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What is the KVPY exam? 

Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana exam is the full form of KVPY exam. Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) is a government of India scheme launched to increase the literacy rate of rural India by providing financial assistance to students pursuing their higher education. It is also aimed at ensuring that the government makes quality education available to all students by strengthening the existing educational system and developing new mechanisms for improving the quality of education in such a way that it provides the necessary support for students to obtain and retain a desired level of education. This is primarily applicable to students studying in undergraduate and postgraduate courses in universities, colleges, and polytechnics. Many people don’t know about this exam as it is a scholarship exam available for people pursuing higher education at the level of post-graduation.


Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana examination is a central government scheme launched in July 1999. It is meant to be a unique scheme by the government of India, through which students from government-funded schools are provided with free books to help them learn. The scheme covers all state government-funded schools but these are few since the scheme is funded through the Government of India and not through the state governments. It is conducted every year by the Directorate of Education, Government of India. This exam is to motivate students who have intellectuality, creativity, and innovation in their brains but do not have a chance to showcase their talent. Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana is conducted to provide a stage for people aspiring to high dreams to come up and prove their abilities.

Exam Overview:

The paper includes both objective and subjective types of questions. 

  • The objective types of questions are those which test the ability to solve problems and solve them in the right manner. 
  • The subjective type of questions tests the ability to analyze a situation and then formulate an opinion about it. 
  • This exam is conducted every year but only once. Registration for this exam starts in July and the applications are accepted till September 2021.
  • KVPY exam is conducted in three streams namely, SX, SA, SB. Eligibility criteria and application fees will differ for every stream.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Stream SA: 10th pass out students can apply for class XI sciences and should appear for an aptitude test. A study certificate must be produced as proof if they got selected. The scholarship or membership will be given if and only if they select graduation or post-graduation in sciences. The final score for the academic should be a minimum of 60%.
  • Stream SB: Class 12 pass-out students are eligible to apply for higher studies in sciences and they should appear for the aptitude test. A study certificate is mandatory if they got selected for any one of these programs (B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc., other sciences). The scholarship will be continued only if the average score of 1st year is 60% and more.
  • Stream SX: 12th pass-out students can apply for undergraduate courses (only in sciences) and should maintain an average of 60% and more.

Application and fee payment process:

The application should be submitted online through the internet. Personal details and ID proofs should be submitted in the application. The fee for the application for the general/OBC category is INR1250 and for the rest, the fee for the application is INR 625. 

  • First attain an official and valid mail ID and phone number to start the application and documents that should be submitted are:
    • A passport size photo of yourself
    • Your valid signature.
    • Caste certificate (if applicable).
    • Medical certificate (if applicable).
  • These all documents should be scanned properly and uploaded in the given space.
  • The admit card will be released one month after the submission of the application.

The syllabus included for the exam:

KVPY-1 exam syllabus for Class IX, Class X, and Class XI. It consists of two papers on the following subjects: 

  1. Comprehension of Science, 
  2. Comprehension of Social Science and Humanities, 
  3. Comprehension of Arts and Humanities, 
  4. Comprehension of Biological Science and Physical Science, 
  5. Comprehension of Mathematics and 
  6. Comprehension of General Knowledge (GCK) as per NCERT syllabus. 

It is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education, under the Directorate of School Education, Government of India, and New Delhi. 

Note: KVPY-2 exam is conducted only for those students who qualify for the KVPY-1 Examination. A very common misconception is that the syllabus is the same for all students. This is not true. The syllabus is for the state level. Each state has a distinct syllabus.

Exam pattern:

  • Stream SA: It has four subjects. The exam is for 3 hours and contains 2 parts consisting of a total of 80 questions. The first part has 60 questions, each question carries 1 mark and 0.25 marks are deducted if the answer is wrong and the second part has 20 questions, each question carries 2 marks, and 0.5 marks are deducted for every wrong answer, calculated for a total of 100 marks. No question should be left out. There is a negative marking system for the exam. 
  • Stream SB/SX: The only difference between stream SA and Stream SB/SX is the number of questions. It has 80 questions in the first part and 40 questions in the second part. Aspirants can attempt any 3 sections in the first part and any 2 sections in the second part. This exam is for a total of 160 marks. 


In the aptitude test, applicants must score a minimum of 75%. Selected students will be called for an interview, and it is mandatory to carry all the necessary documents like call letters, study certificates, etc.

The exam will be conducted in November. So, the result will likely be given at the end of December. Cut off marks vary for every based on the number of applicants and highest mark. So, work hard and utilize the opportunity provided to its fullest.

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