About NID DAT 2020

NID DAT 2020 is the Design Aptitude Test held by National Institute of Design (NID) for admission to various undergraduate design programmes. Application forms of NID DAT was available from October 1 till  November 18, 2019 with the regular fee. Candidates can fill the nID DAT 2020 application form by paying late fee to November 21 till 12 pm. NID DAT 2020 will be held by NID Ahmedabad on December 29, 2019. The NID DAT admit card 2020 will be released on December 20, 2019 for the preliminary exam.  The NID DAT 2020 answer key will be released in the first week of March in online mode. The result of NID DAT 2020 will be announced on March 19. NID DAT 2020 will be in two stages; Prelims and Mains. Candidates clearing the NID DAT 2020 preliminary exams will appear for NID DAT Mains 2020 between April 29 and  May 3,  2020. The admit card of NID DAT 2020 mains will be released on April 14. The result of  NID DAT Mains exam will be announced May 28, 2020. 

NID DAT is for both B.Des and M.Des programmes but the Master programmes are only offered at Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Gandhinagar campuses through a separately held NID DAT exam.  Details of the undergraduate programmes  offered through NID DAT 2020 are as follows

B.Des offered at Ahmedabad

  • Ceramic & Glass Design
  • Furniture & Interior Design
  • Product Design
  • Animation Film Design
  • Exhibition Design
  • Film & Video Communication
  • Graphic Design
  • Textile Design

Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD) offered at Bhopal, Vijayawada, Kurushetra and Jorhat

  • Industrial Design
  • Communication Design
  • Textile & Apparel Design
Exam level: National Level Exam
Frequency: Once a year
Languages English
Conducting Body: National Institute of Design
Duration 3 Hours

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NID DAT 2020 Important Dates

NID DAT Prelims (Session 2020)

Upcoming Dates and Events

18 Nov, 2019 - 21 Nov, 2019

Late Fee Application | Mode: Online Ongoing

21 Nov, 2019 - 23 Nov, 2019

Application Correction | Mode: Online

20 Dec, 2019

Admit Card | Mode: Online

29 Dec, 2019

Exam | Mode: Offline

19 Mar, 2020

Result | Mode: Online

Past Dates and Events

01 Oct, 2019 - 18 Nov, 2019

Application | Mode: Online

01 Oct, 2019

Advertisement | Mode: Online

NID DAT Mains (Session 2020)

Upcoming Dates and Events

14 Apr, 2020

Admit Card | Mode: Online

29 Apr, 2020 - 03 May, 2020

Exam | Mode: Offline

28 May, 2020

Result | Mode: Online

05 Jun, 2020 - 06 Jun, 2020

Counselling | Mode: Offline

National Institute of Design announced the eligibility criteria for NID DAT 2020. The  NID DAT eligibility criteria includes the minimum marks which the candidates are required to score in the qualifying exam so that they can participate in the entrance test. It also mentions the list of boards which are recognised and from which the candidates must have passed the qualifying exams. Candidates must remember that they should have passed their 10+2 or equivalent at the time of counselling of NID DAT or else they will not be eligible to take part in the admission process.

NID DAT Eligibility Criteria 2020

Age limit

Aspirants up to 20 years of age on or before June 30, 2020, are eligible to apply. However, there is a relaxation of three years for those belonging to the reserved categories.

Educational Qualification

Students,who have passed or will appear for class 12 examination in any stream in the academic year 2019–20 from any recognized board, such as CBSE, IB, ICSE or their equivalent can apply for NID DAT 2020.


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Mode of Application : Offline and Online

Mode of Payment : Credit Card | Debit Card | Demand Draft

National Institute of Design released the application form of NID DAT 2020 on October 1, 2019. The last date for filling NID DAT application form 2020 was November 18, 2019 without late fee. Candidates can register by paying late fee from November 18 at (6 pm) till November 21, 2019. If candidates made any mistake in the application form, in such a case, candidates get an option to rectify it from  November 21 to 23, 2019. 

Candidates belonging to general and OBC-NCL category will have to pay Rs 2000 as application fee while those who are from SC, ST, SC- PwD, ST – PwD, Open – PwD, OBC – NCL – PwD will have to pay Rs 1000. 

The steps that need to be followed while filling NID DAT application form 2020 are listed below: 

Step  1 - Register for NID DAT 2020 

Step  2 - Fill the NID DAT application form 2020 

Step  3 - Upload the requisite scanned documents 

Step 4 -  Pay the application fee

Step 5 -  Print the NID DAT application form 2020

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
General, OBC Offline, Online Transgender, Male, Female ₹ 2000
ST, SC PWD Offline, Online Transgender, Male, Female ₹ 1000

NID DAT 2020 Syllabus

Design aptitude test

One of the preparation tips for NID DAT 2020 is to solve the sample papers as this gives them an idea about the type of questions that are asked in the entrance exam. Candidates also get to know about the marking scheme of the exam. By following NID DAT preparation tips, candidates can draw a plan which must be followed so that they are able to crack NID DAT 2020. Solving NID DAT sample papers is a good way to prepare for NID DAT. Attempting mock tests help candidates to develop an understanding about the difficulty level of the exam. Studying from past years papers is one the best ways to prepare for the examinations. It is important that students should prepare a well thought out study plan. There are also several books such as NID DAT Book by RS Aggarwal, Design Drawing by Francis D.K. Ching, Basic Rendering by Robert W. Gill and NTD Mock Test Series.

NID DAT exam pattern 2020 comprises the type of questions that are asked in the preliminary exam, which will be conducted on December 29. The exam pattern of NID DAT 2020  for prelims comprises the duration of the exam, the total number of questions asked, whether there are negative marking or not, the medium in which the exam is conducted.

NID DAT exam pattern 2020 for the mains exam which will be held  between April 29 and May 3 is different. NID DAT 2020 mains will be conducted in different formats. It includes sketching, drawing as well as hands-on model making. 

NID DAT Exam Pattern - Prelims

Total Marks100 marks
Mode of NID DAT 2020Offline mode
Medium of the entrance examEnglish
Duration of NID DAT 2020 examThree Hours
Type of questions

Subjective and Objective

NID DAT Exam Pattern - Mains

Medium of languageEnglish
Total Marks100
Duration of the examThree Hours

National Institute of Design (NID) will issue the NID DAT admit card 2020 in online mode on December 20, 2019 onwards for the preliminary exam. Candidates can download NID DAT admit card 2020 by entering the requisite credentials. The admit card of NID DAT 2020 is an important document which the candidates have to carry with them to the exam centre as it mentions important details such as name of the candidate, date and time of the entrance test, exact address of the test centre. NID DAT 2020 admit card for the mains exam can be downloaded by the candidates on April 14. 

How to Download NID DAT Admit Card? 

Step 1 - Visit official website of NID DAT (admissions.nid.edu).

Step 2 - Enter login credentials, such as email address, password and captcha

Step 3 - Click on ‘submit button.’

Step 4 - Check all the details mentioned on  NID DAT 2020 admit card

Step 5 - Download NID DAT admit card 2020 and take a printout of the same

NID DAT 2020 Exam Centers

State City
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Karnataka Bengaluru
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
Odisha Bhubaneshwar
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Tamil Nadu Chennai
Uttarakhand Dehradun
Assam Guwahati
Telangana Hyderabad
Rajasthan Jaipur
West Bengal Kolkata
Haryana Kurukshetra
Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
Maharashtra Mumbai City
Delhi New Delhi
Bihar Patna
Chhattisgarh Raipur
Jharkhand Ranchi
Kerala Thiruvananthapuram
Andhra Pradesh Vijayawada

Documents Required at Exam

  • Admit card and Photo identity proof

National Institute of Design (NID) will release the updated NID DAT answer key 2020 in online mode in second week of March. The authorities will release NID DAT answer key 2020 for prelims exam part I in online mode in second week of February. The answer key will be available till third week of February, 2020.  Candidates can download the answer key of NID DAT 2020 by mentioning their email address, date of birth, application number and verification code. They can download the answer key and keep it safely for future reference. The aim of NID DAT answer key 2020 is to help candidates get an idea about their probable score. Candidates can  match their responses in NID DAT answer 2020 with those that they gave in the entrance exam. While calculating the marks, candidates must follow the same marking scheme that was given on the actual day of the exam. 

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The preliminary result of NID DAT 2020 will be  announced on March 19. NID DAT result  2020 will be available in online mode and candidates can check it by entering the requisite credentials. All the candidates who will qualify NID DAT 2020, they will appear for NID DAT mains 2020 which will be held between April 29 and May 3, 2020.  The final result of NID DAT result 2020 will be announced on May 28. 

 Follow the steps that are given below to check NID DAT result

Step 1 - Visit the official website of NID DAT (admissions.nid.edu)

Step 2 - Enter your registered email address, date of birth, roll number/application number of NID DAT

Step 3 - Mention the verification code that will appear on the screen

Step 4 - The result of NID DAT 2020 will reflect on the screen

Step 5 - Download the result and take a printout of the same

National Institute of Design will declare the qualifying cutoff of NID DAT 2020, which is the minimum marks that the candidates need to score to be eligible for the mains exam. The NID DAT cutoff 2020 is different for candidates belonging to various categories. The factors that are normally taken into account while determining the NID DAT cutoff 2020 include the total number of seats that are available, the difficulty level of the exam, total number of candidates who appeared in the exam and the past years cutoff trends. 

Mode of Counselling: Offline

National Institute of Design will conduct the counselling for NID DAT 2019 between June 5 and 6. All candidates who will qualify NID DAT 2020, they will be provisionally offered admission. At the time of NID DAT counselling 2020, candidates will have to select their choice of programme in online mode. 

At the time of NID DAT 2020 counselling, candidates will have to get their document verified and pay the requisite fee to confirm their admission.  Candidates will have to complete the admission formalities at the Ahmedabad campus of NID that 

Documents Required at Counselling

  • Valid photo ID
  • Admit card
  • 10th marksheet
  • 10+2 marksheet

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Questions related to NID DAT

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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: https://design.careers360.com/articles/how-crack-nid-dat


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.



I have completed my engineering , can I apply for this examination.

Anupam Kumar Student Expert 29th Oct, 2019

Hey there

NID DAT is an exam for admissions into designing Courses of undergraduate. The permissible age is 20 years before June 30, 2020 so i guess you are not eligible for the exam.

Check the link for more information


Good luck

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