How to Focus on BITSAT after completing 12th Board Exams
Madhu Lekha (On Spanedea since July 27, 2014)
Posted on 16 February 2015
The BITSAT exam, one of the most competitive and sought after engineering entrances of India is held roughly 40 days after 12th board. I have provided brief tips about the preparation, but not much about the exam day as such considering by this time you would have appeared for enough exams and you know the general fundamentals of how to face one (like the negative marking, time management etc.).
BITSAT SYLLABUS AND IMPORTANT TOPICS:
Have a look at the official brochure by BITS for the 2015 exam. It has an exhaustive list of all those topics which are in the syllabus. Stick to them and look up into the NCERT textbooks for those. Get the concepts right and spend time on understanding thoroughly. I hope you have done that for boards, but if you’ve mugged them up, please get it right, its not going to work here!
Here is some analysis of the exam -
- Mathematics (45 questions): The distribution is pretty much uniform trying to test almost all the chapters mentioned in the syllabus. Brush up the formulae of trigonometry, coordinate geometry and integral calculus. Application of derivatives has been the examiner’s choice summing to almost 15% over years. Sequence and series is also an underrated topic in general which people tend to neglect, but there is scope to score here as this also has fair weightage ~10% and substituting values in options may help here. Matrices and functions can also be scoring with slight amount of attention given. No matter what, nothing can beat hard work. Keep practicing.
- Physics (40 questions): Electricity and Magnetism, Mechanics sum up to almost 50% of the whole questionnaire. There is nothing much that I can say about Physics also. Get your basics strong from NCERT, practice problems for books which you might be using to coach for any other regional competitive exams/ JEE mains or from the references mentioned. Dimensional analysis helps, since questions are of multiple choice model.
- Chemistry(40 questions): Organic and physical chemistry are largely at the textbook level or of a slightly higher level. Go into the details of inorganic chemistry as to why some property is exhibited by an element/ compound and qualitative analysis. Stereochemistry and questions related to reaction mechanism make up to almost 20%. Physical Chemistry is 40-45% of the entire chemistry paper, if you’re already coached for some other competitive exams, its more than enough, nothing is new as such, but practice the problems of 11th standard physical thoroughly (atomic structure, gaseous state and mole concept)
- Logical Reasoning (10 questions): The beauty of this exam lies here, one of its kind that actually tests the logical skills of students. The patterns of questions are explicitly mentioned (verbal and nonverbal) in the brochure, stick to that and get used to similar models. If you have given Olympiads, even in childhood, you already have an exposure to what an aptitude test would be like, search online and solve or I would say taking 3 or 4 mock tests will be enough. But if you feel like its not enough, you can solve problems on logical reasoning from the mentioned reference.
- English(15): Parts of speech and that’s what comes to my mind. Be clear with your 10th/ 12th English grammar. In your study plan devote a week to go through Wren & Martin to boost your vocabulary. Later you can concentrate on the remaining parts but still devote one hour each day to improve your vocabulary.
PLAN YOUR STUDY:
Utilise the preparation time available by practicing maths everyday, along with other subjects scheduled as per your convenience. Solve problems in physics and chemistry also simultaneously along with the concepts. Do logical reasoning in the last week, it should be enough. Keep taking sample tests. This is extremely important as the test is online and you need to have a working knowledge of computer, gaining experience here is important as you can not keep distracted during the exam by the technicalities of your system! Easy and moderate questions make up the exam almost entirely (80%), so it’s not a tough nut to crack with proper effort put in.
Once again, I wrote about pre-exam preparation, but your final score depends on how you present your knowledge on that day and in those 3 hours. Before that all that you can do is practice and everything depends on that. Hard Work is always rewarded, and once you get into a premier engineering institute, you’ll know that your efforts are justified.
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