BITSAT 2012 EXAM NOTIFICATION//ADMISSIONS
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 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 2011-13 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.
1. Integrated First Degree Programmes to which admissions will be made on the basis of BITSAT-2012:
(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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.)
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 75% 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 2012 or who have passed 12th Examination in 2011 only are eligible to appear in the BITSAT-2012 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 2010 or earlier are NOT eligible to appear in BITSAT-2012. Students who are presently studying in BITS at any of its campuses are not eligible to appear in BITSAT-2012
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-2012. 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 2012 will be given direct admission to the program of their choice, irrespective of their BITSAT-2012 score as per the eligibility criteria mentioned above.
Eligibility criteria for admission under ‘Direct admission to Board toppers’ scheme:
To be eligible for admission under the ‘Direct admission to Board toppers’ scheme, the candidate should be the topper from the science stream having taken Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics subjects in 12th. To identify the topper, the following criteria will be adopted.
a) has taken Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics subjects in 12th and
b) has obtained the highest aggregate percentage of marks in 12th among all the students who have taken Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics subjects in 2012 from the Board. For the purpose of calculating the aggregate percentage, the aggregate marks should include the marks of Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics subjects in addition to other subjects which are required to pass the 12th examination from the Board under consideration. Further, the Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics subject marks should be included in the aggregate, irrespective of whether the Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics subjects are identified as main/optional/elective in his marksheet(s).
Applicants under the scheme should attach documentary proof in support of their claim, along with the 12th mark sheet and a letter from the Board declaring the candidate as the topper in the specified stream. The Institute will also make efforts to get these data from the different boards on its own. In all cases, the Institute will be guided by the data provided by the concerned Board. In cases where for a particular board, the data available before the deadline is insufficient or inconclusive, the admission committee may decide not to make any offer under the scheme for that specified Board. In all such cases, the decision of the Vice chancellor will be final and binding on the applicants
3. 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 are as follows
Part I Physics-40
Part II Chemistry-40
(a) English Proficiency-15
(b) Logical Reasoning-10
Part IV Mathematics- 45 ::
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,III 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-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. 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. 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-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.
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
- 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
- 22. Guwahati
- 23. Varanasi
- 24. Patna
- 25. Roorkee
- 26 Trivandrum
- 28. Surat
- 31. Dubai Campus of BITS (International center)
- 32. Jaipur
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-2012 : 15th February 2012
- Test center allotment and announcement to candidates : 25th February 2012
- Candidates to reserve Test dates : 29th Feb. – 20th March 2012
- to download the Hall tickets with instructions: 14th April – 30th April 2012
- BITSAT Online tests : 10th May – 9th June 2012
- Candidates to apply for admission with 12th marks and Preferences to Degree programmes : 19th May – 30th June 2012
- Admit List and Wait List announcement : 1st July 2012 .
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 pay the prescribed fees. Also take the print out of the filled form for your future reference. If you make payment by Demand draft then a copy of the completed application form alongwith the prescribed fees of Rs. 1700/- (Rs. 1200/- for female candidates) should be sent to Admissions Officer, BITS, Pilani – 333 031. If you are using a payment mode other than DD then the prescribed fee for BITSAT 2012 is Rs. 1600/(Rs. 1100/- 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 Indian Rs. 2500/- ). Details for payment of fees are available at the website while applying online.
Deadline to apply for BITSAT-2012 online along with the fee payment is 15th February 2012. If you are usind DD as the mode of payment then the DD along with a copy of application form must reach Admissions Office, BITS Pilani by 5.00 PM on 15th
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, by 19th May 2012. 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 on30th June 2012.The Admissions Officer, BITS Pilani – 333 031 Rajasthan
(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-2012, the decision of the Vice Chancellor of BITS will be final.
(vi)All disputes pertaining to BITSAT-2012 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.