NID 2020 Eligibility for B.Des, GDPD & M.Des

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    National Institute of Design (NID) is a design institute situated in Ahmedabad, India. Three major courses are offered through the NID Design Aptitude Test viz. Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD), Bachelor of Design (B.Des) and Master of Design (M.Des). All the courses have varying eligibility criteria. 

    • Result of M.Des prelims has been released and B.Des/GDPD prelims result will be released on the official website. Check NID 2020 Result  
    • Admit Card for M.Des is available on the official website. Check NID 2020 Admit Card
    • Candidate must be below 20 years of age for B.Des/GDPD and below 30 years of age for M.Des. Reserved categories can avail age relaxation as per the government of India norms. Check NID Reservation
    • NID admits students on the basis of their individual capabilities instead of just focusing on the past academic qualifications. NID admits students for 2 of its programmes which are B.Des and M.Des. NID Exam Pattern consists of the following 3 stages:
      • STAGE 1: Design Aptitude Test (DAT)
      • STAGE 2: Studio Test
      • STAGE 3: Personal Interview
    • The candidates must fulfil the eligibility before filling the NID 2020 Application Form. The NID 2020 Eligibility includes the age criteria and academic qualification of the candidates.

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    NID B.Des Eligibility Criteria

    The Bachelor of Design programme at NID is of 4 years and is conducted at the Ahmedabad campus. The total number of seats for the B.Des programme including the reserved seats are 100. The supernumerary seats in Bachelor of design for overseas candidates is 15. The following table shows its areas of specialisation:

    FacultyStreamNumber of Seats
    Faculty of Industrial DesignProduct Design15 Seats
    Furniture Design10 Seats
    Ceramic & Glass Design10 Seats
    Faculty of Communication DesignGraphic Design15 Seats
    Animation Film Design15 Seats
    Film & Video Communication10 Seats
    Exhibition Design10 Seats
    Faculty of Textile, Apparel & Lifestyle Accessory DesignTextile Design15 Seats

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    There is a mandatory foundation programme of 1 year for the candidates admitted to the B.Des course at NID. Upon completion of the foundation programme, the candidate will be allotted a discipline solely on his/her performance during the past 1 year and on the number of seats available in the desired discipline. The medium of instructions and correspondence at NID is English.

    NID Eligibility for Bachelor of Design

    Following criteria must be fulfilled by all the candidates applying for this course:

    Age Limit

    The upper age limit for the candidates under this course is 20 years on or before July 30, 2020. The reserved category candidates can avail an age relaxation of 3 years in the given upper age limit.

    • For General Category, the candidates born on or before July 1, 2000 would be ineligible.
    • For Reserved Category (OBC-NCL, SC, ST & PH), the candidates born on or before July 1, 1995 would be ineligible.

    Educational Qualification

    Candidates appearing or who have already passed the qualifying examinations under the Higher Secondary (10+2) from AISSCE/IB/ICSE or any recognised Board during academic year 2019-2020 shall be eligible for applying for the academic year 2019-20.

    Examinations that are considered equivalent to Class 12 are as given under:

    • Central or state board recognised by the Association of Indian Universities conducts a final examination of the 10+2 system
    • Board or university recognised by the Association of Indian Universities conducts Intermediate or 2 year Pre-University examination.
    • The final year examination of the 2 year course at the Joint Services Wing of the National Defence Academy (NDA).
    • National Institute of Open Schooling conducts senior secondary school examination with at least 5 subjects.
    • An examination conducted by any public school, board or university in India or in a foreign country, that is recognised as equivalent to the 10+2 system by the AIU.
    • H.S.C. vocational examination.
    • The advanced (A) level of the general certificate education (GCE) examination (London, Cambridge or Sri Lanka)
    • Cambridge University conducts high school certificate examination or International Baccalaureate Diploma at the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva.
    • Candidates, who have completed their 10+2 or equivalent examination from outside India or from a board or university that is not specified in the above list, must compulsorily submit a certificate from the Association of Indian Universities in this regard.

    NID M.Des. Eligibility

    It is a 2.5 years Masters programme offered by the NID in the following disciplines at the Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Gandhinagar campuses. The table below gives the number of seats in each discipline of specialisation in the Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Gandhinagar campuses. There are two Supernumerary seats reserved for overseas candidates in each discipline of specialisation mentioned in the table below.

    Discipline of Specialisation at Ahmedabad CampusNo. of Seats
    Animation Film Design15
    Ceramic & Glass Design10
    Film & Video Communication15
    Furniture Design15
    Graphic Design15
    Product Design15
    Textile Design15
    Discipline of Specialisation at Bengaluru CampusNo. of Seats
    Design for Retail Experience15
    Digital Game Design15
    Information Design15
    Interaction Design15
    Universal Design15
    Discipline of Specialisation at Gandhinagar CampusNo. of Seats
    Apparel Design15
    Lifestyle Accessory Design15
    New Media Design15
    Photography Design15
    Strategic Design Management15
    Toy & Game Design10
    Transportation & Automobile Design15

    Candidates applying to the Masters Programme can apply to a maximum of 2 disciplines out of the above.Applications once received in one discipline will not be transferred to any other discipline at any stage of application or admission or during the course.

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    Eligibility Criteria for Master Of Design

    Following conditions must necessarily be fulfilled by the candidates applying for the Masters programme at NID:

    Age Limit

    The upper age limit for the candidates applying for this course is 30 years on or before July 30, 2020. The upper age limit for the reserved category candidates can be relaxed by 3 years.

    • For General category, Candidates born on or before July 1, 1990, would be ineligible
    • For Reserved category (OBC-NCL, SC, ST & PH), candidates born on or before July 1, 1989, would be ineligible

    Educational Qualification

    Candidates should have passed or should be appearing for the following, before July 2020:

    • Bachelor’s degree under the 10+2+4 scheme in any discipline, from any University or Institute recognised in India
    • A Diploma in Design from any of the recognised University or Institute under the 10+2+4 scheme.


    Candidates should either have passed or should be appearing in the following, before July 2019:

    • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from any of the recognised Institute or University recognised in India under the 10+2+3 scheme.

    NOTE: An Equivalence Certificate must compulsorily be obtained by the candidate from the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi, prior to admission (website:, in case the candidate has obtained the degree/certificate from any University/Board of any foreign country.

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    NID Eligibility for GDPD Candidates

    The Graduate Diploma Program in Design (GDPD) is a 2 semester Foundation course which is further followed by 6 semesters of specialized studies in any of the following 3 disciplines offered under GDPD:

    • Industrial Design
    • Communication Design
    • Textile & Apparel Design

    Applications for 60 seats have been invited for the GDPD programme for 2020-20 session.The eligibility criteria for GDPD candidates for NID 2020 is similar to the eligibility of B.Des.NID Vijayawada and NID Ahmedabad admit candidates for whom a common Design Aptitude Test (DAT) is conducted. However, NID Vijayawada conducts further rounds to admit candidates who opt for this campus.

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    NID Eligibility for Overseas Candidates

    Candidates who hold citizenship of any country other than Republic of India will be eligible to apply under the overseas candidates category. Overseas category comprises of 15% supernumerary seats under B.Des and M.Des programmes.

    • NRIs have to apply as Indian citizens only.
    • Candidates holding foreign passport with a valid PIO or OCI status can apply under any of the category i.e. either the ‘Indian’ or ‘Overseas’ category. Candidates applying under the overseas category have to pay fees equivalent to foreign citizens.
    • Only online applications will be accepted for candidates applying under the Overseas Category. The official admissions website in this regard is
    • Candidates opting for the Bachelors or Masters programme under the overseas category can appear for DAT only at the Ahmedabad campus, which will be followed by Stage 2 and Stage 3 examinations.
    • The NID Hall Tickets will be available for download at the official website and it will be the responsibility of the candidate to take a print of the same.

    For acceptance of offer for admission, the overseas candidates will have to appear before the authorities in person at the respective campus of NID.

    Candidates should produce the original documents and attested copies thereof as under:

    • Attested copy of the Passport of the candidate
    • In case of B.Des candidates, attested copies of marksheets of SSC and HSC
    • In case of M.Des candidates, attested copies of marksheets of SSC, HSC, completed years of graduation along with degree certificate/provisional certificate/passing certificate.
    • If the candidate is from Association of Indian Universities (AIU), an equivalence certificate needs to be produced prior to admission process.

    Before starting of the programme, the candidate has to submit his/her student visa for the duration of course at NID. In case the selected candidates are unable to pay the requisite amount of fees or fail to produce the relevant documents before registration, their application will be cancelled. Seats which are left vacant will not be converted into any other category and will subsequently be lapsed.

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    *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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    1 Comment
    Aishwarya Nair

    i am interested in joining bdes from NID. DOB - 07 march 1997. can i apply?

    05 Oct, 2018 00:20
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Aishwarya, The upper age limit for the candidates under this course is 20 years on or before July 1, 2016. The reserved category candidates can avail an age relaxation of 3 years in the given upper age limit. Yes You are Eligible.

    05 Oct, 2018 13:03

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