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Birla Institute of Technology and Science Admission Test (BITSAT)

The Birla Institute of Technology and Science Admission Test (BITSAT) is one of the most prestigious engineering entrance examinations in India. Conducted by the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani, BITSAT provides admission into the integrated first-degree programs offered at BITS Pilani, BITS Goa, and BITS Hyderabad campuses. This blog is specially created to give aspirants an in-depth look at BITSAT, covering its history, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, syllabus, preparation tips, and more.

All about BITSAT

BITSAT is an online computer-based test (CBT) that evaluates candidates on science subjects including Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, English Proficiency, and Logical Reasoning. The exam is highly competitive, with thousands of aspirants fighting hard in a race for a limited number of seats in one of India’s top private engineering institutions.

Tracing back to its establishment

BITS Pilani, established in 1964, is one of India’s premier higher education institutes. The BITSAT exam was introduced in 2005 as a standardized test for admission to its undergraduate engineering programs. Over the years, BITSAT has gained popularity among engineering aspirants and still continues to attract some of the brightest minds in the country.

Eligibility Criteria

To appear for BITSAT, candidates must meet certain academic and age-related criteria. The eligibility requirements are summarized in the table below:

Criteria Description
Academic Qualification
Candidates must have passed 10+2 examination (intermediate) from a recognized Central/State board or its equivalent with core subjects as Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.
Minimum Marks
An aggregate score of at least 75% in PCM (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics) and at least 60% in each subject individually.
Year of Passing
Candidates who are appearing for the 12th exam in the current year or have passed the previous year are eligible.
Age Limit
No specific age limit, but candidates typically need to meet the 12th standard passing year requirement.

Note

  • If a candidate has taken more than one attempt in the 12th class or its equivalent, only the latest performance is considered, provided this attempt includes the full component of prescribed subjects/courses.
  • Students who passed the 12th examination in 2022 or earlier are NOT eligible to appear in BITSAT-2024.
  • Students currently studying at any BITS campus are not eligible to appear in BITSAT-2024.

Exam Pattern

The BITSAT exam pattern is designed to test the analytical and problem-solving skills of the candidates. 

The details of the exam pattern are outlined below:

Section Subject Number of Questions Marks per Question Total Marks
I
Physics
30
3
90
II
Chemistry
30
3
90
III
Logical Reasoning
40
3
120
English Proficiency
10
3
30
V
Mathematics
20
3
60
Total
130
390

Key Points of BITSAT

  • The total duration of the exam is 3 hours.
  • There is a negative marking of 1 mark for each incorrect answer.
  • The questions are in multiple-choice format with four options each.
  • Candidates are provided the freedom to change their answers to a question at any time.
  • There is no section-wise time duration.
  • Each candidate is provided with a different set of questions.
  • The aspirant receives his or her BITSAT score immediately after the completion of the exam.  

Additional Questions

  • Those candidates who complete 130 questions in less than 3 hours get a chance to solve an extra 12  questions.
  • The additional questions given are from Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics/Biology sections and Logical Reasoning only. 
  • From each section, only three questions are taken in the set of 12 questions. 
  • If any candidate chooses to attempt these 12  extra questions will not be given any provision to change any of their previously answered 130 questions.

Syllabus Overview

The BITSAT syllabus is based on the NCERT curriculum for Classes 11 and 12. The key topics covered in each subject are listed below:

Physics

Units & Measurements, Kinematics, Newton’s Law of Motion, Impulse and Momentum, Work and Energy, Rotational Motion, Gravitation, Mechanics of Solids and Fluids, Oscillations, Waves, Heat and Thermodynamics, Electrostatics, Current Electricity, Magnetic Effect of Current, Electromagnetic Induction, Optics, Modern Physics and Electronic Devices. 

Chemistry

States of Matter, Atomic Structure, Thermodynamics, Physical and Chemical, Equilibria, Electrochemistry, Chemical Kinetics, Hydrogen and s-block Elements, p-, d- and f-block Elements, Principles of Organic Chemistry and Hydrocarbons, Organic Compounds with Functional Groups Containing Oxygen and Nitrogen, Stereochemistry, Biological, Industrial and Environmental Chemistry, Theoretical Principles of Experimental Chemistry.

Mathematics

Algebra, Trigonometry, Two-dimensional Coordinate Geometry, Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus, Ordinary Differential Equations, Probability, Vectors, Statistics, Linear Programming and Mathematical Modelling.

English Proficiency

Grammar, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension and Composition

Logical Reasoning

Grammar, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Composition, Verbal Reasoning and Non-verbal Reasoning.

Application Process

The BITSAT application process is straightforward and consists of several steps:

  1. Candidates need to register on the official BITSAT website by providing basic details.
  2. Complete the form with personal, academic, and contact information.
  3. Upload scanned copies of the required documents, including a passport-sized photograph and signature.
  4. Pay the application fee online using a credit/debit card or net banking.
  5. Select the preferred exam date and time from the available slots.

Application Fee

The following table provides information regarding BITSAT fees.

Category Session I (INR) Both the sessions(INR)
Male Candidates
3400
5400
Female Candidates
2900
4400
Candidates opting for Dubai center
7000
9000

Participating Institutes

BITSAT provides admission to various campuses of BITS, including Pilani, Goa, Hyderabad, and the recently established Dubai campus. Each campus offers a number of undergraduate programs such as engineering, science, and technology.

BITS Pilani

BITS Pilani is the main campus and is renowned for its academic excellence and top-notch research facilities. It offers a wide range of undergraduate courses.

Undergraduate Programs at BITS Pilani

In the following table you will find all the UG programs provided by BITS Pilani:

Course Duration Eligibility Criteria
B.E. Chemical Engineering
4 years
10+2 with PCM
B.E. Civil Engineering
4 years
10+2 with PCM
B.E. Computer Science
4 years
10+2 with PCM
B.E. Electrical & Electronics
4 years
10+2 with PCM
B.E. Electronics & Instrumentation
4 years
10+2 with PCM
B.E. Mechanical Engineering
4 years
10+2 with PCM
B.Pharm
4 years
10+2 with PCB or PCM

BITS Goa

BITS Goa is known for its picturesque campus and strong emphasis on research and innovation along with high-quality academics. 

Undergraduate Programs at BITS Goa

It offers the following undergraduate programs:

Course Duration Eligibility Criteria
B.E. Chemical Engineering
4 years
10+2 with PCM
B.E. Computer Science
4 years
10+2 with PCM
B.E. Electrical & Electronics
4 years
10+2 with PCM
B.E. Electronics & Instrumentation
4 years
10+2 with PCM
B.E. Mechanical Engineering
4 years
10+2 with PCM
M.Sc. Biological Sciences
4 years
10+2 with PCB or PCM
M.Sc. Chemistry
4 years
10+2 with PCM
M.Sc. Economics
5 years
10+2 with PCM
M.Sc. Mathematics
5 years
10+2 with PCM
M.Sc. Physics
5 years
10+2 with PCM

BITS Hyderabad

BITS Hyderabad is the newest addition to the BITS Pilani family and has quickly made a name for itself with its world-class infrastructure and academic programs.

Undergraduate Programs at BITS Hyderabad

Course Duration Eligibility Criteria
B.E. Chemical Engineering
4 years
10+2 with PCM
B.E. Civil Engineering
4 years
10+2 with PCM
B.E. Computer Science
4 years
10+2 with PCM
B.E. Electrical & Electronics
4 years
10+2 with PCM
B.E. Electronics & Communication
4 years
10+2 with PCM
B.E. Mechanical Engineering
4 years
10+2 with PCB or PCM
B.Pharm
4 years
10+2 with PCB or PCM

BITS Dubai

BITS Dubai is especially established for the international student community and offers a diverse range of undergraduate programs.

Undergraduate Programs at BITS Dubai

Some of the courses offered by BITS Dubai are:

Course Duration Eligibility Criteria
B.E. Chemical Engineering
4 years
10+2 with PCM
B.E. Civil Engineering
4 years
10+2 with PCM
B.E. Computer Science
4 years
10+2 with PCM
B.E. Electrical & Electronics
4 years
10+2 with PCM
B.E. Electronics & Communication
4 years
10+2 with PCM
B.E. Mechanical Engineering
4 years
10+2 with PCB or PCM
B.E. Biotechnology
4 years
10+2 with PCB or PCM

Admission Process

The admission process through BITSAT is straightforward yet competitive. 

Here are the key steps involved:

  1. Candidates must register for BITSAT by filling out the online application form and paying the requisite fee.
  2. After registration, candidates need to book a test slot as per their convenience.
  3. Once the slot is booked, the admit card can be downloaded from the official website.
  4. Appear for the BITSAT exam on the scheduled date and time.
  5. Results are usually announced a few weeks after the exam. Candidates can check their scores online.
  6. Based on the BITSAT score, candidates are called for counseling and seat allotment at the respective BITS campuses.

BITSAT Cut-off Scores

The BITSAT cut-off scores for admission to various programs vary each year based on the difficulty level of the exam and the number of applicants. 

Here’s a general idea of the cut-off scores for popular courses:

Campus Course Approximate Cut-off (2023)
BITS Pilani
B.E. Computer Science
372
BITS Pilani
B.E. Electrical & Electronics
331
BITS Goa
B.E. Computer Science
347
BITS Hyderabad
B.E. Computer Science
336
BITS Hyderabad
B.E. Electrical & Electronics
300

Preparation Tips

Preparing for BITSAT requires a resilient approach and disciplined study. 

Here are some tips to help you get started:

Study Plan

  • Understand your syllabus. Thoroughly go through the syllabus and identify the key topics.
  • Create a proper schedule. Allocate time for each subject and stick to a daily study routine.
  • Remember perseverance is the key. Practice regularly, solve previous years’ question papers and take mock tests to build speed and accuracy.

Time Management

  • Start prioritizing the subjects. Focus more on subjects and topics you find challenging.
  • Break down the topics in the syllabus. Divide topics into smaller sections and tackle them one by one.
  • Take frequent breaks. Ensure that you take regular breaks to avoid burnout.

Resources and Materials

  • Choose relevant textbooks and stick to them. Refer to NCERT textbooks for foundational understanding.
  • Use online resources. Utilize online tutorials, video lectures, and study apps.
  • Seek assistance from your coaching institute. Join a coaching institute if you need structured guidance.

Books and Resources

Here are some recommended books and resources for BITSAT preparation:

Physics

  • Concepts of Physics by H.C. Verma
  • Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday, Resnick, and Walker
  • Problems in General Physics by I.E. Irodov

Chemistry

  • Physical Chemistry by P.W. Atkins
  • Organic Chemistry by Morrison and Boyd
  • Concise Inorganic Chemistry by J.D. Lee

Mathematics

  • Higher Algebra by Hall and Knight
  • IIT Mathematics by M.L. Khanna
  • Problems in Calculus of One Variable by I.A. Maron

English Proficiency and Logical Reasoning

  • Wren and Martin’s High School English Grammar and Composition
  • A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal

Important Dates

Keeping track of important dates is crucial for timely preparation and application submission. Here are the tentative dates for the BITSAT 2024 exam cycle:

Event Date
Release of Application Form
14 Jan 2024
Last Date to Submit Application
16 Apr 2024
Correction Window for Application
20 Apr - 22 Apr 2024
Slot Booking
06 May - 10 May 2024
Admit Card Release
16 May 2024
Exam Date (Session I )
20 May - 24 May 2024
Exam Date (Session II )
24 June - 28 June 2024
Result Declaration
04 June 2024
Counseling and Admission
29 Jun - 19 July 2024

Exam Centers

BITSAT is conducted at various centers across India and abroad. Candidates can choose their preferred test center while filling out the application form. Some of the major test centers include:

City State
Delhi
Delhi
Mumbai
Maharashtra
Kolkata
West Bengal
Chennai
Tamil Nadu
Hyderabad
Telangana
Bangalore
Karnataka
Dubai
UAE

Result and Counseling

The BITSAT results are typically announced in June, followed by a counseling process for seat allocation. For BITSAT 2024, the results will be declared on June 04, 2024.The result includes the candidate’s score and their position on the merit list.

Candidates can easily access their scorecard and download it online through the official website of BITSAT – bitsadmission.com by logging in using their Log-in credentials.

Counseling Process

  1. A merit list is prepared based on the scores obtained by the candidates.
  2. Candidates need to fill in their preferred course and campus choices.
  3. Seats are allotted based on the candidate’s rank and preferences.
  4. Candidates need to verify their documents at the allocated campus.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I apply for BITSAT if I have taken a drop year?

Yes, candidates who have taken a drop year after 12th are eligible, provided they meet the year of passing criteria.

Is there any reservation for SC/ST candidates in BITSAT?

BITSAT does not have any reservation policy. Admissions are purely merit-based.

How many times can I attempt BITSAT?

A candidate can attempt BITSAT twice, once in the year of 12th board exams and once in the next year.

Can I change my preferred exam center after submitting the application?

No, once the application form is submitted, changes to the exam center are not allowed.

Is there any sectional cut-off in BITSAT?

No, there is no sectional cut-off in BITSAT.

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