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“Hard work doesn’t guarantee success, but improves its chances”, says Kenil Ghanshyam who got admission in SVNIT through BITSAT 2014

Last Updated - September 03, 2016

Kenvil Ghanshyam Limbani appeared for BITSAT in the year 2014. He was offered admission in various institutes such as All NITs and all Colleges of Gujarat but he took admission in SVNIT. He believes that working on your weakness will help a person to score good in BITSAT. He shared his views and preparation tips with us in the interview.


Ques. Name of the Institute you took Admission in?


Ques. Name of the Institutes that offered you Admission?

Ans. All NITs and all Colleges of Gujarat


Ques. Did you take coaching classes? Mention their role in your Story?

Ans. No, I did not take coaching classes for BITSAT examination but I took coaching classes for JEE-advanced keeping in mind that these classes would help in BITSAT examination, so I took the classes in Ahmadabad but I think those classes didn't help me because self study is better than these coaching classes.


Ques. How would you rate the following Preparation Strategy in terms of their efficiency in your story?

Coaching ClassesNCERT Text BooksCoaching Study MaterialOnline Study MaterialSubject Wise ClassesSelf Study
lowmoderatehighmoderate moderateVery high

Ques.  What is the Role of Coaching Institutes in Cracking BITSAT?

Ans. 4


Ques. What were your Strong and Weak areas? How did you prepare and what special efforts did you put for improving them?

Ans. My strong areas are Mathematics and Chemistry and weak area is Physics. For mathematics and physics, I used to practice these areas the most. I used to give equal time to mathematics and chemistry and remaining time I spent on physics. I solved many problems from different kinds of books so that they would help me in examination and I also used to spend my holidays and weekends in this preparation. If the students want to score well in BITSAT, then they should make a time table and study according to it.


Ques. What mock papers did you take?

Ans. The key to crack BITSAT is practice – this is your first online exam and you have to be well adjusted to the format for acing the exam. A few websites offer online BITSAT test series and if you are preparing seriously for BITSAT, you should try solving some of them. This will ensure that you are well versed with the type of questions and the way to solve them. In addition, a few books for BITSAT are also available, but they are not of much use if you already know the JEE concepts well. Talking about the main test, BITSAT has a section called English Proficiency and Logical Reasoning which is not included in the other entrance exams. You don’t have to worry about this section at all if you have given competitive examinations in school where Logical Reasoning questions are asked. In addition, English Proficiency is quite an easy section and you don’t need to specifically prepare for it – just keep your cool and answer accurately.


Ques. Write some of the Preparation tips for someone who is starting 3 months before the exam?

Ans. 1. Create a study calendar and start exactly one month before the exams are scheduled to start. For each day write down the subject that you plan to spend time studying. If you are sitting for more than one exam, take into account which exams require depth knowledge; these should show up on your study calendar more frequently. Stick to the calendar, an hour a day might not seem like much but it will be useful. In designing your study calendar, try not to study for too long on something you find difficult, you will become stressed and most likely forget what you learnt an hour ago.


 2. Figure out your study methods. Study methods include using colors, pictures and brainstorm or mind map pages. Some people learn and remember things better if they’re in certain colors whereas other people may remember diagrams and pictures more easily. Use the method that works for you; as long as it’s effective. It’s no use reading lots of text if your study method is diagrams. Remember, everyone has different methods to study, what works for your best friend may not work for you. Personally, I employ the use of mind maps as well as reading text. I enjoy the mind map method as it clearly shows the links between various topics within the exam. I create a holistic picture of the exam which allows me to understand what’s involved.

 3. Understand the syllabus. It’s not enough to simply memorize the material that you have covered in lectures as there is the possibility that exam questions will not be asked in a straightforward manner.

Ques. Physics: Mention the Strategy and Book Followed?

Ans. You should have a fair understanding of Kinematics and Dynamics and it is essential to be able to build a strong problem solving ability. Also, the Theory of Fields (Electromagnetism) is very important. In addition to Mechanics and Electrodynamics; enough time must be allotted to Heat and Thermodynamics, Optics and Modern Physics. These topics are generally the most neglected topics which then can prove to be risk factors. But they are the easiest and scoring topics and share a good percentage of total marks of the exam. University Physics by Freedman and Young Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday, Resnick and Walker [practice] Physics for IIT-JEE series by B. M. Sharma. Disclaimer: I was taught Physics by the author. I have not gone through these books but I am basing this recommendation on the assumption that these would be similar to the questions found in the reading material provided to me as a student.  Concepts of Physics by H. C. Verma [practice] Problems in General Physics by I. E. Irodov This is generally of a level above the general questions asked currently in IIT-JEE and may be considered optional. The books mentioned above can be used for all topics.


Ques. Chemistry: Mention the Strategy and Books Followed?

Ans. Physical Chemistry can fetch you real good scores and hence all the units in it must be done carefully. Students tend to neglect Inorganic Chemistry but just a proper understanding of it can prove beneficial. Enough time should be devoted to general principles of Organic Chemistry, as this will make the remaining part easy to comprehend. Physical Chemistry is important as numerical problems asked from this section are scoring and not too difficult. Pay special attention to learn Inorganic Chemistry as there are many facts and figures to be remembered. One can learn this topic by continuous revision. University Chemistry by Bruce Mahan for Physical Chemistry Organic Chemistry by Morrison and Boyd for Organic Chemistry Organic Chemistry by Solomons and Fryhle for Organic Chemistry A Guidebook to Mechanism in Organic Chemistry by Peter Sykes for Organic Chemistry. This book must be read irrespective of whether you read 2 or 3. But it is suggested that you read this book only after you have covered all or at least a large part of your organic chemistry syllabus. Concise Inorganic Chemistry by J. D. Lee for Inorganic Chemistry [practice] Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations by RC Mukherjee

Ques. English: Steps to master this section and the books you followed?

Ans. Take a course to improve your basic knowledge of English. Without a strong basic foundation in the language, it would be a Pyrrhic victory to go ahead. So, learn the basics from a person who is well versed in English for some time, so that you will reap the benefits in the future. If you hesitate to take initiatives, your future will not take you to any higher places either in English learning or anywhere else in your life. Having a strong foundation is the secret of success in any field. The more you go upwards, the more you will realize the significance of basic knowledge. So, take all steps to learn the basics. You are not the only to raise this question - How can I improve my English? Read anything you find aloud and slowly. Newspapers, books, dictionary entries, Wikipedia and WikiHow articles, etc. Go as slow as possible to understand the meaning behind what you read. You can choose children's books which have fairly easy vocabulary and sentence construction. Reading such stories should give you a better understanding of the words. This way, you can improve your vocabulary. Write in a notebook (your personal dictionary) the new words that you learn each day. Go through this dictionary once in a week so that don't forget the meaning of these words. Improve your vocabulary. By using more complex and advanced words, you are prone to perfect your English.

Ques. Logical Reasoning: Strategy and Books you followed?

Ans. Any book or reference material that students use should help him/her develop basic concepts, tips, tricks and strategies. A reference material should give the student sufficient practice on problems with varying difficulty level. A reference material can be considered a credible guide only if concepts are lucidly explained in the most efficient way to solve the problems. Recommended Books Simple and easy to understand – How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT Common Admission Test 5th Edition (Paperback) by Arun Sharma, Publisher: Tata McGraw Hill 2012 Rs. 625, 2012 edition For advanced – The Pearson Guide To Quantitative Aptitude And Data Interpretation For The CAT by Nishit Sinha, Publisher: Pearson. Rs. 650, 2012 edition for advanced and more practice – Quantum CAT: Quantitative Aptitude Common Admission Test for Admission into IIMs (Paperback) by Sarvesh K Verma Publisher: Arihant, Rs. 650, 2013 edition.

Ques. Mathematics: Strategy and Books Followed?

Ans. Calculus forms a base for almost every part of Mathematics. Other important and scoring topics are Determinants, Sequences, Permutation and Combination. The student must be able to relate the complex numbers with Coordinate Geometry and Vectors. Three dimensional geometry should be practiced to get that additional or compensating score. One must be able to understand inter-relationship between various topics so as to know their importance. The knowledge and skills developed by understanding and preparing the chapter Coordinate Geometry can be used to solve problems in complex numbers. The knowledge of Vectors is also very helpful in these topics. To solve problems of Probability, the student must be strong in Permutation and Combinations. Formula and problem-solving skills developed by thorough practice of Trigonometry are useful in almost all topics. Finally, there is no denying the fact that the most important tool that a mathematician has, is Calculus. I cannot stress this enough -- studying theory in maths is as important as in physics and chemistry. Maths is not only about solving some equations or some problems but also about understanding how theorems were arrived at and the intuition behind several conventions and ideas. So it is very important that you study the theory given in NCERTs and other books that precedes the examples and questions. This would give you a better understanding of the concepts and certainly help you in JEE. Higher Algebra by Hall and Knight for Algebra Textbook of Co-ordinate Geometry for IIT-JEE by A. Majeed for Co-ordinate geometry Problems in Calculus of One Variable by I. A. Maron for Calculus and Analytic Geometry by Thomas and Finney for Calculus


Ques. What are the things you would like to go back in time and change to get into a better college?

Ans. Applying to college can be both exciting and stressful. With so many colleges to consider and important deadlines to meet, daunting might be an understatement for the work ahead. Not to mention, the competition is fierce among the many highly qualified applicants applying to elite schools. But with the right approach and a better understanding of what makes a strong application, applying to college can be an empowering process—especially when the big envelope arrives in the mail. In the meantime, you have a lot to think about, so we’ve created an admissions “road map” that is designed to help you in applying to, and ultimately enrolling in, the college of your choice.
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Bolstering Your Academic Profile – When it comes to admissions, academics are essential.
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Get Involved in Your Community – Your community can be an important asset in helping you get into your dream college.
Show you’re a Hard Worker – Hard work pays off, and this couldn’t be truer when it comes to applying for college.
Write a Killer Admissions Essay – Your admissions essay is crucial in granting you the edge that you need to stand out among the other applicants.
Get Glowing / Balanced Recommendations – Believe it or not, recommendations can make or break an application so make sure your letters are up to par.
Get Plugged into Campus Early – The earlier you get involved, the better your chances of admissions will be.
Go the Extra Mile – By putting in extra effort upfront, your chances of getting in only improve.
Never Give Up – Motivation is key to getting into your dream college. Let us share a few tips on how to stay on top of your admissions game.







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