DECODE 2021: Registration, Exam Date, Syllabus, Admit Card, Result

Exam Date

May 22, 2021

Result Date

May 25, 2021

Apr 26, 2021 | Design


Interested in design courses either after your 10+2 or your bachelor's degree? Then you should consider applying for the DECODE 2021. This is a national-level examination conducted for the candidates who want to take admissions into various design courses is held by the Centre for Design Excellence. On the basis of an aspirant’s performance and score in DECODE, he/she can secure admission into the Bachelor of Design (BDes) or integrated MBA course offered by the university. Read the below article to know more about DECODE 2021.

Latest Updates:

The exam date for the next phase has been announced. The DECODE exam will be held on May 22, 2021 and Jan 1, 1970.


What is DECODE?

The Design Aptitude Test (DECODE) is a national-level entrance test conducted to enroll students who are interested to pursue design as a career option. Candidates who are interested in pursuing a career in this field can apply to the course through the DECODE Exam. The duration is variable for each course.
The students get hands-on training in the state of the art design facilities of the department. The faculty are individuals who have developed themselves as independent researchers and have also designed a curriculum to meet the diverse interests of students pursuing designing.

The below table can help the aspirants to understand DECODE 2021 Highlights.

DECODE 2021 Highlights
Exam Name DECODE: Design Aptitude Test
Conducting Authority CODE, Centre for Design Excellence
Courses Offered
  • B.Des- Interior & Product Design
  • B.Des- Graphics, and Communication
  • B.Des- Fashion & Textile Design
  • Integrated B.Des+MBA
Frequency of examination Once a year
Application Mode Online only
Number of papers Two papers: Aptitude Test and Creativity Test
Duration of Examination 180 minutes
Exam Mode Online
Contact Information 91-7411781758
[email protected]

DECODE 2021 Important Dates

The important dates regarding the exam such as application start date, exam dates, etc are given in the following table. Make sure that you familiarize yourself with the DECODE 2021 important dates so you do not miss out on important events.

DECODE 2021 Phase 3 Dates
Events Dates
Application Start Date Apr 19, 2021
Last date to submit DECODE application May 21, 2021
DECODE 2021 Exam Dates May 22, 2021
Results May 25, 2021
Interview ( Portfolio + Studio Test) To be announced

DECODE 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The candidates who aspire to apply for the examination need to satisfy the DECODE 2021 Eligibility Criteria before registering for the examination. The candidature can be cancelled at any time during the process of admission if the candidate is found to be ineligible for the examination. Applicants must go through the DECODE 2021 entrance exam eligibility criteria listed below for appearing in the entrance exam.

  • The applicant should have passed in any University/Public School/State Board at 10+2 in India or abroad or university or board recognized in the Association of Indian University equivalent to 10+2 with a minimum 45% of aggregate marks or should be appearing for the same in 2021.
  • A candidate with a three or four-year diploma, from a recognized university approved by AICTE with a minimum of 50% marks can also apply.

DECODE 2021 Application Form

The DECODE 2021 application form will be available on the official website from Apr 19, 2021 to May 21, 2021. Candidates need to register themselves with their respective valid email id and contact number. All other required details like educational and personal details should be uploaded by the applicant within the form. The aspirants will be required to log on to the official website and click on the DECODE 2021 entrance exam application form.

The application process for the DECODE 2021 is completely online. There will be no other application form available for the examination.

Steps to register for the DECODE 2021

Candidates can follow the steps below to apply for the DECODE 2021:

  • Visit the official website
  • Click on the above link, and register for the examination by providing all the required details and make sure that they are valid and correct.
  • Computerized verification with username and password will be sent to your registered email ID/Phone Number.
  • Click on the link and activate your login portal by entering the given username and password
  • After logging in to the portal, complete the payment by clicking on Pay Now.
  • Proceed to the payment portal and choose Card/Net Banking or UPI as per your choice.
  • After successful payment, your application form will be registered.

DECODE 2021 Application Fees

The application fee for the DECODE 2021 application form is INR 2000 per applicant. The only form of payment for the application is the online mode of payment. Candidates can pay through debit/credit cards or net banking through the payment portals available on the official website.

Note: This application fee is non-refundable, so it is advised that the candidate be sure of applying for this exam before starting with the registration process. This is also another reason why it is good to make sure that you satisfy all the eligibility criteria.

Important Instructions for DECODE 2021
The DECODE 2021 exam will be conducted in the online mode. Candidates will be given a time slot to appear for the exam that will be conducted on May 22, 2021 and Jan 1, 1970. Candidates are requested to appear at least 15 minutes before the beginning of the examination. The test slots for the exam day will be informed later.
Candidates will have a 15 minute relaxation time to start the examination. After this, the link will be inaccessible. If the connection during the exam is interrupted, the candidates are requested to contact the concerned authority immediately.
For the day of the examination, the candidates will have to visit the exam portal and login with the unique user id and password provided to them after registering for the examination.

DECODE 2021 Syllabus

Candidates who aspire to appear for the DECODE 2021 entrance exam are highly advised to go through the DECODE 2021 Syllabus before preparing for the examination. The syllabus consists of six main topics out of which the questions will be framed for the examination. These topics are:

  • Visualization and Spatial Ability
  • Ecological and Public Awareness
  • Analytical and Logical Reasoning
  • Verbal Communication and Creativity
  • Observation and Design Sensitivity
  • Design Thinking and Problem Solving

Click here to download the full DECODE Syllabus PDF.

Aspirants can make themselves familiar with these topics to be able to score higher in the examination. These are essential topics in the design industry and the main purpose of the examination is to shortlist all the students who are good at these topics. It is difficult to be a good designer if the individual is not well-versed in these topics and it will be hard for him/her to cope up with the course.

DECODE 2021 Exam Pattern

The DECODE exam is an online exam i.e; a Computer-Based Test. All registered candidates will be provided with a login ID and a password to be able to take to Design Aptitude Test. The exam consists of two papers, Aptitude Test and Creativity Test. The total time for the examination is 180 minutes.

DECODE 2021 Aptitude Test

This is the first paper that the candidates will be attempting during the examination. The time allotted for this paper is 60 minutes. The paper will consist of Multiple Choice Questions which will be testing the candidate's knowledge in basic aptitude topics such as Quantitative Ability, Communication Ability, Analytical Reasoning, General Awareness, and English Comprehension.

DECODE 2021 Creativity Test

This is the second paper for the candidates to attempt to clear the DECODE 2021 examination. The total time given to complete this paper is 120 minutes. This paper tests the creative skills of a candidate by giving them subjective questions to be answered in a visual format (graphical representation) or written answers.

DECODE Mock Papers

To qualify an exam, it is important to have apt preparation. This preparation is not only limited to books and understanding the syllabus. Candidates need to through with the style of the paper. They need to aware of the question paper trends and the difficulty level of the paper.

To help candidates prepare for the DECODE exam, we have added mock papers. Candidates can take a look at it and get a better understanding of the structure of the exam.

Click here to download DECODE Mock Paper.

DECODE 2021 Courses Offered

Candidates who apply for admission through the DECODE examination can apply for any one of the courses given below, provided that they satisfy all the eligibility criteria for that course along with clearing the entrance examination.

  • B.Des in Fashion and Textile Design
  • B.Des in Interior and Product Design
  • Integrated B.Des + MBA

DECODE 2021 Result

The results for the DECODE will be announced on the official website only. The candidates who have attended the examination will not be receiving the scorecard in the post or any physical format.

Steps to download/view DECODE 2021 Result

  • Visit the official website.
  • Click on the link that will redirect you to the DECODE Results.
  • Enter the login credentials to log into the portal.
  • After logging in, a screen with the Results/Scorecard will be displayed.
  • Download and take a printout of this for future purposes.
  • The candidates who successfully qualify for the exam can pursue the courses being offered.

DECODE 2021 Participating Universities

DECODE 2021 exam will seek admission for candidates in B.Des and Integrated B.Des+MBA. The participating institutes for DECODE 2021 include:

  • Vivekananda Global University (VGU), Jaipur
  • Invertis University, Bareilly

Career After Bachelors/Masters in Design

Candidates who graduate from a design course have a lot of career opportunities in multiple fields, and some of them are listed here.

  • Advertising art director
  • Animator
  • Artworker
  • Concept artist
  • Creative director
  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Exhibition designer
  • Fashion Designer
  • Fine artist
  • Game artist
  • Interior and spatial designer
  • Urban designer
  • UX designer
  • Textile Designer

DECODE Helpdesk

If the candidates have any queries or issues with anything related to the DECODE 2021 exam, they can contact the concerned authorities to have all their doubts clarified. They can either call or email the admission department

  • The candidates can call on +91-7411781758 for any query or confusion regarding the application and admission process.
  • The candidates can send an email with their queries to [email protected]


What is the admission process for the DECODE exam?

The admission process comprises 3 steps. Apply for the exam Take the test Appear for Personal Interview

Is the application form available offline?

The DECODE exam is not available offline. Candidates can visit the official website to fill the application form.

Is the application form fee refundable?

The application fees are not refundable. The application fee can be paid on the official website through any online mode like debit/credit card, or internet banking.


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