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National School of Drama, NSD, New Delhi

National School of Drama, NSD, New Delhi
An autonomous institution, fully financed by the Government of India, Ministry of Culture
Bahawalpur House, 1 Bhagwandas Road
New Delhi, Delhi
Phone-No: 011 – 23382821
Email:  Website:

About College:

The National School of Drama is one of the foremost theatre training institutions in the world and the only one of its kind in India. It was set up by the Sangeet Natak Akademi as one of its constituent units in 1959. In 1975, it became an independent entity and was registered as an autonomous organization under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860, fully financed by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Training in the School is highly intensive and is based on a thorough, comprehensive, carefully planned syllabus which covers every aspect of theatre and in which theory is related to practice. As a part of their training, students are required to produce plays which are then performed before the public. The syllabus takes into account the methods of great theatre personalities who have shaped contemporary theatre in all its variety. The systematic study and practical performing experience of Sanskrit drama, modern Indian drama, traditional Indian theatre forms, Asian drama and western dramatic protocols give the students a solid grounding and a wide perspective in the art of theatre.

Course Name:

Diploma in Dramatic Arts (DDA)

Duration: 3 Years



1) Graduation in any subject from a recognized University in India or Abroad.

2) Participation in at least 6 different theatre productions with attached document proof of the theatre experience i.e. certificate of participation, brochure, leaflet, newspaper clips etc.

3) Working knowledge of Hindi / English.

4) Recommendation letter from at-least one Theatre Expert,

AGE LIMIT as on 1.7.2020 Minimum 18 years Maximum 30 years

The upper age limit is relaxable for reserved category candidates as per GOI rules (5 years for SC / ST).

Medium of instruction: Hindi / English


Out of 26 seats, 4 seats are reserved for candidates belonging to the scheduled castes; 2 seats are reserved for scheduled tribes; 7 seats are reserved for OBC (Non Creamy Layer as notified by the Government) and reservation for PwD and others as per Govt. of India rules.


The selection is a two phase process. The candidate should appear for a preliminary examination and if selected then has to appear for a final examination workshop.


A preliminary test/audition will be conducted during May/June, 2020 in twelve centers i.e. Delhi, Jaipur, Lucknow, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Patna, Guwahati, Bhubaneshwar, Kolkata. The candidates will be intimated about date of the preliminary interview through email and it will be also available in NSD website during March/April, 2020.

Study Material and guidelines for preliminary test/ audition will be available in the website during March/April, 2020.

The candidates qualifying in this test will have to attend a workshop of 5 days in the School premises, New Delhi in June or July, 2020, for their final selection for which they will be paid D.A. and sleeper class train / bus fare from the place of their residence to Delhi & back by the shortest route, on submission of ticket / cash receipt and will also be provided accommodation on modest sharing basis.

An Expert Committee constituted by the School will assess the aptitude and talent of the candidates & its decision will be final. Any CANVASSING in this regard will be treated as a disqualification. The School reserves the right to shortlist number of candidates for audition/preliminary interview on the basis of its own evaluation of the candidates in theatre and allied arts.


All selected students will be given a monthly scholarship of Rs. 8000/- p.m. to meet their academic and related expenses.


The students selected for admission will be required to undergo a medical test for physical fitness at NSD Delhi. Their final selection is subject to clearance of the fitness test.

How to Apply:

Applicant can choose any one option listed below:

Option 1): Application form can be filled and submitted online along with necessary documents on the link available on NSD website or from 28/01/2020. Application fee of Rs 50/- is to be paid online through Net Banking, Credit Card or Debit Card. Last date of submission of online application is 28/02/2020.

Option 2): To receive the application form and prospectus (in English & Hindi) by post, please write to The Dean Academics, National School of Drama, Bahawalpur House, Bhagwandas Road, New Delhi – 110001 along with a crossed Demand Draft/Pay Order, payable at Delhi, of Rs. 225/- (Rupees Two Hundred Twenty Five Only) including postal charges in favour of Director, National School of Drama, New Delhi. Request for receiving the application form by post must reach the School by 10/02/2020

Offline application forms duly filled in & complete in all respects must reach To Dean Academic, National School of Drama, Bahawalpur House, Bhagwandas Road, New Delhi – 110001 on or before 28/02/2020. No application form will be entertained after the last date in any circumstances. 

All the foreign nationals have to apply through Indian Council for Cultural Relation as per the norms.

Closing Date:

The Online Application forms will be available from: 28th January, 2020

Last date for Submission of online application form is: 28th February, 2020


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