How to apply for BITS Pilani Admissions through BITSAT-2020

Want to join the prestigious Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani for a degree programme in engineering and sciences? Want to know the admission details, programs on offer and register for BITSAT-2020? Visit this page to learn the details and to register for BITSAT.

BITS Pilani – an Institute of Eminence

Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani is one of the leading institutes in the field of engineering and sciences in the country. A deemed to be university, BITS Pilani is recognized as an Institute of Eminence by the Ministry of Human Resources Department, Government of India. With campuses in three cities - at Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad, it has one of the most modern of campuses in the country. It also has one overseas campus at Dubai. Students who have graduated from BITS have reached position of eminence in the respective organizations they have worked, in India or overseas. Today, BITS alumni can be found in every industry and in every sphere of economic activity in the country. Time and again, BITSians have proved their mettle, mainly due to the solid foundation in education received by them at one or the other of its three campuses. As per most rankings, including QS Asia 2020 and QS India 2020 rankings, BITS Pilani stands out as the highest ranked non-government institute in India.

BITSAT 2020 - paper pattern and format

BITSAT 2020 is an online computer based test on the format of multiple choice questions (MCQs). Based on the results of the test, you can seek admission to a degree programme of BITS Pilani in one of its three campuses. BITSAT stands for BITS Admission Test. It is a 3 hours test with 150 questions in all. You are tested on subjects ranging from physics, chemistry, math, English and logical reasoning. With every correct answer fetching 3 marks, the total marks for the test is 450. There is negative marking and every wrong answer fetches a minus 1. No marks for questions that are not attempted. Math has 45 questions, physics and chemistry 40 each, English 15 and reasoning 10 questions. Candidates for B.Pharm can choose biology over mathematics. Since it is a computer based test, the candidates can change the answers to any question anytime during the test.

Those who are able to answer all the 150 questions, without skipping a single question, get an additional 12 questions to answer. The questions will be four each from physics, chemistry and math/biology. This way highly meritorious students get the opportunity to score more than 450 marks. The questions and the instructions are all in English. The question papers are based on the NCERT syllabus of class XI and XII. At the end of the test, the candidate's score report will be generated, giving the details of correct and wrong answers. The test can be appeared only once in a year. After the release of the merit list, successful candidates along with their 12th class marks need to apply separately for admission to their preferred degree program.

How to register

BITSAT 2020 is to be applied online. The entrance test notification and the link for the online registration is available at the BITS admission website. For registering, you will require a valid email address and mobile number for receiving the user id and password. Notifications and messages too will be received from time to time. The details of BITSAT 2020 are given in an information brochure that is available in the admission website at the link Please note that the application form is to be submitted online only.

Application fees

  1. Male candidates - Rs 3,300
  2. Female candidates - Rs 2,800
  3. Candidates choosing Dubai as test centre, irrespective of male or female - US $90 (Rs 6,300)

Test centres

BITSAT 2020 will be conducted at 58 centres across the country. During the application stage, a student has to choose three centres in the order of their preference. Dubai is the only centre, where the exam is to be conducted overseas. The test centres are listed in the information brochure given at the BITS admission website.

Booking of slots

While choosing the test centre, the candidates need to choose the date and time of the exam too. If not selected by them, the system will book the slot as per availability and the students will have to appear for the test as per that date and time. Booking of slots is as per first come first served basis and depends upon availability.

Sample test

A sample test is available to the registered candidates at the BITS admission website. Candidates can practice it any number of times to get a feel of the real exam.

Important dates for BITSAT 2020

  • Online registration opens on – 11 January 2020
  • Last date for receiving applications – 31 March 2020, 5:00 pm
  • Online editing of application form – 22 March to 01 April 2020
  • Allotment of test centre – 03 April 2020
  • Reserving test date and slot by candidates – 05 April to 12 April 2020
  • Downloading of hall tickets – 20 April to 12 May 2020
  • BITSAT online test dates – 16 May to 26 May 2020
  • Online application for admission to BITS - 18 May to 18 June 2020
  • Announcement of admit list and wait list – 20 June 2020

The admission process begins soon after. Other important dates regarding the admission and fees payment can be obtained from the BITSAT admission website itself.

Integrated First Degree programmes on offer

The degree programmes available at the three BITS campuses are given below.

Pilani campus

  1. B.E. Chemical Engineering
  2. B.E. Civil Engineering
  3. B.E. Computer Science
  4. B.E. Electrical & Electronics Engineering
  5. B.E. Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering
  6. B.E. Mechanical Engineering
  7. B.E. Manufacturing Engineering
  8. B.Pharm
  9. M.Sc Biological Sciences
  10. M.Sc Chemistry
  11. M.Sc Mathematics
  12. M.Sc Physics
  13. M.Sc Economics
  14. M.Sc General Studies

Goa campus

  1. B.E. Chemical Engineering
  2. B.E. Computer Science
  3. B.E. Electrical & Electronics Engineering
  4. B.E. Electronics & Communication Engineering
  5. B.E. Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering
  6. B.E. Mechanical Engineering
  7. M.Sc Biological Sciences
  8. M.Sc Chemistry
  9. M.Sc Mathematics
  10. M.Sc Physics
  11. M.Sc Economics

Hyderabad campus

  1. B.E. Chemical Engineering
  2. B.E. Civil Engineering
  3. B.E. Computer Science
  4. B.E. Electrical & Electronics Engineering
  5. B.E. Electronics & Communication Engineering
  6. B.E. Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering
  7. B.E. Mechanical Engineering
  8. B.Pharm
  9. M.Sc Biological Sciences
  10. M.Sc Chemistry
  11. M.Sc Mathematics
  12. M.Sc Physics
  13. M.Sc Economics

The M.Sc program is an integrated one, with no intermediate B.Sc in between. The duration of the program is same as that of the B.E. programs.

Eligibility criteria

  • For the B.E. and M.Sc programs, the minimum qualification required for admission is pass in class 12 with physics, chemistry and math.
  • For admission to B.Pharm, the candidate should have passed 10+2 with physics, chemistry and biology or math.
  • The candidates should have proficiency in the English language.
  • They should also have obtained a minimum aggregate of 75% marks in their class 12 examination.
  • Further, the marks in each subject should not be less than 60%.
  • For appearing in BITSAT 2020, those students who are going to appear for class 12 in 2020 or those who have passed it in 2019 are only eligible to apply.
  • Those who are already studying in BITS are not eligible to apply.
  • Admission to the different programs are based on the score obtained by the students in the BITSAT exam. Admit lists are formed based on BITSAT scores.

Direct admission for board toppers

BITS provides for direct admission to toppers of respective examination boards. Irrespective of their BITSAT score, first rankers from different state and central boards will be offered admission to the program of their choice. Their admission to the respective stream at any of the three campuses is guaranteed. However, it is to be noted that toppers from the PCB stream can take admission in B.Pharm only, whereas PCM toppers can take admission in any of the disciplines. They also need to satisfy the minimum percentage marks in their class 12 examination. Details of this direct admission for board toppers will be published in the BITS admission website by 15 May 2020.

Scholarships, if any

BITS provides for a number of scholarships as well as financial assistance to meritorious and needy students. There are two kinds of scholarships that are awarded to the students. The first one is merit-based, where purely on merit, the students are awarded with a scholarship. The other one is merit cum need based, where the financial need of the student is also assessed before offering the scholarship.

In the merit based scheme, the top 1% of the students get awarded with 100% scholarship. The next 2% are offered 40% scholarship. Similarly, there are different percentage groups for the merit cum need scholarship.

The scholarships are applicable for one semester only. Continuation of the scholarship will depend upon the financial need, academic performance and conduct of the student.

For queries and clarifications

  • Email - bitsat2020@pilani.bits-pilani,
  • Call at - 022-61306284 from Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm
  • BITS admissions website -
  • BITSAT 2020 brochure -

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