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KVPY 2017 Review for SA Stream

Last Updated - April 28, 2017

KVPY 2017 exam will be conducted on November 6, 2017. KVPY question paper is designed for two streams i.e. Stream SA and Stream SB/SX. Candidates of the SA Stream will be required to solve a total of 80 questions in the aptitude test. Candidates have to attempt each question in KVPY 2017 for Stream SA.

There was negative marking for the first 60 questions and the criterion for the same was 0.25 and for the last 20 questions there was negative marking of 0.50 marks. The exam was of 100 marks out of which the first 60 questions carried 1 mark each and the last 20 questions carried 2 marks each.

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KVPY 2017 Exam Pattern

KVPY 2017 paper was just like the paper that is conducted every year. Following table will make the distribution of marks easier to be understood:

KVPY 2017 Exam PatternNumber of Questions
Objective type questions80
Subject wise questions (each subject carried)20 questions of 25 marks

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KVPY 2017: Subject wise distribution of marks

Marks under KVPY 2017 for Stream SA have been divided according to the 4 subjects. Following is the subject wise distribution of marks:

SubjectsNo. of QuestionsMarks Allotted
Grand Total80100

KVPY Review

KVPY 2017 exam was more or less of the moderate level of difficulty. Questions were though slightly lengthy, tricky and time-consuming. As per some of the candidates who appeared for the exam, there were no surprises in terms of topics of question and everything was according to the pre-defined syllabus.

Subject Wise Review of KVPY 2017

Let us now discuss in detail the subject wise KVPY 2017 review. There are 3 main streams namely Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry for which there is different weightage given to each subject:

Stream SA - Mathematics

25% weightage has been given to Mathematics which includes questions of 25 marks in total. The most scoring and majority study topics are Straight line and Coordinate Geometry.

The following table represents the subjects, the 3 levels, no. of questions and total marks:

Level of difficultyTotal marksNumber of questions

The following table shows the different topics that are to be covered and the distribution of questions and marks in a tabular form:

Topic ListTotal No. Of questionsTotal marksWeightage
Sequence and series111.00%
Sequence and series111.00%
Permutation and Combination222.00%
Permutation and Combination222.00%
Binomial Theorem333.00%
Binomial Theorem333.00%
Differential Calculus333.00%
Quadratic Equation333.00%
Straight Line666.00%
Coordinate Geometry777.00%

Stream SA - Physics

Just like mathematics, 25% weightage was given to Physics which was divided according to the different topics that were included in the exam.

The following elaborates the difficulty level of physics section along with total no. of marks and questions:

Level of difficultyTotal marksNo. of questions

Following table shows the overall breakup, no. of questions and total marks allotted for each topic:

Topic ListTotal No. Of questionsTotal marksWeightage
Current Electricity111.00%
Calorimetry and Thermal expansion111.00%
Heat Transfer111.00%
KTG and Thermodynamics111.00%
Rectilinear Motion111.00%
Unit and Dimension111.00%
Unit and Dimension, and Error Analysis111.00%
Modern Physics111.00%
Nuclear Physics111.00%
Rigid body dynamics222.00%
Heat and Thermodynamics333.00%
Geometrical Optics and Physical Optics555.00%

Stream SA - Chemistry

The different topics under this subject have different weightage from which the highest weightage goes to the topic Physical Chemistry-1 which is 9.00% and the second highest weightage of 7.00% goes to Mole Concept.

The following table elaborates the difficulty level of chemistry:


Level of difficultyTotal marksNo. of questions

Following table shows the overall breakup of the topics, total no. Of questions and total marks:

Topic ListTotal No. Of questionsTotal marksWeightage
Chemical Bonding111.00%
Periodic Table111.00%
Inorganic-Chemistry II111.00%
Atomic Structure and Nuclear Chemistry111.00%
Gaseous State111.00%
Physical-Chemistry II222.00%
IUPAC and Isomerism233.00%
Carboxylic acid and their Derivatives233.00%
Inorganic-Chemistry I333.00%
Organic-Chemistry I355.00%
Organic-Chemistry II444.00%
Mole Concept577.00%
Physical-Chemistry I799.00%

KVPY 2017 Expected Cut off

There is a different cut-off for the students under different categories. Please note that the cut-off is in response to a total of 100 marks in each category.

Following table shows the category wise expected cut-off:

Category/ StreamExpected Cut-off
Stream SA (General)50/100
SA- SC/ST38/100
SA- PWD38/100

KVPY Over all Analysis

According to candidate’s remark, the KVPY 2017 paper was not tough. Mostly, the questions were asked from class XII. Some questions were tricky and expected more time to be solved in the Physics section. But, Mathematics and chemistry section gave a hope to qualify the KVPY 2017 smoothly.

Hope this overall analysis helped you. And, if you are yet to appear for the KVPY 2017, make use of this paper analysis in order to get a better understanding and devise your preparation strategy accordingly.



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