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About DAT


They say you do not choose design, but design chooses you, but at PU we believe in giving in giving every student with a passion for design, the opportunity to express their passion. The Design Aptitude Test provides a comprehensive platform for design assessment, which seeks to not only evaluate students, but it also helps in aligning the creative skills of the students with our endless design possibilities. Parul University’s Faculty of Design offers every prospective student an opportunity to be a part of the most enriching design experience in over 20 design specialisations. The test features various fundamental aptitude areas which allows the students to explore numerous general knowledge areas. By taking this test, every student will be a step closer towards joining the best design learning experience at Parul University’s Faculty of Design.

Why Take The DAT Test


The growing scope of the design industry due to the emerging trends in technologies and innovations has created an increasing demand for experts who are highly skilled in the field. Therefore the Design Aptitude Test allows us to provide every potential student with an opportunity to get a step closer to their journey in design.

Important Dates and Updates


Last Date to Fill Application Form
23rd May 2021
Date of PID Aptitude Exam
28th May 2021

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Have A Question? FAQs


Why is Design Aptitude Test conducted?

Q: Why is Design Aptitude Test conducted?


DAT is conducted by Parul Institute of Design to seek evidence of the attitude, aptitude, achievement, motivation and perception essential in a potential student of design. The selection process will be held in three stages- 1. DAT- Design Aptitude Test 2. Portfolio Round 3. Personal Interview

Q: What is the selection procedure for undergraduate (B.Des) admissions at PID?


Candidates will be called to email their portfolios, the second stage of DAT, on the basis of their obtained scores in DAT written exam (first stage). Then Personal Interview (Third Stage) shall be held. A final list will be generated by PID on the basis of the sum total of the weighted scores secured by the candidate in each stage of the admissions process. Note that everything is conducted online.

What is the selection procedure for undergraduate (B.Des) admissions at PID?
What is the exam pattern of PID DAT?

Q: What is the exam pattern of PID DAT?


Students will be given three hours to complete a 100-marks paper. It will comprise of 100 multiple choice based questions.

Q: What are the contents of DAT. Does it have Mock tests?


The Design Aptitude Test covers all the aspects from Design, Logical and Analytical Reasoning, Critical Thinking, General Knowledge. Yes. Two mock tests are conducted before the final DAT.

What are the contents of DAT. Does it have Mock tests?
 Does PID consider the score of National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA)?

Q: Does PID consider the score of National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA)?


No. The NATA score is not taken into account for the DAT. Candidates shall have to give PID DAT.

Q: Where and how a candidate has to submit the PID DAT application form?


He/she will be required to fill the online application on the Parul University website. The application fee is Rs. 1000/- Fee has to be paid in online mode via credit card/debit card, and a printout should be taken for future reference.

Where and how a candidate has to submit the PID DAT application form?
How a candidate will get admit card of NID DAT?

Q: How a candidate will get admit card of NID DAT?


PID does not provide an admit card but the candidates will receive Login Credentials to give their online DAT via Email/SMS/Call. The DAT shall be conducted on WAC (World Assessment Council ) online platform.

Q: Is the Design Aptitude Test same for Indian as well as overseas applicants?


Yes, the DAT is common for all the applicants for undergraduate design admissions.

 Is the Design Aptitude Test same for Indian as well as overseas applicants?
 Is there any waiver for the any of the round (DAT/Portfolio/Personal Interview)?

Q: Is there any waiver for the any of the round (DAT/Portfolio/Personal Interview)?


No, there is no waiver for any of the rounds. It is mandatory to appear for all of the three rounds.

Q: Can a student apply for PID admissions more than once?


Yes, a student can appear for DAT for an unlimited number of attempts provided he/she fulfills the prescribed eligibility criteria.

Can a student apply for PID admissions more than once?
Is there any other test that is considered substitute for the entrance exam?

Q: Is there any other test that is considered substitute for the entrance exam?


No, there is no test that works as an alternative for DAT.

Q: How do I know if I have an aptitude for Design or Fine Arts?


Do you like to draw or make things with material found around the house? Do you like working on jigsaws and puzzles? Are you curious about how things work and why some don't work? Would you rather doodle and explain an idea than talk about it? If you answer yes to most of these questions, then you do have an aptitude for design.

How do I know if I have an aptitude for Design or Fine Arts?
 I can't draw , but I have ideas and I want to be a designer. Is that possible? Can I still apply for DAT?

Q: I can't draw , but I have ideas and I want to be a designer. Is that possible? Can I still apply for DAT?


Drawing is a skill, learnt and perfected by practice. PID DAT is not just to judge your skills at drawing or sketching but rather to assess your ability to question the design problem and communicate your ideas/design solutions.

Q: Are there any scholarships available?


Yes. Limited number of scholarships are provided by PID to deserving candidates. Since there are three rounds for admission process, the average scores of the following shall be considered: 1. DAT 2. Portfolio 3. Personal Interview Hence, Candidates who have scored: 90% and above- 30% scholarship on the first year fees. 80-90%- 20% scholarship on the first year fees. 70-80% - 10% scholarship on the first year fees.

Are there any scholarships available?
 Can I see a sample paper?

Q: Can I see a sample paper?


Yes, Sample paper is available for you. Click Here

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