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NID 2022 Notification, Exam Dates & Eligibility

The NID Design Aptitude Test (DAT) is a national level entrance exam conducted by the National Institute of Design for providing admission to UG and PG programs in the Design category.

The admission is provided based on your performance in the two stages of the Design Aptitude Test (DAT) i.e., DAT Prelims and DAT Mains.

If you are an aspirant for the NID Exam 2022, read through the post that will give a complete insight into various details like eligibility criteria, exam dates, selection process, syllabus, exam pattern, and more.

Latest News: The National Institute of Design has started the online registration process for the NID entrance exam from 05 October 2021. Those who are willing to apply for the exam must make sure to fill the NID online Application Form on or before the last date.

NID 2022 Entrance Exam Dates & Schedule

The National Institute of Design has released the official notification for the NID 2022 on the official website.

The entrance exam is conducted in two stages Prelims and Mains. Both the stages are qualifying in nature.

Download NID Notification PDF 2022

To apply for the exam, you should have been born on or after 01 July 2002. You are eligible to apply under the overseas category in case if you hold citizenship of a country other than the Republic of India. 

NID DAT 2022 Exam Dates

Check out the table below to know all the important events related to the NID Exam 2022.

Events Dates
Release of NID Notification 2022 05 October 2021
NID application process starts from 05 October 2021
Last date for submitting NID Online Application Form 30 November 2021 (04:00 pm)
Last date for submitting NID Application Form with the late fee 01 December 2021 - 05 December 2021 (04:00 pm)
Application correction window 06 December 2021 - 13 December 2021 (04:00 pm)
NID admit card download begins 23 December 2021
NID DAT Prelims Exam 02 January 2022
Declaration of NID DAT Result January 2022 (tentative)
NID DAT Mains Exam March/April 2022 (tentative)
Declaration of final NID result  April/May 2022 (tentative)

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NID Online Coaching

NID 2022 Eligibility Criteria

Only those who will satisfy the criteria set by the exam conducting body are eligible to apply for the exam. Your candidature will get cancelled if you do not satisfy the Eligibility Criteria for NID Exam 2022.

Check out the detailed criteria in terms of age, qualification from the post below.

Age Limit: 

As per the official notification, Indian Nationals belonging to the general category and general EWS category must have been born on or after 01 July 2002 whereas those belonging to SC/ST/OBC-NCL category must have born on or after 01 July 1999 to apply for the NID entrance exam.

If you belong to the PwD category, you must have been born on or after 01 July 1997 in order to be eligible for the admission process.

Download Free Practice Question Papers for NID Exam by CreativeEdge

Educational Qualification:

  • You must have completed the final examination of 10+2 or equivalent from a recognized board (AISSE/ICSE/CBSE) in order to be eligible for the exam.
  • Those who are appearing for the higher secondary examination in the academic year 2021-22 can also apply for the NID DAT 2022 exam.

How to Apply for NID 2022?

The entire application process for NID DAT 2022 is only through online mode. There are four stages involved in the NID application process i.e, online registration, filling the application form, uploading documents, and paying the application fee.

  • Visit the official website of NID i.e.
  • Click on the "New Registration" tab
  • Provide the valid mobile number, email ID, Date of birth and click on the submit button
  • After registration, login credentials will be sent via email to the registered email ID and mobile number.
  • Re-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 2022 Admission Process

NID 2022 Admission Process is a 2-tier procedure that includes Prelims and Mains. Qualifying both stages will result in getting admission into the desired NID.

You can check out the detailed admission process from the post below.


  • 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 printout of the form for future reference.

NID Prelims Exam 2022

  • 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 2022 (for M.Des)

  • You have to score above the cut-off in the prelims exam to get shortlisted for the mains exam.
  • This stage comprises studio tests and interview 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.
  • You will be offered admissions at different NID across India if you get qualified in all the stages of the exam.

NID DAT Reservation 2022 

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

Persons with Disability (PwD) will be given a 5% 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 Category

There is a provision for a 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.

NID 2022 Exam Pattern

As per the notification, the NID exam involves two stages: prelims and mains for both B.Des, GDPD, and M.Des. However, depending on the prevailing pandemic situation, NID may change the schedules or the structure of the paper pattern.

Have a look at the table below to know the detailed NID Exam Pattern for both UG and PG programs.

NID DAT 2022 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

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NID mock test

NID 2022 Syllabus

Before starting your preparation, it is important to go through the detailed syllabus as it will help you know the important topics from the exam point of view.

The below table explains the Important topics for the NID DAT 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

NID 2022 Admit Card

The NID 2022 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:

  • Visit the official website of NID
  • Click on the link  “NID 2022 Admit Card”
  • Enter the login credentials such as registration number and password
  • Click on the submit button
  • The Admit Card will be displayed on the screen
  • Take a printout for future reference

NID DAT 2022 Exam Centers

NID Entrance Exam 2022 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 - -

How to Prepare for NID 2022?

NID DAT Prelims consists of both objective and subjective type questions. So you must ensure to prepare equally for both types of questions. Here, we have provided a few tips to enhance your NID Preparation.

  • 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.
  • Give more time for the topics that you feel are difficult.
  • Solve more and more questions from previous year NID Sample Papers to know the difficulty level of the exam and the type of questions asked.
  • Try to attempt at least one to two mock tests weekly.
  •  Also, make sure to analyze your performance after the completion of each paper.

NID Exam Analysis & Students' Reaction

Let us have a look at the previous year's NID Exam Analysis and get an idea about the difficulty level of the exam.

NID 2021 Exam Review

  • As per the feedback received from the students, the exam was a moderate level of difficulty.
  • In the general knowledge section, questions related to Padma Shree Awards were asked.
  • Also, the questions were quite lengthy.

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 2022 Result

The results are declared after the completion of the exam. The results are published in the form of PDF. You can check NID Exam Result from the official website by following the below steps:

  • Visit the official site of NID:
  • Click on the link NID 2022 Result
  • Enter roll number, the application number
  • Click on the submit button
  • The result PDF will be displayed on the screen.
  • Take a printout of the same for future reference.

NID 2022 Cut Off Marks 

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

To help you get an idea about the expected cut-off, we have provided the previous year cut off in the table below.

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 2022 Counselling

Only those who will qualify in both prelims and mains exams will get shortlisted for the counselling process. The National Institute of Design conducts the counselling process in 2 stages and as explained below:

Online Consent by Qualified Aspirants

An online consent has to be sent by you 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 the NID application form. In case of any mismatch, your admission is liable to cancellation.

Colleges Accepting NID DAT 2022 Scores

The NID 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 2022

National Institute of Design offers various specializations 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


Is the the NID Notification 2022 released?

Yes The National Institute of Design has released the NID Notification 2022 on 05 October 2021.

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

There is no limit on number of attempts until and unless you fulfill the eligibility criteria. 

Can a student from Class 12 Arts stream apply for NID Entrance Exam 2022?

Yes, those who are appearing/passed Higher Secondary (10+2) in any stream are eligible to apply for B.Des in NID DAT 2022. 

What is the age limit to apply for NID DAT Exam 2022?

For BDes upper age limit is 20 years. Relaxation of 3 years for reserved category candidates. In case of MDes upper age limit is 30 years.

What is the education qualification required to apply for NID DAT 2022?

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 2022 Entrance Exam Pattern?

  • Mode of Exam: The exam will be conducted offline mode.
  • Duration of Exam: 3 hours
  • Medium of Paper: The exam will be conducted only in the English language.
  • Negative Marking: There is no negative marking.

Can I apply for NID 2022 with my parents mail ID?

Yes. You can apply for NID 2022 with my parents mail ID but it should be active.

Is Maths required for NID?

No. Maths is not required to apply for NID. However, you should have some basic knowledge to solve problems related to calculations.

How can I get admission in NID?

To secure admission in the National Institute of Design, you need to appear for the NID Entrance Exam which comprises two stages: prelims and mains.

Will NID Exam be conducted in online mode?

No. NID entrancee exam is conducted only in offline mode i.e. pen and paper mode.

What is the syllabus for NID Entrance Exam?

In the NID exam you will be tested on topics like Creativity, Comprehension, Knowledge and Visualization, Drawing Skills, Memory Drawing, General Mental Ability, etc.

Is NID Entrance Exam very tough?

No. The difficulty level of the NID entrance exam is easy-moderate.




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