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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:

Announcement 1: UCEED 2021 Application Click here to apply

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

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.

Download the 2020 brochures of NID & 2021 brochure of UCEED

Student Artworks
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Design Entrance Exam Important Dates and Deadlines:

NID 2021
Details Approximate Dates
Application Start Date Generally October
Application End Date Generally November
Test Dates Round 1: Usually January
Declaration of Round 1 Results / Ranks Generally March
Test Date Round 2: Generally May
Declaration of Round 2 Results / Ranks Generally June
Next Process: College Selection Generally June
College Starts: Generally August
UCEED 2021 (IIT’s)
Details Dates
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.

UCEED Question Paper Structure

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)
Part B
Drawing 1*60 60
Total 300

UCEED 2021 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 to think out of the box.

Design Thinking and Problem Solving:

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

Note:The topics given above are exhaustive and indicative of the nature of questions. However, the UCEED 2021 may not cover all the topics.

Part B

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:

All colleges have a 3 stage admission process - Design Aptitute Test (DAT), Studio Test & Interview with Portfolio review. So applicants must have a holistic approach to their preparation.

DQ Labs Coaching for NID and other Indian and Global universities for Design Programs

Design Quotient Labs (DQLABS) takes pride in its unique Design Training Programs which successfully trains creative students to gain admission into their dream design university. Our previous students have got admission into leading design universities like NID (UG and PG), India; Carnegie Melon University, USA; Instituto Europo di Design, Italy etc amongst others.

The students are mentored by by professional designers from IIT, NID, NIFT etc. who have also previously worked with globally renowned design studios. The training for NID is comprehensive which includes preparation for the Design Aptitude Test (DAT) and Situation Test, Portfolio and Interview. Similarly, students targeting other colleges in India and abroad can also be guided accordingly. To know more about DQLABS click here.

All the DQLABS study material and the teaching methodology for Design entrance preparation is a result of years of experience we have gained through mentoring thousands of Design aspirants at our design studios in Bangalore, Chennai, Mangalore, Pune, and Thrissur.

NID 2020 Top Scorers from DQ Labs

  • Thushar Shivam
    Rank 05

  • Shubhra Agarwal
    Rank 07

  • Harini Suresh
    Rank 10

  • Nikita Dhamija
    Rank 12

  • Suhani Chheda
    Rank 14

  • Arundathi
    Rank 14

  • Nandhini Verma
    Rank 25

  • Subhashree A
    Rank 27

  • Rajul Jain
    Rank 32

  • Kasturi Katale
    Rank 33

  • Sharfaa Fathima
    Rank 35

  • Yashasvi Agrawal
    Rank 37

  • Ahona Mukerjee
    Rank 46

  • Vibha Aravind
    Rank 59

  • Vaidehi Shirsath
    Rank 61

  • Nidhi L Rao
    Rank 112

  • Tia Sukesh Choubey
    Rank 157

  • Dhivya Darshini
    Rank 169

  • Haritha S
    Rank 223

  • Anusha Rajesh
    Rank 236

  • Aanchal A Das
    Rank 250

  • Sriya Vedarth
    Rank 253

  • Nivedita Praveen
    Rank 255

  • Tanvin Badireddi
    Rank 277

  • Anusha Kasi
    Rank 307

  • Tanya Choudhary
    Rank 321

  • Tanvi Patravali
    Rank 324

  • Manas Kannegal
    Rank 345

  • Dhriti Verma
    Rank 378

UCEED 2020 Top Scorers from DQ Labs

  • Amisha Nair
    Rank 08

  • Arun Vijay
    Rank 47

  • Smirthi S
    Rank 64

  • Yashasvi Agrawal
    Rank 67

  • Rajul Jain
    Rank 75

  • Nidhi L Rao
    Rank 77

  • Ananya Narayan
    Rank 80

  • Ganesh BS
    Rank 89

  • Rayan Sheikh
    Rank 187

  • Aryan Joshua
    Rank 188

  • Harinarayan
    Rank 197

  • Rakshita
    Rank 202
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