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The Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) is an on-going National program of fellowship in basic sciences, initiated and funded by the department of science and technology, Government of India, to attract exceptionally highly motivated students for pursuing basic science courses and research careers in science.

The objective of the program is to identify students with talent and aptitude for research; help them realize their academic potential; encourage them to take up research careers in Science, and ensure the growth of the best scientific minds for research and development in the country.

The advertisement for the KVPY Fellowship appears in all the national dailies normally on the Technology Day (May 11) and the Second Sunday of July every year.

Selection of the students is made from those studying in XI standard to 1st year of any undergraduate Program in Basic Sciences namely B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./M.S. in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology having aptitude for scientific research. Special groups / Committees are set up at IISc to screen the applications and conduct an aptitude test at various centres in the country. Based on the performance in the aptitude test, short-listed students are called for an interview which is the final stage of the selection procedure. For receiving a fellowship, both aptitude test and interview marks are considered. For more information about fellowship amount you can visit to official website of KVPY



Students hailing from different walks of academic life are eligible to apply for the KVPY examination. Based on the academic qualification, there exists different KVPY streams. Syllabus varies from one stream to another.

Students studying in 11th science, 12th science and those pursuing relevant undergraduate Science programs are eligible to appear for this exam. Based on their academic qualification, the streams are named as SA, SX and SB streams respectively.


In order to crack any competitive exam, you must know more about its format, flow of events and selection process. This will help you prepare for each stage and tackle it efficiently.

KVPY consists of two main stages –

  • Online aptitude test
  • Personal Interview


As I mentioned before, KVPY consists of three main streams – SA, SX and SB. Before starting preparation, candidates must have in-depth knowledge about stream-specific syllabus.Each stream consists of the same basic subjects – Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology. But modules and chapters will vary from one stream to another.


As I mentioned before, KVPY consists of two main stages – online aptitude test and interview. Online aptitude test is a computer based examination. In order to thrive in this test, you must consider taking mock computer based tests. Mock tests on a computer will help you get familiar with the nature of this test.


I’m a huge fan of online learning portals. (Even we at provide one-on-one interactive classes ) Candidates may access these portals on their smartphones, laptops, computers and tablets. Online education portals are known to provide study material, notes, question banks and more.Based on your requirements, you may rely on free resources or go for paid subscriptions or membership. Online learning portals provide a customized learning experience.


Rote learning will be helpful for a short period of time. In the long run, this method of learning won’t benefit students! Instead of rote learning, put more effort towards understanding the concepts. Build a strong foundation, it will help you with your KVPY preparation in the long run. A test like KVPY is designed to test your knowledge and the way you approach science subjects. Rote learning alone won’t help you crack this test. In order to perform well in this test, you must possess deep knowledge of each subject. Work on areas such as – thinking, problem solving and fundamental concepts.


Time management plays an important role in a student’s life. The way he/she manages his/her time will have a great impact on the result.

 KVPY aspirants should prepare a balanced and practical time-table. The time-table must ensure that an adequate amount of time is dedicated towards studies, rest and other important activities.


Candidates shouldn’t worry too much about the interview process. The interviewers just want to gauge your subject-specific knowledge and the way you apply it to solve problems. Interview questions revolve around the above mentioned criteria. Show the interviewers that you are passionate about the R & D sector and want to build a career in this sector.


It is quite easy to get hold of previous years’ KVPY question sets. Question papers can be obtained easily online. There exists many forums, blogs and portals that offer these question sets. Obtain such sets and start solving them on a daily basis.

Keep following for more relevant information and updates.

Nikku Kumar
Nikku Kumar is a 2nd year student at Netaji Subhash University of Technology.
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