KVPY 2020 Application Form, Dates, Eligibility, Pattern, Syllabus and Result

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Apr 7, 2020

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KVPY (Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana) is a national level scholarship program up to Pre-Ph.D level. It is organized by IISc Bangalore annually. For the year 2020, KVPY exam will be conducted on November 3, 2020

Latest: KVPY 2019 Final Result has been declared on March 20, 2020.  Check KVPY Result

  • Students meeting the eligibility standards could fill KVPY application form in the online mode only. Check KVPY Eligibility   
  • KVPY 2020 Application Form was released on July 8, 2020.
  • The exam is conducted in online mode means it is a computer-based test. Check KVPY Exam Pattern 
  • KVPY had multiple choice questions on Mathematics, Biology, Physics and Chemistry. 
  • The selection of candidates is done through aptitude test and Interview round. 
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KVPY 2020 Exam Highlights 

Exam KVPY (Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana)
Conducting Authority IISc, Bangalore (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore)
Streams SA, SB and SX
KVPY Exam Centers 54 Cities across
KVPY 2020 Exam Date November 3, 2020
Mode of Exam Online i.e. Computer-based
Medium of Exam English only
Number of Qualified candidates SA- 75, SB- 66, SX- 144

KVPY 2020 Exam Dates

The below table represents schedule of KVPY 2020 Exam:

Event Dates (Tentative)
Online Application Process begins July 8, 2020
Last date of form submission August 31, 2020
Issue of KVPY Admit card October 7, 2020
KVPY 2020 Exam Date November 3, 2020
KVPY Result declaration 3rd week of December 2020
Interview session 3rd week of January 2020

KVPY Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who are applying for KVPY 2020 must check the detailed eligibility standards given below. It includes educational conditions for each stream-SA/SX/SB, which candidates must fulfil to avail the fellowship program.

On the Basis of Nationality:

Only Indian nationals are eligible to apply for KVPY exam. 

Stream Eligibility
SA Candidates who enrolled themselves in Class 11th (science stream) must apply for this exam. Minimum Marks: Candidates must pass class 10th with Mathematics & Science subjects with minimum 75% (65% for SC/ST/PWD).
SX Qualifying Exam: Candidates who have taken admission in class 12th (science subjects) can apply. Minimum Marks: Candidates must score minimum 60% (50% for SC/ST/PwD) in Mathematics and Science subjects (PCB) in Class 12th. Candidates also have to obtain at least 75% (65% in case of SC/ST/PwD) in class 10th.
SB Qualifying Exam: Candidates who enrolled in 1st year of the UG programme in Basic Science (Physics/Chemistry/Mathematics & Biology)- B.Sc/BS/B.Math./B.Stat./MS/Int. M.Sc) can apply for this exam. Minimum Marks: Candidates must score at least 60% (50% in case of SC/ST/PwD category) in 10+2 examination. In the first year of their final exam in B.Sc/BS/B.Math./B.Stat./MS/Int. M.Sc, students must secure 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD).

Check detailed KVPY Eligibility Criteria 2020

KVPY 2020 Application Form

Candidates can submit KVPY 2020 Application Form through online mode. The application form details are given below.

KVPY Application Process
  • There is no other mode to fill application form.
  • Candidates can register for KVPY exam from July 08, 2020 onwards.
  • The last date of application form submission is August 31, 2020.
  • Candidates have to fill their personal and academic details, choose test centre & upload photograph, signature & other certificates as applicable.
  • Before filling the KVPY registration form, candidates must read the instruction carefully.
  • Keep the printout of the filled application form for future use.

Application Fee

  • Candidates can submit the application fee through online (Credit Card/Debit Card/Net Banking) mode.
  • The application fee is INR 1000 for General category/OBC & INR 500 for SC/ST/PwD category).

KVPY 2020 Admit Card

  • KVPY Admit Card 2020 will be released by IISc on October 7, 2020 at the official website.
  • Only those candidates who have successfully registered for the exam will be issued the admit card of KVPY.
  • Before downloading the document, candidates must cross-check the details mentioned on it

What to Carry with KVPY Admit Card 2020?

Candidates appearing for KVPY 2020 are advised to carry the documents mentioned below to their allotted exam center:

  1. KVPY Admit Card 2020 
  2. Two passport sized photograph as uploaded on KVPY application form
  3. Any Original Photo Identity proof

KVPY 2020 Test Centers

  • Candidates have the option to select four choices from the list of KVPY 2020 exam center at the time of filling the KVPY application form
  • The exam conducting authority will be allotting the exam center in order of preference chosen by candidates and availability of seats
  • Candidates appearing for KVPY 2020 should not forget to carry their KVPY admit card in original as well as a photocopy while appearing for the examination
  • Candidates must read all instructions for KVPY exam center 2020 mentioned on their admit card and should follow the instructions to avoid any discrepancy that may create hassles
  • Candidates are not allowed to carry any electrical items/gadgets or study materials inside the examination hall. If any candidate is found carrying any material that is not allowed, their candidature will be cancelled on the spot 
  • Also, the exam centre officials are not accountable for the loss of any material outside KVPY exam centre 2020

KVPY 2020 Exam Pattern

Here we are providing the Exam Pattern of KVPY 2020 examination:

  • Exam Mode: The exam will be conducted in online (Computer Based Test) mode.
  • Date & Shift: KVPY 2020 is scheduled for November 3 in two shifts, for stream SA 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM and for stream SB/SX 2 PM to 5 PM.
  • Medium of Question Paper: The question paper will be asked in both English & Hindi Language.
  • Type of Questions: It is a multiple choice type question paper. All the questions are compulsory to attempt in stream SA. There is an option to attempt any three sections in Part I & any two sections in Part II in Stream SB/SX.
  • Duration of Exam: Duration of the paper is three hours.
  • Sections: Question paper will contain two sections: Part I & Part II, having four sections each.
  • Total Marks: The paper will consist of 100 marks.
KVPY Exam Pattern, KVPY Paper Pattern

KVPY 2020 Marking Scheme

  • The question papers of Stream SA & Stream SB/SX will be of 100 marks.
  • In Part I of both the Stream, one mark will be awarded for correct response and 0.25 marks will be deducted for an incorrect response.
  • In Part II of Stream SA and Stream SB/SX, for each correct response, two marks will be given to the candidates & 0.5 marks will be deducted for incorrect answer.

Paper Analysis for Previous Year KVPY Exam

Revision of basic topics from NCERT books thoroughly is the major key to crack KVPY 2020. Given below is the KVPY SA Review of last year:

  • SA Stream KVPY Exam was moderate, tricky and time-consuming. Mathematics and Physics section was easy while Chemistry was moderate.
  • Important Topics in Physics- Physics section had around 14 questions which were found to be easy and direct. This section had most questions from Optics and Mechanics.
  • Important Topics in Chemistry- Most of the questions from this section were moderate (14 questions). Dominating topics in this stream were Mole concept, Physical Chemistry (Class XI) and Organic Chemistry (Class XII)
  • Important Topics in Mathematics- Mathematics section holds 25% weightage of the exam and had 13 easy questions. The most important topics in this section were Coordinate Geometry and Straight Line.
KVPY Review for SA

SB/SX stream KVPY exam is a similar pattern and preparation strategy. Given below is last year  KVPY SB/SX Review 

  • SB Stream KVPY Exam was easy to moderate. Mathematics was found to be the most difficult section in the exam. Physics and Chemistry were easy while Biology was moderate.
  • Important topics in Physics- Physics section had 21 easy questions out of the 40. Electrodynamics, Optics and Mechanics were the most important topics in the exam.
  • Important Topics in Chemistry- Chemistry section was found to be the easiest of all the sections in the exam. There were around 18 easy questions. Most of the questions were from Inorganic Chemistry (Class XII), Organic Chemistry (Class XII) and Physical Chemistry (Class XI)
  • Important Topics in Mathematics- Maths was the trickiest section in the exam as claimed by the students. It had 19 difficult questions. Dominating topics in this section were Calculus (Differential and Integral), Definite Integration and Binomial Theorem
  • Important Topics in Biology- Biology section was moderate in the exam with 32 questions of moderate difficulty level. Molecular Genetics and Biomolecules were the most important topics in the exam.
KVPY Review for SB/SX

KVPY 2020 Recommended Books

Given below are the best prescribed books for KVPY examination which are entirely based on the KVPY latest syllabus. These books are handy as it feature all the essential things required while preparing for the examination.

Subject Books
Physics Fundamentals of Physics by David Hally
Concepts of Physics by DC Pandey
Chemistry Modern ABC of Chemistry by Modern Publishers
NCERT Physical and Organic Chemistry by OP Tandon
Mathematics Mathematics for Class 11 by RD Sharma
NCERT Class 11 and Class 12
Biology Elementary Biology by Trueman
NCERT Books class 11 and Class 12

Check How to Prepare for KVPY 2020? 

KVPY 2020 Result

A merit list is published category-wise for each stream for KVPY final result 2020

  • A provisional list of candidates for each stream candidates are declared, these candidates are recommended for the KVPY fellowship programme provided they meet the KVPY 2020 eligibility criteria
  • The KVPY final result is available in PDF format. It mentions roll number, application number, name and rank of candidates who have qualified KVPY 2020
  • It must be noted by candidate that no request for re-evaluation of KVPY result is considered under any circumstance.
  • Candidates who obtain the KVPY cutoff marks as per their category are considered qualified for the fellowship programme.

How to Check KVPY Result?

Here we have given some steps to check the KVPY 2020 Result:

  1. Visit the official website link i.e. kvpy.iisc.ernet.in
  2. A new page will be displayed on the screen.
  3. Fill all the required details like Application Number and Date of Birth carefully.
  4. Date of birth should be given in the format of DD-MM-YYYY.
  5. After filling the details, click on the “Continue” button.
  6. The result will appear on the screen.
  7. Check and download the result.
  8. Candidates don’t forget to take extra printouts of the result for further admission process.

KVPY 2020 Cut off

  • KVPY 2020 cutoff is the basis for shortlisting candidates for the second level of the exam-interview
  • The KVPY Cutoff is calculated on the basis of performance in the aptitude test.
  • The cut off marks of KVPY is based on a number of factors, including maximum marks secured by a candidate, minimum marks secured by a candidate
  • KVPY Cut off differs for each category-General, SC/ST and PWD
  • KVPY cutoff for each of the streams is announced out of maximum of 100 marks.
  • The final merit list will be prepared by providing 75% weightage to the aptitude test and 25% weightage to interview.
  • KVPY 2016 & 2017 cut off marks for aptitude test (out of 100 marks) is given below category-wise:

KVPY Cut Off 2017

Stream General SC/ST PwD
SA 45 35 35
SB 43 33 33
SX 53 43 43

KVPY Cut Off 2016

Stream General SC/ST PwD
SA 50 40 40
SB 48 34 34
SX 57 40 40

KVPY 2020 Selection Process

Candidates will be called for the selection procedure on the basis of their performance in the KVPY Aptitude Test. The selection process will include interview round. The interview round will be held in the 3rd week of January 2020. Candidates will be informed about interview dates, time & venue through email/website. After the successful completion of the entrance exam & interview round, the scholarship will be provided to the successful candidates.

  • KVPY Merit List is prepared by considering the scores obtained by the candidate in the Aptitude test and Interview.
  • The evaluation is based on 75% marks of Aptitude test and 25% of performance in interview.
  • The details about the Aptitude Test and Interview is given below:

Aptitude Test

  • Candidates are evaluated on the reasoning and candidate’s analytical abilities.
  • Candidates are required to obtain a total of 75% marks out of the total weightage.
  • Candidates are required to attempt any three sections in Part I and any two sections of Part II for SB/SX stream only.


  • The shortlisted candidates are allocated a venue of the interview as per the KVPY Test Center allocated to them.
  • Interview is primarily conducted to gather additional information on each finalist applicant with regard to their knowledge, abilities and aptitude etc. in the field of science and research.

Check detailed KVPY Selection Procedure

KVPY Scholarship/ Fellowship

  • Candidates will be eligible for KVPY Fellowship/scholarship based on their performance in aptitude test and interview.
  • The authority will award the scholarship to the selected candidates.
  • Here, we are mentioning details about the cash which is awarded to the KVPY scholarship holders:
Basic Sciences Monthly Fellowship Annual Contingency Grant
SA/SX/SB- during 1st to 3rd years of- B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Integrated M.Sc. /M.S. INR 5000 INR 20000
SA/SX/SB- during M.Sc./4th to 5th years of Integrated M.Sc./M.S/M.Math./M.Stat. INR 7000 INR 28000

KVPY 2020 FAQs

Ques. How can apply for KVPY 2020?

Ans - You can apply only online on the official website of KVPY i.e. kvpy.iisc.ernet.in

Ques. When will the registration for KVPY 2020 start?

Ans - The online Registration for KVPY 2020 will be started from July 8, 2020 and registrations until August 31, 2020 will be considered as successful registrations.

Ques. When can I download my admit card for the KVPY 2020 exam?

Ans - You can download your admit card from the official website in the 2nd week of October 2020.

Ques. When will be the KVPY 2020 exam held?

Ans - The KVPY 2020 is scheduled for November 3, 2020.

Ques. When will be the results for KVPY 2020 declared?

Ans - The results will be declared in the 1st week of December 2020.

Ques. When will the interview round start?

Ans - Interview round for KVPY 2020 will be held in the 3rd week of January 2020.

Ques. What is the Application Fee for KVPY 2020?

Ans - The application fee for KVPY 2020 is INR 1000 for candidates of General category & INR 500 for SC/ST/PwD category.

Ques. Can I submit the fee for KVPY through challan?

Ans - Yes, you can submit the application fee through online (Credit Card/Debit Card/Net Banking) or offline (Challan) mode.

Ques. For what streams is KVPY 2020 conducted and what is their Eligibility Criterion?

Ans - Various exams conducted by KVPY along with their eligibility criterion are as follows –

  1. Stream SA: Candidates who have passed Class 11th (science stream) can apply for this exam. Minimum Marks: Candidates have to pass class 10th with Mathematics & Science subjects & secure minimum 80% marks (70% marks for SC/ST/PwD) in aggregate.
  2. Stream SX: Candidates who have passed class 12th with Mathematics & Science subjects (PCB) can apply for this exam. Minimum Marks: Candidates have to score minimum 60% marks (50% for SC/ST/PwD) in aggregate in Science subjects (PCB) in Class 12th. Candidates also have to obtain at least 80% marks (70% marks in case of SC/ST/PwD) in aggregate in class 10th.
  3. Stream SB: Candidates who have enrolled in 1st year of the UG programme in Basic Science (Physics/Chemistry/Mathematics & Biology) leading to B.Sc/BS/B.Math./B.Stat./MS/Int. M.Sc) can apply for this exam. Minimum Marks: Candidates have to score at least 60% marks (50% marks in case of SC/ST/PwD category) in 10+2 examination.

Ques.  What is the syllabus for the written exam?

Ans - There is no prescribed syllabus for the exam but students are tested for the syllabus up to class X/XII/1st year of B.Sc./ B.S./ B.Stat./ B.Math./ Int. M.Sc./ M.S. as applicable.

Ques. What is the Pattern of KVPY exam?

Ans - The KVPY exam will have multiple choice questions of 100 marks and the paper will have two sections i.e. PART I & PART II. The duration of the examination will be three hours.

Ques. What is the marking scheme for the exam?

Ans - Students will be awarded one mark for each correct answer in PART I and two marks for each correct answer in PART II. Negative Marking: In PART I, 0.25 marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer and in PART II, 0.5 marks will be deducted for wrong response.

Ques. Can I attempt the exam in Hindi language?

Ans - Yes, you can attempt the exam in either English or Hindi Language.

Ques. Can State board students participate in KVPY 2020?

Ans - Yes, State board students can apply for KVPY 2020.

Ques. Is it necessary that the students have to study all the four subjects i.e. Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics?

Ans - All questions are compulsory (Science and Mathematics) for Stream-SA. For 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) and all the students have to select any 3 of the 4 subjects in Part I and any 2 of the 4 subjects in Part II.

Ques. When will I be finally eligible for the scholarship based KVPY program?

Ans - All the students will be finally eligible for the scholarship based KVPY program after successfully clearing the interview round.

Ques. What are the important Documents required at the time of Interview?

Ans - Candidates have to bring the following documents at the time of interview-

  • Interview call letter
  • KVPY 2020 Interview Call Letter
  • KVPY 2020 Admit Card
  • 10th & 12th Original Marks Sheet
  • Category Certificate
  • A Self-Appraisal forms
  • Study certificate form

Ques. Can I avail the KVPY Fellowship along with a merit scholarship?

Ans - KVPY does not allow its Fellows to be eligible for any other scholarship apart from its own, whether it is government or private. However, if there is any such case, they relinquish the other fellowship so that the student can avail the KVPY Fellowship.

Ques. Are calculators allowed in KVPY exam?

Ans - No, you cannot take the calculators to the exam centre but virtual calculators will be made available to you at the exam center.

Ques. Are calculators allowed in KVPY exam?

Ans - No, you cannot take the calculators to the exam centre but virtual calculators will be made available to you at the exam center.

Ques. Where can I contact KVPY in case of any query?

Ans - In case of any query, you can call on 080 - 22932975/76, 080- 23601008 & 080 - 22933536 or email at applications.kvpy@iisc.ac.in.

Ques. Tell me about the fellowship program?

Ans - The fellowship program will be of 5 years in which fellows will get a monthly stipend of INR 5000 and Annual Contingency Grant of INR 20,000 during 1st to 3rd years of - B.Sc./B.S./B. Stat./B. Math. / Integrated M.Sc. /M.S. The fellows will get a monthly stipend of INR 7000 and Annual Contingency Grant of INR 28,000 during M. Sc. / 4th to 5th years of Integrated M.Sc. /M.S./M.Math./M.Stat.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


malakappa madagonda biradar
We are new about KVPY and want to details.
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Malakappa, you can check the Application Process for this exam from here. Also, you can state the query in a particular field so that we can provide you the relevant information.

Can I register it now ! Is it avaliable now
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Sharmadhak, as the last date to apply for this exam was Aug 31, 2019. Thus, you cannot apply now.
mrunmayee amte
can i registration of kvpy on 21 august2019 for exam 2019
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Mrunmayee, application forms for KVPY were available only till Aug 20, 2019 (tentatively).

i need to register my name for the exam but i don't know how?
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Maetreyii, you can check the Application Process for this exam from here.

lavleen singh
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Reman, application fee can be paid online following these steps:

  • For online mode, candidates can make the payment via credit card/debit card/net banking.
  • Once KVPY application fee 2019 has been remitted, they can check the updated status of KVPY application form 2019 after logging in. 

For further details, you may check the Application Process of KVPY from here.

I got 59/80, 77/100 in maths and 61/80, 77/100 in science in class 10 board examination am I eligible to write kvpy exam
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Harshavardhan, candidates scoring 75% (65% in case of reserved categories) in class 10th will be considered eligible for the course. Thus, you are not eligible. You can also check further Eligibility Criteria for this exam.

faiza eram
Hiiii I m in my first year of MSc(plant science). Can I apply for this???
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Faiza, no, you cannot apply for this exam as candidates who are in first year of their graduation degree are eligible.
khushi ajitsing thakur
How do I check about fee payment?
shobhna chaturvedi
A mail would be sent to your registered mail-ID on successful transaction of the fee from your account. Along with the mail, a text would also be dropped on your phone number.
khushi ajitsing thakur
How do I get to know that I have been successfully registered for this and how I will I get to know if my registration is done ?
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Khushi, firstly, you will be allotted a unique registration number and password which is to be further used in the process. Secondly, you may check the status of fee payment, registration is considered only after successful submission of application fee.

prajwal ambadas lalpotu
how to pay fee ?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Prajwal,candidates can submit the application fee through online (Credit Card/Debit Card/Net Banking) mode. The application fee is INR 1000 for General category/OBC