NID DAT M.Des 2020 - National Institute of Design (NID) will conduct NID DAT 2020 M.Des Prelims in offline mode on December 29, 2019. The entrance exam is held in two stages - Prelims and Mains. The qualified candidates in Design Aptitude Test (DAT) will get admission in Master of Design (M.Des). NID will released the application form on October 1, 2019 and it will be available till November 7, 2019. The last date for submitting application form of NID Master of Design 2020 with late fee is November 13, 2019. The authorities will release the admit card on December 20, 2019. Candidates can check NID DAT M.Des 2020 result on February 18. The shortlisted candidates in NID DAT prelims will be eligible for appearing in mains exam. The exam date will be announced later. The authorities will issue the admit card for National Institute of Design DAT M.Des mains in first week of March 2020. The result for the same will be declared in first week of May 2020. NID DAT 2020 counselling will take place in third week of May. As many as 347 seats will be offered across various design programmes across NID’s campuses that are located in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Gandhinagar. Candidates can check complete details regarding NID DAT M.des 2020, including important dates, eligibility criteria, application procedure, exam pattern, result, and seat allotment in this article.Latest - Click here to fill NID DAT M.Des 2020 application form now. NID DAT M.Des 2020 to be held on December 29, 2019.
Entrance exam name
National Institute of Design- Design Aptitude Test
Commonly known as
Medium of the Exam
Prelims and Mains
Mode of Examination
Mode of Application
National Institute of Design announced the important dates of NID DAT M.Des 2020, along with the release of application form.
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NID DAT M.Des Important Dates
Release date of NID DAT M.Des application form 2020
October 1, 2019 (2 p.m.)
Last date to submit the application form
November 7,2019 (2 p.m.)
Last date for submitting online application of NID DAT M.Des 2020 with late fee
November 13, 2019 (2 p.m.)
Window to edit application form of NID DAT M.Des 2020
November 13 to 15, 2019 (2 p.m.)
Release of NID DAT M.Des 2020 admit card for Prelims
December 20, 2019 (4 p.m.)
NID M.Des Prelims exam 2020
December 29, 2020
NID M.Des 2019 Prelim result
February 18, 2019 (4 p.m.)
Rechecking window (DAT Prelims)
February 18 (6 p.m.) to 21, 2020 (4 p.m.)
NID M.Des 2020- admit card for Mains
First week of March 2020
DAT Mains in Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Bengaluru
Second week of March to second week of April 2020
NID DAT M.Des 2020 Mains result
First week of May 2020
Before filling the application form, candidates should know the eligibility criteria of NID DAT M.Des 2020. The eligibility criteria mentions age restriction and academic qualification.
Aspirants who belong to general category should not be more than 30 years as on June 30, 2020. Only those aspirants can apply who were born on or after July 1, 1990. The upper age limit for reserved categories is 33 years as on June 30, 2020.
Applicants must have a bachelor degree of minimum four years in any specialisation after completing Class 12 or equivalent from any recognised university or institute.
Those having a bachelor degree of three years in any specialisation after Class 12 or equivalent can also apply.
Those, who have done a full-time diploma of minimum four years in design/fine arts/applied arts/architecture after Class 12 from a recognised institute or university are also eligible to apply.
Candidates have to keep the following documents ready and the format should be JPG/JPEG
A scanned recent colored passport size photograph
Minimum 60 KB and maximum 100 KB
A scanned signature
Maximum 100 KB
Those applying under the OBC-NCL category have to upload their OBC-NCL certificate issued by a competent authority.
It should not exceed 150 KB
PwD category will have to upload their valid disability certificate
Maximum 150 KB size.
Overseas category candidates have to upload the first and last pages of their valid passport.
The file size should not exceed 150 KB.
Candidates should know that the application form of NID DAT 2020 has been released in online mode on October 1, 2019. The deadline to submit the application form is November 7, 2019. Those who miss the deadline, they can submit the application form till November 13, with late fee. The authorities will activate the window to edit NID DAT application form from November 13 to 15, 2019. Go through the following steps to fill the application form:
Step 1- Sign up/Registration
Applicants will have to register first in online mode by providing a valid email address and a valid mobile number . The login credentials will be sent to candidate’s email ID after successful registration. They will have to enter the login and password to proceed further.
Step 2- Fill Personal and Educational Details
Applicants will have to enter their educational and personal details in NID DAT M.Des 2020 application form. They can apply for a maximum of two disciplines.Post submitting the details, they will have to click on ‘Save and Proceed’ button.
Step 3- Upload Documents and Signature
Applicants have to upload all the documents as per the specifications mentioned above in the article.
Step 4- Make the Payment and take Printout
The application fee of NID Master of Design 2020 for different categories is as follows:
Category-wise NID DAT M.Des 2020 application fee
DAT application fee (with late fee)
Rs. 6000 (only B. Design programme)
The application fee can be paid by any one of the following modes - Online (via credit/debit card) or offline only by Demand Draft (DD). Candidates have to send the DD and a printout of their application in an envelope to the below-mentioned address via courier or speed post. The application form should reach before November 13, 2019.
The Project Manager–CMS
All India Management Association
Management House, 15, Link road ,
Lajpat Nagar part 3, New Delhi - 110 024
The exam centres for NID Master of Design 2020 (Prelims) will be announced by the National Institute of Design. The list of the cities can be checked below:
The NID DAT M.Des 2020 Exam Centres for Mains stage are given below:
The exam pattern of NID DAT M.Des will be released by the National Institute of Design, which consists of two stages- prelims and mains.
NID DAT M.Des Prelims Stage
The prelims paper is of 2.5 hours comprising 100 marks. There will be a Common Design Aptitude Test (CDAT) and a faculty-specific domain test that assesses the design aptitude of the test-takers.
The NID DAT M.Des Prelims paper have objective as well as subjective questions.
NID DAT M.Des Mains Stage
Candidates are shortlisted to appear for the Mains stage on the basis of the Prelims scores. The DAT Mains for M.Des. programmes consists of two parts:
Studio Test- The total marks for this test is 100 and candidates will be given three hours to complete the paper. The language of the question paper is English.
Interviews- There will be separate interview for each discipline that will be conducted after the studio test. It will be held at the same centre as that of the studio test.
The window to edit application form will open from November 13 to 15, 2019. Candidates must note that the details related to DOB, category, email ID, eligibility criteria, citizenship and the discipline applied for cannot be edited.
The admit card of NID DAT M.Des 2020 (Prelims) will be released on December 20, 2019. Candidates will have to download and take a printout of the same. They have to carry the admit card to the exam centre on the exam day. The reporting time will be mentioned on the admit card along with the complete address of the test venue. The qualified candidates in prelims can download NID DAT M.Des admit card 2020 for mains in first week of March.
The result of NID M.Des Prelim will be declared on February 18 , 2020. Candidates can apply for rechecking from February 18 to 21, 2020. The result of the Mains exam will be declared in first week of May 2020. A separate merit list will be prepared for all the candidates who belong to the following categories -OPEN, OBC-NCL, SC, ST & PwD on the basis of their scores in Prelims. It is to be noted that NID does not send separate scorecards individually to anyone. National Institute of Design will declare NID DAT M.des final result in first week of May 2020. Candidates can check below the minimum percentile score that is needed to be secured to be considered eligible for admission.
NID M.Des 2020 minimum qualifying criterion
Weightages of DAT Prelims & DAT Mains for final result
NID M.Des 2020 (Prelims)
NID M.Des 2020 (Mains)
M.Des (all disciplines)
The cutoff of NID DAT 2020 will be updated as soon as the authorities release it.
Candidates can check the table below to know NID DAT cutoff 2019 (as on May 6, 2019).
Animation Film Design
Ceramic & Glass Design
Design for Retail Experience
Digital Game Design
Film & Video Communication
Lifestyle Accessory Design
New Media Design
Strategic Design Management
Toy & Game Design
Transportation & Automobile Design
The seat allotment of NID DAT M.Des will be held in last week of May 2020. The detailed procedure of NID DAT M.Des 2020 seat allotment will be announced by the institute later. The qualified candidates will have to attend the counselling and seat allocation procedure in person, along with the requisite documents. NID M.des allotment 2020 will be done on the basis of candidates’ preference of discipline that has to be filled at the time of submitting the application form.
M.Des Programmes Offered
The institute will offer two-and-a-half year-long Master of Design programmes across its three campuses- Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Gandhinagar. A total of 275 seats will be filled via NID DAT M.Des 2020.
Faculty of Communication Design
Faculty of Industrial Design
Furniture & Interior Design
Faculty of Information Technology-Integrated Programmes
Faculty of Inter-Disciplinary Design Studies
Faculty of Textile, Apparel, Lifestyle and Accessory Design
A total of 275 seats will be filled via NID DAT M.Des 2020 in various design programmes across NID’s campuses that are located in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Gandhinagar.
Candidates who would miss the deadline can submit application form of NID DAT M.Des 2020 with late fee till the fourth week of November.
No, the application form is released only in online mode.
You have to crack entrance exam with good rank to get admission in NID. Those having a bachelor degree of three years in any specialisation after Class 12 or equivalent can also apply.
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