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NID Colleges in India 2022 - Check Admission Process

Sukriti Vajpayee
Sukriti VajpayeeUpdated On: August 29, 2022 10:28 am IST | NID DAT

The National Institutes of Design (NID) are among the top choices of students aspiring to pursue design courses in India. Check out the detailed admission process of NID admission 2022 here.

NID Admission Process

The stream of Design has gained immense popularity in the last decade. Many students are determined to build a career in the field of design and for that, they seek admission to the popular design colleges in India. The National Institutes of Design (NIDs) are considered to be the top choices of candidates aspiring to pursue higher education in design. These institutes offer design programmes in various specialisations at both UG and PG levels.

The results of NID DAT for B.Des and M.Des admission were announced on July 4 and July 5 respectively. Even the counselling dates are out. This article will provide the detailed admission process of NIDs including the eligibility criteria and selection process. Candidates looking forward to applying for admission at the National Institutes of Design will find all the relevant information here.

List of NID Colleges in India 2022

Let us first take a look at all the campuses of NID along with their location.

NID College NameNID Campus Location
National Institute of Design (NID), BengaluruBangalore, Karnataka
National Institute of Design (NID), GandhinagarGandhinagar, Gujarat
National Institute of Design (NID), AhmedabadAhmedabad, Gujarat
National Institute of Design (NID), VijayawadaVijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
National Institute of Design (NID), BhopalBhopal, Madhya Pradesh
National Institute of Design (NID), KurukshetraKurukshetra, Haryana
National Institute of Design (NID), JorhatJorhat, Assam

List of Courses Offered at NIDs

The table given below provides a list of the courses offered at the NID colleges in India.

NID CampusCourses Offered
NID AhmedabadB.Des
NID GandhinagarB.Des
NID BengaluruB.Des
NID VijayawadaB.Des
NID BhopalB.Des
NID KurukshetraB.Des
NID JorhatB.Des

Note: Initially, NID Vijayawada, Bhopal, Kurukshetra, and Jorhat used to offer the degree of GDPD (Graduate Diploma Programme in Design) but these seats were converted to B.Des seats 2020 onwards. Now, all NID campuses offer B.Des courses.

Also Read:NID Seat Intake and Reservation Policy

Eligibility Criteria for NID Admissions 2022

In order to apply for admission to any NID campus, the candidates must make sure that they meet the eligibility criteria set by the college. The detailed eligibility conditions for NID admissions have been mentioned below.

For B.Des Admissions at NID:

  • The candidate must have completed his/ her education up to class 12th or its equivalent.
  • The candidate should have secured his/ her 10 + 2 degree from a school that belongs to a recognised board of education.
  • It is mandatory for the candidate to have scored passing marks in all the subjects of class 12th.
  • The upper age limit for B.Des admissions at NIDs is 20 years. The applicant must not be older than 20 years on the 30th June of the year in which he/ she seeks admission. (OBC - NCL/ SC/ ST candidates must not be older than 22 years and PwD candidates must not be older than 24 years).
  • The lower age limit for the general category candidates is that he/ she should be born on or after 1st July 2001. For the OBC, SC, and ST categories, the candidates need to born on or before 1st July 1997. A PwD candidate who was born on or after 1st July 1996 is also eligible for admission.
  • Candidates who have completed their final examinations of class 12th (or equivalent) from outside India or from a board not specified by the NIDs should produce a certificate from the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) confirming that the examination they have passed is equivalent to the class 12 examination conducted in India.

For M.Des Admissions at NID:

  • The candidate must have completed his/ her education up to the graduation level (or its equivalent).
  • A general candidate should have been born on or after 1st July 1992.
  • Reserved candidates born on or after July 1, 1989 are eligible to apply. 
  • Indian Nationals of PwD category who were born on and after July 1, 1987 can apply. 
  • International candidates who were born on and after July 1, 1992 can apply for this course. 
  • The candidate must have an undergraduate degree of a minimum four-year duration in any discipline ( after 12th/equivalent to 12th level) from a recognised college or university. However, candidates must have passed bachelor degree exams before May/June 2022. 


  • The applicants who have a full-time diploma in Design/ Fine Arts/ Applied Arts/ Architecture completed over a minimum duration of four years are also eligible to apply provided they have cleared their diploma from a recognised university or college after clearing class 12th. Candidates must have the diploma examination certificate before May/June 2022. 


Candidates having Bachelor's degree of 3 years duration in any discipline and pursued after 12th or equivalent can also apply provided they have qualified the same by August 2021.

Also Read: Detailed Eligibility Criteria of NID DAT

Application Process for NID Admissions 2022

After checking if they qualify the NID eligibility criteria, candidates can proceed to fill the NID application form. Check out the steps to apply for NID admissions given below.

Step 1: Go to the official website of NID. 

Step 2: Sign up and login by entering details like nationality, DOB, mobile no., email id, category information etc. 

Step 3: After successful registration, the login credentials will be sent via an email to the registered email address.

Step 4: Log in to the student portal with your credentials such as Login ID and Password.

Step 5: Fill up the NID application form with academic details and personal details. Candidates for M.Des course need to provide work experience while filling up the form. 

Step 6: Upload scanned copies of the required documents and a recent passport-sized photograph. Reserved category candidates need to provide the caste certificate and PwD candidates must upload a valid Disability Certificate issued by a competent medical authority.

Step 7: In the next stage,  pay the NID application fees. The application fee for NID DAT 2022 can be submitted in online mode.

  • Online Mode: The online application fees can be paid via debit card/ credit card/ net banking.

Step 8: Print the application form of NID 2022 and save it for future use. 

Also Read: Detailed Application Process of NID DAT

NID DAT 2022 Exam Pattern

The NID admission process is carried forward through a design entrance exam conducted by the National Institutes of Design. The exam is called the National Institute of Design - Design Aptitude Test (NID DAT) and it is held once every year for shortlisting candidates for NID admissions.

NID DAT comprises two exams:

  • NID DAT Prelims
  • NID DAT Mains (Studio Test and Personal Interview)

Candidates who qualify the Prelims are allowed to sit for Mains. NID DAT Prelims is a written design aptitude test whereas NID DAT Mains consists of a studio test and a personal interview round.

Before applying for NID DAT, candidates must do proper research about the exam and its difficulty level. The basic exam pattern of NID DAT has been provided below.

NID DAT B.Des Exam Pattern



Exam Name


Parts of Exam

2 - NID DAT Prelims and NID DAT Mains

Mode of Exam

Offline, pen-and-paper based

Total Sections

2 (Section A & Section B)

Medium of Language



Prelims and Mains

Type of Questions

A Mix of Objective and Subjective

No. of Question

Section -A ( 64 MCQs)

Section-B (3 Subjective)

Total Marks


Negative Marking


Total Duration of Exam

3 Hours

NID DAT M.Des Exam Pattern



Exam Name


Parts of Exam

2 - NID DAT Prelims and NID DAT Mains

Mode of Exam

Offline, pen-and-paper based

Medium of Exam

English Language

Total Sections




NID DAT Prelims: Common Design Aptitude Test (CDAT) and Domain Test

NID DAT Mains: Studio Test and Personal Interview

Type of Questions

Objective and Subjective

No. of Questions

Section A: 59 (MCQs)

Section B: 3( Subjective)

Exam Duration

Prelims- 2.5 Hours

Mains - 3 Hours

Total Marks


Negative Marking


Selection Process for NID Admissions

  • First, candidates have to apply for admission to the NIDs by filling the NID DAT application form.
  • The candidates who are registered successfully will be given their NID DAT Admit Cards.
  • They have to take the NID DAT Prelims which comprise both objective (MCQs) and subjective questions.
  • After clearing NID DAT Prelims, candidates will be provided their admit cards for NID DAT Mains.
  • In the Mains exam, they will have to appear for a Studio Test followed by a Personal Interview.
  • The final selection of candidates will be made on the basis of their performance in all the rounds, after considering the weightage allocated to each round.
  • They will have to attend the counselling process to finalize their admission.
  • Once the NID DAT results and final merit list is declared, candidates can secure their seat by paying the requisite admission fee. If they fail to do so within the deadline, their admission will be cancelled.

Also Read: NID DAT Detailed Counselling Process

How to Prepare for NID DAT

In order to ace NID DAT and secure a seat in the desired course, candidates have to prepare well for the exam. The links given below will not only enhance the candidates' preparation strategy of NID DAT but will also help in the overall admission process of NID.

How to Score Well in NID DATDo’s and Don'ts for NID DAT
How to Prepare for NID Studio TestNID DAT Preparation Tips and Strategy
Syllabus for NID DATBest Books for NID DAT
NID DAT Previous Year Question PapersNID Tie-Breaker Policy

NID College-wise Admission Process 2022

The admission process for NID Bengaluru includes an entrance test, studio test and interview round. The NID Bengaluru admission form is generally released in the month of October. NID DAT is accepted in this institute. After the completion of DAT prelims, the institute prepares a merit list and based on the ranking of the candidates they are called for the DAT mains. Later on, candidates are selected based on their performance on the DAT. These admission rules are applicable to all the disciplines offered at the institute.

NID Ahmedabad

For B.Des Admission, NID Ahmedabad considers NID DAT. Admission to PhD courses is confirmed based on an entrance test called DRT. The admission process for this course includes different stages like Screening Proposal, DRT and Personal Interview. For  B.Des programmes in this institute are offered in 8 specializations including Film and Video Communication, Animation Film Design and Exhibition Design etc.

NID Gandhinagar

NID Gandhinagar provides regular residential M.Des courses in seven disciplines e.g. Apparel Design, Toy and Game Design, Photography Design etc.

NID Vijaywada

NID of Vijaywada offers only B.Des courses which are of 4 years duration. The admission process is done based on the DAT scores of the candidates. Selected candidates are called for counselling sessions. Admission to this NID college is offered only in three specializations including Industrial Design, Communication Design and Textile and Apparel Design.

NID Bhopal

NID Bhopal also offers B.Des course through DAT prelims and DAT mains exam. For successful candidates, the college has made it mandatory to join a 1-year foundation programme. The choice of discipline is offered to the candidates who successfully complete the foundation programme. Candidates’ merit and choice are considered in regard to this. The total number of seats here is 86.

NID Kurukshetra

The total number of seats for B.Des programme in NID Kurukshetra is 75 equally distributed among three specializations including industrial design, textile and apparel design and communication design. Candidates are admitted through the NID design Aptitude Testa and Studio Test.

NID Jorhat

Among the NID colleges in India, NID Jorhat is of national importance. The Jorhat campus is autonomous in its nature Post completion of the NID DAT, candidates are required to appear in the one-year foundation programme.

NID Scholarships 2022

They offer numerous scholarships to meritorious as well as economically weak students. Some of them cover 100% of tuition fees. Candidates are requested to keep in mind that the scholarships do not cover their stay at their hostels and petty expenses. NID helps candidates in applying for different scholarships. The majority of them can be applied via National Scholarship Portal.

NID Colleges in India Seat Reservation for B.Des 2022

NID colleges follow seat reservations according to the rules of the Government of India. Mentioned below are seat reservations for NID admission:

NID Institute

Total Seats



Scheduled Caste

Scheduled Tribe

NID Ahmedabad






NID Andhra Pradesh






NID Haryana






NID Madhya Pradesh






NID Assam






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When will the results of NID DAT Prelims 2021 be announced?

The results of NID DAT Prelims 2021 will be announced in the last week of March.

Which courses are offered at NIDs?

The National Institutes of Design (NIDs) offer the courses of B.Des and M.Des. Earlier, the course of GDPD was also available at 4 NID campuses but it has been discontinued and the GDPD seats have been converted to B.Des seats since 2020.

Is the exam pattern of NID DAT different for B.Des and M.Des admissions?

Yes, the exam pattern of NID DAT varies depending upon the degree for which you have applied. There are many differences in NID DAT for B.Des and NID DAT for M.Des.

Who conducts NID DAT?

The entrance exam of NID DAT is conducted by the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad.

Which exam do I have to take for admission to NIDs?

In order to get admission to any NID college, you have to take NID DAT Prelims and Mains.


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