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National Institute of Design - [NID], Ahmedabad - Admission Details 2019

National Institute of Design - [NID], Ahmedabad - Admission Details 2019

Ahmedabad, Gujarat AICTE, AIU Estd 1961 Public (Autonomous)
Updated On - April 3rd 2019

NID Ahmedabad Admission 2019: UG & PG Admission, Application process

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.

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.

The objective of these exams is to assess the knowledge, skills and behavioural abilities of candidates.dd

  • Supernumerary seats under Overseas category are available only in M.Des. and B.Des.
  • Reservation of seats for other courses are as follows:
    • 15% of the seats for SC
    • 7.5% of the seats for ST
    • 27% of the seats for OBC
    • 3% of the seats for PwD

NID Ahmedabad Important Dates 2019


Last Date of Application SubmissionApril 18, 2019
Admit Card DownloadMay 8, 2019
Exam DateMay 20, 2019
Result June 7, 2019
Seat Allotment and Document VerificationJune 21, 2019


Registration windowNovember 15-22, 2018
Exam DateJanuary 6, 2019

NID Ahmedabad UG Admission 2019

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 Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD). The duration period of both the courses is four years.

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
  • 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
  • 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

List of UG courses:

Course NameSpecializationSeatsEligibility CriteriaDuration
B.Des.Animation Film Design15passed or will appear for the qualifying examinations under the higher secondary (10+2) from any recognized Board of Education such as AISSCE/IB/ICSE, or equivalents,4 Years
Ceramic & Glass Design10
Exhibition Design10
Film and Video Communication10
Furniture Design10
Graphic Design15
Produce Design15
Textile Design15
Graduate DiplomaIndustrial Designpassed or will appear for higher secondary (10+2) qualifying examinations4 Years
Communication Design
Textile & Apparel Design

NID Ahmedabad PG Admission 2019

At postgraduate level, NID offers 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 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.

The final merit list for each discipline of the M.Des. programme will be generated category wise, based on the sum total of the weighted scores obtained by the candidate at each stage of the admission process. The weightage of DAT Prelims and DAT Mains will be as decided by the Senate of the institute.

  • Upper age limit for candidates for the PG program is 30 years of age (relaxable by three years for reserved category) on or before July 1
  • 2 seats per specialization are allotted for overseas (supernumerary) candidates
  • Aspiring candidates can apply to a maximum of ONLY TWO disciplines for the Master of Design program

List of PG courses:

Course NameSpecializationSeatsEligibility CriteriaDuration
M.DesAnimation Film Design15Bachelor’s degree in any discipline under the 10+2+4 (or more) system, from any university or institute recognized (by law) in India. Diploma in Design under the 10+2+4 system, from any university or institute recognized (by law) in India.2.5 Years
Apparel Design15
Ceramic & Glass Design10
Design for Retail Experience15
Digital Game Design15
Film and Video Communication15
Furniture Design15
Graphic Design15
Information Design15
Interaction Design15
Lifestyle Accessory Design15
New Media Design15
Photography Design15
Strategic Design Management15
Textile Design15
Toy & Game Design10
Transportation & Automobile Design15
Universal Design15

NID Ahmedabad Ph.D Admission 2019

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.

List of Ph.D Courses:

Course NameSpecializationEligibility CriteriaDuration
Ph.D. (full-time)Design

a) Master’s degree in design from an accredited institution/recognised university OR NID’s, PGDPD, AEPEP or five-year SLPEP Diploma in Design. Candidates with a master’s degree in areas relevant to design may also apply. Such candidates must have at least one recognised degree, either UG or PG, in the field of design.

b) Bachelor’s degree in design from an accredited institution/recognised university OR NID’s GDPD or four-year SLPEP Diploma in Design, with at least three years of professional and/or teaching experience.

c) Candidates who have successfully completed a faculty development programme in design or related field (of two or more years’ duration) from NID or any other university recognised by the UGC/Institutes of National Importance. They will be treated at par with Master’s level students.

d) Candidates with qualifications in subjects other than design shall be entitled to apply to the PhD programme, provided they have at least one recognised degree, either UG or PG, in the field of design, and have a demonstrated interest in and aptitude for the study of design. They also need to pass the Design Research Test (DRT).

e) Candidates currently employed as design professionals should submit a letter from their employer supporting their application.

3 Years
Ph.D. (part-time)5 Years

Application Fee for Ph.D. is INR 5000 (For General Category) and INR 2500 (For SC/ST Category). Candidate needs to submit the research proposal of 2000 – 3000 words along with no objection certificate from employer and caste certificate if any. 

NID Ahmedabad 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

*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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SachinB. designBatch : 2016

Best design school

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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
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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
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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

8/10food & accom
10/10social life
Tanumoy BoseBachelor of Design [B.Des] (Film & Video Communication)Pursued Third Year
BATCH : 2017
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I took NID entrance exam. Its a good college thats why i opted this college.

5/10food & accom
9/10social life

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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

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November 22, 2018

National Institute of Design (NID) Ahmedabad Result 2019: Merit List, Entrance exam, NID DAT

National Institute of Design was established in 1961 at Ahmedabad. The institute provides UG and PG degree in domain of design. NID conducts DAT for admission to its UG

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NID Result 2019, Counselling and Score Card

National Institute of Design will announce NID DAT 2019 Result for Prelims exam in the online mode tentatively in the second week of March 2019. Candidates can check their scores and ranks by logging into their accounts. Those who qualify Prelims round will appear for Mains exam. NID Re

September 29, 2018

NID Entrance Exam 2019 Application, Eligibility, Exam Dates & Pattern

NID 2019 is national level entrance exam conducted by National Institute of Design for various UG and PG design courses scheduled to take place in January 2019. All aspirants for NID DAT 2019 can fill application form online on the official website, i.e. The exam will be of 3 hours w

December 29, 2017

NID 2019 Admit Card

NID 2019 Admit Card will be available for download from December 2019 at the official website of National Institute of Design. NID Admission process comprises Prelims and Mains round and only those candidates who clear the Prelims round can proceed to the subsequent Mains round. NID iss

December 29, 2017

NID 2019 Exam Pattern

National Institute of Design conducts entrance examination for admission into various UG and PG design courses. The entrance examination comprises two papers i.e. Prelims exam and Mains exam. Prelims exam is a pen-paper based written exam, whereas the Mains exam comprises Studio Test and Personal

December 29, 2017

NID Application Form 2019

NID Application Form 2019 will be available from the second week of October 2018 in the online mode only. For obtaining NID Application Form, different category candidates have to submit different application fees for the courses. Application fees can be paid via both online and offline mode.

April 15, 2017

NID 2018 Exam Pattern

NID 2018 The selection process for admission into NID comprises of three stages. The first stage includes a written examination of 100 marks. The written exam is divided into two sections namely objective (comprising of 70 questions) and subjective (comprising 30 questions).

April 12, 2017

NID 2018 Results

DAT Prelim result for B.Des. and GDPD will be available in the month of February 2018. Candidates can check NID 2018 Result at the official website of NID – A merit list on the basis of DAT score will be prepared for all the categories (General, OBC-NCL, SC, ST & PH).

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