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BITSAT 2017 Preparation Tips

Last Updated - April 15, 2017

BITSAT is one of the premier engineering entrance exams in the country. The exam is organized by BITS Pilani every year for admission into B.Tech courses in various engineering branches offered at different campuses of Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS).

BITSAT 2017 is scheduled from May 16, 2017 to May 30, 2017. The exam is conducted in online mode only and all the questions are objective in nature. The exam comprises 150 questions divided into five sections namely Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, English Proficiency, and Logical Reasoning. The total marks allocated for the BITSAT is 386 with 3 marks awarded for every correct response while 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect response. However, candidates who finish the test before the stipulated time of 3 hours get an opportunity to score more as 12 additional questions (4 each from Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics) are provided to them. Thus, developing speed and accuracy to solve questions will give you a strong edge for BITSAT 2017.

The real challenge for many aspirants is to manage the preparations for BITSAT along with their class 11th and 12th academic curriculum. Many actually find it difficult to prioritize and decide a subject-wise strategy and also sources that they should refer for each subject.

However, this issue can be resolved easily with proper guidance in terms of syllabus, exam pattern, recommended books, and subject-wise preparation strategy. We have put together all the details related to BITSAT topic wise weightage, subject wise preparation tips and recommended books for BITSAT.

BITSAT 2017 Syllabus

Before starting with preparation, candidates should carefully go through BITSAT 2017 Syllabus to identify the important topics to focus upon. The syllabus is based on the 10+2 syllabus prescribed by CBSE. Some of the important topics in terms of weightage from all individual topics are compiled below.


A total of 40 questions would be asked from Physics. The questions asked under this section would be both conceptual and numerical in nature. The syllabus mentioned below depicts the weightage of questions in the exam from Physics. Check out some important chapters to prepare for BITSAT Physics section:

  • Current Electricity
  • Electromagnetic Induction and Electrostatics
  • Gravitation
  • Heat and Thermodynamics
  • Kinematics
  • Optics


Chemistry section also comprises 40 questions. The questions asked from Chemistry are more of conceptual nature rather than numerical. Some major topics to focus in BITSAT Chemistry section are:

  • Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure
  • Chemical Kinetics
  • Heat and Thermodynamics
  • ElectroChemistry
  • P block elements
  • Equilibrium
  • Solutions
  • d & f block elements


Mathematics section is a crucial section in BITSAT exam as it comprises 45 questions (of the total 150 questions) which is maximum for any section. Thus, Mathematics section can be the decisive factor in your performance in BITSAT 2017. Some of the prominent topics from Mathematics are listed below.

  • Definite and Indefinite Integration
  • Vectors 3D
  • Permutations and Combinations
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Statistics and Probability

English and Logical Reasoning

There is no specific syllabus for this section. English section would test the candidates for their basic proficiency in English grammar, vocabulary, comprehension, and ability to read fast and comprehend. The English section comprises 15 questions.

The logical reasoning section is designed to test candidate’s ability to think logically to perceive data accurately, understand relationships and figure out patterns and missing numbers or words correctly. The section comprises a total of 10 questions.

BITSAT Paper Analysis

BITSAT Previous Year Paper Analysis is crucial as it will help you in checking out the sections that carry the maximum weightage and pattern of questions in the exam. It will help in planning your strategy so that you can devote majority of time to major sections and improve your scores.

Candidates can see the graph below to ascertain the overall difficulty level of questions in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics based on previous year trends in BITSAT. Most of the questions are in the bracket of easy to moderate difficulty level category based on the marks distribution.

bitsat 2017

We have also tabulated below the weightage wise distribution of chapters across each section based on past year trends from the 3 main subjects for your reference. The important chapters in terms of their weightage should be prioritized in your preparation plan.

Heat & Thermodynamics10%Chemical Bonding10%Circles11%
Magnetic effect of current & magnetism9%Biomolecules6%Straight Lines7%
Wave Motion6%Carboxylic Acid & its derivatives6%Pair of straight lines7%
Current Electricity6%Atomic Structure6%Vectors6%
Electrostatics5%P-block elements6%Continuity & Differentiability6%
Simple Harmonic Motion5%Mole concepts6%Differential equation4%
Wave Optics5%Alkanes, Alkenes & Alkynes5%Complex Numbers4%
Fluids5%ElectroChemistry5%Theory Of Equation4%
Rotational Motion4%Chemical Thermodynamics5%Binomial Theorem4%
Work, Energy, Power4%Solid state4%Sets, Relations and Functions4%
Elasticity4%Chemical Equilibrium4%Trigonometric Equations4%
Ray Optics4%S-block element4%Properties of Triangles3%
Units, Dimensions, Errors3%Ionic Equilibrium3%Probability3%
Gravitation3%Chemical Kinetics3%Application of Derivatives3%
Alternating Current3%--Matrices Determinants3%

Preparation Tips for BITSAT 2017

After going through the BITSAT 2017 Syllabus and analyzing the previous year paper, it’s time to start with the preparation. However, the confusion that still persists around where and how to start preparation. We have compiled together some important BITSAT Preparation Tips.

  • Work on your Strengths and Weakness: Most candidates are usually aware about their areas of interest and areas that require more attention. The strong areas will contribute maximum to the score while the weak areas require maximum attention. Therefore, candidates need to rigorously practice questions from all the difficult topics.
  •  Thorough Revision: Revision is most important topic if the candidates want to retain the knowledge they have covered while preparing. Daily revision of whatever you have covered during preparation eliminates the risk of forgetting the information. Spend 2-3 hours regularly for revising old topics you have covered
  • Use Sample Papers and Mock Test Series: Refer to BITSAT previous year sample papers and past year question papers to check out the pattern of questions and the weightage of important topics. Sample papers and mock test series are the most effective way to familiarize themselves with the exam pattern of an entrance test and improve their speed and accuracy in solving questions.
  • Practicing Online: Appearing for online mock test series can drive your scores in BITSAT 2017. Practicing online can pay rich dividends for the candidates as it will help them in understanding the format of computer based test and increase their speed in solving the questions.  There are plenty of online mock test series available online for BITSAT.

Reference textbooks and mock test series are crucial for preparation of any entrance exam. The questions in BITSAT are both conceptual and numerical in nature. You can make use of some popular reference books and mock test series for all the individual topics for clarifying your concepts as well as solving numerical questions.


BookAuthor/PublisherISBN No.
NCERT part 1&2 class 12thNCERT8174506314 & 8174506713
Concepts of Physics H.C. Verma Vol 1 & 2H.C.Verma8177091875 & 8177092324
Understanding Physics seriesD.C. Pandey9350941732
JEE Main Physics Previous year PapersArihant935094801X


BookAuthor/PublisherISBN No.
NCERT chemistry Part 1 and Part 2 for Class XIINCERT8174506489 & 8174507167
Physical Chemistry by P.BahadurP.Bahadur9382314431
Organic Chemistry by Arihant (Theory & Paper)O.P. Tandon9382314415
JEE Main Chemistry Previous year PapersArihant9350947994


BookAuthor/PublisherISBN No.
Arihant Maths Series by S.K. Goyal for in-depth understanding and practiceS.K.Goyal35203290X
JEE Main Previous year PapersArihant9352035348

English and logical reasoning

BookAuthor/PublisherISBN No.
BITSAT English Proficiency and Logical Reasoning by Disha ExpertsDisha Experts9382081844
Wren and Martin for high school EnglishWren and Martin8121900093
The Pearson Complete Guide to the BITSAT (English)One Learn Education8131763447



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