About NID DAT 2020

The Design Aptitude Test (DAT) will be conducted by National Institute of Design (NID) in first week of January 2020 for aspirants who are interested in seeking admission in undergraduate design programmes at Ahmedabad campus. The application form for NID DAT 2020 will be available from first week of October to third week of November 2019.  With late fee, students can fill the application form from third week of November 2019. The NID DAT admit card 2020 for prelims will be released in third week of December 2019.  National Institute of Design (NID) will release the updated NID DAT answer key 2020 in online mode in first week of March. The result for NID DAT 2020 will be announced in third week of March.The entrance test of NID DAT 2020 has two parts; Part -1: Prelims, Part – 2: Mains. Those clearing the preliminary exams were eligible for NID DAT Mains 2020 which will be conducted in second week of May 2020. The admit card of NID DAT 2020 mains will be released in first week of May. Admission will be on the basis of merit.  The result for NID DAT mains will be announced in fourth week of May 2020. 

NID DAT is also the entrance exam that offers admission to  60 GDPD seats in NID Kurukshetra and Vijayawada. NID DAT for M.Des programmes are offered at Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Gandhinagar campuses through a separately held NID DAT exam.



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

01 Oct, 2019 (Tentative) (Target 2019) - Advertisement | Mode: Online
01 Oct, 2019 - 23 Nov, 2019 (Tentative) (Target 2019) - Application | Mode: Offline and Online
01 Dec, 2019 - 04 Dec, 2019 (Tentative) (Target 2019) - Application Correction | Mode: Offline and Online
17 Dec, 2019 (Tentative) (Target 2019) - Admit Card | Mode: Online
23 Nov, 2019 - 30 Dec, 2019 (Tentative) (Target 2019) - Late Fee Application - NID DAT registration through late fee | Mode: Offline and Online
31 May, 2020 (Tentative) (Target 2019) - Result | Mode: Online
02 Jun, 2020 (Tentative) (Target 2019) - Counselling - Start Date | Mode: Offline
31 May, 2019 NID DAT Mains - (Target 2019) - Result - NID DAT mains result 2019 | Mode: Online
19 May, 2019 NID DAT Mains - (Target 2019) - Exam | Mode: Offline
12 May, 2019 NID DAT Mains - (Target 2019) - Exam | Mode: Offline
12 May, 2019 NID DAT Mains - (Target 2019) - Exam - NID DAT Mains | Mode: Online
20 Mar, 2019 NID DAT Prelims - (Target 2019) - Result - NID DAT prelims result | Mode: Online
17 Dec, 2018 - 06 Jan, 2019 NID DAT Prelims - (Target 2019) - Admit Card(Pre Exam Training) | Mode: Online
06 Jan, 2019 NID DAT Prelims - (Target 2019) - Exam | Mode: Offline

National Institute of Design will announce 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. 

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Mode of Application : Online and Offline

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

National Institute of Design will release the application form of NID DAT 2020 in first week of October. The last date for filling NID DAT application form 2020 will be third week of November. Candidates will be able to register by paying late fee from third to fourth week of November. If candidates made any mistake in the application form , in such a case, candidates get an option to rectify it in first week of November 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 Online, Offline Male, Female, Transgender ₹ 2000
ST, SC PWD Online, Offline Male, Female, Transgender ₹ 1000

NID DAT E-books and Sample Papers

NID DAT 2020 Syllabus

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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 in first week of January. 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 in second week of May  is different. NID DAT 2020 mains will be conducted in different formats. It includes sketching, drawing as well as hands-on model making. 

National Institute of Design (NID) will issue the NID DAT admit card 2020 in online mode in third week of December 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 from first week of May onwards. 

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
Nagpur
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 in third week of March. 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 second week of May 2020.  The final result of NID DAT result 2020 will be announced in fourth week of May. 

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 in second week of June in online mode. All the 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. It is at the Ahmedabad campus of NID that the candidates will have to complete the admission formalities. 

Documents Required at Counselling

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

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