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IIAD Syllabus 2024: Exam Pattern, Sample Paper, Preparation Books

Updated On - September 12 2023 by Abhinandan Singh

IIAD Syllabus 2023 is available here in pdf format. Students can download the complete syllabus of IIAD Entrance Exam from the pdf links. The IIAD Design Aptitude Test is a written examination that evaluates a candidate's creative and visual abilities, cultural knowledge, and logical reasoning. IIAD Entrance Exam “Design Aptitude Test ( DAT )” is a qualifying entrance test for admission to Bachelor degree courses in Fashion Design, Interior Architecture & Design, and Communication Design, offered by the Indian Institute of Art & Design, New Delhi. The exam paper is a combination of visual tasks, writing tasks, one-word answers, and multiple-choice questions.
Application Link: IIAD has released the application for all courses, find the official link here.

The iDAT is a 2.5 hour long exam with 120 questions. The exam is divided into two sections: Logical Reasoning (60 questions) and Creative Thinking and Problem-solving (60 questions). The questions are multiple-choice and there is no negative marking.

IIAD Entrance Exam 2023 Syllabus

IIAD Entrance Exam 2023 exam syllabus for two sections of test paper is generally based on Class 10th and 12th standard curriculum even though there is specified syllabi defined by the institute.
  • Logical Reasoning: This section tests your ability to solve problems using logic and reasoning. Questions in this section may involve puzzles, logic games, and other types of problems that require you to think critically.
  • Creative Thinking and Problem-solving: This section tests your ability to think creatively and solve problems. Questions in this section may involve drawing, sketching, and other types of activities that require you to use your imagination.
  • Visual Aptitude: This section tests your ability to see and understand visual information. Questions in this section may involve identifying patterns, shapes, and colors.
Candidates can check the tentative syllabus for IIAD Entrance Exam 2023 in the table below:
IIAD Entrance Exam Syllabus
Name of Section

Logical reasoning
  • Logical sequences of numbers, shapes, figures, and letters
  • Sequence completing tasks
  • Find the odd one out
  • Blood relation test
  • Inter-object relation test
  • Identifying geometrical shapes and cubes with their patterns

Creative Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Story creation from your imagination
  • Creative designing
  • Essay writing
  • Description of a sudden scene
  • Drawing based on your memory
  • Incomplete figure tasks
  • Story Narration on a given picture
  • General Awareness

IIAD Entrance Exam Admit Card 2023

The conducting authority of the IIAD entrance exam will provide the admit card to all the candidates who have successfully registered for admission. IIAD 2023 Hall Ticket will be available online. Students can download the admit card using their registration number and Date of Birth. It is mandatory to carry the admit card on the exam date to avoid any trouble appearing in the exam. 

Preparation Books for IIAD Entrance Exam 2023

There are several good reference books available in the market for IIAD and similar design aptitude tests for other institutes. Also, there are several excellent model test papers that will help in comprehending the type of questions and practicing questions for improving speed and accuracy. We have compiled together a list of some highly recommended books to prepare for IIAD Entrance Exam 2023.
IIAD Entrance Exam Preparation Books
SubjectBook NameAuthorISBN
Logical ReasoningShortcuts in Reasoning (Verbal, Non-Verbal & Analytical) for Competitive Exams with 3 eBooks Paperback – NovDisha ExpertsISBN-10: 9386146983
ISBN-13: 978-9386146984
Logical ReasoningA Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning Paperback – 31 Dec 2006Dr. R.S. AgarwalISBN-10: 8121919053
ISBN-13: 978-8121919050
Creating Thinking and Problem SolutionBreakthrough Thinking: A Guide to Creative Thinking and Idea Generation Paperback – 21 Jul 2014Thomas VogelISBN-10: 1440333262
ISBN-13: 978-1440333262
Creating Thinking and Problem SolutionThe Art of Creative Thinking: How to be Innovative and Develop Great Ideas (The John Adair Leadership Library) Paperback – Import, 3 Feb 2009John AdairISBN-10: 0749454830
ISBN-13: 978-0749454838

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