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SNAP Exam Pattern 2019, Marking Scheme, Syllabus

Updated On - March 4th 2019 by KRITIKA GUPTA

Symbiosis International University (SIU) has changed SNAP Exam Pattern yet again. The total questions have striked down to 130 from 150. Unlike last year, there will be two types of questions namely normal (MCQs) and special questions (Fill in the Blanks). With this, there is a change in the marking scheme as well.

This year, SNAP 2019 is scheduled for December 16 in online (computer based) mode. Interested candidates can apply online before November 26 at Like other major MBA entrance exams like CAT/ XAT, SNAP also has three common sections – QA/ DILR and English. Current Affairs is an additional section in the exam pattern of SNAP. The syllabus will of Higher Secondary or 10+2 level. It will be at par with other national level management tests. The difficulty level of the exam will be of moderate level. Read on to know more about the changes introduced in the paper pattern, updated marking scheme, section-wise questions distribution in the exam.

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SNAP Paper Pattern Changes, SNAP Exam Analysis

SNAP 2019 Exam Pattern in Details – Exam on Dec.16

The paper pattern of SNAP is given below:

Mode of Exam

  • The mode of examination for SNAP changed from offline to online mode in the year 2017.
  • The Symbiosis National Aptitude Test will now be a Computer Based Test.
  • Each candidate will be appointed a computer at the SNAP Exam Center only.
  • It is suggested that each test taker must practice through ‘Online Test Series’ only.

Duration of Exam 

  • The duration of SNAP is 2 hours (120 minutes).
  • It will be conducted from 2 pm to 4 pm. After 2.45 PM candidates are allowed to leave the exam hall provided they have submitted the test.
  • After submission of the test candidate will not be allowed to re-enter the test hall.  

No. of Attempts 

  • Candidates taking SNAP are informed that they can appear for the examination once in a year.
  • Hence, make sure to give your 100% while preparing and appearing for the exam.Check SNAP Preparation Tips

Type of Questions (Changed) 

From 2019 onwards, there will be two types of questions in SNAP exam. They are as follows:

  • Normal Questions: will be objective in nature i.e. MCQ type. Each question will have 4 responses suggested as answers, out of which one that seems appropriate must be selected
  • Special Questions: each section will have blanks where answers will have to be entered using a virtual keyboard. 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.

No. | Name of Sections 

  • There will be four sections in the examination.
  • The name of the sections are General English; Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency; Analytical & Logical Reasoning and Current Affairs.

Section-wise Questions Distribution (Changed)

    SectionsNormal Ques.Special Ques.Total Marks
    General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning & Ability30540
    Quantitative, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency30540
    Current Affairs (of last 2 years)20530
    Analytical and Logical Reasoning30540
    Total130 Questions150 Marks

    Other Facts related to paper pattern:

    • SNAP Cut off: There will be no individual sectional cut off in the examination. Check SNAP Cut off
    • There will be no pre-fixed order for sections. The exam allows switching freely among different sections
    • There is no restriction of solving a particular section within a stipulated amount of time.
    SNAP Sample Papers, SNAP Practice Papers

    SNAP Marking Scheme 2019 (Changed)

    The marking scheme for SNAP has been revised by the regulating body i.e. SIU. The marking scheme is given as follows:

    Type of QuestionCorrect AnswerIncorrect Answer
    Normal Questions+ 1 mark
    Each wrong answer attracts 25% negative marks for both questions
    Special Questions+ 2 marks
    • There will be penalty of marks, charged for marking wrong or incorrect answers i.e. negative marking will be applicable. For every inaccurate answer, 1/4th mark will be deducted from the total score of candidates.
    • No mark will be deducted from the total score of the student for leaving a question blank or failure in attempting it.
    • The marking of two options will be considered as a wrong answer and negative marking will be applicable accordingly.

    SNAP 2019 Exam Syllabus

    The syllabus for SNAP 2019 is based on English, Mathematics and Logic of higher secondary school level knowledge. It will be as decided by SIU for every section. Aspirants must make sure that they follow the right syllabus to prepare well for the test. CheckSNAP Syllabus

    The section wise syllabus is given as follows:

    General English

    This section will assess the grasp an aspirant has on the English language. The test paper will comprise of questions based on a given passage. Candidates must comprehend the contents of the passage and answer these questions. An individual’s vocabulary, grammar, verbal ability and reasoning skills will also be tested in this section. The important topics for this section are:

    • Grammar
    • Vocabulary
    • Active and Passive Voice
    • Sentence Completion
    • Correction of Sentences
    • Jumbled Paragraphs
    • Synonyms
    • Antonyms
    • Comprehension of passages
    • Spot the error

    Books for Reference

    SubjectBookPublication/ Author
    General EnglishVerbal Ability and Reading ComprehensionArun Sharma
    Mastering Verbal AbilityArihant Publication
    Objective General English 10,000+ questionsR.S. Aggarwal

    Quantitative Ability

    This section of the test evaluates the aspirant’s ability to solve numerical problems with accuracy and speed. It will include problems to evaluate how aspirants can work with numbers, do numerical calculations and understand various arithmetic questions. They must have a good understanding of basic mathematical concepts to fare well in this section. The important topics for this section are as follows:

    • Numerical Calculations
    • Arithmetic Problems- Percentage, Ratio, Work, Percentage, Average, etc.
    • Modern Mathematics- Probability, Permutation and Combination, Logarithms.
    • Algebra
    • Geometry
    • Trigonometry
    • Common Graphs & Charts

    Books for Reference

    SubjectBookPublication/ Author
    Quantitative AbilityData InterpretationArun Sharma
    Quantitative Aptitude for MBA EntranceAbhijit Guha
    Quantitative AbilityP Sinhal

    Current Affairs

    For this section, aspirants must be aware of the general events happening in the world for the past 2 years. They are advised to read newspapers daily. Questions from the following topics are asked:

    • Organizations
    • International Affairs
    • History
    • Corporate and business
    • Finance and Economy
    • Geography
    • Sports
    • Political events
    • Technology

    Books for Reference

    SubjectBookPublication/ Author
    Logical SkillsA Modern Approach to Logical ReasoningR.S. Aggarwal
    Logical and Analytical ReasoningAshok Gupta
    Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical ReasoningPearson Publication

    Logical Reasoning

    This section will determine the student’s ability to think accurately and swiftly. Students can expect questions on diagrams, figures as also analogies in this section. Problem solving and decision making skills will also be tested. Questions on the following topics will be asked:

    • Sets based on arrangements and cubes
    • Syllogisms
    • Family Tree
    • Verbal reasoning and Analogy
    • Critical reasoning
    • Output-Input based questions
    • Problem solving and observation

    Books for Reference

    SubjectBookPublication/ Author
    General books for SNAPAce the SNAPIMS Learning Resources
    Map the SNAPArihant Publications

    Important Instructions

    It is the responsibility of every aspirant to ensure that they follow some rules and regulations to maintain the decorum of the exam hall so that the examination proceeds properly.

    •  Report at the exam center of SNAP by 12:00 hrs to undergo, admit card, id proof verification and biometric verification.
    • After 14.10 hrs the entry gates will be closed for SNAP Online Test. 
    • The examination will conclude at 16.00 hrs, no extra time will be given to any candidate.
    • Mobile phones, calculators, watch calculators, alarm clocks, digital watches with built in calculators/ memory or any electronics gadgets are prohibited in the examination hall.
    • Invigilator will check your Admit Card and ID proof and authenticate the same.
    • The candidate may attempt any section in any order.
    • Candidates will not be allowed to leave the hall till 14.45 hrs. After submission of the test candidate will not be allowed to re-enter the test hall.
    • Candidates can approach the Centre Superintendent/ Invigilator in the room if they require any technical assistance, first aid emergency or any information regarding the test.

    SNAP Exam Pattern 2019 V/s CAT

    The exam pattern of SNAP and IIM CAT have many similarities which gives the opportunity to synchronize the sectional and overall exam preparation. However, SNAP Pattern will have a few dissimilarities as compared to CAT exam, they are as follows:

    ComponentSNAPIIMs CAT
    Exam dateDecember 16, 2019November 25, 2019
    Total Questions130100
    Exam Duration 2 hours 3 hours
    Type of QuestionsMCQs – Objective 
    Non-MCQs – Fill in the Blanks
    MCQs: 72 – 75 Questions 
    Non-MCQs: Rest of the questions
    Answer Options for MCQs 44
    Correct Answer MarksNormal Ques.: +1
    Special Ques: +2
    Negative Marking0.25 markMCQs with 1/3 negative marking;
    No negative marking for Non-MCQs
    Exam Difficulty LevelModerateDifficult
    Number of Sections43
    Section 1: Name | No. of QuestionsGeneral English, RC,VR,VA | 35Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension | 34
    Section 2: Name | No. of QuestionsAnalytical & Logical Reasoning | 35Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning | 32
    Section 3: Name | No. of QuestionsQuant, DI, Data Sufficiency | 35Quantitative Ability | 34
    Section 4: Name | No. of QuestionsCurrent Affairs | 25Not Applicable, only 3 Sections
    Facility to Choose Order of SectionsYes, any question from any section within overall time limitNo, has to follow pre defined sectional order
    Individual Sectional Time LimitNoEach section with 1 hour time limit
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    SNAP Exam Pattern 2019 Vs XAT

    SNAP Exam Pattern and XLRI XAT Exam have many similarities like common section on General Knowledge, English Language, Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation among others which help the SNAP and XAT test takers to prepare for them simultaneously:


    Exam date

    December 16, 2019

    January 6, 2019

    Total Questions



    Exam Duration

     2 hours

     3 ½ hours

    Type of Questions

    MCQs – Objective 
    Non-MCQs – Fill in the Blanks

    MCQs: 97 & 1 Essay Writing

    Answer Options for MCQs



    Correct Answer Marks

    Normal Ques: + 1
    Special Ques.: +2

    MCQs: 1
    Essay Writing: 3

    Negative Marking

    0.25 mark

    72 MCQs with 1/4 negative marking; No negative marking for 25 MCQs on GK and Essay writing test

    Exam Difficulty Level



    Number of Sections


    Main Section: 3
    GK & Essay: 2

    Section 1: Name | No. of Questions

    General English, RC,VR,VA | 35

    English Language & Logical Reasoning | 24

    Section 2: Name | No. of Questions

    Analytical & Logical Reasoning | 35

    Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation | 27

    Section 3: Name | No. of Questions

    Quant, DI, Data Sufficiency | 35

    Decision Making | 21

    Section 4: Name | No. of Questions

    Current Affairs | 25

    General Awareness | 25
    Essay Writing (Subjective)

    Facility to Choose Order of Sections

    Yes, any question from any section within overall time limit

    Yes, Any question from any section within overall time limit

    Individual Sectional Time Limit



    Top MBA Colleges Accepting Exam Score

    SIBM Pune, SCMHRD Pune, SIIB Pune, SIBM Bangalore & all other Symbiosis institutes


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    SNAP Exam Pattern FAQs

    Ques: Is the test pattern of this year's SNAP same as last year's?

    Ans: No, unlike last year when the test was conducted in paper and pencil mode, this year the test will be conducted in online format. The rest of the pattern will be same as last year.

    Ques: What are the total marks for SNAP 2019?

    Ans: SNAP exam total marks are 150.

    Ques: What is the time duration of the Exam?

    Ans: Time duration to complete SNAP exam is 120 minutes.

    Ques: What is the language of SNAP 2019 exam?

    Ans: The language is English for SNAP exam.

    Ques: Are there any negative marking for questions?

    Ans: Yes, for every wrong answer 0.25 marks will be deducted.

    Ques: Is there any order of attempting SNAP 2019 exam?

    Ans: No, candidates can attempt any section in any order.

    Ques. What is the meaning of normal questions in SNAP exam?

    Ans. Normal questions simply means that the questions will be objective in nature. Each question has 4 responses. Candidate should choose an appropriate response.

    Ques. What is the meaning of special questions in the examination?

    Ans. In SNAP Online Test, for special questions in each section will have blanks where answers will have to be entered by the candidate by using the virtual keyboard. 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.

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


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    1 Comment
    Shreeva Nanda

    Is there is any sectional cutt off

    15 Dec, 2018 00:20
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Shreeva, You may please check this link for getting SNAP Cutt off.

    15 Dec, 2018 15:26

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