Difference in SNAP and CAT

SNAP and CAT are two completely different entrance exams. These entrance tests are really different to their core. SNAP, i.e., Symbiosis National Aptitude Test is a test that focuses on gauging your specific capabilities from a business administrative point of view whereas the Common Admission Test, i.e., CAT is a cumulative test. The paper pattern, test-taking time, difficulty level, etc differs for each entrance test. It is said that SNAP is among the few Post graduation admission test which has seen a paradigm shift in term of student response, and the major reason behind this, is the moderate level of questions asked in the SNAP exam which is not the case for CAT or MAT exams.

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Here we have provided complete information on how SNAP is different from CAT and why you should appear for SNAP exam.

What Are The Similarities and Dissimilarities of SNAP and CAT

Here we have given pointers on the similarities and differences of SNAP from CAT:

Exam Pattern for SNAP 

There are 150 MCQ type questions and the duration of the exam is 120 minutes. The exam pattern for SNAP is as follows;

Section Number of questions
General English (Reading comprehension, Verbal reasoning, Verbal ability) 40
Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency 40
Current affairs 30
Analytical & Logical reasoning 40
Total 150

Similarities With CAT exam

  1. In the Quantitative Ability section, the type of questions asked in SNAP is very much similar to that of CAT. For example, questions from arithmetic, algebra, etc cover 50% of the section
  2. The questions in the General English section is similar to that of CAT’s Verbal Ability Section such as Reading Comprehensions, Para Jumbles, etc.

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Dissimilarities With CAT exam

  1. The QA section in SNAP is easy compared to CAT. Also, the Data Interpretation/ Data Sufficiency is of the easy level compared to CAT.
  2. The topics covered in Analytical Reasoning are different.
  3. In CAT, no questions are asked from General Awareness.
  4. SNAP is a speed based test whereas for CAT is a different test altogether
  5. More than 200 B-schools accepts CAT score whereas, only limited colleges accepts SNAP score.

Which Is More Difficult, SNAP or CAT?

It has been observed that CAT is a more difficult test to attempt than the SNAP for the following reasons:

  1. The difficulty of questions is higher for CAT.
  2. Since the Common Admission Test (CAT) opens up your prospects throughout the country, the pressure is higher, resulting in higher cut-offs and criteria.

Now, this does not mean that SNAP is an ‘’easy’’ exam. The difficulty level for CAT exam is also higher because the number of students applying for it is in much greater number as compared to SNAP. Yet, SNAP challenges you differently in terms of time and preparation mode.

Why Should You Appear For SNAP?

With numerous management entrance test coming up, in between if you are wondering whether to appear for SNAP or not, here we have listed few reasons which can help you make a decision on this.

Symbiosis as a brand name 

It is one of the best colleges and true to their reputation. The Symbiosis Institute of Business Management has been ranked #18 in the management institutes as per NIRF Ranking 2018. From the infrastructure point of view, location, and it’s a residential programme, it is most recommended college.

Cons: The only issue which you will face is relocation. Since SIBM is located in Pune, you will have to relocate to the place. If you are situated in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, etc and are not comfortable moving out of your place, then this could be one issue due to which it is recommended not to appear for SNAP.


Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM), Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development (SCMHRD), and Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB) are the man colleges. However, there are total 15 number of colleges which accepts SNAP score. These colleges are as follows:

  1. Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM)
  2. Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies & Research (SICSR)
  3. Symbiosis Cente for Management and Human Resource Development (SCMHRD)
  4. Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB)
  5. Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management (SITM)
  6. Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies (SIMS)
  7. Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication, Pune
  8. Symbiosis Institute of Operations Management (SIOM – Nashik)
  9. Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology (SCIT)
  10. Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences (SIHS)
  11. Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Bengaluru
  12. Symbiosis School of Media & Communication, Bengaluru
  13. Symbiosis School of Banking & Finance (SSBF) (Formerly known as Symbiosis School of Management)
  14. Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Hyderabad (SIBM – Hyderabad)
  15. Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences (SSSS)

Admission Process

The selection process through SNAP is very simple. You first appear for the test, then on the basis of your performance in the entrance exam, you will be called for GD-PI, WAT and that’s it. There are no sectional cut offs, there is no profile based cut off like IIMs. In conclusion, you pass the test and take admission, is all what the admission process through SNAP is.

Speed Test

The main problem for many students is the speed. After CAT, those who will appear for SNAP have to change their preparation strategy. In SNAP you will have to solve 150 MCQ type questions in 120 minutes time duration. You basically get two weeks time to change your preparation strategy and adjust as per it. This may take a toll on many students however, it is sufficient to get adjusted for the speed game.

Placement and Salary Package

The average salary at SIBM is 14-15 lakh, similar to SVKM’s Narsee Monjee Institutes of Management Studies (SVKM’s NMIMS). Whereas for SCMHRD and SIIB, the average salary reaches to 10+.

Cons: If you are expecting a salary bracket like like IIMs or SP Jain, then SNAP is not the call for you.

Competition in SNAP

Last year, as per some reports, 50,000 students were to appear for the entrance test. Out of them 5,000 will get a call for GD-PI and selection will be 2500. The conversion rate for SNAP is great. It is even better than CAT as 50000 applicants for 2500 seats is a good deal to seal.


The another advantage of SNAP is that only few number of seats are reserved for the different categories. The following number of seats are reserved for the given categories:

Category Reservation of Seats
SC 15%
ST 7.5%
PWD 03%
Kashmiri Migrants 01%

On the basis of above table. it can be stated that the candidates from reserved and unreserved categories, both are at advantage.

Fees for Admission

The tuition fee of all the Symbiosis college is 12 lakh per annum, including Hostel and Food. This is the major advantage for the students as the average fees for MBA in India is 14-15 lakhs. With this, SIBM gives you the best of facilities under the budget.

Students Intake

One the best thing about SIBM and its other colleges is that they have maintained the number of student intake. Average number of students intake through SNAP per college is 200. The chances of this number of students to get better placement opportunity is much higher.

Conclusion on SNAP vs CAT

These are the advantages and disadvantages of SNAP exam. It is recommended that you should apply for SNAP exam as back up. These are not top colleges such as IIMs, SP Jain etc but these are good colleges. Especially for those who are not scoring good in CAT exam should definitely consider SNAP as a good back up entrance exam.

If you have any questions related to this article or need any information on SNAP exam, let us know in the comment section below. 

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