SNAP Syllabus 2021

SNAP (Symbiosis National Aptitude Test) is one of the major national-level entrances in India, besides CAT and XAT. The examination is conducted by the SIU (Symbiosis International Deemed University) for the purpose of securing admission into one of the 16 institutes under SIU, including prestigious institutes like Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM), Symbiosis Centre for Management & Human Resource Development (SCMHRD), Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB), etc.

According to MHRD- NIRF 2021,  Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM) Pune,  ranks 18th among the top b-schools of India, with an overall score of 52.80. The NIRF score is drawn from various parameters such as Teaching and Learning Resources, Research and Development, Employability,

SNAP Exam Pattern

In SNAP 2021, you will need to answer 110 questions within 2 hours. Earlier, there used to be four sections in SNAP; and the paper was conducted in a pen-paper format. Since 2017, SNAP has been conducted online, as a computer-based test (CBT). In 2019, the exam pattern was modified further; with the GK section being omitted from the paper.

Here is a brief overview of the SNAP 2021 paper pattern:


Normal Questions

Special Questions

Total Questions

Total Marks

General English





Analytical & Logical





Quantitative, DI and
Data Sufficiency










Also Read :SNAP 2021 Notification

SNAP 2021 Syllabus: The Reasoning Section

  1. Linear and matrix arrangements :: Questions based on linear arrangement are one of the most important, and non-verbal type of, questions in reasoning. It includes arranging the seating of people or objects in straight lines, rows, around circles, squares, or other geometric set-ups.

  2. Cause & Effect :: One of the most interesting sections of verbal reasoning; in these types of questions, two statements namely statement I and statement II are presented to you. There would be five possibilities in this case listed as under:

    1. Statement I is the cause and statement II is the effect

    2. Statement II  is the cause and statement I is the effect

    3. both the statements I and II are independent causes

    4. both the statements I and II are effects of some common cause.

3.  Coding & Decoding :: Coding is a process to encrypt a word/number based on a set of thumb rules. Decoding is the process to decrypt it into its original form.

4. Assertion and Reasoning :: In these kinds of questions, you are provided a statement that could be an opinion, fact, or a comment.  This is known as ‘assertion’. The other statement is the ‘reason’. The pair of statements is collectively called assertion and reasoning. There may, or may not, be a link between the two. For example, sometimes, candidates assume that assertion is the statement and the reason is the cause or the defending statement; but that might not be true in all cases.

5. Relations and family tree :: There are three main types of questions asked on this topic. The first one is a ‘round-about’ question that describes the relationship between two people only; and the question is asked in a roundabout manner. Second is the ‘symbiotic-relationship’ question, which involves a symbol representing the relationship between two people. This symbol needs to be decoded to find the answer. Third is the ‘mixed’ or ‘miscellaneous’ type of questions, wherein mutual blood relationships among different members are mentioned and need to be solved using diagrams.

6. Statement & Conclusion :: These questions require a different approach, angle, and perspective. They test your ability to interpret a sentence. Understanding the statement and its delivery are important before you find the correct answer. Your approach needs to be logical so that you reach a valid conclusion.

7. Puzzles :: The questions can be on Numbers, Missing Letters, Logical puzzles, Playing Cards puzzles, Clock Puzzles, and Analytical Puzzles.

8. Syllogisms :: Syllogisms is a form of reasoning where a conclusion is drawn from two or three given statements. It uses deductive reasoning rather than inductive reasoning. You must assume that the statements are true, even if the reality is otherwise.

9. Identifying the next number in a series :: In these questions, an arithmetic sequence is presented; and you will need to find the next number in the series by either adding, subtracting, dividing, or multiplying a constant term. You will know two of the values, separated by an unknown value.

Syllabus: General English

This section gauges your verbal ability, reading-comprehension, and verbal reasoning; and the questions are based on important grammatical concepts and logical assumptions. The main topics covered in this section are sentence completion, analogies, jumbled paragraphs, contextual usage, idioms, syllogisms, reading-comprehension, and assertive reasoning.

Sentence Completion 

These questions evaluate your vocabulary and ability to draw a fine line between words. Based purely on logic, you will be easily able to answer the questions with a bit of practice and by opting for vocabulary enhancers. Commonly these sentences are long and difficult to follow, but once you master them, the topic becomes a cakewalk.

Idioms & Syllogisms

Syllogism questions are based on logical arguments that consist of three propositions. The first two propositions are called premises, while the last one is the conclusion. The conclusion must be necessarily inferred from the premises. If the propositions are true, the conclusion must be true, and the argument will amount to demonstration. Idioms and phrases are a part of verbal reasoning, wherein you need to identify the meaning of the idiom by choosing the correct option.

Jumbled Paragraphs

These questions begin with what is known as a topic sentence, followed by the paragraph body, and ends with a related conclusion. The paragraph needs to be arranged in the above-mentioned manner. Your task is to identify them; and follow the supporting sentences till they sum up to the conclusion.


Questions on analogy can be divided into two types: Alphabet Analogy  and Numbers Analogy.

Alphabet analogy is a unique type of reasoning  where two groups of letters are presented to the candidate and the candidate has to identify the relationship between the two groups and choose a third group of letters which is related to the earlier groups in a similar manner.

Number analogy, on the other hand,  covers two types of questions:

I. Choose a similar pair as the given pair in the question based on the relation between the numbers given in the question.
II. Choose a number that is like a group of numbers based on certain similar properties that they possess.


The RC questions are designed to evaluate your ability to read, understand, and analyze a written passage. To correctly answer, you need to recognize what is stated and implied within the passage, and establish the relationship among the ideas expressed implicitly or explicitly in it.

Different usage of same word

For these types of questions, you either need to identify words that are spelled in the same way and sound the same but have different meanings (Homonyms), or words that are spelled the same way but have different meanings (Homographs).

Antonyms & Synonyms

For antonyms, you will need to choose a word that is opposite in meaning to a word in the given question. For synonyms, you will need to select a word that has the same meaning as the word given in the question.

Fill in the Blanks

A Fill in the Blank question consists of a phrase, sentence, or paragraph with a blank space; and you are required to provide the missing word(s). You can also create a question with multiple blanks.

One-word Substitution

 In these questions, a sentence is provided that needs to be replaced by a single word.

Odd One Out

For these types of questions, you need to find the word that does not fit in or is different from the rest of the options provided in the question.

Syllabus: Quantitative, Data Interpretation, and Data Sufficiency

This section covers all the concepts of Classes VIII to X Mathematics. In addition, there are questions on Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency.

Number Systems



Profit & Loss

Interest (Simple & Compound)

Speed, Time, and Distance

Work, Pipe, and Cisterns


Ratio & Proportion


Linear & Quadratic Equations

Progressions (AP, GP, HP)


Permutation & Combination

Sets & Functions

Coordinate Geometry



Calendar & Clock



Data Interpretation based on Text

Graphs & Tables

Line and Bar Charts

Venn Diagram

Graphs Representing Area


Key Preparation Strategies

  1. Point of Focus: You need to take it easy and slow, one subject at a time. Rushing into complex problems right from the start could prove to be troublesome for your confidence. Build a strong foundation of important concepts with some easy-to-do examples in the initial phase of your preparation. <
  1. Proper understanding of the question: To secure a high score in SNAP, you need to keep in mind that every answer hides deep within the question itself. So, you should devote more time in understanding how each question has been constructed. One way of doing that is to scan the questions thoroughly to identify the major elements.
  1. Take regular mocks: Mocks are not only meant for effective time management, but also reveal how much mastery you have gained over a concept. Analyzing Mocks will also help you identify the areas where you need to work on. Start with 1-2 mocks every week, 4-5 mocks every fortnight; and gradually increase the pace to 3-4 mocks per week and 7-8 mocks per fortnight.
  1. Practise last 5 years’ SNAP papers: SNAP is known for surprising the test-takers every year. Hence, it is advisable that during the final months before the exam, attempt the previous years’ test papers that would help you gauge your progress.

  1. Relax: An entrance examination is just a part of life. Do not be hard on yourself. A stressed mind can adversely affect your eating, sleeping, and studying cycles, thereby decreasing the chances of success in the exam.

Read in Detail : SNAP 2021 Preparation