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NID 2024 Exam Dates (Announced), Notification, Eligibility Criteria & Admission Process

Author : Palak Khanna

Updated On : September 19, 2023


Breaking News: Dive in now to be the first to mark your calendar with "NID important dates" released by the National Institute of Design for the year 2024Prepare in advance to unlock your door to a brighter design career by starting your preparations early! 

The much-anticipated NID 2024 exam dates have just been announced!

As thousands eagerly await this pivotal moment in the design aspirants' calendar, we bring you the first glance at the schedule. The National Institute of Design (NID) Exam is a national-level design entrance examination in India.

It is conducted by the National Institute of Design for admission into its various undergraduate and postgraduate design courses at campuses across India, offering students the opportunity to pursue a career in fields such as product design, graphic design, animation, and more.

This post shall guide you through detailed information about NID 2024 to stay ahead and plan your preparation accordingly!

Check all the latest information in this article related to:

  • What is NID?
  • Full Form
  • Highlights
  • NID 2024 Important Dates
  • Application Process
  • Admit Card
  • Exam Pattern & Syllabus
  • Preparation Tips
  • Answer Key & Result
  • Cut off 
  • Counselling Process

Important NID Exam Update:

  • Don't miss out on the NID 2024 Exam calendar!! The NID application process is already in full swing. Know the NID DAT prelims and Mains dates by scrolling below. 

What is NID 2024 exam?

The NID Design Aptitude Test (DAT) is a national-level entrance exam conducted by the National Institute of Design to provide admission to design UG and PG programs.

Bachelor of Design (B.Des - 4 Years) is offered at NID Ahmedabad, NID Andhra Pradesh, NID Haryana, NID Madhya Pradesh and NID Assam. 

Master of Design (M.Des - 2.5 Years) is offered at NID Ahmedabad (and its extension campuses at Gandhinagar and Bengaluru).

NID Full Form: National Institutes of Design

NID 2024 Exam Highlights

Particulars Details
Exam name National Institute of Design Aptitude Test (NID DAT)
Conducting Body NID
Exam frequency Once a year
Exam purpose Admission to Design courses offered by NIDS and some private colleges
Courses offered BDes, MDes
Application fee INR 3,000 
Exam duration 3 hours
Official website https://admissions.nid.edu

NID 2024 Exam Dates & Schedule

The National Institute of Design has released the official notification for the NID 2024 exam on its official website.

The entrance exam is conducted in two stages:

  • DAT Prelims
  • DAT Mains

Both stages are qualifying in nature. To apply for the exam, your minimum age should be 19 years.

You can apply under the overseas category if you hold citizenship from a country other than the Republic of India.

NID 2024 Entrance Exam Dates (For Reference)

Check out the table below to know all the important events related to the NID Exam 2024.

Events Dates (Announced)
Release of NID 2024 Notification 18:00 hrs. Friday, 08 September 2023
The NID 2024 application process starts from 18:00 hrs. Friday, 08 September 2023 (Open)
Last date for submitting NID Online Application Form 16:00 hrs. Friday, 01 December 2023 
The last date for submitting the NID Application Form with the late fee 18:00 hrs. Friday, 01 December 2023 - 16:00 hrs. Sunday, 03 December 2023
Application correction window 16:00 hrs. Friday, 05 December 2023 - 16:00 hrs. Sunday, 07 December 2023
NID admit card download begins for NID DAT Prelims 16:00 hrs. Tuesday, 12 December 2023
NID DAT Prelims Exam/ NID BDes exam date 2024 Sunday, 24 December 2023
Declaration of NID DAT Prelims Results 16:00 hrs. Thursday, 28 March 2024
Rechecking request for DAT prelims 18:00 hrs. Thursday, 28 March 2024 to 16:00 hrs. Saturday, 30 March 2024
Download the NID DAT Mains Exam Admit Card 16:00 hrs. Friday, 14 April 2024
NID DAT Mains Exam/ NID 2024 Exam Date Saturday, 27 April 2024 and Sunday, 28 April 2024
NID DAT 2024 Mains Result 16:00 hrs. Tuesday, 21 May 2024
Window for submission of Campus Preference 16:00 hrs. Tuesday, 21 May 2024 to 16:00 hrs. Thursday, 23 May 2024
Rechecking request for DAT Mains 16:00 hrs. Tuesday, 21 May 2024 to 16:00 hrs. Thursday, 22 May 2024
Seat Allotment, Payment of Token Fees and Uploading of documents 16:00 hrs. Tuesday, 29 May 2024 to 16:00 hrs. Wednesday, 31 May 2024
Provisional offer letter 16:00 hrs. Tuesday, 13 June 2024
Payment of remaining fees 16:00 hrs. Thursday, 13 June 2024 to 16:00 hrs. Monday, 17 June 2024
Subsequent rounds of seat allotment, along with the payment of full fees 16:00 hrs. Thursday, 20 June 2024
Physical verification of documents at the respective NIDs To be announced later by the respective NIDs

Check: NID 2024 Admission

NID 2024 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 2024

Check out the detailed criteria for age and qualification from the post below.

NID Aptitude Test - 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 2003, whereas those belonging to the SC/ST/OBC-NCL category must have been born on or after 01 July 2000 to apply for the NID entrance exam.
  • If you belong to the PwD category, you must have been born on or after 01 July 1998 to be eligible for admission.
  • For Foreign nationals in the overseas category, only those candidates born or after 1 July 2003 are eligible to apply for admission.

Educational Qualification

  • You must have completed the final examination of 10+2 or equivalent from a recognized board (AISSE/ICSE/CBSE) to be eligible for the exam.
  • Those appearing for the higher secondary examination in the academic year 2024 can also apply for the NID DAT exam.
  • Applications for the academic year 2023-24 are open to candidates who have passed or will appear for higher secondary (10+2) qualifying examinations in any stream (Science, Arts, Commerce, Humanities etc.) from any recognized board of education such as CBSE, IB, ICSE or equivalent.

Visit the respective official website of each campus to learn about the NID Ahmedabad entrance exam.

Check: How is Life at NID?

How to Apply for NID DAT 2024?

The entire application process for NID DAT 2024 is only through online mode.

There are four stages involved in the NID application process, i.e., online registration, filling out the application form, uploading documents, and paying the application fee.

  • Visit the official website of NID, i.e. www.nid.edu.
  • Click on the "New Registration" tab.
  • Provide a valid mobile number, email ID, and Date of birth, and click on the submit button.
  • After registration, login credentials will be emailed to the registered email ID and mobile number.
  • Re-login to the portal using the credentials received after registration.
  • Fill out 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. 

Check: NID 2024 Application Form

NID 2024 Admission Process

NID 2024 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 in the post below.


  • You can only proceed with the application process if you satisfy the eligibility criteria.
  • Ensure to keep all the required documents ready before proceeding with the process.
  • You can pay the application fee either online or offline.
  • Also, you need to take a printout of the form for future reference.

NID Prelims Exam 2024

  • The first stage of the Design Aptitude Test is a written test comprising objective and subject questions.
  • The time duration of the preliminary exam is 3 hours.

Check: Tips to Improve Drawing Skills for NID 2024

NID DAT Mains 2024 (for M.Des)

  • You must score above the prelims exam cut-off to get shortlisted for the NID DAT Mains exam.
  • This stage comprises studio tests and interviews conducted by the exam authorities.
  • In the studio test, you are given practical assignments that must be completed on time. 

NID Final Result

  • The authorities prepare the final merit list based on your performance in prelims and mains.
  • You will be offered admission at different NIDs across India if you qualify in all the exam stages.

NID 2024 Admit Card

The NID 2024 Admit Card is the mandatory document that has to be carried to the exam hall without fail. The admit card can be downloaded by following the below steps:

  • Visit the official website of NID
  • Click on the link  “NID 2024 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 2024 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.

Look at the table below to learn the detailed NID Exam Pattern for both UG and PG programs.

NID DAT 2024 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

Sectional Weightage 2024

Exam Weightage (B.Des) Weightage (M.Des)
DAT Prelims 30-40% 30%
DAT Mains 60-70% 70%

NID 2024 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 table below explains the Important topics for the NID DAT of both the aptitude and studio tests.

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

Check: NID 2024 Syllabus

NID 2024 Exam Centers

NID Entrance Exam 2024 will be conducted at various exam centres across India. The table below 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 DAT 2024?

NID DAT Prelims consist 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 to practice sketching objects and human figures.
  • Ensure 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 the previous year's 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.

Check: NID Preparation Books

NID Exam Analysis

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

NID 2023 Exam Review

Watch the video below for the NID 2023 exam analysis:

NID Exam Analysis 2022

Based on the exam analysis of NID 2022 exam, the overall complexity of the NID entrance examination was rated as moderate.

  • The question paper comprised a total of 26 questions, with 22 of them being Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and the remaining 4 being in the form of long answer-type questions.
  • The segment dedicated to logical reasoning and aptitude was categorized as easy, while the general knowledge section exhibited a level of difficulty ranging from easy to moderate. In contrast to the previous year, the drawing section featured questions that were both lengthy and intricate.
  • Students needed to effectively manage their time in order to tackle the drawing questions, as these questions presented a certain level of complexity. Within the drawing section, there was a question centred around perspective.
  • Furthermore, students were tasked with illustrating a kingfisher across 3 different slides. The general knowledge section included questions pertaining to Padma Shree Awards and vaccines.

NID 2021 Exam Review

  • As per the paper analysis, the exam had a moderate difficulty level.
  • In the general knowledge section, questions related to Padma Shree Awards were asked.
  • The aptitude test included questions based on the half-triangle, half-square, half-hexagon, and Tongue Twister.
  • Also, the drawing questions were quite lengthy.

NID 2020 Exam Review

  • Per the student's feedback, the exam was moderate difficulty. All questions were doable. 
  • Most 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 exam pattern 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.

Check: NID Exam Analysis 2023

NID 2024 Result

The results are declared after the completion of the exam. The results are published in the form of a PDF. 

You can check NID Exam Result from the official website by following the below steps:

  • Visit the official site of NID: results.nid.edu.
  • Click on the link NID 2024 Result
  • Enter the 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 2024 Answer Key

The answer key is also made available by the National Institute of Design (NID) in two stages:

  • Provisional Answer Key
  • Final Answer Key

The right responses to every question on the NID admission exam are provided in the answer key.

It is crucial to remember that the answer key only contains the right answers and not the solutions to the problems. Students preparing for the entrance exam can benefit greatly from the NID answer key.

It may provide students with the information and comprehension they require to do well on the test.

Check: NID Answer Key

NID DAT 2023 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 results in being shortlisted for the merit list. 

To help you understand the expected cut-off, we have provided the previous year's 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 2024 Reservation Policy

The National Institute of Design follows the reservation norms for all courses.

The category-wise reservation of seats for all courses as per the 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 disabilities (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. 

B.Des DAT Mains Seats Matrix 2024

Institute Total No of Seats GEN-EWS (10%) OBC-NCL (27%) SC (15%) ST (7.5%)
NID Ahmedabad 125 13 34 19 9
NID Andhra Pradesh 75 8 20 11 6
NID Haryana 75 8 20 11 6
NID Madhya Pradesh 75 8 20 11 6
NID Assam 75 8 20 11 6

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), you must apply as Indian Citizen.

NID 2024 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 to be eligible for the next stage of counselling. The merit list will be released and uploaded regularly on the official NID website based on online consent.

Online Uploading of Documents

After releasing the final merit list, you must upload a few documents in jpeg format for verification. The documents required are as follows:

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

The information mentioned in the NID application form will verify the uploaded documents. In case of any mismatch, your admission is liable to cancellation.

Colleges Accepting NID DAT 2024 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 2024

The National Institute of Design offers various specializations under B.Des, GDPD, and M.Des.

Check out the table below to know the institute's list of NID Courses.

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

Check: List of courses offered in NID colleges


In conclusion, the NID entrance exam is as difficult as other design entrance exams. Candidates should take their time to become familiar with NID exam pattern, syllabus and mock papers. With the right preparation and attitude, the NID entrance exam 2024 can be cleared with flying colours. 

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