There are not many reputable institutes that offer high quality design courses even at the national level. Meanwhile, Kerala has at least 3 institutes that offer four-year Bachelor of Design (B Des) courses. These institutes are perfect for those with a flair for design.

Institutes, seats
1. Kerala Institute of Design, Chandanathoppu, Kollam is a government controlled subsidized college. There are 30 government seats here.

2. College of Architecture, Mulayara, Thiruvananthapuram, has a total of 60 places. Half of the seats in this self-funded private college belong to the government while the rest are executive seats.

3. Saintgits College of Engineering, Pathamuttom, Kottayam is a self-funded private college. Of the 30 seats, 15 are government seats while the rest are allocated by management.

The semester fee in these three institutes is Rs 75,000. Rs 10,000 is to be paid as a deposit which is refundable.

Entrance examination
The entrance test is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. on July 9 at centers in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kottayam, Ernakulam and Kozhikode districts.

There will be 100 multiple-choice questions on topics ranging from social and basic sciences, 10 questions on school standards, general knowledge (20 questions), English (20 questions), numerical ability and analytical aptitude ( 20) and design awareness (30).

Candidates must answer the questions in less than 100 minutes. There is no negative mark for wrong answers.

Other details
The prospectus can be downloaded from the website. The application procedure is also indicated on the website. The LBS Center for Science and Technology would make the award after the publication of the ranking list and the submission of options.

Obtaining a place in the ranking list of the entrance examination organized by the LBS Center is compulsory for admission to the seats of government. Meanwhile, applicants achieving a rank in any of the following tests would be considered for admission to leadership positions:

1. NATA – National Architectural Aptitude Test conducted by the Council of Architecture.

Visit www.nata.in for more details.

2. UCEED – Undergraduate Design Common Entrance Test Examination is conducted by Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai. Website: www.uceed.iitb.ac.in/2022.

3. NID DAT – This is an aptitude test organized by the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad; https://admissions.nid.edu.

4. NIFT – Entrance Examination held by the National Institute of Fashion Technology. Website: www.nift.ac.in.

A rank in the entrance examination organized by the LBS would also be considered for admission to management positions.

Booking is available as per the guidelines of the Government of Kerala.

Selection via LBS
The LBS Center for Science and Technology has been tasked with conducting the entrance examination for admission in the 2022-2023 academic year.

Address: LBS Center for Science and Technology, Palayalam, Thiruvananthapuram 695033;

Telephone: 0471 2560327; website: www.lbscentre.kerala.gov.in.

There will be an application fee of Rs 1,200. Applicants from the listed Caste/Tribe categories are required to pay Rs 600. The application fee can be paid online.

Those who passed Plus-Two in any stream with at least 45% marks can apply for the entrance test. Meanwhile, candidates in reserved categories require 40%.