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NID 2018 Entrance Exam

Last Date to Apply

31 October 2017
With Late Fee - 9 November

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About NID 2018

NID 2018 DAT Entrance Exam will be conducted on 7 January 2018 by NID Ahmedabad. National Institute of Design conducts an entrance examination named DAT every year for the admission into the design courses offered by National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Application to NID DAT Ahmedabad for the academic year 2018-19 has started from 25 September 2017. NID Offers Bachelor of Design (B.Des. 4 years) course at NID Ahmedabad. This page gives the detail regarding the NID 2018-19 admission.

Students after Class 12 or equivalent like AISSCE/ IB/ ISC are eligible to apply for the B.Design Course which is a 4 years course. M.Design is a 2.5 years 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 7 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 15 to 22 May 2017.

Latest Update - NID DAT BDes/ GDPD final result has been declared on 31 May 2018. The candidates can check the same by following the link given towards the end of this page.

NID DAT BDes/ GDPD Mains Exam Rechecking Request NEW

National Institute of Design has started the window to submit the rechecking request of NID DAT B.Des/ GDPD Mains exam. The candidates who appeared in the mains exam have the opportunity to submit the request of rechecking if they have any confusion regarding the exam. The request for rechecking can be submitted from 31 May to 1 June 2018. In order to submit the request, the candidates have to provide their Email Id, DOB, Roll number and verification code. The link to submit the request of NID DAT BDes/ GDPD mains exam is given below.

Click Here to submit rechecking request

NID 2018 Dates




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

25 September 2017

Last date to fill the NID Application Form

31 October 2017

Last date to fill the NID Application Form with Late Fee

9 November 2017

The last date to submit printed application form
via Credit/ Debit Card/ Demand Draft

9 November 2017

Editing of the NID Application Form

14 to 16 November 2017

NID Admit Card for DAT Prelims 

20 December 2017

NID DAT Prelims Exam Date for B.Des, GDPD
and Overseas candidates

7 January 2018

Answer Keys if NID DAT Prelims Part I

12 January 2018

Challenging the NID DAT Part I answer keys

18 to 19 January 2018

Final Answer Keys for NID DAT Part I

30 January 2018

NID DAT Prelims Result for B.Des and GDPD

13 March 2018

Download Admit Card for NID DAT Mains for B.Des and GDPD-

22 March 2018

NID DAT M.Des Mains Result

2 May 2018

NID DAT Mains Exam for B.Des, GDPD and Overseas
Candidates in Ahmedabad

15 to 22 May 2018

NID DAT BDes/ GDPD final result - Declared!

31 May 2018



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. B.Design is offered in Ahmedabad Campus.
    • Main campus, Ahmedabad
    • Post Graduate campus, Gandhinagar
    • Research & Developement 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 2018 Eligibility criteria

To get admission into design courses into National Institute of Design through an entrance exam known as DAT conducted annually by NID Ahmedabad. Before proceeding further for the admission, the candidates are suggested to ensure their eligibility. The age limitation and education qualification required for admission into B.Design and Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD) is given below.

Age Criteria for NID Admission

Category Age limit
For Indian Nationals in General Category
  • Upper age limit: 20 years as on 30 June 2018.
  • Candidates born on or after 1 July 1998 are eligible for admission
For Indian Nationals in Reserved Category (OBC-NCL, SC, ST)
  • Upper Age limit: 23 years as on 30 June 2018
  • Candidates born after 1 July 1995 are eligible to apply for admission.
For Indian Nationals in PwD Reserved Category
  • Upper Age Limit: 25 years as on 30 June 2018
  • Candidates born after 1 July 1993 are eligible to apply for admission.
For Foreign Nationals in Overseas (Supernumerary) Category
  • Upper Age Limit: 20 years as on 30 June 2018
  • Candidates born on or after 1 July 1998 are eligible to apply


Education Qualification

  • The candidates who have passed the higher secondary (10+2) qualifying examinations in the academic year 2017-18 in any stream from recognised board of education such as CBSE, IB, ICSE or their equivalent
  • The candidates who are appearing in the higher secondary (10+2) examination in the academic year 2017-18 are also eligible to apply for the admission. Although, they have to provide the proof of having appeared for the examination by the time of online document verification.

NID 2018 Application form and Admit Card

The NID application process for the admission into B.Des and GDPD has started from 25 September 2017. The candidates who are willing to get admission in the NID to pursue B.Des, M.Des and GDPD 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 2018

NID Admit Card/ Hall Ticket 2018

NID DAT Admit Card 2018 is now available to download for the candidates. 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. The link to download the admit card is given below, the candidates would be able to download the admit card by entering the Email id and Password.

NID Admit Card 2018 - Download Here

NID 2018 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
Overseas Candidates (B.Des programme only) Rs 3,000
General Candidates/OBC (Non-creamy layer) Rs 2,000
SC/ ST/ General PwD/ OBC NCL PwD/ SC PwD/ ST PwD 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 2018 Result and Counselling

After conducting the DAT prelim exam, the candidates will be shortlisted to appear into the DAT Mains. The weightage of both, DAT Prelims and DAT Mains will decide the admission of the candidates into NID. The result of the DAT prelim has been declared on 13 March 2018 and the final list has been declared by National Institute of Design (NID) on 31 May 2018.

NID DAT BDes/ GDPD Final Result 2018 - Declared!

Selection Process for NID

There are two phases of getting selection into National Institute of Design (NID). The two of the phases are given below.

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.
  • 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 

  • After clearing the DAT Prelims, the candidates will be shortlisted to appear in DAT Mains. This is the second stage and the shortlisted candidates only appear at this stage, which will be conducted from 15 to 22 May 2017

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

Weightage of NID DAT Prelims and DAT Mains

Programme DAT Prelims DAT Mains
B.Des/ GDPD 30% 70%


Note: The candidates who have appeared for all the tests in both the stages will be considered eligible for the merit list.

NID 2018 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

Negative Marking: There will be no negative marking.

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.

Download NID Brochure -  Click Here

NID 2018 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
Ceramic & Glass Design 10 seats
Furniture & Interior Design 10 seats
Product Design 15 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

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

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 B.Des DAT Main Test Centre - Click Here

NID 2018 Contact

National Institute of Design
Paldi, Ahmedabad 380 007, India

Phone: +91-79-2662 3462
E-mail: admissions@nid.edu