NID Application Form 2021: How to Apply and Application Fee

National Institute of Design has extended the last date for submitting the application forms for admission to GDPD/B.Des and M.Des courses. It is a great opportunity for you to apply for the NID exam if you have not filled the online form till now. This post takes you through the complete details about how to fill NID Application Form 2021 without any errors. 

If you are willing to apply for B.Des then you must be below 20 years of age and you must have completed 12th standard. For M.Des, your age should be below 30 years and you must hold a 3-year degree in any specialization.

NID Application Form Dates 2021

If you are eligible for the NID exam, then make sure to fill the application form on or before the last date. The below table explains all important events related to the NID DAT Application Form dates:

Events Dates
Start date to fill the application form January 09, 2021 
Last date to submit the application form February 17, 2021 (4 pm)
Last date to submit the application form with late fee February 17 (4pm) - February 22, 2021
Application correction window February 21 - February 23, 2021
Download NID DAT admit card March 04, 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 again with the correct details.
  • Do not delete the email sent to you, as this will be useful for future reference.

Direct Link to Fill NID 2021 Application Form

Step 2: Filling Details in the Application form

  • Log in to your account using login credentials to proceed with the filling of the application.
  • 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 photo in the specified format
  • Upload a signature in the specified format
  • You should have your signature digitally photographed or scanned and cropped to the required size. 
  • If you belong to the reserved category, upload your caste certificate image 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 

  • 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

If you are aspiring to apply for NID 2021 Exam, then you need to have the below-listed documents handy while filling the online form. 

  • Passport size photograph
  • Signature
  • Caste certificate (if applicable)
  • Disability certificate (if applicable)
  • First page and last page of Passport for overseas students

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.
  • 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
  • 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.

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

You 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. If you opt for paying the application fee through DD, then you need to take a clear printout of their NID application form and submit the same along with 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

If you are paying the application fee through online mode, then you 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 open the correction window for the application form from 21 February 2021 to 23 February 2021. Note that you will be allowed to make changes in certain fields only.

Some of the details that cannot be edited in the NID application form correction window include:

  •  Eligibility Criteria
  • Category
  • Email ID
  • Nationality/ Citizenship
  • Date of Birth

Procedure to Edit the NID Application Form

If you feel that you have committed mistakes while filling the form, you can edit the details in the application form within the period of the correction window. You can follow the steps mentioned below to edit the application form.

  • Visit the official website of NID
  • Login to the website using your registration number and password
  • Click on the "Submit" button
  • A new screen will appear on the screen and there you will see a link related to "NID Correction Form"
  • Click on the link and make the required changes
  • Click on the "Save" button

How to Retrieve Password for the NID Application Form 2021?

You can follow the simple steps mentioned below in case if you forget your password.

  • Visit the official website
  • 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 you forget the password, click on “Forgot Enrolment ID or Password?”
  • Click on “Request for an OTP”
  • Provide a mobile number, email ID, and enrolment ID.
  • You 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

You can follow the below procedure to check the status of your application form.

  • Visit the official website
  • On the Home page, click on the admission tab link
  • Click on the new page named "Graduate Diploma Programme in Design"
  • Enter your registered number and password
  • Click on the "Submit" button
  • The application status will appear on the screen


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