1. Can you tell me something about SNAP examination ?

  2. Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) Test is a common computer based test for the admission to all B-schools operated by Symbiosis International University.

  3. Which B-Schools accept the SNAP score ?

  4. The following is the list of the B-Schools that accept SNAP score for admission into their Post graduate program in Management:

    • Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM), Pune
    • Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies & Research (SICSR), Pune
    • Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication (SIMC), Pune
    • Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB), Pune
    • Symbiosis Centre for Management & Human Resource Development (SCMHRD), Pune
    • Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies (SIMS), Pune
    • Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management (SITM), Pune
    • Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology (SCIT), Pune
    • Symbiosis Institute of Operations Management (SIOM), Nashik
    • Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences (SIHS), Pune
    •  Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM), Bengaluru
    • Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication (SIMC), Bengaluru
    • Symbiosis School of Banking and finance (SSBF), Pune
    • Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM), Hyderabad
    •             Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences  (SSSS), Pune
  5. How good are the Symbiosis Group of B-Schools ?

  6. As per our (T.I.M.E.) B-school categorization, SIBM-PUNE and SCMHRD are counted among the AAAcategory B-schools. SIIB is counted among A grade B-schools, where as SIBM- Bangalore is counted among the BBB+ grade B-schools. SIMS Pune, SIOM Nashik and SITM Pune feature among the BBB grade B-schools.

  7. When is it conducted ? Is it an online exam ?

  8. It is usually conducted in the month of December. This year, the entrance test is being conducted on December 16, 2018 from 2 pm to 4 pm. Yes, it is conducted in computer based format.

  9. What is the last date for registering for SNAP?  How much is the test registration fee?

  10. The last date for registering for SNAP exam is November 26, 2018. The registration fee is Rs 1750.

  11. Apart from registering for SNAP, do i need to separately apply to B-school programs?

  12. Yes, apart from registering for SNAP, you need to separately apply to B-school programs. The Registration fee for each Institute and for each programme is Rs. 1000/- 

  13. Is the test pattern of this year's SNAP same as last year's?

  14. No, the following are the changes in this year's test pattern 

    1. The total number of questions has been reduced from 150 to 130 ( 5 questions reduced from each section, when compared to last year's pattern ).
    2. Non MCQ questions ( Special Questions ) are being introduced in the examination.
    3. While the normal questions ( MCQs ) will carry 1 mark each, the special questions will have 2 marks each.

    The following is pattern of this year's SNAP exam

    SNAP 2018 Pattern

    Section Normal Questions Marks Per Correct Answer Special Questions Marks Per Correct Answer Total Questions Total Marks
    General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability 34 1.5 0 0 34 51
    Analytical & Logical Reasoning 36 1.5 0 0 36 54
    Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency 35 1 5 2 40 45
    Total 105 5 110 150

    Mode of Examination - Computer Based.

    Test duration - 120 minutes (2 pm to 4 pm)

    Marking Scheme

    1. Normal Questions carry 1 mark for each question and Special Questions carry 2 marks for each question.
    2. Each wrong answer attracts 25% negative marks (Both for Normal Questions and for Special Questions).
    3. The special questions in each section will have blanks where answers will have to be entered by the candidate by using the virtual keyboard ( similar to Non MCQ questions of CAT ). For example, if question is “What is the capital of Australia?” The candidate needs to enter the answer as CANBERRA by using the virtual keyboard.
  15. What is the eligibility criteria for writing SNAP Entrance Test ?

  16. Graduate from any recognized / statutory University or Institute with a minimum of 50% marks (45% for SC/ST).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. 

  17. What is the criteria followed by the B-schools ( list mentioned under Q2 ) for shortlisting for the GE-PI round? 

  18. Candidates will be shortlisted for GE-PI round based on their overall SNAP Percentile.

  19. What is the criteria followed by the B-schools ( list mentioned under Q2 ) during the final selection stage? 

  20. Final selection process :Merit list will be based on the following parameters.

    SNAP Score out of 150 scaled down to 50 Group Exercise (GE) Personal Interaction (PI) Writing Ability Test (WAT) Total
    50 10 30 10 100
  21. What is the reservation policy followed by Symbiosis International University?

  22. Following will be the reservation policy for admission to any programme of Institutes of SIU (except Symbiosis Institutes of Management Studies, which has separate policy #)


    1. Scheduled Caste (SC): 15%
    2. Scheduled Tribes (ST): 7.5%
    3. Differently Abled *: 3%
    4. Children/wards of Defence Personnel : 5% (applicable only for following Programmes of the Institute)
    Programme Name Name of the Institute (s)
    MBA (International Business) Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB,Pune)
    MBA (Telecom Management) Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management (SITM, Pune)
    MBA (Information Technology Business Management) Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology (SCIT, Pune)
    MBA (Information Technology) Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies & Research (SICSR,Pune)

    The definition for Children / Wards of Defence Personnel is:

    The term Defence Personnel would mean only those serving / retired Defence personnel from Army, Navy, Air Force. Retired defence personnel are those who fall in the category of ex-servicemen as laid down in Ministry of Defence letter no 36035/5/85- Estt (SCT) dated 14 April 1987. It includes children of defence personnel who died while in service or after retirement.

    Note:- If a candidate chooses to apply under "Children / Wards of Defence Personnel" category for any one of the programmes mentioned above, and subsequently if he/she chooses to apply for any / all of the remaining programmes mentioned above, he / she will be treated under the same category (i.e. Children / Wards of Defence Personnel)


    1. Kashmiri Migrants: 2 seats per program
    2. International Candidates: 15%

    Reservation Policy of SIMS Pune

    1. Defence Category - General: 80% seats for dependents (Children/Ward/Spouse) of Defence personnel. (as per merit)
    2. Defence category- Special: 10% seats for dependents (Children/ Ward/ Spouse) of Defence personnel a) killed in action (war, Counter Insurgency or war like operation),orb)disabled in action (war, Counter Insurgency or war like operation), with more than 50% disability, or c) who have died while in service, death being attributable to military service. (as per merit)
    3. Open / Industry Category: 10% seats are in open category to civilian candidates under open or sponsored/ recommended by the Industry (as per merit).