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Design Test Content at a glance


(Please note: This list is not exhaustive. If you are looking for something specific, please look on the internet for details)

1. National Institute of Design’s National Entrance Exam in Design (NID NEED)

The entrance exam is split into 2 phases:

Phase 1: Design Aptitude Test (January) is a written exam of 100 marks for 3 hours. The DAT tests each student’s ability in Design Problem Solving, Visual Sense, Observation & Perception, Environmental Awareness, Mental Ability and Communication skills through a range of visual and textual questions.

Phase 2: It consists of Studio test, Personal Interview and Portfolio presentation (April). The Studio test generally has 3 parts- doodling, 3D modeling and observation tests.


2. MIT Institute of Design, Pune Design Aptitude Test (MITID DAT)

The admission process is in two phases :

• MITID-DAT Design Aptitude Test conducted at various centers across the country.

• Studio Test and Personal Interview at MITID campus in Pune.


The Screening Test consists of a minimum of five tests to be conducted at seven centers in India (Centers: Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata)

Test 1: General awareness and sensitivity test. Candidates may be given a set of questions that ask them to identify and describe specially selected symbols or technical and scientific principles or physical and socio-cultural environments or similar other aspects of our daily life that may have a direct or indirect relationship with design.

Test 2: Psychological test - to understand the behavioral and psychological traits / pattern of the applicant. For example, the candidates may be given sketches of incomplete figures and asked to complete them.

Test 3: This test is for ascertaining the candidate's basic design awareness. It would involve identification/analysis/alternative application etc of commonly known objects.

Test 4: Color test to observe color sensitivity and preferences.

Test 5: Drawing three dimensional objects and spaces to test the candidate’s sensitivity to proportion, scale, size, & ratio as well as drawing skills.


Test 6: Group workshop under observation

Test 7: Manipulate a given material in order to make three dimensional models (full size or scaled down) of objects or spaces of everyday use while following a selected theme.


Interview is the last stage to be concluded at the Institute Campus. Here the emphasis would be on reviewing the previous work done by the candidate and a personal discussion on all related aspects.


3. Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET) for Symbiosis Institute of Design (SID)

a. Duration: SET duration is 150 minutes.

b. SET is an objective test.

SET is an aptitude test and objective in nature for all the papers. Each question has four options as answers. There is no negative marking for wrong answers. The SET test for Design has only one section of Drawing Aptitude with 100 questions of one mark each (Total Marks: 100)


4. Manipal University Design Aptitude Test (MU DAT)

Manipal offers the following courses:

Bachelor of Design (Fashion Design), Bachelor of Science (Fashion Design- Couture) & Bachelor of Arts (Interior Design) The Test duration is of 2 hours, Design Ability Test. Design Ability Test conducted for 100 marks examines the design aptitude in terms of creativity, drawing, innovation and visual communication.


5. Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology, Bangalore

The admission process is as follows:

1. Entrance Test - The Entrance Test takes place in 6 centres across India at present - Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Kochi and Bangalore. Those who succeed in the Entrance Test will be shortlisted for the Portfolio Review and Interview at Srishti School, Bangalore.

2. Portfolio Review - Candidates are expected to present a portfolio consisting of art and design works they have generated across the years to prove their aptitude, interest and eligibility for admission, based on the quality of the portfolio. A portfolio should consist of your creative work and it should show the skills you have obtained. It can be in any medium (Drawing, painting, printing, Photographs, videos etc) and should include a minimum of 20 works.

3. The Interview - The interview helps Srishti evaluate the creative, intellectual and psychological fitness of a candidate for admission. The entrance test is primarily designed to gauge the student’s aptitude and suitability for the Foundation Studies Program at Srishti. It tests your logical and spatial aptitude, awareness about the world in general, drawing/colour skills, visualization skills and language skills. Srishti does not make past papers or mock tests available.


6. CEPT SBST - Center for Environmental Planning and Technology University (CEPT) School of Building Science and Technology (SBST) Ahmedabad

All eligible candidates are allowed to appear for the First Level Test in which the following will be assessed:


  • Imagination & Design Exposure
  • Creativity and Perception
  • Visual Perception & Logic


Second Level Test: Interview