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B.Des Admissions in India 2021: Application, Eligibility, Exams, Top Colleges

Sukriti Vajpayee
Sukriti VajpayeePublished On: May 26, 2021

B.Des is among the most popular programmes in the field of design. Check out all important information regarding B.Des admissions in India 2021 in this article.

B.Des Admissions in India

Bachelor of Design (B.Des) is an undergraduate design programme that is opted by most of the students who aspire to pursue a career in design after completing their schooling. It is a full-time course that is covered over a duration of four years. This article contains all the information about B.Des admissions in India 2021. Candidates looking for details regarding admission to the B.Des course can find all the important particulars and facts of the programme. There are many colleges in India that offer B.Des and some even identify themselves as Design institutes entirely.

B.Des Entrance Exams in India 2021

Admission to B.Des 2021 in India is done usually through design entrance exams. The colleges offering B.Des either conduct their individual entrance test or accept some national competitive examinations for selecting students.

Students have to appear for these exams if they wish to get enrolled in the B.Des programme. They must check if they qualify the conditions set as the eligibility criteria of the particular exam. Some of the most popular entrance exams of B.Des in India are given in the table below. The dates of these exams are also provided alongside.

Name of B.Des Entrance Exam

Application Process

Date of Exam

Declaration of Result

National Institute of Design Entrance Exam (NID DAT)

January to February 17, 2021

March 14, 2021 (Prelims)

June/ July 2021 (Mains)

Prelims - May/ June 2021

Mains - June/ July 2021

National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) Exam

December 14, 2020 to January 21, 2021

February 14, 2021

Written Exam- March 17, 2021

MIT Institute of Design Entrance Exam (MIT DAT)

Last Date-

March 10th, 2021

April 13th & 14th 2021

April 19th, 2021

All India Entrance Examination for Design (AIEED)

November 21, 2020- Ongoing

May 21 to May 31

7 Days After the Exam

Undergraduate Common Entrance Exam for Design (UCEED)

September 9 - November 10, 2020

January 17, 2021

March 10, 2021

Footwear Design and Development Institute All India Selection Test (FDDI AIST)

February 1 to June 15, 2021

July 4, 2021

July 12, 2021

Symbiosis Entrance Exam for Design (SEED)

February 23 to May 31, 2021

Portfolio Review & Personal Interaction:

June 19 to 27, 2021

July 1, 2021

Pearl Academy Entrance Exam

January 25, 2021 - Ongoing

Written Test- May 22, 2021

Interview- May 26 & 27, 2021 (May cycle)

June 02, 2021 (May Cycle)

Indian Institute of Crafts and Design Exam (IICD Exam)

December 21 to May 21, 2021


Part A Test- June 10 & 20, 2021

Part B Test- June 26 & July 4, 2021

Part A Test- July 10, 2021

Part B Test- July 26, 2021

School of Fashion Technology Common Entrance Test (SOFT CET)

March 04 to April 30, 2021

June 03 - June 05, 2021

June 10, 2021

Entrance Exams for B.Des & M.Des Courses 2021

Also Read: B.F.A. vs B.Des: Which is Better?

B.Des Application Process 2021

The application process for the B.Des course depends on the university or college that the student has shortlisted for taking admission. They have to apply through the official website of the university or college and ensure that the application process is completed within the given deadline. For admission to some B.Des colleges, the student will have to apply for the entrance exam that is accepted by them for conducting admissions.

Usually, the B.Des application process is carried out in the online mode but some institutions provide the facility of offline application forms as well. The general steps for B.Des application process 2021 have been listed below. Candidates can take help from these points to submit their applications for the course.

Step 1: The student will have to visit the official website of the college or the particular examination authority (if he/ she is appearing for an entrance exam).

Step 2: They will find the option of applying online on the home page of the website itself.

Step 3: The first step for filling the application form is registering oneself. Candidates are required to enter certain details like their name, contact number, email ID, etc. in order to register themselves.

Step 4: Once the registration is complete, the candidates can proceed to fill the application form.

Step 5: They have to enter all of their personal and academic details that are asked for in the form.

Step 6: Special care needs to be taken while filling in the details. The admission authority holds the rights to cancel the application form of the candidate if any discrepancy is found.

Step 7: Applicants will be required to upload scanned copies of some documents, their photograph, and signature.

Step 8: Upon submitting the application, candidates will have to pay the application fee for B.Des. The fee differs from college to college.

Step 9: If the candidate is filling the form online, he/ she can pay through any online mode payment gateway like bet banking, credit or debit card.

Step 10: In case the student submits the form offline, he/ she will have to download the form and fill in the details. The payment can be made through a Demand Draft drawn in favour of the concerned authorities.

Step 11: It is advised to keep a printout of the receipt and application form as it can be useful in future.

B.Des Eligibility Criteria 2021

The general B.Des eligibility criteria for admission to design colleges in India have been explained below. However, some institutes may include certain other conditions in their eligibility. The candidates must check the qualifications required by colleges individually before they proceed with applying for admission. Colleges are quite strict when it comes to the B.Des eligibility criteria and they do not consider those students for admission who fail at meeting the criteria.

  • The student must have completed his/ her education up to the higher secondary level.

  • Candidates have to clear class 12th from a school that is affiliated to a recognised state or central board of education like the ISC, the CBSE, etc.

  • Overall, the aggregate percentage scored by the student at the 10 + 2 level should be at least 50 per cent.

  • It is mandatory for the applicants to secure passing marks in all the subjects of class 12th.

  • Students from all streams and backgrounds are eligible to apply for B.Des admissions. The course is not stream-specific at the 10 + 2 level.

  • Some colleges also accept students who have a diploma in the required subjects.

B.Des Selection Process 2021

The selection process for B.Des in India is done either on the basis of merit or through entrance exams. After the results of the exam are out, candidates will have to apply to the respective institutions that consider that exam.

Once the applications of the institute are closed, the ranks and marks of all applicants in the entrance exam are assessed and a merit list is prepared giving preference to students with higher ranks. The shortlisted applicants are called for the counselling process at the institute. Some colleges might have further rounds of Group Discussion (GD) or Personal Interview (PI) or both. Certain colleges also review the design portfolio of the candidates. The final admission of students is done after their overall performance has been assessed.

The colleges which give direct admission to students refer to their marks in the qualifying examination. A merit list is prepared in which the applicants are shortlisted on the basis of their aggregate marks in class 12th board exams (or its equivalent). Students who have scored a higher percentage are given preference over the other candidates. As soon as the shortlisting is over, candidates are called for the B.Des counselling process of the respective colleges. They might have to sit for the rounds of Group Discussion and Personal Interview that are conducted by the institute.

Also Read: How to Pursue Design after Studying Science in 12th: Top Colleges, Exams, Jobs

Top B.Des Colleges in India

There are some leading colleges for B.Des in India that students can consider for admission. Some of these colleges are of a high repute and every year, students struggle through a cut-throat competition to get a seat in the college. Apart from the National Institutes of Design (NIDs) and the National Institutes of Fashion Technology (NIFTs), there are several other design colleges in which thousands of students apply every year.

Some of the leading government and private Bachelor of Design (B.Des) colleges in India are given in the table below. The B.Des fee structure and intake of these colleges are also provided.

Government B.Des Colleges in India

Here is a list of some of the best government B.Des colleges in India. Candidates can find the B.Des fee structure of the colleges as well.

Name of the College

B.Des Fee Structure

National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad

Rs. 1,17,500

National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Mumbai

Rs. 7,77,702

Industrial Design Centre, Indian Institute of Technology (IDC IIT), Mumbai

Rs. 9,27,000

School of Fashion Technology, Pune

Rs. 2,00,000

Doon University, Dehradun

Rs. 2,96,000

Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI), Kolkata

Rs. 8,36,500

National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Chennai

Rs. 7,77,702

National Institute of Design (NID), Bangalore

Rs. 1,17,500

National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), New Delhi

Rs. 7,77,702

National Institute of Design (NID), Gandhinagar

Rs. 1,17,500

Private B.Des Colleges in India

The table below gives information about some leading private colleges and universities in India that offer B.Des. The fee structure of these colleges for B.Des has also been also given.

Name of the College

B.Des Fee Structure (Annual)

CREO Valley (CREO), Bangalore

Rs. 3,00,000

Unitedworld Institute of Design (UID), Gandhinagar

Rs. 4,50,000

LISAA School of Design (LISAA), Bangalore

Rs. 3,00,000

MIT Institute of Design (MITID), Pune

Rs. 5,65,000

CT Group of Institutions, Jalandhar

Rs. 50,000

Lovely Professional University (LPU), Chandigarh

Rs. 2,40,000

Swarrnim Startup And Innovation University (SSIU), Gandhinagar

Rs. 2,50,000

Chandigarh University (CU), Chandigarh

Rs. 1,60,000

Sandip University, Nashik

Rs. 1,30,000

Arch College of Design and Business, Jaipur

Rs. 3,95,000

Amity School of Fashion Technology, Gurgaon

Rs. 1,38,000 - Rs. 2,58,000

To take B.Des admission in any of the aforementioned colleges, feel free to either dial 1800-572-9877 (toll-free) or fill the Common Application Form. An admission expert will reach out to you and provide you with free assistance. You can also drop your queries on the QnA zone of CollegeDekho.

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