KVPY: How will it Benefit the Research Enthusiasts

The Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana ( KVPY ) exam acts like talent scout for the most talented researchers in the field of Basic Sciences and is a promising scholarship opportunity for the same. This exam is to secure admissions and reserve seats in prominent educational institutions. The main aim of Kishore Vaigynaik Protsahan Yojana exam is to inspire and encourage students to excel in research fields in Basic Sciences and avail monthly scholarships and yearly grants for the same.

Access to premier laboratories, world class libraries of top universities and National laboratories are other added benefits. So, if you are aspiring for a research-oriented career in Basic Sciences or even Medicine or Engineering, then apply for KVPY.


Initiated in 1999, Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) is a National Program of Fellowship in Basic Sciences and funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) also holds share in administering this exam.

This scholarship exam selects and promotes extremely talented budding research students in field of Basic Sciences. Being a national level exam, students from all over India apply for it. All those who pass KVPY gain scholarships and contingency funds or grants up to Pre-PH.D level, depending upon their academic qualifications.

Students studying in Class 11 and 12, or any first year graduation course in Basic Sciences such as B.Sc., B.S., B.Stat., B.Math., Int. M.Sc. and M.S. with Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology subjects and having an aptitude for scientific research can apply.

A student has 3 exam streams or levels to choose from to write the exam. They are Stream SA, SX and SB. This choice is exercised by students based on their academic qualification at the time of applying for the exam.

The next step is writing the Aptitude test, which determines the analytical aptitude of a student. It is a 3 hours duration test, in the multiple choice format and conducted in both Hindi and English medium for 100 marks.
The selection process to KVPY fellowship is looked into by the Indian Institute of Sciences, where they scrutinize applications of eligible students and conducts the Aptitude test on a given date across various centers in India. Shortlisted students are then called in for the interview round, based on their performance in the Aptitude test. These two steps are followed by the preparation of an all India merit rank list. The rank lists are separate for Class 11, 12 and 1st year graduation students.

Scholarship amounts are awarded to students based on this merit list which combines both aptitude test and interview marks.

The students receive scholarship amount of INR 5000 per month from first year to third year students (B.Sc. /B.S. / B. Stat. / B. Math. / Integrated M.Sc. /M.S.). There is also an annual contingency grant of INR 20,000 in these three years. After the third year,  the scholarship amount is increased to INR 7000 per month and INR 28,000 for annual contingency grant for the subsequent years of study ( 4th year of M. Sc. or 5th year of Integrated M.Sc. /M.S./M. Math. /M. Stat.).

Qualifying KVPY is important for the most passionate researchers in the field of Basic Sciences.  The major reasons to apply and try out this opportunity are five-fold, mainly:

Gaining the Edge

Firstly, gaining a KVPY scholarship gives any student a serious and tough competitive edge over others in the same field. It gives away a clear sign of research aptitude by any qualified KVPY student and they stand out easily. It also opens the door to technology related researches in Science domains.

Faster Routes to Admissions and Jobs

Being a qualified KVPY student also doubles the chances of direct admissions into top premier educational institutes such as IISc Bangalore and various IISERs in India. Students can opt for the Bachelor of Science or Integrated Master of Science programs.

IISER Pune reserves 25% seats for KVPY qualified students. Students gain extra credit points for their KVPY ranks for B.Tech admissions at IIIT Delhi. And at IIIT Hyderabad, passing KVPY is apparently the eligibility criteria for selection into B.Tech. and M.S. programs.

With regard to job and study opportunities abroad, being KVPY qualified only makes it easier.  Research scholars are in great demand in foreign countries as this tag lends extra credibility to their individual findings and the work carried out by them in respective research areas.

Research Experiences

The research experience for a student under KVPY scholarship is often diverse and unique. They get to work and study with scientists, thereby increasing their knowledge in specific project areas. This experience can be a confidence booster for most students who work in their own independent research projects, which is a necessary requisite to succeed in scientific and related research areas.

Taste Fame and Recognition

KVPY qualified students also receive fame and recognition. In the education sector, such fame is worth for further collaborations and learning opportunities, especially in the field of Basic Sciences or Engineering. These fields are by default, some of the most powerful, scientific and technological research fields.
Special Research Camps

Lastly, KVPY qualified scholars also benefit by being invited to participate in special summer camps. The camps are often an elite meeting of the best talented geniuses such as researchers and scientists of diverse research expertise. Many of these camps are held in famous research institutes and that raises the bar for KVPY scholars.

Notifications regarding KVPY 2018 is expected to be out by July 2018. The exam is scheduled to be held in will November 2018. Consider the potential gains, start the preparations early and give it exam your best shot.

This article is written by CollegeDunia and Published by SocialTalky.