Let us start that with an analysis of the ISAT exam pattern.
ISAT consists of 75 Objective type questions – 25 each from in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics which has to be answered in 3 hours. Each correct answer gives you 3 marks, while the wrong answer gives you -1. With this, the pattern of ISAT is as given at right.
ISAT is a comparatively new exam – the first ISAT was conducted only in 2010. So it is still
evolving and there may be some changes in forthcoming years in the pattern –say for suppose in ISAT 2013. The exam pattern given above is based on ISAT 2011. But in ISAT 2010, there were two exam papers with 40 questions each and the paper pattern was as given at left.
As you can see, there some minor variations in the number of questions asked in each subject – overall pattern remains the same: equal number of questions from each of the three subjects Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. So do not be bothered very much about distribution of questions – prepare for each subject equally.
ISAT 2012 Syllabus:
ISAT Exam Papers:
You can download through the links below the previous two years actual exam papers of ISAT:
Above links allows you to download these papers in pdf format directly from IIST website. However in case there is a change in server resource of IIST, where shall you get these ISAT papers? That’s why I have uploaded the same in this box.net link
Exam Prep Books for ISAT:
As you would agree, above information gives you only a very good understanding about ISAT – what is the exam pattern and what type of questions are asked. Your actual exam prep material for ISAT has to be books. As the syllabus of ISAT is based on CBSE syllabus, so go thoroughly the NCERT text books of Class-XI & XII.
In addition, you can use the following guide book for ISAT:
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This book is available in most of the good bookstores. However, if you do not find it, you can also order it online from Flipkart.com, which offers attractive discount apart from free shipping. You can also use the Cash-On-Delivery feature of flipkart – pay only when it is delivered at your home.
Also, as IIST had used IIT-JEE as an entrance exam prior to ISAT 2010 (when it was conducted for the first time), you can use the IIT JEE prep books to prepare for ISAT. You can find the list of these books in my exclusive blog post titled: IIT JEE Exam prep book
Hope with above study materials for ISAT, your preparation for the exam becomes smooth. As I had told you in the previous blog post, ISAT is not an easy exam to crack. Only one among 560 gets the IIST seat through ISAT. But there is a saying: when the going gets tough, the tough gets going. Best wishes!