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Symbiosis National Aptitude Test, popularly known as SNAP, is the MBA Entrance Exam for Admission to 16 Symbiosis Institutes in India. Every year around 1 lakh students from all disciplines including Engineering, Commerce, Humanities and even Law take SNAP Test to get into of the 2,500 MBA seats in Symbiosis colleges. Over the years, SNAP has changed its question paper pattern from paper based to computer based but to get a high percentile (90+) requires 3-4 months of serious preparation.


Based on past trends, SNAP 2020 will be held on December 13, 2020 from 2PM to 4 PM as a computer based test. This will be the fourth computer based exam in the history of Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) conducted by Symbiosis International University (SIU) Pune for MBA admission 2021 in 16 Symbiosis Institutes. The difficulty level for the exam is expected to remain same as of last year. Experts at, IMS, CL, expect a cut off between 80-85 marks that may fetch 93 to 96 percentile for SIBM Pune and SCMHRD Pune.


SIU Pune is expected to release SNAP Notification in the first week of August. Then, SNAP Registration will start by the close of second week of August 2020. In this article, you will read all key points to plan your SNAP 2020 journey, including important dates, syllabus & pattern, how to prepare, top Symbiosis colleges, past SNAP toppers interviews and much more. You will also find important links to Free SNAP previous questions papers. So, read through till the end.


What is SNAP Test?
SNAP full form is Symbiosis National Aptitude Online Test. It is the common, mandatory MBA entrance test for admission to all the 16 Symbiosis Institutes affiliated to Symbiosis International University (SIU) Pune. The list of SNAP score accepting colleges includes some of the top MBA colleges in the country like Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM) Pune which is ranked among top 20 management institutes in MHRD-NIRF Ranking 2019.


SNAP Exam 2020: Highlights
One of the most important MBA entrance exams – SNAP has following key highlights:

Test Conducting Body

Symbiosis International University (SIU) Pune

Number of MBA colleges under SNAP

16 Symbiosis Institutes

Mode of Exam

Computer Based Online Exam

Application Process

Online; Simultaneously apply for entrance exam and for institute level Programs

Application Fee


SNAP Full Form

Symbiosis National Aptitude Test

Cut offs for top Symbiosis Institutes

88 to 97 for SIBM Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, SCMHRD Pune, SIOM Nashik

Total Questions in the Exam


Sectional Division of Test

4 Sections with different number of Questions in Each Section

Difficulty Level

Moderate to Difficult

SNAP 2020 Important Dates and Schedule
All the Exam details are made available with the release of SNAP notification. The SNAP 2020 important dates will be officially announced by SIU Pune. Following are the expected dates for registration, admit card and exam:

SNAP Exam Activitiy 2020  


Notification Release

August 2, 2020

Registration start date

August 16, 2020

Last date to Apply

November 22, 2020

Last date to Pay Exam Fee

November 22, 2020

Admit Card download Starts

December 1, 2020

Last date for Admit Card download

December 13, 2020

SNAP 2020 Exam Date

December 13, 2020 Sunday from 2PM to 4 PM

Result date

January 10, 2021

SNAP 2020 Exam Key Changes: Exam Pattern, Sections, Question paper
Symbiosis International University (SIU) Pune which conducts SNAP annually, has changed the SNAP pattern by reducing the number of questions and increasing their weightage.  In 2017, SNAP changed its exam format as Computer Based Test from earlier Paper Based Test. The very next year in 2018, SNAP pattern was changed again with introduction of special questions. The SNAP 2019 exam structure was changed again with fewer number of questions. It is expected that the SNAP Test 2020 structure may not change further.

SNAP Details & Pattern

SNAP 2020

SNAP 2019

SNAP 2018

Total Questions in SNAP Entrance Exam




Sectional Composition of Questions

English-30; QA & DI-35; Reasoning-30; Current Affairs-20

English-30; QA & DI-35; Reasoning-30; Current Affairs-20

English-35; QA & DI-35; Reasoning-35; Current Affairs-25

Normal Questions (MCQ Type)




Special Questions (Non-MCQ Type)




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 in Quant & Current Affairs sections; +1.5 Marks for English and Reasoning Sections 

(110 MCQs)

+1 Mark for Each Correct Answer for 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 (5 Non MCQs)

+2 Marks for Non MCQs (Special questions)

Negative Marking

-25% for each wrong answer

-25% for each wrong answer

-25% for each wrong answer

Choice of Answer Options (Normal Questions)

4 for Normal Questions only

4 for Normal Questions only

4 for all the questions

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

No Choice. Must Write the answer in the given space on computer screen using virtual key board

Number of Test Cities




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Symbiosis Admission Process: Apply for SNAP 2020 and to the Symbiosis Institutes as well
There are 16 Symbiosis MBA colleges for which SNAP test is conducted for MBA admission 2021. The application process in Symbiosis institutes opens with the start of SNAP registration process. You need to apply for MBA admission 2021 by paying Rs.1000 for each programme in your preferred Symbiosis institutes before they close their last date to apply.  


Candidates aspiring to join MBA / MSc (CA) / MSc (SS) program offered by the Symbiosis Institutes have to appear for the SNAP entrance exam 2020. To appear in SNAP 2020 exam, one has to register for SNAP Test & also register for the institutes offering his/ her choice of program by paying separate program registration fees. If shortlisted, he/she would need to attend the GE-PIWAT process conducted by each of these institutes individually. The registration process for the exam and institutes is now simplified. Aspirants can now complete the exam registration as well as Institute program registrations in the same portal


7 Steps Admission Process to SIBM

SNAP Test Admit Card needs to be downloaded from SNAP official website from December 1, 2020 and remains available for download till the SNAP 2020 exam date. The changed exam pattern of SNAP 2020 consists of 115 questions divided into 110 MCQs and 5 Non MCQs with maximum score of 150 marks. There will be 25% negative marking for each wrong answer. 


SNAP Test 2020: What Has Not Changed?

  • No Change in Time Duration. Remains 2 Hours Computer based test
  • No Change in Number of Sections. It has 4 sections as before
  • No Change in Maximum Marks which remain 150.
  • No Change in Ratio of Negative Marking for Wrong Answer. It remains 25%

How to Apply for SNAP Exam 2020?
SNAP application process starts on August 16, 2020. The last date to apply for the exam is November 22, 2020. You can register online on the official SNAP 2020 Exam website and can pay the exam fee of Rs.1750/- either online or through Demand Draft. The exam registration fee includes the fee for exam application form and for registration. 


Step by Step SNAP 2020 Registration Process
SNAP Registration and Application form can be filled up in four steps:

  • Step-1: Register as New User & Fill in Personal Details
  • Step-2: Make Payment of Rs.1750/- online or by DD
  • Step-3: Register for MBA programmes of preferred Symbiosis Institutes
  • Step-4: Make Payment for Symbiosis MBA Programmes Application Fee

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MBA Colleges Accepting SNAP Score
16 Symbiosis MBA colleges in India accept SNAP score 2020 for MBA admission 2021. All the MBA colleges in India accepting the SNAP test score are affiliated to Symbiosis International University, Pune. These Symbiosis institutes offer SIU University MBA degree in different streams. The SNAP cut offs in the MBA colleges will vary from institute to institute. Apart from the overall SNAP cut offs, the SNAP accepting colleges also consider sectional SNAP cut offs in shortlisting the candidates. Following are the MBA colleges accepting SNAP score:

Sl No.

SNAP Accepting MBA college & City


SIBM (Symbiosis Institute of Business Management), Pune


SCMHRD (Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development) Pune


SIIB (Symbiosis Institute of International Business), Pune


SIBM (Symbiosis Institute of Business Management) Bangalore


Symbiosis Institute of Operations Management (SIOM) Nashik


SICSR (Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies & Research) Pune


SITM (Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management), Pune 


SIMS (Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies), Pune 


SIMC (Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication)Pune


SCIT (Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology), Pune


SIHS (Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences) Pune


SSMC (Symbiosis School for Media & Communication) Bangalore


SSBF (Symbiosis School of Banking and Finance), Pune


SSSS (Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences), Pune


SIBM (Symbiosis Institute of Business Management), Hyderabad

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How to Prepare for SNAP 2020 Exam?
SNAP Preparation guide how to start SNAP preparation at home as per the revised exam pattern, is focused on following points:

  • Check SNAP Exam Pattern: You must be aware about the Changed SNAP 2020 exam pattern
  • Read the complete SNAP 2020 Syllabus: Important topics & Changes
  • Choose the best Books for SNAP preparation
  • Plan your SNAP Preparation Time and learn How to prepare for SNAP in 6 months, 3 months or 2 months?
  • Understand How to start SNAP preparation at home?
  • Make a Choice between How to prepare for SNAP with or without coaching: Pros & Cons
  • Solve SNAP Previous Test papers & Mocks: How to attempt and analyse? 
  • Learn Strategy to score 95+ percentile in SNAP with Tips from Toppers

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SNAP Test: Salient features
Let’s look at some of the salient features of SNAP Test 2020:


Gateway to 16 Symbiosis MBA colleges: SNAP is the only exam, the scores of which are accepted by all the 16 Symbiosis institute across the country for MBA admission. Some of the top MBA colleges accepting SNAP scores are SIBM Pune, SCMHRD Pune, SIIB Pune, SIBM Bangalore among others.


Moderate Difficulty Level: SNAP is a moderate difficulty level test with 110 MCQs and 20 Non-MCQ divided in four core sections of  General English; Quantitative, Data Interpretation and Data sufficiency; Current Affairs; Analytical & Logical Reasoning. The duration of the exam is 2 hours.


No Sectional Cutoff: SNAP Test scores are declared out of 150 marks scaled down to 50. It does not have sectional cut off. So it offers you the opportunity to play on your strength be it Quants, LR/DI or English and maximize the score. However, qualifying score in each of the 4 sections has to be obtained.


Leads to University MBA degree: All the SNAP exam accepting Symbiosis institutes are affiliated to Symbiosis International University (SIU) Pune and as such award University MBA degree which is recognized worldwide.


SNAP, Similar to CAT, XAT, CMAT, NMAT: SNAP 2020 exam will be an online computer-based test on the pattern of CAT, XAT, CMAT, NMAT. As per the past trends, it is expected that SNAP will have lower difficulty level than CAT and XAT and similar difficulty level with NMAT and CMAT.


Single day, Single session exam: SNAP 2020 Exam is a single day, single session exam of two hours duration which does not require equating the scores as per the difficulty level across different sessions and the merit list is prepared straight forward like XAT and CMAT.


Low Cost Exam: SNAP is the low cost MBA entrance exam as it provides admission opportunity in 16 Symbiosis B-schools with the SNAP registration and application fee of Rs.1750/-. SNAP exam, SNAP Registration and SNAP exam application fee taken together comes to little above than Rs.100 per Symbiosis MBA college.


Simplified Application Process: You can apply to Symbiosis Institutes through SNAP Application Form. Aspirants can now apply for the programmes in each Symbiosis Institute through the SNAP exam portal by paying the Institute application fee of Rs.1000/- per programme.  


Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) Test is an important National Level MBA Entrance test for MBA admission in 16 Symbiosis MBA colleges accepting SNAP 2020 score. It is considered as one of the major entrance exams after CAT and XAT.  


Some of the top MBA colleges in India like Symbiosis Institute of Management (SIBM), Pune; SIIB Pune; SCMHRD Pune, SIBM Bangalore among others accept only SNAP Test scores for MBA admission.


Thousands of MBA aspirants will register and apply and will test their skills on SNAP 2020 Exam Date on Sunday December 13, 2020 for admission to various Symbiosis institutes. Symbiosis International University (SIU) Pune, the authority which conducts Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) exam, will release the SNAP 2020 Notification in August first week. will continue to update this page to highlight latest dates and other exam announcements. So bookmark this page for your SNAP 2020 exam preparation.


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Exam dates and schedule

  • Notification date: 02-08-2020 10:00 AM (Confirm)
    Registration – Online: 16-08-2020 10:00 AM to 22-11-2020 11:30 PM (Tentative)
    Admit Card Release: 01-12-2020 10:00 AM to 13-12-2020 02:00 PM (Tentative)
    Exam Date & Timings- Online: Sunday, December 13, 2020 - 14:00 to 16:00 (Tentative)
    Result: 10-01-2021 10:00 AM (Confirm)

SNAP toppers

Rajat Tomar , Uttar Pradesh
SNAP 2016 - 98.10 Percentile ....
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Madhur Mehta, Bhuj
SNAP 2016 - 99.23 Percentile ....
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Akshay Kumar Singh, Bihar
SNAP 2015 - 99.97 Percentile ....
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Sourav Dutta, Jamshedpur
SNAP 2015 - 99.99 Percentile ....
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SNAP Eligibility 2020

SNAP 2020 Eligibility Criteria comprise two major SNAP Exam Eligibility requirements. The first part in the SNAP Eligibility criteria is the SNAP exam eligibility to appear in SNAP 2020 entrance exam on December 13, 2020 and the second part of SNAP 2020 Eligibility is the post SNAP exam eligibility with cut offs as required by each of the 16 Symbiosis colleges for MBA admission.


Symbiosis International University (SIU), Pune has announced the SNAP 2020 Eligibility Criteria and the eligibility criteria to apply for admission in each of the 16 Symbiosis Institutes.   


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SNAP Registration 2020

SNAP 2020 exam for admission to all the 16 Symbiosis institutes will be held on December 13, 2020. SNAP 2020 exam Registration commences on August 16, 2020. The last date for SNAP 2020 Registration and submission of filled up SNAP application form is November 22, 2020.  The SNAP 2020 registration dates will remain open for more than 3 months. You can register for SNAP 2020 online on the SNAP 2020 Exam official website.  The SNAP 2020 exam registration fee of Rs. 1750/- includes the fee for SNAP exam application form and for SNAP exam 2020. 


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SNAP Admit Card 2020

SNAP Admit Card 2020 will be released on December 1, 2020. You can download SNAP Admit card from official SNAP exam website by using your SNAP login ID and password. The SNAP Admit card download is available till SNAP exam day which is Sunday, December 13, 2020.


Alongwith the release of SNAP Admit card 2020, SIU will issue important instructions in detail and test day guidelines printed on the SNAP 2020 Hall Ticket. Specific advisory in regard to SNAP Admit Card download is also issued by SIU as “Address for each test centre is printed on your SNAP 2020 Admit Card. Ensure you allow for sufficient travel time on the day of test.” Please note that SNAP 2020 exam is scheduled on Sunday, December 13, 2020 from 2PM to 4PM.    


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SNAP Answer Key

SNAP Answer Key 2020 will be released by Symbiosis International University 2-3 days after the SNAP 2020 exam is over. SNAP 2020 exam date is December 13, 2020 and it is expected that SNAP answer key will be out on December 16, 2020. Along with the Official SNAP 2020 Answer Keym SIU will release the Official SNAP 2020 Question Paper. You can download SNAP official answer key with question paper with your SNAP login ID and Password from SNAP website. SNAP Objection Form is also made available with question paper and official answer key, incase you want to dispute answer to any question.  


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SNAP Exam Pattern 2020

SNAP 2020 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 2020, the exam pattern has been changed again, although the test duration remains same of two hours. 


SNAP 2020 is the national level MBA entrance exam for MBA admission 2021 in the 16 Symbiosis institutes in India including Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM) Pune. 


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SNAP Exam Analysis 2019

SNAP 2019 threw no surprises and the exam was on expected pattern. The difficulty level remained same as of last year. SNAP exam was held on December 15, 2019 from 2PM to 4 PM as a computer based test.


This was the third computer based SNAP exam in the history of Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) conducted by Symbiosis International University (SIU) Pune for MBA admission 2020 in 15 Symbiosis Institutes.

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SNAP Vs Other MBA Entrance Exams

SNAP Vs Other MBA Entrance Exams

If we go for a comparative analysis for SNAP Vs other MBA entrance exams, we may find that SNAP is very much similar to other national level MBA entrance exams like CAT, XAT, NMAT among others. 

Apart from sectional composition of SNAP Vs other MBA entrance exams, the SNAP has recently changed its mode of exam and has now become a computer based test as against paper based test.


In this article, we will discuss the important features and changes of SNAP Vs other MBA entrance exams like SNAP Vs NMAT; SNAP Vs CAT; SNAP Vs XAT among others. 

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SNAP Preparation

SNAP Preparation for SNAP 2020 exam, scheduled on December 13, 2020 must be started well in advance as per the revised SNAP exam pattern. SNAP 2020 preparation should have a clear goal of getting admission in SIBM Pune, SCMHRD Pune or in one of the top 16 Symbiosis MBA colleges accepting SNAP score. 


SNAP exam Preparation is not very difficult as the basics of SNAP question paper have remained unchanged. In view of the experts and past SNAP Test toppers, the preparation for SNAP exam must be well defined. A key component in SNAP 2020 preparation strategy is your SNAP preparation time. 


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SNAP Syllabus 2020

SNAP Syllabus 2020 covers the sectional test composition, number of questions, type of questions, important topics, scoring pattern in SNAP Test. Those who prepare as per the SNAP Syllabus and pattern of exam stand better chance to score high in SNAP exam and to get their preferred Symbiosis institute. 


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SNAP Previous Test papers

On December 13, 2020, Symbiosis International University (SIU) Pune will conduct SNAP 2020 Online Computer Based SNAP Test. Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) 2020 is to be held in 90 test cities in India for admission to MBA 2021-23 in 16 Symbiosis Management institutes including SIBM Pune.  


To help SNAP 2020 aspirants prepare better in the changed online SNAP exam structure, experts at have prepared SNAP Previous test papers with answer keys. 


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SNAP Result 2019

SNAP Result 2019 has been declared on January 10, 2020 at 11 AM.  The SNAP score card is live for download from SNAP official website. With the declaration of SNAP exam result, all the 16 Symbiosis Institutes will start shortlisting students for final selection process individually. Candidates who have appeared in the online SNAP exam on December 15, 2019 can download their SNAP score card from official SNAP Test website now.  


To know how to download SNAP 2019 score card, follow the steps shared below. 


SNAP Score Card Download Window
Below is shared the last year SNAP score card download window:

Snap Exam Result

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SNAP Percentile Predictor

SNAP 2019 Percentile predictor will help you to know your nearest expected percentile score in SNAP 2019 exam. The SNAP percentile predictor should be used immediately after the exam day as this is the time when you can recall how you have performed in the SNAP exam. 

SNAP 2019 Exam date is December 15, 2019. SNAP 2019 is a computer based test of 2 hours duration from 2PM to 4PM. SNAP is considered a lengthy exam. Although SNAP 2019 consists of 115 questions instead of 130 questions last year, the changed scoring pattern may not allow to change the cut offs substantially. However, there is no announced individual sectional cut offs out of a maximum score of 150 marks. 

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SNAP Exam Cities

SNAP 2020 exam centers are 90+. The number of SNAP exam cities in 2020 May go up further in case of requirement.


Symbiosis International University (SIU) Pune will conduct SNAP 2020 on December 13, 2020 in 90 SNAP exam cities all over India. A candidate can choose three SNAP 2020 exam cities from the list of 90 SNAP exam centres from drop down menu while completing his/her SNAP 2020 registration and application process. 


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SNAP Cutoff 2019

SNAP cut off 2019 for MBA admission 2020 in 16 Symbiosis colleges accepting SNAP exam scores are ready to be announced as the SNAP exam 2019 result has been released on January 10, 2020 at 11 AM.  The SNAP cut off for each individual Symbiosis college depends upon the SNAP scoring pattern for the relevant admission cycle and the maximum SNAP score obtained by the candidates as well as the number of candidates scoring good score. 

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