Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) is a scholarship program for identifying and encouraging the
scientific aptitude in students. Students studying in XI standard to 1st year of any undergraduate
program in basic sciences are selected based on performance in Aptitude test and interview. Fellowship and contingency
grant are offered from 1st year of graduation up to pre-Ph.D. level or 5 years (whichever is earlier).
Monthly Stipend of Rs. 5,000/- and Annual Contingency Grant of Rs. 20,000/- are granted during 1st to
3rd year after which it increases to Monthly Stipend of Rs. 7,000/- and Annual Contingency Grant of Rs. 28,000/- for next 2 years.
The fellowship of the students appearing for KVPY will be activated only if they join an undergraduate course in Basic Sciences, that is,
B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./M.S. in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, Biochemistry, Microbiology,
Cell Biology, Ecology, Molecular Biology, Botany, Zoology, Physiology, Biotechnology, Neurosciences, Bioinformatics,
Marine Biology, Geology, Human Biology, Genetics, Biomedical Sciences, Applied Physics, Geophysics, Materials Science
or Environmental Science
Based on the performance in Aptitude Test, short-listed students are called for interview. Further, the merit list is prepared on 75%
weight-age for Aptitude Test marks and 25% weight-age for the interview. Aptitude exam can be given at three levels:
Stream SA: Students studying in Standard XI can appear for SA provided they must score a minimum of 80% marks in aggregate in Mathematics and Science subjects in Standard X.
Stream SX: Students studying in Standard XII can appear for SX provided they have scored a minimum of 80% marks in aggregate in Mathematics and Science subjects in Standard
X and must score a minimum of 60% marks in aggregate in Science subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in standard XII.
Stream SB: Students studying in 1st year of undergraduate programme can appear for SB provided they have scored a minimum of 80% marks
in aggregate in Mathematics and Science subjects in Standard X, a minimum of 60% marks in aggregate in Science subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology)
in standard XII and must score a minimum of 60% marks in 1st year final examination.
KVPY is a multiple choice questions based exam of total 100 marks. It constitutes of 2 parts – I & II, each containing 4 sections – Mathematics, Physics,
Chemistry and Biology. Paper I contains 20 questions whereas Paper II contains 10 questions in each section. In the Stream-SA, all questions are compulsory
(Science and Mathematics). In respect of the streams SB and SX, there will be four sections in Part I (Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics)
and four sections in Part II (Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics). Candidates are allowed to answer any THREE of the four subjects in Part I and
any TWO of the four subjects in Part II.
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