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A villager is chosen on a basis of a written entrance examination, a situation test, a group discussion round and a personal interview conducted by TDV. Students are also encouraged to share their design portfolios at the time of the interview. This can pertain to any creative and relevant work and should be supported with a statement of purpose

The pattern of TDV written exam pattern is as follows :

#1 ABILITY TEST 50 marks – 1hour

The first test is to understand the candidate’s ability/skills to realize dreams. It consists of questions about awareness, observation, scale & proportion, communication and visualization.

Awareness 10 marks

Please tick mark the right answer

  1. Technology giant ‘Samsung’ was founded in which country?
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • China
    • North Korea
  2. Name the author of ‘The Mystery of Utmost Happiness’ published in June 2017.
    • Paulo Cohelo
    • Khaled Hosseini
    • Chitra B.Divakaruni
    • Arundhati Roy
  3. “Girl with a pearl earring’” is considered by many to be “the Dutch Mona Lisa” or “The Mona Lisa of the north” is painted by which artist?
    • Rembrandt Van Rijn
    • Pablo Picasso
    • Vincent Van Gogh
    • Johannes Vermeer
  4. TED is a non-profit organization, devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short but powerful talks ( 18 mins or less ). Ted began in 1984, as a conference where technology, entertainment and design are converged, and today it covers all topics ranging from science to business to global issues- in more than 100 languages. Who created the TED conference?
    • Shah Rukh Khan
    • Steve Jobs
    • Bill Gates
    • Richard Saul Wurman
  5. How many states are there in India today?
    • 29
    • 30
    • 26
    • 28

Observation 10 marks

  • From your memory, draw a scene from the grocery store.
  • Imagine you are standing in a watchtower in a forest. Draw your view.

Scale & Proportion, Communication and visualization

  • Re-design a logo and tagline for the beverage – 7Up
  • Draw a human being in relation to a five storey building.
  • Write dialogues for the following comic strips
  • Cut the images in the page and rearrange any six of them to create a story in the next page. After rearranging, write a caption for each image below it to narrate the story


This test is for understanding the candidate’s capacity to envision dreams. It consists of questions related to intellectual problem solving, analytical skills, courage, perseverance and presentation ideas.

Intellectual, problem solving & analytical

Water covers 71% of the earth’s surface. It is vital for all known forms of life. Water plays an important role in the world economy. Approximately 70% of the freshwater used by humans goes to agriculture. Fishing in salt and freshwater bodies is a major source of food for many parts of the world. Water is also central to many sports and other forms of entertainment, such as swimming, pleasure boating, boat racing, surfing, sport fishing, and diving. Design an environment/intervention/ product that celebrates water or any water-based activity and helps you understand its value. Explain your design in 100 words.

Courage, Perseverance and Presentation

Access to drinking water, water supply and sanitation in India continue to be inadequate, despite longstanding efforts by the various levels of government and communities at improving coverage. In such a scenario, design a product or a service that will help to address this issue. You can choose to work in continuation with your previous design or design a new one altogether. Write 100 words about your final design.

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