FAQs on SNAP
  1. Can you tell me something about SNAP examination ?

  2. Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) Test is a common written test for the admission to all the Post-Graduate Institutes of Symbiosis International University. Written test is mandatory for admission into any Post-Graduate programme offered by the constituent institute of 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:

    1. Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM), Pune
    2. Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies & Research (SICSR), Pune
    3. Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication (SIMC), Pune
    4. Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB), Pune
    5. Symbiosis Centre for Management & Human Resource Development (SCMHRD), Pune
    6. Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies (SIMS), Pune
    7. Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management (SITM), Pune
    8. Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology (SCIT), Pune
    9. Symbiosis Institute of Operations Management (SIOM), Nashik
    10. Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences (SIHS), Pune
    11. Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM), Bengaluru
    12. Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication (SIMC), Bengaluru
    13. Symbiosis School of Banking and finance (SSBF), Pune
    14. Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM), Hyderabad
    15. 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 ranked in the AA category. SIIB and SIBM- Bangalore are ranked in the BBB category; SITM,SIOM,SCIT & SIMS are in the BB category for their respective flagship MBA programs.

  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 18, 2016 from 2 pm to 4 pm. No, it is not an online exam.

  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 22, 2016. The registration fee is Rs 1500.

  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/- For Institute registration and payment, please visit the particular Institute's website

  13. What was the last year's test pattern of SNAP ?

  14. The following was the pattern of last year's SNAP exam

    Section Marks No. of Questions
    General English 40 40
    Quantitative & Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency 40 40
    General Awareness: General Knowledge, Current Affairs, Business Yes Scenario 40 40
    Analytical & Logical Reasoning 60 30
    Total 180 150

    Duration of exam- 120 minutes
    Negative marking - 25% of the marks allotted per question.

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

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

    • The number of questions in Logical reasoning section has been increased to 40, but the number of marks per question has been reduced from 2 marks to 1 mark, therefore the overall weightage for this section has got reduced from 60 marks to 40 marks.
    • The number of questions in General awareness section has been reduced from 40 to 30.
    • Overall the number of questions been kept the same ( 150 ), but the total number of marks in the test been reduced from 180 marks to 150 marks.

    The following is pattern of this year's SNAP exam

    Snap 2016 Test Structure

    Sr. No. Sections No. of Questions Total Marks
    1 General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability 40 40
    2 Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency 40 40
    3 Current Affairs (of last 2 years) 30 30
    4 Analytical & Logical Reasoning 40 40
    Total 150 150
    • SNAP Test duration is of 120 minutes
    • Each wrong answer attracts 25% negative marks.
  17. What is the eligibility criteria for writing SNAP Entrance Test ?

  18. 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.

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

  20. Candidates will be shortlisted for PI round based on their overall SNAP Percentile. Category-wise cut off will be published on the website of the respective institute.

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

  22. Merit list will be based on the following parameters:

    SNAP Score out of 180 scaled down to 50 Group Exercise (GE) Personal Interaction (PI) Writing Ability Test (WAT) Total
    50 10 30 10 100
  23. What is the reservation policy followed by Symbiosis International University?

  24. The following is the reservation policy used by all Symbiosis group of B-schools except SIMS Pune

    Within the sanctioned intake Over and above the Sanctioned intake:
    - SC 15%
    - ST 7.5%
    -Physically Handicapped 3%
    - Kashmiri Migrants: 2 seats per programme
    - International Students category: 15% (Admissions to this category are controlled directly by International Students Cell of Symbiosis).

    Note - The reservation policy followed by SIMS Pune is as follows

    • 80% seats for dependents (Children/Ward) of Defence personnel.(as per merit)
    • 10% seats for dependents of Defence personnel killed in action (war, Counter Insurgency or war like operation), disabled in action (war, Counter Insurgency or war like operation), with more than 50% disability, next of kin of service personnel who have died while in service, death being attributable to military service.(as permerit)
    • 10% seats are in open category to civilian candidates sponsored/ recommended by the Industry (as per merit).
  25. Can you give me some suggestions on how to prepare for SNAP Entrance Test ?

  26. For the section on General English, students should focus on Idioms & Idiomatic expressions, and on parts of speech in Grammar. Apart from this, a good CAT preparation would suffice.

    For the section on Logical Reasoning, it would be advisable for students to revise concepts pertaining to Puzzles, Number and Letter Series, Verbal Analogies, Coding and Decoding, Strengthening & weakening arguments, and Non-Verbal Reasoning.

    For the section on Logical Reasoning, it would be advisable for students to revise concepts pertaining to Puzzles, Number and Letter Series, Verbal Analogies, Coding and Decoding, Strengthening & weakening arguments, and Non-Verbal Reasoning.

    One need to be thorough with all topics of Analytical puzzles, Deductions, Connectives and cubes.

    For the section on Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency, a good preparation for CAT should be more than sufficient.

    For the section on Current Affairs it would be advisable to focus on the current affairs of last 2 years.

    In addition to reading newspapers regularly, it would be advisable for a student to prepare from the following sources:

    • Also, in the various issues of MBA Education & Careers magazine, focus on features like Business GK, Current Issues & Events, and Current Event Chronicle (this feature captures important tid-bits).
    • In addition to the above, please run through the GK Model Papers feature titled, Improve your GK.
    • Go through the GA Note (Study Material) booklet for stock GK (like history and geography). Also use the GAT papers, each with 50 questions.

    Manorama & CSR Year Book - it helps in preparation for stock type questions

    • Who is who
    • What is what
    • Science scan
    • Human body
    • Computers
    • Landmarks of history
    • The Universe

    Finally, OMETs for SNAP are perhaps the best source for preparation. It comes very close to the actualSNAP entrance exam paper and one should give maximum importance to these question papers.