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SNAP vs NMAT: Which is Better?

Which is the Best Choice? Insight on the Difference between SNAP and NMAT?

The Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) as well as the NMIMS Management Aptitude Test (NMAT), both the entrance exams have their own importance and passing in these entrance exams is indeed difficult. It is a fact that choosing between these two options may be difficult for any student that is why one should decide and introspect his or her decision about the choice between NMAT and SNAP. In order to choose in a proper way, one should definitely consider the following points:

Knowing the Basics of Both

Over the past few years, the Symbiosis International University (SIU) has built up much popularity amongst MBA aspirants. The university has gained such a brand recognition that students readily look forward to pursue an MBA here. However, getting into SIU isn’t that easy. The university carries out the Symbiosis National Aptitude Test annually in online mode. Students have often reviewed the exam as one of the most difficult MBA exams.

One of the most acclaimed colleges in Mumbai, the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) offers students with 2-year full-time programs in MBA, MBA-HR & MBA-Pharmaceutical Management. However, for pursuing these most vouched for courses a student first has to qualify through the NMIMS Management Aptitude Test. This is a 120 mins objective type multiple-choice entrance exam. The NMAT was rebranded as NMAT by GMAC.


Much like other management entrance exams, both the SNAP and NMAT follow the same course structure and a similar pattern. However, SNAP has 4 segments in the syllabus dedicated to General English, Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency, and General Awareness: General Knowledge, Current Affairs, Business Scenario, and Analytical & Logical Reasoning as compared to the NMAT where there are 3 segments in the syllabus- Language Skills, Quantitative Skills, and Logical Reasoning. The highlight here is the NMAT lacks a dedicated GK section.

Details of the Test

Like any other entrance exam, both of these papers require speed and accuracy which can only be attained through lots and lots of practice. To be very specific, SNAP provides its students with a time limit if 120 minutes to attempt 130 questions. On the other hand, cutting a slack of 12 seconds, the NMAT tests 120 questions in 120 minutes. Thus, one must be thorough with the syllabus and pattern of the questions to get the most out of what is given to them.

Level of Difficulty and Scope

Over the year, both the SNAP and NMAT have equalled down to a moderate to tough question paper. According to sources, there is news of the SNAP looking forward to coming up to the level of CAT, however, the NMAT remains easy to take the exam for the students with no negative marking. Coming down to the scope of the exams, year after year it is observed almost 30,000 and more students appear for the NMAT than SNAP test. Although the nature of students appearing for the exams is same however, this large difference in turnout definitely shows that NMAT has more scope for MBA aspirants.

How to Analyze Which One is Better?

It is important to consider the future prospectus as well as the basic pros and cons of the result the two entrance exams will have. A basic level expectation that one must have to analyse and get a more transparent view of the two entrance exams NMAT and SNAP is given below which will provide:

Return on Investment: One should consider the expected return on investment which one can receive after the results of both the exams. It is time to choose a college which will basically shape one’s future and career.

Work Experience: Once an individual enroll into the colleges offered by the respective entrance exams, he or she should look out whether the college will provide any specific work experience, as it will act as additional merit to his or her MBA course.

Area of Interest: Before applying for colleges the candidate must figure out which course he or she wants to pursue while studying an MBA. Amongst a large variety of options available, it has been found that most students opt for either MBA Marketing or MBA Finance. However, one must not follow the herd and should definitely consider his or her own area of interest.

Participating Colleges: Last but not the least, the candidate must assess the colleges that he or she will be able to take in admission once they clear either the NMAT or the SNAP. Thus, the students must know the participating colleges. Some of the leading colleges participating in NMAT are- Amity University, ICFAI Business School, Shiv Nadar University, Bennett University, BML Munjal University, Xavier University, etc. Following which the colleges participating in SNAP are- Symbiosis International University, Gocal University, Shri Ram Murti Smarak International Business School, etc.

A survey among students and faculties has revealed that the students prefer to choose NMAT over SNAP, but we cannot ignore the importance and relevance of the SNAP as well. So, in a nutshell, it depends upon the personality of the individual along with what he or she can cope up with. At the end of the day the candidate will have to decide which exam to appear for either one of them or both. Thus, along with analyzing the career prospectus and future prospectus post both the exams, one should also analyze his or her personality and interest as that will somehow determine the rate of success the person will experience.