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(UG) B.Des. DAT - Mains

(Design Aptitude Test - Mains :: STUDIO TEST)

For B.Des. (UG Design) Programmes Admission

Nationational Institute of Design (NID) has announced its admission by notification for the Academic year 2021-22 for its various design course in Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) at undergraduate level.

NID conducts the Design Aptitude Test – Mains (DAT Mains) for the admission of B.Des. programme in following specialisation:


All applicants applying for the B.Des. programmes must fulfill criteria of both age and education qualification.

Age Limit:

  • For Indian Nationals in General Category and General EWS Category:  Only those candidates born on or after 1 July 2001 are eligible to apply for admission.
  • For Indian Nationals in Reserved Category (Other Backward Class-Non Creamy Layer  (OBC-NCL), Scheduled Caste (SC) & Scheduled Tribe (ST)):  Only those candidates born on or after 1 July 1998 are eligible to apply for admission.
  • For Indian Nationals in PwD Reserved Category:  Only those candidates born on or after 1 July 1996 are eligible to apply for admission.
  • For Foreign Nationals in Overseas (Supernumerary) Category:  Only those candidates born on or after 1 July 2001 are eligible to apply for admission.

Educational Qualification:
Applications for academic year 2021-22 are open to applicants who have passed or will appear for higher secondary (10+2) qualifying examinations in the academic year 2020-21 in any stream (Science, Arts, Commerce, Humanities, etc.) from any recognised board of education such as CBSE, IB, ICSE or their equivalent.

Examinations considered equivalent to these are as follows:

  • Final examination of the 10+2 system under a central or state board recognised by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).
  • Intermediate or two-year pre-university examination under a board or university recognised by the Association of Indian Universities.
  • Final examination of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defence Academy.
  • Senior secondary school examination under the National Institute of Open Schooling, with a minimum of five subjects.
  • Any public school, board or university examination completed in India or in any foreign country recognised as equivalent to the 10+2 system by the Association of Indian Universities.
  • H.S.C. vocational examination.
  • General Certificate Education (GCE) examination at the Advanced (A) level taken in London, Cambridge or Sri Lanka.
  • AICTE approved three-year Full time Diploma after Class X offered by Board of Technical Education of  any state in India or Union Territories as mentioned on
  • Candidates who have completed final examinations for class XII (or equivalent) outside India or from a board not specified above should produce an equivalence certificate from the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) confirming that the examination they have passed is equivalent to the Class XII examination conducted in India. The certificate is required to be submitted at the time of document verification. Visit for more details about how to obtain equivalence certificate.

Overseas Category (Supernumerary) candidates:

Foreign citizens – applicants holding citizenship of a country other than the Republic of India—are eligible to apply only under the overseas (supernumerary) category, provided they fulfill all the eligibility criteria mentioned in Sections 4.1 of Admissions Handbook 2020-21: B.Des/GDPD.

In addition to the seats available for the B.Des. programme, an additional 15% supernumerary seats have been available for overseas applicants. The number of seats available under Overseas (supernumerary) category are as below:

Programme No. of seats
Bachelor of Design, NID Ahmedabad 19
Bachelor of Design, NID Madhya Pradesh 11


  • Supernumerary seats under Overseas category are not available to the B.Des. programme at NID Andhra Pradesh, NID Haryana & NID Assam.
  • Applicants under overseas (supernumerary) category fall outside the ambit of seats reserved for the OBC-NCL, SC, ST, GEN-EWS and PwD categories and are required to pay the fees as per Overseas fees structure.
  • Applicants holding OCI and PIO card will have to apply only under the Overseas (supernumerary) category.
  • Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) holding an Indian passport are not eligible to apply under the Overseas (supernumerary) category and will have to apply as Indian nationals.
  • Candidates will be offered admission to NID based on the final merit list of the Overseas (supernumerary) category, which will be prepared after all the stages of the admission process have been completed.
  • To accept the offer of admission, overseas candidates are required to visit the relevant NID campus in person, as per the schedule. At this time, candidates will be required to produce the following documents along with their self-attested photocopies:
    • Self-attested copy of the relevant pages of their valid passport.
    • Self-attested copies of their grade sheets/mark sheets of SSC (Grade X) and HSC (Grade XII). Applicants in the process of completing their Grade XII must submit a bonafide certificate from their school or college.
    • An equivalence certificate from the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi, which have to be obtained in advance and required to be submitted at the time of document verification.
  • The applicant will be responsible for obtaining a student visa for the entire duration of the programme at NID, before the commencement of the programme.
  • If selected candidates do not pay their programme fees or fail to produce all of the required documents, or if they decline the offer of admission, their candidature will stand cancelled and their seat will be offered to the next candidate in order of merit under overseas category.
  • Seats remaining vacant in the overseas (supernumerary) category will lapse and will not be transferred to candidates from any other categories.
  • Overseas applicants will have to appear for DAT Prelims and DAT Mains as per the schedule mentioned in Section 2 of B.Des Admissions Handbook 2021-22.
  • Overseas applicants may choose their exam center for DAT Prelims from any exam center mentioned in Section 7.3 of B.Des Admissions Handbook 2021-22.
  • The medium of instruction at NID is English.

Important Note:

  • Candidates must have passed their Class XII examination (higher secondary (10+2)) or equivalent at the time of document scruitiny/in-person counseling tentatively scheduled in July/August 2021.
  • Candidates who have not passed their final board exam or equivalent before the document scrutiny/in-person counseling will not be eligible for admission.

Date of Examination : 14 March 2021

NID Entrance exam for the Academic year 2021 is being conducted for the admission at followed institutes:

  • NID, Ahmedabad
  • NID, Andhra Pradesh
  • NID, Haryana
  • NID, Madhya Pradesh
  • NID, Assam



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