SNAP-2017 Exam Analysis

SNAP exam, conducted on 17th Dec 2017, in the computer based test format for the first time ever, had the same pattern as it had last year.

The overall difficulty level of the exam was higher as compared to last year’s.

The broad distribution of the test was as under:

SectionMarksNo. of QuestionsGood number of net attemptsIdeal time allocation (min)
General English404020-2220-25
Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency404018-2135-40
Current Affairs30307-910-15
Analytical & Logical Reasoning404018-2030-35

Since there was no sectional cut-off, it made the job of the students a lot easier i.e., they could focus on maximising the overall score instead of perforce trying to improve their sectional performances in tougher sections.

Let us have a closer look at each of the sections:

General English

The distribution of the questions area-wise was as under:

Question TypeNo. of questions
FIB (Maximum no of times, four sentences)2
Analogies (Similar pair)2
FIB (Single blank)4
Match the Parts of Speech (Noun, Verb, Adverb, Adjective) correctly with the sentence2
Replace the underlined phrase (Vocab based) (Two idioms, and one synonym)3
Replace the underlined phrase (Grammar based)1
Grammar – Compound Relative Pronoun in sentence1
Grammar – Compound Relative Adverb in sentence1
Active & Passive Voice2
RC 16
RC 26

The RC area had two passages with six questions each. The passages were lengthy in nature with around 1000-1100 words.

Passage 1: A lengthy passage on “The right to be left alone” or “Privacy” taken from “The Indian Express”. The questions included Title and Tone of the passage and four ‘specific detail’ questions.

Passage 2: Another lengthy passage on “The Founding Fathers of Australia: The Story of convicts shipped to the New World”. There were 5 ‘specific detail’ questions and 1 Vocab based question.

Around 20-22 can be considered to be a good number of attempts in this section.

Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency

The Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency section was lengthier and relatively trickier. This was unlike last year when the section had more doable questions. Surprisingly, the weightage of Pure Maths was a little on the higher side.

There were only two DI sets which were not calculation intensive and should be on the easy-moderate side for most of the students. There were no DS questions this year as well.

One question was ambiguous (p^q =169) and two other questions did not have the correct answer options (1. Sale of two FM Radios, 2. DI question on the technicians and carpenters).

The broad distribution of the questions from various areas is as below:

Question TypeNo. of questionsDifficulty Level
Averages, Mixtures & Alligations2Easy-Moderate
Heights & Distances1Difficult
Line Graph2Easy
Number Series2Easy-Moderate
Pie Chart5Easy-Moderate (one question with wrong options)
Time & Work1Moderate
Ratio, Proportion, & Variation1Easy
Time & Distance1Moderate
Simple Equations1Moderate
Profit & Loss1Difficult (Wrong options)
Venn Diagram1Easy

A good student could have attempted a net of 18-21 out of 40 questions in this section by spending around 35-40minutes. However, this called for a judicious selection of the questions.

General Awareness

The General Awareness section had 30 questions.

The questions were asked from various categories as below.

AreaNo. of questions
Corporate Entities4
Science/ Technology7
Famous Personalities3
Entertainment/ Media3
Natural calamity1
Government Policies1

As the name of the section suggested, there were no static GK questions. Most of these questions were difficult. There were few easy questions but none of them can be categorised as sitters at all.

Around 7-9 attempts in the section in around 10-15 min would have been good for this section.

Analytical & Logical Reasoning

The Analytical and Logical Reasoning section had a reasonable number of easy & moderate questions.

Unlike last year, apart from the standalone ones, there were few set based questions also. Added to this, there were some tough ones to crack.

The level of the section could be pegged at a moderate level of difficulty.

The question distribution in the section was as below

Question TypeNo. of questionsDifficulty Level
Input-Output Flowchart1Moderate
Critical Reasoning1Moderate
Number/ Letter series2Easy
Direction Sense1Moderate
Quant based Reasoning6Easy-Difficult
Blood Relationship6Easy-Moderate
Missing number1Difficult

Around 18-20 attempts could be considered to be a good attempt in this section.


An overall score of 66-68 or above should be a good score for SIBM, 62-64 for SCMHRD, and 53-55 for SIBM Bangalore and SIIB.

Note- The above mentioned estimated cutoffs are for general category students, the cutoffs for SC/ST/DA/Kashmiri migrants will be much lower.

Please note that there are no sectional cut-offs for SNAP.