KVPY Syllabus for All Streams

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Sep 28, 2018

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KVPY Syllabus includes topics from Class X, XI and XII depending upon the stream applied for. There are three fields under the examination namely SA, SX or SB. Each paper will have questions from Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology.

This year, KVPY will be conducted in a computer-based mode in two sessions on November 4, 2018. The registration window for this session concluded on August 31. Candidates who have registered successfully can download their hall tickets from the 2nd  week of October 2018. The following article gives detailed information about each stream’s syllabus under this program.

Highlights of stream-wise KVPY Syllabus

  • For SA Stream, KVPY Syllabus includes topics from Class X and Class XI CBSE Syllabus. 
  • For SB Stream, topics from Class X, XI, XII and 1st year of B.SC. Basic sciences are included in KVPY Syllabus. 
  • Topics from Class X, XI and XII are included in KVPY Syllabus for SX Stream.

What are SA, SB and SX Stream?

  • Candidates applying after Class XI, have to apply for SA Stream in KVPY.
  • If you apply after Class XII, then apply under SX Stream in the exam.
  • Candidates applying while pursuing B.Sc. in basic sciences (only 1st year) are eligible for SB Stream.

KVPY Exam Pattern for SA Stream

  • Candidates applying after class XI with science subjects are eligible for this stream.
  • There are objective type questions in English and Hindi divided into two parts.
  • Both Part 1 and Part 2 are aptitude based tests in KVPY 2018 SA Exam containing questions from Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology.
  • Part 1 contains 15 questions from each subject while Part II has 5 questions from each.
  • Candidates have to answer all the questions within 3 hours by marking their choices in the OMR Sheet provided.
Mode Online i.e. Computer Based Mode
Medium Hindi and English
Duration 3 hours
Number of Questions Part 1- 60 questions
Part 2- 20 questions
Total Marks Part 1- 60 marks
Part 2- 40 marks

Check detailed KVPY Exam Pattern


KVPY Syllabus for SA Stream

  • KVPY Syllabus for SA Stream includes topics from Class X and XI of CBSE Syllabus.
  • The basic topics from Class X and detailed topics from Class XI are asked in the exam.
  • There are direct application based or formula based questions in the aptitude exam.
  • Given below is the detailed syllabus for KVPY Syllabus for SA Stream:

KVPY Syllabus for SA: Physics

Here are few important physics topics from which questions are asked in the KVPY SA Exam:

  • Ray Optics
  • Electromagnetism
  • Thermodynamics
  • SHM

Given below is the detailed KVPY Syllabus for physics section in the SA Stream Exam:

Magnetic Effects of Current Sources of Energy
Reflection Refraction
Electromagnetic Induction Applications in Daily Life
Kinematics Laws of Motion
Work, Energy and Power Physical World and Measurement
Gravitation Thermodynamics

KVPY Syllabus for SA: Chemistry

Given below are the important topics for Chemistry section in KVPY SA Exam:

  • Atomic Structure
  • Chemical Bonding
  • Chemical Energetics
  • Stoichiometry
  • Gaseous State
  • Basic Organic Chemistry

Given below is the detailed KVPY Syllabus for Chemistry section in SA Stream Exam:

Chemical Reactions Classification of Elements and Periodicity
Metals and Non-Metals Basic Concepts of Chemistry
Periodic Classification of Elements Thermodynamics
Carbon Compounds States of Matter: Solid, Liquids and Gases
Acids, Bases and Salts Environmental Chemistry

KVPY Syllabus for SA: Mathematics

Here are few important topics from Mathematics section in KVPY SA Exam:

  • Quadratic Equation
  • Progression and Series
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Basic Geometry
  • Coordinate Geometry

The table below gives the list of chapters included in the KVPY Syllabus for Mathematics section in the SA Exam:

Real Number Probability
Polynomials Surface Areas and Volumes
Geometry Coordinate Geometry
Introduction to Trigonometry Mathematical Reasoning
Statistics Statistics and Probability
Quadratic Equations Trigonometric Functions

KVPY Syllabus for SA: Biology

Candidates with basic conceptual knowledge of Class X biology topics is enough to score well in the biology section of KVPY SA Exam. Given below is the complete KVPY Syllabus for Biology section in the SA Exam:

Control and Coordination in Animals and Plants Plant Physiology
Heredity and Evolution Diversity of Living Organisms
Reproduction Cell: Structure and Function
Life Processes Human Physiology
Our Environment -

KVPY Exam Pattern for SX Stream

Candidates applying after Class XII have to appear for the SB Stream exam. The exam is in offline mode conducted in two parts. The questions will be in MCQ format and vary for every part of KVPY Exam. The language of the KVPY Question Paper in English and Hindi.

Part 1 of KVPY SX exam has 20 questions from each section holding total weightage of 80 marks. There are 10 questions in each section of Part II of KVPY SX Exam holding a weightage of 80 marks.

Candidates have to attempt any three sections in Part 1 of the exam and any two sections in Part 2 of the exam. The total time given to answer the questions is 3 hours.

Mode Online i.e. Computer Based Mode
Medium Hindi and English
Sections Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology
Number of Questions Part 1- 80 questions (attempt any 3 sections)
Part 2- 40 questions (attempt any 2 sections)
Total Marks Part 1- 60 marks
Part 2- 40 marks
Duration 3 hours

KVPY Syllabus for SX Stream

KVPY Syllabus for SX Stream includes topics from Class X, XI and XII. The basic topics from class X and detailed topics from Class XI and XII CBSE Syllabus are asked in the KVPY Exam for SX Stream. Given below is the subject wise detailed KVPY Syllabus for SX Stream:

KVPY Syllabus for SX Stream: Physics

Given below are the important topics from Physics section in the KVPY Exam for SX stream:

  • Electrostatics
  • Heat and Thermodynamics
  • Current Electricity
  • EMI and AC
  • Kinematics

These are all the topics included in the KVPY Physics Syllabus for KVPY SX Exam:

Reflection of Light Gravitation
Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Current Thermodynamics
Kinematics Electrostatics
Laws of Motion Refraction
Work, Energy and Power Current Electricity
Sources of Energy Magnetic Effects of Current
Physical World and Measurements  

KVPY Syllabus for SX Stream: Chemistry

Here are few important topics which must be prepared to score better in Chemistry section of KVPY SX exam:

  • Chemical Kinetics
  • Electrochemistry
  • Thermodynamics
  • Aromatic Compounds
  • Coordination Compounds
  • D block and F block elements

The table given below gives detailed KVPY Chemistry syllabus for SX Stream:

Surface Chemistry Chemical Reactions
State of Matter: Gases and Liquids Environmental Chemistry
Metals and Non-Metals Solid State
Carbon Compounds Electrochemistry
Basic Concepts of Organic Chemistry Chemical Kinetics
Thermodynamics Isolation of Elements
Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties Coordination Compounds

KVPY Syllabus for SX Stream: Mathematics

Given below are a few important topics from where the questions for this section are framed in KVPY:

  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Calculus
  • Vectors and 3D
  • Trigonometric Functions

Given below is the KVPY Mathematics syllabus for SX stream:

Coordinate Geometry Quadratic Equations
Mathematical Reasoning Probability
Real Numbers Trigonometric Functions
Polynomials Geometry
Introduction to Trigonometry Linear Programming
Surface Areas and Volumes Vectors and 3D Geometry
Statistics Calculus
Relations and Functions -

KVPY Syllabus for SX Stream: Biology

Given below are few important biology topics for KVPY SX Exam:

  • Diversity of Living Organisms
  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Control and Coordination in Animal and Plants

The table below gives the KVPY Biology Syllabus for SX Stream:

Cell: Structure and Function Reproduction
Genetics and Evolution Human Physiology
Life Processes Biology and Human Welfare
Plant Physiology Control and Coordination in Animal and Plants
Diversity of Living Organisms Ecology and Environment

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KVPY Exam Pattern for SB Stream

Candidates applying during their 1st year of B.Sc. in Basic Sciences program are eligible to apply for SB Stream. It is a two session exam conducted in offline mode. There are different number of objective type questions in each part of KVPY Exam. KVPY Question Paper has questions in both Hindi and English.

There are 20 questions in each section (4 sections) of the Part 1 of KVPY SB exam making the total weightage of this session 80 marks. Part II comprises 10 questions in each section holding a weightage of 80 marks.

Candidates have to attempt any three sections in Part 1 of the exam and any two sections in Part 2 of the exam. The total time given to submit the answers for both the sections is 3 hours.

Mode Online i.e. Computer Based 
Medium Hindi and English
Sections Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology
Number of Questions Part 1- 80 questions (attempt any 3 sections)
Part 2- 40 questions (attempt any 2 sections)
Total Marks Part 1- 60 marks
Part 2- 40 marks
Duration 3 hours

KVPY Syllabus for SB Stream

KVPY Syllabus for SB Stream has topics from the Class X-XII and 1st Year of UG course. The basic knowledge of each topic is necessary while important topics from each section are mentioned below. Also, check detailed KVPY Syllabus for SB Stream below.

KVPY Syllabus for SB Stream: Physics

Check below the important topics from which questions in the Physics section of the exam are framed:

  • Electrostatics
  • Heat and Thermodynamics
  • Current Electricity
  • EMI and AC
  • Kinematics

Here are all the topics included in the KVPY Physics Syllabus for SB Stream Exam:

Reflection of Light Gravitation
Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Current Thermodynamics
Applications in Daily life Thermal Physics
Electricity and Magnetism Physical World and Measurements
Kinematics Electrostatics
Laws of Motion Refraction
Work, Energy and Power Current Electricity
Sources of Energy Magnetic Effects of Current

KVPY Syllabus for SB Stream: Chemistry

Given below are important topics from this section of the KVPY Exam:

  • Chemical Kinetics
  • Electrochemistry
  • Thermodynamics
  • Chemical Bonding
  • Alkenes, Cycloalkenes, Dienes, Alkynes

The table given below gives detailed KVPY Chemistry syllabus for SX Stream:

Surface Chemistry Chemical Reactions
States of Matter: Gases and Liquids Environmental Chemistry
Metals and Non-Metals Solid State
Carbon Compounds Electrochemistry
Basic Concepts of Organic Chemistry Chemical Kinetics
Thermodynamics Isolation of Elements
Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties Coordination Compounds
Acids, Bases and Salts Chemical Bonding
Chemistry of Noble Gases Structure and Bonding
Alkenes, Cycloalkenes, Dienes and Alkynes -

KVPY Syllabus for SB Stream: Mathematics

Check below the important mathematics chapters for KVPY SB Exam:

  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Calculus
  • Vectors and 3D
  • Trigonometric Functions

Given below is the KVPY Mathematics syllabus for SB stream:

Coordinate Geometry Quadratic Equations
Mathematical Reasoning Probability
Real Numbers Trigonometric Functions
Polynomials Geometry
Introduction to Trigonometry Linear Programming
Surface Areas and Volumes Vectors and 3D Geometry
Statistics Calculus
Relations and Functions Analytical Geometry in Two Dimensions
Vector Algebra Evaluation of Integrals

KVPY Syllabus for SB Stream: Biology

Here are few important topics for biology section in the KVPY SB Exam:

  • Diversity of Living Organisms
  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Control and Coordination in Animal and Plants

The table below gives the KVPY Biology Syllabus for SX Stream:

Cell: Structure and Function Reproduction
Genetics and Evolution Human Physiology
Life Processes Biology and Human Welfare
Plant Physiology Control and Coordination in Animal and Plants
Diversity of Living Organisms Ecology and Environment
Biotechnology Genetics
Our Environment -

What After KVPY Exam?

KVPY Exam consists of two stages:

Aptitude Test: Candidates who successfully register for the exam are called for an aptitude test conducted both in Hindi and English at different across the country.

Interview: Based on the performance in the aptitude test i.e. KVPY exam, shortlisted students will be asked to appear for an interview which is the final stage of the selection procedure.

Know more about KVPY Selection Procedure


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