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National Institute of Design, more popularly known as NID is the most sought after Design School in India. Established in 1961, NID is the only other Indian design college other than IDC, IIT-Bombay to be featured in Business Week’s Top 50 Design Schools in the World. Known for its expert faculty, amazing learning environment, notable alumni and of course, its long lasting legacy, NID is also known as the most difficult design school to get into. With only 100 seats in its B.Des programme and a mere 275 seats in its M.Des programme, NID is one of those elite colleges you want to be in if you want to be a well-known designer!

Courses and Campus
NID offers B.Des and M.Des programs in 20 diverse design disciplines with five faculty streams, Industrial Design, Product Design, Graphic Design and Transportation & Automobile Design to name a few. NID has three different campuses, the main campus being in Ahmedabad while the PG campus is in Gandhinagar and the R&D campus in Bangalore. Adding to the institute’s popularity in the world of design, NID has established exchange programs and pedagogic relationships with over 50 overseas institutions. The yearly college expenses of pursuing a B.Des degree in NID is Rs. 2,10,800 while M.Des costs Rs. 2,55,800.

How to Apply
NID’s application procedure is quite simple and the candidate is expected to download the application form from NID’s admission dedicated website. Once filled, you must post/personally handover the completed application form with a Demand Draft drawn on any nationalized bank in favor of ‘National Institute of Design’ (Rs.1500 for General and Rs.750 for reserved categories like SC/ST and PH). The fees is non-refundable on rejected applications and those applications selected for the admission tests will receive the hall ticket/call letter somewhere in the month of December. Both B.Des and M.Des programs require that the candidates selected for tests carry their hall tickets, eligibility certificates, birth certificate and other supporting documents like category certificates.

Eligibility Criteria

B.Des– A General category candidate shouldn’t be more than 20 years old and this age limit can be extended to another 3 years for Reserved categories. The candidate must have completed or must be completing his/her Higher Secondary education or equivalents like AISSCE/IB/ISC.

M.Des– A General category candidate shouldn’t be more than 30 years old and this age limit can be extended to another 3 years for Reserved categories. The candidate must have completed or must be completing his/her Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent Diploma. Degree in Design, Engineering, Technology or Architecture, or a recognized Diploma in Design are the most preferred academic qualifications.

Entrance Exam
NID’s entrance exam Design Aptitude Test (DAT) which is also popularly known as the National Entrance Examination for Design (NEED) is one of the most regarded entrance exams for design in India and also one of the most difficult ones along with IDC’s CEED. There is no particular syllabus to prepare for DAT or NEED and the questions are framed on basic topics like Communication Skills, Composition, Creativity, Drawing Skills, General Mental Ability, Sensitivity to Environment and Subjects of Design.

Both B.Des and M.Des Design Aptitude Tests (DAT) comprise of two phases, the first being a written test and Phase 2 being a Studio Test

B.Des

Phase 1: This 3 hour test is for 100 marks and the questions are both visual and textual in type. The test is conducted to gauge the candidate’s aptitude for Design Problem Solving, Visual Sense, Observation & Perception, Environmental Awareness, Mental Ability and Communication Skills.
Phase 2: Phase 2 comprises of a Studio Test followed by Personal Interview and Portfolio Presentation. The Studio Test is further divided into 3 parts- Doodling, 3D Modeling and Observation Test.

M.Des

Phase 1: This 3 hour test is for 100 marks and consists of two parts, both of 1.5 hour time duration. Part A is a Common Foundation Paper for 40 marks and Part B is a Specialization Paper for 60 marks. The test is conducted to gauge the candidate’s aptitude for Design Problem Solving, Visual Sense, Observation & Perception, Environmental Awareness, Mental Ability and Communication Skills.
Phase 2: Phase 2 comprises of a Studio Test followed by Personal Interview and Portfolio Presentation. The Studio Test is further divided into 3 parts- Doodling, 3D Modeling and Observation Test.

Exam Centers
According to NID’s website both B.Des and M.Des exams are conducted in 12 exam centers as of now. The list goes as follows: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Nagpur. 

How to Prepare for DAT/NEED?
DAT/NEED is very similar to CEED when it comes to the type of questions asked and the preparation required. Here is a list of tips to help you get started.

  • Not only you should know how to sketch and design, but you should also know how to sketch quickly and flawlessly.
  • Refine your sketching skills and join a Sketching and Design course such as Launchpad’s Diploma in Car Design program if it helps.
  • Refer the previous year NEED question papers available on the internet and subscribe to online and offline exam preparation guides.
  • Stay connected with designers and design students in online communities, compare your works with theirs, get reviews on your sketching skills and ask for suggestions.
  • To conclude, think of design all the time and keep sketching! All the best!

 

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