The Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) test 2011 was stained by incorrect options, incomplete information, inconsistent data and poor management, alleged candidates who took the test, which was conducted in 30 cities of India on Sunday. However, Symbiosis authorities ruled out the possibility of such errors in the paper.
The SNAP, a common and compulsory written test for admissions to all the post-graduate institutes of Symbiosis International University (SIU), has evoked strong reactions from aspirants on MBA forums online and Facebook too. Close to 8,000 candidates took the test in Pune alone. Anil Keskar, dean academics, SIU, said the authorities would investigate into the matter since the feedback emails he received do mention issues such as incorrect options, incomplete information and inconsistent data. "However, I am confident that the paper had no mistakes and that the questions as well as the options were correct. The paper setting is done by experts, after which it is re-checked by two more experts,' said Keskar, ruling out the possibility of a re-examination or giving grace marks to candidates, as some of the feedback emails had requested.
Lalit S Kathpalia, head, Symbiosis test secretariat, said, "We raised the level and quality of questions. We raised the bar. A lot of students were expecting a cakewalk and, hence, they found the questions tough to answer." Vijay Singh, a candidate whose test centre was in Pune, said, "Two questions in the quantitative section had incorrect options. We also noticed misprinting in some of the options, while we came across three ambiguous questions in the logical reasoning section."
Another city-based candidate said on the condition of anonymity, "While giving the test, one has no way of knowing that options of a particular question are wrong. It is only later that you realise (after other candidates verify) that a particular question had incorrect options. But while taking the test, a question to which one cannot find an answer only makes one lose confidence. There were two questions whose options did not match my answers and others felt the same way too." He added that he spent a total of six minutes, trying to solve the two questions. "Ideally, I would have spent 50 seconds on each if the questions were right. It wasted a lot of my time," he added.
Another candidate who took the test in Pune confirmed, "Two questions, one on the 'number system' and another on 'work and time' had the wrong options." Nishant Swapan, a 25-year-old who took the test in Bhubaneswar, said, "Seven out of 150 questions were inconsistent. They had insufficient data and could not be solved."
Courtesy: Times of India