BITSAT – A Computer Based Online Test for Admission to Integrated First Degree programmes of BITS, Pilani, 2012-13

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 2012-13 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 – 2012’, in short as BITSAT-2012 hereafter in this document.

Details Of  BITSAT -2012
‘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-2012 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-2012 Test Format:
BITSAT-2012 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 is as follows:
SUBJECT
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, and 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-2012 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. Candidate’s finger print impression will also be taken at the time of the test and will be matched at the time of admission. Anyone violating the rules of the test center will not be allowed to continue with the test and will automatically be disqualified.

The BITSAT-2012 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 demonstrating the features of BITSAT 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-2012 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-2012 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  15th February 2012, the details of this will be available in the BITS website .
The merit position of such eligible candidates (i.e., those who have appeared in BITSAT-2012 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-2012. 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-2012:
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 Campus of BITS
2. Goa Campus of BITS
3. Hyderabad Campus of BITS
4. Ahmedabad
5.Bangalore
6. Bhubaneswar
7. Chandigarh
8. Chennai
9. Coimbatore
10. Delhi
11. Gurgaon
12. Gwalior
13. Hyderabad City.
14. Indore
15. Kolkatta
16. Lucknow
17. Mumbai
18. Nagpur
19. Noida
20. Visakhapatnam
21.Vijayawada
22. Guwahati
23. Mangalore
24. Patna
25. Roorkee
26 Trivandrum
27. Dubai Campus of BITS (International center)

The candidate can choose the centers from within India or Dubai. If a candidate chooses centers within India, he/she will be asked to give three preferences and will be allotted one out of these three. If a candidate chooses Dubai as a center he/she will not be asked for any other center preference and will be allotted Dubai center.
The final list of centers in India and the operating days at each center in India and Dubai 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.

8. How to Apply:
Interested candidates should register their names for BITSAT-2012 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. 1500/- (Rs. 1000/- for female candidates) should be sent to Admissions Officer, BITS, Pilani – 333 031.
The fee payment can be made in one of the following modes:
1. Payment by Credit Cards (All credit cards issued by Master and Visa) or Payment by debit Cards (Debit cards issued by VISA of select banks, namely (Andhra Bank, Axis Bank, Barclays Bank, Canara Bank, City Union Bank, Corporation Bank, Deutsche Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, IOB Bank, Kotak bank, Standard Chartered, SBI, Syndicate bank, Federal Bank, Karur Vysya Bank, GE Money financial services.) 2. Payment through Net Banking (Allahabad Bank, Axis Bank, Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Bank of Rajasthan, Corporation Bank, Deutsche Bank, Dhanlaxmi Bank, Federal Bank, ICICI Bank, Indian Overseas Netbanking, Karnataka Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, South Indian Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Union Bank of India, Vijaya Bank, Yes Bank)
3. By cash payment at all ICICI Bank branches through a challan which is to be printed from this website while registering.
If you are not using any of the above modes then you can pay through Demand Draft drawn in favour of BITS, Pilani payable at UCO Bank-Pilani (Code: 0150) or SBI-Pilani (Code: 11309) or ICICI Bank-Pilani (Code: 1538).
If you are planning to make payment through Demand Draft, you will be required to pay an additional amount of Rs 100/-along with the Application Fee as processing Fee ( i.e., Rs1600/- for Male candidates and Rs 1100/- for female candidates). Also ensure to get the DD made before proceeding to apply on line as the DD details will be required while filling online form.
If a candidate chooses Dubai as a test center the application fee for both male and female candidates will be same and will be US $ 50 (or Indian Rs. 2300/- ). Details for payment of fees are available at the website while applying online.
Deadline to apply for BITSAT-2012 by submitting the completed form to the Admissions Office, BITS Pilani is 5.00 PM on 15th February 2012.
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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 – 9th June 2012.
9. Procedure for Applying for admission:
In addition to applying and appearing for BITSAT-2012, 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. 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 15th February 2012. Completed application forms for BITSAT-2012 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