Design education 

simplified.

Our aim is to help students prepare wherever they are with whatever they have. We are here to assist them and supplement their preparation.

Questions on design exams?

We are here to help!

NID

What is the exam pattern?


The exam is conducted in 2 stages:
Stage 1: Design Aptitude Test (DAT) prelims.
Stage 2: Design Aptitude Test (DAT) mains.

About DAT Prelims:
It consist of an exam of 3 hours duration and 100 marks. The question paper is in English only.
Based on DAT prelims, candidates are shortlisted to appear in DAT mains.

About DAT Mains:
It consist of tests in multiple formats in studio-setup conditions.

This was just an overview. To read specific details read this document.

For Undergraduates.
For Master's




I have no knowledge of sketching and drawing. Where to start?


First of all, understand the topics to be covered in the drawing section. Watch this video for that. If you have seen it already go to next step. Now, drawing and sketching is a skill and to improve that you need to practice.
To start with, go to YouTube type a topic and search for it. You'll find many videos, watch few and start drawing. Also, you can download books and pdfs of improving drawing skills. Here are some useful links to download some books for free!
Book-1
Book-2
Book-3




Am I creative enough to crack this exam?


This is a tricky question. We don't know you will crack this exam or not. But, we are sure anyone can clear the NID exam.
Find the answer to this one yourself.




Is there any book to prepare from?


No. There is no book for any design entrance exam. That doesn't mean you are on your own in this preparation. There are certain topics that are regularly asked in the exam.
We have made a list of those topics.




How much time I should devote for preparation?


Depends how you assess yourself. For students lacking in drawing section should devote more time on it. As, NID entrance test is skewed towards drawing section.
Otherwise, on an average devoting 2-3 hours daily would be enough.
Having said that, try to avoid measuring your preparation in terms of time devoted. Try to enjoy this process of preparation.




Am I eligible to appear in NID?


Read it from the websit, here is the link.

Undergraduates

Masters




I have another question, what to do?


Post your question on the telegram group or write to us at kaphalstudio@gmail.com. We will post your question with answers here.




How to prepare for current affairs?


Current affairs questions asked in NID are very general in nature. One need not prepare it for the whole year. Last 2-3 months current events would suffice. We post videos of current affair compilation of last 3 months before the exam on YouTube. Do watch it!




Is Manorma Year Book helpful?


If you have some idea about the type of questions asked in NID or any design entrance exam per se, you must have noticed that the questions are asked in visual form. General knowledge books available in the market are heavily loaded with facts only. Also, the questions asked in the exam are very general and not more than 7-10 questions are asked.
In such a situation, reading a bulky book of 400-500 pages is not a smart move.
Therefore reading Manorma Year Book for design exam is a deviation from the target.




How to create portfolio?


Portfolio is needed only for Master's students. NID at B.Des level has stopped asking for portfolio.

We have discussed about portfolio in this video.




How to start my preparation for NID?


The NID entrace paper is skewed towards drawing section unlike UCEED/CEED where more logical questions are asked. Thus, start with mastering the drawing/sketching skill. Also, in NID exam speed matters.
First of all, understand the topics to be covered in the drawing section. Watch this video for that. If you have seen it already go to next step. Now, like we said drawing and sketching is a skill and to improve that you need to practice.To start with, go to YouTube type a topic and search for it. You'll find many videos, watch few and start drawing. We are creating a playlist to help you. If you are a fresher click here.

Also, you can download books and pdfs for improving drawing skills. Here are some useful links to download some books for free!
Book-1
Book-2
Book-3





UCEED

How to start preparing?


It is important to understand the exam before you start with your preparation.

First step in this direction would be to see the previous year questions and try to give it an attempt. Understand the marking scheme and sections asked in the exam.
You can download it from here.

Second Step, understand syllabus and types of questions asked. Shown below is the official syllabus by IIT it is same for UCEED and CEED.

Based on the syllabus provided and questions asked in the exam we have also created a list of topics and categorised them. Click here to watch it.

Next step, watch our video on "preparation".




When is the right time to start?


Now!




At what rank will I get admission in IIT?


Just remember you have to be in the top 100. In fact don't think about it now. Just keep preparing! Keep practicing!




Is there any book to prepare?


No. Not one that can be recommended.
Questions in the exam are designed. In such scenario, it would be difficut to create a book for such exam.
We have answered this question in our video on "preparation".




Is there any percentage criteria for admission?


We have not heard of any such criteria. Will update if anything of that sort happens.
Though the chances are less for having any percentage criteria.




What salary can one expect after B.Des from IIT?


This is a difficult question to answer, particularly post pandemic world. But, we are sure you are aware of the fact that if you have graduated from IIT, you'll not have think about job and salary in the industry. You will be easily absorbed and will be amongst the highest paid.

Note: Salary, perks and incentives depends on individual and his/her portfolio.




Is there any interview round after UCEED?


No.
Final admission is on the basis of rank in the UCEED. So, you don't have to worry about portfolio or studio test.




How to download previous year questions?


Download it here.




Where to find mock tests for UCEED?


We have started a FREE! initiative for mock test for UCEED aspirants. Try these mock tests.
To go to the test platform click: OLP-2021




Is coaching needed to clear this exam?


No. Everything is available on the internet. All you need is some commitment and practice.
Here PYQ's are game changing.




But, I have already enrolled with a coaching institute, how to use it?


It is alright.
Use this opportunity to take your preparation at a higher level. Regularly get yourself evaluated and ask your coaching institute to provide as many mock tests possible.




I am not able to solve previous year questions, how to do it?


Start with non-Verbal reasoning and Logical reasoning questions.
You can find them on the internet easily. After few weeks move to previous year questions. We have uploaded solutions of UCEED-2020 watch them but first attempt the paper yourself. Use these links.

Non-Verbal Reasoning
UCEED-2020 Solutions

For solutions to questions before 2020 visit stuffyoulook blog.
Click on the links provided for solutions:
UCEED-2019
UCEED-2018
UCEED-2017
UCEED-2016
UCEED-2015




Will I be able to crack UCEED?


We have no idea about it!
But if you have doubt, nobody can help you.
Try it and find it!




How to improve my drawing/sketching skills?


First of all, understand the topics to be covered in the drawing section. Watch this video for that. If you have seen it already go to next step. Now, drawing and sketching is a skill and to improve that you need to practice.
To start with, go to YouTube type a topic and search for it. You'll find many videos, watch few and start drawing. We are creating a playlist to help you. If you are a fresher click here.
Also, you can download books and pdfs of improving drawing skills. Here are some useful links to download some books for free!
Book-1 Book-2 Book-3




I have another question, what to do?


Post your question on our telegram group or write to us at kaphalstudio@gmail.com. We will post your question with answer here. It will help other aspirants as well.





CEED

How to improve drawing/sketching part?


First of all, understand the topics to be covered in the drawing section. Watch this video for that. If you have seen it already go to next step. Now, drawing and sketching is a skill and to improve that you need to practice.
To start with, go to YouTube type a topic and search for it. You'll find many videos, watch few and start drawing. Also, you can download books and pdfs of improving drawing skills. Here are some useful links to download some books for free!
Book-1
Book-2
Book-3




Am I eligible for CEED?


Check the eligibility criteria on this document by IIT.




How to create portfolio?


We have discussed on this topic on detail in this video.




How to start my preparation for CEED?


First, understand the pattern and syllabus of the exam. To do that download a previous year paper and give it an attempt. Observe the types of question asked, sections in question paper and marking scheme. To download the papers click here.

Next take a look at the syllabus mentioned by IIT. To view the image right click (or hold touch) on the image and open it in a new tab.

Based on the syllabus provided and questions asked in the exam we have also created a list of topics and categorized them. Click here to watch it.

Next watch our video on "how to prepare for CEED".




I draw sketches. Can I show you?


Ohh you sketch! Good.
But we have a piece of sad news for you. Sketching is not Design, it is just a part of it!
You know you sketch well, this means you have good handling skills. Use it in the exam to score well. Design as a profession is more than drawing and sketching. It is about the way of thinking and coming up with ideas. Work on improving this.
Your sketches/drawing in CEED will not be of much help for the portfolio as well. So, better keep it to yourself.




Will you help me review my portfolio?


Sure.
Mail us at kaphalstudio@gmail.com. Please keep the subject as "Review Portfolio".
You can also share it with us on telegram.





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