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Entrance Exams for BDes & MDes Courses 2022: Exam Dates & Notification

Janvi Bhambri
Janvi BhambriUpdated On: February 09, 2022 07:00 pm IST

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 2022

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. 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)

December 23, 2021- Ongoing

February 01 to February 15, 2022

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 2022 (Tentative)

September 2022 (Tentative)

October 2022 (Tentative)

Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED)

September 9, 2021 - November 11, 2021

January 23, 2022

March 8, 2022

Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI)

February 01 to April 28, 2022

June 19, 2022

June 30, 2022

Indian Institute of Art and Design (IIAD)

September 17, 2022 - Ongoing

April 23 & 24, 2022

A week after the exam

Indian Institute of Crafts and Design (IICD)

December 2022 (Tentative)

June/ July 2022 (Tentative)

August 2022 (Tentative)

Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design (UCEED)

September 9, 2021 - November 11, 2021

January 23, 2022

March 10, 2022

NIFT Entrance Exam

December 03, 2021 to January 17, 2022

February 06, 2022

March 2022 (Tentative)

National Institute of Design (NID DAT)

October 05 to December 06, 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)

February 06 to February 08, 2022

February 12, 2022

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

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

Preparation Guide for Top BDes & MDes Entrance Exams 2022

Here is the preparation guide for the top BDes & MDes Entrance Exams in India 2022. 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.

CollegeDekho wishes you Good Luck!


What are some popular entrance exams for B.Des?

Some of the popular entrance exams for B.Des are UCEED, NIFT Entrance Exam, NID DAT, AIEED, SOFT CET, SEED, SUAT, IIAD Entrance Exam etc.

Which entrance exams of M.Des are the most popular in India?

The most popular entrance exams for M.Des admissions in India are CEED, NIFT Entrance Exam, UPES DAT, NID DAT, SOFT CET etc.

How much time does it take to prepare for a design entrance exam?

The time to prepare for a design entrance exam is subjective and it depends on the difficulty level of the exam and the preparation skills of the candidate. In general, to prepare for a B.Des or M.Des entrance exam, an individual might take a time of 2 months to 6 months.

Which are the most popular institute level entrance exams for M.Des & B.Des?

Most popular institute level exams for M.Des & B.Des are NIFT Entrance Exam, NID DAT, IIAD Entrance Exam, AIEED, UPES DAT, LPUNEST B.Des, LPUNEST M.Des, SOFT CET etc.

Can I prepare for the design entrance exam through self study?

Yes, with proper strategy and dedication an individual can easily prepare for a design entrance exam through self study.

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