Information and Details on the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) Exam

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An introduction to KVPY

The Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) is a scholarship program examination started in the year 1999. KVPY was started by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and is conducted by the Indian Institute of Science (IISC). The main aim of this program is to identify the talent in the students and encourage them to pursue their careers in the field of research.


The program of KVPY mainly aims to assist the students in realizing their potential at the national level and it also makes sure that the best scientific talent is groomed for the field of research and development in the country. Contingency grants and generous scholarships are provided for the selected KVPY Fellows up to the level of pre Ph.D or up to a period of five years. In addition to providing scholarships and grants, KVPY makes sure to organize summer camps for the KVPY candidates in the country's most prestigious and educational institutes.


The Department of Science and Technology which is the nodal agency of the government has entrusted the overall responsibility for organizing and running the KVPY Program to the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and they have been entrusted to set up a management committee and a National Advisory Committee (NAC) to oversee the implementation.


The exam for the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) has been postponed until further notice. The admit card for the KVPY test was released, and the exam was set for November 7, 2021. Despite the fact that the authorities have not issued any formal notice of the postponement, they have posted an alert on their official website confirming it. Candidates should review previous year's question papers before sitting for the exam.

KVPY Details for Students Preparing for KVPY Exam

  • Get access to KVPY Online Mock Test to practice for the exam. Below we have two mock tests for the KVPY Exam which you can check out.

  1. Mock test for KVPY-SA-Part Test

  2. Mock test for KVPY-SX-Part Test.

KVPY Eligibility Criteria

The Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana, KVPY Eligibility includes the academic criteria of each stream, citizenship, and age criteria. The minimum age at which a student can apply for the SA stream is 16 years old. 17 years is the lower age limit for the SX stream and 18 years is the age limit for the candidates who want to apply for the SB stream.

The candidate will be able to successfully appear for the aptitude test if they meet the required KVPY Eligibility criteria which are set according to a different stream.

The KVPY Eligibility criteria and for different streams is given below:

For Stream SA -

  1. The candidates who have studied science subjects in the XI standard in the academic year of 2021 are eligible enough to apply for this test.

  2. After applying for the test, the candidates who scored at least 75% marks in aggregate in Science and Math subjects in the X standard board examinations immediately in the previous year are eligible to appear for the aptitude test. A cutoff of 65% in aggregate has to be scored by the candidate in the Science and Mathematics subjects in the case of candidates belonging to SC, ST, or PWD.

  3. If the student joins the undergraduate course in basic science such as B.Sc, B.S., B.Stat, B.Math, Int. M.Sc or Int. M.S., then only the fellowship of the student selected under the stream will be activated.

  4. It is required that the candidate should secure at least 60% of marks in total in science subjects in the XII standard (+2) board examination whereas it is 50% for the candidates who are of SC, ST, or PWD background.

  5. During the interim period of one year, the candidates will be invited to the national science camp (Vijyoshi). The KVPY will be responsible for the traveling and other expenses of each candidate.

For Stream SX –

  • Students who have enrolled for the XII standard (+2) in the science subjects for the academic year of 2021-22 and the ones who are aspiring to join an undergraduate program in basic science such as in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, or Mathematics which leads to B.Sc, B.S., B.Stat, B.Math, Int. M.Sc or Int. M.S for the session of 2021-22 provided that they secure at least 75% marks in total in mathematics and science subjects in the X standard board examination during the academic years of 2018-2019 are eligible to appear for the Aptitude Test for the KVPY scholarship.

  • The fellowship of the students who got selected under this stream will only be activated, if they are able to join an undergraduate course in basic science such as B.Sc, B.S., B. Stat, B.Math, Int. M.Sc or Int. M.S in the academic year of 2021-22 only after securing a minimum of 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD)marks in total in the mathematics and science subjects in the XII standard board examination during the academic year of 2021-22

  • According to the KVPY eligibility criteria for the year 2021, candidates must secure a minimum of 75% marks in class X while SC/ST/PwD candidates who have scored 65% in total for the science and mathematics subjects are eligible.

For Stream SB

  • The candidates who have studied in the first year of UG course in the basic sciences such as Physics, chemistry, mathematics, and biology which leads to B.Sc, B.S., B.Stat, B.Math, Int. M.Sc or Int. M.S in the academic year of 2021-2022 can appear for this exam.

  • Candidates have to secure at least 60% marks in the case of the General category whereas for the SC, ST, or PWD category the candidates should secure 50% marks in total in science subjects in the XII Standard Board Examination are eligible to appear for the Aptitude test.

  • In the first year of the final examination of   B.Sc, B.S., B.Stat, B.Math, Int. M.Sc or Int. M.S, the candidates have to obtain 60% marks in the case of the general category and 50% marks for the SC, ST, or PWD category respectively before taking up the fellowship if it is awarded.


KVPY 2021 Syllabus

Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology are the four topics included in the curriculum. We've also covered the syllabus for class 11 in this post, which students will find on our page here. Syllabi for all three current streams – SA, SB, and SX – is recommended by the exam body itself. Students' grades, i.e. 10th/11th/12th/1st year of B.Sc/BS/B.Stat./B.Math./Int.MSc/MS, are referred to as streams.


KVPY Syllabus for SA

The KVPY SA syllabus for the stream of SA includes subjects and chapters from class X and class XII. The four primary subjects studied in the SA stream are physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics.


All the four subjects and the important topics with respect to each subject are mentioned below.


Biology: Control and Coordination in Animals and Plants, Heredity and Evolution, Reproduction, Life Processes, Our Environment, Plant Physiology, Diversity of Living Organisms, Cell: Structure and Function, Human Physiology.


Physics: Physical World and Measurement, Gravitation, Thermodynamics, Magnetic Effects of Current, Sources of Energy, Reflection, Refraction, Electromagnetic Induction, Applications in Daily Life, Kinematics, Laws of Motion, Work, Energy, and Power.


Mathematics: Geometry, Introduction to Trigonometry, Statistics, Quadratic Equations, Probability, Surface Areas, and Volumes, Coordinate Geometry, Mathematical Reasoning, Statistics and Probability, Trigonometric Functions, Real Numbers, Polynomials.


Chemistry: States of Matter: Gases and Liquids, Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties, Environmental Chemistry, Chemical Reactions, Metals and Nonmetals, Periodic Classification of Elements, Acids, Bases and Salts, Basic Concepts of Chemistry, Thermodynamics, Carbon Compounds.


KVPY Syllabus for the SB

Along with the class X and XI syllabus, the first-year undergraduate syllabus is also included in the KVPY SB syllabus with respect to each subject. The four subjects, as well as the important topics related to each subject, are mentioned below.


Mathematics: Evaluation of Integrals, Statistics, Surface Areas and Volumes, Vectors and 3D Geometry, Calculus, Real Number, Polynomials, Coordinate Geometry, Mathematical Reasoning, Statistics and Probability, Trigonometric Functions, Linear Programming, Relations and Functions, Analytical Geometry in Two Dimensions, Vector Algebra, Geometry, Introduction to Trigonometry, Quadratic Equations, Probability.


Biology: Genetics, Life Processes, Human Physiology, Plant Physiology, Reproduction, Diversity of Living Organisms, Cell: Structure and Function, Biology and Human Welfare, Biotechnology, Control and Coordination in Animals and Plants, Genetics and Evolution, Our Environment, Ecology, and Environment.


Chemistry: Dienes and Alkynes, Thermodynamics, Chemical Reactions, Basic Concepts of Chemistry, Periodic Classification of Elements, Metals and Nonmetals, Environmental Chemistry, Solid State, Electrochemistry, Chemical Kinetics, Isolation of Elements, Surface Chemistry, Chemical Bonding, Chemistry of Noble Gases, Structure and Bonding, Alkenes, Cycloalkenes, Carbon Compounds, Acids, Bases and Salts, States of Matter: Gases and Liquids, Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties.


Physics: Electromagnetic Induction, Physical World and Measurement, Sources of Energy, Refraction and its Applications in Daily Life, Thermodynamics, Reflection, Electrostatics, Current Electricity, Electromagnetic Induction, and Alternating Current, Waves and Optics, Electricity and Magnetism, Electrostatics and Thermal Physics, Kinematics, Laws of Motion, Magnetic Effects of Current, Work, Energy, and Power, Gravitation.


KVPY Syllabus for the SX 

Many of the relevant principles, themes, and chapters from classes X, XI, and XII are covered in the KVPY SX syllabus. Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Mathematics are all covered in the syllabus, just as they are in the SA stream. All is the same, except for the SX stream, the KVPY syllabus for class 12 has been added.


The four subjects, as well as the important topics related to each subject, are mentioned below.


Mathematics: Real Number, Polynomials, Introduction to Trigonometry, Surface Areas and Volumes, Trigonometric Functions, Geometry, Linear Programming, Vectors, and 3D Geometry, Calculus, Relations and Functions, Coordinate Geometry, Mathematical Reasoning, Statistics, and Quadratic Equations, Probability, Statistics, and Probability.


Biology: Cell: Structure and Function, Genetics and Evolution, Human Physiology, Biology, and Human Welfare, Control and Coordination in Animals and Plants, Ecology and Environment, Life Processes, Plant Physiology, Diversity of Living Organisms, Reproduction.


Chemistry: Surface Chemistry, States of Matter: Gases and Liquids, Metals and Nonmetals, Carbon Compounds, Basic Concepts of Chemistry, Thermodynamics, Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties, Chemical Reactions, Environmental Chemistry, Solid State, Electrochemistry, Chemical Kinetics, Isolation of Elements, Periodic Classification of Elements.


Physics: Magnetic Effects of Current, Reflection of Light, Electromagnetic Induction, Kinematics, Work, Energy and Power, Sources of Energy, Thermodynamics, Electrostatics, Refraction, Current Electricity, Electromagnetic Induction, and Alternating Current, Physical World, and Measurement, Gravitation, Laws of Motion.


KVPY Best Books

There is a list given below in which the best books to refer for preparation of the KVPY examination are given. The syllabus in these books is the same as the KVPY’s latest syllabus. All these books are very handy as it features all the essential things that are required for preparing the examinations at its best.


The subject and the name of the book is listed below:

  1. Physics - Fundamentals of Physics by David Hally and Concepts of Physics by DC Pandey.

  2. Chemistry - NCERT Physical and Organic Chemistry by OP Tandon and Modern ABC of Chemistry by Modern Publishers

  3. Mathematics - NCERT Class 11 and Class 12 and Mathematics for Class 11 by RD Sharma.

  4. Biology - Elementary Biology by Trueman and NCERT Books class 11 and Class 12.


KVPY-SA 2021 Important Dates

Opening of Online Portal

12th July 2021 at 5 PM

Closing of Portal

25th August 2021

Exam Date

7th November 2021


KVPY-SX Exam Details

Events

Dates 2021

Online Application Form Opening

12th July 2021

Online Application Form Closing

25th August 2021

Admit Card Availability

2nd week of October 2021

KVPY 2021 Exam Date

7th November 2021

Answer Key Releases

2nd week of November 2021

Result Declaration

December 2021

Interview Starts

December 2021

Last Date of the Interview

January 2022


KVPY Application Form

  • The application form for KVPY will be released in the second week of July 2021 tentatively.

  • The KVPY Registration is to be done on the official website through the online mode.

  • With a lot of care and responsibility, the candidates must fill the application form which includes different details such as educational background, personal and communication, etc.

  • The various required documents such as the photos, signature, and other important documents should be uploaded in the prescribed format.

  • The candidates can fill their application forms by the first week of September 2021.

  • After the application form is done and all the process is completed, it is very much appreciated if the candidate can take a printout of the filled application form and keep it safe for future reference.

  • The application fee should be paid through online mode using debit or credit card or net banking. Any other mode of payment will not be accepted.

  • The application fee for the candidates belonging to the general category would be rupees 1000 where for the SC/ST/PWD category the fee would be rupees 500.


Application Fee

  • The application fee can be paid online (by credit card, debit card, or net banking).

  • The application cost is INR 1250 for general/OBC applicants and INR 625 for SC/ST/PWD applicants.


KVPY 2021 Admit Card 

  • The official website has posted the KVPY 2021 Admit Card.

  • The KVPY admit card was supplied only to those applicants who had successfully registered for the exam.

  • Candidates must double-check the information on the document before downloading it.


What Should You Bring with Your KVPY Admit Card 2021?

Candidates taking the KVPY 2021 exam should bring the following documents to their designated exam centre:

  • 2021 KVPY Admit Card

  • Two passport-sized photos should be uploaded on the KVPY application form

  • Any form of original photo identification


KVPY Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme

Below we have provided the complete exam pattern for KVPY 2021 examination -

  • The exam will be conducted in the online mode only which is a computer-based test.

  • KVPY 2021 is scheduled to be conducted on November 3 in two shifts. For the SA stream, the exam is conducted from 9 am to 12.30 pm and for both SB and SX  stream it is conducted between 2 pm to 5 pm.

  • The question paper will show duality and will be asked in both Hindi and English language.

  • It is a multiple-choice type of question paper and all the questions are compulsory to be attempted in the SA stream. For the SB/SX stream, there is an option to attempt any three sections in part I and any two sections in part II.

  • The duration of the KVPY examination is three hours.

  • The multiple-choice question paper will contain two sections: part I and part II, each part has four sections.

  • The total marks or the paper or the maximum marks a candidate can score is 100.

  • Both the question papers of steam SA and stream SB/SX will be 100 marks.

  • One mark will be awarded for the correct answer in part I of both the streams whereas 0.25 marks will be deducted for an incorrect answer.

  • For the stream of SA and the stream of SB/SX, in the part II, for each correct answer the candidate gives, two marks will be given and 0.5 marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer.


Selection Procedure of KVPY

To select good candidates, the KVPY selection process follows a two-round process which are:

  1. The aptitude test

  2. Interview

Aptitude Test: 

  • In the KVPY aptitude test, the candidates are tested on reasoning and analytical abilities. 

  • Candidates should attempt any three sections in Part I and any two sections of Part II for the SB/SX stream. 

  • Candidates who are successfully able to meet the eligibility criteria for various streams will then be called for the aptitude test which is usually conducted in both Hindi and English language. 

  • The KVPY aptitude examination will be conducted at different centers all across the country.

Interview:

  • The candidates who have successfully completed the aptitude test will be able to attend the interview round. In the interview round, the candidate’s knowledge of science and research is monitored. The shortlisted candidates are allocated a venue for the interview which is as per the KVPY test center.

  • The interview is largely used to obtain additional information about each finalist applicant's knowledge, abilities, and aptitude in the field of science and research, among other things.

  • For the KVPY Interview, applicants need to bring the following documentation.

    • A category certificate if necessary,

    • Form for self-evaluation,

    • Recommendation Form from a teacher,

    • Interview call letter with attested copy of class X and XII mark sheet,

    • Form for a study certificate,

    • Medical certificate (if applicable).


Test Centers for KVPY 2021

At the time of filling out the KVPY application form, candidates have the option of selecting four options from a list of KVPY 2021 exam centres.

  • The exam centre will be assigned in order of candidate preference and seat availability by the exam organising authority.

  • Candidates who are taking the KVPY 2021 test should remember to bring their KVPY admit card in original form as well as a photocopy.

  • Candidates must read and follow all guidelines for KVPY test centre 2021 listed on their admit card to avoid any discrepancies that could cause problems.

  • Inside the examination hall, candidates are not permitted to bring any electronic items/gadgets or study materials. If any candidate is discovered to be in possession of prohibited materials, their candidature will be immediately revoked.

  • Furthermore, the exam centre personnel are not responsible for any material lost outside of KVPY exam centre 2021.


Result of KVPY 2021

The results of KVPY are given in a systematic format as discussed below:

  • For the KVPY final result 2021, a merit list is published category-by-category for each stream.

  • The next section in this page will tell you how to understand and check your score.


How do I Check My KVPY Score?

Here are some instructions on how to verify the KVPY 2021 Result.

  • Go to the official website, kvpy.iisc.ernet.in.

  • On the screen, a new page will appear.

  • Carefully fill in all needed information, such as the Application Number and Date of Birth.

  • The date of birth should be written in the format DD-MM-YYYY

  • After you've completed the form, click the "Continue" button.

  • The results will be displayed on the screen.

  • Check the results and save it.

  • Candidates should remember to print extra copies of their results for use in the admissions process.


Cutoff for KVPY in 2021

The KVPY 2021 cutoff is used to shortlist candidates for the interview portion of the exam.

  • The KVPY Cutoff is determined by how well you did on the aptitude test.

  • The KVPY Cutoff marks are determined by a number of factors, including a candidate's highest and minimum grades.

  • Each category's Cutoff differs: General, SC/ST, and PWD.

  • Each stream's KVPY Cutoff is declared out of a maximum of 100 points.

  • The KVPY Aptitude Test cut-off marks (out of 100) are listed below by category:

    • The aptitude test will be given a 75 percent weighting,

    • The interview will be given a 25 percent weighting in the final merit list.


KVPY Previous Year Paper Analysis

To crack the KVPY 2021, the major key is to revise the basic topics from the NCERT books thoroughly. The SA stream of the KVPY exam was considered to be time-consuming, moderate, and tricky. The Mathematics and Physics section was easier compared to the Chemistry section.

Important Topics in Chemistry: There are 14 questions in this section and most of these questions are moderate enough. The most repetitive or the dominating topics of this stream were the mole concept, physical chemistry(Class X), and organic chemistry(class XII).

Important Topics in Physics: The physics section also has 14 questions to its name and all the questions in this section were found to be very easy and direct. Most questions were from the topics of optics and mechanics in this section.

Important Topics in Mathematics: 25% of the total weightage of the examination is held by Mathematics. It has 13 questions and all the questions are very easy. Coordinate Geometry and Straight Line are the most important topics in this section.

SB/SX stream KVPY examination has a similar pattern and preparation strategy. Last year’s SB/SX stream KVPY paper has been reviewed below. The level of SB/SX stream KVPY examination was between the level of easy and moderate. The Mathematics paper was considered to be the most difficult paper in the whole section of the exam. Both Physics and Chemistry papers were easy whereas the Biology paper was moderate.

Important Topics in Mathematics - The mathematics paper was the most difficult one and it had 19 difficult questions to its name. The most dominating topics in this paper were Calculus (Differential and Integral), Definite Integration, and Binomial Theorem.

Important Topics in Biology - Biology paper was moderately difficult in nature and all 32 questions were of the same level. Biomolecules and molecular genetics were the topics from which most questions appeared in the examination.

Important Topics in Physics - The Physics paper had 21 questions and all the questions were very easy to score. Mechanics, Electrodynamics, and optics were the most important topics from which most questions appeared.

Important Topics in Chemistry - The Chemistry section was found to be very easy in the examination. There were 18 questions and all were very easy to answer. Most of the questions appeared from topics such as Inorganic Chemistry (Class XII), Organic Chemistry (Class XII), and Physical Chemistry (Class XI).


KVPY Scholarships

  • There are two KVPY scholarships that are offered to the students who attempt the exam in any of the three streams under KVPY. The streams are SA, SB, and SX.

  • The candidates who are part of or included in the SA stream are the ones who have applied to participate in the KVPY exam while pursuing class XI with the science subjects.

  • The candidates who have passed or are appearing in class XII with science subjects for the academic year 2021 are included in the SX stream.

  • The candidates who are appearing for pursuing the first year of the undergraduate program in basic science during the academic year of 2021 are included in the SB stream.

  • The KVPY Scholarship is immediately stopped if the aspirants leave the basic science courses such as B.Sc/ B.S./ B. Stat./ B.Math./ Int. M.Sc./ M.S. stream at any stage. The annual contingency grant will also be stopped for the student if he or she leaves any of the above-mentioned basic science courses.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. Is KVPY Harder Than JEE?

The JEE Mains is considered to be moderate than the KVPY. KVPY is considered to be tougher than JEE Mains. KVPY is a scholarship program that is offered by the IISC to take admission in the research program. KVPY helps in nurturing and growing the best minds that are interested in the basic sciences program. When it comes to JEE mains, it tests the ability of the candidate to apply the skills of the concepts they have learned. JEE Mains is considered to be easier and it does not require to have an in-depth knowledge of any particular concepts whereas only the basic concepts are enough to crack the test. KVPY students also get stipends for their purposes which makes this exam more competitive and hence a little bit tough.

2. What are the benefits of KVPY?

The benefits of the KVPY Scholarship are listed below:

  • A candidate who has cleared the KVPY exam will receive a scholarship which can be monthly or yearly during the basic science course which is a three years or five years integrated course.

  • The title of being a KVPY scholar is a big deal as it provides direct admission to top institutes like the IISc and the various IISERs. Candidates can also get direct admission into IIIT-Hyderabad.

  • The KVPY exam is a good opportunity for the JEE aspirants to test the conceptual understanding and the application of the logic behind the various problems.

  • NEET aspirants can also test their PCB conceptual knowledge through the KVPY examination.

  • KVPY scholars are allowed to get free entry to all the National libraries in the country. The candidate is also allowed to attend all the science camps.

3. How many students are selected in KVPY?

A total of 4068 candidates were selected in 2019 for the interview round and around one lakh students appeared for the KVPY test. The final result of the meritorious students who are now eligible to avail of the KVPY scholarship will be released after the interviews of the shortlisted candidates are done in the first week of January 2022.

4. What is the minimum marks to qualify in KVPY?

There are few major factors that affect the cut-off to qualify for the KVPY examination. Examination difficulty level, availability of scholarships, highest marks, and the lowest marks scored by the students are the factors that eventually affect the cut-off. Below a list is given that has shown the different cutoffs based on the category:

General merit and the cut off percentage:

  • For the SA stream-53% and above.

  • For the SX stream-55% and above.

  • For the SB stream-50% and above.

For the SC/ST students in the KVPY scholarship programs and their cutoff marks:

  • For the SA stream-42% and above.

  • For the SX stream-45% and above.

  • For the SB stream-40% and above.

For PWD students in the KVPY scholarship programs and their cutoff marks or percentage:

  • For the SA stream-42% and above.

  • For the SX stream-45% and above.

  • For the SB stream-40% and above.

5. How to prepare for KVPY?

Given below are a few of the preparation tips that the students can follow while they prepare for the KVPY exam 2021.

  • Know the complete exam pattern. The candidate should be able to know the entire exam pattern. Knowing the exam pattern will allow the candidate to score well in the examination.

  • Make a complete study plan by dividing the subjects throughout the day. This will allow the students to complete the syllabus before the due date.

  • Revision is the key to success in cracking the KVPY examination.

  • Analyzing the performance can be done by taking part in the KVPY Mock Test which is present on the Vedantu website.

  • KVPY Sample Paper and mock test should be taken by the continues after completing the syllabus. Practicing the KVPY sample Paper will allow the candidate to manage the time properly while given the KVPY exams.

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