SNAP Exam Overview



  1. SIBM Pune
  2. SCHMRD Pune
  3. SIBM Bangalore
  4. SIMC Pune
  5. SIMS Pune
  6. SIIB Pune
  7. SITM Pune
  8. SIOM Nasik


  • Pattern: 130 questions, 120 minutes
  • QA, DI, DS
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • General English
  • General Awareness
    • Similarities with CAT:
  • QA: Questions from arithmetic, algebra, (50% of the section)
  • Analytical Reasoning: Almost none
  • General English: Reading Comprehensions, Para Jumbles
  • General Awareness: Not asked in CAT
    • Dissimilarities:
  • QA: Difficulty is easy compared to CAT. DI/DS also of easy level compared to CAT.
  • Analytical Reasoning: All the topics are different.
  • General English: Vocabulary and grammar questions
  • General Awareness: Business/current affairs questions are asked.
    • Conclusion: You need to dedicate at least 15/20 days to master the topics which are important for SNAP but not for CAT.


Preparation Strategy:

  1. General Knowledge: Although the questions are asked in the exam can be from any topic. But most of the questions are based on current affairs and business news. You need to cover major happenings of national, international, sports and business arena. Use your test login’s news section for last 12 months’ important news.
  2. Quantitative Aptitude: The level of difficulty of the questions is not very high. Solve level-1 questions from your coaching material or Arun Sharma. One need to solve only the easy questions as the time is very limited in the exam hence strategy should be to attempt the questions which can be solved within 60-90 seconds. Now, look at the important topics:
    1. Arithmetic (~40-50%): The most important topic for SNAP. Prepare it very well.
    2. Data Interpretation (~20%): Two sets of easy to moderate difficulty. Percentage based questions mostly so one needs to build strong command over percentages (helpful in arithmetic as well)
    3. Mensuration (~15%) : The basic level questions on area/volume of 2D and 3D figures.
    4. Number System (~10-15%): Questions on range, divisibility, factors and HCF/LCM. No need to study advance concepts like remainders, cyclicity etc.
    5. Algebra (~5-10%): Basic questions on quadratic, log and series.
    6. P &C and Probability (~5-10%): Elementary level questions from these topics.
  3. General English: Mostly grammar and vocabulary based questions are asked.
    1. RC(~10-15%): 1 RC of 150-200 words with 3 to 6 questions.
    2. Vocabulary (~40-50%): 9-10 direct questions on meaning/synonym/antonym. 9-10 questions on contextual use of the words. Study “Word power made easy” or complete any word list with 1500+ words.
    3. Grammar (~25-35%): 5-6 questions on sentence correction. 5-6 fill in the blanks questions on phrases. Cover basic concepts of grammar from any book/coaching material. Practice lots of question to develop accuracy and speed.
    4. Para jumble (~5-10%): 2-4 questions on sentence rearrangements.
  4. Logical Reasoning: The questions are entirely different from types of questions asked in CAT. Need to practice these types of question separately. Questions are on coding-decoding, input output, venn diagram, analogy, number series, blood relations, arrangements, logical consistency. It is SNAP’s toughest section in terms of difficulty. To have command over these topics- solve the topic tests from your test

Strategy inputs

  1. Be fast in the paper. Specially VA and GS – read – leave if not sure. Don’t overspend time.
  2. Do not go with a prejudiced mindset on LR-QA level. Just give your best there.
  3. Remember these two keywords in running through the paper:
  4. I will take central idea and read fast
  5. I will keep a track of “what is the question asking” all the while reading fast
  6. Won’t count the questions solved – will do my best and move out.

-Team B Factory

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