Admission to BITS is based on merit. There is an all-India computerized competitive entrance examination called BITSAT (BITS Admission Test). The exam tests the candidate’s knowledge, reasoning and analytical abilities in English and logical reasoning, physics, chemistry, and mathematics, and is based on higher secondary curricula in India and abroad. To be eligible for admission at one of the centers in India, students are required to obtain a minimum average grade of 75% in physics, chemistry and mathematics (with a minimum grade of 60% in each subject) in their higher secondary examination. Admission to the Dubai center is solely based on scores in the 12th board exam.
The Academics at BITS in detail.
The institute has a 3-tier academic structure:
- Integrated First Degree
- Higher Degree
- Doctoral Programmes
1. Integrated First Degree Courses Offered in BITS: They are considered to be integrated degrees for two reasons: (i) the degree program includes several cross disciplinary common courses such as basic math & science and (ii) no intermediate degree like B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons.), B.A., B.A. (Hons), etc. is awarded. They are modular in structure and academic requirements are spelt out in terms of the number of courses studied rather than the number of years. The flexible academic policy gives students the option to complete their degree either at a faster pace (finishing it earlier than 8 semesters) or at a slower pace, later than 8 semesters. There are 4 main category of courses under this tier.
2. Higher Degree Courses Offered in BITS: These refer to the Graduate courses that are offered for students, should they choose to pursue one after the First degree programmes.
3. Doctoral Courses Offered in BITS: The overall operation of Ph.D. programme is governed by the Academic Regulations of the Institute. Furthermore, the Ph.D. programmes are only offered at Pilani and not at the other centers. There are 4 schemes under which doctoral programmes can be done at BITS Pilani.