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What is KVPY Exam? How to prepare for it?

The Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana or KVPY is a scholarship scheme in basic sciences funded by Department of Science and Technology (DST) of Government of India to appeal highly motivated and talented students who want to pursue higher studies and research career in science. An aptitude test is carried out to identify the talents.

The advertisement about KVPY Exam is generally published in leading newspapers in the month of May. Students studying in class 11th to undergraduate students studying in 1st year are eligible for KVPY exam. There are three categories of this exam: SA, for the students studying in class 11; SX, for the students studying in class 12; and SB for undergraduate students studying in the first year with basic sciences or mathematics.

Detailed eligibility criteria could be found on their website:

KVPY Exam Pattern:

KVPY-SA exam consists of 100 marks divided in two parts, all questions compulsory. First part carries 15 marks (15 questions) each from Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Maths; second part carries 10 marks (5 questions of 2 marks each) each from the above subjects. Duration is 3 hours and each wrong answer deduct of the mark.

KVPY-SA & SB are also divided into two parts. In first part, a student has to attempt three subjects out of Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Biology. There 20 questions carrying 1 mark for each subject. In part two, a student has to attempt only two subjects out of 4. There are 10 questions carrying 2 marks each from each subject. Negative marking (1/4th of the mark) is there for each wrong attempt.

How to prepare for KVPY eligibility test:

Like all other competitive exams, to successfully qualify in KVPY exam, serious and diligent preparation is required.

  • There is no set syllabus for KVPY eligibility test. The purpose of the test is to check a student s overall knowledge and analytical aptitude. However, you should follow JEE or AIPMT syllabus to prepare for this test.

  • Students who are appearing in SA, have to give importance to all the four subjects equally. Students appearing in SB and SX, can choose subjects according to their strength and prepare accordingly.

  • NCERT books should be read meticulously to do well in this exam. Since there is negative marking for wrong answer, one should not attempt a question which is not he/she sure of.

  • Students can take help from dedicated coaching classes or online tutorials for professional guidance and KVPY preparation tips.

  • Solving previous years question papers gives a fair idea about the type of questions to expect and the format of the exam.

  • Time management is of great importance like every other competitive exams. Theoretical questions should be answered within one minute to give more time to solve the numerical problems.

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