10 Tips – How to Crack SNAP exam

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10 Tips – How to Crack SNAP exam

How to crack the SNAP exam, tips, and tricks!

What is SNAP Exam?

SNAP is an entrance exam conducted at the national level by Symbiosis International University Pune to conduct admission to the management programs offered at all affiliated institutes. The overall level of difficulty of the exam is comparatively high. However, you can easily ace it by investing some time so let’s see how we can crack the SNAP exam.

Also refer: Courses on SNAP specially curated by mentors of top B-schools

In this article, you will read about the SNAP 2020 exam, eligibility, paper pattern updates, tips, and tricks to crack SNAP 2020.

SNAP exam 2020 Important dates

  • Application/registration              -Second week of August to the third week of November
  • SNAP Mock test                             – Second week of October to the first week of November
  • Admit Cards                                    – First week of December
  • SNAP exam                                     – Second Sunday of December
  • Answer key                                      – Third week of December
  • SNAP results                                   – Second week of January

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Section-wise SNAP Preparation

     SNAP Preparation for  General English

  • The marking scheme for normal questions of this section has been increased from 1 to 1.5, the verbal section will have 34 questions making a total of 51 marks for this section.
  • Also, this section will not have any special questions

How to maximize your score in Verbal ability

SNAP Preparation for Analytical and Logical Reasoning

  • The marking scheme for normal questions of this section has also been increased from 1 to 1.5, the verbal section will have 36 questions making a total of 54 marks for this section.
  • This section too will not have any special questions.

SNAP Preparation for  Quantitative – Data sufficiency and data interpretation (DI)

  • In this section, the normal questions will have a weightage of 1 mark each.
  • The section will have 5 special questions or non-MCQ questions which will be of 2 marks each.
  • These questions are Type in type out (TITA) based questions that the student has to type.
  • Quantitative- DI & DS section will have 35 normal questions and 5 special questions, total marks will be 45 marks.

How to save time in quants and data interpretation

Following are a few tips- How to crack SNAP:

1) Three-Way Strategy Approach:

  • Practice intensive,
  • concept-driven, and
  • environmentally sensitive.

It becomes very essential to plan accordingly as per the above-mentioned points.

2) Revision of the basic mathematics

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  • Revise your elementary mathematics for quantitative ability and data interpretation.
  • After you’ve developed a certain level of comfort with numbers, practice with tables, squares, cubes, and decimal-fraction conversions.

3) Read multiple books and newspapers to improve vocabulary

  • For verbal ability, the best way to develop a command over the language; for exam purposes as well as life.
  • One of the best ways to increase your vocabulary is to refer to a dictionary and learn around 20-30 new words every day. Know more about how to enhance your vocabulary.
  • Start with a small number and gradually get it to 20-30. This is the only time in your life when you can devote time to developing your vocabulary which becomes an integral part of your personal as well as professional life later.

Also Read: What is the best source for a verbal section in the SNAP exam?

4) Snap mock-tests and past year papers

  • It is important to test what you have studied, only then you can figure out where does your preparation stand.
  • Solving mocks and SNAP past year papers helps you bridge the gap between your current status and the preparation/practice necessary to crack this exam.

5) Time Management

  • It tests your time management and prioritization, the same needs to be ensured both while preparation as well as execution, i.e the final test.
  • In terms of allotting time to various sections, each question as well as playing on your strengths and diminishing weaknesses.

6) Focus and read the question carefully

  • While giving the exam, it is really important to read the question carefully because the examiner likes to confuse and trap the candidate.
  • You should understand the question well to know what answer it demands.

7) Another major factor is your biological clock.

  • You need to time it to ensure excellence so be prepared for the duration of the exam.
  • Practice at exam hours which gives you one more reason to take mock tests.

8) Method of elimination.

  • You need to eliminate two options that are not related to the question or don’t make sense in themselves.
  • Post that, selecting one option out of the two gets manageable even if you’re not sure and this works for most people.

9) Shortcut Tricks for Quants and DI

  • Shortcuts are the key to comparative success so have shortcuts to memorize things, to relate, and to solve.
  • For reading comprehension, skimming and scanning are important to maximize your score.
  • Similarly, for quantitative, there are many shortcuts for chapters like number systems, time & work that can help you save time.

10) Keep your calm and don’t panic.

  • Before (and after) everything else, remember to not lose cool. Stay confident and stay relaxed, it is a test of your efficiency and an individual loses the aforementioned when he/she is stressed or anxious.

SNAP exam paper pattern

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Important details & Changes in SNAP 2020:

  • There is no sectional cut-off for the SNAP exam, also the student can choose the sequence of sections as per their preference.
  • Major changes have been made to the SNAP 2020 exam, one of them being deleting General awareness out of the syllabus.
  • Other changes include the number of special questions, only the quantitative section will have 5 special questions i.e, non-MCQ questions.
  • The total number of questions has reduced from 130 to 110.
  • The section-wise distribution of marks changes due to the change in the marking scheme which is explained in detail below.
  • SNAP 2020 will have negative marking.

Eligibility criteria for SNAP exam 2020

For Indian Candidates
  • Final year students are eligible to apply for SNAP, however, their admission will remain provisional until submission of the passing certificate.
  • The candidate must have completed a Bachelor’s degree with at least 50 percent marks (45 percent for SC/ST/PWD candidates) or equivalent from recognized university or institute
  • International student or those who have graduated from an international university will be required to obtain a certificate of equivalence from the Association of Indian Universities (AIU)

Also read: Top colleges through SNAP

For International Candidates

The Symbiosis Centre for International Education (SCIE) is the department that takes efforts for the institute. The online admission facility has made it possible for all candidates to apply from different parts of the world.

  1. Foreign National(FN), Overseas Citizen of India(OCI), Person of Indian Origin(PIO), Non-Resident Indian(NRI) can also apply for SNAP 2020.
  2. FN, OCI & PIO are exempt from the SNAP entrance exam, they have to clear the English Proficiency test.
  3. NRI –
  • Eligible as NRI if, Indian National + Appeared for 12th examination (equivalent to the Indian 12th examination ) or graduation outside India.
  • It is compulsory to give one of the above-mentioned exams outside India to be eligible.
  • An NRI candidate has an option of preference as National student / NRI category, in case of NRI category, the candidate will apply through The Symbiosis Centre for International Education (SCIE)
  • The candidates opting for the NRI category can then apply for the SNAP exam which will amount for 10% weightage during the selection process.

Past year SNAP exam papers

SNAP exam: Step-wise Registration Process and Notifications

Step 1: Register on the website as a new user & fill your personal details.

Step 2: Payment of Rs. 1750 – either online or through Demand Draft (DD)

Step 3: Register for MBA programs for preferred Symbiosis Institutes

Step 4: Make a payment of the application and registration fee.

SNAP Selection Process

  • After the results for the SNAP exam are out, the 15 participating institutes will begin with the selection/admission process.
  • The process includes – Group Exercise(GE) + Written Ability Test(WAT) + Personal Interview(PI)
  • The minimum cut-off is fixed by the participating institutes individually for shortlisting the candidates for GE, PI, and WAT.
  • The candidates clearing the SNAP cut-off are called for the further process i.e, (GE/PI/WAT)
  • The final selection is based on the candidates’ academic and work experience records along with the performance in GE/PI/WAT.

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