NID DAT 2019 -National Institute of Design (NID) will conduct Design Aptitude Test (DAT) 2019 in the first week of January for aspirants seeking admissions in the undergraduate design programmes offered at the Ahmedabad campus. Candidates will be given admissions to four-year long Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) programmes solely on merit basis. A total of 100 seats will be allocated across eight undergraduate design programmes. NID 2019 admissions will be a 2-stage competitive exam comprising prelims and mains. The shortlisted test-takers of the prelims stage will be required to appear for the NID DAT 2019 mains stage in third and fourth week of May 2019. NID DAT 2019 will assess the knowledge, skills and behavioural abilities of the test-takers. The online NID DAT application window will be opened from fourth week of September 2018 onwards. Those, who have passed or will appear for higher secondary (10+2) qualifying examinations in the academic year 2018–19, can apply till the last week of October 2018. Candidates seeking admissions to NID can check here important details about NID DAT 2019 including the admit card, application form, important dates, eligibility, seat matrix, exam centres, exam pattern, answer key, cutoff, result, and more.
NID DAT 2019 admission Highlights
Entrance exam name
National Institute of Design- Design Aptitude Test
Commonly known as
100 UG design seats
Medium of the Exam
Prelims and Mains
Mode of Examination
Mode of Application
NID DAT Selection Procedure 2019
NID DAT Admissions is a 2-stage process. Check the details below:
Stage 1: NID Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims
The first stage of DAT 2019 will be held across various cities of India. Candidates should note that appearing for the DAT Prelims or being ranked in the shortlist does not guarantee automatic entitlement to admission.
Stage 2: NID Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Mains
This is the second and final stage of DAT. Candidates shortlisted after the first stage will have to appear for mains at one of the NID’s campuses in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru or Gandhinagar.
National Institute of Design will release the admission notification in fourth week of September 2018. In the meantime, aspirants can check below the tentative important dates of NID DAT 2019:
NID DAT Events and Dates
Release of notification for academic session 2019-20
4th& week of September 2018
NID DAT 2019 application window
4th& week of September to last week of October 2018
Availability of NID DAT 2019 admit card (prelims) for download
3rd& week of December 2018
NID DAT (Prelims) 2019
1st& week of January 2019
Release of NID DAT 2019 answer key
2nd& week of January 2019
Window to challenge prelims answer key
3rd& week of January 2019
Uploading final answer keys of DAT prelims part 1
Last week of January 2019
NID DAT 2019 result (Prelims)
2nd& week of March 2019
Availability of NID DAT 2019 admit card (mains) for download
4th& week of March 2019
NID DAT (Mains) 2019
3rd& and 4th& week of May 2019
Merit list of NID DAT 2019
Last week of May 2019
Counselling at NID Ahmedabad
2nd& week of June 2019
NID DAT Eligibility Criteria 2019
Candidates seeking admissions to the National Institute of Design must fulfill the eligibility criteria of NID DAT 2019 before applying. The requirements can be checked below:
l Aspirants up to 20 years of age on or before June 30, 2019, are eligible to apply. However, there is a relaxation of three years for those belonging to the reserved categories.
l Students, who have passed or will appear for class 12 examination in the academic year 2018–19 from any recognized board of education such as CBSE, IB, ICSE or their equivalent, can apply to appear for NID DAT 2019.
NID DAT Application Form 2019
Application form of NID DAT 2019 will be available in online mode from fourth week of September to last week of October 2018. The NID DAT 2019 application fee is expected to be Rs.2000 for General category candidates and Rs.1000 for SC/ST/PwD candidates.
Following steps will be included in the application procedure for NID DAT admission 2019:
Step 1: Signing up/Registration
Step 2: Filling online application form
Step 3: Uploading documents & signature
Step 4: Paying application fee and printing
NID DAT Exam Centres 2019
The first stage of NID DAT 2019, prelims, will be held across 23 cities of India. The NID DAT 2019 exam centre will be allotted to the candidates as per their preference marked by them while filling the application form.
Check below the complete list of NID DAT 2019 (Prelims) test centres.
NID DAT Exam Centres 2019
The mains stage will be held at NID Ahmedabad.
NID DAT Admit Card 2019
The admit card of NID DAT admission 2019 for prelims stage will be available for download in thirdweek of December 2018. For mains stage, it will be available in online mode in fourth week of March 2019. NID DAT 2019 admit card will display candidature details including exam schedule, venue, and important instructions. Also, the test-takers should cross-check the DAT hall ticket before downloading it.
NID DAT 2019 will be conducted in the month of January for aspirants seeking admissions in the undergraduate design degree. To crack it, candidates should know few preparation tips of NID DAT 2019. The NID DAT preparation tips 2019 also include the best books for the aptitude test along with other crucial details.
NID DAT Syllabus 2019
The syllabus of NID DAT 2019 will be released by the National Institute of Design. Candidates, who will be appearing for the entrance exam, should be aware about the NID DAT 2019 syllabus in order to have a fair idea about the topics from which questions will be asked. The different topics include colour terminology, inspiration & design development, mood, theme & colour inter-relationship, design theory, elements & principles of design, natural & geometrical form, innovation in design, principles of composition, lettering, optical illusion, ornaments & motifs, memory drawing, usage of colour in compositions, expression & emotion, etc.
NID DAT Exam Pattern 2019
The exam pattern of prelims and mains stages of NID DAT 2019 is different. Candidates can know the details of both below:
NID DAT Exam Pattern 2019 for Prelims
Following skills of the test-takers will be evaluated in NID Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims 2019:
The prelims stage will consist of following two parts:
Part I: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) marked out of 70 points. The responses of this part were recorded on an OMR sheet and evaluated digitally.
Part II: Subjective questions marked out of 30 points, with responses to be provided in visual and/or written formats.
NID DAT 2019 prelims will be held for three hours.
This was a pen-and-paper test.
The question paper will be in English language.
There will be no negative marking, so it is advisable to attempt all the questions.
NID DAT Exam Pattern 2019 for Mains
The final stage, NID DAT 2019 mains, will comprise tests in different formats such as drawing/sketching, hands-on model making, group discussions, presentations, etc.
The language of the question paper will be English. It will be of 100 marks.
NID DAT Answer Key 2019
The official answer key of NID DAT 2019 will be available in online mode only. Candidates can check the answer key to know correct answers to all the questions that are asked in the examination. From this, they can estimate their probable score. NID will release DAT 2019 (prelims) answer key in second week of January. Objections on NID DAT answer key 2019 can be filed in online mode in third week of January. The final answer key with corrections after considering the received objections will be available in last week of January.
NID DAT Result 2019
NID DAT 2019 result can be checked in online mode only. National Institute of Design (NID) will declare the result of NID DAT 2019 (prelims) in second week of March in form of scores. The result of the second stage- mains, will be announced in the last week of May 2019 in the form of merit list. The result of NID DAT 2019 will be valid only for the academic year 2019–20.
NID DAT Merit List 2019
Based on the scores obtained in the Design Aptitude Test (DAT) prelims, separate NID DAT 2019 merit lists will be prepared for all the categories (Open, OBC-NCL, SC, ST & PwD). Solely on merit basis, eligible candidates of prelims will have to appear for the next stage- mains. The final merit list of NID DAT 2019 after the mains stage will be released in the last week of May. It will be generated category wise, based on the sum total of the weighted scores obtained by the candidate at each stage of the admission process.
The number of shortlisted candidates will not be less than three times the number of seats available per category in that particular discipline or programme.
Important- In case the scores of two or more test-takers in NID DAT 2019 (prelims) are same, then they will be assigned the same rank.
NID DAT Counselling 2019
Counselling of NID DAT admission 2019 will be held at the Ahmedabad campus in second week of June. The invited candidates who have received provisional offer will have to attend the admission procedure in-person. National Institute of Design has announced that mere appearance in the entrance test or being in the rank list will not guarantee or provide entitlement to admission.
NID DAT Cutoff 2019
Cutoff of NID DAT 2019 is the qualifying score required for admissions to UG design programmes. Candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of cutoff marks for each category.
DAT prelims 2018 score of the last candidate in order of merit shortlisted for DAT mains can be checked below:
To have a fair idea about NID DAT 2019 cutoff, the aspirants can check below score of the last candidate, who was offered admission in 2018, in order of merit (as on June 15, 2018)
Bachelor of Design
Also, there will be relaxation in NID DAT cutoff marks 2019 for the reserved categories.
Relaxation in NID DAT 2019 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 DAT Seat Intake 2019
A total of 100 B.Des. seats will be offered by National Institute of Design solely on merit basis. Aspirants can check the detailed seat matrix of NID DAT admissions 2019-20 below:
NID DAT 2019 Seat Matrix
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
NID DAT Seats Reservation 2019
NID DAT seat allotment 2019 will be done based on the prescribed reservation criteria. A total of 100 seats will be allocated as per following reservation norms-
Seat Reservation (seats)
Question- Is there any waiver for NID DAT 2019 prelims?
Answer- No, there is no waiver for that.
Question- Is there any other test that is considered substitute for the prelim exam?
Answer- No, there is no test that works as an alternative for DAT prelim.
Question- Is the Design Aptitude Test same for Indian as well as overseas applicants?
Answer- Yes, DAT is same for all the applicants for undergraduate design admissions.
Question- Does NID consider the score of National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) for admissions?
Answer- No, the Institute does not consider the NATA score for admissions to its programmes. Applicants have to appear for the Design Entrance Test (DAT).
Question- How a candidate will get the admit card of NID DAT 2019?
Answer- The NID DAT 2019 admit cards for DAT prelims and mains can be downloaded by candidates during the prescribed window. It is completely their responsibility to download and print it.
Some of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to NID DAT admissions are mentioned below: