Is SNAP Tougher Than CAT? - Know Differences and Similarities

Is SNAP Tougher Than CAT? - Know Differences and Similarities

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Vipra Shrivastava
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Updated on Dec 1, 2023 16:37 IST

CAT 2023 is over and now the focus is on SNAP 2023. Is SNAP easier than CAT? or Is SNAP tougher than CAT? Know the differences and similarities between SNAP and CAT to judge which of the two exams is tougher. 

CAT vs SNAP

SNAP vs CAT: It is common for MBA aspirants to appear in multiple entrance exams inorder to get a good management college. SNAP is among the top MBA entrance exams in India that candidates opt for, along with CAT. There are a lot of similarities between CAT and SNAP, but many candidates find themselves in a fix. They can't which exam to choose. The dilemma of CAT vs SNAP is fair and natural because while CAT is a gateway to 1200 MBA colleges,SNAP is gateway to SIU constituent institutes offer some of the most popular as well as niche MBA courses. 

The difficulty level of SNAP much lower than CAT despite having same syllabus and standards for candidate selection. CAT is a higher difficulty level exam. SNAP is easier than CAT as it is more student friendly also. 

In SNAP, candidates are allowed three attempts in the same session and best of the three scores is considered for further admission process. Even though, CAT in the past two year, has made efforts to become a more student friendly exam (with reduction in the total number of questions, lowering of the difficulty level of Quantitative Aptitude, etc.), it is still more difficult than SNAP.

CAT vs SNAP: Number of Applicants

SNAP has low competition than CAT. This year, about 1.4 lakh aspirants are expected to take SNAP 2023 exam as compared to 2.88 lakh aspirants who took the  CAT 2023 exam Since, CAT score is accepted for admission to 1,200 MBA colleges. Thus, by appearing for CAT one can be assured that they will be able to pursue MBA in the same session, if not from a top institute then from a Tier-2 college at least. However, if one appears for SNAP only and fails to meet the cut off requirement of SIU institutes they stand to lose an entire year because SNAP score is accepted by only SIU institutes. Thus, MBA aspirants must appear for both CAT and SNAP. 

MBA aspirants must weigh pros and cons of SNAP vs CAT such as which one is tougher and require more preparation. In this article, we will share all about SNAP and CAT like syllabus, pattern, marking scheme and exam preparation to help you know the differences and similarities between the two. This will help you in deciding whether SNAP is tougher than CAT or not.

Difference Between SNAP and CAT

To decide between CAT and SNAP, you must know the key points about both. Given below is the table indicating key differences and similarities between CAT and SNAP. 

Details

SNAP Exam

CAT Exam

Full form

Symbiosis National Aptitude Test

Common Admission Test

Conducting Body

Symbiosis International (Deemed) University

Indian Institute of Management (on rotational basis)

Eligibility

The candidate must have completed Graduation with minimum 50% aggregate (45 % for SC/ST/PwD candidates)

The candidate must have completed Graduation with minimum 50% aggregate (45 % for SC/ST/PwD candidates)

Sections

3

3

Exam mode

Online

Online

Exam Duration

60 minutes

120 minutes

Difficulty level

Moderate to Difficult

Difficult

Exam Fee

INR 2,250 for all candidates + INR 1000 (per SIU institute)

INR 2,400 for General and OBC candidates and INR 1,200 for Reserved category candidates

Registration Process

Online

Online

SNAP VS CAT: Syllabus

The syllabus of both CAT and SNAP is more or less the same having Quant, Verbal Ability and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning. Given below are the subjects one needs to study for SNAP and CAT.

Setions

SNAP Syllabus

CAT Syllabus

English

Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Parajumbles, Para Completion, Odd Sentence Out

Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Parajumbles, Para Completion, Odd Sentence Out

Quantitative Ability

Algebra, Arithmetic, Geometry, Trigonometry, Mensuration, Number System

Algebra, Arithmetic, Geometry, Trigonometry, Mensuration, Number System

Data Interpretation

Pie Chart, Graphs, Tables, Venn Diagrams

Pie Chart, Graphs, Tables, Venn Diagrams

Analytical and Logical Reasoning

Blood Relations, Alphanumeric Series, Odd One Out, Input-Output, Statement and Assumptions, Calendars, Cause and Effect, Coding-Decoding, Statement and Conclusions, Pattern Series and Sequences, Syllogism and Seating Arrangements

Blood Relations, Alphanumeric Series, Odd One Out, Input-Output, Statement and Assumptions, Calendars, Cause and Effect, Coding-Decoding, Statement and Conclusions, Pattern Series and Sequences, Syllogism and Seating Arrangements

Check: SNAP syllabus 2023

Check: CAT syllabus 2023

SNAP VS CAT: Exam Pattern

The time duration of CAT exam is more and the number of questions is less than SNAP. However, what makes CAT tougher is the sectional time-limit.

In CAT, the candidate is supposed to complete each section within 40 minutes. As soon as the 40 minutes gets over, the candidate is directed to the next section. Also, in CAT, candidates are bound to solve the question paper in the sequence as given.

SNAP is flexible. In SNAP, there is no sectional time-limit and the candidates can choose the sequence of questions to solve, as per their choice.

Details

SNAP Exam

CAT Exam

Number of Questions

60

66

Total Marks

60

198

Negative Marking

Yes

Yes

Types of Questions

MCQs

MCQs and non-MCQs

Number of choices in MCQs

4

4

Sectional Time limit

No

Yes (40 minutes per section)

Check: SNAP Exam Pattern 2023

Check: CAT Exam Pattern 2023

SNAP vs CAT: Marking Scheme

There is negative marking in both CAT and SNAP, which makes them both tricky. It is crucial to choose questions which you can answer with 100 per cent accuracy and leave out the ones you are not sure of. Wrong choice of question adversely impacts the score in both CAT and SNAP.

SNAP Exam

CAT Exam

+1 for correct answer

+3 marks for correct answer

-1/4 marks for incorrect answer

-1 mark for incorrect answer

Check: SNAP Exam Analysis 2023 

Check: CAT Exam Analysis 2023

SNAP Preparation 2023

SNAP question paper is divided into three sections. Let’s look at each of them section wise:

General English: This section consists of reading comprehension and verbal ability. As per past years trends, this section of SNAP exam is usually of moderate difficulty with lengthy RC passages. The verbal ability section typically contains questions from grammar and word-power. Just stick to basics and practice mock tests for RC passages.

Also Read: How to ace in General English section of SNAP

Quantitative Ability: This section of SNAP exam includes three subjects – quantitative ability, data interpretation and data sufficiency. To score well in this section, just focus on basic Maths – geometry, mensuration and algebra.

Also Read: How to crack QA, DI-DS section of SNAP

Analytical and Logical Reasoning: In this section, the candidates will be asked questions from puzzles, number, series coding and decoding, blood relations, non-verbal reasoning, etc. Focus on choosing the right questions and solving it faster.

Also Read: 8 key tips to crack Analytical & Logical Reasoning section of SNAP

Try free SNAP Mock Test to check your preparation level and time management ability. Click below to start the free online test now.

Free SNAP Mock Test

CAT Preparation 2023

The CAT question paper is divided into three sections. Let’s look at each of them section-wise:

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension: This section of CAT exam consists of RC passages and General English - fill in the blanks, parajumbles, missing word, one-word substitution and generic grammar. This is the first section the CAT question paper hence opportunity to perform well is immense.

Also Read: CAT Preparation Plan for Verbal Ability

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning: This section includes questions from number series, puzzles, blood-relations, tables, graphs, caselets, etc. This section, generally turns out to be the toughest in the exam each year. The key to crack DILR section is practicing mock questions. The more puzzles you’ll solve, the better you’ll get.

Also Read: CAT Preparation Plan for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Quantitative Aptitude: This section of CAT exam is usually moderate to difficult. Most of the questions are asked from mensuration, algebra and geometry. Since this section is the last section of the paper and calculation heavy, the key here is to not only know all the formula and concepts but also to build stamina to last two hours.

Also Read: CAT Preparation Plan for Quantitative Aptitude

CAT Mock Test by Shiksha

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Admission Process Through CAT

The IIMs and other top ranked MBA colleges in India select candidates for admission on the basis of CAT score. The selection criteria includes Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). The IIMs conduct WAT and PI, while other B-schools conduct GD and PI.

Final admission list is prepared on the basis of the candidate’s performance on several criteria. Given below is the table indicating parameters taken into consideration for admission to MBA/PGP programmes of IIMs:

IIM Selection Parameters

CAT score

Class10 and 12 marks

WAT

Graduation marks

PI

Weighted Work Experience

Also Read: IIM Admission Criteria and Selection Process

Admission Process Through SNAP

Admission Process of SIU constituent institutes for MBA/PGDM courses includes Group Exercise (GE), Writing Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI). The GE-WAT-PI round is conducted by each constituent institute individually. However, the parameters of final selection is common for all of them. Given below is the table indicating parameters taken into consideration for admission to MBA/PGDM programmes of SIU:

IIM Selection Parameters

SNAP exam score

WAT

GE

PI

Also Read: How to Prepare for SNAP GE-WAT-PI

Colleges Accepting CAT Score

The CAT exam score is accepted by all IIMs and top B-Schools including SPJIMR-Mumbai, MDI-Gurgaon, IMT-Ghaziabad, FMS-Delhi and over 1,200 B-schools in India.

Check: List of Colleges Accepting CAT score for Admission

Colleges Accepting SNAP Score

The SNAP exam score is accepted by all the constituent instates of Symbiosis International (Deemed) University and some other B-Schools.

Check: List of Colleges Accepting SNAP score for Admission

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CAT vs SNAP FAQs

Q: Which exam is easier, CAT or SNAP?

A: Compared to CAT, SNAP is an easier exam. It is of shorter duration and has less number of questions than CAT. The total number of questions are 60 and candidates get 60 minutes to solve it. Since the last two years, SNAP also doesn’t have DI sets and RC passages. The difficulty level of SNAP is way too low than CAT.

Q: What is the difficulty level of SNAP exam?

A: SNAP is an easy exam. The sectional as well as overall difficulty levels are usually easy to moderate. There is no sectional time limit in SNAP and candidates need not solve all 60 questions too. There is no worry of sectional cut off in SNAP. Moreover, candidates can reappear in SNAP to improve their score.

Q: How many MBA colleges accept SNAP score for admission?

A: SNAP exam score is accepted by all 16 Symbiosis International (Deemed) University affiliated institutes. The SIU admission process includes Group Exercise (GE), Writing Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI).

Q: How many MBA colleges accept CAT score for admission?

A: There are about 1,200 MBA colleges that accept CAT score for admission. These include all 20 IIMs, SPJIMR, MDI, IMT, FMS, IITs (DoMS), IMI, GLIM, LIBA, etc. CAT is the top most exam in India for MBA, so all government and a large number of private institutions accept CAT score for admission. The CAT score is accepted by almost all colleges of Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3.

Q: What are the benefits of SNAP over CAT?

A: One of the main benefits of SNAP over CAT is that, in SNAP, one gets the chance to improve their score in the same academic session whereas in CAT, there is no provision of second attempt in the same academic session. In SNAP, candidates get three attempts and the score of the besr attempt is taken into consideration for SIU MBA admission.

Q: Is the syllabus of SNAP different from CAT?

A: No, the syllabus of SNAP and CAT are same. Both the exams have questions from Reasoning, Data Interpretation, Data Sufficiency, Quantitative Aptitude and English. The preparation plan is also same for both CAT and SNAP. Infact, if you prepare for the CAT, you will not have to prepare for SNAP separately. You can gain control on SNAP by solving sample questions and mock tests only.

Q: How many times is SNAP conducted in a year?

A: SNAP exam is conducted on three days in one accademic session. The gap between every session is of one to two weeks. Candidate can register for one, two or three attempts at the time of registration process and appear for one, two or three sessions as per their choice. The best score of all attempts will be valid for admission.

Q: What is the difference between CAT and SNAP?

A: CAT is an annual exam, conducted only once a year. SNAP is also an annual exam but it allows candidates three attempts. Those who want to improve their score can take the test again. CAT is a high difficulty level exam where as SNAP is a low difficulty level exam. CAT score is valid for admission to over 1200 B-Schools but SNAP is valid for admission to only SIU institutes.

Q: How much time is needed to prepare for SNAP?

A: SNAP is an easy exam so it doesn’t require a lot of time for preparation. One can prepare for it within six months if they have a strong base in Mathematics and English. If a candidate is preparing for CAT, they can prepare for SNAP in three or two months also.

Q: Is the eligibility criteria for SNAP different from CAT?

A: No, the eligibility criteria for SNAP is not different from CAT. For appearing in both exams, candidates need to have completed graduation with minimum 50 per cent aggregate (45 per cent for reserved category) or should be final year student.

Q: Is giving SNAP worth it?

A: Yes. SNAP is one of the popular MBA entrance exams in India as it is a gateway to the prestigious Symbiosis International (Deemed) University and its 15 affiliated colleges. SNAP is also worth appearing for because SIU institutes offer some of the niche MBA specialisations in India and admission is possible only through SNAP.

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