Thursday, November 10, 2011

SNAP 2012

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Symbiosis International University conduct common written test for the Post graduates aspirants called Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) Test. All the post graduate institutes under symbiosis international university is making this test mandatory for the candidates to get admission into these institutes. The examination is the first step in the admission process and it is followed by submitting application to the individual institute and final round selection process including GD and interview.
Structure of SNAP
Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) Test is in the MCQ format giving four options with 180 questions. The examination is of two hours duration and the paper is divided into four parts
  • Analytical & Logical Reasoning: 60
  • General Awareness :40
  • General English: 40
  • Quantitative : 40
There will be negative marking for the incorrect answer, 25% of deduction.
Syllabus for SNAP
General English
  • Antonyms
  • Comprehension Of A Passage
  • Grammar
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Reasoning
  • Sentence Completion
  • Synonyms
  • Verbal
  • Verbal Ability
  • Vocabulary
  • Arithmetic
  • Basic Mathematical relations and Formulas
  • Computation
  • Data Interpretation
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Measurements
  • Relationship between Numbers
  • Time and Distance
General Awareness
  • Business Scenario
  • Current Affairs
  • Economic condition of India and Other countries
  • General Knowledge
  • Social Scenario of Indian and other countries
Analytical & Logical Reasoning
  • Analogies
  • Analysis
  • Arithmetical Number Series
  • Arithmetical Reasoning
  • Decision-Making
  • Differences
  • Discrimination
  • Judgment
  • Observation
  • Problem-Solving
  • Relationship Concepts
  • Similarities
  • Space Visualization
  • Verbal And Figure Classification
  • Visual Memory
Eligibility Criteria
The candidates must be an Indian Citizen with not less than 21 years of age. The minimum education qualification required is graduation in any discipline from the recognized university. The candidates must have at least 50% marks in the final examination. The eligible candidates will get 5% relaxation in the requirements. The foreign and international students can appear for the examination by satisfying the set requirements and more information is available by contacting the University.
How to Apply?
The candidates need to register by online for taking the exam. Visit the official link of SNAP, and register for the test. Then the candidates have to pay the application fee of Rs.1, 500/- by any of the following mode. The applicants can pay the amount by cash. For that they have to take the Axis Bank Challan from the SNAP website and pay the amount in the selected braches of the bank. They will get a Symbiosis copy and student’s copy of the challan.
Sign the Symbiosis copy and send to the “Symbiosis Test Secretariat”. Thy can take the DD of eth set amount from the nationalized bank payable at Pune and send to the suggested address. Credit card and Net banking is yet another way for paying the application fee. The fee payment should done before the closing date, other wise your registration will be cancelled.
How to fill the Form?
The applicant must be very careful while registering for the examination. The instruction is available in the site and you will get direction through commands. Give the correct and valid information, which should match with your certificates. You have to upload a recent photo of specific size on the desired place while registering for the examination. Only after the crosschecking the given information the candidates should click the Submit button.
Important Dates (Tentative)
  • SNAP Registration Closes on : Last Week of November
  • Payment Closes on: Last Week of November
  • Admit Card Live on: First Week of December to third Week of December
  • SNAP Test: Third Week of December
  • SNAP Test Result: Second Week of January
List of SNAP centers
  • Visakhapatanam
  • Vashi
  • Surat
  • Pune
  • Patna
  • Noida
  • Nashik
  • Nagpur
  • Mumbai
  • Lucknow
  • Kolkata
  • Kolhapur
  • Kochi
  • Kanpur
  • Jamshedpur
  • Jaipur
  • Indore
  • Hyderabad
  • Guwahati
  • Gurgaon
  • Faridabad
  • Delhi
  • Chennai
  • Chandigarh
  • Bhubaneshwar
  • Bhopal
  • Bengaluru
  • Allahabad
  • Ahmedabad
  • Agra
Contact Address for the SNAP
  • Symbiosis Centre for International Education, S.B. Road, Pune -411 004, India
  • Tel : +91 20 25671905
  • Fax : +91 20 25659209
  • Email :
  • URL  :
Colleges Accepting the SNAP Score
  • Student’s Guide To Exam Success by Eileen Tracy
  • Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology (SCIT)
  • Symbiosis Centre for Management & Human Resource Development (SCMHRD)
  • Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM), Bengaluru
  • Symbiosis Institute of Business Management(SIBM), Pune
  • Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies & Research (SICSR)
  • Symbiosis Institute of Geo-informatics (SIG)
  • Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences (SIHS)
  • Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB)
  • Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies (SIMS)
  • Symbiosis Institute of Media &  Communication (SIMC), Pune
  • Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication (SIMC) Bengaluru
  • Symbiosis Institute of Operations Management (SIOM), Nashik
  • Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management (SITM)
  • Symbiosis School of Banking Management (SSBM)
Reference Books for SNAP
You can refer the books of GMAT, CAT, MAT etc. for preparing for the exam
  • Analytical And Logical Reasoning By Arihant Prakashan
  • How To Prepare For Data Interp. & Lr For Cat 4/e by Sharma A
Quantative aptitude by R.S.Agawal
Coaching Centers for SNAP
  • Career Forum
  • Global Education Counsel
  • IMS
  • KITS
  • Success Guru
  • Tara Institutes
  • TIME
  • PT Education
Study Plan
A well structured study plan will help you to meet the requirements of the examination. The candidates must be well prepared with the syllabus as described by the exam conducting body. There are many books separately available for each topic and the students can prepare with that. The coaching centers could also help you to prepare for the exam. The candidates must be vary careful about the time frame and must complete the paper with in two hours. So take the mock test and prepare with the model question papers to get used to time constrains. Update yourself with the current happening in the national and international scenario. You should develop the practice of reading newspapers, Journals and Magazines etc.
How and Where To Get the Results?
The examination result will be available in eth official site of eth SNAP. The candidates can see the detailed report by giving the roll number with DOB. After the three weeks of publishing the result the students will get the score report by mail.
Cutoff Marks
The Cutoff will vary according to the institute and also it is vary every year. The SIU declare the cutoff every year after the examination and in the previous year the cutoff for the major institutes are the following,
  • SIM: 92-98 marks
  • SIBM: 85 and above
  • SCMHRD: 80-87 marks
  • SIIB: 72-80 marks
  • SITM: 68-72 marks
  • SCIT: 65 and above
  • SIOM: 68-75 marks
  • SIMS: 55 and above
  • SIMC: 50 and above
Score Validity
The post graduates written score will valid only for the present academic year.

CAT 2011: Last minute tips to crack the exam

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With just few days left for CAT 2011, students must be very stressed out. However, now is the time to sit back, relax and revise. In order to help you crack the exam, Learnhub spoke to IIM alumni from across the country and asked them their last-minute strategies that helped them to score that desirable percentile. Let us divide various sections of the CAT2011 exam and examine expert tips on how to tackle these sections effectively-:

  1. CAT 2011 Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation: The key to solve this section is speed and accuracy. One should have a thorough knowledge of mathematical concepts and have short cut to answers. Abhishek Jha, an alumnus of IIM Lucknow, says, "For data interpretation questions, one has to be very comfortable with numbers, charts, and tables and be very good with mental calculations." He further suggests that one should try and practice a data interpretation problem everyday, reading and analysing stories which consist of graphs and pie charts in business sections of newspapers. In order to improve your speed, it is very essential to take mock tests. However, experts warn that one should take only mock test per day.

    On the exam day, try to answer the caselets with which one is familiar with, and one can spend up to 4 minutes in analysing a caselet. Experts suggest that if after four minutes there is no progress in understanding then it would be wise to leave the questions. Another advise for the exam day is to avoid guess work as CAT has 1/3 negative marking. In this section, if you're able to attempt 16-19 questions with 90 per cent accuracy is enough to secure 97 percentile and above in this section.
  2. CAT 2011 Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning: As we all know that verbal ability consists of two sections namely reading comprehension and English usage. The only way to do well in reading comprehension is to increase your speed of reading. This can be done by practising the habit of focusing on keywords that convey the meaning of a sentence. On how one should work on enhancing his Logical Reasoning, Jha says, "One should create a chart or a diagram of the question to get clarity. The aspirant should read questions very carefully as these questions are intended to check your ability to manage ambiguous data. One should avoid to assume any information that is not given in the question." Experts also suggest that it is always advisable to answer those questions you're most comfortable in. Around 15 minutes should be spent on the verbal ability section. One should allot five minutes on reading each comprehension passage and logical reasoning caselet to understand the same. Even after spending five minutes if you fail to understand the comprehension passage then you should move on to the next.
  3. Time Management: The total examination time is 140 minutes and examinees will have 70 minutes to solve 30 questions in each section. The test will also contain a 15-minute tutorial. Experts feel that since each section is of about 60 minutes duration, so one must keep ten minutes as a buffer. A couple of minutes should be spent at the beginning of every section to understand the number, type and nature of questions. When we spoke to some faculty member of coaching institutes, they specified that you should allocate equal time to all the questions and one should not spend more than four minutes in any question. You can spend up to eight minutes on a Reading Comprehension passage or Data Interpretation caselet assuming it consist about 3 questions.
Last-Minute Tips-:
  1. Never make the mistake of attempting the questions without looking at all four options first
  2. Try to focus on your speed and accuracy
  3. Go into the exam with an open mind and expect the unexpected
  4. Begin with your strongest section and attempt the weakest section in the middle
  5. Do not be nervous and don't start with any new concept now

IIM- Kozhikode Placement 2011: Students get stipend of Rs 1.6 lakhs for two months

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In what seems like an offer that is too good to be true, two students from Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode (IIM-K) have bagged a domestic stipend of Rs 1.6 lakhs each for a two-month long summer placement. These students will be placed in the Mumbai office of Australia-based investment bank Macquarie.

In 2010, the highest domestic stipend was Rs 1.2 lakh. There were also placements abroad whose stipend details were yet to be finalised. As per IIM-K placement officials, 60% of the 2011-2013 batch of 348 students got summer placements within a week of commencement of placements. This report has been a sigh of relief for B-school students who feared that their offers could get impacted by global economic slowdown. These students will be doing their summer jobs for two months during April-June 2012.

Reflecting the market trend, marketing firms picked up 40% of the students, followed by finance firms who took 30 per cent. Some popular marketing firms that recruited IIM-Kozhikode students in large number are Hindustan Unilever Limited, ITC limited and Marico. Students of finance field were picked up by American Express, Deutsche Bank, Citi Bank, and Goldman Sachs. Companies from other sectors, like general management, HR and consulting also visited the company.

Another prestigious company that was impressed by the quality of students and hence made maximum number of offers is Tata Administrative Services (TAS). This year, there were many new recruiters who had participated in the placements. The new recruiters constituted 20% of the total recruiters, almost double of last year. It seems the dramatic rise of IIM-K in the rankings by different agencies over the years has generated interest among the firms.
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