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Application Process and Steps for ISDI Challenge

Welcome to Online ISDI Challenge

A Unique Selection Process
The primary objective of the ISDI Challenge is to get to know you better and evaluate if ISDI is the right home for you for the next 4 years. The ISDI Challenge is a holistic evaluation of your skills, passions and inspirations.

Through this selection process, we are looking for youngsters who have a burning desire to pursue a career in design. Set yourself on a path to empower the world and make a difference through design innovation and entrepreneurial leadership.

Fill your application along with your SOP

Write a statement of purpose

We want to know:

- What drives and motivates you every morning?

- How do you wish to create for the future?

You can talk about:

- Your background

- Your achievements

- Transformational occurances

- Things you are passionate about

Write SOP along with Application Form

- Word count - 300 words

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All about ISDI Challenge

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Step A

Upload your Portfolio

100 - Marks
Weightage - 40%

The first step of the ISDI Challenge is uploading your portfolio. It can include a range of media such as drawings, paintings, sculptures, performances, graphic designs, animations, photographs or sketchbook pages. You are advised to upload 8 – 10 pieces of your best works. Upload your work in the form of either a PDF file, multiple JPEG/JPG or a consolidated zip file, not exceeding 500 mb. Portfolio uploads can be used by ISDI for training purposes.

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Step A

Complete the Design Project

100 - Marks
Weightage - 40%

If you don’t have a portfolio, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Complete the Design Project to move further.

Create a visual work inspired by any ONE of the given themes:
  • One World
  • Tracing Nature
  • Translating Tomorrow

All forms of media are acceptable—drawing, video, photography, sculpture, 3D work, collage, and digital images. Support your project by writing a 500-word essay describing how your ideas developed.

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Step B

Design Aptitude Test (DAT)

100 - Marks
Weightage - 30%

The second step of the ISDI Challenge is the Online Design Aptitude Test. The multiple choice examination evaluates your aptitude and knowledge related to design. This section of the ISDI challenge will be divided into 4 Parts:

Evaluation Criteria
  • 1   General Awareness
    15 Questions 30 Marks
  • 2   Logical Reasoning
    15 Questions 30 Marks
  • 3   Analytical Thinking
    10 Questions 20 Marks
  • 4   Storytelling
    1 Question 20 Marks
  • Total Time Allotted for this Section: 60 Mins
  • Total Marks: 100
Please read the instructions carefully:
  • This challenge requires you to attempt all questions.
  • There is no negative marking
  • This section must be completed uninterrupted, within the stipulated time, to proceed to the next section.
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Step C

Online Interview

100 - Marks
Weightage - 30%

The third section of the ISDI Challenge is the Online Interview. After you submit Section 1 and 2, our Admissions team will get in touch with you to schedule and facilitate the interview over a phone call or video call with one of our instructors.

  • Total Time Allotted for this Section: 25 Mins
  • Total Marks: 100
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Result Announcement & Key Dates

ISDI Challenge Cycle Dates

Cycle 1 A (Early Cycle)

Applications Open
1st Sept 2023

Last date for Portfolio/Design Project & DAT
31st Oct 2023

Interview Date
1st Nov To 30th Nov 2023

Result Announcement
15st Dec 2023

Acceptance Deadline
15st Jan 2024

Semester 1 Fee Payment Deadline
30th May 2024

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Candidates currently in the 12th grade & will be appearing for a 10 + 2 examination (e.g. IGCSE- A levels, CBSE, HSC, IBDP, ISC etc.), or its educational equivalent in any discipline (e.g.: Science, Commerce, Arts) with an interest in Design & Innovation are eligible to apply. The upper age limit is 21 years at the time of application.

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Once you complete & submit the online application, you will receive a confirmation email on your registered email ID. You will be then directed to a gateway to make the application fee payment. The application fee of Rs. 3,500 is non-refundable and non-transferable. Continue Your Application


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