SNAP Exam Pattern 2021

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Updated on
September 1, 2021

SNAP 2021 exam pattern has reduced time duration with fewer number of questions. Due to Covid, SNAP exam 2021 remains on last year pattern with many changes.  The SNAP 2021 exam will be held thrice in the months of December 2021 and in January 2022 with the option for the candidates to take exam twice. The first SNAP exam date is December 19, 2021 and next two SNAP exam dates are January 8 and 16, 2022 respectively. SNAP 2021 exam duration has been reduced to one hour from earlier two hours.

 

SNAP 2021: Overall Key changes

  • Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) 2021 will be held online and will be held on three dates in December 2021 and in January 2022
  • SNAP Exam 2021 duration is reduced to 1 hour from 2 hours
  • Candidate can take SNAP 2021 upto two times
  • First SNAP Test date is Sunday, December 19, 2021 from 2 PM to 3 PM
  • Second & Third SNAP Test dates are Saturday, January 8; and Sunday January 16, 2022 respectively. Exam timings are from 10AM to 11 AM
  • Total questions reduced to 60 from 110 earlier
  • The candidate has to decide well in advance if he/she plans to appear in SNAP once or two times.
  • Best of the performance of candidate out of the attempts he/ she has made will be considered for final percentile calculation.
  • The application fee will be Rs. 1950/- for each SNAP 2021 exam

SNAP 2021 Exam Pattern: Overall & Sectional Changes
Following is the revision in SNAP 2021 pattern in number of questions, time duration, scoring pattern among others

Particulars
SNAP 2021
SNAP 2020
 SNAP 2019
Duration
60 minutes
60 minutes
120 minutes
SNAP Test Timing
2 PM to 3 PM on Dec 19, 2021 and 10 AM to 11 AM on Jan 8 & 16, 2022
11 AM to 12 Noon
2 PM to 4 PM
Total no. of questions
60
60
110
General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability
15
15
34
Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
20
20
35
Analytical & Logical Reasoning
25
25
36
Special Questions
Nil
Nil
 5

SNAP 2021 Pattern: 7 Important Points to Note

  • SNAP 2021 is computer-based test
  • SNAP 2021 is of one hour duration exam for all the three dates
  • Total number of questions reduced to 60 in SNAP 2021
  • All questions are of MCQ type
  • No Special Questions in SNAP 2021 as against 5 questions earler
  • No variable marking scheme, each right answer carries +1 mark in SNAP 2021
  • 1/4 Negative Marking for incorrect answer

Three years ago, exam pattern for 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 2021, the complete exam pattern has been changed again. 

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SNAP Exam 2021: Features & Highlights
Exam Pattern for SNAP 2021 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
Rs.1950/-
SNAP Full Form
Symbiosis National Aptitude Test
Expected Cut offs for top Symbiosis Institutes
88 to 97 percentile for SIBM Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, SCMHRD Pune, SIOM Nashik
Total Questions in the Exam
60
Sectional Division of Test
3 Sections with different number of Questions in Each Section
Difficulty Level
Moderate to Difficult

SNAP 2021 is the national level MBA entrance exam for MBA admission 2022 in the 16 Symbiosis institutes in India including Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM) Pune. Symbiosis International University (SIU) Pune conducts SNAP exam annually for admission to its 16 constituent Symbiosis MBA colleges. SNAP exam full form - Symbiosis National Aptitude Test reflects that the exam is meant mainly for admission to Symbiosis Institutes. 

 

SNAP Exam Pattern: 3 Year Trends
SNAP 2021 follows last year pattern. Below are the key similarities and changes in the SNAP 2021 pattern as compared to last two years

Particulars
 SNAP 2021
SNAP 2020
 SNAP 2019
Number of SNAP Exams for admission to MBA programmes in Symbiosis Institutes
 3 Exams (In Dec 2021 & Jan 2022)
3 Exams (In Dec 2020 & Jan 2021)
1 Exam
Duration
60 minutes
60 minutes
120 minutes
Total no. of questions
60
60
110
General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability
15
15
34
Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
20
20
35
Analytical & Logical Reasoning
25
25
36
Current Affairs
--
--
 
Special Questions
Nil
Nil
 5

SNAP Pattern: Sectional Scoring Scheme
Similar to other major National Level MBA entrance exams such as CAT/XAT, SNAP 2021 has three common sections – Quant, LR/DI and English. Although, Current Affairs will be an additional section in SNAP Exam Pattern 2021, it is likely that no questions are asked in this section.  Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) is the Mandatory Entrance Exam for admission to MBA programmes in 16 Symbiosis Institutes which are affiliated to Symbiosis International University (SIU) Pune. 

 

With the reduced number of questions in SNAP 2021 exam, the cut offs in shortlisting will also change proportionately.  Below is the sectional scoring pattern in SNAP 2021 exam:

Sections in SNAP 2021
Total Questions (All MCQ Type)
Marking Scheme
Negative Marking
Maximum Marks you can score
General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability
15
+1 mark for each correct answer
- ¼ Mark for each wrong answer
15
Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
20
+1 mark for each correct answer
- ¼ Mark for each wrong answer
20
Analytical & Logical Reasoning
25
+1 mark for each correct answer
- ¼ Mark for each wrong answer
25
Current Affairs
Nil
--
--
--
Total
60
--
--
60

SNAP Pattern 2021: Important Points

  • SNAP 2021 exam has 1 hour duration.
  • SNAP 2021 exam is the only exam in which candidates are allowed to submit the test and can leave early.
  • 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 2021 is Online Computer Based Test. Read More about SNAP

SNAP Exam Pattern and Syllabus 2021
SNAP exam pattern and syllabus 2021 is changed now. Revamping the SNAP exam pattern and syllabus 2021 last year, SIU brought about number of changes in number and composition of sections in SNAP exam pattern.

 

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 2021. The revamped SNAP exam pattern and syllabus 2021 for each section and features of SNAP exam pattern are as follows:  

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Section-1: General English
SNAP exam pattern and syllabus 2021 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 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 2021 exam pattern has changed only with number of questions and scoring pattern and remains on last year SNAP pattern. The SNAP 2021 Exam Pattern Vs CAT exam has following similarity and dissimilarities:

Component
SNAP 2021
IIMs CAT
Total Questions
60
76
Overall Time Limit to Attempt the Exam
 1 hour
  2 hours
Type of Questions
60 MCQs
54 MCQs,
Nil Non-MCQs
22 Non-MCQs
Answer Options for MCQs
 4
4
Marks Awarded for each Correct Answer
 1 for MCQs
3 for All questions
 --
Negative Marking
25% for all questions
MCQs with 1/3 negative marking;
--
No negative marking for Non-MCQs
Exam Difficulty Level
Moderate
Difficult
Number of Sections
3
3
Section-1: Name and Number of Questions
General English, RC,VR,VA-15
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension- 26
Section-2: Name and Number of Questions
Analytical & Logical Reasoning-25
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning -24
Section-3: Name and Number of Questions
Quant, DI, Data Sufficiency-20
Quantitative Ability-26
Section-4: Name and Number of Questions
Current Affairs-Nil for SNAP 2021
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 2021 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 2021
XLRI - XAT
Total Questions
60
100
Overall Time Limit to Attempt the Exam
  1 hour
3 hours
Type of Questions
60 MCQs
100 MCQs
Answer Options for each MCQ
   4
  5
Marks Awarded for each correct answer
1 for each correct answer for MCQs (Normal Questions)
  1 for MCQs
 Nil
  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 GK
Exam Difficulty Level
Moderate to Difficult
High
Number of Sections
4
  3 (Main sections)
All have weightage
  1 (GK - Test score has no weightage)
Section-1: Name and Number of Questions
General English, RC,VR,VA-15
English Language & Logical Reasoning- 24
Section-2: Name and Number of Questions
Analytical & Logical Reasoning-25
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation- 27
Section-3: Name and Number of Questions
Quant, DI, Data Sufficiency-20
Decision Making-21
Section-4: Name and Number of Questions
Current Affairs- Nil for SNAP 2021
General Awareness-25
----
----
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, XIMB, SPJIMR, IMT, TAPMI, BIMTECH

SNAP Test 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 2021
NMAT by GMAC
Total Questions
60
108
Overall Time Limit to Attempt the Exam
 1 hour
 2 hours
Type of Questions
MCQs
All MCQs
Answer Options for MCQs
 4
5
Marks Awarded for each Correct Answer
 1
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- 15
Language Skills-36
Section-2: Name and Number of Questions
Analytical & Logical Reasoning- 25
Logical Reasoning-36 
Section-3: Name and Number of Questions
Quant, DI, Data Sufficiency- 20
Quantitative Skills-36
Section-4: Name and Number of Questions
Current Affairs-Nil for SNAP 2021
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 the sectional order
Individual Sectional Time Limit
No
Yes, varying time limit of 28 minutes to 52 minutes
Top MBA Colleges Accepting Exam Score
SIBM Pune, SCMHRD Pune, SIIB Pune, SIBM Bangalore & all other Symbiosis institutes
NMIMS, VIT, XIMB, K J Somaiya, IBS-ICFAI,
MISB Bocconi, Alliance University


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