SNAP Selection Process – GE, PI, WAT & Final Merit List, Reservation

SNAP selection process 2020 encompasses a set of rounds conducted by the institutes affiliated to Symbiosis International University (SIU) for shortlisting qualified candidates for admission to PG-level management programmes. SIU does not conduct any centralised counselling process to grant admission. However, all the affiliated institutes of SIU follow a common SNAP selection process to assess the candidates who score a qualifying percentile in the SNAP test. In order to get admission, candidates are required to appear for multiple rounds conducted under SNAP selection process. These rounds include: 

  1. Group Exercise (GE) 
  2. Personal Interaction (PI) 
  3. Written Ability Test (WAT)

Candidates are shortlisted for the SNAP selection process (GE-PIWAT) based on their percentile score in SNAP. After the completion of SNAP selection process, all Symbiosis institutes prepare a separate merit list by accessing the candidates overall performance in SNAP test and GE-PIWAT. The final merit list comprises the names of the candidates confirmed for final admissions at any of the 16 institutes affiliated to SIU. For more details on the SNAP selection process, refer to the article below.

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SNAP Selection Process – Important Dates

After the SNAP test is conducted, candidates obtaining the minimum cut off scores of their preferred Symbiosis institutes will be called for further selection rounds. Every institute releases its own schedule for the SNAP selection process. The table below mentions the tentative schedule for SNAP selection process 2020. 

SNAP Selection Procedure Schedule

Events Important Dates (expected)*
SNAP 2020 Third week of December 2020
Declaration of SNAP result Second week of January 2021
Display of shortlisting for SNAP selection process Third week of January 2021
Selection procedure at different institutes Last week of January 2021 onwards
Release of final merit list To be notified

*The table above indicates the schedule prepared on the basis of previous year’s trends. We will be updating the institute-wise SNAP selection schedule as soon as the conducting body releases the same

SNAP Selection Process – Stepwise Procedure

Candidates must have a know-how of the SNAP selection procedure even before filling the registration form. The SNAP selection process is as follows:

  1. Right after SNAP registration, candidates can lock their institute/course preferences through a separate institute and course registration process  
  2. Registration for institutes/courses requires candidates to login to using their SNAP ID and password 
  3. Candidates have to pay Rs. 1000 (apart from SNAP application fee) to register for each MBA course and Symbiosis institute 
  4. Symbiosis International University sends the SNAP percentile score of candidates to the institute(s) they have registered for
  5. After the conduct of SNAP test, affiliated Institutes release a cut off score for shortlisting test-takers
  6. Candidates, who qualify the SNAP cut off released by their chosen institute, appear for the SNAP selection process
  7. The list of candidates, who qualify for SNAP selection rounds, is released on official websites of respective institutes 
  8. At the venue where the SNAP selection rounds are being held, candidates have to participate in the following rounds in the chronology specified:
    1. Group Exercise (GE)
    2. Personal Interaction (PI)
    3. Written Ability Test (WAT)
  9. Based on the performance of candidates in SNAP test, GD, PI and WAT, all the institutes prepare a final merit list for selected candidates 
  10. Once the final selection list is released, candidates have to appear for the document verification and the payment of admission fee 

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SNAP Selection Process – Group Exercise (GE)

After qualifying the cut off of their preferred Symbiosis institute/s, candidates will be called for the Group Exercise round.  In this round, all the participants are divided in two groups. Then, both the groups are given a topic to express their views on the assigned topic. 

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Group Exercise (GE) is one of the selection rounds conducted by the Symbiosis institutes to assess the following skills and qualities of the candidates – 

  1. Leadership skills
  2. Personality
  3. Innovation and creativity in problem solving
  4. Team skills
  5. Time management
  6. Negotiation skills
  7. Managerial skills
  8. Team spirit

SNAP Selection Process – Personal Interaction (PI)

After the Group Exercise, candidates undergo a Personal Interaction, also known as, Personal Interview round. The PI selection round consists of a panel (usually officials from the institute) that interacts with the candidates and accesses them based on various parameters. The PI round helps in evaluating certain skills and traits of the candidates as mentioned below – 

  1. Personality traits
  2. Interpersonal skills
  3. Academic proficiency
  4. Future goals
  5. Confidence
  6. Communication skills

In PI, multiple questions are asked regarding the career goals and past achievements of the candidates. The most common question asked is ‘Why MBA?’

SNAP Selection Process – Written Ability Test (WAT)

After conducting GE and PI, the institutes conduct a Written Ability Test (WAT). The Written Ability Test might include different types of questions. Candidates are shown a picture or video and can be told to summarise the same using a pen and paper, or candidates might get a random topic to write their views on.  

WAT helps in evaluation of the several skill sets including –

  1. Writing skills including grammar, vocabulary, etc.
  2. Structuring of thoughts
  3. Language
  4. Creative analytical skills
  5. Awareness 
  6. Writing ability

SNAP Selection Process – Preparation of Final Merit List

After all the rounds of the SNAP selection process are conducted, the participating institutes prepare a merit list to display the names of the candidate’s who are confirmed for admission. The  final merit list is prepared after giving a certain weightage to each SNAP admission round.

SNAP Merit List Preparation – Weightage

Admission Stages Weightage
SNAP Score (scaled down to 50 marks) 50 points
Group Exercise (GE) 10 points
Personal Interaction (PI) 30 points
Writing Ability Test (WAT) 10 points
Total 100 points 

SNAP Reservation Policy 2020

Symbiosis International University defines a certain reservation policy for providing admission to certain categories of students. The SNAP merit list is also prepared separately for different categories. The table below consists of the reservation policy followed by all the participating institutes of SNAP 2020. 

SNAP Reservation Policy 

Category Reservation Percentage
Scheduled Caste (SC) 15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 7.5%
Differently Abled 3%
Kashmiri Migrants (over and above intake) 2 seats per program
International Candidate (over and above intake) 15%


25% of the total intake of students at SIBM Nagpur is reserved for candidates who are Nagpur residents. However, the remaining 75% of the total seat intake in SIBM, Nagpur will follow the general reservation policy as mentioned in the table above.


A total of 5% seat intake in some courses of various Symbiosis institutes is reserved for the children/wards of defence personnel. The table below shows the institutes and courses wherein 5% reservation to children/wards of Defence personnel is applicable:

Name of the Institute(s) Programme Name
Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB, Pune) MBA (International Business)
Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management (SIDTM, Pune) MBA (Digital and Telecom Management)
Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology (SCIT, Pune) MBA (Information Technology Business Management)
Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies and Research (SICSR, Pune) MBA (Information Technology)


SIMS is unique amongst all the other Symbiosis institutes as it has its own reservation policy. The table below mentions the reservation policy followed at SIMS.

SIMS Reservation Policy for admission through SNAP

Category Reservation Percentage
Defence 80%
Defence Special 10%
Open/Industry category 10%

Candidates must note that any reservation for Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes/Differently Abled/Kashmiri Migrants will not be applicable at SIMS. 

SNAP Selection Process – Documents Required

Candidates are required to bring some documents while participating in the SNAP selection process. The documents are subject to verification before the merit list preparation. The list of documents to be carried at the time of GE-PIWAT is as follows-  

  1. SNAP test scorecard
  2. Authenticated SNAP admit card
  3. Category Certificate (if claiming reservation)
  4. Proof of date of birth
  • Birth Certificate 
  • Class 10th certificate
  1. Class 12 mark sheet 
  2. Graduation mark sheet or provisional degree
  3. Migration/transfer certificate
  4. Recent passport size photographs
  5. Government approved photo ID proof

If candidates are not able to present the above-mentioned documents for verification, their candidature won’t be considered for the merit list preparation, irrespective of their SNAP score. 

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SNAP Selection Process – List of Participating Institutes

Candidates have to choose the institutes/courses after completing the SNAP registration process. The table below lists all the SNAP participating institutes along with the courses they offer.

Institutes Accepting SNAP Scores

S. No. Name of the Institute Programme
1 SSSS, Pune MBA in Sports Sciences
2 SSMC, Bengaluru MBA in Communication Management
3 SSBF, Pune MBA in Banking and Finance
4 SIOM, Nashik MBA in Operations Management
5 SIMC, Pune MBA in Communication Management
6 SIMS, Pune MBA
7 SIIB, Pune MBA in International Business

MBA in Agri-Business

MBA in Energy and Environment

8 SIHS, Pune MBA in Hospital and Healthcare Management

Master Of Public Health 

9 SIDTM, Pune MBA in Digital and Telecom Management
10 SICSR, Pune MBA in Information Technology

M.Sc. in Computer Applications

M.Sc. in System Security

11 SIBM, Nagpur MBA
12 SIBM, Hyderabad MBA
13 SIBM, Bengaluru MBA

MBA in Family Managed Business and Entrepreneurship

MBA in Quantitative Finance

MBA in Business Analytics

14 SIBM, Pune MBA

MBA in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

MBA in Leadership and Strategy


MBA in Infrastructure Development and Management

MBA in Business Analytics

16 SCIT, Pune MBA in Information Technology Business Management

MBA in Data Science and Data Analytics

SNAP Selection Process – Frequently Asked Questions

✔️ How will I be shortlisted for the SNAP selection process 2020?

The institutes affiliated to Symbiosis International University (SIU) prepare a cut off in order to shortlist the candidates for GE-PIWAT after the SNAP result declaration. Candidates whose SNAP percentile score is equal to or greater than the cut off of their registered institute(s) will be considered for the GE-PIWAT rounds.

✔️ Do I need to pay any fee for SNAP institute registration?

After filling the SNAP registration form, candidates are required to register for the institute/s where they prefer to get admissions in. For registration of each institute and course, applicants will have to pay an amount of Rs. 1,000. Candidates can select as many institutes/courses they wish for.

✔️ Is there any centralised counselling process for admission based on SNAP score?

No. There is no centralised counselling conducted for admission in MBA courses through SNAP. Candidates have to participate in the SNAP selection process which includes SNAP test and GE-PIWAT.

✔️ How many rounds do I have to go through for the selection process of SNAP 2020?

The SNAP selection process is conducted in two rounds. The first is the SNAP test and the other is the GE-PIWAT which includes Group Exercise (GE), Personal Interaction (PI) and Written Ability Test (WAT).

✔️ Who will release the final merit list for admission through SNAP 2020?

All the 16 Symbiosis institutes will release separate final merit lists for admissions based on SNAP test and other admission rounds. Candidates have to visit the official websites of the each institute they have registered for to check their names on the merit lists.

✔️ How is the SNAP final merit list prepared for the selection purposes?

The participating institutes will prepare the final merit list by providing certain weightage to different stages of the SNAP selection process. While the SNAP test will get a 50% weightage, the Personal Interview (PI) will get 30% weightage. The Group Exercise (GE) and Writing Ability Test (WAT) will get a weightage of 10% each.

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