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NMAT vs SNAP. Which MBA exams is better?

NMAT vs SNAP exam : Which mba exams is better?

NMAT vs SNAP – NMIMS Management Aptitude Test, NMAT, is a national level MBA entrance exam conducted by NMIMS for admissions in various college across the country. Symbiosis National Aptitude Test, SNAP, is a national level MBA entrance exam for admissions in colleges that comes under Symbiosis International University (SIU) across the nation.

Both the MBA exams have their importance and candidates often face a conundrum in shortlisting between the two. For those of you who are having a hard time deciding between NMAT vs SNAP, we bring to you a detailed comparative analysis that will help you to decide.

Similarities between NMAT vs SNAP

Both, NMAT and SNAP exam, are a speed-based test. They test the applicants on accuracy, time management, and speed. The medium of the test is online. Earlier, an additional GK section was also present in SNAP exam. It was later removed in 2019. The removal of the GK section led to an increase in the difficulty level of SNAP exam when compared to NMAT.


Number of Questions10860
Time Limit2 hours60 minutes 
Question typeMCQMCQ
Difficulty LevelModerateEasy to Moderate

NMAT vs SNAP exam

NMAT vs SNAP Syllabus – Although, the concepts covered under both the exams are quite similar the major difference between the two exams is in the varying topics and difficulty level of questions covered under each section. 

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

NMATSNAPDifficulty Level
AlgebraAlgebraEqual difficulty level
Geometry – 2D and 3DGeometry – 3DQuestions in SNAP are more tricky
Number System – direct formula-basedNumber System – concept basedSlightly easier questions in NMAT
Arithmetic –
● Time & Work
● Time, Speed, and Distance
● Profit & Loss
● HCF and LCM
Arithmetic –
● Time & Work
● Percentages
● Time, Speed & Distance
● Profit & Loss
Average, Mixtures and Allegations
Questions are direct and are almost equal in difficulty level
Coordinate GeometryGraphs and ChartsQuestions in SNAP are a bit difficult
StatisticsVenn DiagramsEqual difficulty level
MiscellaneousMiscellaneousQuestions in SNAP are a bit difficult
DI SetsDI SetsEqual difficulty level

Logical Reasoning

NMATSNAPDifficulty Level
Critical ReasoningCritical ReasoningEqual difficulty level
The course of Action & Sequence, Series and PatternsSequences & SeriesQuestions on sequence and series are a bit trickier in NMAT
PuzzlesPuzzlesEqual difficulty level
Blood RelationsBlood RelationsEqual difficulty level
ClocksArrangementQuestions on arrangements are more difficult
Coding & DecodingCoding & DecodingEqual difficulty level
SyllogismsSyllogismQuestions on arrangements are more difficult

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

NMATSNAPDifficulty Level
Reading ComprehensionReading ComprehensionPassages are easy and direct questions are asked
Sentence CorrectionSentence CorrectionEqual difficulty level
Contextual UsageIdioms & PhrasesBoth topics have equal difficulty
SyllogismAnalogiesQuestions in NMAT are a bit difficult
Antonyms and SynonymsAntonyms and SynonymsQuestions in SNAP are a bit difficult
Cloze TestConditionals & Active and Passive VoiceQuestions in SNAP are a bit difficult
Identifying correct prepositionIdentifying parts of speechQuestions in SNAP are a bit difficult
Fill in the blanksJumbled ParagraphQuestions in NMAT are a bit difficult

NMAT vs SNAP Exam Structure

As per the new NMAT exam pattern, candidates will get 120 minutes to solve 108 questions. In the beginning, candidates get to choose the order of sections in which they wish to attempt the test. Also, there is a sectional time limit in the NMAT exam and candidates do not get to switch between sections. There is no negative marking. The difficulty level of the next question will depend upon the previously attempted question.

NMAT 2020 was conducted in the following testing modes –

  1. Computer-based test at exam centres and
  2. Online proctored test from home

SNAP exam pattern changed last year, and a similar pattern is being followed this year. General Awareness or GK section has been removed. Due to this, non MCQ type question has been added in the Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation section. The overall difficulty level increased.

Type of questionsMCQMCQ
Negative Marking presentNoYes
Marking Criteria for each correct answerAdaptive Scoring PatternMCQ – 1 Per Question
Negative marking for an incorrect responseNo25%
Sectional Time limitYesNo

NMAT vs SNAP College comparison and cut-offs

The top college that accepts NMAT score is SVKM’s NMIMS college, Mumbai. 15 other colleges including IBS and Xavier’s also accepts NMAT score.

The top colleges that accept SNAP exam scores are SIBM and SCMHRD Pune.

  • Ranking – NMIMS college, Mumbai and SIBM Pune are comparable in their national rankings, NIRF has ranked them at 24 and 22 respectively.
  • Specialization – NMIMS college, Mumbai is known for its Finance and SIBM Mumbai is known for Marketing.
  • Cut-off – For SNAP, the overall score is considered by the colleges. There is no sectional cut-off. Cut off for SIBM and SCMHRD is almost 95-98 percentile in SNAP. In the case of the NMAT score, there is a sectional as well as an overall score. The final score is scaled based on certain parameters. The cut-off score for NMIMS college, Mumbai generally lies between 212 to 220.
  • Test Window – Both the exams are conducted through an online mode. However, there is a slight difference in the mode of exam. SNAP will be conducted twice this year. The place and time both remain predetermined, and no changes can be made to that. A candidate can attempt the exam twice. For NMAT exam, candidates can give 3 attempts with a 75-day window in between the two exams. Candidates can select their test centre and their shift of exam. Now they can also choose to give the exam from their home.

NMAT vs SNAP Which one to choose?

Usually, most students apply for both the exams. Therefore, the level of competition will be the same. Both the exams require focus, and you need to adopt different strategies, and planning approaches. 

The best way, to make you decide to define your goal and preference regarding the specialization you want and the college you prefer.

I hope this article serves you best, all the best for your journey ahead!

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