This is the toughest of times when you cannot just decide on one entrance exam for an exam. This is a hard decision that needs to be taken care of with full knowledge and information. As we all know, SNAP and NMAT are both popular exams for MBA entrance exams and you must know which is difficult to crack or which brings better marks.

Let’s see what are the similarities and differences between SNAP and NMAT exam as several changes have been made with these two.

Both of the exams are good and can make the gate open for you to MBA admission in India’s top B schools.


Where SNAP is a three-day exam, NMAT is conducted over a thirty-day window.

You can appear on the exam two times, and the score best of two will be considered for the entrance. On the other hand, you can appear for NMAT thrice where you can first take the exam and improve the marks in the next two times. The best score among the three will be taken for the result of the exam. The three-time attempt makes NMAT more student-friendly.

As of 2019, the SNAP is moderately difficult. On the other hand, the NMAT is moderate to tough to appear in.

What are the competition scopes?

Every year, 88,000 applicants participate in the exam. The competition level is increased by this huge number of participants. The NMAT score value is so high because various top business schools in India such as Xavier’s University, ICFAI Business School, ITM Business School, SVKM’s NMIMS, and many more accept the NMAT score. However, institutes that accept the SNAP are SIU institutes and some other business schools.

What are the differences in the syllabus?

The difference between both exams is not very much. In this regard, there is a difference in topics for each test. A few common topics of the language comprehension section which are there in both the exams are contextual usage and syllogism. On the contrary, if you go by the SNAP syllabus, a few things are there are synonyms, antonyms, idioms, general English, and so on.

What about the patterns?

If you go by the patterns, SNAP and NMAT, both is speed based tests. As far as NMAT exams are concerned, test takers get around 2 hours to deal with 108 questions. Moreover, you might get a sectional time limitation for NMAT exams. However, there is hardly any scope to answer the questions section-wise. One important thing to mention here is that there is no negative marking involved in NMAT exams. As far as the SNAP is concerned, you need to answer 60 questions in an hour’s time i.e. 60 minutes to be precise. Though you have the liberty to toggle between different sections while answering the questions, you need to be careful about the negative markings in SNAP exams.

Examination Mode

Both NMAT and SNAP are conducted online mode. However, SNAP is usually conducted between 2-4 PM with predetermined places. Therefore, there could not be any changes to that. One must remember that if missed, the exam cannot be taken for one year.

As far as NMATs are concerned, you can have 3 attempts to clear the exams. The usual starting Period is between September to December.

Cut Off range

The colleges who accept the SNAP score would usually go by the overall score achieved. And the average expected cut-off is between 53-58 marks.

On the other hand, for the NMAT exams, the usual cut-off is around 240 out of 360.

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