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Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani, offers higher education to students in India. It is a deemed university under the purview of the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India.

The institute offers degree programmes in engineering, humanities, sciences, management, pharmacy and technology. It has campuses at Hyderabad, Pilani and Goa in India and a campus in Dubai.

It is deemed as one of the best private engineering institutes in the country. Established in 1964 as a regional engineering college, it developed into a national university.

Every year, the institute conducts the BITS Admission Test (BITSAT) for admissions to their integrated first-degree programmes. It is a computerised exam held at the national level. There is no reservation of seats and the examination process is purely based on merit.

There are 2,000 seats available for admission through the exam, for which the number of candidates runs into several lakhs every year. The number of seats available at the three campuses is as follows:

  • Hyderabad - 600
  • Goa - 600
  • Pilani - 800

Eight undergraduate engineering courses and a course in pharmacy are offered.

Candidates can indicate their preferences for up to three examination centres, along with their preferred time slots (9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and dates while applying for BITSAT 2018. However, those who choose Dubai as their examination centre are not asked to indicate other preferences.

In 2017, the test centres were spread across 46 cities in India, in addition to a centre in Dubai.

In 2018, the NIIT University will also use BITSAT scores for admission to its B.Tech courses.

Examination pattern

The duration of the exam is three hours. The questions asked are objective questions in the multiple-choice format. Four options are provided for every question, with only one being the correct answer. Three marks are awarded for every correct answer and one mark is deducted for every wrong answer.

The total number of questions is 150 and there are no time limits for individual sections. Candidates can change their answers during the exam, if they change their minds regarding the correct option.

The number of questions for each section is as follows:

  • Chemistry - 40
  • Physics - 40
  • Mathematics / Biology - 45
  • English - 15
  • Logical reasoning - 10

All candidates get different questions as the questions are selected randomly from a question bank by a test software. However, the content, levels of difficulty and the types of questions asked are comparable for all candidates.

Blank sheets are provided to the candidates for rough work, if required.

If the candidates answer all the questions, without skipping any, before the completion of three hours, they are allowed to attempt 12 additional questions in the time left. This gives meritorious candidates a chance to score higher in the exam.

Important dates [source]

Events Dates
Availability of application form
End of December 2017 [Tentative]
Last date for submission of applications
19th March 2018 (Extended)
Correction of Application Form
15 to 19 March 2018
Allotment of test centres
21 March 2018
Reservation of test dates and booking of slots
23 March to 5 April 2018
Downloading of admit cards
12 April to 10 May 2018
Dates for taking BITSAT online
16 May to 31 May 2018
BITSAT score
20 June 2018
Applications for admission with 12th marks and preferences
1 May to 18 June 2018
Announcement of admit and wait lists
20 June 2018


The exam is based on the NCERT syllabus for classes 11 and 12 and candidates can refer to NCERT textbooks for detailed content.

Eligibility Criteria

Some of the most important conditions that candidates must meet are:

  • The candidate should have obtained a minimum of aggregate 75% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects (if he/she has taken Mathematics in BITSAT) or a minimum of aggregate 75% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology subjects (if he/she has taken Biology in BITSAT) subjects in 12th examination, with at least 60% marks in each of the Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics / Biology subjects.
  • Those who have passed the class 12 exam more than two years prior to BITSAT-2018 are not eligible.
  • Mathematics as a subject in class 12 is essential for B.Tech and Biology for B. Pharm.
  • English and logical reasoning proficiency is also needed to clear the BITSAT
  • For those who have appeared the class 12 exam more than once, the latest performance is considered.
  • Students of BITS are not allowed to appear for BITSAT again.
  • Students who rank first in the class 12 or equivalent exams conducted by any central or state education board in India are admitted directly, regardless of their BITSAT scores.
  • Those appearing for the class 12 exam are also eligible.

The application fee for BITSAT 2018 was as follows:

  • For male candidates - Rs 2,950/-
  • For female candidates - Rs 2,450/-
  • Candidates (male/female) opting for Dubai as test centre - US $ 70/-

Payments can be made offline through bank challans or online through net banking or debit/credit cards.

Admit card

The admit cards are issued online and the candidates have to download them. They have to provide the required credentials to access the admit cards.

Mock test

Candidates can download executable files from the official website to access the mock tests. Scores are generated automatically after the candidates click the 'Completed' button . The mock tests are generally for a duration of 30 minutes and help the candidates get an idea of the kind of questions that appear in the actual BITSAT.


When candidates complete the test, they can view the results on the computers which they used to appear for the BITSAT. The total number of both correct and incorrect answers are also provided. Based on the result, they can estimate their chances of admission to their preferred courses.

Answer key

Examinees can use the answer key to cross-check their answers. This helps them find out which questions were answered correctly and which were answered incorrectly.


After the scorecard for BITSAT is released, the dates for counselling are announced. Candidates have to fill in an online form to get their counselling dates issued. The process is conducted simultaneously at Hyderabad, Goa and Pilani.

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