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 2020 M.Des Result Announced

The result of NID DAT 2020 for M.Des was released on February 21. Candidates who have appeared for the exam can access the result of the NID DAT prelims exam on the official website. Candidates who clear the prelims exam will have to appear in the NID DAT mains exam.

Aspirants should use their email Id, DOB and verification code to check the NID DAT result 2020 for M.Des. One can opt for a re-evaluation by paying the fee of Rs 2000. 

NID DAT is a national level exam conducted for admission in design programmes for Postgraduate and Undergraduate courses.

24 February 2020
NID DAT Admit Card 2020 Released

The National Institute of Design (NID) has released the Design Aptitude Test (DAT) admit card 2020. Candidates who have registered for the entrance exam can download NID admit card 2020 from the official website. 

Candidates should use their email address and date of birth to access their admit card. One should enter the verification code along with login details. It is advised to download the admit card and carry the same to the examination centre. 

NID DAT entrance exam will be held on December 29, 2020. The result will be released in February 2020. 

20 December 2019
NID DAT 2020: Application Form Edit Window Opens

The National Institute of Design (NID) has activated the window to edit the NID DAT application form on November 21, 2019. Candidates who have registered for the exam can make the changes in the particulars till November 23 (till 2:00 p.m). 

Candidates can make changes in the NID DAT application form such as date of birth, email ID, category and citizenship. One should note that the application fee will not be refunded if a candidate is ineligible. 

The NID DAT exam 2020 will be conducted on December 29 across 21 cities. The admit cards will be released at least three weeks before the exam date. 

21 November 2019
Last Date Extended For NID DAT 2020

The National Institute of Design had extended the last date to fill the application forms for NID DAT 2020 examination. Candidates can now apply online until November 18 One can submit the application form with late fee until November 21, 2019. 

The official website reads that "The candidates who are applying under 10+2+4 graduation system or Diploma under 10+2+(4 or more), the last date for submitting the provisional/ graduation certificate is extended till 12 June 2020"

Earlier, the last date to submit the application form is November 7 for B.Des/GDPD & M.Des. The last date to submit the application with late fee is November 13, 2019. 

8 November 2019
NID DAT 2020 Application Portal Activated

The National Institute of Design (NID) has started the online application process for the Design Aptitude Test (DAT). Interested candidates can register online for the exam until November 7, 2019. 

Candidates should meet all the eligibility requirements including age limit set by the NID to apply online for the exam. Candidates have to pay Rs 2000 as application fee for general and OBC categories. It is Rs 1,000 for SC, ST and PwD. 

NID DAT is conducted for admission to B.Des, M.Des and PhD in Design.

11 October 2019
NID DAT 2020 Notification Released, Application Process Started
NID DAT Admit Card 2019 Available On The Official Website
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