SNAP Exam Pattern 2019

Updated on
August 5, 2019

SNAP 2019 exam pattern has changed again from last year. Two years ago SNAP was changed to a computer based exam from paper based test and then number of questions were changed, last year different types of special questions were introduced and for SNAP 2019, the exam pattern has been changed again, although the test duration remains same of two hours.

 

SNAP 2019 is the national level MBA entrance exam for MBA admission 2020 in the 15 Symbiosis institutes in India including Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM) Pune.

 

SNAP 2019 Exam date is December 15, 2019 and the exam will be held from 2PM to 4PM as a computer based test. Symbiosis International University (SIU) Pune conducts SNAP exam annually for admission to its 15 constituent Symbiosis MBA colleges. The last date to apply for SNAP 2019 is November 23, 2019. SNAP exam full form - Symbiosis National Aptitude Test reflects that the exam is meant mainly for admission to Symbiosis Institutes.

 

SNAP Exam Pattern 2019: Key Changes
SNAP exam pattern 2019 has been overhauled. Symbiosis International University (SIU) has brought about number of major changes in SNAP 2019 exam pattern and to a large extent SNAP has moved on the lines of CAT exam. SNAP not only consists of Objective Type MCQ questions but will also have Non MCQs. Some of the important changes introduced in SNAP exam pattern 2019 are:

Components of SNAP Exam pattern
SNAP Exam Pattern 2019
SNAP Exam Pattern 2018
Total Questions
115
130
Sectional Composition of Questions in SNAP 2019 exam pattern
English-30; QA & DI-35; Reasoning-30; Current Affairs-20
English-35; QA & DI-35; Reasoning-35; Current Affairs-25
Normal Questions (MCQ Type)
110
110
Special Questions (Non-MCQ Type)
 5 (Only in QADI section)
 20
Scoring Pattern (Normal Questions)
+1 Mark for Each Correct Answer in Quant & Current Affairs sections; +1.5 Marks for English and Reasoning Sections 
(110 MCQs)
+1 Mark for Each Correct Answer of Normal Questions (110 MCQs)
Scoring Pattern (Special Questions)
+2 Marks for Each Correct Answer of Special Questions (5 Non MCQs)
+2 Marks for Each Correct Answer of Special Questions (20 Non MCQs)
Negative Marking
-25% for each wrong answer
 
-0.25 Mark for each wrong answer of Normal Question
-0.50 Mark for each wrong answer of Special Question
Choice of Answer Options (Normal Questions)
4 for Normal Questions only
4 for Normal Questions only
Choice of Answer Options (Special Questions)
No Choice. Must Write the answer in the given space on computer screen using virtual key board
No Choice. Must Write the answer in the given space on computer screen using virtual key board
Number of SNAP 2019 Test Cities
90
92

SNAP Exam Pattern 2019: Highlights
Following are the key Highlights of SNAP 2019 Exam Pattern:

Sr. No.
SNAP Pattern 2019
 Highlights
1.
SNAP Exam Conducting Authority
Symbiosis International University (SIU) Pune
2.
SNAP 2019 Exam Mode
Online Computer Based Test
3.
Top MBA colleges accepting SNAP 2019 score 
SIBM Pune, SCHMRD, SIIB, SIBM Bengaluru and all the institutes affiliated to Symbiosis International University
4.
SNAP exam Duration
120 minutes 
5.
Total Questions in SNAP
115
6.
Total Maximum Marks
150
7.
Number of Sections
  4
8. 
How Many Times SNAP is held in a year
Single
9. 
Type of questions in SNAP
110 MCQs followed by 4 answer options
    5 Non MCQs with No answer option
10.
Sectional Cut off
There is no individual sectional cutoff.
11.
Facility to choose order of sections
There is no pre-fixed order for sections. The exam allows switching freely among different sections.

SNAP Exam Pattern 2019: Sectional Structure with Scoring Pattern
Similar to other major National Level MBA entrance exams such as CAT/XAT, SNAP 2019 has three common sections – Quant, LR/DI and English. Current Affairs will an additional section in SNAP Exam Pattern 2019.  Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) is the Mandatory Entrance Exam for admission to MBA programmes in 15 Symbiosis Institutes which are affiliated to Symbiosis International University (SIU) Pune. 

Section
Normal Questions (MCQ Type)
Special Questions (Non-MCQ Type)
Total Questions
Total Marks
General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability
30 (+1.5 Marks for each correct answer)
Nil
30
45
Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
30 (+ 1 Mark for Each Correct Answer)
 5 (+2 Marks for each Correct answer)
35
40
Analytical & Logical Reasoning
30 (+1.5 Marks for each correct answer)
Nil
30
45
Current Affairs
20 (+ 1 Mark for Each Correct Answer)
Nil
20
20
Total
110
 5
115
150

SNAP Pattern 2019: Important Points

  • SNAP 2019 exam has 2 hours duration. The exam will be conducted on December 15, 2019 from 2PM to 4PM.
  • SNAP 2019 exam is the only exam in which candidates are allowed to submit the test and can leave early. After 2.45 PM candidates are allowed to leave the testing room provided they have submitted the test
  • After submission of the test candidate will not be allowed to re-enter the test hall.
  • As against earlier paper based pattern, the SNAP pattern 2019 is Online Computer Based Test. Read More about SNAP

SNAP Exam Pattern and Syllabus 2019
SNAP exam pattern and syllabus 2019 is changed now. Revamping the SNAP exam pattern and syllabus 2019 last year, SIU brought about number of changes in number and composition of sections in SNAP exam pattern. A new type of Special question pattern has been introduced in SNAP exam.

 

To cover the SNAP exam pattern and syllabus, candidates have to change their SNAP preparation strategy as per the online SNAP exam pattern. Besides, it will be helpful to download SNAP exam pattern Pdf to clearly understand the changes in SNAP exam pattern 2019. The revamped SNAP exam pattern and syllabus 2019 for each section and features of SNAP exam pattern are as follows:

 

Section-1: General English
SNAP exam pattern and syllabus 2019 for the General English consists of Verbal Ability, Verbal reasoning and Reading Comprehension.

 

Section-2: Quantitative Ability
This section in SNAP covers all the key topics on Mathematics, questions on Data Interpretation, questions and problems on data sufficiency among others. The difficulty level is moderate to high in this section.

 

Section-3: Analytical & Logical ReasoningReasoning has been the main stay over the years in getting through the SNAP exam. SNAP exam pattern has been designed in the way that it focuses more on Reasoning questions which despite being of moderate difficulty level, requires a consistent preparation.

 

Section-4: Current Affairs
As the title of the section suggests, most of the questions in this section are based on current national and international affairs of past two years. The  questions could be based on any topic including Current domestic and international affairs; Business; Economics; social issues, appointments; sports; Constitution of India among others. Read More 

 

SNAP Exam pattern Pdf: Last years of SNAP Pattern Vs other exams
XAT exam pattern shared below for last 6 years can also be downloaded as XAT exam pattern Pdf to understand the various changes in XAT pattern during this period:

 

SNAP Exam Pattern 2019 V/s CAT
SNAP Exam Pattern and IIMs CAT Exam have many similarities which give the opportunity to the candidates to synchronise their sectional and overall exam preparation. SNAP 2019 exam pattern has changed only with number of questions and scoring pattern else it remains on last year SNAP pattern. The SNAP 2019 Exam Pattern Vs CAT exam has following similarity and dissimilarities:

Component
SNAP 2019
IIMs CAT
Total Questions
115
100
Overall Time Limit to Attempt the Exam
 2 hours
 3 hours
Type of Questions
110 MCQs
72-75 MCQs,
   5 Non-MCQs
25-28 Non-MCQs
Answer Options for MCQs
 4
4
Marks Awarded for each Correct Answer
 1 to 1.5 for MCQs
3 for All questions
 2 for Non MCQs
Negative Marking
25% for all questions
MCQs with 1/3 negative marking;
25% for Special questions (Non MCQs)
No negative marking for Non-MCQs
Exam Difficulty Level
Moderate
Difficult
Number of Sections
4
3
Section-1: Name and Number of Questions
General English, RC,VR,VA-30
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension- 34
Section-2: Name and Number of Questions
Analytical & Logical Reasoning-30
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning -32
Section-3: Name and Number of Questions
Quant, DI, Data Sufficiency-35
Quantitative Ability-34
Section-4: Name and Number of Questions
Current Affairs-20
Not Applicable, only 3 Sections
Facility to Choose Order of Sections
Yes, any question from any section within overall time limit
No, has to follow pre defined sectional order
Individual Sectional Time Limit
No
Each section with 1 hour time limit
Top MBA Colleges Accepting Exam Score
SIBM Pune, SCMHRD Pune, SIIB Pune, SIBM Bangalore & all other Symbiosis institutes. Read More
20 IIMs, FMS, MDI, SPJIMR, IMI, IMT, IITs, TAPMI, XIMB and hundreds of other B-schools. Read More

SNAP Exam Pattern 2019 Vs XAT
SNAP Exam Pattern and XLRI XAT Exam has many similarities like common section on General Knowledge, English Language, Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation among others which help the SNAP and XAT test takers to prepare for them simultaneously:

Component
SNAP 2019
XLRI - XAT
Total Questions
115
98
Overall Time Limit to Attempt the Exam
 2 hours
3½ hours
Type of Questions
110 MCQs
97 MCQs (1 is subjective Essay Writing test)
Answer Options for each MCQ
   4
  5
Marks Awarded for each correct answer
1 to 1.5 for each correct answer for MCQs (Normal Questions)
  1 for MCQs
 2 for Special Questions (Non-MCQs
  Scrapped Essay Writing Test
Negative Marking
 25% for each wrong answer
75 MCQs with 1/4 negative marking; No negative marking for 25 MCQs on
Exam Difficulty Level
Moderate to Difficult
High
Number of Sections
4
  3 (Main sections)
All have weightage
  1 (GK - Test score not counted)
Section-1: Name and Number of Questions
General English, RC,VR,VA-30
English Language & Logical Reasoning- 24
Section-2: Name and Number of Questions
Analytical & Logical Reasoning-30
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation- 27
Section-3: Name and Number of Questions
Quant, DI, Data Sufficiency-35
Decision Making-21
Section-4: Name and Number of Questions
Current Affairs-20
General Awareness-25
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Facility to Choose Order of Sections & Questions
Yes, any question from any section within overall time limit
Yes, Any question from any section within overall time limit
Individual Sectional Time Limit
No
No
Top MBA Colleges Accepting Exam Score
SIBM Pune, SCMHRD Pune, SIIB Pune, SIBM Bangalore & all other Symbiosis institutes. Read More
XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, TAPMI, XIMB

SNAP 2019 Exam Pattern V/s NMAT
SNAP Exam Pattern Pdf and NMAT by GMAC Exam have many similar sections and questions on same pattern. The candidates preparing for both the exams may coordinate their sectional and overall exam preparation. A comparative analysis detailing the key features of SNAP and NMAT is shared below:

Component
SNAP 2019
NMAT by GMAC
Total Questions
115
120
Overall Time Limit to Attempt the Exam
 2 hours
 2 hours
Type of Questions
MCQs & Non MCQs
All MCQs
Answer Options for MCQs
 4
5
Marks Awarded for each Correct Answer
 1 to 1.5 (MCQs)
 2 for Non MCQs
1
Negative Marking
25%
No negative marking
Exam Difficulty Level
Moderate
Moderate
Number of Sections
4
3
Section-1: Name and Number of Questions
General English, RC,VR,VA- 30
Language Skills-32
Section-2: Name and Number of Questions
Analytical & Logical Reasoning- 30
Logical Reasoning-40 
Section-3: Name and Number of Questions
Quant, DI, Data Sufficiency- 35
Quantitative Skills-48
Section-4: Name and Number of Questions
Current Affairs-20
Not Applicable
Facility to Choose Order of Sections
Yes, any question from any section within overall time limit
Yes, but once chosen has to follow
Individual Sectional Time Limit
No
Yes, varying time limit of 22 minutes to 60 minutes
Top MBA Colleges Accepting Exam Score
SIBM Pune, SCMHRD Pune, SIIB Pune, SIBM Bangalore & all other Symbiosis institutes
NMIMS, VIT, XIMB, IBS-ICFAI,
MISB Bocconi, Alliance University

SNAP Exam Pattern Pdf for Past SNAP exams
SNAP exam pattern in 2017 and 2016 had remained as under:

 

SNAP Exam Pattern: 2017 Exam Highlights

Sr. No.
SNAP 2017
 
  1.  
Exam Mode
Online Test
  1.  
Duration
120 minutes
  1.  
Number of attempts in a year
Single
  1.  
Type of questions
All MCQs. Each question had 4 options to choose an appropriate response.
  1.  
Marking Pattern
+1 for each correct answer.
  1.  
Negative Marking
Each wrong answer attracted 25% negative marks.
  1.  
Sectional Cutoff
There was no individual sectional cutoff.
  1.  
Facility to choose order of sections
There was no pre-fixed order for sections. The exam allowed switching freely among different sections.
  1.  
Top colleges accepting exam score
SIBM Pune, SCHMRD, SIIB, SIBM Bengaluru and all the institutes affiliated to Symbiosis International University

 

SNAP Pattern: Sectional composition in 2017

Section Name
Number of questions
Allotted time in minutes
RC &Verbal Ability
40
N/A
Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
40
N/A
Analytical & Logical
Reasoning
40
N/A
Current Affairs
30
N/A
Total
150
120 Minutes

 

SNAP 2016 Sectional Composition:

Section Name
Number of questions
Allotted time in minutes
RC &Verbal Ability
40
N/A
Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
40
N/A
Analytical & Logical
Reasoning
40
N/A
Current Affairs
30
N/A
Total
150
120 Minutes
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