NID DAT 2020
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NID DAT 2020 - National Institute of Design (NID) released NID DAT 2020 application form on October 1, 2019 and candidates can fill the form till November 7, 2019. 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. The authorities will conduct NID DAT 2020 Prelims in offline mode on December 29, 2019. Test-takers can download the admit card from December 20, 2019 onwards. NID DAT 2020 result will be declared in online mode on March 19, 2020. The qualified candidates in the prelims stage will be eligible to appear for the mains, which will be held between April 29, to May 3, 2020. Candidates can download NID DAT Mains admit card 2020 on April 14. The authorities will release the result for the same on May 28, 2020. Candidates who wish to take admission to NID DAT can go through 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 DAT 2020 application form available now. NID DAT 2020 Prelims to be conducted on December 29, 2019.

NID DAT 2020 Overview



Entrance exam name

National Institute of Design- Design Aptitude Test

Commonly known as


Exam type

Undergraduate (UG)

Exam level



Approximately 125 B.Des seats (including reserved category)

Medium of the Exam



Prelims and Mains

Mode of Examination


Mode of Application



NID DAT Important Dates 2020

NID DAT 2020 will be 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 7, 2019

Submission of NID DAT 2020 application form with late fees

November 13, 2019

Correction of application form

November 13 to November 15, 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)

March 19, 2020

Rechecking window for NID DAT (prelims) including payment mode

March 20 to 23, 2020

Availability of NID DAT 2019 admit card (mains)

April 14, 2020

Release of NID DAT prelims cutoff

To be notified

NID DAT (Mains) 2020

April 29 to May 3, 2020

Declaration of NID DAT Mains Result

May 28, 2020

Counselling at NID Ahmedabad

June 5 and 6, 2020

NID DAT 2020 Important Notification

National Institute of Design (NID) announced on its website that NID DAT 2020 admission process. The application form of NID DAT 2020 has been released on October 1, 2019. Candidates should keep the requisite documents ready that will be required to upload, along with the application form.

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 were 100 for the same.

NID DAT Eligibility Criteria 2020

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

Age Criteria Qualification

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 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

Intermediate or two-year pre-university examination under a board or university recognised by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU, Refer

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,

H.S.C. vocational examination.

General Certificate Education (GCE) examination at the Advanced (A) level taken in London, Cambridge or Sri Lanka.

  • AICTE approved three-year Full-time Diploma after Class X offered by Board of Technical Education of any state in India or Union Territories as mentioned on

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.

NID DAT Application Form 2020

Application form of NID DAT 2020 is available in online mode from October 1 to November 7, 2019 without any late fee. Candidates can submit their application form in online mode by paying late fee till November 13, 2019 with late fees. The NID DAT 2019 application fee is Rs.2000 for General/OBC category candidates and Rs.1000 for SC/ST/PwD candidates. Candidates can make the payment both in online or offline mode through Demand Draft (DD). They have 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 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.

NID DAT Exam Pattern 2020

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 questions67
Negative markingNo
Duration of the exam3 hours (180 minutes)
Total marks100
Mode of ExamPen-pencil mode (offline)

NID DAT Syllabus 2020

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

Colour terminology

Inspiration & design development


Natural & geometrical form

Theme & colour inter-relationship

Design theory

Elements & principles of design

Innovation in design

Principles of composition


Optical illusion

Ornaments & motifs

Memory drawing

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.

NID DAT Sample Papers 2020

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

NID DAT Exam Centres 2020

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 CitiesName of the Cities


ChennaiNew Delhi

NID DAT Admit Card 2020

NID will release NID DAT admit card for prelims stage for download from December 20, 2019. (4:00 pm). NID DAT 2020 admit card will mention 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 from April 14, 2020 (4:00 pm) onwards. The steps to download the admit card are given below:

  • Visit official website of NID DAT (

  • 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

NID DAT Answer Key 2020

The answer key of NID DAT 2020 answer key will be released in online mode in second week of February 2020. 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 in first week of March 2020.

How to download NID DAT Answer Key 2020?

  • Visit the official website of NID DAT (
  • 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 DAT Result 2020

National Institute of Design (NID) will announce the result of NID DAT 2020 (prelims) 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. Candidates can check their result by using the following steps:

  • Visit the official website of NID DAT (
  • 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 on May 28, 2020 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 last week of May. It 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 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



DAT Prelims


DAT Finals


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.


Qualifying percentile Score







To have a fair idea about NID DAT 2020 cutoff, the aspirants can check below score of the last candidate, who was offered admission in 2019, in order of merit (as on May 7, 2019)

NID DAT Cutoff








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 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

Product Design


Furniture & Interior Design


Ceramic and Glass Design


Faculty of Communication Design

Graphic Design


Animation Film Design


Film and Video Communication


Exhibition Design


Faculty of Textile, Apparel & Lifestyle Accessory Design

Textile Design


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 CategoryCategory of Eligible Candidates
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
Schedule Caste (SC)SC and SC-PwD
Schedule 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

ProgrammeInstituteTotal no. of SeatsGEN-EWS (10%)OBC-NCL(27%)Scheduled Caste (15%)Scheduled Tribe (7.5)%
B.DES.NID Ahmedabad1251334199
GDPDNID Andhra Pradesh75820116
GDPDNID Haryana75820116
GDPDNID Madhya Pradesh75820116
GDPDNID Assam75820116

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - NID DAT 2020

Question: What is eligibility criteria for applying NID DAT 2020.


Candidates, who have passed or will be appearing for higher secondary (10+2) (any stream) qualifying examination in the academic year 2019-20 from any recognised board of education (CBSE, IB, ICSE, or equivalent) are eligible to appear for NID DAT 2020.

Question: How can I check NID DAT 2020 Result?


Candidates have to visit the official website- They have to click on 'NID 2019 Result' link. Post this, enter the roll no. and application number and click on ‘Submit.’ button.

Question: How can I prepare for NID DAT 2020?


You should work on developing your observation and visualisation skills. Solve the sample papers and stay updated on General Awareness. Try to build up your innovation quotient and don’t commit mistake of erasing redrawing.

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 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

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My DOB is 2 May 1997 so I will be 23 years and 2 months old , but the eigibility criteria for bachelors in NID is 20+3=23 for SC students, am I eligible?

manasa Student Expert 2nd Oct, 2019

Hello Sumit

The Bachelor of Design program at NID is of 4 years and is led at the Ahmedabad grounds. The absolute number of seats for the B . Des program including the held seats are 100. The supernumerary seats in Bachelor of plan for abroad up-and-comers is 15.

Age Limit

The upper age limit for the up-and-comers under this course is 20 years at the very latest July 30, 2020. The saved class applicants can profit an age unwinding of 3 years in the given upper age limit.

For General Category, the applicants conceived at the very latest July 1, 2000 would be ineligible.

For Reserved Category (OBC-NCL, SC, ST and PH), the applicants conceived at the very latest July 1, 1995 would be ineligible.

All the best


how many students had appeared for NID DAT 2019 & how much are expected for 2020?.....Thanks!

_Abhishek_Vatsya Student Expert 20th Sep, 2019


Around 5000 candidates appeared for NID DAT 2019 for 100 undergraduate seats..This year you can expect around 6k-6.5k candidates can appear in 2020..

For more detail regarding NID DAT 2020: ..


i have only four months to prepare for nid dat prelims. how to prepare for it?

Ankhi Banerjee 9th Sep, 2019


Every year a lot of students appear for the NID DAT examination and there are only a limited seats awaiting for them. In such situation it is necessary to choose the correct books, strategise well and ace the examination. Given below is a link which you can refer to prepare well.


what all colleges accept nid dat exam?

Mahima Student Expert 13th Aug, 2019


Here is a list of various colleges that accept the scores of NID DAT for admission.

National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, Gujarat  

National Institute of Design Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat  

NID Bengaluru

NID Vijaywada

NID Kurukshetra

MIT Institute of Design Pune, Maharashtra

World University of Design Sonepat, Haryana  

G D Goenka University, School of Fashion and Design Gurgaon, Haryana

  Virtual Voyage College of Design, Media, Art and Management Indore, Madhya Pradesh 


Is fashion communication course there in NID?

Muskan yadav Student Expert 13th Aug, 2019

Hello there,

National institute of design is situated in Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Bangalore. The NID situated in Ahmedabad offers B.Des video and film communication except that there is no fashion communication course in NID.

To know about more courses in NID Ahmedabad check the link below:

Hope this helps.


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