SNAP 2021

SNAP 2021 (Symbiosis National Aptitude Paper) is a national level MBA Entrance test. The SNAP 2021 Exam is conducted for admission into the colleges which come under the Symbiosis group including SIBM Pune, SCMHRD, etc. The conducting body for the SNAP 2021 Exam is Symbiosis International (Deemed) University (SIU). Owing to the COVID crisis, the SNAP 2021 exam can be conducted thrice this year - once in December 2021 and twice in January 2021 (6th and 9th January). In case there is a respite in the covid-19 situation, SNAP 2021 will only be held on a single day (second week of December 2021) on a pan-India level. According to SNAP 2021 Notification, the candidates will be eligible to appear for the SNAP 2021 Exam twice at dates of their choosing. The SNAP 2021 registration process is expected to begin in the fourth week of August 2021 and is expected to end somewhere in the fourth week of November 2021. The exam will be taken pan India, across 95+ test cities. The official mock held by Symbiosis will be held somewhere in the third week of November 2021 and students can book slots from a day before the mock to one hour before the start of the mock. For example, if you choose a 11:AM to 12:00 PM mock test slot on 19th November 2021. You can book the slot till 10:00 AM (an hour prior to beginning of the test. A few of the major highlights regarding the same is given in the next section:

SNAP Official Mock

Due to the fluctuations that usually happen in the SNAP 2021 Exam Pattern, Symbiosis will be releasing an official SNAP 2021 Mock. The main function of the SNAP 2021 Official Mock is to give aspirants an idea regarding the User Interface of the exam so that they do not face any issues during the actual SNAP 2021 Exam. Some of the highlights of last year’s SNAP 2020 Official Mock are:

Highlights of SNAP 2021

Students who are planning to appear for SNAP this year should keep in mind that the registration for SNAP 2021 has not yet begun and the last date to apply for SNAP 2021 is expected to be in the fourth week of November 2021, subject to any further extensions. Students are required to register for the examination online before the mentioned deadline in order to provide themselves with ample preparation time. As the GK section will not be the part of SNAP 2021 exam, students should devote their particular focus to other sections of the paper. Also, candidates should abide by the registration guidelines and attest their eligibility before filling up the application form. The candidate failing to meet the eligibility criteria would not be allowed to take the examination.

SNAP 2021 aspirants need to manage their time effectively when it comes to gearing up for the examination. Also, they need to work in accordance with the relevant syllabus and the sectional time limit that is allotted during the paper.  SNAP 2021 can either take the route of SNAP 2020 or SNAP 2019 in terms of exam pattern and syllabus. In the current light of the covid-19 situation, the safety guidelines will be properly maintained by the administration and SNAP taking experience will be made as secure as possible. The SNAP 2020 paper had been conducted keeping the same concerns in mind, and therefore was a quick paper for  60 minutes to prevent any potential haphazardness. Students were sitting “two or three seats” far from each other to adhere to social distancing measures. In the same manner , SNAP 2021 can also be expected to be of 60  minute time duration. However, if the situation resolves, SNAP 2021 will follow the lead of past year SNAP papers and continue being a 120 minute exam. The examination will most probably be held in the month of December 2021. After the initial attempt, Students also have an option of retaking SNAP in case they were not fully satisfied with their initial attempt. SNAP 2021 retake is only allowed once. So, a candidate can attempt SNAP twice. Better out of two attempts will be considered for admission of the candidate. SNAP is a non-adaptive exam, and there are no sectional cut-offs, but an overall examination cut off. Also, So, the percentile of a candidate would only depend on one factor, i.e. the number of questions answered correctly, regardless of the difficulty level of the questions.

SNAP 2021- Important Dates

Important dates of SNAP 2021 or SNAP 2021 Notification will mention the events pertaining to exam such as application form, admit card, exam and result. The registration window for SNAP 2021 will be of 90 days I.e August to November 2021. Candidates must go through the following table regarding tentative exam dates for SNAP 2021:

Exam Related Events

Tentative Dates

SNAP 2021 official notification made live

Second week of August 2021

Availability of online application/ registration form

Second week of August 2021

Registration deadline

Fourth week of November 2021

Payment deadline

Same as the date of registration deadline

Admit card availability

1st week of December 2021

Date of examination

Second week of December 2021

Time Duration = 2 hours

Announcement of result

Second week of January 2022

Selection rounds in 16 Symbiosis Member Institutes including SIBM and SCHMRD Pune

Third week of January 2022

Group Discussion, Personal Interview or WAT selection rounds

First week of February 2022

SNAP 2021 Declaration of Online Merit List

Last week of February 2022 

Let us now analyze the SNAP 2021 exam pattern and the score calculation strategy.

A brief overview of SNAP 2021

SNAP 2021 Exam Pattern

SNAP exam is an online test which comprises 3 sections - General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability; Quantitative, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency; Analytical and Logical Reasoning. The overall test duration is expected to be 60 minutes or 120 minutes.

The SNAP Exam Pattern underwent a change in 2018 with the introduction of Non MCQ (special) type questions. In 2019 again there was a slight change in the paper pattern with respect to the marking scheme and break up of questions. SNAP 2020 had introduced yet another element by reducing the time limit of the exam and shuffling the number of questions. SNAP 2021 is bound to throw in surprises, even after being much easier than CAT or XAT. Surprises can be thrown in terms of the nature of the question or the topic wise weightage of the questions. For this purpose, students are required to check how to prepare for SNAP and gear themselves with the most important tips and tricks that would help them get into stalwart colleges like SIBM or SCMHRD Pune.

The paper-deliverance of the SNAP exam has always been extremely smooth. There is no sectional time limit in the paper and movement across sections is permitted. Students can choose the order in which they wish to attempt the paper. The SNAP 2021 Exam will have only MCQs.

SNAP 2021 exam pattern can either be along the lines of SNAP 2020 Exam Pattern or SNAP 2019 Exam Pattern. Here is a quick overview of the SNAP 2020 exam pattern for your better understanding of the examination as a whole.

SNAP 2020 Exam Pattern

The total number of questions were 60 in the SNAP 2020 Exam with the marking scheme being a reward of 1 mark for each correctly solved question and a penalty of 0.25 marks for each error. The tabulated information on the same is given as under:


Normal Questions

Total Questions

Total Marks

Marking Scheme

General English





Analytical & Logical Reasoning





Quantitative, DI and Data Sufficiency










SNAP 2020 Exam Pattern: Key Points

For SNAP 2020, the test taker had to answer 60 questions within a time frame of 1 hour i.e 60 minutes. Earlier there used to be four sections in SNAP and the paper was conducted in a written format. As of 2017, SNAP has been altered into an online computer-based test. Moreover, the SNAP 2020 exam pattern will be slightly different from the 2019 SNAP exam pattern, as the governing authorities had obliterated the GK section. The obliteration of the GK section resulted in a rise of the overall difficulty level of the SNAP exam by 5-10%. 

Key factors to consider while understanding the nature of the SNAP 2020 paper pattern:

Section-wise breakup of SNAP 2020 Exam Pattern

Major Sections

Type of questions

No. of Questions

Level of Difficulty 

Analytical & logical reasoning

MCQ Based


Easy to Moderate

General English

MCQ Based


Easy to Moderate

Quantitative, DI and Data Sufficiency

MCQ Based


Easy to Moderate 


MCQ Based 


Easy to Moderate

After understanding previous year’s SNAP exam pattern in detail, let us understand in detail the SNAP 2019 Exam pattern, which will give you an idea of all the possible ways SNAP can be structured:

SNAP 2019 Exam Pattern

SNAP 2019 was held on 15th December 2019 in the afternoon from 1400 hrs to 1600 hrs. The overall number of questions were 110 that were to be attempted in a span of 2 hours. Here is a brief overlay of the SNAP 2019 exam pattern:


Number of questions

Multiple Choice questions

Special Questions

Total marks for the section

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension





Analytical & Logical Reasoning





Quant and Data Interpretation










Key Parameters of SNAP 2019

  • SNAP 2019 was an online CBT.
  • SNAP 2019 did not include the GA (General Awareness) section
  • There were 5 special questions, only pertaining to the Quantitative and Data Interpretation Section (QADI Section).
  • The marking scheme of VARC and Logical Reasoning section was ; 1.5 marks for the right answer and 0.3 mark for incorrect answer.
  • For the QADI section, the multiple choice questions were of 1 mark each. If answered incorrectly, candidate will face penalty of 25% i.e 0.25 marks
  • The marking scheme for special questions were: 2 marks awarded for right answer and 0.5 marks for wrong answer.

SNAP 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Students who are eligible to appear for SNAP 2021 should pursue a bachelor's degree in any discipline from a recognized university with a minimum aggregate of:

1.Students in their final year can also apply but their admission is subject to obtaining a minimum of 50% marks (45% for SC/ST candidates)

2.A candidate having completed his qualifying degree from a foreign university is required to submit an equivalence certificate from the Association of Indian Universities to be eligible.

SNAP 2021 Registration Process

The SNAP 2021 registration process is expected to begin in the second week of August 2021 and will continue till the end of November 2021. The official notification has not been released yet. The exam is expected to be held in the third week of December 2021, first week of January 2022 and Second week of January 2022, as per SNAP 2021 Notification, with the students eligible to appear twice.

The overall registration process is quite straightforward. It consists of the initial registration which requires your personal details such as:

The next stage of the SNAP 2021 Registration is the payment which can be done via BillDesk or Easebuzz Gateway or through Netbanking or Demand Draft. You can also use mobile wallets like Paytm or Payment through UPI (Google pay, PhonePe etc) Following this, you need to fill the Registration Form 2 to complete the SNAP 2021 Registration process.

SNAP 2021: Steps to Register for the exam

Follow the below mentioned steps in order to register successfully for SNAP 2021:

You would also have to register for your preferred symbiosis institute differently and complete the admission form including the details of the same.

SNAP 2021: Application Form Fee Payment

The candidate may pay through

Pay the SNAP test fee of Rs.1750 /- as per the instructions mentioned on the website for Payment of SNAP Test fee.


Submit a Demand Draft (DD) of Rs. 1750/- from any Nationalized Bank in favour of "Symbiosis Test Secretariat" payable at Pune.

Choose the mode of Payment as 'DD Payment' in the 'Make Payment' Tab. Take a print of the payment advice form, fill in the DD Details, sign and send it along with the DD to the Symbiosis Test Secretariat only at:

Symbiosis Test Secretariat

Symbiosis International (Deemed University)

Gram: Lavale, Tal: Mulshi, Dist.: Pune - 412115

Phone: +91-20-28116226/27

SNAP 2021 Syllabus

According to the analysis of the last 2 years, the most dominant topics in each SNAP Section is as follows:

Section 1: General English

Symbiosis International University can introduce new alterations in the overall format of SNAP form 2021. To prepare for the updated syllabus of SNAP 2021 which will be along the lines of previous year SNAP papers, candidates need to pep up their learning strategy. General English section is a pure evaluation of the candidate's reading, grammar and vocabulary skills.

This section will contain a total of 15 questions. All questions will be MCQ type questions. No Non MCQ type questions will be asked in this section. Each question will carry 1 mark. A student can score maximum 15 marks in this section.

General English Section

Some key points about SNAP Reading Comprehension

Verbal Ability

Section 2: Analytical & Logical Reasoning

Reasoning is the analytical and logical review of the candidate’s decision-making skills. This section contains a total of 25 questions. All questions will be MCQ type questions. No Non MCQ type questions will be asked in this section. Each question will carry 1 mark. A student can score maximum 25 marks in this section.

Section 3: Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

As for Quantitative aptitude, the focus of the examiner is to check the accuracy of a candidate and the ability to solve complex mathematical problems within the allotted time limit This section will contain a total of 20 questions. All MCQ type questions will have no special questions asked in this section. Each MCQ question will carry 1 mark. A student can score maximum 20 marks in this section.

Here is a list of topics from where questions would be asked in this section:

Quantitative Aptitude

Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

Check out : SNAP Syllabus

Read in detail: How to prepare for SNAP

B-Schools Accepting the SNAP Score

The institutes & their MBA programmes under the aegis of Symbiosis International University which accept SNAP score are:

Name of the Institute


SNAP Cut off Percentile

Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM, Pune)


MBA (Innovation and Entrepreneurship)


Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies & Research (SICSR, Pune)

MBA (Information Technology)

MSc (System Security)

M.Sc. (Computer Applications)

Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development (SCMHRD, Pune)


MBA (Infrastructure Management)

MBA (Business Analytics)


Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB, Pune)

MBA (International Business)

MBA (Agri-Business)

MBA (Energy & Environment)


Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management (SITM, Pune)

MBA (Telecom Management)


Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies (SIMS, Pune)



Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication, Pune (SIMC, Pune)

MBA (Communication Management)



Symbiosis Institute of Operations Management (SIOM, Nashik)

MBA (Operations Management)


Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology (SCIT, Pune)

MBA (Information Technology Business Management)

MBA (Data Science and Data Analytics)


Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences (SIHS, Pune)

MBA (Hospital & Healthcare Management)


Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Bengaluru (SIBM, Bengaluru)



Symbiosis School for Media & Communication, Bengaluru (SSMC, Bengaluru)

MBA (Communication Management)


Symbiosis School of Banking and Finance (SSBF, Pune) (Formerly Symbiosis School of Banking Management)

MBA (Banking and Finance)


Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Hyderabad (SIBM, Hyderabad)



Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences (SSSS, Pune)

MBA (Sports Sciences)