How does KVPY Preparation help Ace JEE Exam?

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Oct 30, 2017

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KVPY and JEE are the two greatest milestones for budding engineers and research enthusiasts. These exams are the key to the best technology and research institutes in India. Any student who qualifies these exams is en route to a great academic journey. 

Candidates who appear for JEE will most likely give the KVPY exam too. Aspirants often wonder whether the JEE is tougher than the KVPY or is it the latter that requires more efforts to crack. These dilemmas, in turn, results in them preparing separately for both exams and manage to get a mediocre score in at least one of them if not both. What students do not know is that the preparation for KVPY and JEE can be intertwined. Applicants should analyze the exam patterns and syllabi to ace these entrance exams.

In this article, we explain as to how KVPY preparation can benefit JEE aspirants. But before that let us have a brief look at what these tests are all about.

Joint Entrance Exam (JEE)

JEE is a national level exam held every year in the month of April by CBSE. It is conducted for candidates seeking admission in top engineering and architecture colleges across the country. JEE is a 2 tier exam- JEE Main and JEE Advanced.

The 1st stage of the entrance exam is JEE Main which is an objective test. Applicants are tested on their knowledge in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics taught at 10+2 level of CBSE. Students can get into various institutes like IIITs, NITs and CFTIs based on JEE Main scores.

Aspirants who clear the 1st stage are eligible to appear for the next level, JEE Advanced. This test is held to shortlist students for the esteemed IITs, IISER and other top colleges. The syllabus for the advanced exam varies with that of JEE Main and has a much higher difficulty level than the premier stage.

Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY)

The Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana or KVPY is a nationwide scholarship exam held annually in the month of November. It is conducted for admission to courses in basic sciences in top institutes and also to award scholarships to talented students. The exam is organized by the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc) each year.

This test too is conducted in 2 stages- Aptitude test and Interview. The aptitude test assesses the knowledge of the candidates in 4 subjects – Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics. It is an objective test held for 3 streams- SA (Class 11 students), SX (Class 12 students) and SB (1st year UG students). Candidates who qualify the online exam will advance to the Interview round.

Differences between KVPY and JEE

To have a clear understanding about both the exams, we have listed below the differences between the exams:


JEE is the most important prerequisite for admission into various government and private engineering colleges. It is a portal for getting into the prestigious IITs, NITs, IIITs and other centrally funded institutes.

KVPY on the other hand, is a gateway for admission into top research institutes. Aspirants who wish to pursue pure sciences can get into renowned research colleges like IISc and IISER.

Note: Students who qualify JEE Advanced with a good rank can also be admitted into IISER and IISc.

Eligibility Criteria

Aspirants should have passed or are appearing for the final examination of 10+2 level of a recognized board to be eligible for JEE. Those who wish to be admitted in IITs, NITs, IIITs and CFTIs have to be in the top 20 percentile of their respective board.

Students can appear for KVPY whilst studying in Class 11 (SA stream) provided they secure 80% aggregate in Class 10. Candidates studying in Class 12 (SX stream) and the 1st year of UG course in basic sciences (SC stream) are also eligible for the exam if they obtain the required aggregate.

Exam Pattern

There are several differences in the exam pattern of both entrance tests. For instance, JEE is conducted in the online and offline mode whereas KVPY is held in the online mode only. JEE is conducted in 2 stages (Main and Advanced) both of which are written exams while the selection procedure of KVPY includes a written exam and an interview.

JEE question paper comprises 3 sections- Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry. The question paper of KVPY is divided into 2 parts having 4 sub-sections (Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics) each. Applicants must attempt 3 sub-sections in Part I and 2 sub-sections of Part II.

Analysis: Which is tougher- JEE or KVPY?

KVPY and JEE test the candidates’ knowledge on different levels. KVPY assesses an individual’s grasp over the fundamental concepts of the chosen subjects. The questions put across in the paper are rather simple yet thought provoking. Only students having a strong base can answer these questions.

The exam which is held in November seems tough as students are yet to complete the Class 12 syllabi. Aspirants who clear the exam have to then appear for the interview. The panel will ask them questions as per the subject chosen by them. Candidates should have thorough knowledge in this subject to do answer these questions.

JEE Main is often considered to be easier compared to KVPY. The selection rate of KVPY is 1.8% only. KVPY is meant for testing an individual’s basics and research aptitude while JEE Main requires more bookish knowledge and formula application skill. It is seen that many candidates who fail to qualify in KVPY crack JEE Main with good rank.

On the other hand, JEE Advanced is a lot harder than KVPY. This can be attributed to factors like the exam pattern and level of competition.

How will the preparation for KVPY help in JEE?

Preparing for KVPY can go a long way in helping the students to prepare for JEE since it is the first competitive exam faced by the students of the science stream. The scholarship exam can help applicants analyze their preparation level for JEE. The setting of the test makes candidates fare well in a competent environment and also hone time management skills.

Though the exams differ vastly in their approach and assessment, they are modeled on a similar syllabus. So the preparation for KVPY and JEE need not be exclusive. KVPY test takers can finish the syllabus well within time for JEE which is held in April.

An individual’s ability to comprehend and apply various concepts is tested in KVPY. It is mainly used to determine if aspirants have an aptitude for research. Studying for the scholarship test requires a strong hold over fundamental concepts. This proves fruitful for the preparation of JEE as students now have clear concepts which just need to be revised and re-revised.


Doing well in KVPY will serve as a confidence booster and open new opportunities to join research programs. Applicants have a greater chance of getting into IISc and IISERs through KVPY than JEE. It can help candidates know where they stand in a competitive environment. It can also aid them in identifying their strengths and weaknesses as well as increase their efficiency in such exams.

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