SNAP Preparation

Symbiosis International University has a chain of B-Schools offering MBA or PGDM programs in various fields like computers, operations, banking, information technology and general management as well. It has campuses in cities like Pune, Bengaluru, Nashik etc. Every year over 50,000 students appear for the test.

The SNAP Exam, when compared with CAT, is comparatively easier but poses challenges to the test taker. Anyone preparing for the CAT Exam or other management exams can easily crack SNAP provided they streamline their preparation in a certain way.

This article deals with the Best Strategies that one can implement while preparing for SNAP.


The Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) is the national level management entrance test that is conducted by the Symbiosis International University. The exam is conducted annually in online mode for admission to MBA/ MSc (CA) / MSc (SS) programmes offered by SIU affiliated institutes. The exam is conducted in 92 cities across India.

Preparation for SNAP Exam is a long process, so you need to set up your goal of cracking the exam way before the date of the examination as it finally boils down to the mindset of the student.

Exam Overview

Before starting the preparation for an exam, candidates need to understand the structure and syllabus of the exam. Follow the Exam Pattern and Syllabus given below to know about the aspects of the exam.

Exam Pattern

The SNAP exam is an online-based exam that takes place for 2 hours. The exam paper is divided into four sections with both MCQs and Non-MCQ type questions.

SNAP Exam Pattern
Exam Structure Details
Number of sections 4 (General English, Verbal Ability, Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency, Analytical & Logical Reasoning, Current Affairs)
Number of questions 130
Total marks 150
Duration of exam 120 minutes
Language of paper English
Mode of examination Computer-based
SNAP marking scheme Normal Questions carry 1 mark for each question and Special Questions carry 2 marks for each question.
Negative Marking Each wrong answer attracts 25% negative marks for Normal Questions and Special Questions


The syllabus from the four sections is given in the table below:

SNAP Exam Syllabus
General English Quantitative, Data Interpretation &  Data Sufficiency Analytical & Logical Reasoning General Awareness
Reading Comprehension Interpretation and Analysis of Data Number Systems Current Affairs
Verbal Reasoning Text Interpretation Geometry Politics
Syllogisms Tables Trigonometry Sports
Analogies Graphs (line, area) Probability Science
Antonyms and Synonyms Charts (column, bar, pie) Permutations and Combinations Economics
Fill in the Blanks Venn Diagram Algebra History
Sentence Correction Calendars Mensuration Books
Idioms Clocks Time and Work Geography
Jumbled Passage Binary Logic LCM and HCF  
Meaning-Usage Match Seating Arrangement Averages
Summary Questions Blood Relations Percentages
Fact - Inferences - Judgments Coding & Decoding Profit and Loss
  Logical Sequence Quadratic and Linear Equations
Data Structure  
Linear and Matrix Arrangements

How to Prepare for SNAP Exam?

If you are preparing for SNAP or any other entrance exam for that matter you need to possess three most important characteristics - determination, patience and perseverance. You should be strongly determined to achieve your goal (which in this case is cracking the SNAP exam), you should have enormous patience to go through all of the preparation stuff, and finally, you need to be perseverant enough to not give up when faced with difficulties. If you can muster these three characteristics you are ready to face any exam. Now follow the tips given below to prepare well for the exam.

Create A Custom Time Table

At the primary stage of your preparation, you need to create a good time table that you can follow throughout your exam preparation. The time table helps you to strategize with the little bit of time you have. Make sure that you create a good preparation schedule that would be providing you with the most efficient and convenient preparation sessions from your day to day routine. Also, make sure that you use these sessions in the best way possible and avoid any outside distractions. Include time for solving sample papers and then for revision of completed topics. Stick to that time table till the exam is completed.

Time Management

The main problem that candidates face while writing an exam is the insufficiency of time to go through the whole paper. This is because of improper time management. In SNAP you need to answer 130 questions from four sections in a matter of 120 minutes. So, during the preparation period, you need to find out which sections are easier for you to answer and which sections take more time for you to solve. This way you could answer the easier sections at the beginning and transfer the extra time onto the tougher sections. Also, make sure that you are answering the sections accurately enough so that you wouldn't be looking back at them in doubt, which will only be more time-consuming.

Section Wise Approach

The four sections of the exam need to be approached in different ways. They are given below:

General English

  • This is always the most scoring section of the four sections. It generally consists of verbal ability questions and reading comprehension.
  • You need to practice the comprehension based questions regularly so that you would be habituated to answering them easily and quickly in the actual examination.
  • For the parts of antonyms and synonyms, you need to enhance your vocabulary. Use flashcards to learn new words daily and use them whenever necessary.

Analytical and Logical Reasoning

  • Continuous practice is the only way to approach this section which comprises of tricky and tough questions.
  • Go through the basics and formulae to do well in this section. 
  • Find a good aptitude book and start practising all the types of questions present in it.

General Awareness

  • This section consists of topics such as current affairs, business scenario, general knowledge etc.
  • You need to get updated about the current affairs in this world to get a good score in this section.
  • Reading newspapers, joining online discussions, installing apps and customizing the news briefing will make the learning process easy for you.

Quantitative, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency

  • This section is easier when compared to other section but is quite lengthy.
  • Keep the time limit in your mind while solving this section. Time plays a very important role as the limited period can keep you from working on a question for too long.
  • Solve all of the previous papers and sample tests to get familiarized with the questions from this section.

Evaluate and Improve Yourself

You need to find as many practice questions, sample papers and mock tests as you can and start solving them by incorporating them in your preparation timetable. Periodically solve these things to evaluate yourself. Then accordingly you can change your preparation schedule to include the areas you are struggling with.


Start preparing for the exam at least 6 months before the date of the exam. This way you will have enough time to cover the SNAP Syllabus and complete enough revisions before the exam. 

SNAP Exam is your gateway to two of the most prestigious institutes under the Symbiosis Umbrella: SIBM – Pune and SCMHRD. The road to cracking the exam can be hard, but a solid preparation strategy can help you overcome every hardship and finally give you good results.

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