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National Institute of Design - [NID], Ahmedabad - Admission Details 2020

National Institute of Design - [NID], Ahmedabad - Admission Details 2020

Ahmedabad, Gujarat AICTE, AIU Estd 1961 Public (Autonomous)

National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad Admissions 2020: Courses, Eligibility, Selection Criteria

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The National Institute of Design (NID) is a design school established in the year of 1961 in Ahmedabad, India. NID offers professional educational programmes at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level with five faculty streams and 20 diverse design domains.

At undergraduate level, the Bachelor of Designing (B.Des) course is offered under eight different specializations from the NID Ahmedabad Campus. The institute also offers a Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD). The duration period of both the courses is four years.

At postgraduate level, NID offers a Master of Designing (M.Des) program under 18 different specializations. The duration period of all the PG courses is two and a half years.

Admission to all of the design courses is granted on the basis of Design Aptitude Tests which will be conducted in two stages : Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims and Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Mains. Based on the Merit list of DAT Prelims, eligible candidates will have to appear for DAT Mains.

At the doctoral level, the institute offers a Ph.D. programme 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.

To apply for admission, the candidate’s must visit the official website of the institute and fill in the online application form.

NID Ahmedabad Admission Highlights 2020

Name of the InstituteNational Institute of Design (NID) Ahmedabad
Type of InstituteAutonomous
Admission CriteriaEntrance-based
Name of Entrance ExamDAT
Mode of ApplicationOnline

NID, Ahmedabad Fees & Eligibility

B.Des₹2.63 Lakhs (1st Year Fees)Pass in 10+2 + NID
M.Des₹3.09 Lakhs (1st Year Fees)Pass in Graduation + NID
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Important Dates

Ph.D. Registration 31 Aug, 2020
Ph.D. Exam 18 Nov, 2020
Ph.D. Result 29 Nov, 2020
Seat Allotment and Document Verification 02 Dec, 2020
NID DAT Registration 15 Nov - 22 Nov, 2019
NID DAT Exam 06 Jan, 2020

NID Ahmedabad B.Des. Admission 2020

NID Ahmedabad offers 4 year undergraduate courses in Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) under 8 specializations-

  • Ceramic and Glass Design
  • Product Design
  • Exhibition Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Furniture and Interior Design
  • Animation Film Design
  • Film and Video Communication
  • Textile Design
Duration4 Years
No. of Specializations8
Intake19 Seats
Basic Eligibility Criteria10+2 qualification
Basic Selection CriteriaEntrance-based

Eligibility Criteria

  • The minimum eligibility for B.Des. is the passing of class 12th from any stream.
  • Candidates who want to apply for B.Des. at NID meet the eligibility criteria if they have cleared or are appearing for their higher secondary (10+2) qualifying examination from any stream (Science, Humanities, Commerce, etc.) from any recognised board such as CBSE, IB, ICSE or their equivalent in the year 2019-2020 can apply for the exam.

Note- Upper age limit for candidates for the UG program is 20 years of age (relaxable by three years for reserved category) on or before July 1

Selection Criteria

Admission to the UG courses is on the basis of Design Aptitude Tests which will be conducted in two stages : Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims and Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Mains. Based on the Merit list of DAT Prelims, eligible candidates will have to appear for DAT Mains.

Candidates should note that appearing for the DAT Prelims or being ranked in the shortlist does not guarantee automatic entitlement to admission

Note- For candidates applying in B.Des. and GDPD, the choice of preference of programme or campus does not guarantee a seat. Allotment of campus is purely as per merit

NID Ahmedabad GDPD Admission 2020

NID Ahmedabad offers undergraduate courses in GDPD in 3 specializations-

  • Industrial Design
  • Textile and Apparel Design
  • Communication
No. of Specializations3
Basic Eligibility Criteria10+2 qualification
Basic Selection CriteriaEntrance-based

Eligibility Criteria

The minimum eligibility for the same is the passing of class 12th from any stream.

Selection Criteria

The selection of the eligible candidate will be done on the merit in the Entrance test obtained by the candidate followed by counselling process.

NID Ahmedabad PG Admission 2020

NID Ahmedabad offers 2.5 year postgraduate courses in Master of Design (M.Des.) It offers M.Des. in 19 specializations.

Duration2.5 years
No. of Specializations19 Specializations
Basic Eligibility CriteriaBachelor’s degree
Basic Selection CriteriaEntrance-based

M.Des. Specializations-

  • Animation Film Design
  • Furniture & Interior Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Textile Design
  • Lifestyle Accessory Design
  • New Media Design
  • Toy and Game Design
  • Design for retail experience
  • Information Design
  • Universal Design
  • Ceramic and glass design
  • Film and Video communication
  • Product design
  • Apparel Design
  • Strategic Design Management
  • Photography Design
  • Transportation and automobile design
  • Digital Game Design
  • Interaction Design

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Bachelor degree of minimum 4-year duration in any specialization, after 12th standard or equivalent to 12th standard
  2. Bachelor degree of minimum 3-year duration in any specialization, after 12th standard or equivalent to 12th standard.
  3. Full-time Diploma of minimum 4-year duration in Design/Fine Arts/Applied Arts/ Architecture, after 12th standard or equivalent to 12th standard.

Selection Criteria

Admission to the M.Des. program will be granted solely on the basis of the candidate’s performance in DAT followed by a Personal Interview.

The revised weightage for DAT Prelims and DAT Mains is as follows: 

DAT Prelims – 60% 
DAT Mains 40%
(Common Design Aptitude Test) (Discipline specific Test) 

Note- Candidates can apply to a maximum of ONLY TWO disciplines for the Master of Design programme.

  • The seat allotment will be purely based on the preference submitted by candidate at the time of submitting their application. Under no circumstances will the candidate be allowed to change these preferences later.
  • Applications are received to a specific discipline only and are not transferable at any stage of the admissions process.

NID Ahmedabad Ph.D. Admission 2020

Part-time: 5 Years
Full-time: 3 Years
Basic Eligibility CriteriaMaster’s degree
Basic Selection CriteriaEntrance-based

Eligibility Criteria

  • A Master’s level qualification in Design,
  • A Bachelor’s level qualification in Design from NID,
  • A minimum of 3 years of professional or teaching experience.
  • Master’ s degree in Philosophy(eg, M.Phil) in Design

Selection Criteria

Admission will be granted on the basis of 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.

How to Apply at NID Ahmedabad?

As part of the NID admission process, candidates need to first fill their application form. Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria for this design entrance exam are then eligible to appear for NID DAT Prelims. Aspirants who clear the first stage of NID admissions then need to appear for NID DAT Mains. Finally, candidates who clear this admission round as well are offered admission in the course/ college of their choice.

NID admissions 2020 is a two-tier process. Thus, for NID admissions candidates need to appear for NID DAT (Prelims) and NID DAT (Mains). The objective of conducting both these tests is to assess knowledge, skills as well as behavioural abilities of candidates.

Steps to fill Application form

  • Sign up and enter required details
  • Fill the Application form
  • Upload the documents
  • Pay the Application fees
  • Print the Admit card

Things to remember:

  • Fill NID DAT Application form
  • Download NID DAT Admit card
  • Appear for the prelims
  • Check NID prelims Result
  • Appear for NID Mains
  • Check NID Final Merit list


Ques. How can I secure admission in NID?

Ans. Aspirants need to appear for the NID entrance exam which comprises two admission rounds, that is, NID DAT Prelims and NID DAT Mains. Candidates who clear NID DAT Prelims are only allowed to appear for NID DAT Mains.

Ques. What are NID DAT Prelims?

Ans. NID DAT Prelims is the shortlisting round for NID admissions. NID DAT Prelims comprises a written entrance exam that candidates need to appear for and clear in order to be eligible for NID DAT Mains.

Ques. What is NID DAT Mains?

Ans. NID DAT Mains is the final admission round for NID admissions. NID DAT Mains consists of a Studio Test and Interview round that candidates need to clear in order to secure admission in design courses offered at NID campuses.

Ques. How many students appeared for NID DAT 2019?

Ans. In 2019, a total of 21,032 students applied for NID DAT. As per statistics, more females apply for NID Entrance Exam as compared to male candidates. Last year, 13,891 female candidates applied for the design entrance exam as compared to 7,933 male aspirants.

Ques. Is NID a government institute?

Ans. National Institute of Design (NID) has been declared as an 'Institute of National Importance' by a bill passed in the Lok Sabha. Established in 1961, NID is an autonomous national institution.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College

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    Studio Test
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    10 Reviews found

    StudentUndergraduate bachelors in design (bdes)Batch : 2023
    Remarks -
    7.5 /10

    It was my best shot. I was unsure, and they had a year long foundation course, so I could still make up my mind if this is what I truly wanted. It was a lucky shot, but worth it. Right now, I am doing animation and film design, and the wealth of insight and info I get here is probably most human centric and community based.

    Course Curriculum -
    7 /10

    I think NID has a good structure and a strong right knot community system, which when tapped into well, can act as a brilliant system of support and upheaval. The course syllabus could be more upto date and market oriented, but at the same time, it is also thinking based and human centric which works well for understanding the fundamentals of a design thinking and process. Also NID is a place with rich history, this having an abundance of good alumni and visiting faculties. It usually leaves you up with your devices, so most learning here happens from self driven motivation and curiosity

    8/10food & accom
    8/10social life
    Shri SalunkheTransportation and Automobile DesignPursued
    BATCH : 2021

    Best Design School in India

    Remarks -
    7.8 /10

    Environment is very good and motivating for working. Good space for learning and to try out new things. Good facilities and environment makes it a good and enriching experience overall. The overall schedule is quite hectic.

    Admission -

    I wanted to pursue Transportation Design since childhood. I also applied for Product design but ended up choosing Transportation because sketching cars was something that I have been doing since childhood. For the admission process you have to appear for an Aptitude Test and if you get shortlisted then you will be called for an interview and a discipline specific aptitude test. In the interview you have to show your portfolio. The interview may or may not be around the discipline that you select because they want to check your knowledge about the subject but also want to know about your thinking process.

    7/10food & accom
    6/10social life
    Anushka GuptaBDesPursued
    BATCH : 2021

    College review

    Admission -

    First of all there is an entrance exam to be given, the qualifiers that go to the second round of selection that is a model making and sketching round. Once you clear both the exams you get a mail regarding the dates of joining and other details.

    Placement -
    5 /10

    Haven't done an internship yet. Still they are in contact with the companies that are interested to hire the students of National Institute of Design for their internship periods as well as their diploma projects.

    4/10food & accom
    10/10social life
    Pragati SahuCeramics and glass designPursued
    BATCH : 2021
    Remarks -
    8.2 /10

    College education system is good but little hectic But manageable. Be safe from the mosquitoes because students get dengue and worse fever so the only thing is that and else everything is great there.

    Admission -

    First entrance exam in which the would be about the reason and general knowledge then the situation test where you have make something 3D then interview combining all marks you got the merit list will appear then you get into the college.

    8/10food & accom
    9/10social life
    AnkitBachelor in DesignBatch : 2019

    Best college for Design

    Remarks -
    8.8 /10

    There are a lot of pros and cons about NID, which the pros includes, it has the best faculties from the india, better facilities, campus is really great it has lot of trees and birds, good wifi with a great internet speed, placements are good. And cons includes, some dipartament has less number of faculties, food from mess can be made better.

    Admission -

    You have to give an entrance exam to get pass your 1st phase, which takes place around 1st or 2nd week of january. You get forms for it during october and november. After that they select some students for the studio test which will be your phase 2 and after studio test there is an interview session. If you pass them all you got the admission.

    7/10food & accom
    10/10social life
    V.J.LakshmiGraduate Diploma Programme in DesignPursued 2nd year
    BATCH : 2021


    Admission -

    The entrance exam for NID is a two step process. The first stage comprises of CAT and DAT exams. The next level has a studio test and then a merit list is made. People get admission to various NIDs according to their rank and preference.

    Placement -
    5 /10

    The placements have not yet started. The college doesn't as such provide internships. It just aids in you finding one. However it is compulsory for you toNgo to an internship after third year, hence the college helps you in getting placed into one. NID promotes paid internships however one can chose to apprentice if they value the learning more.

    2/10food & accom
    2/10social life
    SachinB. designBatch : 2016

    Best design school

    Remarks -
    9.7 /10

    I can't give such remarks because according to me no one can give such remarks. I can give only good remarks.

    Entrance Preview -

    I took NID DAT which was held in jan 2013 and out of 100 I scored 59 marks and bcoz it is the best in india so I opt for this.

    10/10food & accom
    9/10social life
    Arhan SarkarBachelor of Design [B.Des]Pursued First Year
    BATCH : 2020
    Remarks -
    9.2 /10

    The college is the very example of what 60+ years of experience of culture and knowledge would result in. Nid is a very respectable college and very prestigious.

    Entrance Preview -

    Nid entrance exam. Score was around 58/100. Design has been my passion and it's been a really great experiencing the rich society of design. Choosing nid was easy but getting admission was really difficult. As nid is supposed to be the best design college in india it was obvious that i take admission in it.

    7/10food & accom
    10/10social life
    sattwik biswasBachelor of Design [B.Des]Pursued First Year
    BATCH : 2016
    Entrance Preview -

    There are preeliminary test of writing nd thn studio test. I did 65.9% score.. It is the best design college in india thats why i choose it

    Campus Life -
    10 /10

    There are a lot of events sports workshops debates lectures by guest faculties movie screening and lot of things in our college

    8/10food & accom
    10/10social life
    Tanumoy BoseBachelor of Design [B.Des] (Film & Video Communication)Pursued Third Year
    BATCH : 2017
    Entrance Preview -

    I took NID entrance exam. Its a good college thats why i opted this college.

    Placement -
    9 /10

    Yes, placement is given by college. Many MNC companies came to campus placement.

    5/10food & accom
    9/10social life



    Josleena foster

    i am currently done with a diploma course in interior designing(3 years) and now i want to apply for b.des in furniture design in NID.... am i elegible for it??( idid read the elegibility cliteria but i was wondering do they accept students with 10 3 qualification)

    09 Apr, 2019 15:32
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Josleena, visit the official website of the institute or contact at 079-26629500 , 26629600 for required information.

    09 Apr, 2019 16:15
    Kritika mittal

    i am currently studying in 12th can you tell me how can i give exam this sunday on 6 jan,19?

    04 Jan, 2019 19:17
    Monika Content

    Hi Kritika, You may Please contact to this Number: -079-26629500, 26629600 for getting the information about your query.

    15 Feb, 2019 13:18

    Hi, I have a graduate degree in English Literature and I now wish to study fashion design. Where can I apply for a masters degree where I don't need to have a design background? Awaiting your reply, Thanks

    02 Jun, 2017 00:10
    Priya Sharma

    Hi Nidhi, this course is not provided in this college.

    24 May, 2018 17:30
    ayushi samir abhonkar

    Apparel design is there in nid masters program

    11 Sep, 2019 13:48
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Ayushi, yes, this course is available in the institute.

    11 Sep, 2019 14:30

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