How to prepare for NID DAT 2020?
Team Careers360, 11 Sep 2019, #NID DAT
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Pearl Academy - School of Design 2020

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.

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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.

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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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can any please tell how to crack nid dat 2020

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 16th Nov, 2019

NID DAT consists have 3  phases pf selection. Written Test, Studio Test and Personal Interview. Each phase is an elimination round. NID Exam will be conducted in 2 phases, Prelims and Mains. The preliminary exam will contain 70 Objective Questions and the shortlisted candidates will appear for Mains. This stage will contain practical tests like sketching, drawing, handcraft models, group discussion, etc.

For Stage 1 you should prepare well on topics like Communication skills, Animation, Composition, Creativity, General Mental Ability, Design skills, environment sensitivity, Visual design, Thematic color arrangement, Proportions and perspective, Abstract symbolism and Memory drawing.

For Stage 2, you need to focus on Doodling, 3D Modelling, Observation Test, Creative thinking, Audio visual experience, Body language, Material manipulation, Portfolio making, etc.

For all this, you need to develop good observation skills and Improve your speed. Practise as many as mock tests you can. Work on Accuracy, drawing and keeping up with the current affairs. For more tips, please visit our page at:


How can i reupload my obc ncl caste certificate on nid application form ?

Sourandhi Saha Student Expert 12th Nov, 2019
You can review and edit the application form of NID. NID 2020 Application Correction will be Started on 21st November 2019. 23rd November will be last date. You can not not edit the eligibility criteria, date of birth, email ID, category and citizenship at this stage. To edit the application form, you have to login using your credentials. After correcting the details, don't forget to click on save and exit button.

can I change my permanent address in the correction window. I mistakenly put the present and permanent address as same.

Komal Dayanand Gardi 7th Nov, 2019

Hello Dip,  it Is good to tell you that you can able to make changes in address field. Below is the list of fields in which you can not make changes in correction window,

1. information related to eligibility criteria

2. Date of birth

3. category

4. email ID

5. Citizenship applied.

rather than the above field you can make changes in any field.

remember that correction facility will be available from first week of December.

I hope it will help.



i have made a mistake while filling the nid application form and i have already completed the payment can i correct it now even after the payment ?

Tamajit Student Expert 10th Nov, 2019

Hi Kruthi,

I understand that you have made a mistake while  filling out the application form so to answer your question what you can do is first check to see if there is any correction window available wherein you can edit your data and rectify your mistake and if it is not available then what you should do is to address this matter in writing through post to the respective authorities stating the entire matter in detail along with your proper credentials and data and request them to  rectify your mistake so that you can produce them as and when required in future and also request them to expedite the entire process. Also state them that your payment status is completed and thus request them to update the same.



I have completed my engineering , can I apply for this examination.

Anupam Kumar Student Expert 29th Oct, 2019

Hey there

NID DAT is an exam for admissions into designing Courses of undergraduate. The permissible age is 20 years before June 30, 2020 so i guess you are not eligible for the exam.

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