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Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojayana (KVPY) is a national level examination administered by the Indian Institute of Science. KVPY is a scholarship programme funded by the Department of science and Technology of the Government of India. It is conducted to provide scholarship up to pre-PhD level to the selected candidates. The aim if this programme is to encourage young students to take up research in the field of basic science. The selection is based on the aptitude test and interview managed by the IISc. The advertisement for KVPY appears in all the National Dailies on Technology Day (May 11) and second Sunday of July every Year.

Once the results of the KVPY are announced, candidates are called for the final round of Interview. Those who are called for the interview are usually young candidates who have a little idea about the type of questions that are asked in the interview round. For such candidates, we have come with a few questions that are repeatedly asked in the interview every year. These questions will help prepare the candidate to appear for the interview with confidence and give him/her an idea of the topics on which the questions will be asked.

One of the most common questions that is asked in an interview is “Tell us something about you”. Most of the students fumble at this question and fail to answer it correctly. When asked this question, the candidate must give a clear answer and tell a little about every aspect of his/her life like personal, academic, interests, etc. The candidate must remember not to repeat anything said before or something that the interviewer already knows like the candidate’s test score. Another important key to answer any question is confidence. More than anything, the most important thing that strikes the interviewer is the confidence of the candidate in whatever he/she says.

Yet another recurring question that is asked of the candidates in an academic interview is usually related to the subjects that they are interested in. Questions like “Which is your favorite subject?” or “what is the most specific topic you like?” are usually asked. These questions are asked to check whether the candidate is really interested in the fellowship programme and whether he/she will be able to do the research work with determination. The answer which is most likely to be rewarded here should be related to science and the candidate must make sure that he/she is able to show his/her keen interest in the said subject.

Once the questions related to science subjects begin, the candidate should be ready for tricky questions from the interviewers. In most cases, candidates are asked questions dug out of the previous answer of the candidate. The interviewers probe deeper into the questions to check the candidate’s knowledge and practical skills. They also check the extent to which the candidate can answer the question. So, it is advisable that those appearing for the interview have a thorough knowledge of the important topics from Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.

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Apart from the technical questions, candidates can expect other questions like “Tell us something about your hobbies”. To answer such a question asked in the KVPY interview, one must be clever enough to give a crisp and good answer. Here the candidate must tell the interviewer about hobbies or interests that require a person to use his/her mind but also should be related to the environment. For instance, if the candidate says, “I like to play Sudoku” or I like taking different kinds of quiz, the next question asked will be “which is the last quiz that you took?” or “have you won any quiz competition?” The candidates can also say that he/she likes to watch Television but should also mention that he/she watches programmes like NAT Geo or Discovery Channel.

Points to Remember

  • The Candidates must remember not to exaggerate at any point of time in the interview. This will lead to the interviewers thinking that the candidate is lying about for mere selection.
  • There will be multiple professors that might take the interview. Candidates must not get nervous as the interviewers begin to cross-question. Remember that confidence is the key.
  • In case the candidate does not know an answer to the question asked, he/she must not spend time thinking and blabbering. A simple “No” will suffice.
  • The candidate should answer in full sentences wherever necessary. Irrespective of the selection/non-selection or how the interview goes, the candidate must respect the Board members.

KVPY is a prestigious fellowship programme. Those who are shortlisted must try and put their best foot forward in the interview round as well. One can expect a plethora of questions in the interview round but he/she must stay calm and answer the questions briefly and correctly.

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