MIT / SRISHTI Test Details Structure and How to Prepare
If your preparation for NIFT and other allied design tests has not been satisfactory for some reason or the other and you wish to explore other options instead of wasting a productive year, there are some quality institutes like MIT and Srishti conducting design courses at the undergraduate level. Many candidates wish to keep more options available instead of banking heavily on one particular exam, the result of which can be upsetting sometimes despite great expectations, a miss by a whisker is quite common and heartbreaking news for candidates.OPUS being the wise partner of every design aspirant advises candidates to keep options open when anything can happen. Therefore, never underestimate or belittle a course or an institute. Since these entrance tests are conducted almost around the same time, no specific study is required. With the approach followed for other design tests, there is a certain pattern but with MIT or Srishti there is no fixed pattern prescribed. This keeps you guessing till you hold the paper in your hands.
Opus advises candidates to be thorough with the basics first. The drawing tests will obviously test the level of creativity but the difference is that you have no idea of in which way your creativity will be tested. This gives some level playing ground for candidates who are not every good in preparing in advance but are happy to respond to such situations that bring out their creative best. Such candidates are likely to perform better, the ones who like the thrill of being kept guessing until the end. In the long drawn process of preparation they do not pick up a few suggested things, instead, they have to be thorough with almost everything if they need to get through it.
Candidates are likely to think a coaching institute is not likely to be of much help here. This is far from the truth. A coaching institute does a lot of ground work in studying the trends and patterns over the last decade and many experts who have taught in these institutes are also roped in to deliver lectures and their valuable insight often proves to be guiding light. Having assessed these test papers over a long period of time, OPUS finds some kind of emerging pattern though there is no fixed pattern. Such deep analysis by investing time has been done that a candidate who ventures to do the same for himself will end up losing his valuable time and still not be able to gather anything worthwhile. A mentor like OPUS has done much of the spadework that turns out to be useful for design aspirants appearing for MIT or Srishti.
Here is a close look at the exam pattern first.
SRISHTI Entrance Exam Pattern
SRISHTI entrance exam is split into 2 phases.
Design Aptitude Test (held in January) is a written exam of 100 marks for 3 hours. The DAT tests each student’s ability in Design Problem Solving, Visual Sense, Observation and Perception, Environmental Awareness, Mental Ability and Communication skills through a range of visual and textual questions.
It consists of Studio test, Personal Interview and Portfolio presentation (in April). The Studio test generally has 3 parts – doodling, 3D modelling and observation tests.MIT Entrance Exam Pattern
MIT entrance exam is split into 2 phases
Design Aptitude Test (January) is a written exam of 100 marks for 3 hours. The DAT tests each student’s ability in Design Problem Solving, Visual Sense, Observation & Perception, Environmental Awareness, Mental Ability and Communication skills through a range of visual and textual questions.
It consists of Studio test, Personal Interview and Portfolio presentation (in April). The Studio test generally has 3 parts – doodling, 3D modelling and observation tests.
How to Prepare
With Srishti and MIT design exams scheduled in April, candidates are left wondering how to prepare for the exam. What makes the scenario difficult for these exams is the fact that any kind of question can be asked in the test. This makes it difficult to draw an outline regarding the type of questions one should prepare well in advance. The lack of a fixed pattern for these exams creates problems for candidates – the unpredictability part will affect all preparation. No institute can lay stress on a particular pattern to groom students for these tests. This proves to be a major disadvantage, a stumbling block that one has to live with.
For a candidate opting for these design exams, it is important to keep an open mind. Based on the pattern observed over the years, it is generally a mixture of drawing and general ability test. Drawing can have the technical type of questions based on proportion and ratio based questions – drawing the product or a scene with a different point of view. Complete the drawing left incomplete is one type of question asked in the test. Then there is the chance of being asked to draw an object or place several together in a frame. For instance, draw table, window and a dog in the correct position inside a room or in respect with the car or any thing. Do not be alarmed to find a question based on dismantling any object and then recreating a new object with that.
Questions based on science pop up sometimes – on biology or chemistry which you have studied in class ten. Definition of photosynthesis and the composition of salt are some typical questions raised in the test. They can give you a prism and ask you how light will pass through it. The presence of mathematics can make you feel shaky if it has not been your forte in school. But it is always general type – without any high level of difficulty. Some years ago, they asked questions based on colours – mixing colours to get a new colour. If all of a sudden such type of question gets reintroduced, candidates should not feel alarmed.
Questions asking you to identify logos can also be asked. It is possible for them to ask you to write a short story on something. They can give you an image and ask you to write a story or an essay on that. If basics and fundamentals are strong, it is a cakewalk. Remember that this question paper will be new for all. There is no need to get frustrated to find odd, bizarre questions – the type of least expected questions can find a place here. When you look at the paper, there is no need to panic or jump to any conclusion with a negative mindset. Attempt what you know well. And try to perform remarkably well in the drawing section. You can come out with flying colours here as well!
All the best to candidates!
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