are not sure about. This will also help save time rather than trying to attempt a question you are not sure about.

How to prepare for SNAP 2015 Exam

  1. SNAP Preparation Tips For GK

For the SNAP GK part, current affairs, business and economy, prizes, science, sports and other miscellaneous events need attention. You may study

  1. SNAP GK Material.
  2. Manorama Yearbook 2015, for major current events
  3. Economy/ Business Pages of The Hindu / The Times of India / The Hindustan Times
  4. General Knowledge Digest – Mani Ram Aggarwal (for static GK)
  1. SNAP Preparation Tips For Logical Reasoning

Logical Reasoning can be practiced using puzzle books and other books on reasoning. You can also profit from working with R S Aggarwal’s book on Reasoning available easily.

  1. SNAP Preparation Tips For Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

For Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, revise the Class 5-10 NCERT school books. Since fast calculations can save time, practice with tables, squares, cubes and decimal-fraction conversions. It needs to be done mentally. Fast calculations can save time, thereby helping you do more.

  1. SNAP Preparation Tips For Verbal Ability

To improve your Verbal Ability, read good books and newspapers. Read a national daily and pay close attention to its editorial pages. Learn a minimum of 20-30 words daily, along with their multifarious usages. Consulting a dictionary like The Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary / Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary is a good idea.

  1. How To Crack SNAP Grammar?

Grammar books like Thomson Martinet’s Practical English Grammar OR Wren & Martin’s High School English Grammar can help you deal with the SNAP grammar part. Your roster of SNAP preparation books is just incomplete without these essentials.

  1. How To Crack SNAP Vocabulary?

Refer to the following SNAP preparation books for the vocabulary part: 1.” Word Power Made Easy” – Norman Lewis 2. “All About Words” — Rosenblum, Nurnberg.

Last minute preparation tips

A few last minute tips to remember.

  1. Aspirants must brush up their basic English grammar, as simple questions are asked. One must not complicate their preparation by trying to revise elaborate grammar rules
  2. While attempting the comprehension, try to read the questions before the paragraph as it becomes easy to mark answers while you read.
  3. There will be questions from Media and latest news events. Students appearing for the SIMC Pune test, must take a look at important events of past 2 months. This will take only two hours and will give a strong insight to the General Knowledge section.
  4. For the Analytical & Logical Reasoning section, revise it a day before only if you have been practising regularly. Otherwise, leave the section to focus over a section which one feels comfortable with.
  5. It is important that the preparation is not complex; one must try to remain calm and understand that most of the things in the paper are basic and simple.
  6. Students must start with the section they find the easiest and most comfortable to solve.
  7. There were questions from entertainment history and international events last year. A revision from these spheres is a must.
  8. It is important to read the questions thoroughly before answering.
  9. For Quantitative Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency section, it is best for students to know all the models of the problems like speed, distance, time and finding the next image patterns etc.

Hope this article helped you to analyze the exam..Happy exams!


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