About NID DAT 2020

National Institute of Design will make available NID DAT admit card 2020 on December 20 for the prelims exam. The authorities will conduct NID DAT 2020 Prelims in offline mode on December 29, 2019. Candidates can check their results in mode on March 19, 2020. The qualified candidates in the prelims stage will be eligible to appear for the mains, which will be conducted between April 29, to May 3, 2020. Candidates can download NID DAT Mains admit card 2020 on April 14. The authorities will release the result for the same on May 28, 2020. NID DAT 2020 application form was released on October 1 and candidates could fill the form with the regular fee till November 18, 2019. Earlier, the last date to fill the application form was November 7, 2019. Candidates could fill the application form of NID DAT 2020 with late fee from November 18 till November 21 at 12 pm. Later, the authorities had opened the edit window to make changes in the application form. The edit window was active from November 21 to 23, 2019. The entrance exam is conducted for aspirants seeking admissions in the undergraduate design programmes offered at Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Bengaluru campuses. NID DAT 2020 is held in two stages; Prelims and Mains. 

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

20 Dec, 2019

Admit Card | Mode: Online

29 Dec, 2019

Exam | Mode: Offline

19 Mar, 2020

Result | Mode: Online

Past Dates and Events

21 Nov, 2019 - 23 Nov, 2019

Application Correction | Mode: Online

18 Nov, 2019 - 21 Nov, 2019

Late Fee Application | Mode: Online

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

As per eligibility criteria of NID DAT 2020, candidates have to meet the age limit, educational qualification and the qualifying exam that are accepted by NID. Those candidates who meet the eligibility criteria, only they should apply for the entrance exam. The eligibility criteria of NIFT has been explained below in the table. 

Age limit

Aspirants up to 20 years of age on or before June 30, 2020, are eligible to apply. Candidates who belong to reserved categories, they get age relaxation of three years. 

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 : Online and Offline

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

The application form of NID DAT 2020 was available from October 1 to November 18, 2019 without late fee. Candidates could register by paying late fee from November 18 at (6 pm) till November 21, 2019. National Institute of Design opened the correction window to edit the application form on November 21 and closed the same on 23, 2019. Candidates belonging to general and OBC-NCL category had to pay Rs 2000 as application fee while those who are from SC, ST, SC- PwD, ST – PwD, Open – PwD, OBC – NCL – PwD paid 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 Female, Transgender, Male ₹ 2000
ST, SC PWD Online, Offline Female, Transgender, Male ₹ 1000

NID DAT 2020 Syllabus

Design aptitude test

To stand out from the rest, candidates should follow effective preparation tips. Besides showing dedication and sincerity, knowing few practical tips help you to a great extent in cracking NID DAT. Careers360 brings here top tips on how to crack NID DAT and get admission in the renowned institute. 

  • Solving NID DAT sample papers is one of the best ways to prepare for NIFT exam as it 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.
  •  Attempting mock tests helps 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 and follow it religiously.
  • Candidates should also follow best books for NIFT preparation. There are 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 that candidates can follow. 

NID DAT exam pattern 2020 comprises the type of questions that are asked in the preliminary and mains exams. The exam pattern of NID DAT 2020  also mentions the duration of the exam, the total number of questions asked, whether there is a negative marking or not, and  the medium in which the exam is conducted.

NID DAT Exam Pattern - Prelims

NID DAT prelims consists of two parts, candidates can go through the table below to know the exam pattern in details.

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 - Section-wise



Question numbers

Marks per question

Total marks allotted

Part I

Objective type questions

1 to 22

Questions( 1 to 14) - 1 mark

Questions (15 to 22) - 2 marks

30 marks

Part II

Subjective type questions

23 to 26

Question (23) - 15 marks

Question (24) - 20 marks

Question (25)- 15 marks

Question (26) - 20 marks, which was subdivided into three parts.

70 marks

NID DAT Exam Pattern - Mains

NID DAT 2020 mains will be conducted in different formats. It includes sketching, drawing as well as hands-on model making.

Medium of languageEnglish
Total Marks100
Duration of the examThree Hours

NID will issue 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, such as email address, password and captcha. The admit card of NID DAT 2020 is an important document that candidates have to carry with them to the exam centre. The admit card carries 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

The authorities will release NID DAT answer key 2020 for prelims exam in online mode in second week of February, which 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. The aim of NID DAT answer key 2020 is to help candidates get an idea about their probable score. Candidates can  match their responses with NID DAT answer key 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. The authorities will release the updated NID DAT answer key 2020 in online mode in second week of March. 

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Candidates who will  appear for NID DAT preliminary exam can check their results on March 19, 2020 in online mode. The result will be announced in the form of a merit list. Candidates can put their request for rechecking the results from March 20 to 23, 2020. Candidates who will clear the prelims exam will be eligible for appearing in NID DAT mains exam. The mains exam will be held from April 29 to May 3, 2020. The authorities will release NID DAT 2020 Mains result for B.Des./GDPD 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

NID DAT 2020 cutoff is the minimum marks that 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 
  • The past years' cutoff trends. 

Mode of Counselling: Offline

National Institute of Design will conduct counselling for NID DAT 2020 between June 5 and 6. All candidates who will qualify NID DAT 2020 which includes prelims and mains exams, they can participate in the counselling process. Students have to carry the requisite documents to get them verified and pay the requisite fee to confirm their admission. They will be receiving a provisional offer of admission for attending the counselling process in person on the announced date. Qualified candidates will have to choose the program of their choice in online mode. Candidates will have to complete the admission formalities at Ahmedabad campus of NID. 

NID DAT Seat Intake




Faculty of Textile, Apparel & Lifestyle Accessory Design

Textile Design


Faculty of Industrial Design

Product Design


Furniture Design


Ceramic and Glass Design


Faculty of Communication Design

Graphic Design


Animation Film Design


Film and Video Communication


Exhibition Design



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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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: https://design.careers360.com/articles/nid-dat-exam-centres . 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: 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.


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