NID DAT Syllabus 2020
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NID DAT Syllabus 2020 - Those who wish to appear for the design entrance exam, they should go through NID DAT 2020 syllabus for both prelims and mains. When going through the syllabus of NID DAT, aspirants will come to know about the topics from which questions will be asked in the entrance exam. NID DAT Prelims which is the first stage of the exam wias conducted on December 29 while Mains will be held from April 29 to May 3, 2020. Having insight into the syllabus is important for candidates to prepare well for the exam. The institute offers a total of approximately 125 seats on merit basis in Bachelor of Design across Industrial Design, Communication Design, and Textile, Apparel & Lifestyle Accessory Design faculty. Candidates can check the syllabus of NID DAT 2020 for both the stages (prelims and mains) can be checked in this article.
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NID DAT 2020 Syllabus

NID DAT Syllabus 2020- Prelims

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 & colour inter-relationship

Visual logic

Outline for beginners

Colour terminology

Presentation techniques

Memory drawing

Picture analysis

Usage of colour in compositions

Innovation & creation

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Natural & geometrical form

Use of measurements, scale & proportions

Expression & emotion

Developing themes & colour associations

Foreshortening & perspective

Inspiration & creativity

NID DAT Syllabus 2020- Mains

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Model making

Material manipulation

Questions generally asked in an interview

Audio-visual exercises

Mock interview

Evolving ideas

Past studio test & interview questions

Importance of body language

Doodling

Creative thinking

Guidance on portfolio making

Interview tips

NID DAT Exam Pattern 2020

National Institute of Design (NID) released the exam pattern of NID DAT for both prelims and mains. Candidates who wish to take NID DAT 2020 Prelims are evaluated on their knowledge, comprehension, analysis, creativity and visualisation.

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It comprises two parts:

  • Part 1: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) marked out of 30 marks

  • Part 2: Subjective questions marked out of 70 marks.

NID DAT Mains includes tests in different formats, such as drawing/sketching, hands-on model making, group discussions and presentations. To excel in the exam, candidates must practice the sample papers that will be released by NID

It is recommended that candidates should practise the sample papers released by NID to gain knowledge of the actual entrance exam.

Download NID DAT sample papers from here.

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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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