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KVPY 2018 Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme, Question papers and Preparation

Updated On - October 23rd 2018

IISc, Bangalore has announced KVPY exam pattern for SA, SX and SB streams. The exam pattern of KVPY includes details about the aptitude test such as type of questions, number of questions, duration of test, marking scheme, and sections covered among others. This year, KVPY 2018 is scheduled for November 4 in computer-based mode.

  • Students can choose between English and Hindi mediums for answering the paper.
  • There will be questions from Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology which have to be answered within a duration of 3 hours.
  • As for the type of questions, all will be objective in nature.
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KVPY Exam Pattern 2018

Here we are providing the exam pattern of KVPY 2018 examination:

  • Exam Mode: The aptitude test will be conducted through online (Computer Based Test) mode.
  • Date & Shift: It will be organized on November 4, 2018. It will be started from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM for Stream SA. For Stream SB/SX, the exam will begin from 2 PM to 5 PM.
  • Medium of Question Paper: The question paper will be asked both in English & Hindi Language.
  • Type of Questions: It is a multiple choice type question paper. All the questions are compulsory to attempt in Stream SA. There is an option to attempt any three sections in PART I & any two sections in PART II in Stream SB/SX.
  • Duration of Exam: The duration of the aptitude test will be three hours.
  • Sections: The question paper will contain two sections: PART I & PART II. There will be four sections in PART I & PART II.
  • Total Marks: The question paper will consist of 100 marks.

Below we have given the subject wise exam pattern for all streams:

SubjectsNo. of QuestionsTotal Marks
Stream SA
Stream SB/SX

KVPY SA/SB/SX Subject List 

All the SA/SB/SX candidates who are pursuing the undergraduate course in Basic Science like B.Sc./B.Math. / M.Sc. / M.S. / B.Tech./B.S./ B.Stat. / Int. M.Sc. must be taking the course in the following subjects:

MicrobiologyMarine Biology
Human BiologyMolecular Biology
PhysiologyCell Biology
Environmental scienceGeology
Applied PhysicsNeuroscience
EcologyMaterial Science
Life ScienceBiomedical Science
Bio Chemistry-

KVPY Syllabus 2018

There is no prescribed syllabus for the aptitude test. The aptitude test aims to test the understanding and analytical ability of the student than his/her 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.

Stream SA Syllabus:

The syllabus of KVPY exam for Stream SA covers all the topics & chapters of Class X & XI. The syllabus of Stream A is given here:

  1. Physics: Magnetic Effects of Current, Sources of Energy, Reflection, Refraction, Electromagnetic Induction, Applications in Daily Life, Kinematics, Laws of Motion, Work, Energy and Power, Physical World and Measurement, Gravitation, Thermodynamics.
  2. Chemistry: Chemical Reactions, Metals and Non-Metals, Periodic Classification of Elements, Carbon Compounds, Acids, Bases and Salts, Basic Concepts of Chemistry, Thermodynamics, States of Matter: Gases and Liquids, Classification of Elements & Periodicity in Properties, Environmental Chemistry.
  3. Biology: Control and Coordination in Animals and Plants, Heridity and Evolution, Reproduction, Life Processes, Our environment, Plant Physiology, Diversity of Living Organisms, Cell: Structure and Function, Human Physiology.
  4. Mathematics: Real Number, Polynomials, Geometry, Introduction to Trigonometry, Statistics, Quadratic Equations, Probability, Surface Areas & Volumes, Coordinate Geometry, Mathematical Reasoning, Statistics and Probability, Trigonometric Functions.

Stream SX Syllabus:

Stream SX syllabus comprises from the Class X, XI & XII chapters & topics. The syllabus is mentioned here:

  1. Physics:Thermodynamics, Electrostatics, Refraction, Current Electricity, Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Current, Magnetic Effects of Current, Reflection of Light, Electromagnetic Induction, Kinematics, Work, Energy and Power, Sources of Energy, Physical World and Measurement, Gravitation, Laws of Motion
  2. Chemistry:Chemical Reactions, Environmental Chemistry, Solid State, Electrochemistry, Chemical Kinetics, Isolation of Elements, Periodic Classification of Elements, Surface Chemistry, States of Matter: Gases and Liquids, Metals and Nonmetals, Carbon Compounds, Basic Concepts of Chemistry, Thermodynamics, Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties
  3. Biology:Human Physiology, Biology and Human Welfare, Control and Coordination in Animals and Plants, Ecology and Environment, Cell: Structure and Function, Genetics and Evolution, Life Processes, Plant Physiology, Diversity of Living Organisms, Reproduction
  4. Mathematics:Trigonometric Functions, Geometry, Linear Programming, Vectors and 3D Geometry, Calculus, Relations and Functions, Coordinate Geometry, Mathematical Reasoning, Real Number, Polynomials, Introduction to Trigonometry, Surface Areas and Volumes, Statistics and Quadratic Equations, Probability, Statistics and Probability

Stream SB Syllabus:

In Stream SB, the KVPY exam covers all the corresponding syllabus of Class 10th/12th/1st year of UG course. The topics & chapters of Stream SB syllabus is here:

  1. Physics: Electromagnetic Induction, Physical World and Measurement, Sources of Energy, Refraction, Applications in Daily Life, Kinematics, Laws of Motion, Magnetic Effects of Current, Work, Energy and Power, Gravitation, Thermodynamics, Reflection,  Electrostatics, Current Electricity, Electromagnetic Induction & Alternating Current, Waves & Optics, Electricity & Magnetism, Electrostatics, Thermal Physics .
  2. Chemistry: Thermodynamics, Chemical Reactions, Basic Concepts of Chemistry, Periodic Classification of Elements, Carbon compounds, Acids, Bases and Salts, States of Matter: Gases and Liquids, Classification of Elements & Periodicity in Properties, Metals and Non-Metals, Environmental Chemistry, Solid State, Electrochemistry, Chemical Kinetics, Isolation of Elements, Surface Chemistry, Chemical Bonding, Chemistry of Noble Gases, Structure & Bonding, Alkenes, Cycloalkenes, Dienes and Alkynes .
  3. Biology: Life Processes, Human Physiology, Control and Coordination in Animals and Plants, Genetics and Evolution, Our Environment, Ecology and Environment, Plant Physiology, Reproduction, Diversity of Living Organisms, Cell: Structure and Function, Biology and Human Welfare, Biotechnology, Genetics.
  4. Mathematics: Statistics, Surface Areas & Volumes, Vectors and 3-D Geometry, Calculus, Real Number, Polynomials, Geometry, Introduction to Trigonometry, Quadratic Equations, Probability, Coordinate Geometry, Mathematical Reasoning, Statistics and Probability, Trigonometric Functions, Linear Programming, Relations and Functions., Analytical Geometry in Two Dimensions, Vector Algebra, Evaluation of Integrals.

How to Prepare for KVPY Scholarship ?

For any examination, it is necessary to prepare well to get the good score in the examination. Candidates should check this article for tips & tricks to qualify the examination.

  • Preparation Strategy: Candidates must plan strategy before starting the preparation it will save their time and energy and help them to stay focus.
  • Work on Weakness & Strength: Candidates are advised to explore their weakness and strength it will help them to figure out where to put necessary efforts and which areas require more polishing.
  • Choose Right Study Material: Choosing correct study material is very important candidates must choose the study material very carefully and should check the review for same beforehand.
  • Practice Sample Papers: This is the best way to prepare for any examination. Practicing KVPY Previous Year Sample Papers help the candidate to improve his/her time management skill and also give the idea about the important and scoring topics.
  • Be Confident & Positive: Confidence and positivity are the keys to success. Candidates must stay confident about them and should remain positive throughout the course of time and focus on the areas/topics that they are good at rather than focusing on their weakness.

Recommended Books for KVPY 2018

  • These books cover the wholeKVPY Syllabus with appropriate and accurate study material.
  • Study materials and books are also available online that could be easily downloaded for free.
  • Here is the list of prime KVPY Books required for preparations:
PhysicsConcept of PhysicsDC Pandey
Fundamentals of PhysicsDavid Halliday, Robert Resnick and Jearl Walker
MathematicsMathematics for class XIRD Sharma; Publisher: Dhanpat
ChemistryNCERT Organic and Physical ChemistryO.P Tandon
Modern ABC of Chemistry for class XIModern Publishers
BiologyElementary Biology – Volume 1K.N Bhatia and M.P. Tyagi; Publisher: Trueman

KVPY Preparation Tips for Interview

After the KVPY examination, KVPY Result are released within 45 days. However, passing the examination is not the only step towards the goals. Qualifying candidates get enlisted for the KVPY interview, which is also an integral part of the selection process. In fact, marks of written test and interview are taken into consideration for the final selection of a candidate.

Aread of Focus for KVPY Interview

In order to crack the KVPY interview, it is very important for students to focus on certain important areas, which include:

  • Presence of mind
  • Logical reasoning
  • Conceptual perception and understanding of the core subjects – Mathematic, Physics, and Chemistry
  • Confidence, expression and alertness
  • Soft skills
  • Extra-curricular activities and participation
  • General etiquettes and body language
  • Capability of a candidate to brief and explain in crisp way
  • Knowledge of non-academic subjects
  • Academic clarity and theoretical knowledge

Know Answers to Basic Questions

Though one cannot really judge the actual questions, however, most interviewers ask some general questions listed below. Write the answers for these; prepare well and practice before the mirror in loud voice or in front of a good friend or in an empty room, so as to perform well. You can expect further questions to emerge from your answers to these basic questions, so be intelligent during your preparations.

  • Tell me about yourself (Give brief and correct details of personal details, attitude and aptitude)
  • Tell me about your family and friends (Briefly give an idea about your cultural and social behaviour)
  • Tell us about your hobbies (Answer something that you are really good at as you can expect more questions about your hobby. Do not lie, be honest. After all, a hobby is a hobby)
Note: Do expect technical questions related to academic concepts to test your analytical skills and grip on the subjects.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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Nishant Kumar

2018 question paper kaha sa downlod kara pls help

05 Nov, 2018 18:35
Deekshitha S

Do we get difficult question in physics and chemistry and maths

02 Nov, 2018 12:32
Akansha Expert

Hi Deekshitha, It depends upon the exam authority that on what strategy they will make the exam.

02 Nov, 2018 15:07

hi,i am sowbarnika. i am studing, industrial chemistry.i am apply kvpy in my own pc . how to saw my application number.please tell me

01 Nov, 2018 09:18
Akansha Expert

Hi Sowbarnika, You will get the Application number you will get on the Admit card or through registration Id or password.

01 Nov, 2018 15:19

will the coming exam be extra difficult

18 Oct, 2018 00:20
Akansha Expert

Hi Adarsh, It depends upon the exam authority that on what strategy they will make the exam.

18 Oct, 2018 10:58
Poppy Varshini

I am science student i don't have mathematics and i have chosen sx stream only . In sx stream part I want to attempt 3 subjects that means 20 20 20=60 marks and part II want to attempt 2 subjects that means 10 10=20 marks totally part I part II = 60 20=80 marks so, it is necessary to attempt any extra subject (mathematics ) for remaining 20 marks .

09 Oct, 2018 19:49
Subodhini Bhosale

what is SA

09 Oct, 2018 00:20
Akansha Expert

Hi Subodini, Kvpy in 12 means SX stream. You can appear for KVPY thrice in your life. First in 11 which is SA stream, second in 12 which is SX stream, and third in college first year which is SB stream.

09 Oct, 2018 10:45
ajay kumar swami

is negative marking exist in this examination.

08 Oct, 2018 22:35
Akansha Expert

Hi Ajay, Well, There are no "More than one option correct" type questions in KVPY, in neither of the 3 streams, i.e, SA,SX and SB will you find such questions. There are 2 types of questions: 1 mark single option correct, here negative marking is -0.25 for every wrong answer.

09 Oct, 2018 12:45
Ian John

I got 7.8 CGPA overall.Can I apply for KVPY Exam 2018?

29 Aug, 2018 23:19
Akansha Expert

Hi John, Please check this link for getting the Application Eligibility for KVPY Entrance exam.

30 Aug, 2018 14:30

I want to recheck all of my kvpy application details .can I do that ?

29 Aug, 2018 00:20
Akansha Expert

Hi Yaseswini, Yes You can Check the Application, through Application Log in Password of the Entrance Exam.

29 Aug, 2018 14:27
Vysakh M Shaji

I wrote my 12 exam last year, but this year I am dropping for the improvement of marks . Will I be eligible for writing the exam ? If so in which stream?

26 Aug, 2018 00:20
Ritika Sharma

Hi Vysakh, To get eligibility details please check the link:- KVPY eligibility.

27 Aug, 2018 12:20

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