NID Exam Dates, Fees, Eligibility & Notification

NID Exam Dates, Fees, Eligibility & Notification
October 1, 2021
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NID stands for National Institute of Design. This was founded by Gira Sarabhai in 1961 and stands for National Institute Of Design. Moreover, it is the first design school that was declared as an “Institution of National Importance” by an Act in the Indian Parliament.

NID is an autonomous Institute for design education, practice and research that believes in promoting design awareness among students in various specializations. The main motive behind the successful implementation of this institute is to provide excellence in the field of design. Moreover, it plans to create highly skilled design professionals to help meet Indian’s design needs.

Furthermore, provide a benchmark of standards in design education and also provide a thorough knowledge of Design fundamentals. NID is an autonomous institute that falls under the ambit of Ministry Of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. NID is well renowned for providing exceptional design courses. For instance, NID offers in various specializations like Industrial, Communication, Textile and  IT Integrated Design.


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The count of NIDs in India has been 7. The names are listed below:

NID Ahmedabad Est 1961

Bengaluru NID Est 2006

NID Gandhinagar Est 2004

Andhra Pradesh NID Est 2015

NID Madhya Pradesh Est 2019

Haryana NID Est 2016

NID Assam Est 2019

National Institute of Design(NID) Design Aptitude Test is an entrance exam which is conducted nationally for admissions to UG and PG courses that is offered by NID campuses. Moreover, to be eligible for admission to Bachelor of Design ( B.De) or Master of Design (M.De) courses, applicants need to clear two NID admission tests.

Moreover, when the notifications would be out, we would be providing the direct links for your easy access. The NID DAT  notification for all dates will be made available on the organization’s website. For instance, candidates who wish to work in the field of design can sit for the exam. Moreover, once the commission has released the exam dates, applicants can apply. Furthermore,  they should constantly keep checking the official website for more information.  Most importantly, applicants applying for various positions must meet all of the NID DAT’s  basic eligibility requirements.


EXAM’S BASIC Information

     Features     Details
Exam Name National Institute Of Design Aptitude Test(NID DAT)
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Conducting Body NID
Exam Purpose Admission into NIDs and also some private colleges offering the courses
Courses Offered BDes, MDes
Eligibility BDes- Class 12

MDes- After Graduation

Exam Fee Rs. 3,000(General category) and Rs 1,500(Reserved category)
Exam Mode Offline
Exam Duration BDes-180 minutes

MDes-150 minutes

NID DAT pattern For both BDes and Mdes

Prelims: 100 marks paper consisting of objective and subjective questions

Mains: 100 marks paper for Drawing/Model making questions

Number of Seats BDes-425(As in 2021)

MDes- 347( As in 2021)

No of test centres 23
No of colleges accepting the exam  7



NID News

Furthermore, for the year 2021 the dates and announcements have been revealed:

  1. 2nd July 2021- NID DAT Mains admit card available online
  2. 26th July 2021-NID DAT for final result for BDes admission have announced soon.
  3. 27th July 2021- NID DAT for final result for BDes admission announced



For the year 2022 the announcements are tabulated below:


Release of notification for admission  October 2021 NID will release the DAT exam dates and all the announcement on the official website.
Application form release date October 2021 As soon as the dates are released, applicants can fill in the application form online.
Admit card download begins from February 2022 NID DAT admit card for the year 2022 would be available on the official website for downloading.
NID DAT Prelims March 2022 NID Prelims is conducted in 23 cities for admissions to both BDes and MDes courses.
NID DAT Answer key March/April 2022 NID DAT answer gets released on the official website
Declaration of NID DAT result April 2022 Results would be declared on the official website. Students can check the result by providing the login details.
NID DAT Mains May/June 2022 Applicants clearing the Prelims paper would be sitting for NID DAT Mains which is a drawing/model-making Test.
Declaration of final NID result June/July 2022 Aspirants can check the results on the offficial website


To know more about NID exam date click here



           EVENTS         DATES(Tentative)
Online registration starts 1st/2nd week of January 2022
Online registration would close by 2nd or 3rd week of February 2022
Submission of application form with late fine 3rd week of February 2022
Edit application form 4th week of February 2022
DAT Prelims Admit Card release date 1st week of March 2022
DAT prelims exam 2nd week of March 2022
DAT Prelims result(M.Des) 4th week of March 2022
DAT Prelims result(B.Des) 1st week of April 2022
DAT prelims rechecking request 2nd week of April 2022
DAT Mains Admit Card release date 3rd week of April 2022
DAT Mains exam(M.Des) Last week of April 2022
DAT Mains exam(B.Des) Last week of April 2022
DAT Mains Result May 2022
Date of Counselling  May 2022



  • Indian Nationals (Both General and General EWS) –The condition being they should be born on or after 1st July 2001. Only then the applicants would be eligible for admission.
  • Reserved Category Indian Nationals (Scheduled Castes(SCs), Scheduled Tribes(STs), Other Backward Classes-Non Creamy Layer(NCL) born on or after 1st July 1998 are eligible for sitting for the exam.
  • PwD Indians who are born on or after 1st July 1996 are eligible to apply for admission.
  • Foreign Nationals belonging to the Overseas Category can apply for the admission if they are born on or after 1st July 2001.


Educational Qualification:

In addition to the age criterion stated above, the applicants need to fulfil at least one of the following qualifications to be eligible for admission to NIDs.

Bachelor degree in any specialization with a minimum 4 – year duration, after 12th or equivalent to 12th- This degree must be recognized by law in India.

Moreover, applicants need to have passed the examination during the time of verification of documents scheduled for the year.

A Diploma degree of minimum 4-year duration in any of the mentioned specializations like Design/ Fine Arts/Applied Arts/Architecture after 12th standard or equivalent 12th standard from any university that has been recognized by law in India. Moreover candidates need to pass the Diploma examination at the time of document verification scheduled for the year.

A Bachelor degree of minimum 3 year duration in any specialization after 12th standard or and equivalent to 12th standard

Moreover, for the year 2021 the candidates must have passed the 3 year Bachelor degree exam by 2020. For the applicants who were in the final year of the Academic session 2019-2020, and their examinations haven’t been conducted due to the pandemic can also apply.

Furthermore the students need to note that, the applicants in the final year of their Bachelor degree/Full-Time Diploma programme whose universities have not issued the final degree certificate to them can also apply provided that the students need to provide the Provisional Degree Certificate at the time time of counselling.


NID Registration

For the applicants who want to sit for the NID DAT exam, it’s mandatory to carry out the NID registration process through the official portal of the commission.

Moreover, candidates need to check out whether they are eligible for the exam or not. If eligible, they can fill the application form online.

Furthermore, they can start the prices by first entering their mobile no, Email id, date of birth, and much more relevant information as would be mentioned on the site. .For the candidates planning to appear for NID DAT 2022, mentioned information and steps can be helpful. In the paragraph, all the steps would be mentioned.


Step 1: Firstly, the candidates need to register themselves.

Before filling the application form at the official website, applicants need to register or sign up online.

Then they need to put in their mobile no., email id, date of birth, etc.

Furthermore, once the registration process is complete, the candidates would be receiving an email on the registered email address. The email would consist of login credentials.


Step 2: Secondly, fill in the Application Form

Then log in to your account using the user id and password sent to you via email to proceed with the further processes.

Furthermore, fill in all the required details that are asked.

Lastly, after filling in all the details, click on Save and Proceed.

Then move on to the next step of uploading documents.


Step 3: Thirdly, applicants need to upload the required documents

At first, candidates need to upload a scanned recent passport photograph, following the instructions provided.

Furthermore, they need to upload their scanned signature as per the instructions provided on the website.

Lastly, if applicable, candidates need to upload a valid Caste Certificate issued by an authorized person.

For candidates applying under the PwD category is mandatory to upload their valid disability certificate issued by a medical authority.

Then at last, click on the Save & Proceed button to go to the next section. Moreover below mentioned are the dimensions of photographs and signature that are to be uploaded:

A scanned recent  photograph  in JPEG format – 50 to 100 KB and, candidates’ scanned signature blue/black ball pen on white paper in jpeg Format – 50 to 100 KB and their certificate if any in JPEG Format – Less than 150 KB


Step 4: Lastly and most importantly is the payment of application fees.

For NID DAT 2022 the application fee can be submitted both through online or offline mode.

In case of offline mode, the instructions have been provided: The offline payment is done mostly via Demand draft which should be in favor of “All India Management Association” payable at New Delhi.

For online mode: The online payment of application fees is fairly easy. It can be paid via. Credit card/ debit card.

Moreover, if the fee is paid in online mode via credit card/debit card, then a printout should be taken for future reference.

Furthermore, applicants, who have made payment of application fee via demand draft, need to  send a printout of their application form along with the DD via courier/speed post on the address provided below:


The Project Manager – CMS

All India Management Association

Management House, 14,

Institutional Area, Lodhi Road

New Delhi 110 003


NID Syllabus

In the paragraph below we would be discussing the NID syllabus. Firstly, candidates need to know that NID  Exam is held in two stages. The first phase is the preliminary exam which will comprise 2 papers. Moreover, Paper 1 consists of objective questions compromising 70 marks. Paper 2 will be a subjective type Paper of 30 marks.  There’s no negative marking in the Prelims exam. Phase 2 is the Mains examination which will be conducted for those students who clear the 1st stage.

Moreover, the phase II examination will entirely be based on practicals consisting of drawing/sketching, handicraft models, group discussions as well as presentations. This paper will carry a total of 100 marks. And, the medium of the exam would be English. Furthermore, NID has outlined a fixed syllabus for the exam. On the official website, under the syllabus section of the notification and also the previous year question paper the conclusion about topics that can be  asked in the exam can be summarized as:


Stage 1 (Written Test): Important Topics for this stage are:

Communication skills




Drawing Skills (For subjective part)

General Mental Ability

Design skills

Environment sensitivity

Visual Design

Thematic color arrangement

Proportions and Perspective

Abstract Symbolism

Memory Drawing


2nd stage (Studio Test) Important Topics


3D Modelling

Observation Test

Creative Thinking

Audio-visual experience

Body Language

Material Manipulation

Portfolio making

Moreover, the topics that have  mentioned above forms the basis  of the NID exam syllabus and cover almost 90% of the questions in both phases of the exam.


The National Institute of Design has  released the NID DAT 2022 exam pattern that  contains the parameters of the exam. Furthermore, NID exam pattern 2022 will give applicants a broad idea regarding the question pattern, the marking scheme, maximum marks and all other relevant information related to the entrance exam.


NID Design Aptitude Test (NID DAT) exam  consists of  three stages:
  1. Written exam (Prelims and Mains)
  2. Studio test and,
  3. Personal interview.


Aspirants are required to clear all the three stages to be eligible for admissions to NIDs. Moreover, it is a must for the applicants to go through the NID DAT 2022 exam pattern thoroughly so that preparation for the exam can be done  accordingly. NID DAT will be conducted offline in multiple cities this year. Read the article entirely to get a detailed information about the NID exam pattern 2022.


NID DAT exam pattern 2022 will basically serve as a guide map for the applicants to make an achievable preparation strategy for this respective design entrance test. Moreover, the NID DAT exam pattern  below specifies the exam mode, exam duration, the question format, maximum marks, marking scheme and much more. The exam patterns of the NID DAT 2022 are different for the two stages – Prelims  and Mains exam.


Moreover, for all the details candidates are required to go  through the below mentioned information, to gain  broader insights about the NID DAT 2022 exam pattern.


Prelims Pattern

Particulars   Details
Duration of the exam  3 hours
Mode of the exam Pen and Paper mode
Medium of the question English
Maximum number 100
Type of the question Subjective and Objective type
Total number of question 26


NID Admit Card

For NID 2022 the NID admit Card will be released in the month of February. However, the dates of release of admit card for B. Des and M. Des would vary.  In this paragraph we will be providing all the necessary NID Admit Card 2022 details. Applicants have to download their admit card on stipulated time to avoid any hassle at the last moment. Moreover, aspirants need to check the printed admit card carefully. Also, check whether the details are accurate or not.

Furthermore, after downloading, do check each and every detail, if there’s any discrepancy encountered contact the officials as soon as possible. Moreover, make sure the problem gets sorted out before the commencement of the exam.

The admit card for the shortlisted candidates for DAT Mains are available for downloading from the official website. Moreover, for different stages the dates of release of admit cards are different, provided the candidates clear the different stages. However candidates need to know that the admit card is not posted to their registered address. Candidates need to download them from the official website.

Furthermore it’s advised not to write anything on the admit card. Also, bring one photo ID proof along with it.


NID Admit Card Date 2022

The NID admit cards can be downloaded from the website through online mode. Moreover, the exam conducting authority will release the NID admit card 2022 for both Prelims and Mains exam once the dates are near.

Admit cards are made available officially only after  the Commission announces the dates for both B.Des and M.Des.

To know more about NID admit card click here



The National Institute of Design announces the final NID result in online mode on its official website. For instance, NID DAT result for the year 2021 for BDes was made avaialble at official website – Moreover, candidates can see the NID DAT result by providing their required login credentials.

After the NID DAT announces the result, shortlisted applicants become eligible for appearing in  the online counselling session. Moreover, once the commission announces the merit list, candidates receive the meeting link. Furthermore, the Commission then releases the Zoom meeting link along with the id and passcode  on the result page for the  selected candidates for the next round. Candidates need to go through NID DAT result section to know the complete details on the same.

In the first place, aspirants need  refer to the link provided below for a better understanding about the exam:

Students please trace and keep yourselves regularly updated about result dates. Moreover, to avoid any unnecessary problems ,applicants are need to visit the official website regularly.

To know more about NID exam result click here



Q1: Is there limit in the number of attempts in NID DAT?

A: No, there’s no limit on the number of attempts


Q2: Can a class 12th arts stream student apply for the exam?

A: Yes applicants appearing /those who have passed 12th from any stream are eligible to appear for B. Des in NID DAT 2022


Q3: How to prepare for NID DAT 2021?

A: Applicants should maintain a proper strategy and schedule to prepare thoroughly for NID DAT 2022 .Aspirants need to enhance their creativity and work constantly on their drawing skills. Try solving as much as mock tests as possible.


Q4: What is the age defend to apply for NID DAT 2022?

A: The upper age limit for B. Des is 20 years on or be re July 30,2022. However for the reserved category students there’s a relaxation of 3 years.
For M. Des the upper age limit is 30 years on or before July 30,2022


Q5: What is minimum educational required to apply for NID DAT 2022?

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


Q6:What is the exam pattern of NID DAT 2022?

A: The exam pattern for NID DAT is tabulated below. Moreover, candidates need to know that the exam pattern remains the same for every year.

Part 1 Objective type 1-22

Ques. 1 to 14 (1 mark each)

Question 15 to 22 (2 mark each)

Part 2 Subjective type 23-26

Ques. 23- 15 marks

Question 24- 20 marks

Ques 25- 15 marks

Question 26- 20 marks


Q7:Will NID DAT 2021 be conducted in online mode?

A:No, NID conducts the exam in offline mode only. Moreover, it is a pen paper based exam. Also, the duration of the exam is of 3 hours.


Q8: How can I secure admission in courses offered at NID Ahmedabad?

A: In the first place, candidates need to know that admission to BDes and MDes courses offered at NID Ahmedabad is solely based on an aspirant’s performance in NID Entrance Exam.


Q9:Is the Design Aptitude Test same for Indian as well as overseas applicants?

A: Yes, the exam is  common for all the applicants for undergraduate design admissions.


Q10: Can a candidate choose the exam centre from where he/she wants to take the exam?

A: In the first place, applicants need to know they can select a test center of their choice only at the time of submission of their online applicaton. However, the National Institute Of Design solely reserves the right to remove or add any of the centres and allocate a centre that may not be of the applicants. choice.

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