NID DAT Important Dates 2021 : Candidates who wish to appear in the entrance exam must trace the important dates of NID DAT 2021. The National Institute of Design (NID) will release the NID DAT important dates 2021 most likely in the first week of October 2020. NID DAT 2021 comprises two stages - preliminary and the main exam which will be conducted tentatively in the last week of December 2020 and last week of April 2021. However, to appear in the NID DAT mains exam, candidates are required to clear the prelims exam. More or less 5000 candidates appeared in the previous NID DAT exam for appx 125 seats of eight B.Des programmes at NID Ahmedabad. To know about the NID DAT 2021 important dates such as release date of application form, due date for registration, entrance exam date and many more, for more details aspirants can read the article.

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NID DAT 2021 Important Dates

Aspirants who wish to appear in the NID DAT 2021 test must be aware of the main schedule associated with the entrance exam. To avoid missing any crucial events, candidates must keep a track on the important dates of NID DAT 2021. Following table is the tentative dates of NID DAT 2021.

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Important dates of NID DAT 2021



Announcement of notification

First week of October, 2020

Availability of 2021 NID DAT application form

First week of October, 2020

End date to submit the application form

First week of November, 2020

Due date to submit the form with late fee

Second week of November, 2020

Start Date and end date of the correction window to edit the application form

Third week of November, 2020

Release of NID DAT admit card 2021

Third week of December 2020

End date to download the admit card

To be notified

NID DAT 2021 prelims exam

Last week of December, 2020

Release of 2021 NID DAT Answer Key

To be notified

Release of final answer key of Prelims exam

To be notified

Announcement of NID DAT (Prelims) 2021 result and GDPD

Third week of March, 2021

Re-evaluation window (DAT Prelims) with payment mode

Second week of April, 2021

Release of mains admit card NID DAT 2021

To be notified

NID DAT (Mains) 2021

Between April last week and May first week 2021

NID DAT result declaration

Last week of May, 2021

Date of counselling DAT 2021

First week of June, 2021

* The dates mentioned above are the tentative dates and will be updated after they are released by the authority.

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NID DAT Important Dates 2021

NID DAT Application Form 2021 - Candidates will have to fill the application form of NID DAT 2021 in online mode tentatively from first week of October till first week of November 2020, without late fee. However candidates can register for the 2021 NID DAT with late fees till the third week of November. The National Institute of Design will open the correction window to edit the NID DAT application form 2021 in the third week of November. Aspirants can edit the form till the last week of November 2020.

NID DAT Admit Card 2021 - Candidates can download the admit card of NID DAT 2021 for prelims from the third week of December 2020 onwards. NID DAT 2021 admit card for the mains exam will be released in the third week of April 2021.

NID DAT 2021 - The examination authorities will conduct the NID DAT 2021 prelims in the last week of December, 2020. While the mains of NID DAT will be held most likely from the last week of April to the first week of May, 2021. However to appear in the mains exam candidates must clear the prelims exam of 2021 NID DAT.

NID DAT Result 2021 - The examination authority will announce the result of NID DAT 2021 for the prelims exam in the third week of March, 2021. Candidates who qualify the prelims exam will be eligible to take up the 2021 NID DAT mains exam. The result of the NID DAT 2021 mains exam will be declared in the last week of May, 2021.

NID DAT 2021 Programmes offer and Intake

NID Ahmedabad offers four-year Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) programme in various specialization which is mentioned in the following table. Aspirants seeking admission in the institute can check the different courses of B.Des programme and the number of intake in the area of interest.

Course and Intake



Faculty of Communication Design


Animation Film Design



Exhibition Design



Film & Video Communication



Graphic Design



Faculty of Industrial Design



Ceramic & Glass Design



Furniture & Interior Design



Product Design


Faculty of Textile Apparel, Lifestyle and

Accessory Design


Textile Design


NID DAT Exam Pattern 2021

NID prescribed the exam pattern of NID DAT 2021 which contains all the parameters of the exam. NID DAT 2021 exam pattern specifies the exam duration, mode and medium of the exam, marking scheme and many more. The following are the exam parameters of NID DAT 2021.

  • The duration of the exam is 3 hours

  • The medium of the exam is English and total 67 questions will be asked

  • The maximum marks allotted is 100

  • NID DAT exam will be conducted in pen and paper mode

  • There is no negative marking for incorrect answer

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - NID DAT Important Dates 2021

Question: When will the NID DAT application form 2021 be released?


The application form of NID DAT will be available on the official website most probably by the first week of October 2020. Aspiring students can fill the NID DAT registration form till the third week of November with late fee.

Question: What is the mode of application fee for NID DAT 2021?


The examination authority will release the application form of NID DAT in online mode. Eligible candidates can fill out the application form which will be available on the official website.

Question: In how many stages NID DAT 2021 is conducted?


The entrance exam of NID DAT 2021 will be held in two phases - Prelims and Mains exam. However, students will be eligible to appear in the mains exam after clearing the NID DAT prelims exam.

Question: How can I check the result of 2021 NID DAT?


NID DAT Prelims and Mains exam results will be announced separately in online mode in the third week of March and last week of May 2021 respectively. 

The result will be available on the official website of NID. Students have to enter the required details to download the NID DAT result 2021. 

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


The shortlisted candidates have to report at the allotted centre for counselling in the first week of June 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.

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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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