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Announcement: DQ Labs Live Interactive Online Class details are available here

  • Live Interactive Classes with expert faculty
  • Personalized Mentoring and Study Strategy
  • Convenient Timings
  • With Intuitive online study material
  • Mock Tests, Past Year Question Papers, Topic wise tests
  • Clarify your doubts
  • College selction guidance
  • Parent Teacher Meeting

Be a part DQ Labs pioneering online or Physical classroom programs, which are highly creative, unique and result oriented. The only coaching center in India with a team of practicing Designers with extensive teaching and industry experience from IIT’s & NID.

For more information on NID PG & CEED Online Coaching, Speak to us on the chat interface at the bottom of the screen or fill the DQ Labs Enquiry Form and our counsellors will call you back.

In this section you will find the following:

  • Live Interactive Online & Classroom
  • NID (PG) & CEED Coaching Options

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The study material packages below, covers the syllabus for all B. Des entrance exams like NID (PG) & CEED.

Physical Classes will take place in our studios at Bangalore, Mangalore, Chennai, Pune, Thrissur, Nagpur & Hyderabad. Students coming from outside these cities can be helped with finding PG's and other accommodation to suit their requirements.

For more information on NID PG & CEED Online Coaching, speak to us on the chat interface at the bottom of the screen or fill the DQ Labs Enquiry Form and our counsellors will call you back.

2023 NID PG & CEED Coaching Packages

Package Package Description
Program Duration Mode of Teaching Price
2023 Full Prep (Prelims + Mains) 2023 NID PG & CEED Full Prep (Prelims + Mains) 9 to 12 Months
(400 Hours + 40 Bonus Hours)
Online or Classroom Rs 75,000/- + GST
2023 Prelims Only 2023 NID PG + CEED Prelims Only 9 to 12 Months
(200 Hours + 40 Bonus Hours)
Online or Classroom Rs. 45,000/- + GST
2023 Mains & Portfolio (Full Prep) 2023 NID PG Mains Only (Studio Test & Portfolio) 9 to 12 Months
(180 Hours + 40 Bonus Hours)
Online Rs 45,000/- + GST
2023 Mains & Portfolio (Crash Course) 2023 NID PG Mains & Portfolio Crash Course Jan 2023 to May 2023
(120 Hours + 25 Bonus Hours)
Online Only Rs 30,000/- + GST
2023 Mains Prep Only 2023 NID PG Mains Prep Only Apr 2023 to May 2023
(60 Hours + 20 Bonus Hours)
Online Only Rs 10,000/- + GST
2023 Crash Course (Long) Prelims Only 2023 Crash Course (Long) - NID PG & CEED Prelims Only Oct 2022 Onwards
(95 Hours + 25 Bonus Hours)
Online or Physical Classroom Rs 35,000/- + GST
2023 Crash Course (Short) Prelims Only 2023 Crash Course (Short) - NID PG & CEED Prelims Only Dec 2022 Onwards
(55 Hours + 20 Bonus Hours)
Online or Physical Classroom Rs 25,000/- + GST
2023 Home Study Material (Online) 2023 NID PG & CEED Home Study Material (Online) Access till NID PG 2023 Online Only Login

2024 NID PG & CEED Coaching Packages

Package Package Description
Program Duration Mode of Teaching Price
2024 Full Prep (Prelims + Mains) 2024 NID PG & CEED Full Prep (Prelims + Mains) 18 to 24 Months
(580 Hours + 70 Bonus Hours)
Online or Physical Classroom Rs 1,00,000/- + GST
2024 Portfolio & Studio Test (Full Prep) 2024 NID PG & CEED Full Portfolio & Studio Test (Full Prep) 18 to 24 Months
(280 Hours + 70 Bonus Hours)
Online Only Rs. 75,000/- + GST
2024 Prelims Only 2024 NID PG + CEED Prelims Only 18 to 24 Months
(300 Hours + 70 Bonus Hours)
Online or Classroom Rs. 70,000/- + GST
2024 Home Study Material (Online) 2024 NID PG & CEED Home Study Material (Online) Access till NID PG 2024 Online Only Login

NID Mains Studio Test (Round 2): For PG (M.Des)

Only students who clear NID Prelims are eligible to appear for the next round of the admission process of National Institute of Design (NID) called NID Mains. Typically, for 1 NID seat, 5 students are called for NID Mains. It is preferable for students applying for M.Des. This is also commonly called Studio Test or Round 2.

NID Mains consists of the following:

  • Studio Test
  • Portfolio Review (M.Des Only)
  • Personal Interview (M.Des & PG Only)

Each of these is described below:

Studio Test:

The studio test is required and applicable for both UG and PG students in NID Mains. It is conducted to get an idea about the creative imagination and capacity of a student to create an idea into reality. Studio Tests may consist of multiple activities including - Material Handling, Audio Visual Round, Memory Tests, Story Illustration, Psychometric Test and a host of other activities.

For Material Handling, students are given a problem to solve with limited materials and time. Eg. Using paper, create a packaging for a light bulb so that it should not break when dropped from a height of 5 feet. Similar exercises are given with materials like Card Board, Clay Modelling, Straw, Paper, Thermocole, Wire, Fabric etc.

Personal Interview:

A personal interview is conducted by a panel of experts. They typically have a conversation with a candidate to view them from many lenses to assess students. They would delve into the personal aspects of why the aspirants wants to join NID. In addition, they can give them a few psychometric tests to assess the student as well.

Portfolio Review:

Till 2016, the Portfolio round was present for both UG and PG aspirants. However in 2017, the Portfolio Round is only for post graduate students.

What is a portfolio?

A Portfolio is a collection of a candidate’s best and most recent artwork/designs/projects. A portfolio is very personal to each student and speaks volumes about their creativity, interest and passion. For PG aspirants, it is mandatory to showcase a portfolio and it must have some relevance to the specialization they are applying to.

A well presented portfolio speaks volumes about the student and highlights the skill sets of the outstanding students.

Physical Classes will take place in our studios at Bangalore, Pune, Chennai, Mangalore, and Thrissur.

NOTE: For Physical Classes Course Fee at Bangalore, Mangalore, Chennai, Pune, Thrissur, Nagpur & Hyderabad contact our Counselors directly.

  • Bangalore: +91-9591001000
  • Chennai: +91-9600078100
  • Mangalore: +91-7624955282
  • Pune (Swargate ): +91-9637322555
  • Pune (Navi Peth): +91-8600400012
  • Thrissur: +91-7593831121
  • Nagpur: +91-9112288108
  • Hyderabad: +91-7995991199

For more information on NID PG Studio Test coaching, speak to us on the chat interface at the bottom of the screen or fill the DQ Labs Enquiry Form and our counsellors will call you back.

NID PG Exam FAQs

NID or National Institute of Design is India’s premiere set of institutes for Design Education. They offer PG & Research Programs in Design. NIDs are the most sought-after school for all design aspirants in India. NIDs are in Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Gandhinagar (Gujarat), Bengaluru (Karnataka), Kurukshetra (Haryana) , Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh), Jorhat (Assam) and Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh). The institute comes under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry , Government of India.

NID is India’s topmost and one among Asia’s Top 10 design institutes. It is globally recognised as a premier design institute. Students from NID get a fantastic brand to graduate from. Industry and Academia recognize these as the most premier design schools in India. Students from NID’s get access to the best faculty, fantastic infrastructure, the best opportunities for Internships, research projects and jobs.

The NID is the most competitive design exam to crack in India. Getting through to NID. There are about 425 seats across all reservation categories with only about 3% of applications getting through across India.

Yes, NIDs are centrally funded autonomous government institutes similar to IITs, IIMs & NIFTs. They operate under the Ministry of Commerce & industry, Government of India.

NID Prelims generally happen in the last week of December / First week of January every year. The results of the NID Prelims exams are declared around March. Shortlisted students may attend NID Mains.

The NID Mains examination generally happens in April / May / June each year and results are declared within 30 days.

The weightage for NID Prelims and Mains are decided at a later stage by the NID team

NID’s offer various courses in Industrial, Visual, UI UX, Game Design Etc. The list of courses can be found on the website forPost Graduate Programs

To apply to NID follow the applications process listed on the NID Admissions website. All the details are updated here. However, tentative dates are below:

Applications open: September / October. Approximately 6,000 to 8,000 applications are received each year

NID Prelims: December / January. Approximately 800 students qualify to the next round

NID Mains: April / May / June. Approximately 450 seats

The final rank is based on the weightage for both NID Prelims & NID Mains. In 2022 - 23 admissions year for M.Des, the weightage for Prelims is 30%, Mains studio Test is 40% & Mains Interview is 30%

For NID Prelims, you need to prepare for both Aptitude & Sketching. Understanding the structure of the exams is critical

For Aptitude: This heatmap should help you. It is available for all students who sign up on DQ Edge. Once you understand it, you need to take the Mock test papers & past year question papers.

NID M.Des Heatmap

For Sketching: You may use the social learning features of DQ Edge. You may upload your sketches for past year question papers or mock tests and also see what your peer group has done for the same sketches.

Sketch Upload

NID tests a candidate on his original creativity and the ability to come up with on the spot solutions / concepts to a given problem. This would indeed require an observant and rational mind and at the same decent enough in representation skills. This would also require a decent knowledge / Understanding of a wide range of topics on a high level, if not in detail.

Coaching will help you understand wider topics and give you the discipline as well as the thought process to channel your creative abilities best in order to crack the NID entrance examination. Regular guided lessons with faculty who are aware of the entrance examination can help you identify your strengths and correct your weaknesses.

For Aptitude: While ‘NID study material’ is freely available, ‘well researched’ study material is what will actually help you. The study material must have a range of ‘question types’ that have come in the past, and those question types that are ‘predicted’ to come in future. You need to be able to identify the best strategy for you to maximize your score.

For Sketching: Questions may or may not be straightforward. You need to be able to identify what is expected from the question and deliver that in the best manner. Ultimately, a sketch is only a representation of your thought process. Some questions require you to have amazing sketching skills, while other questions require you to have phenomenal problem solving / creative thinking skills.

What makes the difference is the feedback that you get from your faculty. You may choose a high quality Coaching program offered by DQ Labs. If you already have access to great feedback, or just looking for more study material, then you can choose a self-study program available at DQ Edge.

For MDes: There are about 260 MDes Seats available at all campuses of NID – across all reservation categories at all 3 campuses

Approximately 6,000 to 8,000 students take the NID exam each year. Approximately 800 (8% - 10%) students qualify for NID Mains. Finally, only about 260 students secure seats (3%) across all categories. For General Merit students, the chances are about 1% to get through.

However, for those who take the < a href="https://www.dqlabs.in/nid-ceed-coaching.php">Coaching program offered by DQ Labs, the chances of getting into an NID increase from 1% to about 25%.

Getting into an NID is through a 2 stage process - NID Prelims & NID Mains. While all aspirants can write NID Prelims, only about 1200 - 1500 aspirants qualify for NID Mains

NID Prelims (also known as Design Aptitude Test Prelims or NID DAT Prelims) is the first stage of the NID Exam. It consists of both Sketching and Aptitude and is generally a 100-mark test. For each NID Seat, about 3 to 4 students qualify Prelims and are called for the next stage NID Mains. The NID Prelims will also have stream specific question i.e. a question related to the specialization that the applicant has applied for

NID Mains Studio Test (also known as Design Aptitude Test Mains or NID DAT Mains or NID Studio Test) is the next stage of the NID Exam. It consists of studio test exercises (Material Handling, Audio Visual Rounds, Memory tests etc.).

NID Mains Interview Applicants are required to bring their portfolios and face Personal Interviews as well for the last stage of the test.

The final rank is based on the weightage for both NID Prelims & NID Mains. In 2022 - 23 admissions year for B.Des, the weightage for Prelims is 30%, Mains studio Test is 40% & Mains Interview is 30%

The list of materials that students can carry into the exam are below - however, the admit card has the necessary details

  1. Black ball point pen (to mark the answers in the OMR sheet)
  2. Lead pencils (of varying grades)
  3. Dry colours (such as oil pastels/colour pencils/sketch pens etc)
  4. Eraser
  5. Sharpeners
  6. Ruler

NID Ahmedabad is the oldest campus. It has the largest number of seats (107). The other campuses at Gandhinagar (69 seats) and Bangalore (95 seats). For Masters programs, you need to select the campus based on the subjects being offered.

NID Mains (also known as Design Aptitude Test Mains or NID DAT Mains or NID Studio Test) is the Final stage of the NID Exam. It consists of studio test exercises (Material Handling, Audio Visual Rounds, Memory tests etc.). Applicants are required to bring their portfolios and face Personal Interviews as well.

The best way to prepare is to practice as many questions as possible and learn from what the other aspirants have done in the past as well.

Your best resource for this would be available on DQ Edge. Here, you will find many exercises along with work of past students.

The exam seeks evidence of Knowledge, Comprehension, Analysis, Reasoning, Problem Solving and Creativity in the applicant. This is very vague and generally means that any type of question can come from anywhere.

However, there is a method to the madness. If you have a look at the patterns of the previous year question papers, it should give you a good idea to start off with. You can find solved mock test papers, past year questions papers, practice tests and predicted questions for all on DQ Edge

NID M.Des Heatmap

The purpose of NID’s is to solve problems for the Design Industry and that of NIFT’s is for the Fashion Industry. We suggest that you go through the NID & NIFT websites in detail and see the programs available. Your target should be the program that you want to pursue.

We do recommend that you answer the exams of both institutes as some programs may be alternatives. In Industry, fashion graduates from NIFT’s also work across industries like Automobile, Digital Experiences, Home Appliances etc.

Eg. A Fashion Communication program at NIFT is an alternative to a Visual Communication Design program at NID as principles of communication are the same, but applications would be different.

For NID Prelims: The Aptitude is an online exam while the sketching is done on a paper.

For NID Mains: This is a completely offline exam

The exam is conducted only once a year. A candidate may take the exam multiple times as long as they fit the eligibility criteria / age group. These details can be found on the NID Admissions website

To apply to NID, you will need to login to the NID Admissions website and complete the process as per the instructions. All official communication and results will be shared with you there.

A portfolio is generally required only for NID Post Graduate aspirants for NID Mains. In the past, BDes aspirants were also required to bring their portfolios and face Personal Interviews as well. So it is recommended to work on a portfolio as well as prepare for interviews.

CEED Exam FAQs

The Common Entrance Exam in Design (CEED) is a centre based exam conducted by IIT Bombay for admission into the design department. It is a qualifying examination for admission to Master of Design (MDes) programmes at IISc Bangalore, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Kanpur, IIT Roorkee and IIITDM Jabalpur. The CEED scores are also used by other private design schools across India. The CEED score is out of 200 marks. Qualifying CEED does not guarantee a seat.

CEED Question Paper Structure

To apply for the CEED exam, one needs to go to the official website < a href="http://www.ceed.iitb.ac.in/"> and apply. Applications open generally around October / November each year.

The NID is the most competitive design exam to crack in India. Getting through to NID. There are about 425 seats across all reservation categories with only about 3% of applications getting through across India.

Candidates must have completed a degree/diploma/post graduate degree programme of minimum 3 years (after 10+2 level), or must be appearing for the final examination of such a program, or must have passed the GD Arts diploma programme (10+5 level).

UCEED exam is conducted for Undergraduate programs while CEED exams is conducted for Post Graduate programs. Please refer to DQ Edge for detailed information of the < a target="blank" href="https://edge.dqlabs.in/learn/NID%20%7C%20UCEED%20%7C%20CEED/EA/UE/free-module/5b1ab374aa3b616bbcc6d4d2">structure and syllabus of the UCEED exam patterns

Yes, Candidates who have cleared any bachelors program from any stream - engineering, medicine, law, liberal arts etc. may apply for CEED. However, please refer to the CEED website and the individual school eligibility to ensure that you qualify.

Preparing for the CEED entrance exam involves preparing first for Sketching and Aptitude. Understanding the structure of the exams is critical. Preparing for CEED along with NID is always suggested as the formats are complimentary.

For Aptitude: This heatmap should help you. It is available for all students who sign up on DQ Edge. Once you understand it, you need to take the Mock test papers & past year question papers to get familiar with the pattern.

CEED Heatmap

For Sketching: You may use the social learning features of DQ Edge. You may upload your sketches for past year question papers or mock tests and also see what your peer group has done for the same sketches.

Sketch Upload

The list of materials that students can carry into the exam are below - however, the admit card has the necessary details

  • Black ball point pen (to mark the answers in the OMR sheet)
  • Lead pencils (of varying grades)
  • Dry colours (such as oil pastels/colour pencils/sketch pens etc)
  • Eraser
  • Sharpeners
  • Ruler

Master of Design (MDes) programmes at IISc Bangalore, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Kanpur, IIT Roorkee and IIITDM Jabalpur. The CEED scores are also used by other private design schools across India.

The list of private Design Schools which accept CEED scores are on the CEED website. However, the top Private Design schools are also listed on the DQ Edge website. You may apply directly from DQ Edge with the application links provided.

You need to note that while the CEED scores qualify the aptitude tests of private design schools, you also need to individually apply to each of the schools separately and also need to attend their own studio tests / interview processes to secure your admission.

Why should you join DQ Labs?

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DQ Labs is one of the oldest coaching centres for all major Creative Entrance Exams like NID (PG) & CEED. While DQ Labs was formally established in 2006, the founders have been mentoring students since 1999.

We’ll give you 10 reasons why DQ Labs is the best

  • It is the only coaching institute in India whose founders have worked in Global Design Studios like Jaguar Land Rover, GM etc.
  • Online Live Interactive Webinars for additional learning support
  • Support beyond the classroom for parents & students
  • All Study Material developed by our content creation team
  • All faculty mentored by DQ Labs Founders and constantly monitored
  • All classrooms are state of the art & equipped to give students the best inspiration
  • Dedicated R&D team to predict topics which might come for the exams
  • AI powered online platform for practice tests
  • Training & support for applications for Jobs, & Study Abroad college requirements
  • The only coaching institute in India having an official tie up with Politecnico Di Milano, Italy

For more information on NID PG & CEED Online Coaching, speak to us on the chat interface at the bottom of the screen or fill the DQ Labs Enquiry Form and our counsellors will call you back.


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