How to Crack BITSAT: Preparation Tips and Recommended Books

By Sarada Prasad Rath

Birla Institute of Technology and Science Admission Test (BITSAT 2020) is a university-level online entrance exam conducted by Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (BITS Pilani) for admission into undergraduate engineering courses (B.Tech) at various campuses of BITS present at Pilani, Goa, and Hyderabad. The exam is scheduled to be held from 6th to 10th August 2020. The best part of the extension of the exam date is, candidates now have extra time for preparing for the examination.  

BITSAT is an online mode examination that includes questions in subjects like Physics, Mathematics/Biology, and Chemistry. The level of question is from class 11th and 12th (NCERT Syllabus).

The competition for BITSAT is very tough every year. Nearly 2 lakh candidates apply for 2000 seats present in all of the campus. As tough as it seems to be, it is not at all impossible to crack in the first attempt. Aspirants applying for BITSAT also prepare for JEE Main. Though they have a different pattern and marking scheme, they both follow an almost similar syllabus. While the JEE Main focuses on conceptual learning, BITSAT is more about speed and accuracy. 



Here we have listed a few preparation tips, which will help you crack BITSAT:


1. Understand Exam Pattern and Syllabus


  • BITSAT mainly focuses on conceptual questions
  • Candidates applying for BITSAT must have a thorough knowledge of the syllabus and pattern of the exam.
  • Unlike JEE Main, BITSAT has added subjects (English and Logical Reasoning) and different marking schemes.
  • Have the knowledge of which section caries how much mark and accordingly prepare yourself
  • Work on your weaker sections and revise for harder sections
  • There is negative marking, so avoid blindly answering questions


Know details for BITSAT Syllabus and  BITSAT Exam pattern


2. Study Plan


  • After understanding the syllabus and exam pattern, create an efficient study plan which you would follow thoroughly.
  • Make a time table for each subject so that every section is covered.
  • A student who has not started the preparation, then he/she needs to spend at least 8-9 hours a day for 30 days.  
  • Try solving the mock test papers online. If your scores are somewhere within 300-350, then you have fair chances of scoring high in the final test day.  


3. Time Management 


  • As all the entrance exams are a race with time, it is essential to attempt as many questions you can within the given amount of time.
  • Keep a timer which solving questions to measure yourself.
  • With every passing day, during the revision days, try increasing your speed of answering the questions.  
  • Do not get stuck on a single question which is taking too much of your time. Move on to the next one.
  • As there is negative marking, do not go blindly answering questions.


Read, BITSAT Cut-Off


4. Try to Access the Bonus Questions


  • BITSAT is the only entrance exam which has a set of 12 bonus questions from 3 of its main sections (Physics, Chemistry, Maths/Biology)
  • These 12 questions are only accessible if you attempt all the 150 questions (without skipping a single question) 
  • These 12 questions carry more marks than usual which will give a chance to highly meritorious candidates to score higher
  • Also, once the candidate has opted for extra questions, he/she cannot go back for correction of any of the earlier answered 150 questions.
  • So do not go nuts answering each and every question, as all of them carry negative marking


5. Books and Study Materials


  • Choose your materials from a trusted platform which covers all the topics and has proven helpful before.
  • If you want to know about the exam question pattern, previous year's question papers and Mock tests are the best.
  • Finding good books and study materials is sometimes worrisome. So, below we have provided some recommended books which will help to clear BITSAT.


JEE Main Preparation Tips


Best Books to Clear BITSAT (Subject Wise)


Book Name Author
Concepts of Physics Vol. 1 and 2 H.C. Verma
Objective Physics For Engg. Entrances D.C. Pandey (Arihant)
Fundamentals of Physics Resnick, Halliday, Walker
Advanced level Physics Nelson and Parker
Problems in General Physics I.E. Irodov



Book Name Author
Complete Text Book in Chemistry RK Gupta
Physical Chemistry N Awasthi
A Textbook of Organic Chemistry (Competition) Dr. A.K. Virmani & Dr. O.P. Tandon
Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations R.C. Mukherjee
Organic Chemistry Robert N. Boyd & Robert T. Morrison
Concise Inorganic Chemistry J.D. Lee



Book Name Author
Self Help To CBSE Mathematics (Solutions) R.D. Sharma
Skills in Mathematics S.K. Goyal and Amit M. Aggarwal
Degree level Differential Calculus A Das Gupta
Higher Algebra Hall Knight Bernard-child
Problems in Calculus of One Variable I.A. Maron



Book Name Author
Objective Biology Dr. R K Gupta
Objective Biology with Chapter-Wise MCQs Disha Experts
Objective Botany   Ansari
Objective Biology Pradeep


English Proficiency:

Book Name Author
Objective General English RS Aggarwal
English Proficiency Disha Experts
Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis
Key to English Grammar and Composition Wren & Martin


Logical Reasoning:

Book Name Author
A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning RS Aggarwal
Shortcuts in Reasoning Disha Experts
How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning Arun Sharma
Critical Thinking and Logical Reasoning Ranga Raghuram


Every entrance exam is clearable once you put your heart and mind to it. Proper self-preparation with dedication and hard work, can make you achieve your target. We hope the above-mentioned tips and list of books will help you clear BITSAT.


BITSAT Preparation FAQs 


Q: Is there a need to join coaching institutes for preparation of BITSAT? 

A: Self-preparation is enough to get through the entrance. However, it is a personal choice if you wish to opt for tuitions. If you are not confident enough about the exam pattern and syllabus to be followed, then you can surely take the help of experts. 


Q: What books do the toppers follow? 

A: Generally, the toppers follow the following mentioned books:

  • Class 11th and 12th NCERT books 
  • Practice papers BITSAT 2020 PB by GKP 
  • Pearson's complete guide of BITSAT (English) 
  • BITSAT English Proficiency & Logical Reasoning PB (English) 


Q. Can we carry calculators to the examination hall? 

A: No, not at all. You will not be provided with calculators or log tables. You will only get rough papers to do the calculations.  


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