When it comes to engineering entrance exams in India, the most popular competitive exams are the JEE Main and JEE Advanced. Cracking these entrance exams with a high score means getting into one of the top NITs, IIITs, other GFTIs, and the prestigious IISC and IITs. These are the topmost engineering colleges in India run by the government and to get into one of these colleges means your prospect of getting a good job after completion of the course is higher. However, this doesn’t mean private colleges in India are lagging behind.

The Birla Institute of Technology and Science(BITS) is the topmost private engineering college in India. It is world renowned for the quality education it offers and the infrastructure it has. The institute has three campuses in India – Pilani, Goa, and Hyderabad, and offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses as well as integrated courses in engineering. The exam for admission to this institute is called Birla Institute of Technology and Science Aptitude Test (BITSAT).

Every year thousands of students appear for BITSAT. Although the exam is not as tough as the JEE Advanced, it is highly competitive because of the fewer number of seats in the three campuses of BITS. Getting a seat in this institute itself is a prestigious matter.

So, if you are preparing to appear for BITSAT 2018, here is a suggestive study plan for you:

1-year preparation plan for BITSAT 2018

With less than a year left for BITSAT, your preparation plan should be a smart one because you have to study for your 12th board exam as well. BITSAT is conducted in the month of May and your board exams will be conducted in the month of March-April. So, you need to have a study plan where you can prepare for both the exams side by side without getting distracted.

  1. The first thing to do is finish off the entire syllabus as early as possible. The BITSAT syllabus is the same as that of the CBSE syllabus of Class 11 and 12. So, you don’t have to allocate separate time for the two. If your basics for the syllabus of Class 11 is cleared, you can easily finish off the rest of the syllabus by October end. If your 11th syllabus is not properly finished, you have to allocate two extra hours daily to catch up with what you have missed out.
  2. Solve BITSAT practice questions and take chapter-wise test every time you finish a chapter. For chapters, you have already finished before, allocate one hour daily to solve questions from them. Pay more attention to the most important chapters for BITSAT. You have to master those chapters as they have more weightage and you cannot afford to lose marks on those chapters. Make sure to note down the formulas, reactions, mechanisms, equations as you finish the chapters. This will also help you in your board exams. Also, mark the questions you found difficult to solve and revise them regularly.
  3. Allocate half an hour on alternate days for English Proficiency and Logical Reasoning. Study and practice either of the two on a given day. Do not keep it for the last minute. Most of the students do that and end up losing marks. If you are prepared for this section, your chances of getting higher marks. Follow these steps until the entire syllabus is completed, preferably by October end.
  4. Once you have finished the entire syllabus, take full-length BITSAT mock tests on a weekly basis. Assess your performance from the tests – find out where exactly you are lagging behind, which concepts and chapters you are weak at, are you able to finish the whole paper on time, are you able to manage time properly, and are you able to select the right questions, etc. Work on them for the whole week and take another test. Compare your performance with that in the last test.

You can continue with this plan until the end of December. From January, concentrate mainly on your board exams. Just allocate two hours daily to revise for BITSAT – questions/topics/concepts/chapters you are weak at or which are important. You can also check out BITSAT previous years papers during that time.

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Important Things to Remember about BITSAT

  1. It is a three-hour test with a total of 150 questions from four sections.
  2. The fourth section is Logical Reasoning and English Proficiency that can grab you some easy marks – do not ignore this section.
  3. Unlike JEE Advanced, BITSAT doesn’t ask questions that have a combination of two-three concepts but BITSAT questions are tricky – having your basics cleared can help you answer these questions.
  4. If you solve all the 150 questions within three hours, 12 additional questions will be unlocked for you, thus giving you the opportunity to score higher.

After your board exams are over, you will get another month to prepare for BITSAT. Revise the whole syllabus within the first ten days. After that, solve practice questions, take tests, and work upon wherever you feel you are weak.

All the best!

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