SNAP 2020: Exam Pattern and Syllabus

SNAP 2020: Exam Pattern and Syllabus

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Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) is a national level MBA entrance exam conducted by Symbiosis International University (Pune) for admission to its various management programs offered at its affiliated institutes. The SNAP is a single-entry exam which can grant you admission into 16 institutes which lie under the umbrella of Symbiosis International University for over 29 various programmes and is held in over 90 cities.

SNAP is normally scheduled after the CAT in the second week of December, generally the 2nd Sunday of December and can be very scoring and an exam of strength if approached wisely and with a good plan in hand. SNAP comes as a sigh of relief after the heavy-duty CAT but can cause damage if not taken seriously. This year also, the SNAP is expected to be scheduled on the 2nd Sunday of December (although it is tentative till now) and the forms for the same are expected to be out by the mid of August 2020.

SNAP 2020 Exam Pattern

SNAP shifted to the online format in 2017 and has been a computer-based exam ever since. The paper comprises of 110 questions over 3 different sections namely English- reading comprehension, verbal reasoning and verbal ability, Analytical and logical reasoning and quantitative ability, data interpretation and data sufficiency. The SNAP let go of the General Knowledge section in the year 2019. The inclusion or exclusion of the section would be confirmed once the official announcement is out.

The paper contains 105 normal questions which are MCQ type questions with 4 options each and have been allotted different marks per correct question depending upon each section. Then there are 5 special questions which are not MCQ types but in which the candidates have to type in the answers. Each special type question carries 2 marks and they appear only in the quantitative section. The total marks the paper carries is 150. There are no sectional cut offs in this exam, no divisions between the sections nor are there any time limits to any section. All 150 questions can be seen on the right side of the window and one can toggle between sections and questions according to one’s one choice. This provides a sufficient amount of flexibility since the end goal is to maximise the number of attempts and the score.

SectionsNormal questionsMarks per correct answerSpecial questionsMarks per correct answerTotal questionsTotal marks
English- reading comprehension, verbal reasoning and verbal ability341.5003451
Analytical and logical reasoning361.5003654
Quantitative ability, data interpretation and data sufficiency351524045
TOTAL1055 110150
Detailed bifurcation of the questions

Marking scheme for answers-

  • Each normal question attracts +1.5 marks in the English and the Logical reasoning section for each correct answer while each normal question in the Quantitative section attracts +1 mark for each correct attempt.
  • Each special question in the Quantitative section attracts +2 marks for each correct attempt.
  • Any incorrect answer- normal or special attracts -25% of marks. This stands the same for every section.

SNAP 2020 Syllabus:

The syllabus for SNAP, although similar has a few additional topics that can be covered as compared to that of CAT. The difficulty level can be said to be on the lower side of the CAT but due to tweaks in the syllabus, SNAP can prove to be a challenge in itself.

General English

  • Reading comprehension
  • Verbal reasoning- namely critical reasoning, strengthening and weakening of the main idea, authors’ position etc
  • Verbal ability- parajumbles, fill in the blanks, analogies, antonyms, synonyms, idioms, sentence completion, word level odd man out
  • Sentence correction, grammatical errors

Analytical and Logical reasoning

  • Patterns and series
  • Blood relations
  • Simple arrangement- linear, circular, seating arrangement
  • Directions
  • simple logical reasoning sets
  • Coding Decoding
  • Syllogisms

Quantitative ability, data interpretation and data sufficiency

Quantitative ability-

  1. Arithmetic (percentages, ratio proportion, time speed distance, time and work, mixtures, Simple and Compound Interest)
  2. Averages and Alligations
  3. Algebra (functions, quadratic equations, simple equations etc)
  4. Logarithms
  5. Geometry (triangles, circles, quadrilaterals, polygons, mensuration and volumes)

Data interpretation-

  1. Graphs
  2. Bar charts
  3. Pie charts
  4. Tables
  5. Tabular caselets

Data sufficiency

Hope of all this has enabled you to gather clarity over the SNAP. Good Luck!

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