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National Institute of Design - Design Aptitude Test (NID DAT)

National Institute of Design - Design Aptitude Test  (NID DAT)


NID DAT Exam Date

January 2, 2022

Exam Name
National Institute of Design - Design Aptitude Test 
Common Name
NID DAT
Conducting Body 
National Institute of Design (NID)
Frequency of the Exam
Once
Exam Level
National-Level Exam

What is NID DAT?

National Institute of Design - Design Aptitude Test (NID DAT) is a national-level design entrance exam conducted by the National Institute of Design (NID). 

Through NID DAT, aspirants can take admission in the following courses: 

  • Bachelor of Design (B.Des)
  • Master of Design (M.Des)

Candidates can pursue the courses at the following National Institute of Design campuses: 

  • Ahmedabad
  • Bangalore
  • Gandhinagar
  • Andhra Pradesh
  • Haryana
  • Assam

Aspirants interested in pursuing designing courses in one of the best colleges in Bangalore should answer the NID entrance exam and have a dynamic career ahead. 

NID DAT 2021 was conducted on January 2, 2022. Results for the same will be announce soon

Candidates have to complete their 10+2 education to apply for the undergraduate course and graduation to apply for postgraduate courses. 

NID Entrance Exam Details: 

Mode of Registration 
Online
Mode of Exam 

Prelims: Offline
Mains: Online

Number of Papers
2 (Prelims and Mains)
Medium of Exam
English
Types of Questions
Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQ)

NID Entrance Exam Dates:

Events
NID Entrance Exam Date
Exam Registration
October 5, 2021
Registration with Late Fees

December 6, 2021- December 9, 2021

Correction Window
December 10, 2021- December 16, 2021
NID DAT Admit Card
December 23, 2021
NID DAT Exam Date

January 2, 2022

NID DAT Results
For B.Des- April 29, 2022 
For M.Des- April 22, 2022

NID DAT Registration: 

Candidates have to register and fill the application form of NID DAT exam by following the below-mentioned steps: 

Step 1: Signup using Nationality, Category, Disability, Birthdate, Email, and Mobile. 

Step 2: Candidates have to fill the application form with the following details: 

  • Personal Details
  • Communication Details
  • Educational Details
  • Work Experience (For M.Des Candidates)

Step 3: Candidates have to upload the following documents: 

  • Photograph
  • Signature
  • Caste Certificate
  • Government Approved ID Card

Step 4: Pay the required registration fee and print the application form. 

NID DAT Registration Fees: 

Category
Application Fees (in Rs.)
General, General EWS, and OBC NCL Candidates
3,000
SC, ST, and PwD Candidates
1,500

NID DAT Exam Centres: 

Following are the cities which have National Institute of Design Entrance Exam exam centres: 

Ahmedabad
Vijayawada
Bengaluru
Chennai
Bhubaneshwar
Bhopal
Thiruvananthapuram
Raipur
Ranchi
Chandigarh
New Delhi
Patna
Guwahati
Mumbai
Dehradun
Nagpur
Kurukshetra
Jaipur
Lucknow
Kolkata
Goa
Hyderabad
Shimla
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Due to the pandemic, NID DAT Mains will be conducted online which candidates can answer safely from their home. 

NID Entrance Exam Syllabus & Books:

A) NID Entrance Syllabus for Prelims:

Communication Skills
Composition
Innovation in Design
Theme Development
Principles of Composition
Form and Function
Drawing Fundamentals
Creative Thinking and Writing
Design Awareness
Imagination & Doodling
Colour Psychology & Optical Illusions
Picture Analysis
Usage of Colour in Compositions
Presentation Techniques
Abstract Symbolism
Memory Drawing
Environmental Stability
Proportions and Perspective

B) NID Entrance Syllabus for Mains: 

Model Making
Material Manipulation
Doodling
Observation Test
Audio-visual Experience
Body Language
Material Manipulation
Portfolio Making
Studio Test
Interview Skills

NID DAT Books: 

Books
Authors
NID DAT Book
R.S. Aggarwal
NID Workbook
Ar. Revati Shantanu Parkhi and Rhythm Singh Kachhawa
Design Drawing
Francis D.K.Ching
Basic Rendering
Robert W.Gill
Success Master- NID
Mittal Dharmendra

NID Entrance Exam Pattern:

A) B.Des Exam Pattern: 

1) Prelims Exam Pattern: 

Test Duration
180 Minutes
Exam Mode
Offline
Total Number of Questions
26
Total Marks
100
Number of Sections
2
Number of Questions Per Section

Section A: 22

Section B: 4

Types of Questions

Section A: Objective Type Questions

Section B: Subjective Type Questions

Section A Marking Scheme 

Question 1 to 14: 1 Mark

Question 15 to 22: 2 Mark

Section B Marking Scheme 

Question 23: 15 Marks

Question 24: 20 Marks

Question 25: 15 Marks

Question 26: 20 Marks

2) Mains Exam Pattern: 

Candidates shortlisted for the NID DAT Mains have to upload a Theme Poster as a single PDF file, size not exceeding 10 MB. 

The poster can be done in any media and should be scanned/ photographed/ digitally created on an A3 size sheet. 

In addition to this, candidates have to upload their design portfolio consolidated in a single PDF file, size not exceeding 10 MB. 

Candidates will get a mail with the Theme Posters topics, and they will be given a week to submit their work. 

B) M.Des Exam Pattern: 

1) Prelims Exam Pattern: 

Test Duration
150 Minutes (30 Minutes + 120 Minutes Per Discipline)
Exam Mode
Offline
Total Number of Questions
Multiple
Total Marks
100
Number of Sections
2
Types of Questions

Section A: Objective Type Questions

Section B: Subjective Type Questions

2) Mains Exam Pattern: 

Candidates have to submit a Statement of Purpose (SoP), word count not exceeding 300. SoP will be mailed to them after the prelims results. The SoP should be typed and submitted as a PDF file, size not exceeding 2 MB. 

In addition, they are required to submit their design portfolio as a PDF file, size not exceeding 10 MB. 

NID DAT Preparation Tips: 

Candidates can follow the below-mentioned preparation tips for NID DAT preparation: 

  • Candidates should have a dynamic preparation plan for the exam. 
  • They should have a clear understanding of the National Institute of Design Entrance Exam syllabus to get a proper understanding of the exam processes. 
  • Candidates should develop sound observational skills to answer the questions asked in a better manner. 
  • They should also regularly read to think creatively on a wide range of topics. 
  • Lastly, they should maintain proper mental and physical health to remain fit for the preparation process and answer the exam with a sound mind. 

NID Admit Card: 

Candidates can download the NID DAT admit card by following the below-mentioned steps: 

Step 1: Visit the official website of the National Institute of Design. 
Step 2: Click on the link for NID DAT Admit Card. 
Step 3: Candidates have to login using their Email ID and Date of Birth. 
Step 4: They can download and view the admit card. 

NID DAT Answer Key: 

NID DAT answer key will be released on the official website of NID after a few weeks of the exam. Following are the steps to download the NID DAT answer key: 

Step 1: Visit the official website of the National Institute of Design. 
Step 2: Click on the link for NID DAT Answer Key. 
Step 3: Candidates have to login using their Email ID and Date of Birth to login. 
Step 4: They can download and view the answer key and check out the responses to each question. 

Candidates can also raise objections regarding the NID DAT answer key. They can raise their objections only on the official answer key of the exam. 

NID DAT Results: 

The National Institute of Design shall declare the results of the exam after the declaration of the final NID DAT answer key. 

Following are the steps to check the NID DAT results: 

Step 1: Visit the official website of the National Institute of Design. 
Step 2: Click on the link for NID DAT Results. 
Step 3: Candidates have to login using their Email ID and Date of Birth to login. 
Step 4: They can download and view their answer sheet and use it for further purposes. 

Candidates can check their Prelims and Main results using the above-mentioned methods and check their eligibility for the further process. 

Further Admission Processes: 

After the mains examination, candidates who make it to the NID DAT merit list have to appear for the interview process and studio test.

The final merit list for the admission process is prepared after the culmination of all the required processes. 

NID releases a category-wise merit list for the Indian Candidates and a separate list for Overseas Candidates. The list is prepared based on the percentile score of the candidates.


FAQs

- Candidates who want to pursue B.Des have to be in the specific age bracket and need to complete their 10+2 education in any given field. Those going for M.Des also have to be in the specific age bracket and need to complete their graduation in any of their preferred fields.

- NID DAT prelims exam is conducted offline, while the mains exam is conducted online.

- There are 6 National Institute of Design campuses in India. They are located in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Gandhinagar, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, and Assam.

- Objective and subjective type questions are asked in the NID DAT prelims exams, while drawing, sketching, and model making questions are asked in the mains exam.

- NID DAT results will be announce soon.

- Duration of prelims exams for B.Des is 180 minutes while that for M.Des is 150 minutes.

- NID DAT prelims cut off varies every year. Ideally, candidates have to secure upwards of 60 percentile to qualify for mains.

- Candidates will be given a week's time to submit the assignment for the NID DAT Mains Exam.

- Yes, you can raise objections against the NID DAT answer key.

- Application fee for General, General EWS, and OBC NCL candidates is Rs. 3,000. For the other categories, the application fee is Rs. 1,500.
Eligibility Criteria

Candidates have to meet the following eligibility criteria to answer NID DAT: 

A) Bachelor of Design (B.Des):

Age Limit: 

Category
Cutoff Age
General, General EWS, and Foreign Nationals 
Born on or after July 1st, 2001
ST, SC, and OBC
Born on or after July 1st, 1998
PwD Reserved Category
Born on or after July 1st, 1996

Educational Qualification: 

Candidates must have completed their 10+2 education or equivalent in either Arts, Science, or Commerce from a recognized educational board. 

B) Master of Design (M.Des):

Age Limit: 

Category
Cutoff Age
General, General EWS, and Foreign Nationals 
Born on or after July 1st, 1991
ST, SC, and OBC
Born on or after July 1st, 1988
PwD Reserved Category
Born on or after July 1st, 1986

Educational Qualification:

  • Candidates must have completed their graduation in any given field from a recognized university
                                                                    OR
  • Candidates must have completed a full-time diploma of 4 years in either design, fine arts, applied arts, or architecture from a recognized university or institution.





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