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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 a research career in Science. The aim of the program is to identify and encourage talented and motivated students to pursue a 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.

The KVPY exam is one of the most challenging exams in the country and is attempted by both pure science enthusiasts and by those who are just looking for some practice. The IISc declares the cut off marks (out of hundred) for the same shortly after the exam each year based on the general performance of the candidates in that year. The selected candidates then appear for an interview where they are screened further and only the deserving few are awarded the seat and scholarship.

In this article, we will go through the KVPY cutoffs for the previous year.

KVPY Cutoffs for 2015

The following are the cut offs for KVPY 2015

  • Stream SA – 50 marks out of 100
    SA – SC/ST – 40 marks out of 100
    SA – PWD (Person with disability) – 40 marks out of 100


  • Stream SB – 48 marks out of 100
    SB – SC/ST -34 marks out of 100
    SB – PWD (Person with disability) – 34 marks out of 100


  • Stream SX – 57 marks out of 100
    SX – SC/ST – 40 marks out of 100
    SX – PWD (Person with disability) – 40 marks out of 100


These numbers show a marked increase in the cut off marks for the first round, which has been the general trend observed over the past few years.

Actually, the KVPY cutoffs depend on the difficulty of the exam and the collective performance of all the candidates appearing in the exam. And hence simply declaring that the rise in the cut off marks would certainly demolish your chances of getting into the prestigious institute is ill advised. The rise in the cut off marks usually implies that the difficulty level of the papers is slightly lower than that from the previous year. Additionally, it also implies that with each passing year, the students are getting smarter and more motivated for landing in their dream institutes.

So go ahead and give it your best shot! Trying to gauge your chances by falsely or incorrectly analyzing the trend of the previous papers will do you no good. All the very best!

Ps- KVPY is indeed one of the most prestigious scholarships around. Read more about why it is so here. Also find out all you need to know about the exam and interview here.

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