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KVPY Last Minute Tips: Check Tips for SA, SB, SX Streams


KVPY Last Minute Tips: Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojna, also known as KVPY, is a prestigious exam to identify and nurture young talents who are good at research and would want to pursue a research career in basic science. Thousands of students apply for this exam every year, making it one of the most competitive exams in the country. Candidates must follow the KVPY last-minute preparation tips to prepare in a methodical manner right from the beginning in order to ensure selection.

When it comes to effective preparation, the last minutes before the exam are crucial and must be utilised properly. Otherwise, all your efforts will go in vain. Keeping that in mind, we have curated a few important last-minute tips for KVPY to help you clear the exam and get a good score.

Last Minute Tips for KVPY

The KVPY exam tests the aptitude and analytical ability of the student. It asks application-oriented and conceptual questions. Making a study plan and giving proper time to each subject individually will help you a lot. Also, solving KVPY previous year papers will increase your chance of selection. So, plan accordingly. Before getting to the last minute tips for KVPY, let us look at the KVPY exam pattern:

Exam Pattern for KVPY SA, SB & SX Streams

The KVPY exam pattern for SA Stream is tabulated below:

SubjectsNumber of Questions in Part 1Number of Questions in Part 2Total Marks

The KVPY exam pattern SB/SX Stream is tabulated below:

SubjectsNumber of Questions In Part 1Number of Questions in Part 2Total Marks

Please note that there will be 1/4th negative marking for both the parts of all three streams. In Part 1 of all three streams, 1 mark will be awarded for every correct answer and 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer. In Part 2 of all three streams, 2 marks will be awarded for correct response and 0.5 will be deducted for every wrong answer.

Tips to Crack KVPY

Below we have provided study tips and strategies to score maximum marks in KVPY:

1. Work On Your Weak Points

At this point, you need to focus on your weak points – chapters and concepts where you are facing difficulty – especially the ones that are important for the exam. Improving on your weak areas is important but do not take too much stress upon yourself for that. You can easily work on them if you are focused.

2. Don’t Pick New Topics

One of the most important last-minute tips for KVPY is not to touch or pick any new topic. New topics will take more time to finish which you cannot afford at this moment. And even after spending time on the topic, if you are unable to understand the topic then this will affect your confidence. Revise the topics that you have already finished, and master them.

3. Create A Sound Revision Strategy

Every single moment of these last few days before the exam matters. So, you should plan and execute a good revision strategy. Create a timetable – allocate time for each and every subject and spend more time on your weak subject/topics. Special attention should be given to revising the formulae, their derivations, equations, etc.

4. Pick Important Questions

You cannot solve or even go through all the questions that you have practised for each subject during your KVPY preparation in these last minutes. What you can do is solve important and difficult questions from the chapters that you have completed. Start off with the important chapters, then move on to the chapters that you find difficult, and all other chapters at last.

5. Attempt KVPY Mock Tests & KVPY Previous Year Papers

Attempt a few KVPY SX mock tests and solve KVPY previous year papers. These will prepare you to face the actual exam. Also, analyzing your performance in these tests will help you find out your weaknesses and mistakes. You can then work on them and avoid making the same mistakes in the actual exam.

6. Use Flowcharts & Flash Cards For Revision

For last-minute revision, it is neither possible nor practical to go through the whole chapters. So, make use of your notes, flowcharts, and flashcards to revise. It will save a lot of time. Also, this approach helps in memorizing everything better.

7. Stay Positive

Stay positive. You have prepared well for your exam. But to convert your knowledge to marks in the exam, you need to stay confident and focused as well. Do not let any kind of negativity come in between you and your goal. You will definitely do well in the exam.

Subject-wise Study Plan for KVPY SA and SX/SB

Let’s see the KVPY preparation tips, key plans, and strategies for each subject.

  • Since Physics is a subject that requires logical thinking, you must understand all the fundamental concepts thoroughly. Always make sure your core concepts are clear. If you have a clear understanding of the concepts, you can solve any problem.
  • Also, Physics and Mathematics are closely related, so you must understand how to apply mathematical formulas in order to solve Physics problems. Practice as many conceptual questions as you can.
  • For Mathematics, remember the mantra – Practice! Practice! Practice! Solve as many mathematical problems as you can to be confident about a particular topic. Formulas are an essential part of Mathematics. So, you must have all the important formulas at the tip of your tongue. Apart from formulas, theorems and results are also important. Make a note of all the important axioms, theorems, and principles. Memorize them.
  • Mathematics also requires you to visualize, such as in 3D vectors, graphs, and curves. So, apart from solving questions, make a habit of visualizing shapes. KVPY will also ask some IQ-based questions. So, be prepared for that as well.
  • Chemistry is further divided into 3 parts – Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Physical Chemistry. You must give equal importance to each of them. For organic chemistry, revision is the key. Start with the topics and then make a note of all the important chemical reactions on that topic. After that, solve practice questions.
  • For inorganic chemistry, you have to memorize a lot of things. So, pick this thing early in the morning because at that time, your brain is most active and you can memorize them easily. NCERT Books will be your friend for inorganic chemistry. Go through all the topics and concepts thoroughly and also make a note of them.
  • Physical chemistry requires you to solve problems. Therefore, remember all the important formulas and practice ample questions on each topic. Again, referring to NCERT books will be the best option for you.
  • For Biology, you must focus on the diagrams and labels. NCERT Books are sufficient for KVPY Biology. So, don’t waste your time on other reference books. Make a note of all the important points and revise them again and again. Also, make sure you are preparing notes with flow charts and shortcuts to learn important topics. MCQs are crucial for Biology. Therefore, practice as many MCQs as you can.

Subject-Wise Important Topics for KVPY Exam

The subject wise KVPY important topics are given below:

SectionsKVPY Important Topics
Ray Optics
Basics of Number Theory
Quadratic Equation
Progression and Series
Permutations and Combination
Basic Geometry
ChemistryPhysical Chemistry
Atomic Structure
Chemical Bonding
Chemical Energetics
Organic Chemistry
Stoichiometry and Gaseous State
Molecular Genetics
Cell Biology

KVPY: Best Books for Preparation

Apart from referring to the NCERT textbooks, students can also prepare from the books listed below for their KVPY exams:

Physics1. Fundamentals of Physics by David Halliday, Robert Resnick, Jearl Walker;
2. Concept of Physics by DC Pandey
3. Tata Mc. Graw Hill’s Book by HC Verma
4. Principles of Physics by Resnick & Halliday
Chemistry1. Moderns ABC of Chemistry for Class – XI With CD by Modern Publishers
2. NCERT Physical & Organic Chemistry by OP Tandon
3. NCERT Chemistry for Class 11 & 12 by Arihant Publications
Biology1. Biological Sciences by Taylor Green and Stout by Cambridge Publications
2. Elementary Biology (Volume – 1) by K.N. Bhatia, M.P. Tyagi; Publisher: Trueman
Mathematics1. A Das Guptha by R. D. Sharma; Publisher: Dhanpat
2. Mathematics for class XII by R. D. Sharma
3. Problem in IIT Maths

FAQs on KVPY Tips & Tricks

Frequently asked questions related to KVPY are listed as follows:

Q.1: Is NCERT enough for KVPY?
NCERT books are considered standard and can be used for KVPY preparation. Since the syllabus is very broad, you should stick to NCERT and wherever your concepts are not cleared, take the help of Embibe. We have provided comprehensive study materials for different topics that will be asked in the KVPY Aptitude Test.

Q.2: How should I start preparing for KVPY?
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.3: How can I score well in KVPY?
Ans: To score well in the KVPY exam, you should practice mock tests and previous year papers. All important study materials are available on Embibe for free. Solve as many mock tests as you can.

Q.4: Is KVPY tougher than JEE?
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.5: Do I need coaching for KVPY Preparation?
Ans: Yes, coaching institutes can help you finish the syllabus in time. But keep in mind that, self-study is the key to cracking any examination. So, you must devote your time and efforts to KVPY preparation if you want to crack this prestigious exam.

Utilize these last minutes before the exam smartly. As the syllabus of KVPY  has similarities with that of JEE, taking JEE Main Mock Tests on Embibe will help you a lot. These tests will help you identify your strengths and weakness. You can also solve JEE practice questions on Embibe which are available for free and have detailed solutions for every question.

We hope this article on last-minute tips for KVPY helps you. If you have any questions or doubts related to these KVPY tips, you can reach out to us on the Embibe learning app and we will get back to you at the earliest.

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