All about NID Admission 2021-22: Application, Eligibility, Paper Pattern, Dates

All about NID Admission 2021-22: Application, Eligibility, Paper Pattern, Dates

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The National Institute of Design conducts the NID entrance exam each year. It serves as the benchmark for the admission of eligible applicants to different design courses. 

Read on to find out more about the application process, eligibility, paper pattern, and dates for NID admission in the 2021-2022 session.

What programs does NID offer?

The National Institute of Design (NID) offers B.Des, M.Des, and Ph.D. courses in design for those who aspire to carve out a career in design.

What is the eligibility for admission to NID?

Only eligible candidates are entitled to take admission to NID for B.Des and M.Des courses. One needs to meet both the age and qualification criteria to be eligible.

B.Des (age and qualification criteria):

  • Indian applicants who belong to the General and General EWS categories and are born on or after July 1, 2001, are eligible for admission.
  • Indian applicants who belong to the Reserved Category (OBCs) and are born on or after July 1, 2001, are eligible for admission.
  • Indian applicants who belong to the PwD Reserved Category and are born on or after July 1, 1996, are eligible for admission.
  • Foreign nationals who belong to the Overseas Category and are born on or after July 1, 2001, are eligible.
  • Candidates who have either passed their 10+2 examination or will take this examination in the academic year qualify for admission.
  • Candidates from science, arts, and commerce stream are eligible.

M.Des (age and qualification criteria):

  • Indian applicants who belong to the General and General EWS categories and are born on or after July 1, 1991, are eligible for admission.
  • Indian applicants who belong to the Reserved Category (OBCs) and are born on or after July 1, 1988, are eligible for admission.
  • Indian applicants who belong to the PwD Reserved Category and are born on or after July 1, 1986, are eligible for admission.
  • Foreign nationals who belong to the Overseas Category and are born on or after July 1, 1991, are eligible.
  • Candidates with three or four years of Bachelor’s degree in any stream and diploma of 4 years after 12th stream.
  • You will be eligible for admission by submitting your provisional or graduation certificate by the end of June 2021.

What is NID’s admission process?

To qualify for admission, an aspirant needs to clear DAT and studio test phases. A candidate must clear the DAT phase to appear for the studio test. Depending on the marks they secure in the latter phase, the institute publishes a merit list.

What is the pattern of the NID entrance exam?

The pattern for Entrance Exam 2021:

  •  Maximum number of marks: 100
  •  Duration: 

3 hours

  •  Mode of examination: Offline
  •  Language: English
  •  Type of questions: Visual and textual

The pattern for the DAT Mains – M.Des programme:

  •  Studio test: The questions of the examination will be in English. To answer the question paper of 100 marks, candidates will have 3 hours.
  •  Interview: The interview will be held after the completion of the studio test.

What are the important dates in the NID admission process?

The important dates for the NID examination in 2021 are given below.

Scheduled Events  Tentative Dates
Online registration  November 2020
Completion of online registration  The first week of December 2020
The date for form submission with late fee  The second week of 2020
The date to edit the application form  The second week of 2020
The date on which the prelims exam admit card will be released  The third week of December 2020
The date on which the DAT Prelims exam will be held  The last week of December 2020
The date on w which DAT Reliance results for M.Des will be published The third week of February 2021
The date on w which DAT Reliance results for B.Des will be published The third week of March 2021
The date to request for rechecking prelims paper February & March 2021
The date on which the admit card for DAT (mains) for M.Des will be released The first week of March 2021
The date on which the admit card for DAT (mains) for B.Des will be released The second week of April 2021
The date on which the DAT (mains) exam for M.Des will be held The second week of March to the second week of April 2021
The date on which the DAT (mains) exam for B.Des will be held The last week of April 2021
The date on which the DAT Main Result will be published The last week of May 2021
The date of counselling The first week of June 2021

Sample Papers

Most aspirants of the NID entrance examination focus on solving previous years’ sample papers. One can fine-tune one’s preparation by solving them. Your best bet to attain the same is from your NID coaching institute. You can also download the sample papers online from SILICA

One of the advantages of joining such an institute is that it provides reliable NID study material to improve the chances of aspirants in the entrance exam.

What is the passing score / cut off for NID DAT Mains? What is the expected cut off for NID DAT Mains 2019?

The cut-off marks are the minimum number of marks that a candidate must secure to be eligible for admission to B.Des and M.Des courses. It varies for candidates, depending on their background. The qualifying percentiles for open category, OBC-NCL, and SC/ST/PwD categories are 50, 45, and 40, respectively.

The cut off for NID DAT Mains 2019 is given below.

Institute Open GEN-EWS OB C-NCL  SC  ST PWD Overseas
NID, Ahmedabad 96.84 65.96 79.41 65.27 63.49 52.16 65.48
NID, Andhra Pradesh 94.17 NA 71.72 53.33 50.51 47.98 NA
NID,  Haryana 91.15 NA 65.82 46.12 47.91 46.33 NA
 NID, Madhya Pradesh 89.16 NA 60.95 50.17 46.91 NA NA
NID, Assam 87.10 NA 57.17 45.98 NA NA NA

How do you apply for NID?

You can apply for admissions through the online portal of the institute.

Final thoughts

The aforementioned information will assist you in preparing yourself for the NID examination in a better way. Preparing for the NID exam with these things in mind will improve your chances of cracking the examination.

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