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The Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) will be held in the first week of November 2017. Organised by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), this scheme is used to find motivated students with a scientific bent of mind and an interest in pursuing research in the pure sciences. The examination tests aptitude in physics, chemistry, maths and biology. In this article, we will discuss KVPY biology.

KVPY Biology: Important topics

The KVPY paper has 2 parts. Part 1 has 4 sections consisting of 20 questions each, with 1 mark awarded for  the correct answer, and 0.25 marks deducted for each incorrect answer. Part 2 has 4 sections consisting of 10 questions each, with 2 marks awarded for the correct answer and 0.5 marks deducted for each incorrect answer. Any 3 out of the 4 sections of Part 1 and any 2 out of 4 sections of Part 2 must be attempted, thus adding up to a total of 100 marks. The NCERT textbooks and a few reference books for competitive exams are enough to perform well, as most of the questions tend to be of moderate difficulty level.

The break up of the questions asked in the 2015 KVPY biology paper is as below (30 questions):

Chapter Number of Questions
Biomolecules (DNA, Proteins important) 7
Biotechnological Tools (Gel Electrophoresis) 1
Biotechnology (Plasmids, Restriction Enzymes) 2
Cell Biology (Cell Division, Mitochondria) 2
Genetics (Mutation) 1
Human Disease (Cancer) 2
Human Immune System 2
Human Nervous System 1
Human Pedigree 1
Human Male Reproduction 1
Human Respiration 1
Mendelian Genetics (Genes, Mutation) 2
Molecular Genetics 6
Monera (Bacteria) 1

As seen above, a large number of questions are from the section Genetics and Evolution making it the most important section. A thorough study of the NCERT textbook and solving problems from reference books is enough to completely understand this section. Reproduction and Biology in Human Welfare have almost equal weightage in the paper. The section on Biotechnology has the least number of questions. 

KVPY SB is a litmus test for students who wish to join undergraduate programs in medical field. This exam provides a competitive  platform for students and motivates them to pursue undergraduate medical research. Due to this two pronged approach, the scheme has been highly effective in developing mental and cognitive skills among students. The KVPY SB paper unlike the CBSE Board Examination tests analytical skills and inculcates a deeper understanding of the subject beyond the NCERT textbook. A good performance in this exam serves as a vital morale boost for the NEET aspirants who have to face stiff competition later.

Read about some important topics in mathematics for KVPY here.

For those looking for tips about the interview – you can refer to this article to get some help!

All the best!


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