NID is an entrance test conducted by NID for admission to their 4 year Bachelor of Design program and two and a half year Masters in Design programmes. Admission to all the programmes at NID is on the basis of the candidate’s performance in the two stages of Design Aptitude Test i.e., DAT Prelim and DAT Mains. The objective of these exams is to assess the knowledge, skills and behavioral abilities of candidates.

Exam Eligibility

Candidates must have completed or currently appearing for 10+2 in any stream from any recognized board of education such as CBSE, IB, ICSE or their equivalent.

NID Paper Pattern

The Design Aptitude Tests will be conducted in two stages

Stage 1: Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims – The DAT Prelims paper will consist of an examination of 3 hours duration and 100 marks. It is a paper and pencil/pen test.

Stage 2: Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Mains or Round 2 consists of Material Handling, Studio Test and Personal Interview

Syllabus

NID Prelims:

Mental ability: Questions can range from Blood relations, Coding / Decoding, Distance & Direction Sense, Puzzles, Seating Arrangements, Analogies, Completion of series, Paper folding & cutting, Series & Sequences and Odd one out.

Analytical Reasoning: Statements and arguments, statement and assumptions, statement and conclusions, course of action, passage and conclusions, assertion and reason, cause and effect, syllogism & Data sufficiency.

Visual spatial ability: Counting of figures, Mirror and Water images, 2D shape perception, 2D verbal translation, Counting of Cubes, Development of surfaces, Orthographic Views, Sciography, Counting of edges & surfaces & Platonic Solids.

General Knowledge: Audio video terminology, Famous Art and Artists, Famous Designers, Business Personalities, Logo Study, Manufacturing Processed, Performance arts, Photography, Design Aptitude & General Knowledge list of topics.

Maths: Geometry, Mensuration, Statistics, Permutation and Combination, Percentage & Basic Math

English: Literature, Idioms and Phrases, Grammar, Language, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Spelling Errors & Antonyms & Synonyms.

Design sketching: Perspective, 2D, Shading, Texturing, Rendering, Human & Animal figure drawing, Speed Sketching, Theme Sketch, Objects in Perspective, 2D Composition, Animal Figure Drawing, Design Basics, Interiors, Exteriors & Product Design Sketching.

NID Mains:

Material Handling: Tasks given to examine a student’s ability to understand the properties of given material and create an interesting 3D model.

Observation Exercises: Tasks given to check candidates Audio and Visual observation skills etc.

Personal Interview: Tests the attitudes, personality traits and behaviors of the student.

Group Discussion: This will evaluate the student’s ability to work in teams and generate productive outcomes.

Doodling Test: This test examines a student’s ability to imagine / recollect details and draw them to the maximum detail.

Audio – Visual Test: This test examines a student’s ability to observe, image and reproduce, reconstruct to the maximum details.

Programmes Offered By Various Institutes

NID Ahmedabad

  • B.Des: Ceramic & Glass Design, Furniture & Interior Design , Product Design , Animation Film Design, Exhibition Design, Film & Video Communication , Graphic Design & Textile Design.
  • M.Des: Animation Film Design, Ceramic and Glass Design, Furniture & Interior Design, Film & Video Communication, Graphic Design, Product Design & Textile Design.

NID Gandhinagar

  • M.Des: Apparel Design, Lifestyle Accessory Design, Strategic Design Management, New Media Design, Photography Design, Toy & Game Design & Transportation & Automobile Design.

NID Bangalore

  • M.Des:Design for Retail Experience, Digital Game Design, Information Design, Interaction Design & Universal Design.

NID Andhra Pradesh

  • B.Des:Communication Design, Industrial Design & Textile & Apparel Design.

NID Haryana

  • B.Des:Industrial Design, Communication Design & Textile & Apparel Design.

NID Madhya Pradesh

  • B.Des:Industrial Design, Communication Design & Textile & Apparel Design.

NID Assam

  • B.Des:Industrial Design, Communication Design & Textile & Apparel Design.

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