Scored 87% in your Science subjects in your class 12 boards? And, do you aspire to pursue your higher studies in Science? How about growing up to be an engineer and making your parents proud? If you are attracted to Physics and Math, and love Chemistry, Engineering can be an ideal career choice for you. A degree in Engineering can add a golden touch to your CV, and enhance your chances of landing up with a perfect career.
Today, you would come across several esteemed academic institutes in India offering courses in Engineering, both undergraduate and post-graduate. After all, India is estimated to be a global hub for engineering in future. Therefore, you can imagine this nation’s potential in this field.
Now, how can you be granted admission to these institutes? The answer is simple. You would have to appear for their admission or entrance tests to qualify for their academic programs. One of the most important Engineering entrance exams is the BITSAT. Not only essential, but also, the toughest. You better be armed with the best exam preparation tips to crack this one, dear students. Therefore, let us take a look at this exam in details, in the following paragraphs:
What is BITSAT Exam?
Also known as the ‘BITS Admission Test’, BITSAT is a nationalized entrance test conducted throughout India. The test is fully computerized and arranged by the Birla Institute of Technology & Science or BITS. If the examiners are convinced of your intelligence and proficiency in the Science subjects in this exam, you can win an opportunity to study in the prestigious organization of BITS. Unlike other traditional Engineering entrance exams, BITSAT is conducted at more than 20 locales within the country.
Eligibility for BITSAT Exam
You are eligible to appear for BITSAT, if you have been able to secure a minimum of 75% in Chemistry, Math and Physics IN YOUR 10+2 boards. I mean, your aggregate in all these three subjects must be 75% at least. In each of these subjects, you must have bagged 60%. In addition, you must have cleared your class 12 board exams from a recognized academic board in India. Also, you must possess a sound knowledge in English and you would be disqualified if you have cleared your class 12 board exams either during 2013 or earlier than that. However, you can also appear for BITSAT 2015 if you would appear for your class 12 board examinations in 2015.
How to apply for BITSAT exam?
If you are eligible to give BITSAT, you must be aware of the application procedure for this entrance test. You can fill up the BITSAT 2015 application form either online or offline. First of all, you must pay the application fee. If you choose to make an online payment, you can use net banking facilities, debit card or even credit card. And, if you opt for the offline mode of fee payment, you must pay in cash.
Filling up the BITSAT Application Form
So, are you ready to fill up the online application form now? There are a few things you must bear in mind while you go about this task. Continue reading to know what they are:
- First and foremost, you must go through the BITS brochure very carefully. Download a copy of this official brochure. Or, if you want, you can even read the brochure online. Make sure you are aware of all the instructions provided in this brochure, before filling up the application form.
- I would advise you to take a printout of the feature provided inside the brochure. Taking a printout would help you refer to them, as you fill up the BITSAT application form. You must remember that after you enter any information in this form, you would not be permitted to make any alterations to it. So, pay ensure that the data you enter here is completely appropriate. Click ‘Allow me to apply online’ after you finish reading the instructions.
- When you are done filling the online application form, you would have to take printouts of this filled up form. Note that you must take at least two copies of this printout. 20th February, 2015 is the last date for sending in your application with the specified fees. You do not have to send any document through post.
- Choose any exam center that is based in India. Or, if you are a resident of Dubai, choose a center according to your convenience. Now, if you go for a center within India, you would be asked to provide three preferences. Once you do it, you would be assigned one of your three chosen exam locales. But, if you opt for Dubai, you would not be asked to offer any of your preference. Instead, you would be offered the exam center of Dubai directly.
- For Indian exam centers of BITSAT, the application fee amount for male examinees would be Rs. 2090/-. For female candidates, the application fee would be Rs. 1590/-. If you opt for Dubai’s exam center, your application fee would be US $50, that is Rs. 3100/- in the Indian currency.
- Prior to taking out the printout of the BITSAT application form, the computer would generate a particular ‘application number’. You must make a note of this unique number. This number might be required later for the purpose of BITSAT exam, or even during the declaration of your results.
- When you fill up the online application form, remember not to use the ‘Back’ button on your browser’s toolbar. Rather, employ the buttons and links present on the page to navigate between the various pages. Now, when finish filling up the application form, you can check the status of your BITSAT application in this link.
Pattern of BITSAT Exam
Now, let us take a glance at the pattern of BITSAT examination. Basically, the BITSAT question paper would contain questions from different subjects like Math, Chemistry and Physics. The sections of the paper would include Math, Chemistry, Physics, Logical Reasoning as well as English. You can expect a total of 150 questions. In Math and Logical Reasoning, there would be 45 questions, 40 in Chemistry and Physics and 15 in English Proficiency. You just have three hours to finish the BITSAT paper. If you answer a question inappropriately, one mark would be deducted. But, the good news is that you gain three marks if you come up with the right answer!
Syllabus of BITSAT Exam
The syllabus of BITSAT is based on the NCERT syllabus that follows the format of the class 12 board exam conducted under the Central Board of Secondary Education or CBSE. Each of the subjects, Physics, Chemistry, Math, English and Logical Reasoning have numerous topics assigned under them as the official syllabus of BITSAT.
Physics Syllabus of BITSAT: The topics of Physics include:
- Newton’s Law of Motion
- Rotational Motion
- Work and Energy
- Current Electricity
- Modern Physics
- Electronic Devices
- Electromagnetic Induction
- Mechanics of Solids and Fluids
Chemistry Syllabus of BITSAT: The Chemistry syllabus of BITSAT is quite large. However, you must be well acquainted with them if you have appeared for class 12 board exams of CBSE.
- Atomic Structure
- States of Matter
- Chemical Kinetics
- Principles of Organic Chemistry
- Chemical Bonding
- Experimental Chemistry
- Environmental, Biological and Industrial Chemistry
- f-block, p-block and d-block Elements
- Hydrogen and s-block Elements
- Surface Chemistry
- Chemical and Physical Equilibria
Math Syllabus of BITSAT: Now, we come to the Math syllabus. It is quite interesting:
- Integral Calculus
- Differential Calculus
- Linear Programming
- Co-ordinate Geometry (both three-dimensional and two-dimensional)
- Differential Equations
English Proficiency and Logical Reasoning Syllabus of BITSAT: This paper consists of both Logical Reasoning and English Proficiency. In the Grammar portion, you must know about Voices, Phrasal Verbs, Relative Pronouns, Adjectives, Question Tags, etc. The topics for vocabulary include Analogy, Homophones, Synonyms, Antonyms, Jumbled Letters and so on. Apart from all this, you must also have an idea about composition and reading comprehension. In the Logical Reasoning part, you must be able to solve problems related to verbal and non-verbal reasoning and their various aspects.
I hope I have been able to guide you well regarding the BITSAT exam, my friends! Best of luck to each and every BITSAT aspirant. Though this exam is considered a challenging one, there is no need to be threatened by it. If you are blessed with an aptitude for Science and possess a scientific temperament, you are apt for this exam.