KVPY Exam Pattern 2020
Updated on Dec 23, 2019 - 3:20 p.m. IST by Apoorva Singh

KVPY Exam Pattern 2020 - The exam pattern of KVPY will be released by Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore on the official website kvpy.iisc.ernet.in. Students preparing for the exam must refer to the KVPY exam pattern 2020 to prepare well. The exam pattern includes the marks distribution, the number of questions in each section, etc. The subjects included in the KVPY 2020 exam pattern are Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics. The question paper of both SA and SB/SX streams will be of 100 marks. The exam duration of KVPY aptitude test will be 3 hours. The KVPY exam 2020 will be conducted in November. The exam will be computer-based where questions will be in MCQ format. All questions in the SA stream will be compulsory, whereas the option between Maths and Biology section will be provided in SB/SX stream. Check the complete KVPY exam pattern for SA, SB, and SX streams in this article.

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KVPY Exam Pattern 2020 for SA stream

  • SA stream exam will be held in the morning shift i.e. from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. SX/SB stream exam will be held from 2 to 5 pm.

  • The exam duration will be 3 hours.

  • As per the KVPY exam pattern 2020, the total number of questions in the SA stream will be 80, wherein 60 questions will be in part I and 20 questions in Part II.

  • For part I, each correct answer will carry 1 mark and for every wrong answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted.

  • All questions will be compulsory in nature.

  • Total marks for the SA stream are 100.

  • Check the below table for the detailed KVPY 2020 exam pattern SA stream.

KVPY Exam Pattern 2020 for SA stream


Questions in Part 1

Questions in Part 2

Total marks


















60 questions

20 questions


Marks for 1 correct answer

1 Marks

2 Marks

Marks for 1 incorrect answer

-0.25 mark

-0.5 mark

KVPY Exam Pattern 2020 - SB/SX stream

  • The exam duration for the KVPY exam for SB/SX streams will be 3 hours.

  • The question paper will be of 160 marks.

  • KVPY exam for SB/SX Stream will be conducted from 2 to 5 pm.

  • There will be two parts in the question paper, part I and part II.

  • Students of class 12 have to attempt either maths or biology section.

  • As per the KVPY exam pattern 2020, Part I will carry 80 questions and part II will carry 40 questions. Students need to attempt only 80 questions.

  • Student has to attempt any 3 sections from part 1 (20x3 = 60 marks) and any 2 sections from part 2=(20*2=40), so 100

  • In part I, each question will carry 1 mark and 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong response. In part II, each question will carry 2 marks and a negative marking of 0.5 marks is there for every wrong attempt.

  • Refer to the table below for a detailed KVPY exam pattern for SB and SX streams.

KVPY exam pattern for SX/SB stream


Questions in Part-I

Questions in Part-II














80 questions

40 questions

Marks for 1 right answer

1 mark

2 mark

Marks for 1 wrong answer

-0.25 mark

-0.5 mark

KVPY Syllabus 2020

There are 4 subjects in KVPY, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics. Students who are appearing in the exam must check the complete KVPY exam pattern and syllabus for better understanding. The syllabus includes all the important topics for all four subjects. Refer to the below-given table for the KVPY syllabus.

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KVPY Syllabus SA/SX/SB streams


  • Refraction

  • Applications in Daily Life

  • Laws of Motion

  • Gravitation

  • Thermodynamics

  • Optics

  • Dual Nature of Radiation and Matter

  • Atoms and Nuclei

  • Electronic Devices


  • Periodic Classification of Elements

  • Classification of Elements & Periodicity in Properties

  • Environmental Chemistry

  • Metals and Non-Metals

  • General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements

  • The p-Block elements

  • The d- and f - Block Elements

  • Coordination Compounds

  • Haloalkanes and Haloarenes


  • Genetics and Evolution

  • Our Environment

  • Life Processes

  • Human Physiology

  • Biotechnology and its Applications

  • Principles of Inheritance And Variation

  • Molecular Basis of Inheritance


  • Quadratic Equations

  • Mathematical Reasoning

  • Statistics and Probability

  • Real Number

  • Analytical Geometry in Two Dimension

  • Quadratic Equations

  • Coordinate Geometry

  • Mathematical Reasoning

  • Evaluation of Integrals

Reference Books for KVPY 2020

Students should first complete the NCERT’s of all four subjects. In NCERT you will find all the topics in a comprehensive way. After this, you should refer to other books as well. Below is the list of some of the best reference books.

  • Moderns ABC of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology

  • Mathematics by RD Sharma

  • Fundamentals of Physics David Halliday, Robert Resnick, Jearl Walker

KVPY Sample Papers 2020

  • Through regular practice from KVPY sample papers, students can check their strengths and weakness.

  • All the important topics can be analyzed from the sample papers.

  • Students can check the KVPY exam pattern, marking scheme, etc from these sample papers.

  • With regular practice from sample papers and last year’s KVPY question papers, the performance level can be evaluated easily.

KVPY Mock Test 2020

The KVPY exam is conducted online. A computer-based test is being conducted by IISC, Bangalore. Through online mock tests, students can familiarise themselves with the online test pattern. The mock tests are based on the latest KVPY exam pattern. The mock test will be available in both Hindi and English language. Students who have never attempted any online test should attempt them as much as they can.

KVPY Admit Card 2020

The admit card for the KVPY exam will be released in October 2020, tentatively. KVPY Admit card will be available online at kvpy.iisc.ernet.in. The admit card can be accessed by entering the User ID & password. Students basic details, exam centre details, roll number, etc will be mentioned in the admit card. It is compulsory for students to carry the admit card with themselves during examination.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - KVPY Exam Pattern 2020

Question: What is the difficulty level of the KVPY exam?


The questions asked in KVPY are moderate to difficult.

Question: Is negative marking is there in KVPY?


Yes, there is a negative marking of -0.25 mark in part I  and -0.5 mark in part II.

Question: Do KVPY questions get repeated?


There is no repetition of questions in the KVPY exam.

Question: Is the calculator allowed in KVPY?


No, you can not use a calculator or any other electronic device in the exam.

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the subjects coming in kvpy for stream x

Salil Jha 24th Feb, 2020

No selected subjects but KVPY tests you analytical aptitude skills. Main subjects :-




Mathematics of 11th, 12th, including b. Sc. level.


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

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