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NSD Programs & Admission Process


The school provides a three-year diploma in Dramatics with specialization in direction, acting and stagecraft. The Diploma of the school is recognised by Government of India for recruitment under Central government and is equivalent to a Post-Graduate Degree. On the basis of a diploma from the school, a candidate can not only apply for the position of teachers in various colleges and universities but can also seek registration for Ph.D programs.

Eligibility for NSD Courses

    • Graduate in any subject from a recognized University.
    • Proficiency in Hindi and English.
    • Active participation in at least 6 plays or in any other theatre related activity. All applications must be accompanied by copies of testimonials and certificates etc.
    • The applicant’s age should be between 18 to 30 years. The upper age limit is relaxed by five years for candidates belonging to SC/ST categories.

 Read:Career in acting

Selection Process

A candidate has to clear two stages in order to seek admission to the three-year course offered by the NSD.

Stage I : The candidates appear for auditions or practical tests at any of the institute’s four centers-Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore and Mumbai.

Stage II : The candidates who successfully pass through the first stage go through a 3 to 5 day workshop on NSD’s campus at New Delhi.

The final selection is made on the basis of students’ performance at the workshop.


Read: Memorandum of Understanding signed between FTII and Canon for promotion of short courses in Film & Television

Centres for Preliminary Test

A preliminary test / audition will be conducted at eight centers i.e.:
Guwahati: 01st May 2017
Kolkata: 03rd & 04th May 2017
Bhubaneswar: 06th May 2017
Chennai: 08th May 2017
Bengaluru: 10th May 2017
Bhopal: 12th May 2017
Mumbai: 14th, 15th and 16th May 2017
Lucknow: 18th May 2017
Chandigarh: 20th May 2017
Delhi: 21st to 24th May 2017

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