KVPY Fellowships: Apply by August 31
Applications have been invited for the award of fellowships under the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) scheme for 2018-19.
KVPY is an on-going National Program of Fellowship in Basic Sciences, initiated and funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, to attract exceptionally highly motivated students for pursuing basic science courses and research career in science. The objective of the program is to identify students with talent and aptitude for research; help them realize their academic potential; encourage them to take up research careers in Science, and ensure the growth of the best scientific minds for research and development in the country.
Selection: Selection of the students is made from those studying in XI standard to 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 including 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 and having aptitude for scientific research are eligible for KVPY fellowship.
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.
Eligibility: KVPY Fellowships are given to Indian Nationals to study in India. However, as per the interim order (Final Order awaited) of the Hon'ble High Court of Kamataka, OCl/PIO students will be allowed to write the KVPY Aptitude Test 2018. Those intending to pursue/pursing under graduate program under Distance Education scheme/correspondence course of any university are not eligible to apply.
Selection is made under different streams:
Stream SA: Students enrolled in XI Standard (Science Subjects) during 2018-19 and having secured a minimum of 75% (65% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in Mathematics and Science subjects in the X Standard Board examination. The fellowship of the students selected under this stream will be activated only if they join an undergraduate course in Basic Sciences in the academic year 2020-21 after having secured a minimum of 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in Science subjects in the XII standard/(+2) Board Examination. During the interim period of one year they will be invited for the National Science (Vijyoshi) Camp and their travel expenses and local hospitality will be met by KVPY.
Stream SX: Students enrolled in XII Standard/ (+2) (Science subjects) during 2018–19 and aspiring to join undergraduate program in Basic Sciences for the session 2019–20 provided they have secured a minimum of 75% (65% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in Mathematics and Science subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the X Standard Board Examination and a minimum of 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in Mathematics and Science subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the XII standard Board Examination.
Students in their 2nd year of study in Cambridge International Examination Board and aspiring to join an UG program in Basic Sciences in the Academic year 2018-19 are eligible to apply provided they have secured a minimum of 75% (65% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in Mathematics and Science subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the X Standard Board Examination. They must secure 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in Mathematics and Science subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the XII standard Board Examination before taking up the fellowship, if awarded.
Stream SB: Students enrolled in the 1st year of undergraduate program in Basic Sciences during 2018-19 and having secured a minimum of 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in Mathematics and Science subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the XII Standard Board Examination. In the 1st year final examination of B.Sc./B.S./B.Math./B.Stat./Int. M.Sc./Int. M.S. they must secure 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks before taking up the fellowship, if awarded.
Empowerment initiative: A certain number of additional fellowships exclusively for the students belonging to SC/ST community under the various streams as stated above will be operated. A certain number of fellowships under various streams as stated above will be operated exclusively for students under the category of Persons With Disability (Physically and Visually Challenged).
Fellowship Amount: For those selected under SA/SX/SB will get a monthly fellowship of Rs.5000/- and an Annual Contingency Grant of Rs.20,000/-, during 1st to 3rd years of B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math. / Integrated M.Sc. /M.S.
During 4th to 5th years of Integrated M.Sc. /M.S./M.Math./M.Stat., it will be Rs. 7000/- and Rs. 28000/- respectively.
A student is eligible to receive the KVPY fellowship up to Pre-PhD level or 5 years whichever is earlier.
The fellowship for the students selected under the stream SA/SX/SB will be started after the XII Standard/ (+2) / I year UG, only if they pursue an undergraduate course in Basic Sciences.
Renewal/Continuation of fellowship: The Fellow should continue to study Basic Science courses in school/junior college/university, and should maintain a minimum level of academic performance of first class or 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate or equivalent grade points. The student has to pass all the subjects prescribed for that particular academic year (two semesters in case of semester system) and should have obtained the specified percentage of marks. In the course work, in each academic year, the marks/grades will have to be certified by the Dean or Head of the Institution.
The fellowship will be discontinued if the above marks/grade is not obtained. However, if the fellow passes all the subjects and obtains greater than 60% ((50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in the subsequent years, the fellowship can be renewed only from that year onwards, again with the condition that the fellow should obtain 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate every year.
In addition to the above, participation and satisfactory performance in the Summer Camp in the first year and Summer project every year thereafter is required for renewal of the fellowship.
KVPY Fellows who opt out of the basic science stream at any stage will forfeit the Fellowship and Contingency Grant forthwith.
Summer program: Participation and satisfactory performance in the summer programme/Project each year from the second year (B.Sc./B.S./B.Math./B.Stat /Integrated M.Sc./Integrated M.S.) onwards in an academic Institution of National or International repute or a DSIR approved research labs (in case of private lab or institutions) is mandatory for renewal of the Fellowship. The report on the summer programme /project together with the assessment report from the mentor will have to be forwarded along with the course performance certificate etc. for renewal purpose from second year of B.Sc./B.S./B.Math./B.Stat /Integrated M.Sc./Integrated M.S. program.
Other Privileges: Each KVPY Fellow will be issued an Identity Card so as to have access to National Laboratories/ Universities who have agreed to extend special privileges like library, laboratory facilities, etc. to KVPY Fellows on production of the ID card.
Selection Procedure: Selection will be based on Aptitude Test followed by Interview. After scrutiny of application forms and meeting the eligibility criteria for various streams, all eligible students will be called for aptitude test conducted both in Hindi and English at different centers across the country on Sunday, the 4th November 2018.
The list of Centres where the Aptitude Test will be conducted is available at http://www.kvpy.iisc.ernet.in/main/applications.htm
In Stream-SA all questions are compulsory (Science and Mathematics). In respect of the streams SB and SX, there will be four sections in Part I (Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics) and four sections in Part II (Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics). Candidates may answer any 3 of the four subjects in Part I and any 2 of the four subjects in Part II. In case candidate attempts more sections, best of three in Part I and best of two in Part II is considered.
There is no prescribed syllabus for the aptitude test which aims to test the understanding and analytical ability of the student than his/her factual knowledge. Students are tested for the syllabus up to class X/XII/1st year of basic science courses as applicable depending on the scheme applied for.
A computer based online version of the Aptitude Test will be conducted at all the selected cities. For the benefit of students, a Mock Test of KVPY Aptitude Test for Online mode of examination is also available at http://www.kvpy.iisc.ernet.in
Question papers of the Aptitude test of KVPY, related to 2009 to 2017 are available at http://www.kvpy.iisc.ernet.in/main/index.htm
Based on the performance in the aptitude test, short-listed students will be asked to appear for an interview which is the final stage of the selection procedure.
Application: Application can be submitted online at http://www.kvpy.iisc.ernet.in, clearly indicating the stream (SA/SX/SB), and latest by 5 pm on 31st August, 2018. Application fee for General category is Rs.1000/- while it is Rs.500/- for students belonging to SC/ST/Persons With Disabilities (Physically and Visually challenged students).
Applicants are required to submit all the required documents through the website. They include (i) Caste certificate issued and duly signed by the competent authority (GOI) in the prescribed proforma in the case of students belonging to SC/ST (ii) Medical certificate from the prescribed authority (GOI) in the case of physically and visually challenged students certifying the percentage of disability (iii) Scanned photo & signature.
Admit Card: Students may download the admit card for the aptitude test from the website from the second week of October 2018. Candidates are not permitted to carry calculators or any electronic devices to the examination hall. Virtual calculators will be made available on the computer screen. Candidates will also be provided sheets for rough work.
KVPY Fellows cannot receive simultaneously fellowship /scholarship from more than one source, either government or private. In case they are in receipt of any other fellowship or scholarship, they will have to relinquish it in order to avail the KVPY Fellowship.
For more details, visit http://www.kvpy.iisc.ernet.in