SNAP Exam Pattern 2020 , Marking Scheme, Syllabus and Books

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    Symbiosis International University (SIU) has changed SNAP Exam Pattern yet again. The total questions have been reduced to 110 from 130. With changes in the number of questions, the marking scheme of the exam has also changed. The major change in SNAP exam pattern is that there will be no general knowledge or current affairs section this year. 

    • This year, SNAP will be conducted on the Second Sunday of December, 2020 in online (computer-based) mode from 2 PM to 4 PM. 
    • Like other major MBA entrance exams such as CAT, XAT, SNAP also has three common sections – QA, DILR and English. Read SNAP Syllabus
    • Unlike the previous year, this year not every section will contain special questions. 
    • Only Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency section will contain 5 special questions.
    • The difficulty level of the exam will be of moderate level. Download SNAP Sample Papers

    Read on to know more about the changes introduced in the paper pattern, updated marking scheme, section-wise questions distribution in the exam.

    SNAP Paper Pattern Changes, SNAP Exam Analysis

    SNAP 2020 Exam Pattern in Detail

    The specifications of the SNAP Paper Pattern are as follows:

    Mode of Exam

    • The mode of examination for SNAP changed from offline to online 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’ to be familiar with online testing mode.

    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 will be allowed to leave the exam hall provided they have submitted the test.

    Number of Attempts 

    • SNAP is conducted once a year in the month of December.
    • There is no limit on a number of attempts to take the exam.
    • Candidates can appear for the exam as many times as they want. Check SNAP Preparation Tips

    Type of Questions 

    There will be two types of questions that will be asked in SNAP exam. They are as follows:

    • Normal Questions: They 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: Only Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency section will have 5 special questions in the form of fill ups whose answers will have to be entered using a virtual keyboard. For example, if the question is “What is the capital of Australia?” The candidate needs to enter the answer as CANBERRA using the virtual keyboard.

    Number of Sections 

    • There will be three sections in the Symbiosis Entrance Test.
    • The name of the sections are General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning & Verbal Ability, Analytical & Logical Reasoning and Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

    Section-wise SNAP Pattern 

    • There is no restriction in solving a particular section within a stipulated amount of time.
    • There will be no pre-fixed order for sections. The exam allows a candidate to switch freely among different sections. 
    • There will be no sectional cutoff in the examination. Check SNAP Cut off
    • Section-wise number of questions and marking scheme are given below:
      SectionsNormal QuestionsMarks Per Correct AnswerSpecial QuestionsMarks Per Correct AnswerTotal QuestionsTotal Marks
      General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability341.5003451
      Analytical & Logical Reasoning361.5003654
      Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency351524045
      SNAP Sample Papers, SNAP Practice Papers

      SNAP Marking Scheme 2020 

      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 for Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

      +1.5 marks for General English and Analytical & Logical Reasoning

      Each wrong answer attracts 25% negative marks for both questions
      Special Questions+ 2 marks
      • Negative marking will be applicable in SNAP 2020. For every inaccurate answer, ¼ of allotted mark will be deducted.
      • 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 2020 Exam Syllabus

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

      SNAP Books for General English

      SubjectBooksPublication/ 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

      SNAP Books for Quantitative Ability 

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

      Logical Reasoning

      This section will determine the student’s ability to think accurately and swiftly. Students can expect questions on diagrams, figures and 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

      SNAP Books for Logical Reasoning

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

      SNAP 2020 Instructions

      It is the responsibility of every aspirant to ensure that they follow the rules and regulations in the exam hall.

      •  Report at the exam center of SNAP 2 hours prior to the exam 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.
      • The 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 2020 VS CAT 2020

      The exam pattern of SNAP and IIM CAT have many similarities which give 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 NameCATSNAP
      Conducting BodyIIMsSymbiosis International Deemed University
      Exam ModeComputer-Based TestComputer-Based Test
      Frequency of ExamOnce a YearOnce a Year
      Duration3 Hours (180 Minutes)2 Hours (120 Minutes)
      Number of Sections0303
      Sectional Time Limit

      Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) – 60 Minutes

      Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning – 60 Minutes

      Quantitative Ability – 60 Minutes

      No sectional Time
      Types of Question Format72-75 questions are MCQs, rest Non-MCQs.105 MCQs, 5 Fill Ups
      Option to Choose Order of SectionsCandidates are not allowed to switch between sectionsCandidate can answer questions in any section
      Total Marks300150
      Negative Marking for Incorrect Answer-33%-25% 
      Difficulty LevelModerate to DifficultEasy to Moderate
      Syllabus Difference


      Para Correction

      Sentence Correction

      Word Usage



      Para Jumble

      Pie Chart

      Graph Tables

      Data Arrangement







      Data Arrangement








      Coordinate Geometry

      Coding & Decoding



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      Exam dateNovember 24, 2020December 15, 2020

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      SNAP 2020 Vs XAT

      SNAP Exam Pattern and XLRI XAT Exam have many similarities like the 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:


      Total Questions



      Exam Duration

       2 hours

       3 ½ hours

      Type of Questions

      Objective Type MCQs

      MCQs: 97 & 1 Essay Writing

      Answer Options for MCQs



      Negative Marking

      Each wrong answer attract 25% negative marks

      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

      Facility to Choose Order of Sections

      Yes, any question from any section within the overall time limit

      Yes, Any question from any section within the overall time limit

      Individual Sectional Time Limit



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      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 an online format. 

      Ques: What are the total marks for SNAP 2020?

      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 2020 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 2020 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 mean 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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      Rishabh Parihar

      in 2019 snap exam current affairs section is available or not

      16 Sep, 2019 22:08
      Shobhna Chaturvedi

      Hi Rishabh, yes, current affairs section is there in the exam.

      17 Sep, 2019 15:41
      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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