KVPY stands for Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana. It is a Scholarship program funded by the Government of India. IISc conducts this competitive exam each year. This post focuses on KVPY 2020.
In this article, you will find everything you need to know about this competitive examination! Important dates, registration process, eligibility criteria, exam pattern & syllabus, application fees – you will find each and every detail about KVPY 2020 in this article! Here are some more relevant entrance exams after 10th – NTSE and JNVST. Also check – Commerce stream (all details).
Technically, KVPY is a Fellowship program. It is a National level fellowship program. It is funded by the Department of Science, GoI. The competitive exam is conducted by IISc.
Each year, KVPY exam attracts a large number of applications. The year 2020 won’t be any different! Aspirants are keenly waiting for online application portal to open! Though the registration process starts in 2020, the final result will be out in 2021!
Let us check out some basic facts and details about this competitive examination. Here it is –
Table of Contents
- Important Dates (Tentative)
- KVPY Streams
- Eligibility Criteria
- Application Process
- Obtaining Admit Card
- Examination Pattern & Syllabus
- Exam Centers
- Merit Marks Calculation
- Fellowship (Amount)
- Renewal of Fellowship
What is KVPY?
As I mentioned before, it stands for Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana. It is a National level Fellowship program. It is organized each year by IISc, Bangalore.
What’s the purpose of this competitive exam, you may ask. The main aim of this exam is to develop, strengthen and nourish the R&D work force in India.
At present, the Research and Development sector in India lacks talent! Meritorious students prefer professional courses that assure them high-flying jobs!
There’s a lack of interest for R&D careers among young Indian students. The main aim of this competitive exam is to attract talented & meritorious students towards Science & R&D sector.
KVPY helps identify talented students, who have a flair for science and research! Such meritorious students are awarded the fellowship, which will help them fulfill their academic requirements.
Directly and indirectly, this fellowship program adds value to R&D sector in India. This examination is meant for students studying in 11th standard to 1st year of any undergraduate program in basic sciences.
Here’s an overview of the fellowship program –
- Name of examination: KVPY
- Funded by: Department of Science, Government of India
- Type of scholarship: National level Fellowship
- Organized by: IISc, Bangalore
- Application Process: Online
- Date of examination: November, 2020
- Type of examination: Computer Based
- Type of questions asked: MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions)
Important Dates (Tentative)
- Advertisement published on National Dailies – May 2020
- Opening of online application process – 3rd Week of July, 2020
- Last date to apply online – 4th week of August, 2020
- Last date to pay examination fees – August, 2020
- Date of examination: November, 2020
If you’ve noticed, it is evident that students studying in 11th Science, 12th Science and those in 1st year of relevant undergraduate Science programs (like B.Sc. & integrated M.Sc./MS etc) are eligible to appear for KVPY 2020.
Based on the level a student hails from, KVPY can be divided into three streams. They are –
- SA Stream
- SX Stream
- SB Stream
Candidates studying in 11th Science are eligible to apply for SA stream. Candidates studying in 12th Science are eligible to apply for SX stream. Candidates studying in first year of relevant Science undergraduate program are eligible to apply for SB stream.
Eligibility Criteria has been discussed in detail ahead. Here it is –
Only Indian Nationals are eligible to take part in KVPY examination. Here’s the detailed eligibility criteria associated with each stream –
Stream SA: Students enrolled in XI Standard (Science Subjects) during the academic year 2020 and having secured a minimum of 75% (65% for SC/ST/PwD) marks in aggregate in MATHEMATICS and SCIENCE subjects in the X Standard Board examination. The fellowship of the students selected under this stream will be activated only if they join an undergraduate course in Basic Sciences (B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./Int. M.S.) in the academic year 2021-22 after having secured a minimum of 60% (50%for SC/ST/PwD) marks in aggregate in Science subjects in the XII standard/(+2) Board Examination. During the interim period of one year they will be invited for the National Science (Vijyoshi) Camp and their travel and other related expenses will be met by KVPY.
Stream SX: Students enrolled in XII Standard/ (+2) (Science subjects) during the academic year 2020 and aspiring to join undergraduate program in Basic Sciences namely Physics/Chemistry/Mathematics & Biology leading to B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./Int. M.S. for the session 2020–21 provided they have secured a minimum of 75% (65% for SC/ST/PwD) marks in aggregate in MATHEMATICS and SCIENCE subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the X Standard Board Examination and a minimum of 60% (50% for SC/ST/PwD) marks in aggregate in MATHEMATICS and SCIENCE subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the XII standard Board Examination.
Students in their 2nd year of study in Cambridge International Examination Board and aspiring to join an UG program (viz. B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./Int. M.S.)in Basic Sciences namely Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology in the Academic year 2020 are eligible to apply provided they have secured a minimum of 75% (65% for SC/ST/PwD) marks in aggregate in MATHEMATICS and SCIENCE subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the X Standard Board Examination. They must secure 60% (50% for SC/ST/PwD) marks in aggregate in MATHEMATICS and SCIENCE subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the XII standard Board Examination before taking up the fellowship, if awarded.
Stream SB: Students enrolled in the 1st year of undergraduate program in Basic Sciences namely Physics/Chemistry/Mathematics & Biology leading to B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./Int. M.S. during the academic year 2020 and having secured a minimum of 60% (50% for SC/ST/PwD) marks in aggregate in MATHEMATICS and SCIENCE subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the XII Standard Board Examination. In the 1st year final examination of B.Sc./B.S./B.Math./B.Stat./Int. M.Sc./Int. M.S. they must secure 60% (50% for SC/ST/PwD) marks before taking up the fellowship, if awarded.
The application process can be carried out online. In fact, it is the only mode available! There’s no offline mode registration at all!
Online application process is pretty simple and straightforward. It consists of three basic steps –
- Form filling and uploading documents and photograph
- Payment of online application fees
Let us take a closer look at each step. Here they are –
Registration: You may register on the official website of KVPY using your email id. Create a new user id and register on the website.
Form filling: While filling the form online, you will be asked to provide personal as well as academic details. Enter the correct details.
Uploading scanned documents
While applying online, candidates are required to submit scanned copies of some important certificates, photograph and signature specimen. The scanned image should be in JPG format. It should also be within the specified size (within 80KB).
- Online application fees for general and OBC candidates – 1000INR
- Online application fees for SC/ST/PwD candidates – 500INR
Obtaining Admit Card
Applicants may download their admit card from the official website of KVPY. Admit cards are usually made available for download on October 2020. Follow these steps to download your admit card –
Access the official website of KVPY and login using your credentials. You will find an option meant for downloading admit card. Click on the download button. You may print the card for further use.
Examination Pattern & Syllabus
The examination consists of an online aptitude test and selection interview. Here’s an overview of the examination –
- Topic: Science
- Number of streams: 3 (SA, SX & SB)
- Subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology
- Type of examination: Computer Based
- Type of questions: MCQ
- Duration: 3 hours
- Number of questions: 80-120 (depending upon stream)
- Marks: 100
- Medium of examination: English and Hindi
SA stream syllabus
Physics: Application of Physics in day to day life, kinematics, laws of motion, work, energy and power, physical world and measurement, electromagnetic induction, thermodynamics, gravitation, sources of energy, reflection & refraction, magnetic effects of current.
Chemistry: Chemical reactions, basic concepts of chemistry, acids, bases and salts, carbon compounds, thermodynamics, metals and nonmetals, states of matter, environmental chemistry, periodic table and classification of elements.
Mathematics: Probability, polynomials, geometry, statistics, mathematical reasoning, real numbers, coordinate geometry, trigonometry, quadratic equations, surface area and volumes.
Biology: Environment studies, human physiology, heredity and evolution, life processes, plant physiology, reproduction, cell structure, cell function, diversity of living organisms, control and coordination in animals and plants.
SX stream syllabus
Physics: Kinematics, laws of motion, thermodynamics, work, energy & power, sources of energy, electrostatics, gravitation, physical world and measurement, electromagnetic induction, refraction and reflection of light, AC current, Electricity, magnetic effects of current.
Chemistry: Chemical kinetics, chemical reactions, solid state, electrochemistry, metals and nonmetals, thermodynamics, basic concepts of chemistry, carbon compounds, states of matter, periodic table and classification of elements, surface chemistry, environmental chemistry, isolation of elements.
Mathematics: Calculus,geometry, surface area and volumes, statistics, quadratic equations, trigonometry, trigonometric functions, linear programming, relations and functions, mathematical reasoning, probability, statistics, real numbers, vectors and 3D geometry, polynomials.
Biology: Human and plant physiology, reproduction, genetics and evolution, biology and human welfare, ecology and environment, cell structure & functions, life processes, diversity of living organisms, control and coordination in animals and plants.
SB stream syllabus
Physics: Kinematics, gravitation, laws of motion, work, energy and power, sources of energy, thermodynamics, reflection and refraction of light, AC current, electrostatics, electricity and magnetism, thermal physics, electromagnetic induction, physical world and measurement, magnetic effects of current, waves and optics.
Chemistry: Chemical reactions, thermodynamics, basic concepts of chemistry, acids, bases and salts, states of matter, metals and nonmetals, solid state, chemical kinetics, environmental chemistry, structure and bonding, alkenes, periodic table and classification of elements, electrochemistry, isolation of elements, surface chemistry, noble gases, dienes, cycloalkenes.
Mathematics: Calculus, probability, polynomials, real numbers, quadratic equations, coordinate geometry, relations and functions, mathematical reasoning, statistics, geometry, trigonometry, vectors and 3D geometry, evaluation of integrals, linear programming, trigonometric functions, vector algebra, analytical geometry in 2D, surface area and volumes.
Biology: Animal and plant physiology, reproduction, ecology and environment, biotechnology, human physiology, genetics and evolution, environment studies, life processes, biology and human welfare, diversity of living organisms, cell structure and functions, control and coordination in animals and plants.
KVPY will conduct the online aptitude exam across 54 cities. Aptitude test will be a computer based test. Here’s the list of online aptitude test centers –
- Agarthala (Tripura)
- Agra (Uttar Pradesh)
- Ahmedabad (Gujarat)
- Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh)
- Ambala (Haryana)
- Aurangabad (Maharashtra)
- Belagavi (Karnataka)
- Bengaluru (Karnataka)
- Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh)
- Bhubaneshwar (Orissa)
- Calicut (Kerala)
- Chandigarh (Chandigarh)
- Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
- Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu)
- Dehradun (Uttarakhand)
- Delhi (Delhi-NCR)
- Durgapur (West Bengal)
- Eranakulam (Kerala)
- Faridabad (Delhi-NCR)
- Ghaziabad (Delhi-NCR)
- Guwahati (Assam)
- Huballi (Karnataka)
- Hyderabad (Telangana)
- Indore (Madhya Pradesh)
- Jaipur (Rajasthan)
- Jalandhar (Punjab)
- Jammu (Jammu & Kashmir)
- Jamshedpur (Jharkhand)
- Jodhpur (Rajasthan)
- Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh)
- Kolkata (West Bengal)
- Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh)
- Madurai (Tamil Nadu)
- Mangaluru (Karnataka)
- Mohali (Punjab)
- Mumbai (Maharashtra)
- Mysuru (Karnataka)
- Nagpur (Maharashtra)
- Noida (Delhi-NCR)
- Pallakad (Kerala)
- Patna (Bihar)
- Pune (Maharashtra)
- Raipur (Chhattisgarh)
- Rajkot (Gujarat)
- Ranchi (Jharkhand)
- Rourkela (Orissa)
- Salem (Tamil Nadu)
- Siliguri (West Bengal)
- Thrissur (Kerala)
- Trivandrum (Kerala)
- Vadodara (Gujarat)
- Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)
- Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh)
- Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh)
Here’s the list of KVPY Interview centers –
|Sr No||Interview Center||Venue (Tentative)|
|8||Delhi (1)||IIT Delhi|
|9||Delhi (2)||Delhi University|
|11||Hyderabad (1)||University of Hyderabad|
|12||Hyderabad (2)||CCMB, Hyderabad|
|15||Kolkata (1)||IISER, Kolkata|
|16||Kolkata (2)||ISI, Kolkata|
|17||Kolkata (3)||IACS, Kolkata|
While going to appear for the interview, candidates are supposed to carry the following documents and certificates –
- Application form
- Interview call letter
- Attested copy of mark sheets (10th or 12th, according to the candidate’s stream)
- Caste certificate for SC/ST candidates
- Medical certificate (in case of physically and visually challenged candidates)
- Self-appraisal form
- Study certificate form
- Teacher recommendation form
KVPY 2020 aptitude test results will be declared online. Results are announced in the month of December. Candidates may check each stream’s result on the official website of KVPY.
Candidates who clear the aptitude test are supposed to appear for the interview. The final result is announced on April next year.
As I mentioned before, the KVPY examination consists of two main stages –
- Online aptitude test
- Personal interview
Aptitude test results are announced in the month of December. Interview dates are revealed after announcement of the result.
While going to appear for the interview, a candidate should carry the following important documents and certificates -interview call letter, application form, caste certificate (if applicable), aptitude test admit card, original marksheets, medical certificate (if applicable), study certificate form, teacher’s recommendation form and self appraisal form.
Merit Marks Calculation
Final result is announced in the month of April (next year). Final merit marks will be revealed during this process. While calculating final merit marks, 75% weightage is given to marks scored in aptitude test and 25% weightage is given to marks scored in interview.
Two fellowship grants are offered by KVPY. Here are the details –
While pursuing undergraduate basic science programs or first to third years of integrated programs: Montly fellowship – 5000 INR & Annual contingency grant – 20,000INR.
While pursuing M.Sc. or while in 4th and 5th years of integrated programs: Montly fellowship – 7000 INR & Annual contingency grant – 28,000INR.
Renewal of Fellowship
Fellowship grant will be renewed only if a candidate performs well (academically). He/she must score first class marks (60%) or equivalent in each academic year (50% for SC/ST & PwD candidates).
If a candidate fails to meet the above mentioned requirements, his/her fellowship will be forfeited. If he/she manages to score the required marks in the next academic year, the fellowship will be reinstated.Share this awesome article!