SNAP 2016: Exam Pattern and Preparation Tips

About SNAP:

The SNAP is the gateway examination to join postgraduate programs offered by institutes of Symbiosis International University. Candidates aspiring to join MBA programs offered by institutes of Symbiosis International University have to take the common, mandatory Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) Test. There are 15 MBA colleges which is under SIU will accept SNAP scores for their respective 2 years full time MBA programs.

A candidate used to register for SNAP Test & then register with the institutes offering his/ her choice of program by paying separate institution registration fees. If shortlisted, he/she would then attend the GE-PIWAT process conducted by each of these institutes.

Test Pattern:

The SNAP test is a 2 hour objective test consisting of four sections of 30 minutes each. It has 150 objective type questions of one mark each divided into the various sections. There is also a negative marking scheme wherein 0.25 marks are deducted for every wrong answer. The sections are as follows:

General English – Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning & Verbal Ability: This section is a 40 mark section consisting of 40 questions testing the reading skills, verbal reasoning skills and the verbal ability of the students.

Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency: This section tests the mathematical aptitude and data interpretation skills of the students. This is also a 40 mark section consisting of 40 questions.

Current Affairs (of last 2 years): This section tests the student’s knowledge of current affairs of two years up to the exam date. This is a 30 mark section consisting of 30 questions.

Analytical & Logical Reasoning: This section tests the analytical and logical reasoning skills of the students. This is a 40 mark section consisting of 40 questions.


To take the test, students must be a graduate from any recognized / statutory University or Institute with a minimum of 50% marks (45% for SC/ST). Programs which require specific discipline/ subject specialisation need to be checked for eligibility as given by the respective Institute.

A candidate who has completed qualifying degree from any Foreign University must obtain an equivalence certificate from the Association of Indian Universities (AIU). All foreign degrees/ qualifications need to be verified from AIU by the candidate before seeking admission to any programme of SIU.

Important Dates of SNAP 2016:

The test is conducted once every year in the second week of December. The exact dates vary every year but generally the last date for registration is during the final week of November. The test results are announced in the first week of January. Here are the 2016 dates.

  • Last Date for Registration: Tuesday, November 22, 2016
  • Last Date for Payment: Friday, November 25, 2016
  • Admit Card: Friday, December 02, 2016 to Sunday, December 18, 2016
  • Date of Test: Sunday, December 18, 2016
  • Test Results: Monday, January 9, 2017

Preparation Tips for SNAP:

Here are the section wise preparation tips which the student can follow to get the maximum mark in each section.

General English Section: This section is the easiest section in the entire SNAP test. It evaluates the areas of Verbal Reasoning, Grammar and Vocabulary with a greater emphasis on vocabulary. The General English section consists of 40 questions out of total 150 questions. In this section, the student must try to attempt 40 questions within 30 minutes

  • Students are advised to read a lot of good fiction and nonfiction books with greater emphasis on American and British novels.
  • Students have to learn a minimum of ten words so as to improve vocabulary. Students are also advised to learn how the various words are used.
  • Any standardized dictionary like the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary or Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary can be referred.

Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency: SNAP has always placed heavy emphasis on this section. This section tests the quantitative and arithmetical skills of the students. It covers topics like Time and Work, Time and Distance, Mixtures and Alligations, Ratio and Proportion, Averages and Profit & Loss. There might be questions from Geometry and Mensuration too. It consists of 40 questions out of total 150 questions. In this section, the students must try to attempt 28 questions in 40 minutes to be in the safe zone. Here are the preparation tips:

  • Students are advised to revise class 9 and class 10 NCERT books. Practicing from Class 9 and Class 10 RD Sharma books is also a great idea.
  • Students must develop efficient and agile calculation skills. Learning Vedic maths is a very good idea to develop swift calculation skills.
  • Students must develop a comfort level with calculation of squares, cubes and decimal-fraction conversion.

Current Affairs: SNAP is the only aptitude test in India to have a current affairs section in its test. It tests the student’s knowledge of the current affairs of the past two years as on the exam date. This is also an easy section to crack after General English section. Current Affairs section consists of 30 questions out of total 150 questions. Students must try to complete 20 questions in 10 minutes in this section. Here are the preparation tips:

  • Students are advised to be up to date with news relating to the economy, sports, business and current events.
  • Students are advised to develop the habit of reading newspapers like ‘The Hindu’, ‘The Economic Times’ or ‘The Times of India’.
  • Students can also study ‘General Knowledge Digest- Mani Ram’ and ‘Manorama Yearbook’.

Analytical & Logical Reasoning: This is the most important section in the entire test. It tests the logical and critical thinking skills. Analytical & Logical reasoning section consists of 30 questions out of total 150 questions. In this section, the questions will be given in straightforward and easy to solve. Here are the preparation tips:

  • The best way to prepare for this section is to practice puzzle books. Shakuntala Devi Puzzle books and Mensa books are the most useful books for preparation.
  • Students can also refer the book written by RS Aggarwal’ Logical Reasoning. This book is meant especially for the logical reasoning section of various tests like CAT, XAT, SNAP and IIFT.
  • Students can also download and practice past year question papers to effectively prepare for the test. In conclusion, the SNAP exam tests the student’s overall ability to manage. It tests the time management and prioritization skills of the student. Hence, by focusing on improving effective time management and prioritization skills, the student can do very well in the test. All the best!