NID DAT: Last Minute Tips & Important Things To Carry

NID-DAT_prep_tipsThe 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 2018 admissions, NID Design Aptitude Test (Prelims) is scheduled to be held on January 7. 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.


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.       

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:

  • 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- Subjective questions are marked out of 30 points. 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.  


Practice NID DAT Sample Papers here.


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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First Published On : 04 Jan 2018 12:34 PM IST

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Is maths & science also come in nid DAT exam

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Scienece and Maths ar enot part if Prelim exam for NId DAT. Question najorly on drawing and sketch in Mains exam. No negative marking. htt...Read More

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TANUSHRILast Seen: 3 weeks 1 day agoJoined on: 21-Oct-2015Education Interest: DesignEducation Level: Graduate & Above

Do we have different set of question paper for Mdes DAT or is it the same as B.Des DAT? And is Part B (30 marks) part based on any disciple?

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Riya ThakurLast Seen: 1 month 5 days agoJoined on: 07-Jun-2017Education Interest: M.B.B.S.Education Level: Class 12

My NID score was 53.6 what can I do with it ? Where can I apply now ?

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Nancy Johri 3 months ago

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Nancy JohriLast Seen: 1 day 4 hours agoJoined on: 18-Jan-2014Education Interest: DesignEducation Level: Graduate & Above
Hi Riya,NID has yet not announced the category-wise cutoff scores for B.Des. admissions. It will release the final merit list on May 31, and as many as 100 seats will be allocated to the qualifying ca...Read More

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NikitaLast Seen: 3 months 2 days agoJoined on: 07-Jan-2018Education Interest: DesignEducation Level: Class 12

What is the score required for the second round of NID to get a seat in Ahmedabad?


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It completely depends upon the cutoff marks for this year. It also depends upon how many marks you get in the first round. If you have a high score on the written test, a lesser score might get you a ...Read More
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Rajesh Kumar Paitha Last Seen: 5 months 14 min agoJoined on: 13-Jan-2018Education Interest: DesignEducation Level: Class 11

Under +2 science. Can take admission. If they qualllify. NiD. 1st. Round. Or 2nd. Interview. Can take admission in there in NID.

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Hi Rajesh, Yes, Science students can apply. To apply for appearing in NID entrance exam, aspirants must have p...Read More