NID DAT 2019
Nancy Johri, 01 Oct 2018, #NID DAT

NID DAT 2019 -National Institute of Design (NID) will conduct Design Aptitude Test (DAT) 2019 on January 6 for aspirants seeking admissions in the undergraduate design programmes offered at the Ahmedabad campus. The online application form of NID DAT 2019 is available from October 1 till November 9 and thereafter till November 19, 2018 with late fees. NID DAT is a 2-stage competitive exam comprising of a preliminary and a main exam. The result of NID DAT 2019 prelims will be announced on March 19, 2019 wherein candidates who have qualified in prelims stage will be required to appear for the mains to be held on May 12 or 19, 2019. The result for the mains exam of NID DAT 2019 will be announced on May 31. 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.

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LATEST - NID DAT Application Form 2019 Available from October 1, 2018. Apply Now!

NID DAT is also the entrance exam for admissions to the 60 GDPD seats in NID Kurukshetra and Vijayawada. NID DAT for M.Des programmes offered at Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Gandhinagar campuses are also through a separately held NID DAT exam.

NID DAT 2019 admission Highlights

Entrance exam name

National Institute of Design- Design Aptitude Test

Commonly known as


Exam type

Undergraduate (UG)

Exam level



100 B.Des seats

Medium of the Exam



Prelims and Mains

Mode of Examination


Mode of Application


Official Website

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.

NID DAT Important Dates 2019

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

October 1, 2018

NID DAT 2019 application window

October 1 to November 9, 2018

NID DAT 2019 application form with late feesNovember 10 to 19, 2018
Correction of application formNovember 20 to 22, 2018

Availability of NID DAT 2019 admit card (prelims) for download

December 17, 2018 onwards

NID DAT (Prelims) 2019

January 6, 2019 from 10 am to 1 pm

Release of NID DAT 2019 answer key

After January 6, 2019

Window to challenge prelims answer key

to be notified

Uploading final answer keys of DAT prelims part 1

Last week of January 2019

NID DAT 2019 result (Prelims)

March 2019 at 4 pm

Rechecking window for NID DAT (prelims) including payment modeMarch 19 to 22, 2019

Availability of NID DAT 2019 admit card (mains) for download

May 1, 2019

NID DAT (Mains) 2019

May 12 or 19, 2019

Merit list of NID DAT 2019

May 1, 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: 

  • 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.
  • Students, who have passed or will appear for class 12 examination in any stream 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 October 1 to November 9, 2018 without any late fees and from November 10 to 19, 2018 with late fees. The NID DAT 2019 application fee is expected to be Rs.2000 for General/OBC category candidates and Rs.1000 for SC/ST/PwD candidates. Application fees after Novermber 9, 2018 (2 pm) will be Rs 4000 for Gen/OBC and Rs 2000 for SC/ST/PwD candidates. Payment can be made online or offline. Offline payment is through 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.

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

Note: Candidates who have paid the fees online need not send the printout of the application form.

NID DAT Exam Centres 2019

The first stage of NID DAT 2019, prelims, will be held across 21 cities of India. Candidates have to choose one centre while filling the application form. 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


Exam Cities


Exam Cities




















New Delhi























The mains stage will be held at NID Ahmedabad or at other campuses of NID - Bengaluru, Gandhinagar, Kurukshetra and Vijayawada

NID DAT Admit Card 2019

The admit card of NID DAT admission 2019 for prelims stage will be available for download from December 17, 2018. For mains stage, it will be available in online mode from May 1, 2019. NID DAT 2019 admit card will display candidature details including exam schedule, venue, and important instructions. 

Candidates must cross check the details printed on the NID DAT 2019 Admit Card for any discrepancies. If any, they should be rectified and to do so, candidates may contact the authorities.

NID DAT 2019 Preparation Tips

NID DAT 2019 is a crucial exam and to crack it students need to ace their preparation. The preparation tips of NID DAT include knowing the exam pattern, prescribed syllabus. Candidates will then be aware of the topics to study, the type of questions to expect and time duration. Practising with the sample papers is one more factor to be considered under the NID DAT 2019 preparation tips.  The sample paper of NID DAT 2019 has already been announced and candidates can use it along with the precious years papers to hone their preparation for the entrance exam.

 To start with know Best Books for NID DAT 2019 

NID DAT Syllabus 2019

The syllabus of NID DAT 2019 has been 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

Duration3 hours
Total Marks100 marks
Total Questions67 questions
SectionsPart I and Part II
Section 1 details64 multiple choice questions for 70 marks to be marked using blue or black ball pen in the given OMR sheet.
Section 2 details3 subjective questions for 30 marks. Answers must be given in the Question cum Answer booklet beneath each question.
Skills Candidates will be tested inAnalysis
Negative MarkingNO negative marking is existent

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.

  • The tests will be conducted over two days - May 12 and 19, 2019.

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 DAT 2019 (prelims) answer key is expected to be released in the 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 by logging in after entering their Email ID and date of birth. National Institute of Design (NID) will declare the result of NID DAT 2019 (prelims) on March 19, in form of scores. Candidates will also be awarded ranks as per their performance. In case of candidates scoring same marks, inter-se-merit will be resolved with the higher rank being awarded to

  • The candidate who has obtained higher marks in Part B of the exam.
  • In case of an unresolved tie, the candidate who has obtained higher marks in Part A of the Prelims exam.
  • If this still does not resolve the tie, then both the candidates will be assigned the same rank

The number of candidates shortlisted for the NID DAT 2019 mains will be three times the seats available.

The result of the second stage- mains, will be announced on May 1, 2019 in the form of final result consisting of the weighted scores of both the prelims and mains. The result of NID DAT 2019 will be valid only for the academic year 2019–20. Candidates can check the result of the NID DAT mains online only.

NID DAT Merit List 2019

Preliminary Merit List of NID DAT:

A merit list will be announced at the end of the prelims and mains. Based on the scores obtained, separate NID DAT 2019 merit lists will be prepared for all the categories (Open, OBC-NCL, SC, ST & PwD). Candidates will be shortlisted for the mains on the basis of this merit list. 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.

NID DAT 2019 Final Merit List

The final merit list of NID DAT 2019 after the mains stage will be released on May 1. 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 tie breaker methodology used will be as follows in the given order:

  • Candidates who has obtained higher marks in DAT Main will get the higher rank.
  • Candidate who has obtained higher marks in Stage 1 Design Aptitude Test will be given the higher rank
  • Candidate who has obtained higher marks in Stage 1 Design Aptitude Test Part B will be awarded the higher rank.
  • The higher rank will be assigned to the candidate who has obtained higher marks in Stage 1 Design Aptitude Test Part A in case of a still unresolved tie.
  • Finally higher rank will be assigned to the candidate who has obtained higher marks in the DAT Mains exam question with maximum marks.  

 Weightage of scores for preparation of the NID DAT 2019 Final merit list

DAT Prelims30%
DAT Finals70%

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.

 Qualifying Cutoff for NID DAT 2019

CategoryQualifying percentile Score

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

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


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 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)


51.5% (50)

Scheduled Caste

15% (15)


27% (27)

Scheduled Tribe

7.5% (8)


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:

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