BITS HD 2024: Application form, Eligibility criteria, Exam pattern, Counselling

The Birla Institute of Technology and Science Higher Degree commonly known as BITS HD is an Institute level Engineering entrance exam. It is managed by Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS Pilani) for admission to higher degree courses such as M.Tech, M.Pharm, M.Phil, etc. offered in the Pilani, Hyderabad and, Goa campuses of BITS Pilani. 

All Engineering graduates who are looking for a bright future in the area of research can apply for BITS HD 2024. Admission will be completely based on the online entrance exam.

BITS HD 2024 Important Dates

It is expected that the online applications will be available from March 2024. The complete details on exam events and dates are given below. 

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Events Dates (tentative)
Availability of BITS HD application formMarch 2024
Last date to apply and fee paymentMay 2024
Editing of online application form May 2024
Admission announcement for GATE/GPAT qualified candidates (Iteration 1)May 2024
Last date for fee payment for Iteration 1May 2024
Exam center allotment dateMay 2024
Admit card release dateMay 2024
BITS HD Exam dateMay 2024
Announcement of resultJune 2024
Admission announcement date for BITS HD &GATE/GPAT qualified candidates (ITERATION 2)June 2024
Last date of fee payment for Iteration 2June 2024
Admission announcement date for Iteration 3June 2024
Last date of fee payment for Iteration 3June 2024
Last date of the fee payment by applicants offered admission through Iteration 4July 2024
Registration for the course -workAugust 2024

Note: Above dates are tentative and can be changed by the institute any time. Candidates will be informed in advance in case of any change in the exam events. 

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Name of HD programs offered by BITS Pilani

BITS Pilani will invite applications to its two year on-campus M.E. / M.Pharm. Higher Degree (HD) programs for the academic session 2024-2025. The programs to be provided at Pilani, Hyderabad, and Goa campuses of BITS Pilani.

BITS HD 2024 Eligibility criteria

BITS HD is designed to offer admission to graduate engineers under various PG programmes. The course wise eligibility criteria is listed below.

M.E CoursesEligibility criteria Required GATE Paper
ChemicalCandidates must have Integrated first degree of BITS in the relevant stream or its equivalentChemical Engineering (CH) 
Civil with specialization in Structural Engineering,Infrastructure Engineering, Transportation Engineering & and ManagementStudents must have Integrated first degree of BITS in the relevant stream or its’ equivalentCivil Engineering (CE)
Computer ScienceCandidates must have Integrated first degree of BITS in the relevant discipline or its’ equivalentComputer Science and Information Technology (CS)
BiotechnologyApplicants must hold an integrated first degree of BITS or its equivalent with a proper understanding of Biochemistry and Microbiology.Biotechnology (BT) and Life Sciences (XL)
Communication EngineeringCandidates must have an Integrated first degree of BITS in Instrumentation/ Electrical & Electronics /Electronics/ Communication or its equivalentElectrical & Electronics Engineering (EE),Electronics & Communication Engineering (EC),Instrumentation Engineering (IN)
MicroelectronicsAspirants must have an integrated first degree of BITS in Electronics & Instrumentation/ Electrical & Electronics/ Electronics & Communication / Physics/ Computer Science or its equivalentElectrical & Electronics Engineering (EE), Electronics & Communication Engineering (EC), Computer Science and Information Technology (CS),Instrumentation Engineering (IN)
Design Engineering Manufacturing System EngineeringCandidate must have an integrated first degree of BITS in Manufacturing Engineering or Mechanical engineering or its equivalent.Production and Industrial Engineering (PI), Mechanical Engineering (ME),Metallurgical Engineering (MT)
Sanitation Science, Technology & ManagementCandidates must have Integrated First Degree of BITS or its equivalent in the streams of Biology, Chemical Engineering, Civil, and Chemistry. Any other M.Sc. or BE with sufficient understanding of the courseArchitecture and Planning (AR), Agricultural Engineering (AG), Biotechnology (BT), Chemical Engineering (CH), Civil Engineering (CE),Ecology and Evolution (EY)Life Sciences (XL), Engineering Sciences (XE)

BITS HD 2024 Application Form

BITS, Pilani will release the application form of BITS HD through online mode only. Interested and eligible candidates can visit the official website to fill out the application form. There will be no need to send any hard copy of the form to the officials. 

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While filling the BITS HD application form, applicants should give preferences for the courses in which they want to apply for. Fill the form with accurate details. GATE/GPAT qualified candidates are required to provide their GATE/GPAT Score details in the online form. 

The completed application form along with the prescribed fee should be submitted on or before the due date. The application window will be closed most probably on April 2024. 

Application fee

Application fee for GATE/GPAT qualified candidates: Rs 1000/

BITS HD online application fee for all other candidates: Rs 3300/

BITS HD 2024 Exam pattern

The test will be conducted in online mode only at the dedicated exam centers in different cities of the country. The language of question paper will be in English only. For each correct answer 3 marks will be awarded while each wrong response has a negative marking of 1 mark. 

Different phases of BITS HD exam are listed below:

Test 1

This test will consist of Core Mathematics with 15 questions and English Language Skills & Logical Reasoning for 15 questions. The duration of this test is 45 Minutes

Test 2

It is mandatory for candidates applying for all higher degree courses except for Sanitation Science, M.E. in Software systems and Technology and Management programs. This test consists of 70 questions and the duration of test is 105 mins.

Test for M.E. Sanitation Science, Technology and Management

It is specially designed for Sanitation Science, Technology and Management for those candidates who are willing to apply for M.E. Sanitation Science Technology and Management. The test contains a total of 60 questions to be completed in 50 minutes.

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Test for Software Systems

Students who want to get admission in M.E. Software systems, are required to appear in this test. There would be a total of 60 questions with time duration of 50 minutes.

BITS HD Merit list

Admission to the HD courses will be done on the basis of merit only. The officials will prepare two separate lists for offering admission to the M.E. / M.Pharm. Programs. One merit list will be made on the basis of GATE/GPAT score, and the other based on BITS HD test scores.

Weightage of seats will be given equally in both merit lists. If the seat remains vacant in any of one category, it will be allotted to the other category. Final decision on this will be made by the Admissions Committee. 

Admit card

BITS HD Hall ticket will be available online mode only. To get the admit card, candidates have to log in to the official portal of BITS Pilani. After that, you need to provide your application number, date of birth and email Id.

Candidates will be allowed to book their BITS HD time slot as per their choice. BITS HD slot and date booking will start from the first week of May 2024. BITS HD admit card is an important document to carry at examination centre. Without this, candidate will not be allowed to enter in examination hall. 

Examination Centre

The BITS HD exam will be conducted in various cities across the country. A candidate will have to give three preferences for BITS HD test centre and he/she will be allocated one of the centers. 

S. NoCity 
8Chennai 31Silugiri
9Chandigarh32Pilani Campus of BITS
13Goa Campus of BITS Pilani36Thiruvananthapuram
14Ghaziabad 37Tirupati
17Hyderabad Campus of BITS Pilani40Mangalore
18Indore 41Vijayawada
22Jammu 45Visakhapatnam

BITS HD Result 

BITS HD Result will be declared on the online portal of the authority. The result will include the scores and qualifying status of the candidate. BITS HD result will also include an admit list and a waitlist. The shortlisted candidates will have to report at allotted institutes and while wait-list candidates will wait for the next round.


A separate merit list will be prepared for the shortlisted candidates. The selected candidates will be called for BITS HD 2024 counselling on the basis of their merit. Document verification and seat allotment will be done during the process of counselling. 

Thereafter, candidates will have to report to the allotted campus as per the schedule given in the allotment letter. Candidates should bring the required documents at the time of counselling including BITS HD Application Form, Admission Letter, 10th and 12th passing certificate etc.


What is the minimum qualification to apply for BITS HD 2024?

Candidates must have done B.E/B.Tech with no less than 60% marks.

Is BITS better than IITS?

BITS Has an excellent placement record but is not as better than IITS.

Is BITS Pilani expensive?

It is a private funded university so the fee structure is quite higher than government funded institutes.

How can I apply for BITS HD?

Fill the online application form available at official website and complete the BITS HD slot booking process in online mode.

Is there any age limit for BITS HD?

No, there is no upper age criteria.

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