Every year, the Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani, conducts BITSAT, a computer-based entrance examination to select candidates for its B.E., B.Pharm. & M.Sc. courses. This premier institute has branches in Hyderabad and Goa (as well as in Dubai); and thus, through its entrance exam, it chooses a sizeable number of students to pursue its various programs on offer.
BITSAT is a three-hour test. The exam is divided into 4 sections: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics / Biology, English Proficiency and Logical Reasoning. Questions are of objective type and have only one correct answer. Each correct would award a candidate with +3 while an incorrect answer would impose a penalty of 1 mark. Unattempted questions will be marked 0. The pattern of exam is given below.
|Sections||Subjects||No. of Questions|
|Part III||English Proficiency||15|
|Part IV||Mathematics/Biology (B.Pharma)||45 (Each)|
NOTE: Those who attempt 150 questions before the completion of 3 hours, are given 12 additional questions to their advantage, from Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics/Biology.
The syllabus of BITSAT comprises majorly Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics (or Biology) and English & Logical Reasoning. Although at par with the NCERT syllabus, but the questions asked in the exam are a bit higher in level.
Note: To get the detailed syllabus of BITSAT 2020 click here
I. For admission to any of the First Degree Programs of BITS except B.Pharm: Candidates should have passed the 12th examination of 10+2 system from a recognized Central or State board or its equivalent with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics (PCM) and adequate proficiency in English.
II. For admission to B.Pharm.: Candidates should have passed the 12th examination of 10+2 system from a recognized Central or State board or its equivalent with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology (PCB) and adequate proficiency in English. However, candidates with PCM may also apply for the Pharmacy program.
The BITSAT 2020 exam was conducted from 16th to 18th & 21st to 23rd September, 2020. Each day the exam was conducted in two slots i.e. 9 am to 12 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm. The exam was divided into 4 sections namely: Physics, Chemistry, Math and English Proficiency & Logical Reasoning. There were 45 questions in Math, 40 each in Physics and Chemistry and 10 questions in logical reasoning while 15 in the English Proficiency section. We tried to analyse the examination from the responses of the students who appeared for the exam.
Generally, the candidates who appeared for the BITSAT in all the shifts felt few things common which are:
i. A majority of students found themselves out of time while attempting the question.
ii. The level of difficulty of paper was easier in comparison to JEE MAIN but had more questions to be done in an equal amount of time.
iii. Physics appeared to be the toughest and time consuming for many candidates while chemistry was relatively easier. Mathematics section in some papers were lengthy.
iv. Though less in number, doing the logical reasoning and English Proficiency correct is very important as it becomes a deciding factor when you are close to the cut-off.
A large number of questions are asked from the mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism units of Physics. This weighs to be around 60 % of the total marks of physics. A candidate wishing to crack the BITSAT must ace these topics by practice. Apart from it, an equal weightage is given to Optics, Heat & Thermodynamics, Modern Physics and SHM & Waves in the exam.
In Chemistry, Physical Chemistry holds a little more weight in comparison to organic and inorganic chemistry in the BITSAT exam. Around 45% of the questions are asked from physical chemistry, 35% from organic chemistry and 20% from the inorganic chemistry. The aspirant should focus on NCERT of chemistry to ace in this section of BITSAT.
Now looking into the mathematics section, all the topics are asked with equal importance. However, applications of derivative had consistently been asked more in comparison to others followed by Sequence and Series and Circles.
Important topics for English are Sentence Completion, Synonyms & Antonyms, Arrangement of Jumbled Words, One Word Substitution, etc.
Important topics for logical Reasoning are Figure Formation and Analysis, Figure Matrix, Analogy Test and Series Test.
There are around 2000 seats at various BITS campuses through BITSAT exam and admissions are offered in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical & Electronics, Mechanical, Manufacturing, Computer Science and Engineering, Electronics & Communication Engineering and Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering. Below given are the cutoff marks for various disciplines at BITS campuses in 2020.
|Pilani||B.E. Electrical & Electronics||333|
|Pilani||B.E. Computer Science||372|
|Pilani||B.E. Electronics & Instrumentation||323|
|Pilani||M.Sc. Biological Sciences||261|
|Goa||B.E. Electrical & Electronics||306|
|Goa||B.E. Computer Science||347|
|Goa||B.E. Electronics & Instrumentation||293|
|Goa||B.E. Electronics & Communication||320|
|Goa||M.Sc. Biological Sciences||246|
|Hyderabad||B.E. Electrical & Electronics||300|
|Hyderabad||B.E. Computer Science||336|
|Hyderabad||B.E. Electronics & Instrumentation||290|
|Hyderabad||B.E. Electronics & Communication||314|
|Hyderabad||M.Sc. Biological Sciences||240|
|Degree programme at Pilani Campus||Cut-off BITSAT-2019 score|
|B.E. Electrical & Electronics||341|
|B.E. Computer Science||383|
|B.E. Electronics & Instrumentation||328|
|M.Sc. Biological Sciences||265|
|Degree programme at Goa Campus||Cut-off BITSAT-2019 score|
|B.E. Electrical and Electronics||310|
|B.E. Computer Science||352|
|B.E. Electronics & Instrumentation||294|
|B.E. Electronics & Communication||322|
|M.Sc. Biological Sciences||250|
|Degree programme at Hyderabad Campus||Cut-off BITSAT-2019 score|
|B.E. Electrical and Electronics||308|
|B.E. Computer Science||342|
|B.E. Electronics & Communication||318|
|B.E. Electronics & Instrumentation||294|
|M.Sc. Biological Sciences||247|
|Course||BITS Pilani||BITS Goa||BITS Hyderabad|
|B.E (Hons.): Chemical||280||260||257|
|B.E (Hons.): Civil||274||-||258|
|B.E (Hons.): Electrical & Electronics||338||308||298|
|B.E (Hons.): Mechanical||313||383||275|
|B.E (Hons.): Manufacturing||270||-||-|
|B.E (Hons.): Computer Science||378||347||334|
|B.E (Hons.): Electronics & Instrumentation||319||289||286|
Note: Some courses are not offered in all campuses.
|Electrical & Electronics||355||362||362||359|
|Electronics & Instrumentation||332||345||340||346|
|Electrical & Electronics||320||331||327||315|
|Electronics & Instrumentation||301||312||311||305|
|Electrical & Electronics||310||324||318||311|
|Electronics & Communication||320||332||326||317|
|Electronics & Instrumentation||298||313||311||307|
BITS PILANI conducts the counselling of and seat allotment of the BITSAT exam for admissions into various BITS campuses. The counselling is done in online mode. The candidates are allotted seats in accordance with their preference and their marks. The admission to BITS Pilani, BITS Hyderabad and BITS Goa campus is provided through the BITSAT examination. The examination is conducted on a computer-based test that tests the candidate's understanding of Physics, Chemistry, and Math at the intermediate level. Also, proficiency in English and logical reasoning is tested through the exam.
The procedure for counselling of BITS is given below:
|Availability of application form||3rd week of December, 2020|
|Last date to submit application form||2nd week of March 2021|
|Online form correction||2nd to 3rd week of March, 2021|
|Test Centre allotment and announcement to candidates via mail||4th week of March, 2021|
|Slot Booking||4th week of March to 1st week of April, 2021|
|Admit Card Release||Between April 2nd week and May 2nd week, 2021|
|BITSAT 2021 Exam||3rd to 4th week of May, 2021|
|Admit List and Waitlist Release||June 2021|
Solving previous year question papers will help candidates to know repeated questions and topics which can be expected in the exam. It will help candidates to develop a strategy for the examination. It will help in time management and help candidates to decide on which topics should they stress upon.