Tips to Crack English and Logical Reasoning for BITSAT 2018
Most students attempting BITSAT 2018 or any other competitive engineering/medical exam for that matter have been preparing for Physics, Chemistry and Maths for at least two years now. Very often, other subjects, especially English gets neglected in this process.
BITSAT 2018 will have 15 questions from English proficiency and 10 questions from logical reasoning. These 25 questions can easily be the determining factor to get into your dream college and branch. If you don’t make the cut, you will have to compromise on one of the two factors.
Something that sets English and Logical Reasoning apart from PCM (Physics, Chemistry, Math) is the fact that almost everybody has a knack for it. Everyone studies it in school, and there aren’t any formulae involved, so there’s no need to memorize anything. If given enough time, most people will be able to reach the correct answer. But that’s the catch. You won’t have enough time in the exam. Even if you do, you want to cut it even shorter so that you can focus on PCM or attempt the extra questions. That’s when preparation for these subjects becomes crucial.
So, if you want to give BITSAT 2018 a serious shot, the following are some things that you should be doing to prepare for the English and Logical Reasoning section:
- Look up the Syllabus Topics
First things first; look at the BITSAT 2018 brochure and go through the topics mentioned. Make sure you at least know what you need to learn for the exam. Preferably, print it out so that you can tick off topics as you finish them. It’s a great way to keep track of your preparation and get a morale boost too. Find the BITSAT 2018 syllabus here.
- Understand the Crux/Basic Theory
Next, look up the topics and understand what the concept is, where it is used and how to apply it. You could either use one of the preparation books or simply Google search. If you are not clear about the basic theory part, it will create a problem during the later stages of learning.
- Solve Mock Tests/ Previous Years’ Question Papers
Once you have a decent grasp on the fundamentals, start solving questions. There are many free and paid BITSAT mock tests out there that you make good use of. Try to get a feel about how to think to efficiently solve the questions. Create a set of rules/algorithm for doing different categories of problems. Make sure there is very little that can surprise you in the exam. For all this, it is critical to have the right books for BITSAT. Find a list of the best books for BITSAT here.
- Find Your Weak Areas
After solving each paper, do a thorough analysis. Find your strengths and weaknesses. Look for questions which took more time or the ones in which you made silly mistakes. Figure out a way to fix that. There might be questions you had no idea how to approach. Look at the solution and incorporate it into the algorithms you had made in the previous step.
That’s it. Now keep repeating steps 3 and 4 as many times as you can. Solving mock tests without analyzing your performance and learning from it is not half as useful. The analysis is time well spent in your preparation.
You must have heard this a million times before, but let me reiterate the fact that in BITSAT, speed and accuracy are the most crucial. Unlike JEE, where you have almost 3 minutes per question, BITSAT expects you to be a lot faster. And your preparation should take shape keeping this time crunch in mind.
So, keep solving as many mock tests as you can to set realistic targets. Look for sections or types of questions that are slowing you down or decreasing your accuracy and work on them.
Find some additional tips and tricks to crack BITSAT 2018 here.