NID 2021: Admit Card (Out), DAT Prelims Exam on 14 March

NID 2021 – National Institute of Design (NID) has released the NID DAT admit card 2021 at on March 04, 2021. NID B.Des and M.Des entrance exam is scheduled to be held on March 14, 2021. Registration and application form submission, form correction are over. NID admission 2021-2022 is offered via a 2 phase Design Aptitude Test (DAT), which includes DAT Prelims and DAT Mains test. DAT is the institute level design entrance exam. The institute is offering admission to B.Des and M.Des programmes. They are offered at NID Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Bengaluru, AP, Haryana, MP, Assam. Check more information about NID 2021 from this page such as exam date, registration process, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, syllabus, seats, admit card, result.

NID 2021 – Admit Card Link

LatestNID admit card 2021 has released – Download Here

NID DAT Prelims Exam 2021 Timing – Check Here

Check out the exam timing for NID DAT Prelims 2021. Candidates must report the exam centre on or before 08.00 am.

M.Des CourseExam Timing
Paper I10:00 AM – 10:30 AM (30 minutes)
Paper II10:30 AM – 12:30 PM (120 minutes)
Paper III12:30 PM – 02:30 PM (120 minutes)
B.Des CourseExam Timing
Paper I & II10:00 AM – 01:00 PM (180 minutes)

B.Des programme is of 4-year duration. It is offered by NID Ahmedabad, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Assam. Download Brochure for B.Des Admission.

M.Des programme is a 2 year course. It is only offered by NID Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Gandhinagar. Download Brochure for M.Des Admission.

NID 2021 Exam Date and Other Important Dates

Check all the important dates for NID 2021 B.Des and M.Des admission below.

NID 2021B.DesM.Des
Availability of application form08 Jan 202108 Jan 2021
Last date to submit the form17 Feb 2021 (4:00 pm)17 Feb 2021 (4:00 pm)
Submission of form with late fee08 Feb – 12 Feb 2021
17 Feb – 20 Feb 2021
08 Feb – 12 Feb 2021
17 Feb – 20 Feb 2021
Application form correction12 Feb – 15 Feb 2021 21 to 23 Feb 202112 Feb – 15 Feb 2021 21 to 23 Feb 2021
Issuance of admit card for Prelim04 Mar 202104 Mar 2021
Prelims exam date14 Mar 202114 Mar 2021
Prelims result announcementTo be announcedTo be announced
Re-checking request for DAT PrelimsTo be announcedTo be announced
Availability of DAT admit card for MainsTo be announcedTo be announced
DAT Main exam dateTo be announcedTo be announced
DAT Mains resultTo be announcedTo be announced
CounsellingTo be announcedTo be announced

Note: The candidates must note that due to the prevalent COVID-19 conditions, the exam may be held as entirely online or offline modes. If there is any change, the information will be updated on the official website.

NID 2021 Admit Card

National Institute of Design has released the admit card for DAT Prelims and Mains separately online at

  • To download the NID 2021 admit card, the candidates are required to enter their email address, date of birth.
  • The admit card is an important document which has to be carried to the exam centre.
  • NID 2021 admit card displays the details like exam date, address of the exam centre, reporting time etc.

NID DAT Syllabus 2021

The candidates can check the syllabus for Design Aptitude Test (DAT) given below. 

So basically, through DAT Prelims and Mains, the candidate’s knowledge, skills and behavioural abilities of the candidates are tested. Given below are some topics from which questions are framed:

Creative Ability

  • Aptitude of Design
  • Experimentation of a thought
  • Innovation
  • Precaution Technique
  • Drawing
  • Represenation Skills

Design Theory

  • Understanding
  • Writing Skills
  • Presentation
  • Conceptualization Skills


  • Problem Solving
  • Design / Critical Thinking / Lateral Thinking


  • Geometry
  • Grids
  • Typography

Other questions that are framed from the topics

  • Element of Design
  • Shading
  • Principle of Design
  • Human Figures
  • Colour Sense

NID 2021 Exam Pattern

The candidates can check the exam pattern for B.Des and M.Des programmes given below.

The entrance exam for NID admission is called as – Design Aptitude Test (DAT). It is a two stage exam:

Stage 1: NID DAT Prelims
Stage 2: NID DAT Mains

NID Prelims Exam Pattern 2021 for B.Des and M.Des

NID DAT PrelimsB.DesM.Des
Mode of examoffline / onlineoffline / online
Duration3 hours2:30 hours (if 1 course selected)
4:30 hours (if 2 courses selected)
Total Marks100 marks100 marks
Question Typevisuals and textobjective and subjective type of questions

Important Note for M.Des Students: You can apply for more than 1 course of M.Des. You need to appear for CDAT (Common Design Aptitude Test) and Discipline Specific Test. So, if you have applied for more than 1 course of M.Des then the total duration of the exam shall be 4 hours and 30 mins.

Important Books for NID 2021

The candidates can refer the books given below to prepare for DAT Prelims an Mains. 

NID (Admission Test) Previous Years’ PapersBuy Here
Guide for NIFT/NID/IIFT 2021Buy Here
NID (B.Des) Entrance Books & Test SeriesBuy Here
NIDStudy Pack Entrance Exam 2021Buy Here

NID 2021 Exam Centres (For B.Des and M.Des – DAT Prelims)

The candidates can check the list of NID 2021 exam centres for B.Des and M.Des given below.

NID DAT 2021 Exam CentresNID DAT 2021 Exam Centres
NagpurNew Delhi

Note: A city may have more than one test centre. NID reserves the right to remove or add any test centre and allot the exam centre which is not of the candidate’s choice. Also, no requests are accepted for the change in exam centres.

NID 2021 Result

The candidates must note that they shall be considered eligible for the merit lists only if they have cleared both the stages which are NID DAT Prelims and NID DAT Mains. Check the important points regarding NID 2021 result from below.

  • The candidates can check DAT Prelims and DAT Mains result online at
  • The candidates can check their result by entering their email id, date of birth and verification code.
  • According to the scores obtained in Prelims, separate category-wise merit lists are prepared
  • Separate result cards are not given to the candidates
  • According to the merit list of DAT Prelims, the candidates are required to appear in DAT Mains

Final Merit List: After the conduct of both DAT Prelims and DAT Mains, the category-wise final merit list is prepared. This is prepared as per the total sum of the weighted scores obtained by the candidates in DAT Prelims and DAT Mains. A separate merit list shall be prepared for the Overseas candidates for B.Des and M.Des programmes

How to check final result? The candidates can check the final result by logging into their account

Validity of score: The scores obtained in 2021-22 year shall be valid for this session only

NID 2021 Cut-Off

The candidates from various categories are considered for admission only if they secure their final percentile scores exceeds the qualifying criteria specified by NIDs. The cut-off are announced after the decalaration of the result.

Check the previous year cut-offs given below.

Here, NE means Not Eligible

NID Ahmedabad96.8465.9679.4165.2763.4952.1665.48
NID Andhra Pradesh94.17NE71.7253.3350.5147.98NA
NID Haryana91.15NE65.8246.1247.9146.33NA
NID Madhya Pradesh88.16NE60.9550.1746.19NENA
NID Assam87.10NE57.1745.98NENENA

NID 2021 Seat Intake

Check the seat intake given below for NID 2021.

NID Ahmedabad Seat Intake for B.Des

Faculty of Community Design

DisciplineNo. of seats
Animal Film Design 19
Exhibition Design 13
Film & Video Communication13
Graphic Design 19

Faculty of Industrial Design

Faculty of Community Design

DisciplineNo. of seats
Ceramic & Glass Design 13
Furniture & Interior Design 13
Product Design 19

Faculty of Textile, Apparel, Lifestyle and Accessory Design

DisciplineNo. of seats
Textile Design19
  • The B.Des at NID Andhra Pradesh, NID Haryana, NID Madhya Pradesh & NID Assam has 75 seats for Indian Nationals including all categories.

NID Ahmedabad Seat Intake for M.Des

Faculty of Communication Design

DisciplineOffered AtNo. of Seats
Animation & Film DesignAhmedabad19
Film Video & CommunicationAhmedabad19
Graphic DesignAhmedabad19
Photography DesignGandhinagar19

Faculty of Industrial Design

DisciplineOffered AtNo. of Seats
Ceramic & Glass DesignAhmedabad12
Furniture & Interior DesignAhmedabad19
Product DesignAhmedabad19
Toy & Game DesignGandhinagar12
Transportation & Automobile DesignGandhinagar19
Universal DesignBengaluru19

Faculty of Information Technology-Integrated Programs

DisciplineOffered AtNo. of Seats
Digital Game DesignBengaluru19
Information DesignBengaluru19
Interaction DesignBengaluru19
New Media DesignGandhinagar19

Faculty of Inter-Disciplinary Studies

DisciplineOffered AtNo. of Seats
Design for Retail ExperienceBengaluru19
Strategic Design ManagementGandhinagar19

Faculty of Textile, Apparel, Lifestyle and Accessory Design

DisciplineOffered AtNo. of Seats
Apparel DesignGandhinagar19
Lifestyle Accessory DesignGandhinagar19
Textile DesignAhmedabad19

Seat Intake for Overseas Category Candidates

For B.Des

ProgrammeNo. of supernumerary seats
B.Des NID Ahmedabad19
B.Des NID Madhya Pradesh11

For M.Des

ProgrammeNo. of supernumerary seats
M.Des discipline having 19 seats03
M.Des discipline having 12 seats02

NID 2021 Seat Reservation

The candidates can check the seat reservation for NID 2021 given below.


InstituteNo. of seatsGEN – EWS
NID Ahmedabad1251334199
NID Andhra Pradesh75820116
NID Haryana75820116
NID Madhya Pradesh75820116
NID Assam75820116


Discipline with 19 seats each 2531
Discipline with 12 seats each1321

NID DAT 2021 Allotment of Seats

The allotment of seas is solely dependent on what the candidates have chosen at the time of filling the application form

  • The process of seat allotment for both B.Des and M.Des programme shall take place at NID Ahmedabad. 
  • The candidates have to appear on the allotment date with the proper documents. 
  • If the candidates report to the venue without the requisite documents, their seat shall be cancelled and shall be given to other eligible candidate in the order of merit. 

Note: Keeping in mind the prevalent COVID-19 pandemic in the country, the candidates may be asked to pay the partial fees in order to confirm the admission. The physical verification of documents might take place at the reporting of the campus. 

NID 2021 Answer Sheets

The candidates must note that their answer sheets are made available one year after the announcement of the final result. Note that the NID answer sheets are only available once the admission process is complete. Any request for attaining the answer sheet during the admission process shall not be entertained. 

How to get the answer sheet? 
The candidates have to make a payment of Rs 1000 per exam separately. Also, the admit card duly attested by the invigilator with the seal of the test centre have to be submitted as well.
The answer sheet shall be given to the candidates 15-20 days after receiving the payment on their respective email ids.

NID 2021 Fee Structure

The candidates can check the fee structure for various NIDs given below. 

NID Andhra Pradesh

Tuition FeeRs 1,87,000
Refundable Security DepositRs 10,000
Insurance (Personal Accident)Rs 200
Student Activity Fund and Film ClubRs 5,000
Total fee for the first year (2 semesters)Rs 1,97,900

The hostel fee and mess fee shall be inaddition to the tuition fee. 

NID Madhya Pradesh

Tuition FeeRs 2,22,395
Refundable Security DepositRs 10,000 (to be paid in the first year only)
Student Activity FeeRs 400 per annum
Film ClubRs 200 per annum
Hostel feeRs 5000 per annum
Mess ChargesRs 4,500 per month for 10 months
  • The hostel fee and mess fee have to paid in two installments in July and December each year.  

NID Assam Fee Structure 

Tuition FeeRs 2,00,360
Caution Refundanble DepositRs 10,000
Total Fee for the first year (two semesters)Rs 2,10,360

NID Haryana

Programmes Offered at NIDs

The candidates cn check the list of the programmes offered at different NIDs. 

NID Andhra PradeshB.Des programme in Communication Design, Industrial Design and Textile and Apparel Design
NID HaryanaB.Des programme in Communication Design, Industrial Design and Textile and Apparel Design
NID Madhya PradeshB.Des programme in Communication Design, Industrial Design and Textile and Apparel Design
NID AssamB.Des programme in Communication Design, Industrial Design and Textile and Apparel Design
NID AhmedabadB.Des and M.Des Both

About National Institute of Design 

National Institute of Design at Ahmedabad and its extension at Gandhinagar and Bengaluru campuses is an ‘Institute of National Importance. According to NID Act 2014, the institute is a statutory authority set up to awards its own degrees in B.DEs, M.Des and Ph.D. NID is also a member of the Association of the Indian Universities. 

NID Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, and Assam are an independent autonomous institute under DPIIT, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt of India. 

Contact Details:
NID Admissions Cell
National Institute of Design
Pali, Ahmedabad: 380007

NID 2021 Application Form

The candidates can fill NID 2021 application form online at Before filling the application form, check the eligibility criteria, number of seats at NIDs, reservation criteria etc. Check NID 2021 application process given below. 

Step 1: Registration: First of all, click on the link of the application form given above on this page. Next, enter the name, date of birth, gender email id, mobile number etc to register. Once the registration is done, the login credentials are sent to the registered email id. A confirmation SMS is also sent at the registered mobile number. 

Step 2: Login and Fill the Application Form: Login and fill the details in the application form such as preferred exam centre, personal details, contact details, educational details.  

Step 3: Upload the Documents: After entering all the required details, upload all the documents such as scanned images of photograph, signature, category certificate (if applicable)

Step 4: Pay the application fee: Then, pay the application fee.

Step 5: Print the application form: Once the payment is successful, download and take a printout of the submitted application form.

Application Fee: The application fee is non-refundable or non-transferable.

For B.Des 

Category Application Fee
OBC-NCLRs 3000
SC, STRs 1500
GEN-PwDRs 1500
GEN-EWS-PwDRs 1500
OBC-NCL-PwDRs 1500
SC-PwDRs 1500
ST-PwDRs 1500
Overseas (Supernumerary)Rs 5,000

Application Fee for M.Des 

CategoryApplication Fee for 1 DisciplineApplication Fee for 2 Disciplines
GEN, GEN-EWSRs 3000Rs 6000
OBC-NCLRs 3000Rs 6000
SC, STRs 1500Rs 3000
GEN-PwDRs 1500Rs 3000
GEN-EWS-PwDRs 1500Rs 3000
OBC-NCL-PwDRs 1500Rs 3000
SC-PwDRs 1500Rs 3000
ST-PwDRs 1500Rs 3000
Overseas (Supernumerary)Rs 5000Rs 10,000

Note: The application fee received after the last date of submission, the application fee (including late fee) applicable shall be double the amount mentioned above.

Mode of Payment: The candidates can pay the application using their Debit Card or Credit Card. The application fee paid online does not include any bank / transaction charges / Convenience fee. If the same is applicable, then it has to be paid by the candidate.

NID 2021 Eligibility Criteria 

The candidates can check the eligibility criteria given below for B.Des and M.Des courses. 

Age Limit: The required age limit criteria for B.Des and M.Des course is as follows:

Born on or After
Born on or After
General, GEN-EWS Category1st July 20011st July 1991
Reserved Category (OBC-NCL, ST, ST)1st July 19981st July 1988
PwD1st July 1996 1st July 1986
Foreign Nationals (in Overseas Supernumerary Category)1st July 20011st July 1991

Educational Qualification for NID B.Des Admission 2021: In order to pursue B.Des, the candidates must have passed 10+2 in the year 2020-21 in any stream (Science, Humanities, Commerce, Humanities etc) from any recognized board of education such as CBSE, IB, ICSE or equivalent

Examination that are considered as equivalent are as follows

  • Final examination of 10+2 system under a State or Central Board recognized by the Association of Indian Universities. 
  • Final exam of the 2 year courses of the Joint-Services Wing of the National Defence Academy. 
  • Intermediate or 2 year Pre-University examination under a Board or University recognised by the Association of Indian Universities.
  • Senior School Secondary Examination under National Institute of Open Schooling with at least 5 subjects. 
  • HSC Vocational Examination. 
  • Any public school, Board or University examination completed in India or in any foreign country recognized as equivalent to the 10+2 system by the Association of Indian Universities. 
  • General Certificate Examination (GCE) education at the Advanced (A) level taken in London, Cambridge or Sri Lanka. 
  • AICTE approved 3 year full-time Diploma after class 10th offered by Board of Technical Education of any state in India or Union Territories. 
  • All the candidates who have completed final examination of class 12th or equivalent from India or from a board not mentioned above must produce the equivalent certificate from the Association of Indian Universities confirming that the exam they have passed is equivalent to class 12th exam conducted in India. 

Eligibility Criteria for Foreign Citizens: The candidates holding an Indian Citizenship of a country other than the Republic of India are eligible to apply under Overseas (Supernumerary) category only if they fulfill all the eligibility conditions mentioned above. 

Educational Qualification for NID M.Des Admission 2021: The candidates must have any one of the following qualification given below. 

  • The candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree of minimum 4 year duration after the completion of class 12th from any university or institute recognized by law in India. 

Note: The candidates must have passed the Bachelor’s degree examinations at the time of Document Verification scheduled to held in July / August 2021. 


  • The candidates must have passed Full-time Diploma of at least 4 year duration in Fine Arts / Design / Applied Arts / Architecture after completing 12th standard from any university or institute recognised by law in India.

Note: The candidates must have passed the Diploma examinations at the time of Document Verification scheduled to held in July / August 2021. 


  • The candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years duration in any specialization after 12th standard or equivalent to 12th standard. 


  • The candidates must have passed 3 year Bachelor’s degree examinations by the year 2020
  • All those candidates who were in their final academic year in the year 2019-20 and whose examinations were not conducted in the yera 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic can also apply

Some important points

  • The candidates who are in their final year of their Bachelor degree or full time diploma programmes whose universities may not have issued the final degree certificates before the last date of applying to NID can also apply with one condition that they must have passed all the subjects without any backlog. In such a case, these candidates are required to submit provisional degree certificates at the time of counselling. 

Other important information

NID 2021 Application Form Correction

The candidates can edit their submitted NID 2021 application form within the specified timeline at The details that cannot be changed even at the time of application form correction are: 

  • Details related to eligibility criteria 
  • Date of birth
  • Category
  • Email id
  • Nationality / Citizenship

Note: The candidates must keep in mind that the application fee that has already been paid shall not be refunded in case the application is found to be not eligible for admission to NID after editing the details in the application form.

Official Website:
Official Admission Website:

Important Downloads

Admissions Handbook 21-22 : B.Des.Click Here
Admissions Handbook 21-22 : M.DesClick Here
Prospectus: NID Andhra PradeshClick Here
Prospectus: NID HaryanaClick Here
Prospectus: NID Madhya PradeshClick Here
Prospectus: NID AssamClick Here
Format: SC/ST CertificateClick Here
Format: OBC-NCL CertificateClick Here
Format: EWS CertificateClick Here
Format: PwD CertificateClick Here
B.Des. Sample papersClick Here
M.Des Dample papersClick Here

Frequently Asked Question on NID 2021

Ques. Can I apply for B.Des programme at NID online via online mode?

Ans. Yes, you can apply via online mode only at

Ques. Is the application fee refundable?

Ans. No, the application fee is non-refundable.

Ques. What are the stages of Design Aptitude Tests?

Ans. There are 2 stages of DAT i.e DAT Prelims and DAT Mains.

Ques. Who can appear for DAT Mains?

Ans. The candidates who qualify DAT Prelims can appear in DAT Mains.

Ques. From where can I download the admit card?

Ans. You can download the admit card online from

Ques. How is the final merit list prepared?

Ans The final merit list is prepared according to the sum of the total weighted scores obtained by the candidates in DAT Prelims and DAT Mains.

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