National Institute of Design conducts DAT 2018 on January 7
Updated on Jan 7, 2018 - 1:25 p.m. IST by Nancy Johri
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National Institute of Design (NID) conducted the first stage of Design Aptitude Test (DAT) 2018- Prelims, on January 7 for filling 100 B.Design seats in its Ahmedabad campus. The three-hour long national level design entrance exam concluded at 1 PM across 23 test cities. Test-takers were assessed on their knowledge, skills and behavioural abilities.

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The NID Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims 2018 primarily evaluated each candidate on the following abilities-

  • Analysis

  • Creativity

  • Knowledge

  • Visualisation

  • Comprehension

NID DAT 2018 Prelims consisted of two parts:

  • Part I - Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) marked out of 70 points. The responses of this part had to be recorded on an OMR sheet and evaluated digitally.

  • Part II - Subjective questions marked out of 30 points, with responses to be provided in visual and/or written formats.

The institute will release the answer key of NID DAT 2018 on January 12, 2018 (11 AM). Candidates can challenge the answer key in online mode between January 18 (11 AM) and 19 (4 PM). NID DAT 2018 final answer keys will be uploaded on January 30. National Institute of Design will announce the NID DAT result of prelims on March 13, 2018 (4 PM).

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Admissions to all of the programmes will be granted on the basis of a two-stage competitive exam- Prelims and Mains. Meritorious candidates will be given admissions to four-year long eight undergraduate design programmes. The NID DAT Mains stage for shortlisted candidates will be conducted from May 15 to 22, 2018.

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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!

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please tell me the syllabus of NID DAT and aieed

SAKSHI KULSHRESHTHA 2nd Jan, 2020

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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The NID DAT 2020 BDes entrance was supposed to be 3 hours for both GAT and Drawing section, but in my centre in Bangalore the examiners did not give the drawing section until after 50 minutes. This meant that we only 130 minutes for drawing. Unfair! How was it in other centres??

Gayu 30th Dec, 2019

Thanks Harish, However, what you are saying is true for MDes only (which is 150 minutes paper). My query was related to BDes which is 180 minutes paper. As far as I know there is no such notification for BDes exam. It seems unfair to all the students who were not allowed the full 3 hours for both sections.

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where do i get ithe answers for the sample papers for NidDat that i hv downloaded

Devang Prajapati 28th Dec, 2019

Hey,you can question paper of niddat examination on below link .So go through link and dowanload papers"NID DAT Sample Papers 2020 – Download Previous Year Question Paper here!" https://design.careers360.com/articles/nid-dat-sample-papers thank you.

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what is the cutoff of NID entrance exam 2020?

Khushi 24th Dec, 2019

Hi Akshita

Careers 360 will provide detailed information as to the cutoff of NID DAT 2020 as soon as it is released by the National Institute of Design. Aspiring candidates, however, can check the minimum qualifying percentile score required for admission to get an idea. Candidates will be shortlisted based on the cutoff marks for each category.

https://design.careers360.com/articles/nid-dat-cutoff

Click on this link to find out

All the best !


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