SNAP 2020 Examination Pattern

SNAP Test generally follows the pattern of other standardized aptitude tests like GMAT for admission to management programs. The exam tests your proficiency in English, quantitative and analytical skills among others. Symbiosis International (Deemed) University that organises the exam for admission to its Masters’ and MBA programs, announced a change the test pattern in 2019 dropping the General Awareness section. As a result, the total number of questions came down to 110 from the earlier 130.

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The question paper pattern in SNAP 2020 is expected to be same as last year. There will be 110 question spread across three sections – General English (GE), Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency (QA- DI, DS) and Analytical & Logical Reasoning (A-LR).

SNAP 2020 exam is likely to be held in the second week of December. It would be only after the release of SNAP 2020 notification in August that we would know about any changes in the exam pattern.

Please scroll down to familiarise yourself with the exam pattern and marking scheme.

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SNAP Exam Pattern 2020 Highlights

Exam StructureDetails
Number of sections1. General English
2. Quantitative-Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
3. Analytical & Logical Reasoning
Duration of exam120 Minutes
Number of questions110
Total Marks150
Language of paperEnglish
Mode of examinationComputer-Based
Negative MarkingYes

Section Wise SNAP Exam Pattern 2020

SNAP exam pattern: Question Types

The SNAP exam pattern has two types of questions –Normal Questions and Special Questions.

  • Normal Questions are Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs) that will provide four options. You have to tick the correct answer.
  • Special Questions are Type in the Answer (TITA) questions without any options. You will have to type the answer with the help of a virtual keyboard.

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Here’s a look at section-wise SNAP exam pattern:

General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability

Normal Questions34
Special Questions0
Total Questions34

Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

Normal Questions35
Special Questions5
Total Questions40

Analytical & Logical Reasoning

Normal Questions36
Special Questions0
Total Questions36

SNAP Overall and Sectional Time Duration

  • The allotted time to complete SNAP question paper is 2 hours (120 minutes).
  • There is no sectional limit in SNAP exam. You are allowed to choose the sequence of tackling the questions as per your convenience.

SNAP Pattern: Number of MCQs and Non-MCQs

The section-wise break-up of questions and marks allotment in SNAP exam is given below:

SectionsMCQsSpecial Questions(Non-MCQs)Total Marks
General English34051
Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency35545
Analytical & Logical Reasoning36054

SNAP 2020 Marking Scheme

SNAP question paper carries a total mark of 150. The marking scheme includes a negative marking of 25% for each wrong answer. The table below gives details of the SNAP marking scheme.

SectionsNormal Questions (Marks per right answer)Special Questions (Marks per right answer)
General English (VARC)1.50

SNAP Exam Preparation

SNAP is a speed-based test and you should be aware of the negative marking for wrong answers. Thus, you need to draw up an effective strategy to score well in the test. You could seek advice from mentors, look for tips in interviews of previous years’ toppers as well as test preparation materials available online. Here are some articles, covering key areas of SNAP preparation. Click to read.

  • How to prepare for SNAP
  • Best Books & Study Materials for SNAP
  • SNAP Sample Questions with Answers
  • How to Tackle Special Questions in SNAP

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FAQs Related to SNAP Exam Pattern

Q: Is SNAP conducted in online mode? 

A: Yes, SNAP is a computer-based online test. You will be using a computer with the mouse for answering the questions.

Q: What is the new SNAP exam pattern?

A: The new SNAP exam pattern comprises three sections – General English, Analytical & Logical Reasoning and Quantitative-Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency. The General Awareness section has been scrapped.

Q: What is the structure of SNAP? Is there a sectional time-limit?

A: SNAP question paper has more than 100 questions in MCQ and non-MCQ format to be solved in 2 hours. There is no sectional time-limit.

Q: How many questions will be there in SNAP exam?

A: As per the previous year’s SNAP exam pattern, there will be about 114 questions.

Q: What are Special Questions in SNAP exam?

A: Special Questions are the non-MCQ (non-multiple choice) type in which you use the keyboard to punch in the answer instead of ticking the box to select the correct answer as in the case of Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs).

Q: Can I solve the section of my choice first in SNAP exam?

A: Yes, you have the freedom to solve SNAP sections as per your choice.

Q: Is there negative marking in SNAP?

A: Yes, there is negative marking in SNAP. For every wrong answer, 25% of marks are going to be deducted.

Q: What is the duration of SNAP exam? Will I get extra time?

A: The SNAP exam is for two hours. It will be conducted from 2 pm to 4 pm. You will not get extra time to complete the test.

Q: Is there a negative marking for skipping questions?

A: No, there is no negative marking for skipping questions.

Q: Can I carry a calculator to the exam hall?

A: No, calculators are not allowed in the exam hall. However, you could use the on-screen calculator.

Q: Which section of SNAP exam has the maximum number of non-MCQs?

A: Only the Quant section of SNAP exam will have non-MCQs (Special Questions). The total number of non-MCQs in this section is 5.

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