NID DAT: Last Minute Tips & Important Things To Carry
Updated on Dec 28, 2019 - 8:36 p.m. IST by Nancy Johri
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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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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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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!

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please tell me the syllabus of NID DAT and aieed

SAKSHI KULSHRESHTHA 2nd Jan, 2020

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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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.

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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!" https://design.careers360.com/articles/nid-dat-sample-papers thank you.

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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.

https://design.careers360.com/articles/nid-dat-cutoff

Click on this link to find out

All the best !


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