NID DAT 2020
NID DAT 2020 - National Institute of Design issued a notification stating that the further notification for DAT Mains for the B.Des./GDPD programmes will be updated by the end of May 2020 as per the situation at that time. The institute announced the result of NID DAT 2020 for B.Des (prelims) in online mode late in the night on May 4. It was earlier scheduled to announce the NID DAT 2020 result for prelims on March 19. But the examination cell postponed the announcement of the result due to COVID-19 outbreak. The admit card of the NID DAT mains exam will be issued in online mode for the shortlisted candidates only. NID successfully conducted NID DAT 2020 on December 29. The qualified candidates in the prelims stage will be eligible to appear for the mains. According to the exam analysis of NID DAT, candidates found the general knowledge section a bit difficult. The entrance exam is conducted for aspirants seeking admissions in the undergraduate design programmes offered at Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Bengaluru campuses. NID DAT is a 2-stage competitive exam, including preliminary and the main exam. Candidates who wish to take admission to NID DAT can go through the complete article of NID DAT 2020 to know the important details, such as admit card, application form, important dates, eligibility, seat matrix, exam centres, exam pattern, answer key, cutoff, result, and more.
Latest: NID has closed the window to request for rechecking of NID DAT result. Information related to NID DAT mains exam to be notified by the end of May.
NID had released the NID DAT 2020 admit card in online mode on December 20, 2019 for the prelims exam. The authorities closed the correction window to edit the application form of NID DAT 2020 which had opened on November 21 on November 23 (2 pm). Candidates could make changes in the application form till the specified date. Candidates could edit/correct only those necessary changes (if any) in the application form of NID DAT 2020 that were listed by the authorities. The officials had released NID DAT 2020 application form on October 1 and candidates could fill the form with the regular fee. Earlier, the last date to fill the application form was November 7, 2019. Candidates could fill the application form of NID DAT 2020 with late fee from November 18 till November 21 at 12 pm.
NID DAT 2020 Overview
Entrance exam name
National Institute of Design- Design Aptitude Test
Commonly known as
Approximately 125 B.Des seats (including reserved category)
Medium of the Exam
Prelims and Mains
Mode of Examination
Mode of Application
NID DAT 2020 is conducted for admission to B.Des and GDPD courses in various campuses of National Institute of Design. Candidates can check the table below to know NID DAT 2020 important dates.
Start and end date of NID DAT 2020 application
October 1 to November 18, 2019
Submission of NID DAT 2020 application form with late fees
November 21, 2019 (Extended)
Correction of application form
November 21 (2 p.m.) to November 23, 2019
Availability of NID DAT 2020 Prelims admit card
December 20, 2019
NID DAT (Prelims) 2020
December 29, 2019
Release of NID DAT 2020 answer key
To be notified
Last date to download the answer key
To be notified
Uploading of final answer key of NID DAT prelims part 1
To be notified
Declaration of NID DAT 2020 result (Prelims)
May 4, 2020
Rechecking window for NID DAT (prelims) including payment mode
Availability of NID DAT 2019 admit card (mains)
To be notified
Release of NID DAT prelims cutoff
To be notified
NID DAT (Mains) 2020
To be notified at the end of May
Declaration of NID DAT Mains Result
To be notified
Counselling at NID Ahmedabad
To be notified
What's new in NID DAT 2020
- Certain Number of seats will be reserved for EWS category.
- There has been an increase in the number of exam centres for NID DAT main 2020. Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Assam have been added. Kurukshetra and Vijayawada have been removed.
- There has been an increase in the total number of seats. As compared to last year, this year there are approximately 125 seats for the undergraduate level design programme. Last year, the number of seats was 100 for the same.
National Institute of Design (NID) announced the NID DAT result 2020 in online mode late in the night on May 4. Earlier the result was supposed to be declared on March 19, 2020, in the form of a scorecard. The result can be checked in online mode only by logging in after entering their email ID and date of birth. NID will inform the candidates about the result by sending across the email and will also update the information on the official website. Candidates can check their result by using the following steps:
- Visit the official website of NID DAT (admissions.nid.edu).
Click on the result link of NID DAT 2020
Enter the login credentials, such as email address and date of birth
Enter the security code reflecting on the screen
NID DAT 2020 result will appear on the screen
Download the result and take a printout of the same
The result of NID DAT 2020 will be valid only for the academic year 2019–20.
Candidates will also be awarded ranks as per their performance. The result of the second stage- mains will be announced in the form of final result consisting of the weighted scores of both the prelims and mains. In case of candidates scoring same marks, inter-se-merit will be implemented to resolve the tie, The higher rank will be awarded to:
The candidate who will obtain higher marks in Part B of the exam.
In case of an unresolved tie, the candidate who will obtain higher marks in Part A of the Prelims exam.
If this still does not resolve the tie, then both the candidates will be given the same rank
Based on the merit list of NID DAT Prelims, eligible candidates will have to appear for DAT Mains. The number of candidates shortlisted will three times the number of seats available per category in that programme.
NID DAT Merit List 2020
The final merit list of NID DAT 2020 post mains exam will be released in online mode. Any further notification related to NID DAT mains will be communicated by the end of May. NID DAT merit list will be released category wise, based on the sum total of the weighted scores obtained by the candidate at each stage of the admission process. The tiebreaker methodology will be used in a given manner:
Candidates who will secure higher marks in DAT Mains will receive the higher rank.
Candidate who will secure higher marks in Stage 1 Design Aptitude Test will be given the higher rank
Candidate who would get higher marks in Stage 1 Design Aptitude Test Part B will be awarded the higher rank.
In case of an unresolved tie, the higher rank will be given to candidate who will obtain higher marks in Stage 1 Design Aptitude Test Part A
Finally, a higher rank will be assigned to the candidate who will obtain higher marks in the DAT Mains exam with maximum marks.
Weightage of NID DAT DAT Prelims and Mains 2020 for Final merit list
NID DAT Cutoff 2020
NID DAT 2020 cutoff is the qualifying marks that candidates need to secure to get admission to UG design programmes. Candidates will be shortlisted based on the cutoff marks for each category.
Minimum Qualifying Criteria 2020 (expected)
NID DAT Cutoff 2019 (Qualifying Criteria)
Qualifying percentile Score
To have a fair idea about NID DAT 2020 cutoff, the aspirants can check below a score of the last candidate, who was offered admission in 2019, in order of merit (as on May 7, 2019)
Bachelor of Design
DAT prelims 2018 score of the last candidate in order of merit shortlisted for DAT mains is given in the table below:
NID DAT Cutoff 2018
Bachelor of Design
Also, there will be relaxation in NID DAT cutoff marks 2019 for the reserved categories.
Relaxation in NID DAT 2020 Cutoff Marks
30% less than cutoff marks of General category
20% less than cutoff marks of General category
20% less than cutoff marks of General category
10% less than cutoff marks of General category
NID will conduct NID DAT 2020 counselling at Ahmedabad campus. The qualified candidates in NID DAT 2020 prelims and mains exams will be eligible to participate in the counselling process in person. They will have to carry the original documents to the counselling venue and pay the admission fee to confirm their seats. They will be receiving a provisional offer of admission for attending in-person counselling process on the announced date.
NID DAT Seat Intake 2020
National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad will offer at least 125 seats for admission in the undergraduate design programme at its campus. The admission will be offered solely on the basis of merit. Aspirants can check the detailed seat matrix of NID DAT admissions 2020 - 2021 in the table that is given below:
NID DAT Seat Intake
Faculty of Industrial Design
Furniture & Interior Design
Ceramic and Glass Design
Faculty of Communication Design
Animation Film Design
Film and Video Communication
Faculty of Textile, Apparel & Lifestyle Accessory Design
Candidates who appeared for the entrance exam for the undergraduate level design programmes can check the exam analysis of NID DAT 2020 according to which they will know the overall difficulty level of the entrance exam. As per NID DAT 2020 exam analysis candidates will also get to know how many questions were asked, what was the marking scheme like, was there any change in the exam pattern or not. Most of the candidates found the general knowledge section difficult.
The answer key of NID DAT 2020 answer key will be released in online mode. Candidates can check the answer key to know the correct answers to all the questions that were in the question paper. With the help of the answer key, they can estimate their probable score. Candidates can raise objections if there is any in online mode. Students will have to pay Rs. 2000 each for rechecking of DAT Prelims and Mains paper. The authorities will release final NID DAT 2020 answer key.
How to download NID DAT Answer Key 2020?
- Visit the official website of NID DAT (admissions.nid.edu).
- Click on the NID DAT 2020 answer key tab.
Log in by entering email address, Date of Birth, application number and verification code.
Click on the ‘Submit’ button.
You can cross-check your responses from the official answer key of NID DAT 2019 to estimate your probable score.
Download the answer key of NID DAT 2020 for future reference.
NID will issue the admit card of NID in online mode for the shortlisted candidates only. The institute released NID DAT admit card for prelims stage for download from December 20, 2019. NID DAT 2020 admit card mentions candidates’ details including exam schedule, venue, and important instructions. Candidates must check the details on the NID DAT 2020 admit card for any discrepancies. If there is any, candidates must get in touch with the authorities. The authorities will issue NID DAT mains admit card in online mode. The steps to download the admit card are given below:
Visit the official website of NID DAT (admissions.nid.edu).
Enter the login credentials
Instructions with regard to the admit card will appear on the screen
Click against the 'Declaration' and then click on 'Proceed to download admit card' button.
Click on the 'Submit' button
Check all the details mentioned on NID DAT 2020 admit card
Download NID DAT admit card 2020 and take a printout of the same
In the exam pattern of NID DAT 2020, candidates can know the complete details of NID DAT 2020. The test evaluates the design aptitude of the candidate and it is divided into two parts - Part 1 and 2. The question paper comprises objective and subjective questions. Candidates can go through the table below to know the same.
NID DAT Exam Pattern
|Total number of questions||67|
|Duration of the exam||3 hours (180 minutes)|
|Mode of Exam||Pen-pencil mode (offline)|
National Institute of Design has released the syllabus of NID DAT 2020. Candidates who are planning to appear in NID DAT exam should go through the syllabus to know the topics from which the questions are asked in the exam. Candidates can check the table below to know the various topics from which questions are included in the question paper of NID DAT prelims.
NID DAT Syllabus
Inspiration & design development
Natural & geometrical form
Theme & colour inter-relationship
Elements & principles of design
Innovation in design
Principles of composition
Ornaments & motifs
Usage of colour in compositions
Expression & emotion
As per NID DAT Mains exam pattern, the test is divided into different formats, such as drawing/sketching, hands-on model making, group discussions, presentations, etc. The language of the question paper will be in English and 100 marks.
Candidates who wish to pursue a bachelor of design programme can download the NID DAT 2020 sample papers. Through NID DAT sample papers, candidates can get an idea about the type of questions that will be asked in the entrance exam and prepare well for the final exam. Apart from this, NID DAT sample papers will also help candidates get an idea about the difficulty level of the question paper. Students can also assess their weak and strong areas and work accordingly to improve their performance.
Click here to download the NID DAT 2018 sample papers.
NID DAT 2020 Preparation Tips
Following effective NID DAT preparation tips will make you stand out from the rest of the test-takers. Besides your dedication and sincerity, incorporating the following tips in your preparation will help you score well in the exam:
- Develop observation and visualization skills
- Improve your speed
- Solve sample papers
- Improve General Awareness
- Brainstorm to come up with innovative ideas
The first stage of NID DAT 2020 prelims will be held across 21 cities in India. Candidates will have to choose one centre at the time of filling the application form. The NID DAT 2020 exam centre will be allotted to applicants as per their preference mentioned in the application form. The mains will be held at any of the campuses of the NID like Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Gandhinagar, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Assam.
NID DAT Exam Centres for Prelims
|Name of the Cities||Name of the Cities|
The eligibility criteria of NID DAT states the age limit, educational qualification and the qualifying exams that are accepted by the National Institute of Design. All applicants applying for B.Des. and GDPD programmes must fulfil both age and education qualification criteria. Candidates can check below NID DAT entrance exam 2020 eligibility criteria for B.Des and GDPD courses admission.
NID DAT Eligibility Criteria
Aspirants born on or after July 1, 2000, are eligible to apply. However, there is a relaxation of three years for those belonging to the reserved categories.
Students, who have passed or will appear for class 12 examination in any stream in the academic year 2019–20 from any recognized board, such as CBSE, IB, ICSE or their equivalent can apply for NID DAT 2020.
Qualifying exams that are accepted by the National Institute of Design are mentioned below:
Final examination of the 10+2 system under a central or state board recognised by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU, Refer http://www.aiu.ac.in).
Intermediate or two-year pre-university examination under a board or university recognised by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU, Refer www.aiuweb.org).
Final examination of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defence Academy.
Senior secondary school examination under the National Institute of Open Schooling, with a minimum of five subjects.
Any public school, board or university examination completed in India or in any foreign country recognised is considered equivalent to the 10+2 system by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU, Referwww.aiuweb.org).
H.S.C. vocational examination.
General Certificate Education (GCE) examination at the Advanced (A) level taken in London, Cambridge or Sri Lanka.
Candidates who took the final examination for class XII (or equivalent) outside India or from a board that is not mentioned above should produce a certificate from the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) confirming that the examination they go through is equivalent to the class XII examination conducted in India. Candidates have to submit this certificate at the time of document verification.
Application form of NID DAT 2020 was available in online mode from October 1 to November 18, 2019 without any late fee. Candidates could submit their application form in online mode by paying late fee till November 21, 2019 with late fees. Earlier, the last date to fill the application form with late fee was November 13, 2019. The NID DAT 2019 application fee is Rs.2000 for General/OBC category candidates and Rs.1000 for SC/ST/PwD candidates. Candidates could make the payment both in online or offline mode through Demand Draft (DD). They had to prepare a DD in favour of ‘All India Management Association’ payable at New Delhi which has to be sent to the institute along with a printout of the application form. The authorities opened the correction window for NID DAT 2020 application form from November 21 (6 pm) till November 23 (12 pm) in online mode. Candidates could edit necessary changes (if any) in the application form of NID DAT 2020. The complete steps to fill NID DAT 2020 application form are given below:
Steps to Fill NID DAT 2020 Application Form
Step 1: Registration
Step 2: Fill online application form
Step 3: Upload documents & signature
Step 4: Pay application fee and take the printout
Note: Candidates who will pay the fee online, they will not have to send the printout of the application form.
Seat Reservation for B.Des and GDPD Programme
The total number of seats available for Indian Nationals under B.Des and GDPD programmes are classified into different categories as mentioned below:
|Seat Category||Category of Eligible Candidates|
|Open||GEN, GEN-EWS, OBC-NCL, SC, ST, GEN-PwD, OBC-NCL-PwD, SC-PwD, ST-PwD, GEN-EWS-Pwd|
|General - Economically Weaker Section (GEN-EWS)||GEN-EWS, GEN-EWS-PwD|
|Other Backward Class - Non-Creamy Layer (OBC-NCL)||OBC-NCL and OBC-NCL-Pwd|
|Scheduled Caste (SC)||SC and SC-PwD|
|Scheduled Tribe (ST)||ST and ST-PwD|
|Open - Persons with Disability (PwD)||GEN-PwD, GEN-EWS-PwD, OBC-NCL-PwD, SC-PwD, ST-PwD|
|Other Backward Class-Non-Creamy Layer- Persons with Disability (OBC-NCL- Pwd)||OBC-NCL-PwD|
|Schedule Caste - Persons with Disability (SC-PwD)||Sc-PwD|
|Schedule Tribe - Persons with Disability (ST-PwD)||ST-Pwd|
Category-wise Reservation of seats
|Programme||Institute||Total no. of Seats||GEN-EWS (10%)||OBC-NCL(27%)||Scheduled Caste (15%)||Scheduled Tribe (7.5)%|
|GDPD||NID Andhra Pradesh||75||8||20||11||6|
|GDPD||NID Madhya Pradesh||75||8||20||11||6|
Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - NID DAT 2020
Question: What is the selection procedure for undergraduate admissions at NID?
The selection procedure for admission to Bachelor of Design programmes includes two stages- Prelims and Mains. Candidates who are shortlisted in DAT Prelims are eligible to appear for the second stage, which is mains
Question: Can we choose the exam centre for appearing NID DAT exam?
Candidates can select a test centre of their choice at the time of submitting their application online for DAT Prelims. The institute, however, reserves the right to add/remove any of the centres from the list and allot a test centre that may not be of the candidate’s choice.
Question: Is the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) score considered for the NID entrance test?
No, the NATA score is not considered for the NID entrance test. All applicants will have to undergo the Design Aptitude Test (DAT)
Question: How can I apply and where will I find the application form of NID DAT?
You can apply online only at http://admissions.nid.edu. Please refer to the admission handbook available on the official website to know the steps as to filling the form.
Question: How many seats are offered by National Institute of Design?
The institute will offer a total of approximately 125 B.Des. seats.
Question: Is maths compulsory for NID?
Not really, if your basics are clear that you studied in earlier classes, that will suffice. You will not be asked questions from differentiation or integration
Question: How can I get admission in NID?
Aspirants need to appear for NID entrance exam which includes two stages. The first stage is NID DAT Prelims and the second stage is NID DAT Mains. Candidates who will clear NID DAT Prelims are only allowed to appear for NID DAT Mains.
Question: Whats is NID DAT Prelims?
NID DAT Prelims is the shortlisting round for admission at NID. The exam comprises entrance exam that candidates need to appear and clear to be eligible for NID DAT Mains.
Question: What is NID DAT Mains?
NID DAT Mains is the final admission round for NID admission. NID DAT Mains is divided into different formats, such as drawing/sketching, hands-on model making, group discussions, presentations, etc. The language of the question paper will be in English and of 100 marks. Candidates need to clear both the test and interview to secure admission in design courses offered at NID campuses.
Question: What is NID DAT cutoff?
National Institute of Design (NID) releases cut off of NID DAT, along with the result declaration of Mains exam of B.Des. Candidates should meet the cutoff to be eligible for admission.
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Questions related to NID DAT
which book should i study to prepare for NID DAT prelims 2021
While choosing books for NID DAT, you should remember to check for the latest edition of the book so that you can stay updated with the information and contents of the book. Some of the best books which I would recommend are:
1.NID (B.Des.) Entrance Books and Test Series by AFAINDIA
2.NID DAT book by R.S. Aggarwal (Aptitude Section)
3.Basic Rendering from Robert W.Gill
4.Design drawing by Francis D.K.Ching
5.NID Mock Test Series 2019-20 by Bhanwar Rathore and NID Alumni Ahmedabad
6.NIFT/ NID/ IIFT entrance exam guide by Surendra
7.NIFT/NID/IIFT Entrance Exam Guide by RPH Editorial Board
8.NIFT, NID, IIFT Entrance Examination by Dharmendra Mittal
Hope this helps!
How to go about choosing between Textile design & fashion design? Im class 12th student, Should I appear for UCEED, NIFT or NID DAT Entrance exam?
The creative, The soft side, The craft side of design also in accessories & also there in communication design and also there in Fashion & Textile design. Look again what do you like as a career. Would you like to work with Cloths, Accessories that has a lot of soft hand touch & feel and you don’t need to be on factory shop. So my suggestion is look at career, look at the kind of things they do & then choose, If you are very clear that you want to work with Textile or Fashion. Both are the very good options, The people who are working with Textile & Fashion Technology, They enjoy their work.
President, Pearl Academy
what is the cut off marks out of 100 in NID DAT Prelims B.Des 2019-20?
The NID entrance exam takes place in 2 levels - prelims and mains. Candidates who will qualify the first stage are eligible for the second phase.
To know about the previous year last admitted percentile and this year’s NID cutoff please use the link provided below.The following link also provides percentile and cut-off based on categories.
All the best for your exam.
what is the cut off marks out of 100 in NID DAT prelims B.Des 2019-20
NID DAT 2020 cutoff is the minimum marks that candidates have to obtain to be eligible to apply for admission. The factors that are taken into account while determining the cutoff of NID DAT 2020 are:
- Difficulty level of the entrance exam
- Total number of seats available
- Past years cutoff trends
- Total number of candidates who have applied
For information regarding the cutoff for NID DAT 2019-2020, please check the following website to get the details category wise: https://www.google.co.in/amp/s/design.careers360.com/articles/nid-dat-result/amp
Nid sample papers give me please
You can get NID sample paper by visiting the following link:
Going through this will make you acquaint with paper pattern, number of questions, marking scheme and other relevant details related to preparation for exams.