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In this section you will find the following:

  • How does one become an Designer in India?
  • Primary Departments in Design Colleges
  • How are students ranked to get through B.Des programmes in India?
  • Design Entrance Exam Important Dates and Deadlines
  • Target Scores or Ranks
  • Structure of the Question Papers & Syllabus
  • Design Exams to prepare for & Universities to Target:

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How does one become an Designer in India?

Career Path

To do an undergraduate program in Design (B. Des) in India, there are 2 exams that one may target:

  1. NID: To get admission into NID Ahmedabad, NID Andhra Pradesh, NID Haryana NID Madhya Pradesh,and NID Assam
  2. UCEED: To get admission into IIT Bombay, IIT Guwahati, and IITDM Jabalpur

For more information on Design as a Career and the opportunities, the Creative Careers e-book has more information

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Primary Departments in Design Colleges

Generally, the first year is common and students start to choose their specializations in subsequent academic years. The broad categories of specialization are listed below:

  • Industrial Design: Product Design, Transportation Design, Toy and Game Design, Glass and Ceramic Design, Furniture Design etc.
  • Communication Design: Animation Film Design, Exhibition Set Design, Film and Video Communication, Graphic Design, Photography Design etc.
  • IT Integrated Design: Instructional, Interface (UI Design), Interaction (UX Design), New Media Design, Universal Design etc.
  • Interdisciplinary Design: Strategic Design Management, Design for Retail Experience etc.
  • Textile Design: Textile Design, Apparel Design, Lifestyle Accessory Design etc.

Note: Fashion Design has its own classifications which is covered in detail on our Fashion Design Page

How are students ranked to get through B.Des programmes in India?

  1. NID - 70% of NID DAT Prelims and 30% of NID DAT Mains will be taken into consideration. The students will be asked to submit creative work samples and Statement of Purpose/Thematic Reflections for admission to B.Des programs offered by NID

  2. UCEED - Total UCEED score will be calculated by adding the marks obtained in Part-A and Part-B.

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Design Entrance Exam Important Dates and Deadlines:

NID
Attempts NID 2021
Application Start Date Tentatively October 2020
Application End Date Tentatively November 2020
Test Dates Round 1: NID 2021 Prelims - Tentatively December 2020 / January 2021
Declaration of Round 1 Results / Ranks Tentatively March 2021
Test Date Round 2: NID 2021 Mains Tentatively April / May 2021
Declaration of Round 2 Results / Ranks Tentatively May 2021
Next Process: College Selection Tentatively May / June 2021
College Starts: Tentatively July / August 2021
UCEED (IIT’s)
Attempts UCEED 2021 (IIT’s)
Application Start Date September 09, 2020
Application End Date October 10, 2020
Test Dates Round 1: January 17, 2021
Declaration of Round 1 Results / Ranks March 10, 2021
Test Date Round 2: Not Applicable
Declaration of Round 2 Results / Ranks Not Applicable
Next Process: College Selection Tentatively May / June 2021
College Starts: Tentatively July / August 2021

It is highly recommended that students write both NID & UCEED to maximize their chances of getting into a college of their choice.

Target Scores or Ranks

  1. NID (UG) Prelims - A target score of 55+ is what students need to focus on to get qualified for NID (Mains)
  2. UCEED - A target mark of 200+ is what students need to focus on to get into IITs and IITDM Jabalpur for B.Des programs.

DQ Labs Students' Performance:

  • 200+ DQ Labs Students selected in NID
  • 500+ Students selected by other top design schools in India
  • 40+ students selected to top design schools in the US, UK, Europe and Singapore
  • Faculty from NID & IIT's and visiting Industry Professionals

Structure of the Question Papers & Syllabus

UCEED

Exam Structure

Subject
Distribution of marks
Total Marks
Part A
Numerical Answer Type (NAT) (18 Questions)
Multiple Select Question (MSQ) (18 Questions)
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) (32 Questions)
18*4
18*4
32*3
72
72
96
Part B
Drawing 1*60 60
Total 300
Syllabus
Part A
VISUALIZATION AND SPATIAL ABILITY

Pictorial and diagrammatic questions to test, understanding of transformation and/or manipulation of 2D shapes and 3D objects and their spatial relationships, knowledge of practical and everyday mechanical and scientific concepts.

OBSERVATION AND DESIGN SENSITIVITY

Ability to detect concealed properties in ordinary things, people, situations, and events, and thinking critically about them. Applying attention to certain details, analysing, reasoning, classifying, inferring and predicting. Ability to discern subtle differences in visual properties and aesthetic outcomes.

ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL AWARENESS

General awareness of environmental factors such as climate, population, water, vegetation, pollution, weather, natural resources etc., and their implications on the design of products, images, infrastructure and environment. Awareness of social and cultural connection with design, history of the designed artefact, and socially responsible and environmentally sustainable design responses. History of art, sculpture and literature.

ANALYTICAL AND LOGICAL REASONING

Ability to look at information, be it qualitative or quantitative in nature, and discern patterns within the information. Ability to weigh opinions, arguments or solutions against appropriate criteria. Ability to check for hidden bias or hidden assumptions and whether evidence and argument support conclusions. Ability to use logic and structured thinking to deduce from a short passage, which of a number of statements is the most accurate response to a posed question. Data Interpretation, brainteasers, and patterns.

LANGUAGE AND CREATIVITY

Ability to understand and use Standard English. Reading comprehension, knowledge of English grammar. Ability to think creatively in terms of alternatives, ability to distinguish innovative options and think out of the box.

DESIGN THINKING AND PROBLEM SOLVING

Ability to use visual analogies, metaphors, signs and symbols. Ability to understand complexity, identify problem, generate alternatives, evaluate options and select solutions.

Part B
DRAWING

Ability to draw products, people or scenes in proportion with good line quality, composition, proportion, perspective, and shading.

Design Exams to prepare for & Universities to Target:

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