The “Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana” (KVPY) is a program started in 1999 by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India to encourage students to take up research careers in areas of basic sciences, engineering and medicine. The aim of the program is to identify and encourage talented and motivated students to pursue a career in research. This program aims to assist students to realize their potential and to ensure that the best scientific talent is groomed for research and development in the country.
In order to qualify for the KVPY Fellowship Award, students need to first clear the KVPY Aptitude test, after which they will be short-listed for the Interview. The merit list is based on 75% weight-age for Aptitude Test marks and 25% weight-age for the interview marks in all the streams.
That said, sometimes to succeed you need to learn from the experience of others. Sometimes by following the footsteps of those who emerged as winners can help you to a great extent. Taking this into consideration, we spoke to some of the KVPY toppers such as Akshat Kaushik (AIR 1), Chirag Falor (AIR 3) and Sarvagya Jain (AIR 4). Here are some of the valuable tips shared by these KVPY toppers that can help you to a great extent if you are preparing for the KVPY exam.
TIPS TO PREPARE FOR KVPY
Understand the Syllabus and Exam Pattern
To be able to crack any exam, our toppers believe it is important to understand the syllabus and exam pattern. Though there is no prescribed syllabus for the KVPY Aptitude test, you can refer to syllabus up to class X for SA, up to class XII for SX and up to 1st year of undergraduate program for SB. The syllabus demands conceptual and bit higher level application and analytical approach. Apart from that, you should align your JEE/ NEET preparation with KVPY just like our toppers.
To help you understand the dominating topics/portions in each subject, the National Academic Department at Aakash Institute has analyzed the past year papers of KVPY (Aptitude) test.
Basis their analysis, here are Subject-wise Important Topics at a glance:
Physics – Light, Electricity, Motion, Heat, Rigid Body Dynamics, Magnetic Effect of Current, Nuclear Physics
Chemistry – Carbon & compounds (General Organic Chemistry & Reaction Mechanism), Mole Concept, Atomic Structure, Metals & Non-metals, Chemical Bonding, Chemical Bonding
Mathematics – Geometry, Number System, Mensuration, Progressions, Polynomials, Algebraic Expressions, Coordinate Geometry
Biology – Genetics, Cell & Cell Division, Biomolecules, Ecology, Body Fluid & Circulation, Body Fluid & Circulation, Origin and Evolution, Cellular respiration
Physics – System of Particles and Rotational Motion, Thermodynamics, Ray Optics, Thermal Properties of Matter, Dual Nature of Radiation and Matter, Moving Charges & Magnetism, Kinetic Theory, Oscillations, Electrostatic Potential and Capacitance, Atoms
Chemistry – Coordination Compounds, Electrochemistry, Thermodynamics, Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acids, Equilibrium, Haloalkanes and Haloarenes, The p-Block Elements, Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers, Chemical Bonding and Molecular structure
Mathematics – Conic Sections, Integrals (Indefinite and Definite), Complex Numbers & Quadratic Equations, Trigonometric Functions, Probability, Relations and Functions, Permutations and Combinations
Biology – Principles of Inheritance & Variation, Molecular Basis of Inheritance, Biomolecules, Biotechnology-Principles and Processes, Human Health & Disease, Photosynthesis in Plants, Organisms and Populations
“For KVPY preparation, I used to refer to the study material provided by Aakash for NEET and AIIMS. It consisted of different types of questions and level of questions which helped me to prepare for KVPY with an edge.” – Akshat Kaushik (KVPY (SX) AIR 1)
Solve Previous Year Papers
To familiarize with the exam pattern and kind of questions asked, our toppers believe it is essential to solve as many previous year papers as possible. This not only helps gain an insight into the KVPY Aptitude test but also analyze the difficulty level of questions, topics covered, types of questions asked, etc. Solving previous year papers also helps in better time management.
“I used to solve the previous year sample papers for KVPY preparation. It helped me analyze what kinds of questions are asked.” – Sarvagya Jain (KVPY AIR 4)
Online Mock Tests
KVPY Aptitude test is conducted in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode. Hence, it is imperative to acquaint yourself with online test taking format. For that you should practice ample tests in CBT mode and preferably in real test environment to get an idea of the actual exam scenario. You can also take the Online Test Series Program for KVPY just like Akshat Kaushik and assess your performance against thousands of KVPY aspirants. Here are the links to KVPY online test series program:
“Aakash had a lot of CBTs for practice. So, I was quite accustomed to it. I would advise everyone to attempt at least five-six exams in CBT mode on KVPY exam pattern and in a very realistic environment as it can be quite intimidating for those who have never taken a test in CBT mode.” – Akshat Kaushik (KVPY AIR 1)
Plan Well for the Interview
Based on the performance in the aptitude test, short-listed students will be asked to appear for an interview which is the final stage of the selection procedure. To ace the interview, you should keep the following key points in mind:
- Increase your general scientific knowledge and awareness.
- Inculcate good reading habits and be informed.
- Refer to video lectures available online, attend science fairs and seminars and keep yourself abreast of all the latest happenings.
- Read about experiences of KVPY qualifiers.
- While filling the form, restrict yourself to topics that you are confident about as often the interviewer asks questions based on the information provided by you in the form.
- Research well on B. Sc courses and institutes.
- Be prepared with what research career you would want to go for.
“The KVPY Interview is as important as the Aptitude test. I would advise all the aspirants to practice well for the interview by participating in a mock interview with their mentors, friends or parents. It helps a lot and makes you confident.” – Chirag Falor (KVPY AIR 3)
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