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Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP)

SNAP, the MBA entrance exam conducted by Symbiosis International University for the MBA programs in 17 B-schools under the university, was announced recently. With the registration process going on, you must have decided whether to take the test or not. If you have just started your preparation, this is the right time to know the pattern and the trend of the exam. This article of MBAUniverse.com will share with you the past five years’ analysis of SNAP exam.

SNAP: An introduction

Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) is a written MBA entrance exam, conducted by Symbiosis International University, Pune for the admission into its MBA programs as well as non-MBA programs. In the line of various MBA entrance exams, SNAP is also one of the popular exams among MBA aspirants.

Usually SNAP exam is conducted in the second week of December every year. There are 15 Pune based institutes and 2 Bengaluru based institutes of Symbiosis National University who accept SNAP scores. These institutes are Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM); Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB); Symbiosis Centre for Management & Human Resource Development (SCMHRD); Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies (SIMS); Symbiosis Institute of Technology (SIT); Symbiosis School of Economics (SSE); Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies & Research (SICSR); Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication (SIMC); Symbiosis School of Banking Management (SSBM); Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management (SITM); Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology (SCIT); Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM) Bengaluru; Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication (SIMC) Bengaluru; Symbiosis Institute of Geo-informatics (SIG); Symbiosis Institute of Operations Management (SIOM); Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences (SIHS) and Symbiosis School of Biomedical Sciences (SSBS).

SNAP exam is not mandatory for SSE, SIT and SSBS.

SNAP: Exam Pattern
SNAP is a 120 minutes multiple choice written test where the marks of each section may vary. The exam has 4 different sections which include General English (Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability); Quantitative (Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency); General Awareness (General Knowledge, Current Affairs, Business Scenario) and Analytical & Logical Reasoning.

Eligibility for SNAP
Graduates in any discipline from statutory University with minimum of 50% marks (45% for SC/ST candidates) for all the MBA programs of Symbiosis National University.

SNAP Application Process:
Generally SNAP notification comes out in the mid of July every year. The application process closes by end of November. To apply for MBA programs through SNAP, applicants have to register first on the official website of SNAP (www.snaptest.org) and then may pay the application fee by cash or by credit card (for online payment).

The following table will give you the facts & figures of SNAP from 2007 to 2011.

Year
Section
No. of Questions
Difficulty Level
2007
Analytics & logical reasoning,
general awareness,
quantitative ability and data interpretation & data sufficiency,
general English
150
Easy
2008
Analytics & logical reasoning,
general awareness,
quantitative ability and data interpretation & data sufficiency,
general English
135
Moderate
2009
Analytics & logical reasoning,
general awareness,
quantitative ability and data interpretation & data sufficiency,
general English
150
Easy-Moderate
2010
General English,
quantitative ability and data interpretation & data sufficiency,
general awareness,
analytical & logical reasoning
150
Easy-moderate


SNAP 2007

SNAP 2007 had 150 questions of easy difficulty level. The quantitative ability, data interpretation & data sufficiency section had 40 questions. The questions were from number system, arithmetic, algebra, geometry, permutation & combination and probability, reasoning & puzzles, data interpretation and data sufficiency.

The analytical & logical reasoning section consisted of 30 questions on critical reasoning, deductive logic & logical consistency, logical reasoning, visual reasoning, crossword, P&C, etc. The general English section had 40 questions. There were four reading comprehension passages. The other questions were on vocabulary, para jumbles, parts of speech, idioms, punctuations, voice, prepositions, pronouns, etc.

The general awareness section had 40 questions. The questions were from static general knowledge, current affairs and business. The difficulty level of the paper was easy to moderate.

SNAP 2008

SNAP 2008 had 135 questions of moderate difficulty level. The general English section had 35 questions which included three reading comprehension passages. The questions on grammar were from synonyms, plural, spellings, etc. The section was of easy-to-moderate difficulty level.

The quantitative ability, data interpretation & data sufficiency section had 35 questions. The topics were number system, arithmetic, algebra, geometry, P&C, probability, stocks, reasoning & puzzles, data interpretation and data Sufficiency. The overall difficulty level of the section was easy.

The analytical & logical reasoning section had 30 questions of easy-to-moderate difficulty level. The questions were on critical reasoning, deductive logic & logical consistency, logical & mathematical reasoning, table, set theory, etc.

The general awareness section had 35 questions. The questions mostly came from static GK. The difficulty level of the section was easy to moderate.

SNAP 2009

SNAP 2009 had 150 questions, an increase from the previous year’s 135. The overall difficulty level was easy to moderate. The analytical & logical reasoning section with the least number of questions had the maximum weightage. The difficulty level was easy to moderate.

There were no questions from data sufficiency and a very few from data interpretation in the quantitative and data interpretation & data sufficiency section. The section had questions from arithmetic, number puzzles and visual reasoning and two sets from data interpretation. The difficulty level of the section was moderate.

The general English section had 40 questions. There was only one reading comprehension passage. The other questions were on vocabulary, grammar and composition. The general awareness section was moderate to difficult. The questions were on definitions, economy, acronym, history, sports, science & technology and current affairs.

SNAP 2010

SNAP 2010 had 150 questions. The difficulty level ranged from easy to moderate. The general English section had 40 questions. The questions were on reading comprehension, verbal reasoning and verbal ability. The difficulty level of the section was easy to moderate.

The quantitative and data interpretation & data sufficiency section had 40 questions. The section was of easy difficulty level. The DI set based on bar chart was quite difficult. The quantitative ability questions came from numbers, time & work, number series, percentages, number analogy, equations, geometry, mensuration, time & distance, Venn Diagrams, etc.

There were 30 questions in the analytical & logical reasoning section. The difficulty level was easy. The topics of the questions were Quant-based reasoning, missing numbers, linear & circular arrangements, deductions, data interpretation, critical reasoning, etc.

The general awareness section had 40 questions. The difficulty level was moderate. The section had a good mix of current affairs and static GK questions.

SNAP 2011

The SNAP 2011 exam had 150 questions of easy-to-tough difficulty level. The general English section had 40 questions from reading comprehension, vocabulary, para jumbles and grammar usage. The vocabulary questions belonged to analogy, synonyms, antonyms and figure of speech.

The quantitative ability, data interpretation & data sufficiency section had 40 questions. The topics included time, speed & distance; directions; work & time, profit & loss; permutation & combination, probability, miscellaneous; percentages; algebra; pie chart; bar graph; geometry, mensuration & coordinate geometry.

The analytical & logical reasoning section had 30 questions. This section was tough. The questions came from topics like critical reasoning, deductive logic & logical consistency; logical & mathematical reasoning; directions, cubes, analogy, sequence & series, blood relations, etc.

The general awareness section had 40 questions. The questions were from static GK, current GK and business GK. The questions were tough. The maximum number of the questions was from current affairs and business GK saw the least number of questions.