NID Entrance Exam- National Institute of Design

NID 2017-18 Entrance Exam

Last Date to Apply

November 3d week 2017

About NID 2017-18

NID 2017 Entrance Exam will be conducted in the first week January 2018, by NID Ahmedabad. National Institute of Design Entrance Examination is conducted annually by NID Ahmedabad for seeking admissions to various design courses at National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Application to NID Ahmedabad for the academic year 2018-19 will start from October 3rd week 2017. NID Offers Bachelor of Design (B.Des. 4 years) course at NID Ahmedabad. This page gives the detail regarding the NID 2017 Admission.

  • Students after Class 12 or equivalent like AISSCE/ IB/ ISC are eligible to apply for the B.Design Course. 
  • NID Admission will be done on the basis of the two-stage competitive exam as follows:
    • Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims: DAT Prelims is the first stage which will be conducted in the first week of January 2018.
    • Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Mains: This is the second stage, and the shortlisted candidates only appear at this stage, which will be conducted from May 2nd week 2018.
    • NID Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Stage 1 of the Exam will be conducted in 23 cities, and Stage 2 will be conducted only in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru or Gandhinagar.

NID B.Des DAT Main Test Centre - Click Here


NID 2017 Entrance Exam Dates


Dates (Last Year)

Dates 2017

NID Application begins for B.Des, M.Des and GDPD

October 26, 2016

Yet to be announced

NID Exam Last Date to apply

November 28, 2016


Last date to submit printed application form along with the Demand Draft

December 2, 2016


NID Admit Card for DAT Prelims for B.Des and M.Des

December 20, 2016


DAT Prelims Exam date

January 8, 2017


DAT Prelims Result for M.Des

February 7, 2017 -

DAT Mains Admit Card for M.Des

February 14, 2017 -

NID Result for B.Des

February 28, 2017 -

DAT Mains Admit Card Download for B.Des

March 7, 2017 -

DAT Mains for M.Des in Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Bengaluru

March 13, 2017, to March 31, 2017 -

DAT Mains for B.Des. in Ahmedabad

May 15, 2017, to May 20, 2017 -

NID Merit List for M.Des

May 2, 2017 -

NID Merit List for B.Des 

May 31, 2017 -

About NID Ahmedabad

NID is an Institute of National Importance under the DIPP, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India and has gained international acclamation for its finest educational system. NID was established in 1961 and was declared as an Institute of National Importance in 2014.

  • NID Campus: The institute offers Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) and Master of Design (M.Des.) in 20 diverse design domains at its three campuses.
    • Main campus, Ahmedabad
    • PG campus, Gandhinagar
    • R&D campus, Bengaluru.

Apart from the above three campuses, NID has other two campus given below which offers four-year Graduate Diploma Program in Design (GDPD):

  • NID Vijayawada
  • NID Kurukshetra

This page provides the details of B.Des and M.Des courses Admission in NID.

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NID 2017-18 Eligibility criteria

B.Design Eligibility

Educational Qualification: Admission is open to students who have passed or who will appear for qualifying examinations under the Higher Secondary (10+2) or equivalents like AISSCE/ IB/ ISC during the month of March/April 2017.

Age: Upper age limit for candidates is 20 years (relaxable by 3 years for reserved categories) as on 1 July 2018.

  • For General Category: The candidates born before June 1, 1998, are not eligible.
  • For Reserved Categories: The candidates born before June 1, 1995, are not eligible.

M.Design Eligibility

  • Candidates having a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent including those who will be appearing for the qualifying examinations during the academic year (2017-18) in the areas mentioned against each discipline are eligible to apply for M.Des. Courses.

NID 2017-18 Application form and Admit Card

The NID application process will start from the third week of October 2018. The candidates who are willing to get admission in the NID to pursue B.Des and M.Des have to fill the application form. The candidates can fill only online application. The candidates are suggested to follow the link below to fill the NID Application Form.

NID Application Form 2017

NID Exam Centres 

NID Design Aptitude Test will be conducted in multiple centres across India. The exam is scheduled to be conducted in the 23 cities across multiple centres and the candidates can give the preference of the test centres while filling up the application. The final allotment of the test centre will be written on the admit card.


Ahmedabad Dehradun  Kurukshetra   Panjim
Bengaluru  Guwahati Lucknow  Raipur 
Bhopal  Hyderabad  Mumbai  Ranchi 
Bhubaneswar  Jaipur  Nagpur  Thriruvananthapuram 
Chandigarh  Jammu  New Delhi  Vijaywada 
Chennai  Kolkata  Patna   


NID Admit Card/ Hall Ticket 2017

NID Admit Card 2017 will be available online on the official website of NID. The admit card is a very important document and without it, the candidates will not be allowed to appear in the exam. The candidates have to download the admit card and bring it on the day of the NID exam. NID Admit Card 2017 for B.Des and M.Des will be available on the following dates:

Course Dates (Last Year) Date 2017
NID Admit Card for DAT Prelims for B.Des and M.Des December 20, 2016 Yet to be announced!
DAT Mains Admit Card for M.Des February 14, 2017 -
DAT Mains Admit Card Download for B.Des March 7, 2017 -

NID 2017-18 Fees

NID Application Fee is different for all the categories. The candidates belonging to the respective categories must pay their application fee. The fee has to be paid through online mode only that is  Credit Card/ Debit Card/ Net Banking.

Categories Fee Amount
General Candidates/OBC (Non-creamy layer) Rs 2,000
SC/ST/PH Rs, 1,000


NID Ahmedabad B.Design Fee Structure

The fee for the B.Design program is as follows: One-year expenditure including Tuition Fees + Hostel Charges+ Other charges is Rs. 2,55,200


For 1 Year

B.Design Full Course Fees
(Approx. Figures)

Indian Students
(inclusive of Tuition Fees,
Hostel Charges etc.)

Rs. 2,55,200  Rs. 8,43,200

Foreign Students from
SAARC Countries,
Laos, Vietnam, African Countries,
Cambodia  and Myanmar

US $ 5000

US $ 20000

Foreign Students of other Countries

US $ 12000

US $ 48000


NID 2017-18 Result and Counselling

The Selection of NID comprises two phases:

First phase: Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims

Candidates have to take the written examination called as Design Aptitude Test (DAT) and based on marks obtained in DAT will be called for a further round of the second phase.

  • Admit for the second phase of the NID Entrance Exam will be available from February 3rd week 2018 for M.Des and March 1st week 2018 for B.Des.
  • NID Admission Committee systematically seeks evidence of the perception, attitude, aptitude, achievement and motivation of candidate, essential for a challenging and satisfying design career.

Second phase: Design Aptitude test (DAT) Mains 

  • This is the second stage and the shortlisted candidates only appear at this stage, which will be conducted from May 3rd week 2018.

Reservation:15% of seats of B.Design will be reserved for overseas students.

NID Result 2017 

  • Based on the scores obtained in DAT (stage 1), separate merit lists shall be prepared for each category.
  • Number of candidates shortlisted for Stage 2: From the total number of applicants who have appeared for DAT, the Number of candidates to be called for Stage 2 of the exam will be calculated
  • NID Final Merit List: The final merit list for B.Des. the programme will be generated category wise, based on the sum total of the weighted scores obtained by the candidate in each stage of the admissions process.

NID 2017-18 Exam pattern

Duration of NID Exam: There will be ONE question paper of 3 hours duration.

Mode of Exam: Pen and Paper Based exam

Medium of Exam: English

Total Questions: 100 questions. All questions are compulsory.

  • The question paper will consist of both objective and subjective type questions.
  • Section A carrying 70 marks will be of multiple choice objective type questions
  • Section B carrying 30 marks will be for subjective type questions.

Negative Marking: There will be no negative marking.

Download NID Brochure -  Click Here

NID 2017-18 Important details

NID Ahmedabad B.Design Seats

Total Seats - 100

 The Institute offers 4 years intensive professional Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) program in the above-given areas of specialisation. 

NID MDesign Seats and Cut Offs 2017

 Faculty of Industrial Design
Product Design 15 seats
Furniture Design  10 seats
Ceramic & Glass Design 10 seats
Faculty of Communication Design  
Graphic Design  15 seats
Animation Film Design   15 seats
Film & Video Communication  10 seats
Exhibition (Spatial) Design   10 seats
Faculty of Textile, Apparel and Lifestyle Accessory Design  
Textile Design 15 seats
Total Seats 100 seats


Successful candidates admitted to NID’s B.Des. the programme will have to undergo a mandatory foundation programme of one (1) year duration. 

NID 2017-18 Contact

National Institute of Design
Paldi, Ahmedabad 380 007, India

Phone: +91-79-2662 3462