KVPY 2018 Topper Interview- Niyati Mehta- SA stream (AIR 9)
Updated on Jun 14, 2019 - 12:10 p.m. IST by Palak.budhiraja

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.

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KVPY 2018 Topper Interview with Niyati Mehta

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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Malini S N 19th Jan, 2020


You can apply for the stream SX exam and to be eligible,you must score a minimum of 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) in Mathematics and Science subjects (PCB) in Class 12th. You should have also obtained at least 75% (65% in case of SC/ST/PWD) in class 10th.

If you have enrolled yourselves in the first year of an undergraduate program in basic Sciences,then you will be eligible for SB stream exam and you will be eligible if you have a aggregate of  60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) in Maths and science subjects in class 12th exams.


i am in 12 mpc now. can i appear for kvpy exam?

sudheer kumar 16th Jan, 2020

Dear Aspirant,

Yes you can apply for KVPY exam this year. As kvpy is conducted for students of class 11 and 12 every year.

Visit the given link for more information:



kvpy exam kya h.................

Aditya kumar Student Expert 5th Jan, 2020
Hi Praveen


  • Actually KVPY stands for Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana .

  • It is a national level scholarship examination which is conducted to promote and encourage highly talented  students to opt for research .
This exam is especially for those students who want to pursue higher education in basic science.

  • It is initiated and funded by the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India.

  • As per the eligibility criteria of KVPY , those who are in class 11th, 12th and 1st year of UG courses in basic science are eligible for SA, SX and SB streams, respectively

For detail information about Kvpy and more go through our page for which link is provided below :-

I hope that it helps you


When will release interview admit card & other documents for KVPY interview 2020?

KISHORE LOHRA 2nd Jan, 2020

Dear gaurav,

After realising the results of written exam on 10 dec 2019 there no any update provided by  the exam conducting authority .so please visit the official website of KVPY regularly for regarding upcoming dates and events regarding interview.

Document required at the time of interview of KVPY-

  • all your original  educational certificates like marksheet, Admit card ,passing certificate etc
  • Identity card like aadhar, pan card
  • admit card of kvpy written exam
  • etc..

if you want to know more information about the kvpy then you can go through the below link



kvpy exam kya hai..... ..............

Manisha Gupta Expert 31st Dec, 2019

Hello Aspirant,

KVPY is a National-level Scholarship program, The objective of the program is to identify students with talent and aptitude for research, help them realize their academic potential; encourage them to take up research careers in Science, and ensure the growth of the best scientific minds for research and development.

There are three different streams that are SA, SX & SB. Selection of the students is made from those studying in XI standard to 1st year of any undergraduate Program in Basic Sciences. The eligibility criteria for all the categories of KVPY 2019- SA, SB and SX are different.

You can check the complete information to go through with the given below link.


Good Luck!

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