NID Entrance Exam 2019 | Admission, Cutoff, Syllabus & More
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NID was established in 1961 at Ahmedabad. It is a premier institute of design and research. NID entrance exam offers 4 years of a degree course for undergraduate students. i.e. B.Des (Bachelor in Design) and Post-Graduation Degree Programme in Design (M.Des)  It also offers 2 or 2.5 years of Post-Graduation Degree Programme in Design (M.Des).

Types of Courses offered by NID

Bachelor of Design (B. Des) – 4 years course

  1. Specialization offered in NID Ahmedabad Campus
  • Industrial Design
  • Ceramic and Glass Design (10 Seats)
  • Furniture Design (10 Seats)
  • Product Design (15 Seats)
  • Communication Design
  • Animation Film Design (15 Seats)
  • Exhibition Design (10 Seats)
  • Film and Video Communication (10 Seats)
  • Graphic Design (15 Seats)
  • Textile, Apparel and Lifestyle Accessory Design
  • Textile Design (15 Seats)

Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD) – 4 years course

  1. Specialization offered in NID Vijayawada and NID Kurukshetra Campus
  • Industrial Design
  • Communication Design
  • Textile, Apparel and Lifestyle Accessory Design

Master of Design (M. Des) – 2 years course

  1. Specialization offered in NID Ahmedabad Campus:
  • Animation Film Design (15 Seats)
  • Film & Video Communication (15 Seats)
  • Graphic Design (15 Seats)
  • Textile Design (15 Seats)
  • Ceramic & Glass Design (10 Seats)
  • Furniture Design (15 Seats)
  • Product Design (15 Seats)
  1. Specialization offered in NID Bengaluru Campus:
  • Design for Retail Experience (15 Seats)
  • Information Design (15 Seats)
  • Universal Design (15 Seats)
  • Digital Game Design (15 Seats)
  • Interaction Design (15 Seats)


  1. Specialization offered in NID Gandhinagar Campus:
  • Apparel Design (15 Seats)
  • Strategic Design Management (15 Seats)
  • Photography Design (15 Seats)
  • Transportation & Automobile Design (15 Seats)
  • Lifestyle Accessory Design (15 Seats)
  • New Media Design (15 Seats)
  • Toy and Game Design (15 Seats)

NID campuses across India

NID campuses are situated in the following cities of the nation:

Ahmedabad (Main Campus), Bengaluru, Kurukshetra, Gandhinagar, and Vijayawada.


Admission at NID, 2020

  1. NID will release admission forms in the month of October till November 2019 for Undergraduate Programmes. Then Admit cards will be available in the first week of May 2020 and exams will be held in the mid-week of May 2020. NID releases it’s Merit Lists for the Admission purpose of the candidates by the end of the same month. Admissions to all of the design courses are granted on the basis of a two-stage competitive exam. The objective of these exams is to assess the knowledge, skills and behavioral abilities of candidates.STAGE I: Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims It is conducted at various centers all across India. STAGE II: Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Mains Shortlisted candidates after the Design Aptitude Test Prelims will be invited to appear for the Stage II Design Aptitude Test Main exams at one of NIS’s campuses in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru or Gandhinagar.

Eligibility Criteria for Admission in NID for Undergraduate Programme

  • Candidates fulfilling the prescribed age and educational qualification criteria for the concerned programme may apply.Bachelor of Design (B. Des) and Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD)
    • For General Category:  Upper age limit for candidates is 20 years.
    • For OBC, SC & ST Category:  Upper age limit for candidates is 23 years.
    • For PwD Reserved Category:  Upper age limit for candidates is 25 years.
    • For Foreign Nationals in Overseas Category:  Upper age limit for candidates is 20 years.

Educational Qualification:

Applications for academic year 2020–21 will be open to applicants who have passed or will appear for higher secondary (10+2) qualifying examinations in the academic year 2019–20 in any stream (Science, Arts, Commerce, etc.) from any recognised board of education such as CBSE, IB, ICSE or their equivalent.

How to apply:

Visit the official admissions website at Step 1: Sign Up/ Registration Step 2: Fill the On-line Application Form Step 3: Uploading your Documents and Signature

Design Aptitude Test (Prelims) Paper Pattern and Syllabus

Based on the sources obtained in the DAT Prelims, eligible candidates will have to appear for DAT Mains. The Admit Card for shortlisted candidates will be available for download only on the official NID admissions website ( DAT mains would be a situational test where candidates will be given questions where they have to make models followed by Interview.

Syllabus: Model Making, Doodling, Audio – Visual Exercises, Creative Thinking


  • Please see that the question paper will be in English Language only and it is compulsory to attempt all the questions. There will be no negative marking for any wrong attempt.
  • Based on the DAT Prelims scores, separate merit lists shall be prepared for each category (OPEN, OBC – NCL, SC, ST, and PWD). Shortlisted candidates only will be eligible to appear for the DAT Mains exam.

NID Placements and Scope

National Institute of Design has a path-breaking recruitment record for graduates from various academic programs. They offer students comprehensive opportunities to occupy themselves with questions around their career planning right from the beginning of their studies. It organizes industry interface annually to provide a meeting ground where the prospective employer and students can meet and employer can identify suitable candidates for recruitment in their organization. This event also creates awareness among the industries / firms / studios/ N.G.Os / govt. sector and its various modes of operations.

NID Entrance Exam Previous Year Cutoff

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