Important Update: B.Des DAT Mains Exam
Date: April 28, 2024

  • Candidates can choose their test center preference between April 8th and 10th. Test centers will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Admit cards can be downloaded starting April 15th.
  • Candidates must bring a hard copy of their admit card and a valid ID to the test center.

NID Exam Center Selection Notice


NID 2024 - The National Institute of Design (NID)  conducted its DAT Prelims on the 24th December 2023. Students selected in the first round of exams will be eligible to appear for the second round called DAT Mains Final admission is based on the cumulative marks obtained in DAT prelims and Mains.
In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through all the important details related to the NID entrance exams.

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NID 2024 DAT

  • The NID 2024 entrance exams include two stages of  the Design Aptitude Test - Prelims and Mains.  These tests are designed to asses the candidates  Knowledge, Skill and Behavioural abilities.
  • Candidates pursuing B.Des program need to appear for both Prelims and Mains.
  • Candidates pursuing M.Des program need to appear for  Prelims and Mains and  also need to have a Portfolio and be ready for a personal interview.

NID 2024 Application Process

  • Last Date for Online registration for NID 2024 is late November / Early December 2023.
  • To complete the application process, you'll need to register, provide personal and academic details, upload necessary documents, and pay the application fee.
  • For open category candidates, the NID 2024 application fee is INR 3000.

What is NID Entrance Exam

The National Institute of Design (NID) Design Aptitude Test is an admission test for various undergraduate and postgraduate design programs offered by the National Institute of Design in India. 
The NID entrance exam is highly competitive and is designed to assess a candidate's creativity, design aptitude, problem-solving skills, and innovation. It typically consists of two main components:

1. DAT Prelims (Design Aptitude Test - Preliminary Examination): This is the first stage of the NID entrance exam. It is a paper and pencil test conducted on the same day in centres across India. It  assesses a candidate's design aptitude, creativity, and problem-solving skills. The DAT Prelims typically includes questions related to drawing, sketching, creativity, observation, and visualization. It may also involve a General Knowledge section to test a candidate's awareness of design-related topics. The exact format and content of the DAT Prelims can vary from year to year.

2. DAT Mains (Design Aptitude Test - Main Examination): Candidates who qualify in the DAT Prelims are shortlisted to appear for the DAT Mains. The DAT Mains is the second stage of the NID entrance exam and is typically more hands-on and practical. ( It includes Portfolio Review and a personal interview for M.Des candidates). The studio test often involves design problems or tasks that candidates must complete within a specified time frame. The personal interview is an opportunity for the selection panel to assess a candidate's thought process, interests, and suitability for the design program.

Preparation for both DAT Prelims and DAT Mains typically involves honing one's creative and problem-solving skills, as well as practicing drawing, sketching, and hands-on design tasks. It is advisable to review past years' question papers and sample tests  to get a sense of the types of questions and tasks that are typically included in these exams.

NID 2025 DAT MAINS & NID 2026 Coaching classes are ongoing.

NID coaching is currently ongoing at afdindia for regular and advanced 2025 - 26.

NID 2024 Application

The NID 2025 application form released on the 8th of September 2023. Simultaneously, the institute will release the admission notification and information brochure, which will contain essential details such as eligibility criteria, fees, step-wise application process, seat matrix, and admission procedures. Applicants are encouraged to thoroughly review these documents to ensure they meet the prescribed criteria.

NID 2024 How to Apply

  • Visit the NID Admission Portal: Start by visiting the official NID admission portal and look for the "Registration" link.
  • Registration: In the registration form, you will be prompted to enter your personal details, including your name, email ID, phone number, and other relevant information. Upon successful registration, an applicant account will be created, which you will use to fill out the rest of the application.
  • Log In and Fill Out the Application: After registration, log in to your applicant account to access the application form. Here, you will need to provide additional information and select your preferred exam center.
  • Document Upload: NID 2024 requires you to upload specific documents, including a recent passport-size color photograph and a scanned signature. Ensure that your photograph & signature meets the following criteria:
    • File size: 100KB (maximum)
    • Format: jpeg only
    • Background: White
    • Ink Color: Blue/Black
  • Payment of Application Fee: The final step in the application process is paying the application fee. For candidates in the OPEN category, the fee is INR 3,000. However, candidates belonging to other categories will have varying fees.

NID 2024 Fee Structure

NID Fee Structure

NID 2024 Eligibility Criteria

B.Des Program Eligibility

  • Qualification: Candidates must have completed their 12th grade or its equivalent in Science, Commerce, Arts, Humanities, or any other recognized stream from a reputable board.
  • Age: 
    • For Indian (General & General EWS category): Birth on or after July 1, 2003.
    • For Indian Reserved (OBC-NCL, ST & SC category): Birth on or after July 1, 2000.
    • For Indian Reserved (PWD category): Born on or after July 1, 1998.
    • For Foreign in Overseas Category: Born on or after July 1, 2003.

M.Des Program Eligibility
  • Qualification: 
    • Graduation in a 4-year duration in any specialization, or
    • A 4-year diploma course in Design, Applied Arts, Fine Arts, or Architecture after 12th or
    • an equivalent standard from a university or institute recognized by Indian law, or
    • A 3-year graduation degree in any stream.
  • Age: 
    • For Indian (General & General EWS category): Birth on or after July 1, 1992.
    • For Indian Reserved (OBC-NCL, ST & SC category): Birth on or after July 1, 1989.
    • For Indian Reserved (PWD category): Birth on or after July 1, 1987.
    • For Foreign in Overseas Category: Birth on or after July 1, 1992.

NID Entrance Exam 2024 Dates & Schedule

NID exam schedule and dates

NID Entrance Exam 2024 Highlights

NID Exam Application highlights

NIFT & NID 2024 Entrance Exam Coaching

afdindia offers a range of coaching options for the NIFT & NID Entrance Exam 2024-2025. Our students outshined others in NIFT & NID exam results in the past 25 years. afdindia is the pioneer in this design test prep classes & continues to uphold its legacy. 

afdindia boasts of esteemed faculty team, consisting of alumni from prestigious institutions like NID, NIFT, IIT & CEPT proficient in various design domains including apparel design, product design, animation & communication. This extensive expertise provides students with a holistic understanding, covering entrance exam preparation, industry requirements & portfolio.

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  • Consistent Highest NIFT Result
  • Over 25 years of Unmatched Experience
  • Faculty comprises NIFT/NID alumni
  • Best-in-Class NIFT Study Materials
  • Versatile Training and Coaching Approach
  • Foster Self-Confidence in Students
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  • Essential Classroom Coaching for Design Development
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NID 2024 Syllabus

The NID 2025 examination comprises two essential stages: the written exams and the Studio Test/Personal Interview. The written exams are a critical component of this process, and understanding their syllabus is vital. Let's delve into the details of the NID 2025 syllabus for the written exams:

NID DAT Prelims Syllabus for B.Des Program

  • Design Fundamentals: Colour Terminology, Mood, Theme & Colour Inter-relationship, Design Theory, Elements & Principles Of Design, Natural & Geometrical Form, Principles of Composition.
  • Design Technique: Lettering, Optical Illusion, Form & Function, Colour, Pattern & Texture, Visual Logic, Picture Analysis.
  • Creative Expression & Drawing: Lateral Thinking, Memory Drawing, Story Pictures, Graphics & Pictograms
  • Design Skills & Application: Design Awareness, Presentation Techniques, Ornaments & motifs, 3D Visualisation

NID DAT Mains Syllabus for B.Des Program
  • Practical Design Skills: Model Making, Material Manipulation, Body language and importance
  • Interview Preparation: Typical questions asked in an interview, Interview tips, Previous years' question papers
  • Portfolio Development: How to Evolve Ideas, Audio – Visual Exercises, Portfolio making

NID DAT Prelims Syllabus for M.Des Program
  • Design Fundamentals: Similar to B.Des program's Design Fundamentals.
  • Design Technique & Creative Expression: Similar to B.Des program's Design Techniques and Creative Expression.
  • Creative Design Skills & Application: Similar to B.Des program's Design Skills & Application.

NID DAT Mains Syllabus for M.Des Program
  • Advanced Design Skills: Model Making, Doodling & Material Manipulation
  • Advanced Creative Application: How to evolve ideas, Audio – Visual Exercises & Creative Thinking

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NID 2024 Exam Preparation Tips

The NID 2025 written exams, tentatively scheduled for December 2024 & April 2025, are the gateway to your dream career in fashion and design. To ensure success, preparation is key. Here are essential preparation tips:

  1. Structured Study Routine: Establish a disciplined study routine and adhere to it consistently.
  2. Familiarize with Exam Pattern & Syllabus: Understand the NID exam pattern and syllabus thoroughly to align your preparations accordingly.
  3. Utilize Past Papers & Sample Papers: Practice with previous exam papers and sample tests to get acquainted with the exam format and question styles.
  4. Create Concise Notes: Develop summarized notes of crucial topics for quick revision and retention.
  5. Maintain Calmness: Stay composed and avoid stress; drink ample water to stay refreshed and focused.
  6. Engage in Discussions: Discuss study topics with teachers and peers to clarify doubts and solidify understanding.
  7. Physical Well-being: Incorporate daily exercise or yoga routines to maintain a clear and fresh mindset during preparations.

NID 2024 Exam Preparation Tips

Sample papers play a dual role in your preparation. They sharpen your problem-solving skills by presenting a variety of practice questions, mirroring the exam's diverse challenges. This practice is invaluable for building your capacity to handle different question types.

Moreover, they serve as a training ground for time management. Solving sample papers under timed conditions familiarizes you with pacing requirements. It's a key skill for optimizing performance on the actual exam day.

Stimulating the exam environment, sample papers alleviate anxiety and boost confidence. Their questions match the NID exam's difficulty level, ensuring you feel well-prepared.

Past Papers

Moreover, they serve as a training ground for time management. Solving sample papers under timed conditions familiarizes you with pacing requirements. It's a key skill for optimizing performance on the actual exam day.

Stimulating the exam environment, sample papers alleviate anxiety and boost confidence. Their questions match the NID exam's difficulty level, ensuring you feel well-prepared. Previous year question papers reveal the exam's intricacies. They offer insights into question types, sections covered, and their respective weightage. This knowledge helps tailor your study strategy and focus on significant areas. Furthermore, analyzing previous years' papers exposes trends and changes. You can identify recurring topics or question types emphasized in the exam. By staying updated on evolving trends, you ensure your preparation remains current.

    <3 style="width: 100%; letter-spacing: 1px;" class="font-semibold">Frequently asked questions

    What is the eligibility criteria for NID 2024?

    Candidates seeking admission to the B. Des course needs to have passed 10+2 exam from a recognised institute and should be born on or after 1st July , 2023. Relaxation of 3 years in the upper age limit applies for candidates belonging to SC, ST and 5 years for PwD candidates. 

    What are the B.Des programs offered through NID 2024 exam?

    The NIFTs currently offers the following specializations at the B.Des level - Fashion Design, Leather Design, Accessory Design, Textile Design, Knitwear Design, and Fashion Communication. Admission to the above courses will be on the basis of NIFT 2024 scores. Currently, there are 18 participating institutes that offer a combined intake of 5,215 seats (including domestic and NRI/Foreign national seats). Note that NRI/Foreign national don’t need to appear in the NIFT entrance exam.

    In how many test centres will the NID 2024 exam be conducted?

    The NIFT 2024 exam will be conducted in 37 cities across India (the list is published on the NIFT admission brochure). Note that the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) doesn't release the consolidated list of exam centres. It only publishes the list of cities where the written exam will be conducted. So, the candidate only has to select the exam city. Each of the 27 cities may have one or multiple test centres. The name and adress of the exam centre allocated to the candidate will be mentioned in the NIFT 2024 admit card. The exam city will be allocated basis information provided at the time of filling out the NIFT 2024 application form. The allocation will depend on various factors like number of test centres available in a city, seat intake, the address of the candidate, etc. Once an exam centre has been allocated, requests for a change will not be entertained.

    Can I complete the NID 2024 syllabus in 4 months?

    NIFT is not only one of the most competitive entrance exams in the country, with a large number of applicants, but it is also among the toughest. The syllabus for the NIFT 2024 exam is quite vast, and most of the questions can range from medium to difficult. So, to prepare for an exam like NIFT 2024, you need to have enough time in your hands. If you are only beginning your NIFT 2024 now, i.e., with only a few months left for the exam, you need to pace your preparation accordingly. For instance, it will be foolhardy to try to complete the entire syllabus from the get go, because that you will put unnecessary pressure on yourself and things can only get complicated. Instead, what you can do is make a list of high-scoring, easy-to-prepare topics. First master these topics as fast as you can. Make a study plan if you need to. Once you are done with these topics, you can move to the next category of topics, and continue this strategy until you complete the entire topic. If you are not able to complete a topic because you are finding it too difficult, don’t panic and waste time jostling with it for long. Leave it for the time being, and come back to tackle it later if you have time in your hands. Do solve sample papers and previous years NIFT papers as much you can.

    Do the NIDs offer NRI seats & do they have to write NID 2024 exam?

    The NIFTs have a combined intake of 5,215 seats. Of these, 467 seats are reserved for NRI candidates. The seat intake is spread across the B.Des, M.Des, B.F.Tech, M.F.Tech, and M.F.M courses offered by the participating institutes. NRI candidates aren’t required to appear in the NIFT 2024 entrance exam. Instead, the admission process for these candidates will be based on merit of SAT/GMAT/GRE scores. Candidates who meet the prescribed eligibility criteria can apply for admission under NRI category.

    NID vs NIFT - Which college should a student choose?

    NID (National Institute of Design) and NIFT (National Institute of Fashion Technology) are two of the most prestigious design institutes in India. Admission to the NIDs is conducted through the NID DAT entrance exam, while admission to the NIFTs is based on NIFT entrance exam scores. Both institutes offer undergraduate and postgraduate programs in various design disciplines, including fashion design, textile design, graphic design, product design, and more. However, there are some basic and also major differences between the programs offered at the two institutes. NID is primarily focused on design education and research, and offers a wider range of design programs compared to NIFT. The academic curriculum of the NIDs emphasizes on design thinking, innovation, and problem-solving. It also offers programs in specialised areas such as Transportation & Automobile Design, Toy & Game Design, and Ceramic & Glass Design, which are not offered by NIFT. The NIFTs, on the other hand, are primarily focused on fashion education and offers a specialised curriculum in fashion design, textile design, fashion management, and other related areas. The academic curriculum of the NIFTs emphasizes on fashion trends, design aesthetics, and technical skills. It also has a strong industry connect and offers numerous internship opportunities, which can be beneficial for students seeking career opportunities in the fashion industry. In terms of placements, both NID and NIFT have a good track record of placing students in top design firms and companies. However, the placement opportunities may vary depending on the specialisation and individual skills. Ultimately, the choice between NID and NIFT depends on your interests, career goals, and the type of design education you are looking for. Both the NIDs and NIFTs are among the top-ranked design colleges in the country and offer an excellent academic platform for design aspirants, so you must do the necessary due diligence, research and evaluate the programs offered by both institutes before making a decision.