National Institute of Design

NID (National Institute of Design) is internationally acclaimed as one of the finest educational and research institution for Industrial Design, Communication Design, Fashion Design, IT-integrated Design & Interdisciplinary Design Studies at both UG and PG level. It is an Institute of National Importance by the National Institute of Design Act, 2014.

NID is listed as the no.1 Design Institute in Asia and is among the top 25 Design Institutes in Europe-Asia.
Listed below are some information about NID, eligibility criteria to apply for NID 2020 and the steps on how to apply for NID 2020.

Application & Admission Process

Following are the important dates in NID’s admission process :

Sr No. Event Dates (2020-21)
1. Online Application Form available 1st Oct
2. Last date of Online Application 2 pm on Thursday, 7 November 2019.
3. Last date of Online Application with late fees 2 pm on Wednesday, 13 November 2019
4. DAT (Prelims) 29th Dec 2019
5. Result Prelims M.Des - 21st Feb 2020
B.Des - 4th May 2020
6. NID Mains Yet to be announced

The application process for NID 2020 is online and starts in October every year.
The National Institute of Design has released NID Application form on October 01, 2019. The last date of application form submission is November 07, 2019. To apply, please visit

The admission process includes 5 easy steps :

Step 1 : Read the admission brochure and instructions carefully

Step 2 : Sign up and Login
Requirement: Nationality, Category, Disability, Birthdate, Email, Mobile

Step 3 : Fill Details in the Application Form
Requirement: Personal & Educational Details, Work Experience (Only M.Des.)

Step 4 : Upload Documents
Requirement: Photograph, Signature, Caste / PwD Certificate, Passport

Step 5 : Pay Application Fee & Print your Application (General candidates have to pay Rs.2000 and SC/ST/PWD candidates have to pay Rs.1000 in online mode or via DD.)

Following is the pattern for NID’s entrance exam :

Phase 1: DAT (Prelims) :

DAT is a written exam for 3 hours and 100 marks It has 2 sections:

Section 1 : Objective Type Questions
Section 2 : Subjective Type Questions

# Sections Marks for each Section
    2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
1 Objective Section 30 30 70 70 70
2 Subjective Section 70 70 30 30 30
  Total Marks 100 100 100 100 100

Phase 2: DAT (Mains) :

On the basis of the DAT (Prelims) score, candidates are shortlisted and called for DAT (Mains). Generally, candidates equal to three times the number of seats are called.

The DAT (Mains) consists of two parts :

  • Studio Test :
    This may consist of tests in different formats such as drawing/sketching, hands-on model making, group discussions, presentations etc. The test is marked out of 100 points.
  • Interviews (only for MDes) :
    The interviews will be conducted separately for each discipline, immediately after the Studio Test at the same centre. Following are the details of the same :
    • NID admission interview is conducted by a panel of 3-4 individuals
    • There are faculties and a psycho-analyst amongst them. The interview revolves around the candidate’s personality, interests, likes, dislikes, reactions to situations, portfolio, abilities, etc.
    • The interview questions and the time duration can never be predicted. It can be as short as 2 minutes or as long as an hour

(Note: The weightage of each phase for final admission is decided every year by the NID Admission Cell)

Following are the basic skills NID is testing for :

  • Sequential drawing, Manipulation of 2D shapes, Everyday scientific & mechanical concepts, Spatial sense, Analytical & logical reasoning
  • Aesthetic Sense,Visual Analogies,Color Psychology & Theory
  • The questions on General Knowledge & Awareness will be based on topics such as Current Affairs,Culture, Literature, History, Geography, Economics, Politics, Technology etc.
  • Basic knowledge of Sentence structure, English Grammar, basic Algebra, Geometry & Arithmetic

DAT (Prelims) will be conducted in the following 16 cities in India :

  • Ahmedabad
  • Bengaluru
  • Bhopal
  • Chandigarh
  • Chennai
  • Dehradun
  • Guwahati
  • Hyderabad
  • Kolkata
  • Lucknow
  • Mumbai
  • Nagpur
  • New Delhi
  • Ranchi
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Vijayawada

DAT (Mains) are conducted on the NID campuses

Following minimum qualifying criteria will be considered for the candidates from the various categories to be eligible for final admission only if their percentile score in Design Aptitude Test (DAT) is as under:

Programme Open Reserved
B.Des/GDPD 65 65 55 45 45 45 65
M.Des 50 50 45 40 40 40 50

General Information

National Institute of Design (NID)

NID was established in 1961 .

NID is an Autonomous Institute under the DIPP, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India.

NID has its campuses in :

  • Ahmedabad
  • Bengaluru
  • Gandhinagar
  • Vijayawada
  • Kurukshetra
  • Madhya Pradesh
  • Assam

Campus-wise programme structure and seat intake is given below -

Ahmedabad Campus :

Sr No. Course and Specialization No. of Seats
B.Des: 128
1. Product Design 19
2. Furniture & Interior Design 13
3. Ceramic & Glass Design 13
4. Graphic Design 19
5. Animation & Film Design 19
6. Film & Video Communication 13
7. Spatial Design 13
8. Textile Design 19
M.Des: 126
1. Animation & Film Design 19
2. Ceramic & Glass Design 12
3. Film & Video Communication 19
4. Graphic Design 19
5. Furniture & Interior Design 19
6. Product Design 19
7. Textile Design 19

Gandhinagar Campus :

Sr No. Course and Specialization No. of Seats
M.Des: 126
1. Apparel Design 19
2. Accessory Design 19
3. Strategic Design Management 19
4. New Media Design 19
5. Photography Design 19
6. Toy & Game Design 12
7. Transportation Design 19

Bengaluru Campus :

Sr No. Course and Specialization No. of Seats
M.Des: 75
1. Retail Design 19
2. Digital Game Design 19
3. Information Design 19
4. Interaction Design 19
5. Universal Design 19

Andhra Pradesh:

Sr No. Course and Specialization No. of Seats
1. Communication Design 25
2. Industrial Design 25
3. Textile & Apparel Design 25

Haryana :

Sr No. Course and Specialization No. of Seats
1. Communication Design 25
2. Industrial Design 25
3. Textile & Apparel Design 25

Madhya Pradesh :

Sr No. Course and Specialization No. of Seats
1. Communication Design 25
2. Industrial Design 25
3. Textile & Apparel Design 25

Assam :

Sr No. Course and Specialization No. of Seats
1. Communication Design 25
2. Industrial Design 25
3. Textile & Apparel Design 25

(Note 1 - At the Bachelors level, candidates can apply for B.Des. or GDPD or both programs.)

(Note 2 - At the Bachelors level, candidates can apply for B.Des. or GDPD or both programs.)At the Masters level, candidates can apply for up to 2 disciplines of M.Des.)

Eligibility Criteria for B.Des. programs :

  • Upper Age Limit -Candidate should be 20 years of age before 1st July (relaxable for up to 3 years for reserved category)
  • Educational Qualification - Candidate should have passed or be appearing for 10+2 exam from any recognized board.

Eligibility Criteria for M.Des. programs :

  • Upper Age Limit -Candidate should be 23 years of age before 1st July (relaxable for up to 3 years for reserved category)
  • Educational Qualification - Candidate should have passed from any recognized institute or university in any of the following :
    • Bachelor degree in any discipline under 10+2+4 system
    • Bachelor degree in any discipline under 10+2+3 system with one year experience or further academic qualification
    • Diploma in Design under 10+2+4 system

Fees Stucture for 2020-2021 are as follows :

Yearly Expenses B.Des. M.Des.
Sem-1 Sem-2 Sem-1 Sem-2
A. Tuition fees 1,49,650 1,49,650 1,74,180 1,74,180
B. Other Charges
Insurance (Personal Accident) 200 200
Student Activity Fund 1000 1000
Film Club 200 200
Total B 1400
Fees without Hostel (Total A+B) 1,51,050 1,49,650 1,75,580 1,74,180

Click here for the Fees Stucture of GDPD 2020-2021

(Note: All amounts are in INR)

Indian nationals belonging to certain categories are admitted under the seats reserved for them as follows :

Gen. (50.5%) OBC-NC (27%)* SC (15%) ST (7.5%)
For BDes :
100 seats 50 27 15 8
60 seats 30 16 9 5
For MDes:
15 seats per discipline 8 4 2 1
10 seats per discipline 5 3 1 1

(Note: This reservation is only available for candidates belonging to OBC non-creamy layer and having the requisite certificate)

The campus provides for residential facilities at the following campuses :

  • Ahmedabad campus :
    Hostel accommodation is available only for B.Des. students from Sem 1 to 7
  • Gandhinagar campus :
    Hostel accommodation is available for M.Des. students from Sem 1 to 4
  • Vijayawada campus :
    Hostel accommodation is available for all students, irrespective of their discipline

Below is the list of a few International Collaborations signed by NID till date :

  • École nationale supérieure de création industrielle (ENSCI), Paris, France
  • École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs (ENSAD), Paris, France
  • Konstfack University College of Art, Craft & Design, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences, Pforzheim, Germany
  • Shenkar College of Engg. & Design, Ramat Gan, Israel
  • Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, (BIAD), Birmingham, UK
  • Royal College of Art & Design, London, UK
  • The Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA), Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Sheridan College of Applied Arts & Design, Canada
  • Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
  • University “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy
  • Instituto Europeo di Design, S R L, Milan, Italy
  • University of Bocconi, Milan, Italy
  • Design & Arts College, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Hochschule, Hannover, Germany
  • Pininfarina, S.p.A Italy
  • The Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, Canada
  • Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea
  • University College for Creative Arts, Farnham, UK
  • Rhode Island School of Design, Rhode Island, USA
  • Zurich University of Arts, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Domus Academy, Milan, Italy
  • École Supérieure d'Art et de Design, Reims, France
  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Melbourne, Australia
  • The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK
  • Taiwan Design Center, Taipei, Taiwan
  • University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy
  • University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, USA
  • Arizona State University, USA
  • Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Australia
  • Haute école des arts du Rhin (H.E.A.R.), Strasbourg, France
  • California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Valencia, USA
  • Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, Poland

To view the complete list please visit the following link :

NID is well known for its innovative pedagogy and unique teaching methods. The education programmes under each discipline are designed to meet these objectives :

  • To provide thorough understanding of technical, managerial and design fundamentals along with a strong exposure to real life situations so that they are able to experience how the intellectual, creative and other skills acquired could be adopted to benefit the user, society and industry.
  • Each programme must provide the opportunity to identify, plan and achieve learning goals through an understanding of cultural, social and technological developments in the context of historical, contemporary and individual concerns.
  • There should be ample opportunity to develop innovative and exploratory thinking, necessary technical skills, and the ability to locate individual design approaches within the appropriate professional context.
  • To enable the students to develop a sense of social and professional commitments.
  • To provide interdisciplinary and progressive knowledge of design but with a focused understanding of an area of specialisation suited to the professional design practice.

Industry & Job Market

Highlights of Industry Interaction are as follows :

  • NID has set up the Industry & online Programmes department (I&OP), which regularly conducts design sensitisation and awareness workshops, seminars, and activities that provides competitive advantage through design.
  • Through these programmes, NID shares the vast knowledge and skills of various faculties with professionals, practitioners, teachers from various industries, organisations, and institutions; and welcomes all those who wish to be associated with design.
  • Throughout the year, special workshops are organised for design professionals on a variety of specific topics.
  • Till date, through the department, NID has conducted many workshops and programmes that have successfully spread design awareness to various sectors in India and abroad.

Every year in December, NID conducts a placement week, where over 100+ recruiting companies float 1,000+ job offers for the last semester students.

Highlights of the placement program are as follows :

  • The highest salary offered to a PG Student (2015 placement week) : Rs. 72 lacs p.a.
  • The highest salary offered to a Graduate student (2015 placement week): Rs. 48 lacs p.a.

NID has a very strong Industry Interface & Placement process. The Industry Interface is maintained in 3 different ways -

  • Sponsored classroom projects :
    4 to 8 week projects are conducted for industry in last 2 years of UG and 2nd year of PG program
  • Mandatory Industrial training :
    6 to 8 weeks projects in the industry premises. Students are paid anywhere from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 25,000 per month. This is scheduled during third year of UG and second year of PG program
  • Mandatory Diploma project:
    All final semester students need to complete 6 months of diploma project with a client organization. The stipend is anywhere from Rs.15,000 to Rs.50,000 p.m.


Arhan Sarkar
Bachelor of Design [B.DES]
Second Year (2018-19) student

“The college is the very example of what 60+ years of experience of culture and knowledge would result in. NID is a very respectable college and very prestigious. The faculty is a very experienced bunch of people and are one of the most sought after people in India. They are very respected but are also friendly with the students. In NID there is no rule to call your faculty by addressing them as Sir or Ma'am; instead you can call them by their name. This creates a positive environment of learning.”