Nid admission form 2020, Exam Dates, Pattern, Eligibility, Syllabus & Result

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 based on two-stage competitive test DAT (Prelims) and DAT (Mains). A final merit list is prepared by the authorities after 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 original.

NID Entrance Exam 2020 Dates

Events Dates
Online Registration Starts 1st week of October 2019
Online Registration Closes 2nd week of November 2019
Submission of form with late fee Last week of November 2019
Edit Application Form 1st week of December 2019
DAT Prelims Admit Card release 3rd week of December 2019
DAT Prelims Exam 1st week of January 2020
DAT Prelims Result (M.Des) 3rd week of February 2020
DAT Prelims Result (B.Des) 3rd week of March 2020
DAT (Mains) Admit Card (M.Des) 1st week of March 2020
DAT (Mains) Admit Card (B.Des) 1st week of May 2020
DAT Mains Exam (M.Des) 2nd week of March to 2nd week of April 2020
DAT Mains Exam (B.Des) 2nd or 3rd week of May 2020
DAT Mains Result 4th week of May 2020
Counselling Starts 4th week of June 2020

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 recognised university or Institute.

NID Ph.D Admission

The Ph.D. programme is offered in both full-time and part-time formats. The full-time Ph.D. programme is of three years’ duration and will include a stipend given to the candidate for three years.

Applications shall be shortlisted on the basis of the eligibility criteria and the proposal submitted by the candidate. The content of the proposal will be examined from the point of view of alignment with NID’s research objectives, appropriateness of content, plagiarism and the overall potential of the research.

Shortlisted candidates have to go through the Design Research Test (DRT) which will be conducted at NID Ahmedabad Campus. Appearing for the DRT or being included in the shortlist does not guarantee admission into the programme.

Candidates shortlisted after the DRT will be invited to appear for an interview and  make presentations to a committee at NID.

NID Application Process

  1. All the candidates are required to register/sign up online before proceeding to fill the application form at website
  2.  Applicants need to provide a valid email address and an active mobile number while registering
  3. All the required details need to be filled properly
  4. After filling all details, click ‘Save & Proceed’ to go to the ‘Upload Document’ section
  5. Select method of payment—either credit/debit card to pay online or demand draft to pay offline and submit the required details
  6. If paying via demand draft, it should be in favour of ‘All India Management Association’ payable at New Delhi
  • Address for sending Demand Draft and printed copy of Application Form (only in case if application fees is paid via demand draft): The Project Manager–CMS All India Management Association Management House, 14, Institutional Area, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110 003 India

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 Centers:

There are 23 exam centers for 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 English language and all the questions are compulsory. There are 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 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 commencement of the exam. The candidates could check their answers and calculate their expected score in the exam.