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Symbiosis Institute of Design presently offers an Under-Graduate Programme in Design and is under the ‘Faculty of Media, Communication and Design’ of the Symbiosis International University (SIU). SIU would award Bachelor of Design (B. Des) degree to the successful students in any one of the following disciplines viz. Communication Design, Industrial Design, Fashion Communication, Fashion Design and Textile Design. Teaching and Learning MethodologiesThe approach here is entirely project based. SID puts high emphasis on evaluating the students on the basis of continuous performance and projects.Design is an intuition, an outcome of a subconscious thought that leads us to a deeper sense of knowing and offering four major streamlines as Communication Design, Industrial design, Fashion Communication and Fashion Design in the form of four years Graduate Degree comprising of 8 Semesters.Intuition is akin to an elongated insight that tells us we are on to something dynamic to face the competitive world of design.

Design also involves reason that assesses the problem and analyzes the possibilities for solution. It is the analytical process that relies on method and logic to assess, refine, and verify its various hypotheses. At SID, this reflects in the evaluation methods of the student’s project based assignments on the basis of daily performances.




Frequently Asked Questions regarding Admission Procedure

  • When does the admission procedure start?
    The admission procedure begins during first week of February every year.
  • When is the entrance test for Admissions 2013?
    Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET) for design is on 4th May 2013 (Saturday).
  • Is SET exam compulsory for Admission to B. Des Programme?
    Yes, SET is compulsory for admission as first aptitude test for short-listing.
  • Which is the website for the SET registration
    Website for SET registration is
  • Is SET similar to the entrance test of other Design Institutes?
    No. SID has its own format of entrance test and the entire admission procedure.
  • What will be the admission procedure for year 2013?
    Following the procedure for Admissions 2013:
  • Register online for SET for Design 2013 at Registration charges are Rs. 1500/-.
  • Register online for SID at Registration charges are Rs. 1000/-. Both the registrations can be made together and registration amounts (Rs. 1500/- + Rs. 1000/-) can also be paid together.
  • Appear for SET for Design on 4th May 2013 (Saturday).
  • Result of SET for Design will be put up on SET website as per the schedule. If a candidate qualifies SET for Design 2013, he/she would be shortlisted and scheduled to appear for Studio Test and Personal Interaction.
  • Studio Test will be conducted at SID, Pune campus from 1st June to 5th June 2013. If a candidate qualifies the Studio Test, he/she would be eligible to appear for Personal Interaction.
  • Personal Interaction will be conducted at SID, Pune campus from 1st June to 5th June 2013.
  • Merit List would be declared based on cumulative performance in the SET for Design, Studio Test and Personal Interaction.
  • What is the fee for the SET registration?
    SET registration fee is Rs. 1500/-.
  • Can I register for the SET exam offline?
    No, there is only online registration for admission.
  • Can I apply for more than two exams? (General/Design/Engineering etc)?
    SET is conducted in two sessions, Morning and Afternoon. For morning session you may choose any one test out of Law, Engineering and Health Sciences and for afternoon session any one test out of Design and General. So you can appear for only two tests.
  • Which are the different centers for Test?
    SET is conducted in 18 cities. A candidate may choose any one city. The center and its address will be informed to the candidate through the Admit Card.
  • Ahmedabad
  • Bengaluru
  • Bhubaneswar
  • Chandigarh
  • Chennai
  • Delhi
  • Hyderabad
  • Indore
  • Jaipur
  • Kochi
  • Kolhapur
  • Kolkata
  • Lucknow
  • Mumbai
  • Nagpur
  • Nashik
  • Noida
  • Pune
  • ·Which way I can pay for the SET registration fees? (online /offline)?
    Candidates have four (4) choices for payment as follows:
  • This ‘Payment Advice’ form is in three parts. Pay Rs. 1500/- in cash at Axis Bank or Indian Bank branches in your city. Refer to the list of branches on the website. The bank will return two parts of the ‘payment advice’ form to you. The ‘student copy’ is your receipt.
  • Sign the Symbiosis copy of the ‘Payment Slip’ form stamped by Axis Bank or Indian Bank and send it to: 
    Symbiosis Test Secretariat
    Symbiosis International University
    Gram: Lavale, Tal: Mulshi, Dist: Pune – 412115. Maharashtra. India
  • Obtain an Account Payee demand draft for Rs. 1500/- from any Nationalized Bank in favor of “Symbiosis Test Secretariat” payable at Pune.
  • Sign the single copy of the ‘payment advice’ for Demand Draft and send it along with Demand Draft to the Symbiosis Test Secretariat at,
    Symbiosis Test Secretariat
    Symbiosis International University
    Gram: Lavale, Tal: Mulshi, Dist: Pune – 412115. Maharashtra. India
  • You may pay directly through either Master or Visa card online. Follow the instructions given on the SET website (


Demand Draft

Online payment through credit card

Note: Please note that Symbiosis Test Secretariat will not be responsible for non-delivery or any delay on the part of courier / postal services.

  • ·Is the elementary drawing exam mandatory for appearing for SET?
    Elementary drawing exam is not mandatory for appearing for SET.
  • ·What will be the entrance exam based on?
    Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET) for design is an aptitude test in Design for maximum100 marks and having all Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs).
  • ·Are there any reference books or coaching classes available for entrance test?
    There are no reference books especially for entrance test preparations. SID does not have any knowledge regarding preparatory coaching classes. A sample question paper is given on institute’s website
  • ·If foundation programme / diploma is done from some other institute can one get direct admission to second year at SID?
    We don’t have provision for direct admission to second year.
  • ·What is the admission procedure for International students?
    Symbiosis has a separate International Students cell that looks after international students admissions. Office contact details are:
    The International Office

    Symbiosis Society
    SenapatiBapat Road
    Pune 411 004. Maharashtra, India. Tel: +91 20 25671905
    Fax: + 91 – 20 – 25659209

Student’s Intake


Student Intake

Sr. No.


Indian Students

International Students



Communication Design 70 10 80


Industrial design 50 5 55


Fashion Design 30 5 35


Textile Design 25 5 30


Fashion Communication 25 5 30


200 30 230


Seat Allocation (As per Reservation Policy of SIU)


Reservation %

No. of Seats

Within the sanctioned intake
SC 15% 30
ST 7.5% 15
Differently abled 3.0% 6
Over and above sanctioned intake
Kashmiri Migrants 2


Eligibility Criteria


Candidates must have passed 10+2 (any stream) or equivalent with minimum of 50% marks obtained in the final examination to be eligible for the above-mentioned programmes. The candidate should possess Creative Aptitude and Skills necessary to pursue Design Education as well as adoptability to the situations which the profession demands. Candidates with the relevant portfolio would be preferred.


Admission Schedule


Important Dates


Date / Period

Online Registration for SET 2013 at begins February 06, 2013
Online Application to SID at begins February 14, 2013
Last date for online application to SET 2013 April 14, 2013
Last date for making online payment for SET 2013 (Rs. 1500/-) April 16, 2013
Last date for online application to SID May 10, 2013
Last date for making online payment to SID (Rs. 1000/-) May 10, 2013
Last date for receipt of application money by DD along with payment advice at SID May 14, 2013
“SET 2013” for Design at various centers May 4, 2013
Declaration of SET for Design result May 20, 2013
Short list of candidates for Studio Test at May 23, 2013
Studio Test and Personal Interview at SID, Pune June 1 to June 5, 2013
Declaration of First Merit List June 7, 2013
Registration period for the First Merit List Candidates June 10 to June 14, 2013
Last date for Registration to the Programmes June 25, 2013
Commencement of the Programmes July 01, 2013


Admission Procedure


Admissions 2013

for the new batch of B. Des programmes (Batch 2013-17) beginning from Academic Year 2013-14


Admission Procedure for the First Year

For Indian Students

All Indian students are required to take the Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET 2013) which will be held on May 4, 2013 (Saturday). Without a valid SET for Design score, no candidate is entitled to seek admission to SID.

How to appear for SET?
Register online for SET 2013 at Facility of payment of SET fee and printing of Admit Card is available online. A student aspiring to pursue an undergraduate programmes at Symbiosis needs to follow the stages mentioned below:


How to apply

Step 1

Register online for SET 2013 by paying Rs. 1500/- and appear for the test on May 4, 2013. You may for further details.

Step 2

Simultaneously, apply online to SID Click here
Use your SET ID and password to Login and do the online registration for SID. Payment of Rs. 1000/- towards application to SID has to be made using the mode of payments available online.

Step 3

If you are making payment of Rs. 1000/- by DD, Login using your SET ID and password Click here to print the payment advice; put your signature and send it to Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune. Payment advice along with the payment instrument (DD) should reach the institute before the due date as mentioned in the Important Dates table.

Please note that a candidate has to apply for “SET” online at and to the institute (SID) at separately.


Admission to SID will be according to the following process.

Level 1

SET for Design 2013. The result of SET for Design will be put up on the SET website as per the schedule. If a candidate qualifies SET 2013, he/she would be eligible to appear for Studio Test.

Level 2

Studio Test will be conducted at SID, Pune campus on 1st June to 5th June 2013. If a candidate qualifies the Studio Test, he/she is eligible to appear for Personal Interview.

Level 3

Personal Interview will be conducted at SID, Pune campus from 1st June to 5th June 2013. It will be followed for Studio Test for a candidate on the same day.

Final selection would be based on the cumulative performance of the candidate in Studio Test and Personal Interview as well as on the basis of the information provided by the candidate in the application form and his/her first preference of one of the four disciplines.


For International Students

All the admissions of international Students are handled only through the Symbiosis International Office and not through individual institutes of Symbiosis.

To know the detailed admission procedure for Degree programme of Design, a student needs to log on to or write us on



Symbiosis Centre for International Education (SCIE)
SenapatiBapat Road, Pune – 411004
Maharashtra, India
Tel: +91 20 25671905
Fax: +91 20 25659209



About the Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET) and how to prepare for itSET question paper for Symbiosis Institute of Design (SID) will be separate. The SET test is an aptitude test and has following format:



Max. Marks

1 Design Aptitude 100
  Total 100
  • There will be no negative marking for wrong answers.
  • Design Aptitude questions will relate to visualization and observation skills, general awareness, etc.



SET [Design] – Sample Questions

Name: SET ID            


Please read the following instructions carefully.


  1. Do not open the seal until the Invigilator instructs you to open.
  2. The test booklet contains the Answer OMR Sheet. Make sure that the Answer OMR sheet is not damaged in any way.
  3. Use only a blue/black ballpoint pen to darken circles in the Answer OMR Sheet.
  4. Write your SET–‐ID and darken appropriate circlesintheAnswerOMRSheet.
  5. TheSETGeneralTestStructure:



No. of Questions

Total Marks

Design Aptitude 100 100


100 100


  1. In the Answer OMR Sheet, darken the circles against the question numbers indicating your answers. For example, if your answer is B for a question, then darken as follows:




Darken only one circle. If you darken more than one circle against any question, you will score zero mark.


2. Do not attempt to copy or allow otherstocopy.Anymalpracticewillinvalidateyourcandidature.

3. ReturntheAnswerOMRSheettotheInvigilatorbeforeyouleavethehall.

4. DonotleavethehallatanypointoftimewithouthandingoveryourAnswerOMRSheettotheInvigilator.

5. Onceyougooutofthehall,re‐entryisnotpermitted.

6. YoumayretainthisTestBookletwithyou.



Sample Questions – Design Aptitude

1.The image shown here is that of a nautilus shell (cut away). Identify the curve in it.




a) logarithmic spiral

b) hyperbola

c) parabola

d) cycloid


2. In CMYK, K stands for______.


a) Kite

b) Black

c) Khaki

d) Kiwi Green


3. An artist uses only the primary colors to get any color. If in a painting of yellow flowers and green leaves, the artist substitutes the color yellow with red, then all the leaves would look______.


a) Red

b) Blue

c) Purple

d) Yellow


4. It is not required to have ______ pigment to make the colors -turquoise,tealandlime.


a) red

b) blue

c) orange

d) black





5. The following symbol is related to:




a) flying snakes

b) flying reptiles

c) aviation

d) medicine


6. Which of the two areas is larger? (The given figures are to the proportionate scale)




a) A

b) B

c) both has same areas

d) information is insufficient


7. In a coded language, ‘GAME’ is written as ‘FZLD’. How will you write ‘BALL’?









8. Which of the following two will fit together to form a triangle. The given figures are to the scale and you may rotate them.



a) A and B

b) A and C

c) A and D

d) B and D


9. Compared to solid bones,HollowbonesinbirdsandanimalshelpinincreasingtheStrength:Weightratio.Thisstatementis________.


a) True

b) False

c) Trueforbirdsandnotforanimals

d) Trueforanimalsandnotforbirds


10. It is proposed to make a cubical structure with cubical bricks. Calculate the minimum missing number of bricks required to complete the cube structure.



a) 333

b) 533

c) 633

d) 433


11. Which of the following two objects are similar?


1 A and B

2 A and C

3 B and C

4 B and D


12. Which of the following paper boxes has been unfolded to generate the layout surface shown on the right side?




a) A

b) B

c) C

d) D


13. Which of the following is not a synonym for “Rangoli” in Indian languages?


a) kolam

b) alpana

c) muggu

d) kucchipuddi


14. WhichofthesearenotfamousfolktalesofIndia?


a) Hitopdesha

b) Jataka

c) AshokStambh

d) Panchtantra


15. The degree between any two spokes of an Ashok Chakra is ________.


a) 12

b) 15

c) 18

d) 20


16. WhichoftheseisnotacreationofLeonardoDaVinci?

a) TheLastSupper

b) MonaLisa

c) David


17. Which of these is not a comic character?


a) ChachaChaudhary

b) Superman

c) Batman

d) Michaelangelo


18. Kalamkari is an ancient Indian art. Literally, it means ________.


a) Pen Work

b) Stone Work

c) Pen Manufacturing

d) Ink Work


19. Which of the following is not a kind of stone?


a) Lapis Lazuli

b) Cat’s Eye

c) Terracotta

d) Agate


20. Amongst all the metals, Silver has:


a) highest electrical conductivity

b) highest thermal conductivity

c) high reflectivity

d) all of the above


21. Given the same area, the same length and the same material, which of the following cross section will give more strength as a pillar to carry load?




a) A

b) B

c) both will have the same strength

d) they cannot be compared




22. Theratio”Volume:SurfaceArea”islargestfor_________.


a) Sphere

b) Square

c) Ellipsoid

d) Cylinder


23. Anathleteisjumpingoverthecrossbarinhighjumpasshowninthefigure.Atthisinstance,thecentreofgravityofthehumanbodyis_________.



a) beneath the body

b) within the body

c) above the body

d) at the hip


24. Which of the following is not a property of light?


a) Wavelength

b) Radiance

c) Luminance

d) Reflectivity


25. The birds are able to fly because of upward surface force created by the stream of air beneath its wings. In aerodynamic terms, this force is called _______.


a) lift

b) drag

c) thrust

d) impact


26. Which diagram represents the relationship between mangoes,  apples and fruits?





a) A

b) B

c) C

d) D


27. The diagram shows a tank with an orifice. As the height of water “h” in the tank increases, the distance “d” up to which the jet shoots ________.



a) increases

b) decreases

c) remains the same

d) none of the above


28. The image projected through a pinhole camera is:


a) inverted laterally but not vertically

b) inverted vertically but not laterally

c) inverted laterally and vertically

d) upright laterally and vertically


29. The angle x inscribed on the semicircle is always:


a) less than 90

b) less than 120

c) exactly 90

d) exactly 120




30. The ratio of the areas A:B:C of the Circle shown here is




a) 1:2:1

b) 1:1.5:1.5

c) 1:2:1.5

d) 1:2.5:1.5


31. A person requires 1 liter of paint to draw the circle A. With the same brush, how much paint will he need to draw the circle B?



a) 1 liter

b) 2 liters

c) 3 liters

d) 4 liters


32. If gear X turns clockwise at 5 rpm, how does gear Y turn?



a) clockwise 5 rpm

b) clockwise 10 rpm

c) anticlockwise 10 rpm

d) anticlockwise 5 rpm


33. Which of the following figures has its Centre of Gravity closest to its bottom base?




a) A

b) B

c) C

d) D


34. Set of points makes a ________.


a) dialogue

b) stippled image

c) line

d) statement


35. A slant line depicts ________.


a) motion

b) shape

c) curve

d) direction


36. Shape has an implied ________.


a) pattern

b) reason

c) color

d) boundary


37. Which are the basic geometric shapes using which human form is depicted in Warli Art


a) Square, pentagon, circle

b) Triangle, circle, line

c) Hexagon, square, zigzag line

d) Rectangle, square, Octagon


38. PadmapaniBodhisatva is seen at ________.


a) Ajanta Caves

b) BhimBetka Caves

c) Udaygiri Caves

d) Kanheri Caves


39. Unity is the organization of the elements and principles into a pleasing whole design or composition. It is seen in ________.


a) A flower vase with lots of single color flowers

b) Vase with different colors flowers

c) Vase with different flowers in single colors

d) Snake skin


40. Identify the identity of Sony TV from the below given visual options.



A.                                            B.                                            C.                            D.

a) A

b) B

c) C

d) D


41. JPG is the extension for________ files


a) Microsoft Outlook

b) Microsoft Word

c) Music

d) Image


42. Texture is the surface quality of an object. There are two categories of texture: real texture and tactile or visual texture. Real texture refers to how the object would feel if it was _______.


a) Touched

b) Seen and touched

c) Printed on paper

d) Created by hand


43. Gradation of color from warm to cool and tone from dark to light produces ________.


a) Perspective

b) Depth

c) Height

d) weight


44. Smooth lines give a feeling happiness, so the zigzag lines show ________.


a) Love

b) Friendship

c) Tension

d) None of above


45. Night scenes of nature are created with the absence of ________color.


a) Blue

b) White

c) Green

d) Red


46. Ceramicdesignis________.


a) Paintings

b) Sculpture

c) Pottery

d) Photography


47. RajaRaviVermaisknownas________.


a) FreedomFighter

b) Journalist

c) Historian

d) ClassicPainter


48. SymbolofIndusValleyCivilizationis________.


a) Bull

b) Goat

c) Horse

d) Deer


49. RupeeSymbolhasletterformof________.


a) RomanScript

b) TamilScript

c) BanglaScript

d) DevanagariScript


50. Whichofthefollowingisafamousdanceofkerala?


a) odissi

b) manipuri

c) lavani

d) mohiniattam