1. What is SNAP?

SNAP Exam (Symbiosis National Aptitude Test) is a university level entrance exam which will be conducted by the Symbiosis International University, through which candidates can get admission in management courses (MBA) offered by various associated institutions of Symbiosis University.

Symbiosis National Aptitude Test is a National Level management entrance test which is conducted by Symbiosis International (Deemed) University for providing admission to candidates in its 16 institutes offering MBA / PGDM programmes. The exam is conducted in online mode and will be of two hours’ duration.

Candidates who wish to take the entrance test of the exam will be able to fill the application form of the exam tentatively from the third week of August. Before filling the application form, candidates are advised to check the eligibility criteria. SNAP will tentatively be held in the third week of December. The question paper will be divided into multiple-choice questions and special questions. Total of 110 questions will be asked which will be divided into three sections namely General English, Quantitative, data interpretation & data sufficiency and Analytical & logical reasoning.


2. Why SNAP?

Symbiosis International University is one of the best universities for Management Program, and it is a very good exam with moderate level of questions. This exam will allow you to enter into 15 B-Schools of SIU. When you look at the best B-school ranking SIBM, SCMHRD, SIIB, SITM SIOM and SCIT are under the best 50.

SNAP is one of the best MBA entrance tests in India. It is right up there in the league of top B-School entrance tests such as the CAT and the XAT. Taking this exam gives you a chance to take admission into 23 postgraduate programmes across 15 top-tier management institutes throughout the country. All of these are Symbiosis institutes wherein students get great placements post-graduation across major organizations — wherein most of them end up getting hefty pay packages. Furthermore, the test is entirely online and can be taken across 102 test cities throughout India. For that matter, even registration for the test can be entirely done online from the comfort of one’s home.

Moreover, as per the latest news, there are only 3 sections for the SNAP Exam 2019, i.e.

  • General English
  • Analytics & Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

3. How to prepare?

SNAP Coaching or SNAP Preparation at Home
After synchronizing the SNAP preparation time, you need to find out whether to go for SNAP coaching or prepare for SNAP at home. One of the important SNAP exam preparation tips for beginners is to come out of this dilemma of moving between SNAP coaching and SNAP preparation at home after analyzing following points:

1. Carefully Choose Coaching: If you wish to prepare with SNAP Coaching, it is important to find out the best coaching for the SNAP exam. Even the best coaching for SNAP exam may have its drawbacks in regard to imparting SNAP coaching on certain topics. So along with your preparation through the best SNAP coaching, you should find an individual best expert coach for SNAP preparation for the topics that need your greater attention.

2. Plan your Self Preparation: If you wish to selfs

SNAP Preparation Tips
Accordingly, the key SNAP Preparation tips which will guide you how to start SNAP preparation at home as per the revised SNAP exam pattern, are focused on following points when you start your SNAP exam preparation:

  1. Exam Pattern: You must be aware about the Changed SNAP 2020 exam pattern
  2. Syllabus
  3. Preparation Time
  4. How to start preparation at home?
  5. How to prepare for the exam in 6 months?
  6. How to prepare for the exam in 3 months?
  7. How to prepare for the exam in 2 months?
  8. How to prepare for exam without coaching and with self-study?
  9. Books for preparation
  10.  Preparation with Coaching
  11.  Mock Test
  12. Strategy to score 95+ percentile in SNAP
  • Go through the revised exam pattern
  • Read thoroughly the syllabus
  • Pick out your strong and weak areas in all the four sections
  • Gather the best books and preparation material for preparation
  • Improve on your weak areas and monitor the improvement regularly
  • Take as many Mocks during your preparation and do the analysis of each Mock. Without analysis of Mock, attempting a mock test may not be useful.
  • If you are weak in VARC, reading different articles and novels, conversing in English with friends and even watching English TV series and movies will be helpful.
  • Write down whatever new words you encounter after reading at least 5-6 newspaper articles every day
  • Data Interpretation (DI) is considered a bit more time consuming. Start practicing on DI questions. Use approximation techniques for quick calculations.

4. Important materials:


Exam Sections Important Topics
General English (Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability) Passages, Syllogisms, Analogies, Grammar, Antonym-Synonym, One Word Substitution, Similar Sounding Words, Parajumbles, Fill in the Blanks
Quantitative, Data interpretation & Data Sufficiency Trigonometry, Geometry, Algebra, Ratio and Proportion, Percentages, Partnership, Time-Speed-Distance, Data Interpretation
Analytical and Logical Reasoning Column Graphs, Pie Chart, Coding and Decoding, Puzzles

Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency (QA, DI-DS)

To ace in this section of the exam, the candidates must understand the fundamentals of the concepts and memorise all the theorems and formulae. Listed below are the topics of QA, DI-DS section of SNAP syllabus.

Algebra Geometry Trigonometry
Mensuration Number System Logarithm
Linear Equations  & Quadratic Equations Set Theory Arithmetic
Progressions Binomial Theorem Surds and Indices
Inequalities Permutation & Combination Probability Functions
Mixtures & Alligations Coordinate Geometry Series
Graphs-Pie Chart Bar Graphs Tables

Analytical & Logical Reasoning (A-LR)

The A-LR section of the exam will require the candidates to use their reasoning ability. To crack this section, the candidates must practice as many sample questions as they can and learn shortcuts of solving questions in less time with 100 percent accuracy. Study the following topics from the syllabus to ace this section.

Family Tree – Blood Relations Coding – Decoding Analogy & Series
Seating Arrangement 


Direction Sense Mathematical Reasoning 


Clocks & Calendars 


Syllogisms Meaningful Word, Matrix 


Critical Reasoning Visual reasoning Verbal and Miscellaneous Reasoning

General English

The General English section of the exam will be a mix of questions on grammar, verbal reasoning and reading comprehension (RC) passages. There will be 2 RC passages question on which will be either fact-based or inference-based. So, read newspapers, blogs, economic reports and literary works. Prepare the following topics of syllabus to score well in verbal reasoning and grammar.

Sentence completion Analogies Active Voice and Passive Voice
Sentence correction Synonyms and Antonyms One Word Substitution
Jumbled paragraphs Contextual usage Odd One Out
Fill in the blanks Idioms and Syllogisms Vocabulary

a. E-books:

Best Books: Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

Books Author
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations Varun Gupta
Quantitative Aptitude for All Competitive Examinations Abhijit Guha
Quantitative Aptitude Shambhu Nath Jha & RPH Editorial Board
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations R S Aggarwal

Best Books: Analytical & Logical Reasoning

Books Author
SNAP Symbiosis MBA Admission Test Priyanka Prakashan
Logical Reasoning Macaw Books
Analytical & Logical Reasoning & Other Management Entrance Tests Peeyush Bhardwaj
A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning R S Aggarwal

Best Books: General English

Books Author
Objective General English R.S. Aggarwal, Vikas Aggarwal
General English for Competitive Exams Disha Experts
Competitive General English Kiran Prakashan
Objective General English S.P. Bakshi
Objective English for Competitive Examination Hari Mohan Prasad

b. videos:

Exam preparation and strategy:

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Crack the exam in 15 days:

Top 10 preparation tips for the exam:

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Exam target 95% ile in 5 days:

5. Previous year question papers:

2016 question paper:

2014 question paper:

2013 question paper:

2012 question paper:

2011 question paper:

6. Important tips:

  • Keep Admit Card handy: Admit Card is the most important document for you to keep, as it is your entry pass in the examination room. If any candidate fails to present the admit card at the time of the test, s/he will not be allowed to enter the exam centre and attempt the test. Admit Card carries important exam related instructions, candidate’s personal details and other venue and schedule details.
  • Report at the centre on time: The will be conducted from 2 pm to 4 pm. It is mandatory for the students to report at the centre latest by 12 noon. Candidates have to undergo registration and biometric data gathering process after entering the test venue. No candidates reporting after 2.10 pm will be allowed for the test.
  • Carry Identity Proof: Candidates are not allowed to carry any other item or paper except admit card, but they must carry a photo identity proof at the centre. Candidates are required to carry any one of the below-mentioned identity proof along with the admit card:

Driving license

College/ Institute Identity Card

Credit card with photograph

Voter ID card

Pan Card

Aadhaar Card (UID)

  • After entering the test centre – The check-in procedure will include capturing photographs and finger-print capture. After the validity of candidature is checked, test-takers will be allotted their work stations which will be blocked from three sides. In case there is a problem in the work station, candidates have to report to the invigilator in order to get it rectified.
  • Test day instructions – After the sign in process is successful, candidates can check the test-taking instructions. At 2 PM, ‘I am ready to begin’ link will be activated, which candidates need to click in order to start the test. Test takers are not allowed to touch the keyboard. Upon doing this, the terminal will be locked. All answer choices have to be marked with the help of a mouse.
  • Usage of rough sheets – Test takers will be provided with rough sheets, which they have to return at the time of leaving the centre. They have to write their name and SNAP ID on each rough sheet.
  • Save & Next: Saves the answer and moves to the next question.
  • Clear Response: Clears the already selected answer option for the given question only.
  • Mark for Review & Next: This feature marks the question in Violet for review so that test takers can return later to confirm their answer selection. They will also be prompted at the time of submitting the test, those questions that are marked for review.
  • Final submission – After completing answering the questions from all sections, test takers have to click on the ‘Submit’ button. Upon clicking on the Submit button, the system will prompt candidates to confirm if they indeed want to submit your paper

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