The National Institute of Design (NID) is internationally acclaimed as one of the foremost multi-disciplinary institutions in the field of design education and research. The Business Week, USA has listed NID as one of the top 25 European & Asian programmes in the world. The institute functions as an autonomous body under the department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India. NID has been declared ‘Institution of National Importance’ by the Act of Parliament, by virtue of the National Institute of Design Act 2014.

NID is recognised by the Dept. of Scientific & Industrial Research (DSIR) under Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, as a scientific and industrial design research organisation.

NID has been a pioneer in industrial design education after Bauhaus and Ulm in Germany and is known for its pursuit of design excellence to make Designed in India, Made for the World a reality. NID's graduates have made a mark in key sectors of commerce, industry and social development by taking role of catalysts and through thought leadership.

NID Gandhinagar is situated in the city of Gandhinagar, in Gujarat. As part of expansion plan, NID has built a new postgraduate campus at Gandhinagar, the capital of Gujarat State. Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath laid the foundation stone for this campus and it consists of a jewellery and automobile design centre along with lifestyle accessory design, new media design, toy and game design, strategic design management, transportation and information design centres.

NID's R&D Campus at Bengaluru was set up as a joint initiative of and funding from the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Ministry of Information Technology, Government of India and was inaugurated in March 2006. R&D Campus commenced with two research intensive PG Programmes namely Design for Retail Experience and Design for Digital Experience, from the academic year 2007-2008. Currently five Master's programmes are offered from this campus. NID's Research & Development Campus addresses the immediate need for an exclusive Design Research centre in the country, by fostering the creative design spirit and sighting new opportunities and frontiers through NID's design acumen nurtured over the four decades of intense teaching-learning process.

All NID campuses are open to visitors throughout the year from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (apart from public holidays). Visitors will have to obtain a Visitor's Pass at the Main Gate to enter the campus. If you are visiting us in a group with prior appointment, NID can arrange Guided Tour of Campus.


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NID 2019 is national level entrance exam conducted by National Institute of Design for various UG and PG design courses scheduled to take place in January 2019. All aspirants for NID DAT 2019 can fill application form online on the official website, i.e. The exam will be of 3 hours with subjective and objective type questions. NID DAT 2019 Application Form will be available tentatively from October 2018 in the online mode.

  • Candidates can pay the application fee via online and offline mode.
  • For M.Des program, candidates must not be more than 30 years.
  • For B.Des and GDPD program candidates must not be more than 20 years of age.
  • Candidates qualifying the Prelims round will be eligible to appear for Mains exam.
  • NID 2019 is a 3-hour exam comprising both subjective and objective type questions. 
  • NID will release separate admit cards for both Prelims and Mains round.

Candidates appearing for NID DAT get admission in NID Ahmedabad, NID Gujarat, NID Bangalore, NID Kurukshetra and NID Vijayawada (Diploma courses). After clearing NID DAT Prelims round, selected candidates will have to appear for Studio Test round and Personal Interview round.

NID 2019 Highlights

Exam Name Design Aptitude Test (DAT)
Conducting Body National Institute of Design
Official Website
Exam Type National Entrance Test for Professional Programs in Design at both UG and PG levels
Programs offered Bachelor in Design (B. Des) Masters in Design (M. Des) Graduate Diploma Program in Design (GDPD)
Exam Duration 3 hours each for DAT Prelims and Mains
Exam Date DAT Prelims: January 2019 DAT Mains: April 2019 for B. Des & GDPD; May 2019 for M. Des
Eligibility Criteria Age Limit: 30 years for M.Des Age Limit: 20 years for B.Des /GDPD
Mode of Application Online
Mode of Exam Pen and Paper based
Medium of Exam English


NID 2019 Exam Dates

Note that all dates listed in this article are indicative. Official dates for NID 2019 exam will be announced by NID in due course on its website. Based on past trends, tentative dates for the events involved in the process have been tabulated below. Aspirants are advised to keep a tab on the official website for updates.


Event Date
Availability of Online Application Form for DAT for both UG And PG courses  October 2018
Online Application Form Submission Deadline with Late Fee November 2018
Deadline to receive Application Form Print along with Demand Draft (to be sent via Speed Post/Registered Post/Courier) November 2018
Window to edit Online Application Form November 2018
Availability of Admit Cards for DAT Prelims December 2018
DAT Prelims Scheduled Exam Date (for all candidates including overseas applicants) January 2019
Release of Provisional Answer Key for DAT Prelims January 2019
Window to challenge Provisional Answer Key (Online) January 2019
Release of Final Answer Key January 2019
Declaration of Prelims Result (M. Des) February 2019
Availability of Admit Card for DAT Mains (M. Des) February 2019
DAT Mains Scheduled Date (M. Des) April 2019
Declaration of Mains Result (M. Des) May 2019
Release of Merit List (M. Des) May 2019
Declaration of Prelims Result (B. Des, GDPD) March 2019
Availability of Admit Cards for DAT Mains (B. Des, GDPD) March 2019
DAT Mains Scheduled Date (B. Des, GDPD) May 2019
Announcement of DAT Mains Result (B. Des, GDPD) May 2019 
Release of Merit List (B. Des, GDPD) May 2019


NID 2019 Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility conditions for both UG and PG level programs are tabulated below.

B. Des. & GDPD
  • Not more than 20 years as on June 30, 2019, for General candidates and Foreign Nationals
  • Not more than 23 years as on June 30, 2019, for SC/ST/OBC-NCL candidates.
  • Not more than 25 years as on June 30, 2019, for Indian PWD candidates.
Academic Qualification Successfully completed or appearing for 10+2 examination or equivalent from any recognized Board.


NID 2019 Application Process

NID 2019 Application Form is expected to be available from October 2019. Applicants need to visit the official website, i.e. and register before proceeding to fill the application form. Upon successful registration, applicant’s login credentials will be sent via email to the registered email address and they must login with the same.

After filling in the details in the application form, candidates must upload their Applicant’s recent passport-size colour photograph as well as signature in JPG/JPEG format not exceeding 100 KB in memory size.

Candidates applying for the OBC-NCL/SC/ST/PWD categories are required to upload their valid Caste Certificate/Tribe Certificate/Disability Certificate respectively, issued by a competent authority. The certificate must be in JPG/JPEG format, not exceeding 150 KB in memory size. Overseas candidates need to upload the first and last pages of their valid passport, clearly showing all of their personal information. The document must be in JPG/JPEG format, not exceeding 150 KB in memory size.

After uploading the required documents, Application Fee can be paid online via Credit/Debit Card or offline via demand draft.  Category-wise Application fees for NID 2019 are tabulated below.

Category B. Des and GDPD M. Des (1 discipline only) M. Des  (2 Disciplines)
General/ OBC-NCL INR 2000 INR 2000 INR 4000
SC/ST/PWD (open) INR 1000 INR 1000 INR 2000
PWD candidates belonging to OBC-NCL/SC/ST categories INR 1000 INR 1000 INR 2000
Overseas INR 2000 (only B. Des.) INR 2000 INR 4000


NID 2019 Admit Card

NID 2019 Admit Card will be available for download from the official website separately for Prelims and Mains exam of both UG and PG levels according to the schedule. Applicants are advised to download and obtain prints of the same as without the Admit Card, they will not be allowed to appear for the tests.

Candidates can download their NID 2019 Admit Card by following these steps:

  • Visit the official website of NID -
  • Click on the relevant link of NID 2019 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 2019 Admit card will be generated on the screen. Take a printout and keep it safely.

NID 2019 Exam Pattern

NID 2019 is a 3-hour exam comprising both objective and subjective questions.  The exam assesses candidates on five parameters namely, Creativity, Comprehension, Knowledge, Analysis, and Visualization. Check below some highlights of NID 2019 Exam Pattern

  • The exam is an offline, paper-based test split into 2 sections: Objective, MCQ type with OMR Response sheet carrying a score of 70, and a Subjective section of 30 marks.
  • All questions in DAT Prelims are compulsory to attend and there is no provision for negative marking.
  • DAT Mains for B. Des and GDPD will be a 3-hour studio round wherein applicants have to draw/sketch/make models or engage in group discussions.
  • DAT Mains for M. Des consists of 2 parts: Studio Test and Interviews wherein the first part applicants will be asked to draw/sketch/make models or engage in group discussions.
  • The test would be of 3 hours’ duration with a maximum score of 100.
  • Interviews will be held separately for each discipline soon after the studio round.

NID 2019 Syllabus and Recommended Books

NID does not prescribe a syllabus for preparation of DAT. However, students can prepare from the following topics:

  • Colour Terminology Design Theory
  • Usage of colour in Compositions
  • Innovation in Design
  • Visual Logic
  • Creative thinking & writing
  • Elements & Principles of Design
  • 3D Visualization
  • Optical Illusion

Candidates may consider referring to the books listed below in preparation for NID DAT 2019 exam.

Name of Book Name of Author/Publisher
NIFT, NID, IIFT Entrance Exams 2017 Study Material Books (English) Dr. D. Mittal
NIFT/NID/IIFT Entrance Exam Guide (English) Surendra
Guide for NIFT/NID/IIFT 2018 Arihant Publication


NID 2019 Result

NID 2019 Result for UG and PG Programs will be announced on different dates. The Result will be available to download from the official website of NID. Once the results of DAT Prelims are announced, NID will release the provisional and final answer keys for the convenience of examinees.

NID 2019 Result can be checked by the candidates by following these steps:

  • Go to the official website, i.e.
  • Click on the link NID 2019 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 2019 Cut Off

Separate Cut Offs will be released for NID DAT Prelims and NID DAT Mains exam. Only candidates who secure NID DAT Prelims cut-off scores are eligible to take part in the subsequent Studio Test and Interview round for NID admissions.

In case of M. Des admissions, based on the category-wise merit list of DAT Prelims, the number of candidates shortlisted for DAT Mains, in each category and discipline is 5 times the number of available seats in each category and respective discipline.

In case of B. Des/GDPD admissions, based on the category-wise merit list of DAT Prelims, the number of candidates shortlisted for DAT Mains in each category is 3.5 times the number of available seats in each category and respective discipline.

The score secured by the last candidate in the NID general merit list will be considered as the NID cut-off score. Separate cut-off scores will be released for each category of candidates in NID 2019. Expected NID 2019 Cut Off has been tabulated below.

Category Undergraduate Postgraduate GDPD PGDPD
General 11.2 27 40 78.2
SC 6.4 9 40 55.4
OBC 6.4 13 28 47.4
PwD 12 20 40 72


NID 2019 Counselling

NID 2019 Counselling is expected to be held in the first week of June 2019. Candidates featuring in the Final Merit List will be offered admission in NID on the basis of their placement in the said list. NID Counselling 2019 comprises three steps, namely:

  • submission of online consent by selected candidates,
  • uploading of all required documents within the deadline,
  • issuance of the provisional offer for admission.

Candidates must present all documents in originals as well as copies for document verification during the counseling process of NID Admission 2019. These documents must include all academic certificates up till the qualifying examination, birth certificate, documents in the specified format to support claims for reservation, Photo ID proofs etc.

In case the candidate fails to show up and present the required documents at the time of NID admission, the candidature is likely to be summarily cancelled. Once the provisional admission offer is issued, candidates need to present all documents uploaded earlier along with the Demand Draft towards the payment of Admission Fee, in person, at the specified campus as per schedule notified by the Admission Committee for confirmation of Admission


NID 2019 Exam Dates

Here we have mentioned the exam dates for admission in NID 2019 for B.Des & M.Des courses.

Events Dates (Announced)
Application form release 1st October 2018
Last date to submit application form 23rd November 2018
Last date to submit application with late fee 30th November 2018
Last date for receiving printed application forms 30th November 2018
Correction window 1st – 4th December 2018
Admit card 17th December 2018
Exam Date (DAT Prelims) 6th January 2019
Answer key release 13th February 2019
DAT Prelim results for M.Des 20th February 2019
Rechecking window (DAT Prelims) with payment mode for M.Des 15th – 17th February 2019
Download Admit Card for DAT Mains for M.Des 1st March 2019
DAT Mains exam for M.Des 11th March – 12th April 2019
DAT Prelims result for B.Des and GDPD 20th March 2019
Rechecking window (DAT Prelims) with payment mode 20th – 22nd March 2019
Download Admit Card for DAT Mains for B.Des and GDPD 1st May 2019
DAT Mains result for M.Des 2nd May 2019
DAT Mains exam for B.Des, GDPD 12th – 19th May 2019
DAT Mains result for B.Des and GDPD 31st May 2019





NID Exam Dates

The official dates of NID 2017 are listed below:

NID DAT 2017 Important Dates – National Institute of Design will be announcing important dates on October 26, 2016, along with NID DAT 2017 application forms. Candidates seeking admissions to Bachelor of Design programme through NID DAT 2017 can check here list of events including application dates, exam dates, admit card as well as result and counselling dates as mentioned in this page below. NID offers admissions to Bachelors in Product Design, Furniture Design, Ceramic and Glass Design, Graphic Design, Animation Film Design, Film and Video Communication, Exhibition Design and Textile Design programmes.


NID Design Aptitude Test 2017 will be conducted on January 8 in offline mode for three hours. Careers360 will be updating here for changes (if any) in the scheduled events of NID DAT 2017.  Scroll down to check important events and dates of NID DAT 2017 –

Highlights of NID DAT 2016 Important Dates


NID DAT 2017 Notification – National Institute of Design invites applications of NID DAT 2017 from October 26, 2016 in online mode.

NID DAT 2017 Applications – The application form of NID DAT 2017 is available in online mode from October 26. 

NID DAT 2017 Admit Card – Candidates will be issued admit card of NID DAT 2017 on December 20, 2016.  Candidates shortlisted for mains exam, will be issued separate admit card after the announcement of prelims results of NID DAT 2017.

NID DAT 2017 Exam – Design Aptitude Test will be conducted in offline mode on January 8, 2017. The exam will be of three hours duration from 10: 00 AM to 1: 00 PM. 

NID DAT 2017 Results – The results of Design Aptitude Test will be announced on February 28, 2017. The final merit list of NID DAT 2017 will be announced on May 2, 2017.


Scroll down to check NID DAT important dates 2017 as mentioned in the table below –


Important Dates for NID DAT 2017

Events of NID DAT

Date (Day)

Registration begins

October 26, 2016 (Tuesday)

Last date of online application

November 28, 2016 (Monday)

Last date of online application with late fee

December 2, 2016 (Friday, before 2.00 PM)

Last date of submitting offline applications along with Demand Draft (By Speed post, registered post or courier)

December 2 (Friday)

Admit card

December 20, 2016 (Tuesday, 4.00 PM onwards)

NID Design Aptitude Test 2017 prelims

January 8, 2017 (Sunday, 10.00 AM to 1.00 PM)

NID DAT 2017 mains (for Overseas candidates)

January 9 to January 10, 2017 (Monday and Tuesday)

Online filing objections on DAT 2017 prelims answer key

January 18 to January 20, 2017 (Wednesday and Thursday, for 24 hours only; 2.00 PM onwards)

Final Answer Key for DAT 2017 prelims

January 27, 2017 (Friday)

Results for NID DAT 2017 prelims

February 28, 2017 (Tuesday, by 4.00 PM)

Admit Card for DAT 2017 mains

March 7, 2017 (Tuesday, by 4.00 PM)

NID Design Aptitude Test 2017 Mains (Ahmedabad campus)

May 15, 2017 (Monday) to May 20 (Saturday)

First merit list

May 2, 2017 (Tuesday)

National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad conducts Design Aptitude Test for admissions to 100 seats of B. Design programme at Faculty of Apparel and Lifestyle Accessory Design, Faculty of Communication Design and Faculty of Industrial Design at main campus.

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