NID 2021


    NID DAT 2021: Application Form (Soon), Exam Date, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Cut off and Result

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    NID DAT 2021 Notification will be released tentatively in the second week of October 2020. Application forms are likely to be available from the date of release of the official notification. Candidates willing to pursue undergraduate (B.Des) and master's degree (M.Des) courses in designing can apply for the exam after checking NID DAT 2021 Eligibility criteria.

    Table of Content

    • NID DAT 2021 Application forms will be available only in online mode
    • The exam is conducted in three stages namely, NID DAT prelims which will be conducted in the month of December, and Mains which will be conducted in April 2020. The next stage is the studio test and interview.
    • It is a 3-hour long exam conducted in pen-paper mode. Check NID Exam Pattern
    • Candidates qualifying the written tests (Prelims and Mains) will be invited for the studio test and personal interviews.

    NID DAT is a national level entrance exam conducted by National Institute of Design for various B.Des/ GDPD and M.Des Courses. It is a gateway to get admission in prestigious NID Ahmedabad, NID Gujarat, NID Bangalore, NID Kurukshetra, and NID Vijayawada.  

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    NID 2020 Exam Highlights

    Exam NameNID Design Aptitude Test (NID DAT)
    Conducting BodyNational Institute of Design
    Exam TypeNational Level
    Exam PeriodicityYearly
    PurposeAdmission to B.Des, M.Des and GDPD courses
    Duration of Exam3 hours
    Mode of ApplicationOnline
    Exam ModePen and Paper-based exam
    Language MediumEnglish
    Number of Papers2 (Prelims and Mains)
    Mains Exam roundsStudio Test and Interview

    NID 2021 Important Dates

    NID DAT 2021 will be conducted for admission to B.Des, M.Des, and GDPD courses in various campuses of National Institute of Design. 

    EventsDates (Tentative)
    NID DAT 2021 NotificationOctober 2020
    NID DAT 2021 RegistrationOctober  2020
    NID DAT 2020 B.Des and M.Des PrelimsDecember 2020

    NID 2021 Eligibility

    The candidates who want to apply for NID 2021 must fulfil the following eligibility criteria:

    Bachelor of Design/ GDPD

    1. Age Limit:

    The candidates applying for DAT 2021 for B.Des. the program must not be more than 20 years of age as on July 30, 2021.

    2. Educational Qualifications:

    The candidates applying for NID DAT 2021 must have completed or appeared in the final examination of 10+2 or equivalent from a recognized board (AISSE/ICSE/CBSE).

    Master of Design

    1. Age Limit:

    The maximum age limit is 30 years for the candidates applying for the Masters of Design as on July 30, 2021.

    2. Educational Qualification:

    Applicants will have to prove that they have passed the following qualifying exams or equivalent before July 30, 2021.

    • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline under the 10+2+4 system, from any university, recognized by law in India.
    • Diploma in Design under 10+2+4 system, from any university, recognized by the law of India.

    Note: Applicants must have passed the Bachelor’s Degree/Diploma examinations at the time of document verification tentatively scheduled in June 2021.

    Check Detailed Eligibility for NID 2021 Admission

    NID 2021 Application Form

    The candidates can fill the application form online by entering their mobile no., email ID, Date of birth etc. The candidates need to follow the steps given below to fill NID DAT 2021 Application Form:

    Step 1: Registration

    • Register/sign up online before proceeding to fill the application form at the official website.
    • Provide the valid mobile no., email ID, Date of birth etc. while registration.
    • After registration, login credentials will be sent via an email to the registered email address.

    Step 2: Fill the Application Form

    • Log in to your account using id and password and fill all the required details.
    • After filling all the details, click ‘Save & Proceed’ to go to the next step to ‘Upload Document’.

    Step 3: Upload Documents

    • Upload a scanned recent passport size photograph and signature as per the instructions.
    • Upload your valid Caste/PwD certificate issued by a competent authority.
    • Click ‘Save & Proceed’ to go to the next section to pay application fees

    The details of the photograph and signature dimensions to be uploaded are mentioned below:

    Scanned PhotographA recent photograph – JPEG Format – 50 to 100 KB
    Candidates’ Scanned SignatureBlue/Black ball pen on white paper – JPEG Format – 50 to 100 KB
    CertificateJPEG Format – Les than 150 KB

    Step 4: Payment of Application Fee

    The application fee of NID 2021 can be submitted online or offline.

    • Offline Mode: The offline payment can be done via Demand draft in favour of “All India Management Association” payable at New Delhi.
    • Online Mode: The online application fees can be paid via. Credit card/ debit card.

    The application fee for different courses, category-wise is as follows:

    CategoryB.Des and GDPDM.Des (1 discipline)M.Des (2 disciplines)
    GeneralINR 2000INR 2000INR 4000
    SCINR 1000INR 1000INR 2000
    STINR 1000INR 1000INR 2000
    OBC-NCLINR 2000INR 2000INR 4000
    Gen-PwDINR 1000INR 1000INR 2000
    ST-PwDINR 1000INR 1000INR 2000
    SC-PwDINR 1000INR 1000INR 2000
    OBC-NCL-PwDINR 1000INR 1000INR 2000
    OverseasINR 3000INR 3000INR 6000

    Check NID 2021 Reservation

    NID 2021 Application Process for Foreign Nationals

    Overseas candidates can apply for NID 2020 and will have to appear for the subsequent stages of selection (Studio Test and Personal Interview) at NID Ahmedabad Campus. The candidates would need to submit following documents at the time of registration:

    • Attested copy of pages of passport of containing candidates’ details.
    • For B.Des. program – The candidates need to submit attested copies of their SSC, HSC marksheets. For SSC appearing candidates, it is important to present bonafide certificate.
    • For M.Des. program – The candidates need to submit attested copies of their SSC, HSC, marksheets and graduation certificate

    An equivalence certificate must be obtained from Association of Indian University (AIU), New Delhi.

    NID DAT 2021 Admit Card

    The candidates who have registered for the exam must carry their NID 2021 Admit Card to the exam center to avoid any kind of issues. NID 2021 admit card for prelims exam is now available at the official website. Follow the steps given below to download the admit card:

    • Visit the official website of NID –
    • Click on the link  “NID 2020 Admit Card”.
    • Fill in the required details and click submit button.
    • In case the candidate has forgotten their application no., click on “Click here to view your application”.
    • Click on “submit” to see the application number
    • The NID 2020 Admit card will be generated on the screen. Take a printout and keep it safely.

    know NID DAT 2021 Selection Process

    NID 2021 Exam Center

    NID 2021 is conducted at various exam centers in India. The exam is conducted in 3 stages – DAT (Design Aptitude Test), Studio test and Personal Interview. Candidates will be allotted exam centers for each stage. The table below comprises the list of NID 2021 Exam centers:

    JaipurNew Delhi

    NID 2021 Exam Pattern

    The exam assesses candidates designing skills, creativity, reasoning ability and problem-solving skills. The exam is conducted for three courses – B.Des, M.Des and GDPD. Each has 2 sections having MCQ and subjective questions. The table below indicates the complete pattern of NID 2020:

    NID DAT 2021For B.Des. & GDPDFor M.Des.
    No. of sections2 (Section A and B)2 (Section A and B)
    No. of Questions

    Section A: 64 (MCQ)

    Section A: 59 (MCQ)
    Section B: 3 (Subjective)Section B: 3 (Subjective)
    Total Marks100100
    Negative MarkingNoNo
    Duration3 hours2 ½ hour

    List of Colleges Accepting NID DAT 2021 Scores 

    NID test scores are accepted in all 7 NID campuses. Here is a list of all those NIDs

    NID AhmedabadNID Gandhinagar
    NID VijayawadaNID Bengaluru
    NID BhopalNID Jorhat

    NID Kurukshetra

    Courses offered through NID DAT 2021 Entrance Exam

    NIDs offer specialisation to aspirants in BDes, GDPD and MDes courses. Candidates can secure admission to the following courses through NID DAT 2021:

    BDes Courses at NID
    Ceramic and Glass designFurniture and Interior Design
    animation film designTextile Design
    Film and Video CommunicationGraphic Design
    Exhibition DesignProduct Design
    GDPD Courses at NID
    Industrial DesignCommunication Design
    Textile and Apparel Design
    MDes Courses at NID
    Ceramic and Glass DesignAnimation Film Design
    Graphic DesignProduct Design
    Apparel DesignTextile Design
    Furniture and Interior DesignFilm and Video Communication
    Strategic Design ManagementPhotography Design
    Transportation and Automobile DesignToy and Game Design
    Universal DesignInteraction Design
    Digital Game DesignDesign for Rental Experience
    Lifestyle Accessory DesignInformation Design
    New Media Design

    NID 2021 Result

    NID Prelims result will be released in the months of February 2021 and Mains exam result will be released in the month of May 2021 on the official website. The candidates can check their results online by following the steps mentioned below:

    • Go to the official website –
    • Click on the link NID 2021 Result.
    • Enter roll no. and application no. and click submit.
    • The result will appear on the screen
    • Take the printout and keep it for further reference.

    NID 2021 Cut Off

    The cut off of NID 2021 will be released after the declaration of NID results. The candidates get admission in 4 year undergraduate or diploma courses and 2.5 years post graduate courses in design after clearing all the stages of the exam. The expected NID 2020 cutoff is as follows:


    NID 2021 Counselling

    The 2 step counselling process of NID 2021 will be conducted in the first week of June 2021. The shortlisted candidates will be able to participate in the counseling process. The 2 steps of counselling are as follows:

    Online Consent by Qualified candidates

    The online consent is to be sent by qualified candidates from June 2020 for being eligible for the next step of counselling. Based on the online consent, the merit list will be released and uploaded regularly on the official NID website.

    Online uploading of Documents

    Once the candidates name have been mentioned on the merit list, they need to upload a few documents in jpeg format for the purpose of verification. The documents required are as follows:

    • 10th marksheet
    • 12th marksheet
    • Birth certificate
    • Graduation degree for admission to M.Des.

    The uploaded documents will be verified by the information mentioned in NID 2020 application form. In case of any mismatch, the admission of the candidate is liable to cancellation.

    Check NID 2021 Counselling Process

    NID 2021 Reservation

    NID 2020 has reservation norms for all the courses offered by the National Institute of Design. As per the latest notice, the newly brought EWS reservation is also applicable. The category-wise reservation of seats for all the courses as per the NID Reservation Policy is given as follows:

    CategoryReservation (in %)
    Economically Weaker Section (EWS)10
    Other Backward Classes (OBC)27

    The Persons with Disability (PwD) will be given a 3% horizontal reservation of seats from the parent category in each programme cutting across all sections i.e. SCs, STs, OBCs (Non-Creamy only) and General category.

    To avail the NID 2021 reservation the candidate has to keep in mind that it will be provided to only those candidates who have 40% or more category as per the rules and guidelines issued by the Government of India.

    NID 2020 Reservation for Overseas Candidates

    There is a provision for 15% reservation of supernumerary seats in B. Des. and M. Des. Programmes for overseas category candidates. The candidates belonging to the NRI category (Non-Resident of India) shall be required to apply as Indian Citizens.

    NID DAT 2021 FAQs

    Ques. Is there limit on number of attempts in NID DAT?

    Ans. There is no limit on number of attempts provided candidates fulfill the age limit criteria. 

    Ques. Can a Class 12th Arts stream student, appear for NID DAT 2021?

    Ans. Yes, candidates appearing/passed Higher Secondary (10+2) in any stream are eligible to apply for BDes in NID DAT 2021. 

    Ques. How can i prepare for NID DAT 2021?

    Ans. Aspirants should prepare in a scheduled manner for NID DAT. Candidates should enhance their creativity and work on their drawing skills. Solving previous year question papers and mock test will help in time management.

    Ques. What is age limit criteria to apply for NID DAT 2021?

    Ans. For BDes upper age limit is 20 years on or before July 30, 2021. Relaxation of 3 years for reserved category candidates. In case of MDes upper age limit is 30 years on or before JUly 30, 2021.

    Ques. What is minimum educational criteria to apply for NID DAT 2021?

    Ans. Candidates appearing/passed higher secondary (10+2) from a recognised board are eligible to apply for BDes. Bachelor’s degree in 10+2+4 scheme in any discipline from a recognised institute/college is required to apply for MDes program.

    Ques. What is the exam pattern of NID DAT 2021?


    Part 1Objective type 1-22

    Ques. 1 to 14 (1 mark each)

    Ques 15 to 22 (2 mark each)

    Part 2Subjective type 23-26

    Ques. 23- 15 marks

    Ques 24- 20 marks

    Ques 25- 15 marks

    Ques 26- 20 marks

    Ques. Will NID DAT 2021 be conducted in online mode?

    Ans. No, NID DAT is only conducted in offline mode as pen paper based exam. the duration of exam is of 3 hours. 

    *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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    kanishka sharma

    I wanted to know the syllabus for Bdes entrance exam

    11 Dec, 2019 00:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    You can check the exam pattern and syllabus for this exam in detail from here: NID Exam Pattern and Syllabus

    11 Dec, 2019 10:53
    kanishka sharma


    10 Dec, 2019 00:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Kanishka, exact location would be mentioned on the admit card issued.

    10 Dec, 2019 10:15
    Sharandeep singh

    Hello I am sharandeep singh student of clss 11 in Kendriya Vidyalaya. i want to know about to the course of Animation desing or product photography in you institute NID and there seats and fees regarding the years. also known about the date or time of open admissions in your institute

    14 Feb, 2019 12:45
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Sharandeep, kindly visit the official website of the institute for admission related information.

    14 Feb, 2019 15:43
    Madhu Agarwal

    I hv filled NID form n revived Admit card also but due to some reasons I didn't able to give exams on respective dates Is their Any change for me to give exam

    26 Apr, 2018 11:14
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Madhu Agarwal, No, There is no change to give Exam on another date. So, please you Applied for the next time.

    26 Apr, 2018 12:56
    megharaj hosur

    who will guide me anyhow to get admission into NID M Design (Animation film design)

    06 Mar, 2017 12:00
    Vineet Tamrakar


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