With the Joint Entrance Exam(JEE) for admission to IITs and NITs ruling the roost at the pole position of engineering exams in the country, BITSAT does not get the amount of attention that it ought to. BITSAT, the entrance exam for the various campuses of Birla Institute of Technology and Science, can actually bring you returns which are richer than what an average performance in JEE can give you. BITS Pilani is considered to be among the top 10 engineering colleges of the country, ranking right next to the top 7 IITs. Here we present a step-by-step road map to crack BITSAT in 1 Month!
Cracking BITSAT in 1 Month
Step 1: Check previous years’ question papers
Wonder why this is the first step of the process? Because BITSAT isn’t remotely as tough to crack as the JEE is. And a fair idea about the type of questions you are likely to face in this exam is thus more important than reading truckloads of books! This is one of the top notch competitive examinations of the country, and only those who adhere to its requirements shall be rewarded in the end. So, better start with understanding the ‘type’ of questions which appear to prepare for BITSAT in 1 month.
Step 2: Download the syllabus and study it carefully if you feel so
This step is very much complementary to Step 1. However, to crack BITSAT in 1 month, you need to know the syllabus well. If you are someone who knows the JEE syllabus inside out, then you can safely skip this step. There isn’t much of a difference in the syllabus for JEE and BITSAT, when it comes to Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. What makes BITSAT unique, however, is the section on Logical Reasoning and English Language. But, then again, you can have no prescribed syllabus for that!
Step 3: Take a number of online tests
The importance of taking tests before the actual exam needs no special emphasis. As already pointed out, this is a ‘competitive exam’ and not a 2 year long course in college. More than your knowledge, what is valued in such exams is your ‘readiness’ to face it.
Many students, equipped with a lot of knowledge and information, fail to make it through to the top ranks in this exam. This is because they rely too much on their ‘knowledge’ and not the ‘skills’ which have to be used here to ‘apply’ that knowledge. Especially for BITSAT, the speed at which you can solve the problems ought to be given top priority, over all other allied factors.
Since BITSAT is an online exam, taking a number of online tests (preferably one each day) shall stand you in good stead when you appear for the actual exam. These tests will help you understand the problems that you are likely to face in BITSAT, and here it becomes necessary to scrutinize your mock tests performances closely. Tests taken without proper analysis might be tantamount to a colossal wastage of efforts.
Step 4: Allot 1 hour everyday to reading a good newspaper
This might seem weird to those who are still not clear about the format of the exam. Here, out of 150 questions, 25 are reserved for Logical Reasoning and English Proficiency. Neither of these two areas can be tackled using conventional sit-study-revise techniques which are viable for PCM. To make the best use of the 25 questions, do make it a habit of reading a good national newspaper on a daily basis. If you have been an avid reader throughout your childhood, then this section might turn out to be a cakewalk for you.
Step 5: For PCM, earmark specific areas to concentrate on
BITSAT won’t test your intelligence the way JEE does by framing slightly tricky questions. You can crack BITSAT in 1 month, armed just with the crystal clear concepts from NCERT. So, there is no need to go running for various books, if you are planning to take this exam within a month. Focus on a few key areas of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics which are going to maximise your returns, and go for the rest of the topics only if you have time.
Physics – Mechanics (Newton’s Laws, Work and Energy, Rotational Dynamics etc), Thermodynamics (this will fetch you marks like nothing else), Electrostatics and Electromagnetism.
Mathematics – You are likely to get almost 50% of the paper from Integral Calculus, Differential Calculus, Coordinate Geometry and Complex Numbers. Make sure you know their basics very well.
Chemistry – Try and go for a ride with NCERT for Inorganic Chemistry. Getting the basics right for Ionic Equilibrium, Chemical Equilibrium and Gas Laws might come in handy for Physical Chemistry. If you are comfortable with Organic Chemistry, go for a quick revision, else skip it. You are not likely to grasp the complex mechanisms of Organic Chemistry too soon!
Also, do keep in mind the important dates for BITSAT and keep track of our preparations. Good luck 🙂