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May 11 2024

CAT(Common Admission Test)

Common Admission Test is a computer-based exam to get admission into management programs. The difficulty level of CAT exam is difficult to moderate. IIMs are considered India’s premier national institutes providing quality management education and research. 

IIMs primarily offer post graduate, doctoral, and executive education programs. The flagship program of IIMs is the two-year post-graduate program

The test consists of three sections:- 

  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  • Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

CAT VARC section will have 24 questions and a weightage of 72 marks 

CAT DILR section will have 20 questions and a weightage of 60 marks 

The CAT Quantitative Aptitude section will have 22 questions and a weightage of 66 marks 

Exam Pattern Details
Mode of CAT exam Computer Based Test
Duration of exam 120 minutes (40 minutes per section)
Number of questions 66
CAT total marks 198
Language of question paper English
Number of answer choices 4
Question Type MCQ and non-MCQ


It was advised by our mentors to prepare for CAT as every exam has the same syllabus and the candidate automatically prepares for other exams. 

Check Out: CAT 2024 Daily Preparation plan | Tips By CAT Topper | Daily Study Plan


A candidate aspiring to join an Symbiosis MBA programme offered by any Institute of Symbiosis International (Deemed University) [SIU] has to appear for the common, mandatory Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP 2024) Computer Based Test (CBT) which will be conducted at Test Centres.

The candidate needs to:

  • Register for SNAP 2024 Test,
  • Pay the registration fee for SNAP entrance exam,
  • Register for her/his choice of PG programme(s) offered by various Institutes of SIU,
  • Pay the registration fee, separately for each programme.

  • Graduation in any stream with minimum 50 per cent aggregate (45 per cent for SC/ST/PWD candidates) or equivalent from a recognised university or institute can apply for SNAP 2024.

  • Final year graduation candidates can also appear in SNAP. 
  • There is no age limit on appearing for SNAP, but since the minimum qualification is graduation, candidates have to be atleast 18 years and above.
  • International students have to obtain a certificate of equivalence from the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) to be able to apply for SNAP 2024.


SNAP Exam  Details
Number of sections
  • General English
  • Quantitative-Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
  • Analytical & Logical Reasoning
Duration of exam 60 minutes
Number of questions 60
Total marks 60
Language of paper English
Mode of examination Computer-based
Marks per question 1
Negative Marking -0.25


The difficulty level of the SNAP exam is easy to moderate. The best part about the snap exam is that the candidate is allowed to take 2 attempts and the best one will get considered for the final percentile calculation. SNAP is an easy exam compared to CAT and one can score good marks and get into top B-schools. 

Check Out: SNAP Exam Preparation Strategy | Exam Pattern | Best Colleges | Easiest MBA Exam


The NMAT by GMAC™ exam has been a symbol of quality since it was first introduced – enabling test takers to access graduate management education and a career of choice, while providing schools access to top talent.

Exam Structure:

The NMAT by GMAC™ exam is comprised of three sections – Language Skills, Quantitative Skills, and Logical Reasoning.

  • The exam sections are individually timed and candidates must answer the questions in each section within the allotted time.
  • Questions are delivered one at a time and are randomly selected from a pool of questions.
  • The number of questions, difficulty levels, and time limit for each of the sections is predetermined and, under normal administration conditions, are the same regardless of when and where the test is administered.
  • Candidates can choose the order/sequence of the test sections at the beginning of the exam.

Language Skills Section:

36 questions

28 minutes

Score range 12-120

Quantitative Skills Section:

36 questions

52 minutes

Score range 12-120

Logical Reasoning Section:

36 questions

40 minutes

Score range 12-120


108 questions

120 minutes

Score range 36-360


Section Topics:

Language Skills: Reading Comprehension, Para Forming, Error Identification, Prepositions, Sentence Completion, Analogies

Logical Reasoning: Critical Reasoning, Analytical Puzzles, Deductions, and Other Reasoning

Quantitative Skills: Number Properties, Arithmetic, Algebra and Probability, Data Integration Caselets and Tables, Data Integration Graphs and Charts, Data Sufficiency

CAT is one of the toughest exams that’s true but that doesn’t mean you cannot apply for the CAT exam. If you took our courses and talk to mentors you will realize one thing that they will guide you to prepare for CAT because once you start preparing for CAT you automatically start preparing for other exams like NMAT, XAT, SNAP, CMAT, MAH CET, etc. CAT preparation can help you to crack any of these exams. Hope this dilemma of choosing the right exam ends here. So go and start preparing.  

All the best!

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Anisha Mukhija

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