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UPESDAT 2017 Eligibility

University of Petroleum and Energy Sciences (UPES), Dehradun conducts entrance tests to various courses like MBA, LLB, B.Tech etc.

UPES also conducts the Design Aptitude Test (DAT) popularly known as the UPESDAT. This year the test is to be held from April 12-15.

The test is conducted to ascertain and evaluate the design aptitude of the candidate. The entrance provides admission to the following courses in UPES:

  • Master of Design (M.Des) Transportation Design
  • Master of Design (M.Des) Industrial Design
  • Bachelor of Design (B.Des) with specialization in Product Design/Transportation Design
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) with specialization in Digital Arts

UPESDAT is conducted for those candidates who don’t have a valid NATA/NIFT/NID/CEED or other design exam score or didn’t appear for NATA/NIFT/NID/CEED. The same can thus appear for the UPES DAT.

UPESDAT 2017 Eligibility Criteria

1. Bachelor of Design (B.Des)

The eligibility criteria in terms of age, academic qualification is described below:

Academic Qualification

The academic eligibility for B.Des is as follows:

i) Exam pathway- Minimum fifty percent (50%) marks at Higher and Senior Secondary level (10th and 12th). The candidates can be from any stream. 

The candidates in this scenario will have to appear for the UPES DAT online entrance test followed by presentation of portfolio and interview.

ii) Non-Exam pathway

Through Board merit and JEE Main/UCEED.

  • Board Merit: Minimum sixty-five percent (65%) marks in X and XII standard. (Any stream)

In this case, the candidate won’t have to appear for the entrance test but directly present his/her portfolio followed by the interview.

  • JEE MAIN/UCEED: Minimum fifty percent (50%) marks in X and XII standard with valid JEE MAIN/UCEED scores.

In this case, the candidates with their valid JEE MAIN/UCEED scores will have to appear for interview followed by the presentation of his/her portfolio.

Age Criteria

Candidates whose date of birth falls on or after October 1, 1994 are eligible to apply for admission only.

Moreover, the date of birth as recorded in the Secondary Education Board/University certificate only will be taken as authentic.

2. Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

The eligibility criteria in terms of age, academic qualification is described below:

Academic Qualification

Candidates should have scored a minimum of fifty percent (50%) marks at Higher and Senior Secondary level. (X and XII standard)

The candidate can be of any stream.

If eligible, the candidate to seek admission In BFA will have to appear for the UPES DAT online entrance test followed by presentation of portfolio and interview.

Age Criteria

Candidates whose date of birth falls on or after October 1, 1994 are eligible to apply for admission only.

Moreover, the date of birth as recorded in the Secondary Education Board/University certificate only will be taken as authentic.

3. Master of Design (Transportation/Industrial)

The eligibility for M.Des in terms of the academic qualification is described below:

Academic Eligibility

Candidates seeking admission should have:

  • Minimum of fifty percent (50%) marks at Higher and Senior Secondary level. ( X and XII standard)
  • B.Tech/B.E in any discipline/B.Arch/BFA (4 years)/ B.Des/3 years B.Sc in design plus one year of foundation/Applied Arts with minimum fifty percent (50%) marks.

If eligible, candidates will have to appear for the UPES DAT online entrance test followed by the presentation of portfolio and interview.

Candidates with valid CEED 2015/16 scores will be exempted from the UPES DAT entrance test.

UPESDAT 2017 Reservation 

Fifteen percent (15%) of the seat in all the programs offered are reserved for the residents of Uttrakhand subject to their production of the Sthai Niwas Praman Patra (Permanent Residence Certificate) issued by the competent authority of the state of Uttrakhand.

The seats under this are allotted solely on the merit basis/positions secured under this category.

An important thing to note is that only those candidates can avail this benefit who have declared their intent to opt under this category at the time for applying for admission.

In case the candidates who are applying under this category are unable to produce their Sthai Niwas Praman Patra (in original) on the day of admission then their candidature will stand cancelled.

Also, if by a stipulated date the seats under category remain/fall vacant then the same shall be treated as unreserved there on.

UPESDAT 2017 Eligibility Criteria for International Applicants

The eligibility criteria for the international candidates is listed below

  • Candidates must possess a valid passport and visa for the duration of the course.
  • Candidates must fulfil the eligibility requirements for their chosen programme (as mentioned above).
  • Candidates from non-English speaking countries should satisfy the UPES that they have adequate proficiency in English in order to be able to opt for the programme of their choice. If required, an undertaking from such candidates shall be taken to undergo English language training for a specific period of time before the commencement of the classes. Qualifying TOEFL/IELTS or equivalent may not be mandatory but is strongly advised.
  • In case of candidates applying for undergraduate admission, UPES must be satisfied that the candidates applying have obtained higher school secondary certificate (with the minimum percentage of marks as prescribed above) and taken the requisite courses necessary to meet the eligibility criteria for admission.
  • In case of admission to the post-graduate programmes, the equivalent of the undergraduate degree earned by the candidate in his/her country shall be obtained from the AIU. In certain cases, the candidates may be required to visit the AIU in this regard.
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