Symbiosis International University (SIU) is a private co-educational, multi-institutional university located in Pune, Maharashtra. The University offers academic programs in seven faculties at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The university has 31 Institutes / Departments spread across 5 campuses located at Pune, Nashik, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Noida.

Symbiosis centre for management located in Pune, is one among the best B-school for BBA program. Apart from the regular BBA degree, Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies and Research (SICSR) offers BBA (IT) for students who aspire to build their career in IT industry. Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET) is the common written test for the admission processes for undergraduate studies in the institutes of Symbiosis International University.

SET is only the first step. Each Symbiosis institute has its independent selection process. Students are short listed for personal interview (PI) and written aptitude test (WAT) on the basis of their performance in SET. SET has five different papers; general, design, law, engineering and health.


SET 2018 Eligibility

Students who wish to pursue BBA program through the institutes of Symbiosis University should appear for SET (General). The eligibility criteria for SET 2018 are as follows:

  1. Passed XII or its equivalent in any discipline from any recognized Board with minimum 50% marks for open category.
  2. Minimum marks for students belonging to SC and ST category is 45%.
  3. Candidate who has appeared for their H.S.C finals and awaiting results are also eligible to apply, subject to submission of passing certificate by the notified date.
  4. Applicants who have obtained 10+2 through Open Universities system directly without having any basic qualification are not eligible for the Course.
  5. There is no upper age limit for SET (General).

SET 2018 Pattern

Mode: Online

Question Type: Multiple Choice Questions

No. of Questions: 150

Duration: 2 ½ Hours (150 Minutes)

IPU CET Marking Scheme:

  • Correct Answer :  +1
  • No Negative Marking

Section Wise Split-up:

Sections Questions
General English 40
Quantitative Ability 40
General Awareness 40
Analytical and Logical Reasoning 30
Total 150


SET 2018: Important dates

Important dates in SET 2019 calendar are as follows:

Event in SET 2019 Date
Registration start date Thursday, January 24, 2019
Last date for Registration Saturday, April 15, 2019
Last date for Payment April 15, 2019
Admit card will be live TBA
SET Test date Saturday, May 4, 2019
SET Result Monday, May 14, 2019

Set Registration fee Rs. 1750/-

Application linkClick here

After declaration of the SET result, the institute to which you have applied will conduct further selection processes (PI-WAT) for short-listed candidates. The schedule for the same will be published on the Websites of the institutes

SET Syllabus

General Awareness (40 Questions – 40 Marks):

National Insignia & Establishments, Environment, Science & Technology, Aerospace & Defense, Awards, Titles and Honors, Personalities, Books & Authors, Government & Politics, Days & Dates, Arts & Culture, International News/Forums, Business, Economy & Trade

Analytical and Logical Reasoning (30 Questions – 30 Marks):

Coding & Decoding, Symbol Based Logic, Family Tree & Directions, Arrangements: Linear, Circular, Matrix Arrangements, Groups & Conditionalities, Logical Series, Selection Criteria, Sequential O/P Tracing, Analogies, Odd one out, Logical Puzzles, Calendar

Quantitative Ability (40 Questions – 40 Marks):

Numbers, BODMAS, HCF & LCM, Averages & Percentages, Roots, Indices, Surds, Simple & Compound Interest, Profit & Loss, Algebraic Formulae, Linear & Quadratic Equations, Ratio & Proportion, Partnership, Mixtures & Alligations, Time, Speed & Distance, Work Related Problems, Pipes & Cisterns, Geometry: Lines, Angles & Triangles, Polygons, Circles & Mensuration, Permutations & Combinations, Probability

General English (40 Questions – 40 Marks):

Etymology & Roots, Idioms & Phrases, Analogies, Antonyms-Synonyms, Foreign Words Noun & Pronoun Errors, Subject-Verb Agreement, Prepositions and Conjunctions, Tenses, Modifiers & Parallelism, Reading Comprehension, Inference based passages Syllogisms, Logical Consistency, Deductive Reasoning.

Affiliated Colleges

Institute wise intake / seats for BBA, BBA (IT) & other courses offered by the constituents of Symbiosis University are as follows:

S. No. Institute Course offered Intake
Pune Noida
1 Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies & Research (SICSR) BCA 90
BBA (IT) 60
2 Symbiosis Centre for Management Studies (SCMS) BBA 240 150
3 Symbiosis Centre for Media and Communication (SCMC) BA (Mass Com.) 120
4 Symbiosis School of Economics (SSE) B.Sc. (Eco) 130
5 Symbiosis School of Liberal Arts (SSLA) BA (Liberal Arts)
BS (Liberal Arts)

Seat Reservation Policy:

15 % of the seats are reserved for SC candidates, 7.5% for ST candidates and 3% for PWD candidates. Over and above the sanctioned intake 2 seats are reserved for Kashmiri Immigrants.

SET BBA 2018 Analysis

Symbiosis International University conducted SET BBA 2018 exam for admission to under graduate programs in management, mass communication, BCA, economics, liberal arts on May 5, 2018

The test had 4 sections, General English (40 Questions), Quantitative (40 Questions), General Awareness (40 Questions), Analytical & Logical Reasoning (30 Questions). The exam duration was 150 minutes (2.5 hrs) with total 150 questions to be attempted. Each question had 4 options and carried one mark each. There was no negative marking for incorrect answers. The exam was conducted in online mode for the first time

Here is a section wise analysis-

General English

This section had two easy RC passages with 4-5 Q each. There were around 8-9 difficult vocab questions (SET characteristic over past few years). There were 3-4 questions each on antonyms-synonyms, one word substitution & phrase meaning (Easy), analogies &para jumbles (Easy). Verbal Reasoning questions were based on deductive reasoning, cause & effect statements, implicit-explicit assumptions (1-2 questions each).

Except vocabulary questions, the section was easy and doable

Quantitative Aptitude

This section had easy 6-7 Data interpretation questions. Other topics were numbers (2Q), averages & percentages (3Q), simple & compound interest & partnership (2Q), Time-Speed-Distance, work &effort (6Q), mensuration (2Q).There were a few questions on equations. There were no questions from modern math. Overall, it was a like a typical SET BBA quant section

General Awareness

Quite a few questions were asked from static GK topics like economic terms, national insignia, establishments, books-authors & general sciences. Around 40% questions were from current affairs topics like awards, sports & personalities. Thus, it was once again a representative GK section & similar to past exams. Overall difficulty level was moderate.

Analytical & Logical Reasoning

Key topics tested in this section were coding-decoding (3-4 Q), matrix arrangements (8-9 Q), family tree, directions, logical puzzles, odd-man-out (2-3 Q), groups and conditionality. There was no syllogisms based question. This section was easy

Overall difficulty level of the paper was easy-medium & good scores across sections to qualify for PI-WAT stage should be as follows

Sr. No. Section No. Questions Total Marks Good Score
1 General English 40 40 25-26
2 Quantitative 40 40 25-27
3 General Awareness 40 40 24-25
4 Analytical & Logical Reasoning 30 30 25-26
Total 150 150 99-104