KVPY 2020 Eligibility, Age Limit and Stream-Wise Eligibility

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Aug 28, 2020

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

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  • KVPY 2020 is scheduled for November 3 in online (computer-based) mode.
  • Candidates can apply for SA stream if they have enrolled to Class XI with science subjects. Check KVPY Admit Card
  • For those candidates who have appeared for Class XII with Science, subjects can apply under SX stream.
  • To apply for SB stream, candidates must have enrolled for basic sciences provided that they are a 1st-year student. Check KVPY Exam Pattern
  • Only Indian nationals can apply for KVPY 2020 provided they take admission to the B.Sc. program only in India.
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KVPY Eligibility Criteria 2020

Candidates can appear for the aptitude test if they meet the given KVPY eligibility criteria according to the Stream. Before filling KVPY 2020 Application Form, candidates should meet the given eligibility criteria.

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

For Stream SA – 

  • Those candidates studied in XI Standard (Science Subjects) in the academic year of 2020-2020 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 minimum 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 an UG programme in Basic Science (B.Sc/BS/B.Stat./B.Math./Int.M.Sc/MS) in the academic year 2020-2021.
  • During the interim period of one year, students will be invited for 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.

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KVPY 2020 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 2020-2020.
  • SB Stream includes candidates who are pursuing 1st year of the undergraduate program in Basic Sciences during the academic year 2020-2020.
  • 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

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KVPY Courses in Basic Sciences

The candidates can apply for undergraduate programs in Basic Sciences through KVPY 2020. 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

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


samiksha tiwari
I scored 66percent in 10th class and 65 percent in 12th class can I eligible for kvpy exam
rakhisree chatterjee

Hi Samiksha, Candidates must score a 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 are eligible for the exam. Sorry, You do not meet the eligibilty criteria. Hence, You are not eligible for the exam.

sonu kumar yadav
I applied when admit card will release
amit kumar
I just gave my 10th boards waiting for results can I give the exam this year after the result
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Amit, yes, you can apply for this exam.
yashashwani sharma
Can i appear in kvpy exam as i have entered to 12 class now?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Yashashwini, yes, you are eligible to apply for this exam provided you satisfy other percentage criteria as well.
ritika tyagi
i'm in class 12 i want to appear in nov2020 kvpy what are the requirements for me except(i score 91%in class 10 and in maths-87 and in science-81 out of 100 in cbse board examination) please tell me other requirements as soon as possible.
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Ritika, you should not be above 18 years while applying for this exam.
gamer buddy
I scored 68 in Science out of 100 and 92 in Mathematics out of 100 . Am I eligible to be selected in KVPY if I got marks above cut off .
shobhna chaturvedi
Hello, if you have got more marks than the cut off then, automatically you become eligible to apply for any exam concerned.
spandeeta chakraborty
I will be appearing for the SA stream this year. Can I appear for the SX stream when I am in class 12?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Spandeeta, yes, you may apply for SX stream but after that, you must score 60% (50% in case of reserved categories) in intermediate.
b c dheeraj urs
i scored 67 in maths and 72 in science in cbse board. can i register for kvpy 2019
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Dheeraj, yes, you are eligible for this exam provided you have secured 60% in intermediate along with individual marks in Mathematics and Physics.
abhilasha b mulgund
Hello im studing in bsc 3sem..i have scored 1sem 78.8% and 2sem 82.4?n i apply for this exam?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Abhilasha, yes, you are eligible for the exam provided you are not more than 18 years of age.
mansi sanjay varpe
Can only freshers are eligible for exam or repeaters also
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi, freshers as well as repeaters whosoever fulfill the eligibility criteria will be eligible.