NID DAT 2019 - Every year nearly 5,000 design aspirants from all over the country appear for the Design Aptitude Test (DAT), which is a national level entrance exam conducted by National Institute of Design (NID). The NID DAT 2019 entrance exam will be held for the aspirants who are willing to get admission in Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) programmes. A total of 100 seats are offered for admissions to the qualified candidates at NID (Ahmedabad). If you are appearing for NID DAT 2019, then you can know the preparation tips along with the syllabus, books, and a lot more in this article.
NID DAT Important Dates 2019
National Institute of Design (NID) will release the notification for admission session 2019-20 in the fourth week of September 2018. Check the tentative NID DAT 2019 schedule below-
NID DAT 2019 Dates
Release of notification
4th week of September 2018
Availability of NID DAT 2019 online application form
4th week of September 2018
Last date for submitting application
Last week of October 2018
Last date for submitting printed application form accompanied with a demand draft (offline payment)
2nd week of November 2018
NID DAT 2019 admit card
3rd week of December 2018
NID DAT (Prelims) 2019
1st week of January 2019
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
NIT DAT admit card (Mains) 2019
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
In-person counselling at NID Ahmedabad
2nd week of June 2019
NID DAT Exam Pattern 2019
The exam pattern of NID DAT 2019 for prelims and mains is different. Aspirants can check below the details of both:
NID DAT 2019 Test Pattern for Prelims
The NID Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims 2019 will evaluate the test-takers on the following abilities:
NID DAT 2019 Prelims will include following two parts:
Part 1- This section comprises MCQs that are marked out of 70 points. The test-takers have to record their responses on an OMR sheet that is evaluated digitally.
Part 2- This section comprises subjective questions that are marked out of 30 points. The responses are to be provided in visual and/or written formats.
The prelims exam will be held for the duration of three hours.
It will be a pen and paper based test.
The question paper will be in English. All questions are compulsory.
There will be no negative marking.
NID DAT 2019 Exam Pattern for Mains
This part will consist of tests in different formats such as drawing/sketching, hands-on model making, group discussions, presentations, etc.
DAT mains will be of 100 marks.
The questions will be asked in English.
NID DAT Syllabus 2019
National Institute of Design (NID) releases separate syllabi for the prelims and mains stages. Different topics for both the stages are as follows:
NID DAT Syllabus 2019 (Prelims)
Outline for beginners
Creative thinking & writing
Inspiration & creativity
Innovation in design
Principles of composition
Mood, theme & colour inter-relationship
Inspiration & design development
Colour psychology & optical illusions
Form & function
Understanding light & shade
Elements & principles of design
Good design vs. bad design
Foreshortening & perspective
Colour, pattern & texture
Natural & geometrical form
Usage of colour in compositions
Innovation & creation
Developing themes & colour associations
Imagination & doodling
Use of measurements, scale & proportions
Graphics & pictograms
Expression & emotion
Ornaments & motifs
NID DAT Syllabus 2019 (Mains)
Importance of body language
Interaction with NID alumni
Guidance on portfolio making
Past studio test & interview questions
How to prepare for NID DAT 2019?
Apart from your dedication and sincerity, knowing few practical tips will help you to a great extent in preparing for NID DAT 2019.
Tip#1: Develop observation & visualisation skills
DAT 2019 will test your creative and imaginative skills. Along with that, the questions will judge general awareness, observation skills as well as visualisation skills. You should have good sketching skills as well.
Tip#2: Enhance speed
Improving your speed is vital. You should be able to present your imagination and uniqueness in the limited time duration. Work on boosting your speed so that you are able to complete all the questions in the given time.
Tip#3: Solve sample papers
Practising maximum number of NID DAT sample papers is the key to better preparation. With this, you will have an idea about the types of questions that are asked in the exam. You will know the overall difficulty level of the entrance test as well. This will help in boosting your speed as well. Solving previous years’ papers will also let you know your strong and weak areas.
Tip#4: Improve general awareness
You should have awareness about the current and general knowledge. Cramming up each and every general knowledge book is not needed. You should start reading newspaper daily. Knowing about the big names of design industry is essential. Also read fashion & design books/magazines. You should have a genuine passion to be a designer.
Practice NID DAT Sample Papers here.
Tip#5: Be unconventional
Your ideas should be fresh and original. Think out of the box. Be innovative, and have the ability to create something unique. You need to work on bringing your uncommon thinking to the fore.
Best Books for NID DAT 2019 Preparation
There are so many books available in the market for NID DAT 2019 preparation, but referring the best ones is crucial. Careers360 brings below the best books for NID DAT 2019 preparation in order to help aspirants crack the design aptitude test.
NID DAT 2019 Preparation Books
NID DAT book by R.S. Aggarwal (aptitude section)
Design drawing by Francis D.K.Ching
NID (B.Des.) Entrance Books and Test Series
Basic Rendering from Robert W.Gill
Guide for NID
NID Mock Test Series
Success Master- NID entrance Examination
Part II- Subjective questions marked out of 30 points, with responses to be provided in