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SNAP Exam Pattern 2018, Marking Scheme, Syllabus

Updated On - July 25th 2018 by KRITIKA GUPTA

SNAP Exam Pattern: Symbiosis International University (SIU) will release the notification of SNAP Exam Pattern 2018 on its official website 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. Also, SNAP has moved away from the conventional Pen-Paper Based test to Computer Based Test in the year 2017.

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A brief of SNAP Exam Pattern is as follows:

  • Medium of Exam: English
  • Exam Duration: 2 hours (120 minutes)
  • Type of Ques.: MCQs (Objective Type)
  • Total Sections: 4
  • Total Ques.: 150
  • Max. Marks: 150

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 SNAP exam details by means of mode, section-wise questions distribution, marking scheme etc.


The registration for SNAP 2018 will begin from the third week of August 2018. The exam will be held in the third week of December 2018. The results will be announced on the official website in the first week of January 2018. SNAP exam will be given 50% weightage while making the final merit list.

SNAP 2018 Exam Pattern in Details – Exam on Dec. 16

Exam Mode: 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.

Exam Duration: The duration of SNAP is 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. But after submission of the test candidate will not be allowed to re-enter the test hall. This exam is the only exam that will allow a candidate to leave early if they are done with the examination.

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

Nature of Questions: The questions in the examination 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.

No. | Name of Sections: 4 sections | General English; Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency; Analytical & Logical Reasoning and Current Affairs.

Other Facts related to paper pattern:

  • SNAP Cut off: There will be no individual sectional cut off in the examination.
  • There was no pre-fixed order for sections. The exam allowed switching freely among different sections
  • There is no restriction of solving a particular section within a stipulated amount of time.
SectionsNo. of QuestionsTotal Marks
General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning & Ability4040
Quantitative, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency4040
Current Affairs (of last 2 years)3030
Analytical and Logical Reasoning4040

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SNAP Marking Scheme 2018

Applicants must know the marking scheme in order to decide how to attempt the questions in the aptitude entrance test. There has been no change in the marking scheme of SNAP 2018 and it is the same as it was for the year 2017. It should be noted that negative marking will be applicable for the test. The marking scheme is given as follows:

  • +1 mark will be awarded to students for marking every accurate answer.
  • 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 2018 Exam Syllabus

The syllabus for SNAP 2018 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 2018 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:

Exam dateDecember 16, 2018November 25, 2018
Total Questions150100
Exam Duration 2 hours 3 hours
Type of QuestionsAll MCQsMCQs: 72 – 75 Questions 
Non-MCQs: Rest of the questions
Answer Options for MCQs 44
Correct Answer Marks 13
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 | 40Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension | 34
Section 2: Name | No. of QuestionsAnalytical & Logical Reasoning | 40Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning | 32
Section 3: Name | No. of QuestionsQuant, DI, Data Sufficiency | 40Quantitative Ability | 34
Section 4: Name | No. of QuestionsCurrent Affairs | 30Not 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 2018 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, 2018


Total Questions



Exam Duration

 2 hours

 3 ½ hours

Type of Questions

All MCQs

MCQs: 97 & 1 Essay Writing

Answer Options for MCQs



Correct Answer Marks


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 | 40

English Language & Logical Reasoning | 24

Section 2: Name | No. of Questions

Analytical & Logical Reasoning | 40

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation | 27

Section 3: Name | No. of Questions

Quant, DI, Data Sufficiency | 40

Decision Making | 21

Section 4: Name | No. of Questions

Current Affairs | 30

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



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SNAP Exam Pattern FAQ's

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 2018?

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 2018 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 2018 exam?

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

*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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