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NID DAT 2024: What you need to know?


Admission to all of the design courses at NID will be granted on the basis of a two-stage competitive exam. 


Stage 1: NID DAT Prelims:

Design Aptitude Test Prelims is a pen/pencil and paper based test. 

The aim of the this exam is to assess the creative abilities, knowledge, comprehension, Analysis, creativity, visualisation skills of the aspiring candidates.

The test comprises of a mix of subjective and objective type questions. 

NID Dat Prelims B.Des M.Des
Mode of Exam Pen/Pencil & Paper Based Pen/Pencil & Paper Based
Type of Questions  MCQs + Subjective questions  MCQs + Subjective questions
No. of Exams 1 2 (CDAT + Domain Specific Test)
Duration of Exam 3 hours  30 min (CDAT) + 2 hrs (Domain Specific Test)
Total Marks 100 100
Negative Marking No No
Language English English
Weightage in Final Exam To be announced later To be announced later

Stage 2: NID DAT Mains:

Selected candidates from Dat Prelims are called for the second phase examination ie. Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Mains.

NID DAT Mains for M.Des consists of two parts - Studio Tests and Interviews.

NID DAT Mains for B.Des may consist of tests in multiple formats such as in a studio set up.

• Studio Test: This may consist of tests in different formats such as drawing/sketching, hands-on model making, group discussions etc. This test will be marked out of 100 points and will be conducted in English.
• Interviews:The interviews will be conducted separately for each discipline, immediately after the Studio Test.

NID Dat Mains B.Des M.Des
Mode of Exam Multiple Formats Multiple Formats
Type of Questions 3D Model Making, Sketching, Audio Visual Test,Pschychological test 3D Model Making, Sketching, Audio Visual Test,Pschychological test, Interview, Portfolio Review
Duration of Exam 3 hours 3 hours
Total Marks 100 100
Language English English
Weightage in Final Exam To be announced later To be announced later
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NID Dat Sample Papers

Providing you with a mock question below:

Ques 1. Observe the given drawn objects and find out the incorrect version

For complete papers visit the links below:

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NID Dat Previous Year Question Papers NID Dat Question Papers

NID Dat Syllabus

The aim of the exam is to evaluate the candidate on the basis of creativity and observation skills, knowledge, problem solving skills and visualization skills to name a few.

Syllabus for Dat Prelims & Dat Mains exam for BDes & MDes is different  

NID Dat Syllabus is not officially released by National Institute of Design.

But based on the pattern of previous year papers of NID, we have compiled a detailed list of the syllabus

Check NID Dat Prelims Syllabus and NID Dat Mains Syllabus

NID DAT 2024 Dates

NID Dat 2024 admission notification is out now!!

NID Dat Prelims for Master of Design (M.Des.) and Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) will be held on 24 December 2023.

NID Dat Mains for the above programmes, is usually held in the month of May-June every year. 

Providing below important dates for NID Dat 2024 admissions:

Online Registration Process starts on September 8, 2023
Last Date of Submitting Online Application December 1, 2023 
Design Aptitude Test ( DAT Prelims ) for B.Des. December 24, 2023  
Design Aptitude Test ( DAT Prelims ) for M.Des. December 24, 2023    

VISIT NID Entrance Exam Dates for more important dates related with NID Dat Prelims & Mains Exam for NID B Des & M Des courses.

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NID DAT Prelims Test Centres - B.Des & M.Des

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

NID DAT Mains Test Centre - B.Des & M.Des

The Test Centres for Dat Mains will be announced later.


Q1. What is NID Dat full form?

Ans. The full form of NID Dat is NID Design Aptitude Test.

Q2. Where can I get NID Dat Question Papers?

Ans. Click here to get previous year papers of NID Dat. 


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