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SNAP 2023 Exam Pattern: Test Structure, Section Wise Topics, Marking Scheme

Updated By Tiyasa Khanra on 19 Jun, 2022 11:00

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SNAP 2023 Exam Pattern

SNAP is an important MBA entrance exam conducted for admission in the SNAP participating colleges. This year, the exam is being held in 3 phases. Slot 1 of the exam was conducted on December 19. Slot 2 of the exam will take place on January 8.

The SNAP exam pattern includes three sections - General English, Quantitative Ability, and Logical Reasoning. It is a computer-based test in which candidates have to answer Multiple-Choice Questions and choose the correct answer from 4 choices.

Candidates must have complete knowledge about the updated exam pattern of SNAP before they start the exam preparation. The SNAP preparation strategy of a candidate depends on it and it influences the SNAP syllabus as well.

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All of the important details about the exam pattern of SNAP 2023, such as the type of questions, marking scheme, duration of the exam, the total number of questions, etc. is explained on this page in detail.

SNAP 2023 New Section-Wise Exam Pattern

SNAP 2023 section-wise exam pattern is on the same lines as most of the other MBA entrance exams conducted in India. It tests the verbal ability, quantitative ability and reasoning ability of the candidate. There are three total sections in SNAP 2023 and each section comprises various sub-parts.

Sections in SNAP Exam Pattern

The following table provides all of the details about the section-wise exam pattern of SNAP 2021.


No. of MCQs

Total No. of Questions

Total Marks

General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability




Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency




Analytical & Logical Reasoning








SNAP 2023 Marking Scheme

The marking scheme for SNAP has been revised by the conducting authority i.e. SIU. The marking scheme is given as follows:

Type of Question

Correct AnswerIncorrect Answer

Normal Questions

+ 1 mark

For every incorrect answer, a candidate will lose -0.25

SNAP 2023 Revised Exam Pattern Highlights

Candidates can check the highlights of the revised exam pattern of SNAP 2023 given in the table below.

Mode of ExaminationComputer-Based (Online)
Question Paper LanguageEnglish
Exam Duration1 hour (Changed)
Sections 3
Total Questions60 (Changed)
Total Marks60 (Changed)
Type of QuestionsMCQs (Changed)
Negative Marks0.25

Details About the Revised SNAP 2023 Exam Pattern

Here are the key points about the revised exam pattern of SNAP 2023.

  • SNAP 2021 is a computer-based (online) entrance exam.
  • The test duration of SNAP 2021 has been reduced to 1 hour from 2 hours.
  • There will be a total of 60 questions in the SNAP 2023. Earlier, the number of questions in the exam until SNAP 2019 was 110.
  • The question paper will feature multiple-choice questions (MCQs). Each question has 4 choices and a candidate has to pick one appropriate response out of those options.
  • Candidates can give two out of the three tests scheduled for SNAP
  • A candidate will be awarded one mark for every correct question. Special questions have been removed from this year's paper.

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How to Attempt Special Questions in SNAP 2023

Special questions had been removed from the SNAP 2023 question paper in the revised exam pattern. However, this is subject to change in later versions of the exam.

Normal questions in SNAP are of the MCQ type in which you have to select one option out of the 4 available options. However, in special questions, candidates have to enter their answers via the virtual keyboard. Special questions in SNAP are similar to the Type in the Answer (TITA) questions in CAT.

Tackling special questions in SNAP can be an issue especially for the candidates who are lacking proper preparation or confidence. Since there are no options available in front of the candidates, some strategies for solving SNAP questions simply do not apply. Candidates have to take special care while typing in the answers.

Given below are some tips that will help you attempt special questions in SNAP. If you have doubts about how to tackle special questions in SNAP, these tips will help you sail through these questions with ease.

  • Leave Special Questions for the End: Solving special questions can be more time-consuming than solving MCQ questions. Hence, it is advisable to attempt these questions at the end of the test when you have the exact idea of how much time you have left.
  • Accuracy is the Key: While attempting Special Questions, it is important to pay special attention to accuracy.  Ensure that you are typing in the correct answer. Since doing guesswork is very risky in non-MCQ questions, it is better to leave special questions unanswered than to lose marks by guessing incorrectly.

  • Focus on Time Management: Typing in answers for non-MCQ questions can take a lot of time. Therefore, you should be very aware of how much time you are taking to solve Special Questions. Ensure that you are not wasting a lot of time on a single question as that might not leave you with enough time for solving other questions in the exam.

Old vs New Exam Pattern of SNAP 2023

The following table highlights the changes introduced in the SNAP 2023 exam pattern as compared to previous years.


Number of Questions

SNAP 2019 (Old)

SNAP 2020 (NEW)

General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability



Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency



Analytical & Logical Reasoning



Special Questions






SNAP 2023 Exam Pattern Changes Over the Years

There have been many changes in the exam pattern of the SNAP test over the last three years. From the no. of questions to the marking scheme and even the no. of attempts, a lot has changed in the overall structure of the exam. Here is a comparison of how the SNAP Exam Pattern has changed over the last four years.


SNAP 2021/ SNAP 2020

SNAP 2019

SNAP 2018

SNAP 2017

No. of Sections



Name of Sections

General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability

Analytical & Logical Reasoning

Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability

Analytical & Logical Reasoning

Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

Current Affairs

Type of Questions



Special Questions (Non-MCQs)

Total No. of Questions





Section-Wise Questions

English: 15

Reasoning: 25

Quant: 20

English: 34

Quant: 40

Reasoning: 36

English: 35

Reasoning: 35

Quant: 35

Current Affairs: 25

English: 40

Reasoning: 40

Quant: 40

Current Affairs: 30

Marks Allocated

+1 for every correct answer

English/ Reasoning: +1.5 marks for every correct answer

Quant: +1 mark for each correct MCQs
+2 marks for each correct non-MCQ

+1 mark for each correct MCQ

+2 marks for each correct non-MCQ

+1 mark fore each correct answer

Negative Marking

25% of the allocated marks per question

Section-Wise Marks

English: 15

Quant: 20

Reasoning: 25

English: 51

Quant: 45

Reasoning: 54

English: 40

Quant: 40

Reasoning: 40

Affairs: 30

Total Marks



Exam Duration

60 minutes

120 minutes

No. of Attempts



Section-Wise Details of SNAP 2023 Exam Pattern

SNAP exam pattern and SNAP syllabus have been changed recently. Remaking the SNAP 2023 syllabus the Symbiosis International University has brought in a number of changes in the SNAP 2023 exam pattern and syllabus. In order to cover the SNAP 2023 syllabus, the aspirants of SNAP will have to change their preparation strategy. It will help the candidates to download the SNAP 2023 pdf to prepare for the examination. 

General English:

  • This section consists of 15 questions, carrying 15 marks. SNAP exam pattern or SNAP syllabus comprises of Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension.

  • This section tests candidates’ overall English language skills and proficiency, which includes English vocabulary, grammar, and comprehension. 

Analytical & Logical Reasoning:

  • This section consists of 25 questions, carrying 25 marks. Logical Reasoning is an important gateway to SNAP 2021. The difficulty level of the exam can be increased by using more Logical Reasoning.

  • This section judges the candidates' problem-solving and analytical skills. 

Quantitative, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency:

  • This section consists of 20 questions, carrying 20 marks.

  • The purpose of this section is to measure candidates’ conceptual knowledge of Mathematics, and their ability to draw inferences by analyzing the data.

SNAP vs CAT Exam Pattern 2023


SNAP 2023

CAT 2023




Duration of Exam

1 hour

2 hours

No.of MCQ



No.of Non-MCQ



Marks for all correct answer



Negative Marking


-1/3rd negative marking for MCQ

No negative marking for Non-MCQ

Difficulty level



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