KVPY 2021 Eligibility, Age Limit and Stream-Wise Eligibility

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Jun 14, 2021

KVPY Eligibility includes age criteria, citizenship, and academic criteria for each stream. The minimum age required to apply for the SA stream is 16 years. The lower age limit for the SX stream is 17 years. The candidates who apply for the SB stream must be 18 years old. 

Latest Update:

KVPY 2020 exam conducted on 31 January 2021. 

KVPY Eligibility

KVPY Eligibility Criteria 2021

Candidates can appear for the aptitude test if they meet the given KVPY eligibility criteria according to the Stream. Before filling KVPY 2021 Application Form, candidates should meet the given KVPY eligibility criteria.

  • Only Indian candidates can apply for the KVPY Fellowship program.

For Stream SA – 

  • Those candidates who studied in XI Standard (Science Subjects) in the academic year of 2021 can apply for this test.
  • Candidates have to score at least 75% marks (65% marks in case of the SC/ST/PWD) in aggregate in Science & Mathematics subjects in Class X.
  • Candidates have to secure a minimum of 60% marks (50% marks for SC/ST/PWD) in aggregate in Science Subjects in XII Standard Board Examination.
  • Selected students fellowship will be activated only when they join a UG program in Basic Science (B.Sc/BS/B.Stat./B.Math./Int.M.Sc/MS) in the academic year 2021.
  • During the interim period of one year, students will be invited to the National Science (Vijyoshi) Camp and their travel and other related expenses will be sponsored by KVPY.

For Stream SX – 

  • Candidates studying in 10+2 can apply under this stream. They must score 60% in the 12th Board exam (50% for SC/ST/PwD candidates)
  • Selected students fellowship will be activated only when they join an UG programme in Basic Science (B.Sc/BS/B.Stat./B.Math./Int.M.Sc/MS) in the academic year 2020-2021.
  • According to KVPY eligibility criteria 2020, Candidates must secure a minimum 75% marks in class 10 while SC/ST/PwD candidates have scored 65% in aggregate of all Science subjects and Mathematics.

For Stream SB – 

  • Those candidates studied in 1st year of UG course in Basic Science such as Physics/Chemistry/Mathematics and Biology leading to B.Sc/BS/B.Stat./B.Math./Int.M.Sc/MS in the academic year of 2020-2020 can appear for this exam.
  • Candidates have to secure at least 60% marks in case of GEN category & 50% marks in case of SC/ST/PWD category in aggregate in Science subjects in Intermediate Board Examination.
  • Candidates have to obtain 60% marks (50% Marks for SC/ST/PWD category) in the 1st year final examination of B.Sc/BS/B.Stat./B.Math./Int.M.Sc/MS before taking up the fellowship, if awarded.
Fellowship Program

KVPY 2021 Fellowships Offered

  • Two KVPY Scholarships are offered to the students who belong to any of the three streams under KVPY: Stream SA, SB and SX.
  • Candidates included in the SA Stream are the ones who apply for the KVPY Exam while pursuing Class XI (with Science Subjects).
  • The SX Stream comprises candidates who are appearing or have passed Class XII with science subjects in the academic session 2021.
  • SB Stream includes candidates who are pursuing 1st year of the undergraduate program in Basic Sciences during the academic year 2021.
  • The fellowship and the contingency grant offered to students is listed in the table below:
Fellowship 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. Rs. 5000 Rs. 20000
SA/SX/SB- during M. Sc. / 4th to 5th years of Integrated M.Sc. /M.S./M.Math./M.Stat. Rs. 7000 Rs. 28000

However, the KVPY fellowship will be stopped if the aspirants will leave the Basic Science course (B.Sc/ B.S./ B. Stat./ B.Math./ Int. M.Sc./ M.S.) to continue at any stage. This will be applicable also for the Annual Contingency Grant. 

Check KVPY 2020-21 Question Papers

Science Courses

KVPY Courses in Basic Sciences

The candidates can apply for undergraduate programs in Basic Sciences through KVPY 2021. The courses included in Basic Sciences are B.Sc. /B.S. /B.Stat. /B.Math. /Int. M.Sc. /M.S. in the following streams:

Subjects Subjects Subjects Subjects
Chemistry Cell Biology Biotechnology Genetics
Physics Ecology Neurosciences Biomedical Sciences
Mathematics Molecular Biology Bioinformatics Applied Physics
Statistics Botany Marine Biology Geophysics
Biochemistry Zoology Geology Materials Science
Microbiology Physiology Human Biology Environmental Science

Frequently Asked Questions

Ques. Who is eligible for the KVPY 2021 exam?

Ans. The aspirants, who have obtained a minimum 60% score (50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in Mathematics and Science (Physics/ Biology/ Chemistry) in class XII, are eligible to apply for the KVPY 2021 exam. 

Ques. What will happen after qualifying for the KVPY exam?

Ans. Once the aspirants will clear the KVPY exam, the aspirants will receive the scholarship (month;y and yearly) during their basic Science course (3 years or 5 years integrated course). 

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


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mahak singhal
Can i give the kvpy exam 2021 if i passed my 12 boards in the year 2020 and now i'm a dropper?
ashiq hussain mir
How can I apply for 2021
abdul nazir

You need to fill the application form for 2021 in online mode only as follows:

  • Fill out personal and academic details
  • Select the desired test center
  • Upload photograph, signature and other valid certificates
  • Submit the form on time and take printout of the completed form for future reference
  • Submit the application fee in online mode
sambhav jain
Can we give KVPY SX while studying in class 12 or after the results of Class 12 board?
abdul nazir

Yes you can apply for the aptitude test while studying in 12th class itself on condition that you will secure a minimum aggregate of 60% after the exam. There is relaxation of 10% for different reserved category of SC/ST/PwD candidates. Also you must have score at least 75% at 10th level to be eligible.

aparajita arvind
Am I eligible for the kvpy 2021 if I am in class 12 and will be 18 at the time of 5he examination ?
abdul nazir

Ye syou can apply on condition that you will score a minimum aggregate of 60% at 12th level. There are 3 streams available for which test is conducted namely SA, SX and SB and eligibility criteria for every stream varies.

puja sao
Is maths compulsory for KVPY?
kavita rani

Hi Puja. Candidates have to score at least 75% marks (65% marks in case of the SC/ST/PWD) in aggregate in Science & Mathematics subjects in Class X can apply for stream SA. Other details are here.

yash raj singh
What happens after qualifying KVPY?
kavita rani

Hi Yash, The students who have qualified the KVPY Exam will be eligible for a fellowship as well as admissions into institutes like the IISc and the IISER based on additional criteria.
Other details are mentioned here.

sadim ansari
Is there any age limit for KVPY?
kavita rani

Hi Sadim. The lower age limit is 17 years for SX stream, students can apply from class XI onwards.
Other details related to the same are mentioned here.

nafisa khatoon
Can 12th pass apply for KVPY?
kavita rani

Hi Nafisa. Candidates studying in 10+2 are eligible to apply under stream SA. They must have obtained at least 60% marks in the 12th Board exam (50% for SC/ST/PwD candidates). Other details related to the same are mentioned here.

tanishka shah
how many stages are there in kvpy?
kavita rani

Hi Tanishka. There are two stages in which KVPY exam is conducted including online aptitude test and interview. Online aptitude test is a computer-based examination.
Further details are mentioned here.

what is kvpy scholarship?
kavita rani

Hi Nishu. KVPY is a national-level scholarship program arranged every year at centres across the country. Administered by the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc), this test aimed at promoting students to opt for research careers in basic science courses.

how to get into iisc through kvpy?
kavita rani

Hi Rashmi. Aspirants planning to get admission to IISC Bangalore via KVPY must qualify the aptitude test. The score in the KVPY Aptitude Test will be considered while shortlisting candidates for admission. The aptitude test is conducted in the month of November each year and the test will be followed by an Interview round for selection.

pranay prakash gavakar
i have got 80%in 10th and 63%in 12th science .currently i am in FyBScIT so for which scholarship i am suitable?

Dear Pranay Prakash Gavakar

Greetings from Collegedunia. Yes, you are eligible to apply for KVPY 2020 Examination if you have passed 10th with 75% marks in PCM and 12th with 60% marks in PCM from any recognized Board. The age limit for SA is 16 years and SB is 17 years and SX is 18 years of age. For more details, kindly go through this link – KVPY Eligibility Criteria 2020

I m pursuing bsc biotech 1st year, am I eligible for SB stream annd if yes than will I appear after exams of 1st year?
arvind kumar

Hi Srishti, Greetings. KVPY (Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana) is a national level scholarship program. You are eligible for the exam and you can appear. For more details visit: KVPY 2020

I'm in b.math 1st year but 19 years old can i give kvpy?

Hi Gnananandna

You can visit on KVPY Eligibility to know the age criteria for applying. 

surabhi s
Can we give the KVPY exam twice?
kavita rani

Hi surabhi. Yes, you can give the KVPY exam two times, one exam can be given in class 11 (KVPY SA) while second exam can be given in 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.

surabhi s
Can we give the KVPY exam twice?
ankit meena
I am 1st year MBBS student, can I give KVPY exam

Hi Ankit

Greetings of the day

You can visit on our official website KVPY Eligibility Criteria to know the whole eligiblity criteria of the exam and whether you are eligible for the exam or not.

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

Hi Avinash. Yes, you are eligible for KVPY. The KVPY exam doesn't test your knowledge about computers but you must have the basic computer operating skill that is you must know the use of mouse and keyboard which is required to give KVPY online exam. You can easily learn by practicing KVPY online mock tests.

I m in bsc medical 1st year what is the syllabus or the exam?

Hello Shreya,

The examination consists of four sections – Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. For detailed syllabus and examination pattern, kindly visit – KVPY Syllabus

divakar sharma
How many times should we attend the KVPY exam?
kavita rani

Hi Divakar. It is suggested to appear in the KVPY twice, both in class 11 and 12, as it improves your chances of selection in IISc and IISERs. In case you are pursuing any basic science course after class 12, then you can attempt under KVPY SB stream.