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As KVPY exam aspirant, you must follow a planned preparation strategy to crack this highly competitive exam. Since KVPY exam is the gateway for securing KVPY fellowship grant, and the first stage for its selection process, you must cautiously tread your way to the exam day.
Careers360 brings here an account of “Do’s and Don’ts” for KVPY, which a candidate must follow to crack KVPY exam and secure scholarship grants.
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Before we describe on what to do and what not to do with your KVPY 2014 preparation plan in order to ensure success in KVPY 2014 aptitude test, let’s know the fundamentals of this national-level fellowship/scholarship programme.
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KVPY is a national-level Olympiad/fellowship/scholarship programme in Basic Sciences, conducted by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. To help financially the students, KVPY motivates students throughout the country towards basic science education and science related research activities.
Students of Class XI, XII and B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./M.S First Year are eligible for one of the three KVPY streams – Stream SA, Stream SX and Stream SB, depending on their eligibility. Students can apply by filling up online application form of this coveted National level fellowship/scholarship exam – KVPY.
Selection process of KVPY fellowship/scholarship programme includes two stages – Aptitude Test and Interview. KVPY exam pattern is a paper-pen format with 100 questions from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology to answer.
KVPY 2014 Fellowship Grants:
KVPY 2014 fellowship grants under its various categories by the Department of Science and Technology are listed in the following table. These amounts of scholarships to the students are provided until their pre-Ph.D level:
Annual Contingency Grant
SA/SX/SB - during 1st to 3rd years of - B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math. / Integrated M.Sc. /M.S.
SA/SX/SB - during M. Sc. / 4th to 5th years of Integrated M.Sc. /M.S
Now that we have discussed the basics of KVPY, let’s have a look on KVPY 2014: Do’s and Don’ts.
Do’s for KVPY 2014:
1. Evaluate Strengths and Weaknesses
Before beginning with preparation for KVPY Aptitude Test, it is important for you to analyze your strengths and weaknesses. For this, you can solve the previous year KVPY papers and evaluate where you stand with your KVPY preparation plan. Based on your performance while solving these papers, you will be able to analyze your strengths and weaknesses. Now, decide how much weightage you can give to various sections under the time-frame you have for your KVPY preparation. You can easily utilize your strengths and plan to improve on your weaknesses during your preparation days.
2. Study NCERT text books
Aptitude test of KVPY is meant to test your basics of various topics related to your area of study. So, those students who have studied NCERT study material in a thorough manner, are more close to cracking KVPY. And we all know that no other way than NCERT study material is more efficient to get the fundamentals clear.
3. Make 4-month preparation strategy
KVPY exam is announced in the month of July. Around this time, your academic year ends and you begin working on competitive exams like KVPY, which is held in the month of November. Therefore, you get about 120 days to dedicate in preparation for this exam with a strong 4-month strategy. You need to create an integrated plan, taking into account of your current academic pursuit. For example, a Class XII student can integrate topics of Class XII Mathematics syllabus in his/her KVPY preparation plan.
4. Make a study group
Group exercise can get a miraculous result in KVPY exam. What can be a more efficient idea to crack an exam like KVPY than group study? Make a study group of 5-10 friends for regular practice and study. And you can imagine, when every member comes with 10-20 questions a day, you will be able to learn at least 50-100 questions a day. However, you need to ensure that you don’t get distracted during your group exercise. Always remember that it’s study and not the fun for what you are all together in the group.
5. Take regular Mock tests
To analyze your preparation level for KVPY exam, Mock tests are one of the best ways. Mock tests help you to determine your weak areas and revise your remaining preparation plan. Give special focus to Mock tests during your last week’s KVPY preparation to ensure your best efforts to crack the exam in the remaining preparation period.
Don’ts for KVPY 2014:
1. Don’t prepare separately for KVPY
KVPY doesn’t prescribe a syllabus for KVPY written exam, which aims to test the students’ understanding and analytical ability of factual knowledge. The test paper is based on the syllabus up to class X/XII/1st year of B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int.
Further, the test is generally similar to the syllabus of many competitive exams like JEE Main and JEE Advanced and other Engineering entrance exams. Also, KVPY difficulty level remain similar to that of other competitive exams like JEE Main, JEE Advanced.
Therefore, you need not prepare separately for KVPY exam. You just have to integrate your regular studies with KVPY preparations and take the benefit of combined studies in limited time-frame.
2. Don’t forget your mistakes
Every time you practice questions or solve Mock tests, you commit some mistakes. Don’t forget, you have to make an account of those mistakes to revisit it time and again. Make a question bank of all those questions which you found difficult during your preparation in order to practice them in the last week. With this, you will never ignore your most common mistakes, and subsequently, you will not repeat them in KVPY exam hall.
3. Don’t ignore practice and revision
You may have thoroughly prepared for your KVPY exam along with your class syllabus, but you should not forget to revise it specifically for KVPY preparations. Make it a habit to revise topics to ensure that you never forget what you have learnt. A routine daily practice and revision are must to get speed and accuracy in solving KVPY paper. Clear concepts and time management during the exam can take your name to a significant place in the KVPY merit list.
Don’t ignore practicing class notes, important formulas, facts and key theories, and understand their applications in the last week preparation instead of studying new topics.
4. Don’t stay awaken late night before KVPY exam day
You should not stay awaken late night for studies before the very day of KVPY exam. You should go early to bed, so that you can get up early in the morning on KVPY exam day. This will keep you relaxed and calm on the exam day and you will be able to have full concentration while taking KVPY test. You need to take a seven to eight hour sleep to help you be ready for the exam and ensure good performance. Also having take full sleep, you will be able to digest what you learnt in the day before.
5. Don’t lose focus and clam during KVPY exam
On KVPY exam day, keep your mind calm, cool and stable. You should not get stressed over any unprepared section as it may affect your performance even on the sections that you have prepared very well. If you find your performance was not up to the mark, you need not worry about it. Never forget, this is just an exam and is not going to judge you by your past, present or future. So, keep focused and calm before, at and after the KVPY exam.
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