NID Application Process 2024-2025 - Important Dates for NID UG/PG Admission

The National Institute of Design (NID) will conduct the entrance exam for undergraduate and postgraduate programs on December 24, 2023. The window to fill the NID Applications is now open, and the deadline for submission is November 1, 2022.

Some people may find it surprising that NID is holding its exam so close to Christmas. After all, many students will already be preparing for their regular exams at this time. This could create a lot of stress and anxiety for students.

It is worth noting that this is the first time that NID has moved its exam date to December. Previously, the exam was always held in January.

Mark your calendar with these important NID Application dates…

Description Dates
Application Start Date Friday, 8th Sep 2023
Last Date for Submitting Application Form Fri, 1st Dec 2023
Last Date for Submitting Application Form with Late Fees Sunday, 3rd Dec 2023
Window to Edit Application Form 5th Dec - 7th Dec 2023
DAT Prelims Admit Card Release 12th Dec 2023 (Tue)
DAT Prelims Exam Day 24th Dec 2023
DAT Prelims Result Day 28th Mar 2024
Rechecking for DAT Prelims 28th Mar - 30th Mar 2024
DAT Mains Exam Day 27th Apr - 28th Apr 2024
DAT Main Results Day 21st May 2024
Window to Submit Campus Preference 21st May - 23rd May 2024
Seat Allotment/Payment of Token Fees and Uploading Documents 29th May - 31st May 2024

Those were the important dates that you have to note for appearing in the NID entrance exam. Here is a step by step instructions on what you have to follow to apply for the NID exam.

First, visit the official NID admission website

Step 1: Sign Up/Registration

You need to sign up and create an account on the official website. The NID website will guide you through it. Then register for the NID Exam.

Note these points when you apply for the NID Entrance Exam.

  • The candidates should apply with a valid email ID and phone number.
  • Name of candidate/email ID/phone number/DoB cannot be changed after applying.
  • Log-in credentials will be sent via email to the registered mail address.
  • In case you forgot your password, click on “Forgot Password” to receive a new auto-generated password in your registered email ID.

Step 2: Online Application form (Fill in)

Now that you have created your profile and registered on the NID website for the entrance exam.

  • Fill out the application form with your details.
  • Click on “Save” and proceed to the next section.

Step 3: Uploading Documents & Signature

After filling out the details you have to upload the documents and your signature in the next step.

  • Upload the required documents as mentioned on the website.
  • Click “Save” and exit to complete the form later or make changes.
  • If you have no changes to make, Click “Save” and proceed to go to the next section to pay application fees.


  • The checklist includes all the necessary relevant cast/reservation certificates.
  • Scanned color copy of your recent passport-size photograph (JPEG/JPG) should be uploaded. (50 kb and max 200 kb in size)
  • Upload your scanned signature. The signature should be in JPEG/JPG format with 50 kb and max 200 kb in size.
  • Foreign/NRI candidates are required to upload the first and last page of their passport in JPEG/JPG format.

Step 4: Pay Application Fee & Print

The next step is to pay the application fees and take a print of your application copy. Having a soft copy of the application is sufficient.

Note that the application fees are neither refundable nor transferable. The application fees can only be paid online (Debit/Credit card) and are not inclined to any banking transaction charges.

NID Application Form Fees

General Rs 3000 Rs 4500
General - EWS Rs 3000 Rs 4500
OBC - NCL Rs 3000 Rs 4500
SC Rs 1500 Rs 2250
ST Rs 1500 Rs 2250
General PwD Rs 1500 Rs 2250
General PwD - EWS Rs 1500 Rs 2250
OBC - NCL - PwD Rs 1500 Rs 2250
SC - PwD Rs 1500 Rs 2250
ST - PwD Rs 1500 Rs 2250
Foreign or NRI Rs 5000 Rs 7500
PG: M.Des Students applying with 1 discipline (the above fees apply under all Categories).Students applying with 2 discipline : Multiply the same into 2 under your selected category Late fees remains the same with *2 for more than 1 discipline

Eligibility to appear for NID exam

Discipline Age Education Qualification
  • Born on or After 1st July 2003 (General Category)
  • Born on or After 1st July 2000 (Reservation)
  • For Indian Nationals with PwD Reservation (Born on or After 1st July 1998)
  • +2 examination under a central or state board recognized by the AIU
  • HSC Vocational Examination
  • General Certificate Education @ the advanced A level taken in London, Cambridge, or Sri Lanka
  • AICTE approved 3-year full-time Diploma after class X offered by Board of Technical Education of any state of India
  • Born on or after 1st July 1992 (General, EWS, Overseas)
  • Born on or after 1st July 1989 for OBC-NCL, SC, ST
  • Born on or after 1st July 1987 for PwD Category
  • Bachelor Degree of minimum 4-year duration in any specialization after 12th std from any university recognized by the law in India
  • Full-Time Diploma of minimum 4 years duration in Design/Fine Arts/Applied Arts/Architecture after 12th std from an Institute recognized by Law in India
  • Bachelor degree of minimum 3-year duration in any specialization after 12th from any University/Institute recognized by the Govt of India
  • Candidates in their final year of degree can also apply

NID Examination Timings 2024:

The NID DAT 2024 prelims exam will take place from 10 AM to 1 PM and will last for 3 hours.


The NID examination is conducted in 23 cities in India for both UG & PG

The centers where the NID exams are conducted are mentioned below.

  • Ahmedabad
  • Bengaluru
  • Bhopal
  • Bhubaneswar
  • Chandigarh
  • Chennai
  • Dehradun
  • Guwahati
  • Hyderabad
  • Jaipur
  • Kochi
  • Kolkata
  • Kurukshetra
  • Lucknow
  • Mumbai
  • Nagpur
  • New Delhi
  • Patna
  • Raipur
  • Ranchi
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Vijayawada

Step 5: Download the Admit Card

After selecting the city and making the payment for the application. Wait for the admit card to be released on the mentioned date.


  • Download the admit card and take a hard copy of it.
  • Make sure you have your admit card on the exam day.
  • To be on the safer side take 2 copies of the admit card.

NID Entrance Exam Tips:

Hope the steps helped you understand the process of the NID Application form.

Make sure you note these points when you are present for the DAT Prelims and Mains exam day.

  • Make sure to carry your admit card with a valid ID.
  • Carry a water bottle with you.
  • Carry the required stationery for the Mains Exam of good quality.
  • Reach the exam center at least 1 hour or 30 minutes before the start of the exam.

And for the rest… You know the drill!

MAD School NID Coaching Center:

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Our faculties make sure that each student focuses and practices line drawings with memory sketching skills by referring to the previous year’s question paper. We also ask the students to solve the last few years of question papers individually and have them evaluated by us.

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