SNAP Selection Procedure 2020-2021

SNAP Selection Procedure 2020-2021
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SNAP Selection Procedure 2020-2021

Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) is an entrance exam conducted by the Symbiosis International University (SIU). There are about 16 Symbiosis Institutes that are affiliated with SIU and are spread in different parts of India. 

SNAP Selection Procedure is conducted for the students who want to study an MBA in one of the Symbiosis Institutes. However, the entire SNAP test consists of several rounds other than the online exam. 

More than 50,000 students appear for the SNAP test. However, there are only 2,500 seats available in the Symbiosis Institutes. The SNAP selection procedure is different from the majority of the other entrance exams. 

Since SNAP selects candidates for MBA, it makes sure that only those candidates are selected that have a high potential in the business world. Therefore, the exam is designed not only to test the knowledge but also the personality of the candidate.

SNAP Exam Highlights:

The highlights of SNAP exam like exam mode, duration, language and many more are given below:

Exam Mode
2 Hours
Number of Sections
Number of Questions
Total Marks
Number of MCQs
Number of Non-MCQs Questions
Negative Marking


Since SNAP is an entrance exam to get admission for the postgraduate management programs in the Symbiosis Institutes, a candidate applying for SNAP must have following qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 50% aggregate for general candidates
  • Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 45% aggregate for reserved candidates

Students who are in the final year of their Bachelor's course can also apply. There is no age limit for applying to the SNAP exam. Students who meet all the conditions are eligible for SNAP shortlisting and selection process for admissions.

Steps of SNAP Selection Procedure:

Unlike other entrance exams, passing the SNAP Test wouldn't make a candidate eligible to get admission. The SNAP test is a part of an entire selection process and just holds 50% weightage. The entire selection process of SNAP consists of the following steps:  

  • Appearing for the SNAP Test
  • Announcement of the Result
  • GEPIWAT- 3 Rounds Process
Step 1: Appearing for the SNAP Test

A candidate who is interested in appearing for the SNAP test can register on the official website of SNAP, after the authorities release the registration date. Since the entrance exam is for MBA students, the syllabus for SNAP consists of reasoning, current affairs, data sufficiency, general English, etc. 

The exam is usually conducted in the second or third week of December every year. The conducting body has conducted only online exams from the past few years. 

SNAP exam pattern and the marking system exam are as follows:

No. of MCQs x Marks per Question
No. of non-MCQs x Marks per Question
Total Marks
General English
34 x1.5
Analytical & Logical Reasoning
36 x1.5
Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
35 x1
5 x2

The completion of the online exam is the first step of the entire SNAP selection procedure. The score is calculated based on the number of right answers and the number of wrong answers. Every wrong answer gets a negative 25% of the marks. However, questions that are left unanswered are not eligible for negative marking.

Therefore, leaving a question is much better than guessing a blind answer in the exam. It will prevent the deduction of scores due to negative marking.

Step 2: Announcement of the Result

After appearing for the online SNAP test, students must wait for the results. The results are usually released in the second week of January. 

The students who qualify in the SNAP test are eligible for the next round of the SNAP selection procedure. The qualification of the students is based on the cut off marks of the exam. The overall cut-off marks differ each year and are announced by the authorities. Moreover, different institutions participating in SNAP can decide their own cut-off marks.

The students who qualify in the SNAP test must register for the next round on the official website. Otherwise, they won't be eligible to appear for the next round.

Step 3: GEPIWAT- 3 Rounds Process

The GEPIWAT section of the SNAP selection procedure focuses on testing the personality of the candidate. It ensures that only the right candidates are selected in the institutes. It carries the remaining 50% weightage and consists of three rounds which are:

  • Personal Interaction (PI) - 30 Marks
  • Group Exercise (GE) - 10 Marks
  • Writing Ability Test (WAT) - 10 Marks

The GEPIWAT is conducted in the first week of February after shortlisting candidates based on the results.

Personal Interaction (PI):

The Personal Interaction or the Personal Interview round allows the panelists to evaluate a candidate. This round is of the highest importance among all the three rounds. It also gives the candidate a chance to show his confidence in his abilities. During the PI round, the panelists may ask questions to check the candidate's personality, background, problem-solving skills, technical knowledge, etc.

Group Exercise (GE):

The Group Exercise or the Group Discussion round is designed to assess the candidate's traits such as teamwork skills, leadership skills, communication skills, etc. The members of the group are given a particular topic or case-study by the panellists on which they have to carry out the group discussion.  

Writing Ability Test (WAT): 

The Written Ability Test or the Essay Writing Round is used to assess a candidate's written communication skills, logical thinking pattern, and general awareness. The candidate is asked to write an essay based on the given topic within a certain time limit. The test also analyzes the organizational and presentation skills of the candidate.

The final step of the entire process involves the announcement of the final results. About 2,500 candidates make it to the final list based on their overall score in SNAP. 

It is evident that possession of a lot of knowledge is not enough to qualify the SNAP test. A candidate must also work on his confidence and personality in order to last until the end of the entire SNAP selection procedure. It shows that the business world requires a lot of skills to succeed. Therefore, candidates who want to build a career in the management sector must constantly work on their skills to increase their number of opportunities.

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