BITSAT Test Format: ‘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 submits the answers through the use of keyboard or mouse.
This is unlike the traditional paper-pencil based test, which is generally offered on a single day to all candidates.
BITSAT-2009 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 will be of total 3-hour duration (without break). There will be 150 questions in all.
The test consists of four parts:
- Part I (Physics) – 40
- Part II (Chemistry) – 40
- Part III (a) English Proficiency – 15 (b) Logical Reasoning – 10
- Part IV: Mathematics – 45
All questions are of objective type (multiple choice questions)
Each question has a choice of four answers. Only one choice is correct.
Each correct answer fetches 3 marks, while each incorrect answer has a penalty of 1 mark.
No marks are awarded for not attempted questions.
While the candidate can skip a question, the computer will not allow the candidate to choose more than one option as correct answer.
There is no time limit for individual parts of the test.
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.
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.
All the questions and instructions of the test will be in English only.
Syllabus: The BITSAT 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.
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 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.
The merit position of such eligible candidates (i.e., those who have appeared in BITSAT-2009 and 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-2009.
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.