How to prepare for NID DAT 2020?
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Do you see “design” in everything? Getting into details be it about fabric/ pottery/ ceramic design comes naturally to you? Do you find yourself looking at something and wondering “this could be better if (blank)”? If you can relate with each and every word written above, welcome to the world of design. To fuel this interest, many people enroll themselves in a design school which tops the list of every art student in National Institute of Design (NID). In order to secure admission here, aspirants first need to clear Design Aptitude Test (DAT). In the year of 2020, those aspirants who are making their mind to get appear in NID DAT entrance exam then they should go through with the tips of how to prepare for NID DAT 2020. This will help candidates to crack NID DAT entrance exam. Careers360 brings a compilation of top-notch tips on how to prepare for NID DAT 2020 entrance test, which will confirm candidates seat at the prestigious college. NID teaches their students about aesthetic sense, design and art and extracts of design engineering.

Admission at National Institute of Design (NID)

On the basis of performance in NID DAT 2020 entrance exam, NID offers admission to candidates in Bachelor of Design (B.Des). NID Design Aptitude Test is divided into two parts, like- NID DAT (Prelims) and NID DAT (Mains). NID DAT (Pre) is the written design aptitude test, aspirants have to clear Prelims first to get appear in NID DAT (Mains). NID DAT (Mains) includes studio test and an interview round. Candidates who get through both these NID DAT rounds are given admission in Bachelor of Design at NID. On this page Careers360 provides all relevant information regarding NID DAT preparation tips.

How does a candidate get into NID Ahmedabad in his or her first attempt? So, here are a few tips and clues to clear NID DAT (Prelims). When it comes to how to prepare for NID DAT then a candidate have to develop their sketching and drawing skills. Candidates must keep sharpening these skills while preparing for NID DAT 2020 exam.

  • While preparing for NID DAT, focus on product development. For example, what kind of material is used to make a ball pen? Why did the designer of that pen choose the specific material? Or What determines the length of a pen? etc.

  • If a candidate really wants to crack NID DAT 2020 exam then their pencil should move as fast as their thoughts. Communicate with your idea as fast as the speed of light. According to the previous years NID DAT toppers, Time will fly while taking the NID entrance exam.

  • Firstly, draw small thumbnails, then move on to the light hand and finish it with dry colors like, pencil, ball pens, crayons etc.

  • Candidates have to plan their NID DAT preparation section wise. Means which section you will attempt first, Second and so forth.

Tips on how to prepare for NID DAT 2020

  • If you draw well, then you will crack NID DAT entrance, which is the most common misconception among all NID aspirants. NID questions are framed to test the imagination, creativity and visualization skills/ general awareness/ observation of a candidate. Basically, NID focuses on the problem solving capabilities.

Work on your creativity

  • Candidates should be creative and will be able to come up with new and original ideas. Candidates should be that much creative that they can rebirth their ideas everyday.While NID exam preparation, motivate yourself, work with enthusiasm then you must be amazed at your ideas and creations.

Time Management

  • If candidates are not able to present their thoughts in the exam hall in the limited span of time which means their drawing & creative skills are useless. Maintaining speed is equally important.

Solve Past Years Question Papers of NID DAT

  • Solve all the previous papers on or before NID DAT exam date. Solve at least a question paper within the time limit. Apart from that do mock test everyday.

  • Do not practice in A3 size sketch book. Always use A4 size because normally A4 is the standard size of answer sheets in the exam.

Practice Drawing

  • During exam don’t worry about marks or scoring high. Candidates should be confident about their drawing and answer.

  • Requiring drawing question, always draw with a light hand first. When candidates satisfied with their proportion and rough outline, now they can finalize it. Doing this there are less chances of erasing & re-drawing and candidates save a lot of time.

  • Practice more with dry colors, because they are convenient to use and take less time during exam.

Draw a Clear cut Time Table for Preparation

  • Candidates should plan their time for NID DAT entrance preparation. Making a timetable is the best option.

How To Prepare for NID DAT 2020- Know the Best Books

Book Name

Author Name

NID (B.Des) Entrance Book and Test Series


Basic Rendering

Robert W.Gill

NID Mock Test Series 2019-20

Bhanwar Rathore and Alumni Ahmedabad

NIFT/NID/IIFT Entrance Exam Guide

RPH Editorial Board


R.S Aggarwal (Aptitude Section)

Design Drawings

Francis D.K.Ching

NIFT/NID/IIFT Entrance Exam Guide


NIFT, NID, IIFT Entrance Examination

Dharmendra Mittal

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how many seats are there for bdes in nid for 2020

Manisha Gupta Expert 15th Oct, 2019

Hello Aspirant,

There are approximately 125 B.Des seats (including reserved category). You can also check the further information to go through with the given below link.

Good Luck!


When are the NID examination ?

Aditya kumar Student Expert 14th Oct, 2019

Hello there!


NID Design Aptitude Test is an exam through which aspirants are shortlisted for admission in UG and PG design courses offered at the prestigious NID campuses. Candidates need to clear two NID admission tests in order to be eligible for admission in Bachelor’s Graduate and Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD) and other courses offered at its campuses . Earlier, NID offered admission in its five campuses through NID entrance exam. However, from 2019 onwards two more NID campuses, that is, NID Bhopal and NID Jorhat also started offering admission in GDPD course on the basis of NID admission test.



someone plz tell me the form date of NID

_Abhishek_Vatsya Student Expert 14th Oct, 2019


National Institute of design has released NID DAT online application form on 1st October 2019.Last date to apply is 7 November 2019..And last date to apply with late fine is 13 November,2019..

For more details regarding NID DAT2020 , visit below mention link:


Currently Im in 12th std so can I apply for this examination?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 14th Oct, 2019

Dear Prem, for being eligible for NID DAT, Candidates should be either appearing for 12th exams or should have passed their 12th, with age not exceeding more than 20. If you are in your 12th, you are eligible for NID DAT. For more information, please visit our page at:


My DOB is 2 May 1997 so I will be 23 years and 2 months old , but the eigibility criteria for bachelors in NID is 20+3=23 for SC students, am I eligible?

manasa Student Expert 2nd Oct, 2019

Hello Sumit

The Bachelor of Design program at NID is of 4 years and is led at the Ahmedabad grounds. The absolute number of seats for the B . Des program including the held seats are 100. The supernumerary seats in Bachelor of plan for abroad up-and-comers is 15.

Age Limit

The upper age limit for the up-and-comers under this course is 20 years at the very latest July 30, 2020. The saved class applicants can profit an age unwinding of 3 years in the given upper age limit.

For General Category, the applicants conceived at the very latest July 1, 2000 would be ineligible.

For Reserved Category (OBC-NCL, SC, ST and PH), the applicants conceived at the very latest July 1, 1995 would be ineligible.

All the best

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