KVPY 2020 Subject Wise Exam Pattern for Part 1 & 2, Syllabus & Preparation Tips

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Sep 25, 2020

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As we all come to know that the KVPY Exam 2020 is scheduled for November 3, 2020, in computer-based mode, every moment is crucial. Not only having knowledge about examination dates and all the information about KVPY Exam and Interview, but also exam pattern of KVPY includes details about the type of questions, number of questions, duration of the test, marking scheme, and sections covered among others. There will be questions from Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology which have to be answered within 3 hours. Questions papers will be both in English and Hindi. The question type will be objective type and there will be negative marking.

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KVPY 2020 Exam Pattern

As per the official announcement, KVPY 2020 exam will be conducted on November 3, 2020, in the mode of online. The medium of the question paper will be both in English and Hindi. It will be a multiple-choice question paper and the duration of the aptitude test will be of 3 hours. Every section of KVPY question papers are divided into two parts:

KVPY Examination Pattern: Stream SA

Sections of Stream SA Number of questions Total Marks
Part – I Part – II 100
Mathematics 15 5 25
Physics 15 5 25
Chemistry 15 5 25
Biology 15 5 25

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Exam pattern of KVPY Stream SB/SX

Sections of Stream SB and SX Number of Questions Total Marks
Part I Part II
Mathematics 20 10 40
Physics 20 10 40
Chemistry 20 10 40
Biology 20 10 40

KVPY Preparation Tips

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  • There will be questions from Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology which have to be answered within 3 hours.

  •  Questions papers will be both in English and Hindi

  • The question type will be objective and there will be negative marking.

KVPY 2020 Syllabus

The syllabus of KVPY 2020 comprises the PCMB subjects, though there is no prescribed syllabus in the official website https:// kvpy.iisc.ernet.in. the students of XI standard (Science stream) are eligible for Stream SA Aptitude test. Students enrolled in XII Standard/ +2 namely Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Geophysics, Microbiology, Human Biology, Neuroscience, Ecology, Bio Chemistry, Material Science, Biomedical Science, Zoology, Marine Biology, Molecular Biology, and Biology are eligible for Stream SB and SX test and the students are pursing 1st year of their Undergraduate degree. Check KVPY 2020 Eligibility

Stream SA syllabus

1. Physics

1. Electromagnetic Induction

2. Kinematics

3. Refraction

4. Electromagnetic Induction & Alternating Current

5. Physical World and Measurement

6. Electrostatics

7. Reflection of Light

8. Sources of Energy

9. Work, Energy and Power

10. Laws of Motion

11. Magnetic Effects of Current

12. Gravitation

13. Thermodynamics

14. Current Electricity

2. Chemistry

1. Classification of Elements & Periodicity in Properties

2. Chemical Reactions

3. Periodic Classification of Elements

4. Thermodynamics

5. Environmental Chemistry

6. Metals and Non-Metals

7. Acids

8. Bases and Salts

9. Basic Concepts of Chemistry

10. States of Matter

11. Gases and Liquids

12. Carbon Compounds

3. Biology

1. Cell: Structure and Function, Human Physiology

2. Control and Coordination in Animals and Plants

3. Heredity and Evolution

4. Plant Physiology

5. Diversity of Living Organisms

6. Reproduction

7. Life Processes

8. Our environment

4. Mathematics

1. Polynomials

2. Trigonometric Functions

3. Quadratic Equations

4. Geometry

5. Real Number

6. Mathematical Reasoning

7. Statistics and Probability

8. Introduction to Trigonometry

9. Probability

10. Coordinate Geometry

11. Surface Areas & Volumes

12. Statistics

Stream SB syllabus

  1. Physics

1. Electromagnetic Induction & Alternating Current

2. Electromagnetic Induction

3. Thermal Physics

4. Sources of Energy

5. Kinematics

6. Work, Energy and Power

7. Physical World and Measurement

8. Current Electricity

9. Applications in Daily Life

10. Electricity & Magnetism, Electrostatics

11. Gravitation

12. Thermodynamics

13. Reflection

14. Magnetic Effects of Current

15. Refraction

16. Laws of Motion

17. Electrostatics

18. Waves & Optics

  1. Chemistry

1. Thermodynamics

2. Structure & Bonding

3. Periodic Classification of Elements

4. Chemical Reactions

5. Chemical Kinetics

6. Metals and Non-Metals

7. Solid State

8. Basic Concepts of Chemistry

9. Cycloalkenes

10. Dienes and Alkynes

11. Environmental Chemistry

12. Carbon compounds

13. Chemical Bonding

14. Gases and Liquids

15. Acids

16. Classification of Elements & Periodicity in Properties

17. Bases and Salts

18. States of Matter

19. Isolation of Elements

20. Chemistry of Noble Gases

21. Surface Chemistry

22. Alkenes

23. Electrochemistry

  1. Biology

1. Human Physiology

2. Cell: Structure and Function

3. Reproduction

4. Control and Coordination in Animals and Plant

5. Diversity of Living Organisms

6. Biology and Human Welfare

7. Biotechnology

8. Genetics

9. Genetics and Evolution

10. Our Environment

11. Plant Physiology

12. Ecology and Environment

13. Life Processes

  1. Mathematics

1. Statistics

2. Relations and Functions

3. Vectors and 3-D Geometry

4. Surface Areas & Volumes

5. Evaluation of Integrals

6. Quadratic Equations

7. Calculus

8. Polynomials

9. Statistics and Probability

10. Real Number

11. Vector Algebra

12. Geometry

13. Analytical Geometry in Two Dimensions

14. Introduction to Trigonometry

15. Trigonometric Functions

16. Probability

17. Mathematical Reasoning

18. Coordinate Geometry

19. Linear Programming

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Stream SX syllabus


1. Reflection of Light

2. Electromagnetic Induction & Alternating Current

3. Kinematics

4. Sources of Energy

5. Electrostatics

6. Magnetic Effects of Current

7. Laws of Motion

8. Work, Energy and Power

9. Current Electricity

10. Gravitation

11. Physical World and Measurement

12. Refraction


1. States of Matter: Gases and Liquids

2. Surface Chemistry

3. Periodic Classification of Elements

4. Carbon compounds

5. Metals and Non-Metals

6. Environmental Chemistry

7. Solid State

8. Electrochemistry

9. Basic Concepts of Chemistry

10. Classification of Elements & Periodicity in Properties

11. Thermodynamics

12. Chemical Reactions

13. Chemical Kinetics

14. Isolation of Elements


1. Genetics and Evolution

2. Life Processes

3. Ecology and environment

4. Cell: Structure and Function

5. Control and Coordination in Animals and Plants

6. Plant Physiology

7. Reproduction

8. Human Physiology

9. Biology and Human Welfare

10. Diversity of Living Organisms


1. Coordinate Geometry

2. Quadratic Equations

3. Surface Areas & Volumes

4. Introduction to Trigonometry

5. Polynomials

6. Mathematical Reasoning

7. Vectors and 3-D Geometry

8. Real Number

9. Calculus

10. Statistics

11. Trigonometric Functions

12. Probability

13. Geometry

14. Statistics and Probability

15. Relations and Functions

16. Linear Programming

KVPY 2020 Pattern

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KVPY strategic preparation

Now we are aware about the syllabus and exam pattern of KVPY exam 2020. Now, let’s talk about the strategies which we should follow to have a desired result in the exam. Not only knowledge gives us power in such tough exams but also following a strategic way of preparation can give any student better results.

1. Align Your Preparations for KVPY with other exams

First align your preparation with JEE/AIPMT, i.e. if any student is preparing for JEE or AIPMT, then here is an excellent news. The syllabus of these three exams are same and the question types of KVPY are of advance level of JEE. So, if your focus is to crack JEE or ALPMT, then it will speed up your preparation for KVPY exam.

2. Self – knowledge

Before jumping into any subject or area, first the student must have a self-knowledge i. e. the student who is preparing, should be determined about his/her strengths and weaknesses. Make a personal list a and a table in which subjects and areas you are weak and strong and give more strength on important matters and clear the concept.

3. Subject-wise preparation

Concept clearing will help to solve strong and tricky problems. That is why a student should concentrate on each problem and create and maintain a time-table around each subject.

  • Physics: From this section, lots of questions are asked from Optics and Resistor Series. Even in SA which is KVPY for class 11, few questions are asked from class 12 syllabus such as Lens Maker’s Formula and Kirchhoff’s rules. If physics is your strength, you will have an advantage over others.
  • Chemistry: It is easier when compared to physics though it varies from candidate to candidate. Revising 10 the standard basic thing would be very much helpful and productive. Most of the questions are reaction or property based, very few questions will be asked from numericals. You must have clear concept of chemical bonding, organic and physical chemistry. NCERT is not sufficient in this case.
  • Mathematics: Mathematics, practice is very much important. Formulas should be on your tips. Know every shortcut possible. Learn important Results and theorems. Mathematics is not just solving; it needs a little visual power too. For example, - graphs and curve sketching. You are going to face a lot of IQ-based problems in KVPY Math.
  • Biology: Bio is considered the easiest section in KVPY. NCERT Biology is sufficient. Remember the diagrams and their labellings. Practice MCQs in Biology. You must know the basic biology of class 9 and 10 for SA. Moreover, it is very scoring and students can easily qualify this section. Make your own notes in Biology, include flow charts and shortcuts to learn important topics. 

4. Solve previous question papers

 If you want to have a fare idea about what kind of questions you may face in KVPY exams, it is always helpful to go through the previous year question papers and solve them on your own. It will give you a taste of how tough the exam could be for you and how much preparation is need. Not only previous year question papers, but also the sample papers of KVPY 2020 also should be in students’ mind and follow them too. It will provide a graph of what areas are more important and what areas can secure more number. 

5. Time Management

Time management pays a vital role of any student’s academic life and when the question comes to clearing examinations like KVPY, an aspirant should prepare a balanced and practical time-table. This leaves a huge impact on any candidate’s result.

6. Practice online test

As I mentioned before, KVPY consists of two main stages – online aptitude test and interview. Online aptitude test is a computer-based examination. In order to thrive in this test, you must consider taking mock computer-based tests. Mock tests on a computer will help you get familiar with the nature of this test. Along with free or subscribed mock tests, one can find study metirils which has been proved very helps full and up-to-date.

7. Recommended Books for KVPY 2020

Before choosing the refence books for KVPY 2020, do keep in mind that those books should cover the KVPY Syllabus with appropriate and accurate study material. Apart form the online study material, students also can rely on the following books which can be found in hard copies:





Concept of Physics

DC Pandey

Fundamentals of Physics

David Halliday, Robert Resnick and Jearl Walker


Mathematics for class XI

RD Sharma; Publisher: Dhanpat


NCERT Organic and Physical Chemistry

O.P Tandon

Modern ABC of Chemistry for class XI

Modern Publishers


Elementary Biology – Volume 1

K.N Bhatia and M.P. Tyagi; Publisher: Trueman

8. Maintain a Notebook for Important Formula

 Make notes during preparation phase. Maintain a notebook for all the important formulas, theorems, proofs and equations while studying. Keep revising from it every day. This will be particularly helpful during revision. You will have all the important material in place and you won’t have to hunt for anything at the last moment in those 20 kgs of books.

9. Revision

 Try to complete your studies within the planned days before the examination so that you will get enough time to revision. You should try your own methods while reviewing according to your own timetable. This also can attract your attention to the left-out areas. It helps you a lot for achieving the good marks.

10. Maintain your Health

There will be nothing more important than your health. If you are healthy then, only you will be able to concentrate on your studies. So, take hygienic and nutritious food. Don’t skip your breakfast and sleep at least for 7-8 hours. 

Go through the Physics Sample Papers for practicing KVPY 2020 Exam

KVPY Preparation Tips for Interview

After the KVPY exam, KVPY Results will be released within 45 days. However, passing the exam is not enough to achieve the goals. Qualifying candidates are called for the KVPY interview, which is also an integral part of the selection process. The collaboration of written test marks and the Interview marks is taken into consideration for the final selection of a candidate.

Areas of Focus for KVPY Interview

To crack the KVPY interview, there are a lot of areas to keep in our mind so that no only we can crack the KVPY Interview but also get better scores to be selected in the final procedure:

  • Body language and expression speaks a lot about a candidate. It should be in our mind that any kind of misbehavior or acting weird can ruin the interview.
  • Confidence is one of the basic requirements but over-confidence is a matter of abhorrence.
  • Knowledge about your self is very important. Interview procedure may lead to academic questions, but before that there will a bunch of ques5tions related to your personal life and goal. So, have a clear vision of yourself.
  • Always be humble and truthful. Any falsification can lead into worse problems and break certain rules. 
  • You don’t need to have very good speaking power o eloquence for KVPY Interview. They are not there for testing any candidate’s knowledge of English grammar or language. They test your PCMB knowledge. 
  • Sleep well before the day of Interview and eat nutritious food for better health maintenance.
  • Try to control your bad habits.
  • Get your required stuff for the Interview from a day before.
  • Last but not at all the least, do not get nervous. It is very much normal to get nervous or get excited for the KVPY Interview. But controlling your emotions can help you in the moment of KVPY Interview.

Basic questions for Interview

Though one cannot predict the actual questions, yet most interviewers ask some general questions listed below. Do not mug up the questions related to personal life, prepare well and practice before the mirror in loud voice or in front of a good friend for the counter questions or in an empty room, to perform better. You can expect further questions to emerge from your answers to these basic questions, so be fully present mentally during your preparations.

  • You will be asked to give brief and correct details of personal details, attitude, and aptitude)

  • There will be a question related to your family and choice of friends which briefly give an idea about your cultural and social behavior.

  • Questions about hobbies are something that you are really good at as you can expect more questions about your hobby. Be loyal. After all, a hobby is just a kind of passion from our heart. 

It is always in every candidate’s mind that clearing KVPY Exam and Interview can give a clear path to a clear. It is a gateway to their goal. By clearing KVPY exams, KVPY fellowship can provide you: a. direct admission into institutes like IISC and IIIT – Hyderabad, b. a monthly scholarship and contingency grants in your basic science and specialization courses and c. exclusive access to national libraries and science camps in the country.

KVPY 2020 FAQs

FAQs for KVPY 2020

Question: Can a candidate give KVPY exam in Hindi medium?

Ans. Yes, one can choose Hindi or English as the medium for KVPY Exams.

Question: Is negative marking there in KVPY?

Ans. Yes, there is a negative marking of -0.25 mark in part I and -0.5 mark in part II.

Question: Do KVPY questions get repeated?

Ans. There is no repetition of questions in the KVPY exam.

Question: Is the calculator allowed in KVPY?

Ans. No, you cannot use a calculator or any other electronic device in the exam.

Question: 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

Question: 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.

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


I really appreciate your work guys. Thanks for the post, it really helps me to prepare for this. Thanks again.
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sa-rang kim
Is it compulsory for me to choose biology as a subject in my college to appear for KVPY stream SX? Can I chose only Physics , Chemistry an Math in KVPY stream SX?
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Kim, no, Biology is not compulsory to appear in SX stream. You can check the eligibility criteria in detail from here: KVPY Eligibility Criteria

r.d. lohith
Can I attempt all 4 and get the best 3 and 2 marks ?
nivedita murmu
In the Stream-SA all questions are compulsory (Science and Mathematics) In respect of the 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). Candidates may answer any THREE of the four subjects in Part I and any TWO of the four subjects in Part II. In case candidate attempts more sections, best of three in Part I and best of two in Part II is considered.
I applied SA steam and I am a state board student .I chose bio mat phy chem group but i want to attend only maths physics chemistry..can I?if so then what about the 25 marks in biology..please answer my query.
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Lakshmipriya, there is no such option for selecting a particular section in exam. You will have to appear in all the three sections compulsorily.
In which section-maths/chem/phy or on which prominent chapter do we have to concentrate more for kvpy exam ?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Lekha, you must choose the chapters to focus on as per their weightage in the exam and number of questions associated to that topic.
how many questions can comes from 10 and 11 textbooks each for SA
j hema sree
does mpc students have to write biology too
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Hema, no, MPC students need not to attempt Biology section in the exam.
bhavya mishra
sir what is sx, sa, and sb
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Bhavya, all the three SX, SA and SB are as explained below:

For 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.

For SA:

  • Qualifying Exam: 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).

For 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).
jitendra saini
Are kvpy sb and sx exam different ?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Jitendra, yes, SX and SB exam are different. SX exam is for those who have enrolled in class 12th while SB is for those who have taken admission in first year of UG program.
sakshi singh
I am going to give my 12th boards in 2020 and i want to give kvpy exam in November 2019 with 12th syllabus.is there any problem in giving exam without my 12th marksheet or any document because 12th boards held in month of march 2020???
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Sakshi, students who are in 10th or 11th standard are also eligible to apply. Thus, you can apply without your 12th marksheet for KVPY.