Symbiosis Design Entrance: SET – DESIGN

National Level Entrance Examination, for students who wish to pursue undergraduate courses in various design disciplines that are offered by the Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune.

SET – Design (Symbiosis Entrance Test for Design) is a National level Design Entrance Examination that provides students with the opportunity to pursue 4 year undergraduate courses in the field of Design at the SID (Symbiosis Institute of Design), Pune. SID is a part of the SIU (Symbiosis International University). Through this examination, you will be able to pursue undergraduate courses in Communication Design, Industrial Design, Fashion Communication, Textile Design and Fashion Design.

The SET – Design is conducted by the SIU’s Test Secretariat to judge the aptitude of students for the Design programs. The SET is conducted in 18 cities across the country including Ahmadabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolhapur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik, Noida and Pune.

The Design courses provided by the Symbiosis Institute of Design are highly reputed nationally. There are a total of 230 seats available at SID, Pune.

What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible for the SET – Design paper, you should have passed your Class 12th or equivalent examinations in any stream from a recognized board with not less than 50% marks on an aggregate.

You will also be eligible if you have passed a 10+3 Diploma which is approved by a State Board of Technical Education provided that you have scored not less than 50% aggregate marks in your final examinations.

Candidates who are appearing for their Class 12th or equivalent examinations or 10+3 Diploma examinations in the same year as the SET – Design are also eligible to apply provided that they can submit their final mark sheets before the specified date.

Additionally, you should also possess Creative Aptitude & Skills that are necessary to pursue a course in Design along with adoptability to situations, which the profession demands.

You would be preferred if you can provide a portfolio in a field relevant to the one you’re applying for.

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How to apply?

You can only register for the SET – Design paper online.

The online application forms are available on the following website:

You will have to register for the ‘Design’ paper. Additionally, you will have to give your preference regarding the discipline of Design you wish to pursue.

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In addition to applying for the SET, you will also have to apply directly to the Symbiosis Institute of Design. You can do this by completing the online application form at the website of the institute and making the payment online through a Credit Card/Net Banking or through a Demand Draft.

The details of the process of applying directly to the institute can be accessed through the following website:

What is the pattern of the examination?

The duration of the SET Design exam is 2½ hours.

The SET Design exam will test you on your design aptitude and will include questions on color, geometry, visual observations, creative thinking abilities, general design awareness, awareness on Indian culture, craft and traditions etc.

The paper will comprise of 150 objective type multiple – choice questions. There will be 4 options for every question with only 1 correct answer.

You will be awarded 1 mark for very correct answer. Attempt as many questions as possible as there will be no negative marking.

The selection procedure into the Symbiosis Institute of Design is a 3 – stage process. The SET – Design is only the first stage in this process. In case you manage to qualify in the SET, you will be asked to appear for a ‘Studio Test’ at the Pune Campus.

If you qualify in the Studio Test, then you will have to appear for ‘Personal Interaction’. Your admission will be based on your performance in the SET, the Studio Test as well as in the Personal Interaction.

The discipline of design you gave as your first preference will also play a role in determining the result of your application.

For any further information, please read the information bulletin or visit the following website:

What are the prospects?

Through the SET Design exam, you will be able to seek admission into the Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune. The institute is known across the country for its high standards of education, creativity and innovation.

Important Dates for SET 2014:

Online Registration Closes


Payment Closes on


Shortlist for Studio Test


Studio Test and Personal Interviews

01.06.2015 to 05.06.2015



* Also go through the Important Dates for applying to the Symbiosis Institute of Design (SID). These dates are mentioned in the Information Bulletin as well as on the website of the institute.

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