Government of India has introduced a new scheme Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana which aims to identify and encourage talented students to pursue careers in research. Under this scheme, the government offers monthly fellow-ships to students of class 11th, 12th and graduation. Under this scheme, an annual national-level aptitude test is conducted by the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore who are studying Basic Science and taking up research careers.
The scheme has been helping the students since last two decades who have been looking to make a career in research. The fellowship amount has been classified in two categories, Rs 5000 and Rs 7000 and is given to the students on monthly basis. The examination takes place in two stages.
The scheme was started by the Department of Science and Technology of the Union Government in 1999. Under the scheme, a high level examination is conducted for the selection of the students at the meritorious level at the national level. The exam is conducted in two levels, one aptitude test and the second consists of an interview.
For taking part in KVPY fellowship examinations, students are required to get 75% marks in Science and Mathematics in class X. The students belonging to SC, ST, and OBC categories are given 10 percent relaxation. Moreover, for the graduation level test, the first year undergraduate students are required to score 60 percent marks in class 12th. Students of SC, ST, and OBC categories have been given a relaxation of 10 percent.
The students who qualify in the KVPY Exam are eligible for a fellowship as well as admissions into institutes like the IISc and the IISER based on additional criteria.