NID 2020 Exam

Exam Date : December 29, 2019 To May 3, 2020
Result Date : May 28, 2020

Get admission into India's top Design Institutes, National Institute of Design with the help of NID DAT 2020. This is a national level exam to get admission into one of the 7 institutes across India that are Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Bengaluru, Vijayawada, Kurukshetra and Jorhat. Want to know more about the exam? Read the complete article to check all the details regarding Exam Dates, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern, Admit Card, etc.

What is NID DAT?

NID Design Aptitude Test (NID DAT) is a National Level Entrance Examination conducted by Nation Institute of Design for admission in various UG and PG Programs. NID DAT is conducted by National Institute of Design.

NID is an autonomous institute under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry and even recognized by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research under the Ministry of Science and Technology by Government of India. 

NID 2018

Courses: On successful entrance exam application, NIT DAT offers admission in Undergraduate, Postgraduate, and Diploma courses such as B.Des, M.Des and GDPD.

National Institute of Design has three campuses around India with Ahmedabad being the main campus, PG campus is in Gandhinagar and R&D campus in Bangalore. NID DAT is conducted at National Level in 21 centres across India. NID DAT 2020 will be conducted as Paper and Pen-Based i.e. Offline and will be a duration of 3 hours i.e. 180 minutes.

Exam Details NIT DAT
Exam Name NIT Design Aptitude Test
Acronym NID DAT
Level National Level
Conducting Authority National Institute of Design
Courses Offered B.Des, M.Des, and GDPD Courses
Medium English
Mode Pen and Paper Based
Stages Stage 1: DAT Prelims Stage 2: DAT Mains 
Maximum Marks 100 marks
Exam Duration 180 Minutes

Exam Dates

NID has released the complete schedule for both the mains and prelims exam on the official web portal. Make sure to take note of all the dates so that you wouldn't miss out on any of the important events.

NID entrance exam Application Form is available on the official website from October 1, 2019 and the last date to submit the Application Form is November 7, 2019. Admit Card for NID Exam will be released on the official website from December 20, 2019. NID 2020 will be conducted through offline mode on December 29, 2019. Results will be announced on the official website on May 28, 2020.

The list of NID 2020 Important Dates for both the B.Des Prelims and Mains are given in the table below:

Exam Dates for NID DAT Prelims and Mains
Important Events Dates
Application Form Start Date October 1, 2019 
Last Date to Apply without Late Fee November 7, 2019 
Last date to apply with late fee November 13, 2019
Application Form Correction Window November 13 to 15, 2019 
NID DAT Prelims Admit Card Release Date December 20, 2019 
DAT Prelims Exam December 29, 2019 
NID DAT Prelims Results March 19, 2020
DAT Mains Admit Card Release Date April 14, 2020 
DAT Mains Exam May 3, 2020
DAT Mains Results May 28, 2020
Counselling Start Date June 5, 2020

Exam Dates for M.Des course are given in the table below:

NID Exam Dates for M.Des
Events Important Dates
Start of Application Form filling October 1, 2019
Last date for submission of application form November 7, 2019
Last date of application form submission with late fee November 13, 2019
Application editing window November 13 to November 15, 2019
Download of DAT Prelims Admit Card December 20, 2019
DAT Prelims Exam Date December 29, 2019
DAT Prelims Result declaration February 18, 2020
Rechecking request window for Prelims February 18 to February 21, 2020
DAT Mains Schedule Yet to be announced

NID DAT Exam Dates for Ph.D. course are given below:

NID DAT Ph.D. Exam Dates 2020
Events Dates
Registration Starts on October 1, 2019
Last date of registration November 7, 2019
Announcement of Schedule for DRT & Interview First week of December 2019
Release of DRT & Interview Admit Card Second week of December 2019

Eligibility Criteria

NID has set up some criteria for taking the exam. Make sure that you clear the eligibility criteria before applying for the exam. NID 2020 Eligibility Criteria for the Bachelor and Master programs is given below:

Bachelor of Design/GDPD

Age Limit: Indian/Foreign candidates applying for the B.Des course must not be more than 20 years of age as of the date of admission (only those candidates who are born on or after July 1, 2000, are eligible to apply)

For SC/ST/OBC-NCL, a candidate should be born after July 1, 1997 to be eligible for NID exam. PwD candidates born after July 1, 1995 are also eligible.

Educational Qualification: The candidate should either have completed or is appearing for the final examination of 10+2 in 2019-20 or equivalent from a recognized board (SSC/ICSE/CBSE)

Masters of Design (M.Des)

Age Limit

For Indian (Gen & Gen-EWS) and Foreign Nationals, candidates who are born after July 1, 1990 are eligible to apply for admission into NID. For Indian Nationals belonging to reserved categories like SC/ST/OBC-NCL, candidates born after July 1, 1987 are eligible to apply. Candidates belonging to PwD reserved category can apply for NID Exam only if they are not born before July 1, 1985.

Educational Qualification

Aspirants satisfying the following criteria are eligible

Candidates should possess a Graduation degree of 4 years in any specialization after 10+2 standard or equivalent from any recognized University of India. Candidates should have passed the Degree by May/June 2020 for the process of document verification. OR

Candidates holding a Bachelor Degree of a minimum of 3 years in any specialization after 12th standard or equivalent to that. The only condition is that a candidate must have passed the examination before June 2019. OR

A candidate with a Full-time Diploma of 4 years in Architecture/Fine Arts/Applied Arts/Design after 12th standard. A candidate should be able to pass the Diploma before May/June 2020.

Ph.D. Program

Applying candidate should be a citizen of India who should hold one of the following qualifications:

  • A Master's level qualification in Design. OR
  • A bachelor's level qualification in Design from NID with 3 years of professional or teaching experience. OR
  • A Master's Degree in Philosophy (e.g. M.Phil) in Design. OR
  • Successful completion of the Faculty Development Program of NID or a similar Design program of 2 years from any other recognized University/Institute.

Note: Any candidate who has not passed their final board exam or equivalent before the in-person counselling, will not be eligible for admission.


Candidates should go through the whole syllabus so that they wouldn't miss out on any of the topics in the exam.

  • Prelims Syllabus: The syllabus includes some of the topics like Design Theory, Optical Illusion, Picture Analysis, Visual Logic, Elements & Principles of Design, Memory Drawing, etc.
  • Mains Syllabus: The syllabus includes topics like Model Making, Material Manipulation, Doodling, Creative Thinking, etc.
  • Fixed Syllabus: There is now a fixed NID 2020 Syllabus outlined by the NID.

The following table lists the syllabus for the NID exam:

Exam Syllabus for NID DAT
Outline for Beginners Optical Illusion Drawing Fundamentals Exercises on Imagination
Colour Terminology Understanding Light & Shade Use of Measurements, Scale & Proportions Lateral Thinking
Inspiration & Design Development Colour Psychology & Optical Illusions Foreshortening & Perspective Story Pictures
Mood, Theme&Colour inter-relationship Form & Function Developing Themes Presentation Techniques
Design Theory Colour, Pattern & Texture Developing Colour Associations Imagination & Doodling
Elements & Principles of Design Theme Development Inspiration and Creativity 3D Visualization
Natural & Geometrical Form Creative Thinking & Writing Ornaments and Motifs Graphics & Pictograms
Innovation in Design Picture Analysis Memory Drawing Innovation & Creation
Principles of Composition Visual Logic Use of Colour in Compositions Design Awareness
Lettering Good Design vs. Bad Design Expression & Emotion Developing Observation

Studio Test Syllabus: People who are selected in the prelims and mains of NID DAT will have to take the Studio Test. The syllabus for the Studio Test is given below:

  • Model Making
  • Doodling
  • How to evolve ideas
  • Audio-Visual Exercises
  • Material Manipulation
  • Creative Thinking
  • Hands-on Model Making
  • Sketching

How to prepare for NID DAT?

Preparing for any entrance exam can be a very big burden, but it just depends upon the way you look at it and how you are approaching it. If you have enough strong determination any exam will be easier to crack. So the first thing you should be doing is setting up a goal to crack the exam (NID DAT Exam in this case). When I mean setting your goal it means that you should be ready to face all of the difficulties coming your way and be persistent enough to not give up halfway through.

Now, if you have mastered the required determination to face the exam, you need to find the different ways to approach the exam that are suitable for you. Given below are some of the tips that you can follow.

Create a Preparation Timetable

If you are preparing for any exam you need discipline and proper structure. The only way you can do that is by creating a proper timetable that you can follow for the whole of the preparation period. The important thing to remember while preparing a good preparation schedule is that it should contain an abundant time for all of the topics in the syllabus along with time for solving various sample test papers. Also, make sure to give enough and meaningful breaks in between study sessions. These will help you to refresh and reinvigorate your interest in preparation. Try to avoid any outside distractions and concentrate solely on the preparation for the exam.

Time Management

The main problem that candidates face while writing an exam is the insufficiency of time to go through the whole paper. This is because of improper time management. In NAD DAT you need to answer 100 questions from various sections (depending upon the selected course). So, during the stages of preparation, find out which sections are easier for you to answer and which sections take more time for you to solve. This way you could answer the easier sections at the beginning and transfer the extra time onto the tougher sections.

Also, make sure that when you are answering the sections accurate enough so that you wouldn't be looking back at them in doubt, which will only be more time-consuming. Thus, this speed and accuracy can only be developed with the help of extensive practicing of NID DAT questions from various sources.

Evaluate and Improve Yourself

Evaluating yourself during preparation is a crucial process of strengthening your knowledge. It is the only way to know how much you have prepared for the exam and how much is still there to be prepared. You need to find as many practice questions, sample papers and mock tests as you can and start incorporating them in your preparation timetable and start testing yourself. Then according to your result, you can change your preparation schedule to improve the areas you are struggling with.

Exam Pattern

Candidates should have an understanding of the exam pattern to do well in the exam. The exam assesses the candidate's designing skill, creativity, reasoning ability, and problem-solving skills.

B.Des Exam Pattern

Number of Stages: NID DAT 2020 will be conducted in two stages by the authority

  • Stage 1: NID DAT (Prelims) - Pen & Paper-Based Written Test
  • Stage 2: NID DAT (Mains) - Studio Test

Prelims exam will be of 100 marks and will be of 3 hours duration. This test might involve visuals and text both. The medium of examination will be English. This exam will be a Pen and Paper-based test.

Those who qualify in the Prelims round will be allowed to attend the mains round. NID DAT Mains exam will be conducted over a span of three days. Paper is for a total of 100 marks. This exam will be conducted in a Studio-setup. It will also be in the English language.

M.Des Exam Pattern

Candidates appearing for NID Exam for M.Des course have to go through 2 stages of exam:

  • Stage-I: DAT Prelims 
  • Stage-II: DAT Mains

DAT Prelims Test will consist of CDAT (Common Design Aptitude Test) and a discipline-specific test. Time allotted for DAT Prelims will be 2.5 hours (30 mins for CDAT + 2 hours of the discipline-specific test) in total. For candidates who are applying for 2 disciplines, they will have to attempt 2 discipline-specific tests along with CDAT. For them, the total exam duration would be 4.5 hours.

On the basis of DAT Prelims, the candidates will be shortlisted for DAT Mains. DAT Mains exam will also consist of 2 stages:

  • Stage-I: Studio Test
  • Stage-II: Interview

Studio Test might have some tests with different formats. Total marks will be 100 and duration will be of 3 hours. Medium, of the exam will be in English. It will be followed by interviews for each discipline. Interviews will be taken in the same exam centres as the studio tests.

Ph.D. Selection Stages

  • Stage-I: Shortlisting of Candidates
  • Stage-II: Design Research Test (DRT)
  • Stage-III: Interview

Stage-I will be shortlisting of candidates. In this round, the research proposals of the candidates will be evaluated and will be examined to be in alignment with NID's research objective. Shortlisted candidates only, will be going to the next rounds. In the next stage, DRT will be conducted. It will be held in Ahmedabad. After this round, qualifying candidates will be having the interviews in front of the NID committee.

Note: NID will not be providing any travel/accommodation to the candidates appearing for Mains exam. It will have to be arranged by the candidate only.


Weightages of DAT Prelims and Mains exam varies for different courses. For the final selection, the total marks of the candidate obtained in the Prelims and Mains exam will be converted into a percentage. For different courses, the weightages are as follows:

For B.Des & GDPD

Weightage for B.Des & GDPD program is as follows:

Weightage for B.Des & GDPD DAT
DAT Prelims DAT Mains Total
30% 70% 100%

For M.Des

Weightage for M.Des course is given below:

Weightage for M.Des DAT
DAT Prelims DAT Mains Total
30% 70% 100%

For Ph.D. Course

Weightage for Ph.D course is given as follows:

Weightage of NID for Ph.D exam
Weightage of DRT Weightage of Interview/Research Proposal Total
20% 80% 100%

Application Form

Candidates who want to take the exam can register for the exam from the official web portal. Try and register for the exam before the final date application form submission without the late fee.

NID 2020 Application Form will be available on the official website of the design school from October 1, 2019 till November 7, 2019.

How to Register for NID DAT?

Follow the steps given below to register for the NID DAT 2020:

  • Step 1: Visit the official web portal of NID and register on the website by entering a valid email ID, mobile number, date of birth etc. After the registration process, the login credentials will be sent to your registered email address.
  • Step 2: Now, using the user ID and password login into your account and click on 'DAT Application Form'
  • Step 3: Fill in the application form with all the necessary details in their corresponding sections. Click 'Save & Proceed'.
  • Step 4: Now, click on 'Upload Document'. Upload the documents such as the photograph, signature and caste certificate (only if applicable) according to the prescribed specifications. Then click 'Save & Proceed'.
  • Step 5: Pay the applicable application fee through the means provided and then finally click on 'Submit'.

Application Fee: The application fee for taking the exam is different for different category students. The category and course wise application fee are given in the table below:

For B.Des & GDPD

Application Fee for NID DAT B.Des and GDPD
Category Exam Fees
General and Gen-EWS INR 2000/-
SC INR 1000/-
ST INR 1000/-
OBC-NCL INR 2000/-
Gen-PwD-EWS INR 1000/-
ST-PwD INR 1000/-
SC-PwD INR 1000/-
OBC-NCL-PwD INR 1000/-
Overseas (only for B.Des) INR 3000/-

For M.Des

NID DAT Exam fees for M.Des program
Category For 1 Discipline For 2 Disciplines
General INR 2000/- INR 4,000/-
General-EWS INR 2000/- INR 4,000/-
OBC-NCL INR 2000/- INR 4,000/-
SC INR 1000/- INR 2,000/-
ST INR 1000/- INR 2,000/-
Gen-PwD INR 1000/- INR 2,000/-
Gen-PwD-EWS INR 1000/- INR 2,000/-
OBC-NCL-PwD INR 1000/- INR 2,000/-
SC-PwD INR 1000/- INR 2,000/-
ST-PwD INR 1000/- INR 2,000/-
Overseas INR 3,000/- INR 6,000/-

For Ph.D. Program

Category-wise Exam Fee for NID for Ph.D.
Category Fees
General INR 5000/-
General-EWS INR 5000/-
OBC-NCL INR 5000/-
SC INR 2500/-
ST INR 2500/-
PwD INR 2500/-
Gen-PwD-EWS INR 2500/-
OBC-NCL-PwD INR 2500/-
SC-PwD INR 2500/-
ST-PwD INR 2500/-

NID Exam Fee can be paid through Online mode (Credit Card/Debit Card) or through Offline mode (via Demand Draft only).

Note: Application fees paid online (by Debit/ Credit Card) doesn't include any bank/ transaction charges, the Application fee is neither refundable nor transferable.

Admit Card

The admit card is the most important document that a candidate should have with himself when taking the exam. Without the admit card the candidate will not be allowed to take the exam. NID DAT Prelims Admit Card can be obtained online on the official website from December 20, 2019.

Candidates are required to provide details like Registered Email ID, Date of Birth and Roll Number/ Application Form Number to download the Admit Card. Candidates who have registered for the exam must carry their NID 2020 Admit Card to Exam Centre to avoid any kind of discrepancy. The list of details present on the admit card is given below:

  • Candidate's Name
  • Parent's Name
  • Roll Number
  • Category of the candidate
  • Course applied for
  • Time of the exam
  • Exam Duration
  • Test Centre Address
  • Candidate's Photograph and Signature
  • Instructions regarding the exam

Exam Centres

NID DAT Prelims 2020 will be conducted in 21 centres spread across India. A candidate is not allowed to make any changes in the allotted exam centre. Candidates will be able to select the exam centres at the time of filling the application form. A candidate will be given the opportunity to select the preferences for the exam centres. Hence, they should choose them wisely according to their convenience.

NID DAT Mains Exam will be conducted on various campuses of NIDs e.g. Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Bengaluru and more. The detailed information about the exact venue of the allotted centres will be given in the admit card.

The exam will be conducted in 2 stages – DAT Preliminary and DAT Mains. Candidates will be allotted Exam Centres for each stage.


NID DAT 2020 Result for the prelims exam will be declared on the official website by the conducting authority on March 19, 2020. NID DAT 2020 result for the mains exam will be declared by May 28, 2020.

A separate merit lists shall be prepared for each category (OPEN, OBC-NCL, SC, ST & PWD). Based on this merit list the candidates will be allowed to the admission process.

In case there is a situation where two candidates scored the same total score from both the exams, then the higher rank will be assigned to the candidate who has obtained higher marks in Part B of the Design Aptitude Test - Prelims.

How to Download NID DAT Results?

Follow the steps given below to download the NID DAT 2020 Results:

  • Step 1: Visit the official web portal of the web portal of NID.
  • Step 2: Click on the link for NID DAT 2020 Result.
  • Step 3: Enter the registered email address, date of birth and the verification code that is shown on screen and then click on submit.
  • Step 4: Your result will be displayed on the screen.
  • Step 5: Download the result and take a printout for future references.


The cut off is the least amount of score that a candidate needs to clear a stage in the NID DAT 2020. The expected cutoff for NID DAT 2020 is given below:

Category-wise cutoff for NID DAT
Category Cutoff
Open 384/52.00
OBC-NCL 347/43.80
SC 208/39.00
ST 118/31.50
PwD 67/11.10
Supernumerary 58/36.70


The counselling process for NID will be done in two steps. They are giving the online consent by the qualified candidates and then uploading the necessary documents for the purpose of verification.

  • Counselling Date: NID DAT 2020 Counselling will commence from June 5, 2020 after declaring the result and final merit list.
  • Allotment of Seats: After the original document verification process, the candidates who have shortlisted in the rank list will be allotted with a seat. After payment of fees, the enrolment in the program will be confirmed.
  • Failed to be Present: Failing to report with the requisite documents as per the schedule will lead to forfeiting the candidate’s seat and their seat will be allotted to the next eligible candidate in order of merit.
  • Uploading Documents: Candidates need to upload some documents after getting selected for the counselling process. The documents are:
    • 10th Marksheet
    • 12th Marksheet
    • Birth Certificate
    • Degree (Graduation/ Diploma) Marksheet

Contact Details

In case there are any discrepancies at any stage of the exam make sure to contact the conducting authorities. The contact information for the exam authorities is given below:

Address: NID Admissions Cell, National Institute of Design Paldi, Ahmedabad 380 007.

Email Id:


Q. I have a good NATA score, should I write the NID entrance test? 

Ans. NATA score is not considered for the NID entrance test. All candidates will have to write NID’s Design Aptitude Test (DAT). 

Q: Is there any part-time NID course?

Ans. No, NID does not offer any part-time courses.

Q: What is the mode and duration of the exam?

Ans. NID DAT 2020 will be conducted as a Paper and Pen-Based Test i.e. Offline exam and the duration of the exam will be for 3 hours i.e. 180 minutes.

Q: Is it possible to withdraw the application after submission? Would the application fee be refunded?

Ans. You cannot withdraw your application once submitted. The Application fee is not refundable. 

Q:  Is the NID Design Aptitude Test the same for overseas applicants as well as Indian applicants?

Ans. Yes.

Q: What is the procedure of admissions?

Ans. The admission procedure to NID for M.Des., B.Des. and GDPD programs consists of two stages.

Stage 1 - Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims 

Stage 2 - Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Mains 

Q: What is the upper age limit to appear for B.Des?

Ans. Upper age limit for general candidates is 20 years, for reserved category (OBC-NCL/ SC/ ST) it is 23 years and for PWD candidates, it is 25 years.

Q: Do M.Des students get a stipend?

Ans. NID does not pay any stipend to its students enrolled. 

Q: Will I get an acknowledgment slip on the submission of my application form?

Ans. Yes, you will receive an acknowledgment by email on the email id provided at the time of registration.

Q: Can I apply to NID more than once?

Ans. Yes, candidates can appear for NID’s entrance exam any number of times, provided the eligibility criteria of age are fulfilled by the candidate.

Q: Is the foundation program for B.Des compulsory?

Ans. The candidates, who are successfully admitted to the B.Des programs, will be required to undergo a mandatory foundation course of one-year duration. 

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Discussion Forum

What is the procedure of admissions at NID?

What is the procedure of admissions at NID?

Asked By: Vinu Kothari,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hello Vinu,

You can get the complete procedure on the admission process in the link given here, visit the Counselling process to know more.

Which college is best for me through NID? what college should i select?

Which college is best for me through NID? what college should i select?

Asked By: Heena Jain,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hello Heena,

You can select colleges accepting NID scores based on the marks you get and cutoff of the college. Follow the link here for the list of colleges which accepts NID Scores.

What is the application fee for NID 2018?

Hi, I am Ranjan, i want to know about application fee of NID 2018?

Asked By: Ranjan,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Ranjan,

The Application Fee for NID 2018 varies according to the categories. You can get to know more details about the application form.

Good Luck

What is the eligibility criteria for NID 2018?

Hi, I am Ravi, i want to know about eligibility criteria and i am eligible to give NID 2018

Asked By: Ravi Dingra,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Ravi,

The eligibility criteria for NID 2018 is UG- 20 and PG- 30 years. 

Good Luck

Appearing for NID 2017 examination

What if I am staying abroad and can’t appear for the DAT 2017?

Asked By: Sharavi Yadav,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

It is mandatory for all applicants, including those staying abroad, to appear for the DAT 2017.

You will be allotted any seats if you do not appear for the exam.

Admission procedure for NID 2017

May I know what is the admission procedure for NID 2107?

Asked By: Pavan Kalyan,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The process of admission to NID for M.Des., B.Des. and GDPD programmes consists of two stages.

  • Stage 1: Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims.
  • Stage 2: Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Mains.

Entry requirement for M.Des in NID 2017

What is the entry requirement for M.Des. courses in NID 2017?

Asked By: Dev Das,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

There are 19 different specializations under Master of Design (M.Des.) at three campuses of NID.

Refer to Section 4 on eligibility criteria for M. Des in the Admissions Handbook 2017-18 available online.

Eligiility for a HSC Candidaes

I am giving my HSC through correspondence. Am I eligible for the NID entrance for B.Des?

Asked By: Mallika Sen,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling with a minimum of five subjects meets the eligibility criteria of NID 2017 mentioned in Section 4.

Info about NID 2017 examination

Is the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) score considered for the NID entrance test?

Asked By: Shubham Rai,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

No the NATA score is not considered for the NID entrance test. All applicants will have to undergo the Design Aptitude Test (DAT).

NID tests

How kind of tests are conducted?

Asked By: Divya Darshan,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The NID entrance exam will conduct the following tests: -

  • Design Aptitude Test (DAT)
  • Studio Test and
  • Personal Interview.