What is The Syllabus for The KVPY Exam for Streams SA/SX/SB?

by Vaishali Singh, September 24, 2020


KVPY Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana is a scholarship program for the students of Class 11, 12, and 1st-year undergraduates. The subjects considered for the examination are Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics.


It is a scholarship program where students are awarded scholarships up to the pre- PhD level. The duration of this exam is three hours.

KVPY Exam 2020

The KVPY application forms were released on September 6, 2020. Students can fill the application form online and the exam will be conducted by the Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore).

Usually, the selection procedure ends with an interview held finally. This year due to the COVID-19 situation, this process does not include the interview level for admissions of 2020-2021. However, the examination for 2020 is scheduled for November 3, 2020.

What is The KVPY Exam?

It's a national level entrance examination scheduled and held for selection of the eligible candidates/ students for the Aptitude Test and the interview organized by the Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc).

What is The Syllabus of The KVPY Exam?

The KVPY doesn't have a typical exam syllabus. The candidates should study from topics of Class 11th, Class 12th, and 1st year's undergraduate books as per the choice stream. This exam is held for testing the student's analytical abilities and understanding of his knowledge. 

KVPY Exam SA Stream Syllabus


The eligible candidates for the KVPY SA stream need to pass Class 10th from a recognizable board. The candidates should have also passed Class 10th examination with Science and Mathematics as compulsory subjects.

Another thing to be noted is that the candidate must have passed the Class 10th examination with a percentile of 75 and reserved category candidates with 65% respectively. Importantly, those students who are appearing in Class 11th examinations can also apply.


  • Physics: Refraction, electrostatics, kinematics, electromagnetic induction, physical word and measurement, sources of energy, laws of motion, gravitation.

  • Chemistry: Acids, basis, and salts, metals and non-metals, environmental chemistry, chemical reactions, periodic classification of elements, gases, and liquids. 

  • Biology: Our environmental, life processes, plant physiology, cell, reproduction, control, and coordination in plants and animals.

  • Mathematics: Geometry, real numbers, probability, statistical, polynomials, quadratic equations, mathematical reasoning, surface areas, and volumes.

KVPY Exam Syllabus SX

The eligible candidates are students who have passed the Class 12th examination or equivalent exam with Science as the mainstream with PCM/PCB. The eligible percentage for appearing is 75% in Class 12th exams. Those students who are appearing or waiting for their Class 12th results are also eligible to appear in the KVPY SX examination.


  • Physics: Reflection of light, kinematics, sources of energy, refractions, physical world and measurement, current electricity, laws of motion. 

  • Chemistry: Solid states, carbon compounds, surface chemistry, thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, isolation of elements, electrochemistry.

  • Biology: Genetics and evolution, life processes, cell, diversity of living organisms, reproduction, human physiology.

  • Mathematics: Calculus, statistics, probability, real numbers, vectors, and 3D geometry, relations and functions, linear programming, polynomials, quadratic equations.

KVPY Exam Syllabus SB


The eligible candidates are those who have studied the first year in undergraduate courses in basic sciences. Candidates must score 60% marks in the case of general category and 50% marks for the reserved category - SC/ST/PWD.


  • Physics: Electromagnetic induction, current electricity, physical word and measurement, gravitation, laws of motion, sources of energy, magnetic effects of current, work, energy, and power.

  • Chemistry: Basic concepts of chemistry, states of matters: gases and liquids, acids, basis and salts, chemical kinetics, solid-state, electrochemistry, periodic classification of elements, chemical reactions.

  • Biology: Our environment, genetics, and evolution, control and coordination in plants and animals, Biology and human welfare ecology and environment, cell diversity in living organisms.

  • Mathematics: Quadratic equations, probability, relations and functions, analytical geometry in two dimensions, the evolution of integrals, vector algebra, trigonometric functions, mathematical reasoning.

What is The Syllabus for The KVPY Exam for Streams SA/SX/SB?