Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana, popularly known as KVPY, is a national fellowship program in basic science that is initiated and funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India. Started in the year 1999, the program aims at identifying exceptionally talented and brilliant young minds and ensures that the nation’s best scientific talent is groomed for the research and development of the country.
Administrated by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, the KVPY program provides generous fellowships and contingency grants to selected KVPY students up to the pre-Ph.D. level or 5 years of UG studies (whichever earlier). Furthermore, IISc also conducts summer camps for the fellows in some of the most prestigious research and educational institutions of the country.
What are the advantages of KVPY exam?
Clearing the KVPY exam is a demanding task that requires utmost dedication. According to educational experts, only the brilliant, talented and bright minds get eligible to avail scholarships. The selected students receive a monthly stipend of ₹5,000 and an annual contingency grant of ₹20,000 during 1st to 3rd year of their undergraduate programs. Furthermore, selected students of integrated M.Sc. or M.Sc. programs in basic sciences are eligible to receive a monthly stipend of ₹7,000 and an annual contingency of ₹28,000 in their 4th and 5th years.
Being a KVPY fellow is leveraged with multiple advantages. Some of them include:
- KVPY scholars get an opportunity to attend various seminars, special lectures and summer camps. These respective programs and camps are organized separately for different streams as students get a chance to spend 1-2 weeks in some of the prestigious scientific institutions under the guidance of field experts.
- Qualifying candidates get a chance to do a research project under the guidance of a scientist or scholars specializing in the respective field. This enhances the knowledge of candidates and motivates them to think independently.
- Participation in such projects and events promises a successful and flourishing career in the field of science and engineering.
- India’s topmost research institutes including IISc and IISER provide admissions on the basis of KVPY scores. Since admissions through JEE in these respective colleges can be troublesome, KVPY opens up a new route for admissions.
- KVPY scholars also get access to renowned national laboratories, libraries and universities.
Availing a KVPY fellowship is one of the most coveted things a student can achieve during his/her studies. It provides students with an edge over the others and adds significant weightage to their CV.
KVPY Examination 2019
The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) conducts the annual KVPY examination in order to recognize students who possess the necessary talent and aptitude for research. The examination is open to students studying in 11th to 1st-year undergraduates who are pursuing studies in basic sciences. Applicants are required to qualify in the aptitude test round which is then followed by a face-to-face interview round. After both the rounds, around 3000 out of 1 lakh aspirants are awarded the KVPY fellowship.
KVPY 2019 Important Dates
IISc Bangalore has released the information regarding the important dates and exam pattern of the KVPY 2019 examination. The aptitude test is scheduled to be conducted on 3rd November while the confirmed dates for results and interviews are yet to be announced. Below are the tentative dates for the important KVPY events.
|KVPY IMPORTANT DATES (Tentative)|
|Admit card Availability||2nd week of October 2019|
|Aptitude Round Exam Date||3rd November 2019 (Announced)|
|Official Answer Key||4th week of November 2019|
|Result Declaration – Aptitude Round||3rd week of December 2019|
|Interviews||3rd week of January 2020|
|Final result declaration||1st or 2nd week of April 2020|
KVPY Exam Pattern 2019
KVPY 2019 will be conducted in two rounds i.e. the aptitude test and personal interview. The aptitude test is conducted to check a student’s knowledge across various subjects namely physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics. Students who clear the aptitude test get enlisted for the interview round.
|KVPY 2019 APTITUDE TEST PATTERN (BASIC)|
|Exam Mode||Online CBT|
|Conducting Authority||Indian Institute of Science (IISc)|
|Type of Questions||Multiple-choice questions|
|Exam Duration||180 minutes|
|Language||English or Hindi|
|Marking Scheme||Part 1:
+1 for correct response; -1/4 for incorrect response
+2 for correct response; -1/2 for incorrect response
The KVPY 2019 exam will be conducted for 3 streams i.e. SA, SX and SB. Students pursuing science studies in class 11th appear for the KVPY exam under the SA stream while students studying in class 12th appear under the SX stream.
Moreover, candidates pursuing a bachelor degree in basic science and studying in 1st year appear for the examination under the SB stream. The subjects included under basic sciences include B.Sc. /B.S. / B.Stats. / B.Math /Int. M.Sc. /Int. M.S. in physics, chemistry, mathematics, biochemistry, statistics, microbiology, cell biology, botany, ecology, molecular biology, zoology, biotechnology, etc.
KVPY 2019 exam patterns for SA, SX and SB examinations:
|SA EXAM PATTERN|
|Subject||Number of questions
|Number of questions
|SX AND SB EXAM PATTERN|
|Subject||Number of questions
|Number of questions
Note: For SB/SX, applicants are required to attempt any 3 of the 4 subjects in Part 1 and any 2 of the 4 subjects in Part 2.
KVPY 2019 is a written aptitude test and there is no prescribed syllabus for it. The exam primarily aims to test the understanding and analytical abilities of the students rather than their factual knowledge. However, students are tested for the syllabus from class 10th to 12th and 1st year of B.Sc. /B.S. /B.Stats. /B.Math. /Int. M.Sc. /M.S. as applicable.
While the syllabus for the SA stream includes chapters and topics from class 10th and 11th, the syllabus for SX comprises of chapters and topics from class 10th to 12th. For stream SB, the KYPY syllabus covers all the corresponding syllabus from class 10th to 12th and 1st year of the UG course.
Some important topics and chapters from the syllabus of the 3 streams include:
|Physics||Applications in Daily Life, Kinematics, Laws of Motion, Work, Energy and Power, Physical World and Measurement, Gravitation, Thermodynamics, Magnetic Effects of Current, Sources of Energy, Reflection, Refraction, Electromagnetic Induction
|Chemistry||Thermodynamics, States of Matter: Gases and Liquids, Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties, Environmental Chemistry, Chemical Reactions, Metals and Non-metals, Periodic Classification of Elements, Carbon Compounds, Acids, Bases and Salts, Basic Concepts of Chemistry
|Biology||Plant Physiology, Diversity of Living Organisms, Cell: Structure and Function, Human Physiology, Control and Coordination in Animals and Plants, Heredity and Evolution, Reproduction, Life Processes, Our Environment
|Mathematics||Coordinate Geometry, Mathematical Reasoning, Statistics, Probability, Trigonometric Functions, Real Numbers, Polynomials, Geometry, Introduction to Trigonometry, Statistics, Quadratic Equations, Probability, Surface Are and Volume|
|Physics||Thermodynamics, Electrostatics, Refraction, Current Electricity, Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Current, Magnetic Effects of Current, Reflection of Light, Electromagnetic Induction, Kinematics, Work, Energy and Power, Sources of Energy, Physical World and Measurement, Gravitation, Laws of Motion
|Chemistry||Chemical Reactions, Environmental Chemistry, Solid State, Electrochemistry, Chemical Kinetics, Isolation of Elements, Periodic Classification of Elements, 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
|Biology||Human Physiology, Biology and Human Welfare, Control and Coordination in Animals and Plants, Ecology and Environment, Cell: Structure and Function, Genetics and Evolution, Life Processes, Plant Physiology, Diversity of Living Organisms, Reproduction
|Mathematics||Trigonometric Functions, Geometry, Linear Programming, Vectors and 3D Geometry, Calculus, Relations and Functions, Coordinate Geometry, Mathematical Reasoning, Real Number, Polynomials, Introduction to Trigonometry, Surface Areas and Volumes, Statistics and Quadratic Equations, Probability, Statistics, and Probability
|Physics||Thermodynamics, Reflection, Electrostatics, Current Electricity, Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Current, Waves and Optics, Electricity and Magnetism, Electrostatics and Thermal Physics, Electromagnetic Induction, Physical World and Measurement, Sources of Energy, Refraction and its Applications in Daily Life, Kinematics, Laws of Motion, Magnetic Effects of Current, Work, Energy and Power, Gravitation.
|Chemistry||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, Dienes and Alkynes, Thermodynamics, Periodic Classification of Elements, States of Matter: Gases and Liquids, Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties, Chemical Reactions, Basic Concepts of Chemistry, Carbon Compounds, Acids, Bases and Salts
|Biology||Plant Physiology, Reproduction, Diversity of Living Organisms, Cell: Structure and Function, Biology and Human Welfare, Biotechnology, Genetics, Life Processes, Human Physiology, Control and Coordination in Animals and Plants, Genetics and Evolution, Our Environment, Ecology and Environment.
|Mathematics||Coordinate Geometry, Mathematical Reasoning, Statistics, Probability, Trigonometric Functions, Linear Programming, Relations and Functions, Analytical Geometry in Two Dimensions, Vector Algebra, Evaluation of Integrals, Statistics, Surface Areas and Volumes, Geometry, Introduction to Trigonometry, Quadratic Equations, Probability, Vectors and 3D Geometry, Calculus, Real Number, Polynomials
How to prepare for KVPY 2019?
Although clearing the KVPY 2019 exam can be a daunting task, following a proper and strategic preparation plan can help students avail exceptional rewards by cracking the examination. Here are some tips that can help you prepare for the KVPY 2019:
- Attain a comprehensive understanding of the exam pattern and syllabus
KVPY aspirants should analyze all the information with regards to the pattern (or structure) and syllabus of the examination before starting with their preparations. According to educational experts, the syllabus of KVPY is almost similar to JEE Main and NEET. Thus, students can prepare for all the three examinations simultaneously.
- Make a study plan and follow it dedicatedly
A proper study plan is extremely important when preparing for any competitive examination. Thus, you should make a study plan that allows you to dedicate equal (or necessary) time to all the subjects. Revise the concepts multiple times and practise until you master them.
- Choose the right study material and practice sample papers
Choosing the right study material is extremely crucial when preparing for KVPY 2019 examination. Hence, you should consult your teachers or guides to review the study material before starting your preparations. Many educational experts recommend students to opt for Aakash iTutor as it provides well-prepared study material in the form of recorded video lectures, printed books and E-books along with quick doubt resolution by experienced faculty. Furthermore, you should also practice multiple sample papers in order to clear the examination with flying colours.
- Take mock tests regularly
Taking multiple mock tests on online platforms is one of the best ways to strengthen as well as analyze your exam preparation. Besides, this will also help you to polish your time management skills.
- Work on time management skills
Educational experts claim that improving time management skills is extremely important for students in order to succeed in KVPY 2019. Regular practising will not only enhance your understanding of the concepts but will also hone your time management skills.
- Keep up good health and be confident
Last but not least, you should keep your body and mind in a healthy state at all times. A healthy and confident mindset will allow you to concentrate on your studies and increase your efficiency. Eat well, sleep well, and take short breaks between studies.
KVPY 2019 Recommended Reference Books
Textbooks of all the subjects published by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) are the best reference books available for carrying out the KVPY exam preparations. Once you have mastered the NCERT books, you can further take references from the books mentioned below:
Physics: Fundamentals of Physics by David Halliday, Robert Resnick and Jearl Walker; Concepts of Physics by D.C. Pandey; Principles of Physics by Resnick and Halliday
Chemistry: Modern ABC of Chemistry for class 11th by Modern Publishers
Biology: Elementary Biology – Volume 1 by K.N. Bhatia and M.P. Tyagi; Biological Sciences by Taylor Green and Stout.
Mathematics: Mathematics for Class 11th by R.D. Sharma; Mathematics for Class 12th by R.D. Sharma
Clearing the KVPY examination offers numerable professional advantages. Therefore, diligently follow the above-mentioned preparatory tips in order to succeed in the examination.