Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) or Young Scientist Incentive Plan {किशोर वैज्ञानिक प्रोत्साहन योजना}

Updated on Sep 14, 2020

Overview

Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) also known as Young Scientist Incentive Plan is a national program that is funded by the Department of Science and Technology, The Government Of India, for scholarships in the field of science, to attract intellectual students to opt for the introductory science courses and further make a career in the field of science. This project started in 1999, and the Indian Institute of Science manages it.

To top it all, KVPY students also enjoy summer camps, that are organized for them, in very high-scale research and educational institutions in India.

The everyday and academic aspects of the KVPY program are looked after by a core committee.

Aim of Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana

  • The main goal of KVPY is to encourage enthusiastic students to take up science and further lookup for research careers.
  • The selected students up to the pre-Ph.D. level are offered scholarships and contingency grants.
  • Kishore vaigyanik protsahan yojana aims to pick students with intellect and aptitude for the subject and further, to help them understand the worth of their academic potential to make sure of the growth and grooming and development of the best of scientific minds for future growth good of the country.

You can read the current advertisement here.

Eligibility Criteria

  • To be eligible for the fellowship and the admissions in institutes such as IISc and IISER, the students have to qualify in the KVPY examinations.
  • The Exam Has three streams. 
  • SA (Class-11)
  • SX (Class-12)
  • SB (First Year BSc)
  • The basic science subjects that are there are B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./M.S. in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology
  •  To receive a fellowship, the marks of the aptitude test(75%) and the interview (25%) are taken into consideration.

Selection Procedure

Aptitude Test

For the various streams, candidates who will be suitable and hence will meet the eligibility criteria will be further called for an aptitude test which will be conducted in both Hindi and English, all across the country.

Admit Card

Then, The Admit Card Is to be downloaded by the students, from the website.

Interview

Students who pass the Aptitude test are further asked to appear for an interview, which is the last step of the whole selection procedure.

How to Apply for KVPY Aptitude Test 2020?

Step 1: Visit the official website.

Step 2: Click on the link for KVPY Aptitude test 2020 Application portal.

Step 3: Now, click on the link to register.

Step 4: You will need to accept the term and click on "Login".

Step 5: Now, you will be redirected to the Login page where you will find the link to register.

Step 6: Now, you will find the registration form. Fill it up and submit.

Fellowships

Stream SA

During the academic year 2019-20, the students who are enrolled in Class 11, in science subjects and have also gotten a minimum of 75%(65% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in Mathematics and Science, combined in the 10th standard Board Examinations in the previous year, are eligible to appear for Aptitude Test.

Once the students are selected under Stream SA, their fellowship gets activated with the condition that they have to join the undergraduate course in Sciences such as B.Sc. , B.S., B.Stat. , B.Math. , Int. M.Sc. , Int. M.S., in the academic year 2021-22 after they get a minimum of 60% (For SC/ST/PWD, it is 50%) marks in all the science subjects of Class 12 board examinations.

The students get an invite for the National Science (Vijyoshi) Camp during one year, and all of their travelling and local hospitality expenses are taken care of, by KVPY.

Stream SX

During the academic year 2019-20, the students of class 12, who are aspiring to join undergraduate program in Basic sciences such as Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology which further lead them to take courses such as B.Sc. , B.S., B.Stat. , B.Math. , Int. M.Sc. , Int. M.S. for the session 2020-21 with the condition that they have secured a minimum of 75%(65% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in the subjects, mathematics, and science, combined (Physics/Chemistry/ Biology) in the 10th class Board Examination during the academic year 2017-18 can appear for the Aptitude test.

Once the students are selected under Stream SX, their fellowship gets activated with the condition that they join an undergraduate course in Basic Science in the academic year 2020-21 after they get a minimum of 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in mathematics and Science, Combined(Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the Class 12 Board Examination during the academic year 2019-20.

The students who are in their 2nd year in Cambridge International Examination Board and are wanting to join an undergraduate program in Basic Sciences such as Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology in the year 2019-20 can apply with the condition that they have gotten a minimum of 75% (65% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in mathematics and science subjects, combined(Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the Class 10 Board Examination. 

They must have a minimum of 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in mathematics and science subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the Class 12 Board Examination before they proceed with the fellowship if they've achieved it.

Stream SB

The students of 1st year of the undergraduate program in Basic Sciences, such as Physics/Chemistry/Mathematics and Biology who are further going to proceed with B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./Int. M.S., during the academic year 2019-20 and who have gotten a minimum of 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks combined in mathematics and science subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the Class 12 Board Examination can appear for the Aptitude test. 

In the final examinations of 1st year B.Sc./B.S./B.Math./B.Stat./Int. M.Sc./Int. M.S., the students must get a minimum of 60%(50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks before they take up the fellowship if it's given to them.

Rewards

  • Once the students clear their KVPY examination, they are eligible for the fellowship.
  • From the first year of their graduation, the students receive the fellowship.
  • From first year to third year the students of B.Sc/ B.Stat/ B.S./ B.Maths/ Integrated M.S./M.Sc, the of KVPY fellows, get rupees 5000 monthly fellowships along with an annual contingency grant of rupees 20,000.
  • Once the period of 3 years is over, the fellowship gets raised to Rs. 7000 per month during the M.Sc/4th and 5th year of Integrated M.S./M.Sc along with an annual contingency grant of rupees 28,000.
  • This examination plays a role of entrance exam for various premium and exclusive science institutes in India like IISc and IISER.

Summer Program

For the renewal of the Fellowship, it is mandatory to participate and then to achieve satisfactory performance in the summer program each year, second year onwards, (B.Sc./B.S./B.Math./B.Stat /Integrated M.Sc./Integrated M.S.) in any academic Institution of National or International repute or a DSIR approved research labs.

For the renewal purposes from the second year of B.Sc./B.S./B.Math./B.Stat /Integrated M.Sc./Integrated M.S. program, 

 A report on the summer program along with the assessment report from the mentor is required to be forwarded along with the course performance certificate etc. 

Other Privileges

An identity card is issued to each KVPY fellow, to allow them to have access to National Laboratories or Universities, who have agreed to give outstanding facilities and privileges like Library, Laboratory facilities, etc. to the Fellows on the production of their ID card.

An initiative of Empowerment in the KVPY Fellowship Program exclusively for the students belonging to SC/ST category, a certain number of additional fellowships in several streams that are discussed above will be provided.

Exclusively for the students belonging to the Persons With Disability (Physically and visually challenged) category, a certain number of fellowships in the streams discussed above will also be provided.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When did Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana start?

Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana started in the year 1999.

Q: Are the applications available in hardcopy form, or the procedure has to be done online only?

The process of applying has to be done online itself; the application is not available in the form of a hardcopy.

Q: What is the meaning of a computer-based test? How does it work?

A computer-based test means that the test will take place using a user-friendly portal, on a computer. You don't have to have any prior experience or qualification in the knowledge of computers, to give this test.

The students who wish to give a computer-based test will be given a web link, which has a mock aptitude test that the students can try, before giving the actual test.

Q: Is the computer-based test available in both Hindi and English language?

Yes, you can give the test in any of the two languages, according to your comfort.

Q: What is an aptitude test? What is its syllabus?

An aptitude test does a thorough analysis of your intellectual and fundamental abilities in Context with your knowledge.

There is no particular syllabus for an aptitude test but the syllabus up to class 10th/12th/1st year of B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./M.S. is applicable.

Q: What are the names of the three streams that come under this program?

  • Stream SA
  • Stream SX
  • Stream SB

Q: Is it compulsory for the students to study all the four subjects’, i.e. Physics Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology?

  • For Stream-SA, it is compulsory to study all four subjects. 
  • For Stream SB and SX, the exam consists of 4 sections in Part-1(Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics) and four sections in Part-2(Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics).  
  • The candidates can answer any three of the four subjects in Part-1 and any Two of the four subjects in Part-2.

Q: When does the KVPY advertisement come in the national newspapers?

The advertisement for the KVPY Fellowship comes in all the national dailies on May 11, Technology Day, and on the second Sunday of July every year.

Q: When does the application form get available?

The application form can be found after the publication of the advertisement every year.

Q: What is the last date of submitting the application form?

The last date for applying comes in the advertisement that gets published during July every year.


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WRITTEN BYVarsha Verma

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