NID DAT Prelims & Mains 2024-2025, NID Admission 2024-2025, Application Form, Paper Pattern, Syllabus, Admit Card


NID Admission 2024 – NID DAT Exam 2024

National Institute of Design (NID) is recognized globally as the top educational and research institute for pursuing Bachelor and Masters programs in Communication, Industrial, IT Integrated (Experiential), Interdisciplinary and Textile Design. The institute is empowered to award its own degrees and presently offers Bachelor of Design(B.Des.), Master of Design (M.Des.) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Design. The institute is helmed under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. Securing admission to such a top institute can be quite tedious. BRDS is the ultimate pit stop to help your crack NID Exam 2024.

NID DAT Mains 2024 – 2025

Prepare for success in the NID DAT Main 2023-2024 with BRDS, your trusted partner in design exam preparation. Our expert faculty, tailored study material, and focused coaching will empower you to master the intricate aspects of NID DAT Mains. We guide you through a strategic approach, honing your skills in design thinking, problem-solving, and artistic expression, all essential for excelling in this prestigious exam. With BRDS, unlock your creative potential and ensure you stand out amidst the fierce competition at NID DAT Mains. Your path to design excellence begins here.


NID Campuses and Courses offered at NID

The National Institute of Design has 7 campuses in Ahmedabad, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Gandhinagar, Bengaluru. NID Offers B.Design course at five campuses – Ahmedabad, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Assam and M.Design Courses at Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Bengaluru.

At NID one can choose from 8 Bachelors , 19 Master Courses and PhD at its seven campuses across India.

A detailed list of the courses on offer:

• Bachelor of Design (B.Des) Courses

  1. Animation Film Design
  2. Ceramic & Glass Design
  3. Exhibition Design
  4. Film & Video Communication
  5. Furniture and Interior Design
  6. Graphic Design
  7. Product Design
  8. Textile Design

• Master of Design (M.Des.) Courses

  1. Animation Film Design
  2. Apparel Design
  3. Ceramic & Glass Design
  4. Design for Retail Experience
  5. Digital Game Design
  6. Film and Video Communication
  7. Furniture and Interior Design
  8. Graphic Design
  9. Information Design
  10. Interaction Design
  11. Lifestyle Accessory Design
  12. New Media Design
  13. Photography Design
  14. Product Design
  15. Strategic Design Management
  16. Textile Design
  17. Toy & Game Design
  18. Transportation & Automobile Design
  19. Universal Design

• PhD


Number of seats

The B.Design course at NID Ahmedabad campus has 125 seats, Haryana – 75 seats, Andhra pradesh – 75 seats, Madhya Pradesh – 75 seats and Assam – 75 seats. So in total 425 seats are there at all five B.Design Campuses for Indian students. In the M.Design Course in Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Bengaluru there are a total 347 seats in all 19 M.Design courses; including all reserved categories.

For overseas candidates; 19 seats in B.Des at Ahmedabad Campus and 11 seats each at Bhopal and 11 seats at Kurukshetra Campus and two seats per course in M.Des programs are available.


NID Eligibility Criteria

For NID admission the applicant needs to fit into the following both criteria :

Age limit

The upper age limit for B. Des students – For General, General EWS and overseas applicants the candidate should be born on or after 1 July 2003 are eligible to apply for admission, and for SC/ST/ OBC-NCL the applicant should be born on or after 1st July 2000 and for PwD categories only those who are born or after 1 July 1998 are eligible for admission.

While for M. Des students, For General, General EWS and overseas applicants the candidate should be born on or after 1 July 1992 are eligible to apply for admission, and for SC/ST/ OBC-NCL the applicant should be born on or after 1st July 1989 and for PwD categories only those who are born or after 1 July 1987 are eligible for admission.

Educational Qualification

Students applying for B.Des, need to have passed 12th grade ( Any Stream ) from a recognized board of education or 10 + 3 Diploma approved by AICTE, and M.Des pursuant must have a bachelor’s degree of either 3 or 4 years (any discipline) from any recognized university.


NID DAT Entrance Exam 2024 ( Paper Pattern )

In order to secure admissions in B.Design courses on offer at NID, aspirants need to clear two stages which are:

  • Stage 1: NID DAT (Prelims) – Pen & Paper based Written Test
  • Stage 2: NID DAT (Mains) – Studio Test

For B.Design the DAT Prelims happens to be a 3 hour paper divided into two parts: Objective type with 40 marks questions and subjective type with sketching questions worth 60 marks. Only candidates who successfully clear the prelims are invited to the DAT Mains. The DAT Mains test includes studio test which involves students taking up hands-on assignments to finish within the given time, drawing – sketching and audio – visual perception test etc.

For M.Design the DAT Prelims happens to be a 2.5 hour paper divided into two parts: Objective type which is the Common Design Aptitude test with 40 marks questions for 30 mins and subjective type with sketching questions worth 60 marks for 2 hours. The DAT Mains test includes Submission of Statement of Purpose(SoP), Studio test and Interview and Portfolio Review at the NID campus.

Applicants who clear the mains move onto counselling and confirm their admission to the institute.

DAT Prelims Paper Pattern (B.Design)

Mode of ExamPen and Paper Mode
Duration of Exam3 hours duration
Part I: General Ability test (GAT) (Weightage 40%)Multiple-choice questions (MCQ)Part II: Design Aptitude test (DAT) (Weightage 60%)Drawing & Design based questions.
Total marks100
Language of question paperEnglish
Types of questionsObjective & Subjective

DAT Prelims Paper Pattern ( M.Design )

Mode of ExamPen and Paper mode
Duration of Exam2 hours 30 mins (for one discipline)

Paper I: Common Design Aptitude Test (30 mins)

Paper II: Discipline wise (2 hours)

4 hours 30 mins (for two disciplines)

Paper I: Common Design Aptitude Test (30 mins)

Paper II: Discipline wise (2 hours)

Paper III: Discipline wise (2 hours)

Total marks100
Language of question paperEnglish
Types of questionsObjective & Subjective

NID Studio Test / NID DAT Mains 2024

Studio test is held at NID campuses along with test centres in major cities such as Delhi, Pune & Kolkata. All of 100 marks, the test comes in varied formats such as hands-on practical assignments for B.Des aspirants.

For M.Des students, the studio test is conducted separately for different disciplines at the NID Campuses where the program is offered. The personal interview culminates with the studio test.

Portfolio / Personal Interview for NID Admission

Only NID M.Design students are required to prepare the portfolio. NID too require, like most design schools a portfolio that gives the panel a parameter to judge the student’s creativity. Any relevant artwork of the candidate should suffice, right from his or her childhood to the current time. A portfolio is a great yardstick to judge a student’s creativity based on the concept of the artwork and the arrangement of the works. The personal interview questions about the students portfolios as well.


Important Dates for NID Admission 2024

NID Admission Event DetailsB.Des ExamM.Des Exam
Start to submit Online application formFriday, 08 September 2023Friday, 08 September 2023
Closing date of online application formFriday 16:00 Hours, 01 December 2023Friday 16:00 Hours, 01 December 2023
Submit the application form with late feeTuesday 18:00 Hours, 01 December to
Sunday 16:00 Hours, 03 December 2023
Tuesday 18:00 Hours, 01 December to
Sunday 16:00 Hours, 03 December 2023
Window to Edit the application formsTuesday 16:00 Hours, 05 December to
Thursday 16:00 Hours, 07 December 2023
Tuesday 16:00 Hours, 05 December to
Thursday 16:00 Hours, 07 December 2023
Admit Card available (Prelims)Tuesday 16:00 Hours, 12 December 2023Tuesday 16:00 Hours, 12 December 2023
NID 2024 Exam Date (Prelims)Sunday, 24 December 2023Sunday, 24 December 2023
DAT (Prelims ) Result Declaration DateThursday 16:00 Hours, 28 March 2024Friday 16:00 Hours, 16 February 2024
Admit card available (Mains)Friday 16:00 Hours, 14 April 2024Thursday 16:00 Hours, 22 February 2024
DAT (Mains) Exam Date27 April 2024 to 28 April 20243 March 2024 to 06 April – May 2024
DAT (Mains) Result declarationTuesday 16:00 Hours, 21 May 2024Tuesday 16:00 Hours, 30 April 2024
Window for Submission of Campus PreferenceTuesday 16:00 Hours, 21 May 2024  to 23 May 2024
Seat Allotment, Payment of Fees & Uploading documentsWednesday 16:00 Hours, 29 May 2024  to 31 May 2024Tuesday 16:00 Hours, 30 April 2024  to 14 May 2024
Provisional Offer letterThursday 16:00 Hours, 13 June 2024Friday 16:00 Hours, 31 May 2024

NID Admission 2024 – Registration Details

Registration for a NID admission is as follows:

  1. Visit and sign up
  2. Sign up and do the Registration
  3. Fill in the Online Application Form with necessary details; click ‘save & proceed’
  4. Upload the mandatory documents and signature
  5. Choose a payment option and pay
  6. Download the application form and print it.

NID Application Process

Application forms for NID admission will be available from the 1st week of September 2023 for the academic year 2024 – 2025, at The submission of online application forms has to be done by the first week of December 2023. Any editing to the NID application forms has to be done by the 1st week of December 2023. The exam will be held in the last week of Dec 2023. The result will be out ( Tentatively by last week of March 2024 for B.Design and last week of Feb 2024 for M.Design ). The NID DAT result shall be available on the official website.

Uploading required documents

It’s mandatory for Students to submit the following when filling in the NID admission form:

  • Scanned recent passport- size photograph in JPG/JPEG format and size should be minimum 50KB and maximum 200KB
  • Scanned signature in JPG/JPEG format and size should be minimum 50KB and maximum 200KB
  • Caste GEN-EWS or OBC-NCL certificate (whichever applicable) in PDF format and size should be maximum of 1 MB. The Certificate must be issued on or after 1st April , 2023.
  • Candidates applying under  SC and ST Category should upload their valid caste certificate which mentions the name of the caste they belong to and should be issued in their name by a competent authority. It must be in in pdf format and and size should be maximum of 1 MB.
  • Disability certificate, if applicable, in pdf format and and size should be maximum of 1 MB.
  • Scanned copy of first and last pages of passport for overseas applicants.
  • Certificates of educational qualifications

Payment of NID Application Form

NID  applicants can pay their application fee for both Online gateway (debit/credit cards) Rs. 3000 is the fees for General category, General -EWS, OBC-NCL, Rs. 5000 for oversea pursuant and Rs. 1500 for SC, ST, PwD categories.


NID Admission Counselling

The NID admission process includes the following steps:

  1. Submission of Campus preference. : After viewing the result the candidate has to submit his/ her campus preferences. It is mandatory to submit the campus preferences, failing to which will be considered that the candidate is not interested to opt for any seat. Thereby candidates cannot participate in subsequent admission process.
  2. Round -1 Seat allotment : The candidate will be provisionally allotted a seat in the campus selected by him/ her.
  3. Payment of fees for the confirmation of seat: In order to confirm the seat, the candidate will be provided with a window to make an initial payment of NON- REFUNDABLE Fees for the confirmation of seat within the time limit provided by the admission authorities.
    Rs. 30000/- for all Indian candidates and Rs.75000/- for Overseas candidates
  4. Uploading of the documents: All the documents are to be uploaded as a single pdf file of size not more than 10MB. The candidate have to upload the following documentAny one valid photo identity (Adhar Card, Election ID, Driving Licence, Pan Card/ valid passport), Birth Certificate or school leaving certificate, 10th Marksheet, 12th Marksheet, Caste Certificates / PwD Certificate (if applicable), Valid passport, if applied for Overseas seats.
  5. Document Verification: The original document verification process will be done by the respective NID’s .
  6. Issue of Provisional Offer letters of Admission: Based on the merit number and availability of seats, Provisional offer letters of admission will be issued to those candidates whose uploaded documents have been verified and found to be correct, by the respective NID’s.
  7. Round 2 – Seat allocation: The seats remaining vacant after the Round 01 Seat allotment will be opened for allotment in Round 02, the dates for which will be informed by the respective NID’s.

NID Exam Cut-off details

The cut-off for NID for various categories is mentioned below:

NID DAT Cut-off 2023

NID Last Merit Rank 2023


NID DAT Result Dates

DAT Prelims results for M. Des for the year 2024 will come out on 16th February , 2024 and for B.Des on March 28, 2024 respectively. NID will release the final DAT Mains result on May 21, 2024 for B.Des and April 30, 2024 for M.Des.


NID Placement

An NID admission is often considered enough for students to get great career opportunities, but the institute makes sure to encourage and train its students to explore their chosen field  while still in college.

Every year, placements at NID break their own  previous year’s record. According to a report from February 2022, total 124 companies participate in NID placement across its campuses in Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Bengaluru. Authorities said nearly 400 job offers have been made to students, from sectors such as the FMCG, automotive, textile, apparel, games, IT, lifestyle, education, jewellery, baggage, electronics, advertising, entertainment, and others. Some of the big names that visited the NID for placements last year were Microsoft, Wipro technologies, Whirlpool India Ltd., VIP Industries Ltd, Trident Group, Titan Industries, Toshiba, Tanishq, Hey Math!, INFOSYS Technologies Ltd., Philips, Adobe, Ashok Leyland, Myntra, and many more.

NID Salary

NID admission opens up a plethora of work options for the students. On an average any NID graduate can take home a package ranging from 35 to 75 lacs.


Why BRDS to get admission in NID?

The highly mind boggling NID admission process includes few choice seats and high demand, thus getting into the NID may seem miraculous. However, the right coaching team and the aspirant can be the winning combination for making it easily to the NID merit list.

BRDS, is the pit stop for cracking the NID DAT exams. Bhanwar Rathore Design Studio (BRDS) is the leader in NID entrance coaching and has shown remarkable performance every year since its inception. Since all these years, a majority of NID students have been trained under the excellent pedagogy of BRDS. Since its inception in 2005, till date 1910 BRDS students have joined NID.

Last year a total of 270 BRDS Students secured admission at NID. 214 BRDS students got selected at NID in B.Design Course; 56 BRDS Students got selected in M.Design Courses.

All India Rank 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 in NID are from BRDS. 92 Students are in the Top 100. This is the highest selection record as compared to any coaching institute in India,

Make sure to pursue our preparation course today and clear the entrance exam with flying colors.