Class 12 science students across the country are gearing up for engineering entrance exams. Admission to colleges is solely on basis of national or state or institute level entrance exams. On one hand, the JEE Main 2018 registration has already started. On the other hand, registration for other, equally important exams, are also looked forward to. One such exam is BITSAT.

BITSAT 2018 or the BITS Admission Test is a computer-based entrance exam administered by BITS Pilani for its integrated first degree programs of BITS Pilani campuses in Pilani, Goa, Hyderabad. The Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani has just announced that application form will be available from December 19, 2017.

Noticeably, the notification has a typographical error: It should be 19th Dec 2017 (Tuesday) instead of 19th Dec 2018 (Tuesday).

Now that BITSAT 2018 application form availability has been notified, the next question that candidates have in mind is “What is the exam date of BITSAT 2018?”. The institute is yet to notify date of exam, but, chances are that exam will be held in the month of May 2018 as always.

An interesting point to note is that the application form was made available much later, on December 29, last year. Date of exam last year was from May 16 to May 30 and slot booking for BITSAT was done in the third week of March. Since application form is releasing early, could this mean that exam dates will also be so? If that is the case then BITSAT 2018 exam dates could be from the second week of May to the fourth week of May, instead of the third week of May to the fifth week of May 2018 as was initially being expected.

Various integrated first degree courses are offered in BITS admission. These include BE, B.Pharm, M.Sc. BITSAT exam consists of four parts I, II, III, IV namely physics, chemistry, English proficiency and logical reasoning, mathematics or biology. In part IV, one can opt for mathematics or biology. Those who wish to take admission to B.Pharm need to opt for biology. Part I and II have 40 questions each, part III has 15 questions on English proficiency and 10 questions on logical reasoning, part IV has 45 questions. Therefore in all there are 150 questions. A correct answer fetches three (3) marks whereas a wrong answer leads to deduction of one (1) mark.

A very interesting thing in the BITSAT exam format is the presence of extra questions. There are twelve (12) extra questions, which, only those candidates can attempt who have answered all 150 questions in 180 minutes. This gives an excellent opportunity to highly intelligent students to score marks over and above.

Difficulty level of exam is at par with that of JEE Main which is conducted by CBSE. However, what makes it tough is the high level of competition. Around 1.9 to 2.2 lakh students appear in the exam to compete for only around 2000 students.

A well planned BITSAT 2018 preparation can help one clear the exam with a good rank. Strategically revising subjects and improving speed and accuracy is the key. Share your strategy to crack BITSAT in comments section.

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