BITS – All you need to Know

Birla Institute of Technology & Science, also known as BITS, is an institute of higher education which took its present form in 1964. It was result of a merger between Birla colleges of Humanities, Commerce, Engineering, Pharmacy and Science. These colleges were formed under the Birla education trust which was formed in 1943. This makes BITS one of the oldest colleges in the country.

BITS – A Brief history

BITS informal first form was actually even before the Birla Trust Fund of 1943. It was in form of a Pathshala in Pilani which was started by Seth Shivnaraniji Birla, in 1901, to educate his grandsons. As BITS gathered strength, it evolved into a high school & by 1929, BITS had grown into an Inter College. With the formation of Birla Education Trust in 2943, degree courses were added to the curriculum which functioned separately; until in 1964 when the merger between different degree colleges led to the formation of BITS Pilani, as we know it today.

With the realisation of a greater education need, newer campuses of BITS were opened to the education community – BITS Dubai, BITS Goa, BITS Hyderabad – in that order. With BITS Dubai, in 2000, BITS became the first indian institute of education with a campus overseas. BITS Goa was opened for students in 2004. BITS Hyderabad started its operations from 2008.

Academics

BITS is known for its high standard in academics all over the country. Unlike many engineering institutes, B.E. is the engineering degree offered here which is equivalent to B.Tech degree offered in rest of the top engineering institutes. While all the programmes are designed in a way to facilitate completion within eight semesters, their flexible academic policy gives students the option to complete their degree both at a faster pace (earlier than 8 semesters) as well as at a slower pace to finish it in later than 8 semesters. Let’s take a look at the degrees offered here.

Degrees Offered

Degrees offered, as listed on their official website, in BITS are : B.E. (Hons.), B.Pharm. (Hons.), M.M.S (Master of Management Studies), M.Sc. (Hons.), M.Sc. (Tech.), and M.A. (Hons.). These are level wise equivalent degrees. They are considered to be integrated degrees for two reasons:

  1. The degree program includes several cross disciplinary common courses such as basic math and science ; and
  2. No intermediate degree, like, B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons.), B.A., B.A. (Hons), etc. is awarded.

These degrees are modular in structure and academic requirements are spelt out in terms of the number of courses studied rather than the number of years.

BITS Pilani Degrees Offered

B.E.(Bachelor of Engineering) Programmes

  • B.E.(Hons.) Mechanical Engineering
  • B.E.(Hons.) Manufacturing Engineering
  • B.E.(Hons.) Civil Engineering
  • B.E.(Hons.) Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • B.E.(Hons.) Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering
  • B.E.(Hons.) Chemical Engineering
  • B.E.(Hons.) Computer Science

MSc.(Hons.) Programmes

  • M.Sc.(Hons.) Biological Sciences
  • M.Sc.(Hons.) Chemistry
  • M.Sc.(Hons.) Economics
  • M.Sc.(Hons.) Mathematics
  • M.Sc.(Hons.) Physics
  • M.Sc.(Hons.) Finance

MSc.(Tech.) Programmes

  • M.Sc.(Tech.) Finance
  • M.Sc.(Tech.) Engineering Technology
  • M.Sc.(Tech.) General Studies
  • M.Sc.(Tech.) Information Systems

M.E.(Masters of Engineering) Programmes

  • M.E.(Biotechnology)
  • M.E. Chemical (with specialization in Petroleum Engineering)
  • M.E.(Civil – Structural Engineering)
  • M.E.(Civil – Infrastructure Systems)
  • M.E.(Civil – Transportation Engineering)
  • M.E. (Communication Engineering)
  • M.E. (Computer Science)
  • M.E. (Embedded Systems)
  • M.E. (Microelectronics)
  • M.E. Electrical (Power Electronics and Drives)
  • M.E. (Mechanical Engineering)
  • M.E. (Manufacturing Systems Engineering)
  • M.E. (Design Engineering)
  • M.E. (Mechanical Engineering)
  • M.E. (Software Systems)
  • M.E. (Manufacturing Systems Engineering)

M.Pharm.(Masters of Pharmacy) Programmes

  • M. Pharm.(with specialisation in Pharmaceutical Chemistry/Pharmaceutics)

BITS Goa Degrees Offered

B.E.(Bachelor of Engineering) Programmes

  • B.E.(Hons.) Mechanical Engineering
  • B.E.(Hons.) Manufacturing Engineering
  • B.E.(Hons.) Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • B.E.(Hons.) Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering
  • B.E.(Hons.) Chemical Engineering
  • B.E.(Hons.) Computer Science

M.Sc.(Hons.) Programmes Offered

  • M.Sc.(Hons.) Economics

MSc.(Tech.) Programmes

  • M.Sc.(Tech.) Information Systems

M.E.(Masters of Engineering) Programmes

  • M.E.(Biotechnology)
  • M.E.(Chemical)
  • M.E. (Embedded Systems)
  • M.E. (Design Engineering)
  • M.E. (Software Systems)

BITS Hyderabad Degrees Offered

B.E.(Bachelor of Engineering) Programmes

  • B.E.(Hons.) Mechanical Engineering
  • B.E.(Hons.) Manufacturing Engineering
  • B.E.(Hons.) Civil Engineering
  • B.E.(Hons.) Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • B.E.(Hons.) Chemical Engineering
  • B.E.(Hons.) Computer Science

M.Sc.(Hons.) Programmes Offered

  • M.Sc.(Hons.) Economics
  • M.Sc.(Tech.) Information Systems

M.E.(Masters of Engineering) Programmes

  • M.E.(Biotechnology)
  • M.E. (Micro Electronics)
  • M.E. (Embedded Systems)

M.Pharm.(Masters of Pharmaceuticals) Programmes

  • M.Pharm.(with specialisation in Pharmaceutics)

BITS Dubai Degrees Offered

B.E.(Bachelor of Engineering) Programmes

  • B.E. (Hons.) Computer Science
  • B.E. (Hons.) Electrical & Electronics Engineering
  • B.E. (Hons.) Electronics & Communication Engineering
  • B.E. (Hons.) Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering
  • B.E. (Hons.) Mechanical Engineering
  • B.E. (Hons.) Chemical Engineering
  • B.E. (Hons.) Biotechnology

M.E.(Masters of Engineering) Programmes

  • M.E. Design Engineering
  • M.E. Microelectronics
  • M.E. Software Systems
  • M.E. Biotechnology
  • M.B.A. Engineering and Technology Management
  • M.B.A. IT Enabled Services Management

Admission

BITSAT Entrance Examination

BITSAT is the exam that has to be cleared to pursue education at BITS. It is an online computer based test conducted annually over a period two weeks during May. This year BITSAT is scheduled form 16th May to 30th May, 2017.

BITSAT Format

BITSAT comprises of four sections. Following table shows the breakup of these sections

  • Time duration for BITSAT 2017 is 3 hours (without break)
  • All questions in BITSAT 2017 will be objective in nature. Each question is multiple choice, single correct type.
  • The entrance exam has a total of 150 questions from all the sections
  • Each Question carries 3 marks for correct response & -1 for incorrect response
  • Anyone able to finish all the 150 problems before the given time, is given 12 Bonus problems (4 each in P C & M) to improve their scores.

BITSAT Eligibility CriteriaOfficial website of BITS Admission list downs the following eligibility criteria for admissions.

  • For admission to any of the First Degree programmes of BITS except B.Pharm.: Candidates should have passed the 12th examination of 10+2 system from a recognized Central or State board or its equivalent with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (PCM) and adequate proficiency in English.
  • For admission to B.Pharm.: Candidates should have passed the 12th examination of 10+2 system from a recognized Central or State board or its equivalent with Physics, Chemistry and Biology (PCB) and adequate proficiency in English. However candidates with PCM may also apply for Pharmacy program.
  • Candidates should have obtained a minimum of aggregate 75% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects (if he/she has taken Mathematics in BITSAT) or a minimum of aggregate 75% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology subjects (if he/she has taken Biology in BITSAT) subjects in 12th examination, with at least 60% marks in each of the Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics / Biology subjects.
  • Only Students who are appearing for 12th class examination in 2017 or who have passed 12th class Examination in 2016 are eligible to appear in the BITSAT-2017 test.
  • If a candidate has taken more than one attempt in 12th class or its equivalent, only his latest performance is considered, provided this attempt has been for the full component of subjects/courses prescribed.
  • Students who are presently studying in BITS at any of its campuses are not eligible to appear in BITSAT-2017.
  • Admissions will be made purely on merit. The merit position of the candidate for admission will be based on the score obtained by the candidate in the BITSAT-2017.

BITSAT Cut-off ScoresBITS Pilani CampusBITS Goa CampusBITS Hyderabad CampusBITS RankingsBITS is consistently ranked amongst the Top 50 colleges in India. Outlook India had ranked BITS Pilani, above many major IITs & any other private engineering college, in their list of Top 100 engineering colleges in the country. Other than Outlook India, BITS was ranked the top private engineering college by Trak, India Today (ranked 3rd overall),Live-Mint & many more. Live-mint ranks an institute on the basis of Intellectual Capital, Pedagogic systems and processes, Industry interface, Placements & Infrastructure. It is indeed appreciable that, overall, BITS stood at top in these categories.CampusFollowing is how the beautiful BITS campus have been described on their official website. They sure sound worth staying at.BITS Pilani CampusCovered with wooded paths and spread over 328 acres, the campus is self contained and houses all the amenities and buildings that befit an institute of international standards. The programmes are fully residential with 11 hostels for boys and one hostel complex for girls. Around 4500 students live on campus along with 350 faculty members, their family and a vast pool of support staff.The campus also boasts of a magnificent library complex with a floor area of 65,000 sq. ft and a rich collection of about 2,30,000 volumes of books and manuscripts.An intellectual powerhouse, the campus has successfully attracted healthy amounts of research funding from government grants and private bodies. Research facilities are wide ranging, with a number of laboratories focussed on all aspects of science and technology. The campus boasts of a state-of-the art network that provides connectivity to the entire institute.BITS Goa CampusSituated at the lap of hills, overlooking the Zuari River, BITS Goa Campus is spread over an area of 180 acres. Location of the campus is unique in the respect of scenic beauty and panoramic view of surrounding encompassing Zuari River, hillocks, forests, waterways and landscape. Also known as KK Birla Goa Campus, it is about 10 kms south of Vasco-da-Gama, 20 kms north of Margaon and 7 kms east of Goa Airport, along National Highway – 17B, Bypass road. In the midst of idyllic, sylvan beauty, the Campus houses the Main building, having academic and administrative offices, Guest House, Hostels for boys and girls, Student Activity Centre, faculty and staff quarters, Medical Centre, Playground and Shopping Complex. The location of the campus is unique in the respect of scenic beauty and panoramic view of picturesque surroundings encompassing Zuari River, hillocks, roads, waterways, forests, and landscape.Being fully residential, separate hostels are provided for both girls and boys. The students are provided with single room accommodation, furnished with a bed, a wardrobe, a computer cum study table, a mirror and black granite shelf. Internet connection is provided in each room as a part of Project BITS Connect!. A Shopping Complex with, departmental store, cafeteria, bank and all other utility shops provide needful support to the campus inmates. The campus also has a Medical Centre with two doctors, pharmacist and other support staff who provide round the clock medical coverage to all the residents of the institute.PlacementsAll the Top companies visiting any other engineering campus pay a visit to the BITS as well. Companies having rigorous recruitment procedure & in turn having the best packages visit BITS. Highest package offered at BITS Hyderabad was of a whooping Rs. 52 LPA. Google offered a package of Rs. 1.4 Crores Per Annum at both BITS Pilani & BITS Goa Campus in 2014. Here is the list of companies who had recruited students from BITS.

  • Microsoft, Seattle, USA
  • Dell Intl. Services, India
  • Bosch
  • Siemens LLC, UAE
  • Sony Ericsson, NC, USA
  • Tata Consultancy Services, India
  • Schlumberger, UAE
  • Oracle, California, USA
  • Schneider Electric
  • Baker Hughes, UAE & India
  • Larsen And Toubro UAE
  • Etisalat, UAE
  • Alshaya Group
  • Toshiba, UAE
  • RDK International
  • Steinweg Sharaf, UAE
  • Emerson
  • Eta Ascon Star Group Of Cos, UAE
  • Dabur International
  • Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group Of Cos, UAE
  • Al Futtaim Group Of Cos, UAE
  • Thyssen Krupp, UAE
  • Fly Dubai
  • Nama Mott Mc Donald, UAE
  • Ws Atkins, UAE
  • Standard Chartered Bank, UAE
  • Maersk, UAE
  • Panasonic – Middle3i East, UAE
  • Infotech Ltd., UAE
  • J. Ray Mc Dermott, Middle East, UAE
  • Al Faraa Group
  • Honeywell Middle East, Dubai, UAE
  • Clipsal Middle-East, UAE
  • KPMG, UAE
  • Irca Middle East, UAE
  • General Electric, India
  • Halliburton, KSA
  • Petrofac

BITS Hyderabad CampusThe sprawling campus at Hyderabad is built amidst lush greenery spreading over 200 acres of land at Jawahar Nagar, Shameerpet. Surrounded by natural beauty, the campus is about 70 kilometers away from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad and 27 kilometers from Secunderabad railway station. It is easily accessible by road with a bus stop just outside the campus. Public transport (route# 212) runs every one hour from Secunderabad to the campus. It is in close proximity to many schools, medical facilities, and recreational centers.The campus is built with state-of-the-art infrastructure without affecting the scenic beauty of the area. Modern laboratories, well-furnished classrooms, lecture theatre complexes, student activity center, auditorium, playground and modern ICT infrastructure, all come together to make BITS Pilani, Hyderabad campus a well-equipped campus.Hope all the information is sufficient to keep you informed as you are about to make a major life decision. Toppr wishes you All The Best!

Section Number Subject(s) No. of Questions
I Physics 40
II Chemistry 40
III English & Logical Reasoning 15 & 10
IV Mathematics 45
Stream Score/450
B.E. Chemical 319
B.E. Civil 314
B.E. Electrical & Electronics 362
B.E. Mechanical 346
B.E. Manufacturing 311
B.Pharm. 240
B.E. Computer Science 384
B.E. Electronics & Instrumentation 345
M.Sc. Biological Sciences 304
M.Sc. Chemistry 308
M.Sc. Economics 335
M.Sc. Mathematics 330
M.Sc. Physics 324
Stream Score/450
B.E. Chemical 301
B.E. Electrical & Electronics 331
B.E. Mechanical 322
B.E. Computer Science 358
B.E. Electronics & Instrumentation 312
M.Sc. Biological Sciences 297
M.Sc. Chemistry 300
M.Sc. Economics 315
M.Sc. Mathematics 310
M.Sc. Physics 307
Stream Score/450
B.E. Chemical 298
B.E. Civil 303
B.E. Electrical & Electronics 324
B.E. Mechanical 316
B.E. Computer Science 347
B.E. Electronics & Instrumentation 313
B.E. Electronics & Communication 332
B.E. Manufacturing 298
M.Sc. Biological Sciences 296
B.Pharm. 224
M.Sc. Chemistry 299
M.Sc. Economics 310
M.Sc. Mathematics 307
M.Sc. Physics 304

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