NID DAT 2021 Eligibility

Exam Date

Mar 14, 2021

Result Date

May 1, 2021

Apr 7, 2021 | Design

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There are minimum eligibility criteria to be fulfilled by the candidates before applying for the NID Exam. Candidates who do not fulfill the NID DAT Eligibility Criteria 2021 will be considered ineligible and their application forms will be invalid. 

NID 2021 Eligibility varies for all the courses, such as B.Des/GDPD, M.Des, and Ph.D. There will be age limits for candidates applying for B.Des and M.Des programs. But there is no upper or lower age limit for the aspirants looking for admission in the Ph.D program.

The candidates should be less than 20 for admissions into BDes programmes and should be less than 30 in the case of MDes. Further relaxations based on reservation are discussed in this section. The admission into all the courses are based on the performances of the candidates, in all the stages of the exam, namely:

  • DAT (Design Aptitude Test) - Stage 1
  • Studio Test - Stage 2
  • Personal Interview - Stage 3

This section discusses all the aspects of the NID DAT Eligibility Criteria 2021, and the candidates wishing to take up the exam are advised to go through this page completely. 

NID DAT Eligibility Criteria 2021 for B.Des

  • NID 2021 Age limit:
    • The maximum age limit for the candidates to appear for the exam is 20 years, as on June 30, 2021, to satisfy the NID DAT Eligibility Criteria 2021.
    • However, for reserved category candidates, the age limit is different. There will be a relaxation of three years for OBC, SC and ST candidates. Physically Handicapped (PwD) can appear for NID 2021 until the age of 25. 
    • General category candidates born on or before July 1, 2001 do not fulfill the NID DAT Eligibility Criteria 2021 for BDes.
  • Education Qualification:
    • Candidates must have passed the 12th examination or should appear for the same in 2020-21, or equivalent examination from a recognized board, in order to satisfy the NID DAT Eligibility Criteria 2021.
    • The list of examinations and boards accepted are:
      • Candidates clearing 10+2 or equivalent examination from a board or university that is not mentioned, must submit a certificate from the Association of Indian Universities. Those candidates who have cleared an examination conducted by some board or university that is not even recognized by the AIU 10+2 system, are also eligible for applying (submission of all required documents is mandatory)
      • Joint Services Wing of the National Defence Academy (NDA) final year examination (2nd year final exam)
      • Senior secondary school examination conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling. The exam should contain at least 5 subjects. 
      • Vocational branch examination of Higher Secondary.
      • The general certificate education (GCE) examination conducted in England, Sri Lanka etc - advanced A level.
      • Intermediate or second year pre-university examination conducted by any board or university recognised by the Association of Indian Universities.
      • Final examination of the 10+2 system conducted by the central or state board, which is recognised by the Association of Indian Universities. 
      • High school certificate examination or International Baccalaureate Diploma at the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva, which is conducted by Cambridge University.

The BDes program or course is a 4-year period course offered by the NID Ahmedabad campus. There will be 100 seats offered for the program, out of which 15 will be reserved for the overseas category candidates. 

All candidates admitted to this program will undergo a foundation course for the first year, and after that, they will be allotted domains based on the availability of seats and their performance in the foundation period. The seat availability for BDes is given below as a table for the reference of the candidates. 

NID DAT Eligibility Criteria 2021: Seat Availability for BDes
Number of Seats Stream
15 Seats
Graphic Design
15 Seats
Animation Film Design
10 Seats
Film & Video Communication
10 Seats
Exhibition Design
15 Seats
Textile Design
15 Seats
Product Design
10 Seats
Furniture Design
10 Seats
Ceramic & Glass Design

NID DAT Eligibility Criteria 2021 for M.Des

  • Age limit:
    • The maximum age limit is 30 years for the general candidates to satisfy the NID DAT Eligibility Criteria 2021, as of July 30, 2021.
    • However, the reserved category has a different age limit. Three years of relaxation is allowed for OBC, SC, and ST, whereas PwD candidates can attempt until the age of 35. 
    • General category candidates born on or before July 1, 1991, do not fulfill the NID DAT Eligibility Criteria 2021 for MDes.
    • Reserved category candidates born on or before July 1, 1990, do not fulfill the NID DAT Eligibility Criteria 2021 for MDes.
  • Education Qualification:
    • Candidates should have cleared the bachelor's degree (10+2+3 years or 10+2+4 years) to satisfy the NID Eligibility Criteria 2021.
    • As for the 10+2+4 bachelor's degree, the candidates should have cleared or should be appearing before June 2021. And as for the 10+2+3 bachelor's degree, the candidates should have passed and should have appeared on or before June 2020.
    • Those appearing in a bachelor's degree in any discipline from any institution or university recognized by the law in India are also eligible to apply for NID 2021. 
    • A Diploma in the 10+2+4 system, from any recognized university or institution, is also accepted.
    • If the candidates have a degree from a foreign university, then they must mandatorily get an equivalence certificate from the Association of Indian Universities. 

The MDes programme is a two-and-a-half year long course offered by the NID into various domains. There will be 2 seats reserved for overseas candidates, for each domain. This course is available in Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Bengaluru campuses of the NID. Candidates have the opportunity to choose a maximum of 2 disciplines or domains while applying for the exam. Once chosen, candidates cannot change their domain at any cause. 

The detailed seat availability at NID Gandhinagar campus for MDes, with respect to the domain or branch, is given below.

Seat Availability at NID Gandhinagar Campus
No. of Seats
Courses offered at NID Gandhinagar Campus
15
Photography Design
15
Strategic Design Management
15
Apparel Design
15
Lifestyle Accessory Design
15
New Media Design
10
Toy & Game Design
15
Transportation & Automobile Design

The detailed seat availability at NID Bengaluru campus for MDes, with respect to the domain or branch, is given below.

Seat Availability at NID Bengaluru Campus
No. of Seats
Courses offered at NID Bengaluru Campus
15
Interaction Design
15
Universal Design
15
Design for Retail Experience
15
Digital Game Design
15
Information Design

The detailed seat availability at NID Ahmedabad campus for MDes, with respect to the domain or branch, is given below.

Seat Availability at NID Ahmedabad Campus
No. of Seats
Courses offered at NID Ahmedabad Campus
15
Furniture Design
15
Graphic Design
15
Product Design
15
Textile Design
15
Animation Film Design
10
Ceramic & Glass Design
15
Film & Video Communication

 NID DAT Eligibility Criteria 2021 for GDPD Candidates

The GDPD (Graduation Diploma Program in Design) is an eight-semester program, where the first 2 semesters are common for all branches and the rest of the 6 semesters are based on the following domains:

  1. Apparel and Textile Design Course
  2. Industrial Design Course
  3. Communication Design Course

The aspects of the NID DAT Eligibility Criteria 2021 for GDPD are:

  • This course is offered by the NID Ahmedabad and NID Vijayawada, and the candidates are selected based on their scores in the DAT (Design Aptitude Test).
  • Selected candidates will be tested with further rounds by the NID Vijayawada, before admitting the candidates. 
  • For this year, the exam authorities have announced 60 seats available for the GDPD courses. 

NID DAT Eligibility Criteria 2021 for Overseas Candidates

The overseas category of candidates are those who hold citizenships of countries other than India. There will be a 15% reservation for the overseas candidates, for MDes and BDes courses. Certain key points of NID DAT Eligibility Criteria 2021 for the overseas category are given below:

  • For all the candidates opting for BDes and MDes programs under the overseas category, they are required to take up the DAT only at NID Ahmedabad. There will be two more stages of examination after the DAT. 
  • All overseas candidates should only apply for the exam online since no other modes of application will be accepted, and admit cards will be made available to the candidates on the official website, which is admission.nid.edu. They should make sure to download the admit cards within the specified time.
  • The candidates holding PCI or Overseas Citizenship of India passports can apply under normal categories and overseas categories. The NRI candidates have to apply under the common categories as citizens of India. 
  • It is mandatory for all the overseas candidates to be in person at their respective campuses, without fail.

Documents to Produce for the Overseas Candidates

The documents that should be produced are listed below for the reference of the candidates. 

  • For the MDes candidates, the original and copies of the degree certificate, provisional certificate, mark sheets and other graduation details have to be produced, along with the class X and XII mark sheets.
  • For BDes candidates, only the class X and XII mark sheets and other related qualification details have to be submitted. 
  • Passport copies of the candidates should be attested.
  • In the case of candidates holding degrees from universities and institutions recognized by the AIU (Association of Indian Universities), they are required to submit the equivalence certificate before the process of admission.
  • Foreign nationals have to produce their copies of visas for the entire duration of their respective courses. The submission of visa must be done before the start of the course. 

Candidates failing to produce the necessary documents and/ or failing to pay the required fees should be aware that their candidature will be cancelled.

NID 2021 Reservation based on Category

The reservation percentage into the NID Exam is given below, for the reference of the candidates. 

NID Category Reservations
Category Reservation
General 51.5%
OBC 17%
SC 15%
ST 7.5%

NID Eligibility Reservation

The candidates need to fulfil all the eligibility criteria to get the NID 2021 Admission.

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