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BITSAT : Apply by February 15

Dr. S. Rajookrishnan

December 18, 2012: Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani, has invited applications for admissions to all the Integrated First Degree programmes of BITS, Pilani, at Pilani campus, Goa campus, and Hyderabad Campus for the academic year 2013-14. Admission to these Programmes will be made on the basis of a Computer based Online Test,the ‘BITS Admission Test-2013’ (BITSAT-2013).

Integrated First Degree Programmes to which admissions will be made on the basis of BITSAT-2013 are the following.

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
M.Sc (Tech): General Studies, Finance, Information Systems.

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
M.Sc.(Tech.): Information Systems.

BITS, Pilani-Hyderabad Campus:

B.E (Hons): Chemical, Civil, Computer Science, Electronics & Communication, Electrical and Electronics, Electronics & Instrumentation, Mechanical, Manufacturing
M.Sc (Hons): Biological Sciences, Chemistry; Economics, Mathematics, Physics
M.Sc (Tech): Information Systems.

All students admitted to M.Sc (Hons) programmes will have 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 M.Sc(Hons) and B.E(Hons)/B.Pharm(Hons)

Eligibility: Applicant for admission to any of the Integrated First Degree Programmes, should have passed the 12thclass examination of 10+2 system from a recognized Central or State Board or its equivalent, with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and obtained a minimum aggregate of 75% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in 12thexamination, at least 60% marks in each of the Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and should have adequate proficiency in English.

Applicant should have passed 12th Examination in 2012 or should be appearing for 12thexamination in 2013, to be eligible to appear in the BITSAT-2013. If a candidate has taken more than one attempt in 12thclass 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 12thexamination in 2011 or earlier are not eligible to appear in BITSAT-2013. Students who are presently studying in BITS at any of its campuses are not eligible to appear in BITSAT-2013.

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-2013, subject to fulfilling the requirement of minimum marks in 12thexamination, as mentioned.

Direct Admission to Board Toppers: First rank students of all Central and State Boards in India for 2013 will be given direct admission to the program of their choice, irrespective of their BITSAT-2013 score as per the eligibility criteria mentioned. Further details about this scheme will be available at BITS website by 20thMay, 2013.

BITSAT-2013 : BITSAT is a computer based online test where, the candidate sits in front of a computer,getting questionson the computer monitor. He/she has to answer 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. BITSAT-2013 will be offered over a period of time. Applicant can choose the Center, the Day and Time of his/her convenience to take the test, subject to the availability of time slots.

Test Format : BITSAT-2013 will be of 3 hours duration, without break and consisting of 150 questions. The test will have four parts with Physics in Part-1 (40 Questions), Chemistry in Part II (40), (a) English Proficiency (15) and (b) Logical Reasoning (10) in Part III and Mathematics in Part IV (45). All questions will be of the objective type, multiple choices type with choice of four answers, only one being correct choice. Each correct answer fetches 3 marks, while each incorrect answer will result in loss of 1 mark. No marks are awarded for questions not attempted. While the candidate can skip a question, the candidate will not be able to choose more than one option as correct answer. 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 extra questions, if there is still time left. These extra questions will be from Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics only with four questions from each part.

Once the candidate has opted for extra questions, he/she cannot go back for correction of any of the 150 questions answered earlier.The questions are so designed that a good student will be able to answer 150 questions in 180 minutes. The extra 12vquestionswill give a chance to highly meritorious candidates to score higher.

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.

Syllabus : The BITSAT-2013 test will be conducted on the basis of NCERT syllabus for 11thand 12thclasses. The detailed syllabus is given in the Annexure to the BITSAT 2013- Brochure that can be downloaded from www.bitsadmission.com/bitsat/bitsatmain.htm. 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.

Test Centers for BITSAT-2013 : BITSAT will be held at Pilani,Goa and Hyderabad Campuses of BITS and at Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gurgaon, Gwalior, Hyderabad City, Indore, Kolkatta, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Noida, Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Guwahati, Allahabad, Patna, Roorkee, Trivandrum, Ranchi, Surat, Pune, Jalandhar, Dubai Campus of BITS (International center), Jaipur, Raipur, Tirupati and Jodhpur. Applicants 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. Applicants will be informed of the same through BITS website, so that they can choose their date for the test as per their convenience and availability of slots in any of these centers.

Fees: The Application fees of for BITSAT-2013 is Rs.1750/-. It is Rs.1250/- for female candidates. Options for payment of fees are given at http://www.bitsadmission.com/bitsat/BITSATAPPLY/onlinereg.asp. If the payment is by way of Demand Draft, then the amount to be paid is Rs. 1850/- (Rs. 1350/- for female candidates).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 Rs. 2500/- ). Details for payment of fees are available at the website.

Application: Applications can be submittedfor BITSAT-2013 online, at http://www.bitsadmission.comas per the instructions there. Fee has to be remitted in the manner prescribed.Deadline to apply for BITSAT-2013 online along with the fee payment is 15th February 2013.

Application fees by one of the following methods.
(i) 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 (Allahabad Bank, Andhra Bank, Axis Bank Limited, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra, Barclays Bank PLC, Canara Bank, Central Bank of India, Centurion Bank Of Punjab Limited, City Union Bank Ltd, Corporation Bank, Dena Bank, Deutsche Bank AG, Development Credit Bank Ltd., GE Money, HDFC Bank Limited, ICICI Bank Ltd, IDBI Bank Ltd., Indian Overseas Bank, Indus Ind Bank Limited, ING Vysya Bank Ltd, Karnataka Bank Ltd, Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Standard Chartered Bank, State Bank of India, Syndicate Bank, Tamilnad Mercantile Bank Ltd, The Bank of Rajasthan Ltd, The Catholic Syrian Bank Ltd, The Cosmos Co-op Bank Ltd, The Dhanalakshmi Bank Ltd, The Federal Bank Ltd, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd, The KarurVysya Bank Ltd, The Lakshmi Vilas Bank Ltd, The Saraswat Co-Operative Bank Ltd, UCO Bank, Union Bank of India, Vijaya Bank.)
(ii) Payment through Net Banking  (Allahabad Bank, Axis Bank, Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, City Union Bank, Corporation Bank, DCB Bank, Deutsche Bank, Dhanlaxmi Bank, Federal Bank, ICICI Bank, IDBI Bank, Indian Bank, Indian Overseas Netbanking, J&K Bank, Karnataka Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, South Indian Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Tamilnad Mercantile Bank, Union Bank of India, United bank of India, Vijaya Bank, Yes Bank).
(iii) Payment by cash at all ICICI bank branches through Challan:While filling the BITSAT Application form online, applicant should choose the first Payment option, namely ‘Payment by cash at ICICI bank branches through Challan’. An online fee payment challan will be generated automatically. The printout of this challan is to be taken & signed at the designated Places.

This challan is to be taken to any of the ICICI Bank branches and payment made. The bank will note down a bank transaction no on the challan, sign and stamp at the three parts of the challan. The bank will keep the ‘Bank copy’ part of the challan for their records and return the two Applicant Copies to the applicant. Both the applicant copies are to be kept with the applicant for records.
(iv) Payment through Demand Draft:Demand Drafts has to be drawn in favour of ‘Birla Institute of Technology & Science’ payable at (i)   State Bank of India, Pilani (Branch Code: 11309) Or (ii)  UCO Bank, VidyaVihar, Pilani (Branch Code: 0150) Or (iii)  ICICI Bank, Pilani (Branch Code: 1538). If the Demand Draft is payable at any other branch or bank, it will be rejected.    

If the payment of fee is by Demand Draft, then a copy of the completed application form along with the prescribed fees of Rs. 1850/- (Rs. 1350/- for female candidates) should be sent to Admissions Officer, BITS, Pilani-333 031 to reach latest by 5 pm on 15th February 2013.

All applicants should take the print out of the filled form for future reference. Announcement on Test center allotment will be made on 25th February 2013. Applicants have to reserve Test dates between 1st March and 20th March 2013. Those who register for the test and reserve test dates have to download the ‘Hall ticket’, alongwith instructions, from BITS website between 15th April and 30th April 2013.The tests will be conducted during 14th May and 1st June 2013.

Candidates should carry the hall ticket when reporting to the Test center. 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 and photograph will be taken at the time of the test and will be matched at the time of admission.

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.

Merit List for Admission : A candidate who has appeared in BITSAT-2013 will be eligible for admission only if he/she gets the required minimum marks in the Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics of 12th examination as per the eligibility criteria fixed. All candidates who have appeared in BITSAT-2013 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 29th June 2013, the details of which will be available in the BITS website by 20th May 2013. The completed form with the required application fee has to reach ‘The Admissions Officer, BITS Pilani, Rajasthan-333 031’latest by 5 pm on 29thJune 2013.

The merit position of such eligible candidates (those who have appeared in BITSAT-2013 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-2013. When score of two candidates are the same, the tie will be broken considering the scores obtained in Mathematics in BITSAT. 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 12thexamination will be considered for their separation. Admit List and Wait List for admission will be announced on 1stJuly 2013.

For more details such as Details of Programmes,  BITSAT 2012 Cutoff Scores,  Admission Modalities and other details, see the BITSAT Brochure 2013 or visit www.bitsadmission.com/fd/fdmain.htm

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