The registration process for BITSAT 2018 for admission in various engineering courses at Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad has commenced.

The applications for the exams, which will be held tentatively from 16-30 May, can be filed till 5 pm of 13 March. The total number of seats is 2000.

Candidates who have qualified class 12 or are appearing for the same in 2018 can apply for the Aptitude Test, BITSAT Online Tests, which is the only entrance exam for the four campuses of Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS).

A minimum of 60 per cent each in Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Mathematics and an aggregate score of 75 per cent is required.

Fee for the applications, which can be filed online, is Rs 2,950 for general candidates. Female applicants will have to pay Rs 2,450.

The three-hour-long examination, which will be conducted in the English language and will be online, will be held across 50 cities. Corrections in application can be made from 15-19 March.

Applicants can download the admit card from the official website from 12 April to 10 May.

Meanwhile, the IITs have reportedly requested BITS Pilani to join their counselling process, JoSAA, for BTech admissions this year to prevent students admitted to the IITs or NITs from quitting if they later obtain a preferred branch at Pilani.

If BITS Pilani hold its separate counselling, a student would often “block” a seat in an IIT or NIT till he finds out what Pilani could offer. The problem can only be addressed by having a common counselling. However, no response has yet been obtained from the authorities at BITS.