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Olympiads & Scholarships

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December 25, 2018

OLYMPIAD & SCHOLARSHIP


Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) is a national level fellowship programme in the field of Basic Sciences. KVPY is conducted by Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc), Bangalore. KVPY 2018 will be conducted on the 4th of November 2018. Started in 1999, funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, it offers scholarships and contingency grants till pre-Ph.D level to the eligible candidates. KVPY fellowship has a two-stage selection process i.e. Aptitude Test and Personal Interview. Candidates successfully clearing these two stages are awarded the prestigious fellowship. More details about the KVPY 2018 exam are given below:

SA, SX AND SB STREAMS


The selection of the competent candidates is made from a wide spectrum of candidates from those studying in the 11th standard to the 1st year of any undergraduate programme in Basic Sciences. The KVPY exam has three streams:

  • SA-for students pursuing Science and currently in Class 11th
  • SX- for students pursuing Science and currently in Class 12th
  • SB-for students pursuing Science and currently in the first year of graduation

After clearing the two-stage process candidates are eligible for direct admission in the top-notch institutes of the country like the IIScs and IISERs.

DETAILS ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP


The DST completely funds the fellowships granted to selected candidates which are as follows: 

Category/Stream Monthly Stipend Annual Contingency Grant
SA/SX/SB – B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Integrated M.Sc./M.S. for first three years  ₹ 5000  ₹ 20000
SA/SX/SB – M. Sc./Integrated M.Sc./M.S for Fourth and Fifth year  ₹ 7000  ₹ 28000

IMPORTANT DATES FOR KVPY


The online applications for KVPY 2018 had started on the 11th of July 2018 and the last date to fill the online application form is 31st August 2018. The important dates regarding the application are as follows:

Online application closes 31st August 2018

KVPY events Date
Online application begins 11th July, 2018
Last date of form filling 31st August, 2018
Admit card download Second week of October, 2018
Examination date 4th November, 2018
KVPY results- Aptitude Test Third week of December, 2018
Interview process (tentative) Third week of Januaryy, 2019
Final Result (tentative) April, 2019

WHO CAN APPLY? – KVPY ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA


There are primarily three streams for KVPY depending upon your eligibility- SA, SB and SX. You are required to adhere to a prescribed eligibility criteria for KVPY. The criteria mentions the details regarding academic conditions, age limit and marks required.

Candidates pursuing the following undergraduate programmes can also apply:

B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./Int. M.S.

SYLLABUS FOR KVPY


Depending on your stream you will have a different syllabus for the KVPY exam. The exam does not have a fixed syllabus but it will test your analytical skills and aptitude in the field of Basic Science. It has four sections those being Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Thus, you are expected to be thorough with the concepts of the same. You can find detailed syllabus on the KVPY syllabus page.

SELECTION PROCESS


KVPY has a two stage selection process: aptitude test and personal interview. After clearing both of these stages, you would be eligible for the KVPY scholarship. The candidates clearing the cut-off for the prescribed stream would be eligible for the personal interview. The results of both will determine one’s selection for the scholarship. For more details, check our page on KVPY Result and Selection Process.

HOW TO APPLY FOR KVPY? – APPLICATION PROCEDURE


  • Application forms available online from 11th July 2018.
  • Application forms issued only through online mode and no application would be accepted through offline mode.

You can fill the online form till the 31st of August 2018.

These are the basic steps to fill the KVPY application form:

  • Online Registration
  • Application Form Filling
  • Upload scanned documents
  • Submit application form
  • Make payment
  • Application status

KVPY EXAM PAPER PATTERN


Mode of Examination: The exam would be conducted in an online mode.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Language: English & Hindi
  • Type of Questions: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
  • Papers: The question paper is divided into two parts: Part 1 & Part 2. There will be four sections in Part 1 & Part 2 (Physics/Chemistry/Mathematics/Biology).
  • Marks: The question papers of Stream SA & Stream SB/SX will be of 100 marks.
  • Marking Scheme:  In Part 1 of all Streams, one mark would be awarded for correct response & 0.25 marks will be deducted for an incorrect response. In Part 2 of Stream SA & Stream SB/SX, for each correct response, two marks would be awarded to the candidates & 0.5 marks will be deducted for an incorrect answer.

TIPS AND TRICKS TO CRACK KVPY


  • Fundamentals: Since the exam focuses on the core concepts, you should have a good hold on them. It is important to understand these concepts rather than mugging them, so that you can apply them in different scenarios in the actual exam.
  • Go through/ Solve Previous Year Papers: They are of premier importance when it comes to an exam like KVPY. They would give you an insight into the actual examination and its difficulty level so that you can plan your preparation accordingly.
  • Diligent Preparations: You should keep at it. You can solve multiple choice questions from different reference books and textbooks prescribed for 11th and 12th standard.
  • Using the right reference books: You are expected to solve from the reference books which are prescribed by your guides. Do not build a library for yourself, you will end up getting stressed. Some of the books that you can refer are:
    • Physics: Concepts of Physics by H.C Verma and NCERT book. A lot of problems have their roots from the NCERT book.
    • Chemistry: NCERT should be enough for Chemistry. For inorganic chemistry, you can refer to J.D. Lee or O.P Tandon.
    • Mathematics: R.D Sharma and NCERT will help you sail through Mathematics.
    • Biology: NCERT books and the complete AIPMT Guide by MTG should help you score a fairly decent score.

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