Details of SNAP Exam
The exam would be 2 hours long having objective questions with 4 choices. Candidates are required to mark the correct answer on an OMR sheet with a black/blue ball-point pen. Every wrong answer would result in 25% negative marks. There would be 4 sections in the question paper, with marks distributed as follows:
1. General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability - 40 marks
2. Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency – 40 marks
3. General Awareness: General Knowledge, Current Affairs, Business Scenario - 40 marks
4. Analytical & Logical Reasoning – 60 marks
Total: 180 marks
SNAP Eligibility Criteria
Graduates in any discipline from statutory University with minimum of 50% marks (45% for SC/ ST candidates) for all the Master of Business Administration Programme, except for the Programmes which requires graduate with specific subject specializations. These specializations are mentioned on the respective institute's website. Students in their final year are also eligible.
How to Prepare for SNAP
SNAP differs from CAT in many ways. It is slightly less difficult compared to CAT with additional features like a GK section and a logical reasoning section which has a higher weightage than the other sections. Also one has to mark answers on the OMR sheet with a pen, so one has to be doubly sure before marking an option as you can’t go back and erase them. The ease in the difficulty level in SNAP is balanced out with the increased number of questions.
The GK section is the deal-maker of this test. This section has the lowest cut-off among the 4 sections, yet even the best test-takers have to struggle to cross this hurdle. Gear up for GK well in advance. Preparation for this section should start at least a year before. In fact, the preparation for GD and GL can go hand-in-hand. You need to keep yourself abreast of all the current affairs and matters of national and international interest. This will help you form an opinion during the group discussion sessions as well as in the GK section. If you have joined any coaching institute, you will be provided with ample study material for GK. The Manorama yearbook or any annual edition of a GK book should suffice. SNAP has been known to have an affinity for business GK. Be well-versed with the same.
Preparation for the remaining three sections would be covered in your preparation for CAT. Just make sure that you attempt enough number of mock tests that simulate the SNAP pattern. Remember that practice does make you perfect!