The exam season has already begun, with CAT 2018 and IIFT 2018 already ticked off the list. Both the exams created a furore in their own right amongst the students and threw some curveballs their way. They are now followed by the SNAP 2018 Exam, which will be held on December 16, 2018.

IIFT 2018

The Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP 2018) Exam is a common and online test conducted for candidates willing to secure admissions into the join MBA / MSc (CA) / MSc (SS) programmes offered by institutes of Symbiosis International (Deemed University).

The structure of the SNAP 2018 Admissions Process is as follows:

  1. SNAP Online Entrance Test Registration
  2. SNAP Online Entrance Test
  3. Shortlisting and Selection Process
  4. Merit List Declaration and Admission

There are around 15 Symbiosis Institutes across the country. Given below is a list of colleges accepting SNAP Scores:

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

SNAP 2018 Exam Dates and Schedule

SNAP 2018 Exam Dates 
SNAP 2018 Notification Release
August 28, 2018
SNAP 2018 Registration starts
August 28, 2018
SNAP 2018 Registration closes
November 26, 2018
SNAP 2018 Payment closes
November 28, 2018
SNAP 2018 Admit Card, downloading starts
December 1, 2018
SNAP 2018 Admit Card, downloading ends
December 16, 2018
SNAP 2018 Test
December 16, 2018 Sunday from 2 PM to 4 PM
SNAP 2018 Results
January 2019, 2nd Week

SNAP 2018 Admit Card

The Admit Card for SNAP 2018 Exam was released on December 1, 2018 after 5 pm. To download the Admit Card, you can follow the steps given below:

  1. Visit the official website for SNAP 2018 (
  2. Click on ‘Download Admit Card’ link
  3. Login with your User id and Password
  4. Admit Card will appear on the screen
  5. Download it and take a print out for further reference.   

SNAP 2018 Exam Key Highlights

Going by the tradition, Symbiosis University, Pune has kept the SNAP 2018 Exam Date on the third Sunday of December. Thus, the exam was announced on December 16, 2o18. Notably, the test centres for SNAP 2018 Exam have been reduced from 102 to 98 this year.

Other notable changes in the exam are as follows:

  1. There is no change in time duration. It still remains a 2-hour Computer-based test.
  2. There is no change in the number of sections. The exam paper still has 4 sections as before, as opposed to IIFT 2018, wherein the number of sections increased from 4 to 6 this year.
  3. No change in maximum marks which still remain 150.
  4. No change in the ratio of Negative Marking for a Wrong Answer. It remains 25.

SNAP 2018 Exam Pattern

Though there have been no major changes in the basic pattern of the SNAP 2018 Exam Pattern, yet it can be safely said that the SNAP 2018 Exam Pattern has been overhauled. Some exam centres were added and some were removed from the list of centres. Cities such as Asansol, Chandigarh – Mohali, Delhi – Gurugram, Ernakulam-Kochi, Hubballi, Noida-G Noida-Ghaziabad, Panjim – Mapusa, Thane-Kalyan-Dombivli have been added. Test cities such as Rohtak, Durgapur have been removed from the list.

This year, the students will not only have to attempt the MCQs, but Special questions as well. There are 4 options given for the MCQs, while there are no options given for the Special questions and candidates need to type the answers using the virtual keyboard.

With the introduction of the Special Questions, there is also a change in the Marking Scheme. A normal question will carry 01 marks and the Special Question will carry 02 marks. There is negative marking and it is applicable to both type of questions. Each wrong answer attracts 25% negative marks.

The Number of Sections, however, is the same as last year. Candidates will have to prepare topics like General English, Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability (Section I), Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency (Section II); Analytical & Logical Reasoning (Section III); and lastly Current Affairs (Section IV).

The number of MCQ Questions for SNAP 2018 have been reduced from 40 to 30 now. For Section I to III, the number of Normal Questions are 30 each. For the Current Affairs section, the number of Normal Questions is 20. The number of Special Questions is 05 in each section.

Given below is a table that highlights more important changes for SNAP 2018 Exam:

SNAP 2018 Exam Structure
SNAP 2017 Exam Structure
Total Questions
Sectional Composition of Questions
English-35; QA & DI-35; Reasoning-35; Current Affairs-25
English-40; QA & DI-40; Reasoning-40; Current Affairs-30
Normal Questions (MCQ Type)
Special Questions (Non-MCQ Type)
Scoring Pattern (Normal Questions)
+1 Mark for Each Correct Answer of Normal Questions (110 MCQs)
+1 Mark for Each Correct Answer of all the 150 questions
Scoring Pattern (Special Questions)
+2 Marks for Each Correct Answer of Special Questions (20 Non MCQs)
Negative Marking
-0.25 Mark for each wrong answer of Normal Question
-0.50 Mark for each wrong answer of Special Question
-0.25 Mark for each wrong answer of all the 150 questions
Choice of Answer Options (Normal Questions)
4 for Normal Questions only
4 for all the questions
Choice of Answer Options (Special Questions)
No Choice. Must Write the answer in the given space on computer-screen using a virtual keyboard
No Such Question appeared
Number of SNAP Test Cities

SNAP 2018 Salient Features

SNAP 2018 is one of the best management entrance exams of the country to secure admissions into the various MBA Programmes. It is one of the most important entrance exams after CAT and XAT.

  1. Interestingly, this is the only exam which gets its scores accepted by all 15 Symbiosis institutes within the country.
  2. The exam is of a moderate difficulty level test with 110 MCQs and 20 Non-MCQ divided in four core sections of  General English; Quantitative, Data Interpretation and Data sufficiency; Current Affairs; Analytical & Logical Reasoning.
  3. SNAP Test scores are declared out of 150 marks scaled down to 50. It does not have a sectional cut-off. So, it offers you the opportunity to play on your strength be it Quants, LR/DI or English and maximize the score. However, qualifying score in each of the 4 sections has to be obtained.
  4. SIU awards MBA degrees which are accepted worldwide.
  5. SNAP exam is similar to CAT, XAT, CMAT, NMAT. The reason that SNAP 2018 Exam Pattern was overhauled was to make the SNAP 2018 Exam Pattern resemble the Exam Pattern of CAT, XAT, CMAT, NMAT. Going by past history, it is expected that SNAP 2018 will have lower difficulty level than CAT and XAT and similar difficulty level with NMAT and CMAT.
  6. SNAP 2018 Exam is a single day, single session exam and does not require equating the scores as per the difficulty level across different sessions. The Merit List for SNAP 2018 is prepared straightforward like XAT and CMAT.
  7. SNAP Test is the low-cost MBA Entrance Exam as it provides admission opportunity in 15 Symbiosis B-schools with the SNAP Registration and SNAP Application fee of Rs.1750/-. SNAP Exam, SNAP Registration and SNAP Exam Application fee is taken together comes to a little above than Rs.100 per Symbiosis MBA college.

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