NID DAT Exam is a national-level exam. NID Design Aptitude Test is an entrance examination for shortlisting the candidate willing to take admission in UG and PG design courses offered at National Institute Design (NID) campus. The National Institute of Design (NID) is a design school located in Ahmedabad with several other campuses across India.
This is an autonomous body under the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. The Department of Scientific and Industrial Research under the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, as a scientific and industrial design research organization recognizes NID.
NID is granted as “Institute of National Importance” by the Act of Parliament, under the National Institute of Design Act,2014.
NID DAT Campus
|Name of the Institute||Established Year||
|1||National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad (Heritage Campus)||1961||Gujarat|
|2||National Institute of Design, Gandhinagar (Post Graduate Campus)||2004||Gujarat|
|3||National Institute of Design, Bangalore (R&D Campus)||2006||Karnataka|
|4||National Institute of Design, Vijayawada||2015||Andhra Pradesh|
|5||National Institute of Design, Jorhat||2019||Assam|
|6||National Institute of Design, Kurukshetra||2016||Haryana|
|7||National Institute of Design, Bhopal||2018||Madhya Pradesh|
NIT DAT Exam Highlights
|Exam Name||NID Design Aptitude Test|
|Exam conducting body||National Institute of Design (NID)|
|Exam Frequency||Once a year|
|Exam Paper||Preliminary & Mains|
|Exam Duration||B.Des/GDPD -3 hours|
|M.Des -2 hours 30 minutes|
|Exam Purpose||Admission to 7 NIDs|
|Number of College accepting NIFT score||7|
NID offers different Diplomas, Undergraduate, Postgraduate, PhD in Design, and other Foundation courses in design like Bachelor of Design, Graduate Diploma Program in Design, and Master of Design.
|Ceramic & Glass Design||Industrial Design||Animation & Film Design|
|Furniture & Interior Design||Communication Design||Ceramic & Glass Design|
|Product Design||Textile & Apparel Design||Furniture & Interior Design|
|Exhibition Design||Film & Video Communication|
|Graphic Design||Graphic Design|
|Animation & Film Design||Product Design|
|Film & Video Communication||Textile Design|
|Textile Design||Apparel Design|
|Lifestyle Accessory Design|
|Strategic Design Management|
|New Media Design|
|Toy & Game Design|
|Transportation & Automobile Design|
|Design for Retail Experience|
|Digital Game Design|
NID DAT Exam: Proposed Month
|NID Prelim Admit Card||December|
|NID Prelim Exam||December|
|NID Prelim Result (M.Des)||February|
|NID Prelim Result (B.Des)||May|
|NID Mains Admit Card (B.Des)||June|
|NID Mains Admit Card (M.Des)||June|
|NID Mains Exam (B.Des)||June|
|NID Mains Exam (M.Des)||July|
- Indian Citizen
- Person of Indian Origin (PIO)
- Overseas Citizen of India (OCI)
- Non-Residents of India (NRI) and
- Foreign Nationals are eligible to apply
|Bachelor of Design- B.Des)/GDPD||Candidates who have passed/appeared in Class 12th or equivalent from any of the recognized boards or its equivalent and have to produce the certificate at the in-person counselling.||Not more than 20 years for General Candidate (SC, ST, NCL – up to 3 & PWD -5 years of relaxation.)|
|Candidates who have passed class 12th or equivalent conducted by National open School with a minimum of 5 subjects|
|Candidates who have passed 3 or 4 years of Diploma recognized by AICTE or State Board of Technical Education|
|Candidates who have taken the General Certificate Education Examination in London/Sri Lanka at an Advanced (A) Level/International Baccalaureate (IB)|
|Candidate who have taken the exam in Foreign countries and should be recognized by the Association of Indian Universities as equivalent to the 10+2 system|
|Master of Design (M.Des)||Candidates who have passed/appearing graduation from a recognized university or equivalent||Not more than 30 years for General Candidate (SC, ST, NCL – up to 3 & PWD -5 years of relaxation.)|
|Candidates who have passed/appearing a full-time 4 years Diploma in Design/ Arts/ Fine Arts/Applied Arts/Architecture after Class 12 from a recognized university or its equivalent.|
- The Foreign Nationals candidate can apply for the NID exam only under the overseas Supernumerary category provided they fulfill all the eligibility criteria mentioned in the notification.
- The Supernumerary seat for an overseas candidate is not applicable for the GDPD program in NID Andhra Pradesh, NID Haryana, NID Madhya Pradesh & NID Assam.
- Candidates holding OCI and PIO cards will have to apply only under the Overseas supernumerary category.
- NRIs are not eligible to apply under the Overseas supernumerary category. They must apply as Indian Nationals.
- Overseas candidates must sit for both the exams like the NID Prelim and the NID Mains.
- Candidates holding a degree/certificate from a university /institute of any other country other than India, will have to produce an equivalence certificate from the Association of Indian University (AIU), New Delhi.
Number of Seat
|Bachelor of Design -B.Des NID Ahmedabad||19|
|Master of Design (having 19 seats)||3|
|Master of Design (having 12 seats)||2|
NID DAT Exam Pattern for B.Des & GDPD.
NID DAT consists of two stages:
- NID DAT (Prelims)
- NID DAT (Mains) consists of Studio Test and Personal Interview
NID DAT Prelims Exam Pattern for B.Des & GDPD
|B.Des & GDPD||
|Exam Mode||Paper & Pen based- Offline||Paper & Pen based- Offline|
|Number of Sections||Section A & Section B||Section A & Section B|
|Number of Questions||Section A- 64 MCQs||Section A- 59 MCQs|
|Section B -3 Subjective||Section B -3 Subjective|
|Exam Duration||3 hours||2 hours 30 minutes|
NID DAT (Mains) consists of Studio Test and Personal Interview for B.Des & GDPD
Candidates who qualify for the DAT Preliminary exam are called for DAT Mains exam which include a Studio Test of 100 marks. Studio Test assess the candidate’s ability in sketching/drawing, handicraft modelling and group discussion.
NID DAT Exam Pattern for M.Des
- The Master of Design DAT Prelim consist of a Common Design Aptitude Test (CDAT) and a faculty-specific Domain Test which evaluates the visualization, creativity, analysis, knowledge, and comprehension of the candidate.
- There are 2 sections in the exam having objective and subjective questions.
- The paper is in English language having no negative marks
NID DAT (Prelims) for M.Des
M.Des with One Discipline
M.Des with Two Discipline
|Candidate must write NID Prelim which includes CDAT and a Faculty-specific domain test||Candidate must write NID Prelim which includes CDAT and one Faculty-specific domain test if both the subjects fall under the same Faculty OR|
|Candidate must write NID Prelim which includes CDAT and two Faculty-specific domain test if both the subjects fall under two different Faculty|
|Duration of the exam is 150 minutes||Duration of the exam is 150 minutes|
NID DAT (Mains) consists of Studio Test and Personal Interview for M.Des
This is the second stage of the selection process. The candidates who qualify in the first stage of the selection process are eligible to appear for the DAT Mains exam.
- It comprises of different sections assessing on various parameters such as hands-on drawing/sketching, hands-on model making, group discussion.
- The duration of the exam is 3 hours.
This is conducted separately for each discipline after the Studio test.
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