KVPY 2018 Topper Interview with B Guruvayurappan (Stream SA) (AIR 1) - KVPY Final Result 2018 was announced on April 22, 2019. B Guruvayurappan achieved great success in Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana 2018 organized by IISc. He secured All India Rank (AIR) 1 in SA (Class XI) stream and emerged as KVPY topper 2018. He belongs to Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) and studying in class 12th. He scored 87. 25 in the aptitude test and 95.2 marks in the interview test. He said in KVPY topper interview that one should study NCERT Books and syllabus to prepare for aptitude test. He aims to make a careers in the field of scienc and contribute to make this world a better place.

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KVPY 2018 Topper Interview: B Guruvayurappan - Stream SA (AIR 1)

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KVPY aptitude test is to be held on November 3, 2019. Aspirants will have to fill KVPY application form before the deadline to be eligible to appear for the exam.

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KVPY 2018 Topper Interview with B Guruvayurappan

Careers360: Congratulations on emerging as KVPY 2018 Topper? How are you feeling about your KVPY results?

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B Guruvayurappan: I am quite happy about the results and I am immensely thrilled to achieve All India Rank 1 in KVPY.

Careers360: Tell us something about yourself.

B Guruvayurappan: I am a native of Coimbatore. I am currently studying in class XII in Suguna PIP School. I have found the study of science much fascinating since my 6th grade as I have a strong inclination towards reasoning out what makes the things around myself tick. I have been thoroughly impressed by the videos of Dr. Walter Lewin, a retired eminent professor at MIT and have drawn a lot of inspiration to pursue science as my career.

Careers360: What is your ambition in life?

B Guruvayurappan: I would like to invent something that plays a key role in converting the excessive emission of CO2 into usable oxygen, utilizing sustainable development for the constant supply of the life-giving source.

Careers360: Did you join any coaching institute? How fruitful is it?

B Guruvayurappan: Yes, I joined FIITJEE, in Coimbatore and I have been studying in the institute since my class 6. It has been an eventful academic journey since class VI when I joined the little genie program of FIITJEE as the coaching is helpful. It has also built my basic understanding of sciences and sharpened my application of concepts in real life. The faculty members are very knowledgeable, quite friendly and are willing to clear my doubts enthusiastically. Moreover, the study materials contain a variety of techniques to solve a lot of problems. They also conduct a lot tests at national level, which helps me to measure my performance at an all India level.

Careers360: How did you start your KVPY preparation?

B Guruvayurappan: I studied the NCERT books, particularly class 11 study materials that contain all the fundamental information of various sciences. In addition, the courseware meticulously prepared by FIITEE was of great help in especially physics, chemistry and math. The mock interviews conducted by the FIITJEE teachers gave me better insight into the methodical preparation for the test

Careers360: What was your daily study schedule?

B Guruvayurappan: I studied three hours every evening and revise the lessons taken in the classes daily. I also had some breaks in between for recreational activities.

Careers360: Which books you preferred to prepare for KVPY and which is your favourite subject?

B Guruvayurappan: I strongly recommend the NCERT books for the preparation for KVPY. I studied the NCERT books in detail and practiced extensively from the FIITJEE study materials and assignments given by the teachers. My favourite subject is physics.

Careers360: How did you overcome stress during preparation?

B Guruvayurappan: While preparing for the KVPY, at times I experienced a bit of stress; however, I kept myself engaged with some constructive activities such as playing football and reading interesting fictions to overcome mental stress.

Careers360: What was your exam day strategy?

B Guruvayurappan: I believed that a sound sleep in night before the exam would give me a fresh start on the day of exam. My time management began right at my home. I reached the venue of the examination 30 minutes before to keep myself calm and composed. Furthermore, I made sure that I attempted the familiar questions first so as to save much time to answer the difficult ones later.

Careers360: What was the difficulty level of KVPY 2018 aptitude test and how did you tackle it?

B Guruvayurappan: On a scale of 10, I would rate 7.5 to the difficulty level of KVPY. I answered the questions in biology as it would consume much of my time and as soon as I completed it, I focused on physics, chemistry and math.

Careers360: Share your experience of the interview process. How many members were there in the panel? What kind of questions did they ask you?

B Guruvayurappan: I sailed through the interview very comfortably as the panel members were really friendly during the interaction. The 5-member team comprising a coordinator and 4 interviewers for the four subjects began with easy questions. Since I stated that the choice of my interest was quantum mechanics in the application, I was asked a couple of questions in that area to check my readiness to face challenges in the subject. There were around 7 questions in various streams of science.

Careers360: Did you appear for any other scholarship exam or entrance exam?

B Guruvayurappan: Yes, I appeared for a NTSE scholarship exam and I am a scholar now.

Careers360: Any message or advice for future KVPY aspirants?

B Guruvayurappan: For the aptitude test, it is important to study the complete NCERT syllabus for Physics, Chemistry, Math and Biology. Time management is very crucial and hence, structured plan to deal with the sections of the KVPY question paper is a key to succeed in the exam. Ample practice in improving problem solving is also equally essential. It would be better if the familiar questions could be answered first in Physics, Chemistry and Biology and attend questions in math later. I would emphasize that the KVPY aspirants do this test well as it fetches more weightage.

As far as the interview is concerned, good communication skills draw the attention of the panel members as they are looking for such personal traits from candidates. It is always advisable to keep calm and composed demeanour while answering questions asked by the panel during the KVPY interview.

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Hi, Im in class 11. My questions are: 1. Due to Covid-19 will the Aptitude test for KVPY be held after November this year? 2. How many students are selected after the Aptitude test and Interview round? 3. If I score a bit above the passing marks, will I be called for the interview?? Help plz.

Smeet Almeida 26th May, 2020

Greetings, aspirant!

The KVPY examination proceeds in two levels. The first level is the aptitude test and any student who meets the eligibility criteria can appear for this exam.

The second level is the interview round which selects candidates based on their performance in the previous round. The selection process to shortlist the candidates is not always predetermined and no fixed percentage as a selection criterion is given.

As of now, no fixed dates for the examination are given.

However, tentative dates suggest that the first level examination will be held in November, 2020 and the interview round might be conducted as late as January, 2021.

Hope this information helps

Best of luck!!


I am a 11th std student and Ill be giving Kvpy SA , Ive heard electrostatics is an important chapter for KVPY but However its in 12th std I wont be able to study it complete therefore please suggest me topics in electrostatics that I should study for KVPY SA stream

pritamsingh5798 26th May, 2020

Heh there

Electrostatics is a very important chapter. In it for kvpy you can study

1. Calculation of electric field and potential of different bodies.

2. They may ask you to find electric field and potential at a point due to an unsymmetrical body so do it.

3. Capacitance which includes dielectrics and different cases of finding capacitance.

4. Dipole is very important.

5. Gauss law and coulomb's law is very important.

Good luck


I am a class 11 student , I am preparing for KVPY and Ive heard Ray optics is an important chapter for KVPY but its in class 12 , so it is not possible for me to cover whole chapter so please tell , which topics in ray optics should I study for KVPY ?

Aastha jain 16th May, 2020


Ray optics is a fairly easy chapter, even with respect to class 12th Physics. But, some important topics include refraction, reflection and the natural phenomena. What I would suggest you to do is, look at past year KVPY questions from the chapter, and analyse for yourself. Because all the topics are related, you might have to go through everything once.


There are also some examination that students are normally encouraged in few schools like NTSE, KVPY etc. Do you actually follow encourage the students to take NTSE examination, KVPY examination & prepare them for that?

We do a lot & encourage the children participating in NTSE & other examination even if children are prepared, We do provide the children support also but not for everybody, We make it optional for students those who want to appear such examination. There is not structured programme for it but we do offer to support the children those who are preparing for the examination. At higher level we also extend for the support of SAT examination. We do have NDA academy & coaching support. But we want to bring up leaders coming up with lot of values that’what the future of the society that we encourage the students go for such kind of training.

Ms. Shanti Krishnamurthy

(Director, Central Chinmaya Mission Trust (CCMT) Education Cell)


where I can study this chapter"Number theory" in class 11 people say it is very important chapter for KVPY but there is no such chapter in our text book , please help

Shareef 10th May, 2020
First point is number theory will be regarded as a chapter in only few book's where in other books it gets mixed with other chapters. So, the concepts included in number theory are
  • primes
  • composites
  • multiples
  • factor's
  • number sequences
  • number properties and
  • rules for divisibility
You can practice the question based on these concepts. 2nd point there's no topic or chapter in the  syllabus that says  number theory is important, maybe you will get few questions regarding them. Here is the link where you will get the complete syllabus for the examination
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