First rank holders from 31 different school leaving board examinations this year — out of a total of 39 boards across the country — have chosen to pursue further studies at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS). Of these 16 are girls.
While 26 of them have been enrolled at the Pilani campus, five will be based at BITS's Goa campus. The toppers were all inducted directly, in keeping with BITS admission policy. The others enrolled, as in the last two years, had to qualify through an online entrance test called BITSAT.
Only those students who scored an average of above 80 per cent in the science subjects in their school leaving examination were eligible. A total of 88,000 students registered for the test, of which 67,378 actually sat for it.
In all, 1,404 students have been admitted at the two campuses for first year courses in science, technology or engineering. The number of girl students admitted had fallen since the introduction of BITSAT. This year, the proportion of girl students rose by 4% over last year.