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Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) is a common test for the admission to all the Post-Graduate Institutes of Symbiosis International (Deemed) University. While there is only one application for the SNAP test, students need to apply separately to each institute within Symbiosis International University, as per the details given on the respective website of each institute. Students can expect a few surpises in SNAP as the test pattern has changed and then re-changed this year. The biggest surprise is that a key section (Current Affairs) has been dropped.

Important dates
SNAP 2019 registrations began on August 19, 2019 and the exam was held on December 15, 2019. The result was announced on January 10, 2020.

Students need to register on the official SNAP website and pay a fee of Rs. 1,750/-. The detailed procedure and the modes of payment can be checked here . Students need to apply to individual institutes within Symbiosis separately.

Essential academic qualifications:

The candidate should be a graduate from any recognised / statutory University or Institution of National Importance with a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent grade (45% marks or equivalent grade for Scheduled Castes / Scheduled Tribes). Candidates appearing for final year examinations can also apply, but their admission will be subject to obtaining a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent grade (45% marks or equivalent grade for Scheduled Castes / Scheduled Tribes). The admission of such candidates is provisional and will be cancelled in the event of non-fulfilment of the above stated criteria.

Also, certain programmes require specific discipline or subject specialisation. The student is expected to check these with the respective institute before applying. Candidates can check the detailed eligibility criteria and reservation policy here.

The selection procedure through SNAP is normally in 2 phases i.e. online examination (SNAP), and college level selection (through WAT, GD, PI etc.). The candidates who satisfy the individual qualifying criteria of 16 affiliated institutes in SNAP will be called by the respective institutes for the next round (College level selection)

Phase-I: Online examination (SNAP)

SNAP is the only test apart from CAT to have a combination of MCQ and Direct entry questions. In SNAP terminology, they are called Normal questions and Special questions respectively.
SNAP Test duration is of 120 minutes. It is an objective test. Each question has four responses (Only for Normal Questions). Candidate should choose an appropriate response. For special questions, which will have blanks where answers should be entered by the candidate using the virtual keyboard. Each wrong answer attracts 25% negative marks for Normal Questions and for Special Questions also. The latest SNAP pattern (as released by Symbiosis) is as under:

SNAP-2019 pattern

Section Normal questions Marks/Correct Answer Special questions Marks/Correct Answer Total questions Total Marks
General English: RC VR VA 34 1.5 0 0 34 51
Analytical and Logical Reasoning 36 1.5 0 0 36 54
Quantitative Aptitude, DI, DS35 1 5 2 40 45

Phase – II: College level selection (WAT, GD, PI etc.)

Institutes have their own process in Phase-II. A combination of activities is used to evaluate different aspects of a candidate's personality, communication skills and other skills.

Final selection

On the basis of candidate’s cumulative performance, final merit list will be prepared. Institutes have their own criteria based on which they make the final selection list.

Candidates should realise that to perform in competitive exams such as SNAP, they should be good at both concepts and application. Rather than going through concepts from various sources, one should concentrate on a single resource for conceptual clarity. Once concepts are clear, practicing regularly is key to performing well in competitive exams like these. We have provided playlists of important concept lectures below. Candidates can take help of these lectures from Meritshine to strengthen their fundamentals for this exam.

Our Free Resources (click on the links below for accessing the relevant content)

Lectures for Objective Paper (Prelims and Mains)

Lectures for Descriptive Paper (Mains)

Lectures for Group Discussion & Interviews

Our Paid Programs
While we are yet to start with our SNAP programme, our other paid courses such as IBPS PO and SBI PO are designed on similar lines and we recommend them to the aspirants for all such exams. Look out and register for these programs for a more intensive preparation.

The cut offs are declared after the SNAP exam result by individual colleges. Visit the website for more information.

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