KVPY 2018 Topper Interview- Kartikey Gupta (AIR 6)
Updated on Jun 14, 2019 - 12:14 p.m. IST by Palak.budhiraja

KVPY 2018 Topper Interview: Careers360 interacted with Kartikey Gupta, KVPY 2018 topper with AIR 6 to know about his KVPY journey making his parents proud. He really deserves a pat. In an interview with KVPY topper Kartikey Gupta, we come to know that NCERT syllabus plays a key role in the preparation of KVPY exam. Kartikey secured 93.75 marks in the stage 1 theory exam and 76 marks in stage 2 i.e. interview under SX category. A firm determination in the right direction and proper guidance by his parents and teachers helped Kartikey to climb the ladder of success. Here, he talks to Careers360 about his success mantras, preparation strategy, and resources that he used during his preparation.

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KVPY 2018 Topper Interview with Kartikey Gupta

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Kartikey Gupta: I am from Maharashtra. I was preparing for JEE from Allen Mumbai along with KVPY. I appeared for KVPY in both class 11th and 12th and managed to clear both the times. In SA stream I had AIR 129 and in SX stream my rank was AIR 6. respectively.

Careers360: Congratulations on your KVPY 2018 result. How do you feel?

Kartikey Gupta: I am feeling great as KVPY was challenging exam but I managed to clear it with good scores

Careers360: Are you a PCM student? If yes, how did you prepare for Biology?

Kartikey Gupta: Yes, I am a PCM student. In KVPY SX, there is an option to choose maths or biology. But in SA stream, Biology syllabus is from class 10th, so not much efforts are required.

Careers360: How did you come to know about KVPY? What made you apply for it?

Kartikey Gupta: I came to know about KVPY through Allen Career Institute. Teachers at Allen encouraged me to take part in KVPY.

Careers360: When did you start your KVPY preparation?

Kartikey Gupta: I started my preparation in class 11th. I had joined Allen Career Institute, Mumbai for JEE exam preparation so along with that I prepared for KVPY. It was easy to prepare for KVPY as the syllabus for both exams is almost the same.

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

Kartikey Gupta: I used the study material provided by my coaching classes (Allen Institute). Along with that, I referred a few standard textbooks like HC Verma for Physics and NCERT books for Chemistry. My favorite subject is Maths.

Careers360: Mock tests and sample papers – how extensively did you practice with the help of these? Do you think to practice from the KVPY question papers help and how?

Kartikey Gupta: I practiced the question papers of the past 3-4 years for practice. They helped me a lot as I got to know the level of the questions and time required for each subject.

Careers360: What was your exam day strategy? How did you prepare for it on a daily basis?

Kartikey Gupta: I started writing without reading the question paper and without getting stressed. I decided to attempt section 1 first then section 2. I attempted PCM in section 1 and CM in the second section. I attempted Chemistry first as it takes less time then I attempted PM.

Careers360: How much time did you devote to self-study vs. coaching?

Kartikey Gupta: I use to attend 5 hours of coaching classes daily. A total of 6-7 hours per day I use to devote to self-study.

Careers360: Give us your views on the interview process. How many members were there in the panel? What kind of questions did they ask you?

Kartikey Gupta: Around 7-8 teachers were there in the panel. They asked the questions related to the answers which I had written in a self -appraisal form. More conceptual questions were asked. The questions of Organic Chemistry were a bit tough. In Mathematics question from the topics which were neither part of JEE syllabus nor part of NCERT but were in Olympiad( like Number theory, the principle of Mathematical Induction, the Modulation index) were asked.

Careers360: Share some KVPY exam preparation tips for future aspirants?

Kartikey Gupta: For KVPY conceptual clarity is required. The candidates preparing for JEE and Medical exam can easily qualify KVPY exam. I would suggest future aspirants prepare for the topics mentioned above along with NCERT syllabus.

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if my subject is PCM then I apply for kvpy exam. and what is SA, SX

Shudhanshu Gupta Student Expert 20th Feb, 2020
Kishore vaigyanik protsahan yojana exam (KVPY), is formerly  scholarship exam along with it is also an entrance exam. If you are in class 11th then you will give KVPY SA set of exam and if you are in class 12 then it would be SX stream , yes you can also give if you  are a PCM student, but in general for PCM student exam becomes much difficult because there will be question asked on physics ,chemistry, Mathematics and biology too, for the reason it is much advantages for pcmb students.
Best of luck.

can give kvpy in class 12 ? there is any role of class xi perentage?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 16th Feb, 2020


see you can appear in kvpy exam in 12th class, when you are in final year  of 10+2 course. there is no need to mention your 11 th percentage, but question will come from 11th and 12th syllabus both. so you need to study strictly for both of the exam.

follow the previous years question, and if you are preparing for jee main exam or neet exam, it is an added advantage for you.

all the best for your future.


Iam take a course PCMCs in 11th can I eligible for KVPY Exam and now iam studying in 11th

Akram Khan 29th Jan, 2020


The kvpy exam is held for different class group of students. 11 appearing students come under the stream SA. The eligibility for Student coming under S.A stream to apply for KVPY exam is as

eligibility  criteria - Students enrolled in XI Standard (Science Subjects) during the academic year 2019-20 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 immediately in the preceding academic year are eligible to appear for Aptitude test.

So according to above mentioned criteria you can give KVPY exam.

Hope you find this helpful. Best of luck.


can anyone send the link to check kvpy 2019 result

thomas joy 28th Jan, 2020

Hi there,

You can check the result of kishore vaigynik PY using this link


The apptitude test was conducted in the month of November 2019 and the results is announced recently.

Hope this will help you.

Thank you


online kvpy preparation programme

Shudhanshu Gupta Student Expert 26th Jan, 2020
Before taking any preparation plan firstly I will suggest you to analyse the complete syllabus of KVPY and go through the expert advice and preparation tips of KVPY exam you can have it from the below link:
Now there are various coaching institute which offer online preparation program for KVPY exam so you can go through them.
Best of luck.
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