SNAP 2015 – Last minute tips

Read on for some last minute tips and strategies for SNAP 2015 and improve your chances of getting a call for the next round of the selection process of the Symbiosis Group of institutes, more so from  SIBM Pune and SCMHRD Pune.

Tips for previous day

  1. Write down your strategy for the test in black and white – do not leave this for D-Day
    • Target score/attempts overall as well as across sections – based on analysis of past paper analysis as well as your performance in mock tests (for last year’s cut-offs – Click here). Note that you may need to modify these targets suitably while taking the test – if you find the test to be easier or tougher than past papers – the mantra is always to maximize your potential. It’s also important to note that there are no sectional cut-offs – so you can target to score more from your areas of strength than other areas.
    • Order in which you will attempt the sections (My preferred attempt would be Verbal followed by GK followed by Quant followed by Reasoning)
    • Time that you will allot to each section – it’s always handy to keep a buffer of 5-10 minutes that ca then be used for the section that turns out to be tougher on the day. This allocation should be based on the section-wise target score you have set for yourself. (My time allocation would be Verbal: 22-25 min; GK- 10-12 min; Quant: 30-35 min; Reasoning: 40-45 min)
    • Your strategy chart could look like this:SNAP Strategy Chart

      * The target attempts have been calculated assuming an 85-90% accuracy in the respective area.

  2. Avoid taking a mock test – go for focused revision
    • Today is not a day to assess where you stand – a low score may end up having a demoralizing effect.
    • Revise those areas where you are comparatively weaker – for eg, you may choose to scan through the wordlist as the verbal section has a rich proportion of vocabulary questions.
  3. Sleep early – Eat Healthy. You need to be fresh and alert on D-Day.

 Tips for D-Day

  1. Be Positive – Whatever be your level of preparation you need to give it your best shot
  2. Reach the test centre on time – carry all documents as instructed in your admit card.
    • Admit Card (Your latest coloured passport size photograph should be pasted on the Admit Card at the place provided for)
    • Photo Identity Proof (Passport, Driving license, College/Institute Identity Card, Credit card with photograph, Voter ID Card, Pan Card, AADHAR Card/UID)
    • Blue/Black Ball-point pen, (Pencil & Eraser – if required by you)
    • Cell phones, calculators, watch calculators, alarm clocks, digital watches with built-in calculators/memory or any electronic gadgets will not be allowed in the examination hall
  3. While taking the test:
    • Manage your time well – be in control for the entire duration of the test
    • Do not get stuck in a question – move on, you will find easier questions ahead.
    • The test has negative marking – so do not indulge in wild guessing even if you believe you are not doing too well. At the same time, do not get over-cautious and under-attempt.
    • Ensure that you do not score a ZERO or a negative score in any section – although there are no sectional cut-offs.
    • Do not get demotivated at any stage – if you find the test is difficult, it may be so for everyone – and your best effort might just be enough to seal the deal.
  4. Expected Cut-offs: The cut-offs for SNAP have generally been in the range of 90 to 120 marks overall depending on the level of difficulty of the test. The test does not have sectional cut-offs. The cut-offs last year were as follows:

SNAP Cut-offs

Source: IMS Website. For the complete table visit

Watch out the IMS website for an in-depth analysis of the SNAP 2015 paper immediately after the test on the test day.Click here 

All the best for SNAP 2015!!


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