Design Admissions | UPESDAT 2023

Here is everything you need to know about Design Admissions (B.Des/ M.Des/Integrated B.Des-M.Des), and the UPESDAT examination process. 

Eligibility Criteria

B.Des/Integrated B.Des.-M.Des.: Minimum 50% marks in Class X and XII with any Stream.


  • Minimum 50% marks at Higher and Senior Secondary Level (X & XII).
  • Minimum 50% marks in Bachelor’s Degree in Design/Engineering/Architecture/ Interior Design: 10+2+4 years (minimum four-year bachelor’s course)
    2 years M.Sc./MTech in Computer Science and Engineering. IT Subjects / Domains (Only for Interaction Design) or equivalent.

Selection Criteria

B.Des/Integrated B.Des-M.Des: National Level Test (NID/NIFT/UCEED/JEE) / UPESDAT / Board Merit / CUET followed by Portfolio Presentation & Interview

M.Des: National Level (Valid CEED Score) / UPESDAT followed by Portfolio Presentation & Interview

Process Flow

Aspirants are advised to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Mode of Examination – Online test
  • Test duration – 1 hour
  • Take a Demo Test – B.Des./Integrated B.Des.-M.Des  | M.Des.  
  • Link to book your exam slot:
  • Interviews are to be conducted after the exam and slot booking 

It is recommended that students take a demo test to gain practice and resolve queries before the actual examination.

Application Process

Students who have already applied, are advised to follow the Exam process.

Non-Exam Pathway

B.Des/ Integrated (B.Des) (M.Des): National Level Test (NID/NIFT/UCEED/JEE)/ Board merit (Minimum 60% in 10th & 12th) & CUET. The cut-off rank for UCEED is up to 4837.

M.Des.: Candidates having valid CEED-2023 scores will be exempted from UPES – DAT Exam. The cut-off rank for CEED up to 1886.

Fellowship in M. Des Program

Teaching Assistance ship up to Rs. 3000/- is available for students pursuing M. Des Program.

Eligibility Criteria for Fellowship for M.Des Students

  • Minimum SGPA / CGPA 8.5 in the first Semester and subsequent semesters/ year.
  • Passed every semester on the first attempt without any supplementary or improvement exam.
  • Minimum of 75% attendance in the entire semester.
  • No disciplinary action was initiated/ awarded against the student.
  • Exemplary behaviour and compliance with all other norms as prescribed by the University.
  • Such students must not be getting any kind of financial assistance/support e.g., fellowship/scholarship/fee waiver etc. from any other source public or private.

Exam Process

  • Take a Demo Test. Students are recommended to take a demo test in order to gain practice and resolve any queries before the actual examination. B.Des./Integrated B.Des.-M.Des.  | M.Des.   
  • Login credentials for online exam. Actual credentials (passkey) to appear for the exam on the chosen date will be provided to students one day prior to the exam on their registered email id and mobile number. This should not be confused with the demo link passkey.
  • The examination Test window will be from 10 am to 1 pm.
    Students can log in during the given timeframe and begin with the online test. The timer starts when the student login.
  • Interviews to follow exam and slot booking 

Exam Pattern

B.Des/ Integrated (B.Des) (M.Des) Admissions - UPESDAT

 Scheme of Test - Online | 1 Hour 

Sections No. of Questions 

Visual Analogy

Design Awareness 20
Total No. of Questions 40


M.Des Admissions - UPESDAT

 Scheme of Test - Online | 1 Hour 


Sections No. of Questions 

Visual Analogy

Design Awareness 15
Quantitative 10
Total No. of Questions 40

Candidate Guide Document 

Download Candidate Guide Document Here

Results Declaration

The result to be announced

Refund Policy

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In case of any queries or clarifications, please feel free to reach out to us on our toll-free number 18001028737 or email [email protected]

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