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

Janvi Bhambri
Janvi BhambriPublished On: April 06, 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 result 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 2021

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 Forms

Test Date

Result Date

All India Entrance Examination for Design (AIEED)

February 15, 2021

April 3- 11, 2021

A week after the exam

Army Institute of Fashion Design (AIFD)

April 2021 (Tentative)

May 2021 (Tentative)

June 2021 (Tentative)

Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED)

September 9, 2020 - October 10, 2020

January 17, 2021 (Released)

March 8, 2021 (Released)

Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI)

February 1, 2021 - June 15, 2021

July 4, 2021

July 12, 2021

GD Goenka Design Aptitude Test (DAT)

February 2021 (Released)

April 2021 (Tentative)

May 2021 (Tentative)

Indian Institute of Art and Design (IIAD)

March 2021 - April 20, 2021

April 24, 2021

May 2021 (Tentative)

Indian Institute of Crafts and Design (IICD)

December 21, 2020 -April 21, 2021

June 26, 2021 - July 04, 2021

July 10, 2021

Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design (IIT UCEED)

September 9, 2020 to October 17, 2020 (Released)

January 17, 2021 (Released)

March 10, 2021 (Released)

MIT Institute of Design Entrance Exam

October 22, 2020 - March 10, 2021


April 13, 2021 - April 14, 2021

Studio Test & Interview:

June 7, 2021- June 25, 2021


April 19, 2021

Studio Test & Interview:

June 14, 2021- June 26, 2021

NIFT Entrance Exam

December 14, 2020- January 21, 2021


February 14, 2021

Situation Test / Group
Discussion / Interview:

April/ May (Tentative)


March 17, 2021

Situation Test / Group
Discussion / Interview:

End of May / June, 2021

NIIFT Mohali Entrance Exam

February 1, 2021 - May 28, 2021

June 16 & 17, 20201 

June 23, 2021

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

April, 2021 - June 09, 2021 (June Cycle)

June 19, 2021 (June Cycle)

Few Days after the Exam (June Cycle)

School of Fashion Technology (SOFT) Pune

April 2021 (Tentative)

May 2021 (Tentative)

May 2021 (Tentative)

Note: Some of the exams dates are tentative. Candidates are required to keep an eye on the developments and stay updated.

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 the exam preparation.

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

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

Aditya College Of Design Studies ( ACDS Mumbai)

Mumbai, Maharashtra

Chandigarh University

Chandigarh, Punjab

International School of Design (INSD)

Pune, Maharashtra

Apex University

Jaipur, Rajasthan

Anant National University

Ahmedabad, Gujarat

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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