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Understanding the difference between the top MBA Entrance Exams is helpful to candidates to choose better universities. XAT vs SNAP section covers the details about XAT, CAT and the comparison between XAT & CAT.

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XAT remains for Xaviers’ Aptitude Test. It is a national level test directed by XLRI consistently to select the most suitable candidates for management education. Furthermore, more than 100 different colleges will accept XAT exam scores to consider students for the administration programs.


Candidates aspiring to join MBA/ MSc (CA)/ MSc (SS) programmes offered by institutes of Symbiosis International (Deemed University) have to appear for the common, mandatory Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) Online Test 2018. A candidate needs to register for SNAP Test & also register for the institutes offering his/ her choice of programmes by paying separate programmes registration fees. If shortlisted, he/she would then need to attend the GE-PIWAT process conducted by each of these institutes individually.

Component XLRI – XAT SNAP
Exam Date January 6, 2019 December 16, 2018
When to Apply August 3rd week to December 2nd week August last week to December last week
Exam Conducted by Xavier School of Management (XLRI) Jamshedpur Symbiosis International (Deemed University)
Testing Mode Computer Based Test Online Entrance Test
Total Questions 100 (Since 2017, earlier 98)
99 Questions in 2019
Overall Time Limit to Attempt the Exam 3 hours 2 hours
ype of Questions 99 MCQs All MCQs
Answer Options for MCQs 5 4
Marks Awarded for each Correct Answer 1 1
Negative Marking 74 MCQs with 1/4 negative marking; No negative marking for 25 MCQs on GK 0.25 mark
CAT Vs XAT Difficulty Difficulty level is higher Moderate
Difference Between XAT & CAT Syllabus:
Total Sections 3 (Main sections)
1 (GK)
Section-1 Verbal and Logical Ability – 26 questions General English, RC,VR,VA-40
Section-2 Decision Making – 21 questions Analytical & Logical Reasoning-40
Section-3 Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation – 27 questions Quant, DI, Data Sufficiency-40
Section-4 General Awareness – 25 questions Current Affairs-30
Facility to Choose Order of Sections Yes, Any question from any section within overall time limit Yes, any question from any section within overall time limit
Individual Sectional Time Limit No Sectional Limit No Sectional Limit
Top MBA Colleges Accepting Exam Score XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, TAPMI, XIMB and 145 other MBA colleges SIBM Pune, SCMHRD Pune, SIIB Pune, SIBM Bangalore & all other Symbiosis institutes.