NID ( National Institute of Design)

About NID Overview

The establishment of National Institute of Design was a result of several forces, both global and local. After the report presented by renowned American designer Charles Eames, Government of India with the help of Ford Foundation and the Sarabhai family established the NID in September 1961 at Ahmedabad. Gautam Sarabhai revived the philosophy of the Bauhaus design movement which was learning by doing. This unique curriculum and revolutionary educational philosophy remain part of NID to the present day. Today NIS is internationally acclaimed as one of the finest educational and research institutions for Industrial, Communication, Textile and IT Integrated (Experiential) Design. It is an autonomous institute under the aegis of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. It is also recognised by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.

Analysis

Every year approximately 25000 candidates appear for the NID’s Entrance Exam. Out of which 425 candidates will be selected for Bachelors of Design and 347 candidates will be selected for Masters in Design at NID.


Admit Card

Candidates will be issued Admit Cards for DAT Prelims 10 days before the exam date. Candidates shortlisted after the DAT Prelims will be invited to appear for the Stage 2 DAT Mains. Admit Cards will be available for download on the NID website as per the schedule. It is responsibility of the candidates to download and print their own Admit Cards. Reporting time will be mentioned in the DAT Prelims Admit Card. The exact dates, time & details of the Test Centre will be mentioned in the DAT Mains Admit Card.

College Predictor

Dates Application

Accepting Application form Online Starts : 8th January 2021

Last date for submitting online application: 7th February 2021

Submission of Online Application with Late fees: 8th to 12th February 2021

Download Admit Card for DAT Prelims: 4th March 2021

Design Aptitude Test for B.Des & M.Des: 14th March 2021

Result of DAT Prelims 2021: To be Announced

Form

 To apply for the NID Entrance Exam 2021 applicant need to go official website of national institute of design (https://admissions.nid.edu/) and go through the process of Signup & login to fill the basic personal detail. After doing this applicant need to fill personal & education details, work experience (only M.des) along with upload the documents of photograph, signature, caste / PWD certificate. After filling all the details in NID Application form, applicant need to pay the application fee either online (by Credit/ Debit Card) or offline (by Demand Draft)

NID Admission Calendar 2021
Event Date
Registration date to fill NID application form 2021 08-Jan-2021
Last date of registration NID application form 17-Feb-2021 (4:00 PM)
Last date registration through online application with late fees payment 17-Feb-2021 (6:00 PM) to 20-Feb-2021
Date of window editing NID applications forms 21-Feb-2021 (2:00 PM) to 23-Feb-2021 (2:00 PM)
Download ADMIT CARD for B.Des. & M.Des. DAT Prelims Exam 2021 04-Mar-2021
NID DAT Prelims for BDes & M.des 14-Mar-2021

Centre

Test centre for DAT Prelims for NID entrance exam will be conducted across India with selected cites which is decided by National Institute of Design. NID exam centre will be vary for both Prelims & Mains.

Applicant will get exact address of their NID entrance exam centre on their NID DAT Admit card. Exam authorities have the reserve right to add or remove any NID Test centre and allot an exam centre that may not be the choice of applicant. A city may have more than one test centre. Applicant have to mention more than one NID test centre.

The DAT Prelims for B.Des will be conducted in the following 23 cites in India:

Ahmedabad Hyderabad New Delh
Bengaluru Goa Patna
Bhopal Jaipur Raipur
Bhubaneshwar Kolkata Ranchi
Chandigarh Kurukshetra Shimla
Chennai Lucknow Thiruvananthapuram
Dehradun Mumbai Vijayawada
Guwahati Nagpur

The DAT Prelims for M.Des will be conducted in the following 23 cites in India:

Ahmedabad Hyderabad New Delhi
Bengaluru Goa Patna
Bhopal Jaipur Raipur
Bhubaneshwar Kolkata Ranchi
Chandigarh Kurukshetra Shimla
Chennai Lucknow Thiruvananthapuram
Dehradun Mumbai Vijayawada
Guwahati Nagpur

Pattern

 Design Aptitude Tests (DAT)

The Design Aptitude Tests will be conducted in two stages:

Stage 1: Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims

Stage 2: Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Mains

The B.Des DAT prelims paper will consist of an examination of 3 hours duration and. 100 marks. This is a paper-and-pencil/pen test, conducted at the same time on the same day across all test canters. The question paper will be in English language only.

There are two types of questions asked. In Section A, Q1 to Q21 are Objective (MCQ) type and in Section B, Q22 to Q27 are Subjective (Design & Drawing) type of questions. In total 70% weightage is for Design Aptitude Test and remaining 30% weightage is for General Aptitude Test. There is no negative marking for wrong answer.

In Section 1 of NID DAT Prelims, OMR sheets will be provided to the candidates, so the answer of the MCQ must be marked on the OMR sheet. A maximum 30 marks is allotted in this section. The response mark in OMR sheer will be checked digitally.  In Section 2 of NID DAT Prelims, it is compulsory to attempt all the questions. There are no marks band mentioned for this section.

Candidates who qualify the first round (DAT Prelims) are then called for second round, DAT Mains also of 100 marks. The test assesses candidate’s ability in drawing / sketching / doodling, 3D model making exercises, communication skills, etc.

Syllabus

 NID Entrance exam 2021 consist of 2 stages. Stage 1 will be Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims and Stage 2 will be Design Aptitude Test (DAT) mains. In Stage 1 applicant will have to attend written test paper which consist of both MCQ & subjective question and in Stage 2 Studio test and personal interview.

NID Entrance Exam 2021 Syllabus is different for both B.Des & M.Des Programme

Applicant for B.Des programme can go through below topics for Design Aptitude Test (DAT):

Exploded Views of Objects Identifying Problems and Problem Solving
Cross Sections of Objects Human Anatomy
Doodling, Line Drawing and Metamorphosis Memory Drawing
Compositions and Rendering Comic Strips
Various Gestures and Expressions Story Writing
Light and Shadow Storyboards
Conventional and Unconventional Uses Sequential Drawings
Character Development Animation
Colour Concepts Picture Analysis
Design Concept – Inspiration / Theme Perspective
Graphical Expression of Words Futuristic Design
Poster, Banner, Stamp, Hoarding and Postcard Design Concept – Creative Thinking
Logo and Mascot Design Design Concept – Scale and Proportion
Principles of Design

NID Studio test Topics for B.Des programme:

Model Making Doodling Idea Execution
Material Manipulation Creative thinking

Applicant for M.Des programme can go through below topics for Design Aptitude Test (DAT):

Exploded Views of Objects Identifying Problems and Problem Solving
Cross Sections of Objects Human Anatomy
Doodling, Line Drawing and Metamorphosis Memory Drawing
Compositions and Rendering Comic Strips
Various Gestures and Expressions Story Writing
Light and Shadow Storyboards
Conventional and Unconventional Uses Sequential Drawings
Character Development Animation
Colour Concepts Picture Analysis
Design Concept – Inspiration / Theme Perspective
Graphical Expression of Words Futuristic Design
Poster, Banner, Stamp, Hoarding and Postcard Design Concept – Creative Thinking
Logo and Mascot Design Design Concept – Scale and Proportion
Principles of Design

NID Studio test Topics for M.Des programme:

Model Making Doodling Idea Execution
Material Manipulation Creative thinking

Results

NID DAT Admission Calendar 2021
Event Date
Registration date to fill NID application form 08-Jan-2021
Last date of registration NID application form 17-Feb-2021 (4:00 PM)
Last date registration through online application with late fees payment (online payment through Credit/Debit Card only) 17-Feb-2021 (6:00 PM) to 20-Feb-2021
Date of window editing NID applications forms 21-Feb-2021 (2:00 PM) to 23-Feb-2021 (2:00 PM)
Download ADMIT CARD for B.Des. & M.Des. DAT Prelims Exam 2021 04-Mar-2021
NID DAT Prelims for BDes and Overseas Candidates 14-Mar-2021
Result announcement date of NID DAT Prelims for BDes To be announced later
Rechecking request for NID DAT Prelims for BDes To be announced later
Start date to download NID admit card for DAT Mains (BDes) To be announced later
NID DAT Mains for BDes & Overseas Candidates To be announced later
Declaration of NID DAT Mains Result for BDes To be announced later
Counselling for NID admissions To be announced later

 

To check NID entrance exam result 2021 applicant need to visit the official NID website and go through link of NID DAT result for B.des. Applicant have to enter

register email address and date of birth with verification code for download NID entrance exam result.

To check NID seat allotment list 2021 applicant need visit the official NID website and go through link of NID seat allotment. Applicant have to fill the register email address and date of birth for view and download their result.

If one applicant’s result will same with one or more applicant in NID DAT Prelims then tie-break will be done as per below mention criteria:

  • Higher rank will given to those applicant who secure highest mark in the Part B section of NID DAT Prelims question paper
  • If the same situation will happen again in Part B also then authorities will check the Part A and provide highest rank who has highest mark in Part A.
  • If in both Part A and Part B the marks are same then the same rank will provide to both of the applicant

NID DAT Mains 2021 B.Des result of two or more the two applicant get the same result then tie-break will be done as per below mention criteria:

  • Higher rank will be given to those who has highest score in NID DAT Mains
  • If the Tie situation happen again then higher rank will be given to those who has highest score in NID DAT Prelims
  • If still Tie situation occurs then higher rank will be given to those who has highest total score in question number 25,26 and 27 in NID DAT Prelims Part B
  • If still Tie situation occurs then higher rank will be given to those who has highest total score in question number 25 in NID DAT Prelims Part B
  • If still Tie situation occurs then higher rank will be given to those who has highest total score in question number 26 in NID DAT Prelims Part B

Shortlisting procedure for B.des Programme NID Admission 2021:

For coming under merit list in B.des Programme NID admission authorities changes the weightage allocated for both NID DAT Prelims and NID DAT Mains. New weightage for NID DAT Prelims is 70% and for NID DAT Mains 30% which will be mostly online Interaction.

Merit List of NID DAT 2021: there will be two separated merit list will be provided by NID admission cell one will be for NID DAT Prelims and another will be for NID DAT Mains. Applicant who secure their name on merit list of NID DAT Prelims have to appear for the studio test and personal interview round which date & time will be provide by NID admission cell. Final score will be calculated from each stage of the NID admission process and then the final Merit list will published on NID official website. Shortlisted applicant name will published according to their mention category-wise (GEN-EWS, OBC-NCL, SC, ST and PwD category) applied by the applicant.

Answer Key 

Applicant will get the answer key of NID 2021 on the official website National Institute of Design and open the NID DAT Answer Key section and mention their email ID and date of birth with applicant number which is provided by NID. After this process download the NID DAT answer key

NID DAT 2021 Marking Criteria:

The B.Des DAT prelims paper will consist of an examination of 3 hours duration and. 100 marks. This is a paper-and-pencil/pen test, conducted at the same time on the same day across all test canters. The question paper will be in English language only.

There are two types of questions asked. In Section A, Q1 to Q21 are Objective (MCQ) type and in Section B, Q22 to Q27 are Subjective (Design & Drawing) type of questions. In total 70% weightage is for Design Aptitude Test and remaining 30% weightage is for General Aptitude Test. There is no negative marking for wrong answer.

In Section 1 of NID DAT Prelims, OMR sheets will be provided to the candidates, so the answer of the MCQ must be marked on the OMR sheet. A maximum 30 marks is allotted in this section. The response mark in OMR sheer will be checked digitally.  In Section 2 of NID DAT Prelims, it is compulsory to attempt all the questions. There are no marks band mentioned for this section.

Candidates who qualify the first round (DAT Prelims) are then called for second round, DAT Mains also of 100 marks. The test assesses candidate’s ability in drawing / sketching / doodling, 3D model making exercises, communication skills, etc

 

Preparation

Step to follow for the preparation of NID Entrance Exam 2021 for Prelims:

a)    Go through he syllabus thoroughly for NID DAT Prelims

b)    Check the pattern of question that how question are appearing and what’s their marking system

c)     Create a time Schedule foe each category from the syllabus for when to start and complete new topic for the preparation.

d)    Get a copy of Previous year question paper and mock test paper and solve it minimum thricely before the exam.

Exam pattern for the NID Entrance Exam 2021:

The B.Des DAT prelims paper will consist of an examination of 3 hours duration and. 100 marks. This is a paper-and-pencil/pen test, conducted at the same time on the same day across all test canters. The question paper will be in English language only.

There are two types of questions asked. In Section A, Q1 to Q21 are Objective (MCQ) type and in Section B, Q22 to Q27 are Subjective (Design & Drawing) type of questions. In total 70% weightage is for Design Aptitude Test and remaining 30% weightage is for General Aptitude Test. There is no negative marking for wrong answer.

In Section 1 of NID DAT Prelims, OMR sheets will be provided to the candidates, so the answer of the MCQ must be marked on the OMR sheet. A maximum 30 marks is allotted in this section. The response mark in OMR sheer will be checked digitally.  In Section 2 of NID DAT Prelims, it is compulsory to attempt all the questions. There are no marks band mentioned for this section

Preparation of NID Entrance Exam 2021 for Mains:

In Mains the applicant have to go through the process of Studio test where they have to male sketches and models in a duration of 3hours which will be evaluated out of 100 marks. After this situation test applicant need to appear for the second round which is personal interview round

 For Studio test, applicant can follow bellow topics for preparation:

  • Doodling exercise
  • 3D Model Making
  • Clay Modelling
  • Wire Moulding
  • Story Illustration
  • Psychometric Test
  • Thematic Apperception

Quick hacks for better result on exam day:

  • Read question wisely and understand it then be ready for the answer
  • Follow every options of the MCQ in sequential manner
  • Attend those question first where you are in good
  • Don’t be in rush to just mention answer of MCQ
  • Know the medium which you have to put on your Drawing paper

 

Question Papers

Solving question paper will enhance the power to boosting their Design ability where applicant get to know the process and pattern of the syllabus. Later on applicant practice the previous year question as much as possible. Things that help you to get the abelites for solving NID DAT sample paper are mentioned below

  • Do brainstorming with friends and mentor while solving previous year question paper
  • Brainstorming will aware you the format the question paper and the difficulties level of question paper
  • Applicant will be know how much time they are consuming in in question for solving.
  • Daily Practising the question paper will build the time management.
  • More Practising will help the candidates to solve the paper faster.
  • Previous question paper solving will not only helps in understanding the type of question but it also help to improve accuracy level.


Cut Off 

NID DAT 2021 Cutoff :

National Institute of Design will announce NID DAT 2021 cut-off for B.Des, GDPD, and M.Des in online mode on their official website. The cut-off  score of individual applicant will lead them to  get admission in UG & PG courses in the field of design. Different cut off will be published separately according to different categories which is General, Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST)Economically Weaker Section (EWS), Other Backward Classes- Non-Creamy Layer (OBC-NCL), , Persons with Disability (PwD) and Supernumerary.

The Official website of National Institute of Design will notifty the cutoffmark for NID DAT Prelims for B.Des, GDPD and M.Des programme, according these cut-off mark merit list will provide for NID DAT Mains which will based on the category wise. Applicant who beat the cutoff will get the admission in an order which will lead them design course.

Minimum Qualifying Criteria NID DAT 2020:

Applicant need to go through below marks according to their categories as they need to score for qualifying B.des programme

category Minimum qualifying marks
Open 65
SC 45
ST 45
OBC-NCL 55
EWS 65
PWD 45
Overseas 65

NID Seat Allotment of 2020 for B.Des programme NID Ahmedabad:

Applicant need to go through below percentile score according to their categories as they need to score for qualifying B.des programme as on August4, 2020.

category Min Cutoff of 2020 for B.Des Programme at NID Ahmedabad
Open 96.84
SC 65.27
ST 63.49
OBC-NCL 79.41
Gen-EWS 65.96
PWD 52.16
Overseas 65.48

NID Seat Allotment 2020 for B.Des programme NID Andhra Pradesh :

Applicant need to go through below percentile score according to their categories as they need to score for qualifying B.Des programme as on August4, 2020.

category Min Cutoff of 2020 for B.Des Programme at NID Andhra Pradesh
Open 94.17
SC 53.33
ST 50.51
OBC-NCL 71.72
Gen-EWS NE
PWD 47.98
Overseas NA

NID Seat Allotment 2020 for B.Des programme NID Haryana:

Applicant need to go through below percentile score according to their categories as they need to score for qualifying B.des programme as on August4, 2020.

category Min Cutoff of 2020 for B.Des Programme at NID Haryana
Open 91.15
SC 46.12
ST 47.91
OBC-NCL 65.82
Gen-EWS NE
PWD 46.33
Overseas NA

NID Seat Allotment 2020 for B.Des programme NID Madhya Pradesh:

Applicant need to go through below percentile score according to their categories as they need to score for qualifying B.des programme as on August4, 2020.

category Min Cutoff of 2020 for B.Des Programme at NID Madhya Pradesh
Open 89.16
SC 50.17
ST 46.19
OBC-NCL 6.95
Gen-EWS NE
PWD NE
Overseas NA

NID Seat Allotment 2020 for B.Des programme NID Assam:

Applicant need to go through below percentile score according to their categories as they need to score for qualifying B.des programme as on August4, 2020.

category Minimum qualifying marks
Open 87.10
SC 45.98
ST NE
OBC-NCL 57.17
Gen-EWS NE
PWD NE
Overseas NA

NID Seat Cutoff of 2020 for M.Des programme

Applicant need to go through below percentile according to their open categories as they need to score for qualifying M.des programme

Department Cutoff of 2020 for M.Des 
New Media Design 82.09
Photography Design 88.48
Strategic Design Management 86.49
Design for Retail Experience 79.73
Graphic Design 88.37
Product Design 85
Textile Design 77.75
Apparel Design 88.73
Lifestyle Accessory Design 86.49
Digital Game Design 73.85
Information Design 73.77
Interaction Design 73.33
Universal Design 85.53
Transportation & Automobile Design 90.48
Animation Film Design 88.00
Ceramic & Glass Design 79.55
Film & Video Communication 82.81
Furniture & Interior Design 86.67
Toy & Game Design 86.84

News 

Accepting Colleges

What is NID Entrance Exam?

National Institute of Design (NID) conducts a common entrance exam for the 5 campuses for B.Design and 3 campuses for M.Design offering courses in Industrial, Communication, IT Integrated, Interdisciplinary and Textile Design. NID conducts the entrance exam in two phases: DAT Prelims and DAT Mains. Both papers are of 100 marks each for candidates applying into Bachelor of Design. DAT Prelims comprises of Design Aptitude Test & General Aptitude Test. DAT focuses on primarily assessing each candidate on their abilities such as creativity, visualization, design and drawing skills of a student and GAT focuses on general aptitude like comprehension, analysis, general knowledge of 10th grade level. After clearing DAT Prelims, candidate will be eligible to appear at NID DAT Mains. The second test comprises of two parts: studio test and an intra-personal test.

Candidates applying for Master of Design at NID will also undergo both rounds of DAT Prelims and DAT Mains. The M.Design prelims paper comprises of a Common Design Aptitude Test and discipline-specific test along with a mix of objective and subjective type questions. The DAT Mains consists of three parts – Studio Test, Portfolio and Interview.

It is mandatory for candidates to qualify both the rounds of NID’s entrance exam in order to secure a rank.

NID DAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates applying into Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) has to be in 10+2 scheme of education, appearing / pass, from any stream Arts, Commerce, Science from any recognised board State / Central / International / other. Age limit in a General category is as 20 Years, in OBC/SC/ST category is as 24 Years and in PWD as 24 Years.

Candidates applying into Master of Design (M.Des) should have completed minimum 3 years of Bachelors degree. In a 10+2+3 Years as passed or in a 10+2+4 pass / appearing from any discipline or 10+2+4 Years Diploma in Design/ Fine Arts/ Applied Arts/ Architecture.

NID Exam Analysis & Student Reaction 2021

List of Courses & Colleges Accepting NID Admission Test 2021

UG Courses: Product Design, Furniture & Interior Design, Ceramic & Glass Design, Graphics Design, Animation Design, Film & Video Communication Design, Exhibition Design, Textile Design – Offered across NID Ahmedabad, Vijaywada, Kurukshetra, Bhopal & Jorhat

PG Courses: Product Design, Furniture & Interior Design, Ceramic & Glass Design, Graphics Design, Animation Film Design, Film & Video Communication Design, Exhibition Design, Textile Design, Apparel Design, Lifestyle Accessory Design, Interaction Design, Information Design, Design for Retail Experience, Universal Design, Digital Game Design, Strategic Design Management, New Media Design, Photography Design, Toy & Game Design, Transportation & Automobile Design – Offered at NID Ahmedabad, Bangalore & Gandhinagar

Admissions into NID can only be secured by clearing the entrance exam conducted by NID. No other design school other will accept the scores / ranks achieved at NID Entrance Exam for Admissions in to their colleges. In simpler terms, each design school conducts its own entrance exam for admissions into their colleges.

NID Admission Process 2021

After the candidates have qualified both DAT Prelims and DAT Mains, merit ranks are obtained. Each candidate is given two ranks: One is a common merit rank, another is a category rank. NID organises counselling rounds for the qualified students who are eligible for admissions into NID. Students are invited to the counselling rounds based on their Common Merit Ranks and are allocated seats as per their Category Ranks. A candidate will have the liberty to choose his/her campus as per their ranks. As soon as the seat for a particular campus is chosen, NID may ask that candidate to submit the token fees, thus securing admission.

Please note that once the campus is selected by the candidate it is not likely to be changed. In case the seats remain vacant from OBC/SC/ST categories, General category students will be offered those seats. NID Ahmedabad is the only campus with NRI / Foreign quota seats. Those seats are reserved for NRI/Foreign Nationals only. There is no management quota at NID. If any information provided by the candidate is found incorrect at any time during the entire procedure of admission, NID may cancel or disqualify the candidate.

Previous Years’ NID DAT Student Reaction

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