How to score well in NID DAT 2019
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How to score well in NID DAT 2019 - As design aspirants, you certainly know what to study and when to study. Not everyone, however, knows the tricks to how to score well in NID DAT. As preparing for NID DAT definitely takes lots of hard work, knowing some tips on how to score well in NID DAT 2019 along with the hard work can do the trick. Always remember that cracking an exam is not inversely proportional to hard work, in fact it is about giving your best in the examination hall. Designing aspirants who are wishing to score well in NID DAT 2019, here are some useful tips that will help you get sure-shot success in the entrance exam.

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Design Aptitude Test (DAT)

NID DAT is a national level exam conducted by National Institute of Design (NID) that offers admission to Bachelor of Design (B.Des). A total of 100 seats are offered for admission to the qualified candidates at NID (Ahmedabad). The exam is divided into two parts- NID DAT (Prelims) and NID DAT (Mains). Candidates who are shortlisted in NID DAT (Prelims) can appear for NID DAT (Mains) admission round.

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NID DAT (Prelims) is the written design aptitude test that aspirants have to clear first whereas NID DAT (Mains) consists of studio test and interview round. Candidates who score well in NID DAT are given admission in design programmes at NID. 

How to score well in NID DAT 2019? 

If you are preparing for NID DAT 2019, some tips have been devised below that will help you score well in the entrance exam. These tips will come in handy as it will help you tap into your true potential and emerge as a dominant player. 

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Tip 1- Stay Updated with Current Affairs 

To score well in NID DAT 2019, students must have knowledge about current events in terms of the latest and ongoing trends of the industry. As a result, it will help you enhance your awareness in the field of design. Reading newspaper and magazine is highly recommended to keep yourself updated. 

Tip 2- Start Preparing 6 Months before the Exam

If you want to score well in NID DAT, start preparing for it prior to 6 months of the exam. The reason being it takes time to improve in sketching. In addition, it will help you to prepare the portfolio when you have ample time before the exam. Your sketching practice should go hand in hand every day. 

Tip 3- Avoid Mistakes that deter you from Scoring Well 

Don’t let your nervousness overshadow your confidence during exam. If there is any question you do not know the answer, it would be a smart move to leave that question and attempt rest. After completing your paper, you can come back to that question and try solving it. Read each and every word of the questions carefully because sometimes a single word in the question can give you a clue as to how to solve the question. Concentrate more on the questions that bear higher marks. 

Tip 4- Solve Sample Papers

Try practicing sample papers as much as you can as it will lead you to score well in NID DAT. This will get you familiar with the types of questions that are asked in the exam and the difficulty level of the entrance test as well. In addition, solving sample papers will augment your speed to answering the question. 

Solving previous years’ papers will also help you know how to go about the sequence to answer different sections. 

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Tip 5- Be Creative 

Innovation is prerequisite if you want to score well in NID DAT. Ability to come up with unique ideas and create something new will increase your chances to outscore everyone. The questions in the exam assess your out of the box thinking, therefore, keep your creative thinking at the forefront. 

If you are wondering how to score well in NID DAT 2019, following these tips will help you fulfil your goal. Stay motivated and focused throughout your preparation. The aforementioned tips with positive approach will prevent you from the exam fear and you will see how easy it becomes to score well in NID DAT.

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pls share the details for the preparation of NID MAINS. What is the detail marking of NID MAINS.

Parvathi Sreeraj 14th Jan, 2020

Dear candidate,

NID DAT MAINS will include drawing as well as sculpture or model making. It will be a three hour paper and the maximum marks that cam be obtained is 100. Unlike the prelims, it will not be in different parts of contain any objective type of aptitude based questions. It will purely be skill based. Hope that answers your query.

Good luck!


please tell me the syllabus of NID DAT and aieed


Mayank, topics covered in the prelims of NID DAT are:

  • Innovation in design
  • Principles of composition
  • Inspiration & design development
  • Theme development
  • Design theory
  • Natural & geometrical form
  • Exercises on imagination
  • Optical illusion
  • Colour, pattern & texture
  • Lateral thinking
  • Design awareness
  • Creative thinking & writing
  • Graphics & pictograms
  • Form & function
  • Drawing fundamentals
  • Ornaments & motifs
  • Imagination & doodling
  • Understanding light & shade
  • Elements & principles of design
  • Colour psychology & optical illusions
  • 3D visualization
  • Lettering
  • Developing observation
  • Good design vs. bad design
  • Optical illusion
  • Mood, theme & color inter-relationship
  • Visual logic
  • Outline for beginners
  • Colour terminology
  • Presentation techniques
  • Memory drawing
  • Picture analysis
  • Usage of color in compositions
  • Innovation & creation
  • Natural & geometrical form
  • Use of measurements, scale & proportions
  • Expression & emotion
  • Developing themes & colour associations
  • Foreshortening & perspective
  • Inspiration & creativity

In the Mains exam, practical based tests are taken. They may consist of one or more of the below activities:

  • Model making
  • Material manipulation
  • Audio-visual exercises
  • Mock interview
  • Evolving ideas
  • Body language based evaluation
  • Doodling
  • Creative thinking
  • Portfolio making

In AIEED, there are two tests- GAT (General Ability Test) and CAT (Creative Ability Test). GAT consists of topics like Design sensibility, Logical reasoning, Design related awareness and Awareness on global issues and concepts comprehension. CAT will assess you on Written and visual skills, Design thinking, Lateral thinking and creative problem solving and Awareness of design principles.


The NID DAT 2020 BDes entrance was supposed to be 3 hours for both GAT and Drawing section, but in my centre in Bangalore the examiners did not give the drawing section until after 50 minutes. This meant that we only 130 minutes for drawing. Unfair! How was it in other centres??

Gayu 30th Dec, 2019

Thanks Harish, However, what you are saying is true for MDes only (which is 150 minutes paper). My query was related to BDes which is 180 minutes paper. As far as I know there is no such notification for BDes exam. It seems unfair to all the students who were not allowed the full 3 hours for both sections.


where do i get ithe answers for the sample papers for NidDat that i hv downloaded

Devang Prajapati 28th Dec, 2019

Hey,you can question paper of niddat examination on below link .So go through link and dowanload papers"NID DAT Sample Papers 2020 – Download Previous Year Question Paper here!" thank you.


what is the cutoff of NID entrance exam 2020?

Khushi 24th Dec, 2019

Hi Akshita

Careers 360 will provide detailed information as to the cutoff of NID DAT 2020 as soon as it is released by the National Institute of Design. Aspiring candidates, however, can check the minimum qualifying percentile score required for admission to get an idea. Candidates will be shortlisted based on the cutoff marks for each category.

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All the best !

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