National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad Admissions 2020: Courses, Eligibility, Selection Criteria

Ahmedabad, Gujarat AICTE, AIU Estd 1961 Public (Autonomous)
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The National Institute of Design (NID) is a design school established in the year of 1961 in Ahmedabad, India. NID offers professional educational programmes at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level with five faculty streams and 20 diverse design domains.

At undergraduate level, the Bachelor of Designing (B.Des) course is offered under eight different specializations from the NID Ahmedabad Campus. The institute also offers a Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD). The duration period of both the courses is four years.

At postgraduate level, NID offers a Master of Designing (M.Des) program under 18 different specializations. The duration period of all the PG courses is two and a half years.

Admission to all of the design courses is granted on the basis of Design Aptitude Tests which will be conducted in two stages : Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims and Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Mains. Based on the Merit list of DAT Prelims, eligible candidates will have to appear for DAT Mains.

At the doctoral level, the institute offers a Ph.D. programme in both full-time and part-time formats. The full-time Ph.D. programme is of three years’ duration and will include a stipend given to the candidate for three years.

To apply for admission, the candidate’s must visit the official website of the institute and fill in the online application form.

NID Ahmedabad Admission Highlights 2020

Name of the Institute National Institute of Design (NID) Ahmedabad
Type of Institute Autonomous
Admission Criteria Entrance-based
Name of Entrance Exam DAT
Mode of Application Online

Important Dates

EVENTDATE
Ph.D. RegistrationAug 31, 2020
Ph.D. ExamNov 18, 2020
Ph.D. ResultNov 29, 2020
Seat Allotment and Document VerificationDec 2, 2020
NID DAT RegistrationNov 15, 2019 - Nov 22, 2019
NID DAT ExamJan 6, 2020

NID Ahmedabad B.Des. Admission 2020

NID Ahmedabad offers 4 year undergraduate courses in Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) under 8 specializations-

  • Ceramic and Glass Design
  • Product Design
  • Exhibition Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Furniture and Interior Design
  • Animation Film Design
  • Film and Video Communication
  • Textile Design
Duration 4 Years
Type Full-time
No. of Specializations 8
Intake 19 Seats
Basic Eligibility Criteria 10+2 qualification
Basic Selection Criteria Entrance-based

Eligibility Criteria

  • The minimum eligibility for B.Des. is the passing of class 12th from any stream.
  • Candidates who want to apply for B.Des. at NID meet the eligibility criteria if they have cleared or are appearing for their higher secondary (10+2) qualifying examination from any stream (Science, Humanities, Commerce, etc.) from any recognised board such as CBSE, IB, ICSE or their equivalent in the year 2019-2020 can apply for the exam.

Note- Upper age limit for candidates for the UG program is 20 years of age (relaxable by three years for reserved category) on or before July 1

Selection Criteria

Admission to the UG courses is on the basis of Design Aptitude Tests which will be conducted in two stages : Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims and Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Mains. Based on the Merit list of DAT Prelims, eligible candidates will have to appear for DAT Mains.

Candidates should note that appearing for the DAT Prelims or being ranked in the shortlist does not guarantee automatic entitlement to admission

Note- For candidates applying in B.Des. and GDPD, the choice of preference of programme or campus does not guarantee a seat. Allotment of campus is purely as per merit

NID Ahmedabad GDPD Admission 2020

NID Ahmedabad offers undergraduate courses in GDPD in 3 specializations-

  • Industrial Design
  • Textile and Apparel Design
  • Communication
Type Full-time
No. of Specializations 3
Basic Eligibility Criteria 10+2 qualification
Basic Selection Criteria Entrance-based

Eligibility Criteria

The minimum eligibility for the same is the passing of class 12th from any stream.

Selection Criteria

The selection of the eligible candidate will be done on the merit in the Entrance test obtained by the candidate followed by counselling process.

NID Ahmedabad PG Admission 2020

NID Ahmedabad offers 2.5 year postgraduate courses in Master of Design (M.Des.) It offers M.Des. in 19 specializations.

Duration 2.5 years
Type Full-time
No. of Specializations 19 Specializations
Basic Eligibility Criteria Bachelor’s degree
Basic Selection Criteria Entrance-based

M.Des. Specializations-

  • Animation Film Design
  • Furniture & Interior Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Textile Design
  • Lifestyle Accessory Design
  • New Media Design
  • Toy and Game Design
  • Design for retail experience
  • Information Design
  • Universal Design
  • Ceramic and glass design
  • Film and Video communication
  • Product design
  • Apparel Design
  • Strategic Design Management
  • Photography Design
  • Transportation and automobile design
  • Digital Game Design
  • Interaction Design

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Bachelor degree of minimum 4-year duration in any specialization, after 12th standard or equivalent to 12th standard
  2. Bachelor degree of minimum 3-year duration in any specialization, after 12th standard or equivalent to 12th standard.
  3. Full-time Diploma of minimum 4-year duration in Design/Fine Arts/Applied Arts/ Architecture, after 12th standard or equivalent to 12th standard.

Selection Criteria

Admission to the M.Des. program will be granted solely on the basis of the candidate’s performance in DAT followed by a Personal Interview.

The revised weightage for DAT Prelims and DAT Mains is as follows: 

DAT Prelims – 60% 
DAT Mains 40%
(Common Design Aptitude Test)  (Discipline specific Test) 
15% 45%

Note- Candidates can apply to a maximum of ONLY TWO disciplines for the Master of Design programme.

  • The seat allotment will be purely based on the preference submitted by candidate at the time of submitting their application. Under no circumstances will the candidate be allowed to change these preferences later.
  • Applications are received to a specific discipline only and are not transferable at any stage of the admissions process.

NID Ahmedabad Ph.D. Admission 2020


Duration
Part-time: 5 Years
Full-time: 3 Years
Type Part/Full-time
Basic Eligibility Criteria Master’s degree
Basic Selection Criteria Entrance-based

Eligibility Criteria

  • A Master’s level qualification in Design,
  • A Bachelor’s level qualification in Design from NID,
  • A minimum of 3 years of professional or teaching experience.
  • Master’ s degree in Philosophy(eg, M.Phil) in Design

Selection Criteria

Admission will be granted on the basis of Design Research Test (DRT) which will be conducted at NID Ahmedabad Campus. Appearing for the DRT or being included in the shortlist does not guarantee admission into the programme.

Candidates shortlisted after the DRT will be invited to appear for an interview and  make presentations to a committee at NID.

How to Apply at NID Ahmedabad?

As part of the NID admission process, candidates need to first fill their application form. Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria for this design entrance exam are then eligible to appear for NID DAT Prelims. Aspirants who clear the first stage of NID admissions then need to appear for NID DAT Mains. Finally, candidates who clear this admission round as well are offered admission in the course/ college of their choice.

NID admissions 2020 is a two-tier process. Thus, for NID admissions candidates need to appear for NID DAT (Prelims) and NID DAT (Mains). The objective of conducting both these tests is to assess knowledge, skills as well as behavioural abilities of candidates.

Steps to fill Application form

  • Sign up and enter required details
  • Fill the Application form
  • Upload the documents
  • Pay the Application fees
  • Print the Admit card

Things to remember:

  • Fill NID DAT Application form
  • Download NID DAT Admit card
  • Appear for the prelims
  • Check NID prelims Result
  • Appear for NID Mains
  • Check NID Final Merit list

FAQs

Ques. How can I secure admission in NID?

Ans. Aspirants need to appear for the NID entrance exam which comprises two admission rounds, that is, NID DAT Prelims and NID DAT Mains. Candidates who clear NID DAT Prelims are only allowed to appear for NID DAT Mains.

Ques. What are NID DAT Prelims?

Ans. NID DAT Prelims is the shortlisting round for NID admissions. NID DAT Prelims comprises a written entrance exam that candidates need to appear for and clear in order to be eligible for NID DAT Mains.

Ques. What is NID DAT Mains?

Ans. NID DAT Mains is the final admission round for NID admissions. NID DAT Mains consists of a Studio Test and Interview round that candidates need to clear in order to secure admission in design courses offered at NID campuses.

Ques. How many students appeared for NID DAT 2019?

Ans. In 2019, a total of 21,032 students applied for NID DAT. As per statistics, more females apply for NID Entrance Exam as compared to male candidates. Last year, 13,891 female candidates applied for the design entrance exam as compared to 7,933 male aspirants.

Ques. Is NID a government institute?

Ans. National Institute of Design (NID) has been declared as an 'Institute of National Importance' by a bill passed in the Lok Sabha. Established in 1961, NID is an autonomous national institution.

NID, Ahmedabad Fees & Eligibility

CourseFeesEligibility
B.Des10,844 (1st Year Fees) Pass in 10+2 + NID
M.Des6.4 Lakhs (1st Year Fees) Pass in Graduation + NID
COURSEADMISSION LINK
B.Des, M.Des, Admission Link

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College

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7.8 /10

Admission :

I wanted to pursue Transportation Design since childhood. I also applied for Product design but ended up choosing Transportation because sketching cars was something that I have been doing since childhood. For the admission process you have to appear for an Aptitude Test and if you get shortlisted then you will be called for an interview and a discipline specific aptitude test. In the interview you have to show your portfolio. The interview may or may not be around the discipline that you select because they want to check your knowledge about the subject but also want to know about your thinking process.

Remarks :

Environment is very good and motivating for working. Good space for learning and to try out new things. Good facilities and environment makes it a good and enriching experience overall. The overall schedule is quite hectic.

9 /10 faculty
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AG
7.2 /10

Admission :

First of all there is an entrance exam to be given, the qualifiers that go to the second round of selection that is a model making and sketching round. Once you clear both the exams you get a mail regarding the dates of joining and other details.

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PS
8.2 /10

Admission :

First entrance exam in which the would be about the reason and general knowledge then the situation test where you have make something 3D then interview combining all marks you got the merit list will appear then you get into the college.

Remarks :

College education system is good but little hectic But manageable. Be safe from the mosquitoes because students get dengue and worse fever so the only thing is that and else everything is great there.

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8.8 /10

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You have to give an entrance exam to get pass your 1st phase, which takes place around 1st or 2nd week of january. You get forms for it during october and november. After that they select some students for the studio test which will be your phase 2 and after studio test there is an interview session. If you pass them all you got the admission.

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There are a lot of pros and cons about NID, which the pros includes, it has the best faculties from the india, better facilities, campus is really great it has lot of trees and birds, good wifi with a great internet speed, placements are good. And cons includes, some dipartament has less number of faculties, food from mess can be made better.

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6.0 /10

Admission :

The entrance exam for NID is a two step process. The first stage comprises of CAT and DAT exams. The next level has a studio test and then a merit list is made. People get admission to various NIDs according to their rank and preference.

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7.5 /10

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It was my best shot. I was unsure, and they had a year long foundation course, so I could still make up my mind if this is what I truly wanted. It was a lucky shot, but worth it. Right now, I am doing animation and film design, and the wealth of insight and info I get here is probably most human centric and community based.

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i am currently done with a diploma course in interior designing(3 years) and now i want to apply for b.des in furniture design in NID.... am i elegible for it??( idid read the elegibility cliteria but i was wondering do they accept students with 10 3 qualification)
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Hi Josleena, visit the official website of the institute or contact at 079-26629500 , 26629600 for required information.
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i am currently studying in 12th can you tell me how can i give exam this sunday on 6 jan,19?
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Hi Kritika, You may Please contact to this Number: -079-26629500, 26629600 for getting the information about your query.
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Hi, I have a graduate degree in English Literature and I now wish to study fashion design. Where can I apply for a masters degree where I don't need to have a design background? Awaiting your reply, Thanks
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Hi Nidhi, this course is not provided in this college.
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Apparel design is there in nid masters program
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Hi Ayushi, yes, this course is available in the institute.

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