SNAP 2018: Major Changes in the Exam Pattern that you must know

Oct 15, 2018 17:00 IST
SNAP 2018: Major Changes in the Exam Pattern

The countdown to SNAP 2018 – the MBA entrance exam for Symbiosis University B-schools has officially begun with the official announcement of the SNAP Test notification. As per the official update, the SNAP 2018 online registration has begun from 28th August. This year, Symbiosis has moved away from the convention of pen-paper based test and the SNAP 2018 Online Test this year which will be held on 16th December 2018. There are many changes that have been announced for SNAP 2018. Some of these are minor in nature but will impact the MBA prep and registration process for the aspirants. MBA aspirants planning take up SNAP 2018 Exam can find all the key changes for the online test and how they will impact them below.

SNAP 2018: Exam Pattern

From this year onwards Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) Test will carry 130 questions to test the aptitude of the candidates. This means that candidates would be required to answer lesser questions to score a good percentile. However, the time limit to answer 130 questions remains 2 hours i.e. 120 minutes.

Another major change that has been introduced in the SNAP test is that like CAT exam, non-MCQ questions have been introduced from this year onwards. There will be 110 objective type questions and 20 theoretical questions in the question paper to test the aptitude of the candidates.




Total Questions

Total Marks

General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability





Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency





Analytical & Logical Reasoning





Current Affairs










Total Time

120 Minutes

SNAP Exam: Marking Scheme

Along with the changes that have been introduced in the composition of the question type (i.e. MCQ and non-MCQ format), a few changes have also been introduced in the Marking scheme of the exam as well.

The MCQ questions in the SNAP exam carry +1 Mark for Each Correct Answer and -0.25 Mark for each wrong answer. Whereas, a candidate will score +2 Marks for Each Correct Answer if it’s a non-MCQ question. However, -0.50 Mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.

Overall Changes in the SNAP 2018 Exam Pattern

  1. The duration of exam remains the same i.e. 2 hours. Aspirants will be required to answer 130 questions in 120 minutes.
  2. The number of section from which the questions are asked will also remain the same. However, the format of questions in each section has been revised in the new exam pattern.

Candidates are advised to prepare for the non-MCQ questions with complete dedication as these questions hold more weightage in the exam. These questions also hold potential to help the candidates score good percentile in the exam, if answered correctly.


SNAP Exam 2018 Registration

The registrations for the SNAP exam have already begun from 28th August and will continue till November 26, 2018. This year, the application fee of the exam has not been hiked and remains Rs 1750/- for the interested and eligible applicants. Any MBA aspirants who want to register for SNAP 2018 Exam can make the fee payment online through 3 modes i.e. i) Billdesk Payment Gateway, ii) Easebuzz Payment Gateway and iii) Indian Bank Payment Gateway.

Know how to get apply for the SNAP exam here

SNAP Exam Test Centers Reduced

Another change which will impact MBA aspirants willing to take SNAP exam is the change in the number of test centers included in the list. In 2018, SNAP has reduced the test centers to 92 from the previous year where there were 102 test centers across India.

Read more about the list of SNAP test centers here

Schools accepting SNAP 2018 score for admission

With Symbiosis International University expanding the number of test cities, the number of aspirants interesting in taking up SNAP 2018 for admission to Symbiosis B-schools is expected to rise further. However, compared to this, the number of MBA seats on offer is expected to remain more or less the same as last year as the number of participating institutes has remained the same. The following B-schools will accept SNAP 2018 scores for admission to MBA programmes:

  • Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management (SITM);
  • Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Bengaluru (SIBM, Bengaluru);
  • Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences(SIHS);
  • Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology(SCIT);
  • Symbiosis School of Banking and Finance (SSBF); 
  • Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM - Pune);
  • Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication, Pune (SIMC, Pune); 
  • Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Hyderabad (SIBM, Hyderabad);
  • Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies (SIMS);
  • Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication, Bengaluru (SIMC, Bengaluru);
  • Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB); 
  • Symbiosis Institute of Operation Management(SIOM, Nashik);
  • Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies & Research (SICSR); 
  • Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resources Development (SCMHRD);
  • Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences (SSSS).

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