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KVPY Interview… December 2, 2009

Posted by Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury in Me-myself-my life....
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Now, there are certain very frightening stereotype ideas about KVPY interviews! I tried speaking to some KVPY Fellows prior to my interview, and the picture I got was terrifying! Attending the interview changed my idea which I’m going to share with everyone for the benefit of future KVPY applicants. The reason is that everyone heading for it wants to know how the general procedure is and the best way to find an answer now is Google. So they start searching frantically with as many various combinations of words as possible…I did too…but unfortunately did not come up with satisfactory results. Dr. Pranab Chatterjee showed up always (everyone who has googled with ‘kvpy’ will agree). Although his experience gave us some idea, it was specifically for candidates in the Medical stream and typically for the boys (sorry about this Pranab, but that’s what I felt. Although it is a fact that boys outnumber girls largely here, but you could have given equal footing to both. Anyway, I’ll do it.). He suggested I should write for the future Engineering candidates…so here I am…I hope you find this in time.

I’d say the interview was easy going…nothing to be tensed about it. It is more of a cordial discussion with the interview board regarding your work rather than a tightened question-answer round. For every one of us this time, we were asked to explain our project to the board. They just wanted to see how well we can deliver our work across the table. They listened very attentively when we spoke and cross-questioned here and there to clarify some points. We weren’t asked very probing questions or high level subject based questions…just the basics. When the Head of the KVPY Cell of IIT Bombay introduced us to the system at the beginning, he said that selecting a limited number of applications from the bulk was very careful and strict, but now all they want to figure out is whether the project is genuinely done by the candidate, how well he/she is versed with the work, and whether he/she possesses the potential for a career in research.

Now I want to clarify some biased conceptions about the interview.

  1. It is not a job interview. So how you dress doesn’t matter as long as you are decent enough to present yourself before the respected Professors. This is not what I have to say, but the Head of the KVPY Cell of IIT Bombay himself said this in his initial interaction with us. So, I need not have dressed in a formal suit, a decent salwar-kameez would have been ok…but, yes, respect for tradition is always preferred.
  2. Pranab Chatterjee wrote in his blog that the board has a hawk’s eye to everything about you-how you walk, talk, look etc. Maybe that is true for the Medical students, but believe me, for the Engineering people it’s just casual. Definitely a confident body language has its own merits, but that can’t be considered to be of utmost importance. What is important is your knowledge about your work and the genuineness of your project.
  3. Your English might not be fluent…so what? That shouldn’t crush your confidence! Professors themselves said we could be free to deliver in any language…not all though…it’s practically impossible to accommodate all Indian languages…but Hindi and most of South Indian languages were welcomed.
  4. The Professors in the interview board were very friendly and made us feel easy. There were smiles and jokes. In fact I was offered biscuits after my interview was over…so informal it is! Average time of interview per head was 20min. There was this guy from IIT Kharagpur, Sarbartha, who was the only one to stay in the board for 45min.
  5. Questions will be asked from your project only…at least that was the case this time. A KVPY scholar frightened me by saying that we may be interrogated from any field as varied as history and geography. This completely freaked me out! I was relieved to find out otherwise.
  6. Whatever I said was my experience at IIT Bombay. Venue of the Interview changes every year, and so might be everything related to it. I don’t mean to frighten you by saying this; I guess it’ll be more or less the same. My suggestion is that you should be extremely well versed with your project. The rest is a matter of chance.

Regarding project topics, application based simple projects rank higher than theoretical ones. So, think of your day-to-day life and how you can solve some problems often faced. For example, this time there was this guy Rohit, who worked on automatic drainage of waste that often plugs the basins and sinks in our house. Jose Dominic’s project was to improve the four legged walker for the crippled and aged to make it suitable to climb or descend a flight of stairs. Soujanya designed a soft keyboard for typing in Tamil. My project was a bit higher up…it was on how to store Hydrogen gas in a cost effective manner to use it as future fuel. Lakshmi’s was a similar project on bio-diesel. Ish had a theoretical project on optimisation of power for energy conservation…it just didn’t penetrate my brain box! Some guys like Utkarsh and GV had pure maths projects and they had one-to-one interview and the Professor somehow told them that they’ll get a Mentorship.

Anyway, the post is becoming too long, I’ll stop here. That’s all I had to say about the legendary KVPY interviews. All the best if you are an applicant. Probably I did not miss out on anything…if I did I promise to include it later on. All I’d say is make right use of the opportunity, enjoy, make friends and treasure them…this is a life-time experience…and a life changing one too. Take care!



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2. b555 - December 13, 2009

that was a really helpful post.. thanks for it

3. khemchand prasad - December 28, 2009

does every candidate need to prepare a project . i am s a applicant.

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - December 29, 2009

Yes…primary selection is based on individual original projects by the candidates if you are in the 1st or 2nd year of college. Visit the official website…http://www.iisc.ernet.in/kvpy/

4. Kunal Phalak - January 1, 2010

I am selected 4 the interview in SA category. What type of questions can be asked

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - January 2, 2010

I’m not sure about SA category…but I guess that since you are in school and the selection is based on all science subjects and not on a particular project, questions will be asked from all subjects. I also heard from my friends that they’ll probably ask you your area of strength and ask probing questions from there. So be sure of a particular precise portion of your interest (as in don’t say ‘physics’ when they ask you about your interest…be precise..like ‘optics’…of course u may say so if they ask u your favorite subject). Don’t be tensed…expect basic conceptual questions. All the best!

5. Kunal Phalak - January 1, 2010

Will u please help me i m determined 2 get a sholarship I m selected in sa section.

6. pranabchatterjee - January 4, 2010

At last! Someone to whom I can refer the Numerous Engg queries to which I have absolutely no fricking clue. But the way it is going, I see that I needn’t worry much, since Google is doing its work.


Thanks for mentioning me in the blog. So, what happened? You got through? Love reading your free stye. Add an email subscription button for lazyasses like me. Please!

7. tejas lunawat - January 6, 2010

I am tejas lunawat a Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahana Yojana(kvpy) Selected for interveiw in SB+2 stream.
I want to share my views about facing the interview .
For performing well at the interview:
1)Select the subject at which you are best as your favourite subject.
2)Study about the topics which are a part of your syllabus . But read deeply about them.
3)While preparing for the interview :
Maths: See that you have learnt the proofs of many formulae but not just mugged up them.As many of the questions they ask are proofs of some difficult formulae but not solving the problms.

Physics:See that you are perfect with mechanics part.Especially the concepts part of mechanics.Also see that you have learnt the derivations of all the formulae .

Chemistry:Questions will be asked on facts and small applications of concepts.Untill and unless you mention chemistry as your favourite subject you will not be asked many questions on it.

Biology : Expect the unexpected as the questions will be way different from general.For eg: What are the features observed in a person in whom the stomach is removed.

4)In the interviwew:
Be careful that you don’t make blunders.For eg: applying pseudo force in inertial frame will bring a very bad opinion on the student.

Whenever you don’t know an answer the best thing to do is to say that you don’t know the answer .

If you bring in an irrelevant concept they will question deeply about the concept.

Be prepared to write answers on the board.

All the best.

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - January 6, 2010

thanks Tejas…I hope many will be benefited from this…but I guess these r the words of partha sarathi, a KVPY scholar…& he shows up before my blog does in Google (http://www.indiastudychannel.com/forum/26279-how-face-kvpy-interview.aspx)…anyway…all the best for your interview…do post your own experience.

8. Subhrashis Guha Niyogi - January 7, 2010

While I stumbled onto your blog searching for info on KVPY interview dates, the concept of photo walking interested me a lot! I have also seen a similar group in action on orkut, Kolkata Weekend shoots, and know one of the group members from college…
I’d love to get involved and explore our city better, if our academic schedule eases up…(I’m from Medical College Kolkata), and more importantly I learn to manage time better…!!!
BTW, do check my Kumartuli photos at

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - January 7, 2010

That’s wonderful :)! Yeah we started it sometime back but couldn’t follow up due to lack of enthusiasm and the same academic schedule….gr8 to know you are interested….we are on flickr and facebook….will try to rejuvenate it….keep in touch. Take care.

Subhrashis Guha Niyogi - January 7, 2010

Can you send me the facebook link?

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10. Manjunath.C.R - January 12, 2010

Hi ,
Iam going to attend kvpy interview in stream sb+2…
Can I know how the interview will be..
I can get more information only abt stream SA only, I
need information abt stream sb+2 interview..plz
Even In the post no. 7 given by tejas is
tips given by partha sarathy selected in sa stream only…
I want to know abt sb+2 interview…

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - January 15, 2010

See I don’t know much about SB+2….so please speak to a friend of mine, Deepan Basu, who is a KVPY scholar in the same stream….I’ve spoken to him…he’ll meet your necessary quarries…email him at deepan_arka@yahoo.co.in
Best wishes…take care.

11. Ritu Ranjan Shrivsatwa - January 15, 2010

Shreyasi didi, could you please tell me that how many students will be selected and on what basis. This year in SP Basic Sciences, 67 students are selected and I am one among them. Please let me know that on what basis do they reject the candidates. Please reply me soon…

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - January 15, 2010

Hi Ranjan!
About how many students will be selected, for our stream the professors said the number of scholars will be a maximum of 10…and another 10-15 will be the mentored candidates…..this is out of 57…..i guess the numbers will not vary much… The basis of selection is on how well u can convince the panel about your scientific bent of mind and your will to take up science and research as career… Rejection is on the basis of….you know….struggle for existence… ;)… Enjoy the experience….good luck! 🙂

12. Shampa singh - January 19, 2010

I am selected for the interview, in SB categry. All this while i tried to conform myself that its alrite and i shall try my best. But reading that you need an original project in the interview (as u replied to one SB+2 fellow) i am confused.they naver practically mentioned a project for SA, SB+2and SB.
So its confusing. Could you clear if i really need to produce a project to the panel. Otherwise the post is very helpful and calms the mood a bit..please reply soon..

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - January 19, 2010

What was your selection based on? Written test? Then you don’t have to produce any project. For some streams selection is based on original projects. Only candidates of those streams have to explain their projects to the panel in the interview.
Take care…all the best.

Shampa singh - January 27, 2010

..Alright i did clear it through the written test. Thanks a lot.

13. Saikat - January 30, 2010

Thanx a lot for sharing. Its helpful and thankfully … comforting. 🙂 cheers

14. Saikat - January 30, 2010

What do you think we should answer if they ask ‘what after this … what is ur your ambition’ stuff? I mean u must’ve got the same question … what do they like to hear?

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - February 4, 2010

Hi Saikat!
You just speak about your future plans. Be frank. That’s what they expect. Hopefully you are planning to carry on with science and research.
Cheers! Take care.

15. Saikat - January 30, 2010

Shreyashi di can i have ur email id?it might be some where in ur blog, i cudn’t find it. I want to ask you a few questions regaeding this …

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - February 4, 2010

yeah sure you can…its sreyasi_nc@yahoo.com

16. priyansh - February 6, 2010

hi i recently attended the interview fo sb+2 section. when will the reults come

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - February 7, 2010

Hi! I dunno when the result will come out. Even I’m waiting for it.

17. danish - February 28, 2010

i m a bech I YR student..want 2 apply 4 kvpy,,,hav some ideas..want 2 discuss wid u..can u give ur id,or send me an email regarding..i will really appreciate that….

18. mukul anand - March 13, 2010

I have been called for interview under kvyp 2009 (SA) category on 20 .03.10. let me know the type of questions asked in interview.

19. raja - March 18, 2010
20. abhishek - April 6, 2010

Hi myself abhishek i have also appeared in kvpy sp(engg).As the results r out can u tell me if there’s any information about students selected for mentorship……do reply plz.

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - April 6, 2010

hi abhishek…publicly there’s no news about the mentorship…however if you enquire about your status, they’ll let you know…send a mail to this id…kvpy@admin.iisc.ernet.in
& i guess we haven’t spoken on the day of the interview…did we? anyway, lemme know if you made it…

21. abhishek - April 9, 2010

yup yaar i made it

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - April 14, 2010

congrats yaar!!!

abhishek - April 16, 2010

whatz about urs result…….

22. chaitanyaq - April 19, 2010

KVPY interview results out

23. kaps - May 17, 2010

at last i got someone to give an elobrate info on kvpy….thanks for this info…

24. kalyani - May 28, 2010

i’m from tamil nadu. I recently came to know abt KVPY ….
i hav just completed my 12th..secured..97.5%…in TN board…..thinking of applying for KVPY in the cuming year……..in engg stream, will i be able to crack the written test???is KVPY too very tuff for a native state board student continuing engg college in her same old village???…..if not wat sort of stuff shud i deal on with to get the scholarship??….cud u plz tell me more abt the project works??where shud i seek help regarding the project ideas??shud the projects be carried in authorised labs??
shud projects be attested by govt. research centres concerned, before presenting it to KVPY ??

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - May 29, 2010

relax! there’s no written test for kvpy scholarship applied for in the 1st or 2nd yr of college…its through an original project as i have mentioned here…about project ideas, net surfing on your field of interest is always helpful…but u can’t take an already existing idea (if it is not for improving it)…the idea behind the project has to be your own…the projects do not require to be carried out in authorized labs, nor do they have to be attested by govt. research centers…it just has to be simple…working out in your home (if possible) or college is enough…

25. Amogh - June 3, 2010

Hi Sreyasi di
I want to apply for kvpy scholarship thru the engg. stream… what I wanted to know that what kind of projects are entertained… Research projects or innovation based projects?? I have thought about a couple of ideas but they are just innovation, something that will improve our lives but not really research based… the KVPY site says that the project has to be research based..
Also, I wanted to know if in the first stage, do we have to just give a report, ie. our ideas in writing or have to physically make them??

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - June 19, 2010

innovation is definitely acknowledged…& if you can physically implement them its well and good…

26. jayanthyk192 - June 13, 2010

hi,i’m a first year BE student from Bangalore.Im planning to appear for the forthcoming KVPY exams.I have some ideas for the project..But Im not sure if it will meet the rquirements..

Is there any way i can see or rate my idea against the ones that actually get an approval?

Can you please give me some details regarding how complex do they expect the project should be, so that i could rate my project.?


Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - June 19, 2010

they expect very simple projects…& I don’t think you can rate your project against other’s…unless you look for blogs with projects uploaded…

jayanth - June 20, 2010

thank you for replying,
i built a device that can maintain horizontal position no matter which way it is rotated.its idea is very simple and consists of home made devices and a very basic IC.i thought this was more simpler than they expect.from this can you guess anything?i cannot give more info,as people would be hunting for projects in blogs.

thank you.

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - June 22, 2010

depends on its applications if u can explain it to them…

27. Pranab Chatterjee - June 28, 2010


got a mail from one parvati neelakantan who was supposedly referred to me by you, but could not reply to her, since the email id she used to get to me was wrong or something (she contacted me via the contact form on my wp.com page)!

i’m clueless what to do next, any hints!



Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - August 12, 2010

hey! what else…guide her through if you can…remember I have to do the same when you refer someone to me… 😉

28. tejaswini - August 6, 2010

hey thanks for the info. it cheers me up a little. im in 11th n i want to apply as well is the written test easy? or the sp basic sciences thing.

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - August 12, 2010

try all…you never know which will click…everything’s easy or tough as you presume it to be…

tejaswini - August 13, 2010

thanks ill do both then 🙂

29. mansimran singh - August 11, 2010

dear sis,firstly i wud like to thank u a lot lot lot!!!! for making such a blog
it was quite helpful really!!!!!!!
so didi, i am a student of 2nd year at iit guwahati
i have made ” simple mechanical+electrical arrangement to convert alarm clock to the device that showers water on my face instead of ringing an alarm”
diiii!!!!!!!!! can u please tell me is this kind of project is eligible for kvpy or not !!!!! or i will just waste money by applying for this!!!
pls pls do reply sooon !!!!!!!!!!!!
i m eagerly waiting for your reply !!!! coz i have very less time to decide!!!

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - August 12, 2010

hi! its really funny…but I’m not sure about its importance…so I’m indeed very doubtful about it’s acceptance by KVPY. Think of something that will be useful to all…not you only… cheers!

30. shwetha - August 13, 2010

Hi.This is Shwetha from Bangalore,and I have applied for KVPY SB+ stream.I wanted to know how the written round is.

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - September 3, 2010

no idea dear…sorry!

31. ALPANA AGGARWAL - August 13, 2010

hello.its so good that i hav found your blog to follow.finally got someone to talk to who is willing to share own experiences!!cheers to ya!!!

i am Alpana Aggarwal .i am in btech 1st year in ip univ. delhi. (my collg hasnt yet begun!)
i have applied for kvpy.its really less time left for me to make a project and i need your urgent guidance.i have read your blog on it.
(and let me tell you that you have written very interestingly)
but still need your esteemed help.I dont hav an idea as to how to begin my project.
I hav thot of making my project on newtonian mechanics or astrophy6 wich are my true passions….
PLEASE tell me how to proceed on my project making.what is the structure,detailing etc of the project??
if you could give me tips i would be obliged.tfor reading my such a long query!!!pls reply ASAP!!!!

32. ijlal - August 15, 2010

im a student of b.tech 2 yr. i’ve made project for kvpy but it is on paper and im stll fabricating it . i want to know that how shud i present my project along with d applying form???? do they ask for model at d tym of applying????
how did u present ur one so that u made for next round??????
any experiment need to b carried at initial stage ???
plz help me …….

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - September 3, 2010

u’ll be instructed in th application form as to how to present it on paper… practical experiment results and models always work wonders… cheers!

33. Maverick - November 9, 2010

Hi Sreyasi,

When does KVPY send call letters for interview in SP basic sciences? Is it in November?

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - November 30, 2010

There isn’t any fixed time. Our time it was out by now since we had our interview on the 30th of Nov.

34. Siddharth - November 30, 2010

Didi,I qualified for the SB+2 stream.Please give any help for the kind of interview questions I can get.Please.Thanks.

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - November 30, 2010

Really, no idea. You can expect subject questions as far as it seems to me.

35. Govind - December 7, 2010

I am selected for stream-SA interview (Std-XI).
Can you tell me the type of questions asked in the interview?
Is the final selection based on interview performance alone? Or any weightage will be given for written test marks?
How to prepare for the interview?

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - December 8, 2010

Really sorry buddy…no idea… All the best!

36. Deeepthi - December 16, 2010

Hi Sreyasi di,
I cleared the written test(SB+2).Now it’s the interview.Can’t find any major aid.t for your tips.Lipi is gr8 to read.plz help me to get in touch with someone of my stream for tips.reply soon. Left with no time.Plzzzzzzzzz.

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - December 29, 2010

Just relax. Be confident about what you know…that’s the key. The most important thing in the interview is to keep your mind clear so that you can think. Take your time, think, and reply. All the best! You’ll do gr8!

37. Dr. phani kumar - December 17, 2010

The information given inthis blog is very useful for the candidates appesring for KVPY. If you give more information about what type of questions usually they ask in interwiew it will be more benficial for the aspirents.

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - December 29, 2010

Thank you for the appreciation. I have mentioned what type of questions I faced. About the other streams, I don’t have much idea. It’d be wonderful if you could please direct this blog to students who have appeared in varied streams in KVPY, so that they can put in their views and experience to make this blog a better help for the future aspirants.

38. Anirbit - December 28, 2010

Its interesting to see someone blog about KVPY interviews. I have received and replied so many emails on this topic ever since I was awarded the KVPY fellowship in 2003 in the SA stream. In late 2005 I started an Orkut group for the same purpose but there the problem is to keep off spammers.

Anyway so you finally got the scholarship?

What did you do with it? (I mean: Are you continuing in research and what are you doing?)

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - December 29, 2010

Nopes bud, i didn’t make it. I’m in my 3rd in now, and definitely plan to carry on with research. Right now I’m working on Information Retrieval. What about you?

Anirbit - December 29, 2010

Sorry to know that you didn’t get the scholarship. Good to know that you plan to carry on with research.

Anything and everything worth knowing about me is on my website or connects from it (like my blog), theory.tifr.res.in/~anirbit

39. akash - January 24, 2011

i m giving d interview on 27 jan 2010
i just want to knw that whethe they are interested more towards B Sc studens or not

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - February 3, 2011

nothing like that.

Abhishek kumar - December 18, 2011

Thanks a lot didi for this piece of valuable information. I am a 1st yr engineering student. Didi i want to ask u that… Do they provide scholarships to only those who want to take research as their career…. I do have some financial and family problems and by the end of my b.tech degree i have to pursue for a job else it wud be very difficult as my family will depend upon me.. I hope u understand what i mean.. I have worked very hard for my project work on nanocomposite polymers fused with a software automation and i don’t want to be rejected out for that very reason.. Help me didi… Please please please..

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - December 20, 2011

Hi! Don’t worry. Just don’t reveal your need or will to join a job after B.Tech. at the interview room. Make them believe that you are a research enthusiast. If you get selected for the Fellowship you’ll get d funds for as long as you study, that amounts to the remaining 3 years of B.Tech. for you. After that the scholarship will be discontinued when you join a job. But if you want to go for higher studies at a later time you won’t get the scholarship again.
All the best! 🙂

40. Ashwani Kumar Saxena - February 18, 2011

hello di!
if u do remember i hv contacted u thru an email before about how to make my kvpy project. Your valuable advice was very helpful to me and my project has been selected for the interview round. My sincere thanks to you for your timely help. but now i m confused as to how to prepare for the interview with only two weeks left. Can u please guide me? N also can u please tell me whether do they ask questions on 11th,12th,semester1,semester2 syllabus or is it enough only to be well-versed in the project. Also my project is a bit sophisticated, so is there any chance that they might raise questions about its applicability?or authenticity(though it is authentic)?
And what are the general questions asked-likes,dislikes,hobbies,describing your self,etc.,etc.?
Please do reply as soon as possible.
Waiting for your valuable advice…

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - December 20, 2011

Chill! However much you prepare you’ll find yourself in a completely different environment in the interview room. & I must say its wonderful! Profs are very friendly. Just be well versed with your project. Be clear about the applications of your work and how you are contributing to science and research through it. About small talks, don’t bother. Just smile through and answer definitely! 🙂 Cheers!

41. chetan - March 5, 2011

sreyasi..i have a question..do we need to take a sort of working model or so to the interview??mine is a little too big to carry all the way to mumbai.
i would appreciate an answer quickly as the interviews are creeping up uncomfortably fast.(next week)

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - December 20, 2011

I’m sorry for the late reply. No, you don’t have to carry your model.

42. Chandra shekhar - April 30, 2011

This blog is really very useful

43. RAJAT KUMAR GUPTA - May 27, 2011

Hello Didi,
It is one of the best blogs i have ever come across.
Thanks for maintaining such a good platform for solving queries.

Anyway, i want to ask u something about Kvpy project.
I am a B.Tech student of 2nd year and i want to submit my project this year.
But the problem is that i am confused whether project on topics like hacking will work or not. I have been doing hacking for a long and i have quiet good ideas for project development in this field. But i am not sure whether computer field is good enough to make it to the KVPY or we need something like that from electrical or mechanical fields. Plz help me out and let me kw whether such projects are encouraged at kvpy or not……
thank u.. 🙂

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - December 20, 2011

Anything is welcome if its fruitful to science and research or helpful in daily life in some way. So go ahead! 🙂

44. TirthaDeep Ironman - July 10, 2011

Hey , Is it allowed to give some small extra projects with the original projects ?
I mean I want to include a small Maths Invention of my own with a Physics Theoretical Project ??

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - December 20, 2011

Well, they may be submitted as separate projects. Or, if you get selected in ! then at the interview you can state your other innovations for increasing your chance of selection for the fellowship.

45. nikhil gupta - July 19, 2011

Heyy thanx for sharing your experience with us….^_^

46. nikhil gupta - July 19, 2011

I am going to take admission in B.tech 1st year…..
And i want to try for KVPY SP programme. I have interest in Computer science…..so can i make some project regarding computer or they accept only PCM projects?????…?////

Plzzz reply me for this…I will be very thankfull

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - December 20, 2011

There’s no bar on project topics. A PCM project is welcome for Computer Science people. Mine was one & I’m from Comp.Sc. too. 🙂

47. A venu gopal naik - July 21, 2011

hi didiii!!!
I am venu gopal studin in iit kharagpur.
I have done a small circuit by which we can charge our mobile or get a dc supply of 6 to 9v>> it works on wind. the wind in our jouney by train,bus or motarbike i have completed it . can i apply this for kvpy
.whether it will become very small one for it .
i also have another one .it is a heater jacket which can provide a temp from 25 to 45 ‘c , it will be very useful in cold countries and during winters i have not done it completely can i apply it for kvpy . and and also i have another one ,life on mars thisis completely therotical and i dont have nothin practical to say and another one picture diwali rockets will this be accepted<

,i dont know much how to use net how to present them

therefore i ask ur help to pick me out the best one and can u giv me ur id i have a lot to discuss ,
can u reply very soon
yours faihfully,
A .venu gopal naik

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - December 20, 2011

You can submit multiple projects for KVPY. All the best 🙂

48. venu gopal naik - July 23, 2011

i have posted a comment here what happened to it ?

i cant see it

49. prakhar - July 31, 2011

Hi Sreyasi,

I am Prakhar, KVPY fellow 2006 batch, few months back I started a KVPY forum with few of my friends. I would like you to be part of it as I guess you were from engineering stream as I don’t know any one from that stream. It would be great if you can share your experience and help the kids aspiring for this prestigious fellowship. Here’s the link – http://www.kvpyhelpline.com


Prakhar Arora

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - December 20, 2011

That wonderful Prakhar! I would be glad to help! But, I am not a KVPY Fellow. I couldn’t clear the interview. And moreover, whatever I knew I have put down in my blog in details. So if you want some articles from here you may take. Thanks. 🙂

Prakhar Arora - January 5, 2012


Glad to see your reply after such a long time. But, its just great that you are active again since KVPY interviews will be starting soon and that will surely help many students. I must tell you we were inspired by your blog (and one more) to start our forum so that we can help guys for this exam.

It would be great if you can join our forum and re-post your experience rather than me copy and pasting. And, its about the spirit of helping our juniors and nothing else.


50. prakhar - July 31, 2011

Also, please write to me if you have any suggestions for our website. I can totally assure you that its not a commercial project and we don’t want to make any money out of it.


51. rachi - November 14, 2011

hey sreyasi akka(sis),
b4 i would ask something to u ,
i just wanna say u r too cute and smart!
do not mistake me,i am always frank!
and nw just tell me can i publish my kvpy project in an international conference b4 getting my interview call??
will feel glad if u cud solve my dilemma!!

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - December 20, 2011

Yes I think you can. 🙂

52. Shrikant - December 2, 2011

Thanks all merit students my daughter madhushri applied for sp basic & waiting for result .

53. P.RAHUL - December 2, 2011

l cleared round 1….
I am not interested in research…
just want a degree ,earn and enjoy…
should i confess this to the interviewers and be frank
or lie?????

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - December 20, 2011

You should lie! 😀

54. Harsh - December 4, 2011

Excellent work.it was really nice to learn that though u couldnt clead KVPY,but still have created such a nice site for sharing info on kvpy.I have cleared KVPY SA stream 1st level n wanna say to all aspirants,just dont be nervous for the exam.it is pretty easy to crack and if u have washed a few topics nicely in 11th,u can surely clear it easily.Qs from physics are a little tough nut.But make sure u dont make much mistakes. this year,the cut off has been around 48-50.Dont get baffled with the cutoff info on kvpyinfo.blogspot.com coz i after comparing marks of a few frnds of mine,both selected and not selected,i guessed it to be around 50.

Sreyasi di.can u plz make a section on ur blog for sa stream aspirants coz that would provide more straightforward data.


Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - December 20, 2011

Hi! That was a hugely useful and lovely comment! 🙂
Its a wonderful idea to start a section for SA stream. but the problem is I know nothing of it. You will have to contribute. Or, the best will be, you write a blog with details of SA stream. I’ll share the link in here. What say? 🙂

55. Suman Sudhakaran - December 16, 2011

I just applied for the kvpy scholarship, and my application status is “RECEIVED”, ma’am i belong to stream sp medicine!!!
CAn you tell me how and when they will call for the interview???

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - December 20, 2011

‘RECEIVED’ doesn’t mean ‘ACCEPTED’. Wait for the Letter of Acceptance. The date of the interview will be mentioned there. For us it was the end of November, but the authorities seem to have rescheduled the entire process.
Cheers! 🙂

56. gypsyreema - January 6, 2012

what was your stream??
Please tell me what you know about SX stream.
I am selected for interview in SX field.
Do i also have to make a project and present it in front of the board??
Will my interview be a personal interview or would it be in front of everyone, because i read somewhere that i might have to explain the things on board??
Should i prepare the basics of all subjects or should i work on facts and depth of the subject i am interested in??
what is the significance of my teacher recommendation and self appraisal?? would i be questioned on that as well??

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - January 7, 2012

Mine was SP-Engineering. I don’t know anything about SX Stream. Yet from general conception, if your application was project related you have to present it before the interview panel. However working model is not a compulsion. It will be a personal interview, but there will be multiple professors in the panel. You might have to do some board works while explaining your project. You can be questioned on any topic. Its not bounded.
Cheers! And all the best! 🙂

57. Shashank - January 14, 2012

i m selected for kvpy SX stream , i am preparing for JEE wat shud isay to the interview panel regarding my future plans abt college and research , are we required to carry our achievements file

58. bhargav - January 16, 2012

this is bhargav. im presently persuing my undergraduation from nit bhopal. my branch is material science and metallurgy. i was trying to get some information regarding kvpy, and i scrolled through your blog. in my class 11, i could manage the written part but i could not make the interview. this time i need to submit a project, but i have to admit that i dont even know how to give a good start, i dont know what sort of projects they will encourage. when i googled, all i could get is “the projects should be original…..not a development of existing….not something to measure a quantity…….”. frankly speaking it did not help me moreover it left in a confused state. i would be really pleased if you can help me in finding a site or giving someone’s contact or something. (i wont be disturbing either of you, i will just try to communicate through mail, if you find it difficult or a waste of time. just ignore my mails)
and thanks a lot, your blog is too good. it possessed some good essence in that, the way you were running that, the topics you are adding, everything. its a good one.
hope this mail is not a time waste for you. please dont mind in throwing a light upon me if possible. it would be a great help to me.


59. nishant kumar - January 24, 2012

i am nishant , selected for the kvpy interview. i had faced this interview last year too, but unfortunately did not qualify.

what all corrections should i do, what are the probable questions asked? and is there some particular point i should keep in mind?

and one thing most important tell me whether i would get this scholarship if i persue b.tech after my 12th…do rply plz

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - March 13, 2012

Every information you asked for has already been written or answered. Please read carefully before repeating the same questions all over again. This is a request to everyone who reads this blog.


60. Meghna Chakraborty - January 24, 2012

Thanks for the wonderful article… was a great help indeed !!!
I would still like to know if there is someone here who has faced the interview for SP-Life Sciences stream. I got selected for the interview round for the SP-Life Sciences stream and hence, would be highly obliged if someone can please help me regarding the interview….
I need a detailed information regarding the questions that I can expect. My project involved botany and chemistry… biochemistry to be precise and I am a student of B.Sc. with subjects botany, microbiology and biochemistry.

61. Saket - January 27, 2012

Do we have present any slideshow/ paper report
during the interview ?

62. pavithra - February 3, 2012

hi sis , im pavithra b.tech(biotech) i have been selected for SP(basic sciences )
,im havin interveiw ……. i dono hw to face tat interveiw & im very nervous nw 😦 my ambtion is to bcm a scientist ………… pls guide me …. wat type of ques tey ask , its fully my prjct based / subject based??? ……….

63. Aishwarya - February 13, 2012

Hey Sreyasi! Thanks for all the advice! real help 🙂
I belong to the SA stream and my interview got over on the 13th of January 2012. Any idea how many days after the interview the final results are actually published?

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - March 13, 2012

It takes a long time.

Aishwarya - March 14, 2012

ok…they got published on Monday….and I didn’t get selected.:-(
But the good thing is, we actually get to know our scores in a short while from now!
Thanks anyway!

64. Prachi - March 5, 2012

hi sreyasi.. 🙂 ur blog is very informative for prospective students.. i am from sp (basic science) stream and appeared for interview on 28th of feb, 2012.. do u hv any idea when the final results will be out ??

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - March 13, 2012


Prachi - March 26, 2012

Hello,,, Hey thanx a lot… Ur blog post gave me a lot of confidence.. The results are out. And I am through it.. Thanx again..

65. shalii - March 6, 2012

Hi Sreyasi,

My son has appeared the KYPY SX stream. Any idea when the results will be declared every year?


Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - March 13, 2012

No idea.

66. Sai kiran Nagaragiri - March 18, 2012

hey sreyasi,
i’am Sai kiran Nagaragiri got fellowship award in 2010-11 SB+2 stream and i would like to share few facts & some of my views regarding interview of SB+2:
It was held at university of hyderabad when i was in bench-felllow to go into the room i added physics in my favorite and and interesting subject’s as i want a backup if some thing goes wrong in the questions of organic chemistry & believe it saved me in the interview.
As they asked me that had i done some experiments in lab then i casually lied them that i have done it as i am confident in them that they would ask me questions theoritically because i was damn interested in it but to my surprise they started asking about recognizing compounds which i had no knowledge at that time,but as i had edited at the last minute the questions were no difficult & simple straight forward indulging some calculus in it,
so few piece’s of advice’s are :
1.Have a back up in the favorite subjects u have written,
2.fill up the extra curricular activities block with what else stuff you had achieved till now
3.Have a neat dress on the D-day,
4.Don’t talk things in extravagent manner
5. always tell things what you have done personally,
6.Have a great respect for them as they are all professors & you don’t know a drop of what they know (at least digest this before the time of interview)
WARNING: This advices are only for the fellow’s who are not the toppers or the feel the above mentioned tips as something like systematic procedure.

67. ashish - March 21, 2012

didi i m a 1st year mech student at mit manipal.i m planning to give this exam next year but the problem is they require 60 percent in first year but here we are given gpa and no marks so what to do? Please reply

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - April 10, 2012

Contact your university. They will have the required data as in how much percentage corresponds to a particular GPA.

68. Swapnil - April 13, 2012

Di, i want to ask that is there any website link so that i can compare my project ideas with other selected projects.

Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury - April 16, 2012

I don’t know any. There was a website called kvpyhelpline.som…but I can’t find it anymore…sorry…

69. swapnil gupta - April 15, 2012

hi di, cn u tell me any website to know about previous selected projects so that i cn compare my ideas for kvpy projects with those selected projects.

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