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BITS beckons

R. RAVIKANTH REDDY

Invites applications for admission to all Integrated programmes


The Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani is synonymous with success, more so, for Southern students who have literally dominated the admissions till the online test was introduced a couple of years ago.

The university established under Section 3 of the UGC Act has called for applications for admission to all the Integrated First Degree programmes to be offered at the Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad campuses for the academic year 2008-09. Admissions would be made on the basis of a Computer based Online Test.

The Hyderabad campus of BITS Pilani, which will be operational from the ensuing academic year offers an additional stream in Electronics and Communication Engineering apart from other courses offered at both Pilani and Goa campuses. For Telugu students and parents it would be big relief since they don’t have to go all the way to Pilani and choose Hyderabad campus as their first preference. V.S. Rao, Director of BITS Pilani, Hyderabad campus assures that quality of education at all the three centres will be the same. The courses offered at the Pilani campus include B.E. (Hons) in Chemical, Civil, Computer Science, Electrical and Electronics, Electronics & Instrumentation and Mechanical in the engineering stream apart from B.Pharm. (Hons), M.Sc. (Hons.) in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics, Physics and M.Sc.(Tech) in General Studies, Engineering Technology, Finance and Information Systems. Similar courses are offered at the Goa and Hyderabad campuses with a few changes.

For admission to all the above programmes except B.Pharm (Hons.) and M.Sc.(Hons.) Biological Sciences, candidates should have passed the Intermediate or 12th examination of 10+2 system with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics and adequate proficiency in English. For admission to B.Pharm. (Hons.) and M.Sc.(Hons.) Biological Sciences programmes candidates should have passed Intermediate or the 12th examination of 10+2 system with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology or Mathematics and adequate proficiency in English. Candidates having both Mathematics and Biology in 10+2 have to decide whether they wish to appear in Mathematics or Biology subjects in BITSAT-2008.

However, admissions to all the programmes are based on some conditions. The candidate should have obtained a minimum of aggregate 80 per cent marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects or Physics, Chemistry and Biology subjects in Intermediate with at least 60 per cent marks in each of the Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics / Biology subjects.

Students who are appearing for Intermediate in 2008 or who have passed it in 2007 only are eligible to appear in the BITSAT-2008 test. Admissions will be made purely on merit.

Direct admission

To attract the best of talent, the BITS continues to admit all the students who obtained first ranks in their respective board examination. First rank students of all the Central and State boards in India for the year 2008 will be given direct admission to the programme of their choice, irrespective of their BITSAT-2008 score as per the eligibility criteria mentioned above.

Details of BITSAT

‘Computer Based Online test’ means the candidate sits in front of a computer and the questions are presented on the computer monitor and the candidate submits the answers through the use of key board or mouse. Each computer is connected to a server which prepares the question set and delivers it to the candidate on the computer. BITSAT-2008 will be offered over a period of time and the candidate can choose the centre, the day and time of his/her convenience to take the test.

BITSAT-2008 will be of total three-hour duration. The test consists of four parts – Physics (part-I), Chemistry (part-II), English Proficiency and Logical Reasoning (part-III) and Mathematics or Biology (part-IV). Candidates who appear in Biology in Part IV will be eligible for admission to M.Sc. (Hons.) Biological Sciences and B.Pharm. (Hons) only. Candidates who appear in Mathematics in Part IV will be eligible for admission to any of the Integrated First degree programmes, including M.Sc. (Hons.) Biological Sciences and B.Pharm. ( Hons.)

All questions are of objective type (multiple choice questions); each question with choice of four answers, only one being correct choice. Each correct answer fetches three marks, while each incorrect answer has a penalty of one mark. No marks are awarded for not attempted questions. While the candidate can skip a question, the computer will not allow the candidate to choose more than one option as correct answer. There will be 150 questions in all.

No time limit

There will be no time limit for individual parts of the test. The candidate can go back and change any answer among the 150 questions. If a candidate answers all the 150 questions (without skipping any question), the candidate will have an option of attempting 12 extra questions, if there is still time left. These extra questions will be from Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics / Biology only; four questions from each part. Further, once the candidate has opted for extra questions, he can not go back for correction of any of the earlier answered 150 questions. The extra questions (a maximum of 12) will give a chance to to score higher.

Test Centre for BITSAT-2008 includes Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada in the State. Further details can be had on www.bits-pilani.ac.in.

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