NID DAT Important Dates 2020
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NID DAT Important Dates 2020 - National Institute of Design (NID) released NID DAT 2020 important dates on October 1, 2019. NID DAT 2020 will be held in two stages - preliminary and the main exam. As per NID DAT important 2019, the first stage (prelims) of NID DAT 2020 was conducted on December 29, 2019. The qualified candidates in the first stage will be eligible to appear for the second stage (mains) from April 29 to May 3, 2020. Candidates can download the admit card for the same on April 14, 2020 in online mode. Around 5,000 aspirants take up the exam, which offers approximately 125 seats across eight B.Des programmes at NID Ahmedabad. Those who wish to apply for the design entrance exam, they can read NID DAT important dates 2020 to gather information on the release date of the application window, admit card, entrance exams, result announcement and counselling.
Latest: NID DAT result 2020 to be announced on February 19. Check NID DAT Cutoff 2020 to know the minimum qualifying criteria for B.des programme.

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NID DAT Important Dates 2020

NID released the notification for NID DAT admission session 2020- 2021 on October 1, 2019. Aspirants can check the important dates of NID DAT 2020 in the table given below.

NID DAT 2020 Important Dates



Release of notification

October 1, 2019

Release of NID DAT 2020 online application form

October 1, 2019 (2:00 PM)

Last date for submitting the application form

November 18, 2019 (2:00 PM) (Extended)

Last date for submitting NID DAT application form with late fee

November 21, 2019 (2:00 PM) (Extended)

Start date of the correction window to edit the application form

November 21 (2:00 PM) to November 23, 2019

Availability of NID DAT 2020 prelims admit card

December 20, 2019

NID DAT (Prelims) 2020 entrance exam

December 29, 2019

Release of NID DAT Answer Key 2020

To be notified

Last date to download NID DAT answer key

To be notified

Upload final answer keys of DAT Prelims (Part 1)

To be notified

Declaration of NID DAT (Prelims) 2020 result and GDPD

February 19, 2020

Rechecking window (DAT Prelims) with payment mode

February 20 (6:00 PM) to 23, 2020 (6:00 PM) (Tentative)

Download NID DAT 2020 mains admit card

April 14, 2020 (4:00 PM)

NID DAT Prelims Cutoff 2020

To be notified

NID DAT (Mains) 2020

April 29 to May 3, 2020

Declaration of NID DAT result

May 28, 2020 (2:00 PM)

DAT counselling 2020

June 5 and 6, 2020

NID DAT 2020 Important Dates

NID DAT 2020 Application - Aspirants could apply for NID DAT 2020 in online mode from October 1 to November 18, 2019, without late fee. Candidates could fill the online application form of NID DAT 2020 with late fees in online mode till November 21, 2019. National Institute of Design opened the edit window for NID DAT application form 2020 on November 21 (2:00 PM) and it was closed on November 23, 2019.

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NID DAT 2020 admit card - Candidates can download NID DAT 2020 admit card for prelims from December 20, 2019, onwards. The admit card for the mains stage will be available for download from April 14, 2020, onwards.

NID DAT 2020- The authorities conducted NID DAT 2020 prelims on December 29, 2019 while the mains will be held from April 29 to May 3, 2020.

NID DAT 2020 Result- The result of NID DAT 2020 prelims will be declared on February 19, 2020 while Mains result will be announced on May 28, 2020

NID DAT 2020 Programmes Offered

The institute offers four-year Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) programme at NID Ahmedabad in the following areas of specialization given in the table. Candidates can also check the table to know the seat intake for each course.


Seats 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


Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - NID DAT Important Dates 2020

Question: When NID DAT 2020 application form will be released?


The application form of NID DAT 2020 was released on October 1, 2019 in online mode.

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


NID DAT entrance exam is conducted in two stages - Prelims and Mains. The first stage (prelims) of NID DAT 2020 will be held on December 29, 2019 while Mains will be conducted from April 29 to May 3, 2020.

Question: When will NID DAT 2020 result be declared? How can I check the result?


The result of NID DAT will be declared on March 19, 2020. Candidates can their results in online mode after entering their credentials.

Question: Do the admit cards of NID DAT prelims and mains released separately?


 Yes, the NID DAT admit cards for both the exams are released separately. The admit card for prelims will be declared on December 20, 2019, onwards. The admit card for the mains stage will be available for download from April 14, 2020, onwards.

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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.


The NID DAT 2020 BDes entrance was supposed to be 3 hours for both GAT and Drawing section, but in my centre in Bangalore the examiners did not give the drawing section until after 50 minutes. This meant that we only 130 minutes for drawing. Unfair! How was it in other centres??

Gayu 30th Dec, 2019

Thanks Harish, However, what you are saying is true for MDes only (which is 150 minutes paper). My query was related to BDes which is 180 minutes paper. As far as I know there is no such notification for BDes exam. It seems unfair to all the students who were not allowed the full 3 hours for both sections.


where do i get ithe answers for the sample papers for NidDat that i hv downloaded

Devang Prajapati 28th Dec, 2019

Hey,you can question paper of niddat examination on below link .So go through link and dowanload papers"NID DAT Sample Papers 2020 – Download Previous Year Question Paper here!" thank you.


what is the cutoff of NID entrance exam 2020?

Khushi 24th Dec, 2019

Hi Akshita

Careers 360 will provide detailed information as to the cutoff of NID DAT 2020 as soon as it is released by the National Institute of Design. Aspiring candidates, however, can check the minimum qualifying percentile score required for admission to get an idea. Candidates will be shortlisted based on the cutoff marks for each category.

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