FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

ELIGIBILITY

Q. Is the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) score considered for the NID entrance test?
A. No the NATA score is not considered for the NID entrance test. All applicants will have to undergo the Design Aptitude Test (DAT)
Q. Does NID consider IGCSE-Grade-12 as a valid pre-requisite?
A. Please refer to Section 4 on eligibility criteria in the Admissions Handbook 2017-18 available online at http://admissions.nid.edu.
Q. Is a high school diploma by GED accepted for admission of Bachelor of Design course?
A. Please refer to Section 4 on eligibility criteria in the Admissions Handbook 2017-18 available online at http://admissions.nid.edu.
Q. I am giving my HSC through correspondence, am I eligible for the NID entrance for B.Des
A. Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling with a minimum of five subjects meets the eligibility criteria mentioned in Section 4 of the Admissions Handbook 2017-18 available online at http://admissions.nid.edu.
Q. I am doing a 3 year Diploma course after 10th. Am I eligible for the UG course?
A. Candidates applying for undergraduate programme (B.Des/GDPD) should have passed or are appearing for the qualifying examinations under the higher secondary (10+2) from any recognized Board of Education such as CBSE/IB/ICSE, or equivalents, during the academic year 2016-17.
Please refer to Section 4 on eligibility criteria in the Admissions Handbook 2017-18 available online at http://admissions.nid.edu.
Q. If the applicant is enrolled with the NIOS (National Institute of Open School) for 10+2 schooling, are they eligible to apply to NID?
A. Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling with a minimum of five subjects, meets the eligibility criteria as mentioned in Section 4.
Q. What is the admission procedure for NID?
A. The process of admission to NID for M.Des., B.Des. and GDPD programmes consists of two stages. Stage 1: Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims Stage 2: Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Mains
Q. What is the entry requirement for M.Des. courses?
A. There are 19 different specializations under Master of Design (M.Des.) at three campuses of NID. Please refer to Section 4 on eligibility criteria for M. Des in the Admissions Handbook 2017-18 available online at http://admissions.nid.edu.

APPLICATION RELATED

Q. How can I apply and where will I find the application form?
A. You can apply online only at http://admissions.nid.edu Please refer to the section 6 on How to Apply in the Admissions Handbook 2017-18 available online at http://admissions.nid.edu
Q. How will I get the Admit Card for my exams?
A. The Admit Card will be available online only at http://admissions.nid.edu for DAT Prelims and Mains for all candidates.
Q. What documents do I need to submit during the online application process?
A. Please refer to Section 6 for the documents to be uploaded in the Admissions Handbook 2017-18 available online at http://admissions.nid.edu.
Q. Where do I send the form?
A. Applications have to be filled online only. You can pay the fees online through credit card/debit card, and take a print to keep for your reference. Only candidates paying fees by Demand Draft are required to send a printed version of their application form to the address below:
The Project Manager – CMS
All India Management Association
Management House, 14, 
Institutional Area, Lodhi Road
New Delhi 110 003
Q. How should I complete the online application form?
A. The online application form has clear instructions where required, to guide applicants during the process.
Q. What is the website address for submitting an online application?
A. Applications will be received online only at http://admissions.nid.edu
Q. Should I send photocopies of my certificates & awards?
A. Please refer to Section 6 for the documents to be uploaded in the Admissions Handbook 2017-18 available online at http://admissions.nid.edu.
Q. How do I submit late documents to NID?
A. Documents are submitted in person once the selection is done. If the selected candidates do not pay the fees or fail to produce valid documents on the day of registration, or decline their offer of admission, their application will stand cancelled
Q. When and how will I receive intimation of selection and admission decision?
A. All information will be available online only on the Official NID Admissions site at http://admissions.nid.edu. Please keep on referring to this website for regular updates.
Q. Are interviews for M.Des. conducted on campus?
A. Please refer to Section 7 of the Admissions Handbook 2017-18 on the website http://admissions.nid.edu.


DESIGN APTITUDE TEST

Q. What is the DAT for?
A. The objective of the admission process is to seek evidence of the perception, attitude, aptitude, achievement and motivation essential in a potential design student. There are 2 stages– Stage 1: Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims Stage 2: Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Mains Q. Which are the test centres?
A. Design Aptitude Test (stage 1) for all applicants will be conducted in the following cities in India:  Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Dehradun, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jammu, Kolkata, Kurukshetra, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, New Delhi, Patna, Panjim, Raipur, Ranchi, Thiruvananthapuram and Vijayawada.  However, Candidates applying in the Overseas category (supernumerary seats) applying for either M.Des. and B.Des will have to appear for their DAT Prelims, followed by DAT Mains, in Ahmedabad only.
Q. What is the Studio Test? How important is it?
A. Based on the scores obtained in DAT Prelims (Stage 1), candidates will be shortlisted and called for the DAT Mains (Stage 2). The final merit list will be generated, based on the sum total of the weighted scores obtained by the candidate in each stage of the admissions process.
Q. What are the main objectives of the admission process?
A. The objective of the admission process is to seek evidence of the perception, attitude, aptitude, achievement and motivation essential in a potential design student. There are 2 stages of the admissions process. Stage one is the Design Aptitude Test-Prelims, based on the scores obtained in DAT Prelims (Stage 1), candidates will be shortlisted and called for the DAT Mains (Stage 2). All the stages are mandatory.
Q. Can we choose the exam centre?
A. Candidates may select a test centre of their choice at the time of submitting their application online. However, NID reserves the right to add/remove any of these centres and allot a test centre that may not be of the candidate’s choice. However, Candidates applying in the Overseas category (supernumerary seats) applying for either M.Des, and B.Des will have to appear for their DAT in Ahmedabad centre only.
Q. Where will I get my Admit Card from?
A. The Admit Card will be available only on the official Admissions website of NID: http://admissions.nid.edu. It is the candidates’ responsibility to download and print the relevant Hall ticket.
Q. Is the Design Aptitude Test the same for Overseas applicants as well as Indian applicants?
A. Yes, the Design Aptitude Test Prelims is common for all applicants in undergraduate (B.Des.). The Design Aptitude Test for Postgraduate (M.Des.) applicants is different.
Q. Can I avoid the DAT?
A. No, it is mandatory for every applicant to appear for the Design Aptitude Test.
Q. Is there any waiver for the DAT?
A. No, there is no waiver for the DAT.
Q. What if I am staying abroad and can’t appear for the DAT?
A. It is mandatory for all applicants, including those staying abroad, to appear for the DAT.
Q. Is it possible for NID to conduct the entire DAT procedure in a day for overseas students?
A. Candidates applying in the Overseas category (supernumerary seats) applying for either M.Des, and B.Des  will have to appear for their DAT Prelims, followed by DAT Mains in Ahmedabad only.
Q. May I apply to NID more than once?

A. Yes, candidates are allowed to appear for NID’s entrance exam for an unlimited number of attempts provided the eligibility criteria of age is fulfilled
Q. Is there any other test which can work as a substitute for DAT?
A. There is no other test which works as a substitute for DAT.
Q. How do I clear the DAT, is there any specific area I need to focus on?
A. There will be ONE question paper of 3 hours duration. The question paper will carry a total of 100 marks. The question paper will consist of both objective and subjective type questions.
FINANCIAL AID/SCHOLARSHIPS
Q. Which banks have a tie-up with NID for financial aid to provide education loans?
A. NID does not have a tie-up with any Banks. Candidates will have to approach Banks directly, for any kind of financial aid/educational loans
Q. Are there any scholarships available?
A. NID provides a limited number of scholarships to financially deserving candidates. Further information on scholarships can be obtained after successful admission to NID.
Q. Is an international student eligible to apply for financial aid from India?
A. Foreign students will have to seek financial aid from their country of residence/domicile.

FINANCIAL AID/SCHOLARSHIPS
Q. Which banks have a tie-up with NID for financial aid to provide education loans?
A. NID does not have a tie-up with any Banks. Candidates will have to approach Banks directly, for any kind of financial aid/educational loans
Q. Are there any scholarships available?
A. NID provides a limited number of scholarships to financially deserving candidates. Further information on scholarships can be obtained after successful admission to NID.
Q. Is an international student eligible to apply for financial aid from India?
A. Foreign students will have to seek financial aid from their country of residence/domicile.

APPLICATION FEES

Q. What are the application fees at NID?
A. The application fees are different for applicants in general category and reserved categories for Indian nationals and applicants under Overseas Categories. Please refer to section 6 of the NID Admissions 2017-18 Admissions Handbook 2017-18 available on the website admissions.nid.edu


ACCOMODATION

Q. Does NID Ahmedabad Campus provide hostel facilities?
A. Yes, but it differs for undergraduate, postgraduate students, and from campus to campus. Q. Q. Will students be assisted with out of campus accommodation?
A. NID does not assist students with seeking any out of campus accommodation. Students are required to arrange their accommodation outside of campus on their own.
Q. Are there any special arrangements for international students?
A. NID does not differentiate between Indian and international students. The rules of residence are the same.
Q. What are the provisions & facilities provided in the hostel room?
A. Provisions include a bed, a desk, a chair and storage space for each student. Students are expected to arrange for their own beddings and other items of personal use.


VISA

Q. Will an Indian citizen who studied in Riyadh from class 9 to 12, be considered an overseas/foreign student?
A. Foreign nationals (applicants holding citizenship of any country other than Republic of India) only are eligible to apply under the Overseas category.
Q. When applying from Abroad, which visa is applicable to attend the Design Aptitude Test?
A. You will need a tourist visa. However, please check with the Indian Embassy in your domicile country for specific visa requirement, for entry to India.
Q. If one has a US passport and an Indian PIO card and has done their schooling from India, is she eligible to apply as an Overseas Candidate, Indian candidate or both?
A. Foreign nationals (applicants holding citizenship of any country other than Republic of India) only are eligible to apply under the Overseas category.
Q. I have dual citizenship? How does that work in my favor?
A. Foreign nationals (applicants holding citizenship of any country other than Republic of India) only are eligible to apply under the Overseas category.
Q. What kind of visa do I need to study at NID?
A. A valid student visa for the duration of course at NID will have to be obtained by the candidate before the commencement of their programme.
Q. What if there is a delay in my visa process?
A. It is the candidate’s responsibility to obtain a valid visa before the commencement of course.


NID VIJAYWADA & NID KURUKSHETRA

Q. Why is the programme offered at NID Vijayawada and NID Kurukshetra  a ‘Graduate Diploma Programme in Design’ instead of Bachelor of Design?
NID Ahmedabad is declared as an Institution of National Importance by NID Act 2014. Once NID Vijayawada is covered under Government notification, students of NID Vijayawada & NID Kurukshetra will also be awarded for B.Des degrees. Prior to the NID Act, NID Ahmedabad was also awarding GDPD. Please read the prospectus of NID-Vijayawada & NID Kurukshetra for more information available at http://admissions.nid.edu


MISCELLANEOUS

Q. Is there any stipend paid to the M.Des. students?
A. NID does not provide any stipend to students enrolled on its M.Des. or B.Des. programmes.
Q. When does the academic year begin?
A. The Academic session of NID commences in the month of July.
Q. Do I get an acknowledgement on submission of my application?
A. Yes, you will receive an acknowledgement by email on the email id you used during the time of sign up.
Q. Can I visit the campus?
A. Campus visits are allowed from Monday to Friday from 9.30 am to 05.30 pm.
Q. Can I withdraw my application? Would the application fee refunded?
A. You cannot withdraw your application once it has been submitted. The Application fee is not refundable or transferable.
Q. Can I join a post graduate course in a different college in India or overseas after NID?
A. Yes.
Q. I have heard of the exchange student programme NID offers, can I get more information?
A. Please visit NID’s website www.nid.edu
Q. Where can I find more information on NID?
A. Please visit NID’s website www.nid.edu
Q. Can I join NID halfway through the course?
A. No.
Q. Do recommendation letters help in any way?
A. Recommendation letters are not entertained or accepted. Any attempt to influence the management and employees of the institute will lead to the automatic disqualification of the candidate(s).
Q. Is there a special provision of medical facilities for International students?
A. No. Doctors appointed by NID, are available on campus during weekdays.
Q. Do I need to take the English proficiency test?
A. Candidates are not required to take any English language proficiency test. However the medium of instruction at NID is English. The DAT and other tests will also be conducted in English.
Q. Will I need to have my school documents translated if they are completed in my native language?
A. Yes.
Q. How can I contact NID directly?
A. Admissions Cell
National Institute of Design
Paldi, Ahmedabad 380 007
Email: admissions@nid.edu

Queries related to M.Des. & B.Des. programmes:
Phone: +91 79 2662 3462 (only Monday to Friday, 1430 hrs. to 1730 hrs.)

Queries related to Academic Fees structure for M.Des. & B.Des. Programmes
Phone: +91 79 2662 9628
Email: feescell@nid.edu

Queries related to GDPD programmes:
AT NID-VIJAYAWADA:
Phone: +91 8985 835 478
Email: vadmissions@nid.edu

AT NID-KURUKSHETRA:
Phone: +91 9815 540 044
Email: nidkadmissions@nid.edu

Helpline number for technical issues related to submission of online application:
Phone: +91 9599 024 188 (Monday to Friday, 1000 hrs. to 1700 hrs.)
Email: nid@applyadmission.net
Q. Can I study part-time at NID?
A. NID does not offer any part-time courses.
Q. Can I get information on the faculty at NID?
A. Please refer to NID’s website at www.nid.edu


DISCIPLINE RELATED

Q. Does NID have a four-year B.Des course in Interior Design?
A. NID offers a 4 year undergraduate programme in Furniture Design only. A separate course on Interior Design is not offered.
Q. Does the Ceramic & Glass discipline teach pottery?
A. Yes.
Q. Which courses are offered at which campus?
A. Please refer to sections 3  in the Admissions Handbook 2017-18 on www.admission.nid.edu
Q. What are the age criteria for applying for M.Des?
A. Please refer to Section 4  in the Admissions Handbook 2017-18.
Q. Are there any special summer courses offered at NID?
A. Yes summer workshops are conducted at NID. For more details please visit www.nid.edu
Q. Which courses are offered at the Gandhinagar campus?
A. Please refer to Section 3  in the Admissions Handbook 2017-18.
Q. Is the foundation programme for B.Des. mandatory?
A. Successful candidates admitted to NID’s B.Des. programme will have to undergo a mandatory foundation programme of one (1) year duration. Allotment of a discipline of choice at the end of the foundation programme is based solely on the student's performance and on the number of seats available in the desired discipline.
Q. What is the medium of instruction at NID?
A. English only.
Q. Can I apply for more than one discipline in M.Des. Programme?
A. Yes. You can apply for not more than 2 disciplines for entry to a Masters programme.


RESERVATION RELATED

Q. How many seats are reserved for candidates from OBC-NCL, SC, ST or PwD categories?
A. Please refer to Section 5  in the Admissions Handbook 2017-18 available on official admissions website http://admissions.nid.edu