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The National Institute of Design conducts an entrance exam every year for offering admissions into Bachelor of Design (B.Des.), Masters of Design (M.Des.) and Ph.D. in Design. The NID Exam 2021 is conducted in two stages Prelims and Mains. 

This post takes you through detailed information about NID Entrance Exam 2021, the application process, exam pattern, syllabus, admission process. 

Latest News: The National Institute of Design has released the NID Admit Card on the official website. You can download the admit card by clicking on the direct link provided in the post below.

NID Exam Notification 2021

The National Institute of Design released the NID Notification on 09 January 2021. As per the notification, the selection process involves two stages: Prelims and Mains. 

You must have born on or after 01 July 2001 to apply for the NID exam. You are eligible to apply under the overseas category in case if you hold citizenship of a country other than the Republic of India. 

Also, the official notification includes other details like exam dates, the application process, application fee, list of exam centers, and more.

Click Here to Download NID Notification PDF

NID DAT 2021 Exam Dates

Check out the table below to know the NID Exam Dates 2021.

Events Dates
NID Exam notification Release Date January 09, 2021
Starting Date to Apply January 09, 2021
Last Date to Apply February 17, 2021
Admit Card for NID 2021 March 04, 2021
NID DAT Prelims Exam March 14, 2021
Declaration of NID DAT Prelims result Last week of March 2021
NID DAT Mains Exam Last week of April 2021
Mains Exam Result Last week of May 2021

What is the Eligibility criteria for NID DAT 2021?

  • Age Limit: Your age should be below 20 years as of July 30, 2021, to apply for the exam.
  • Educational Qualification: You must have completed or appeared in the final examination of 10+2 or equivalent from a recognized board (AISSE/ICSE/CBSE).

How to Apply for NID 2021?

The entire application process for NID DAT 2021 is only through online mode. There are four stages included during NID Registration 2021 i.e, Registration, Filling the form, uploading documents, and paying the application fee.

  • Visit the official website for completing the registration process. 
  • Provide the valid mobile no., email ID, Date of birth, etc. while registering.
  • After registration, login credentials will be sent via an email to the registered email address.
  • Login to the portal using the credentials received after registration.
  • Fill the application form by entering all the details correctly. 
  • Upload all the necessary documents in the specified format.
  • Pay the application fee either online or offline mode. 

NID Admit Card 2021

If you have completed the application process successfully, then only you will receive the admit card. The NID 2021 Admit Card is the mandatory document that has to be carried to the exam hall. The admit card can be downloaded by following the below steps:

  1. Visit the official website of NID –
  2. Click on the link  “NID 2021 Admit Card”.
  3. Enter the login credentials and click the submit button.
  4. The Admit Card will be generated on the screen.
  5. Take a printout for future reference.

NID DAT 2021 Exam Centers

NID 2021 will be conducted at various exam centers across India. The below table shows the list of exam cities.

Ahmedabad Hyderabad Patna
Bengaluru Guwahati Nagpur
Bhopal Lucknow Raipur
Jaipur New Delhi Kolkata
Chandigarh Mumbai Thiruvananthapuram
Chennai - -

NID Admission Process 2021

NID 2021 Admission Process is a 2-tier procedure that includes Prelims and Mains. Qualifying both the stages will result in getting admission into the desired NID. Check out the detailed admission process:


  • You can proceed with the application process, only if you satisfy the eligibility criteria.
  • Make sure to keep all the required documents ready in hand before proceeding with the process.
  • You can pay the application fee either online or offline.
  • Also, it is important for you to take a print out of the form for future reference.

NID Prelims Exam 2021

  • The first stage of the Design Aptitude Test is a written test that comprises objective as well as subject questions.
  • The time duration of the preliminary exam is 3 hours.

NID DAT Mains 2021 (for M.Des)

  • You have to score above the cut off to get shortlisted for the mains exam.
  • This stage comprises studio tests and Interviews conducted by the exam authorities. 
  • In the studio test, you are given practical assignments that need to be completed in a given time. 

NID Final Result

  • Based on your performance in prelims and mains, the final merit list is prepared by the authorities.
  • The qualified students will be offered NID Admissions at different NID across India. 

NID 2021 Exam Pattern

As per the NID Entrance Exam Pattern, the exam is conducted in 2 stages: Prelims and mains for both B.Des, GDPD, and M.Des. 

NID DAT 2021 Exam For B.Des & GDPD For M.Des
Mode of Exam Online Online
No. of Questions Section A: 64 (MCQ); Section B: 3 (Subjective) Section A: 59 (MCQ); Section B: 3 (Subjective)
No. of Sections 2 2
Total Marks 100 100
Negative Marking No No
Duration 3 hours 3 hours

NID Entrance Exam Syllabus 2021

the below table explains the NID Syllabus of both the aptitude test and studio test.

Exam Syllabus
Aptitude Test Includes various topics like Creativity, Comprehension, Knowledge and Visualization, Drawing Skills, Memory Drawing, General Mental Ability, etc.
Studio Test Comprises of topics such as 3D Modeling, Body Language, Observation Test, Portfolio Making, Creative Thinking, etc

How to Prepare for NID 2021?

NID DAT Prelims consists of both objective and subjective type questions. So you must ensure to prepare equally for both types of questions.

  • One of the important tips by toppers is that you should practice how to sketch objects and human figures.
  • Make sure to be thorough with the detailed syllabus and pattern of the exam.
  • List out all the important topics you need to focus on.
  • Solve more and more previous year question papers to know the difficulty level of the exam and type of questions asked.
  • Try to attempts mock test series to analyze your preparation levels.

NID Exam Analysis & Students' Reaction

As the 2021 exam is not yet conducted let us have a look at the previous year's exam analysis. This can help you get an idea about the difficulty level of the exam and questions asked.

NID 2020 Exam Review

  • As per the student's feedback, the exam was a moderate level of difficulty. All questions were doable. 
  • The majority of the students said the question paper was lengthy as they had to attempt 6 subjective questions. 

NID 2019 Exam Review

  • Most of the students who appeared for the exam said the pattern of the exam was changed and it was conveyed to students. 
  • As per the pattern informed by authorities, the exam had to include 30 marks subjective and 70 marks objective. But, in the examination, this was reversed.

NID Exam Result

The result for the preliminary exam will be declared in the month of March 2021 while the mains result will be out in May 2021. You can check NID Result from the official website by following the below steps:

  1. Visit the official site of NID:
  2. Click on the link NID 2021 Result
  3. Enter roll no, the application number, and submit.
  4. The result PDF will be displayed on the screen.
  5. Take a printout of the same for future reference.

NID 2021 Cut Off Marks

Generally, the cut off marks will be released after the results. You must remember that scoring above the NID Cut Off only will result in getting shortlisted for the merit list. 

Institute Category
Open Gen - EWS OBC - 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 NE 71.72 53.33 50.51 47.98 NA
NID Haryana 91.15 NE 65.82 46.12 47.91 46.33 NA
NID Madhya Pradesh 88.16 NE 60.95 50.17 46.19 NE NA
NID Assam 87.10 NE 57.17 45.98 NE NE NA

NID 2021 Counselling

The National Institute of Design conducts the counselling process in 2 stages during the first week of June 2021. The 2 step conselling includes:

Online Consent by Qualified Candidates

An online consent has to be sent by you from June 2021 for being eligible for the next stage of counselling. Based on the online consent, the merit list will be released and uploaded regularly on the official NID website.

Online Uploading of Documents

After the release of the final merit list, you need to upload a few documents in jpeg format for the purpose of verification. The documents required are as follows:

  • 10th mark sheet
  • 12th mark sheet
  • Birth certificate
  • Graduation degree for admission to M.Des.

The uploaded documents will be verified by the information mentioned in NID 2020 application form. In case of any mismatch, the admission of the candidate is liable to cancellation.

Colleges Accepting NID DAT 2021 Scores

The NID 2021 Exam Scores are accepted in all 7 NID campuses that are listed below:

NID Ahmedabad NID Gandhinagar
NID Vijayawada NID Bengaluru
NID Bhopal NID Jorhat
NID Kurukshetra -

Courses Offered by NID

National Institute of Design offers various specialization under B.Des, GDPD, and M.Des as tabulated below:

BDes Courses at NID
Ceramic and Glass Design Furniture and Interior Design
animation film design Textile Design
Film and Video Communication Graphic Design
Exhibition Design Product Design
GDPD Courses at NID
Industrial Design Communication Design
Textile and Apparel Design
MDes Courses at NID
Ceramic and Glass Design Animation Film Design
Graphic Design Product Design
Apparel Design Textile Design
Furniture and Interior Design Film and Video Communication
Strategic Design Management Photography Design
Transportation and Automobile Design Toy and Game Design
Universal Design Interaction Design
Digital Game Design Design for Rental Experience
Lifestyle Accessory Design Information Design
New Media Design

NID DAT 2021 Reservation

The National Institute of Design follows the reservation norms for all courses offered by them. The category-wise reservation of seats for all courses as per NID Reservation policy is as tabulated below:

Category Reservation (in %)
Economically Weaker Section (EWS) 10
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 27
SC 15
ST 7.5

The Persons with Disability (PwD) will be given a 3% horizontal reservation of seats from the parent category in each program cutting across all sections i.e. SC, ST, OBC (Non-Creamy only), and General category. 

NID Reservation for Overseas Candidates

There is a provision for 15% reservation of supernumerary seats in B. Des. and M. Des. Programs for the overseas category. If you belong to the NRI category (Non-Resident of India), then you need to apply as Indian Citizens.


When will the NID DAT Exam 2021 be held?

The NID DAT 2021 Exam is expected to be conducted in the month of February or March 2021. 

Is there any limits on number of attempts in NID DAT Exam?

There is no limit on number of attempts provided candidates fulfill the age limit criteria. 

Can a student from Class 12 Arts stream apply for NID Entrance Exam 2021?

Yes, candidates appearing/passed Higher Secondary (10+2) in any stream are eligible to apply for BDes in NID DAT 2021. 

What is the age limit to apply for NID DAT Exam 2021?

For BDes upper age limit is 20 years on or before July 30, 2021. Relaxation of 3 years for reserved category candidates. In case of MDes upper age limit is 30 years on or before JUly 30, 2021.

What is the education qualification required to apply for NID DAT 2021?

Candidates appearing/passed higher secondary (10+2) from a recognized board are eligible to apply for BDes. Bachelor’s degree in 10+2+4 scheme in any discipline from a recognized institute/college is required to apply for MDes program.

What is the NID DAT 2021 Entrance Exam Pattern?

Part 1Objective type 1-22Ques. 1 to 14 (1 mark each); Ques 15 to 22 (2 mark each)
Part 2Subjective type 23-26Ques. 23- 15 marks; Ques 24- 20 marks; Ques 25- 15 marks; Ques 26- 20 marks


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