National Institute of Design

National Institute of Design (NID) at Ahmedabad and at its Bengaluru and Gandhinagar campuses is an 'Institute of National Importance' as per the NID Act 2014 as well as an autonomous institute under the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, and Government of India. As per the NID Act (18 of 2014), the institute is a statutory authority empowered to award its own degrees—Masters of Design (M.Des.) of two-and-a-half year duration and Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) of four year duration. (The Institute is also a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU)). NID Vijayawada and NID Kurukshetra are independent autonomous institutes under the DIPP, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, and Government of India and offer full time Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD) of four-year duration. Admission to all of the design courses is on the basis of the candidates' performance in the two-stages of Design Aptitude Test. The objective of these exams is to assess the knowledge, skills and behavioural abilities of candidates.

Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims - Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims will be conducted at various test centres across India .Candidates should note that appearing for the DAT Prelims or being ranked in the shortlist does not guarantee automatic entitlement to admission.

Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Mains- Candidates shortlisted after the DAT Prelims will be invited to appear for the Stage 2 DAT Main exams at Ahmedabad or at all campuses of NID wiz Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Gandhinagar, Kurukshetra and Vijayawada. Exact details of the Test Centre will be mentioned in the DAT Mains Admit Card.

Online Registration 01 October 2018
Last Date of Registration 09 November 2018
Design Aptitude Test (Prelims) for B.Des. 06 January 2019
Design Aptitude Test (Prelims) for M.Des 06 January 2019
Design Aptitude Test (Mains) 12 May or 19 May 2019

For B.Des/GDPD

  • Upper age limit will be 20 years as on 30 June 2019
  • 3 years of age relaxation for OBC-NCL/SC/ST and 5 years for PwD candidates.
  • Passed 10+2 qualifying examination in any stream (Science, Arts, Commerce, etc.) from any recognized board of education such as CBSE, IB, ICSE or their equivalent is required to apply

For M.Des

  • The maximum age limit to apply is 30 years as on 30 June 2019. 3 years of age relaxation for OBC-NCL/SC/ST and 5 years for PwD candidates.
  • A Bachelor degree of minimum 4-year duration in any specialization, after 10+2, from any university or institute recognized by law in India is required to apply. Or
  • A Bachelor degree of 3 years in any specialization, under the 10+2 system. Or
  • A Full-time Diploma of 4 years in Design/Fine Arts/Applied Arts/ Architecture, after 10+2 system
Parameters B.Des M.Des
Language English English
Duration 3 hours 2½ hours
Total Marks 100 marks 100 marks
Total Questions 67 questions 67 questions
Section 1 details 64 multiple choice questions for 70 marks to be marked using blue or black ball pen in the given OMR sheet. Common Design Aptitude Test- 64 multiple choice questions for 70 marks to be marked using blue or black ball pen in the given OMR sheet
Section 2 details 3 subjective questions for 30 marks. Answers must be given in the Question cum Answer booklet beneath each question. faculty-specific Domain Test The word “Faculty” here refers to the five existing faculty streams at NID (I) Communication Design, (ii) Industrial Design, (iii) Information Technology Integrated Programmes, (iv) InterDisciplinary Design Studies, and (v) Textile, Apparel, Lifestyle and Accessory Design.
Negative Marking NO negative marking is existent NO negative marking is existent
Exam Weightage (B.Des) Weightage (M.Des)
DAT Prelims 30% 20%
DAT Finals 70% 80%
UG Seats
Product Design 15
Ceramic & Glass Design 10
Animation Film Design 15
Exhibition Design 10
Furniture Design 10
Graphic Design 15
Film & Video Communication 10
Textile Design 15
PG Seats
Animation Film Design 15
Ceramic & Glass Design 10
Animation Film Design 15
Exhibition Design 10
Furniture Design 10
Graphic Design 15
Film & Video Communication 10
Textile Design 15
Exam Patterns
Design Aptitude Test (Prelims) HELD IN JANUARY
  • Objective Questions
  • Subjective Questions
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Note : NID test Candidates on General knowledge, Comprehension, Analytical Thinking, Creativity, Visualization and Drawing and Design abilities.

Different papers are set for B.Des and M.Des While the paper pattern for both remains the same.

PHASE 2 Design Aptitude Test (Mains) HELD IN APRIL / MAY

PHASE 2 is conducted only for the candidates who clear PHASE 1

STUDIO TEST INTERVIEW & PORTFOLIO REVIEW
B.Des & M.Des M.Des Only
Sketching, Hand-on Model making, Observation Test Group Activity However, all the other design schools conduct interviews for B

*Portfolio required only in private colleges.