KVPY 2021 Registration, Application Form, Exam Schedule, Eligibility Criteria

Last Updated : April 30, 2021.

KVPY Examination 2021 [Table of Contents]

Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) is a scholarship program funded by the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India, to attract exceptionally highly motivated students for pursuing basic science courses and research careers in science. Students who clear the KVPY aptitude exam and interview (not conducted for KVPY 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic) are eligible for direct admission in top institutes like IISc and the various IISERs.

The objective of the KVPY scholarship 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.

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KVPY 2021 Registration and Application Form

The important points about KVPY 2021 registration and application form:

  • The online application process for KVPY 2021 starts in July, 2021.
  • Students in grade 11, 12 and first year (Basic Science courses) can apply for KVPY.
  • Candidates have to apply online through KVPY IISc website.
  • Candidates should register through valid email-id and phone number.
  • The KVPY application process will contain various steps like Registration, Filling up of Application form, Image uploading, Online Fee payment and Printing of Application form.
  • After completion of the application process, candidates are advised to print the application form and fee payment proof for any further use in future.

KVPY 2021 Exam Schedule (Provisional Dates)

Given below are the expected dates of KVPY 2021.

KVPY 2021 Exam Schedule Provisional Dates
Opening of KVPY 2021 Registration (Online Application) 2nd week of July, 2021
Closing of KVPY 2020 Registration (Online Application) 31st August, 2021
KVPY Admit Card Download Second week of October, 2021
KVPY 2021 Exam Date 1st week of November, 2021
KVPY 2021 Aptitude Test Result December, 2021

How to Apply for the KVPY Exam?

Steps to fill the KVPY application form.

  • Open the Applications tab on KVPY website and Click on the Online Registration Link on the right side (Registration and Application login).
  • Read the instructions carefully and start registration.
  • Fill the personal and academic details, test centre choice.
  • Upload photo, signature and other certificates as applicable.
  • Pay the KVPY application fee.

What is the application fee for the KVPY exam?

The application fee for KVPY exam is Rs. 1250 for General Category/ OBC students and Rs. 625 for SC/ ST/ PWD students.

KVPY Revised Eligibility Criteria 2021

The KVPY fellowships are given to Indian Nationals only to study in India. However, as per the Interim Order (Final Order awaited) of the Hon'ble High Court of Karnataka, OCI/ PIO students will be allowed to write the KVPY Aptitude Test.

KVPY Eligibility for Stream SA Students [Revised] :

  • Students enrolled in 11th standard (Science Subjects) during the academic year in which KVPY is conducted.
  • Must have secured a minimum of 75% (65% for SC/ ST/ PWD) marks in aggregate in Mathematics and Science subjects in the 10th standard board examination. [Due to prevailing COVID-19 situation, as a one-time measure, students who have passed 10th standard Board exam are eligible to apply for KVPY SA. No minimum percentage required.]
  • Must secure a minimum of 60% (50% for SC/ ST/ PWD) marks in aggregate in Science subjects in the 12th standard board examination.
  • Should join an undergraduate course in Basic Sciences (B.Sc./ B.S./ B.Stat./ B.Math./ Int. M.Sc./ M.S.) after class 12th.

KVPY Eligibility for Stream SX Students :

  • Students enrolled in 12th Standard (Science Subjects) during the academic year in which KVPY is conducted.
  • Must have secured a minimum of 75% (65% for SC/ ST/ PWD) marks in aggregate in Mathematics and Science subjects in the 10th standard board examination.
  • Must secure a minimum of 60% (50% for SC/ ST/ PWD) marks in aggregate in Science subjects (Physics/ Chemistry/ Biology) in the 12th standard board examination.
  • Should join an undergraduate course in Basic Sciences (B.Sc./ B.S./ B.Stat./ B.Math./ Int. M.Sc./ M.S.) after class 12th.

KVPY Eligibility for Stream SB Students [Revised] :

  • Students enrolled in the 1st year of undergraduate program in Basic Sciences namely Physics/ Chemistry/ Mathematics & Biology leading to B.Sc./ B.S./ B.Stat./ B.Math./ Int. M.Sc./ M.S. during the academic year in which KVPY is conducted.
  • Must have secured a minimum of 60% (50% for SC/ ST/ PWD) marks in aggregate in Science subjects (Physics/ Chemistry/ Biology/ Mathematics) in the 12th standard board examination. [Due to prevailing COVID-19 situation, as a one-time measure, students who have passed 12th standard Board exam are eligible to apply for KVPY SB. No minimum percentage required.]
  • Must secure 60% (50% for SC/ ST/ PWD) marks in the 1st year final examination of B.Sc./ B.S./ B.Math./ B.Stat./ Int. M.Sc./ M.S. before taking up the fellowship, if awarded.

KVPY 2021 Examination Centres

KVPY Aptitude Test will be held online in the following cities across India:

  • East: Patna (Bihar), Dhanbad, Jamshedpur, Ranchi (Jharkhand), Bhubaneshwar, Rourkela (Orissa), Naharlagun (Arunachal Pradesh), Guwahati, Tezpur (Assam), Imphal (Manipur), Shillong (Meghalaya), Agarthala (Tripura), Asansol, Burdwan, Durgapur, Hooghly, Kolkata, Siliguri (West Bengal)
  • North: Chandigarh (Chandigarh), New Delhi (Delhi), Meerut (Delhi-NCR), Ambala, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Hisar, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Panipat (Haryana), Jammu (Jammu & Kashmir), Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Patiala (Punjab), Ajmer, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Sikar, Udaipur (Rajasthan), Agra, Allahabad, Bareilly, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Kanpur, Lucknow, Noida, Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), Dehradun (Uttarakhand)
  • South: Rajahmundry, Tirupathi, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), Belagavi, Bengaluru, Bidar, Chikkaballapura, Chikkamangaluru, Davanagere, Dharwad, Hassan, Hubballi, Kalaburagi, Mandya, Mangaluru, Mysuru, Puttur, Shivamogga, Udupi, Uttara Kannada (Karnataka), Hyderabad (Telangana), Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Idukki, Kannur, Kasaragod, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Palakkad, Pathanamthitta, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur (Kerala), Puducherry (Puducherry), Chennai, Coimbatore, Kanchipuram, Madurai, Nagercoil, Salem (Tamil Nadu)
  • West: Mapusa, Panaji (Goa), Ahamedabad, Anand, Gandhinagar, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodra (Gujarat), Bhopal, Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Amaravati, Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Thane (Maharashtra), Bilaspur, Raipur (Chhattisgarh)

KVPY Selection Procedure [Changed for 2020-21]

KVPY is administered by the Indian Institute of Science. Selection of the students in KVPY 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.

IISc conducts an aptitude exam for KVPY at various centres in the country to screen applications. 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. [No interview was conducted for KVPY 2020]

For receiving a KVPY scholarship or fellowship, both aptitude test and interview marks are considered. The merit list is based on 75% weightage for Aptitude Test marks and 25% weightage for the interview marks in the streams SA, SB and SX. [KVPY 2020 fellowship on the basis of Aptitude test only]

What are SA, SX and SB Streams in KVPY?

Since class 11, class 12 and Basic Sciences first year students are eligible to apply for KVPY, the KVPY examination is divided into three streams - SA, SX and SB.

  • Stream SA: Students who are in class 11th standard during the academic year in which KVPY is conducted. They have to give the KVPY SA Test.
  • Stream SX: Students who are in class 12th standard during the academic year in which KVPY is conducted. They have to give the KVPY SX Test.
  • Stream SB: Students who are in the 1st year of undergraduate program in Basic Sciences during the academic year in which KVPY is conducted. They have to give the KVPY SB Test.

KVPY Syllabus 2021

There is no prescribed syllabus for the KVPY exam. KVPY aptitude exam tests the conceptual understanding and analytical ability of the students. KVPY candidates are tested for the syllabus up to class XI / XII / 1st year of B.Sc. / B.S. / B.Stat. / B.Math. / Int. M.Sc. / M.S. as applicable.

KVPY Exam Cut Offs [2020]

KVPY Stream Category Cut Off Marks
Stream SA General/ OBC 52.00 % and above
Stream SA SC/ ST 40.00 % and above
Stream SA PWD (Person with disability) 40.00 % and above
Stream SX General/ OBC 52.00 % and above
Stream SX SC/ ST 40.00 % and above
Stream SX PWD (Person with disability) 40.00 % and above
Stream SB General/ OBC 47.00 % and above
Stream SB SC/ ST 35.00 % and above
Stream SB PWD (Person with disability) 35.00 % and above

Which undergraduate courses in Basic Sciences are eligible for KVPY Scholarship?

Students enrolled in an undergraduate course in Basic Sciences, i.e. 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 are eligible for KVPY Scholarship.

Scholarship Rewards under KVPY Scheme

The students who qualify KVPY and come in merit list are eligible for the fellowship. The students receive fellowship from 1st year onwards of their graduation. The KVPY fellows receive Rs. 5000 monthly fellowship from 1st to 3rd year of B.Sc/ B.Stat/ B.S./ B.Maths/ Integrated M.S./M.Sc and an annual contingency grant of Rs. 20,000. After three years the fellowship is enhanced to Rs. 7,000 per month during M.Sc/ 4th & 5th year of Integrated M.S./ M.Sc and an annual contingency grant of Rs. 28,000.

KVPY Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Is KVPY SX question paper and SB question paper the same?

Yes, KVPY SX and SB question paper is the same. Students in class 12 and who are pursuing basic science (first year) have to give the KVPY SX/ SB stream exam.

I don't have any knowledge about computers, can I be eligible for KVPY?

Yes, you are eligible for KVPY. The KVPY exam doesn't test your knowledge about computers. Only the basic computer operating skill i.e. the use of mouse and keyboard is required to give KVPY online exam, which you can easily learn by practicing KVPY online mock tests.

Can we give the KVPY exam twice?

Yes, you can give the KVPY exam twice in class 11 (KVPY SA) and 12 (KVPY SX). You can also give KVPY third time (KVPY SB), if you are pursuing a basic science course (first year) after class 12.

How many times should we attend the KVPY exam?

It's recommended to attempt KVPY twice, both in class 11 and 12, to increase your chances of selection in IISc and IISERs. If you are pursuing any basic science course after class 12, then you can attempt under KVPY SB stream.

Can I write the KVPY exam again even after qualifying the first time?

Yes, you can write the KVPY exam again after qualifying for the first time. You can improve your marks and rank if you write the KVPY exam again.

Is it compulsory to attend all the questions in the KVPY aptitude test?

No, you don't need to attend all the questions in the KVPY aptitude test. There is negative marking in KVPY, so attend only those questions which you are sure of knowing the correct answers. In KVPY (SA), it's compulsory to attend all sections (not questions).

What are the subjects, total questions and marking scheme in KVPY SA exam?

KVPY SA Part I: 4 subjects (Physics, Chemistry, Math, Biology). Each subject has 15 questions with a marking scheme +1/-0.25. Total Question : 60, Total marks : 60.

KVPY SA Part II: 4 subjects (Physics, Chemistry, Math, Biology). Each subject has 5 questions with a marking scheme +2/-0.5. Total Question : 20, Total marks : 40.

In KVPY SA, is it mandatory to answer all sections?

Yes. In KVPY SA, you need to attempt all sections (subjects) in both part-I and part-II. Total marks will be given on the basis of your performance in all sections.

What are the subjects, total questions and marking scheme in KVPY SX exam?

KVPY SX Part I: Choose any 3 of the 4 subjects (Physics, Chemistry, Math, Biology). Each subject has 20 questions with a marking scheme +1/-0.25. Total marks 60.

KVPY SX Part II: Choose any 2 of the 4 subjects (Physics, Chemistry, Math, Biology). Each subject has 10 questions with a marking scheme +2/-0.5. Total marks 40.

In KVPY SX/ SB, is it mandatory to answer all sections?

No. In KVPY SX/ SB Part-I, you can answer 3 out of the 4 sections (subjects); while in KVPY SX/ SB Part-II, you’re expected to answer any 2 out of the 4 sections (subjects).

If a student has registered in KVPY SA stream then do they need to register again for SX stream?

Yes. If a student has registered under KVPY SA stream in class 11, and wants to give KVPY SX in class 12, then he/ she needs to register again for KVPY SX stream and need to pay the required fee.

How can we check our marks in the KVPY test?

You can check your marks in the KVPY aptitude test after the announcement of KVPY interview results (in the month of March-April).

Can I check the answers that I marked in the KVPY online test?

No, the facility to check the answer sheet is not provided by KVPY.

Will there be more than one correct answer type questions in KVPY?

No, there are no multiple correct answers type of questions in KVPY SA and SX/ SB test.

Will there be negative marking in the KVPY exam?

Yes, there is negative marking in KVPY SA and SX/ SB exam. KVPY Part I: 1 mark question, negative marking is -0.25 for every wrong answer. KVPY Part II: 2 mark question, negative marking is -0.5 for every wrong answer.

Are rough sheets provided in KVPY online test?

Yes, don't worry, you will be provided rough sheets in KVPY online test. In-case you need extra, ask the exam invigilator for more.

Can I use the calculator in KVPY online examination?

Yes, but you don’t need to bring a physical calculator in the exam. There will be a calculator option on your computer screen which you can use. It will be a non-programmable one (can calculate square roots, cube roots, logarithms, trigonometric functions, etc).

Related Pages :

KVPY Study Plan and Preparation Strategy

KVPY Online Test Series

Previous Years Papers of KVPY

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