How to prepare for KVPY 2018
Jasleen Kaur Taneja, 17 Oct 2018, #KVPY

How to prepare for KVPY 2018 – With KVPY just around the corner, candidates must be fully engrossed in KVPY preparation. Candidates need to have a plan of action for the preparation of KVPY 2018, otherwise it’ll get very difficult to crack it. Along with the studies of class 11th/12th/1st year of undergraduation, preparation for KVPY may be a bit difficult due to difference in the pattern of both the exams - KVPY being conducted in CBT mode and 10th/12th board or 1st year exam being conducted in offline mode - but if we have a plan to work upon, preparation will be easy and results will be favourable. To answer this question of 'How to prepare for KVPY 2018', Careers360 has compiled the necessary KVPY preparation tips for candidates. While working on their own strategies, candidates can also follow the how to prepare for KVPY 2018 and prepare better for the exam. 

Candidates can know how to prepare for KVPY 2018 by referring to tips and tricks given below and following them to make their preparation better and hassle-free. One can clear the KVPY 2018 exam successfully if he/she prepares smartly.

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How to prepare for KVPY 2018 - Preparation Strategy

One must not forget that all four subjects – Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology are equally important and the hopes of cracking the KVPY exam can easily get shattered if any one of them is neglected. A healthy preparation strategy of KVPY 2018 must include - a disciplined study routine, continuous revisions and regular practice of previous years’ question papers.

Preparation for KVPY: Study routine

One must formulate a well-planned study routine to ensure that an appropriate amount of time is set aside for each subject.

Study Hours: Devote about 8 to 9 hours each day to studies interspersed with small breaks for an ideal study routine. Continuous studies will help KVPY aspirants regularize study schedule and reduce stress. 

Dividing the time: Divide the study hours between the revision of KVPY 2018 syllabus, KVPY question paper practise and analysis of errors. 

Study Material: Students should go through NCERT books till class 10, 11, 12 and prescribed books for 1st year of undergraduation (as applicable) which contain effective and in-depth knowledge of every topic. Besides these, they can go for revision notes and coaching modules if any. 

Stress Busters: While preparing for KVPY SX, SB/SA streams, limit the presence of distractions like social media, games, etc. Use these only either as means for refreshment or as stress busters. One must also keep time for light physical exercises like yoga or meditation to reduce fatigue and remain calm and fresh.

Preparation for KVPY – Plan your revision

Previous Years’ Question papers: The trick of a well-planned KVPY 2018 preparation strategy lies in figuring the right revision strategy. Candidates should download and practise as many KVPY question papers of previous years to analyse KVPY exam pattern and know the level and types of different questions. Giving mock test of KVPY is also very beneficial for KVPY aspirants as it lets one check one’s performance from time to time.

Track your time: One can also keep a note of time while solving papers to simulate the real exam situation. Doing this will acclimatize your body clock with the exam day timings and attune one’s alertness and concentration levels accordingly. The KVPY exam for SA stream will be held between 9:30-12:30 hours while that for Stream SB/SX will be held between 13:00-15:00 hours. 

Performance Analysis: Analysis of score in mock tests during revision helps to know the strong and weak areas. Candidates must take notes of weak areas and work on them. Also keep a note of recurring mistakes and go through them one week before the exam so that they do not get repeated during KVPY 2018.

Subject-wise analysis for KVPY Preparation

PHYSICS: Make sure that you are thorough with the syllabus of class 11th/12th/1st year (as applicable). Mechanics, Ray Optics, Electromagnetism, Waves are some of the important topics. Thorough class 11th/12th Mechanics properly. 

MATHEMATICS: It is important that a candidate cover almost all topics of Maths uptil his/her level of study. Geometry of Class 10th is important. Mental ability based questions which involve Algebra, Geometry, basics of Number Theory are important.

Important chapters include Quadratic Equation, Progression and Series, Permutations and Combination, Basic Geometry. KVPY carries a lot of IQ-Based problems. 

CHEMISTRY: Candidates need to have a good knowledge of Physical Chemistry. The key chapters are Atomic Structure, Chemical Bonding, Chemical Energetics, Organic Chemistry , Stoichiometry and Gaseous State. 

BIOLOGY: candidates with PCM subject need not worry as KVPY generally carries question till class 10th. One must thorough the subject by revising NCERT class 10th Biology book over and over again.

KVPY Sample Papers

 Solving KVPY sample papers 2018 will help candidates get familiar with the types of questions asked and the difficulty level of the exam. This in turn helps them prepare well for the computer based test. Practising KVPY previous years' question papers also makes one learn time management as they must solve the sample papers in the stipulated time.

KVPY Books

Candidates must thoroughly go through their course books for KVPY preparation. Although class text books can fetch you good marks in the KVPY examination, still you need to follow other reference books for scoring better. Candidates can refer to the books mentioned below for more details:




Fundamentals of Physics by David Halliday, Robert Resnick, Jearl Walker; Concept of Physics by DC Pandey; Tata Mc Graw Hill’s Book by HC Verma


Moderns ABC of Chemistry for Class – XI With CD by Modern Publishers, NCERT Physical & Organic Chemistry by OP Tandon


Biological Sciences by Taylor Green and Stout by Cambridge Publications; Elementary Biology (Volume – 1) by K.N. Bhatia, M.P. Tyagi; Publisher: Trueman


A Das Guptha, Mathematics for class XII, Problem in IIT Maths by R.D.Sharma

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