BITSAT 2012 – BITS Pilani Admission Test for Integrated First Degree Programmes

The Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani is an all India Institution declared as Deemed to be University under Section 3 of the UGC Act. Admissions to all the Integrated First Degree programmes of BITS, Pilani, at Pilani campus, Goa campus, and Hyderabad Campus for the academic year 2010-11 will be made on the basis of a Computer based Online Test conducted by BITS, Pilani. This test will be referred to as ‘BITS Admission Test – 2010’, in short as BITSAT-2010 hereafter in this document.

1. Integrated First Degree Programmes to which admissions will be made on the basis of BITSAT-2010:

(i) at BITS, Pilani – Pilani Campus
B.E.(Hons.): Chemical, Civil, Computer Science, Electrical and Electronics, Electronics & Instrumentation, Mechanical, Manufacturing .
B.Pharm.(Hons.);
M.Sc.(Hons.): Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics, Physics and
M.Sc.(Tech.): General Studies, Finance, Information Systems.


(ii) at BITS, Pilani – Goa Campus:
B.E.(Hons.): Chemical, Computer Science, Electrical and Electronics, Electronics & Instrumentation, Mechanical.
M.Sc.(Hons.): Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics, Physics. and
M.Sc.(Tech.): Information Systems.

(iii) at BITS, Pilani – Hyderabad Campus :
B.E.(Hons.): Chemical, Civil, Computer Science, Electronics & Communication, Electrical and Electronics, Mechanical.
B.Pharm.(Hons.);
M.Sc.(Hons.): Biological Sciences, Chemistry; Economics, Mathematics, Physics and
M.Sc.(Tech.): Information Systems.

Note: All students admitted to M.Sc(Hons.) programmes are given an option to work for a second degree for one of the B.E. (Hons.)/B.Pharm.(Hons.) programmes under the dual degree scheme, assignment being made by competition on their performance at BITS at the end of first year, separately in Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad campuses. Under this scheme, a student normally requires five years to complete both the degrees and is awarded both the degrees, namely M.Sc.(Hons.) and B.E.(Hons.)/B.Pharm.(Hons.)

2. Eligibility for BITSAT 2010:
For admission to any of the above Integrated First Degree Programmes, 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. Further the candidate should have obtained a minimum of aggregate 80% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects in 12th examination, with at least 60% marks in each of the Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics subjects and should have adequate proficiency in English.

Students who are appearing for 12th examination in 2010 or who have passed 12th Examination in 2009 only are eligible to appear in the BITSAT-2010 test. If a candidate has taken more than one attempt in 12th class or its equivalent, only his latest performance is considered, provided this attempt has been for the full component of subjects/courses prescribed. Students who have passed 12th examination in 2008 or earlier are NOT eligible to appear in BITSAT-2010. Students who are presently studying in BITS at any of its campuses are not eligible to appear in BITSAT-2010
Admissions will be made purely on merit.

The merit position of the candidate for admission will be based on the score obtained by the candidate in the BITSAT-2010. However, their eligibility for admission is subject to fulfilling the requirement of minimum marks in 12th examination, as mentioned above.

Direct Admission to Board Toppers:
In the past, admission process of the Institute always ensured guaranteed admission to all the students who obtained first ranks in their respective board examinations. This has given a very vital input of highly meritorious students from all over India. First rank students of all the central and state boards in India for the year 2010 will be given direct admission to the program of their choice, irrespective of their BITSAT-2010 score as per the eligibility criteria mentioned above. Further details about this scheme will be available at BITS website by 20th May, 2010.

3. Details of BITSAT-2010:
‘Computer Based Online test’ means the candidate sits in front of a computer and the questions are presented on the computer monitor and the candidate answers the questions on the computer through the use of keyboard or mouse. Each computer is connected to a server, which prepares the question set and delivers it to the candidate on the computer. This is unlike the traditional paper-pencil based test, which is generally offered on a single day to all candidates. BITSAT-2010 will be offered over a period of time and the candidate can choose the Center, the Day and Time of his/her convenience to take the test, as described in the later sections.

BITSAT-2010 Test Format:
BITSAT-2010 will be of total 3-hour duration (without break). The test consists of four parts:

Part I : Physics
Part II : Chemistry
Part III : (a) English Proficiency and (b) Logical Reasoning
Part IV : Mathematics

All questions are of objective type (multiple choice questions); each question with choice of four answers, only one being correct choice. Each correct answer fetches 3 marks, while each incorrect answer has a penalty of 1 mark (-1mark). No marks are awarded for questions not attempted. While the candidate can skip a question, the computer will not allow the candidate to choose more than one option as correct answer. There will be 150 questions in all. The number of questions in each part are as follows:

Part I Physics 40
Part II Chemistry 40
Part III
(a) English Proficiency - 15
(b) Logical Reasoning - 10
Part IV Mathematics 45
Total: 150

There is no time limit for individual parts of the test. The candidate can go back and change any of his/her answers among the 150 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, Mathematics 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.

The questions are so designed that a good student will be able to answer 150 questions in 180 minutes. The extra questions (a maximum of 12) will give a chance to highly meritorious candidates to score higher. However, candidates should keep in mind the fact that there is negative marking for wrong answers and any attempt to answer the questions by pure guessing of the answers is not likely to have any advantage, but may result in a reduction in the total score.

The questions will be selected at random from a large question bank. Different candidates will get different question sets. An expert committee will ensure that the question sets are of comparable difficulty level, content, question type etc. In this matter, the decision of the expert committee will be final and binding on the candidate.

All the questions and instructions of the test will be in English only. Candidates should bring a pen for the purpose of rough work, signing etc. Blank sheets for rough work will be provided, if required. Calculators and logarithmic tables are not allowed in the test centers. Candidates are not allowed to bring any other personal belongings such as mobiles.

Each candidate who registers for BITSAT-2010 will be instructed to download a ‘Hall Ticket’. Candidates with the hall ticket only will be allowed inside the Test centers. All centers are closely monitored for security and candidates’ identity and activities will be recorded using web cameras and/or closed circuit TV cameras. Anyone violating the rules of the test center will not be allowed to continue with the test and will automatically be disqualified.

Syllabus for BITSAT-2010:
The BITSAT-2010 test will be conducted on the basis of NCERT syllabus for 11th and 12th class. The detailed syllabus is given in the Annexure. Candidates may refer to the NCERT textbooks for the contents. A sample test will be made available to the registered candidates at the BITS website on which he/she can practice as many times as desired.

4. BITSAT score report:
At the completion of the test, the computer will announce the result to the candidate in terms of number of total correct answers and wrong answers, with the score. The candidate can also check and print his score report at the BITS website after all the tests are completed. No student will be allowed to repeat the test in the same year.

5. Merit List for Admission:
As explained earlier, a candidate who has appeared in BITSAT-2010 will be eligible for admission only if he/she gets the required minimum marks in the Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects of 12th examination as per the eligibility criteria described already. All candidates who have appeared in BITSAT-2010 and are interested in admission will be required to submit Admission application with 12th marks and preferences to different degree programmes offered, on or before 30th June 2010.

The merit position of such eligible candidates (i.e., those who have appeared in BITSAT-2010 and who have submitted the application for admission in the prescribed form with 12th marks, preferences and the required fees) will be prepared on the basis of their scores in BITSAT-2010. The cases of bracketing, if any, will be dealt with as described below.

When the score of two candidates are the same, first their scores obtained in Mathematics in BITSAT will be considered for separating them, If the tie still exists, then their scores in Physics in BITSAT will be considered for separating them. Further tie is eliminated using their scores in Chemistry. Finally, their PCM total marks in 12th examination will be considered for their separation.

6. Test Centers for BITSAT-2010:
In order to facilitate a large number of students all over India to participate in this test, apart from Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad campuses of BITS where it is expected that a large number of students will take the test, the Institute is also planning to offer the tests at dedicated test centers in several cities. The planned test centers are in the following cities.

1. Pilani
2. Goa
3. Hyderabad City
4. Ahmedabad
5. Bangalore
6. Hyderabad Campus of BITS
7. Chandigarh
8. Chennai
9. Bhubaneswar
10. Delhi
11. Gurgaon
12. Coimbatore
13. Indore
14. Kolkatta
15. Lucknow
16. Mumbai
17. Nagpur
18. Noida
19. Visakhapatnam
20. Vijayawada
21. Gwalior
The final list of centers and the operating days at each center will depend on the number of applicants and their preferences and will be announced only after all the applications are received and candidates will be informed of the same through BITS website, so that the candidates can choose their date for the test as per their convenience and availability of slots in any of these centers.

7. Important dates and deadlines:
Deadline to apply for BITSAT-2010 : 30th January 2010
Test center allotment and announcement to candidates : by 15th February 2010
Candidates to reserve Test dates : 18th Feb. – 10th March 2010
Candidates to download the Hall tickets with instructions : 10th April – 30th April 2010
BITSAT Online tests : 10th May – 10th June 2010
Candidates to apply for admission with 12th marks and
preferences to Degree programmes : 20th May – 30th June 2010
Admit List and Wait List announcement : 1st July 2010

8. How to Apply:
Interested candidates should register their names for BITSAT-2010 by applying in the prescribed application form online. Complete the application form Online at http://www.bitsadmission.com and take the print out of the filled form. The completed application form alongwith the prescribed fees of Rs. 1000/- (Rs. 500/- for female candidates) should be sent to Admissions Officer, BITS, Pilani – 333 031. Details for payment of fees are available at the website while applying online.

Special provision for Female candidates: The BITSAT application fee for female candidates is Rs. 500/- only instead of Rs. 1000/-. Further, the Institute will try its best to accommodate all female candidates at their first preference of test centers.

Application form can also be obtained by post from the Admissions Office, BITS, Pilani by sending a request on plain paper giving the candidate’s name and gender with complete postal address, accompanied by a crossed demand draft for Rs. 1100/- (Rs. 600/- for Female candidates). This amount includes the prescribed fees and Rs. 100/- towards postal and handling charges. The form will be sent by Speed Post / Registered Post. Requests by post will be accepted only till 21st January 2010. Demand drafts should be drawn in favour of ‘Birla Institute of Technology & Science’ payable at State Bank of India, Pilani (code: 11309) Or State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur, Pilani (Code: 10398) or UCO Bank, Vidya Vihar, Pilani (Code: 0150) Or ICICI Bank, Jhunjhunu (Code: 0799)

Deadline to apply for BITSAT-2010 by submitting the completed form to the Admissions Office, BITS Pilani is 5.00 PM on 30th January 2010.

Those who register for the test and reserve test dates have to download the ‘Hall ticket’, alongwith instructions, from BITS website as per the schedule given earlier. The tests will be conducted during 10th May – 10th June 2010.

Procedure for Applying for admission:
In addition to applying for and appearing in BITSAT-2010, candidates have to also apply for admission to BITS giving details of their 12th marks and preferences to different degree programmes offered. The prescribed application form for admission, the detailed application procedure and the final list of Degree programmes offered will be available at the BITS website, by 20th May 2010. The completed form with the required application fee has to be submitted so as to reach the under-mentioned on or before 5.00 PM on 30th June 2010.

Completed application forms for BITSAT-2010 and for admission are to be sent by registered post/speedpost or personally submitted to the under-mentioned so as to reach him before the announced deadlines:

The Admissions Officer,
BITS
Pilani – 333 031
Rajasthan

Important Note:
(i) The tests are generated from a large question bank and different candidates will get different question sets. An expert committee will ensure that the question sets are of comparable difficulty level, content, question type etc. In this matter, the decision of the expert committee will be final and binding on the candidate.
(ii) The test assumes that the candidate has basic familiarity with computers, keyboard and mouse operation. It is the responsibility of the candidate to acquire these skills before appearing in the test and the Institute cannot take responsibility for the same.
(iii) The Institute is planning to operate test centers in different cities other than Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad campuses of BITS as previously stated. The final list of centers and actual days of operation will be announced to candidates through the BITS website www.bitsadmission.com . The Institute cannot guarantee that test centers will be set up in all these cities. Further, the Institute reserves the right to cancel any test center if such a situation arises. In such cases, those candidates allotted to these centers will be accommodated in alternate test centers including Pilani/Goa/Hyderabad campuses of BITS.
(iv) The candidate must fully obey the rules of the test centers; otherwise he/she will be automatically debarred from the test.
(v) In all matters in the conduct of BITSAT-2010, the decision of the Vice Chancellor of BITS will be final.
(vi) All disputes pertaining to BITSAT-2010 shall fall within the jurisdiction of Pilani only.
(vii) As already mentioned, information on various aspects such as center allocation, Instructions, Hall ticket downloading etc. is announced through the BITS website www.bitsadmission.com. The candidates are advised to view the BITS website regularly for all related information on BITSAT and BITS Admissions.

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