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NID DAT 2023: 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 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 & Paper Based Pen & 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 40% 30%

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 60% 70% (Studio Test 40% + Interviews 30%)
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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 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 2023 Dates

NID Dat 2023 admission notification is not out yet.

NID Dat Prelims for Master of Design (M.Des.) and Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) is usually held in the month of December-January every year.

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

Providing below important dates for Dat 2022 admissions:

Online Registration Process starts on October 5, 2021
Online Availibility of Admit Cards for DAT Prelims December 23, 2021 
Design Aptitude Test ( DAT Prelims ) for B.Des. Sunday, January 2, 2022  
Design Aptitude Test ( DAT Prelims ) for Overseas Candidates Sunday, January 2, 2022  
Design Aptitude Test ( DAT Prelims ) for M.Des. including Overseas Candidates Sunday, January 2, 2022  

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NID DAT Prelims Test Centres

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

NID DAT Mains Test Centre - M.Des: 

Test Centre: Ahmedabad Test Centre: Bengaluru Test Centre: Gandhinagar
Animation Film Design Design for Retail Experience Apparel Design
Ceramic & Glass Design Digital Game Design Lifestyle Accessory Design
Film & Video Communication Information Design New Media Design
Furniture & Interior Design Interaction Design Photography Design
Graphic Design Universal Design Strategic Design
Product Design   Toy & Game Design
Textile Design   Transportation & Automobile

NID DAT Mains Test Centre - B.Des: 

The DAT Mains for these programmes may consist of tests in different formats such as drawing/sketching, hands-on model making, group discussions, presentations etc. These will be marked out of 100 points and will be conducted in English. The test centres could be any of the NID Campuses.


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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