NID DAT 2021 Exam

Updated By Samiksha Rautela on 13 Jan, 2021 17:57

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About NID DAT 2021 (Registration Open)

The application forms of NID DAT 2021 are out and candidates can fill the form till February 7, 2021. The registrations will be done through an online mode for those candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria fo NID DAT 2021. Admit cards of NID DAT 2021 will be issued by the conducting body for the eligible candidates who have successfully filled and submitted the application form. National Institute of Design (NID) entrance exam is a national-level entrance exam conducted for candidates seeking admission in Bachelor of Design (B.Des) and Master of Design (M.Des) programmes.

Initially, the course of Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD) was also offered but it has been discontinued since 2020. To get admission in design programmes, aspirants have to take NID DAT (Prelims) and NID DAT (Mains). NID DAT (Prelims) is a written design aptitude test whereas NID DAT (Mains) comprises a Studio Test and Interview round. For this year, the Prelims exam has already been conducted.

The NID campuses of Assam, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, and Andhra Pradesh offered GDPD, admission to which was given through NID DAT. Now all the GDPD seats have been converted to B.Des seats and these four NID colleges have started providing B.Des admissions instead of GDPD. With this, all NID campuses will offer B.Des now onwards.

NID DAT Quick Updates

  • Jan 11, 2021 12:00 AM: Candidates will have to upload their scanned photograph and signature while filling up NID DAT 2021 application form.
  • Jan 08, 2021 12:00 AM: NID DAT 2021 application form has been released. Candidates can fill the form till February 7, 2021.

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NID DAT Conducting Body

National Institute of Design (NID) is the conducting authority of NID DAT. Established in 1961, NID is an autonomous national institution in Ahmedabad, India. It is a centre for design education, practice and research that promotes design awareness. The main aim of the institution is to create design professionals of excellence to help meet India's diverse design needs, become a repository of design knowledge and experience, set a benchmark of standards of design education and practice, and provide a thorough understanding of technical, managerial and design fundamentals.

NID DAT 2021 Important Dates

Here are the important dates for the NID DAT 2021.

Events (For B.Des​)Important Dates 
Availability of NID DAT online application formJanuary 2021
Last date for submitting online applicationFebruary 7, 2021 (till 4 pm)
Online Application Submission Last Date with Late FeeFebruary 7, 2021
NID DAT 2021 (Prelims) Admit Card

To be Announced

NID DAT 2021 (Prelims)

March 14, 2021

NID DAT 2021 Result (Prelims)

Last week of March 2021

NID DAT 2021 (Mains) Admit CardApril 2021
Last date to upload Thematic Reflective Presentation and Sample of WorkApril 2021
NID DAT (Mains) 2021

Last week of April 2021

NID DAT 2021 Result (Mains)

Last week of May 2021

Release of NID Seat Allotment List for B.Des

June 2021

Last Date to Pay Token Fee and Upload Documents

June 2021 or August 2021

Check out the important dates of NID DAT for the M.Des programme.

Events (For M.Des) Dates
Availability of NID DAT online application form

January 2021

Last date for submitting online applicationFebruary 7, 2021 (till 4 pm)
Last date for submitting online application on payment of late fees (online payment)February 7, 2021
Download admit card for NID DAT Prelims for M.Des

To be Annuunced

NID DAT Prelims for M.Des

March 14, 2021

NID DAT 2021 Result (Prelims)

Last week of March 2021

NID DAT 2021 (Mains) Admit CardJune 2021
NID DAT 2021 (Mains)

June 2021 or July 2021

NID DAT 2021 Mains result for MDes 

June 2021 or August 2021

Contact Details

Address: National Institute of Design, Paldi, Ahmedabad 380 007

Phone number: +91 79 2662 3462


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Related Questions

Can I get admission in B.Des Graphic Design at NID, Kurukshetra?

-anjaliUpdated on October 27, 2020 10:39 AM
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Samiksha Rautela, Student / Alumni

Dear Student,

NID, Kurukshetra does not offer a B.Des Graphic Design programme. However, NID Ahmedabad provides a B.Des in Graphic Design course. To take admission in the programme, you are required to prepare for the NID Entrance Exam.

Some other popular colleges that provide admission in B.Des Graphic Design are as follows.

Management and Design Academy (MADA), Delhi
Centre for Design Excellence (CODE), Jaipur
Apeejay Institute of Design (AID), New Delhi
LISAA School of Design (LISAA), Bangalore

Maeer's MIT Institute of Design (MITID), Pune

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I am a graduate student and I want to prepare for M.Des Entrance Exams such as NID, NIFT but I am very confused about how to start . What should I do in my daily schedule ,which book should I purchase and many types of queries are there.

-Ragini singhUpdated on October 16, 2020 02:23 PM
  • 1 Answer
Shreya Sareen, CollegeDekho Expert

Dear Student,

If you want to prepare for an M.Des Entrance Exam or a Design Entrance Exam, you can check out the Self-Study Guide for Design Entrance Exams in India. It consists of detailed preparation strategy, best books, previous year's question papers and mock tests for the design exam. 

You can also visit the top Design Entrance Exams to explore more options.

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I am a graduate and I also have on-field experience. I am applying for M.Des Furniture and Interior Design through NID DAT. How should I prepare for the exam? Also, I have a phobia of exams.

-VIDISHA LATAUpdated on October 01, 2020 10:44 AM
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Samiksha Rautela, Student / Alumni

Dear Student,

It is natural to get anxious and nervous before NID DAT as it is one of the most sought-after design exams. However, with proper preparation and sufficient practice, the exam nerves can be kept in check. You can visit the links below and get information and tips on how to prepare and what to prepare for NID DAT.

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FAQs about NID DAT

Is admission to GDPD provided through NID DAT?

Admission to GDPD was provided through NID DAT until the year 2019. After 2020, the seats of GDPD were converted to B.Des seats and candidates will no more be offered admission to the GDPD course.

Does NID DAT have a tie-breaker policy?

Yes, NID DAT follows a set tie-breaker policy.

NID DAT is conducted in an online or offline mode?

NID DAT is conducted in an offline mode.

What does NID DAT evaluate?

NID DAT is designed to evaluate the design aptitude, knowledge, analysis, creativity, comprehension and visualisation of students.

How many attempts can I make for NID DAT?

There are no fixed attempts for NID DAT. As long as a candidate fulfils the eligibility criteria of NID DAT, he/she can sit for the design entrance exam.

What is NID DAT Mains?

NID DAT Mains is conducted after the result of NID DAT Prelims is out. Only students who have qualified the NID DAT Prelims can sit for the exam. Candidates are analysed as per their material handling aptitude. The knowledge of the design discipline for which they have applied for admission is also measured.

What are NID DAT Prelims?

NID DAT Prelims is a written entrance exam which a candidate has to qualify in order to appear for the NID DAT Mains.

NID DAT grants admission to which colleges?

Through NID DAT, candidates are provided admission in various campuses of NID (National Institute of Design).

Who conducts the NID DAT exam?

NID DAT exam is conducted by the National Institute of Design.

NID DAT is for admission to which courses?

Through the NID DAT exam, admission is provided in B.Des and M.Des courses.

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