National Institute of Design is now accepting applications for admission to GDPD/B.Des and M.Des courses. 

If you are willing to apply for B.Des then you must be below 20 years of age. For M.Des, the candidates below 30 years can apply. The minimum qualification required for GDPD/B.Des is 12th Standard, however, work experience is required to apply for M.Des.

NID Application Form Dates 2021

NID DAT Registration window is opened for all courses. The below table shows the dates for the NID DAT Application Form dates:

NID Important Event Date
Start date to Apply January 09, 2021 
Last date to Apply February 07, 2021
Last Date for Application fee payment February 07, 2021
Last date for receiving printed application forms accompanied with a demand draft (to be sent via speed post, registered post or courier) February 07, 2021 (till 4 PM)
Application correction window February 2nd week 2021
Download NID DAT admit card March 1st Week 2021
NID DAT (Prelims)  March 14, 2021

NID Online Coaching

NID Online Coaching

How to Apply Online for NID Exam 2021?

The NID DAT Application Process is a 4 step process namely signup/registration followed by filling in details in the form, uploading required documents, and paying the application fee.

Step 01: Registration (SignUp/Login)

  • You required to register/sign up online before proceeding to fill the application form. This is to be done only at
  • Provide a valid email address and an active mobile number while registering, since these contacts will be used for all future communication. Ensure that this email id and mobile number is active till 31 August 2021.
  • After registration, login credentials will be sent via an email to the registered email address (do remember to check your spam or junk folders in case you do not find the email in your inbox).
  • In case, wrong email address and/or mobile number has been provided during signup, you are required to register afresh with the correct details.
  • Do not delete the email sent to you, as this will be useful for future reference.
  • Log in to your account using login credentials to proceed further.

Direct Link to Fill NID 2021 Application Form

Step 2: Filling Details in the Application form

  • Login using the emailed credentials to fill details in the application form
  • Select the course you are willing to opt for.
  • Fill in all your personal, educational, and communication details. (Note that the details entered during registration will be auto-filled)
  • Fill in the work experience if you are applying for the M.Des course.
  • Verify the details, click Save and Proceed after verification.
  • In case, you wish to proceed later then click on "Save and Exit"

Step 3: Uploading Documents

  • After clicking on Save and Proceed, you will be redirected to a window wherein you have to upload a few documents.
  • Upload a photograph in JPG/JPEG format and not exceeding 100 KB in size. It must be a colored photograph taken at a professional studio. Photographs with self-composed portraits will not be accepted.
  • Upload a signature file in the given space. The file must be in JPG/JPEG format and not exceeding 100 KB in size. You should have your signature digitally photographed or scanned and cropped to the required size. 
  • For reserved category candidates, upload your caste certificate images in the mentioned space by clicking on the "Upload" button.

Note: For detailed instructions related to the documents, scroll below.

Step 04: Application fee payment and Print

  • Click on Save and Next button to proceed to the payment window.
  • Choose the desired option between Online and Offline.
  • For online, pay using Credit Card/Debit card. For offline mode, pay using Demand Draft.
  • For Online Mode: You will be directed to the payment gateway. After completing the payment process, you will be redirected to the ‘Print’ section where you can save your form as a PDF file and print it. You are NOT required to send the print-out of your application form if you are paying online via Debit/Credit Card.
  • For Offline Mode: Prepare a Demand Draft of the amount in favor of ‘All India Management Association’ payable at New Delhi. Fill in the details of the Demand Draft online to complete the submission process. Save the Application Form as a PDF File and print it.

Documents Required to Fill NID DAT 2021 Application Form

Candidates aspiring to apply for NID 2021 Exam, need to have the below-listed documents ready in hand while filling the forms. 

  • Passport size photograph
  • Signature
  • caste certificate
  • Disability certificate
  • First page and last page of Passport for overseas candidates

Specification for Uploading Documents

Here is the brief information about specifications for uploading documents. Also, check the important points to remember while uploading the documents.


  • The photograph must be in colour with a white background and must be taken in a professional studio. Photographs with self-composed portraits will not be accepted.
  • The photograph must be recent and should have been taken after September 1, 2020.
  • Facial features should occupy about 80% of the area in the photograph, with a clear view of the whole face directly looking into the camera. The main features of the face must not be covered by hair of the head, any cloth, or any shadow. The forehead, both eyes, nose, cheeks, lips, and chin should be clearly visible.
  • If you wear spectacles, glare on glasses is not acceptable in your photo. Spectacles with dark or tinted glasses are not permitted; only clear glasses are permitted.
  • The digital version of your passport size photograph is to be uploaded in JPG/JPEG format, with a minimum size of 50 KB and a maximum size of 100 KB

NID Mock Test

NID Mock Test


  • The signature must be in black colour only and must be written against a white background.
  • The signature must be scanned. Mobile phone photographs of signatures are not acceptable.
  • The signature is to be uploaded in JPG/JPEG format, with a minimum size of 50 KB and a maximum size of 100 KB

The below table shows the specification for other documents:

Category Certificate Format & Size
OBC-NCL OBC-NCL Certificate Format: JPG/JPEG Maximum Size: 150 KB
SC Caste Certificate Format: JPG/JPEG Maximum Size: 150 KB
ST Tribe Certificate Format: JPG/JPEG Maximum Size: 150 KB
Open-PwD Disability Certificate Format: JPG/JPEG Maximum Size: 150 KB
OBC-NCL-PwD Caste Certificate Format: JPG/JPEG Maximum Size: 150 KB
Disability Certificate
SC-PwD Caste Certificate Format: JPG/JPEG Maximum Size: 150 KB
Disability Certificate
ST-PwD Caste Certificate Format: JPG/JPEG Maximum Size: 150 KB
Disability Certificate
Overseas First page of Passport Format: JPG/JPEG Maximum Size: 150 KB
Last page of Passport

NID 2021 Application Fee

There are two modes of fee payment i.e., online and offline. Check the procedure for paying the fee through online and offline mode. 

Offline Mode of Payment

Candidates can pay the application fee for NID DAT 2021 through Demand Draft (DD). The DD needs to be drawn in favour of 'All India Management Association' such that it is payable at New Delhi. Candidates who opt to pay the application fee through DD need to take a clear printout of their NID application form and submit the same along with their DD through speed post or courier at the below-mentioned address:

Project Manager CMS,

All India Management Association,

15, Link Road, 

Lajpat Nagar Part 3, New Delhi - 110024, India

Online Mode of Payment

Candidates paying the application fee through online mode need to pay Rs 30 towards 'Bank Transaction Charges' in addition to the category-wise fee. Check out the below table for the detailed category-wise application fees.

Category B. Des & GDPD M. Des (1 discipline) M. Des (2 discipline)
General Rs. 2000/- Rs. 2000/- Rs. 4000/-
General EWS Rs 2000/- Rs 2000/- Rs 4000/-
OBC-NCL Rs.2000/- Rs. 2000/- Rs. 4000/-
SC Rs. 1000/- Rs. 1000/- Rs. 2000/-
ST Rs. 1000/- Rs. 1000/- Rs.2000/-
GEN – PWD Rs. 1000/- Rs. 1000/- Rs. 2000/-
OBC-NCL-PWD Rs. 1000/- Rs. 1000/- Rs. 2000/-
SC PWD Rs. 1000/- Rs. 1000/- Rs. 2000/-
ST PWD Rs. 1000/- Rs. 1000/- Rs. 2000/-
OVERSEAS Rs. 3000/- (only BDes) Rs. 3000/- Rs. 6000/-

NID Application Form Correction 2021

The National Institute of Design will provide an option for application form correction. candidates who feel they have committed mistakes while filling the form can utilize this opportunity for correcting the details. But candidates must also remember that only a few details can be changed and not all. 

Some of the details that cannot be edited in the NID application form correction window include – Eligibility Criteria, Category, Email ID, Nationality/ Citizenship and Date of Birth.

How to retrieve password for the NID application form 2021?

Candidates need not worry if they lose their application number or forget the password. The following methods are to retrieve the lost application number and password:

  • In case anyone loses or forgot your Roll Number, they have to visit the official website.
  • Check carefully on the website, there will be a link for the recovery of passwords.
  • Click on “Forgot Enrolment ID”. Then provide a mobile number and e-mail ID. The enrolment ID will be sent to you via SMS/Email.
  • If a candidate forgets the password, click on “Forgot Enrolment ID or Password?”
  • Click on “Request for an OTP”
  • Provide a mobile number, email ID, and enrolment ID.
  • Candidates can reset the password with the help of OTP received via SMS.
  • If a candidate forgets enrolment ID and email ID/mobile number and payment has not been made, he/she must re-register

Application Status of NID 2021

The procedure to know about NID 2020 Application form status is as follows:

  • Applicants have to visit the official website of the National Institute of Design
  • There is a link for Admission on the bottom side of the home page
  • Click on that link, the new page named the Graduate Diploma Programme in Design will appear.
  • Click on that page.
  • For already registered candidates to know about their Application status put your Name, Registered email- id/ password.


When will the NID DAT Application Form 2021 be released?

The Application Form for NID 2021 is out on 9th January 2021. 

How to apply online for NID DAT 2021 Exam?

Candidates can apply for NID 2021 from the official website. Complete the registration and fill the application form with all the required details correctly. Pay the prescribed fee either through online and offline mode. 

Can I fill the NID Online Form through offline mode?

No, the application form for NID DAT can be filled online only. NID officials will not accept any hard copy of the application form for NID DAT 2021.

What are the documents required to be uploaded while filling the NID DAT Application Form 2021?

Candidates need to upload few scanned documents like photograph, signature, caste certificate, reservation certificate, Tribe Certificate, and Disability Certificate.

Can I change my date of birth in NID Application form correction window?

No, the date of birth cannot be changed in NID application form correction window. Candidates are informed that in application correction window they will be allowed to make changes to certain fields only. 

What is the application fee for B.Des course while applying for NID 2021?

The NID Application fee for B.Des course is listed below:

  • General/ General-EWS/ OBC-NCL: Rs 2,000
  • SC/ ST/ Open- PwD/ Open-NCL-PwD/ SC-PwD/ ST-PwD: Rs 1,000