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The Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) is an on-going National Program of Fellowship in Basic Sciences, initiated and funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, to attract exceptionally highly motivated students for pursuing basic science courses and research careers in science. Selection of the students is made from those studying in XI standard to 1st year of any undergraduate Program in Basic Sciences namely B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./M.S. in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology having aptitude for scientific research. Special groups / Committees are set up at IISc to screen the applications and conduct an aptitude test at various centres in the country. Based on the performance in the aptitude test, short-listed students are called for an interview which is the final stage of the selection procedure. For receiving a fellowship, both aptitude test and interview marks are considered.

Generous fellowships are provided up to the pre-Ph.D. level to the selected KVPY Fellows.


  • A summer program of 1 or 2 weeks where you get to listen to lectures by expert ans visit scientific research laboratories/institutions
  • An identity card is issued to each KVPY Fellow. Several national laboratories, universities and other institutions extend special privileges like the library, laboratory facility to KVPY Fellows on the production of the ID card. Institutions which accept KVPY aptitude test scores: IISC-Bangalore, IIT- Bombay, ICMR- New Delhi, IISER-Kolkata, HBCSE-Mumbai.


Exam Pattern

The candidates must go through the two stages to be selected in KVPY.

  • Stage 1 – written aptitude test (Multiple Choice). The test will be conducted at different centres across the country.
  • Stage 2 – interviews (short listed candidates from aptitude test will be called for the interview which is the final stage of the selection process)

Subjects covered

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Maths
  • Biology



The KVPY fellowships are given only to Indian nationals to study in India.

  • Stream SA- students enrolled in 11th standard (Science Subjects) and having secured a minimum of 80% (70% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in mathematics and science subjects in the 10th standard board examination.
  • Stream SX – students enrolled in 12th standard/ (+2) (Science Subjects) and aspiring to join an undergraduate program in basic sciences must have secured a minimum of 80% (70% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in MATHEMATIC and SCIENCE subjects (physics/chemistry/biology) in the 10th standard board examination.
  • Stream SB – students enrolled in the 1st year of undergraduate program in Basic having secured a minimum of 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in SCIENCE subjects (physics/chemistry/biology/mathematics) in the 12th standard board examination.

Selection procedure

  • Aptitude test – written aptitude test conducted both in Hindi and English at different centers across the country. Its weightage is 75% in the final merit list.
  • Interview – based on the performance in the aptitude test shortlisted students will be asked to appear for an interview which is the final stage of the selection procedure.
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Olympiad examinations at school level are competitive examinations, based on the school syllabus, which are conducted through various independent organisations. These exams give exposure to students about competition and make them ready to face any competitive challenge that would be thrown open to them in the future.

Olympiad Examinations help to identify a child’s capability and assessment of his/her real potential in competing in today’s world. They also bring out the areas needing attention so that proper orientation can be given in areas lacking proficiency. In a nutshell, they are a platform for realistic assessment to prepare a child to face the modern competitive world.


Mathematics Olympiad

The Indian National Maths Olympiad (INMO) is annually held in India since 1989 and is conducted by the Homi Bhabha Centre of Science Education (HBCSE). It is a prerequisite for the finest brains of the country to get selected and stand a chance to represent India at the International Maths Olympiad.


Eligibility and Selection Process

students first have to qualify Pre- RMO & RMO Stage-2 of their respective state or region, out of which around 30 student's pre-region are selected, to write the INMO. Among these 500 students, a total of around 30 qualify for the INMO.

Science Olympiad

The Indian National Physics, Chemistry & Biology Olympiad (INPhO, INChO & INBO) are annually held in India and is also conducted by the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE).


Eligibility and selection process

Students first have to qualify the NSE stage (National Standard Examination) to appear for this olympiad. Among the 30,000+ students who sit for NSE, only the top 1% are selected for the Indian National Olympiad. The selected students then attend the orientation cum selection camp (ocsc), held at HBCSE, Mumbai.


Overview of the science Olympiads

stage 1 National Standard Examination – theoretical objective questions

stage 2 Indian National Olympiad – Theoretical objective and long questions

stage 3 Orientation-cum-Selection Camp – Theoretical & Experimental sessions

stage 4 Pre-Departure Camp – Theoretical & Experimental sessions

To excel in “Olympiad Exams”, it is essential for the students to understand the exam pattern, evaluate and prepare themselves on the Olympiad standard questions.




  • It is paper based multiple-choice question (MCQ) exam conducted in collaboration with schools
  • The exam is conducted for classes 1 to 12
  • The medium of giving the test is English
  • Most of the questions are asked from NCERT/CBSE syllabus
  • This exam is open to all students studying in the participating schools


  • Based on students’ performance in level 1 exam, only top performing students qualify for level 2 exams.
  • The second level test, is also a paper based multiple-choice (MCQ) exam
  • The questions are usually asked from the NCERT syllabus of the participating students’ class.
  • The difference between level 1 & level 2 exams is based on the difficulty level. The questions in level 2 exams are a little above those in level 1 exam, on the difficulty scale.


We at Mahesh Tutorials Pune have been record holders in producing students with outstanding results in these National level exams, every year. With quality content, test papers strategically designed to crack competitions, regular assessments of students, regular feedback of teachers, and much more, Mahesh Tutorials Pune strives to carve a niche in the creation of students who excel in all their endeavours.

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Tips To Crack Enterance 2

Entrance exams are the most crucial challenges faced by students in their journey towards their goals. Cracking an entrance exam is definitely no picnic. It requires a great deal of hardwork and dedication, streamlined in the right direction. Understanding this challenge faced by every ambitious student, Mahesh Tutorials Pune suggests a list of some important tips and tricks to crack entrance exams:


  • Create a practical study plan– Having a study plan helps you organise your work judiciously. It gives you an idea of the amount of time you have in hand to prepare for the exam. Further, do ensure that your plan is a completely practical one. It should be in synchronisation with your fundamental daily jobs and other commitments, if there are any. However, if your work does not go as planned, do not panic. Just devote some extra hours and cover up what has been missed to get yourself back on track.
  • Use fewer books for theory- The fewer books you refer to for understanding concepts and theory, the lesser confusion you shall face. Make sure the books you choose, explain concepts in the most simple and concise manner
  • Train your mind for the exam- Being mentally prepared to give an exam is more important than any other part of the preparation process. Apart from being consciously aware of the forthcoming exam, this segment also includes practising well for the papers.
  • Practise previous year papers and ensure Time Management- Previous year question papers are an excellent source of all the important questions from your syllabus. They not only give you an insight of the type of questions that shall come for the exam but also help you practice time management while writing the paper. The more papers you practice, the more confident you become about writing the entrance exam. Smart work is better than hard work.
  • Stay Physically and Mentally Balanced– We are humans, not machines. Our minds cannot function vigorously all day long at a stretch. It is essential to take breaks between your study schedule to rejuvenate mentally as well as physically. Physical exercise for a short while during study preparation days helps keep your mind fresh and enhances your grasping power.
  • Practice, Practice, Practice.- Practice is the ultimate key to crack an entrance exam. The more you practice the more your speed will increase and you shall get better and better at the subject with every attempt. Every attempt can make you realise something that you missed earlier. The test series at Mahesh Tutorials gives students all the practice they require.
  • Systematic test every Sunday covering
  • Engineering exam preparation of MHT CET, IIT JEE Main, Advanced
  • Subjective tests for boards preparation
  • Regular home assignments
  • Revision test series
  • 3 months revision test series
  • Part test and revision classes
  • Full test and revision classes
  • Remember the keywords- Smart work is better than hard work. While going through a topic for the first time it is recommended to mark important keywords. These help in easily grasping and remembering the essential points in the topic and saves time, in contrary to mugging up entire parag
  • Create shortcuts- Every student has shortcuts which they use to prepare for entrance exams. Create shortcuts for remembering formulas or memorising charts. This will help you to save your time. There are some standard shortcuts which you can tap into but creating your own wouldn’t harm either.
  • Rejuvenation time- Once you clear your doubts and brush up a few pointers you kept as a priority, do not bother your mind with added pressure. A day before the exam, simply relax and leave the stress aside, a positive attitude and a calm mind will surely benefit you to crack the exam.


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