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NID - National Institute of Design (NID)
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NID - National Institute of Design

(NID) is internationally acclaimed as one of the finest educational and research institutions for Industrial, Communication, Textile and IT Integrated (Experiential) Design. It is an autonomous institution under the aegis of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India and is recognized by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization.


Admission is open to students who have passed or who will appear for qualifying examinations under the Higher Secondary (10+2) or equivalents like AISSCE/ IB/ ISC. Successful candidates shall be given admission to the academic programme, by the institute, subject to their passing the qualifying examinations. The medium of instruction at NID is English. Upper age limit for candidates is 20 years (relaxable by 3 years for reserved categories) as on June 1, 2013. NUMBER OF SEATS - Undergraduate Programs (GDPD)   100 seats
Allotment of the discipline of choice at the end of Foundation year is NOT guaranteed. Discipline allotment takes place only at the end of the first year (Foundation Programme), based purely on student's performance in the Foundation Programme and the number of seats available in desired discipline.

Under Graduate programme (GDPD) NID Main Campus, Ahmedabad : This 4-year intensive professional UG programme is offered in the following areas of specialisation from the NID Main Campus, Ahmedabad

FACULTY OF INDUSTRIAL DESIGN : Product Design, Furniture & Interior Design, Ceramic & Glass Design 
FACULTY OF COMMUNICATION DESIGN : Graphic Design, Animation Film Design, Film & Video Communication, Exhibition (Spatial) Design 


ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR PGDPD : Candidates having a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent including those who will be appearing for the qualifying examinations during the academic year (2013-14) in the areas mentioned against each discipline are eligible to apply. Those applying for two programmes should send separate application form for each programme. One cannot apply for more than two PG Programmes. The medium of instruction for PG Programme at NID is English. Upper age limit for candidates is 30 years (relaxable by 3 years for reserved categories) as on June 1, 2013.

PGDPD (Post-Graduate Diploma Programme in Design) of 2 ½ years duration for graduates from various domains specific to each discipline.

(Includes reserved categories)

MAIN CAMPUS, AHMEDABAD :  Product Design , Furniture & Interior Design, Ceramic & Glass Design Graphic Design, Animation Film Design , Film & Video Communication, Textile Design

PG CAMPUS, GANDHINAGAR : Transportation & Automobile Design, Toy & Game Design, Photography Design, Apparel Design, Lifestyle Accessory Design, New Media Design, Strategic Design Management

R&D CAMPUS, BENGALURU : Information & Interface Design, Design For Digital Experience, Design For Retail Experience

To visit NID Website log on to 

National Institute of Design,
Paldi, Ahmedabad 380 007
Phone: +91-79-2662 3462
Fax: +91-79-2662 1167
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NIFT - National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT)


NIFT - National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) was set up in 1986 under the aegis of the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. It has emerged as the premier Institute of Design, Management and Technology, developing professionals for taking up leadership positions in fashion business in the emerging global scenario. NIFT has been granted statutory status under the act of Parliament of India in 2006, empowering the Institute to award degrees and other academic distinctions.

The Institute is a pioneer in envisioning and evolving fashion business education in the country through a network of fifteen professionally managed domestic centers at Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Jodhpur, Kangra, Kannur, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Patna, Raebareli and Shillong.


NIFT has set academic standards and excelled in thought leadership by providing a pool of creative genius and technically competent professionals. The Institute provides a common platform for fashion education, research and training.

Design programs - Creative Ability Test (3hrs) & General Ability Test (2hrs)
Technology & Management programs - Managerial Ability Test (2hrs) & General Ability Test (2hr)


General Ability Test (GAT)
1) Quantitative Ability:
This sub-test is designed to test the quantitative ability of the candidates. The sub test consists of questions on Addition, Multiplication, Division, Fractions, Percentage, Rate of Interest, Work and Task, Ratio and Proportion, and Distance. 

2) Communication Ability: This sub-test is aimed at testing the language ability of the candidates in day to day communication in English. It includes questions on synonyms, antonyms, words with corresponding meanings, singular, plural, one word substitutes, idioms and phrases, correct spellings, etc.

3) English Comprehension: This sub-test is to test one's ability to comprehend a situation from a given passage. 

4) Analytical Ability: This sub-test is designed to test the candidate's inference and logic from the given

5) General Knowledge and Current Affairs: This sub-test is designed to test the candidate's general knowledge and current affairs.

Creative Ability Test (CAT) : This test is administered to judge the intuition skill, power of observation, innovation in development of a concept and design ability of the candidate. An important aspect of the test is the creative and innovative medium use of colour and illustration skills.

Managerial Ability Test (MAT) : It is a test to judge the managerial effectiveness. This test comprises of various sub-tests as given below: 1) Case Study 2) Logical Ability

1) Case Study : This sub-test is based on a situation of an industry environment. It helps to evaluate the candidate's managerial ability. 

2) Logical Ability : This sub-test is aimed to evaluate the candidate's ability to identify the logic or reason
involved in a particular problem given and applying the logic in solving the problem. Concepts and practice of creative and lateral thinking are likely to be useful. Short listed candidates from the written entrance examination are required to undergo situation test/Group Discussion (GD) / Interview as applicable.

Situation Test : Shortlisted candidates from the written entrance examination are required to undergo a Situation Test which is a hands-on test to evaluate the candidate's skills for material handling and innovative ability on a given situation with a given set of materials.

Group Discussions : Case Study based Group Discussions would comprise of approximately 15 to 20 minutes of discussion on a case study assigned on which a panel of experts will assess the candidates on the following parameters:  1) Conceptual clarity 2) Knowledge of the topic assigned 3) Contributions made to the topic 4) Interpersonal skills 5) Ability to generate new ideas 6) Problem solving approach7) Leadership qualities 8) Effective communication

Personal Interview : A candidate is judged on the various parameters during individual personal interview by a panel, as listed below : 1) Career orientation 2) Aptness for the field 3) Overall personal achievements in academics and co curricular activities 4) Communication 5) General awareness and aptitude, creative and lateral thinking are likely to be useful.

Weightage Chart : The weightage assigned to each test in the final merit list of the entrance examination will be as under: In case of the score being equal, the older candidate according to the date of birth will be given preference.

The Computer Based Test will be conducted only for B.FTech., M.F.M. and M.FTech.

Nift Head Office NIFT Campus

Hauz Khas, Near Gulmohar Park
New Delhi - 110 016, 
Tel: +91-11-26542149 
Fax: +91-11-26535890
Contact: Prof.Monika Gupta, Director 
CEED - Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED/IIT)
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Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED/IIT) is an all India examination conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT Bombay), on behalf of the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Department of Education About CEED, Government of India.
CEED is a qualifying examination for admission to Post Graduate programs (M.Des.) at the Industrial Design Centre ( IIT Bombay ) , Instrument Design and Development Centre (IIT Delhi), Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing ( IISc Bangalore) and Design Program ( IIT Kanpur ) . CEED qualifications in itself does not guarantee admission to the above mentioned programs. Candidates also have to fulfill other requirements such as tests & interviews of the respective institutions for admission. CEED examination tests the candidates for visual perception ability, drawing skills, design aptitude and communication skills.

Eligibility for CEED : Candidates must either have completed or be expecting to complete any of the following, by July 2007:
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering / Architecture / Design/ Interior Design, or equivalent
  • Professional Diploma in Design (NID/CEPT, or equivalent)
  • B.F.A. (4 year professional programme, after 10+2)
  • G.D. Art (5 year programme after 10th) with one year professional experience Master's degree in Arts / Science / Computer Applications


  • IISc Bangalore : M.Des. in Product Design and Engineering
  • IIT Bombay : M.Des. in (i) Industrial Design, (ii) Visual Communication, (iii) Animation, (iv) Interaction Design
  • IIT Delhi : M.Des. in Industrial Design
  • IIT Kanpur : M.Des. in Industrial Design*
    (*GATE qualified candidates will also be considered for admission to these programmes).

There is no age limit and a candidate can appear in CEED any number of times. 

CEED Exam Structure : CEED examination will the test your drawing skills, aesthetics, sensibility, creativity, problem identification ability, your approach to visual & mechanical design, visual perception ability, design aptitude and communication skills. It will test your ability to, creatively & appropriately solve simple design problems, problem analysis, alternate concepts, justifications for your solutions, visual & textual presentation skills, visualization, general awareness and comprehension. CEED examination will consist of two parts. First part tests your drawing skills, aesthetics, sensibility , creativity, problem identification and your approach to visual and mechanical design. The second part will be objective type, which will test your skills in visualization, creativity, design and general awareness, and comprehension. For any enquiry about CEED ,

contact Gate Office
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay 
Powai, Mumbai 400076 
Phone : 022-2576 7068 
Fax : 022-2572 3706 
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Top Design Colleges in India

  1. National Institute of Design (NID)Ahmedabad, ,Bangalore, Gandhinagar
2. National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT)

Mumbai, Kolkata, Kangra, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Raebareli, Patna, 
Shillong, Bhopal, Taliparamba, Bhubaneswar and Jodhpur

3. Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED) (IIT)Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Jabalpur, ,Bangalore

4. Center for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT)Ahmedabad

5. School of Fashion Technology (SOFT)Pune

6. Design & Innovation Academy(DIA)Delhi

7. National Institute of Creative Communication (NICC) Bangalore


9. New College Of International Lifestyles Academy (NILA)Delhi

10.United Institute of Design ( UID)

11.D J Academy Of Design ( DJ) Coimbatore

12. Arch Academy ogf Design (Arch)Jaipur

13.RAFFLES Design International ( RAFFLES)Mumbai

14. D.S.Kulkarni Supinfocom / DSK International School of Design (DSK)Pune

15. Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology (Srishti)Bangalore

16. MIT Institute Of Design (MIT) Pune

17. Symbiosis Institute of Design (SID) Pune

18. Peral Academy (PEARL)

19.  Institute of Apparel Management ( IAM)Gurgaon

20. SATYAM Fashion Institute (SATYAM)Delhi NCR

21. GD GOENKA School of Fashion and Design (GD GOENKA)Sohna-Gurgaon Road

22. L' Institute superieur des arts appliques (LISAA – French ) Gurgaon

23. University of Petroleum and Energy Studies ( UPES) Dehradun

Fine Arts College

1. The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (MSU)

2. Delhi Collage of Art (DCA)

3. Sir Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy School of Art , Mumbai (JJ)

4. Rachana Sanad, Mumbai

5. Raheja college, Mumbai

6. Government college of art (GCA), Chandigarh

7. Collage Of Fine Arts, Thrissur (CP)