NID Exam

National Institute of Design Exam

What is NID Exam?

NID - National Institute of Design organizes the National Level Entrance Exam known as NID Design Aptitide Test (DAT). India's premier and first design institute in the country, the National Institute of Design (NID), has been declared as an 'Institution of National Importance' by the Act of Parliament. The National Institute of Design (NID) is a statutory institute that comes under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, GOI. NID is one of the finest educational and research institutes for Industrial, Communication, Textile ad IT Integrated Design internationally. The institute is internationally acclaimed as one of the multi-disciplinary institutes in the field of design education and research.

The institute has its main campus in Ahmedabad, R&D campus in Bengaluru, and Post Graduate campus in Gandhinagar. The candidates who are looking for a bright future in the field of design and its application should show their creativity in the course with full dedication, trust, and respect for it. NID helps in building an egalitarian society with compassion for it. One of the prime focuses of NID is to promote awareness regarding design and application of the designs in the real life.

National Institute of Design (NID) offers 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.

Note that for admission to the B.Des or M.Des Course, it is mandatory to appear in both DAT Prelims and DAT Mains.

Candidates who qualify in the DAT Prelims are only elgible to appear for the DAT Mains Examination. The DAT Prelims paper comprises of a mix of objective and subjective questions.

B.Des course has an intake of 425 seats and is offered at the following FIVE Campuses - NID Ahmedabad, NID Andhra Pradesh, NID Haryana, NID Madhya Pradesh and NID Assam. And M.Des course offers 347 seats at its THREE Campus - NID Ahmedabad, NID Gandhinagar and NID Bengaluru. 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

NID Exam 2023 : The National Institute of Design (NID) is going to release the official notification of the exam in the month of October for the NID DAT. Design Aptitude Test (DAT) has two steps: PRELIMS and MAINS exam, that will be conducted tentatively; in the months of January and June, respectively. Before the examinations, Admit Card will be released by NID on the official website.

NID Entrance Exam 2023.

Exam Name NID Design Aptitude Test (NID)
Conducting By National Institute of Design
Exam Type National Level Entrance Exam
Exam Frequency Once a year
Courses Offered B.Des (Bachelor of Design) & M.Des (Masters of Design)
Mode of Application Online
Number of Papers NID DAT Prelims & NID DAT Mains
Mode of Exam Pen and Paper (Offline Mode)
Exam Duration 3 Hours
Number of Seats B.Des - 425 & M.Des - 347
Email ID
Official Website

NID Eligibility Criteria 2023

National Institute of Design will release the eligibility criteria for the B.Des and M.Des for the academic year 2023. Candidates have to meet the age limit, educational qualifications, and the qualifying exam that is accepted by NID. Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria only should apply for the entrance exam..

NID Applications for academic year 2023 are open to candidates who have passed or will appear for higher secondary (10+2) qualfying examinations in the academic year 2023 in any stream (Science, Arts, Commerce, Humanities etc.) from any recognized board of education such as CBSE, IB, ICSE or equivalent.

For B.Des and GDPD: Candidates who have passed or will appear for higher secondary (10+2) qualifying examinations in the academic year 2022-23 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 Application Fee 2023

Category-Wise Application fees for Academic Year 2023 are as under :-

Categories Application fee without late fee Application fee with late fee
General-EWS / OBC-NCL / General Rs. 3,000/- Rs. 6,000/-
ST / SC Rs. 1,500/- Rs. 3,000/-
ST / SC / OBC -NCL-PWD Rs. 1,500/- Rs. 3,000/-
General-EWS / General-PWD Rs. 1,500/- Rs. 3,000/-
Overseas Candidates Rs. 5,000 (Only B.Design Programme) Rs. 10,000 (Only B.Design Programme)

NOTE : The application fee is neither refundable nor transferable and the fee is applicable at all the three institutes. Take a printout of the submitted application form for future reference after paying the prescribed fee amount.

NID Registration Process 2023

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 2023. 

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 DAT 2023 Exam Centres

Exam Centres are the cities where the entrance exam will be held.

NID DAT Prelims Exam 2023 will be conducted in 23 Cities in India. Candidates will have to choose the exam centres while filling up the NID DAT Application 2023. Candidates must choose the centres where they can reach easily for the exam.

NID DAT 2023 Prelims Exam will be held in the following cities:

Ahmedabad Bengaluru Bhopal Bhubaneshwar
Chennai Chandigarh Dehradun Guwahati
Goa Hyderabad Jaipur Kolkata
Kurukshetra Lucknow Mumbai Nagpur
New Delhi Patna Raipur Shimla
Thiruvananthapuram Vijayawada    

NID DAT 2023 Mains Exam will be conducted at any of the below campus :

Ahmedabad Andhra Pradesh
Assam & Bengaluru Gandhinagar
Haryana Madhya Pradesh


NID Mains 2022 : B.Des Admit Card will be released soon

National Institute of Design is going to issue the admit card for NID DAT B.Des Mains 2022 in online mode soon.

As per the schedule released by the authority in the notification, the NID DAT Mains 2022 admit card for the B.Des will be issued from the first week of June, 2022.

Candidates who have registered can download the NID DAT admit card for the B.Des Mains Exam on the official website -

1 June 2022
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
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
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