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Entrance Exams for BDes & MDes Courses 2021: Exam Dates & Notification

Janvi Bhambri
Janvi BhambriUpdated On: November 01, 2021

Design is an ever-evolving industry with multiple entrance exams for admission to top colleges. Check out the list of important dates and popular exams for BDes and MDes courses here.

Entrance Exams for BDes & MDes Courses 2021

Design is an ever-evolving field with multiple courses and colleges in the nation. In order to pursue and establish a career in Design, it is crucial to ensure that you take admission in one of the popular Design colleges in India. It not only lends exposure but also helps in polishing the designing skills. There are numerous Design colleges that either shortlist students for admission based on the national level entrance exam or the institute level entrance exam of design. Students with better performance and results have more chances of making the cut.

If you are interested and are willing to grow professionally as a designer you must focus on the preparation for Design Entrance Exams of BDes & MDes Courses. These courses are highly popular in India and guarantee the holistic development of a student. To qualify the design entrance exam you must be fully equipped with the knowledge of the entrance exam available in the nation and their important dates. This will not only help you in keeping a track of the upcoming events but will also help you in strategising better for the exam.

Scroll through the page to get your hands on the entrance exams for B.Des and M.Des courses. The admission process of some of the exams is over for the year 2021 so the tentative or confirmed dates of 2022 are mentioned alongside such tests. Since the admission process of Pearl Academy Entrance Exam & AP ADCET 2021 is still ongoing for the current session so the exam dates for 2021 are mentioned beside them. Also, check out the list of top-notch design colleges that offer admission to students even without an entrance exam.

Entrance Exams for BDes & MDes Courses

Given below is a list of design entrance exams in India. Candidates can go through the important dates in order to prepare for the BDes and MDes entrance exams accordingly.

Name of Exam

Application Process

Test Date

Result Date

All India Entrance Examination for Design (AIEED)

February 15, 2021- Ongoing

December 15 to December 25, 2021

A week after the exam

Army Institute of Fashion Design (AIFD)

May to July 2022 (Tentative)

First/ Second Week August 2022 (Tentative)

Third Week August 2022 (Tentative)

Andhra Pradesh Art and Design Common Entrance Test (AP ADCET)

August 07, 2021 to September 18, 2021

September 25, 2021

October 05, 2021

Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED)

September 9, 2021 - November 11, 2021 (Extended)

January 23, 2022

March 8, 2022

Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI)

February to August 2022 (Tentative)

Third/ Fourth Week of May 2022 (Tentative)

Second Week of August 2022 (Tentative)

Indian Institute of Art and Design (IIAD)

September 17, 2022 - To be Announced

December 26 & 27, 2021

A week after the exam

Indian Institute of Crafts and Design (IICD)

December 2022

June/ July 2022

August 2022

Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design (UCEED)

September 9, 2021 - November 11, 2021 (Extended)

January 23, 2022

March 10, 2022

NIFT Entrance Exam

October to December 2021 (Tentative)

Third Week January 2022 (Tentative)

March 2022 (Tentative)

National Institute of Design (NID DAT)

October 05 to November 30, 2021

Prelims- January 02, 2022; Mains- April 2022 (Tentative)

Prelims: June 2022; Mains: July 2022 (Tentative)

Pearl Academy of Fashion (PAF) Combined General Proficiency Test (GPT) and Design Aptitude Test (DAT)

April, 2021 - To be Announced

Exam Sessions Ongoing for 2021

Few Days after the Exam

School of Fashion Technology (SOFT) Pune

March to April 2022 (Tentative)

June 2022 (Tentative)

June 2022 (Tentative)

Top 10 Design Entrance Exams in India

Note: Barring Pearl Academy Entrance Exam 2021 & AP ADCET 2021, all the dates are for exam schedule of 2022. 

Also Read: Private Colleges in India Offering Scholarship for Design Admission: Eligibility & Benefits

Preparation Guide for Top BDes & MDes Entrance Exams 2021

Here is the preparation guide for the top BDes & MDes Entrance Exams in India 2021. You can also check out the Self-Study Guide for Design Entrance Exams in India to strengthen exam preparation.

Preparation Tips for Design Entrance Exams

Syllabus of Design Entrance Exam

How to Prepare for AIEED

Syllabus of AIEED

How to Prepare for AIFD

Syllabus of AIFD

How to Prepare for CEED

Syllabus of CEED

How to Prepare for FDDI

Syllabus of FDDI

How to Prepare for IIAD

Syllabus of IIAD

How to Prepare for UCEED

Syllabus of UCEED

How to Prepare for NIFT Entrance Exam

Syllabus of NIFT Entrance Exam

How to Prepare for Pearl Academy Entrance Exam

Syllabus of Pearl Academy Entrance Exam

How to Prepare for NDI DAT

Syllabus of NID DAT

Self-Study Guide for Design Entrance Exams in India

Top Colleges for Direct Design Admissions

Provided below are the names of colleges that offer admission to candidates on the basis of marks obtained in the last qualifying exam.

College Name


Sage University

Indore, Madhya Pradesh

Jaipur National University

Jaipur, Rajasthan

NIMS University

Nashik, Maharashtra

Mody University

Sikar, Rajasthan

Amity University

Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Karnavati University

Gandhinagar, Gujarat

Chandigarh University

Chandigarh, Punjab

Indian Institute of Art & Design


Apex University

Jaipur, Rajasthan

Satyam Fashion Institute

Noida, Uttar Pradesh

Best Design Colleges Apart from NID and NIFT: Courses, Fees, Entrance Exams

Also Read: Features to be Considered Before Choosing a Design School

To take admission in any of the aforementioned institutes, just click on the links mentioned above and directly apply to the desired college. You can also dial 1800-572-9877 or fill-up the Common Application Form. For any more queries, write to us in the QnA zone.

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Dear Student,

In order to pursue Diploma in Fashion Designing from NEIFT, it is important to have completed 10+2 level from a recognised board of education. Students cannot apply for admission at NEIFT Guwahati for Diploma in Fashion Designing after class 10th.

To learn more about your course and college options you can visit the Diploma Courses in Fashion Designing: Admission Process, Fees, Eligibility.

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Dear Student,

You are eligible to pursue a Diploma in Interior Design after completing class 12th in the art stream. Some of the ideal colleges in Delhi and Noida for Diploma in Interior Design are as follows:



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Jagannath Institute of Management Sciences (JIMS)

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Dear Student,

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LISAA School of Design (LISAA)

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Centre for Design Excellence (CODE)

Jaipur, Rajasthan

Sanskriti University

Mathura, Uttar Pradesh

Jaipur National University - JNU

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To participate in the admission process of any design college, either dial the helpline number 1800-572-9877 (toll-free) or fill the Common Application Form. In case of more questions, write back to us in the QnA zone ...


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