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Tips for cracking SNAP 2010

The general awareness section is different from other MBA exams. But if you’ve kept up with the news in the past couple of months, you will tackle this section well

education Updated: Dec 15, 2010 09:19 IST

SNAP 2010, the common entrance exam for different courses of the 14 institutes of Symbiosis International University is just a week away. The exam, to be held on Sunday, December 19, is one of the popular choices of the MBA aspirants. The duration of the exam is two hours. The test will be held in a paper-pencil format from 2 pm to 4 pm.

The Symbiosis institutes that will accept the SNAP 2010 scores are: Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune, and Bangalore; Symbiosis Institute of International Business, Pune; Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development, Pune; Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies, Pune; Symbiosis Institute of Operations Management, Nasik; Symbiosis School of Banking Management, Pune.

There were 150 questions in SNAP 2009 across five sections. These are: quantitative ability, verbal ability, analytical and logical reasoning, data interpretation and data sufficiency and general awareness. The difference between SNAP and other MBA entrance exams like CAT, XAT, FMS, JMET etc. is the section on general awareness.

All sections have one mark each for correct answers except for analytical and logical reasoning section questions which have two marks each. Total marks are 180. Quantitative, data interpretation and data sufficiency, general awareness has 40 marks each and analytical and logical reasoning section has 60 marks.

There is 25% negative marking for each incorrect answer.
According to the analysis of the past three years, the general difficulty level is easy to moderate.

A look at the various sections:
Quantitative ability: This section will have questions based on arithmetic topics i.e. percentages, profit-loss, SI-CI, TSD, ratio-proportion and mixtures.

“So when you are preparing for QA, ensure that you are good in the arithmetic part and then move on to other areas like number system, PNC, probability, algebra and geometry (the order in which sections are written is the order in which you are supposed to study),” mentions an MBA expert.

General English:
This section consists of questions based on reading comprehension, para-jumbles, vocabulary and sentence correction. “Reading comprehension is quite straightforward, so basic reading speed is important. Vocabulary generally consists of high frequency words and sentence correction can be easily solved if one is a regular reader. Para-jumbles might be tricky sometimes,” the expert says. It would be ideal to complete the section in 30 minutes.

Data interpretation and data sufficiency/analytical and logical reasoning:
Data interpretation has around 15 questions, which are generally given in the forms of a table, pie chart, line diagram or bar diagram. “In this section, you must try not to get stuck in any of the given questions,” the expert says.

Around 35 to 40 minutes should be spent in this section.
One must regularly practice analytical reasoning, mathematical reasoning, and critical reasoning. Spend around 45 to 50 minutes in this section.

General awareness:
This section is based on current affairs. “A person who has been reading newspapers for past few months will be able to clear this section easily,” the expert advises. “General knowledge is like vocabulary, you will have only two options – either you know it or you don’t,” he adds. The ideal time span to solve this section is 10 minutes.