KVPY 2018 Topper Interview- Niyati Mehta was exhilarated when she checked her KVPY 2018 result. Her All India Rank was 9 in KVPY 2018 under SA stream. A native of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, Niyati Mehra is pursuing her class 12th in Science stream. Niyati has a strong belief that basic conceptual clarity and appropriate guidance is key to Success. She is currently preparing for JEE Main as she wants to be an Engineer and wishes to do research in the field of Physics. Niyati secured 80 marks in KVPY stage 1 exam and 85 marks in KVPY stage 2. Her mantra of having no strategy worked as she has certain goals to achieve by clearing JEE main which helped her to qualify KVPY exam. In her interview with Careers360, Niyati explains what was her exam strategy, books she referred while preparing for KVPY examination.
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KVPY 2019 will be conducted on November 3, 2019, while the KVPY registration will start from the second week of July 2019.
Careers360: Congratulations on emerging as a KVPY 2018 topper! How are you feeling about your KVPY results?
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Niyati Mehta: I am feeling very happy that I am among Tio 10 in the whole country. It is good to see that all the hard work is paid off.
Careers360: Tell us something about yourself.
Niyati Mehta: I am from Ahmedabad, Gujarat. I am studying in 12th class. I have not much clear about my future plans but I want to go for research in Physics or Engineering in Computer sciences
Careers360: When did you start your KVPY preparation? Did you join any Coaching Institute?
Niyati Mehta: I started preparing for KVPY two weeks prior to the Stage 1 exam and did not prepare for stage 2 (Interview). I continued my JEE preparation and gave KVPY along the way. The syllabus for both exams is almost similar. I had joined Allen Career Institute
Careers360: Are you a PCM student? If yes, how did you prepare for Biology?
Niyati Mehta: Yes, I am a PCM student. For the KVPY SA exam, I revised all the syllabus of class 10th Biology from NCERT.
Careers360: How did you come to know about KVPY?
Niyati Mehta: I came to know about KVPY from Allen coaching institute and other institutes advertisements.
Careers360: What were your study schedule and exam day strategy?
Niyati Mehta: I attempted 2 marks question first and later 1 marks questions. I attempted Biology and Chemistry first followed by Physics and Maths. I use to attend coaching classes for 5 hours and in self-study, I use to solve the previous year question paper.
Careers360: Which is your favorite subject and which books did you follow?
Niyati Mehta: I referred only NCERT books and solved previous year question papers as I didn't have much time to prepare. My favorite subject is Physics.
Careers360: How important do you feel mock tests are and why? Is it true that if one solves the KVPY question papers, there is a good chance of cracking the exam successfully?
Niyati Mehta: I practiced previous year question papers of the last 3-4 years. They helped me a lot as they gave an idea about the exam pattern. I was able to find some questions which were not there in KVPY 2019 syllabus. So, I took help from my institute’s teachers and Internet sources
Careers360: What’s your KVPY Interview experience and what were the questions?
Niyati Mehta: Around 6-7 faculty members were there in panel. The interview included conceptual questions. Equal weightage was given to all the topics. They started questioning about Physics followed by Chemistry
Careers360: Share some KVPY exam preparation tips for future aspirants?
Niyati Mehta: No special preparation is required for KVPY. Aspirants who are preparing for the JEE exam can easily crack KVPY. Some basic conceptual clarity is required.
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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
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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.
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.
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)
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