The analysis of SNAP’14 was an interesting exercise.

After the test, the consensus was that SNAP’14 was similar (pattern-wise) to SNAP’13 , however, many felt that due to a slightly difficult Reasoning and Quant section the scores could fall drastically. The data submitted by all of you however gave a similar picture, if we do away with the word ‘drastically.’

The data suggests that the difficulty level of SNAP’14 was surely on the higher side as compared to the last couple of years, however, it was probably not as difficult as it seemed at first glance.

While the Reasoning section was considered to be tough the average attempts were on the higher side as compared to first impressions. On the other hand, Quantitative aptitude and Verbal Reasoning were sections where people have scored high.

Surprisingly the GK section which was the toughest of the last few years had some students doing exceptionally well while most have performed as expected.

Overall, with the SNAP score being the only criteria for interview calls this year the expected cut offs are likely to fall by about 9-10 marks rather than 14-15 marks, as was initially anticipated.

The table below gives our estimate of the cutoff marks (out of 180) based on your inputs. The percentile cutoffs have been assumed to be the same as that of last year based on the following:

  1. The number of candidates who have taken SNAP’14 is almost the same as that of SNAP’13.
  2. The number of applicants in each institute this year will be similar to the number of applicants last year.
  3. The institutes will maintain the same ratio of number of interview calls to seats.

The SNAP’13 cutoff percentile was not available for some of the reserved categories in a few institutes and has been kept blank. It would however be safe to assume that the cutoffs for these categories will be significantly less than that of general category. Some of these programs do receive so few applications that all reserved category students will definitely get interview calls.

Please remember that these cut offs are estimates and the actual cutoffs could be lower by a couple of marks.

College Programme Category
General SC ST DA KM
SIBM – Pune MBA 101 66 43 44 78
SIBM- Bengaluru MBA 91 57 20 71
SCMHRD MBA 96 68 40 52 74
MBA – (Infrastructure Management) 86 52
SIIB MBA – IB 91 57 33 72
MBA – AB 52 51 21
MBA – E and E 48
SITM MBA-TM 66 9 1 10 18
SIMC MMC-Audio Visual & Journalism 58
MBA (CM) 71 36 54
SIOM MBA  – OM 84 43 58
SSBF MBA- Banking & Finance 76

SIMS – MBA: Only for wards of defence personnel:

Defence Open :   61
Sponsored candidates  : 76

All students who meet the above criteria should immediately start preparing for the next stage, remember that the personality assessment stage has a 50% weight and a low SNAP score can easily be compensated by a good performance in this stage. SNAP interviews typically start in early February and delaying your PDP classes till SNAP results are declared could lead to a insufficient preparation time.

For those who are not aware, the weights in the final selection of all SNAP institutes for various components of the selection process are:

  1. SNAP score out of 180 scaled down to 50 marks                 50
  2. Group Exercise (GE)                                                                 10
  3. Personal Interaction (PI)                                                         30
  4. Writing Ability Test (WAT)                                                       10 Total                                                                                        100

The students who are missing the above estimated cut offs (and also the others) should focus on XAT and TISS where a good performance will lead to options in many good B schools.

All the best.