KVPY is a program run by the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India in order to encourage students of Basic Sciences to take up research careers in these fields. The selection procedure takes into account the academic performance of the student as well as their interest in pursuing research as a career. Selected students have the opportunity to get direct admission into prestigious institutions such as Indian Institute of Science (IISc, Bangalore), Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER’s) and other institutions in basic sciences. The aim of the program is to identify and encourage talented students who have an aptitude for research.