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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How to give KVPY exam? Is it also valid for class 12?

Soham sengupta 27th Mar, 2020

Hello aspirant,

In the official website of KVPY you can check out the the releasing date of application form of KVPY 2021. You just have to fill up the form and register yourself and then you can give the examination on the date. Yes it is also valid for class 12.



I have cleared kvpy 2019 with a sufficient rank to get admission in iisc but I had a pcb combination in 12th, am I eligible for admission??

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 27th Mar, 2020


see Candidates having a valid KVPY fellowship commencing from 2020-21 academic session are eligible to apply for admissions in iiser.  Additional cut-off criteria for marks obtained in 10+2 board examination is also applicable. so your last year kvpy score is not valid for academic session of 2020-2021.


how much Mark is needed to get top 10 rank in jee main, JEE advanced, kvpy .... West Bengal best engineering colleges.... . .

anurag khanna 25th Mar, 2020

Hello Parthib,

In order to secure top 10 rank in JEE-Main, JEE-Advance, or in any other competitive exam you should secure around maximum marks. Rank allotment depends upon various factors like difficulty level of paper, number of candidates appeared and so on.

If you need best engineering college of any state you should work hard to ace the exam.

Some links I am providing you which will help you in further exams :-

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I hope this answer helps you.

Good Luck!!

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best coaching for kvpy in kolkata

Arshi Ahmed 23rd Mar, 2020

hello aspirant

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Is there any scholarship exam for BE students.....like KVPY??

Suvakanta Sahu 22nd Mar, 2020

Dear Abi,

There are many scholarship programs are declared every year. It is given by institute where you join, state level and national level. Every scholarship program have a process for selection of candidates .

At institute level you can appear all India engineering entrance scholarship examination .

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