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SNAP 2017: Key changes and its impact on MBA aspirants

Aug 11, 2017 11:30 IST
SNAP EXAM KEY CHANGES
SNAP EXAM KEY CHANGES

The countdown to SNAP 2017 – the MBA entrance exam for Synbiosis University B-schools has officially begun with the official announcement of the SNAP Test notification. As per the official update, the SNAP 2017 online registration has begun from 10th August and will continue until 24th November. This year, Symbiosis has moved away from the convention of pen-paper based test and the SNAP 2017 Online Test this year which will be held on 17th December 2017.

There are many changes that have been announced for SNAP 2017. Some of these are minor in nature but will impact the MBA prep and registration process for the aspirants. MBA aspirants planning take up SNAP 2017 Exam can find all the key changes for the online test and how they will impact them below:

SNAP 2017 - Online Registration Only

As mentioned above, the SNAP Test 2017 has gone completely online and this also means that the aspirants will have to take up the SNAP 2017 online registration. The SNAP 2017 registration has already begun online from 10th August onwards and interested candidates can reach the online application form from the link provided below:

https://siu.ishinfo.com/SNAP2017/Register/Index.aspx

The SNAP Online registration window will remain open until 24th November.

SNAP Exam goes Online

One of the biggest changes in the SNAP test for the SNAP aspirants is that like other exams, SNAP is also going online and will not be conducted in pen-paper mode. The official news has been confirmed by Dr R Raman, Director Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM) Pune and convener SNAP 2017. SNAP has become a computer based test (CBT) and hence, the aspirants must practise for the same through ‘Online test series’ only.

SNAP 2017 MBA Entrance Test goes Online

SNAP Registration Fees hiked

Another key change with regards to SNAP 2017 is that the registration fee for the MBA entrance test has been hiked. Any MBA aspirants who want to register for SNAP 2017 Exam will have to pay a registration fee of Rs 1750/- compared to Rs 1500/- of last year. The fees is expected to paid be while completing the online registration form.

Pay SNAP Registration Fees through 3 modes

Continuing with the SNAP test 2017 fees, candidates interested in applying for the MBA entrance exam will have the option to pay their fees through any of the three modes mentioned on official website snaptest.org. Currently there is Billdesk Gateway, Axis Bank Gateway, Indian Bank Gateway or Demand Draft payment option for the payment of SNAP 2017 fees.

Payment by Demand Draft

For Demand Drafts, candidates will have to submit a Demand Draft (DD) of Rs. 1750/- from any Nationalized Bank in favour of “Symbiosis Test Secretariat” payable at Pune. As mentioned on a leading online portal, candidates opting for Demand Draft payment mode will have to choose the mode of Payment as 'DD Payment' in "Make Payment" Tab. Take a print of the payment advice form, fill in the DD Details, sign and send it along with the DD to the Symbiosis Test Secretariat only at, SYMBIOSIS TEST SECRETARIAT, SYMBIOSIS INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY, Gram: Lavale, Tal: Mulshi, Dist.: Pune – 412115, Phone: 020-39116226/ 27. SNAP Test Secretariat will confirm receiving the fee through Demand Draft through an email once they receive the same.

To be held at 102 cities across India

One of the biggest changes that will help MBA aspirants across India who are interested in taking up SNAP 2017 this year would be the expansion in the number of test cities. This year, SNAP 2017 will be held at 102 cities across India as compared to 32 of last year.

The list of SNAP 2017 Test Cities is provided below:

SNAP 2017 - Test Cities

Karnal

Coimbatore

Greater Noida

Jalandhar

Nashik

Howrah

Delhi

Moradabad

Gangtok-Bardang

Kolhapur

Gandhinagar

Cuttack

Chandigarh

Aurangabad

Navi Mumbai

Mohali

Mumbai

Ajmer

Rohtak

Meerut

Pune

Shillong

Amravati

Ernakulam-Kochi

Gwalior

Mangaluru

Visakhapatnam

Guntur

Faridabad

Surat

Vijayawada

Kozhikode

Rajkot

Madurai

Agra

Rourkela

Muzaffarpur

Jodhpur

Jaipur

Aligarh

Kottayam

Raipur

Noida

Kanpur

Vizianagaram

Ludhiana

Vadodara

Roorkee

Bareilly

Dehradun

Patiala

Kakinada

Patna

Bhilai

Thiruvananthapuram

Mysuru

Hisar

Allahabad

Shimla

Jammu

Guwahati

Bilaspur

Kalyan-Dombivli

Panjim

Panipat

Ranchi

Hubli

Ahmednagar

Jamshedpur

Kolkata

Siliguri

Ambala

Gurgaon

Virar

Jhansi

Thrissur

Dibrugarh

Nellore

Durgapur

Amritsar

Thane

Port Blair

Kurnool

Hooghly

Jabalpur

Belagavi (Belgaum)

Kota

Ahmedabad

Lucknow

Bhopal

Nagpur

Bhubaneswar

Hyderabad

Varanasi

Dhanbad

Solapur

Ghaziabad

Udaipur

Indore

Bengaluru

Anand

Chennai

Get to choose 3 preferred test cities for SNAP 2017

While completing the SNAP 2017 online application form, the candidate will have to mention three preferred test cities. The candidate will be assigned a test city and a test centre based upon the availability of the seat.

No Change of Test Cities / Centers Allowed

Although the above point is not really that major change but choosing the preferred test cities for SNAP 2017 has become very important as changes in that are not allowed after the closure of the online registration window. As per the official SNAP Exam notification, no change of test city requests will be entertained once candidates have completed their SNAP Online Test 2017 payment.

Schools accepting SNAP 2017 score for admission

With Symbiosis International University expanding the number of test cities, the number of aspirants interesting in taking up SNAP 2017 for admission to Symbiosis B-schools is expected to rise further. However, compared to this, the number of MBA seats on offer is expected to remain more or less the same as last year as the number of participating institutes has remained the same. The following B-schools will accept SNAP 2017 scores for admission to MBA programmes:

  • Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management (SITM);
  • Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Bengaluru (SIBM, Bengaluru);
  • Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences(SIHS);
  • Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology(SCIT);
  • Symbiosis School of Banking and Finance (SSBF); 
  • Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM - Pune);
  • Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication, Pune (SIMC, Pune); 
  • Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Hyderabad (SIBM, Hyderabad);
  • Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies (SIMS);
  • Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication, Bengaluru (SIMC, Bengaluru);
  • Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB); 
  • Symbiosis Institute of Operation Management(SIOM, Nashik);
  • Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies & Research (SICSR); 
  • Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resources Development (SCMHRD);
  • Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences (SSSS).

SNAP 2017 – Changes in Exam Pattern

Finally, coming to the SNAP 2017 MBA Entrance Exam and its pattern, the MBA Admission test has undergone massive transformation this year, moving from the conventional pen-paper based to being an online test. In line with this, the SNAP 2017 will be first time held in the MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions) format.

While all the four test sections and test timing (2 hours) is going to be the same, the number of questions to be answered has gone down to 150 from 180 of last year. All questions (in all four sections) would carry equal weight of 1 mark with total marks being 150. The detailed exam format and pattern can be found in the table below:

Section

Questions

Marks / Question

Total Marks

General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability

40

1

40

Quantitative Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

40

1

40

General Awareness: General Knowledge, Current Affairs, Business Scenario

30

1

30

Analytical & Logical Reasoning

40

1

30

Total

150


150

While the total time for answering entire 150 questions is 2 hours, SNAP Test organizers have not given any sectional time cut-off to the candidates. This means that candidates can choose the sections they want to attempt in any chronological order they prefer.

Negative marking to continue

While the number of questions in SNAP 2017 has gone down, negative marking has been retained to make the test at par with other B-school entrance tests. Every wrong answer will draw a negative mark of 0.25 or one fourth negative marks. Therefore, candidates will have to be very careful while selecting the right number of questions to attempt.

These are just the few of the major changes that have been made the SNAP 2017 MBA entrance test. These changes although look quite minor on their own but are expected to have a big impact upon the MBA test preparation strategy and the final result of the students.

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