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Indian Institute of Art and Design - Design Aptitude Test

Form Date: 01 Jan - 28 Feb 2022 (Tentative)

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Form Date: 01 Jan - 28 Feb 2022

IIAD Basic Information

  • Application Fee:₹ 2,000
  • Number Of Attempts:2
  • Examination Modes:Pen & Paper Mode
  • Exam Conducting Body:Indian Institute of Art And Design (IIAD)
  • Courses:BA (HONS) DES
  • Streams:Design

IIAD 2022: Application Form, Eligibility Criteria, Syllabus

Updated On - October 08 2021 by Anusha Pachauri

IIAD 2022 exam schedule will be released by the Indian Institute of Art & Design (IIAD), New Delhi. The exam will be conducted in 7-8 cycles. Indian Institute of Art and Design - Design Aptitude Test is organised in collaboration with Kingston University, London. It is a University level exam held twice a year. The entrance exam is conducted in offline and online mode and welcomes candidates of any stream (Science/ Commerce/ Arts/ Humanities) who have a flair for design. IIAD offers admission to the candidates in various undergraduate programmes in the following design courses viz; Communication Design, Fashion Design, Interior Architecture & Design & Fashion Business Management. The candidates must go through the complete article to know all about IIAD DAT 2022 Important Dates, Eligibility Criteria, and so on.

IIAD 2022 Exam Status

Candidates can check the important details related to the IIAD 2022 which is mentioned below:

Exam dateYet to Announce

IIAD 2022 Important Dates

Candidates can find important dates and events related to IIAD 2022 from the given table below:

IIAD 2022 Schedule
Last Date to apply for the exam To be Announced
IIAD 2022 Exam DateTo be Announced

IIAD 2022 Application Form

Indian Institute of Art and Design has released the IIAD 2022 application form for the March cycle. Candidates can check the details related to the IIAD 2022 Application form given below. Candidates can submit the Examination form in any mode i.e. online or offline: 
  • For Online Application: Applicants who want to apply online for the various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes can submit their Registration Form along with necessary documents by registering themselves at IIAD’s Online Application Portal. 
  • For Offline Application: Interested candidates have to visit the campus, collect the Application Form and submit it along with documents asked by the authority of the IIAD Admissions Office. The completed application form must be sent to the following address-

Indian Institute of Art & Design

B-26, Okhla Phase I

New Delhi 110020 India

Note: No multiple application forms shall be entertained.
How to apply online: 
  • STEP 1: First, go to the above-mentioned website. 
  • STEP 2: Now, register with email and password, first name, last name, phone number, etc. 
  • STEP 3: Thereafter, candidates have to log in with an email and password. 
  • STEP 4: Now, fill the application, upload documents and pay the application fee. 
How to apply offline:
  • STEP 1: Go to the campus i.e IIAD admission office. 
  • STEP 2: Now, submit the important documents and the pay application fee. 
  • STEP 3: Thereafter, receive their acknowledgement form from the admission team.

IIAD 2022 Registration Fee

Mode of Payment: Candidates have to pay the examination fee of Rs. 2000/- at the time of submission of the Application Form.
  • Online Payment: Candidate can pay IIAD 2022 Registration Fee using Visa or Mastercard. 
  • Offline Payment: If any candidate is applying offline, he or she can pay the application fee as Demand Draft at the institute address.

On successful completion of the Application form, the candidate will receive an acknowledgement email from the Admissions Team with relevant information.

IIAD 2022 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must check the IIAD 2022 eligibility criteria before they apply for the exam. The IIAD 2022 Eligibility criteria for Undergraduate and Lateral entry is given below:
For Undergraduate Programmes 
  • Our Undergraduate programme offers a total of 150 seats distributed across four courses:
  1. UG Communication Design
  2. UG Interior Architecture and Design 
  3. UG Fashion Design
  4. UG Fashion Business Management
  • Candidates who have passed their 10+2 examination or equivalent in any stream (Science, Commerce, Humanities or Arts) with 50% are eligible for the exam
  • Candidates who are appearing for their 10+2 examination in 2022 or are waiting for the result can also apply for the exam.

IIAD accepts candidates from any of the below-listed Boards of Education:

  • Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
  • Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE)
  • Indian State Boards
  • National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)
  • Or any other approved National or International Education Board.
For Postgraduate Programmes
  • Our Postgraduate programme offers a total of 40 seats distributed across two courses:
  1. Master’s in Fashion Design
  2. Master’s in Fashion Business Management
  • Candidates who have passed their Undergraduate Examination (or equivalent) in any discipline from a recognised Institute or University may apply.
  • Those who are appearing for it in the current academic year or are awaiting their results may also apply.
For Lateral Entry

Also, there is a lateral entry for those who have passed one year in any discipline from a recognised university/board.

IIAD 2022 Exam Pattern

The IIAD 2022 Exam Pattern will be conducted accordingly to the course chosen by the candidate and comprises of the following rounds :
IIAD 2022 Question Paper Pattern
ProgrammesRounds/PartsDuration of Exam
For Fashion Design, Communication Design and Interior Architecture & Design ApplicantsPart 1- IIAD Design Aptitude Test (iDAT)
Part 2- Studio Simulation
 150 minutes (two and a half hours)
Studio Simulation

‘Studio simulation test’ is a two-hour activity process in which a group of 12-15 students is given a brief along with the material. Applicants are required to create a 3D model using that material under the supervision of the faculty. They will be judged based on teamwork, creative thinking, innovation & problem-solving skills.

IIAD 2022 Exam nature
IIAD 2022 Exam Paper Pattern
Mode of ExaminationOffline
Medium of LanguageEnglish language
Total marks200
Rounds/ Parts 2

IIAD 2022 Preparation Tips

While preparing for IIAD, the candidate must keep in mind the following IIAD 2022 Preparation Tips to qualify for the exam with flying colours. Some preparation tips for IIAD is given below for the candidates to follow a study routine: 

  • Candidates should prepare separately for the two sections of the exam to clear both rounds.
  • For the Logical reasoning and creative thinking part, a candidate must refer to the IIAD 2021 Paper pattern and allot time accordingly to both sections.
  • The interview round will showcase the knowledge of the subject candidates are applying for. Therefore, they should have their basic concepts up to the mark in front of the interviewer.
  • For Fashion and Architecture programmes, candidates must create a Portfolio including 2D work like sketches, paintings, drawings, photographs, and 3D work as well to show in Portfolio Assessment. 
  • Candidates need to work on their presentation and communication skills for both Portfolio and Personal interview rounds.

IIAD 2022 Selection Process

IIAD 2022 selection process consists of two steps. Candidates will go through the following two steps for admission at IIAD:

Part 1- The IIAD Design Aptitude Test is consists of two Parts-
  • Section A: Logical Reasoning
  • Section B: Creative Thinking and Visual Ability
  • Test process: This test evaluates the candidates' aptitude for drawing, design ability, power of observation/representation, creativity, imagination, lateral thinking, and writing skills. It also checks the candidate’s environmental awareness through visual and textual questioning.
Part 2-  Studio Simulation
  • Test process: Studio Simulation is a personal interaction session conducted in a studio simulated environment to understand a candidate’s interest in the discipline, evaluate their design aptitude, test their ability to innovate, and assess their capacity to comprehend information and solve problems.

IIAD 2022 Admit Card

The  IIAD 2022 Admit card for Design Aptitude Test will be issued by the Indian Institute of Art and Design in January 2022. The information about the IIAD 2022 Admit card/Hall ticket is given below:
  • Admission Tickets will be available on the official website of IIAD.
  • Candidates can download the admit card online mode only.
  • Candidates can download their admit cards by using their application number and Date of Birth (DOB).
  • Admit cards will be issued to those candidates only who have successfully submitted their application form via online or offline mode.
  • Candidates will not be allowed to enter the examination hall without the IIAD DAT admit card.

IIAD 2022 Result 

IIAD 2022 Results is released by the Indian Institute of Art & Design online on the official website. Candidates who appeared in IIAD 2022 can check their scorecard by logging with their credentials emailed to them during the registration. The result is prepared based on the performance of candidates in the written and Personal/ Portfolio Assessment rounds conducted in IIAD 2022. Results for both the Admission cycle will be declared separately.

IIAD 2022 Scholarship

IIAD offers Scholarships to the aspirants based on merit. The following eligibility criteria must be fulfilled to get financial aids for completing the course:

  • Candidates must have cleared class 12 with a minimum of 70% marks.
  • The candidate must also submit the completed Scholarship Form along with the Application Form at the time of applying to IIAD. After this, the candidate is only applicable for the scholarship based on his/her performance in the IIAD Entrance Examination comprising DAT and Studio Simulation / Personal Interview.
  • Scholarship application forms with incomplete information or without supporting documents will not be entertained and are liable for rejection.
Scholarships: IIAD provides merit-cum-means scholarships to deserving candidates. Students who successfully complete the IDAT / IMAT Entrance Test will be eligible to apply for the Scholarship. The Scholarship form will be made available along with the offer letter.
Important notice:

1. Undergraduate Fees are inclusive of Kingston University and UGC-approved Indian University Charges.
2. Security Deposit will be refunded on completion of the programme after adjusting any dues.
3. Refund of fees will be governed by IIAD Fees Refund Policy.
4. All fees are subject to change at the discretion of the Institute.
5. Inclusive of govt. taxes as per pre prevalent rates.

IIAD Design Aptitude Test 20222 Courses Offered

Candidates can go through the undergraduate courses offered for admission based on an aspirant's performance in IIAD Aptitude Test 2022. The list of courses is given below:

  • Fashion Design: The course mainly focuses on holistic learning and help to understand the basic fundamental of design analysis to create or enhance fashion.  Insights gained in the processes of design, also emphasis in new age theories, methods, and techniques which is useful in developing a deep visual vocabulary and express judgments about form & composition.
  • Communication Design: The aim of the Communication Design (CD) program is to develop an understanding and mastery of communication design principles, skills, and theories. Communication design can be defined in broad terms, ranging from printed work to interactive displays, all in the service of informing, educating, and delighting people. The CD program teaches a problem-solving approach to communication, with a special concern for the people affected by any designed communication.
  • Interior Architecture and Design: Interior design focuses on designing interactions for the physical, cognitive as well as social environments using New Media and emerging technologies. The programme performs some experiments based on learning of how people perceive, understand, use and experience interactive objects, digital environments, and spaces. Drawing based on an interdisciplinary approach that brings together product design, information architecture, visual communication, cognitive psychology, and computer science, the course involves exploration of alternatives, pushing the envelope of what is known.
  • Fashion Business and Management: This program will help students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become future business leaders in the fashion industry. The program's Fashion Business and Management courses include various subjects such as the design and manufacturing process, the evolution of fashion and design and their relationship to designers, producers, and retailers, Ethical and sustainability along with innovative practices for leadership in the global fashion industry, design trends and technologies to predict sales dynamic for fashion products and services

IIAD 2022 Entrance Exams

The screening process at IIAD aims to test the merit of a candidate based on their aptitude for design learning. The IIAD Entrance test has two components, which vary based on the course you apply for. Refer to the table given in this section to check your course requirements. 

  • IIAD Design Aptitude Test (iDAT): The IIAD Design Aptitude Test (iDAT) is a written test designed to assess a candidate's creative and visual ability, cultural awareness, and logical thinking. The exam paper is a combination of visual tasks, writing tasks, one-word answers, and multiple-choice questions.
  • IIAD Management Aptitude Test ( IMAT): The IIAD Management Aptitude Test (iMAT) is a written test designed to assess an applicant’s language, logical reasoning, and creative thinking. The exam paper is a combination of multiple-choice questions and writing tasks.
  • Personal Interview: Personal Interview is an opportunity for applicants to have a face-to-face interaction with IIAD so that their suitability can be assessed. With this understanding, IIAD can guide the applicant towards how the programme can meet their aspirations and interests. 
 IIAD Entrance Test for Various Courses

BA (Hons) Fashion Design


BA (Hons) Communication Design



BA (Hons) Interior Architecture Design 


BA(Hons) Fashion Business Management


Master’s in Fashion Design


Master’s in Fashion Business Management


Details of Entrance Exam (iDAT and iMAT) for Various Courses

IIAD - iDAT and iMAT Exam Details
Course LevelBranchEntrance Exam
Test Mode
For Undergraduate programmes:Fashion Design, Communication Design, Interior Architecture & Design ApplicantsiDAT – IIAD ONLINE Design Aptitude Test


IIAD’s ONLINE Design Aptitude Test assess the applicants’ logical reasoning, creative thinking and visual aptitude. The duration of the exam is 2 hours 30 mins.
 Fashion Business Management ApplicantsiMAT – IIAD ONLINE Management Aptitude Test

Part A – Online Test

Part B – Online Personal Interview

IIAD’s Management Aptitude Test (iMAT) assess the applicants’ language, logical reasoning and analytical thinking. The duration of the exam is 2 hours. Students who appear for the Online iMAT must also appear for an Online Personal Interview. After the test, an email invite with the Date and Time for the Online Personal Interview will be sent to the candidate.
For Postgraduate programmes:For Fashion Design iDAT – IIAD ONLINE Design Aptitude Test

Part A – Online Test

Part B – Online Personal Interview

iDAT is IIAD’s Design Aptitude Test which assesses the applicants’ logical reasoning, creative thinking and visual aptitude. The duration of the exam is 2 hours 30 mins. Students who appear for the Online iDAT must also appear for an Online Personal Interview. After the test, an email invite with the Date and Time for the Online Personal Interview will be sent to the candidate.
 For Fashion Business Management Applicants: iMAT – IIAD Management Aptitude Test

Part A – Online Test

Part B – Online Personal Interview

iMAT is IIAD’s Management Aptitude Test which assesses the applicants’ language, logical reasoning and analytical thinking. The duration of the exam is 2 hours. Students who appear for the Online iMAT must also appear for an Online Personal Interview. After the test, an email invite with the Date and Time for the Online Personal Interview will be sent to the candidate.
Note: The Sample Papers can be obtained upon successful completion of the Application Form.

IIAD 2022 Highlights

Candidate must keep themselves updated as per IIAD DAT 2022 Information. Basic Information regarding IIAD Entrance Exam 2022 are shown below:

IIAD 2022 Basic Information
Exam Name
Indian Institute of Art and Design - Design Aptitude Test 2022 (IIAD- DAT 2022)
Conducting Body

Indian Institute of Art and Design

Exam Level
University Level

Various Design Courses

IIAD Official Website


Application Form
Will be Soon activated 
Exam Mode

Offline( Pen and Paper)

Exam Purpose

Admission Test for Design Courses

Indian Institute of Art and Design - Design Aptitude Test

iDAT which is also known as the IIAD Design Aptitude Test is conducted to offer admission in various undergraduate and postgraduate design programmes.  

IIAD entrance exam is a two-hour and thirty minutes written test where candidates are evaluated on their drawing and design skills, imaginative and creative expression, observation skills, as well as communication and visual strengths. The admission process for IIAD entrance exam is such that after appearing for the written test candidates have to appear for a studio simulation (for UG candidates) or personal interview (for PG candidates) round. 

Indian Institute of Art and Design

The Indian Institute Of Art And Design (IIAD), New Delhi offers Undergraduate Programmes in Design through its academic collaboration with Kingston School of Art, Kingston University, London. IIAD has also introduced three new courses for Undergraduate and Postgraduate aspirants.
  • The Bachelor’s Programmes at IIAD range from Communication Design to Interior Architecture & Design and Fashion Design & Management.
  • The Postgraduate Programmes are offered in Fashion Design and Fashion Business Management
  • IIAD aims to give its students a thorough grounding in indigenous arts, crafts, traditions and the country’s rich history in architectural design while also developing in them a knowledge of modern technologies used across the world.

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IIAD Important Dates

IIAD 2022 Form Date01 Jan - 28 Feb 2022 (Tentative)
IIAD 2022 Exam Date19 Mar, 21 Mar 2022
IIAD 2022 Result30 Apr 2022 (Tentative)

Indian Institute of Art and Design - Design Aptitude Test Exam Pattern

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2 hours

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Frequently Asked Questions


Form Start Date:

01 Jan 2022

Form End Date:

28 Feb 2022

The forms will open on 01 Jan 2022



Examination Date (Online):

19 Mar 2022, 21 Mar 2022

Application Fees:

₹ 2,000

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