KVPY Aptitude Test – SX

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  • Written by aparna
  • Last Modified on 9-03-2023
  • Written by aparna
  • Last Modified on 9-03-2023

About Exam

About Exam

Exam Brief

The “Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana” (KVPY) is a program launched by the Indian government’s Department of Science and Technology (DST) in 1999 to encourage students studying Basic Science to pursue careers in scientific research. The program’s purpose is to identify and encourage exceptional and motivated students to pursue careers in research.

This program aims to assist students in realising their potential and ensuring that the most talented are groomed for research and development. Generous fellowship and contingency grants are provided to the selected KVPY Fellows up to the pre PhD level or 5 years earlier. Summer programmes for the KVPY Fellows are also held at major research and educational institutions across the country

The Department of Science and Technology, the government’s nodal agency, has given the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, the overall responsibility of organising and running the KVPY program and has established a Management Committee and a National Advisory Committee (NAC) to oversee its implementation. The KVPY Program’s day-to-day operations and academic aspects are overseen by a core group.


For any information related to the KVPY Aptitude Test – Stream SX exam, refer to the official website link – KVPY.

Exam Summary

Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) is a prominent national scholarship program conducted by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). Candidates who fulfil the qualifying requirements for various streams are invited to take an aptitude test in Hindi and English at various locations across the nation. The KVPY SX aptitude test date will be aaanounced soon.

Official Website Link


Number of Seats

Around 2800

Embibe Notice Board/Notification


Latest Update

Get all the latest updates on the examination by clicking on this link: https://www.embibe.com/exams/kvpy-notification/

Trending News

The KVPY SX 2023 exam date will be announced soon.

Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern

Selection Process

There are two stages of examination to avail the KVPY fellowship. The first stage is the Aptitude Test. Candidates can take the test in two languages – English and Hindi. Those who get the minimum cut-off marks in the written test are called for the second stage, which is the Interview. To be eligible for the scholarship, candidates must pass both stages. For all three streams, the KVPY Aptitude Test is required.

Note: For 2023, the KVPY fellowship was awarded solely based on the Aptitude test without Interviews as a one-time measure.

Stages of Exam

There are two stages of the exam, namely:

  • Aptitude Test
  • Personal Interview

Exam pattern details - Scoring pattern (+/- Marking)

  1. The question paper is of 160 marks.
  2. There are 80 questions in Part I and 40 questions in Part II. The total number of questions that students must attempt is 80.

– KVPY Marks Distribution – Students must attempt any 3 sections from Part 1 (20 x 3 = 60 marks) and any 2 sections from Part 2 = (20 x 2 = 40).

– KVPY Marking Scheme – In Part I of SB/SX Stream, one mark will be awarded for every correct response, and 0.25 marks will be deducted for every incorrect response. In Part II of Stream SB/ SX, two marks will be awarded for each correct response, and 0.5 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.

The KVPY SX Paper Pattern is as below:

Subjects Total Questions in Part-I Total Questions in Part-II Total Marks
Mathematics 20 10 40
Physics 20 10 40
Chemistry 20 10 40
Biology 20 10 40
Total 80 40 160


Important Points

  1. Aspiring candidates have to attempt Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology questions within 3 hours for the KVPY SX exam.
  2. The KVPY exam for the S.X. stream will be conducted from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
  3. The KVPY questions papers will be available in both English and Hindi.
  4. The question type will be objective-based.

Exam pattern details - Total time

  1. The SX/SB stream exam is held from 2 PM to 5 PM.
  2. The exam duration of the KVPY exam for SB/SX stream is 3 hours.

Exam Calendar

Before we get into the specifics of the KVPY notification, let’s take a look at the entire KVPY 2023 calendar.



Dates 2023

Online application form opening

To be announced

Online application form closing

To be announced

Last date to submit fee

To be announced

Admit card availability

To be announced

KVPY 2023 Exam Date

To be announced

Answer key releases

To be announced

Result declaration

To be announced

Exam Syllabus

Exam Syllabus

Exam Syllabus

The KVPY syllabus is important for all students who are preparing for the KVPY exam. It gives an idea of the questions asked in the exam and the important topics for the exam. Let’s take a look at the syllabus for the KVPY examination.

SX Stream Syllabus Analytical abilities, their class’ syllabus. Class 12th Syllabus (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics). The first year of B.Sc. / B.S. / B.Stat. / B.Math. / Int. M.Sc. / M.S. syllabus is also applicable


Chapters from Class X, XI, and XII are included in the KVPY syllabus for Stream SX. The KVPY SX Stream syllabus is listed below each subject.

KVPY Syllabus (Subject-wise) Topics


Reflection of Light
Electromagnetic Induction
Laws of Motion
Work, Energy and Power
Sources of Energy
Physical World and Measurement
Current Electricity
Electromagnetic Induction & Alternating Current
Magnetic Effects of Current, etc.


Surface Chemistry
States of Matter: Gases and Liquids
Metals and Non-Metals
Carbon compounds
Basic Concepts of Chemistry
Classification of Elements & Periodicity in Properties
Chemical Reactions
Environmental Chemistry, Solid State
Chemical Kinetics
Isolation of Elements
Periodic Classification of Elements, etc.


Cell: Structure and Function
Genetics and Evolution
Life processes
Plant Physiology
Diversity of Living Organisms
Human Physiology
Biology and Human Welfare
Control and Coordination in Animals and Plants
Ecology and Environment, etc.


Coordinate Geometry
Mathematical Reasoning
Real Number
Introduction to Trigonometry
Surface Areas & Volumes
Quadratic Equations
Statistics and Probability
Trigonometric Functions
Geometry, Linear Programming
Vectors and 3-D Geometry
Relations and Functions, etc.

Study Plan to Maximise Score

Study Plan to Maximise Score

Preparation Tips

The KVPY 2023 exam date will be announced soon. The final minutes before the exam are critical and must be used wisely. Keeping this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of KVPY last-minute recommendations to assist you in passing the exam and receiving a decent grade.

1. Work on Your Weak Points: During this time, you should concentrate on your weak areas, which are the chapters and ideas which you are having trouble with, particularly those that are critical for the exam. It’s necessary to work on your weak areas, but don’t put too much pressure on yourself. 

2. Don’t Pick New Topics: One of the most critical last-minute KVPY advice is to avoid touching or selecting any new subject, as new topics will take longer to complete. Even if you spend time studying the subject, you still won’t be able to comprehend it completely. Instead, revise and master the topics that you have already completed.

3. Create a Sound Revision Strategy: Every second of these final days before the exam is crucial. As a result, you should devise and implement an effective revision process. Make a schedule – set aside time for each course and devote additional time to your weak areas. Revision of formulae, their derivations, equations, and so on should be given special attention.

These areas, if thoroughly reviewed, will give you an advantage over other exam applicants. Attempt KVPY Mock Tests & KVPY practice questions.

4. Previous Year Papers: Take a few KVPY practice tests and work through KVPY previous year papers. These will help you prepare for the actual exam. Furthermore, analysing your performance in these examinations will assist you in identifying your flaws and errors. You can then improve on them so that you don’t make the same mistakes in the exam.

5. Use Flowcharts And Flashcards for Revision: It is not practical to go over all the chapters for last-minute revision. Instead, review your notes, flowcharts, and flashcards. It will save a significant amount of time. Additionally, this method will also lead to improved memorization.

Stay Positive- You must remain confident and concentrated in order to translate your knowledge into exam marks. Allow no negative to stand in the way of achieving your goal.

Exam Taking Strategy

  • When it comes to getting good grades, time management is crucial. Manage your time so that each subject receives the same amount of attention.
  • Give the subjects in which you are weak extra attention. The time management rule also applies throughout the examination.
  • To begin with, solve the section of the question paper that you are the most familiar with. What you have to study at the +2 level is vastly different from what you studied previously. Also, spend some time researching the fellowship’s potential. You must understand why you desire it.
  • Make it a habit to schedule at least two 2-hour sessions each day for KVPY preparation.
  • One slot should be dedicated to Physics and Maths, while the other should be dedicated to Chemistry and Biology.
  • If you’re a PCM student, make biology a priority. You’ll get a lot of points for it.
  • If you’re a PCB student, start polishing your concepts from the 9th and 10th grades.
  • From the 11th grade onwards, do some Algebra and Trigonometry. Try to do straight lines and circles from co-ordinate Geometry.
  • Solve previous years’ papers. On the KVPY website, you can take practice tests.
  • You must become acquainted with the buttons and a calculator.
  • Get to know the feature of marking questions as well. Experimenting in the exam hall is not a good idea. Take a photo of your hall ticket and print it.
  • Remember, you should reach at least 1.5 hours before the exam starts. For the stay and travel, you should rely on a guardian. That’s the best thing to do instead of wasting your study time.
  • KVPY is less demanding than JEE or NEET. It puts a lot of interconnected concepts to the test. JEE questions mostly assess problem-solving abilities, whereas NEET assesses speed and memory. So simply preparing for these will not suffice. Although the questions are similar, the technique is not. Be familiar with KVPY’s question pattern and practice time management.

We recommend completing the sections in the order shown below.

Biology (Either you know or you don’t. Great time saver) >

Chemistry (Direct questions from concepts. Some questions have calculations and some reactions require some time) >

Maths (You can always try option matching if you can’t solve)>

Physics (Best section to test your concepts. Give ample time to each problem. They often have small twists which is going to consume the time you had saved from the other three)

Detailed Study plan

Let’s take a look at KVPY study suggestions, essential plans, and tactics for each subject.

→ Physics: Because Physics is a subject that necessitates logical reasoning, you must fully comprehend all of the essential principles. Always double-check that your main principles are understood. You can solve any difficulty if you have a thorough comprehension of the ideas.

Furthermore, because Physics and Mathematics are intertwined, you must be able to utilise mathematical formulas to solve Physics problems. As many conceptual issues as possible should be practised. Theoretical Physics-related problems are commonly asked in KVPY. As a result, make sure you thoroughly prepare for those questions.

Mathematics: To gain confidence in the subject, solve as many mathematical questions as you can. Mathematics is incomplete without formulas. As a result, you must have all of the key formulas on the tip of your fingers. Theorems and findings are important in addition to formulas.

Note down all of the key axioms, theorems, and principles. Visualisation is also required in Mathematics, as shown in 3D vectors, graphs, and curves. So, in addition to answering questions, practise visualising shapes. KVPY will also ask questions based on IQ. As a result, be ready for that as well.

Chemistry: Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Physical Chemistry are the three divisions of Chemistry. You must give each of them the same amount of weight. In Organic Chemistry, revision is essential. Start with the themes and make a list of all the major chemical reactions. After that, give some practice questions a shot.

Inorganic Chemistry necessitates a great deal of memorisation. So, choose this first thing in the morning, when your brain is the most active. For Inorganic, NCERT books will be your best buddies. Make a thorough review of all of the themes and concepts, as well as a list of them.

You must solve questions in Physical Chemistry. As a result, keep all of the relevant formulas in mind and practise as many questions as possible on each topic. Again, the best alternative for you will be to consult NCERT books.

Biology: You must concentrate on the diagrams and labels in Biology. For KVPY Biology, NCERT books are sufficient. Don’t waste your time looking through other reference books. Make a list of all of the key elements and go through them again and again.

Also, make sure you have flow charts and shortcuts to master crucial concepts in your notes. In Biology, multiple-choice questions are essential. As a result, practise as many MCQs as possible.

Recommended Chapters

Recommended Chapters & Topics ( Based on last 5 yrs paper analysis):


KVPY SX- Important Chapters and Topics


Modern Physics [Quantum based chapters]

Mechanics, Fluids, Waves

Ray Optics

Electricity and Magnetism

Rotational Dynamics


Organic Chemistry [various reagents and their mode of action, reducing and oxidising agents and their specificity, Kolbe’s reaction]

Inorganic Chemistry [Focus on NCERT]

Physical Chemistry [Equilibrium, Electrochemistry, Chemical Kinetics, Mole concept, Polymers, Biomolecules]


NCERT Thorough

Genetics, Molecular basis and Human physiology

Nervous system and Circulatory System


Cell biology

Previous Year Analysis

Previous Year Analysis

Previous Year Papers

Students can check the KVPY previous year question papers to improve their chances of availing the scholarship.


The KVPY previous year question papers are as follows:


Stream -SB/SX


Stream -SB/SX


Stream -SB/SX


Stream -SX/SB


Stream -SB/SX


SB/SX – English Version  /  Hindi Version


SB/SX – English Version  /  Hindi Version


SB/SX – English VersionHindi Version


SB/SX (English Version)


SB/SX (English Version)


SB/SX (English Version)  (Hindi Version)

Previous year Solution

Students benefit from solving the KVPY previous year question papers.


The solutions for previous year are tabulated below:


Stream -SB/SX


Stream -SB/SX


Stream -SB/SX


Stream -SX/SB








SA / SB / SX








Previous Year Cut-off

Candidates can also look up the KVPY SX aptitude test 2023 cut-off scores from the previous years to get an idea about this year’s KVPY cut-offs:

KVPY Cut-off Score 2020

Stream General/OBC SC/ST PwD
SA 52.00 % 40 % 40 %
SB 52.00 % 40 % 40 %
SX 47.00 % 35 % 40 %


KVPY Cut-off Score 2019
The KVPY 2019 cut-offs for SA, SX, SB streams are tabulated below:

Stream General/OBC SC/ST PwD
SA 44/100 32/100 32/100
SB 49/100 33/100 33/100
SX 59/100 43/100 43/100

KVPY Cut-off Score 2018 

Stream General/OBC SC/ST PwD
SA 45/100 32/100 32/100
SB 43/100 30/100 30/100
SX 53/100 40/100 40/100

KVPY Cut-off Score 2017 

The KVPY 2017 cut-offs for SA, SX, SB streams are tabulated below:

Stream General SC/ST PwD
SA 45/100 35/100 35/100
SB 43/100 33/100 33/100
SX 53/100 43/100 43/100

KVPY Cut-off Score 2016 

The KVPY 2016 cut-offs for SA, SX, SB streams are tabulated below:

Stream General SC/ST PWD
SA 55% 45% 45%
SB 50% 34% 34%
SX 55% 43% 43%

KVPY Cut-off Deciding Factors 2023

The KVPY cut-off is determined by a number of factors.

The following are the parameters that are taken into account before publishing the KVPY cut-off for the SX stream:

  • The total number of candidates who appeared for the examination.
  • The difficulty level of the examination.
  • Previous year cut-off score.
  • The total number of available scholarships.
  • Candidates’ maximum and minimum KVPY scores.

Highlights Of KVPY Cut-off

Take note of the following points:

  • The final shortlisting of candidates for the fellowship is based on the KVPY cut-off.
  • The KVPY cut-off is determined by the results of the KVPY Aptitude Test 2023.
  • The cut-off marks of KVPY 2023 are based on a number of factors, including maximum marks secured by an aspirant, minimum marks secured by an aspirant, number of candidates who appeared, etc.
  • The KVPY 2023 cut-off for each of the streams will be announced out of a maximum of 100 marks.

Previous Year Topper List

Reading and understanding NCERT texts is one of the greatest strategies to prepare for the KVPY aptitude test 20022, according to every topper. The KVPY exam assesses pupils’ basic comprehension of mathematical and scientific foundations. As a result, it is necessary to comprehend all the concepts thoroughly and carefully.

The KVPY exam is easy for 20% of the time, moderate for 60% of the time, and difficult for 20% of the time. Students should begin with easy and moderate questions before moving on to the more difficult ones. This straightforward strategy will assist you in appropriately answering a variety of questions.

Students must also prepare for interviews. A panel of specialists of highly experienced academicians and scientists interviews students. The duration of the interview can range from 45 minutes to an hour. The panel will pose questions regarding Science in general, as well as actual demonstrations of mirrors, magnets, and other theories. 

Topper List/Success Stories

Topper List Success Stories

Toppers List with Details

The KVPS topper list 2020 is provided in the table below:

Category Name Rank


Mridul Agarwal 1
Anant Lunia 2
Rishit Shrivastava 3


Naman Singh 1
Kalvala Vivek 2
Soumyadeep Choudhury 3


Adireddi Srinivas 1
Himanshu Yadav 2
Atharv Kshirsagar 3

Exam Counselling

Exam counselling

Student Counselling

The program’s goal is to discover students with research skills and aptitudes, assist them in realising their academic potential, encourage them to pursue research careers in Science, and aid in the country’s development of the best scientific brains for research and development.

Students are chosen from grades XI to 1st year of any undergraduate program in Basic Sciences, such as B.Sc./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./M.S. in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology who have a strong interest in scientific research. At IISc, special groups/committees are formed to screen applications and conduct aptitude tests at various locations around the country.

Shortlisted students are invited to an interview, which is the final stage of the selection process, based on their performance on the aptitude test. Both aptitude tests and interview scores are taken into account when deciding on a fellowship. The most challenging decision for any student after the 12th grade is settling on an appropriate professional path.

When it comes down to deciding upon a career path, students are sometimes caught between following the herd and enrolling in the most popular courses, choosing a degree based on what their parents require, or just following their friends and choosing that specific job path. A majority of students choose courses without first examining their own abilities, weaknesses, and passions.

An aspiring KVPY candidate can make a note of the following points to crack the KVPY exam. Aligning preparations for KVPY with other exams Subject-wise preparation Solving previous question papers Time management Practising online test Studying from the recommended books for KVPY 2023 Maintaining a notebook for important formula

Parent/Gaurdian counselling

Parents must understand that not every youngster is suited for a career as a doctor, an engineer, or an accountant. They should not force a student to pursue a career path simply because it is popular. Parents may seek the assistance of a career consultant, who may help students identify their talents and recommend career options that are appropriate for them.

As their own expectations from their children rise, parents become nervous and stress the kid. This puts the student under even more mental stress. That is something that parents should never do to their children.

Exam Talks

Exam talks

Student Talks: Toppers & Revivers

Hard work is the key to success. This quote applies to all those candidates who want to achieve their goals early in life. 

Let us hear from Rishit Shrivastava, the topper of the KVPY-Stream SX 2020 exam, about her experience.

Q. Tell us about yourself, your school, your education, and so on.
A. I am a student of DDPS in Kota, and I am now studying for the JEE Advanced exam.

Q. Congratulations on your KVPY 2020 exam performance! What was your reaction when you found out?
A. Thank you so much; I was extremely pleased with the result. I was hoping for a top-ten ranking.

Q. How long have you known about the KVPY exam?
A. I’ve known about it since I was in elementary school because it’s a prestigious exam. In Class 11, I took the KVPY test for the first time and received an AIR of 27.

Q. Tell us about your daily routine and exam preparation approach for KVPY.
A. My regular routine involves attending morning classes. Following that, I study for the board and the JEE exam. I also play badminton on a daily basis. If someone is already studying for the JEE Advanced, KVPY, in my opinion, does not require any further preparation. I concentrated more on concepts and answered problems of greater difficulty in JEE Advanced, as well as National and International Olympiads.

Q. How has the COVID-19 pandemic influenced your planning?
A. It had no significant impact on my preparation because my online lessons and regular tests began in April.

Q. Did you prepare for the KVPY test by practising previous year papers and practice papers?
A. Before taking the KVPY exam, I solved a few previous year sample papers.

Q. In your opinion, which subjects in KVPY 2020 were the easiest and the most difficult?
A. Mathematics, in my opinion, was the most difficult subject, while Chemistry was the easiest.

Q. What are your long-term objectives?
A. Right now, my goal is to get into the top 20 in the JEE Advanced exam and study Computer Science at IIT Bombay.

Q. Have you taken or plan to take any admission exams?
A. Yes, I took the JEE Main exam and will take the JEE Advanced exam in July 2023.

Q. Do you have any advice or message for future KVPY candidates?
A. Put more emphasis on concept development.

Harshil Vagadia, a citizen of Rajkot, Gujarat, secured an All India Rank (AIR) of 3. He is from the General Category and debuted in the SX Stream. We’ve learnt from KVPY topper Harshil Vagadia that students must have conceptual clarity rather than memorising the KVPY syllabus in an interview.

He discusses his exam preparation tactics and the importance of time management. He also stated that the previous years’ questions are the most important weapon for success. In this KVPY topper interview, Harshil claims that cracking the KVPY test is not difficult if one is already studying for JEE or AIIMS because the syllabus is nearly identical.

Q. Congratulations on being the KVPY 2018 topper! How are you feeling?
A. I am ecstatic that I received such a high score in KVPY. It’s encouraging to realise that all of your hard work has paid off.

Q. Tell us about yourself.
A. My hometown is Rajkot, Gujarat. I spent two years in Kota, where I was studying for the JEE exam. This year, I finished my 12th grade. I enjoy computer programming in addition to my schooling. I enjoy reading novels as well. My father owns a business, while my mother works in the education sector.

Q. How did you become aware of KVPY?
A. I learned about KVPY from student conversations. I learned that it was a nationwide exam, so I decided to take it. I appeared for KVPY in both 11th and 12th grade.

Q. When did you start your KVPY preparation? Did you join any coaching institutes?
A. I did not explicitly prepare for KVPY. I continued my JEE preparation and gave the KVPY exam along the

Q. Did you practice the previous years’ KVPY exam papers? How did that help you?
A. I solved the question papers of the past 3 years for practice. They helped me tremendously as they gave me an idea about exam patterns and time management.

Q. What was your exam day strategy? How did you prepare for it on a daily basis?
A. I decided to attempt section 1 first and then section 2. I attempted PCM in section 1 and PC in section 2. The number of questions is more so one needs to be fast and accurate. Also, the computers can be slow during online exams so one needs to be prepared for that. The best way to practice this is to solve the past years’ papers.

Q. Tell us about your interview experience. What was the total number of people on the panel? What kinds of questions did they ask?
A. The interview panel generally consists of 7-8 members. They asked conceptual questions which usually don’t involve much calculation. The topics were the ones I had written in the self-appraisal form. All the subjects were given equal weightage. The interview lasted for 20 minutes. All the questions were academic and no personal questions were asked.

Q. Share some KVPY exam preparation tips for future aspirants?
A. In KVPY, a lot of conceptual questions are asked so students must practice them instead of rote learning. During the KVPY interview, it is important to be confident. Major weightage is given to the aptitude test, so students must focus on that. Best of luck to all future KVPY aspirants.

Kartikey Gupta, topper of 2018

In an interview with KVPY topper Kartikey Gupta, we learnt that the NCERT curriculum was very important for the KVPY exam preparation. Under the SX category, Kartikey received 93.75 points in the stage 1 theory exam and 76 points in the stage 2 interview. Kartikey’s achievement was aided by his unwavering commitment and guidance from his parents and professors.

Jayesh Singla topper of 2018

Jayesh Singla, a Patiala native, was placed 10th overall in the KVPY 2018 test in the SX stream. His parents are physicians, but he wants to work in the field of computer science. Jayesh believes that self-study and coaching are both essential for passing the KVPY exam. He is an 18-year-old student who graduated from Apollo Public School.

Proper time management and previous year exam papers are his success mantras. Jayesh took the KVPY exams in both the tenth and eleventh grades, achieving AIR 44 and AIR 10, respectively. In both the theory and the interview, he received a score of 85.

Important Dates

About Exam

Application Form Filling - Start & End Date

To successfully complete and submit the KVPY application form 2023, follow the steps outlined below:

Step 1: Go to http://kvpy.iisc.ac.in/main/applications.htm to register for the KVPY 2023 program.

Step 2: On the homepage on the right side, click on the ‘Applicant Login’ option. The page titled “GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR KVPY APTITUDE TEST 2023” will be shown. At the bottom of the page, click on the ‘Login’ tab.

Step 3: This is the KVPY 2023 Login Window. To begin, successfully register yourself by filling in the relevant information.

Step 4: Enter your User ID and Password to log in. On your screen, the necessary KVPY application form 2023 will appear.

Step 5: Fill in your personal and academic details, choose the test centre and upload your photo, signature and other certificates, as applicable.

Step 6: Pay the application fees and successfully submit the KVPY 2023 application form.

KVPY Application Fee

The following is a list of the application fees for KVPY 2023:

Category Fee
General Category/OBC ₹ 1,250/- (Rupees one thousand two hundred and fifty only)
SC/ST/PWD ₹ 625/- (Rupees six hundred twenty-five only)


You can contact the authorities via the following means if you require any information related to the KVPY application form.

– Call On 080 – 22932975/76, 080- 23601008 & 080 – 22933536
– Email to [email protected]

Phone numbers are available between 10:00 AM and 05:00 PM. Saturday and Sunday are holidays.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria

Age Criteria

The candidates who apply for the KVPY Aptitude Test – Stream SX exam must be 18 years old.

Education Qualification

↳ Students enrolled in the XII Standard (Science courses) during the academic year 2023–24 who plan to enrol in undergraduate Basic Sciences programmes (B.Sc./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./Int. M.S) during the academic year 2023–24.

↳ The fellowship of the students selected under this stream will be activated only if they enrol in an undergraduate course in Basic Sciences (B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./Int. M.S.) in the academic year 2023–24 after achieving a minimum of 60% (50%) in aggregate in MATHEMATICS and SCIENCE subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the XII standard Board Examinations.

↳ Students enrolled in the Cambridge International Examination Board’s second year of study and planning to enrol in an undergraduate programme in Basic Sciences (B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./Int. M.S) in the academic year 2023–24.

↳ The fellowship for students selected in this stream will be activated only if they enrol in an undergraduate course in Basic Sciences (B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./Int. M.S.) in the academic year 2023–24 after achieving a minimum of 60% (50 per cent for SC/ST/PWD) in aggregate in MATHEMATICS and SCIENCE subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the 2nd year of study in Cambridge International Examination Board Examination.

Under the various streams listed above, a limited number of additional fellowships will be offered specifically to students from the SC/ST community.

↳ A number of fellowships will be available exclusively for students who fall under the category of Persons With Disabilities, as specified above (Physically and Visually Challenged).

↳ Students enrolled in an undergraduate course in Basic Sciences, that is, B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./Int. M.S. in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Ecology, Molecular Biology, Botany, Zoology, Physiology, Biotechnology, Neurosciences, Bioinformatics, Marine Biology, Geology, Human Biology, Genetics, Biomedical Sciences, Applied Physics, Geophysics, Materials Science or Environmental Science are eligible for the KVPY fellowship.

Number of Attempts

To maximise the number of chances of being selected for IISc and IISERs, it is recommended that you take KVPY twice, once in class 11 and once in class 12. You can take the KVPY SX stream if you are taking a Basic Science course after class 12.

Language Proficiency

A candidate applying for the KVPY SX stream exam should be proficient in Hindi as well as English.

Admit Card

Admit Card

Admit Card Release Date

The exam conducting authorities will release the KVPY 2023 admit cards online soon. By entering their login credentials, candidates can download their KVPY hall tickets. The admit card includes information such as the candidate’s name, roll number, exam centre location, exam date and time, and category. The exam will be held in 54 exam centres across India.

List of Exam Centres

In India, the KVPY Aptitude Test 2023 will be held in the following cities:

East and North East

  • Bhagalpur, 
  • Muzaffarpur, 
  • Patna (Bihar), 
  • Bhilai Nagar,
  • Bilaspur, 
  • Raipur (Chhattisgarh), 
  • Bokaro, 
  • Dhanbad, 
  • Jamshedpur, 
  • Ranchi (Jharkhand), 
  • Berhampur,
  • Bhubaneshwar,
  • Cuttack, 
  • Rourkela, 
  • Sambalpur (Orissa), 
  • Naharlagun (Arunachal Pradesh), 
  • Dibrugarh, 
  • Guwahati, 
  • Silchar, 
  • Tezpur (Assam), 
  • Imphal (Manipur), 
  • Shillong (Meghalaya), 
  • Agartala (Tripura), 
  • Asansol, 
  • Burdwan, 
  • Durgapur,
  • Hooghly, 
  • Kalyani,
  • Kolkata, 
  • Siliguri (West Bengal)


  • Chandigarh (Chandigarh), 
  • New Delhi (Delhi), 
  • Ambala, 
  • Faridabad, 
  • Gurugram, 
  • Hisar, 
  • Karnal, 
  • Kurukshetra,
  • Rohtak, 
  • Sonipat (Haryana), 
  • Jammu (Jammu & Kashmir), 
  • Amritsar, 
  • Bhatinda, 
  • Jalandhar, 
  • Ludhiana, 
  • Mohali, 
  • Patiala (Punjab), 
  • Ajmer, 
  • Bikaner, 
  • Jaipur, 
  • Jodhpur, 
  • Sikar,
  • Udaipur (Rajasthan),
  • Agra,
  • Bareilly, 
  • Ghaziabad,
  • Gorakhpur,
  • Jhansi, 
  • Kanpur, 
  • Lucknow, 
  • Meerut, 
  • Moradabad, 
  • Noida,
  • Prayagraj, 
  • Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), 
  • Dehradun, 
  • Haldwani,
  • Roorkee (Uttarakhand)


  • Kurnool, 
  • Rajahmundry, 
  • Tirupathi, 
  • Vijayawada,
  • Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), 
  • Belagavi, 
  • Bengaluru, 
  • Bidar, 
  • Chikkaballapura, 
  • Chikkamangaluru,
  • Davanagere, 
  • Hassan, 
  • Hubballi/Dharwad, 
  • Kalaburagi,
  • Mangaluru,
  • Mysuru, 
  • Puttur, 
  • Shivamogga, 
  • Udupi, (Karnataka), 
  • Hyderabad, 
  • Warangal (Telangana), 
  • Alappuzha, 
  • Ernakulam, 
  • Idukki, 
  • Kannur, 
  • Kasaragod,
  • Kollam, 
  • Kottayam,
  • Kozhikode, 
  • Malappuram, 
  • Pathanamthitta,
  • Palakkad, 
  • Thiruvananthapuram, 
  • Thrissur (Kerala), 
  • Puducherry (Puducherry), 
  • Chennai, 
  • Coimbatore, 
  • Kanchipuram, 
  • Madurai, 
  • Nagercoil, 
  • Salem,
  • Tiruchirappalli, 
  • Tirunelveli, 
  • Vellore (Tamil Nadu)

West and Central

  • Madgaon, 
  • Panaji (Goa), 
  • Ahmedabad, 
  • Anand, 
  • Gandhinagar, 
  • Rajkot, 
  • Surat, 
  • Vadodara (Gujarat), 
  • Bhopal, 
  • Gwalior,
  • Indore, 
  • Jabalpur, 
  • Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh), 
  • Amaravati, 
  • Aurangabad, 
  • Jalgaon, 
  • Kolhapur, 
  • Mumbai, 
  • Nagpur, 
  • Nashik, 
  • Navi Mumbai, 
  • Pune, 
  • Thane (Maharashtra)


Cut off

Expected Cut-off

The expected KVPY Aptitude Test 2023 cut-off, depending on which candidates would be selected, is listed below.

Category SX Stream
General 67
SC/ST 50
PwD 50

Previous Year Cut-off

The official KVPY cut-off 2020-21, as released by IISc, is as under:
Cut-off Marks for General Merit:
Stream – SX: 52.00 % and above

Cut-off marks for the KVPY Fellowship Program’s All-India Rank List under the Empowerment Initiative for SC/ST Students:
Stream – SX: 40.00 % and above

Cut-off Marks for All India Rank List under Empowerment Initiative for PWD students in the KVPY Fellowship Program:
Stream – SX: 40.00 % and above

Exam Result

Exam Result

Result Declaration

Before we get into the specifics of the KVPY Aptitude Stream SX test result, let’s have a look at the test dates for KVPY Aptitude Stream SX, which are shown below:

Events Dates
KVPY 2023 Exam To be announced
Release of KVPY Result 2023 To be announced

To check the KVPY SX results, follow the below-given steps.

Step 1: Go to the official KVPY website @kvpy.iisc.ernet.in.
Step 2: Check the KVPY results by clicking on the link.
Step 3: Enter your “Application Number” and “Date of Birth.”
Step 4: When you’ve finished filling in the form, click on the “Continue” button.
Step 5: Your individual segment scores, as well as your overall score and cut-off marks, will be presented on the screen. Take a print-out of the result for future reference.

The merit lists for the Kishore Vaigyanik results will be released along with the results.

Cut-off Score

The KVPY merit list will be announced along with the KVPY cut-off 2023 for the S.X. test. The results will be available on the official website. With the help of the KVPY Application Number and Date of Birth, aspirants can check their KVPY results. The results are tentatively to be out in June 2023. Candidates can also look at the KVPY cut-off score of the previous years to get an indication of this year’s KVPY cut-offs.

KVPY Cut-off Score 2019
The KVPY 2019 cut-off for SA, SX, and SB streams are tabulated below:

Stream General/OBC SC/ST PwD
SX 59/100 43/100 43/100


Freaquently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

List of all FAQs for all information groups & sub-groups are provided below:

Q.1: Is NCERT sufficient for KVPY Aptitude Test 2023?

Ans: Yes, practically all KVPY exam toppers agree that NCERT texts are sufficient for passing the exam. Embibe allows students to download NCERT books. Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) and Math NCERT solutions are also accessible for Classes 10, 11, and 12. These have been produced by Embibe’s finest academic specialists and will substantially aid your KVPY preparation.

Q.2: What topics will be covered in the KVPY 2023 exam?

Ans: The KVPY exam is made up of four sections: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Maths.

Q.3: Can I use a calculator in the KVPY 2023 aptitude test?

Ans: No, calculators are not permitted in the KVPY examination.

Q.4: What type of questions are asked in the KVPY exam?

Ans. Only multiple-choice questions will be asked in the KVPY exam.

Q.5: Is there any negative marking in the KVPY Exam?

Ans: Yes, for each incorrect answer in Part 1, 0.25 points will be deducted, and for each incorrect response in Part 2, 0.50 points will be deducted.

Q.6: Can I take the KVPY exam in Hindi?

Ans: Yes, students can take the KVPY exam in Hindi.

Q.7: Are KVPY mock tests available on the official website exactly like the actual exam?

Ans: Of course. IISc prepares KVPY mock exams in accordance with the exam structure, syllabus, and topic weightage, much like the real exam.

Q.8: Is there any sectional time limit in the KVPY Aptitude Test 2023?

Ans: No. Candidates can navigate across sections while taking the KVPY Aptitude Test 2023.

Q.9: Can I attempt the KVPY mock test on a smartphone?

Ans: Yes. Aspirants can take the KVPY practise test on a laptop, computer, or mobile device. However, the website’s responsiveness may vary depending on the device.

Q.10: Is there a negative marking in the KVPY mock tests 2023?

Ans: Yes. Identical to the actual exam, the KVPY mock tests will also have a negative marking of 0.25 marks in Part I and 0.5 marks in Part II of the exam.

Q.11: What is the medium of instruction available for taking the KVPY mock tests?

Ans: The KVPY mock tests, as well as the actual exam, will be offered in both English and Hindi. Candidates can choose between English and Hindi as their medium of instruction.

Q.12: How should I start preparing for KVPY?

Ans: KVPY Aptitude Test is one of the toughest exams in India. You need proper planning to clear the cut-off marks. Make a timetable, stick to the KVPY syllabus, and check the exam pattern to perform well in the KVPY exam. Maintain accuracy and avoid negative marking.

Q.13: How can I score well in KVPY?

Ans: You should practise mock examinations and previous year papers to do well in the KVPY exam. Embibe provides access to all necessary study materials. Complete as many practice tests as possible.

Q.14: Is KVPY tougher than JEE?

Ans: For the Mathematics section, KVPY is tougher than JEE. Otherwise, the KVPY exam can be cleared with the help of NCERT books, whereas JEE requires a high level of understanding of the topics.

Q.15: Do I need coaching for KVPY preparation?

Ans: Coaching institutes might assist you in completing the syllabus on time. However, keep in mind that self-study is the key to passing any exam. If you want to pass this exam, you must spend your time and effort on KVPY preparation.

Q.16: Is it possible that questions from the previous years’ KVPY  question papers are repeated?

Ans: The type of questions can almost certainly be found in previous years’ KVPY papers.

Q.17: After attempting KVPY previous years question papers, what should be done?

Ans: Assess your performance and correct any errors. Embibe has KVPY Mock Tests & Practice Questions available for.

Q.18: Is it beneficial to practise KVPY previous year question papers?

Ans: Yes, solving KVPY previous year papers would help you prepare for the actual exam. You will also be able to recognise your flaws and blunders.

Q.19: Where can I download KVPY previous year question papers from 2014 to 2019?

Ans: Embibe offers KVPY previous year question papers from 2015 to 2019. You can download them for as PDFs with one click.

Q.20: What are the minimum marks to qualify in KVPY?

Ans: KVPY 2023 cut-off will be the minimum mark to qualify for the KVPY examination.

Q.21: What are the best book recommendations for KVPY?

Ans: Some of the books which are recommended by top teachers and students are as follows:

1. NCERT books of all subjects

2. Concepts of Physics

3. Trueman’s Elementary Biology

Q.22: Cengage or Arihant Series – which can be used for KVPY preparation?

Ans: Apart from NCERT books, students can also refer to Cengage or Arihant Series for their preparation.

List of Educational Institutions

About Exam

List of Schools/Colleges

Colleges that accept KVPY scores are as follows:

(i) CV Raman Global University, [CGU] Bhubaneswar
(ii) International Institute of Information Technology, [IIIT] Hyderabad
(iii) Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, [IISER] Pune
(iv) Indian Institute of Science, [IIS] Bangalore
(v) Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, [IISER] Bhopal
(vi) Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali
(viii) Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Trivandrum

Parent Counselling

About Exam

Parent Counselling

Exam anxiety is a somewhat regular occurrence. With high competition, it’s natural for students to be concerned about their performance, the type of paper they’ll receive, and be worried about their preparation. While exam anxiety is unavoidable, excessive stress may have a severe influence on a student’s overall health.

Parents have a critical role in assisting kids with coping with stress and studying for exams in a more relaxed manner. Parents should understand how stress affects their children and what they can do to help them relax. What is the cause of such extreme stress? Many parents still don’t comprehend or empathise with their children’s difficulties. So, let’s analyse exam stress and give teens the emotional support they need.

Below are a few ways for parents to help their kids beat the exam stress.

Help them!

It’s difficult to concentrate on studies while they’re under stress. Simply sit next to them and assist them with their studies. However, don’t be on your phones while sitting next to them.

1. Avoid Isolation

It’s a smart idea to leave children alone in a room while they study to make them feel calm and more focused. However, do not leave them alone for an extended time. 

2. Talk to them

Talk to your kids openly, honestly and often. Let them know that they can come to you for help and information, and remind them that you are there to share resources and provide support.

3. Love and support

Show them that you care, love, and support them to enhance their motivation and confidence. Make it clear to them that your shoulders are always available to lean on. Also, let them realise that examinations aren’t the end of the road for them.

4. Don’t compare them to other kids

Every teen is unique in their own way, as are their hobbies. Don’t make comparisons between them and others. It may make them feel even worse and demotivate them.

Similar Exams

Similar Exam

List of Parallel Exams

One of the major challenges that students face is, “Which Entrance Exam after the 12th?” Students can sit for entrance tests after completing their 12th grade to gain admission to their desired UG programme at top-ranked universities that provide cutting-edge courses.

There are two categories to examine for students who completed their 12th grade in the Science stream: 12th PCM and 12th PCB. Individuals who have completed 12th Science PCB and 12th Science PCM can sit for specialised entrance examinations.

Engineering, on the other hand, is one of the most popular post-secondary fields, and the Joint Entrance Exam is a popular exam for admission to a variety of engineering specialisations. After finishing 12th-grade science, the most common disciplines a candidate can go for are engineering and applied sciences.

A list of similar exams is given below.

1. MRNAT (Manav Rachna)
2. JEE Main
3. JEE Advanced
10. NID
12. SAT

Practical Knowledge/Career Goals


Learning from Real World

IISc aspires to be one of the world’s leading academic institutions by pursuing excellence in research and promoting innovation, as well as providing a world-class education to prepare future leaders in science and technology and applying scientific and technological breakthroughs to India’s wealth creation and social welfare.

IISc’s mission is to realise the vision by:

  • Providing world-class higher education in an environment of fundamental and applied science and engineering research.
  • Conducting high-impact research, generating new knowledge, and disseminating this knowledge through publications in top journals and conferences.
  • Leveraging faculty expertise to support national science and technology initiatives

KVPY is a national scholarship programme that takes place every year at various locations around the country. The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc) administers the programme, which promotes and encourages highly motivated students to pursue research careers in fundamental science courses.

The KVPY test is difficult to pass and necessitates thorough preparation and dedication. Students should familiarise themselves with the whole KVPY syllabus as well as the KVPY exam pattern and begin their preparations as soon as possible.

Future Skills

Coding, DIY, IoT

It is possible to improve one’s ability to lead one’s own life. One can succeed in an automated or technical environment if one has the knowledge listed below.

According to calculations, the total number of linked devices will reach 75 billion by 2025. Engineers, developers, and other IoT experts are in high demand as a result. These people will require a diverse skill set to build and maintain IoT infrastructure at scale at all levels of the technological stack.

  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Development of Node.js
  • API automation and testing for mobile app development
  • Information protection
  • UI/UX (user interface/user experience) design
  • Cloud computing

Career Skills

Class 11 and 12 are, as previously stated, the most important and also life-changing phases in one’s life. So, while studying the subjects, you should gain the abilities listed below to improve your CV or resume, which you will submit to your desired company in the future. Creativity Interpersonal skills Critical thinking Problem solving Public speaking Teamwork skills Communication

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