BITSAT 2020 - Preparation Tips, Best Books and Toppers Tips

    Nikkil Visha Nikkil Visha
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    BITSAT 2020 was scheduled to be conducted from May 16 to 25, 2020 but due to the outbreak of COVID-19 the exam dates have been postponed till further noticeNow candidates have some extra time in hand to prepare for the exam. You can use this time productively to come up with the best preparation plan. 

    BITSAT is an online exam that includes questions from Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics/Biology based on NCERT syllabus of class 11 and 12. The accurate knowledge of exam pattern and syllabus is also very important before starting the preparations.  Check BITSAT Syllabus

    Cracking BITSAT is not very difficult and as per the experience of candidates who had appeared for the exam, the question paper is set in a manner to judge the time management skills and presence of mind of a candidate. For smooth preparation and some tips & tricks, candidates must follow the tips mentioned in this article. Moreover, candidates must note that campuses of BITS (Pilani, Goa, and Hyderabad) release their individual branch-wise BITSAT Cut off for the selection of candidates. 

    BITSAT 2020 One Month Preparation Plan

    Last 1 Month Preparation Tips for BITSAT

    Candidates can follow the below-mentioned preparation strategy if only one month is left for preparations. 

    • If a candidate is already preparing for the exam form last 2-3 months then the last month should be utilized for revisions. But if a candidate has not even started the preparation then he/she must give 8-9 hours daily to prepare for the exam in one month. 
    • Candidates are advised to solve mock tests or online papers or previous year papers to improve their speed and accuracy. If you are able to score around 300-350 during your preparations in the tests then there are high chances that you can score very well in the final exam. 
    • Try to improve your speed of answering the questions with a higher level of accuracy so that you can take advantage of bonus questions to score high in the exam. 
    • Most of the candidates take the English section lightly and avoid practicing this section. Focus equally on this section also as this section does not require any lengthy calculation and if you have good knowledge of grammar, good vocabulary then you can easily and quickly answer the questions asked in this section.   
    • Preparing notes during your preparation is very helpful. All the students are always advised to make notes on every topic that they cover. These notes will help you to memorize topics for a longer time interval. Also, you can revise any time from the notes prepared by you. 

    Follow a Time Table to Complete your Syllabus or Revision in the last month

    MondayPick 4-5 topics daily and give 1-hour each to each topic. 
    TuesdayQuickly go through all the topics that you have covered or revised topics again.
    WednesdaySolve at least 30-40 questions within 1 to 2 hours.
    ThursdayAgain Pick 4-5 topics and give 1-hour each to each topic. 
    FridayTake the Mock Tests daily.
    SaturdayRevise Again

    BITSAT 2020 Tips – During Exam

    • Though it totally depends on the choice or preference of a candidate still candidates are advised to choose the last day’s test slot for examination. This way you will get a few more days for revision and with the help of paper analysis of the exam conducted on earlier days, you can get some inputs that can be useful. 
    • No need to waste time on difficult problems. If you are not able to understand the problem or able to find the solution within 1-2 minutes then you must leave that question and move ahead. 
    • You must prepare a strategy beforehand that which type of questions you will solve first. Since the exam pattern include negative marking also so candidates are advised no solve all the questions blindly. 
    • BITSAT is the only exam that gives you an option to attempt 12 bonus questions to score more in the exam. But this option will be available only when you will solve all the 150 questions and once you take this option of solving bonus questions then there is no step back. So candidates are advised that before opting for this bonus question option check whether you want to change the answer to any questions or not. Only when you feel satisfied with your current answers you can take this step.  Check BITSAT Exam Pattern
    • Do not ignore English and LR sections. This section could fetch you more positive marks if you attempt the questions from this section correctly. 
    • Keep track of the time left on the screen and maintain your speed of answering the questions according to the time left.

    Preparation Tips to Crack BITSAT 2020

    1. Time Management during Exam

    • BITSAT includes all of the major parts of the 10+2 syllabus. It includes English and Logical Reasoning with Physics, Chemistry, and Math.
    • Though the questions in BITSAT consist mostly of conceptual questions, they need to be solved real quick.
    • Even while preparing for the exam, all the subjects should be devoted time to equally.
    • All the sections must be answered in a quick reflex, if one hesitates and goes for a lengthy solution, it is nothing but a waste of time. So tiring but manageable time management during the preparation and even while taking the examination.

    Check BITSAT Paper Analysis

    2. Knowledge of BITSAT Syllabus

    • BITSAT syllabus is primarily focused on the conceptual questions. If you are preparing JEE then you must have an idea about the difference in the syllabus of both.
    • Some topics which are covered in BITSAT do not get covered in JEE. This difference must be understood by the candidates.
    • Unlike JEE, all the sections do not consist of equal marks. Hence, the candidates attempting BITSAT can set their priorities.
    • English and Logical Reasoning does not need any formulae or mugging up, these sections need analyzing.
    • Candidates appearing for BITSAT 2020 can prepare for the conceptual predictable questions while preparing and answer them as a quick reflex.
    • Prepare the scoring sections beforehand and solve those question which you are completely confident about and which requires the least time to solve them.

    3. Prepare According to the Marking Scheme

    • All the sections carry different marks. Prepare the conceptual questions of all the sections but do not waste time on the sections you have no clue of.
    • Do not go advanced on your weakest section.
    • Each correct answer fetches 3 marks, while each incorrect answer has a penalty of 1 mark so doubtful questions must not be answered.
    • The starting section of the paper must be the most confident one.
    • While preparing, realize which is your best section. Understand and notice the graphs while taking the mock tests.
    • Improve the skills of the relatively weaker sections. Compared to the negative marks of JEE, BITSAT seems to have a larger number for the all-over negative marks. So the candidates must stay careful and attempt the questions only which he/she is careful about.

    4. Revise, Test and Repeat

    • After you have completed the one-time preparation of all the subjects in the exam, at least one or two months must be given for the revision.
    • Revise all the sections even English & LR again. When revised enough, one must start with the mock tests.
    • Try to take online mock tests to get familiar with BITSAT. Take as many as mocks possible. There are many mock tests available online for BITSAT.
    • Record the time whenever you solve the tests and record it separately for all the sections.
    • Solve all the samples as well as the previous year’s question papers. Understand the pattern of the repeated questions in the previous year’s question papers.

    Click here to Download BITSAT 2020 Sample Papers

    5. Utilize the Bonus Questions

    • BITSAT is the only exam that provides bonus questions for the candidates.
    • This is a set of 12 questions. These questions are no easier than the rest of the paper.
    • These questions will be given to the candidates once he/she has completed the paper before time.
    • The one condition is that they must submit the rest of the paper before taking these bonus questions, you cannot revert back to those answers again. However, it is a good call to go for these questions as they carry a higher positive marking.
    Best Books for BITSAT Preparation

    BITSAT 2020: Books suggested by the Toppers

    Apart from NCERT Books of 11th and 12th that covers all the topics here is a list of other books suggested by the toppers for BITSAT 2020

    BITSAT 2018 Physics, Chemistry, Maths, English, LRCengageBITSAT (Class XI) In English with CD-
    BITSAT Explorer 2015 (With CD) (English)MTG Editorial BoardNCERT Physics Part 1 and Part 2 Textbook for Class XIINCERT
    BITSAT English Proficiency & Logical Reasoning PB (English)Disha ExpertsUnderstanding Physics Series of 5 BooksD. C Pandey
    The Pearson Complete Guide to the BITSAT (English)One Learn EducationAIEEE (JEE Main) and IIT-JEE (JEE Advanced) previous years’ Objective questionsRP Singh, SC Aggarwal
    Comprehensive Guide to BITSAT Online Test – with Mosk Test CD (English)Disha Experts12 Practice Papers BITSAT 2015 PB 8th EditionG K P
    BITSAT Toppers Preparation Tips

    BITSAT Preparation Tips – From Toppers Experience

    “Pursue what you are passionate for rather than just following rat race”, says Priyam Shah

    Priyam Shah who secured 402 marks in BITSAT and topped the exam believes in following his passion rather than following the crowd. He took admission in Computer Science branch in BITS Pilani. He says that exams are just one of the ways for succeeding in life, one should not lose their peace & clam behind them.

    “Every accomplishment start with the decision to try”, says Devendra

    Devendra Chandak appeared for BITSAT. He chose taking admission in BITS Hyderabad Campus. He says, plans your work before the actual work. And it comes out to be a great help in the preparation time. He says regular revision is a great thing to do. As per his approach, a lot of practice can only lead you to success. 

    “All roads that lead to success have to go through hard work at some point”, says Yashwanth

    Yashwanth Kolla appeared for BITSAT. He chose BITS Hyderabad campus for his engineering studies. He believed that concentration, good hand on time management and self-confidence are the keys to qualify BITSAT. He says, the goal should be predefined before starting the preparation. 

    “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending”, Says Chitranjan Singh 

    Chitranjan Singh appeared for BITSAT. He took the admission in IIT BHU Varanasi. He says, practicing sample papers help to a great level. He advised the BITSAT aspirants to follow the class schedule and don’t forget to devote quality time to studies.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    BITSAT 2020 Preparation Tips FAQs

    Ques. Should I join a coaching center or I can prepare myself?

    Ans. BITSAT can be crack if self-prepared. However, it totally depends upon you, if you feel that you will not be able to cope up with the syllabus and need some tricks, then go for coaching. There are various online coaching programs available and if candidates want then he/she can join that also.

    Ques. I have already registered for BITSAT 2020. Why is there a need to apply again for admissions?

    Ans. It Is a separate and mandatory process to apply for admissions separately with the marks secured in class 12 and also giving your preferences to different degree programmes, along with the requisite application fee. The application form is a medium to appear in the test, while the admission form is for admission. 

    Ques. Which are the books studied by toppers for BITSAT Preparation?

    Ans. Some of the books suggested by toppers and which helped them a lot are:

    • Class 11 and 12 NCERT books
    • Pearson Complete Guide of BITSAT (English )
    • 12 Practice Papers BITSAT 2020 PB 8th Edition by G K P
    • BITSAT English Proficiency & Logical Reasoning PB (English)

    Ques. Are calculators allowed to be carried in BITSAT?

    Ans. No, there are no virtual calculators provided during the exam. Only rough paper will be given to you which you must use for all your calculations. No extra material such as log tables, calculators will be provided or allowed to be carried. If a candidate is found with any prohibited items then this may lead to the cancellation to the failure of his/her candidature.

    Ques. Is it difficult to crack BITSAT?

    Ans. No, if you are determined and focused enough then it is not that difficult to crack BITSAT. Though the preparation requires hard work so as to achieve the goal. You can go through the preparation tips provided above to get an idea about how to start preparations. 

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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