UPES DAT Exam Dates, Fees, Eligibility & Notification

UPES DAT Exam Dates, Fees, Eligibility & Notification

UPES DAT Exam Dates, Fees, Eligibility & Notification
UPES DAT Exam Dates, Fees, Eligibility & Notification
October 1, 2021
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Design Aptitude Test (DAT) is an entrance exam. Candidates who qualify this entrance exam will get admission for design degrees offered by UPES University. UPES is the conducting body of DAT. UPES DAT 2021 is an exam exclusively for the selection of design graduates. The entrance exam is conducted mainly for undergraduate degree. But postgraduate design programs also require DAT 2021. Hence, candidates who wish to get admission for design programs in the University of Petroleum and Design Aptitude (UPES) must attend DAT.

UPES DAT will take place in online mode. The selection process is divided into two steps. First, there will an online entrance exam. In this case, candidates can give preferences while choosing test centres. UPES DAT has exam centres all across the country. It is a national level entrance exam. Later, candidates who qualify UPES DAT will be selected for the second round. The second round is called portfolio round.

Finally, candidates who clear both these stages will be given provisional admission.

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UPES DAT 2021 – Latest News:

  • The entrance exam took place on 4 September 2021.
  • The application portal was open till 3 September 2021.
  • Dates regarding results will be announced later.

After the announcement of results, the dates for the second round once UPES DAT 2021 will be notified.


UPES DAT 2021:

UPES is a prestigious institution in India. It is situated in the city of Dehradun, Uttarakhand. Aspirants who wish to pursue design degree must have an innate cognitive and artistic kill. Along with that, they should also inculcate good communication and presentation skills. Furthermore, UPES has industry collaboration with Pixel Galaxy and Lakshya Digital.

The design degrees come under the School of Design Studies department. . Bachelor of Design is a full-time undergraduate degree. It is a four year course. Under which students learn interior and accessory designing. There are 140 seats for Bachelor of design (B. Des)in particular. Likewise, there are 60 seats for the postgraduate course (M. Des). UPES University offers B. Des in four streams. Such as transportation and Mobility Design and Industrial and Product Design. In the same way, the university gives B. Des degree in Communication and Mass Design also. In addition, candidates can specialize in Graphics, Interaction or Animation and VFX.

Similarly, there are three different specializations in M. Des. For example, Transportation design, Industrial design and Interaction design. However, area of specialization is chosen in the second year of the course.




Bachelor of Design Transportation and Mobility design,
  Industrial and product design,
  Communication and media design,
  Interior and retail spaces
Master of Design Transportation design, Industrial design, Interaction design



The university offers 20% scholarship for girl students. This is applicable to both undergraduate and also postgraduate students. Candidates can check for the details on the university website, http://www.upes.ac.in/scholarships.

It will also have the criteria necessary for scholarships.

In addition to that, there are merit-based scholarships to meritorious children. Such scholarships will be according to the eligibility of the candidate. The university grants up to 100% scholarship to selected students. In addition UPES design degree comprises of 150+ masterclasses. These are taken by industry experts from all over the world.

UPES University is known for global placements. Placements are for final year students. For instance, companies like Ebay, Oracle, Samsung are frequent recruiters. They visit the campus each year. Students who have completed design degrees from UPES find jobs in the design sector. Most of them are recruited as Graphic designers and product designers. Similarly, they are also recruited in the field of textile industry. For example as textile designers, fashion stylists, weaving consultants and fashion show coordinator. For this, candidates will require both creative and interpersonal skills. This makes them move forward in their design career.


DAT 2021 – Important Dates:

UPES DAT 2021 exam was held on 4 September 2021. But the university has not published the result till now. Only after the announcement of result, university will reveal the dates for counseling process. Candidates have to check their mail regularly. Also they can check the university site to get updates.


Release of application form 3-Aug-21
Last date to submit application 3-Sep-21
Release of admit cards N/A
UPES DAT 2021 4-Sep-21
Publishing of results N/A
Interview and portfolio presentation N/A


To know more about UPES DAT exam date click here


UPES DAT 2021 – Eligibility criteria

UPES University offers both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in design courses. The eligibility criteria for both will be entirely different from each other. Before applying, candidates who are planning to register for UPES DAT 2021 must check their eligibility criteria. Also check for additional educational criteria necessary for various specializations.


Eligibility criteria for B.Des degree:

  • All candidates must have cleared class 12 from any recognized board of studies.
  • Along with that, applicants must have a score more than 50% in class 12 examination.
  • In particular candidate must have physics, chemistry and mathematics as main subjects for class 10 and class 12.
  • Not only that but they must have an aggregate of more than 50% in these subjects.

Candidates must clear all the above criteria. Only those candidates can appear for UPES DAT 2021.

Apart from this, candidates who have qualified JEE Main can get exemption from DAT 2021. In the same manner Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design (UCEED) qualifiers can also get exemption. They will have direct admission. Furthermore, students who have secured more than 65% in class 10 and class 12 can also get an exemption from UPES DAT 2021. Consequently, they all have to appear for counselling process.


Eligibility criteria for M.Des degree:

Master in Design is a postgraduate degree in design technology. The master’s degree will be for duration of two years. Candidates can select their field of specialization in the second year. Candidates who wish to pursue masters in design from UPES University must check their eligibility before applying. Only candidates who clear the eligibility standards set by the university can appear for UPES DAT 2021. The eligibility criteria for M. Des are as follows,

  • The candidate must have at least 50% marks in class 10 and class 12 examinations.
  • They must have completed B.Tech/B.E/BFA degree of four years duration from any of the recognized university.
  • Also, candidates who have completed B.Arch/B.Des/ B.Sc in Design for 3 years can also apply for UPES DAT 2021.
  • Students who are degree holders in B.Arch/B. Des/B.Sc in Design must also have a foundation course in Applied Arts. For example, a diploma degree of at least one year duration. A candidate must have scored at least 50% marks for this foundational degree.
  • Candidates who possess a valid JEE Main score or UCEED score are eligible for direct application. Hence, they don’t have to appear for UPES DAT 2021.
  • Only students with a score of 40.5 or above in UCEED Examination can get exemption from UPES DAT 2021. Those candidates can directly apply for portfolio presentations. Finally, candidates will be shortlisted for a personal interviews.


Age Criteria:

  • All the candidates applying for UPES DAT 2021 must be born on or after 1 October 1996. In particular, the date of birth that the candidate provides should match with his/her Secondary Education Board Certificate.


UPES DAT 2021 – Registration process

Both B. Des and M. Des applicants have to appear for UPES DAT 2021. Candidates can apply in either online or offline mode.


For candidates who are applying in online mode

  • First, visit the university website, http://www.upes.ac.in/
  • Under main tab, click on the ‘UPES DAT 2021’ tab.
  • Now, create and register an account using your email id. You can also use a registered mobile number. A link will be sent to your email and mobile number. Click on the link.
  • Enter the registration id. Set a password of your choice.
  • Remember this registration number and password for future log ins.
  • Now, log in with the new password.
  • In the next step, fill in your personal details. For instance, your first name, last name, address and so on.
  • Under that select the program. Also fill your date of birth from the drop-in box.
  • After this, enter your academic details.
  • Candidates will have to provide class 10 and class 12 marks. They should upload the certificates also.
  • Also, fill in the pass percentage and year of passing.
  • In particular, applicants who are appearing for class 12 examination have to tick the specified box.
  • Similarly, select the state, district and application pathway. Enter captcha code and agree to terms and conditions box.
  • Later, upload the documents. Candidates have to upload the original certificate of class 10 and class 12 certificates.
  • Enter the OTP sent to the candidate’s mobile number. Now the candidate will receive his/her application number.
  • Next, pay the application fee amount through net banking/debit card/credit card.
  • Finally, download the confirmation page for successful submission.



Interested applicants can purchase the application form. They must pay INR 1750. Application form is available at university offices. UPES DAT 2021 application form is available at Delhi, Kochi, Hyderabad, Coimabtore, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Kolakata and Mumbai. Hence, candidates can visit any of the admission counters in the above mentioned cities for UPES DAT 2021 application form.

The completed application form must be sent to,

University of Petroleum and Energy Studies,

Enrollments Office,

UPES 210, 2nd Floor,

Okhla Industrial Estate, New Delhi 110020.


Application Fee:


Indian students (online payment) INR 1850
Indian students (offline payment) INR 1750
Foreign students USD 75 (as per current conversion rate)


The application process will be same for all categories. Also there will not be any concession for candidates from any particular community.


UPES DAT 2021 – Syllabus

The UPES DAT 2021 syllabus is divided into four sections. For example, general English, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency, General Awareness and Analytical and Logical Reasoning. Candidates must have a thorough knowledge in all the four sections. The entrance exam will contain only 25 questions. The maximum marks a candidate can score is 100. Therefore, each answer will have 4 marks weightage.

The detailed syllabus for UPES DAT 2021 is;


Area of focus Topics included
GENERAL ENGLISH Essay writing, Error recognition, Spelling, Vocabulary, Sentence structure, Synonyms, Grammar, Antonyms, Phrases and idiomatic use of words, Descriptive questions
DATA INTERPRETATION AND  DATA SUFFICIENCY  Graphs , Data interpretation, Line charts, Bar graphs, Pie chart, Venn diagram, Graphs representing areas, Critical reasoning, Assumption-premise-conclusion, tables and charts, Visual reasoning, Assertion and reasons, Identifying valid inferences, Statements and assumptions, Identifying strong arguments, Cause and effect, Identifying probably true or false, Linear arrangements, Puzzles, Coding and decoding, Sequencing, Syllogisms,
GENERAL AWARENESS Business, Current affairs, Major corporate events,
  Books and authors, History, Science, Geography, Famous awards and prizes, Sports, World records, Social issues, Finance, Automobiles, Important quotations, Politics
ANALYTICAL AND LOGICAL REASONING Statements and conclusions, Linear arrangements, Matrix, Direction puzzle, Logical puzzle, Relationship puzzle, Cause and effect, Identifying probably false and true, Definitely true, Symbol based problem.


UPES DAT 2021- Exam pattern

UPES DAT 2021 will be held in online mode. The question paper will only have objective-type questions. The exam will be for duration of one hour. There will be 25 questions in total. The maximum marks a candidate can score is 100. Questions will be asked from 4 sections


Exam mode Online
Duration 1 hour
Maximum marks 100
Number of questions 25
Number of sections 4


UPES DAT 2021 – Admit Card

All the registered candidates will receive UPES DAT 2021 admit card. Applicants will need the admit card to appear for the entrance exam. UPES University conducts the exam. Therefore, it is the university who sent admit cards to each candidate. UPES DAT 2021 admit card is sent to candidates only after the closing of application portal. After the closing of the portal, the university will review all applications. False applications will be rejected without notice. Those applicants will not receive UPES DAT 2021 admit card. Therefore, candidates should be very careful to give correct details during application process.

UPES DAT 2021 admit card will contain all the details necessary to attend the entrance exam. It will have important details like name of the candidate and UPES DAT roll number. In addition to that, it will have details of the test subject and test centre. In the case of test centre, the admit card will provide details regarding the test date and time. Candidates who are far away from the test centre should take measures to reach the test centre before reporting time.

If the test centre is far away from the candidate’s place of stay, he/she can reach the test centre at least before a day and find suitable lodging nearby.

The candidate has to affix his/her photograph to the admit card. The photograph should be the same as the one uploaded during the application process. Candidates are also asked to carry any identity proof with them. Identity proof will be asked at the test centre. Applicants who fail to present the admit card and identity proof will not be allowed to enter the exam hall. It is mandatory that the admit card should be presented as a hard copy. A soft copy of the admit card or identity proof is not encouraged.

TO know more about UPES DAT exam admit card click here


How to download?

  • Candidates must visit the university website and click on ‘UPES DAT 2021’ tab.
  • Enter the application number and password. Now, you will have access to your UPES DAT 2021 account.
  • Click on the UPES DAT 2021 admit card option.
  • Click download. Take a print out of the same.
  • Present the admit card at the test centre without fail.


UPES DAT 2021 – Results

UPES DAT 2012 results will be announced in online mode. Candidates can check their results in the university website.  In the UPES DAT 2021 tab, enter the applicant’s application number and date of birth. In the new window, it will show the candidates score. Also, it will highlight if the candidate has qualified for the exam or not.

  • Click on the results link sent to the candidates’ email id or mobile number.
  • You will be redirected to a new page.
  • Now enter the application number and date of birth.
  • Click on search button
  • View the result.
  • Download and take a print out for future proceedings.

After the publishing of results, shortlisted candidates will be notified by the university. Those candidates have to appear for the interview round. The university will provide the details regarding the interview venue and time. Selected candidates are requested to attend the interview session without fail. Candidates who fail this opportunity will not be given a second chance.

All the candidates who appear for the interview must present their work portfolio too.

To know more about UPES DAT exam result click here



Q. What is cut-off percentage required to qualify for UPES DAT 2021?

A. The cut-off percentage for UPES DAT 2021 will be published only once the exam gets over. Cut-off will be calculated by combing many criteria.

  • The number of candidates
  •  Highest and lowest marks secured by the candidates and also
  • The difficulty level of the examination.


Q. Are students from commerce backgrounds eligible for UPES DAT 2021?

A. No. students who are applying for UPES DAT 2021 must have physics, chemistry and mathematics as their main subjects in class 10 and class 12. They should also have an aggregate of 50% for these three subjects.


Q. Is the eligibility criteria same for international students?

Yes. The eligibility criteria for UPES DAT 2021 are same for candidates of all categories. However, international students must clear other necessary exams required for international study visa. And also the application fee for UPES DAT 2021 is USD 75 for international students.


 Is it possible to change area of specialization from topic to another?

The first year of study is the same for all the students. It comprises only of general papers. It is only during the second year of the students that the students have to select an area of specialization. Therefore, students get enough time to analyze and decide their area of specialization.


More related queries:

Q. How much time will it take for the university to publish the results?

A. UPES DAT 2021 is a national level entrance exam. There are more than 40+ test centres. Therefore, the admission committee will need a certain amount of time to evaluate the candidate’s performance. The date of results will be announced only after the entrance exam gets over.


Q. Is there any preference for candidates with high merit?

. UPES DAT 2021 is a merit based exam. Selection will be done purely on the performance of the candidate. However, during the overall evaluation, the merit of the candidate will be taken into consideration by the exam committee. But for this the candidate has to clear UPES DAT 2021.


Q. Should the candidate attend any coaching classes for clearing UPES DAT 2021?

A. The syllabus for UPES DAT 2021 is given in the article. Questions will be asked to check the language competency as well as subject knowledge. Major portion of the questions will be from class 10 and class 12 physics, chemistry and mathematics portion. Candidates must be thorough with these.


Q. What is the mode for personal interview and portfolio presentation?

A. Personal interview and portfolio presentation will be held in offline mode. Shortlisted candidates will be notified the venue and time for personal interview. Candidates have to appear for the interview without fail.

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