SNAP Test Structure and Guidelines 2020: A Complete Manual for MBA Aspirants

SNAP test 2020 test structure and guidelines

Symbiosis National Aptitude Online Test (SNAP) is a national level MBA Entrance test conducted by Symbiosis International (Deemed) University (SIU). It is a pathway to some of the top MBA colleges in the country. 

SNAP 2020 is to be conducted for admissions into the upcoming batch of MBA (2021 - 2023). This year’s MBA Entrance Test is witnessing a lot of changes. One of the major alterations is that the test will be conducted three times on different dates starting from 20th December 2020, 6th January 2021, and 9th January 2021. 

Out of the 3 tests scheduled to be conducted as per the new test format, the SIU has decided to allow the candidates to take 2 attempts. The best of the performance out of the attempts he/ she has made will be considered for final percentile calculation.

This year, the examination will contain 60 multiple choice questions divided into three sections: General English, Analytical and Logical Reasoning and Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency. The SNAP 2020 test will consist of only MCQs this year. 

Students will be granted 1 mark for every correct answer while every incorrect answer will garner 25 percent negative marks. 

The SNAP 2020 registration process has already begun on 24th September 2020 and will continue till 28th November 2020. You can register for the test right here.


The application fee is Rs. 1750/- for each attempt of SNAP 2020. The programme/college fee (Rs.1000/ per programme/college) is to be paid only once.

SNAP 2020 Test Dates

  1. Sunday, 20 December 2020; Time: 11.00 am – 12.00 noon
  2. Wednesday, 06 January 2021; Time: 11.00 am – 12.00 noon
  3. Saturday, 09 January 2021; Time: 11.00 am – 12.00 noon

SNAP 2020 Exam Pattern Highlights

SNAP 2020 exam pattern key highlights

Find out the revised SNAP Exam pattern to understand this year’s test structure:

  • Sections: General English, Analytical and Logical Reasoning and Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
  • Exam Duration: 60 minutes ( 1 hour )
  • No. of Questions: 60 

From this year onwards Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) Test will carry 60 questions. In 2019, candidates were required to solve 115 questions in a 120-minutes SNAP exam.

  • Types of Questions: MCQ

Unlike the previous years where SNAP exam was a mix of Normal Questions (MCQs) and Special questions (non-MCQs), this year candidates will have to only solve 60 objective type questions.

  • Total Marks: 60
  • Examination Mode: Online
  • Negative Marking: Yes

SNAP 2020 will not see any differential marking scheme for various sections and composition of questions. The normal questions will carry 1 marks each and for each incorrect option, ¼ mark will be deducted. There will be no individual time limit for each section.

  • SNAP 2020 Exam Fee: Rs.1750 / per attempt ( max 2 )

While the application fee will be Rs. 1750/- for each attempt of SNAP 2020. The programme/college fee (Rs.1000/ per programme/college) is to be paid only once.

Following is the revised exam pattern for SNAP 2020:

Section Questions Marks Per Correct Answer Total Marks
General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability 15 1 15
Analytical & Logical Reasoning 25 1 25
Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency 20 1 20
Total 60 60

SNAP 2020 has introduced another element by reducing the time limit of the exam and shuffling the number of questions along with the decision of conducting three SNAP tests, this year.

The SNAP exam duration has been reduced from 120 minutes to 60 minutes. Also, the number of questions have been reduced from 110 to 60. The SNAP 2020 test will have only MCQs.

SNAP 2020 Selection Process

Selection process for SNAP test 2020

A candidate will be shortlisted for further admission process (GE-PIWAT) based on her/his overall SNAP Percentile. The further admission process is conducted separately for each programme by each Institute.

Category-wise cut off for Merit List and Wait List will be displayed on the website of the respective Institutes. Waitlist movement will depend upon the vacant seats available.

Final Merit List Weightage

SNAP Score (out of 60, scaled down to 50 marks) Group Exercise (GE) Personal Interaction(PI) Writing Ability Test (WAT) Total
50 10 30 10 100

SNAP 2020: Test Cities

  • The SNAP test 2020 will be conducted in 94 cities across India.
  • Test Centers will be allocated on the basis of the availability of slots.
  • Once the payment for SNAP Online Test is made, no changes in the test centres will be entertained by the authorities.
  • The final allotted SNAP Exam Center will be mentioned on the admit card.

Must-Know Guidelines for SNAP 2020

Important guidelines for SNAP test 2020
  • SNAP Test Admit Card should be printed from the SNAP website. Admit Card will be available from 05, December 2020 (Saturday).
  • Do not forget to carry the Admit Card along with Photo Identity proof to the Test Centre at the time of the test.
  • Admit Card along with Photo Identity proof should be carried to the Test Centre at the time of the test.
  • Please preserve this authenticated Admit Card for further admission processes (GE-PIWAT).
  • If the Authenticated Admit card is lost, a duplicate Admit Card will not be issued.
  • The candidate is advised to locate the allocated test centre at least a day in advance to avoid any issue on the day of the test.
  • Travel and staying (if applicable) arrangements will need to be done by the candidate.
  • The candidate is required to report at the Test Centre by 9.00 a.m. to undergo, admit card and ID proof verification.
  • After 11.10 a.m. no candidate will be allowed to appear for the SNAP Test 2020.
  • Candidates with a disability must ensure their scribe has relevant documents for identification.
  • No cell phones, calculators, watch calculators, alarm clocks, digital watches with built-in calculators/memory or any electronics gadgets will be allowed in the examination hall.
  • Any malpractice during the test will forfeit her/his chance of being considered for admission and will be debarred from receiving SNAP Test 2020 scores.
  • The scores published by the STS shall be final and shall not be subject to any appeal or revaluation.

Important Dates for SNAP 2020

Particulars Date
Registration commences on Thursday, 24th September 2020
Registration closes on Saturday, 28th November 2020
Fee Payment closes on Saturday, 28th November 2020
Admit Card Live on Saturday, 05th December 2020
SNAP Online Test 2020 Sunday, 20 December 2020 Wednesday, 06 January 2021 Saturday, 09 January 2021
(Time: 11.00 am – 12.00 noon)
Announcement of Results Friday, 22nd January 2021

SNAP 2020 Applicable Colleges & Programs

Colleges and programmes under SNAP test 2020
College/Institute Programme/s
Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM, Pune) MBA
MBA (Innovation & Entrepreneurship)
MBA (Leadership & Strategy ) 
Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies & Research (SICSR, Pune) MBA (Information Technology)
Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development (SCMHRD, Pune) MBA
MBA (Infrastructure Development & Management)
MBA (Business Analytics)
Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB, Pune) MBA (International Business)
MBA (Agri Business)
MBA (Energy & Environment)
Symbiosis Institute of Digital & Telecom Management (SIDTM, Pune) MBA (Digital & Telecom Management)
Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies (SIMS, Pune) MBA
Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication, Pune (SIMC, Pune) MBA (Communication Management)
Symbiosis Institute of Operations Management, Nashik (SIOM, Nashik) MBA (Operations Management)
Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology (SCIT, Pune) MBA (Information Technology Business Management)
MBA (Data Science & Data Analytics)
Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences (SIHS, Pune) MBA (Hospital & Healthcare Management)
Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Bengaluru (SIBM, Bengaluru) MBA
MBA (Quantitative Finance)
MBA (Business Analytics)
Symbiosis College of Media & Communication (SSMC, Bangalore) MBA (Communication Management)
Symbiosis School of Banking and Finance (SSBF, Pune) - Formerly Symbiosis School of Banking Management) MBA (Banking & Finance)
Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Hyderabad (SIBM, Hyderabad) MBA
Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences (SSSS, Pune) MBA (Sports Management)
Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM, Nagpur) MBA

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