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Jindal Creative Aptitude Test (JCAT)

Jindal Creative Aptitude Test (JCAT)

Design (B.Des)

Jindal Creative Aptitude Test (JCAT)

After successfully submitting the application form of the Jindal School of Art & Architecture (JSAA) under Jindal Global University, you have to book your JCAT slot. 

The Jindal Creative Aptitude Test (JCAT)- an online home-proctored entrance exam

Jindal Creative Aptitude Test (JCAT) is an online home-proctored qualifying examination for admission to the Bachelor of Design (B. Des.)- Interior and Immersive Digital Environments program offered at the Jindal School of Art and Architecture (JSAA), Sonipat, Haryana.

JCAT Schedule:

JCAT Exam Schedule



Last Date to Apply15th AprilMonday
JCAT Part A- Written Test19th & 23rd AprilFri- Tue
JCAT A Result25th AprilThursday
JCAT Part B- Interview & Portfolio27th – 29th AprilSat-Mon
JCAT Part B Result2nd MayThursday
JCAT QnA5th MaySunday
About JCAT:  

Qualifying Criteria: To get a call for an interview & portfolio, you must score 50% marks in JCAT Part A.

Part A: Total Marks- 100- Duration 2 Hours 

The test is structured around analytical thinking and reading of visuals and texts. It tests how students can relate various forms of knowledge about the built environment through objective and subjective questions.   
The test will be conducted online, with no paper component. There will be 58 questions in 5 sections, it will be a 2-hour long test, and there will be no negative marking for any wrong or unattended questions. Each question carries a specific set of instructions. Please read the instructions carefully before answering the question. Follow the online JCAT exam policy available on PearsonVUE website to avoid disqualification.
Instructions for Section 1- Essay Writing
Please read the Do’s and Don’ts carefully before attempting the question:  


  1. It is mandatory to attempt this section.  
  2. Give the essay a title in the space provided 
  3. Your essay should have a clear argument that is supported by examples from your everyday life, or from recent events.   
  4. Use complete sentences which are grammatically correct and cohesive Use only paragraph format to write your essay. 


  1. Do not use bullet points to write your essay. You will fail this section.   
  2. Do not use WhatsApp or message-based language such as writing u, instead of you. You will fail this section.  
  3. Do not write in phrases, please remember to use sentences that are grammatically correct, complete and cohesive.  
  4. Do not use short forms or abbreviations such as BTW, or WRT etc., this will result in an immediate failure too.   

Sections, weightage, and marking scheme:

Section – 1
Essay Writing –  
Duration – 20 minutes, Total Question – 1, Total marks – 10 (Weightage – 10%) this question carries 10 marks  
This section will have 2 questions and student need to answer any one question of their choice with min 250 and max 500 words. The answer to this question should be purely based on your understanding of the topic in detail. You will be judged based on your English writing abilities, analytical skills, and observation skills.  

Section -2  
Making & Materiality –   
Durations 15 Minutes, Total Questions- 4, Total Marks- 10 (Weightage 10%), Each question carries 2.5 marks only  
This section will have images of everyday objects/structures. Selected parts/elements will be tagged, and you will be expected to describe what you see – connections, materials used, steps in construction / assembly of the object/structure. This section will assess your ability to ‘deconstruct’ everyday objects/structures and demonstrate your ability to figure out how things are put together.  

Section -3
Verbal & Quantitative–   
Duration- 30 Minutes, Total Questions-26, Total Marks- 26 (Weightage 26%) Each question carries one mark only  
This section will comprise of multiple-choice analytic questions. These questions will typically assess your ability to make inferences from data, interpret graphs and diagrams, understand concepts, and discriminate between fact and opinion.   

Section -4  
Visual Reasoning –   
Duration 30 Minutes, Total Questions- 14, Total Marks- 28 (Weightage 28%), Each question carries two marks only  
These will be image-based, non-verbal type analytic & comparative questions. This section will assess your ability to use critical thinking and logic construction towards problem finding and solving.  

Section -5
Verbal Ability English –   
Duration- 25 Minutes, Total Questions- 13, Total Marks- 26 (Weightage 26%), Each question carries 2 marks  
This section will have two sets of questions short reasoning and long reasoning to judge your abilities in word power, sentence correction, use correct grammar, spotting errors, understand analogies and how well you analyse written information.  

Part B: Total Marks -100 

Qualifying Criteria: To be accepted for admission you must score min 50% Marks in
JCAT Part B i.e. portfolio & interview.  

The Jindal School of Art and Architecture (JSAA) Interview & Portfolio Review:  
The portfolio review is an integral part of the admission process at the Jindal School of Art and Architecture. We review your portfolio to assess the following:  
Portfolio Guidelines for BDes candidates:  

  1. Your ability to (re)present and Describe: this could be in the form of sketches, paintings, drawings, photographs, videos, or audio. The assessment shall check your ability to work with multiple media – mastery is not what we expect; innovative use of multiple media is appreciated and so is the ability to work with different media and how well you describe things through representation.   
  2. Your Ability to Make and understand how things are Made: We will assess your portfolio to see how much you are interested in making things as well as understanding how they are made. Making could be in any form, it could be a basket you have made, a thing that you have fixed around the house, a system that you have made, or even a recipe that you have prepared. We would like to see it as part of your portfolio. Document it, the thing you have made, and your process of making it. Any form of documentation is allowed, it could be a video, a Do-it-yourself (DIY) video or drawings, or any other media you choose. The Process of making is what we want to see.  
  3. Your Ability to craft narratives, tell stories using multiple media: We will assess your ability to craft stories, narratives, to include your voice along with others. This story could again be in any media, it could be all textual, audio-video, pictorial, just voice – all media are welcome. What we want to see, and judge, is your ability to describe things and tell wonderful stories.   

For more information, please contact:  
For queries related to JSAA & JCAT Registrations-   
Contact- 07419741843  For queries related to JCAT online exam issues & solutions – Call to Ms. Bharati @ Pearson- 8448858957