Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) is a program started by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India to encourage students of Basic Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to take up research careers in these areas. The aim of the program is to identify, assist and encourage talented students with aptitude for research and growth in the country.

The Department of Science and Technology – the root agency of the Government has entrusted the overall responsibility for organizing the scheme to the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and set up a National Advisory Committee (NAC) for overseeing its implementation and a National Scientific Committee (NSC) look after both the administrative and academic aspects of the KVPY Program.

The selection of students from those studying in +1, +2, any U.G. Program in Science / Medicine and also Engineering students having aptitude for scientific research, are carried out by IISc (Bangalore), IIT-Bombay (Mumbai), and ICMR (New Delhi), respectively, in association with two Zonal Centers one at (IISER), Kolkata and another at Mumbai (HBCSE, TIFR). Generous scholarship and Contingency grant are provided (up to the pre-Ph.D. level) to the selected students.


The advertisement for the KVPY Fellowship appears in all the national dailies normally on the Technology Day the May 11 and Second Sunday of July every year.

These Fellowships are only for Indian Nationals studying in India.

Selection procedures are different for SP (Basic Sciences) and SP (Medicine). All of them, however, include an interview for final selection.


There is no prescribed syllabus for the written test. The written 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 XII.

Awards and Recognitions

The Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, offers attractive fellowships (Rs. 4000 to Rs. 7000 per month) and contingency grants (Four months fellowship per year) for students studying in Basic Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Selection to the program takes into account academic excellence and demonstrated interest in pursuing a research career.

Eligibility details for class-X pass Students are as follows –

Basic Sciences – (SA/SX/SB):

  • Stream SA: Students enrolled in the XI Standard (Science Subjects) during the academic year 2012-2013 and have secured a minimum of 80% (70% for SC/ST) marks in aggregate in MATHEMATICS and SCIENCE subjects in the X Standard Board Examination. Students promoted through both the Summative Assessments-II conducted by the school and conducted by the Board are eligible to apply, if they satisfy eligibility criteria. If the candidates have obtained a letter grade in the qualified examination, they are requested to convert it into an appropriate % and fill-up the application form. {The students under the mentorship list will not be eligible for any fellowship. Their fellowship will be activated when these students enroll in an undergraduate course in Basic Sciences (B.Sc./B.S./Int.M.Sc./M.S.) after their XII Standard/(+2).}
  • Stream SX: Applicable for the Students enrolled in XII Standard/ (+2) (Science subjects).
  • Stream SB: Applicable for the Students enrolled in the 1st year of B. Sc./ B.S./Int. M.Sc./M.S.
Selection ProcedureM

Aptitude Test: After scrutiny of application forms and based on the performance in the Board Examination(s), all the eligible candidates from Streams SA, SX and SB have to appear for a written aptitude test (conducted both in Hindi and English). The test will be conducted at different centers across the country on 4th November 2012. The details of the venue of the aptitude tests and their seat number will be put on the KVPY website in first week of October 2012.

Interview: Candidates will be called for the interview based on the performance in the aptitude test, which is the final stage of the selection procedure.

Admit Card:
  • Students who have applied online may download the admit card for the aptitude test from the website from the second week of October 2012.
  • Students, who have applied with a hard copy, admit card will be sent by speed post.
Exam Pattern:
  • The question paper in SA Stream will be both multiple choice objective and descriptive types.
  • In the objective type, 4 choices for the correct answer will be provided and the choice for the correct answer has to be made.
  • In the descriptive type solution to a problem, formula for a sum, etc., has to be worked out and written.
  • There is no negative marking.
Request for Application Form:
  • Each Stream has its own application form. Students who wish to apply for more than one Stream should submit separate applications.
  • Applicants may apply either by Hard copy or Online.
  • Hard copy of the application form can be obtained from KVPY on request by remitting a processing fee*** of Rs. 200/- at any core banking branches of STATE BANK OF INDIA, payable at all branches in India into the credit of “Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) A/c. No. 10270577392″ and sending the “Pay-In-Slip” along with the request, clearly indicating the stream (i.e. SA, SB, SP) on the envelope.In the descriptive type solution to a problem, formula for a sum, etc., has to be worked out and written.

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