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How To Prepare For NID Prelims (Part A & Part B) 2025

How To Prepare For NID Prelims (Part A & Part B) 2025

Edited By Team Careers360 | Updated on May 13, 2024 05:11 PM IST | #NID DAT

The NID DAT exam is conducted by the prestigious National Institute of Design(NID). DAT stands for Design Aptitude Test. It is a comprehensive evaluation process for design aspirants. This exam focuses on identifying individuals with strong observational skills, fast thinking, quick implementation and strong communication skills, and problem-solving approaches through sketching and drawing for real-time situations. By emphasizing these key areas, NID aims to select candidates who demonstrate a holistic understanding and capability in the field of design.

Before start preparing for NID DAT prelims, let's formally break down the meaning of DAT to understand the context. DAT means Design Aptitude Test. Design is about solving problems. Aptitude means your natural talent or what you've learned to do well. Test means when they check how good you are at something. So, the Design Aptitude Test (DAT) is a test that sees how good you are at solving problems with design, based on what you naturally do well or have learned.

Now the question that arises is, Why does NID conduct DAT? The National Institute of Design (NID) conducts the Design Aptitude Test (DAT) for admission to its BDes and MDes programs. The NID DAT consists of a Prelims and a Mains exam. The NID DAT prelims exams for B.Des and M.Des programs are conducted separately. Thus, through this article, we will focus on how to prepare for NID DAT Prelims 2025.

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Exam Pattern of NID Exam 2025

Before beginning with the preparation, let's first understand the exam pattern for NID 2025.


BDes Entrance Exam

Prelims(Written Examination): First Stage

  • This is a pen-and-paper-based test assessing design aptitude and foundational skills in an aspirant.

  • Conducted in two parts, Part A and B.

  • Part A contains some Multiple-choice and subjective-type questions.

  • Part B contains a few questions about basic modelling and sketching. Questions given in the paper will judge students' critical thinking and drawing abilities.

Mains (Studio Test and Interview): Second Stage

  • The shortlisted candidates get the chance to sit for the NID Mains examination.

  • Those candidates shortlisted from the prelims are invited for studio tests and interviews(for M Des. only) to evaluate their design thinking, problem-solving attitude, and communication skills through concept presentation.

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How to Crack for NID-DAT Prelims 2025

Before beginning with the preparation for NID DAT Prelims 2025, let's first get thorough with its exam pattern and NID exam syllabus. The list of important topics will help in the effective and smooth preparation of NID DAT prelims 2025.

The NID exam consists of two parts A and B. Part- B completely focuses on the Sketching part. On the other hand, Part A has a mix of multiple-choice and subjective questions. The question paper consists of two Sections, with a new format as follows.

PART A: Aptitude Section ( 25 marks)

PART B: Drawing section (75 marks)

Understanding of Part A (Aptitude Section)

This section is usually moderate in difficulty level. It is generally most scoring and mostly logic-based, where fundamental/depth knowledge of concepts is sufficient to answer the questions. However, focused preparation is needed to perform well in an examination.

It is focussed on accessing the following skills in an aspirant:

  1. Creative Thinking

  2. Elements and Fundamentals of Design

  3. Working Principles of Everyday Objects.

  4. Aptitude Skills

  5. Reasoning Skills

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How To Prepare For NID DAT Prelims - Part A 2025

  • Conceptual Understanding: Focus on understanding design fundamentals like colour theory, perspective, form, and composition.Study design history, famous designers, and their contributions.

  • Practice MCQs: To achieve a good mark in NID 2025, hard work and regular practice are going to play a crucial role, in solving MCQs from previous years' papers and practice tests. Use online platforms and books specifically designed for NID DAT preparation. Analyze why certain options are correct and others are incorrect.

  • Time Management: During practice sessions, time yourself to improve speed and accuracy. Learn to eliminate wrong options to narrow down choices.

  • Review and Learn: Review incorrect answers and understand the concepts behind them. Keep a notebook of important formulas, concepts, and shortcuts for quick revision.

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Understanding of Part B (Drawing Section)

This section usually scores but is very demanding in context to a good understanding of using technical and non-technical drawing skills as a medium to communicate the idea in an aspirant's mind.

This Section of Examination has evolved a lot in the past three years, where the focus has shifted not only to Problem-Solving Skills but now demanding more usability-oriented Visualisation of a given scenario. This recent update in the 2024 examination has made the question paper lengthy, demanding good sketching skills and speed, along with the selection of appropriate camera angles to present the idea:

How To Prepare For NID DAT Prelims - Part B 2025

  • Attempt time for such a question: 20 minutes max. (use pencil 4B/6B)
  • Interpreting the Question: Where it has 02 parts basically as per new formats. Firstly, you are given a visual clue, following which you are required to make space for elderly people for safety, accessibility & other needs of an aged person. Secondly, you have to elaborate on an object used by elderly people.
    • Time Management: Refrain from getting conveyed when making a very detailed drawing. It is primarily required to keep the sketching minimalist but sufficient to express your thoughts.
    • Focus on Sketching Fundamentals: This is a test of Sketching Fundamentals, which includes understanding perspective, room layout, placement of objects, etc., in a limited time only. All detailing is to be done using pencil through sketching or hatching
    • Think and Plan: What could be the needs of elderly people, like a space with a minimalist layout, limited and necessary objects to meet the daily life needs of an elderly person like a comfortable chair to rest, space for medicines, wall clock, no object should have sharp edges, provision of good ventilation and light, etc.

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Let's try to understand Part - B with Solved Example Question

Question: For example, given a room layout in perspective view, you must redesign it as a designer to meet an elderly person's needs, such as safety, accessibility, etc. Sketch the design, including furniture & modifications. Briefly describe the layout and significance of products in the room. (MM: 20 Marks)

(Clue Given: Three Lines as layout of space Space Design for Elderly with objects (20 mins))



(Given below: Describing the Significance and Desing aspects of a Product: ( Resting Chair for Elderly))


While describing a product, keep the following things in mind.

1. Always highlight Human Interaction with the Product: It is always more scoring and right to put human interaction with the product. Otherwise, a product only needs to make sense.

2. Choose Simple: Choosing an object to describe should be done smartly, fulfilling the question need otherwise it may be time-consuming.

3. Define Product Highlights: Major attributes that make the product appropriate to the user's needs, e.g., a pocket for medicines for old people in a chair.

Note: Preparation is a strategic game well crafted with time management, where one needs to work simultaneously on his/her strengths and weaknesses.

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How To Prepare for NID-DAT: Studio Test & Interview - A Overview

The NID Studio Test is the advanced stage of evaluating admission at NID in different streams. It further evaluates an aspirant's Sensory Reflection, Agility, and Problem-Solving Skills. The questions in the studio test are practical and situation-based, where one needs to respond immediately to a given scenario. It is usually doable within the time limit if one has meticulously followed the above-shared advice for prelims. Since there is no fixed format for questions, it is doable if you have trained your senses well, no matter the challenge.

Preparation Books For NID DAT Prelims


Name of the Books

Author of the Book


  • The Ultimate Guide for NIFT/NID/IIFT Entrance Exam

  • Arihant Publications

Logical Reasoning

  • Step-by-Step Verbal Reasoning

  • How to Pass the Diagrammatic Reasoning Test

  • Philip Kay

  • Mike Bryon

Quantitative Aptitude

  • 10th standard Mathematics Textbook

  • 10th standard Physics Textbook

  • 10th standard NCERT textbooks


  • Design Drawing

  • Origami Design Secrets: Mathematical Methods for an Ancient Art

  • Francis D. K. Ching

  • Robert J. Lang

General Knowledge

  • Read Newspapers like The Hindu, The Economic Times

  • Pratiyogita Darpan and Manorama Yearbook

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

1. How to crack NID prelims?

To clear NID prelims, get yourself familiarised with the exam syllabus and exam pattern. Collect the good NID study material. Create a monthly timetable. Revise regularly and keep solving sample papers for practice tests. 

2. Is NID prelims difficult?

Since prelims contain both the General Aptitude and the Creative Ability sections, candidates with adequate preparation through taking regular mock tests and solving sample papers, will be able to tackle the prelims effects effectively.

3. How to prepare for NID Prelims after Class 12th?

To prepare for NID DAT prelims after class 12th, candidates need to focus on improving their sketching. They also need to enhance their critical thinking abilities and problem-solving approach along with foundational concept building.

4. What is a good score in NID Prelims?

A good score in NID prelims can be expected around the range of 60-75 marks out of 100. However, you cannot reply on the given cut-off since it usually changes depending upon the level of the exam every year. However, students check the previous years’ cutoff scores for each category and aim to score above those marks. This can increase their chances of qualifying for the Mains exam.


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If you forgot to write the question paper code and date on your NID DAT prelims OMR sheet, contact the exam authorities immediately. They may have procedures in place to handle such situations. According to me there should be no problem for you even if you have not filled paper code as you filled all the other necessary details.

Hope this helps you,

Thank you

Hello aspirant,

The National Institute of Design (NID) has not yet made the NID DAT 2024 exam's official syllabus public. But you can check the important topics for this exam on our site by clicking on the link given below.

Thank you

Hope this information helps you.

Hello Student,

I Hope you are doing well.

UCCEED-> Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design

Conducted by- Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

UCEED conducts exams to get students for IITs and some design colleges also. IITs have seats reserved for the students coming through UCEED.

NID->National Institute of Design

Conducted by-> National Institute of Design Ahmedabad

NID Design Aptitude Test is conducted for admission in the prestigious National Institute Design (NID) campuses in Bachelors of Design (B. Des)course.

Some of the best coachings for NID and UCEED-:

AFAindia i s among the leading coaching institutes.

In India, there are many coaching programmes accessible, however in my opinion, creativity doesn't really blossom in a coaching programme.

The secret to passing NID, NIFT, and CEED is creativity; you may do this without depending on coaching sessions. I would advise going on a tour or travelling instead of paying hefty fees to teaching centres. If not, simply take in your surroundings. Every morning, take a stroll and study the textures and patterns of the surroundings. Try to observe and see things from your perspective wherever you go. Try to consider and analyse the issues!

I hope this helps you.

Hello Aspirant,

You have a good chance of getting a National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. You have a good enough score for this college if we see last year cut off. But the cut-off changes every year depending on the difficulty level of the paper, the total aspirants who took the exam, the reservation, individual score of each person who took the exam. Nevertheless, you have a good chance of getting into this college as your score is good.

NID Design Aptitude Test generally recognized as NID DAT is a dual-level design entrance test that comprises a prelims exam and the main exam.

The entrance test is administered every year at the national level to assign students for B.Des and M.Des admission offered by NIDs campuses.

It is administered to evaluate candidates' proficiency, ability, and behavioural aptitudes. NID entry is a completely established aspirants' achievement in NID DAT.

The 4-years BDes programs are given at NID Ahmedabad, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, and Assam and 2-years MDes programs are given at NID Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, and Bengaluru.


Dear student,

Best Prepration Books for NID DAT/ AIEED are listed below.

••NID DAT book by R.S. Aggarwal - For Aptitude

••Guide for NID

••Success Master - For NID Entrance Exam

••Design drawing by author Francis D.K.Ching

••NID Mock Test Series

••NID - Entrance Books and Test Series

••NID Workbook

••Basic Rendering from Robert W.Gill Guide - For NID Entrance Exam

To get more information about NDA DAT prepration tips, go through below mentioned link.

NID DAT exam will be conducted in two phases i.e Preliminary Exam and Mains Exam. Both the exams are for 3 hours. There will be maximum of 100 marks in each phase of exam. It is a paper and pen based examination. There is no negative marking. The medium of exam is English.

To get more information about Study Material for NID DAT go through below mentioned link.

May this information was helpful to you.

All The Best!!

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