6 Advantages of KVPY Scholarship

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Sep 28, 2018

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Candidates enrolled in Classes 11 and 12 of the science stream often appear for a number of Olympiads and Scholarship exams. They generally give these exams to add a feather in their colorful caps. It is a national scholarship entrance exam conducted by IISc, Bangalore. KVPY 2018 is scheduled to be conducted on November 4, 2018.

  • Selected students will receive generous KVPY scholarship and an opportunity to attend summer camps at the prestigious research and educational institutions of India
  • Chosen students will receive a monthly stipend of INR 5,000 and an annual contingency grant of INR 20,000 during 1st to 3rd year of their undergraduate programs
  • Students will get an access to libraries and laboratory facilities of Universities and National Laboratories
  • Students of Integrated M.Sc. or M.Sc programs in Basic Sciences will receive a monthly stipend of INR 7,000 and an annual contingency grant of INR 28,000 in their 4th and 5th year
  • The KVPY 2018 scholarship under its various categories is given in the table below.
Basic Science 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 INR 7000 INR 28000

Benefits of Clearing KVPY Examination

Clearing KVPY is a daunting task and requires a lot of hard work. Qualifying for this scholarship test is an achievement in itself. Aspirants who acquire this scholarship also get several other benefits which are discussed below.

  1. Scholarship

The scholarship awarded to KVPY scholars is really good.  For the first 3 years of the UG course, a basic scholarship of INR 5000 per month is provided to students from both science and medicine fields. This sum is increased to INR 7000 a month for every subsequent year of integrated programs upto pre- PhD level. 

In addition to this, candidates also get an annual contingency grant of INR 20,000 for the first 3 years that goes upto INR 28,000 for subsequent years. This monetary aid is really helpful for students whose education is restricted due to financial constraints.

  1. Opens New Avenues

KVPY scholars have the opportunity to attend various seminars and summer camps. These summer programs are organized separately for different streams. Candidates spend 1-2 weeks in scientific institutions under the guidance of experts in different fields of science, engineering or medicine. They get to watch scientists at work, interact with them and visit nearby research laboratories and institutions.

Besides this, KVPY fellows also have access to renowned National laboratories and Universities. They can make use of the library or laboratory facilities of these institutes on the production of their ID card.

  1. Research Projects

Every individual who qualifies KVPY is required to do a research project under the guidance of a scientist or scholar specializing in respective fields. Being a part of such projects enhances the knowledge of candidates and motivates them to think independently. Participation in such project promises a successful and flourishing career in science and engineering.

  1. Easier route for admission into research institutes

The best research institutes in the country like the IISc and IISERs admit students on the basis of KVPY. A good performance in this test acts as a backup option for many applicants.

Generally, admission into these institutes through JEE is a harder route as the cut offs of these colleges is very high. By qualifying KVPY students stand a better chance to be admitted into IISc and IISERs. KVPY fellows are considered for direct entry into these colleges based on their performance in the test.

  1. Makes your CV look good

The KVPY fellowship is one of the most coveted titles one can earn while in college. It gives the candidates an edge over the others and makes their CV stand out. It is an incredible addition to one’s CV which enhances the chances of getting a better job.

  1. Helps prepare for JEE and other exams

The syllabus for KVPY is quite similar to that of JEE and NEET. This helps students kill 2 birds with one stone i.e. they can prepare for these tests simultaneously. So, aspirants finish studying well within time. Check How Does KVPY Preparation help to crack IIT JEE?

Through KVPY, engineering and medical aspirants can test their preparations on a national scale. Many students who crack KVPY also get a good rank in JEE.

KVPY scholarship is a milestone for students pursuing a career in science and research. Considering the advantages of a KVPY scholarship, applicants generally start preparing for this exam right after class X exams. They can appear multiple times for the exam to secure the scholarship. All the efforts are worth the pain given the prestige the KVPY scholarship carries.

About Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana

KVPY is a national level exam held annually for admission to programs in basic sciences offered by top- notch institutes and to award scholarships to meritorious candidates. Around 1 lakh students appear for the exam each year.

  • To be a KVPY scholar, aspirants have to undergo 2 stages of selection namely Aptitude test and Interview.
  • The aptitude test is an objective exam which assesses the knowledge of individuals in 4 subjects – Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics.
  • Students belonging to Class 11 and 12 of the science stream as well as those already studying in the 1st year of a UG program in basic sciences can apply for the exam. Check KVPY Syllabus
  • The stream of the exam must be chosen as per the academic qualification of participants.
  • The final stage of the exam is the interview. Applicants are shortlisted for the interview based on their performance in the online exam.

The exam is meant to encourage young aspirants to take up research careers in the fields of basic sciences, engineering, and medicine. Its objective is to select the best talent and nurture it for the development of the country. KVPY is initiated and funded by the DST, Govt. of India. It will be held on November 4, 2018 this year across various centers in the country.

KVPY Exam Pattern 

The following parameters will be followed by the conducting body while setting the question paper for KVPY 2018. All details about KVPY Exam Pattern have been given in the table below:

Parameters Particulars
Stream SA Stream SB/SX
Exam Mode Computer Based Test Computer Based Test
Duration of exam 3 hours 3 hours
Exam Timings 9:30 am to 12:30 pm 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions Multiple Choice Questions
Number of questions Part I: 60 Part II: 20 Part I: 80 Part II: 40
Total Questions 80 120
Sections Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology
Marks per question

Part I: +1

Part II: +2

Part I: +1

Part II: +2

Negative marking

Part I: -0.25

Part II: -0.5

Part I: -0.25

Part II: -0.5

Total Marks 100 160
Medium of paper English / Hindi English / Hindi
Instructions Attempt all questions Attempt any three sections in Part I and any two sections in part II

KVPY Exam Marking Scheme

As mentioned above, the paper for each stream of KVPY 2018, viz, SA and SB/SX are divided into two parts. KVPY exam pattern regarding the stream and section-wise division of questions and marks has been given below:

KVPY Exam Pattern for SA Stream - Questions and marks

Section Part 1 questions Part 2 questions Total Marks
Maths 15 5 25
Physics 15 5 25
Chemistry 15 5 25
Biology 15 5 25

KVPY Exam Pattern for SB/SX Streams - Questions and marks

Section Part 1 questions Part 2 questions Total Marks
Maths 20 10 40
Physics 20 10 40
Chemistry 20 10 40
Biology 20 10 40

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