NID DAT Syllabus 2021: Program-wise syllabus, Important topics

Exam Date

Mar 14, 2021

Result Date

Jun 18, 2021

Apr 7, 2021 | Design

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The syllabus for this NID Entrance Exam is determined and prescribed by the conducting authority. Before attempting the exam, candidates should know about the NID Entrance Exam Syllabus and the exam pattern. By knowing the syllabus and paper pattern, candidates will get an obvious idea about all topics included in the exam.

The NID DAT Syllabus 2021 for the entrance exam will comprise a wide variety of topics that are discussed separately for B.Des and MDes exams in this page. The studio test will comprise different sections in different formats like the hands-on practical assignment, group discussion, etc. This is held after the NID DAT (Prelims). Candidates aspiring to follow design courses from NID are advised to go through this section completely.

NID DAT Syllabus 2021 for B.Des Entrance Exam

The syllabus for the entrance exam of B.Des programme comprises the basic concepts of design, based on which subjective and objective type questions can be asked. The NID DAT Syllabus 2021 for B.Des is given below as a table. Candidates can make a note of the same. 

NID DAT 2021 Syllabus for B.Des
Design Outline for Beginners Colour Terminology
Inspiration & Design Development
Theme Development Creative thinking & writing Picture Analysis
Graphics & Pictograms Innovation & Creation Developing Observation 
Use of Measurements, Scale & proportions Optical Illusion
Foreshortening & Perspective
Natural & Geometrical Form Innovation in Design
Principles of Composition
Lettering Optical Illusion
Understanding Light & Shade
Memory Drawing Usage of Colour in Compositions
Expression & Emotion
Presentation Techniques Imagination & Doodling 3D Visualisation
Colour Psychology & Optical Illusions Form & Function
Colour, Pattern & Texture
Exercises on imagination Lateral Thinking Story Pictures
Mood, Theme & Colour Inter-relationship Design Theory
Elements & Principles Of Design
Developing Themes & Colour Associations Inspiration & Creativity
Ornaments & Motifs
Visual Logic Good Design vs Bad Design Design Awareness

NID DAT Syllabus 2021 for B.Des - Studio Test

As for the studio test, it comprises questions regarding hands-on practice and creative topics. The studio test NID DAT Syllabus 2021 for B.Des is given below as a table for the reference of the candidates.

NID DAT 2021 Syllabus for B.Des Studio Test
How to Evolve Ideas
Audio–Visual Exercises
Model Making Doodling
Meeting Students Who Qualified NID DAT
Creative Thinking 
Material Manipulation

NID DAT Syllabus 2021 for MDes Entrance Exam

The NID DAT Syllabus 2021 for MDes is given below as a table. The questions that are asked for the MDes programmes are also both subjective and objective types. Candidates can make a note of the following table for further information about the syllabus. 

NID DAT Syllabus 2021 for MDes
Graphics & Pictograms Innovation & Creation
Design Awareness
Colour Psychology & Optical Illusions Form & Function
Colour, Pattern & Texture
Mood, Theme & Colour Inter-relationship Design Theory
Elements & Principles of Design
Exercises on Imagination Lateral Thinking Developing Observation
Use of Measurements, Scale & Proportions Optical Illusion
Foreshortening & Perspective
Visual Logic Good Design vs Bad Design
Drawing Fundamentals
Design Outline for Beginners Colour Terminology
Inspiration & Design Development
Memory Drawing Usage of Colour in Compositions
Expression & Emotion
Lettering Optical Illusion
Understanding Light & Shade
Theme Development Creative Thinking & Writing Picture Analysis
Developing Themes & Colour Associations Inspiration & Creativity
Ornaments & Motifs
Natural & Geometrical Form Innovation in Design
Principles of Composition
Presentation Techniques Imagination & Doodling 3D Visualisation
Story Pictures  -

NID DAT Syllabus 2021 for MDes - Studio Test

The studio test NID DAT Syllabus 2021 for MDes, which comprises questions regarding hands on practice and creative topics, is given below as a table for the reference of the candidates.

NID DAT 2021 Syllabus for M.Des Studio Test
Audio–Visual Exercises Material Manipulation
Creative Thinking
Model Making Doodling
How to Evolve Ideas

NID DAT Syllabus 2021 for PhD in Design

Candidates who want to pursue the PhD program from NID have to submit a proposal based on the practice of designs and its significance. The Research proposal should be from the mentioned below fields:

  • The vast area of study or common background or the context or literature review of the research.
  • Its problem and scope.
  • Its rationale for and its significance.
  • The objectives and research questions of the study.
  • The methodology/approach to be followed.
  • The student's knowledge, skills, and work or research experience relevant to the subject.
  • The potential contribution of the research work to knowledge and understanding of the relevant area.
  • In the practice-based research, how the research objectives and how the practice relates to each other.
  • The list of Bibliography or/and reference.

The proposal should be free from Plagiarism. The scrutinizing body would conduct a plagiarism check on all the submitted proposals to verify their originality using anti-plagiarism tools.

NID DAT Exam Pattern 2021 

Along with going through the NID DAT Syllabus 2021, candidates must also go through the NID DAT exam pattern to understand all the parameters of the test, and to get an idea about the distribution of questions throughout the test paper. Understanding the question paper pattern will help candidates to strategize their preparation and eventually, they can perform well in the exam. 

The prelims exam carries a weighting of 70% in the final consolidated scores, and the remaining 30% is designated for the mains exam. 

NID DAT Prelims Exam Pattern

The aspects of the prelims exam pattern are listed below. 

  • It is an offline exam which takes place with a total duration of 3 hours
  • The exam comprises 26 questions with total marks of 100. 
  • The question type is mixed - subjective and objective

NID DAT Mains Exam Pattern

The aspects of the mains exam pattern are listed below. 

  • The mains exam is conducted offline, which takes place for 3 hours. 
  • It is of 100 marks comprising both objective and subjective types of questions 

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