There are quite a few national level entrance exams that offer the golden chance to MBA aspirants to opt for management and business administration programs in top management colleges of India.
CAT exam is the most-sought after management test in India because it gives admission to the best management institutes of the country. It is a dream for many to be a part of IIM Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Bengaluru.
SNAP, NMAT, IBSAT and XAT exam are other significant exams but CAT has an edge over others since it secures admission in the top business school of India, IIM spread across 20 campuses in the country. CAT is a difficult entrance exam to sit for compared to SNAP and others in the league.
It is better to be aware of the options of management entrance tests in India before analyzing whether SNAP is easier than CAT.
Management Entrance Exams in India – A Snapshot
There are handful of autonomous and private universities and institutes which carry self-conducted exams to get hold of the best academic minds. Rest of the B-schools in India depend on the national level entrance tests like MAT (Management Aptitude Test) and GMAT (Graduate Management Aptitude Test) which are scheduled for several times in a year, and self-conducted ones scheduled by premier MBA institutes.
The premier institutes and their entrance exams are as follows:
- Indian Institute of Management conducts CAT (Common Admission Test)
- Indian Institute of Foreign Trade conducts IIFT-IB (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade International Business)
- Symbiosis Institute of Business Management conducts SNAP (Symbiosis National Aptitude Test)
- Xavier School of Management conducts XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test)
- Narseee Monjee Institute of Management conducts NMAT (Narsee Monjee Aptitude Test)
- ICFAI Business School conducts IBSAT (ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test)
Which One is Easy – SNAP or CAT?
No exam is easy because it entails student’s hard work and dedication to clear the hurdle. SNAP and CAT both assesses the students on some common grounds. But still, there is a difference – CAT is sure shot a tough exercise for college grads to solve the difficult questions asked. The level of SNAP, which is primarily speed-based test, is comparatively lower.
The time allotted for 150 MCQ questions asked in SNAP is two hours whereas for CAT the time allotted for 100 MCQ and non-MCQ questions is 3 hours.
SNAP and CAT assess students on the following points:
- Quantitative ability
- Logical/ Analytical reasoning
- Verbal skill
- Reading comprehension
- Data Interpretation
The topics are more or less the same for both the exam. But the questions asked in CAT exam in the sections of Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation are harder to answer. CAT is a cumulative test which focuses on in-depth judgment of the academic merit of the student. Hence, the best of cat preparation is required to sail through entrance exam with flying colors.
The competition level is at its peak for the CAT exam. There is one prime reason for the competitive edge – the score obtained in CAT result is accepted across all tiers of management colleges and institutes in India.
The Final Word
SNAP might seem an easier management entrance exam on a superficial level. But mind it, you need to be really fast to solve 150 questions in 120 minutes. Moreover, Symbiosis Institute of Business Management is a branded college and a reputed management institute in India. Why not be a part of this prestigious management institute where conversion rate of successful students clearing off Group Discussion and Personal Interview rounds is higher than CAT?