What is the KVPY?
The KVPY or “Kishore
Yojana” is an ongoing program started by the Department of Science
and Technology, Government of India, to encourage students of Basic Sciences,
Engineering and Medicine to take up research careers in these areas.
The aim of the program is to identify and encourage talented students with
aptitude for research. This programme strives to
assist the students to realize their potential and to ensure that the best
scientific talent is tapped for research and development in the country.
Generous scholarships are provided (up to the pre-Ph.D.
level) to the selected students.
Stream SA: Students joining in the XI Standard
(Science Subjects) and having secured a minimum of 75% (65% for SC/ST) marks in
aggregate in Mathematics and Science in the X Standard Board Examination.
Stream SB: Students pursuing First Year B.Sc. degree /
M.Sc. Integrated (UG Programme) in Basic Sciences
and having secured a minimum of 60% (50% for SC/ST) marks in aggregate in
Mathematics and Science subjects in the XII Standard Board Examination.
Students of Class 12 (+2) who are aspiring to join IISER for Integrated M.
S. programme may also take the KVPY Aptitude Test
for the SB Stream provided they secure a minimum of 75% marks (65% for SC/ST)
aggregate in Mathematics and Science subjects in XII Standard Board Examination.
Stream SP: Students pursuing XI, XII standard, First
or Second year of any UG programme in Basic Sciences
and having secured a minimum of 60% (50% for SC/ST) marks aggregate in X
Standard and XII Standard Board examination may apply by completing a science
based research project. The report of the project,
chosen and executed by the applicant and supervised by a teacher/professional in
the relevant field, to be submitted along with the application.
Based on the project submitted and scrutiny of application forms, short listed
candidates are called for an interview, which is the final stage of the
selection procedure. The interview will be conducted at Indian Institute
of Science, Bangalore during the month of December or first week of
January. Application without the project report is not considered.
Note for Students applying for Science Stream (SP)
This has been started in order to recognize and encourage creative and
innovative talent of youngsters pursuing Science. The project carried out as
part of this application should be based on novel and innovative ideas. The
project can be experimental or theoretical in nature. However, the project must
show that the applicant is creative and adventurous, and ready to explore. The
project should not merely reflect use of certain techniques or reporting of
routine experimentation improvement of an existing product or a technique may be
accepted provided such improvement involves original ideas and creativity. One
may try to incorporate some addition to the design or practical implementation
that improves an existing technique. The main criteria that would be followed
for selection for the interview would be originality and innovation. Only after
these criteria are met, the level of sophistication and the nature of the
project would be taken into consideration.
Students who represent India in the International Olympiads Physics / Chemistry / Biology /
Mathematics / Informatics and Astronomy will automatically qualify for KVPY
Admission To IISERs
(Autonomous institutions created by MHRD, Government of India)
KVPY Fellows will automatically be eligible for direct admission to the
five-year Integrated M.S. Programme conducted by
Indian Institute for Science Education and Research (IISER).
Interested Students may visit the IISER Websites:
Basic Sciences (SA and SB)
After scrutiny of application forms and based on the performance in the
Board Examination, about 10,000 – 12,000 candidates from Streams SA and SB will
be called for a written aptitude test (multiple choice). The test will be
conducted at different centers across the country on the First Sunday of
November. The details of the venue of the aptitude tests will be mailed to the
shortlisted candidates in October. Based on the performance in the aptitude test
up to 600-800 candidates in Streams SA and SB will be called for an interview
which is the final stage of the selection procedure.