About NID DAT 2020

National Institute of Design released  NID DAT admit card 2020 on December 20 for the prelims exam. The authorities conduct NID DAT 2020 Prelims in offline mode on December 29, 2019. Candidates can check their results in online mode tentatively in fourth week of March 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

NID DAT 2020 Highlights

Full Exam Name NID Design Aptitude Test
Short Exam Name NID DAT
Conducting Body National Institute of Design
Frequency of Conduct Once a year
Exam Level National Level Exam
Languages English
Mode of Application Offline / Online
Application Fee (General) 2000 Rs [Offline] +1 More
Mode of Exam Offline
Mode of Counselling Offline
Participating Colleges 4
Exam Duration 3 Hours
Number of Seats 220 Seats

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NID DAT 2020 Important Dates

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NID DAT Mains (Session 2020)

Upcoming Dates and Events

25 Apr, 2020 (Tentative)

Admit Card | Mode: Online

29 Apr, 2020 - 03 May, 2020 (Tentative)

Exam | Mode: Offline

28 May, 2020

Result | Mode: Online

05 Jun, 2020 - 06 Jun, 2020

Counselling | Mode: Offline

NID DAT Prelims (Session 2020)

Past Dates and Events

29 Dec, 2019

Exam | Mode: Offline

20 Dec, 2019

Admit Card | Mode: Online

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

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 : Offline and Online

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 Offline, Online Male, Transgender, Female ₹ 2000
SC, ST PWD Offline, Online Male, Transgender, Female ₹ 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 issued 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, date of birth  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 in online mode. 

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 fourth week of April, which will be available till first week of May, 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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NID postponed the announcement of NID DAT result which was supposed to declare on March due to COVID 19 outbreak. The examination cell notified that the result will be announce once normalcy returns.  NID DAT preliminary exam may be declare  tentatively in the fourth week of April 2020 in online mode. The result will be announced in the form of a merit list.  Candidates who will clear the prelims exam will be eligible for appearing in NID DAT mains exam. The new schedule for mains exam will be announced later. 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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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question: When will the result of NID DAT prelims 2020 be release?


National Institute of Design will announce the NID DAT prelims exam on February 19, 2020.

Question: When will the examination authority conduct the mains exam of NID DAT 2020?


National Institute of Design will conduct the NID DAT mains exam fro April 29 to May 3 2020 based on the pen and paper mode.

Question: What is the exam format of NID DAT mains 2020?


The exam format of the NID DAT mains exam 2020 are as follows

  • Drawing
  • Sketching
  • Hands-on  model making

Question: Where will the mains exam of NID DAT 2020 be conducted?


The NID DAT mains exam 2020 will be conducted in any of the campuses of NID -  Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Gandhinagar, Andhra Pradesh,  Haryana,  Madhya Pradesh and Assam.

Question: Is there a negative marking in the written exam of NID DAT 2020?


There is no negative marking for the incorrect answer in the NID DAT entrance exam.

Questions related to NID DAT

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Can anybody please tell me the complete syllabus for NID

Awanya Dabas 24th Mar, 2020


National Institute of Design (NID) conducts its exam NID DAT for admission into various courses in the institute. It has a Vast syllabus related to designing and innovation.

Please find the syllabus on the link mentioned below:


Hope this answer helps!


how much do I have to score in Marks, to clear the NID DAT tests? I am in the SC category.

Maria Sunny 20th Mar, 2020

Hello Jeet,

The percentile score required to qualify NID DAT 2020 is 45 for SC category. According   to last year qualifying cut off the percentile required for clearing the test was 40 for SC students.

Percentile is calculated as follows :

Let your rank be 60 and the total number of candidates were 2000 then your percentile will be,

(2000- 60)/2000 *100  = 97

The cut off marks will depend on the number of candidates appearing for the exam.


What is the cutoff for NID DAT (M.DES) 2020 for general category?

Ruchika Chauhan Expert 4th Mar, 2020


NID DAT 2020 cutoff has not been released by the authorities yet. You can go through the link below and check the previous year cutoff for reference:


Good Luck!

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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!


please tell me the syllabus of NID DAT and aieed


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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