NID 2020 Application Form, Exam Dates, Pattern, Eligibility, Syllabus & Result

NID 2020: The National Institute of Design (NID) is one of the premium institutes in the field of design. Its three campuses are situated in Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Bengaluru. An entrance examination is held to select eligible students in various UG and PG courses in the field of design. The candidates are selected on the basis of two-stage competitive test DAT (Prelims) and DAT (Mains). A final merit list is prepared by the authorities after the successful completion of both the tests. The candidates who are shortlisted are invited for admission to NID. The candidates are required to bring along with them the necessary documents to the respective NID campuses for verification. The documents must be produced in the original.

Courses offered by NID 2020-21 are: B.Des (Bachelor of Design), GDPD (Graduate Diploma Programme in Design) and M.Des (Master of Design)

NID Exam Date 2020:

Events Exam Dates
Start to submit Online application form October 1st Week
Closing date of online application form 2nd Week of November 2019
Submit the application form with late fee End of November 2019
Admit Card available December 3rd week
DAT Prelims Exam Date January 2020 1st week
Interview date January 2020
Result date declaration February 2020
Announced of Merit list June 2020
Counselling Date start from June 2020

NID 2020 Application Form:

The applicants are required to visit the official website at to fill in their application form. The applicants must read carefully the eligibility criteria, test centers, no. of seats, reservation policy and all the information concerning admission to B.Des, GDPD and M.Des programs. For B.Des and GDPD courses, Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims and DAT Mains are common for applicants for all the three Institutes NID Ahmedabad, NID Vijayawada and NID Kurukshetra. The applicants are required to register/signup online before proceeding to fill up the application form at the official website. They are required to provide a valid email address and an active mobile number as these contracts shall be used for all the future communication with the applicants. The login credentials will be sent to the candidates via their email, hence it is essential to confirm the email and mobile number and both should be entered correctly in the registration process. The email sent to the candidates must be preserved for future reference.

Once an account is made, then candidates could use their login and password to log in their account to proceed further. Here the candidates will find the application form which they should fill up with all the relevant details. After filling all the required details the candidates should “Save and Proceed” to go to the next section. The next section comprises of “Upload Document” where the applicants are required to upload their recent passport size color photograph and signature according to instructions. All the photographs and signature should be in JPG / JPEG format and within the limit of 100 KB in size. The signature must be digitally photographed or scanned and must be cropped to the required size. The candidates applying under OBC-NCL, SC and ST category should upload their Caste Certificate issued by a competent authority. The certificate should be in JPG/JPEG format and not exceed 150KB in size. The candidates who apply under PwD (Person with Disability) category should upload their valid Disability Certificate issued by a competent medical authority according to the guidelines of the Government of India. The certificate should be in JPG/JPEG format and not exceeding 150KB in size. The candidates who apply under Overseas Category should upload the first and the last page of their valid passport which should clearly show all their personal information in JPG/JPEG format and not exceeding 150 KB in size.


Eligibility Criteria for UG Course:

  • The maximum age of the candidates must not be more than 20 years. There is a relaxation in the age limit of three years for reserved category candidates.
  • The candidates must have passed 12th standard or its equivalent examination from any recognized university or board.

Eligibility Criteria for PG Course:

  • The maximum age limit of the applicants must not be above 30 years, with relaxation in the upper age limit of 3 years for reserve category applicants.
  • The applicants must have qualified bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized university or Institute.

Application Fee: The application fee can be paid by debit/credit card or demand draft. The demand draft should be made in favour of “All India Management Association” payable at New Delhi. The application fee for general and OBC-NCL category candidates are Rs. 2000.00 for B.Des and GGDPD course and M.Des course 1 Discipline and Rs. 4000.00 for M.Des 2 Discipline.

The application fee for SC, ST, OPEN PwD, OBC-NCL-PwD, SC-PwD, ST-PwD & M.Des 1 Discipline category is Rs. 1000.00 and Rs.2000.00 for M.Des 2 Discipline.

For Overseas candidates the application fee is Rs. 3,000.00 for B.Des and M.Des 1 Discipline and Rs. 6,000.00 for M.Des 2 Discipline.

Application fee once paid is neither refundable nor transferable.

Exam Centres:

There are 23 exam centers for the NID DAT exam and candidates could choose a center that is most convenient to them.

List of Documents to be uploaded to Various Category:

  • Photo, Signature and Certificates – applicable to all the candidates.
  • Caste Certificate, Tribe Certificate, Disability Certificate and the first and last page of Passport (wherever applicable)

NID Syllabus:

Questions would cover a range of topics such as elements and principles of design, expression and emotion, colour terminology, memory drawing, inspiration & design development, mood, theme & colour inter-relationship, design theory, natural & geometrical form, innovation in design, lettering, optical illusion, ornaments & motifs, principles of composition, and usage of colour in compositions.

NID Prelims Syllabus:

Prelims constitute of two parts- Part I- Multiple Choice Question and Part II- Subjective Questions. Part I is of 70 marks while Part is of 30 marks. The question paper is in the English language and all the questions are compulsory. There is no negative marking. The applicants are tested in the criteria of analysis, comprehension, creativity, knowledge and visualization.

NID Mains Syllabus:

The mains paper is of 100 marks and conducted in the English language only. The inst is on diverse formats such as presentation, model making, drawing and sketching.

Answer Key:

The website releases the answer key to the exam shortly after the commencement of the exam. The candidates could check their answers and calculate their expected scores in the exam.


The result would be declared on the official website. The candidates would not be sent separate result scorecards.