SNAP Exam Pattern – Section-wise Pattern and Marks, Preparation Tips

Symbiosis International University determines the SNAP exam pattern. Candidates must have the knowledge of the SNAP test structure before starting their preparation. Knowing the SNAP exam pattern and syllabus helps the candidate in making a practical and focused study plan. A proper preparation strategy which is in sync with the SNAP exam pattern 2020 is the key to success in the SNAP test. 

SIU will conduct SNAP 2020 in online mode. As per the SNAP exam pattern 2020, candidates have to answer as many as 110 questions in a duration of 120 minutes. Other than the mode of exam and the number of questions, the SNAP exam pattern consists of multiple variables such as the medium of the exam, marking scheme, duration and more. Read this article thoroughly to fetch comprehensive information on the SNAP test pattern 2020. 

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SNAP Exam Pattern – Key Highlights

Before proceeding to learn about  the SNAP exam dates in detail, candidates can check the table below to get an overview of the same. 

Overview of SNAP Test Structure 2020

ParticularsDetails of SNAP 2020
Moe of Examination Computer Based Test (CBT)
Duration of SNAP 2020Two hours (120 minutes)
Types of questionsObjective type (MCQ) and One-word type
Number of sectionsThree
Sectional time durationNo
Medium of ExaminationEnglish
Total questions110
Maximum marks150
Marking Scheme
  • Normal Questions – 1.5 and 1 marks
  • Special Questions – 2 marks
  • Negative marking – 25% 

Candidates can refer to the table below to know the number of questions and maximum marks in each section. 

Section Wise Distribution of Questions and Marks

Name of SectionNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks
General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability3451
Analytical and Logical Reasoning3654
Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation and Data SufficiencyNormal Question – 35

Special Question – 5

45
Total110150

SNAP Exam Pattern – Section-Wise Suggested Time

As per the exam pattern, SNAP test comprises questions from three sections. Although there is no official sectional time allotted by the authorities, candidates must divide the total time duration on their own, based on the difficulty level of each section. Also, candidates must keep some time reserved for the revision of the SNAP exam. 

The table below mentions the suggested section-wise time limit that candidates may adhere to while taking SNAP 2020, based on our understanding of the difficulty standards.

SNAP Section Wise Suggested Time*

Name of SectionSuggested Time Limit
General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability25 minutes
Analytical and Logical Reasoning40 minutes
Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency45 minutes
Revision10 minutes
Total120 minutes

*Candidates must note that there will be no official sectional time limit in SNAP 2020. The table above mentions the time limit suggested by experts on the basis of SNAP exam pattern and difficulty levels of the three sections. 

SNAP Exam Pattern – Section-Wise Break-up

As per the SNAP 2020 exam pattern, all the three sections of SNAP are structured differently. The three sections from which questions would be asked in SNAP 2020 are – 

#1 General English

#2 Analytical and Logical Reasoning (AR, LR)

#3 Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency (QA, DI, & DS)

SNAP Exam Pattern – General English

According to the SNAP exam pattern 2020, the General English section consists of a total of 34 questions. Questions in General English will be objective-type only. All the questions in the General English section of SNAP have an equal amount of marks weightage. 

SNAP Exam Pattern For General English

ParticularsDetails
Name of SectionGeneral English
Type of QuestionMultiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
Number of Questions34
Marks per Question 1.5
Maximum Marks51
Negative Marking0.375 marks i.e. 25% per incorrect response

SNAP Exam Pattern – Analytical and Logical Reasoning

A total of 36 questions are asked from the Analytical and Logical Reasoning section as per the SNAP exam pattern 2020. 

SNAP Exam Pattern for Analytical and Logical Reasoning

ParticularsDetails
Name of SectionAnalytical and Logical Reasoning
Type of QuestionMultiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
Number of Questions36
Marks per Question 1.5
Maximum Marks54
Negative Marking0.375 marks i.e. 25% per incorrect response

SNAP Exam Pattern – Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation & Sufficiency

This particular section is unique amongst all the other sections. The Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency will have the least weightage in terms of marks but will require extra time than the other two sections. SIU designs this section with both multiple-choice questions and non-MCQ special questions.  

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SNAP Exam Pattern For Quantitative, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency

ParticularsNormal QuestionsSpecial Questions
Name of SectionQuantitative, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency
Question typeMultiple Choice Questions (MCQ)One-word type (no options are provided)
Number of Questions355
Marks per Question 12
Maximum Marks3510
Negative Marking0.25 marks i.e. 25% per incorrect response0.5 marks i.e. 25% per incorrect response

How to Prepare for SNAP 2020?

Once a candidate attains the knowledge of the SNAP exam pattern as well as syllabus, he/she must start with the preparation. The SNAP preparation strategy must be designed keeping the following tips in mind:

  1. Evaluate the SNAP exam pattern 2020 and analyse which sections require more time for preparation 
  2. Understand the detailed SNAP syllabus for all the three sections
  3. Try to get the best books available for SNAP preparation. Search the study material recommended by the toppers
  4. Keep a balance between study and leisure pursuits to always feel fresh mentally. Follow a healthy lifestyle to help keep your mind calm   
  5. Practice mock tests and sample papers available online. It will help in increasing the overall speed and accuracy
  6. Make short notes for each and every topic. This will help in last-minute revision
  7. Analyse the SNAP exam pattern and set targets to complete the entire examination before the specified duration

SNAP Exam Pattern – FAQs

✔️ In what mode will SNAP 2020 be conducted?

Symbiosis International University will conduct the SNAP 2020 in online mode only. No other mode is available for taking the SNAP test.

✔️ How will I have to answer the special questions in the Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency section online?

As per the SNAP exam pattern, there are a total of five special questions in Quantitative, Data Interpretation and Sufficiency section. The special questions will not have multiple choices. Candidates will be provided a virtual keyboard on which they need to type the answer of the question. For example – What are the last two digits of the number 655? To answer this question, you will have to type by using the virtual keyboard.

✔️ Is there any negative marking in SNAP 2020?

Yes, as per the last years’ trends, the SNAP exam pattern 2020 will also include a negative marking of -25% for every incorrect response. If the marks awarded for a correct response is 1, then the negative marks will be 0.25 whereas if the marks awarded for a correct response is 1.5, then the negative marks will be 0.375.

✔️ Will SNAP 2020 have a GK section?

No. The General Knowledge section has been removed from the SNAP syllabus by SIU in 2019.

✔️ Can I take the SNAP 2020 in any other language?

No. Candidates will not be given any medium preference for taking SNAP 2020. As per the SNAP test structure, the exam will be held in an English medium only.