NID Entrance Exam- National Institute of Design

NID 2017 Entrance Exam

Last Date to Apply

November 28, 2016 

About NID 2017

NID 2017 Entrance Exam will be conducted on January 8, 2017, 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 2017-18 has started on October 26, 2016.

  • NID Offers Bachelor of Design (B.Des. 4 years) course at NID Ahmedabad
    • 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 on January 8, 2017
    • 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 15, 2017, to May 20, 2017.
  • NID Entrance Exam Date: January 8, 2017
    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.

Latest Update: The selection of the test centre for all the B.Des DAT Main shortlisted candidates can be done from 24 to 26 March 2017 from 2:00 PM onwards. It is the candidate’s responsibility to select the exam centre. The admit card for B.Des DAT Mains will be available for download from 31 March 2017 (from 4:00 PM). Click on the link below to check the list of the test centre.

NID B.Des DAT Main Test Centre - Click Here


NID 2017 Entrance Exam Important Dates



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

October 26, 2016

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 Vijaywada
  • NID Kurukshetra

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

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NID 2017 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 2016.

Age: Upper age limit for candidates is 20 years (relaxable by 3 years for reserved categories) as on July 1, 2017.

  • For General Category: The candidates born before June 1, 1997, are not eligible.
  • For Reserved Categories: The candidates born before June 1, 1994, 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 Application form and Admit Card

The candidates have to apply Online at the official website of NID before November 28, 2016.There is an only online application from this year onwards and there will be no Offline Application Process.

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
NID Admit Card for DAT Prelims for B.Des and M.Des December 20, 2016
DAT Mains Admit Card for M.Des February 14, 2017
DAT Mains Admit Card Download for B.Des March 7, 2017

NID 2017 Fees

  • Application Fee for General Candidates/OBC (Non-creamy layer): Rs.2000
  • Application Fee for SC/ST/PH, candidates: Rs. 1000

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 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 28, 2017, for M.Des and March 7, 2017, 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 in this stage, which will be conducted from May 15, 2017, to May 20, 2017.

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 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 of subjective type questions.

Negative Marking: There will be no negative marking.

NID Brochure

NID 2017 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 Contact

National Institute of Design
Paldi, Ahmedabad 380 007, India

Phone: +91-79-2662 3462