How to prepare for SNAP in 1 month?
The Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) is a popular entrance exam, conducted by the Symbiosis International University (SIU) Pune. The exam is conducted for admission into the 26 MBA programs offered at 15 institutes (such as SIBM Pune, SCMHRD, SIIB, etc). The SNAP Exam 2021 will be held on three dates, as it was conducted last year. The SNAP exam registration closes on November 27th, 2021. The candidates who are already preparing for CAT can leverage their CAT preparation to score well in the SNAP exam. In this article, we will see how to prepare for the SNAP Exam in one month, and also the top colleges accepting the SNAP scores.
SNAP Mock Test Series (in the latest pattern)
SNAP Exam Pattern & Important Dates
First, let us take a look at the Important Dates and the SNAP exam pattern. The SNAP exam will only have multiple-choice questions.
SNAP 2021 Important Dates
|SNAP Important Event
|SNAP 2021 Registration Started
August 31, 2021 (Tuesday)
|SNAP 2021 Registration Ends
November 27, 2021 (Saturday)
December 04, 2021 (Saturday)
|SNAP 2021 Test Dates
December 19, 2021 (Sunday) 2 PM to 3 PM
January 08, 2022 (Saturday) 10 AM to 11 AM
January 16, 2022 (Sunday)10 AM to 11 AM
|SNAP 2021 Result
February 01, 2022 (Tuesday)
SNAP 2021 Exam Pattern
|No. of questions
|Marks per correct answer
|General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability
|Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
|Analytical & Logical Reasoning
The candidate can choose to either appear for one test or a maximum of two test attempts from the three test dates, as per their choice. The candidate needs to pay a registration fee of Rs. 1950 per attempt to appear for the SNAP exam. If a candidate wishes to appear for two tests, the higher score will be considered for the final percentile calculation. (Also note that the Test dates cannot be changed once you have paid the registration fee for that date.)
As there is an option to take the exam twice, it is better to make use of this opportunity and attempt twice. In case the first attempt doesn’t go well, you don’t have to waste another year for another attempt. Also, if you’re taking two attempts, it is better to take the first attempt in December, and the next one in Jan (rather than both attempts in Jan). This would give you more time to revise any concepts and come up with a better test-taking strategy.
Is there a negative marking? Yes, there is a negative marking in SNAP 2021. The marking pattern to be one mark for each correct answer and 25 % negative marking for each incorrect answer.
How to prepare for SNAP?
Firstly, the mistake to avoid is choosing only one section (among the three) and preparing only that. SNAP is relatively easier when compared to CAT and XAT. Hence the candidates should focus on all the sections during the preparation. Although most institutes (accepting the SNAP scores) do not consider sectional cut-offs, aspirants should not skip any section completely. Having balanced preferences will allow aspirants to pick up the low hanging fruits in all the sections. At the same time, completely dominate the sections of your strengths to achieve a good overall score. Let us see how to prepare for the SNAP Exam.
Divide your preparation plan into two phases:
- The first phase of your preparation study plan should be to cover the Basics from all three sections. In any case, spend enough time learning the fundamental concepts, and make sure you thoroughly understand them. Without strong fundamentals in place, you are not going to improve your mock scores in the later stages of the preparation. Especially in the Quants section, one must be aware of the basics of the key concepts. In the LR section, be thorough with the basic types of questions such as blood-relations, coding-decoding, rankings, arrangements, etc. You don’t have to go too deep into all the topics. Cover just the basics of all topics and Practice more questions.
- In the second phase, it is imperative to take more SNAP Mocks Tests. SNAP is more of a speed test. The duration of the exam is 60 minutes. Therefore, aspirants must tweak the way they prepare for the exam to score well. Most of the questions in SNAP do not require intricate thinking to solve. Template questions form the majority of the exam. Therefore, someone who has practised a large number of standard questions is likely to perform better in the exam. Hence, take more SNAP Mocks to get used to this test-taking format. After the mock, analyse the time spent per section, and per each question. The candidates must focus on improving speed plus accuracy.
- The duration is of the exam 1 hour (for 60 questions). That is one min per question. If your basics are strong in each topic, and if you give enough mocks and analyse them properly, you can crack the SNAP exam easily. Also, it is recommended to take the mocks during exam time only. This will prepare you better for the exam day.
Cut-offs and Placements of Top colleges accepting SNAP Scores
We just saw how to prepare for the SNAP Exam. Now, let us see the top colleges accepting the SNAP scores (with cut-offs and placements).
The SNAP score is accepted by 15 institutes. The candidates have to apply separately on the respective college websites. Among the 15 institutes, SIBM Pune and SCMHRD are the best colleges in the list accepting the SNAP scores.
For other institutes, candidates can go to the respective college websites and check the details of the courses offered, the fees and placements.
To summarise, be thorough with the basics of all the key concepts, and solve questions from mixed topics (without a calculator), and take more mocks, to score well in the SNAP exam. Also, remember that your score in the Entrance exam matters more. So, though your acads are poor you can get admission to top colleges if you perform well in the entrance exam. All the best!
Also read: How to prepare for the IIFT exam (in less than 30 days).