FDDI AIST 2021: Registration Deadline Extended, Exam Postponed

FDDI AIST 2021: Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI) has extended the last date to submit the FDDI AIST application form up to July 20, 2021. Next, FDDI AIST 2021 Application Correction window will open from July 21, 2021 to July 22, 2021. Whereas, FDDI AIST 2021 has postponed till further notice. Earlier, the exam was supposed to be held on July 04. With this, admit card release date has also delayed. FDDI is an Institution of National Importance and it is conducting the All India Selection Test (AIST) for admission to UG and PG programs B.Des, BBA and M.Des, MBA respectively. Interested candidates can download the prospectus and apply online for AIST 2021 at the website fddiindia.com. Read this article for the complete details of FDDI AIST 2021 including eligibility criteria, application process, exam pattern, counselling process and more.


Latest – The last date to submit the FDDI AIST application form is extended up to July 20, 2021 and application Correction window will open from July 21, 2021 to July 22, 2021. Apply here.

Latest – FDDI AIST 2021 exam has postponed till further notice. Download PDF notice or read from the below image.

FDDI Campuses are located in major cities of India including Kolkata, Ankleshwar, Noida, Patna, Hyderabad, Chennai etc. Admission 2021 to all programs is conducted on the basis of AIST 2021 rank.

Important Dates

Candidates can check out the complete schedule of events related to FDDI AIST 2021 in the table below.

Release of admission prospectus01 Feb 2021
Start of online applications01 Feb 2021
Last date to apply online20 Jul 2021
Last date to apply by paying a late fee05 July 2021
Application form correction21-22 July 2021
Release of admit card24 Jun 2021 Delayed
Release of admit card for late applicantsBy 03 Jul 2021
AIST 2021 exam date04 Jul 2021 Postponed
Result declaration12 Jul 2021
Start of counsellingEnd of Jul 2021
Last date of fee submission10 Aug 2021
Date of reporting at allotted campuses16 Aug 2021

FDDI AIST 2021 Overview

Name of InstituteFootwear Design & Development Institute
Official Websitefddiindia.com
Accreditation/MembershipInstitute of National Importance (FDDI Act 2017)
ISO 9001 (FDDI Noida)
ISO 14001 (FDDI Noida)
BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards)
ISO 17025 & SATRA
Campus LocationsPatna, Noida, Kolkata, Ankleshwar, Jodhpur, Guna, Rohtak,
Fursatganj, Chhindwara, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Chennai
Programs OfferedUndergraduate – B.Des, BBA
Post Graduate – M.Des, MBA
Admission ProcessThrough entrance exam & counselling
Entrance TestAll India Selection Test (AIST)

FDDI AIST 2021 Eligibility Criteria

FDDI lays down certain minimum eligibility criteria for admission to different programs. Candidates must ensure that they fulfil the conditions before applying for admission to the programs offered by the Institute. Check out the details below.

Eligibility for B.Des/BBA Programs

  • The upper age limit for B.Des/BBA programs is 25 years as on July 01, 2021.
  • Candidates must have passed Class 12th exam in any stream.
  • Applicants who have passed any School /Board/University exam in India or abroad, recognized by the Association of Indian Universities as equivalent to the 10+2 system are also eligible to apply.
  • Candidates who have passed school exam conducted by the National Open School with at least 5 subjects can also apply.
  • Those who have completed an AICTE approved 3 years full time Diploma after Class 10 from any State Board of Technical Education or UT are also eligible to apply.
  • Candidates who are awaiting result of any of the aforementioned exams are also eligible to apply, given that they can submit the result on or before September 30, 2021.

Eligibility for M.Des Footwear Design & Production Program

  • There is no age limit for M.Des admissions.
  • Applicants must have passed Bachelor’s degree in Footwear/Leather Goods/Design/Fashion/Fine Arts/Architecture/Engineering/Production/Technology.
  • Candidates who are waiting for the result of the aforementioned qualifying degree exams can also apply provided that they can submit the result on or before September 30, 2021.

Eligibility for MBA Retail & Fashion Merchandise Program

  • There is no age limit for MBA admissions.
  • Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline.
  • Candidates who are waiting for the result of the aforementioned qualifying degree exams can also apply provided that they can submit the result on or before September 30, 2021.

FDDI AIST 2021 Application Form

Application process for FDDI admissions through the AIST entrance examination is conducted online at the official website of the Institute. Candidates seeking admission to any course offered by FDDI must apply online for FDDI as per schedule by paying the requisite fee. Check out the step by step procedure to register and fill up the application form here below.

How to register and fill up FDDI AIST 2021 Application Form?

1st Step: Open the official website i.e. fddiindia.com.

2nd Step: Click on “Admission 2021 – Apply Now” banner.

3rd Step: Click on “New Log In”.

4th Step: Fill up the registration form & select the program type before clicking on “Submit”.

5th Step: Candidates have to log in with the registered email ID and DOB to fill up the application form.

6th Step: Fill up the application form completely with the correct details and upload scanned copies of latest passport-sized photograph & signature.

7th Step: Make the payment of the application fee online to complete the process.

8th Step: Generate aprint out of the application form and check the status of appliation.

FDDI AIST 2021 Application Fee

Application fee for FDDI AIST 2021 can be paid online using Debit/Credit card or internet banking only. It may be noted that any additional transaction charge or bank fee must be borne by the candidates. Check out the application fee amount for all categories below.

CategoryFee Amount
General/Gen-EWSRs 600
SC/STRs 300
PWDRs 300

FDDI AIST 2021 Exam Pattern

The All India Selection Test conducted by the FDDI is the only entrance test for admission to all programs offered by the Institute. The pattern of the exam is slightly different for UG and PG programs. However, there are similarities in terms of the exam mode and medium of the question paper. Candidates can check out the details below.

Exam ModeWritten Exam/Paper Based Test (PBT)
SectionsFour sections
Number of QuestionsBachelor’s program – 150
Master’s program – 175
Total Marks200 (Bachelor’s & Master’s programs)

Check out the distribution of marks/questions and sections in FDDI AIST 2021 below.

Preparation Tips for FDDI AIST 2021

Admission to the FDDI is conducted on the basis of AIST rank only. It is important to achieve a top rank in the exam as the seats are limited and candidates are called for counselling in order of their AIST rank only. Here are some important study tips to achieve a good rank in the exam.

Know the exam pattern – Before starting preparations, candidates are advised to check the prospectus for the details of the exam pattern and important topics of the paper. This will allow candidates to study in a focused manner.

Check previous year papers – Candidates must check the previous year question papers of AIST in order to get acquainted with the type and nature of questions asked in the exam. This can help in referring to relevant study materials for the exam.

Identify important topics – While referring to the previous year papers of the AIST exam, candidates must look for those topics that are common in the last few years. In addition, one must also make a list of those topics that carry the highest marks weightage and prepare for them extensively.

Solve mock tests – It is important that candidates solve a diverse variety of mock tests before appearing in the actual AIST exam. Solving mock tests help in developing time management strategies for the exam.

FDDI AIST 2021 Admission Process

Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI) offers admission to the UG & PG programs at different schools of study. The campuses are located across major cities of India. It may be noted that the admission procedure is different for Indian and International candidates. Check out the details below.

FDDI Admission process for Indian candidates

Admission to UG & PG programs at FDDI is conducted through AIST and counselling. Candidates have to apply and appear in the test as per schedule. Based on the AIST rank and preference of program, candidates are allotted a seat and a campus. Qualifiers of the AIST exam are called for counselling as per rank in AIST 2021.

Candidates who opt for both M.Des & MBA programs are allotted individual ranks for each program. It may be noted that candidates called for the counselling are in excess of the available seats. All of the seats are filled up on the basis of merit only.

FDDI Admission process for NRI/International candidates

As per the official website, 10% seats of FDDI are reserved for NRI/Industry-Sponsored/International candidates. Admission for such candidates is done on the basis of merit and selection is done through interview.

FDDI AIST 2021 Admit Card

Admit card for FDDI AIST 2021 releases at the official website i.e. fddiindia.com as per schedule before the exam. FDDI AIST 2021 admit card releases through candidate login only. As such, only registered candidates can download the AIST 2021 admit card by logging in with the registered email ID and Date of Birth.

After downloading the admit card, candidates are required to generate a print out of the same. This print out must be carried to the designated exam centre on the day of the AIST 2021 exam.

Check out some important points related to FDDI AIST 2021 admit card below.

  • AIST 2021 admit card is not sent by post or email. It can only be downloaded from the official website.
  • Without the admit card, candidates are not allowed to enter the venue of the written test.
  • Details of the designated exam centre, time & date of the AIST 2021 written exam is informed through the admit card.
  • Candidates are advised to read the information on the AIST 2021 admit card for exam day instructions.
  • One must report to the exam centre at least 90 minutes before the start of exam.
  • Items such as mobile phones & any other electronic gadget are not allowed inside the exam centre.
  • It is recommended to carry a valid photo identity proof along with the admit card.

FDDI AIST 2021 Test Cities

The AIST 2021 exam is held in centres across 31 cities of India. A candidate is allowed to select only ONE exam city. No request for change of the exam centre is entertained at any stage.

Check out the list of AIST 2021 exam cities below.

FDDI AIST 2021 Result

The result of the All India Selection Test 2021 conducted by the FDDI releases at the official website i.e. fddiindia.com. FDDI AIST 2021 Result releases as per schedule after the exam. It is displayed on the official website as a merit list if candidates who qualify in the AIST 2021 exam.

Candidates can check the official website as per schedule for the AIST 2021 merit list to see if they are shortlisted. Those who qualify are called for counselling and admission to preferred program as per AIST 2021 rank.

FDDI AIST 2021 Counselling

Admission to the preferred program at FDDI campuses is provided to the qualifiers of AIST 2021 through Counselling. Only those who qualify in the exam are called for counselling. Candidates are awarded a seat and a campus of FDDI on the basis of merit in the AIST 2021 exam.

After the allotment of a seat in FDDI AIST 2021 counselling, candidates have to pay a fee of Rs 25000 to reserve the seat. The fee includes a non-refundable registration charge of Rs 10000 and an advance fee of Rs 15000. Candidates are allowed 10 days time to pay the balance fee.

FDDI AIST 2021 Seat Matrix

As per the official admission prospectus, for FDDI 2021 admission, 2370 regular seats are available at various campuses for Indian candidates. In addition, 230 seats are available for NRI/Foreign National/Industry Sponsored candidates. Candidates can check out the details below.

Regular Seats for Indian candidates

Seats for NRI/Foreign National/Industry Sponsored candidates

FDDI AIST 2021 Fee Structure

NRI/Industry Sponsored candidates have to pay double the tuition fee for Noida & Hyderabad campus. For other campuses, such candidates have to pay 50% extra tuition fee.

Fee Structure for UG Programs

Fee structure for PG programs

FDDI AIST 2021 Placement

Check out some of the top recruiters at FDDI below.

  • Adidas
  • AVT
  • Bata India Limited
  • Carlton London
  • Clarks
  • Da-Milano
  • Euro Footwear
  • Ferns & Petals
  • Future Group
  • Genesis Luxury
  • H&M
  • Iconic
  • ITC Wills Lifestyle
  • Jabong
  • Khadims
  • Liberty
  • Louis Vuitton
  • Marks & Spencers
  • Max Lifestyle
  • Puma
  • Pepperfry
  • Reebok
  • Relaxo
  • Reliance Brands Limited
  • Rohit Bal
  • Sabsyasachi
  • Skechers
  • Snapdeal
  • Tangerine Designs
  • Tata International
  • Tommy Hilfilger
  • Vishal Mega Mart
  • Westwise
  • Woodland
  • Zara
  • Pidilite

Important Downloads

Admission ProspectusClick Here
Official WebsiteClick Here

About FDDI

The Footwear Design & Development Institute was founded in the year 1986. It operates under the aegis of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India. The institute was conferred a Statutory Status under the FDDI Act 2017 on August 05, 2021. The President of India acts as the “Visitor” of the FDDI under the FDDI Act 2017.

FDDI offers UG & PG programs in the disciplines of Design and Management. Currently, FDDI offers UG programs namely B.Des and BBA and PG programs namely M.Des and MBA through campuses situated throughout major cities in India. FDDI is recognized as an Institute of National Importance under the FDDI Act, 2017.


Q1. What is the official website of FDDI?

Ans. The official website is fddiindia.com

Q2. Is there any entrance test for FDDI admissions?

Ans. Admission to FDDI programs are offered through the All India Selection Test (AIST).

Q3. What is the application fee for AIST 2021?

Ans. The application fee is Rs 600 for UR candidates and Rs 300 for reserved categories.

Q4. Can I get the AIST admit card through post?

Ans. No, the admit card releases on the official website only.

Q5. What programs are offered at FDDI?

Ans. Currently, the FDDI offers B.Des, BBA, M.Des and MBA programs.

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