KVPY Previous Year Questions and Answer

About KVPY Exam

What is KVPY ? KVPY is Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) and it is conducted every year by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, KVPY is National Program of Fellowship in Basic Sciences to attract exceptionally highly motivated students for pursuing basic science courses and research career in science.


If you are appearing for KVPY Exam than one must start practicing form previous year papers of KVPY Exam. Academic team of Physics Wallah uploaded past 10 years KVPY Exam paper with answer key for free download.

Find Below free pdf of KVPY Exam previous year paper with answer key from 2011 to 2020


How to use previous year paper of KVPY Exam

KVPY Exam is one of the most respectable entrance exams for students who wants to build their career in science. KVPY Exam need right strategies to score good marks in exam. Start with previous year paper and understand the pattern of exam types of questions asked in the entrance exam. Conceptual clarity is required to solve the questions asked in KVPY Exam. One must prepare the concepts used in physics , chemistry Maths and biology . Read NCERT text book and solve questions form reference books before solving the questions asked in previous year. Solved the given previous year KVPY Exam papers in the given time and check your marks . identify the mistake which you have done and try to find out the weak area . Preparing for KVPY will also help you to prepare for upcoming entrance exam like JEE and NEET.
What is the objective of KVPY Exam ? The objective of the program is to identify students with talent and aptitude for research it encourages them to take up research careers in Science.

General information on KVPY Exam

1.Who can appear for KVPY Exam- KVPY Exam can be given by students who are in class 11 or 12 or 1st year of any undergraduate Program in Basic Sciences namely B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./M.S. in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology having aptitude for scientific research.

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

3.Who conduct KVPY Exam- Special groups / Committees are set up at IISc to screen the applications and conduct an aptitude test at various centers in the country. Based on the performance in the aptitude test, short-listed students are called for an interview which is the final stage of the selection procedure. For receiving a fellowship, both aptitude test and interview marks are considered.

4. What are the scholarship students get through KVPY

Monthly Fellowship

  • SA/SX/SB- during 1st to 3rd years of - B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math. / Integrated M.Sc. /M.S.

Rs. 5000

  • SA/SX/SB - during M. Sc. / 4th to 5th years of Integrated M.Sc. /M.S./M.Math./M.Stat.

Rs. 7000

  • The Fellow continues to study Basic Science courses in school/junior college/university, and maintains a minimum level of academic performance of first class or 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate or equivalent grade points and the students has to necessarily pass all the subjects prescribed for that particular academic year (two semesters in case of semester system) and should have obtained the above specified percentage of marks.

5.Three category of KVPY are SX, SA and SB

For SX:

  • Qualifying Exam: Candidates who have taken admission in class 12th (science subjects) can apply.
  • Minimum Marks: Candidates must score minimum 60% (50% for SC/ST/PwD) in Mathematics and Science subjects (PCB) in Class 12th. Candidates also have to obtain at least 75% (65% in case of SC/ST/PwD) in class 10th.

For SA:

  • Qualifying Exam: Candidates who enrolled themselves in Class 11th (science stream) must apply for this exam.
  • Minimum Marks: Candidates must pass class 10th with Mathematics & Science subjects with minimum 75% (65% for SC/ST/PWD).

For SB:

  • Qualifying Exam: Candidates who enrolled in 1st year of the UG programme in Basic Science (Physics/Chemistry/Mathematics & Biology)- B.Sc/BS/B.Math./B.Stat./MS/Int. M.Sc) can apply for this exam.
  • Minimum Marks: Candidates must score at least 60% (50% in case of SC/ST/PwD category) in 10+2 examination. In the first year of their final exam in B.Sc/BS/B.Math./B.Stat./MS/Int. M.Sc, students must secure 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD).
  • Syllabus of KVPY Exam
  • Stream SA syllabus

Physics Syllabus KVPY Exam

  1. Electromagnetic Induction
  2. Kinematics
  3. Refraction
  4. Electromagnetic Induction & Alternating Current
  5. Physical World and Measurement
  6. Electrostatics
  7. Reflection of Light
  8. Sources of Energy
  9. Work, Energy and Power
  10. Laws of Motion
  11. Magnetic Effects of Current
  12. Gravitation
  13. Thermodynamics
  14. Current Electricity

Chemistry Syllabus KVPY Exam

  1. Classification of Elements & Periodicity in Properties
  2. Chemical Reactions
  3. Periodic Classification of Elements
  4. Thermodynamics
  5. Environmental Chemistry
  6. Metals and Non-Metals
  7. Acids
  8. Bases and Salts
  9. Basic Concepts of Chemistry
  10. States of Matter
  11. Gases and Liquids
  12. Carbon Compounds

Biology Syllabus KVPY Exam

  1. Cell: Structure and Function, Human Physiology
  2. Control and Coordination in Animals and Plants
  3. Heredity and Evolution
  4. Plant Physiology
  5. Diversity of Living Organisms
  6. Reproduction
  7. Life Processes
  8. Our environment

Mathematics Syllabus KVPY Exam

  1. Polynomials
  2. Trigonometric Functions
  3. Quadratic Equations
  4. Geometry
  5. Real Number
  6. Mathematical Reasoning
  7. Statistics and Probability
  8. Introduction to Trigonometry
  9. Probability
  10. Coordinate Geometry
  11. Surface Areas & Volumes
  12. Statistics

Stream SB syllabus for KVPY


  1. Electromagnetic Induction & Alternating Current
  2. Electromagnetic Induction
  3. Thermal Physics
  4. Sources of Energy
  5. Kinematics
  6. Work, Energy and Power
  7. Physical World and Measurement
  8. Current Electricity
  9. Applications in Daily Life
  10. Electricity & Magnetism, Electrostatics
  11. Gravitation
  12. Thermodynamics
  13. Reflection
  14. Magnetic Effects of Current
  15. Refraction
  16. Laws of Motion
  17. Electrostatics
  18. Waves & Optics


  1. Thermodynamics
  2. Structure & Bonding
  3. Periodic Classification of Elements
  4. Chemical Reactions
  5. Chemical Kinetics
  6. Metals and Non-Metals
  7. Solid State
  8. Basic Concepts of Chemistry
  9. Cycloalkenes
  10. Dienes and Alkynes
  11. Environmental Chemistry
  12. Carbon compounds
  13. Chemical Bonding
  14. Gases and Liquids
  15. Acids
  16. Classification of Elements & Periodicity in Properties
  17. Bases and Salts
  18. States of Matter
  19. Isolation of Elements
  20. Chemistry of Noble Gases
  21. Surface Chemistry
  22. Alkenes
  23. Electrochemistry


  1. Human Physiology
  2. Cell: Structure and Function
  3. Reproduction
  4. Control and Coordination in Animals and Plant
  5. Diversity of Living Organisms
  6. Biology and Human Welfare
  7. Biotechnology
  8. Genetics
  9. Genetics and Evolution
  10. Our Environment
  11. Plant Physiology
  12. Ecology and Environment
  13. Life Processes


  1. Statistics
  2. Relations and Functions
  3. Vectors and 3-D Geometry
  4. Surface Areas & Volumes
  5. Evaluation of Integrals
  6. Quadratic Equations
  7. Calculus
  8. Polynomials
  9. Statistics and Probability
  10. Real Number
  11. Vector Algebra
  12. Geometry
  13. Analytical Geometry in Two Dimensions
  14. Introduction to Trigonometry
  15. Trigonometric Functions
  16. Probability
  17. Mathematical Reasoning
  18. Coordinate Geometry
  19. Linear Programming

Stream SX syllabus KVPY


  1. Reflection of Light
  2. Electromagnetic Induction & Alternating Current
  3. Kinematics
  4. Sources of Energy
  5. Electrostatics
  6. Magnetic Effects of Current
  7. Laws of Motion
  8. Work, Energy and Power
  9. Current Electricity
  10. Gravitation
  11. Physical World and Measurement
  12. Refraction


  1. States of Matter: Gases and Liquids
  2. Surface Chemistry
  3. Periodic Classification of Elements
  4. Carbon compounds
  5. Metals and Non-Metals
  6. Environmental Chemistry
  7. Solid State
  8. Electrochemistry
  9. Basic Concepts of Chemistry
  10. Classification of Elements & Periodicity in Properties
  11. Thermodynamics
  12. Chemical Reactions
  13. Chemical Kinetics
  14. Isolation of Elements


  1. Genetics and Evolution
  2. Life Processes
  3. Ecology and environment
  4. Cell: Structure and Function
  5. Control and Coordination in Animals and Plants
  6. Plant Physiology
  7. Reproduction
  8. Human Physiology
  9. Biology and Human Welfare
  10. Diversity of Living Organisms


  1. Coordinate Geometry
  2. Quadratic Equations
  3. Surface Areas & Volumes
  4. Introduction to Trigonometry
  5. Polynomials
  6. Mathematical Reasoning
  7. Vectors and 3-D Geometry
  8. Real Number
  9. Calculus
  10. Statistics
  11. Trigonometric Functions
  12. Probability
  13. Geometry
  14. Statistics and Probability
  15. Relations and Functions
  16. Linear Programming


Q-1. Can we fill application form of KVPY ?

Ans- Candidates must apply through online only.  No hard copy of the application is available.

Q-2 Can we appear for KVPY Exam in offline mode  Or it is completely through online test ?

Ans- KVPY from 2020 is completely online and through CBT. CBT means that the test will be conducted using an easy-to-use portal on a computer. No prior experience with using computers is needed to opt for such a test. In fact, students who choose to take the computer based test will be directed to a web link that contains a mock aptitude test hosted on the same portal.

Q-3. Can I take a computer-based test in Hindi language ?

Ans- Yes you can appear for Hindi. KVPY is conducted in both Hindi and English.

Q-4.What is the syllabus for the aptitude test ?

Ans-There is no prescribed syllabus for the aptitude test. The aptitude test aims to test the understanding and analytical ability of the student than his/her factual knowledge.

Q-5. Is there any negative marking in KVPY ?

Ans- The exam duration is of 3 hours. In Part I, Each correct answer will carry 1 mark and 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer. In Part II of Stream SA, for each correct response, two markswill be awarded to the candidates & 0.5 marks will be deducted for incorrect answer.

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