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KVPY Syllabus – Details, SA, SX, SB Stream, Examination Pattern and Fellowship

KVPY syllabus-The Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) is a prestigious national level fellowship program started by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India in 1999. It is run by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore. The examination is usually conducted in the month of November every year. For 2020-21, the KVPY examination will be conducted on 31st January 2021. KVPY syllabus is almost similar to that of the syllabus from class X/XII/1st year of B.S./ B.Sc./B.Math./B.Stat./M.S./Int. M.Sc. The examination is conducted in 3 different streams namely SA, SX and SB. Each stream includes questions from Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics.

The KVPY fellowship program does not have a specified KVPY syllabus but it aims to test the overall analytical skills and the aptitude of the applicants in the field of science. The scheme provides the selected fellows with a monthly fellowship amount and an annual contingency grant. This article provides you with every significant information related to KVPY syllabus including its examination pattern, fellowship information and some commonly asked questions.

KVPY Syllabus – Examination Pattern

How many questions does a student have to answer in the examination? What is the time duration allocated for the examination? Is there any negative marking applicable? How many marks does each question carry? The answers to all these questions have been highlighted in this section. The Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) examination is divided into three different categories. Based on the syllabus of class X/XII/1st year of B.S./ B.Sc./B.Math./B.Stat./M.S./Int. M.Sc., the examination is conducted through online mode. It is a multiple-choice questions (MCQs) type examination that can be attempted in two languages i.e. Hindi and English. The question paper is divided into two parts which are further sub-divided into 4 sections namely Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics.

Marking Scheme- In part 1 of the paper of all streams, one mark is awarded for each correct answer and 0.25 marks are deducted for every incorrect answer given by the applicant. Whereas, in part 2, two marks are awarded for each correct response and 0.5 marks are deducted for every wrong answer. There are about 80 questions in the SA stream and 120 questions in the SB/SX stream.
All questions are compulsory in the SA stream while in SB/SX stream, the applicant can attempt any 3 sections from part 1 and two sections from part 2. The table below highlights the detailed examination pattern.

KVPY Syllabus – Detailed Examination Pattern

S. No. Subject Part 1  (SB/SX) Part 1  (SA) Part 2  (SB/SX) Part 2  (SA)
1. Mathematics 20 questions- 1 mark each 10 questions- 2 mark each 15 questions- 1 mark each 5 questions- 2 mark each
2. Physics 20 questions- 1 mark each 10 questions- 2 mark each 15 questions- 1 mark each 5 questions- 2 mark each
3. Biology 20 questions- 1 mark each 10 questions- 2 mark each 15 questions- 1 mark each 5 questions- 2 mark each
4. Chemistry 20 questions- 1 mark each 10 questions- 2 mark each 15 questions- 1 mark each 5 questions- 2 mark each

KVPY Syllabus – Details

Though the KVPY aptitude test does not have a specific KVPY syllabus attached to it, the examination pattern remains the same every year. The applicant has to prepare for the examination from the syllabus of the standard he/she is studying in, in order to qualify the examination. The examination is only eligible for applicants belonging to the field of science.
The syllabus for the different streams has been mentioned below in a descriptive way for the students to ascertain their preparation.

KVPY Syllabus – SA Stream

All the students studying in the 11th standard are eligible for the SA stream of the KVPY examination. The KVPY syllabus for the SA stream has been mentioned in the table below:

KVPY Syllabus for Stream SA


1. Electromagnetic induction
2. Kinematics
3. Refraction
4. Current Electricity
5. Thermodynamics
6. Gravitation
7. Laws of Motion
8. Electromagnetic induction and Alternating current
9. Physical world and Measurement
10. Electrostatics
11. Magnetic effects of current
12. Work, energy and power
13. Sources of energy
14. Reflection of light


1. Carbon compounds
2. Gases and liquids
3. Chemical reactions
4. Periodic classification of elements
5. Bases and salts
6. Basic concepts of chemistry
7. States of matter
8. Acids
9. Metals and non-metals
10. Environmental chemistry
11. Thermodynamics
12. Classification of elements and periodicity in properties


1. Reproduction
2. Life Processes
3. Cell: structure and function, Human Physiology
4. Heredity and Evolution
5. Plant physiology
6. Diversity of living organisms
7. Our environment
8. Control and coordination in Animals and Plants


1. Relations and functions
2. Calculus
3. Coordinate geometry
4. Mathematical reasoning
5. Real number
6. Polynomials
7. Introduction to trigonometry
8. Linear programming
9. Vectors and 3-D geometry
10. Geometry
11. Trigonometric functions
12. Statistics and probability
13. Probability
14. Quadratic equations
15. Statistics
16. Surface areas and volumes
17. Polynomials
18. Real numbers

Note: There is no official syllabus offered by IISc. The topics mentioned above are based on experts’ inputs and paper pattern of past years.


KVPY Syllabus – SX Stream

Likewise, all the students studying in the 12th standard are eligible for the SX stream of the KVPY. The KVPY syllabus for the SX stream is as follow:

KVPY Syllabus for stream SX


1. Physical world and Measurement
2. Refraction
3. Gravitation
4. Thermodynamics
5. Electromagnetic induction
6. Kinematics
7. Reflection of light
8. Electromagnetic induction and alternating current
9. Current electricity
10. Work, energy and power
11. Laws of motion
12. Magnetic effects of current
13. Electrostatics
14. Sources of energy


1. Classification of elements and Periodicity in properties
2. States of matter: Gases and Liquids
3. Chemical kinetics
4. Isolation of elements
5. Chemical reactions
6. Thermodynamics
7. Surface chemistry
8. Periodic classification of elements
9. Carbon and compounds
10. Metals and non-metals
11. Environmental chemistry
12. Solid state
13. Electrochemistry
14. Basic concepts of chemistry


1. Diversity of living organisms
2. Life processes
3. Genetics and evolution
4. Cell- structure and function
5. Plant physiology
6. Reproduction
7. Human physiology
8. Biology and human welfare
9. Control and coordination in animals and plants
10. Ecology and environment


1. Vectors and 3D geometry
2. Real numbers
3. Linear programming
4. Relations and functions
5. Introduction to trigonometry
6. Quadratic equations
7. Coordinate geometry
8. Surface areas and volumes
9. Probability
10. Trigonometric functions
11. Geometry
12. Calculus
13. Mathematical reasoning
14. Statistics and probability
15. Polynomials

Note: There is no official syllabus offered by IISc. The topics mentioned above are based on experts’ inputs and paper pattern of past years.

KVPY Syllabus – SB Stream

Eventually, the last division of the KVPY examination is the SB stream which is meant for the students in the 1st year of B.S./ B.Sc./B.Math./B.Stat./M.S./Int. M.Sc. The KVPY syllabus for the SB stream has been mentioned in the detailed form below:

KVPY Syllabus for stream SB 


1. Waves and optics
2. Electrostatics
3. Laws of motion
4. Electromagnetic induction and alternating current
5. Electromagnetic induction
6. Thermal Physics
7. Sources of energy
8. Refraction
9. Magnetic effects of current
10. Reflection
11. Thermodynamics
12. Electricity and Magnetism, Electrostatics
13. Current electricity
14. Physical world and measurement
15. Applications in daily life
16. Work, energy and power
17. Kinematics
18. Gravitation


1. Gases and liquids
2. Acids
3. Classification of elements and periodicity in properties
4. Bases and salts
5. States of matter
6. Isolation of elements
7. Chemistry of noble gases
8. Basic concepts of chemistry
9. Cycloalkanes
10. Dienes and alkynes
11. Environmental chemistry
12. Carbon compounds
13. Chemical bonding
14. Thermodynamics
15. Structure and bonding
16. Solid state
17. Metals and non-metals
18. Periodic classification of elements
19. Chemical reactions
20. Chemical kinetics
21. Alkenes
22. Electrochemistry


1. Control and coordination in animals and plants
2. Diversity of living organisms
3. Biology and human welfare
4. Biotechnology
5. Genetics
6. Our environment
7. Genetics and evolution
8. Life processes
9. Ecology and environment
10. Plant physiology
11. Human physiology
12. Cell: structure and function
13. Reproduction


1. Statistics and probability
2. Real number
3. Vector algebra
4. Probability
5. Mathematical reasoning
6. Linear programming
7. Coordinate geometry
8. Geometry
9. Analytical geometry in two dimensions
10. Trigonometric functions
11. Surface areas and volumes
12. Evaluation of integrals
13. Quadratic equations
14. Calculus
15. Polynomials
16. Statistics
17. Relations and functions
18. Vectors and 3D geometry

Note: There is no official syllabus offered by IISc. The topics mentioned above are based on experts’ inputs and paper pattern of past years.

KVPY Syllabus – Fellowship information

The students qualifying the KVPY aptitude test and interview are eligible for the fellowship which aims to encourage the students to pursue an education in the science stream and motivate them to take up research in the subjects related to basic sciences. Each and every selected KVPY fellow is provided with an identity card so as to have the benefit of accessing national laboratories/ universities who have agreed to extend special privileges like the library, laboratory facilities, etc. to KVPY Fellows on producing the ID card. The scheme provides a monthly fellowship and an annual contingency grant to the selected fellows as well.  The details of the fellowship given to students are mentioned in the table below.

Detailed KVPY Fellowship Information

Basic Sciences Monthly Fellowship Annual Contingency Grant
SA/SX/SB- during 1st-3rd years of B.SC./B.S./ B. Stat./ B. Math/ Integrated M. Sc./ M.S. INR 5,000 INR 20,000
SA/SX/SB- During M. Sc./ 4th-5th years of Integrated M. Sc./ M.S./ M. Math/ M. Stat INR 7,000 INR 28,000

KVPY Syllabus – Fellowship Renewal

In order to continue the fellowship in subsequent years, the candidates have to maintain a certain level of marks or the first class. They also have to pass every subject prescribed in that particular academic year. The Dean or the Head of the institution is responsible for certifying the marks/grades of the applicants. The fellowship will be discontinued if the applicant does not score 60% marks in aggregate (50% for SC/ST/PWD) or equivalent grade points. The students are eligible to receive the KVPY fellowship up to pre- PhD level or 5 years whichever is earlier only if they score the marks prescribed. The students who opt out of the basic science at any stage will forfeit the fellowship as well as the contingency grant.

KVPY Syllabus – Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is a candidate allowed to take the test in Hindi?

Yes, the applicant can take the computer-based KVPY examination in Hindi.

Q. What are the examination timings?

The examination is held in two parts for the different streams commencing usually at the timings mentioned below:
Stream SA- Forenoon 9:30 am to 12:30 pm (Reporting time - 8:30 am).
Stream SB/ SX- Afternoon 2 pm to 5 pm (Reporting time - 1 pm).

Q. How many subjects does the KVPY syllabus include?

The KVPY examination is meant to test the science aptitude of the students and the KVPY syllabus has also been carefully formulated for the same. Although the KVPY Examination does not have a specified KVPY syllabus, the pattern of the examination remains the same which includes the following subjects:


Q. Do the students have to necessarily study all the four subjects namely Physics, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry?

For SA stream, the students have to compulsorily attempt all the questions in Science and Mathematics. While for SB and SX streams, the students will get questions in 4 sections namely Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology in both the parts. They can choose any 3 among the 4 subjects in Part 1 and any 2 among the 4 subjects in Part 2. In case, the students attempt more sections than specified, the best 3 in part one and the best 2 in Part 2 will be taken into consideration.

Q. How and when can a student download the Admit Card?

The students can download the Admit Card during the second week of January 2021. They can download the admit card online through the KVPY website by logging in their respective application portal. The admit card contains important details of the candidate including his/her examination venue, seat details, roll number etc.


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