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Updated on
September 25, 2020

SNAP 2020 exam pattern is completely overhauled due to Covid-19 pandemic. Keeping its legacy of constant changes, it has changed again from last year. The SNAP 2020 exam will be held thrice in the months of December 2020 and in January 2021 with the option for the candidates to take exam twice. The first SNAP exam date is December 20, 2020 and next two SNAP exam dates are January 6 and 9, 2021 respectively. SNAP 2020 exam duration has been reduced from 2 hours to 1 hour.

 

SNAP 2020: Overall Key changes

  • Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) 2020 will be held online and will be held on three dates in December 2020 and in January 2021
  • First SNAP Test date is December 20, 2020
  • Second & Third SNAP Test dates are January 6 and 9, 2021 respectively
  • Candidate can take SNAP 2020 upto two times
  • SNAP Exam 2020 duration is reduced to 1 hour (11AM to 12 Noon) from 2 hours (2 PM to 4 PM)
  • Total questions reduced to 60 from 110 earlier
  • The candidate has to decide well in advance if he/she plans to give 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. 1750/- for each SNAP 2020 exam

SNAP 2020 Exam Pattern: Overall & Sectional Changes
Following is the revision in SNAP 2020 pattern as compared to last year in number of questions, time duration, scoring pattern among others

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

SNAP 2020 Pattern: 7 Important Points to Note

  • SNAP 2020 is computer-based test
  • SNAP 2020 is of one hour duration from 11 AM to 12 Noon for all the three dates
  • Total number of questions reduced to 60 in SNAP 2020 from 110 last year
  • All questions are of MCQ type
  • No Special Questions in SNAP 2020 as against 5 questions last year
  • No variable marking scheme, each right answer carries +1 mark in SNAP 2020
  • 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 2020, the complete exam pattern has been changed again. 

 

SNAP Exam 2020: Features & Highlights
Exam Pattern for SNAP 2020 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.1750/-
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

Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) 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. 

 

The first SNAP 2020 Exam date is December 20, 2020 from 11 AM to 12 Noon as a computer based test. The subsequent two Symbiosis exam dates are January 6 and 9,  2021.

 

Symbiosis International University (SIU) Pune conducts SNAP exam annually for admission to its 16 constituent Symbiosis MBA colleges. The last date to apply for SNAP 2020 is November 28, 2020 for all the three SNAP tests. SNAP exam full form - Symbiosis National Aptitude Test reflects that the exam is meant mainly for admission to Symbiosis Institutes. 

 

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

SNAP Exam Activitiy 2020  
SNAP 2020 Dates
Notification Release
September 18, 2020
Registration start date
September 24, 2020
Last date to Apply
November 28, 2020
Last date to Pay Exam Fee
November 28, 2020
Admit Card download Starts
December 5, onwards
Last date for Admit Card download
For SNAP-1: December 20, 2020
For SNAP-2: January 6, 2021
For SNAP-3: January 9, 2021
SNAP Exam 2020 Date & Time
SNAP-1: December 20, 2020 (11AM to 12Noon)
SNAP-2: January 6, 2021 (11AM to 12 Noon)
SNAP-3: January 9, 2021 (11AM to 12 Noon)
Result date
January 22, 2021

SNAP 2020 Exam: Changes during Last 3 Years
Symbiosis International University (SIU) Pune which conducts SNAP annually, is bringing consistent changes in the exam. In 2017, SNAP changed its exam format as Computer Based Test from earlier Paper Based Test. The very next year in 2018, it was changed again with introduction of special questions. In 2019, the exam structure was changed again with fewer number of questions. Now SNAP 2020 structure has been changed further due to Covid-19 pandemic.

SNAP Details & Pattern
SNAP 2020
SNAP 2019
SNAP 2018
Total Questions in SNAP Entrance Exam
60
110
130
Sectional Composition of Questions:
(1) General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability
(2) Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency 
(3) Analytical & Logical Reasoning
15
 
 
20
 
 
25
English-34; QA & DI-35; Reasoning-36; Special Questions-5
English-35; QA & DI-35; Reasoning-35; Current Affairs-25
Normal Questions (MCQ Type)
60
105
110
Special Questions (Non-MCQ Type)
 Nil
   5
  20
Scoring Pattern (Normal Questions)
+1 Mark for Each Correct Answer in Quant & Current Affairs sections (60 MCQs)
+1 Mark for Each Correct Answer in Quant & Current Affairs sections; +1.5 Marks for English and Reasoning Sections 
(105 MCQs)
+1 Mark for Each Correct Answer for MCQs
Scoring Pattern (Special Questions)
Not applicable
+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 special questions this year
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
94
90
92

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SNAP 2020: Uniform Marking Scheme
Similar to other major National Level MBA entrance exams such as CAT/XAT, SNAP 2020 has three common sections – Quant, LR/DI and English. Current Affairs does not exist any longer. With the reduced number of questions in SNAP 2020 exam, the cut offs in shortlisting will also change proportionately.  Below is the sectional scoring pattern in SNAP 2020 exam:

Sections in SNAP 2020
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
Total
60
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60

SNAP Exam 2020: Testing Guidelines

  • SNAP is the only exam in which candidates are allowed to submit the test and can leave early. Earlier after one hour of the start of the test,  candidates were allowed to leave the testing room provided they had submitted the test. This year time is expected to be reduced to half an hour
  • 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 2020 is Online Computer Based Test. Read More about SNAP

SNAP Exam Syllabus 2020
SNAP exam pattern and syllabus 2020 is changed now. Revamping the SNAP exam pattern and syllabus 2020, SIU has 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 exam. Besides, it will be helpful to download SNAP exam pattern Pdf to clearly understand the changes in SNAP exam. The key features of revamped SNAP exam pattern 2020 for each section are as follows: 

 

Section-1: General English
SNAP exam 2020 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. Read More 

 

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

 

SNAP 2020 Exam Pattern V/s CAT
SNAP Exam and IIMs CAT Exam have many similarities which give the opportunity to the candidates to synchronise their sectional and overall exam preparation. SNAP 2020 exam pattern has changed only with number of questions and scoring pattern else it remains on last year SNAP pattern. The SNAP 2020 Exam Pattern Vs CAT exam has following similarity and dissimilarities:

Component
SNAP 2020
IIMs CAT
Total Questions
60
100
Overall Time Limit to Attempt the Exam
 1 hour
 3 hours
Type of Questions
MCQs
72-75 MCQs,
NA
25-28 Non-MCQs
Answer Options for MCQs
 4
4
Marks Awarded for each Correct Answer
 1 for all questions
3 for All questions
 --
Negative Marking
25% for all questions
MCQs with 1/3 negative marking;
NA
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- 34
Section-2: Name and Number of Questions
Analytical & Logical Reasoning-25
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning -32
Section-3: Name and Number of Questions
Quant, DI, Data Sufficiency-20
Quantitative Ability-34
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 2020 Exam Pattern Vs XAT
SNAP Exam and XLRI XAT Exam has many similarities like common section on English Language, Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation among others which help the SNAP and XAT test takers to prepare for them simultaneously:

Component
SNAP 2020
XLRI - XAT
Total Questions
60
98
Overall Time Limit to Attempt the Exam
 1 hour
3½ hours
Type of Questions
60 MCQs
97 MCQs (1 is subjective Essay Writing test)
Answer Options for each MCQ
4
  5
Marks Awarded for each correct answer
1
  1 for MCQs
 No Special Questions in SNAP 2020
  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
3
  3 (Main sections)
All have weightage
  1 (GK - Test score not counted)
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
NA
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 2020 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 2020
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
3
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
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 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, IBS-ICFAI,
MISB Bocconi, Alliance University

Past SNAP exams
Prior to 2018 when SNAP was changed to a computer based test, SNAP 2017 and 2016 had remained as under:

 

SNAP Exam Pattern: 2017 Exam Highlights

Sr. No.
SNAP 2017
 
1
Exam Mode
Online Test
2
Duration
120 minutes
3
Number of attempts in a year
Single
4
Type of questions
All MCQs. Each question had 4 options to choose an appropriate response.
5
Marking Pattern
+1 for each correct answer.
6
Negative Marking
Each wrong answer attracted 25% negative marks.
7
Sectional Cutoff
There was no individual sectional cutoff.
8
Facility to choose order of sections
There was no pre-fixed order for sections. The exam allowed switching freely among different sections.
9
Top colleges accepting exam score
SIBM Pune, SCHMRD, SIIB, SIBM Bengaluru and all the institutes affiliated to Symbiosis International University

SNAP 2017: 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

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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