Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana abbreviated as KVPY. It is administered by Indian Institute of Science. It is a national fellowship program which was initiated by Department of Science and Technology (DScT), Government of India (GOI) and is being currently funded by Department of Science and Technology. Its aim is to inspire highly meritorious students to pursue basic science courses and research career in science. The objective of the program when it was launched was to identify the students who were above average and had talent and aptitude for research.
KVPY helps those children in making them realize their true academic potential and inspires them to take up courses in Science and Technology/Research which will ultimately enhance the Research and Development of our country which ultimately will strengthen our nation. Selection of the students is made from those studying in XI standard to 1st year of any undergraduate Program in Basic Sciences namely B.Sc/ B.S./ B.Stat./ B.Math./Int. And M.Sc/ M.S. in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology having an aptitude for scientific research. It is a two tier examination.
The students applying for the scheme are required to give an aptitude test, on basis of which students are short-listed for interview and then a list of finally selected students is declared.
Notice for the invitation of applications and application date along with other important dates is published in the local dailies in the first week of July. Application forms are generally open for filling from the second week of July. The applications remain open for generally more than a month and application process is closed in the third week of August. An application fee is normally accepted till the first or second week of September. Admit Cards for the exam are issued in the month of October. Aptitude Exam is usually conducted on the last or second last Sunday of October, and results for the aptitude exam are declared in the last week of December or the first week of January.
The KVPY exam is conducted for students at three levels and based on the three levels, the students are categorized into three streams which are Stream SA, Stream SX, Stream SB. The students who are studying in class 11th while giving the exam are categorized as SA Stream Students, the students who are studying in class 12th while giving the exam are categorized as SX Stream Students and Students who are in the first year of graduation while giving the exam are categorized as SB Stream Students.
Eligibility for students of different streams is different but linked to each other. For a student to be eligible to give exam while studying in class 11th, he/she must have more than 80% marks in aggregate in Mathematics and Science subjects in class 10th or equivalent. He/She also should have Science stream to be eligible to give the exam. They also must score more than 60% marks in aggregate in Mathematics and Science subjects to remain eligible for the scholarship.
For a student to be eligible to give exam in class 12th, he/she must pass the qualification eligibility criteria of Stream SA students and moreover, they must score more than 60% marks in aggregate to remain eligible to get the scholarship. For a student to be eligible to give exam as Stream SB student he/she must pass the qualification eligibility criteria of Stream SX students and moreover, they must secure a minimum score of 60% marks in the 1st-year examination.
For students who have secures the scholarship at SA or SX Stream they must join an undergraduate course in basic sciences i.e. B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math and then pursue M.Sc./M.S. at Post Graduation level to remain eligible for KVPY scholarship.
Scholarships are given on the basis of an aptitude exam, which if they qualify then they have to to go through an interview. After this, the merit list is prepared on basis of which the scholarships are given which is again based 75% on the aptitude and 25% on the interview. On basis of this merit list, scholarships are provided. The Aptitude Exam is Multi Choice based exam which is of 100 Marks. It constitutes of two parts which are 1 and 2, each contains 4 sections of Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, and Biology.
Paper I contains 20 questions whereas Paper II contains 10 questions in each section. In the Stream SA, all questions are compulsory (Science and Mathematics). For stream SB and SX, candidates are allowed to answer any THREE of the four subjects in Part I and any TWO of the four subjects in Part II.