KVPY Scholarship - Eligibility and Important Details

KVPY or Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana is a national level scholarship exam. The KVPY scholarship exam was started by the (DST) Department of Science and Technology to encourage and attract exceptionally motivated students to pursue a career in basic science and research-related fields. Before jumping onto the other vital details of the scholarship program, let us know what exactly a KVPY scholarship is. Indian Institute of Science gives KVPY scholarships to Class 11 and 12 science students and 1st-year undergraduate students in the primary science stream. The candidates or students must pass the two stages of KVPY exam to be eligible for KVPY scholarship. The first is the aptitude test, and the second is the interview round; the selected students are given scholarships up to the pre-Ph.D level.

KVPY Scholarship Amount 

The KVPY scheme provides scholarships to students studying basic science, namely M.Sc./M.S., B.S./B.Sc./B.Math./B.Stat./Int in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics. The KVPY scholarship amount differs for graduate and postgraduate levels. In addition, students selected for the KVPY scholarship can avail of other benefits, including a contingency grant. Once you have cleared all the stages of the KVPY exam, you have to email at fellowship.kvpy@iisc.ac.in to inform the officials about your admission to an undergraduate course. After sending the email, you must submit a fellowship form to KVPY's official website or office to avail of your scholarship amount. 

To get a better ideas about the annual KVPY scholarship amount for class 11th and above refer to the table given below: 


Science Field

Scholarship Amount/per month

Contingency Aid/per annum



During Integrated M.Sc./M.Sc. /M.S./M.Stat./M.Math

Rs. 7,000

Rs. 28,000



During B.S./B.Sc./Integrated M.Sc./B.Stat./M.S./B.Math.

Rs. 5,000

Rs. 20,000

What is KVPY Scholarship Eligibility?

To avail the opportunity of getting a KVPY scholarship, it is important to know about the eligibility criteria in detail for all the streams. The KVPY scholarship eligibility criteria differ significantly for general and reserved category and also for the SA/SX/SB stream. To know the details about the KVPY scholarship eligibility criteria refer to the table below:




Minimum Marks Required


SB Stream

Studying in 1st year of an undergraduate program from scenic.

Must score 60% marks (for general category) and 50% marks (for SC/ST/PWD)


SA Stream

Studying in class 11th science stream.

Passed class 10th with 75% marks (for general category) and 65% marks (for SC/ST/PWD)


SX Stream

Studying in class 12th science stream.

Passed class 12th with 60% marks (for general category) and 50% marks (for SC/ST/PWD)

KVPY Scholarship Exam and Scholarship Benefits

To avail the KVPY scholarship, you must know the details about the KVPY scholarship exam 2022. To be able to prepare effectively and avoid last-minute hassle for the exam, it is essential to know about the upcoming exam events. Check the table given below to know about the scholarship exam:


Exam Events



Starting Date of KVPY application

12th July, 2021


Last Date to Apply for KVPY scholarship exam

6th September, 2021


Last Date to pay the application fees

9th September, 2021


Release Date of Admit Card

2 weeks before exam (tentative)


Aptitude Test date

22nd May, 2021


Starting date of KVPY Scholarship for SA/SX/SB students.

August 2022 (tentative)

Benefits of the KVPY Scholarship

As you know, KVPY scholarship exams are conducted to support academically bright students who want to pursue a career in the field related to science, research, and technology. Apart from supporting the students financially, the KVPY scholarship has various other benefits as well. Some of the scholarship benefits are listed below: 

  • You can apply for admission to Indian Institute of Science through your KVPY scholarship exam rank. 

  • The scholarship money will be provided to you up until pre-PhD level.  

  • SA stream students get the benefit of traveling to National Science Camp during their one year mentoring period. The traveling and other expenses are taken care of by KVPY. 

  • KVPY scholarship exam students or fellows are given preference at time of the counseling of IIT admission.   

  • Second year UG course KVPY fellows or students are invited to participate in the summer program related to research and technology. 

  • If you are selected for the KVPY scholarship exam you can access the library and laboratory facilities at national universities and laboratories for free with the help of a KVPY ID card.   


Lastly, we hope this well-written article has cleared all your doubts regarding what is a KVPY scholarship? In addition, it helped you know all the details, including the deadline, eligibility criteria, and the scholarship amount.

FAQs on KVPY Scholarship - Eligibility and Important Details

1. Is there any negative marking in the KVPY aptitude test?

Yes, there is negative marking in the KVPY aptitude test for all the streams (SA/SX/SB). There is negative marking of -0.25 marks for every wrong answer in section one and a negative marking of -0.5 for every wrong answer in section two of the question paper.

2. Can you edit the KVPY 2022 application form after submitting it?

No, the kvpy does not allow any candidate to edit the application form after submitting it. If you are applying for the kvpy exam 2022-23, you won't be able to make any changes in your registration form. Therefore, it is necessary to check or preview all the details before submitting your application form.

3. What is the selection criteria for the KVPY exam? 

The selection criteria for the KVPY exams is divided into two different stages, which includes an aptitude test and a personal interview. Aptitude test contains questions from different streams including Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology which candidates have to solve within 180 minutes. In the personal interview round, candidates have to answer a few questions of the jury members in order to clear the KVPY exam. 

4. What is the cost of the Application form of the KVPY exam?

The KVPY exam application cost differs for general and other categories. For the general category the application cost is INR 1250 and for ST/SC/PWD/PH category the application cost is INR 625. All the candidates have to pay their respective fees at the time of submitting the application form.