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SNAP Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern

SNAP test procedure involves a written, paper and pen based test of two hours based on the following pattern





General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability



Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency



General Awareness: General Knowledge, Current Affairs, Business Scenario



Analytical & Logical Reasoning





Each question has four options out of which only one is right. 1/4th negative marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.Total duration: 120 minutes, Total marks: 180, Test type: Object test (Written).

Syllabus Summary

No. Of Subject 4
No. Of Unit 12
No. Of Chapter 109
  1. Visual Reasoning
  1. Critical Reasoning
  1. Number series
  2. Letter Series
  3. Series Missing Numbers
  4. Odd one out
  5. Blood Relation
  6. Calender
  7. Clock
  8. Matrix
  9. Cubes
  10. Coding Decoding
  11. Direction and Distance test
  12. Ranking Tests
  13. Sitting Arrangement
  14. Linear Arrangements
  15. Matrix Arrangements
  16. Mathematical Puzzles
  17. Venn Diagram
  1. Strong & Weak Arguments
  2. Statements Assumptions
  3. Statements and Conclusions
  4. Statements & Inferences
  5. Logical Sequence of Words
  6. Analogies
  7. Verbal Classification (Odd one out)
  8. Syllogism
  9. Logical Deduction (based on syllogism)
  10. Course of Action
  11. Causes and Effects
  1. Reading Comprehension
  1. Sentence­ Jumble
  1. Nouns
  2. Pronouns
  3. Adjective
  4. Adverbs
  5. Prepositions
  6. Articles
  7. Verbs
  8. Tense
  9. Modifiers
  10. Parallelism
  11. Sentence Improvement
  12. Subject Verb Agreement
  1. Sentence completion
  2. Word Usage
  3. Synoymns
  4. Idioms and Pharses
  5. Cloze Test
  6. Antonym
  7. Analogy
  8. Homophones
  9. Confusables
  10. Migratory Words
  11. Phrasal Verbs
  1. Politics
  2. Banking and Finance
  3. Business
  4. Sports
  5. Institutions of India
  6. Defence & Space
  7. Indian Judiciary
  8. Awards & Honours
  9. Literature
  10. Economics
  11. Indian Constitution
  12. International Relations
  13. Science and Technology
  14. Movies
  15. Who's who
  16. Indian Industries
  17. Indian Agriculture
  18. Current Affairs
  19. History
  20. Geography
  1. Data interpretations
  2. Data Sufficiency
  1. Profit, Loss and Discount
  2. Percentage 
  3. Partnership
  4. Pipes and Cisterns
  5. Time and Work
  6. Time, Speed and Distance
  7. Ratio and proportion
  8. Age
  9. Averages
  10. Alligation and Mixture
  11. Circular Track & Upstream-downstream
  12. Compound interest
  13. Relative speed
  14. Simple Intrest
  1. Angles, lines
  2. Properties of Circles
  3. Area and Volume of 2D and 3D figures
  4. BODMAS/Simplification
  5. Quadratic equations
  6. Number System
  7. Probability 
  8. LCM and HCF
  9. Permutation and Combination
  10. Height and Distance
  11. Logarithm
  12. Linear Equation
  13. Indices
  14. Arithmatic and Geometric Prograssion
  15. Set Theory & Venn Diagram
  16. Geometry and Mensuration
  17. Properties of Quadrilaterals
  18. Properties of Triangles

How to prepare

Preparation Strategy

SNAP exam’s main objective to test speed and accuracy. Candidates need to attempt each question in less than 80 seconds. Selection of questions is crucial here.

Aspirants should focus on core topics and theory. Try and finish all the topics in the next two months. Thereafter, do not touch new topics or comfortable areas. The chief strategy should be to attempt familiar questions and leave non-familiar/non-comfortable questions. Candidates should be able to decide this within 10 seconds.

Speed will be also very critical in SNAP exam. Apart question learning to select a question, candidates should also to reject a question in less than 10 seconds.

Expect some calculation-heavy problems. These questions are meant to be left alone. Give it a try only if are not very close.

So focus on basic quant syllabus. For Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, revise the Class 5-10 NCERT school books. Since fast calculations can save time, practice with tables, squares, cubes and decimal-fraction conversions.

Here are some core topics that you can expect:

Candidates can safely ignore Trigonometry & Statistics. This topic has a maximum of one to two questions, which are generally easy. Questions related to Data Sufficiency has not been observed so far.

Logical reasoning is comparatively more important than Quant and Data Interpretation in SNAP exam as each question has double wieghtage. . Questions in LR range from Numerical reasoning, Decision Making to Verbal Logic. Logical Reasoning can be practiced using puzzle books and other books on reasoning. You can also profit from working with R S Aggarwal’s book on Reasoning available easily.

Verbal ability section usually consists of grammar, reading comprehension. There’s no different strategy for VA section. Candidates need to focus on an overall strategy for MBA exams while preparing for verbal sections, because all the exams have similar syllabus.

While revising GK/Current Awareness, candidates need to go through top news stories regularly. Apart from that, focus on General Awareness Questions and static topics.

Except for the section on General Awareness, all the other sections of SNAP get well covered with a good preparation for MAT/CAT. However, it would be advisable for a student to work on his/her speed mathematics as some of the questions under Data Interpretation tend to be calculation intensive.

For preparation on General Awareness, in addition to reading newspapers regularly, it would be advisable for a student to prepare from the following sources:

Also, in the various issues of MBA Education & Careers magazine, focus on features like Business GK, Current Issues & Events, and Current Event Chronicle (this feature captures important tid-bits). 
In addition to the above, please run through the GK Model Papers feature titled, improve your GK.

Go through the GA Note (Study Material) booklet for stock GK (like history and geography). Also use the GAT papers, each with 50 questions.

Manorama & CSR Year Book - it helps in preparation for stock type questions
In Manorama Year Book and CSR, please focus on the following chapters.

Who is who

What is what

Science scan

Human body


Landmarks of history

The Universe

While preparing for this section, a student should focus on issues related to National & International Events, World Bodies, and Foreign Trade related information.
Finally, practicing past years' SNAP question papers as well as Mock Tests of various players are perhaps the best source for preparation. It provides opportunity to plug the loopholes in the preparation of CMAT entrance exam and one should give maximum importance to these question papers.

Keep this list of final tips in mind and you should be ready to ace the exam: 
1. Go through all previous year SNAP papers so that you understand the nature of exam.
2. Make sure you sufficient time to Logical Reasoning section in the exam. Don't forget that LR questions are of two marks each while others are of one mark each.
3. Try to identify sitter questions in every section of the exam. SNAP provides a number of these.
4. Do not spend excessive time on GK questions and be ready to leave the questions you are unsure about. Guess-work in this area can be risky.

Duration : 120 Minutes

Important Instructions

The candidate is required to report at the Test Centre latest by 13:00 hrs. The test procedure will begin at 13:30 hrs. Candidates who reports after 14:00 hrs. will not be allowed for the test Bring the following documents while reporting to the Test Centre: Admit Card Your latest coloured passport size photograph should be pasted on the Admit Card at the place provided for Photo identity as specified in the Admit Card page Blue/Black ballpoint pen Cell phones, calculators, watch calculators, alarm clocks, digital watches with built-in calculators/memory or any electronic gadgets will not be allowed in the examination hall Occupy the seat allotted to you by verifying the SEAT NUMBER pasted on the desk and indicated in your Admit Card The Test Invigilator will check your Admit Card The Test Booklet will be distributed just before the starting time of the Test. The candidate must ensure that the booklet is sealed. If the seal is found broken or tampered with, please bring this matter to the notice of the invigilator immediately At 14.00 hrs., the Test Invigilator will instruct you to open the seals of the Test Booklet and commence answering the test Check immediately that all the pages of the booklet are in order. In the rare event of the Test Booklet being defective, bring it to the notice of the invigilator immediately who will arrange for the replacement of Test Booklet, if required Duration of the test is 120 minutes, i.e. from 14:00 hrs. to 16:00 hrs. The candidate may attempt any section in any order The candidate will not be allowed to leave the hall till the test is over and until the invigilator collects the answer OMR sheet and Question Paper at 16:00 hrs. The candidate will be allowed to leave the hall only after the answer OMR sheets and Question Booklet of all the candidates in the hall have been collected and accounted for Candidates found using any unfair means will forfeit their chance of being considered for admission and will be debarred from receiving SNAP scores Invigilator or Symbiosis Test Secretariat Representative will stamp and authenticate your Admit Card

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