Department of Design

Admission Procedure

Department of Design, Nirma University - Ahmedabad

Admissions, B. Des Programmes - 2018

Admission Rules, Selection Process, Weightage of different components for preparation of merit for the B. Des. Programmes :

1. Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) : Intake - 40

2. Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design): Intake - 40

Upto fifteen percent of intake is allocated for admission to NRI/NRI sponsored candidates. In addition to this, five percent seats are also allocated to Persons of Indian Origin (PIO), Foreign Nationals and Children of Indian workers of Gulf countries and South East Asia for each category, i.e. 15% of total seats is available for admission under the Supernumerary category.

A. Eligibility Criteria

1. The candidates seeking admission in the 1st year of Degree Programme leading to Bachelor of Design (B. Des.) shall have passed the HSC examination (10+2) or any other recognized examination considered as equivalent by Nirma University with minimum 50% aggregate marks.


2. The candidates holding 10+3 Diploma approved by State Board of Technical Education or any other board/university as considered equivalent by Nirma University with minimum 50% aggregate marks will also be considered eligible.

B. Admission Procedure

Filling Online Application Form

1. Users should register a new account to log into the online application form. The login details will be used for filling the admission form and checking the status of the application later.

2. After successful login the admission form will be displayed.

3. Applicants need to fill their information in the online application form available on the website along with the non-refundable application processing fee of Rs. 2000/- + GST @ 18% extra (Rs. 2360/-). (For NRI & NRI Sponsored students non – refundable application processing fees will be Rs.3000/- + GST @ 18% extra = Rs. 3540/-). The payment should be made online by credit card/debit card /net banking.

C. Selection Process

The selection process of Admission to the Bachelor of Design Programmes consists of the following stages:

1. Entrance Test :

The applicants are required to appear in the Entrance Test to be conducted by the Department of Design, NU. However, students who have passed their qualifying exam from outside India (pure NRI) are exempted from appearing the Entrance Test. The test will be held on 28th January, 2018 at Ahmedabad, Bhopal, New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Guwahati, Cochin, Hyderabad, Patna, Dehradun.


1. The Institute reserves the right to drop or add any test center.

2. Applicants shall have to give 3 preferences for the choice of the center.

3. The Entrance Test will evaluate the design aptitude of applicants with the objective of measuring their skills in sketching, visualization, creativity, colour and mechanical comprehension.

4. Pure NRI students who have passed their qualifying examination from outside India will be exempted from giving the entrance test.

Their evaluation for merit will be based on the minimum qualifying marks, as per Nirma rules, of higher secondary education or equivalent exam of the country of residence and skype interview, two letters of recommendation from senior school teachers and portfolio shared through email.

2. Personal Interview and Portfolio Review :

The applicants shortlisted on the basis of their performance in the Entrance Test will be called for Personal Interview at Ahmadabad between May 1st to May 5th, 2018.

Creative evidence (portfolio) in hard copy / digital copy will be looked at and evaluated. Portfolio could include any creative work done by the student (such as drawings, paintings, photographs, films/Videos made by the student, craft work, project, models, written work such as articles, stories, essays, poems, etc.) Please limit your portfolio to a maximum of 15 works in total. Additionally, the applicant shall present the necessary original documents for verification. (Do keep two sets of photocopies of original documents)


Applicants not present on the scheduled date and time of the entrance examination and / or for the personal interview will forfeit their chance for admission to the programme.

1. The following documents are to be produced at time of personal interview: -

  • S.S.C. Examination (Std. X) Mark-sheet
  • H.S.C. Examination (Std. XII) Mark-sheet
  • School Leaving Certificate or Transfer Certificate
  • Diploma Examination Mark-sheet, if applicable
  • Latest Passport Size Photograph of the applicants

2. Additional Documents to be submitted by NRI/NRI Sponsored Category applicants:

  • Proof of Residence of Sponsor (applicable to NRI sponsored applicant)
  • Passport of self and his/her mother and / or father (applicable to NRI applicant)
  • Affidavit from sponsoring person
  • Equivalence Certificate from Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi (if an applicant has passed qualifying examination from outside India)
  • Passport of sponsoring person (having signature of sponsor) (applicable to NRI sponsored applicant)
  • Any other relevant certificate

3. Determination of merit for admission to the B. Des. programme will be as under:



Written Test:




Portfolio Review:


3. Provisional Offer of Admission to Programme :

Successful candidates will be made provisional offer of admission to join the Department of Design at Nirma University. Candidates will be informed through e-mails provided in the online application form. Applicants are also advised to check the updates on the website and their respective e-mail ids at regular intervals. The Institute will not be responsible for non-receipt or delay of any communication which is sent to the candidate’s E-mail Id provided in the admission application form.

Details regarding payment of fees at the time of admission will be included in the admission letter. Provisional offer of admission will be valid only for the particular programme opted by the candidate in the given academic session. However, request for change of programme may be considered after the first year, subject to availability of seats.

Fee Structure for Academic Year-2018-19 (B. Des. Programme)






FEE (Per Annum)

Rs. 267500/-

US$ 7000/-




University Enrollment (One Time)

Rs. 400/-

Rs. 400/-



Rs. 5000/-

Rs. 5000/-


Foundation, Orientation, Welcome Kit (One Time)

Rs. 2000/-

Rs. 2000/-


Student Activities Fees

Rs. 10000/-

Rs. 10000/-

Total Other Fees (a+b+c+d)

Rs. 17400/-

Rs. 17400/-



Caution Money Deposit (Refundable)

Rs. 1000/-

Rs. 1000/-

Library Deposit (Refundable)

Rs. 4000/-

Rs. 4000/-

Total Deposit

Rs. 5000/-

Rs. 5000/-


1. The merit list / short list / provisional offer letter does not give guarantee for admission to B. Des. Programme, the admission will be purely based on merit, verification of original documents and fulfilment of minimum eligibility criteria (i.e. 50% aggregate marks in qualifying examination) for admission to the programme.

2.The tuition fees will be taken in two part i.e. 25% of fees at the time of offering admission and another 75% of fees after getting provisional eligibility certificate.