The KVPY examination was started in 1999 and is promoted by the Department of Science and Technology
of Government of India. The exam has since its inception been held annually by IISC Bangalore
and its qualifiers are granted scholarships for pursuing basic sciences studies up to Pre-PhD level.
Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) is a scholarship program for identifying and encouraging the
scientific aptitude in students. Students studying in XI standard to 1st year of any undergraduate program
in basic sciences are selected based on performance in Aptitude test and interview. Fellowship and
contingency grant are offered from 1st year of graduation up to pre-Ph.D. level or 5 years (whichever is earlier).
Monthly Stipend of Rs. 5,000/- and Annual Contingency Grant of Rs. 20,000/- are granted during 1st to 3rd year
after which it increases to Monthly Stipend of Rs. 7,000/- and Annual Contingency Grant of Rs. 28,000/- for next 2 years.
The fellowship of the students appearing for KVPY will be activated only if they join an undergraduate course
in Basic Sciences, that is, B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./M.S. in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics,
Statistics, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Ecology, Molecular Biology, Botany, Zoology, Physiology,
Biotechnology, Neurosciences, Bioinformatics, Marine Biology, Geology, Human Biology, Genetics, Biomedical Sciences,
Applied Physics, Geophysics, Materials Science or Environmental Science.
Stream SA: Students enrolled in class XI:
Stream SX: Students enrolled in class XII:
Students enrolled in 2nd year of Cambridge International Examination Board:
Stream SB: Students enrolled in 1st year of undergraduate program:
Pattern for SA Stream:
Total Questions: 80
Pattern for SX/SB Stream:
In SB/SX, candidates are required to answer any THREE of four subjects in Part I and any TWO of four subjects in Part II.
Total Questions: 90
The eligible students will be called for aptitude test conducted both in Hindi and English at different centres across the country on Sunday, the 5th November 2017. Based on the performance in Aptitude Test, short-listed students are called for interview. Further, the merit list is prepared on 75% weight-age for Aptitude Test marks and 25% weight-age for the interview. Aptitude exam can be given at three levels:
There is no fixed syllabus for the KVPY exam. KVPY applicants under the category SA (class XI) can expect questions on any Math or Science concept that they have studied till class X. For SX and SB category, the students get equally from Physics, Chemistry, Math, and Biology from which they are required to attempt any three.
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