SNAP essentials: everything you need to know about SNAP

What is SNAP?
Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) is a national-level MBA entrance exam conducted by Symbiosis International University (SIU) for admission to management programmes offered by its affiliated institutes and several other private B-schools. SNAP is held once a year in the month of December/January. Usually, the exam used to be scheduled for a single day, but in 2020, it was scheduled for three different slots (three days) due to covid situation. This trend will be followed in 2021 exam as well. More than 60,000 candidates appear for SNAP every year.
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SNAP is comparatively easier than other popular entrance tests like CAT or XAT. It is basically a speed-based test designed to assess the candidate’s time management and decision-making skills. Since 2017, SNAP is being held in online mode at test centres. The exam is carried out at 90+ centres across India.
What is the structure of SNAP?
SNAP is a computer-based test consisting of three sections. In 2020, the time limit for SNAP was reduced from 2 hours to 1 hour and the number of questions changed from 110 to 60. In 2021, the same system and pattern will continue. The given table displays SNAP Exam Pattern in complete detail:
SNAP Exam Pattern 2021
Sections
Number of questions
Marks
General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability
15
15
Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
20
20
Analytical & Logical Reasoning
25
25
Total
60
60
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As illustrated above, SNAP has almost same sections as the other MBA entrances like CAT, XAT, NMAT, etc. In terms of difficulty level, SNAP can be regarded somewhat similar to exams like NMAT. Listed below are the major features of SNAP exam format and marking scheme:
  • All questions in SNAP are multiple-choice type, and carry four answer choices each.
  • Each correct answer is awarded one mark.
  • 25% marks are deducted for each incorrect answer.
  • There are no sectional time limits in SNAP.
  • There is no prefixed order of sections in SNAP. So, the candidate can choose to attempt sections in any order and also, move between different sections.
Syllabus for SNAP 2021
Although there is no specified syllabus for SNAP, we have jotted down certain topics based on their frequent appearance in the exam. Given below is an overview of SNAP syllabus 2021:
  • General English: As displayed in the above table, the English section of SNAP primarily focuses on Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, and miscellaneous topics of Verbal Ability. Usually, there are two RC passages in SNAP, accompanied by mostly direct questions. These passages are based on current events or business-related issues. The remaining topics of this section are put to test your knowledge of vocabulary and grammar.
  • Analytical & Logical Reasoning: This section is composed of questions that test your analytical and problem-solving capabilities. These questions are drawn from common reasoning topics like arrangements, syllogisms, analogies, coding-decoding, etc. There are also questions from visual and critical reasoning.
  • Quantitative Ability: This part comprises questions from basic concepts of mathematics. The most important areas include arithmetic, algebra, geometry, data interpretation, and data sufficiency.
When is SNAP conducted?
SNAP is conducted in December/January every year. The registrations for the exam begin in the last week of August and continue till the last week of November. Since 2020, the candidates are allowed to take the exam twice, and the best of the two scores were considered for admission. SNAP application form has to be submitted online, and alongside, you can apply for your desired MBA programmes in respective institutes. Further, you can indicate your preferred test city and date from among the options given in the online form.
SNAP result is generally declared after a month of the exam date. The results are available on the official site until a month after its declaration. For more information and details about the SNAP 2021 exam, you can check the official website snaptest.org.  There, you will get to know about the important dates, application fee, MBA/PGP programmes and other essential information.
Who can appear in SNAP?
The eligibility criteria for SNAP have remained same all through the years. Given below are the major eligibility conditions for SNAP 2021:
  • Candidate must be a Graduate from a recognised/statutory University with a minimum of 50% marks in any discipline (45% for SC/ST). 
  • Candidates in the final year of graduation can also appear for SNAP.
Apart from the Indian candidates, SNAP can be taken by the foreign nationals who have completed the requisite qualifying exam of any Foreign University. These candidates must also have an equivalence certificate obtained from the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).
It is important to note that different SNAP-accepting institutes may have different set of eligibility requirements as per their specific management programmes. For instance, if you wish to pursue MBA (Operations) at SIOM, you must be an engineering graduate or be in the final year of your engineering degree. Similar additional conditions apply for MBA/PGDM programmes in other colleges of Symbiosis University. So, make sure that you check the individual eligibility criteria of related colleges.
Which Institutes accept SNAP scores?
SNAP is mainly accepted by the affiliated colleges of Symbiosis International University (SIU). The university is counted among the top-ranked educational institutions of India. SIU has more than 40 related institutes spread across several cities, including Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, Indore, Nashik, etc. Out of these, 15 institutes offer MBA programmes based on SNAP scores. Given below is the list of colleges that accept SNAP:
  • Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM), Pune
  • Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies & Research (SICSR), Pune
  • Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development (SCMHRD), Pune
  • Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB), Pune     
  • Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication, Pune (SIMC) , Pune
  • Symbiosis Institute of Operations Management, Nashik (SIOM), Nashik     
  • Symbiosis Institute of  Digital & Telecom Management (SIDTM), Pune
  • Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies (SIMS), Pune    
  • Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology (SCIT), Pune 
  • Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences (SIHS), Pune 
  • Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM), Bengaluru         
  • Symbiosis School of Banking and Finance (SSBF), Pune
  • Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM), Hyderabad
  • Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences (SSSS), Pune
  • Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM), Nagpur    
SIBM and SCMHRD features in Business Today's list of ‘India's best B-schools’. Both these institutes have also made to the list of top private B-schools in 2020, with SIBM ranked 22nd by NIRF.
In addition to the aforementioned, a few other management institutes also admit students on the basis of SNAP scores.
Admission Process of SNAP-accepting Institutes
SNAP exam is the first step of the selection procedure at the associated B-schools. These B-schools have their own cut-off criteria and give different weightage to various admission parameters. Usually, the cut-offs vary in the case of programmes too and accordingly, the candidates are selected for one or more programmes.
Once the candidates are shortlisted as per their SNAP scores or percentiles, they are called for further screening rounds that generally include group exercises (GE), written ability test (WAT), and personal interview (PI). Given below is the weightage allotted to different stages of the admission process:
  • SNAP score: 50%
  • GE: 10%
  • WAT: 10%
  • PI: 30%
The final merit list and wait list is prepared on the basis of the candidates’ performance in the above-stated stages. For the coming session, the first list (after SNAP) will be released by February 2022,and the final list is out by March 2022.
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ROI of Programmes offered by SNAP-accepting Institutes
MBA/PGDM is undoubtedly one of the most in-demand courses in today’s world. However, these courses are also high in cost and effort. So, if you want to land up in an excellent profile in a top MNC, you must aim for institutes with good ROI. Alternatively, you can start your own venture and use your learning to turn into a profitable enterprise. In case of Symbiosis-related institutes, the fees of MBA programmes range between Rs. 7-15 lakhs. Accordingly, you expect to be placed at a lucrative package. Here are the latest placement stats of top SNAP-accepting colleges:
  • SIBN Pune is known for its 100% placement records. Its MBA flagship batch of 2019-21received more than 190 offers by 100+ participating companies. These organisations belonged to sectors like FMCG, healthcare, IT/ITES, BFSI, manufacturing, consulting, etc. The average CTC of the batch stood at Rs. 19.56 lpa while the highest CTC went upto Rs. 30.38 lpa.
  • At SCMHRD, over 140 companies visited the campus for MBA batch of 2019-21. The average placement package for the batch was Rs. 16.5 lpa, and the highest package turned out to be Rs. 33.6 lpa. Further, the top 10% of the students bagged the average salary package of Rs. 21.6 lpa.
  • For most Symbiosis-affiliated institutes, the top placement companies include Google, JPMorgan Chase & Co., HSBC, Goldman Sachs, P&G, PepsiCo, etc.
Preparation Tips for SNAP 2021
Although the difficulty level of SNAP is quite moderate, yet it is crucial to invest atleast 3-6 months in serious preparation. The key to acing SNAP exam is to get a hold over speed and accuracy in calculations. However, before starting your preparation, you must carefully go through the exam pattern and syllabus.
Once you are aware of the expected topics that frequently appear in SNAP, you must begin your preparation in a focused manner. Here are some expert tips to help you streamline your study plan for SNAP 2021:
  • After you have secured the right books and study material for SNAP, start brushing up the basics of all important topics. SNAP questions are mainly drawn from the fundamental topics of mathematics, reasoning, and English.
  • To begin with, develop a regular habit of reading newspapers, magazines, books, and similar sources. This will improve your reading skills and vocabulary. Alongside, learn the basic rules and conventions of grammar. Such things will eventually nail the ‘General English’ section of SNAP.
  • As for the quant section, you must learn the simple tricks and formulae related to essential areas like arithmetic, algebra, etc. These techniques will also help you in tackling questions from data interpretation and data sufficiency.
  • Reasoning section covers a wide variety of question types that generally do not involve any standard formulas. So, in order to do well in this section, you will need to solve such questions from previous year papers and topic-wise practice tests.
  • All the sections of SNAP require an adequate amount of practice, especially the ones that entail calculations. Besides, considering that SNAP is a speed-based test, you need to spend a few weeks fully dedicated to mock tests and revision. Simultaneously, monitor your performance and spot your weak and strong areas. Once you know about these areas, you will be able to make the appropriate changes in you preparation as well as exam strategy.
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FAQs Regarding SNAP
  1. What is the validity of SNAP score?
  2. SNAP scores are valid for one year.
  3. What is a good score in SNAP?
  4. The top institutes generally set their SNAP cut-off percentile above 90. For instance, SIBM (Pune) shortlists candidates with a percentile in the range of 97-99.This corresponds to a score of 44-54, out of 60. To reach such a performance, you need to attempt atleast 80 questions with the highest accuracy.
  5. What are the sectional cut-off scores for SNAP?
  6. There are no sectional cut-off scores for SNAP. The associated institutes consider only the overall cut-off for shortlisting candidates.
  7. How many times can I appear in SNAP?
  8. There is no limit on the number of times you can attempt SNAP in a lifetime. However, for one particular year, you can only appear in two of the three sessions (exam dates).
  9. Are there any age restrictions for taking SNAP?
  10. There are no age restrictions for appearing in SNAP.
  11. What is the fee for SNAP application?
  12. The standard fee for SNAP registration is Rs. 1950 per test. Besides, an additional fee of Rs. 1000 is charged for every programme you choose.
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