Expert tips on how to crack upcoming NMAT & SNAP 2020

Going to appear in a national level Management Entrance Test like NMAT, SNAP etc? Seeking some useful strategies to be successful in such exams? You are on the right page then! Below tips will definitely help you to score an excellent result in any Management Aptitude Test so that you can pursue your MBA degree in a reputed business school.

Management plays a big role in our industries and accordingly many of us now want to build our career in Master of Business Administration. But there are many such entrance tests namely, CAT, NMAT, SNAP etc. which are used to shortlist interested candidates by many institutions. However, as the NMAT and SNAP will be conducted shortly, we will try to focus on some useful guidelines to be successful in these two tests below.

NMAT 2020

NMAT 2020 stands for Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) Management Aptitude Test which is conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMC) for the admission to some of the popular business programs offered in various campuses of NMIMS all over India. Not only NMIMS, but this score is also accepted in 39 top MBA B-schools such as SPJIMR, ISB, XIMB, VIT, ICFAI, Shiv Nadar, SDA Bocconi, L M Thapar, IFMR (Krea University) etc. in our country. Not only India, but this score is also followed in many other foreign countries like South Africa, Nigeria, Philippines etc.

NMAT 2020 is a computer-based aptitude test with both sectional cut-offs and overall cut-off. A total of 108 numbers of questions need to be answered out of which 36 numbers each on Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning. The duration of the exam is 120 min, the score range is 12-120.

SNAP 2020

It's the abbreviated form of Symbiosis National Aptitude Test which ensures your MBA admission in Symbiosis institutions. There are 60 questions each carries one mark. Out of 60, 15 are from General English, 25 are from Analytical & Logical Reasoning and 20 marks are from Quantitative, DI and DS. The total duration of the exam is of 1 hour. But the point to be noted that 25% negative marking will be there for each wrong answer.

How to score high

  1. Students should focus on each content first. We will try to discuss each chapter below:
    • General English/Language Skills: It is first suggested to spend a lot of time to read newspapers every day as this chapter covers reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, para jumbles etc. A habit of reading newspapers on daily basis will enhance your vocabulary and improvement in grammar. Try to concentrate on etymology, homophones, phrases and idioms, punctuations, homonyms too. Try to practice finding out the right answer by eliminating options as fast as possible while you are concentrating on para jumbles.

    • Quantitative Skills: Don't be afraid while you are focusing on this chapter. Practice various arithmetical problems on time and work, time and distance, percentage, probability, ratio proportion etc. as most of the questions comes from these chapters. But those who are appearing in NMAT 2020 should have practice on algebra too as many questions may come from various algebraic chapters such as simple and quadratic equations etc. In addition to the above try to focus on geometry and mensuration also. Note that there is no substitution of practice and if you practice regularly, you will not be afraid during exams!
    • Logical Reasoning: It is the chapter which covers many things like Venn diagrams, coding and decoding, direction sense, blood relations, clocks, calendars, verbal and non-verbal reasoning, critical reasoning, linear and circular arrangements, number and letter series, symbols, notations etc. Focus on the quality of your study.
  1. Once you are confident that your concept preparation is enough prepared, focus on the speed of your answering as both the exams are almost rapid tests. Accordingly, try to remember squares of digits up to 25 at least, cubes till 15, reciprocal etc. It will help to answer quantitive questions quickly.
  2. Not only speed, but you also have to take care of the accuracy of your answer. To do so, try to attempt the mock tests on a daily basis. Once you complete the mock test, try to analyse it and find out your lacking yourself. To strengthen your lacking, concentrate again on the basic concept.
  3. As there is no negative marking in NMAT, try to answer all questions.
  4. You should not waste time on one question which you don't know. Try to plan during mock tests, how much time you will give to each section so that you don't waste extra any time at any particular section during the final test.

Again, it is said to all the viewers of this page that you should try to read whatever you have as far as possible and practice mock tests on a daily basis. These will ensure both your accuracy and speed which play the key role to score high in NMAT and SNAP 2020.

I Hope, the above tips will help you a lot in your upcoming entrance tests. Good luck!


Author: Umesh16 Dec 2020 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 5

The author has given some good guidelines and tips for preparing for these entrance exams. One thing that I would suggest is that the students should take the entrance test of any institution or entrance test for any all India level test in an overall way and should not fall in the trap of preparing for it within a short time. That would not help to get through it so easily. What is required today is that the student, when he in his class IX or so, should start thinking in this direction and has to start preparing in a general way for all the entrance tests etc which are supposed to be there in the coming 5-6 years during his academic career. The reason is very simple that there are many things which are common everywhere like General English, Reasoning, Aptitude Test etc. They are not time-specific. So, if the students associate themselves with these learnings in time then at the time of the actual entrance test of any type they will have a background preparation already done and only some minor additional preparations will be required for that specific exam. We have to change our strategy of preparing for competitive exams as per the need of changing times.

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