Design Aptitude Test for Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD) 2012


National Institute of Design is one of the eminent Institutes in India offering various courses in Design. This Institute has been providing excellent industrial design education for six decades. There are undergraduate programme and postgraduate programme in this institute. Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD) is the undergraduate programme having duration of four years. Post-Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (PGDPD) is the postgraduate programme having duration of two or two and a half years.

Candidates will be admitted to both these courses through Design Aptitude Test conducted by this Institute.

Structure of Design Aptitude Test for GDPD

There will be written test for evaluating the ability in perception, attitude, aptitude, achievement and motivation required for a career in Design. Candidates qualifying in this test can attend the studio test and personal interview conducted at Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Gandhinagar.

Syllabus for Design Aptitude Test for GDPD

Syllabus specified for this test is given below

  • Worldview
  • Visual Design
  • Thematic Color Arrangement
  • Subjects of Design
  • Sensitivity to Environment
  • Memory Drawing
  • Knowledge of Proportions and Perspective
  • General Mental Ability
  • Drawing Skills
  • Creativity
  • Composition
  • Communication Skills
  • Animation
  • Abstract Symbolism

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates need to pass plus two exams or its equivalent such as AISSCE, IB or ISC to become eligible to apply for this test. They should not be more than 20 years of age. Three years relaxation will be given to reserved category students in this case.

How to Apply?

For general category

Applicants should enter their details into the form available on the website Then they should download this filled form and take its print out for sending it to National Institute of Design. These forms should be sent along with a DD of Rs.1500/- payable at Ahemdabad. This DD should be taken in the name of ‘National Institute of Design’ from any nationalized bank. Besides this method, applicants can also collect forms from Bank of India after paying Rs. 1500/- along with the bank charges of Rs.50/-. Then they can send it to National Institute of Design after filling it properly.

For reserved category

Candidates from these categories can obtain forms from the Admission office of National Institute of Design. For collecting these forms, they need to send a DD of Rs.750/- along with a self addresses envelope and attested copy of specified document to the Admission office of National Institute of Design. The title ‘NID ADMISSIONS 2012’ should be written on the envelope.

How to fill the Form?

Enter the date of birth into the form as it is specified on the Birth certificate. Applicants should not make any correction in printed form with pen. Affix photograph on the space provided in the printed form.

Important Dates (Tentative)

[Please note that we only provide tentative dates based on previous years dates. For exact dates related information it is always best to check official websites only.]

Last date for receiving application forms: 3rd Week of November, 2011

Date of Examination: 1st Week of January, 2012

List of Design Aptitude Test for GDPD Centers

This test will be conducted at the centers given below

  • Ahmedabad
  • Bangalore
  • Bhopal
  • Chennai
  • Delhi
  • Guwahati
  • Hyderabad
  • Kolkata
  • Lucknow
  • Mumbai
  • Nagpur

Contact Address for Design Aptitude Test for GDPD

  • Address : Office of the Registrar (Academics), National Institute of Design, Paldi, Ahmedabad 380 007
  • Phone: +91 79 26623462
  • Fax: +91 79 26621167
  • E-mail: [email protected]
  • Website:

Colleges Accepting the Design Aptitude Test for GDPD Score

National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad

Reference Books for Design Aptitude Test for GDPD

Good reference books for this test are given below

  • Arihant NIFT/NIFD/NID Entrance Exam Self Study Guide
  • Bright Careers Guide NIFT Entrance Exams
  • Concepts of Pattern Grading
  • Nift /nid Entrance Exams: Ultimate Success Series by Surendra
  • NIFT/NID /IIFT Entrance Exam- Self Study Guide
  • NIFT/NID Entrance Exams: Ultimate Success Series
  • NIFT/NID/IIFT Entrance Exam Guide by Surendra
  • NIFT/NIFD/NID Entrance Exam by D. Mittal
  • Prashant Kumar’s NIFT Entrance Examination Preparation Guide
  • Popular Master Guide NIFT NID IIFT by R. Gupta
  • NIFT/NID Exam Guide by Dr. R. P. Datason
  • Arihant Study Package for NIIFT NID & IIFT Entrance Exams  by D. Mittal, Shiv Raj Singh, M. Sharma & A. D. Srivastava

Coaching Centers for Design Aptitude Test for GDPD

Good coaching centers for this test are given below

  • Academy of Fashion & Design
  • Arkin
  • Bhanwar Rathore Design Studio
  • Silica
  • Trendz Academy

Study Plan

As this is the entrance exam of a famous institute in India, the number of candidates writing this exam will be huge. This exam will be conducted at a national level and the seats for this course will be limited. Competitive nature of this exam will increase because of all these reasons. Therefore if the students firmly wish a career in design, then they should prepare for this exam very well. Students should primarily concentrate on the written exam as it provides the entry to next phase of admission. Students should start their preparation early, as last minute preparation will not help in any manner to attain good score. There will be different types of guides available online and offline to prepare for this exam. Obtain these study materials as soon as possible. Then prepare a study plan to study different topics mentioned in the syllabus. In that study plan, allocate time for different topics.

Time should be allotted based on the difficulty in each topic. Students can divide the time between easy topics and hard topics. Difficult topics should be studied first by giving more time. Easy topics can be studied with the rest of available time. Students should study with old question papers to acquaint with the pattern of the exam. This will help the students to manage their time to finish the exam. Students will get a better understanding to solve a question by practicing with old question paper containing different kinds of questions. It is better to attend coaching classes in the case of drawing. Students can discuss their mistakes with the instructor in coaching classes. They will suggest better ways to improve the student’s skills. Students can improve their communication skills by reading newspapers and magazines.

How and Where To Get the Results?

Results can be found on the website

Score Validity

The score of the exam will be valid for twelve months.



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One Response to “Design Aptitude Test for Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD) 2012”

  1. 1

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