Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET) 2013


The Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET) 2013 is a written exam that evaluates undergraduate candidates for admission to Symbiosis International University's institutes. Symbiosis International University has a variety of institutes for different courses of study, each with their own process of selection. SET is not the only step to gaining admission to an institute.


SET 2013 evaluates candidates for admission to the following programmes or programs, listed by applicable paper and relevant institutes:

  • Design: Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) courses
    • Symbiosis Institute of Design (SID)
  • Engineering: Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) courses
    • Symbiosis Institute of Technology (SIT)
  • General: Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA), Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS), Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Economics, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
    • Symbiosis Institute of Computers Studies and Research (SICSR), Symbiosis Centre for Management Studies (SCMS-UG) Pune, Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication (SIMC-UG), Symbiosis School of Economics (SSE), Symbiosis Centre for Management Studies (SCMS) Noida), Symbiosis School of Liberal Arts (SSLA)
  • Health Sciences: B.Sc. medical courses, B.Sc. Nursing
    • Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences (SIHS), Symbiosis College of Nursing (SCON)
  • Law: B.A. Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), BBA LL.B.
    • Symbiosis Law School (SLS) Pune, SLS Noida

Check with the relevant institute to make sure your desired program is offered. SET is not required for certain institutes including: SIHS, SIT, SCON and SSLA. Check with individual institutes for further details on applying. The test is currently required for the following institutes: SLS Pune, SLS Noida, SICSR, SCMS-UG, SIMC-UG, SSE, SCMS Noida, SID

Important dates

  • Online registration closes: 14 April, 2013
  • Payment closes: 16 April, 2013
  • Admit card available online: 24 April, 2013
  • Test: 4 May, 2013
    • Law/Health Sciences/Engineering: 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
    • General/Design: 2:30 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Results: 20 May, 2013

Each institute has a different admission process, which means differing cutoffs and wait-listing criteria. Personal interviews or Group Exercise may be required, in addition to other steps (for the SID, a Studio Test is held after SET and personal interviews).

Eligibility criteria

Eligibility varies according to institute and specific degree programme, but eligibility is generally passing of the 12th standard from a recognized board with 45 to 60 percent minimum marks for general category candidates (minimum varies by institute) and 40 to 55 percent minimum marks for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes category. Candidates who are foreign nationals, Non-resident Indians (NRIs) or Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) may apply. Age limits apply to some institutes. B.Sc. students must also be medically fit. Depending on the course, a pass in certain subjects is needed.

Exam pattern

The test has five different papers: Design, Engineering, General, Health Sciences and Law. Candidates can take more than one paper, but you may only take one paper for the morning session and one for the afternoon session. This means that candidates may take only one or two papers.

Time allotted for the objective test is 150 minutes. Questions have four possible answers. Negative marking is not used. All sections of the test are compulsory.


  • Logical Reasoning: 30 questions, 30 marks
  • Legal Reasoning: 30 questions, 30 marks
  • Analytical Reasoning: 30 questions, 30 marks
  • Reading Comprehension: 30 questions, 30 marks
  • General Knowledge: 30 questions, 30 marks
  • Total: 150 questions, 150 marks

Health Sciences

  • Physics: 25 questions, 50 marks
  • Chemistry: 25 questions, 50 marks
  • Biology: 50 questions, 100 marks
  • Total: 100 questions, 200 marks


  • Physics: 25 questions, 50 marks
  • Chemistry: 25 questions, 50 marks
  • Mathematics: 50 questions, 100 marks
  • Total: 100 questions, 200 marks


  • General English: 40 questions, 40 marks
  • Quantitative: 40 questions, 40 marks
  • General Awareness: 40 questions, 40 marks
  • Analytical and Logical Reasoning: 30 questions, 30 marks
  • Total: 150 questions, 150 marks


  • Design Aptitude: 100 questions, 100 marks
  • Total: 100 questions, 100 marks

Application procedure

You must register for the test online at The fee to take the test is Rs. 1,500. You will need to register for one or two papers, upload a photograph and follow instructions for fee payment. Fee payment can be submitted by cash, demand draft, online by credit card, or online through net banking. The next step in the process is to apply to the institute you're interested in attending. This should be done through the SET website. Before applying to a particular institute, make sure to register for the appropriate paper - for example, if you are applying to SID, register to take the Design paper in the afternoon session.

The admit card for the test is available starting 24 April, 2013. Duplicate cards are not available in the event of a lost admit card.

Exam centres

  • Ahmedabad
  • Bengaluru
  • Bhubaneshwar
  • Chandigarh
  • Chennai
  • Delhi
  • Hyderabad
  • Indore
  • Jaipur
  • Kochi
  • Kolhapur
  • Kolkata
  • Lucknow
  • Mumbai
  • Nagpur
  • Nashik
  • Noida
  • Pune

The Symbiosis Test Secretariat may change candidate test cities as needed.


"Admissions: Symbiosis Institute of Design," Symbiosis Institute of Design, 2013,

"SET 2013 Bulletin," Symbiosis International University, 2013,

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