NID DAT 2021

NID DAT  (Design Aptitude Test)

National Institute of Design releases the application form for NID DAT, Students can apply for the application form through their official website. This Exam is conducted for both Under Graduate & Post Graduate levels. Please Scroll Down to know more about Exam Highlights, Important Dates, Eligibility Criteria, Syllabus etc. The National Institute of Design (NID) entrance exam is a national-level exam for candidates seeking admission to Bachelor of Design (B.Des) and Master of Design (M.Des) programmes at the National Institute of Design. The Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD) was also offered at one stage, but it has been discontinued since 2020. Aspirants must take the NID DAT (Prelims) and NID DAT (Mains) to be considered for admission to design programmes (Mains). The NID DAT (Prelims) is a written design aptitude test, while the NID DAT (Mains) includes a Studio Test and an Interview. The Prelims exam has already taken place this year. GDPD was offered at the NID campuses in Assam, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, and Andhra Pradesh, with admission based on the NID DAT. All GDPD seats have now been changed to B.Des seats, and these four NID colleges are now offering B.Des admissions rather than GDPD admissions. From now on, B.Des will be offered at all NID campuses. NID DAT is administered by the National Institute of Design (NID). NID is an autonomous national institution in Ahmedabad, India, that was established in 1961. It is a design curriculum, practice, and research centre dedicated to raising design awareness. The institution's key goal is to develop exceptional design professionals to meet India's diverse design needs, to become a repository of design expertise and experience, to establish a benchmark of design education and practise, and to provide a comprehensive understanding of technological, managerial, and design fundamentals. 


Entrance Exam Highlights


NID Design Aptitude Test

Organized by

National Institute of Design


National Level Exam


Once a year

Official Website

Mode of Registration

Offline / Online

Exam Mode


Total Questions

180 Questions

Negative marking




Exam pattern

Physics, 60 questions, chemistry, 60 questions, arithmetic, 60 questions, 60 questions.

Number of Seats

220 Seats

No. of Participating Colleges


Score Validity

One year


Important Dates for NID DAT 2021

Events (B.Des.) Dates 
Window to fill NID application form (B.Des) 9th January 2021
Last Date to Fill NID application form (B.Des) 17th February 2021
Last Date to Fill Application form for Late Fees 20th February 2021
Download NID admit card 4th March 2021
NID DAT Prelims 14th March 2021
Declaration of NID DAT (Prelims) result (B.Des/ GDPD) To Be Announced
NID DAT (Mains) for B.Des/ GDPD) To Be Announced
Declaration of NID admission test result for B.Des & GDPD To Be Announced


Events (M.Des.) Dates 
Window to fill NID application form (M.Des) 9th January 2021
Last Date to Fill NID application form (M.Des) 17th February 2021
Last Date to Fill Application form for Late Fees 22nd February 2021
Download NID admit card 4th March 2021
NID DAT Prelims 14th March 2021
Declaration of NID DAT (Prelims) result (M.Des) To Be Announced
NID DAT (Mains) for M.Des To Be Announced


NID DAT 2021 (Prelims) Exam Timing:

Paper-I  10:00 AM - 10:30 AM (30 minutes)
Paper-II 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (120 minutes)
Paper-III 12:30 PM - 02:30 PM (120 minutes)
Paper-I & II 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM (180 minutes)


NID DAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Age limit





Educational Qualification





List of Courses

B. Des Courses Offered at NID
Ceramic & Glass Design Furniture & Interior Design
Product Design Animation Film Design
Exhibition Design Film & Video Communication
Graphic Design Textile Design
GD / PD Courses Offered at NID
Industrial Design Communication Design
Textile & Apparel Design  
M. Des Courses Offered at NID
Animation Film Design Ceramic and Glass Design
Furniture & Interior Design Film & Video Communication
Graphic Design Product Design
Textile Design Apparel Design
Lifestyle Accessory Design Strategic Design Management
New Media Design Photography Design
Toy & Game Design    Transportation & Automobile Design
Design for Retail Experience Digital Game Design  
Information Design Interaction Design
Universal Design  


NID DAT 2021 Application Process

Category Application Fees
General Rs.3000/-
General- (EWS) Rs.3000/-
OBC-NCL Rs.3000/-
SC Rs.1500/-
ST Rs.1500/-
General-(PwD) Rs.1500/-
General – (EWS)-(PwD) Rs.1500/-
OBC-NCL-(PwD) Rs.1500/-
SC-(PwD) Rs.1500/-
ST-(PwD) Rs.1500/-
Overseas (Supernumerary) Rs.5000/-


NID DAT 2021 Exam Pattern

NID DAT Exam Pattern – Prelims

Particulars Details
Total Marks 100 marks
Mode of NID DAT 2020 Offline mode
Medium of the entrance exam English
Duration of NID DAT 2020 exam Three Hours
Type of questions Subjective and Objective


NID DAT Exam Pattern - Section-wise

The Parts Patterns Numbers for Questions Per-question marks Max Allotted Marks
THE PART I Questions of objective form From 1 to 22 Questions(1 through 14) - 1 mark 30
(15 to 22) Questions - 2 marks
THE PART II Questions of the subjective kind From 23 to 26 Issue (23) - Fifteen marks 70
Issue (24) - 20 marks
Issue (25)- 15 marks
Issue (26) - 20 points, broken down into three sections.


NID DAT Exam Pattern - Mains

Particulars Details
Medium of language English
Total Marks 100
Duration of the exam Three Hours

The numerous NID DAT Key Examination formats are


Syllabus of NID DAT  - Prelims

Theme development Innovation in design Exercises on imagination
Principles of composition Optical illusion Design theory
Creation of inspiration & design Normal & geometric shape Pattern, colour & texture
Lateral thinking Graphics & pictograms Ornaments & motifs
Form & structure Light & shadow comprehension Knowledge for Design
Delusion & doodling Creative Thought & Publishing Fundamentals drawing
Inter-relationship of mood, theme & colour Project elements & values Production of Observation
Psychology of colours & optical illusions Colour use in compositions Lettering With
Techniques of Presentation Illusion in optics Logic Visual
Memory drawing Good design vs. bad design Picture analysis
Organic & geometric shape Creation & innovation Foreshortening & viewpoint
Inspiration & imagination Developing themes & associations of colour Usage of equations, size & proportions
Expression & emotion Story


Syllabus of NID DAT mains exam


NID DAT 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


NID DAT 2021 Admit Card

On March 4, 2021, at 4:00 p.m., the NID DAT 2021 Prelims admit card was issued. Candidates who have been accepted into NID's B.Des or M.Des programmes will now download their admit cards. Candidates should be aware that admit cards for NID DAT Mains 2021 will only be available to those who pass the Prelims test. Registered candidates will be able to download their NID DAT Mains 2021 admit card using their email address, password, and verification code.


Steps to Download NID DAT Admit Card 2021

Candidates must take the steps outlined below to obtain their NID DAT admit card:


NID DAT 2021 Answer Key (Soon)

The NID DAT response key will be available shortly. After the provisional answer key is issued, the institute will open a window for re-checking the NID DAT 2021 answer key. If a mistake is discovered, the marks will be corrected and revised as needed.

Following the completion of the NID DAT 2021 test, the conducting authority, the National Institute of Design (NID), will post the response keys on the official website. After considering all of the challenges submitted by the candidates, the final response keys for all sets will be issued.


Steps to Download NID DAT 2021 Answer Key

Candidates must follow the steps below to obtain the NID DAT 2021 response key:


NID DAT Result 2021

The results of the NID DAT 2020 (Mains) for B.Des and M.Des are expected to be released in the first week of June 2021. The NID DAT Prelims results will be announced on the NID official website. Candidates who pass the NID DAT 2021 Prelims will be shortlisted to participate in the NID DAT 2021 Mains. Candidates can verify their results by simply entering their registered E-mail address and birth date. The NID DAT result is published as a merit list. Separate merit lists are prepared for each rank, such as OPEN, OBC-NCL, SC, ST, and PwD, based on the scores obtained in the NID DAT Prelims. The NID DAT 2021 scorecard or result will only be valid for the current academic year.


Steps to Check NID DAT Result 2021


NID DAT 2021 Cutoff

The cutoff mark for the National Institute of Design Design Aptitude Test, or NID DAT, is the minimum score needed for undergraduate and postgraduate admission to NID DAT participating colleges. After the NID DAT results are posted, the National Institute of Design will announce the NID DAT cutoff marks. For candidates in the General/OBC/SC/ST grades, the NIT DAT 2021 cutoff marks will be different. During the NIT DAT counselling process, applicants who score higher than the minimum cutoff will be given priority. Candidates who do not meet the minimum NIT DAT cutoff qualifying marks will be disqualified from the admission process.


Factors Determining NIT DAT 2021 Cutoff


Steps to Check NID DAT Merit List 2021

The measures listed below must be taken to review the NID DAT 2021 merit list:


NID DAT 2021 Counselling

Following the announcement of the NID DAT Result and final merit list, the NID DAT therapy process is expected to take place. The NID DAT counselling process will begin after the three stages of the selection process have been completed, i.e.