NID Admissions National Institute of Design

NID Entrance Exam 2018 was held in two parts. First, the prelims examination was held on January 07, 2018, and then the Main examination was conducted from May 15 to 22, for B.Des / GDPD admission, and from March 12 to April 15, 2018, for M.Des admission. The result for the preliminary examination for M.Des has been announced. The candidates can check it from the link below, by entering the E-mail ID and Password. On basis of performance of candidates in Design Aptitude Test, the result has been announced. Get here NID Entrance Exam 2018 complete details such as application form, edit form, admit card, syllabus, exam pattern, answer key, result.

Latest: The Provisional offer of admissions and the Score of the last candidate who have been offered admission in order of merit are out. Candidates can scroll down to check.

NID Entrance Exam 2018

All important dates for NID Entrance Exam 2018, NID Admission 2018, NID DAT 2018 are available. Check here below. Make sure to apply online, download admit card, check answer key, check result as per official schedule only.

Events B.Des / GDPD M.Des
Application form released on 25 Sep 2017 25 Sep 2017
Last date to apply 31 Oct 2017 31 Oct 2017
Last date to submit form with late fee 09 Nov 2017 09 Nov 2017
Facility to edit the application form will begin from 14 to 16 Nov 2017 14 to 16 Nov 2017
Issuance of admit card for DAT Prelims 20 Dec 2017 20 Dec 2017
NID DAT Prelims 2018 will be held on 07 Jan 2018 07 Jan 2018
Answer key will release on 12 Jan 2018 12 Jan 2018
Window to challenge the answer key will remain open until 18 and 19 Jan 2018 18 and 19 Jan 2018
Final answer key will be uploaded on 30 Jan 2018 30 Jan 2018
Prelims result announced on 13 Mar 2018 15 Feb 2018
Issuance of admit card for NID DAT Main exam 22 Mar 2018 27 Feb 2018
NID DAT Main 2018 will be held on 15 to 22 May 2018 13 May 2018 12 Mar to 15 Apr 2018
Merit list released 31 May 2018 02 May 2018

NID Ahmedabad and its Bengaluru, Gandhinagar campuses are Institute of National Importance and also autonomous institute under Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion. It is also a member institute of Association of Indian Universities. They offer full time Bachelor of Design (BDes) and Master of Design (MDes) programmes. NID Vijaywada and NID Kurukshetra are independent autonomous institutes under DIPP. They offer full time Graduate Diploma Programmes in Design (GDPD). Admission to BDes, MDes, GDPD are through Design Aptitude Test held by NID.

NID 2018 Admit Card

The admit card for NID 2018 is available for download now. The candidates can download it by clicking on the link above. The details required to be submited for downloading the admit card of NID DAT 2018 are:

  • E-mail Address
  • Password
  • Verification Code

The admit card is a very important document. The candidates must carry it to the exam hall, else, they will not be allowed to appear for the examination. Along with the admit card, the candidates will also have to carry a Photo ID card. A valid ID card can be PAN Card, Driving license, Voter ID, Passport, Employee ID Card, Aadhaar Card, and College ID. The candidates should keep their admit card ready even after the examination, as it will be required during the final admission.

NID Design Aptitude Test (DAT) 2018 Prelims

This information is common for BDes, MDes, GDPD aspirants.

  • DAT prelims evalutes you on Knowledge, Analysis, Visualisation, Comprehension, Creativity.
  • 3 hours duration exam
  • All questions in English language
  • 100 points
  • No negative marking
  • Pen and paper test
Part I 70 points MCQs with one or more than one correct answer.
Part II 30 points Subjective questions with visual or written format answers

Test Centres for DAT Prelims 2018 are Ahemdabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Dehradun, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jammu, Kolkata, Kurukshetra, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, New Delhi, Patna, Panjim, Raipur, Ranchi, Thiruvananthapuram, Vijaywada.

NID Design Aptitude Test (DAT) 2018 Mains

DAT Mains 2018 for BDes / GDPD DAT Mains 2018 for MDes
Part 1 – Studio Test Part 2 – Interviews
Tests on different formats such as drawing / sketching, hands on model making Tests of different formats such as drawing / sketching, hands on model making, group discussion Separate for each discipline, immediately after studio test at same center
100 marks 100 marks
3 hours 3 hours
English English
Ahmedabad test center Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Gandhinagar test centers Same center as Studio test

DAT Mains test centers (explained)

  • Ahmedabad – Animation and Film Design, Ceramic and Glass Design, Film and Video Communication, Furniture and Interior Design, Graphic Design, Product Design, Textile Design.
  • Bengaluru – Design for Retail Experience, Digital Game Design, Information Design, Interaction Design, Universal Design.
  • Gandhinagar – Apparel Design, Lifestyle Accessory Design, New Media Design, Photography Design, Strategic Design Management, Toy and Game Design, Transportation and Automobile Design.

For final NID Entrance Exam 2018 Result, marks of DAT prelims will contribute 30% and mains will contribute 70%.

Seats in National Institute of Design


Faculty of Communication Design

Animation Film Design (NID Ahmedabad) 15
Exhibition Design (NID Ahmedabad) 10
Film and Video Communication (NID Ahmedabad) 10
Graphic Design (NID Ahmedabad) 15

Faculty of Industrial Design

Ceramic and Glass Design (NID Ahmedabad) 10
Furniture and Interior Design (NID Ahmedabad) 10
Product Design (NID Ahmedabad) 15

Faculty of Textile, Apparel, Lifestyle, Accessory Design

Textile Design (NID Ahmedabad) 15


NID Vijaywada 60
NID Kurukshetra 60


Faculty of Communication Design

Animation Film Design (NID Ahmedabad) 15
Film and Video Communication (NID Ahmedabad) 15
Graphic Design (NID Ahmedabad) 15
Photography Design (NID Gandhinagar) 15

Faculty of Industrial Design

Ceramic and Glass Design (NID Ahmedabad) 10
Furniture and Interior Design (NID Ahmedabad) 15
Product Design (NID Ahmedabad) 15
Toy and Game Design (NID Gandhinagar) 10
Transportation and Automobile Design (NID Gandhinagar) 15
Universal Design (NID Bengaluru) 15

Faculty of Information Technology Integrated Programs

Digital Game Design (NID Bengaluru) 15
Information Design (NID Bengaluru) 15
Interaction Design (NID Bengaluru) 15
New Media Design (NID Gandhinagar) 15

Faculty of Inter Disciplinary Design Studies

Design for Retail Experience (NID Bengaluru) 15
Strategic Design Management (NID Gandhinagar) 15

Faculty of Textile, Apparel, Lifestyle, Accessory Design

Apparel Design (NID Gandhinagar) 15
Lifestyle Accessory Design (NID Gandhinagar) 15
Textile Design (NID Ahmedabad) 15

NID 2018 Application Form

The application process has ended!…

The application form for NID admission released on the official website Candidates had to submit their personal details, educational qualification, and other things in form.

Application Fee

  • Rs. 2000 for General and OBC-NCL Category Candidates.
  • Rs. 1000 for SC/ST/PwD Candidates.
  • Rs. 3000 for Overseas Candidates.

Note: If the candidates will apply for more than one M.Des course then they need to pay double amount of money.

NID 2018 Application Form Editing

  • Candidates got a window to review and correct details in application form from 14 Nov 2017 to 16 Nov 2017.
  • Details of eligibility criteria, date of birth, category, email ID, citizenship cannot be modified at later stage,
  • If candidate is found to be ineligible after modifying information then NID does not refund fees.
  • Candidates must ensure that they update correct details during application process.

Eligibility Criteria

B.Des Course

  • Education: Passed or will appear class 12th exam in any stream from CBSE / IB / ICSE / equivalent board.
  • Upper Age Limit as on 30 Jun 2018: General category – 20 years, OBC NCL, SC, ST – 23 years, PwD – 25 years.

M.Des Course

  • Education: Any one out of the following degrees namely Bachelor degree of minimum 4-year duration in any stream after 10+2 OR Bachelors degree of minimum 3 years duration in any specialization under 10+2 OR Full-time Diploma of minimum 4 years in Design / Fine Arts / Applied Arts / Architecture after 10+2.
  • Upper age limit as on 30 Jun 2018: General category – 30 years, OBC-NCL, SC, ST – 33 years, PwD – 35 years.

NID 2018 Sample Paper

Sample of Previous Year Question Paper with Answer Key

NID 2018 Result

Based on the scores obtained in DAT, separate merit lists shall be prepared for each category (General, OBC-NCL, SC, ST & PH). Shortlisted candidates will be called for the Studio Test and Personal Interviews.

Based on the Merit list of DAT Prelims, eligible candidates will have to appear for DAT Mains. The number of candidates shortlisted will be no less than three times the number of seats available per category in that discipline or programme (please refer to Section 3 of this handbook to see the total number of seats available). If the total scores of two or more candidates in the DAT Prelims are the same, they will be assigned the same rank.

To know more about NID 2018 admissions, download information brochures.

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