The SNAP 2013 was conducted on 15 December, 2013, in 30 cities across India. The test was of two hours duration, held between 2 PM and 4 PM. There were 150 questions with three sections each consisting of 40 questions and one section consisting of 30 questions. Analysis of SNAP 2013 is based on the opinions of candidates who appeared for the test as well as education experts. In total, there were 150 questions. SNAP 2013 did not spring any surprises, the pattern remained the same as it has been over the past few years. The difficulty level of the test was marginally lower compared to last year.
The total marks allotted for the paper was 180 with 1/4th negative marking for each incorrect answer. There were no sectional cut-offs.
VA & RC Section
The Verbal Ability (VA) and Reading Comprehension (RC) section consisted of 40 questions, with 1 mark allotted per question. In the VA section, questions on grammar, RC and vocabulary did not have any surprise element. However, there were some unfamiliar idioms and words. One of the two RCs was time-consuming as it comprised inferential questions. The grammar questions, although predictable, were slightly confusing to some who tried to solve them fast. Over half of the 40 questions in the section were vocab-based, i.e., Synonyms, Synonym-Antonym pair, spelling, appropriate substitute, etc. Overall, the section was moderate to difficult.
The Logical Reasoning (LR) section had 30 questions, with 2 marks allotted per question. This section had 4 questions of Data Interpretation (DI) as well as 3 on Set Theory entering the boundaries of the Analytical and Logical Ability section. Further, there were around 6 to 7 questions on Series. Other questions were framed on Blood Relation, Arrangements, Syllogism, Direction, Cube, Odd One Out, Clock, etc. The DI questions ranged from easy to moderate. Few questions on Series were difficult. Overall, the section was easy to moderate in terms of difficulty level.
The Quantitative Ability (QA) and Data Interpretation (DI) section had 40 questions with 1 mark allotted for each question. Most of the questions of the QA section were easy. All the questions, excepting a set consisting of 3 questions of Time and Distance, were independent and derived from diverse Quant aspects. There were 6 questions on Time and Work, which were mostly easy. Other questions were form Ratio, Percentage, Quadratic Equation, Mixtures, etc. There were some questions from Modern Mathematics such as Set Theory, Progression, Permutation and Combination, etc. There were 7 questions from Geometry. The majority of the questions were not time consuming. Overall, the sections can be termed easy to moderate.
The General Awareness (GA) Section consisted of 40 one-mark questions. The questions of this section were from a variety of topics such as Business, Sports, Politics, Science, Geographical Knowledge, etc. The section can be termed moderate.