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Anu Handa


According to the news published in Ahmedabad Mirror dated January 6, 2016, IDC ( Indian Design Council ) will conduct a common entrance test for Design ie. DAT – Design Aptitude Test ( to be implemented from 2017 ) for 42 government and private design institutes in the country.


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IDC, established in March 2009, is an autonomous body of Government of India & comprises of 32 prominent personalities from various fields like design, media etc.

Traditionally, Design Aspirants in India have to fill multiple application forms for various design institutes, prepare & appear for separate entrance exams at different centres & dates. This is physically & monetarily very burdensome for the parents as well as students, many of whom are already appearing for XII boards. To provide uniformity to the admission process, IDC has come up with a common DAT.

Students have greeted this change with mixed feelings. Though they welcome the concept of common DAT, there is a lot of curiosity and anticipation over the paper style & pattern. Students only hope that the new format of DAT & paper style is announced soon, providing them with enough time to prepare for DAT 2017.

Some points requiring clarity are

  • List of 42 design institutes sharing the score & ranking of students.
  • Pattern of DAT
  • Format of DAT – Whether the exam will be Computer Based Test or Paper Based Test or Both.

A fresh announcement from IDC will provide us with the rest of details.

But we can surely say…. this will be a new chapter in the manner how admissions are conducted in Design Institutes across India.

About the Author: Anu Handa is an Interior Designer, DIY Artist, Co-Founder and Educator at Mosaic Institute of Design. She has been the lead blogpost writer at since 2009. Her educational background in Interior Design, Urban Planning and the English Language has given her a broad base to cover a range of topics in her articles. Anu has spent 15+ years training Design & B.Arch Aspirants for entrance exams.

Passionate about Design Education, she’s briefly worked with Annamalai University as a paper setter for Design Exams. Likes to write about Design, Architecture and related fields, on online platforms like Quora. Aims at challenging the conventional & age old teaching methodology 


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