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Ace the exam
To score well in the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana, an on-going National Program of Fellowship in Basic Sciences by the Department of Science and Technology, one needs to follow a few pointers, says Ramesh Batlish
To promote and encourage students with research-oriented careers in basic science courses, The Department of Science and Technology conducts a national level scholarship programme for the students of Classes XI and XII. Student who qualifies for Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) receives a monthly scholarship up to their pre-PhD level or five years whichever is earlier. The exam is administered by the IISc Bangalore with only 2,500 students qualifying out of lakhs of students applying. The fellowship tests the students at three levels.
KVPY SA exam: For students of Class XI
KVPY SX exam: For students of Class XII
KVPY SB exam: For first-year students of BSc Integrated five-year MSc or integrated five-year MS programme.
The students who are preparing for exams like JEE Main, Olympiads or any other competitive exams through institutes need not worry as the pattern accommodates KVPY.
But those who are not, there are several complexities that the students face. Some of the tips for them are:
- Manage your time with an effective study plan. Discipline is the key to follow the timetable. Make a study plan which is feasible as well as utilises the time effectively and emphasizes equal attention to all the subjects and important topics. Keep one hour daily for self-analysis and correction. Make a separate time slot to provide for the subjects in which you are weak. Segregate the time for covering the syllabus concept wise. Time management plays a vital role to achieve good scores in any competitive exams. This is also applicable while attending the exam. It is advisable to attempt the known portion of the question paper first.
- Utilise the resources efficiently. Understanding and strengthening the concept is a must. Choose the study material which is the easiest to understand. The right book helps you to understand the topics better and evidently. Make use of the periodic physical interactions with the expert faculty to clear doubts. Group study clarifies doubts and one can short notes for long-term memorising.
- Evaluate yourself and reinforce your weak areas. Analyse your performance and work on the weaker concepts as neglecting them can be your biggest mistake. Work harder and you will see yourself solving the problems you were afraid of.
- Stay connected with experts. There are some institutes which provide result analysis and doubt clearing sessions for their students on a regular basis. Usually, this is done for one or two days per month at their study centres. This practice is helpful to the students as they get to interact with the faculty face to face and resolve their queries then and there itself.
- Judge your performance with periodic testing after focused study. Practice as many mock tests as you can and go through the previous year question papers of KVPY.
- Physics: Class XI syllabus makes the foundation for any competitive exam and should be thorough especially for the students appearing at the KVPY SA level. Focus more on topics like Optics, Mechanics and Electromagnetism. Do not leave any topic untouched, but have a glance at thermodynamics, Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM) and waves.
For student appearing for SX level, practice more numerical problems and keep all the concepts clear. Focus on Kinematics, Gravitation, Fluids, Heat & Thermodynamics, Waves & Sound, Capacitors & Electrostatics, Magnetics, Electromagnetic Induction, Optics & Modern Physics.
- Mathematics: Basic knowledge of Geometry and Number Theory is a must. Other mental ability based questions include topics like Algebra, Quadratic equation, Series and progression, P&C, and basic geometry. Fundamental topics like Circles, Trigonometry and Sequence and Series are guaranteed to fetch good marks. Such topics, once thoroughly done are helpful in scoring. Students should ensure to go through these at least once before the exams as three-four questions from these topics are expected. For students appearing at the KVPY SX level, few units in the section will include questions from the topics like Integration, Statistics, Vector Algebra and 3-D Geometry. With sure shot two-three questions from the topics, one from each topic will be easy. These will be advantageous to increase the marks. Easy to score topics like Application of Derivatives, Matrices and Determinants and Limits are high scoring. These are essential to score well with one-two questions for sure.
- Chemistry: Students appearing for KVPY SX should be thorough with the Periodic table and consult NCERT books for Inorganic Chemistry. Organic Chemistry needs to be clear from the basic with regular practice. Practice as many numerical from Physical Chemistry. The following topics are essential — Coordination Chemistry & Chemical Bonding in Inorganic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Chemical & Ionic Equilibrium, Mole Concept in Physical Chemistry and Organic Chemistry. Other topics like Atomic structure, Chemical bonding, and organic chemistry are important.
- Biology: For Class XI (SA). It’s relatively easy to score good marks when compared to other subjects. If a student is thorough with Classes IX and X NCERT and has gone through important topics from Classes XI and XII NCERT books.
Taking mock tests and solving previous year question papers during the course of preparation will definitely help the student get some extra marks.
— The writer is FIITJEE Expert
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