NID DAT 2019 - Preparation Tips, Best Books, How to Crack

NID DATNID 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:

  • Analysis

  • Creativity

  • Knowledge

  • Visualisation

  • Comprehension

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.


Important Points

  • 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

Picture analysis


Inspiration & creativity

Theme development

Innovation in design

Visual logic

Lateral thinking

Principles of composition

Design theory

Mood, theme & colour inter-relationship

Inspiration & design development

Design awareness

Colour psychology & optical illusions

Form & function

3D visualization

Understanding light & shade

Elements & principles of design

Presentation techniques

Good design vs. bad design

Optical illusion

Story pictures

Colour terminology

Foreshortening & perspective

Memory drawing

Colour, pattern & texture

Natural & geometrical form

Usage of colour in compositions

Innovation & creation

Drawing fundamentals

Developing themes & colour associations

Imagination & doodling

Use of measurements, scale & proportions

Optical illusion

Graphics & pictograms

Expression & emotion

Ornaments & motifs

Developing observation

NID DAT Syllabus 2019 (Mains)

Importance of body language

Creative thinking

Interaction with NID alumni


Model making

Mock interview

Material manipulation


Evolving ideas

Guidance on portfolio making

Audio-visual exercises

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)

NID Workbook

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

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Is maths & science also come in nid DAT exam

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Scienece and Maths ar enot part if Prelim exam for NId DAT. Question najorly on drawing and sketch in Mains exam. No negative marking. htt...Read More

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Do we have different set of question paper for Mdes DAT or is it the same as B.Des DAT? And is Part B (30 marks) part based on any disciple?

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My NID score was 53.6 what can I do with it ? Where can I apply now ?

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Nancy JohriLast Seen: 3 days 21 hours agoJoined on: 18-Jan-2014Education Interest: DesignEducation Level: Graduate & Above
Hi Riya,NID has yet not announced the category-wise cutoff scores for B.Des. admissions. It will release the final merit list on May 31, and as many as 100 seats will be allocated to the qualifying ca...Read More

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NikitaLast Seen: 3 months 4 days agoJoined on: 07-Jan-2018Education Interest: DesignEducation Level: Class 12

What is the score required for the second round of NID to get a seat in Ahmedabad?


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It completely depends upon the cutoff marks for this year. It also depends upon how many marks you get in the first round. If you have a high score on the written test, a lesser score might get you a ...Read More
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Rajesh Kumar Paitha Last Seen: 5 months 2 days agoJoined on: 13-Jan-2018Education Interest: DesignEducation Level: Class 11

Under +2 science. Can take admission. If they qualllify. NiD. 1st. Round. Or 2nd. Interview. Can take admission in there in NID.

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Nancy JohriLast Seen: 3 days 21 hours agoJoined on: 18-Jan-2014Education Interest: DesignEducation Level: Graduate & Above
Hi Rajesh, Yes, Science students can apply. To apply for appearing in NID entrance exam, aspirants must have p...Read More