DCT DATE: 24x7 Online Test. Immediate Result
DCT Fees: 500 per applicant

Students are often faced with the difficult question of which career path to choose after the 12th board exams. While Engineering, Commerce, Medical, etc. are the most obvious options, they’re also the most boring!

Build a career in design by testing your design aptitude. DCT is one of India’s premier design entrance exams 2020 It’s a single test which will empower you to start a great design career journey. Say good-bye to predictable study options and embrace the world of design.



Taking the DCT has multiple advantages. You don’t need to attempt a separate fashion designing entrance exam or an entrance exam for interior designing. DCT tests your skills, creativity and inclination towards both streams in a single test. So, you save time and effort.

Reach your goal of a global design career faster. No need to give an entrance exam for fashion designing after 12th or an entrance exam for interior designing after 12th. Choose DCT today. Create the perfect roadmap for a design career for life.


Eligibility for DCT is fairly simple. The test aspirant should have appeared for or passed his/her 12th HSC exam. Since the career path after DCT is a guided and well-planned one, it is imperative that the test is taken by students who are genuinely interested in a design career. The one-time non-refundable fee for taking the DCT is 500 per applicant.


Test Structure - The DCT exam is owned by the INIFD Kothrud. The development and delivery of the exam take place with the help of an interactive online service. DCT is divided into two parts: Creative Ability Test (CAT) & General Ability Test (GAT). These skills will be tested via an online test system, will include 50 multiple-choice questions, and need to be answered in 25 minutes.

The Creative Ability Test (CAT) tests the following skills:

  • Visualisation, Observational, Perceptual and Reasoning abilities
  • Creative and Problem-Solving abilities
  • Application of Basic knowledge of Science and Mathematics
  • Awareness of Art, Craft, Culture, Design and Environment

The General Ability Test (GAT) tests the following skills:

  • Quantitative Ability
  • Analytical Ability
  • Communication Ability
  • English Comprehension

Plus there might be a few additional questions on general awareness and understanding of what’s happening around you (not compulsorily).

Procedural Steps

  • It’s a time-based test- 25 minutes will be allocated to answer 50 multiple-choice questions (30 seconds will be assigned to complete each question)
  • All 50 questions will appear on a computer screen (Each question will carry 2 marks)
  • A test link will be shared via email once the registration requirements are fulfilled
  • A registered candidate will be able to access the link on the set date
  • Preferred language for the test will be English
  • Only one attempt per person is allowed
  • A test link will be shared via email once the registration requirements are fulfilled . The Email ID needs to be the same as provided on the registration form.


  • In case of any discrepancy or fallacy, a concern can be raised by the student to the assigned faculty.
  • INIFD Kothrud reserves the right to reschedule or cancel the test of any student at any time.
  • Only the first 500 candidates will be eligible for the DCT scholarship.


Fashion Design

  • Choose from 1, 2 or 3 Year Fashion Design Courses
  • Learn from Industry Moguls Like Manish Malhotra
  • Participate in London, New York, and Lakme Fashion Week
  • Get the Chance to Study Abroad at the London School of Trends

Interior Design

  • Choose From 1, 2 or 3 Year Interior Design Courses
  • Work on Full-Scale Interior Industry Projects
  • Learn Digital Drawing and AutoCAD
  • Chance to Get Certified from The Institute of Indian Interior Designers


After attempting the DCT, aspirants are eligible for an assured scholarship if they apply early to INIFD Kothrud. Not only does this save your money but also assures a seat in one of Pune’s leading design institutes.

Marks Obtained in DCT (out of 100) Scholarship Amount on Early Application
40 marks 5,000
41 - 50 marks 10,000
51 - 70 marks 15,000
Above 70 marks 20,000


Manish Malhotra

Specialised ‘Learn with Manish Malhotra’ program

Ace Bollywood Fashion Icon Manish Malhotra is all set to share his knowledge and expertise to Indian students by being their mentor. Mr. Malhotra has joined hands with INIFD & LST to impart specialised fashion education and training online. The ‘Learn with Manish Malhotra’ program is available to fashion students at INIFD Kothrud.

Twinkle Khanna

Official mentor for Interior Design students

Twinkle Khanna is the Chief Mentor to the Interior Design students of INIFD Academy of Interiors –a first-of-its-kind exclusive Interior Design nationwide chain to train students for the fastest growing Interior Design industry. ‘INIFD Academy of Interiors’ is offering 2 year PG Specialization Program, 3 year Specialization, 2 year Advance Program & 1 year Foundation Program in Interior Design.

Ashley Rebello

Official mentor for Fashion Design students

INIFD has associated with the internationally acclaimed Fashion Designer & Stylist Ashley Rebello as a Formal Brand Ambassador and Mentor for INIFD students. INIFD in association with LST Offers 2 year Super Specialisation Specialization Program, 3 year Specialization, 2 year Advance Program & 1 year Foundation Program in Fashion Design.

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