NID exam

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National institute of Design (NID) -1961

NID exam is conducted either in last week of December or first week of January, it is at present an offline exam. NID exam is very tough to clear and consists of written exam and situation test.   Online Classes

It is an autonomous Institute under the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India. It was set up in 1961.

NID Andhra Pradesh, NID Haryana, NID Madhya Pradesh & NID Assam are independent autonomous institutes under the DPIIT, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India and offer full time Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD) of four-year duration.

Fees: 3,25,000 for first year (two semesters including hostel). (Refer this link )

125 seats in the 4-year Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) is at Ahmedabad center only in the following areas of specialisation:

Industrial Design

Ceramic & Glass Design
Furniture & Interior Design
Product Design

Communication Design

Animation Film Design
Exhibition Design
Film & Video Communication
Graphic Design

Textile, Apparel, Lifestyle and Accessory Design

Textile Design



NID Andhra Pradesh

Established in September 2015, 75 seats (25 each for each branch)
Communication Design
Industrial Design
Textile & Apparel Design
Fees: Rs 1,85,000 first year (two semesters) Hostel Mess extra


NID Haryana

Established in September 2017, 75 seats (25 each for each branch)
Communication Design
Industrial Design
Textile & Apparel Design
Fees: Rs 2,30,000 first year (two semesters) Hostel Mess extra


NID Madhya Pradesh

Established in September 2018, 75 seats (25 each for each branch)
Communication Design
Industrial Design
Textile & Apparel Design
Fees: Rs 1,85,000 first year (two semesters) Hostel Mess extra


NID Assam

Established in 2019, 75 seats (25 each for each branch)
Communication Design
Industrial Design
Textile & Apparel Design
Fees: Rs 1,97,250 first year (two semesters) Hostel Mess extra

Choice of branch

Successful candidates admitted to NID B.Des/GDPD Programme will be required to attend a mandatory Foundation Programme of one-year duration. Allotment of a discipline of choice is based on a candidate’s merit and choice only after successful completion of the Foundation Programme.

NID Eligibility criteria:

General category Born on or after July 1, 2000

OBC / SC / ST Born on or after July 1, 1997
PwD* Born on or after July 1, 1995
*Persons with Disabilities

NID Educational Qualification:

Candidates 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, Humanities etc.) from any recognised board of education such as CBSE, IB, ICSE or equivalent.

Examinations considered equivalent to these are as follows:

• Final examination of the 10+2 system under a Central or State Board recognised by the Association of Indian Universities.
• Intermediate or two-year pre-University examination under a Board or University recognised by the Association of Indian Universities.
• Final examination of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defence Academy.
• Senior Secondary School examination under the National Institute of Open Schooling, with a minimum of five subjects.
• Any public school, Board or University examination completed in India or in any foreign country recognised as equivalent to the 10+2 system by the Association of Indian Universities.
• H.S.C. vocational examination.
• General Certificate Education (GCE) examination at the Advanced (A) level taken in London, Cambridge or Sri Lanka.
• AlCTE-approved three-year Full time Diploma after Class X offered by Board of Technical Education of any state in India or Union Territories.
• Candidates who have completed final examinations for class XII (or equivalent) outside India or from a Board not specified above should produce an equivalence certificate from the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) confirming that the examination they have passed is equivalent to the Class XII examination conducted in India. This certificate is required to be submitted at the time of document verification.

NID reservation of seats

Out of total 425 seats

10% reserved for Economically weaker sections :    45
27% reserved for OBC – Non creamy layer :           114
15% reserved for SC :                                                62
7.5% reserved for ST :                                                33


59.5% reserved :                                                       263


40.5% Available for open :                                       162


There are two stages of selection into NID

Stage 1: NID Exam Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims

Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims will be conducted at various test centres across India, this time it was on Sunday Dec 29th, 2019. Candidates clearing DAT Prelims have to clear DAT mains. The first stage is the preliminary exam. The exam will comprise of 2 papers. Paper 1 will comprise of 70 marks questions of objective type and Paper 2 will comprise of 30 marks questions of subjective type. Total 100 marks. There will be no negative marking.

NID Dat Exam Prelims Pattern B.Des Degree and GDPD
Method of exam Mainly offline in Pen, pencil and paper
No. of Sections 2 (A – 30 Marks and B – 70 marks)
No. of Questions Section A Aptitude MCQ (22) Section B Drawing (4)
Total Marks 100
Duration 3 hours
Cut – off Marks 2020 45/100

DAT Prelims details:

NID 2020 DAT prelims paper consisted of of 3 hours duration exam and total 100 marks. This is a paper-and-pencil/pen test. The questions asked may involve text and visuals. The question paper will be in English language ONLY.

Based on the DAT Prelims scores, separate merit lists shall be prepared for each category applied for by the candidate. Only shortlisted candidates will be eligible to appear for the DAT Mains exam as per the schedule announced.

Separate merit list will be prepared for Overseas candidates.

NID DAT Prelims syllabus:

NID exam Drawing syllabus:

Object Drawing, Memory Drawing, Design, Plane Geometry, proportion and perspective, form, composition, observation, thinking and visualization and innovation.

NID Creative question sample

NID exam DAT Aptitude syllabus:

G.K and current affairs (can be from anywhere a student must read a newspaper everyday especially the editorial section and a magazine like India today or the Outlook etc every week),

Logical reasoning
English Grammar and Vocabulary
Basic Math of 10th class.

NID DAT aptitude sample questions:

OMR Sheet Format

You will be given an Optical mark recognition (also called optical mark reading and OMR) sheet

Candidates are required to darken the bubble for that option in optical sheet which they think is the right answer for the question asked.

Blue/Black ball pen is to be used for darkening the bubbles. Blue/Black gel pen is not allowed as it is difficult for the OMR analyzing device to capture the marked response.


Stage 2: NID Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Mains

Stage 2 DAT Main exam is held generally at Ahmedabad. Exact details of the Test Centre are in the DAT Mains Admit Card. For NID 2020, it is expected in July 2020, given the condition of Covid -19. This is mainly a studio test with a 70% weightage (stage 1 has 30% weightage).

Studio test needs a familiarity with designing objects from the material given. For example it could be make an ice cream cart from ice cream sticks, glue and paper.

3D Modeling
Observation Test
Creative Thinking
Audio-visual experience
Body Language
Material Manipulation
Portfolio makings


NID 2020 Dates and cut – off

For NID 2020, DAT result was delayed due to Covid -19 and came on May 4, 2020, instead of 19th Mar, 2020. Cut off for NID 2020 was 45 /100.

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