The “Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana” (KVPY), an annual national-level scientific aptitude test, initiated and funded by Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India and organized by Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore for high school and college students who are interested in a research career in basic sciences, engineering, and medicine. The aim of the program is to identify and encourage talented and motivated students to pursue career in research.
This program aims to assist the students to realize their potential and to ensure that the best scientific talent is groomed for research and development in the country.
A student qualification should fall in these three streams
- Stream SA:
Students enrolled in XI Standard (Science Subjects) in current academic year 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.
- Stream SX:
Students enrolled in XII Standard/ (+2) (Science subjects) in current academic year and have secured a minimum of 75% (65% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in MATHEMATICS and SCIENCE subjects 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 and aspiring to join undergraduate programmes in basic science (B.Sc., BS, or integrated M.Sc.).
- Stream SB:
Students enrolled in the 1st year of undergraduate program in Basic Sciences 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 basic science they must secure 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks before taking up the fellowship, if awarded.
- Aptitude Test:
After scrutiny of application forms and meeting the eligibility criteria for various streams, all eligible students will be called for aptitude test.
Based on the performance in the aptitude test, short-listed students will be asked to appear for an interview which is the final stage of the selection procedure.
Opening of online application : 11th July 2018 at 5.00 PM
Last Date of online application : 31st August 2018 at 5 PM
Download Admit card : Second week of October
Exam Date : 4th November 2018
During 1st to 3rd years of – B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math. / Integrated M.Sc. /M.S. – Rs. 5000
Annual Contingency Grant – Rs. 20000
During M.Sc./4th to 5th years of Integrated M.Sc./M.S./M.Math./M.Stat. – Rs.7000
Annual Contingency Grant – Rs. 28000
Each KVPY Fellow will be issued an Identity Card so as to have access to National Laboratories/ Universities who have agreed to extend special privileges like library, laboratory facilities, etc. to KVPY Fellows on production of the ID card.
Expert views on Pattern and preparation of examination
KVPY SA exam will have single paper with objective-type multiple-choice questions (MCQs). The paper carries two parts with 60 questions from Physics, Chemistry Mathematics & Biology carrying one marks each in part I and 20 questions from Physics, Chemistry Mathematics & Biology of carrying two marks each in part II.
Like the SA exam, both KVPY SB exam and KVPY SX exam will also have single paper with objective-type multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and duration of 3 hours.
The only difference is that at this level, students can choose to answer questions of any three subjects (out of four available) in Part 1 of the question paper and any two subjects (out of four available) in Part 2 of the question paper.
As there is no prescribed syllabus for the KVPY written exam, so student should practice on conceptual understanding and analytical ability rather than their factual knowledge. Students should read and solve exercises of NCERT books in depth for related subjects as well as practice model test papers available in the market.
There are no important topics as such in the exam and it is difficult to assign weightage to different topics asked in the exam and expert advices to solve previous-year KVPY papers to get an idea of what type of questions are asked in the exam to boost their understanding.
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