KVPY–2015 (STREAM–SX): A Detailed Analysis by Resonance

ABOUT KVPY

The “Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana” (KVPY) is a program started in 1999 by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India to encourage students who are studying Basic Sciences to take up research career in Science. The aim of the program is to identify and encourage talented and motivated students to pursue career in research.

This program aims to assist the students to realize their potential and to ensure that the best scientific talent is groomed for research and development in the country. Generous fellowship and contingency grant are provided to the selected KVPY Fellows up to the pre Ph.D. level or 5 years whichever is earlier. In addition, summer camps for the KVPY Fellows are organized in prestigious research and educational institutions in the country.

The Department of Science and Technology, the nodal agency of the Government has entrusted the overall responsibility for organizing and running the KVPY Program to the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and set up a Management Committee and a National Advisory Committee (NAC) for overseeing its implementation. A core committee looks after both the day-to-day and academic aspects of the KVPY Program[1].

OBJECTIVES OF KVPY

  • To encourage and identify talented students with interest in research area
  • The program aims to assist and encourage the students to realize their reseasrch potential and to ensure that the best scientific talent is developed for research and growth in India
  • Provides scholarship and grant (up to the pre-Ph.D. level) to the selected students

BENEFITS OF KVPY

  • Monthly fellowship of ₹4000 & annual contingency of ₹16000
  • KVPY fellows get opportunity to spend some time in scientific institutions attending lectures by experts in different fields of science, engineering or medicine, experience a research environment with science in action, watch scientists at work, interact with scientists, visit nearby scientific research laboratories and institutions, and exchange views with other research students.
  • An Identity Card is issued to each KVPY Fellow. Several national laboratories, universities and other institutions have agreed to extend special privileges like library, laboratory facilities to KVPY Fellows on production of the ID card.
  • Direct Admission in various reputed colleges like, IISER, IISC etc.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR KVPY

Stream SA: Students enrolled in 11th standard (science subjects) during the academic year 2015-16 and have secured a minimum of 80% (70% for SC/ST) marks in aggregate in mathematics and science subjects in the 10th standard board examination.

Stream SX: Students enrolled in 12th (+2) standard (science subjects) during the academic year 2015-16 and aspiring to join undergraduate program in Basic Sciences (B.Sc/B.S./Integrated M.Sc) for the session 2016 – 17 provided they have secured a minimum of 80% (70% for SC/ST) marks in aggregate in mathematics and science subjects in the 10th standard board examination.

Stream SB: Students enrolled in 1st year B.Sc. /B.S. /Integrated M.Sc. during the academic year 2015-16 and have secured a minimum of 60% (50% for SC/ST) marks in aggregate in science subjects in the 12th Standard Board Examination.

SELECTION PROCEDURE[2]

Stage – 1: Aptitude Test: The written test (multiple choice) is normally conducted in the first week of November at different centers across the country .The venue details of the test are uploaded on the KVPY website in the month of October. Test date for KVPY-2015 is Sunday, November 01, 2015.

The test is of maximum marks 100 with 80 questions with negative marking and the weightage of the test is 75%.

Stage – 1: Interview: Based on the performance in the aptitude test, short-listed students are invited for an interview which is the final stage of the selection procedure.

SUBJECTS COVERED

Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology

FELLOWSHIPS

BASIC SCIENCES MONTHLY FELLOWSHIP ANNUAL CONTINGENCY GRANT
SA (After Class X) ₹ 4,000 ₹ 16,000
SX/SB (Class XII & during 1st to 3rd years of – B.Sc./B.S. /Integrated M.Sc. /M.S. ) ₹ 5,000 ₹ 20,000
SX /SB  – during  M. Sc. / 4th to 5th  years of Integrated M.Sc. /M.S ₹ 7,000 ₹ 28,000

KVPY – 2015 (sx)

KVPY – 2015 was conducted on Sunday, November 1st, 2015 for all of the streams.

SX Stream: Paper was conducted from 02:00 pm to 05:00 pm and and a total number of 120 questions were asked in two parts. Both part consisted of 4 sections (Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics). In Part I, each section consists of 20 questions of 1 mark each with 0.25 negative for wrong answer. Candidate was required to attempt any 3 sections out of 4 in Part-I. In Part-II, each of the 4 section consisted of 10 questions of 2 mark each with 0.5 negative mark for wrong answer. Candidate was required to attempt any 2 sections in Part-II. Overall, 80 questions were to be attempted totaling 100 marks.

Overall Marks Distribution

The paper pattern was same as last year. A total number of 120 questions were asked in two parts. Both parts consisted of 4 sections (Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics). In Part I, each section consists of 20 questions of 1 mark each with 0.25 negative for wrong answer. Candidate was required to attempt any 3 sections out of 4 in Part-I. In Part-II, each of the 4 section consisted of 10 questions of 2 mark each with 0.5 negative mark for wrong answer. Candidate was required to attempt any 2 sections in Part-II. Overall, 80 questions were to be attempted totaling 100 marks.

SUBJECTS SX
No of Question Total Marks
PHYSICS 30 40
CHEMISTRY 30 40
MATHEMATICS 30 40
BIOLOGY 30 40
GRAND TOTAL 120 160

* 80 questions were to be attempted totaling 100 marks.

Overall Difficulty Level Analysis

In this analysis we have rated every question on a scale of 1 to 3. The ratings are done by expert faculty of Resonance. The individual ratings are then averaged to calculate overall difficulty level.

  • 1: Easy
  • 2: Moderate
  • 3: Difficult

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Subject Difficulty Level
Physics 1.58
Chemistry 1.70
Mathematics 2.43
Biology 1.85
Overall Average (B/M) 1.71/1.90

Difficulty Level Analysis: No of Questions

STREAM: SX
SUBJECT EASY LEVEL MEDIUM LEVEL DIFFICULTY LEVEL
No of Qs Total Marks No of Qs Total Marks No of Qs Total Marks
Physics 18 21 10 15 2 4
Chemistry 15 18 11 16 4 6
Mathematics 2 2 17 19 11 19
Biology 6 7 23 32 1 1
GRAND TOTAL (B/M) 39/35 46/41 44/38 63/50 7/17 11/29

Resonance Experts feel that there was a variance in difficulty of subject papers. While Physics was on easier side compared with Chemistry & Biology, Mathematics was the Toughest. For Students Attempting Mathematics, around 41 Marks can be considered easy overall, 50 marks are relatively difficulty and 29 marks are considered difficult by Resonance Team. For Students Attempting Biology, around 46 Marks can be considered easy overall, 63 marks are relatively difficulty and 7 marks are considered difficult by Resonance Team.

Overall, it is felt that while paper is moderately difficulty, the cut-off may remain same as previous year.

 

Question Wise Difficulty Breakup

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Mark Wise Difficulty Breakup

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Subject Wise Analysis

Physics Analysis

Topic wise Allocation of Marks

Topic/Subtopic No of Questions Total Marks % Weightage
Overall Breakup 30 40 100.00%
Electrodynamics 7 10 25.00%
Current Electricity 1 1 2.50%
Electro Magnetic Field 3 4 10.00%
Electro Magnetic Induction 2 3 7.50%
Electrostatics 1 2 5.00%
Heat & Thermodynamics 3 4 10.00%
KTG & Thermodynamics 3 4 10.00%
Machanics 2 2 5.00%
Rectilinior 1 1 2.50%
Simple Harmonic Motion 1 1 2.50%
Mechanics 10 14 35.00%
Centre of Mass 3 4 10.00%
Elasticity & Viscosity 2 3 7.50%
Friction 1 1 2.50%
Gravitation 1 2 5.00%
Rigid Body Dynamics 2 3 7.50%
Unit & Dimension 1 1 2.50%
Morden Physics 2 2 5.00%
Morden Physics 2 2 5.00%
Optics 3 5 12.50%
Geometrical Optics & Physical Optics 2 4 10.00%
Wave Optics 1 1 2.50%
Semiconductor 2 2 5.00%
Semiconductor 2 2 5.00%
SHM & Waves 1 1 2.50%
Sound Waves 1 1 2.50%

Chemistry Analysis

Topic wise Allocation of Marks

Topic/Subtopic No of Questions Total Marks % Weightage
Overall Breakup 30 40 100.00%
Inorganic Chemistry I 1 1 2.50%
Periodic Table 1 1 2.50%
Inorganic Chemistry-I 3 3 7.50%
Chemical Bonding 3 3 7.50%
Inorganic Chemistry-II 7 10 25.00%
Coordination Compounds 2 3 7.50%
d-block & f-block Elements 3 4 10.00%
Qualitative Analysis 2 3 7.50%
Organic Chemistry -II 1 1 2.50%
Polymers 1 1 2.50%
Organic Chemistry-1 1 1 2.50%
Hydrocarbon 1 1 2.50%
Organic Chemistry-II 7 10 25.00%
Alkyl Hallide, Alcohol & Ether (Reaction Mechanism) 1 1 2.50%
Aromatic Compounds 2 3 7.50%
Biomolecules 1 1 2.50%
Carboxylic Acid and their Derivatives 1 2 5.00%
Stereoisomerism 2 3 7.50%
Physical Chemistry-I 5 8 20.00%
Atomic Structure & Nuclear Chemistry 1 1 2.50%
Chemical Equilibrium 1 2 5.00%
Gaseous State 1 2 5.00%
Ionic Equilibrium 1 1 2.50%
Thermodynamics and Thermochemistry 1 2 5.00%
Physical Chemistry-II 5 6 15.00%
Chemical Kinetics 1 1 2.50%
Electrochemistry 3 4 10.00%
Solid State 1 1 2.50%

Mathematics Analysis

Topic wise Allocation of Marks

Topic/Subtopic No of Questions Total Marks % Weightage
Overall Breakup 30 40 100.00%
Algebra 1 1 2.50%
Vector 1 1 2.50%
Binomial Theorem 3 5 12.50%
Binomial Theorem 3 5 12.50%
Complex Numbers 2 3 7.50%
Complex Numbers 2 3 7.50%
Coordinate Geometry 2 2 5.00%
Circle 1 1 2.50%
Parabola 1 1 2.50%
Co-ordinate Geometry (3-D) 1 1 2.50%
Co-ordinate Geometry (3-D) 1 1 2.50%
Differential Calculus 6 8 20.00%
Application of Derivatives 3 4 10.00%
Functions 1 1 2.50%
Limit, Continuity & Differentiability 2 3 7.50%
Integral Calculus 5 7 17.50%
Definite integration 5 7 17.50%
Matrix & Determinants 1 2 5.00%
Matrices & Determinants 1 2 5.00%
Probability 4 6 15.00%
Hyperbola 1 2 5.00%
Probability 3 4 10.00%
Quadratic Equation 1 1 2.50%
Quadratic Equation 1 1 2.50%
Sequence & Series 1 1 2.50%
Sequence & Series 1 1 2.50%
Trigonometry 3 3 7.50%
Solution of Triangle 2 2 5.00%
Trigonometric equation 1 1 2.50%


Biology Analysis

Topic wise Allocation of Marks

Topic/Subtopic No of Questions Total Marks % Weightage
Overall Breakup 30 40 100.00%
Biomolecule 1 1 2.50%
Protein 1 1 2.50%
Biomolecules 6 7 17.50%
DNA 2 3 7.50%
Enzymes 1 1 2.50%
Lipids 1 1 2.50%
Protein 2 2 5.00%
Biotechnological Tools 1 2 5.00%
Gel Electrophoresis 1 2 5.00%
Biotechnology 2 3 7.50%
Plasmid 1 1 2.50%
Restriction Enzymes 1 2 5.00%
Cell Biology 2 3 7.50%
Cell Division 1 1 2.50%
Mitochondria 1 2 5.00%
Genetics 1 2 5.00%
Mutation 1 2 5.00%
Human Disease 2 3 7.50%
Cancer 2 3 7.50%
Human Immune System 2 2 5.00%
Antibodies & Immune System 1 1 2.50%
Immune System 1 1 2.50%
Human Nervous System 1 1 2.50%
Nervous System 1 1 2.50%
Human Padigree 1 2 5.00%
Pedigree 1 2 5.00%
Human Reproduction 1 1 2.50%
Male Reproductive System 1 1 2.50%
Human Respiration 1 2 5.00%
Respiratory System 1 2 5.00%
Mendelian Genetics 2 2 5.00%
Genes 1 1 2.50%
Mutation 1 1 2.50%
Molecular Genetics 6 7 17.50%
DNA 1 1 2.50%
DNA (Nucleic Acid) 1 2 5.00%
gene Expression 1 1 2.50%
Genetic Codons 1 1 2.50%
Nucleic Acid 1 1 2.50%
Transcription & Translation 1 1 2.50%
Monera 1 2 5.00%
Bacteria 1 2 5.00%

 

Expected Cutoff

Stream Cut Off Total Marks
Stream SA (general) 43 100
SA- SC/ST 32 100
SA- PWD 32 100
Stream SB (general) 50 100
SB- SC/ST 34 100
SB- PWD 34 100
Stream SX (general) 54 100
SX- SC/ST 40 100
SX- PWD 40 100

 

Overall, it is felt that while paper is moderately difficulty, the cut-off may remain same as previous year.

To check answer key, click here

[1] Source: KVPY Official Website (http://kvpy.iisc.ernet.in/main/about.htm)

[2] Source: KVPY Official Website (http://kvpy.iisc.ernet.in/main/about.htm)

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Starting from 2006, Resonance has registered continuous growth in number of selections in KVPY year after year.

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