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NID Exam 2020 – Eligibility, Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Top Reference Books, Dates, Fees, Preparation Tips

NID was established in 1961, and has been a centre for design education, practice, and research since then. NID Ahmedabad is known as one of the leading fashion institutes in the country.


NID Exam 2020 Dates


Events B.Des Exam M.Des Exam
Start to submit Online application form 1st October 2019 1st October 2019
Closing date of online application form 7th November 2019 7th November 2019
Submit the application form with late fee 13th November 2019 13th November 2019
Correction window open for form 13th to 15th November 2019 13th to 15th November 2019
Admit Card available 20th December 2019 20th December 2019
NID 2020 Exam Date (Prelims) 29th December 2019 29th December 2019
Interview date January 2020  January 2020
Result date declaration 19th March 2020 18th February 2020
DAT Prelims rechecking request 20th to 23rd March 2020 18th to 21st February 2020
Counselling Date start from 5th & 6th June 2020  June 2020


NID Exam 2020 Eligibility


For BDes or GDPD course at NID


Cleared or appearing for higher secondary (plus 10) qualifying examination their equivalent in any stream (Science, Humanities, Commerce, etc.) and from any recognised board in the year 2019-2020.

For MDes course


Completed bachelor’s degree from a recognised college/ university; also should not be over 30 years of age as on June 30, 2020.


NID Exam 2020 Syllabus


Topics for NID written test


Communication skills




Drawing Skills (For subjective part)

General Mental Ability

Design skills

Environment sensitivity

Visual Design

Thematic color arrangement

Proportions and Perspective

Abstract Symbolism

Memory Drawing


Topics for studio test



3D Modeling

Observation Test

Creative Thinking

Audio-visual experience

Body Language

Material Manipulation

Portfolio making

These topics will cover over 90 percent of the questions.

NID 2020 Exam Pattern


On qualifying written exam and clearing NID 2020 Cut-Off, candidates will be called for the studio test and personal interview.

This will be followed by a studio test of 100 marks on drawing/sketching, modelling and group discussion.

Once you clear this level, a personal interview will be conducted. Finally a NID Merit List of selected candidates will be prepared and published.


NID DAT Exam Pattern For B.Des. & GDPD For M.Des.
Exam Mode Offline mode/ pen – paper-based test Offline mode/ pen – paper-based test
No. of sections 2 (Section A and B) 2 (Section A and B)
No. of Questions Section A: 64 (MCQ) Section A: 59 (MCQ)
Section B: 3 (Subjective) Section B: 3 (Subjective)
Total Marks 100 100
Negative Marking No No
Duration 3 hours 2 ½ hourS


  • Exam Mode:Exam will be conducted through offline mode.
  • Type of Questions:Questions in the paper will be of objective and subjective type. 70% of questions are objective type; rest 30% are subjective. The papers (objective and subjective) are held separately on the same day.
  • Total Marks: 100
  • Marking: No negative marking for incorrect answer.
  • Language: English
  • Duration: three hours


Top Reference Books


  • NIFT/NID/IIFT Entrance Exam Guide Surendra
  • NIFT/NID/IIFT Entrance Examination 2020 Dharmendra Mitta Success Master
  • NID Mock Test Series 2020-21 (As Per New B. Design Pattern)
  • NIFT & NID (B.Des) Entrance Books & Test Series


NID 2020 Fees


B.Des/GDPD course:


Category B.Des and GDPD
General Rs. 2000
General – EWS Rs. 2000
OBC-NCL Rs. 2000
SC Rs. 1000
ST Rs. 1000
General-PwD Rs. 1000
General-EWS-PwD Rs. 1000
OBC-NCL-PwD Rs. 1000
SC-PwD Rs. 1000
ST-PwD Rs. 1000
Overseas Rs. 3000


For the M.Des course:


Category Fee for 1 discipline Fee for 2 discipline
General Rs. 2000 Rs. 4000
General – EWS Rs. 2000 Rs. 4000
OBC-NCL Rs. 2000 Rs. 4000
SC Rs. 1000 Rs. 2000
ST Rs. 1000 Rs. 2000
General-PwD Rs. 1000 Rs. 2000
General-EWS-PWD Rs. 1000 Rs. 2000
OBC-NCL-PwD Rs. 1000 Rs. 2000
SC-PwD Rs. 1000 Rs. 2000
ST-PwD Rs. 1000 Rs. 2000
Overseas Rs. 3000 Rs. 6000


Preparation Tips


  • Prepare all the topics included in the syllabus.
  • Take as many mock tests and previous years question papers/sample papers as possible. Mock tests are available in the market or online.
  • Make notes after completing a topic and revise regularly.
  • Study from the recommended resources and books.


Author: Baishali Mukherjee

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