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NID application forms are released every year in October followed by a First Stage written entrance exam in January. The results for the same is released by February and for those who are shortlisted in this exam are called in for the second test in March-April. After the second stage the scores obtained at each test is added as per the given weight-age and the ranks are allocated as per the total score.

All those called for the second test are required to attend the second phase test (Studio Test/ Interview / Portfolio Assesment as the case may be) to complete the process of selection.

Under Bachelor Programs, NID offers Bachelors in Design with specialization in Animation Film Design, Communication design, Industrial Design, Ceramic & Glass Design, Exhibition Design, Film and Video Communication,  Furniture Design,  Graphic Design, Product Design & Textile and Apparel Design.

Under Master Programs, NID offers Masters in Design with specialization in Animation Film Design , Ceramic & Glass Design , Film & Video Communication , Furniture Design , Graphic Design , Product Design , Textile Design, Design for Retail Experience , Digital Game Design , Information Design , Interaction Design , Universal Design , Apparel Design , Lifestyle Accessory Design ,Strategic Design Management , New Media Design , Photography Design , Toy & Game Design and  Transportation & Automobile Design


Admission to all of the design courses will be granted on the basis of a two-stage competitive exam. The objective of these exams is to assess the knowledge, skills and behavioral abilities of candidates :

Stage 1: Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims will be conducted at various test centres across India (See Section 7). Candidates should note that appearing for the DAT Prelims or being ranked in the shortlist does not guarantee automatic entitlement to admission.

Stage 2: Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Mains Candidates shortlisted after the DAT Prelims will be invited to appear for the Stage 2 DAT Main exams at one of NID’s campuses in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru or Gandhinagar.

Stage 1: Design Aptitude Test (Prelims): The Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims primarily evaluates each candidate on the following abilities:


  •  Comprehension
  •  Analysis
  •  Creativity
  •  Visualization

The DAT Prelims consists of two parts:

Part I: Multiple-choice questions marked out of 70 points. This part has questions with one or more than one correct answer. The responses of this part will be recorded on an OMR sheet and evaluated digitally.

Part II: Subjective questions marked out of 30 points, with responses to be provided in visual and/or written formats.

The Design Aptitude Test (Prelims) consists of an examination for three hours duration and will be marked out of 100 points. This is a pen-and-paper test conducted at the same time on the same day across all test centres.

The question paper is in English. All questions are compulsory. There is no negative marking.

Based on the DAT Prelims scores, separate merit lists shall be prepared for each category (OPEN, OBC-NCL, SC, ST & PwD).

Shortlisted candidates only will be eligible to appear for the DAT Mains exam.

Stage 2: Based on the scores obtained in the DAT Prelims, eligible candidates will have to appear for the DAT Mains.

DAT Mains for M.Des.:

The DAT Mains for this programme consists of two parts:

  • Studio Test: This may consist of tests in different formats such as drawing/sketching, hands-on model making, group discussions etc. This test will be marked out of 100 points and will be conducted in English.

• Interviews: The interviews will be conducted separately for each discipline, immediately after the Studio Test,at the same center.


A candidate is judged on the various parameters listed below-

  • Career orientation
  • Aptness for the field
  • Overall personality traits
  • Overall personal achievements in academics and co-curricular activities.
  • General awareness and aptitude
DAT Mains for B.Des. and GDPD:

The DAT Mains for these programmes may consist of tests in different formats such as drawing/sketching, hands-on model making, group discussions, presentations etc. These will be marked out of 100 points and will be conducted in English. The test centre will be NID Ahmedabad.

Unlike the NIFT Situation Test there is not just one model they have to make, rather they have around 4-5 different tests, as-

  1. Doodling test
  2. Observation test
  3. 3D Modeling (GDPD mainly)/ Specialization test (PGDPD)
  4. Other tests
  1.  NID DAT Mains (Doodling)
  • 15-20 frames of incomplete lines
  • Used for pyscho-analyses
  • Need to express something
  • Need to have captions
  • Need to be tidy

2. NID DAT Mains (Observation)

  • Testing awareness of 5 senses
  • Eg 1- Visual – Video clip, Photos etc
  • Eg 2- Touch – Identify objects
  • Eg 3- Audio – Music clip
  • Eg 4- Experiences at studio test

3. NID DAT Mains (3D Model)

  • In GDPD – 3D Model per brief & materials
  • Judged on-
  1. model suffices the brief
  2. how well materials are used
  3. how well you understand and solve the problem.
  4. In PGDPD, the third test is based on specialization chosen.
  5. It may be 3D modeling / Sensory test / visualization & drawing skill test / problem solving test etc

4. NID DAT Mains (Random test)

  • Material handling E.g. Best out of Waste
  • Other psychometric tests E.g. “Out of box” thinking questions.
  • Other observation tests- cultural, on the spot tests etc.

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