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NID PhD Admission 2024 Doctoral Research Test : National Institute of Design

Organisation : National Institute of Design (NID)
Entrance Exam : PhD Admission 2024 Doctoral Research Test
Date of Examination : 23rd April 2024
Application Deadline : 28th March 2024
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NID PhD Admission

National Institute of Design (NID) is an ‘Institute of National Importance’ as per the NID Act 2014, as well as an autonomous Institute under the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India. The Institute is empowered to award its own degrees and presently offers Bachelor of Design (B.Des.), Master of Design (M.Des.), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Design. The Institute is also a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU). It has strong linkages with the industry and active collaboration with several Design institutes and universities across the world.

Related / Similar Entrance : RGUHS Karnataka Ph.D Entrance Test 2024

Eligibility Criteria for Admission

Educational Qualifications :
Only the following educational qualifications are eligible for admission to the PhD program:
a. Master of Design (M.Des)2 degree from an accredited institution or recognised university of India or an equivalent3 foreign degree
b. Master of Philosophy in Design (M.Phil (Design))4 degree from a recognised institution or University of India or an equivalent3 foreign degree
c. Master of [Architecture/Fine Art/Applied Art]4 from a recognised institution or University of India or an equivalent3 foreign degree, following a [Master/Bachelor of Design degree from India or an equivalent3 foreign degree]
d. Bachelor of Design (B.Des)5 degree from NID + 3 years professional or teaching experience
e. Certificate of 2-year Faculty Development Program in Design from NID or any other recognised University

Process of Selection

Entry to NID’s PhD programme and to the NID-HSLU PhD Cooperation Program will be granted on the basis of performance in the following four-stage selection process:
Stage 1: Screening for eligibility
Stage 2: Assessment of Research Proposal
Stage 3: Doctoral Research Test
Stage 4: Interview

These are detailed below.
Stage 1: Eligibility Screening
Information in the application forms of candidates is scrutinised to ascertain whether various eligibility requirements, such as that of educational qualification, are met. Those who do not fulfil the eligibility criteria will be rejected at this stage. Those who are found eligible move on to Stage 2. The eligibility requirements are the same for both, NID’s PhD programme and the NID-HSLU PhD Cooperation Program These educational eligibility qualification requirements are described in detail in Section 5.1.

Stage 2: Assessment of Research Proposal
Candidates are required to submit a research proposal they have formulated outlining their motivation for conducting the doctoral research they are applying for, the strength and relevance of their background for conducting the research, brief review of existing work on the topic, the relevance of their proposed research to the field of Design, the expected outcomes, and a plan to achieve them. The proposal must be limited to two to three thousand words (20,000 characters including spaces) or less.

The content of the research proposal of the eligible candidates will be examined from the point of view of alignment with NID’s research objectives, analytical content, relevance of the proposal to the broad theme of Design, the overall knowledge-creation potential of the research, and other factors.

Stage 3: Design Research Test (DRT)
Candidates shortlisted in Stage 2 would be required to take the Design Research Test (DRT). The DRT is framed to test the candidate’s Design aptitude and research abilities, general awareness, basic numeric and Design abilities, among other factors. Candidates who have work experience of 15 years or more are exempt from taking the DRT. Candidates who pass the DRT would proceed to the next and final stage of selection, the Interview.

Stage 4: Personal Interview
Candidates shortlisted in Stage 3 would be invited to appear for the Personal Interview, where the candidates would interact online with appointed representatives of the Institute who would assess the candidate for their aptitude for conducting the proposed research. Among other things, the interview would assess the candidates for the following:
1. The merit of the Research Proposal for adding to new knowledge in the field of Design
2. Competence of the candidates for conducting the proposed research as assessed by their academic record and work experience and personal accomplishments in relevant areas
3. Match of the candidate’s proposed research area with the published interest areas of at least one faculty member of the Institute and with the Institute’s overall goals and priorities
4. Exposition of proposed research to panel, demonstrating articulation and conviction.

Important Dates

Application period – 1800 hrs. (IST) Mon 5 Feb — 2359 hrs. (IST) Thu 28 Mar 2024
Application editing window – 0000 hrs. (IST) Fri 29 Mar—2359 hrs. Sun 31 Mar 2024.
Doctoral Research Test (DRT) – Tue 23 Apr, 2024.
Interview – Wed 1 May—Fri 3 May 2024.
Declaration of final results, despatch of offers – Fri 10 May 2024

Application Fee

1. Category-wise Application Fees for Academic Year 2024-25 are as under:
Category Fees
General Rs. 5000/-
EWS Rs. 5000/-
OBC-NCL Rs. 5000/-
SC Rs. 2500/-
ST Rs. 2500/-
Non-Indian citizens Rs. 5000/-
The fees indicated above do not change even if the person is applying under PwD category.

2. Application fee is NEITHER refundable NOR transferable.
3. The Application fees paid online (by Debit/Credit Card) DOES NOT INCLUDE any bank/ transaction charges, and the same, as applicable, will be borne by the applicant.
4. You will be asked to verify your details, after which you can proceed to make the payment.
5. You will be directed to the payment gateway. After completing the payment process, you will be redirected to the ‘Print’ section where you can save your form as a PDF file and print it. You are NOT required to send the print-out of your application form.

How to Apply?

Visit the NID website at and follow the steps given below:
Step 0:
Please have in mind which program you are applying for: NID’s PhD program or the NID- HSLU PhD Cooperation Program. Remember that if you intend to apply for both, you will have to apply separately for each program.

Read and familiarise yourself with the eligibility criteria and other relevant information related to the PhD programme (among the above) you are proceeding to apply for. All this information can be found in this handbook and from the websites of the two institutes (NID and HSLU).

Step 1: Sign up/Registration
1. All candidates are required to download this handbook and fill up the online application form available at

2. Please fill up the online application form giving correct information. Provide a valid email address and an active mobile number while filling up the form, since these contacts will be used for all future communication with the applicant. Ensure that this email id and mobile number is active till 31 August 2024. Candidates will be solely responsible in case a wrong email address and/or mobile number has been provided.

3. After registration, login credentials will be sent via an email to the registered email address (do remember to check your spam or junk folders in case you do not find the email in your inbox). In case a wrong email address and/or mobile number has been provided during sign up, you are required to register afresh with the correct details.

4. Do not delete emails sent to you as this will be needed for future reference.
5. Log in to your account using login credentials to proceed further.

Step 2: Fill the Online Application Form
1. Log in.
2. Fill in all the required details.
4. After filling all details, click ‘Save & Proceed’ to go to the next section to ‘Upload Documents’.
5. Click ‘Save & Exit’ to complete the form at a later time.

Step 3: Uploading Documents & Signature
Step 4: Payment of Application Fee

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