The final countdown for the Design Aptitude Test (DAT) to be conducted by National Institute of Design (NID) has begun. Nearly 5,000 aspirants are expected to compete for a total of 100 B.Design (B.Des.) seats. As the D-day is nearing, it becomes essential for the future designers to know NID DAT last minute preparation tips and important things to carry to the exam centre.For 2020 admissions, NID Design Aptitude Test (Prelims) is scheduled to be held on December 29. It will be a three-hour entrance exam that will begin from 10 AM onwards. Test-takers are advised to reach the exam centre at least an hour prior to the commencement of the test, i.e., at 9 AM.In these last days leading to the exam, candidates should ensure that they get enough sleep, so their mind can work more creatively. They should practise sketching anything and everything. Revising the basic drawing concepts will help them with the design related questions. Candidates can check below NID DAT last minute tips and important things to carry to the test centre.

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NID DAT: Last Minute Tips & Important Things To Carry

Important Things To Carry

NID DAT Admit Card- Candidates are required to download the admit card of NID DAT, which is available from the third week of December onwards. Its clear printout has to be carried to the NID DAT exam centre. Without it, no candidate will be allowed to appear for the test. NID DAT admit card will display their name, roll number and exam centre details. Along with this, the hall ticket will also mention the items that can and cannot be carried inside the examination hall.

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The admit card for DAT will be verified as well as signed by invigilator during the exam. The lower part (part B) of the admit card will be detached by the examiner, and the upper part (part A) will be handed over to the test-taker.

Photo ID Proof- Test-takers will be required to carry a valid photo ID proof to the NID DAT exam centre. No candidate will be allowed to take the exam without it. The photo ID can be anyone from the following:

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  • Passport

  • PAN card

  • Aadhaar card

  • Voters ID card

  • Driving license

  • Student ID card issued by current school/college

If a candidate is without any of the above-mentioned photo ID proofs, then he/she can bring another copy of their admit card attested by the Principal of their current school/college.

Stationery- Test-takers are required to bring their own stationary material for using in DAT. Some of the items they need to bring are:

  • Ruler

  • Eraser

  • Sharpener

  • Lead pencils (of varying grades)

  • Black ballpoint pen (to mark the answers in the OMR sheet)

  • Dry colours (oil pastels/colour pencils/sketch pens, etc.)

Things not allowed inside the examination hall include calculator, mobile phones or any other electronic device. Any candidate found to be carrying any of these will be asked to leave the centre without completing the exam.

NID DAT Last Minute Tips

The question paper of NID DAT will include questions that will evaluate candidates’ comprehension capability, analysis, problem-solving skills, creativity and knowledge level.

Careers360 lists below some crucial last-minute tips that will help candidates in performing better in the exam:

Manage time properly- The Design Aptitude Test will be divided into two parts- section A (comprising multiple choice objective type questions) and section B (comprising subjective type questions). Subjective questions consume a lot of time, which is why candidates need to manage their time to get sufficient time for solving them.

Candidates should carefully read all the instructions along with the questions. It should be noted that different questions carry different marks. So, time should be invested to each one of them accordingly.

Polish up sketching skills- It is recommended that candidates practise and improve basic drawing concepts as this will aid them in solving drawing questions.

Practise sample papers- Candidates are advised to practise NID DAT sample papers as well as mock tests in order to have a fair idea about the actual test. This will help them in knowing their strong and weak areas. They can strategise in advance how they want to go about solving the question paper on the exam day.

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Keep updated with current happenings- It is not necessary that each and every General Knowledge book has to be crammed up. Awareness about current happenings is more important. For this, candidates should read newspapers daily. Moreover, they should also know about famous designers, who have contributed to the design industry. Time should be spent on reading design books and magazines. Aspirants should develop a genuine passion for this domain.

Practise being calm- This is the most important tip to keep in mind. Candidates should try to stay calm even if they don’t know the answer to a particular question. There is no need to get stuck on any question. If a candidate is unable to get the answer, then he/she just move on and come back to the same question again after some time. Panicking will only make the situation worse, rather staying calm will be helpful to some extent.

Following these NID DAT last minute preparation tips in these few days will definitely aid in performing better. Candidates should focus on giving their 100 per cent, and be sincere and focused. Maintaining a positive approach throughout the preparation phase is crucial. There is every possibility of clearing the exam with flying colours.

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which book should i study to prepare for NID DAT prelims 2021

Ketaki Dhotre Student Expert 24th May, 2020


While choosing books for NID DAT, you should remember to check for the latest edition of the book so that you can stay updated with the information and contents of the book. Some of the best books which I would recommend are:

1.NID (B.Des.) Entrance Books and Test Series by AFAINDIA

2.NID DAT book by R.S. Aggarwal (Aptitude Section)

3.Basic Rendering from Robert W.Gill

4.Design drawing by Francis D.K.Ching

5.NID Mock Test Series 2019-20 by Bhanwar Rathore and NID Alumni Ahmedabad

6.NIFT/ NID/ IIFT entrance exam guide by Surendra

7.NIFT/NID/IIFT Entrance Exam Guide by RPH Editorial Board

8.NIFT, NID, IIFT Entrance Examination by Dharmendra Mittal

Hope this helps!


How to go about choosing between Textile design & fashion design? Im class 12th student, Should I appear for UCEED, NIFT or NID DAT Entrance exam?

The creative, The soft side, The craft side of design also in accessories & also there in communication design and also there in Fashion & Textile design. Look again what do you like as a career. Would you like to work with Cloths, Accessories that has a lot of soft hand touch & feel and you don’t need to be on factory shop. So my suggestion is look at career, look at the kind of things they do & then choose, If you are very clear that you want to work with Textile or Fashion. Both are the very good options, The people who are working with Textile & Fashion Technology, They enjoy their work.

Nandita Abraham
President, Pearl Academy


what is the cut off marks out of 100 in NID DAT Prelims B.Des 2019-20?

M.Nilaa 9th May, 2020


The NID entrance exam takes place in 2 levels - prelims and mains. Candidates who will qualify the first stage are eligible for the second phase.
To know about the previous year last admitted percentile and this year’s  NID cutoff please use the link provided below.The following link also provides percentile and cut-off based on categories.


All the best for your exam.



what is the cut off marks out of 100 in NID DAT prelims B.Des 2019-20

M.Nilaa 9th May, 2020

NID DAT 2020 cutoff is the minimum marks that candidates have to obtain to be eligible to apply for admission. The factors that are taken into account while determining the cutoff of NID DAT 2020 are:

  • Difficulty level of the entrance exam
  • Total number of seats available
  • Past years cutoff trends
  • Total number of candidates who have applied

For information regarding the cutoff for NID DAT 2019-2020, please check the following website to get the details category wise:


Nid sample papers give me please

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 25th Apr, 2020

You can get NID sample paper by visiting the following link:

Going through this will make you acquaint with paper pattern, number of questions, marking scheme and other relevant details related to preparation for exams.
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