KVPY: Scheme, Eligibility, And, Selection Procedure

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Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) is an on-going, national fellowship program that is dedicated to promoting research studies in the field of Basic Sciences. Administered by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, KVPY program is offered and funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. The main objective of this scheme is to identify the students who have the potential for carrying out research in the field of Science and Technology and encourage them to pursue a career in the same. Through this blog, we will give you an insight into the key aspects pertaining to the national fellowship program:

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Eligibility Criteria for KVPY

In order to be eligible for the KVPY fellowship program, the candidates need to satisfy certain prerequisites. The basic eligibility criteria for any student to apply for the scheme is that they should be Indian nationals who are currently studying between class XIth to the first year of an undergraduate program. Tabulated below is the streamwise criteria: 

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Stream Criteria for Eligibility
SA (For class XI) The students who are currently enrolled in class 11th and have secured a minimum score of 75% (65% for PWD/SC/ST) aggregate in Science and Mathematics in class 10th board examination can appear for the aptitude test.
The KVPY fellowship will be awarded only if the applicants pursue an undergraduate course (BSc, BS, B.Math, B.Stat, Integrated MSc or MS) in basic sciences upon securing a minimum score of 60% (50% for PWD/SC/ST) aggregate in science subjects in their class 12th board examinations. 
SX(For class XII) The students who are currently enrolled in class 12th and have scored a minimum of 70% (65% for PWD/SC/ST) aggregate in Science and Mathematics in their class 10th board examinations and are aspiring to pursue an undergraduate program (BSc, BS, B.Math, B.Stat, Integrated MSc or MS) in Basic Sciences namely Physics/Chemistry/Maths or Biology are eligible to appear for the aptitude test.
The KVPY fellowship will be activated only when the shortlisted applicants pursue the aforementioned undergraduate courses and secure a minimum score of 60% (50% for PWD/SC/ST) aggregate in Science subjects and Mathematics in their class 12th board examinations.
SB(For Undergraduate) The students who are currently enrolled in the above mentioned undergraduate course specializing in basic sciences (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) and have secured a minimum score of 60% (50% for PWD/SC/ST) in their class 12th board examinations are eligible to appear for the aptitude test. 
The students need to score a minimum of 60% (50% for PWD/SC/ST) in their first-year final examination before the fellowship is awarded. 

Application Process

The application procedure for the KVPY Fellowship program is done through online mode. Here is a step by step application procedure of the scheme: 

  1. Visit the official website of KVPY fellowship program and proceed towards the application tab. 
  2. Click on ‘Registration’ and fill all the details as applicable.
  3. After filling all the details, you will be directed to a payment gateway. While the application fees for General and OBC candidates is INR 1,000 for the PWD/SC/ST candidates, the application fee is Rs 500.   

KVPY: Selection Procedure

After satisfying the eligibility criteria, the applicants go through the two-tier procedure of selection for the KVPY fellowship program. The stages and their details have been summarised below: 

  • Aptitude Test: After thorough scrutiny of application forms and the academic records of the students, the candidates have to appear for an aptitude test. Applicants have the option of giving the exam in either Hindi or English languages. The objective of the KVPY is to access the candidate’s understanding and analytical skills. Thus, there is no specific syllabus prescribed for the test. 
  • Interview: Based on the performance in the aptitude test, the shortlisted candidates are called up for an interview which is also the final stage for selection. 

KVPY: Fellowship Amount

Applicable to all the streams under the KVPY fellowship program, the Government of India provides fellowship amounts to all the awardees enrolled in basic science programs. The table below shows the monthly and annual breakup of the fellowship award: 

Courses Monthly Fellowship Amount (INR) Annual Contingency Grant (INR)
During 1st to 3rd year of study in BSc/BS/BMath/BStat/Integrated MSc or MS 5,000 20,000
During the 4th and 5th year of study in Integrated MSc or MS/M.Math/MStat 7,000 28,000

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Thus, KVPY is a golden opportunity for those who want to take their research studies a step further. If you are looking for such fellowship program abroad but are not sure about how to get started with it then experts at Leverage Edu are here to help you find the right scholarship to fund your dream course.

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