NID DAT Exam Pattern 2021 - National Institute of Design prescribed the exam pattern of NID DAT 2021 which contains all the information related to the exam. NID DAT 2021 exam pattern will give a clear idea to the candidates about the question pattern, marking marking scheme, maximum marks and many more related to the entrance exam. NID DAT entrance exam 2021 comprises three phases which include written exam (Prelims and Mains), studio test and personal interview. Candidates are required to qualify each phase of the exam to consider admission in the NID. Aspirants must go through the exam pattern of NID DAT so that they can prepare for the exam accordingly. NID DAT exam pattern 2021 will help the candidates to tackle the exam easily and score maximum marks in the exam. NID DAT will be conducted in the last week of December 2020. Read the article to know more about the parameters of the exam such as mode of the exam, medium of the exam, type of the question etc.

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NID DAT 2021 Exam Pattern

The exam pattern of NID DAT 2021 will be a guidemap to the candidate during the preparation for the exam. NID DAT 2021 exam pattern specified the mode of the exam, exam duration, type of the question, marks allotted in each section and many more. The exam patterns of the NID DAT are different for prelims exam and mains exam. NID DAT exam pattern 2021 is mentioned in the following table.

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NID DAT Exam Pattern - Prelims



Duration of the exam

3 hours

Mode of the exam

Pen and Paper mode

Medium of the question


Maximum number


Type of the question

Subjective and Objective type

Total number of question


As per the stipulated exam pattern of NID DAT, prelims exam comprises two sections of question in which few questions will be asked in subjective type whereas others in the objective mode. Following table mentioned the details of the two sections.

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NID DAT Exam Pattern - Prelims consists two section


Type of question

Number of Question in each section

Mark allotted per question

Maximum marks per section

Section 1


1 to 22

1 to 14(question) - 1 mark

15 to 22(question) - 2 marks

30 marks

Section 2

Subjective type

23 to 26

Question no 23 - 15 marks

Question no.24 - 20 marks

Question no.25 - 15 marks

Question no.26 - 20 marks which is again subdivided into three parts

70 marks

Section 1 of Prelims NID DAT 2021

  • In the first section of Prelims exam, candidates will have to answer objective type question

  • OMR sheets will be provided to the candidates, so the answer of the MCQ must be mark on the OMR sheet

  • Section 1 will together contain 22 question and maximum 30 marks is allotted in this section

  • The response mark in the OMR sheet will be check digitally

Section 2 of Prelims NID DAT 2021

  • The second section consists of total four subjective question

  • It is compulsory to attempt all the question of this section as per stipulated exam pattern of NID DAT 2021

  • There are no negative mark for incorrect answer

NID DAT exam pattern 2021 will help the candidates at the time of preparation for the exam. Aspirants will be scrutinized as per the below mentioned factors

  • Analysis

  • Creativity

  • Knowledge

  • Visualization

Guideline of filling the OMR sheets for NID DAT 2021

Aspirants must fill the OMR sheets carefully as it will be evaluated digitally. The following is the instruction to fill the OMR sheet.

  • There will be four options for every MCQ question. Aspirants will have to mark the correct option by darkening the corresponding oval on the OMR sheet using blue or black ball point pen only.

  • Aspirants must darkened only one oval for each question. Candidates must note that marking more than one oval is treated as incorrect answer.

  • Aspirants can check the right method to darken the oval on side-1 of the OMR answer sheet. Candidates will have to follow the specified method strictly while filling the oval.

  • Candidates are restricted to tear, mutilate or bend the OMR answer sheet.

NID DAT Exam Pattern - Mains



Medium of the Question language


Exam Duration

3 hours

Maximum Marks


NID DAT 2021 Mains Formats

NID DAT mains exam 2021 is conducted to offer admission for Bachelor of Design, GDPD programmes and it has various formats. The different formats of NID DAT mains exam are as mentioned below.

  • Drawing

  • Sketching

  • Hands-on model making

The mains exam of NID DAT 2021 will be conducted in any of the campuses of NID - Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Gandhinagar, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Assam. The examination authority will not provide accomodation, so candidates must arrange their own accomodation.

NID DAT Syllabus 2021 - Prelims

The prelims exam of NID DAT will be conducted in the last week of December 2020 in 21 cities across India. Aspirants who will appear in the NID DAT prelims must be aware of the syllabus on which the question of prelims will be framed. The syllabus of prelims NID DAT 2021 are as follows.

Syllabus of NID DAT 2021 - Prelims

Theme development

Innovation in design

Exercises on imagination

Principles of composition

Optical illusion

Design theory

Inspiration & design development

Natural & geometrical form

Colour, pattern & texture

Lateral thinking

Graphics & pictograms

Ornaments & motifs

Form & function

Understanding light & shade

Design awareness

Imagination & doodling

Creative thinking & writing

Drawing fundamentals

Mood, theme & colour inter-relationship

Elements & principles of design

Developing observation

Colour psychology & optical illusions

Usage of colour in compositions


Presentation techniques

Optical illusion

Visual logic

Memory drawing

Good design vs. bad design

Picture analysis

Natural & geometrical form

Innovation & creation

Foreshortening & perspective

Inspiration & creativity

Developing themes & colour associations

Use of measurements, scale & proportions

Expression & emotion


NID DAT Syllabus 2021 - Mains exam

The syllabus of NID DAT mains exam 2021 is different from the prelims syllabus. Aspirants must know the topic on which question of mains exam will be framed. NID DAT syllabus of Mains 2021 are as follows

  • Model making

  • Questions generally asked in an interview

  • Material manipulation

  • Mock interview

  • Audio-visual exercises

  • Evolving ideas

  • Importance of body language

  • Doodling

  • Past studio test & interview questions

  • Interview tips

  • Creative thinking

  • Guidance on portfolio making

NID DAT 2021 prelims exam will be conducted over 21 cities of India. Aspirants must choose the test centres of their choice at the time of filling the application form of NID DAT 2021. Candidates must report at the exam centres at least one hour before the exam. The Mains exam will be conducted in late April and early May 2021. Students who qualify the prelims exam will be eligible to appear in the NID DAT mains exam 2021. Candidates will be shortlisted for the next process of selection after the mains exam.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - NID DAT Exam Pattern 2021

Question: When will the exam of NID DAT 2021 be conducted?


The entrance exam of NID DAT 2021 comprises three parts. NID DAT prelims exam 2021 will be commenced in the last week of December 2020. However the mains exam will be held from the last week of April till the first week of May 2021.

Question: Who will prescribe the exam pattern of NID DAT 2021?


National Institute of Fashion will prescribe the NID DAT 2021 exam pattern.

Question: Is the syllabus of prelims and mains exam similar?


As per the specified exam pattern of NID DAT 2021 , the syllabus of NID DAT 2021 prelims and mains are different.

Question: What is the mode of exam for prelims exam?


NID DAT 2021 prelims exam will be conducted based on the pen and paper mode.

Question: What is the duration of the NID DAT entrance exam 2021?


The exam duration of NID DAT 2021 is three hours for both prelims and main exam.

Question: Is there a negative marking in the NID DAT entrance 2021?


There is no negative marking to the incorrect answer in the entrance exam of NID DAT 2021.

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Can anybody please tell me the complete syllabus for NID

Awanya Dabas 24th Mar, 2020


National Institute of Design (NID) conducts its exam NID DAT for admission into various courses in the institute. It has a Vast syllabus related to designing and innovation.

Please find the syllabus on the link mentioned below:

Hope this answer helps!


how much do I have to score in Marks, to clear the NID DAT tests? I am in the SC category.

Maria Sunny 20th Mar, 2020

Hello Jeet,

The percentile score required to qualify NID DAT 2020 is 45 for SC category. According   to last year qualifying cut off the percentile required for clearing the test was 40 for SC students.

Percentile is calculated as follows :

Let your rank be 60 and the total number of candidates were 2000 then your percentile will be,

(2000- 60)/2000 *100  = 97

The cut off marks will depend on the number of candidates appearing for the exam.


What is the cutoff for NID DAT (M.DES) 2020 for general category?

Ruchika Chauhan Expert 4th Mar, 2020


NID DAT 2020 cutoff has not been released by the authorities yet. You can go through the link below and check the previous year cutoff for reference:

Good Luck!

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pls share the details for the preparation of NID MAINS. What is the detail marking of NID MAINS.

Parvathi Sreeraj 14th Jan, 2020

Dear candidate,

NID DAT MAINS will include drawing as well as sculpture or model making. It will be a three hour paper and the maximum marks that cam be obtained is 100. Unlike the prelims, it will not be in different parts of contain any objective type of aptitude based questions. It will purely be skill based. Hope that answers your query.

Good luck!


please tell me the syllabus of NID DAT and aieed


Mayank, topics covered in the prelims of NID DAT are:

  • Innovation in design
  • Principles of composition
  • Inspiration & design development
  • Theme development
  • Design theory
  • Natural & geometrical form
  • Exercises on imagination
  • Optical illusion
  • Colour, pattern & texture
  • Lateral thinking
  • Design awareness
  • Creative thinking & writing
  • Graphics & pictograms
  • Form & function
  • Drawing fundamentals
  • Ornaments & motifs
  • Imagination & doodling
  • Understanding light & shade
  • Elements & principles of design
  • Colour psychology & optical illusions
  • 3D visualization
  • Lettering
  • Developing observation
  • Good design vs. bad design
  • Optical illusion
  • Mood, theme & color inter-relationship
  • Visual logic
  • Outline for beginners
  • Colour terminology
  • Presentation techniques
  • Memory drawing
  • Picture analysis
  • Usage of color in compositions
  • Innovation & creation
  • Natural & geometrical form
  • Use of measurements, scale & proportions
  • Expression & emotion
  • Developing themes & colour associations
  • Foreshortening & perspective
  • Inspiration & creativity

In the Mains exam, practical based tests are taken. They may consist of one or more of the below activities:

  • Model making
  • Material manipulation
  • Audio-visual exercises
  • Mock interview
  • Evolving ideas
  • Body language based evaluation
  • Doodling
  • Creative thinking
  • Portfolio making

In AIEED, there are two tests- GAT (General Ability Test) and CAT (Creative Ability Test). GAT consists of topics like Design sensibility, Logical reasoning, Design related awareness and Awareness on global issues and concepts comprehension. CAT will assess you on Written and visual skills, Design thinking, Lateral thinking and creative problem solving and Awareness of design principles.

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