As we all know, the last year was tough, but now it’s over. We all look forward to a better and productive year. The same applies to all KVPY aspirants out there!
Aspirants studying currently in class 11th, 12th, and 1st year of Basic Sciences programme are considered eligible for the three streams of KVPY – SA, SX, and SB. An interview process follows the exam, and those who clear the interview round, are awarded the prestigious fellowship.
However, the interview round has been scrapped this year due to the outbreak of the pandemic.
After many delays, KVPY 2020 is finally going to be held on the 31st of January 2021. We are sure that all KVPY aspirants must be anxious with less than 10 days to go before the exam.
Your preparation must be smart, strategic, and simple with such limited time left for the exam. You must know some quick hacks to crack the exam and grab the prestigious KVPY Fellowship.
KVPY Preparation Tips
Cracking the exam for all streams requires a thorough understanding of the chapters and their concepts. It would also help if you were quite smart with your preparation hacks, especially with so little time left for the exam.
Let’s learn about some smart preparation hacks and smart tricks that will help you crack the exam:
Be thorough with the exam syllabus
The KVPY question paper consists of four subjects – Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology. All the subjects hold equal importance. All of them have specific important topics that you must be thorough with for the best performance in the actual exam.
Some of the important topics from each subject are:
Physics – Electromagnetism, Waves, Mechanics, Ray Optics Light, Electricity, Motion, Heat, Rigid Body Dynamics, Magnetic Effect of Current, Nuclear Physics, System of Particles and Rotational Motion, Thermodynamics, Ray Optics, Thermal Properties of Matter
Chemistry – Carbon & compounds (General Organic Chemistry & Reaction Mechanism), Mole Concept, Chemical Energetics, Organic Chemistry, Stoichiometry and Gaseous State, System of Particles and Rotational Motion, Thermodynamics, Ray Optics, Thermal Properties of Matter
Mathematics – Permutations and Combination, Basic Geometry, Algebra, Trigonometric Functions, Probability, Relations and Functions, Polynomials, Algebraic Expressions, Coordinate Geometry
For your convenience, here’s a subject-wise prep strategy for KVPY.
Attempt Previous Year Papers
KVPY Previous year papers help you a lot to be exam ready. Attempting these papers can help you get used to the exam pattern and help you understand the kind of speed you need to develop to solve questions quickly. Previous year papers also give you an insight into the actual KVPY exam and help you analyze its difficulty level.
These factors contribute a lot when you take the actual exam. Previous year papers for KVPY also help in managing your time. Now, solve these KVPY previous year papers for outstanding performance in the exam.
Take Mock Tests
Mock tests help you in getting a feel of the exam before the real exam. They also help you identify your weaknesses so that you can overcome them and convert them to strengths. Taking mock tests is a must-do when it comes to KVPY preparation.
As the exam mode for KVPY is online, due to the lack of acquaintance with computer-based tests, it often happens that students mess up the paper due to nervousness or even mark incorrect responses, which leads to negative marking as well.
So, it’s essential to get a real feel of the exam before you actually sit and take the exam in the exam centre. It gives you more confidence and assurance while attempting your exam, thus taking mock tests is a must for KVPY preparation.
You can also attempt a KVPY mock test right now to check your preparation level!
Always choose the right books
NCERT books for Physics, Chemistry, and Math/Biology are a must for cracking the KVPY exam. Concept clarity can be easily gained by studying NCERT books, and it’s critical to have concept clarity to succeed in an exam like KVPY.
However, you can use the following reference books:
Physics: HC Verma or DC Pandey
Chemistry: Primarily NCERT. OP Tandon for those topics you are unable to understand from NCERT
Mathematics: RD Sharma
Biology: AIPMT Guide by MTG
Also Read: Best Books For KVPY
Make notes during the preparation phase. Maintain a notebook for all the essential formulas, theorems, proofs, and equations while studying. This will be particularly helpful during revision.
You will have all the important material in place, and you won’t have to hunt for anything at the last moment in those 20 kgs of books. This habit will help you save the last-minute trouble for finding the important things to study without scribbling through all the books.
Also, to sort your preparations, here’s a comprehensive guide on how to prepare for KVPY. It’s important to study well, practice mock tests & attempt previous year’s KVPY papers, to have an idea of the most asked topics and the difficulty level of the exam. This will help you perform to the best of your capabilities in the exam. All the best!