It is soon going to be that time when the nightmares of competitive exams are going to haunt you. Competitive Exams have become a part of mostly admissions to all courses, disciplines and even jobs! All problems have a solution! What’s the solution for beating competitive exams? Yeah, you guessed it- Preparation!
We are going to talk about one of the most coveted exams conducted in India- Symbiosis National Aptitude Test or popularly known asSNAP. The SNAP exam is taken by candidates for admission to MBA program offered by institutes of Symbiosis International University.
In the article below we have some tips to get you started on the preparation for the SNAP exam. Whether you are starting your preparation for SNAP months early or starting it just a few days before, the following tips will sure help you:
SNAP Exam Pattern
First thing which you should do is understand the SNAP Exam Pattern. The test pattern will give you an idea as to what, how and which part of the syllabus and section you should focus and spend most of your time. You will also know how to divide your time on the sections better.
The SNAP Exam Pattern is listed in the table below:
|SNAP EXAM Pattern|
|Total number of sections||4|
|Total number of questions||150|
|Test Duration||120 minutes|
|Type of Questions||Multiple Choice Question|
|Negative Marking||Yes, -25% on every wrong answer|
|Name of Section||Total Questions||Total Marks|
|General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability||40||40|
|Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency||40||40|
|Current Affairs (of last 2 years)||30||30|
|Analytical & Logical Reasoning||40||40|
Analyse the sections
Now that you know the SNAP Exam Pattern, your next step should be to investigate each section carefully. Reading the SNAP Syllabus of each and every section might really help you to direct your preparation for SNAP. In the table below you can see example of how to analyse the section as per the SNAP Exam Pattern:
|Name of the Section||Areas to focus on|
|Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation||· This section involves numbers, formulas, tables, decimal fractions etc.
· You should start brushing up on Mathematics and practice questions on time, distance, percentages, trigonometry, probability etc.
|Verbal Ability||· This section has questions on Vocabulary, Sentences, Reading Comprehension
· You must brush up on your grammar and maybe learn new words from dictionary etc.
|Logical Reasoning||· Here the focus is on questions with complex arrangement, Venn diagram, relationship etc.
· Hence the you should practice such puzzles and reasoning
|General Awareness||· This section is based on general knowledge questions based on current affairs, sports, awards and prizes, economy etc.
· Hence you should read newspaper and keep yourself updated with the current affairs.
Solve the mock papers!
All your knowledge about SNAP Exam Pattern and all your analysing of the sections would go waste if you don’t put it to test. Of course, you’ll put it to test in the SNAP but make your preparations stronger by solving ample of sample or mock papers! If you solve sample/ mock papers you can not only manage your time but also learn from the mistakes you make.
You can find many sample papers for SNAPon the internet. Increase your speed and accuracy by solving the questions papers and don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t get all answers correct. Focus more on the wrong answers after you solve one paper and keep solving more previous year question papers to eventually get all sections covered. Remember, the paper has negative marking so test yourself and make your chances of getting negative less, by solving the SNAP question papers.
Books for SNAP
The sections in the SNAP question papers are common and are present in many competitive exams. This means that you have a wide variety of books to choose and do your preparations from. Invest your money in good books which can help you in SNAP Exam and also other competitive exams with same sections.
You can start by reading the following books:
- Manorama Yearbook 2016 by Mathew, Mammen&Manorama
- SNAP Solved Papers 2004 -2015 by Gautam Puri
- Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) Guide – By Ramesh Publication House
- Map the SNAP Symbiosis National Aptitude Test: 5 Mock Tests & Solved Papers (2015 – 2005) (RK Jha) – by Arihant
- SNAP simplified with GK by Disha Publications
- Target SNAP (English) by Disha Publications
- Verbal ability and reading comprehension by Arun Sharma and MeenakshiUpadhyay
To conclude, SNAP will no more seem like a terror if you follow these simple preparation tips: Know the SNAP Exam Pattern, Analyse the sections, Solve SNAP question papers and buy good books.
Prepare well and SNAP out of it! All the best!