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SEED 2021 for B.Des Admission: Dates, Application Form, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Selection Process

Samiksha Rautela
Samiksha RautelaPublished On: January 15, 2021 | SET

Symbiosis conducts SEED every year to enrol students for its B.Des course. The details of SEED 2021 including the eligibility, important dates, syllabus, the application process, and the result are mentioned below.

SEED Entrance examination

Symbiosis Entrance Exam for Design (SEED) is a university-level examination conducted by the Symbiosis International University. Through the SEED exam, the university offers admission to the candidates to the B.Des programmes of the SID (Symbiosis Institute of Design) and SSPAD (Symbiosis School of Planning, Architecture and Design, Nagpur). SEED assesses aspirants on the parameter of geometry, colour, general design awareness, visual observation, awareness of Indian culture, craft, traditions and creative thinking abilities. 

SEED comes under the most popular design entrance exams in India and is among the four entrance exams that are conducted under SET (Symbiosis Entrance Test). Every year, thousands of students aspiring to pursue a career in design appear for the entrance exam. All important information regarding the SEED exam 2021 has been provided in this article. Candidates can find the examination pattern, the application process, as well as the important dates of the test.

SEED 2021 Important Dates

Captured below are some important dates of SEED 2021 that a candidate needs to keep a track of in order to stay abreast with the development in the entrance examination schedule. The exact dates have not been out yet and will be shared below as soon as they are released. Meanwhile, applicants can go through the tentative schedule.


Dates (Tentative)

Application Process Begins

January 28, 2021

Application Process Ends

April 2021

Admit Card Download

April 2021

SEED Exam Date

May 1, 2021

SEED Result Date

May 2021

Portfolio Review and Personal Interaction round

May 2021

Declaration of SEED 2021 Merit List

June 2021

Period for fees payment and online registration for the programme for the First Merit List Candidates

June 2021

Commencement of the Programme

June 2021

How to Apply for SEED 2021?

Candidates appearing for the SEED exam have to register online on the official website of SET (Symbiosis Entrance Test) conducted by the Symbiosis International University. The applicants are required to go through the step by step procedure mentioned below in order to fill the application form of the SEED 2021.

First Step: To register and fill the SID Application Form

Given below are the steps to fill the SEED 2021 application form.

  • The candidates are required to visit the official website of SET and fill up all the required personal and academic details.

  • While selecting the preferred disciple, aspirants need to go to the morning session and select the SEED (SET-Design) option. The SEED 2021 examination is conducted in the morning session only.

  • The aspirants are advised to fill the SEED test city preference very carefully as once the online transaction is done, no changes for the test city will be entertained.

  • Candidates need to upload their photo in .png/ .gif/ .jpg/ .jpeg format. They also need to keep in mind that the size of the photo should be somewhere between 10 KB and 500 KB.

  • By completing the registration process, unique SET ids for the applicants are generated.

Second Step: To pay the application fees

The application fees for the SEED 2021 is Rs. 1,750. Candidates can pay the fees through the online payment method or they can also select the choice of DD (Demand Draft)

Online Method- The candidates are required to make the payment through the options of Billdesk Gateway, Indian Bank Gateway and Ease Buzz Gateway.

Candidates who wish to apply for both, morning, as well as the afternoon session, need to pay Rs. 3,500.

Demand Draft Method- Applicants can also pay the fees of SEED 2021 through DD (Demand Draft) from any nationalised bank. The DD must be drawn in favour of Symbiosis Test Secretariat and is payable at Pune. Candidates need to select DD from the Make Payment option. The aspirants need to take a print out of the payment advice form, sign after filling in the DD details and send it along with the DD to the address mentioned below.

Symbiosis Test Secretariat

Symbiosis International (Deemed University)

Tal-Mulshi, Gram-Lavale, District-Pune 412115

Contact Number-020-3911627/26

After the aforementioned steps are completed, the candidates will receive an email confirmation consisting of the application number. Admit card will be issued to only those who receive the email. The candidate then needs to register at the specific institutes of Symbiosis International University for admission. Here, a separate non-refundable payment of Rs.1,000/- per programme per institute is to be made.

SEED 2021 Admission Process

SEED 2021 examination is conducted in a three-fold process. The first round is that of a computer-based test, where the candidates are provided with objective type questions. After the exam is successfully done, the candidates need to wait for the result to be announced. Once the results are declared on, the shortlisted candidates will be able to register themselves for the next two rounds. A studio test and a personal interaction round will be conducted at the SID Pune campus. The final selection is based on the cumulative performance of the applicants in all the rounds. The aspirants will be granted admission to SID and SSPAD keeping in mind the performance of the candidates in all three round and also the preference 1 selected by the candidate while applying online. Captured here in the tabular form is the weightage of each round in the scale of 40 marks.



SEED 2021 Entrance Test (exam marks scaled down to 40)


Personal Interaction


Studio Test


SEED 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Aspirants are required to satisfy the eligibility criteria of the SID and SSPAD before filling the application form of SEED exam. Listed below are the conditions that need to be met before applying for the B.Des course at SID.

  • The candidate must have qualified class 12 from any stream/10+3 Diploma programme or its equivalent with the minimum aggregate of 50%.

  • Candidates falling under the reserved categories get 5% relaxation. They can apply for SEED 2021 with 45% aggregate.

  • A candidate appearing for the class 12/ 10+3 Diploma final exams can also apply for the entrance exam given that he/she must be able to produce the required qualification documents before or at the time of admissions.

  • Aspirants with brilliant artistic and creative skills will be given preference in the examination.

  • Indians, as well as students from abroad, can apply for SEED examination. The NRI/Foreign National students have to apply from Symbiosis Centre for International Education.

SEED 2021 Exam Pattern

SEED 2021 is a computer-test that is conducted once a year. The exam pattern of SEED 2021 has been explained in detail below. Candidates can refer to the table provided for understanding all the aspects of the exam. It is mandatory for applicants to attempt all the sections of the exam. All questions are based on design aptitude.

Exam Name

SEED 2021

Exam Type

Computer-based (Online)

Timing of the exam

9:30 AM to 12 PM (Morning Session)

Types of Questions

Objective (Multiple Choice Questions)

Marking Scheme

+1 for every correct answer, no negative marking

Total Questions


Duration of the exam

150 minutes

SEED 2021 Admit Card

The admit card of SEED 2021 will be made available on the official website of SET. The admit card can be downloaded in .pdf format from the official website by entering the credentials. It is mandatory for the applicants to take the coloured print out of the admit card like the black and white print out will not be accepted. The candidates are advised to reach the exam centre with the admit card and photo identity proof by 7:30 so as to have sufficient time for the capture of biometric data.

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SEED 2021 Syllabus

Candidates can go through the inductive topics from which the questions are asked in the SEED test. They are measured as per their aptitude in design and creativity. SEED syllabus 2021 has questions that assess students on the basis of their observational skills, perceptual and reasoning abilities, visualisation, creative and problem-solving abilities and application of basic knowledge of Maths and Science. Given here is the topic wise description of the SEED syllabus 2021.

Creative and Problem Solving Abilities- The candidates’ ability to visualise and relate to the images with the idea is judged in this section. Also, the skill of the candidate to identify the problems and provide a solution is analysed.

Visualisation- This section includes comprehension of complex and simple 2D and 3D geometric shapes, their spatial relationships and manipulations through demonstration in geometric and pictorial forms.

Application of basic knowledge of Science and Mathematics- Observing and analysing basic principles of Maths and Science (up to class 10) and their application comprises the questions of this section. Finding the relevance of them in day to day life is also formulated as questions.

Observational, perceptual and reasoning abilities- The candidate’s ability to view and see objects beyond the obvious boundaries are scrutinised in this section. Apart from that, the capability of making connections, form comparisons and opinions, and draw meaning is also examined. It is required for the candidate to have excellent observational skills and the ability to present their opinion/idea in a systematic form.

Craft, art, design, culture and environment- The general awareness of an aspirant in the sphere of craft, art, design, culture, and environment is also assessed in both, Indian as well as global context. Various questions on topics related to tools, material, people, technique, influence, periods, issues and concerns and contemporary trends are framed to evaluate the potential of the student.

Also Read: Here are the best design colleges in India!

SEED 2021 Result

SEED result is announced every year in the month of May. This year the result is expected to be out in the month of June 2021. The SEED 2021 result will be announced and published on the official website of the Symbiosis International University. The candidates will have to enter their passwords and log-in ID. Candidates can download the admit card from the website and save it for any further use. If the student has qualified the SEED test 2021 only half the battle is won as they are still left with the studio round and the personal interaction round. Students are selected on the basis of their performance in these rounds. The final merit list of the shortlisted candidates will appear on the official website. Here is how a student can check the admission status.

  • The candidate must visit the official website of SET 2021.

  • After navigating on the website, click on the SEED tab.

  • Further, click on ‘Know Your Admission Status’ link.

  • Enter your password along with your roll number.

  • The list of the shortlisted candidates will be visible.

SEED examination is conducted every year to enrol students in top design institute like SID. A candidate can prepare and apply for the entrance examination to secure a safe future in design. There are multiple leading design colleges in the nation and Symbiosis is one of them. Qualifying the SEED 2021 and studying from a reputed design institute has the potential of boosting the skills that a candidate requires while entering the professional field of design.

Top Design Colleges for Direct Admissions

Provided below is an entire list of the top-notch colleges that offer direct design admission to aspirants. Candidates can click on the links to directly apply for admission.

Name of the University


Apex University

Jaipur, Rajasthan

P P Savani University

Surat, Gujarat

Lovely Professional University (LPU)

Phagwara, Punjab

NIMS University

Nashik, Maharashtra

International School of Design (INSD)

Pune, Maharashtra

Amity University

Several Campuses

Jaipur National University

Jaipur, Rajasthan

Chandigarh University

Chandigarh, Punjab

Sage University

Indore, Madhya Pradesh

Mody University

Sikar, Rajasthan

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