NID DAT Exam Pattern 2020
Khushboo Verma, 03 Sep 2019, #NID DAT

NID DAT Exam Pattern 2020 - To score well in the entrance exam, candidates should be familiar with NID DAT 2020 exam pattern. National Institute of Design will release NID DAT exam pattern, along with all other details. The exam consists of three stages - written exam (Prelims and Mains), studio test and personal interview. NID DAT exam pattern consists of the types of questions asked, break of the marks in each section in both prelims and mains exams. Students will also get to know about the mode and medium in which preliminary and mains exam are conducted. NID DAT will be conducted in first week of January 2020. Candidates can go through NID DAT exam pattern 2020 to gather complete information.

Latest - NID DAT 2020 admission process to begin in first week of October, along with NID DAT application form 2020.

NID DAT 2020 Exam Pattern

NID DAT exam pattern 2020 mentions exam duration, type of questions, the mode in which the entrance exam is conducted. Exam pattern of NID DAT 2020 is not the same for both preliminary and mains exam.

NID DAT 2020 Exam Pattern - Prelims



Total Marks

100 marks

Mode of NID DAT 2020

Offline mode

Medium of the entrance exam


Duration of NID DAT 2020 exam

Three Hours

Type of questions

Subjective and Objective

NID DAT Exam Pattern Prelims consists of two parts

According to the exam pattern of NID DAT mains, the exam comprises two parts.



Question numbers

Marks per question

Total marks allotted

Part I

Objective type questions

1 to 22

Questions( 1 to 14) - 1 mark

Questions (15 to 22) - 2 marks

30 marks

Part II

Subjective type questions

23 to 26

Question (23) - 15 marks

Question (24) - 20 marks

Question (25)- 15 marks

Question (26) - 20 marks, which was subdivided into three parts.

70 marks

Part I of NID DAT 2020

  • Candidates have to answer multiple choice questions in the first part

  • Candidates have to mark the responses in the OMR sheet

  • Part I will have 22 questions consisting of 30 marks.

  • The responses marked in answer sheet will be checked digitally.

Part II of NID DAT 2020

  • Part II of the entrance exam comprises four subjective questions.

  • As per exam pattern of NID DAT 2020, it is mandatory for candidates to answer all questions in this part.

  • All questions are asked in English

  • There are no negative marks for incorrectly answering the questions

Through NID DAT exam pattern, candidates will also get to know the parameters on which candidates will be assessed in the preliminary exam. Candidates will be evaluated depending on the following factors:

  • Analysis

  • Creativity

  • Knowledge

  • Visualization

Instructions for Filling the OMR Sheet

  • Every question will have four options. Candidates have to use blue or black ball point pen to mark the correct option by darkening the corresponding oval on the answer sheet.

  • Students must note that they should fill only one oval for every question. Filling more than one will be treated as wrong answer.

  • Test takers can see the right method pertaining to darkening the oval on side-1 of the answer sheet. They should strictly follow the same method

  • Students should not tear, mutilate or bend the OMR answer sheet.

NID DAT Exam Pattern 2020 for Mains



Medium of language


Total Marks


Duration of the exam

Three Hours

Format of NID DAT 2020

The NID DAT mains 2020, for bachelor of design, GDPD programmes will be in different formats such as:

  • Drawing

  • Sketching

  • Hands-on model making

NID DAT 2020 mains will be held in Ahmedabad. Candidates have to arrange for their own accommodation.

NID DAT 2020 Syllabus - Prelims

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


Developing observation

Good design vs. bad design

Optical illusion

Mood, theme & colour inter-relationship

Visual logic

Outline for beginners

Colour terminology

Presentation techniques

Memory drawing

Picture analysis

Usage of colour in compositions

Innovation & creation

Story p

Natural & geometrical form

Use of measurements, scale & proportions

Expression & emotion

Developing themes & colour associations

Foreshortening & perspective

Inspiration & creativity

NID DAT Syllabus 2020 - Mains

Model making

Material manipulation

Questions generally asked in an interview

Audio-visual exercises

Mock interview

Evolving ideas

Past studio test & interview questions

Importance of body language


Creative thinking

Guidance on portfolio making

Interview tips

NID DAT 2020 will be conducted in first week of January by NID Ahmedabad. The entrance exam is conducted for a bachelor of design programme. All the candidates who will qualify the first stage of the test which is preliminary, they will be eligible to appear in the mains exam.

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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.



I want to apply for NID M.Des entrance exam 2020. How do I go about it?

Sunanda Dhar Student Expert 6th Aug, 2019

here I am listing down few points please keep it in mind

1. The most common misconception among NID aspirants is that if you draw well, then you can crack NID, which is totally false. Though good sketching is essential, the questions are framed to judge a candidates creativity, imagination & visualization skills/ observation / general awareness etc. So, developing these skills are equally important.

 2. Be Creative - Creativity is a mysterious trait. Many people have tried to define creativity in their own ways but there is no single universally accepted definition. It is difficult to summarise in a few lines but we can say that creativity is the ability to come up with new, original ideas which are not conventional. It is the breaking away from the stereotype, routine, accepted set of thoughts and possessing a deeper insight to problem solving. In short, a creative person experiences rebirth everyday with his or her ideas.

3. Understand that your drawing & creative skills are useless if you are not able to present your thoughts in the exam in the limited amount of time. You stand to lose marks for the questions you fail to answer or which are left incomplete, it doesn't matter how good you are at your work. So speed is equally important.

 5. Don't practice in A3 size sketch books. Work in A4 size as that is normally the standard size of answer sheets in the examinations.

6. Don't mug up G.K. books but be more aware about what is happening around - Read the newspapers regularly. Increase your observation power. Try to find out about people who have genuinely contributed to the field of design, their innovative works etc. Read books / magazines & develop a genuine passion for your field.


7. Find your own deep and compelling reason to successfully clear NID. Motivate yourself. Work with enthusiasm & you will be amazed at your ideas & creations.


 8. In questions requiring drawing, always draw with a light hand first, doing mainly the outlining without the details. When you are satisfied with the proportions & the rough outline, you may finalize. You will save a lot of time that students normally waste in erasing & re-drawing.

 9. Practice more with dry mediums ( colours ), as they are convenient to use and take less time in exams.

10. Plan your time for school/college study & NID entrance preparation. Use your time effectively with a time table.

Hope you find it helpful

let me know in the comment box if you are having any further doubts


Good Luck!


Are NID DAT preparation books available in India?

deepika bala Student Expert 19th Jul, 2019

dear aspirant,

  • 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

are some of the books you could buy online, . The previous years’ papers/model test papers are considered as the best study material for NID DAT can also get the sample papers careers 360.

hope it helped.

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