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National Institute of Design (NID) conducts NID Design Aptitude Test 2018 to offer admissions to aspirants in the Bachelor of Design (BDes) as well as Master of Design (MDes) programmes on the basis of their performance in the entrance test. In order to secure admission in UG and Master’s design programmes offered at National Institute of Design (NID) aspirants need to take part in NID DAT (Prelims) and NID DAT (Mains). Candidates who will be shortlisted in NID DAT (Prelims) can only appear for NID DAT (Mains) admission round. NID DAT (Prelims) is a written design aptitude test conducted by NID whereas NID DAT (Mains) will comprise of Studio Test and Interview round. Candidates who will clear both these admission rounds will be offered admission in design programmes offered at the colleges accepting NID entrance exam scores for admission.

Apart from B.Des and M.Des programmes, candidates can also pursue Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD) at National Institute of Design. Aspirants can pursue GDPD course at NID Vijayawada and NID Kurukshetra campus. M.Des. shall be offered at NID’s campuses in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Gandhinagar and B.Des. the program shall be offered only at NID Ahmedabad. Check complete details of NID Design Aptitude Test 2018 in the article below.

 Latest: The last date to submit online application form with late fee is November 9, 2017

NID Design Aptitude Test 2018

The dates for NID Design Aptitude Test 2018 are given below.

Events Dates for NID B.Des / GDPD Dates for NID M.Des
Application form released on 25 Sep 2017 25 Sep 2017
Last date to apply 31 Oct 2017 31 Oct 2017
Last date to submit form with late fee 09 Nov 2017(2 PM) 09 Nov 2017 (2 PM)
Filled in application form and demand draft is to be received until 09 Nov 2017 09 Nov 2017
Facility to edit the application form will begin from 14 to 16 Nov 2017 14 to 16 Nov 2017
Issuance of admit card for DAT Prelims 20 Dec 2017 20 Dec 2017
NID DAT Prelims 2018 will be held on 07 Jan 2018 07 Jan 2018
Answer key will release on 12 Jan 2018 12 Jan 2018
Window to challenge the answer key will remain open until 18 and 19 Jan 2018 18 and 19 Jan 2018
Final answer key will be uploaded on 30 Jan 2018 30 Jan 2018
Prelims result will be announced on 13 Mar 2018 15 Feb 2018
Issuance of admit card for NID DAT Main exam 22 Mar 2018 27 Feb 2018
NID DAT Main 2018 will be held on 15 to 22 May 2018 12 Mar to 15 Apr 2018
Merit list will release on 31 May 2018 02 May 2018

NID Entrance Exam 2018 Eligibility Criteria

For BDes and Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD) Admissions

Age Limit

  • For Indian Nationals in General Category: Upper age limit for candidates is 20 years
    as on 30 June 2018. Only those candidates born on or after 1 July 1998 are eligible to
    apply for admission.
  • For Indian Nationals in Reserved Category (OBC-NCL, SC, ST): Upper age limit for
    candidates is 23 years as on 30 June 2018. Only those candidates born on or after 1
    July 1995 are eligible to apply for admission.
  • For Indian Nationals in PwD Reserved Category: Upper age limit for candidates is 25
    years as on 30 June 2018. Only those candidates born on or after 1 July 1993 are
    eligible to apply for admission.
  • For Foreign Nationals in Overseas (Supernumerary) Category: Upper age limit for
    candidates is 20 years as on 30 June 2018. Only those candidates born on or after 1
    July 1998 are eligible to apply for admission.

Educational Qualification:

Applications for academic year 2018–19 are open to applicants who have passed or will
appear for higher secondary (10+2) qualifying examinations in the academic year
2017–18 in any stream (Science, Arts, Commerce, etc.) from any recognised board of
education such as CBSE, IB, ICSE or their equivalent.

For Master of Design (M.Des.)

Age Limit

  • For Indian Nationals in General Category: Upper age limit for candidates is 30 years
    as on 30 June 2018. Only those candidates born on or after 1 July 1988 are eligible to
    apply for admission.
  • For Indian Nationals in Reserved Category (OBC-NCL, SC & ST): Upper age limit for
    candidates is 33 years as on 30 June 2018. Only those candidates born on or after 1
    July 1985 are eligible to apply for admission.
  • For Indian Nationals in PwD Reserved Category: Upper age limit for candidates is 35
    years as on 30 June 2018. Only those candidates born on or after 1 July 1983 are
    eligible to apply for admission.
  • For Foreign Nationals in Overseas (Supernumerary) Category: Upper age limit for
    candidates is 30 years as on 30 June 2018. Only those candidates born on or after 1
    July 1988 are eligible to apply for admission.

Educational Qualification

The candidate must possess at least one of the following minimum qualifications to be considered eligible for admissions:

  1. Bachelor degree of minimum 4-year duration in any specialization, after 10+2 system,
    from any university or institute recognised by law in India. Condition: Applicant must
    (have passed/have appeared for/be appearing for) the Bachelor degree examinations
    before July 2018. OR
  2. Bachelor degree of minimum 3-year duration in any specialization, under the 10+2
    system. Condition: Applicants must have passed the Bachelor degree examinations
    before July 2017. OR
    Full-time Diploma of minimum 4-year duration in Design/Fine Arts/Applied Arts/
    Architecture, after 10+2 system, from any university or institute recognised by law in
    India. Condition: Applicants must (have passed/have appeared for/be appearing for) the
    Diploma examinations before July 2018.

NID Design Aptitude Test 2018 Application Form

Candidates need to fill their NID Design Aptitude Test 2018 application form on the NID’s official website. To successfully fill the application form, candidates need to first fill the application form online after which they will be required to upload their supporting documents, signature and photograph.

NID Entrance Exam 2018: Size/Format of Photograph & Signature
Photograph 100 KB

JPG Format

Signature 100 KB

JPG Format

Aspirants who will be applying for admission at NID under any reserved category need to submit the below mentioned documents in JPG format. The file size of these documents should not be more than 150 KB.

NID Entrance Exam 2018: Documents to be Uploaded
Category Photo Signature Certificate
General Yes Yes No
OBC-NCL Yes Yes Yes, OBC-NCL Certificate
SC Yes Yes Yes, Caste Certificate
ST Yes Yes Yes, Tribe Certificate
OPEN-PwD Yes Yes Yes, Disability Certificate
OBC-NCL-PwD Yes Yes Yes, Caste and Disability Certificate
SC-PwD Yes Yes Yes, Caste and Disability Certificate
ST-PwD Yes Yes Yes, Tribe and Disability Certificate
Overseas Yes Yes First page and Last page of Passport

Application Fee

Candidates can pay the application fee via Online (be Credit Card/ Debit Card) or by Demand Draft. If paying fee by DD take a printout of their NID Entrance Exam 2018 application form and thereafter send it along with the DD. Also, aspirants need to fill all the details regarding their DD in their online application form.

The amount of application fee for DAT – B.Des /GDPD and DAT – M.Des is as mentioned below.

Category DAT for B.Des and GDPD DAT for M.Des (1 Discipline) DAT for M.Des (2 Discipline)
General Rs. 2000 Rs. 2000 Rs. 4000
OBC-NCL Rs. 2000 Rs. 2000 Rs. 4000
SC Rs. 1000 Rs. 1000 Rs. 2000
ST Rs. 1000 Rs. 1000 Rs. 2000
General-PwD Rs. 1000 Rs. 1000 Rs. 2000
OBC-NCL-PwD Rs. 1000 Rs. 1000 Rs. 2000
SC-PwD Rs. 1000 Rs. 1000 Rs. 2000
ST-PwD Rs. 1000 Rs. 1000 Rs. 2000
Overseas Rs. 3000 Rs. 3000 Rs. 6000


NID Design Aptitude Test 2018 Admit Card

The NID DAT 2018 Admit Cards will be available for download on the NID website (www.admissions.nid.edu) as per the schedule. It is solely the responsibility of all candidates to download and print their own respective Admit Cards. Candidates need to bring the admit card to appear for the entrance test. Firstly, the admit card will be issued for Design Aptitude Test (Prelims). Based on the scores obtained in the DAT Prelims, eligible candidates will have to appear for Design Aptitude Test (Mains). The admit card for DAT Mains will be issued for only shortlisted candidates.

NID DAT 2018 Examination Pattern

In order to secure admissions in design programmes at NID, aspirants need to clear two stages which are:

  • Stage 1: NID DAT (Prelims)
  • Stage 2: NID DAT (Mains) – Studio Test and Personal Interview

The Design Aptitude Test (DAT) conducted by NID is a three hour duration exam and the total weightage of the entrance test will be 100 marks. It shall be a pen and paper based test. The question paper will be in English language only and the test paper comprises of both objective as well as subjective questions. NID DAT (Prelims) is conducted to test candidates on the below mentioned abilities:

  • Knowledge
  • Comprehension
  • Analysis
  • Creativity
  • Visualisation

The DAT Prelims consists of two parts:

  1. Part I: Multiple-choice questions marked out of 70 points. This part has questions with
    one or more than one correct answer. The responses of this part will be recorded on an
    OMR sheet and evaluated digitally.
  2. Part II: Subjective questions marked out of 30 points, with responses to be provided in
    visual and/or written formats.

Based on the DAT Prelims scores, separate merit lists shall be prepared for each
category (OPEN, OBC-NCL, SC, ST & PwD). Only shortlisted candidates will be eligible to
appear for the DAT Mains exam as per the schedule announced.

Separate merit list will be prepared for Overseas candidates.

NID Design Aptitude Test Sample Paper

NID DAT Mains 2018

DAT Mains for B.Des./GDPD: Based on the scores obtained in the DAT Prelims, eligible candidates will have to appear for the DAT Mains. The Admit Card for shortlisted candidates will be available for download only on the official NID admissions website (www.admissions.nid.edu).

The DAT Mains for B.Des/GDPD programmes may consist of tests in different formats
such as drawing/sketching, hands-on model making. Total marks of the test will be out
of 100 and the duration will be of three hours. The DAT Mains will be conducted in
English.

The test center will be at Ahmedabad.

NID will not provide accommodation for applicants appearing for the DAT Mains;
therefore, the candidates must arrange accommodation at their cost.

DAT Mains for MDes Admissions: Based on the scores obtained in the DAT Prelims, eligible candidates will have to appear for the DAT Mains. The Admit Card for shortlisted candidates will be available for download only on the official NID admissions website (www.admissions.nid.edu).

The DAT Mains for M.Des programmes consists of two parts:

  • Studio Test: This may consist of tests in different formats such as drawing/sketching, hands-on model making, group discussions etc. Total marks of the test will be out of 100 and the duration will be of three hours. The DAT Mains will be conducted in English.
  • Interviews: The interviews will be conducted separately for each discipline, immediately after the Studio Test at the same centre.

NID Design Aptitude Test Result 2018

National Institute of Design announces the result for NID DAT, candidates who will be shortlisted in this round will need to further appear for NID DAT (Mains). Candidates can check their result for NID entrance exam on the official website of the exam by providing details such as email address, date of birth, roll number/application number etc. Candidates who will appear for NID DAT (Mains) wherein authorities will conduct a Studio Test and Interview round at NID campuses.

On the basis of a candidate’s performance in NID DAT (Prelims and Mains), a final merit list for NID admissions will be prepared. Candidates can check the merit list for NID admissions on the official website of the exam.

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