“I didn’t waste much time in Current Affairs,” says 2015 SNAP topper, Aditi Ramchandra

Those who prepare for MBA entrances all year long, automatically find it easy to ace Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) that is scheduled to be held on December 18 this year, between 2pm and 4pm. That’s what happened with SNAP 2015 topper, Aditi Ramchandra who scored 99.05 percentile in SNAP last year. “I think more than how much you study, it is imperative that one studies regularly.Luckily for me, the exams that preceded SNAP had been a positive experience, because of which I was quite confident about it,” she said.

Aditi, graduated from St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi and worked with Aon India as an analyst for 27 months, before choosing to pursue Marketing Management at SPJIMR, Mumbai. Following the completion of the course, she plans to foray into Brand Management/ Consulting.

Speaking about her preparation strategy, Aditi said, “I studied everyday post work, solving 2 caselets each of Quantitative Ability (QA), Data Interpretation/ Logical Reasoning, Verbal Ability/ Reading Comprehension. I timed myself and ensured that I solved them with a curious frame of mind. The moment I got bored, I would move to a different caselet. I religiously solved all mock tests, both the short and long of it.” She also agreed that SNAP tests one’s strengths more than one’s weaknesses because of which one must master his/her forte and grasp the basics of the topics well before time. ” I continued to study as I always did. (3*2 caselets per day).I solved the question paper with the intent of maximising the overall score and in the process came up with my own strategy to solve the paper on the exam day,” she said.

Aditi attempted those sections first, which she was confident about. She claimed to always be strong in VARC, which led her to attempt all the questions in the section. “I attempted the exam in the order of VARC, QA, DILR, GK. I attempted 95% of the questions in VARC and QA and tried to maximise my score in DILR, to cover up for GK,” she said. She always knew she wasn’t good at Current Affairs and thus didn’t waste much time on that section. ” I did not invest a majority of my time in Current Affairs, and instead chose to use that time for DILR, as it was considered the toughest section in CAT that year. My strategy worked and I was able to maximise my score in SNAP,” she said, adding that students should come up with their own strategy to solve the paper.

Additionally, Aditi stated that the paper surprised students in the last two years with its relatively tricky questions. “Hence, one’s strategy must be to focus,strengthen and maximise the overall score by attempting the paper smartly while remaining cool throughout the exam. Remember, MBA is just the beginning of it all,” she concluded.