NID Exam

National Institute of Design Exam

What is NID Exam?

India's premier and first design institute in the country, National Institute of Design (NID), has been declared as 'Institution of National Importance' by the Act of Parliament. The institute is internationally acclaimed as one amongst the multi-disciplinary institutes in the field of design education and research. The institute had its main campus in Ahmedabad, R&D campus in Bengaluru and Post Graduate campus in Gandhinagar. 

NID offer admissions to courses such as Bachelor of Design (B.Des), Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD) and Master of Design (M.Des) programmes. The candidates will be shortlisted based on the national-level entrance examination which will be conducted in two stages. 

Stage 1: Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims 

Stage 2: Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Mains

Candidates who qualify in the DAT Prelims are only eligible to appear for the DAT Mains examination. The DAT Prelims paper comprises of a mix of objective and subjective questions. The total number of seats for admission to B.Des and M.Des is 100 and 275, respectively. To read more about NID exam pattern, click here

Interested candidates can also pursue Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD) course at NID Kurukshetra and NID Vijayawada campuses. The total number of seats for GDPD course is 60 each for NID Vijayawada and Kurukshetra campus. The specialisations are offered in the following areas: 

1. Industrial Design

2. Communication Design

3. Textile & Apparel Design

Eligibility Criteria

For B.Des and GDPD: Candidates who have passed or will appear for higher secondary (10+2) qualifying examinations in the academic year 2018–19 in any stream (science, arts, commerce, etc.) from any recognised board of education such as CBSE, IB, ICSE or their equivalent. The upper age limit for candidates belonging to the general category is 20 years. The age relaxation is provided to candidates belonging to SC/ ST/ PWD/ OBC-NCL. To know the eligibility requirements for M.Des, click here.

NID Registration Process

Candidates who satisfy all the prerequisites set by the NID have to register online for admission to the courses. Here are the steps to register online for NID. 

Step 1: Sign up/registration 

Step 2: Fill-in personal & educational details  

Step 3: Uploading your documents & signature 

Step 4: Pay application fee and print 

NID Application Fee

Category  B.Des & GDPD M.Des (1 discipline only) M.Des (2 disciplines) 
General INR 2000 INR 2000 INR 4000
OBC-NCL INR 2000 INR 2000 INR 4000
SC INR 1000 INR 1000 INR 2000
ST INR 1000 INR 1000 INR 2000
PWD INR 1000 INR 1000 INR 2000
Overseas  INR 3000 (only B.Des) INR 3000 INR 6000

NID Results

Candidates have to appear for all the tests such as DAT Prelims and DAT Mains in order to be considered for the merit list. The NID results will be declared only on the official website. The candidates' scores will also be available for viewing at this time and separate score cards will not be sent individually to the candidates. To know about the NID exam dates, click here

NID DAT 2021 Final Result For BDes Declared

The National Institute of Design (NID) has declared the final NID DAT result 2021 for BDes admission on July 27. Candidates can check the NID DAT 2021 result that was released on the official website - One should use their login credentials to access the NID DAT 2021 result. 


27 July 2021
NID DAT 2021 Prelims Result for BDes And MDes Declared

The National Institute of Design (NID) has declared the NID DAT 2021 Prelims result for BDes and MDes admission exam on June 19. Candidates can check their result in online mode on the official website with their login credentials.

The official notice reads, "Due to the COVID 19 pandemic situation prevailing in the country and the uncertainties arising thereof, the DAT Mains for the admission cycle 2021- 2022 will be held in online mode."


21 June 2021
NID DAT 2021 Prelims Result Delayed

The National Institute of Design (NID) has delayed the declaration of the NID DAT Prelims result 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The official sources confirm that the institute will announce the revised schedule of the NID DAT 2021 result after May 20. 

The NID DAT Prelims exam was held on March 14 across the country. Candidates are advised to keep visiting the official portal ( to check the latest updates. 

18 May 2021
NID DAT Admit Card 2021 Released

NIFT has released the admit card for the NID DAT 2021 exam. Candidates who have registered for the exam can download the NID DAT admit card 2021 on the official website - 

Candidates need to enter their login credentials to download the NID DAT admit card 2021. One should carry the identity card along with NID DAT 2021 admit card. 

4 March 2021
NID DAT 2021: Last Date To Correct Application Form

The National Institute of Design is all set to close the application window to correct the NID DAT 2021 application form. Candidates can make corrections only on the official website. 


The written exam will be held on March 14, 2021. The admit card for the exam will be available on the official site from March 4, onwards. 

23 February 2021
NID Design Aptitude Test 2021 Registration Ends Tomorrow
NID DAT 2021 Application Process Begins
NID DAT Mains Result 2020 Declared
NID DAT 2020: Revised Tie-Breaking Policy For B.Des-GDPD Admission 2020-21
NID DAT 2020 Result For B.Des Announced
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