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IIAD Entrance Exam 2021: What and How to Prepare?

IIAD Entrance Examination is conducted for admission to UG and PG courses in designing offered by the Indian Institute of Art and Design. IIAD collaborates with Kingston School of Art, part of the Kingston University, London, to conduct the examination.

Candidates aspiring to join the courses in Art and Designing at IIAD and Kingston must clear the two hours and 30 minutes test. The national level examination is for 200 marks, and questions will be provided in English medium.


Usually, the test is conducted offline, where candidates are evaluated on their observation, drawing, designing, visual skills, imagination, creativity, and expression.



After clearing the iDAT (IIAD Design Aptitude Test), candidates can go through to the next round for UG courses. On the other hand, candidates clearing the iMAT (IIAD Management Aptitude Test) can go to the next round for PG courses. After clearing the written examination, the candidate must appear for the second round, consisting of a studio simulation for UG courses or a personal interview for PG courses.


Important Points. IIAD Entrance Exam is conducted in two rounds; November and April/May Cycle. The application form for the May 2021 cycle is open and will close on 24th May 2021.


The last date to apply is 24th May 2021. The IIAD Examination will be conducted on 29th May.


Due to the pandemic, the examination will be held online. Candidates appearing for the test can attempt it from their own homes. An option to attempt the exam offline is available at the main campus of IIAD in New Delhi.


Candidates applying for UG courses must have passed the 10+2 examination from any stream or are appearing for the 2021 boards.


Candidates appearing for the PG courses must have a bachelor’s degree from recognized universities or are appearing for the 2021 UG examination.


Courses Offered in IIAD. The following are the UG and PG courses offered in IIAD:


UG courses: BA (Hons) Fashion Design, BA (Hons) Fashion Business Management (FBM), BA (Hons) Communication Design, and BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design.


PG Courses: Masters in FBM and Masters in Fashion Design.

Exam Pattern. The paper will mainly access the candidates’ creativity, imagination, innovation, decision-making, drawing, and designing skills.


Section A will consist of Logical Reasoning questions.

Section B consists of Visual Aptitude and Creative thinking questions.


Preparation Tips.

  • Collecting relevant study materials.

  • Solving previous year’s question papers for practice and time management.

  • Creating a study plan and routine.

  • Understand the question before attempting to answer.

  • Practicing mock tests can increase calculation speed and accuracy.

  • Use visuals to understand concepts easier.

  • Maintain out-of-the-box thinking while attempting creative problem-solving questions.

  • Engage in designing through theories and practicals.

  • Develop new ideas and increase focus on your creativity.

  • Identify strengths and weaknesses while attempting mock and practice papers. Work on your weakness.

  • Go through the entire exam pattern and syllabus to have a clear idea of the examination.

  • Learn shortcut methods and elimination tricks.

  • Maintain a healthy diet and sleep pattern.

Happy Learning!

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