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Symbiosis Institute of Design


Symbiosis International University is a multi-disciplinary university located in India, specializing in multiple fields since 1971 . Established by Prof. Dr. S.B. Mujumdar, the university operates under the motto “Symbiosis of Well being” and emphasizes that the “ World as one Family and Educationists or the Teachers are the parents .” The university has four campuses in four states and six cities in India . International Symbiosis accepts students from over 85 countries. 


The university is highly celebrated, and it is Category-I institution by UGC, grades ‘A++’ by NAAC, and ranks high in several national and global rankings such as NIRF, ARIIA, THE World University Ranking, and QS Regional Rankings . Symbiosis International University is a pioneing institution in liberal arts education, combining a wide range of disciplines and innovative academic programs in critical and design thinking that have precise problem-solving purposes. The university also supports international academic connections, conferences, and research opportunities for students and faculty. Last but not the least, the Symbiosis Medical College for Women established in the recent past is a glaring example of its commitment to knowledge generation, innovation, and contribution to national development.

Exam Structure

The Symbiosis Entrance Exam for Design (SEED) is a national-level design aptitude test that is conducted once a year by Symbiosis International University. The exam is home-proctored and consists of multiple-choice questions that cover topics such as art, craft, culture, design, and environment.

SEED Exam Pattern 2024

Mode of the exam
Online mode
Duration of the exam
2.5 hours (150 Minutes)
Total number of questions
Type of questions
Objective type
Maximum marks
Once a year
Exam Time
9:30 am to 12 pm
Reporting time
7:30 AM
Marking Scheme
1 mark is awarded for every correct attempt
No negative marking for the incorrect response

Exam Syllabus

Understanding and manipulating 2D & 3D shapes, recognizing spatial relationships through images and diagrams.
Application of Basic Science & Math
Identifying real-world applications of science and math principles learned in standard 10th level.
Obeservational, Perceptual & Reasoning Abilities
Interpreting information beyond the surface, concluding, forming opinions, and presenting your perspective.
Creative & Problem-Solving Abilities
Visualizing connections, identifying problems, and developing effective solutions.
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symbiosis institute of design eligibility | starminds educations kanpur
symbiosis institute of design eligibility | starminds educations kanpur

Candidates must possess a 10+2 or equivalent diploma or a State Board of Technical Education-approved 10+3 diploma.

Candidates who are taking the 10+2 grade final exam or the 10+3 diploma final exam may also apply as long as their results are released by June of the admission year.

Selection Process

  • Level 1: Online Symbiosis Entrance Exam for Design (SEED). The result of SEED will be put up on the SID website as per the schedule. If a candidate qualifies SEED, he/she would be eligible to appear for SID’s Portfolio Review and Personal Interaction (PRPI). Shortlisting for admission will be based only by specialization selected during online registration.

  • Level 2: Upload the Portfolio on the portal a day prior to the PRPI. For portfolio specifications 

  • Level 3: Perform the PRPI Task. This will be shared 3 days prior to the chosen date of online PRPI. Upload the PRPI Task on the portal a day prior to the PRPI.

  • Level 4: Appear for the online Portfolio Review and Personal Interaction (PRPI)

Important Notes

  • The official notification and brochure for the NID DAT 2025 exam will be released by the National Institute of Design (NID) around October-November 2024.

  • The application process typically starts in November and closes in December.

  • The DAT Prelims exam is usually conducted in January or February.

  • The DAT Mains exam is conducted in March or April.

Preparation Tips for SEED Exam

symbiosis institute of design preparation tips | starminds educations kanpur

There are various resources available to help you prepare for the SEED exam. Here are some tips:

  • Understand the exam pattern and syllabus thoroughly.

  • Practice with mock tests and previous year's question papers.

  • Improve your observation, analytical, and creative thinking skills.

  • Develop a strong understanding of design principles and basic science and mathematics.

  • Stay updated on current design trends and happenings.


By following these tips and dedicating yourself to preparation, you can increase your chances of cracking the SEED exam and securing a seat at SID.


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