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SNAP Exam: Last Minute Preparation Tips

Last Updated - December 18, 2016

SNAP is a national level entrance test which is conducted by Symbiosis International University. It is conducted for admission to MBA programs at symbiosis university and its affiliated institutes.  There are around 2000 seats across the participating institutes which will be filled by the shortlisted students on the basis of their SNAP scores. This year SNAP is slated to be held on December 18, 2016.

SNAP is an objective type paper – pen based test, where candidates have to answer a total of 150 questions within the durational of two hours. All the questions will be of MCQ type. One marks will be rewarded for every correct answer and one- fourth will be deducted for every wrong answer.

The candidates who are taking the test may go through the following SNAP Exam Pattern:

General English4040
Data interpretation & Data sufficiency4040
Current affairs3030
Analytical & logical reasoning4040

SNAP Last Minute Preparation Tips

While preparing for SNAP entrance a candidate should focus on the topics which are prescribed in the syllabus and strive to get a grip on these four sections which are - verbal ability, quantitative ability, data interpretation & logical reasoning and general awareness. Following tips are being given to prepare for each section:-

  • Quantitative ability tests the basic concepts of math. It is a concept driven section. Candidates should maintain a notebook to keep records of important formulas and concepts. Suppose a question related to compound interest is asked then you should be well versed with the topic of compound interest to solve the question. It is therefore suggested that you prepare the key concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and modern math to score good in this section.
  • To cope with the questions of verbal ability, candidates should work on honing their reading speed as 3-4 reading comprehensions are asked every year. You should study grammar carefully as questions related to sentence correction are asked. Practice is required to solve usage based questions like analogy, fill in the blanks etc. Candidates should maintain a notebook for good vocabulary as it proves to be an asset while solving questions based on vocab. A good vocab also helps to understand reading comprehension easily.
  • Data interpretation and logical reasoning are the topics which require careful practice of the topics. To fetch good marks in this section, candidates should prepare ample number of mock tests so that they find questions familiar while taking the test. Questions asked in this section are not directly formula based. Candidates have to use their intellect while attempting this section. Candidates are advised to practice different data interpretation topics like pie chart, bar graph, line charts, data tables and combinations thereof, for DI section. Topics like arrangements, family tree, complex data solution should be given utmost importance to fetch good marks in logical reasoning.
  • General awareness is an environment sensitive area and requires familiarity with both static and current components of the environment. For static GK one should focus on topics like history, geography, economics, political science etc.  for current affairs newspaper proves to be a real asset.

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General tips


Like, CAT and other competitive exams, SNAP is also about speed and accuracy. The negative marking and differential marking makes these two factors crucial. It's important that one first attempts the questions which involve maximum marks, that too correctly. One-third marks are deducted for every question answered incorrectly. Time management is the key. Candidates need to attempt questions not just quickly but correctly as well. Do not get stuck on one question. Exam time is not the right time to challenge the questions. Be quick enough to decide on which question it seems right to invest time. Questions which can be solved easily need to be attempted first. Long and time-consuming questions should be entertained later.


Candidates should focus on basics. Be confident about the same. Revise the fundamentals from starting. Practice again and again if you have learned them well. Practice all the shortcuts well. Cracking SNAP requires smart tricks. Work on the same. Read books. Mug up good words to increase vocabulary. Try recalling and experimenting with words you have already learned.


Candidates should practice mock test papers daily. You should set the stopwatch and analyze your score daily. This will help you know your worth and then you could add on the requisite efforts. Practice previous year papers. They will help you understand the trend over time. You could thus forecast and understand the pattern expected this year. Giving mock test would give you an edge over the basic preparation.


 Since SNAP comparatively have less difficulty level, you don’t have to worry or panic at all. If you are confident about your preparations, stay confident and relax. Stress only let you forget things at the time of an exam.  Moreover, if you have already taken CAT, IIFT or any other test, SNAP is not going to be a difficult test for you.



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