NID DAT Syllabus 2020
Khushboo Verma, 23 Nov 2019, #NID DAT
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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 will be 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.
Latest: NID DAT Admit Card 2020 to be released on December 20. Authorities will conduct NID DAT 2020 on December 29.

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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


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

Story p

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


Creative thinking

Guidance on portfolio making

Interview tips

NID DAT Exam Pattern 2020

National Institute of Design (NID) will release 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.

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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What all are the exam centre of NID

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 20th Nov, 2019

NID will be held across 21 cities in India. The centers will be allotted on first cum first serve basis. Please check the list of newly added centers and already existing ones at our page: . Whichever center you might select, you need to be an hour early on the day of the exam.


can any please tell how to crack nid dat 2020

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 16th Nov, 2019

NID DAT consists have 3  phases pf selection. Written Test, Studio Test and Personal Interview. Each phase is an elimination round. NID Exam will be conducted in 2 phases, Prelims and Mains. The preliminary exam will contain 70 Objective Questions and the shortlisted candidates will appear for Mains. This stage will contain practical tests like sketching, drawing, handcraft models, group discussion, etc.

For Stage 1 you should prepare well on topics like Communication skills, Animation, Composition, Creativity, General Mental Ability, Design skills, environment sensitivity, Visual design, Thematic color arrangement, Proportions and perspective, Abstract symbolism and Memory drawing.

For Stage 2, you need to focus on Doodling, 3D Modelling, Observation Test, Creative thinking, Audio visual experience, Body language, Material manipulation, Portfolio making, etc.

For all this, you need to develop good observation skills and Improve your speed. Practise as many as mock tests you can. Work on Accuracy, drawing and keeping up with the current affairs. For more tips, please visit our page at:


How can i reupload my obc ncl caste certificate on nid application form ?

Sourandhi Saha Student Expert 12th Nov, 2019
You can review and edit the application form of NID. NID 2020 Application Correction will be Started on 21st November 2019. 23rd November will be last date. You can not not edit the eligibility criteria, date of birth, email ID, category and citizenship at this stage. To edit the application form, you have to login using your credentials. After correcting the details, don't forget to click on save and exit button.

can I change my permanent address in the correction window. I mistakenly put the present and permanent address as same.

Komal Dayanand Gardi 7th Nov, 2019

Hello Dip,  it Is good to tell you that you can able to make changes in address field. Below is the list of fields in which you can not make changes in correction window,

1. information related to eligibility criteria

2. Date of birth

3. category

4. email ID

5. Citizenship applied.

rather than the above field you can make changes in any field.

remember that correction facility will be available from first week of December.

I hope it will help.



i have made a mistake while filling the nid application form and i have already completed the payment can i correct it now even after the payment ?

Tamajit Student Expert 10th Nov, 2019

Hi Kruthi,

I understand that you have made a mistake while  filling out the application form so to answer your question what you can do is first check to see if there is any correction window available wherein you can edit your data and rectify your mistake and if it is not available then what you should do is to address this matter in writing through post to the respective authorities stating the entire matter in detail along with your proper credentials and data and request them to  rectify your mistake so that you can produce them as and when required in future and also request them to expedite the entire process. Also state them that your payment status is completed and thus request them to update the same.


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