SNAP Vs CAT: Which One Is Tougher to Appear?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 13th, 2023

The SNAP and CAT MBA admission examinations are two of the most prominent MBA entrance exams of the year. The notification for CAT 2022 and SNAP 2022 have been released. CAT 2022 exam will be conducted on 27th November 2022 and SNAP 2022 exam will be conducted on 10th December, 18th December, 23rd December 2022. However, CAT 2021 was held on November 28, 2021,  whereas the SNAP 2021 was conducted on December 19, 2021, January 8 & 16, 2022. It is an often posed topic if SNAP or CAT is more difficult to clear and gain admission to good Indian colleges. The 15 SIU-associated colleges in India accept the SNAP test, however, the IIMs and several other B-Schools in India accept the CAT. In this article, we’ll go through the specifics of how the two compare in several areas. Let’s get started!

CAT is conducted by the IIMs on a rotational basis. Approximately around 2 lakh individuals apply each year. The CAT score and percentile are widely recognized by management colleges around the country and are used as a criterion for admission. SNAP, on the other hand, is administered by the Symbiosis International (Deemed) University, and it attracts between 50 and 60 thousand candidates each year.

A majority of candidates find SNAP to be easier as compared to the CAT exam stating the reason that though the syllabus of both the exams is somewhat similar, however, the level of questions asked in both the exams is quite different. Let’s find out more about it.

SNAP Exam Pattern Vs CAT Exam Pattern




Number of Section


  • General English
  • Quant, DI & DS
  • Analytical and Logical Reasoning


  • VARC
  • DILR
  • QA

Sectional Time Limit


  • VARC – 40 minutes
  • DILR – 40 minutes
  • QA – 40 minutes

Number of questions


66 (As per CAT 2021)

Section-Wise Break-Up

  • General English – 15 Qs
  • Quant, DI & DS – 20 Qs
  • Analytical and Logical Reasoning – 25 Qs
  • VARC -24 Qs
  • DILR- 20 Qs
  • QA -22 Qs


Duration of Examination

1 hour

2 hours

Negative Marking

-0.25 for each incorrect response

-1 for MCQ-type questions

0 for Non-MCQ type questions

Overall Difficulty Level



SNAP Syllabus Vs CAT Syllabus

The syllabus for both SNAP and CAT is somewhat similar. The only difference lies in the difficulty level of questions asked in both exams. In the CAT, the difficulty level of questions is a bit higher than what we see in the SNAP exam.

Get more details on SNAP Syllabus here. And for CAT Syllabus, click here.

Check SNAP 2022 Eligibility. Check CAT 2022 Eligibility.

Key Differences Between CAT and SNAP

Given below is a list of differences we can see between the CAT the SNAP examination:

SNAP Vs CAT: Difficulty Level

As previously said, CAT is more difficult than SNAP. This indicates that if you are studying for the CAT, scoring well in SNAP will not be a concern; however, if you are primarily focused on SNAP, this will not be the case. SNAP assesses your ability to solve issues quickly and accurately rather than your technique for doing so (which is seen in CAT). As a result, just because you did well in SNAP does not guarantee that you will do well in the CAT.

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SNAP Vs CAT: Types of Questions

The syllabus for SNAP and CAT are very similar. The SNAP exam, on the other hand, consists entirely of multiple-choice questions. CAT, on the other hand, includes both MCQs and Non-MCQs. TITA-style questions are non-MCQs in which candidates must Type In The Answer (TITA). MCQ-type questions account for 80% of the questions on the CAT, while TITA-type questions account for only 20%.

SNAP Vs CAT: Marking Scheme

Each accurate response in a SNAP question is worth one point, whereas each correct answer in a CAT question is worth three points. In CAT, 1 mark is deducted for each incorrect response. However, in SNAP, there is a negative grading of -0.25 for any question answered incorrectly.

SNAP Vs CAT: Strategy to Attempt Questions

Both the SNAP and the CAT are completely distinct tests. To take both examinations, you’ll need to use a different method, mindset, and planning. Practising mock tests is the most effective strategy to prepare for both exams.

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