SNAP 2020 Topper Interview – SNAP Exam is conducted by Symbiosis International University (SIU) and after the result was announced here we bring for you an exclusive interview with the one of the toppers ‘Minkesh Devani’ who has aced SNAP 2020 exam with 99+ percentile. With a dream to seek admission in one of the top B-schools of India, he shares handy tips that will surely help the future SNAP aspirants to prepare for the MBA entrance exam with ease. Find out preparation strategy, goals and aspirations of Minkesh that enabled him achieve feat in the SNAP entrance exam.
SNAP 2020 Topper Interview – Minkesh Devani
1. Congratulations on your stellar performance in the exam. What are your overall and sectional scores in SNAP exam?
Thank you! Here are my scores:
Verbal Ability: 12.50 out of 15
Analytical and Logical Reasoning: 18.75 out of 25
Quants (Math) and Data Interpretation: 20 out of 20
Overall: 51.25 out of 60, translating to 99.9603%ile
2. When did you start your SNAP exam Preparation? What is the ideal time required to complete the syllabus before the exam?
I took a break of a week after my CAT exam. Post that I started my SNAP preparations and did thatfor around 2 weeks until the exam. My focus was to get comfortable with the new exam pattern through mocks. There's no ideal time per se for preparation, as it heavily depends on how well acquainted one is with basics.
3. Tell us something about your family background and your inspiration to appear for SNAP exam.
I belong to a Gujarati family, and did my schooling in vernacular background. The rationale behind appearing for SNAP is to invite an opportunity to get into one of the finest colleges of our country.
4. Was there any particular section/area that you were weak at? How did you overcome this challenge? What strategies did you adopt to master that section?
I wasn't particularly weak at any section. However, I was cognizant of my strong area that is Quants. The primary challenge for me to conquer was to reduce silly mistakes in the paper. Such recklessness costs us heavily in competitive exams, as they attract negative scores. I maintained an error-log (the book wherein I used to maintain logs of silly errors I made) and revisited it before every subsequent mock.
5. Please share your section-wise preparation strategy for QA, DILR and VARC.
Since I took CAT 2020 (where I scored 98.75%ile), my basics were in place. For SNAP, I had to get comfortable with the new pattern, for which I took 4 mock tests before the actual exam. This helped me improve my speed and accuracy.
6. Were you a part of any coaching institute? Do you think coaching is necessary to ace SNAP?
No, I did not take any coaching. I had taken mock test series from different institutes for CAT (underlying concepts are no different for SNAP). Taking and analyzing enough mocks can help one know where he or she stands in the competition. For SNAP in particular, no coaching is required given that the test-taker is thorough with the basics. Mocks should do the job.
7. Any particular book or study material that helped you gain an edge over other candidates?
I had referred to a book on Quants from McGraw Hill Publication. For the rest of the two sections, solving questions from past year mocks by different coaching institutes (available online) and past year papers was sufficient. I analyzed them well and kept a track of my progress in an excel sheet. That helped me assess my performance periodically.
8. What role did Mocks play in your success? How many mocks did you attempt before the exam?
Taking mocks is important. However, analyzing them is more important.
The primary motive behind taking mocks should be to test different strategies and finalizing the one which gives you maximum marks.
I have attempted four mock tests before the actual exam.
9. Please share your exam-day strategy for SNAP exam? What was your last-minute preparation? How did you plan your SNAP test taking?
The strategy is to pick all the low hanging fruits first. Since I am comfortable with Vocabulary based questions and the Quant section, I picked questions from these topics first and then moved to the rest of the questions.
I knew that I need to remain calm and should take enough rest before the exam to perform well. Taking undue pressure on D-day always backfires. No matter how well one has prepared for the exam, if one is unable to manage pressure amidst that ticking clock on the screen, s/he would not be able to demonstrate his/her actual competence.
10. Do you think academic background plays an important role in SNAP Prep and Why?
The academic background may help to an extent; however, it does not play an “important” role. One should be confident that with the right amount of practice, a good score is achievable.
11. Which institutes have you applied to admission and why did you opt for them particularly?
I have applied to SIBM-Pune and SCMHRD through SNAP, as these are the two prominent B-schools under the Symbiosis family.
12. How are you preparing for GD – PI and WAT rounds of the selection process?
I am in the process of introspection. Along with that, I am also preparing for current affairs, which will help me with GD and WAT. This year, most of the interviews will be held online due to COVID-19, and some of the institutes have scrapped GD and WAT, resulting in more weightage to PI.
13. What is your message for SNAP aspirants? One crucial piece of advice that you would like them to follow and wish you had known.
It’s just an exam. Do not panic. Prepare well. Take enough mocks so that you are confident on D-day. Don’t take mocks to practice only, take mocks to devise a strategy, take mocks to learn to deal with time-pressure. With this, you will surely crack the exam.
14. What is your dream career choice after completing your MBA?
I am inclined towards marketing. However, in B-schools, one gets to choose electives/specialization after a specific period – mostly after a year. Hence, I will be taking an advantage of that to reassess my inclination.
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