How To Crack SNAP Entrance Exam

Most of the MBA aspirants write for more than one exam during their preparation. The Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) is said to be relatively easier than the other management entrance tests such as CAT, IIFT, XAT, etc. However, this sole reason doesn’t make SNAP easy to crack. It demands more speed and accuracy in comparison to other entrance tests. Overall the difficulty level for SNAP entrance exam is “Moderate”.

If you have prepared for CAT, then cracking SNAP wouldn’t be much of a task for you. In addition to Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, there is one additional topic which you need to study for SNAP and that is not included in CAT exam. It is General Knowledge. Don’t worry we have got you covered on this. Here you will get all the necessary information on how to prepare for SNAP and its difficulty level in comparison with the CAT exam.

Before we proceed any further, let us take a look at the exam pattern for SNAP and CAT exam.

Exam Pattern: SNAP and CAT

SNAP Exam Pattern: SNAP is a computer-based entrance test of 120 minutes duration. The test will be of a total of 150 marks and you will get MCQ type questions. There are four sections in the entrance test – Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency, Current affairs and Analytical & Logical Reasoning. The distribution of questions in each of these sections 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

Recommended for SNAP Preparation:

  1. SNAP Syllabus
  2. Books For SNAP Preparation

CAT Exam Pattern: It is a computer-based test and the total duration of the exam is 03 hours. The entrance test consists of MCQ and Subjective Type (Non-MCQ) type questions. There are three sections which are Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability. The distribution of question in each of these sections is as follows:

Section Total Number of Questions Number of Non-MCQs Duration Marks
Quantitative Ability 34 7 60 min 102
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension 34 10 60 min 102
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 32 08 60 min 96
Total 72 28 180 min 300

Difficulty Level of SNAP and CAT: Is it Easier or Difficult?

Well, there is no question about it CAT has a higher difficulty level than SNAP, even though both are National level entrance test. There are various reasons which account to the fact the SNAP is much easier than CAT. These are as follows:

  • CAT exam opens up your prospects throughout the country, the pressure is higher, resulting in higher cut-offs and criteria.
  • Number of students applying for CAT is much greater than those who register for SNAP

Analysis of SNAP 2018 Exam Pattern

You need to develop separate MBA preparation strategy to crack SNAP Entrance Exam. Here we have given the analysis of the exam pattern, so you can decide which section to do first.

General English (Reading comprehension, Verbal reasoning, Verbal ability)
This section is generally one of the easiest section in comparison to others. In the General English section, you will have to answer questions related to vocabulary, grammar, and short RC passages. It has been observed that in the last couple of years, only 4 to 6 RC questions have appeared in this section and there has been a greater focus on vocabulary-based questions.

Hence in the SNAP General English section, you should try to attempt 29-30 questions within 30 minutes.

Quantitative Ability

SNAP exam paper settlers have always emphasized on Arithmetic questions. It covers topics such as Time and Work, Mixtures and Alligations, Ratio and Proportion, Percentages, Time and Distance, Averages and Profit & Loss. In Geometry part, Mensuration has been a fairly regular in the exam.

It can be said that an attempt of 24-28 questions within 40 minutes should land you in the safe zone.

Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

The Data Sufficiency section has been present in SNAP on a fluctuating basis. In the year 2009 and 2011, there were not many questions from this section. On the other hand, the difficulty level of questions from Data Interpretation section is fairly easy and are not as complex as the ones asked in XAT/ CAT or as calculation intensive as the ones asked in the IIFT test.

Likewise, there an attempt of 24-28 questions within 40 minutes will be enough to ace this section.

Analytical & Logical reasoning

In the year 2016, there were a total of 40 number of questions from this section. The popular areas from which questions are generally asked are, critical reasoning, deductive logic, analogies, logical reasoning sets, series, visual reasoning, arrangement, blood relations, and puzzles.

To ace this section, one should target an attempt of 20+ questions within 30 minutes.

Current Affairs

The Current Affairs is one section in SNAP which can be a game changer for you. Questions generally asked in this section are Static GK, Current Affairs, Brand and Business GK. In the past one year, a lot of emphases is on Current Affairs questions including-major news stories, awards and prizes, sports event winners and important mergers and acquisitions.

It is advised to candidates to not to guess and attempt only those questions which you are confident about. Hence, an attempt of 15-20 questions within 10 minutes should be targeted.

How To Prepare For SNAP 2018?

To prepare for the SNAP entrance exam, you can divide it into three parts:

  • Concept and Basics
  • Intense Practice
  • Environment sensitive

Quantitative Ability & select areas of General English are concept-driven, then the Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning requires intense practice while General Awareness is environment sensitive.

Recommended: How To Prepare for SNAP 2018 | How To Prepare for CAT 2018

Preparation Tips For SNAP 2018

Solve Previous Year Question Papers

You should know the exam pattern and syllabus of the entrance test before you even proceed to strategize on how you will prepare for the entrance exam. One of the biggest tricks to cracking the exam lies in your ability to look at the previous year’s tests to discern the patterns and then prepare for the test accordingly. It is mostly so that this year’s test questions would be based upon the previous year’s test questions. As a result, it makes for a wise move to study the previous years’ test questions in order to prepare for the upcoming year’s test accordingly.

Avoid Negative Marking As Much As You Can

There is a negative marking for an incorrect answer in the SNAP entrance exam. It is better to answer two questions with accuracy than to complete the test with zero accuracy. Anyway, it isn’t too much of a smart move to attempt answering questions that you’re not too sure of.

Time Management

SNAP entrance exam is all about speed and accuracy. It is recommended that you should manage your daily chores and other tasks in such a way that you get more studies done in a lesser duration of time.

Follow SNAP on Social Media

It is a really good idea to follow the Facebook pages and other related and relevant social media channels as these pages tend to give out a good amount of information and insights required to crack the SNAP test.


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