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National School of Drama (NSD) is inviting applications for three years Diploma course in Dramatic Arts (DDA) which is a full-time residential course in Drama that trains the individual in the area of acting, design and other theatre-related disciplines. NSD is one of the leading training institutes in dramatic arts in the world and one of its kind in India. It is an autonomous body. According to the NSD, they are likely to select a total of twenty-six students for the admission to the Diploma in Dramatic Arts programme which is a full-time course. The candidates can apply from both the medium i.e. Online and Offline. This page gives the complete details about the National School of Drama which comprises the information about the eligibility criteria, application process and other important details.

  • Course Name: Diploma in Dramatic Arts
  • Eligibility- Graduates
  • Total Seats - 26
    • SC Candidates - 4 Seats
    • OBC Candidates - 7 Seats
    • ST Candidates - 2 Seats

National School of Drama Admission 2018 Dates




NSD Application Starts 

16 March 2018 - Started!

NSD Application Ends

16 April 2018

Course Commencement

16 July 2018


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National School of Drama Eligibility Criteria for Admission - Check Eligibility Here

  • The candidates must have a graduation degree from a recognised University in India or abroad.
  • The candidates should participate in at least 6 theatre productions to get admission in the NSD Diploma in the Dramatic Arts programme.
  • Candidates must have working knowledge of English and Hindi to apply for the admission in the Diploma in Dramatic Arts programme for the full-time course
  • The candidates should be minimum 18 years and maximum 30 years old on 1 July 2018. However, the age limit is relaxed by 5 years for candidates belonging to the SC/ ST category.

NSD Application Form 2018 - Apply Here

The candidate willing to apply for the admission in the National School of Drama for Diploma in the Dramatic Arts programme. The last date to apply for the Diploma in the Dramatic Arts programme is16 April 2018. There are four ways in which the candidates can apply for such programme. The four ways to apply is given below. Candidates have to choose any one of the ways out of four to apply for the admission to National School of Drama. Applicants must note that the last date for the submission of the application form is 16 April 2018. NSD Application form filled and submitted in all the modes must reach the National School of Drama, New Delhi before the due date.

  • Online Application: Candidates can fill the application form online by following the link on this page given below. They also need to submit the necessary documents online. The application fee payable is Rs. 50

Online Application - Apply Now

  • Download Application Form: Candidates can also download the application form from the link given below and send the downloaded application form along with a demand draft of Rs. 150 issued in favour of  The Director, National School of Drama, New Delhi in an envelope with "Application for Admission 2018-21."

Download Application Form - Click Here

  • Purchase Application Form on Cash Payment: Application form can also be purchased from the Book Shop of the National School of Drama on cash payment of Rs. 150 between 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM on working days. Payment of the application form is ti be made by cash.
  • Obtain Application Form by Post: Candidates can also obtain the application form and NSD prospectus ti their home through post by sending a request to "The Dean, Academic, National School of Drama, Bahawalpur House, Bhagwandas Road, New Delhi 110001" along with a crossed Demand Draft/ Pay Order of Rs. 225 including postal charges payable at Delhi in favour of The Director, National School of Drama, New Delhi.

Documents to be attached along with the NSD Application Form

The candidates filling up the online or offline application need to attach the documents along with the application form. The candidates are required to send in/ upload the following documents with the NSD application form.

  • Testimonials
  • Copies of certificates
  • Four recent passport size photograph

Submission of Application Form

The candidates after filling up the application form need to submit the application form. Therefore, the candidates are advised to ensure that the information filled by them in the application form is correct in all aspect.  The filled in application once submitted can not be retained back. So the candidates won't be able to do the correction after submission. That is why they need to be more cautious while filling the application form.

For Online Application: The candidates who have opted for the application form can submit the application form in online mode only including the documents. Payment of the Application Form is also to be made in online mode only. The following given particulars are to be uploaded while filling the application form.


Size in KB

Scanned Photograph 

less than 100 KB
Scanned Signature  less than 100 KB 
Scanned copy of Age Proof  less than 100 KB 
 Scanned copy of relevant Educational Qualification less than 100 KB 
Scanned Copy of Recommendation from theatre experts  - Maximum 3 nos(optional) less than 100 KB
Scanned Copy of Category Certificate, if SC/ST/OBC less than 100 KB
Scanned Copy of Theatre experience.  less than 100 KB
Documentary proof of Theatre experience. - Maximum 6 nos(optional) less than 100 KB


For Offline Application: The candidates who have filled the application form through offline mode have to send the application form along with the required enclosure of the documents to the following address:

The Academic Section
National School of Drama, Bahawalpur House 
Bhagwandas Road, New Delhi 110001

NSD Application Fee 2018 - Check Here

There are four ways to fill the application form. So each way carries the different application fee. The application fee for each way of filling and obtaining the application form is given in the table below:


Fee Amount

Online Application

Rs. 50

Download Application

Rs. 150

Purchase Application

Rs. 150

Obtain Application from the post

Rs. 225


National School of Drama Course Fee



Fee Amount

Admission Fee

Rs. 150

Tuition Fee

Rs. 150 per month

Students' Union membership Fee

Rs. 60 per year

Advance fee for make-up kit

Rs. 2000 (adjustable)

Caution money and library fee deposit
(refundable after final settlement of accounts)

Rs. 9000

Stationery fee

Rs. 1650


National School of Drama Hostel and Mess Charges


Hostel Rent Per Seat Rs 250 Per Month
Electricity & water charges: Rs 150 Per Month
Medical Charges Rs 100 Per Month
Mess Charges for Lunch and Dinner Rs 1800 Per Month
Candidates Risk Cover Insurance Policy Premium Rs 150 to 200 Per Annum


National School of Drama Selection Process

The selection of the candidates is carried out in two stages. The list of the centres where the selection will be held at the following centre. The selection process will be held in two stages mentioned below. All the selected candidates of National School of Drama will be eligible to avail the scholarship of  Rs 8000 monthly to meet their academic and related expenses.

  • Preliminary Screening: The first stage of the selection is the preliminary screening which will be held at the centres given below.
  • Final Round: The candidates get shortlisted in the preliminary screening test will be called for the final round in the form of a four to five-day workshop which will be held in New Delhi fro 10 to 14 June for which the candidates will be paid DA

NSD Seat Intake 2018


Category Number of Seats
General Category 13
Scheduled Caste 4
Scheduled Tribes 2
Total Seats in NSD 26


National School of Drama Selection Centre & Dates

  • To make the selection process broad- based, it is ensured that selected candidates represent as many states and union territories as possible.
  • Preference may be given to applicants from the families traditionally belonging to the performing arts.
  • The list of the centres and the dates when the preliminary test or the final workshop will be held. The candidates are required to check the table below.
  • Candidates called for the final round of the selection will be paid TA/ DA from their hometown to the place of the interview in Delhi and back by the shortest. They will be given accommodation in the School or Hostel.

Test Centres

Jaipur  1 and 2 May 2018


24 May 2018


31 May, 1st June, 2nd June 2018


14 May 2018


4th and 5th May 2018


22 May 2018


20 May 2018


16, 17 and 18 May 2018


7, 8 and 9 May 2018


26, 27, 28 and 29 May 2018
Patna  11 & 12 May 2018

New Delhi

4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 June 2018


National School of Drama (NSD) Address and Contact Details

Bahawalpur House 
Bhagwandas Road
New Delhi 110001
Telephone: +91-11-23389402, 23387916

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