KVPY Fellowships | Syllabus | Eligibility | Selection Procedure | Applications

The Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) is an on-going National Program of Fellowship in Basic Sciences, initiated and funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, to invite extraordinarily enthused students for studying basic science courses and research career in science.

Students are selected among those studying in class XI to 1st year undergraduate programs in Basic Sciences like B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./M.S. in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Special groups and committees of IISc screen the applications and hold the aptitude test. Based on the performance in the aptitude test, short-listed students are called for an interview. For awarding fellowship, both aptitude test and interview marks are considered. (Source- http://www.kvpy.iisc.ernet.in )

Aim of the program

  • Recognize students with talent and aptitude for research
  • Support fellows realize their academic potential
  • Encourage them to take up research careers in science
  • Ensure growth of best scientific minds for research and development in the country

Important facts about the fellowship

  • One can avail the KVPY fellowship up to Pre-PhD level or for five years, whichever is earlier.
  • Identity Card will be issued to each fellow so that they can have access to National Laboratories/ Universities who extend special privileges like library, laboratory facilities, etc. to KVPY fellows on showing the ID card.
  • Advertisement inviting applications for KVPY Fellowship appears every year in all national dailies on the Technology day (May 11), and on the second Sunday of July.
  • KVPY does not allow fellows to simultaneously avail any fellowship /scholarship from more than one sources, either government or private. Those who have been awarded any other fellowship or scholarship, will have to give that up in order to receive KVPY Fellowship.

Merit List

Merit list is based on the marks obtained by students i.e. 75 % of the marks in the aptitude test plus 25 % of the marks in the personal interview.

General Merit and cut off marks:

  • Stream – SA (53.00 % and above)
  • Stream – SX (55.00 % and above)
  • Stream – SB (50.00 % and above)

Empowerment Initiative for SC/ST students in the KVPY Fellowship Program and cut off marks:

  • Stream – SA (42.00 % and above)
  • Stream – SX (45.00 % and above)
  • Stream – SB (40.00 % and above)

Empowerment Initiative for PWD students in the KVPY Fellowship Program and cut off marks:

  • Stream – SA (42.00 % and above)
  • Stream – SX (45.00 % and above)
  • Stream – SB (40.00 % and above)

Important Dates

  • Opening of online application portal – 6th September 2020
  • Date for closing of online application – 30th October 2020
  • Download Admit card – Second week of January 2021
  • Exam Date 31st January 2021

Eligibility

Fellowship will be effective from 1st August 2021, to only those pursuing undergraduate courses in the following –

Basic Sciences

  • B.Sc.
  • B.S.
  • B.Stat.
  • B.Math./Int.

M.Sc./M.S. in

  • Chemistry,
  • Physics,
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Life Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Cell Biology
  • Ecology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Botany
  • Zoology
  • Physiology
  • Biotechnology
  • Neurosciences
  • Bioinformatics
  • Marine Biology
  • Geology
  • Human Biology
  • Genetics
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Applied Physics
  • Geophysics
  • Materials Science
  • Environmental Science

Next fellowship forSX/SBcandidateswill be effective from 1st August 2021, to only those pursuing undergraduate courses course in Basic Sciences in branches mentioned above for SA candidates.

The candidates are required to intimate the KVPY office by email ([email protected]) about their admission to the undergraduate program. After that the office will forward the required forms for the candidates to fill up and submit to activate the KVPY fellowships.

The KVPY Fellowships are given to Indian Nationals to Study in India (those who want to enrol for a graduate program under Distance Education scheme or correspondence course are not eligible to apply). Applications are invited from Indian Nationals. However, as per the Interim Order (Final Order awaited) of the Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka OCI/PIO students will be allowed to write the KVPY Aptitude Test 2020.

Streams

Stream SA

Students enrolled in XI Standard (Science Subjects) and having secured a minimum of 75% (65% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in Mathematics and Science subjects in the X Standard Board examination immediately in the preceding academic year are eligible to appear for aptitude test. The fellowship of the students selected under this stream will be activated to those who have secured a minimum of  60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in Science subjects in the XII standard/(+2) board examination. During the interim period of one year they will be invited for the National Science (Vijyoshi) Camp and their travel expenses and local hospitality will be met by KVPY.

Stream SX

Students enrolled in XII Standard/ (+2) (Science subjects) and aspiring to join undergraduate program in Basic Sciences are eligible to appear for the aptitude test, provided they have secured a minimum of 75% (65% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in Mathematics and Science subjects (Physics/Chemistry/ Biology) in the X Standard Board Examination. The fellowship of the students selected under this stream will be activated only if they join an undergraduate course in Basic sciences and have secured a minimum of 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in Mathematics and Science subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the XII standard Board Examination.

Students in their 2nd year of study in Cambridge International Examination Board and aspiring to join an UG program in Basic Sciences namely Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology are eligible to apply provided they have secured a minimum of 75% (65% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in Mathematics and Science subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the X Standard Board Examination. They must secure 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in Mathematics and Science subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the XII standard Board Examination before availing the fellowship, if received.

Stream SB

Students enrolled in the 1st year of undergraduate program in Basic Sciences namely Physics/Chemistry/Mathematics & Biology leading to B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./Int. M.S. and having secured a minimum of 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in Mathematics and Science subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology)  in the XII Standard Board Examination  are eligible to appear for the aptitude test. In the 1st year final examination of B.Sc./B.S./B.Math./B.Stat./Int. M.Sc./Int. M.S. they must secure 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks before availing the fellowship, if received.

Syllabus

KVPY aptitude test does not have any set syllabus. The test aspires to assess the understanding and analytical ability of candidates than their factual knowledge. However, students are tested for the syllabus up to class X/XII/1st year of B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./M.S. as applicable.

In 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).  Students can attempt any three of the four subjects in Part I and any two of the four subjects in Part II. Candidate attempting more sections, the best of three in Part I and best of two in Part II will be considered.

Selection procedure

Candidates meeting the eligibility criteria for various streams, will be called for aptitude test conducted both in Hindi and English at different centers across the country.

Upcoming KVPY aptitude test is on Sunday, the 31st January 2021. Students will be able to download the admit card for the aptitude test from the website from the second week of January 2021.

Application Procedure

Application for KVPY-2020 must be done online only. There are three steps to complete the application process-

  • Step  1. Registration
  • Step 2. Filling personal and academic details, choosing test centres and uploading photo, signature and other certificates, as applicable.
  • Step 3. Payment of application fees.  Please note that you must pay the application fee only at the  KVPY application portal. This can be done by using a Credit Card, ATM-Debit Card or Net Banking. No other means of payment will be accepted.  Once the payment is successful and application is submitted, no refund of application fee will be done

Application fees

  • For General/OBC Category: Rs. 1250
  • For SC/ST/PWD: Rs. 625 (Bank Charges extra)

Region wise KVPY Aptitude Test 2020 Centres

KVPY Aptitude Test 2020 will be held online in the following cities of India:

East & North East

West Bengal

  • Asansol
  • Burdwan
  • Durgapur
  • Hoogly
  • Kalyani
  • Kolkata
  • Siliguri 

Bihar

  • Bhagalpur
  • Muzaffarpur
  • Patna 

Chhattisgarh

  • Bhilai Nagar,
  • Bilaspur
  • Raipur 

Jharkhand

  • Bokaro,
  • Dhanbad,
  • Jamshedpur,
  • Ranchi 

Orissa

  • Berhampur,
  • Bhubaneshwar, 
  • Cuttack,
  • Rourkela,
  • Sambalpur 

Arunachal Pradesh

  • Naharlagun 

Assam

  • Dibrugarh
  • Guwahati
  • Silchar,
  • Tezpur 

Manipur

  • Imphal

Meghalaya

  • Shillong 

Tripura

  • Agarthala 

North

Punjab

  • Chandigarh
  • Amritsar,
  • Bhatinda,
  • Jalandhar,
  • Ludhiana,
  • Mohali,
  • Patiala 

Delhi

  • New Delhi 

Haryana

  • Ambala,
  • Faridabad,
  • Gurugram,
  • Hisar, Karnal,
  • Kurukshetra,
  • Panipat,
  • Rohtak,
  • Sonipat 

Jammu & Kashmir

  • Jammu 

Ladakh

  • Leh 

Rajasthan

  • Ajmer
  • Bikaner
  • Jaipur
  • Jodhpur
  • Sikar
  • Udaipur

Uttar Pradesh

  • Agra
  • Aligarh
  • Bareilly
  • Ghaziabad
  • Gorakhpur
  • Greater Noida
  • Jhansi, Kanpur
  • Lucknow
  • Meerut
  • Moradabad
  • Muzaffarnagar
  • Noida
  • Prayagraj
  • Varanasi

Uttarakhand

  • Dehradun
  • Haldwani
  • Roorkee 

South

Andhra Pradesh

  • Kurnool
  • Rajahmundry
  • Tirupathi
  • Vijayawada
  • Visakhapatnam 

Karnataka

  • Belagavi
  • Bengaluru
  • Bidar
  • Chikkaballapura
  • Chikkamangaluru
  • Davanagere
  • Dharwad
  • Haliyal
  • Hassan
  • Hubballi
  • Kalaburagi
  • Mandya
  • Mangaluru
  • Mysuru
  • Puttur
  • Shivamogga
  • Udupi

Telangana

  • Hyderabad
  • Karimnagar
  • Warangal 

Kerala

  • Alappuzha
  • Ernakulam
  • Idukki
  • Kannur
  • Kasaragod
  • Kollam
  • Kottayam
  • Kozhikode
  • Malappuram
  • Palakkad
  • Pathanamthitta
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Thrissur 

Puducherry

  • Puducherry

Tamil Nadu

  • Chennai
  • Coimbatore
  • Kanchipuram
  • Madurai
  • Nagercoil
  • Salem
  • Tiruchirappalli
  • Tirunelveli
  • Vellore 

West & Central

Goa

  • Madgoan
  • Mapusa
  • Panaji

Gujarat

  • Ahamedabad
  • Anand
  • Gandhinagar
  • Rajkot
  • Surat
  • Vadodra

Madhya Pradesh

  • Bhopal
  • Gwalior
  • Indore
  • Jabalpur
  • Ujjain 

Maharashtra

  • Amaravati
  • Aurangabad
  • Jalgaon
  • Kolhapur
  • Mumbai
  • Nagpur
  • Nashik
  • Navi Mumbai
  • Pune
  • Thane

Fellowship Amounts

Students of Basic Sciences i.e. SA/SX/SB, during their 1st to 3rd years of – B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Integrated M.Sc. /M.S. will get Rs. 5000 as monthly fellowship and Rs. 20000 as Annual Contingency Grant.

 Students ofBasic Sciences i.e. SA/SX/SB, during their M. Sc. / 4th to 5th  years of Integrated M.Sc. /M.S./M.Math./M.Stat. will get Rs. 7000 as monthly fellowship and Rs. 28000 as Annual Contingency Grant.

Continuation of fellowship

Following are the criteria –

Fellows continues to study Basic Science courses in school/junior college/university, and maintains a minimum level of academic performance of first class or 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate or equivalent grade points

It is compulsory to pass all the subjects prescribed for that particular academic year (two semesters in case of semester system) and secure the above mentioned percentages. 

As per course work is concerned, in each academic year, the marks/grades must be certified by the Dean or Head of the Institution.  

Discontinuation of Fellowship

Following are the criteria –

If the above mentioned marks/grades are not obtained

That said, in case a fellow passes all subjects and secures more than 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) in the following years, the fellowship can be renewed only from that year onwards, provided the fellow secures 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate each academic year. 

Moreover, participation and satisfactory performance in the Summer Camp held in the first year and summer projects every year is essential for renewal of fellowship.

Fellows opting out of the basic science (B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./M.S.) streams, at any stage, will have to give up the fellowship and contingency grant.

Fellows have to participate and secure satisfactory performance in the summer programme/project each year from the second year in academic institutions of national or international repute or  from a DSIR approved research labs (in case of private lab or institutions) for renewal of fellowship.

Fellows will have to forward the report on the summer programme/project, the assessment report from the mentor and also the course performance certificate etc. for renewal purpose from second year of B.Sc./B.S./B.Math./B.Stat /Integrated M.Sc./Integrated M.S. program.

For any enquiry or information regarding the application Form, candidates can call on – 080 – 22932975/76, 080- 23601008 & 080– 22933537 – between 10:00 am and 05:00 pm, or email to [email protected]

Important facts regarding examination day

  • Stream SA: Forenoon 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM (Candidates should report at 8:30 AM)
  • Stream SB/SX: Afternoon 2 PM to 5 PM (Candidates should report at 1 PM)

Candidates must bring the Admit Card for the examination. In addition to the admit card, they must carry valid School/College ID or Aadhar Card or Passport with clear photograph. Students will have to show these documents to the invigilator if asked. Those not carrying admit card and valid ID will be barred from appearing the aptitude test.

  • Students are advised to reach the center  an hour before the test.

  • Centers will have the room numbers in which the test will be conducted displayed.

  • Students are not allowed to take calculators or any electronic devices. Virtual calculators and sheets for rough work will be provided.

  • Students are not allowed to take or use mobile phone, I-pod, portable hard disc, pen drive, data card, pagers inside the hall.

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