Indian Institute of Science (IISC) Bangalore

The brain child of Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, the Indian Institute of Science (IISC) Bangalore was established in 1909 and has the status of a Deemed University since 1958. IISC aims to be among the world’s foremost academic institutions, through the pursuit of research excellence and the promotion of innovation, by offering world class education to train future leaders in science and technology, and by applying science and technology breakthroughs for India’s wealth creation and social welfare.


General Information

Indian Institute of Science (IISC) Bangalore

IISC was established in the year 1909 .

IISC-Bangalore has the status of a “Deemed University” since 1958.

IISC has its sole campus in North Bengaluru, Bangalore.

The institute offers the following flagship Design programme :

Masters in Design (M.Des) Full-time: 2 years Specialization : Product Design

The Eligibility Criteria is :

  • Bachelors in Engineering/Architecture
  • A valid GATE/CEED score as on Aug 1, 2018

Sr. No. Heads Amount (In Rs.)
1. Tuition Fee 9,000
2. Gymkhana Fee 1,200
3. Other Academic Fees 3,700
4. Statutory Deposit (Refundable)* 7,500
5. Library Deposit (Refundable)* 7,500
6. Students Emergency Fund 300
TOTAL 29,200

* To be paid in the First Year only       (All Fees are Annual)

The Reservation in Seats is as follows :

  • The Institute accepts about 400 students every year
  • This number includes about 50 sponsored candidates and faculty members from engineering colleges under the Quality Improvement Programme (the Defence Services, Indian Space Research Organization, NTRO, BARC, NAL, CPRI, KSRTC, BMTC, PWD and BDA)
  • 25 seats are reserved for Product Design Students

The details of Residential Facilities provided are :

  • Separate hostel blocks for boys and girls
  • The hostel blocks together can house about 3000+ students
  • Limited accomodation for married students and families is also available
  • Four different mess facilities are available

The Infrastructure Facilities provided by IISC are :

  • Computer facilities
  • Labs
  • Interaction design studio
  • Gym
  • Hostel Facilities
  • Photo and video studio
  • Product development cell
  • Library

Following are the highlights of the School’s Teaching Methods :

  • The programme takes engineers and architects through a most challenging design aptitude test called DAT and handpicks the best
  • Knowledge, skill and reflection-based curriculum that prepares them to lead existing practice and create new practices in Design

Details of Student Scholarships :

  • M.Des students are eligible for an annual scholarship of Rs. 12,400
  • Candidates who receive a salary from their Employers/Sponsors are not eligible for any scholarship

Application & Admission Process

Selection is based on the Design Aptitude Test (DAT) and performance in the on-campus interview.

Sr No. Key Activity Dates
1. Start of online application Feb 1 2018
2. Last date of application March 26 2018
3. DAT/Interview April 21-22 2018

Applications are accepted online at Applications are accepted online at

The entrance exam pattern is as follows :

Section 1 (A) Non-Verbal ability (colors and their usage)

Section 1 (B) Tests maths and theoretical understanding on engineering design

Section 2 Tests the student’s ability to solve fairly real life, creative problems related to practical design

Applicants are tested for the following aptitudes and skills :

  • Engineering knowledge
  • Abstract and analytical thinking ability
  • Aesthetic sensitivity and communication ability
  • Overall aptitude for the design programme

Cities where CEED is conducted are :

  • Ahmedabad
  • Bengaluru
  • Bhopal
  • Bhubaneswar
  • Chandigarh
  • Chennai
  • New Delhi
  • Guwahati
  • Hyderabad
  • Jaipur
  • Kolkata
  • Roorkee
  • Lucknow
  • Mumbai
  • Nagpur
  • Patna
  • Pune
  • Raipur
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Thrissur
  • Visakhapatnam

DAT Centre :
  • IISC-Bangalore campus

Industry & Job Market

Placements are fairly startup focused; the average package offered for M.Des pass- outs is around Rs.10-11L p.a.