SAAT 2020 Exam Pattern, Syllabus and Marking Scheme

    Neha Rani Neha Rani
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    SAAT 2020 Exam Pattern is a national level entrance exam which is conducted in almost 62 exam centres across 40 cities of India by Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan University, Bhubaneswar accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). 

    • The question paper comprises 120 objective type questions which students need to attempt in 3 hours.
    • Exam Pattern may vary from course to course as opted by students.
    • The questions of the examination will be based on the basic knowledge of English, and what all they have studied so far as per the course they have chosen for examination. Check SAAT Syllabus
    • 4 marks are rewarded for every correct answer and 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer. Check SAAT Marking Scheme

    Students keen to get admissions to engineering and medical programs for UG and PG can appear for SAAT 2020 which is conducted every year in India. The rank of students is determined on the basis of marks secured in comparison to other students which is responsible for the admission of students in various colleges.

    SAAT 2020 Exam Pattern Highlights

    All the important highlights that a candidate must know before appearing for SAAT 2020 is tabulated below:

    Exam modeOffline
    Number of papersOnce in a year
    Number of questions120
    Number of sections5 sections (MBA/MHA/MTTM/ MHM/M.Sc. B.A.LL. B (Hons.)/BBA.LL.B. (Hons.)/BBA) and 6 sections for BHMCT exam
    Question paper typeMultiple Choice Question
    SAAT 2020 total marks120
    Exam duration3 hours
    Exam languageEnglish
    Marking scheme4 marks per question
    Negative marking-1 for every incorrect answer

    SAAT 2020 Exam Pattern in Details

    SAAT 2020 is conducted in offline and online mode with pen and paper handy by Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan University. 120 questions need to be answered in 3 hours. On marking every accurate answer, candidates will be awarded 4 marks whereas for every wrong answer, 1 mark will be deducted which clearly means that the total marks of the question paper are 480.

    Exam pattern and subjects will vary as per the courses opted by students either UG courses or PG courses. All the tables below depict the exam pattern of various courses:

    Exam Pattern For MBA/MHA/MTTM/MHM/M.Sc.

    SectionNumber of questionsNumber of marks
    Verbal Reasoning30120
    Analytical Reasoning30120
    General Knowledge2080
    Computer Fundamentals2080

    Exam Pattern For BHMCT

    SectionNumber of questionsNumber of marks
    Service Aptitude2080
    General English2080
    General Knowledge2080
    General Science2080
    Numerical Aptitude2080

    Exam Pattern For B.A.LL. B (Hons.)/BBA.LL.B. (Hons.)/BBA

    SectionNumber of questionsNumber of marks
    English including Comprehension2080
    General Knowledge/Current Affairs2080
    Elementary/Numerical Aptitude2080
    Legal Aptitude/Legal Awareness30120
    Logical Reasoning30120

    Exam pattern and syllabus of SAAT is different for different courses. The syllabus for B. Tech/DDE/B. Pharm/B.Sc. Ag. /B.Sc. Nursing consists of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology (Botany or Zoology) subjects.

    The corresponding question paper basically comprises questions from 10+2 standard. For engineering courses, the questions will prompt from Basic Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Engineering Mechanics.

    SAAT 2020 Marking Scheme

    SAAT 2020 question paper comprises of 4-5 section depending on the course that candidate has selected. The total marks of the question paper will be 480. All the questions carry 4 marks each and there will be negative marking of 1 mark on every incorrect answer.

    Below is the table for SAAT 2020 marking scheme:

    For every correct answer4 marks
    For every wrong answerDeduction of 1 mark

    SAAT 2020 Syllabus

    Syllabus of SAAT 2020 differs from course to course. Altogether, there will be either 4 or 5 sections. One needs to understand the syllabus precisely to score good marks and clear the entrance examination. All the syllabus for different courses proposed by the authorities pointwise is elaborated below:

    Syllabus for MBA/MHA/MTTM/MHM/M.Sc.

    • Verbal Reasoning- One of the most essential topic to be covered by students for SAAT 2020 entrance test is verbal reasoning which includes understanding and reasoning by using concepts framed in words. It evaluates the ability to think constructively.
    • Analytical Reasoning-- Analytical reasoning includes the logic that infers through the virtue of the statement's own content. Candidates need to be thorough with these to pass.
    • General Knowledge- Candidate’s knowledge regarding the awareness of the world would be asked in this section.
    • Comprehension- It includes the action and capability of understanding something and hence marking the accurate answer on its basis.
    • Computer Fundamentals- Candidate’s basic computer fundamentals studied must be clear in order to pass this section of SAAT 2020 test.

    Syllabus For BHMCT

    • Reasoning—The authorities want students to be flexible with the action of thinking in a logical and sensible manner. Those who is successful with the same clears this section.
    • Service Aptitude—It prompts questions based on aptitude which is the developed knowledge, understanding and acquired skills in a candidate.
    • General English – In this section, students will be tested on general English language including the grammatical skills.
    • General Knowledge- Candidates must have a general awareness and to clear this section. There is no exact syllabus. However, general knowledge and current affairs from all over the world shall be prompted.
    • General Science- Basic science, that candidates must have academically covered till then, will be asked in the exam which will include physics, chemistry and Biology.
    • Numerical Aptitude—This section comprises of mathematical calculations and numerical logics and related aptitude. Students must practice all the topics of mathematics which they have studied till yet academically.

    B.A.LL. B (Hons.)/BBA.LL.B. (Hons.)/BBA

    • English including Comprehension— It tests how accurate a candidate is with language English. It will contain reading comprehensions and relatable questions.
    • General Knowledge/Current Affairs—There is no such appropriate syllabus for this section. It will ask questions from general knowledge, awareness and current affairs from around the world.
    • Elementary/Numerical Aptitude—Students need to practice basic mathematics logics and numeric to get through this very section.
    • Legal Aptitude/Legal Awareness— Candidates must have sound legal knowledge and awareness in the country to pass this section.
    • Logical Reasoning—Candidates need to study logical reasoning which is basically a process of using a rational as well as a systematic series of steps based on mathematical logics and given statements to conclude the answer.

    B. Tech/DDE/B. Pharm/B.Sc. Ag. /B.Sc.

    The syllabus for students who intends to apply for the above-mentioned discipline is Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology (Botany or Zoology). All the syllabus under these subjects would be from 10+2 science and mathematics books itself. All the subtopics from which the questions will be prompted is mentioned below:

    SAAT 2020 Physics syllabus:

    Physics and MeasurementKinematics
    Laws of MotionWork, Energy and Power
    Rotational MotionGravitation
    Properties of Solids and LiquidsThermodynamics
    Kinetic Theory of GasesOscillations and Waves
    ElectrostaticsCurrent Electricity
    Magnetic Effects of Current and MagnetismElectromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents
    Electromagnetic WavesDual Nature of Matter and Radiation
    Atoms and NucleiElectronic Devices
    Communication Systems

    SAAT 2020 Chemistry Syllabus

    Some Basic Concepts in ChemistryStates of Matter
    Atomic StructureChemical Bonding and Molecular Structure
    Chemical ThermodynamicsSolutions
    EquilibriumRedox Reactions and Electrochemistry
    Chemical KineticsSurface Chemistry
    Classification of Elements and Periodicity in PropertiesGeneral Principles and Processes of Isolation of Metals
    HydrogenS-Block Elements (Alkali and Alkaline Earth Metals)
    P-Block Elementsd – and f – Block Elements
    Coordination CompoundsEnvironmental Chemistry
    Purification and Characterization of Organic CompoundsSome Basic Principles of Organic Chemistry
    HydrocarbonsOrganic Compounds Containing Halogens
    Organic Compounds Containing OxygenOrganic Compounds Containing Nitrogen
    Chemistry in Everyday Life

    SAAT 2020 Mathematics syllabus

    Sets, Relations and FunctionsComplex Numbers and Quadratic Equations
    Matrices and DeterminantsPermutations and Combinations
    Mathematical InductionBinomial Theorem and its Simple Applications
    Sequences and SeriesLimit, Continuity and Differentiability
    Integral CalculusDifferential Equations
    Coordinate GeometryCoordinate Geometry
    Three-Dimensional GeometryVector Algebra
    Statistics and ProbabilityTrigonometry
    Mathematical Reasoning

    Also, for engineering courses for any field, the question might be prompted from Basic Electrical topics, Mathematics & Mechanics. Students must study carefully and precisely all the sub-topics mentioned in their 10+2 coursebook to clear the SAAT 2020 entrance examination.

    SAAT 2020 Recommended Books

    There are various recommended books that students need to study thoroughly in order to clear SAAT 2020 and get admissions to desired discipline in the desired college. Here is the list of books available:

    Book TitleAuthor/ Publication
    Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude and Data InterpretationNishit Sinha
    Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examination Tips, Techniques, and Short-cut MethodsAbhijit Guha
    Business English and CommunicationClark Zimmer
    Verbal Ability and Reading ComprehensionAjay Singh
    Class 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th Textbooks (Science and Mathematics)Orissa board

    SAAT 2020 Important Instructions

    • Candidates must be present at the allotted examination centre half an hour prior to the commencement of SAAT 2020 examination
    • Students will neither be permitted in the exam centre nor give the examination without the issued SAAT 2020 Admit Card and a valid government id proof (PAN card, Voter id, Aadhar card, driving license).
    • Some of the electronic gadgets like mobile phones, calculators, etc. are not allowed inside the test centre.
    • Candidates must not open the distributed exam booklet unless instructed as they will be given an extra time of 10 minutes to read the same to avoid any sort of confusion.
    • Candidates must keep a note that they must not carry any personal baggage or things inside the centre as they will not be responsible in case of stealing or losing the article.
    • Details filled by the candidate must be accurate to the best of their knowledge or else the possible consequence would be that the result will not be evaluated by the concerned authorities.
    • Answers must be darkened appropriately in the OMR sheet.
    • Candidate is not permitted to leave the exam centre without the permission of invigilator and before the exam time as it may lead to the cancellation of the candidature.
    • Candidate found guilty of any unfair means will be disqualified of his/her candidature.

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College




    Madhumita Maiti

    Kindly give information about msc nursing entrance exam syllabus

    14 Oct, 2019 12:05
    Rupali Singh

    Sir i m a biology student i.e my main sub is physics, chemistry and biology so will i m eligible to fill the form of SAAT exam for agriculture .plz suggest me sir

    09 Oct, 2019 15:55
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Rupali, yes, you are eligible to apply for exam provided you have scored at least 50% (40% in case of reserved categories) in intermediate. Along with the percentage criteria, candidate must not be above than 23 years of age.

    09 Oct, 2019 17:30

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