How to prepare for BITSAT 2018
Almost 100 students will be competing for each seat. The high competition level of BITSAT makes it one of the toughest engineering entrance exams to crack. However, we all know that nothing is impossible if we set have the will to do it. Keeping in mind these 5 tips will help you crack BITSAT 2018 exam.
1. Know the syllabus of BITSAT 2018
Questions in the BITSAT exam are designed on syllabus prescribed in NCERT textbooks of classes 11th and 12th. Detailed syllabus is also given in the information brochure. The first thing to do for exam preparation is knowing BITSAT exam syllabus. The information brochure of BITSAT 2018 is now available. In the meantime check last year’s brochure for the syllabus. Click here to download brochure for detailed syllabus.
|Part I – Physics||40|
|Part II – Chemistry||40|
|Part III (a) – English Proficiency||15|
|Part III (b) – Logical Reasoning||10|
|Part IV – Mathematics / Biology (for B.Pharm)||45|
- Duration of exam is three (3) hours.
- All the questions will be objective multiple choice questions with four options each. Only one answer will be correct.
- Marks scored for a correct answer would be +3. An incorrect answer will fetch negative marking, of -1 mark.
- There is no separate time limit for individual sections. The student can navigate through all the questions at any time within the duration of the exam.
- If a candidate answers all 150 questions in 180 minutes, he/she will get extra questions. There will be a maximum of 12 extra questions which will be a good opportunity to score higher.
2. Focus on improving accuracy of correct answers
What is more important: To attempt more questions or To attempt fewer questions?
The optimum choice is to answer most questions correctly. Rather than answering all 150 questions and marking a large number of them incorrectly (thus piling up negative marks!), it is better to pay attention to how many you are able to answer correctly.
A way to develop this skill is to practice sample papers. When you attempt mock tests or sample papers do a SWOT analysis of each of the sections as well.
3. Practice objective type questions from engineering entrance exam preparation books
NCERT books are a must for understanding theory. After that refer to books containing objective type questions. There is no limit on the number of questions you can practice; the more the better.
4. Do not leave any subject
Sometimes students leave out a topic or a subject if they feel they are weak in it. This is strongly advised against. If you too are in a mood to avoid a particular subject or topic, we suggest you to request a teacher or mentor to help you out in that topic. Even if you are not able to solve higher level questions, at least try to solve until moderate difficulty level questions.
5. Solve practice tests, sample papers, mock tests
Attempting practice papers/sample papers / mock tests help in developing speed and accuracy. At the same time it enables candidates in analyzing strengths and weaknesses. All teachers and educators advise students to solve sample papers for scoring high in exam.
Highlights Of BITSAT Preparation
The first thing to do is to understand the exam.
- The test is of 3 hours duration.
- 150 Questions of multiple choice (objective) in nature, are asked.
- +3 marks are awarded for a correct answer and 1 mark is deducted for incorrect answer.
|Part I – Physics||40|
|Part II – Chemistry||40|
|Part III (a) English Proficiency||15|
|Part III (b) Logical Reasoning||10|
|Part IV – Mathematics/Biology (For B.Pharm)||45|
Extra Questions – If a candidate answers all the 150 questions (without skipping any question), the candidate will have an option of attempting 12 (twelve) extra questions, if there is still time left. These extra questions will be from Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics/Biology only; four questions from each part. Further, once the candidate has opted for extra questions, he cannot go back for correction of any of the earlier answered 150 questions.
At any point, push yourself harder and believe in yourself!
Know the ideal books to prepare for the BITSAT exam. If you are also studying for JEE, those books should suffice.
Keep in mind the Do’s and Don’ts.
Analyse the competition. Do not be scared by it, instead resolve to work hard!
And if you have a few weeks left, keep in mind the last minute tips.
Stick to the timeline!
A brief guide on BITSAT Preparation
Did you know that last year more than 1.86 lakh students applied for BITSAT for admission to only 2,250 seats across the three campuses’ of BITS at Pilani, Goa, and Hyderabad. Chances of getting through is only 1.2%.
Birla Institute of Technology and Science has published statistics for BITSAT exam held last year. The BITSAT cut offs below indicate the last BITSAT score for which admission was done in BITS Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad.
- Lowest cut-off for admission to any program other than B. Pharm. (Hons.) is 284.
- Cut-off for waiting list to any program other than B. Pharm. (Hons.) is 272.