NID Entrance Exam

NID Entrance Exam 2023 - Important Dates, Application Process, Pattern, Syllabus, Result, and Counselling

Last Modified on : 18 May 2024

National Institute of Design - Design Aptitude Test (NID- DAT) is a national-level exam for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate design courses offered by the National Institute of Design at its campuses across the country. Admission is offered to Bachelor of Design (B.Des) and Master of Design (M.Des) courses. There are seven NID campuses in the country viz. NID Assam, Ahmedabad, Andhra Pradesh, Bengaluru, Gandhinagar, Haryana, and Madhya Pradesh. Here are the complete details related to eligibility, pattern, syllabus, admit card, result, counselling, cut-off, and more for the NID DAT 2022 exam.

Latest Update: The last date for NID DAT application submission is 30th November 2021. The exam is scheduled for 2nd January 2022.

NID DAT 2022 - Quick Overview

Exam Name

National Institute of Design - Design Aptitude Test (NID DAT)

Exam Conducting Authority

The National Institute of Design (NID)

Official Website

Exam Level


Exam Type

Undergraduate (UG) and Postgraduate (PG)

Exam Frequency

Once a year

Exam Stages

Preliminary and Main

Medium of Exam


Exam Mode


Application Mode


Number of Seats (for 2021)

425 (B.Des)

347 (M.Des)

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NID Entrance Exam 2023 Important Dates

The schedule for important NID DAT 2022 events was released in the official notification. Here are the details.

Exam Events

Important Dates

Notification release

5th October 2021

Application process starts

5th October 2021

Application process ends

30th November 2021

Application process with late fee

1st to 5th December 2021

Application correction window

6th to 13th December 2021

Admit card availability

23rd December 2021

NID DAT Preliminary exam

2nd January 2022

Answer key for preliminary exam

January/ February 2022

NID DAT Result (Preliminary Phase)

February 2022

NID DAT Main exam

March/ April 2022

Final Result

April/ May 2022

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NID Entrance Exam 2023 Pattern & Syllabus

Exam Pattern

The pattern for the NID DAT will help you in getting familiar with the type of questions, marking scheme, and more.

Pattern for NID DAT Preliminary Phase

Exam Mode

Offline (Pen and Paper mode)

Exam Duration

Three hours

Number of Questions


Nature/ Type of Questions

Objective and Subjective

Total Marks


Medium of the exam


Marking Scheme

Varies as per questions

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Distribution of Questions and Marks in the Preliminary Phase

Questions in the preliminary section are of both objective and subjective types. The distribution of questions is as under:

Type of Questions

Number of Questions

Marks per Question

Maximum Marks


1 to 22

1 to 14 (1 mark)

15 to 22 (2 marks)

30 marks


23 to 26

Question 23 (15 marks)

Question 24 (20 marks)

Question 25 (15 marks)

Question 26 (20 marks)

70 marks




100 marks

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Pattern for NID DAT Main Phase

After clearing the preliminary exam, candidates have to appear for the Main exam. The exam is generally conducted in offline mode, however, due to COVID 19, it has been conducted in the online mode for the last two years. The Main exam comprises a studio test and personal interview round. Other details are as follows.

Exam Mode


Exam Duration

3 hours

Maximum Marks


Medium of Exam


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The Studio test consists of drawing/ sketching, hands-on model making, presentation, group discussion, etc.

Syllabus for NID DAT

The syllabus for the Preliminary and Main exams are as follows:

NID DAT Preliminary Exam Syllabus - Theme Development, Principles of Composition, Inspiration & Design Development, Form & Function, Lateral Thinking, Mood, Theme & Colour Inter-relationship, Imagination & Doodling, Colour Psychology & Optical illusions, Memory Drawing, Presentation Techniques, Inspiration & Creativity, Natural & Geometrical Form, Expression & Emotion, Optical illusion, Innovation in Design, Graphics & Pictograms, Natural & Geometrical Form, Creative Thinking & Writing, Understanding Light & Shade, Usage of colour in compositions, Elements & Principle of design, Innovation & Creating, Good Design vs. Bad Design, Developing themes & colour associations, Story, Foreshortening & Perspective, Use of measurements, scale & proportions, Visual Logic, Picture Analysis, Lettering, Drawing Fundamentals, Developing Observation, Design Awareness, Design Theory, Colour, Pattern & Texture, Exercises on imagination, and Ornaments & Motifs.

NID DAT Main Exam Syllabus - Model Making, Mock Interview, Material Manipulation, Evolving Ideas, Audio-visual exercises, Doodling, Importance of Body Language, Past Studio Test & Interview Questions, Creative Thinking, Guidance on Portfolio Making, Past Studio Test & Interview Questions, Questions generally asked in an interview.

NID Entrance Exam 2023 Eligibility

Candidates must make sure that they meet the eligibility conditions before filling the application form. Here are the details about the age limit, minimum qualification, etc.

Educational Qualification

Must have passed class 12th examination (any discipline - Science, Commerce, Arts, Humanities( from a recognized board. Those who are currently appearing in the class 12th exam are also eligible for the entrance exam.

Age Limit

Candidates belonging to the General and General EWS categories must be 20 years of age on or before 30th June 2022. Those belonging to SC/ ST/ OBC-Non Creamy Layer categories will get 3 years relaxation and PWD category candidates will get 5 years relaxation.

NID Entrance Exam 2023 Application Process

The application process for NID DAT 2022 has started on 5th October 2021. The application forms will remain available on the official website till 30th November. Candidates must fill the forms before the last date. Candidates will also be allowed to submit the applications after the last date on paying a late fee amount.

Documents Required for Application Submission

Candidates must keep the following documents ready for filling the application form:




Category certificate (if applicable)

Not more than 150 KB


EWS and Disability Certificate (if applicable)

Not more than 150 KB


Copy of the first and last page of the passport for overseas candidates

Not more than 150 KB


Scanned image of photograph

Not more than 100 KB


Scanned image of the signature

Not more than 100 KB


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Application Procedure

Here are the steps for filling the application form.

  • Registration
  • Fill the NID DAT Application Form
  • Upload the Required Documents
  • Pay the Application Fee


Fill the NID DAT Application Form

  • After the registration is complete, log in using your credentials.
  • Provide information related to education, work experience, personal details, etc.
  • Click the ‘Save & Proceed’ button to save the information. You will be taken to the document upload section.

Upload the Required Documents

  • Upload the scanned images of the documents mentioned above.
  • Make sure the documents are uploaded in their respective fields.

Pay the Application Fee

  • After the documents are uploaded, move to the application payment process. The application fee is to be paid as per different categories using debit card/ credit card/ net banking. Here are the fee details:


Application fee (without late fee)

Application fee (with late fee)

General-EWS/ General OBC-NCL

₹ 3,000

₹ 6,000


₹ 1,500

₹ 3,000


₹ 1,500

₹ 3,000

General-EWS/ General PWD

₹ 1,500

₹ 3,000

Overseas candidates

₹ 5,000

₹ 10,000

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NID Entrance Exam 2023 Other Details

NID DAT 2022 Exam Centres

The NID DAT Preliminary phase exam will be held in 23 cities while the Main exam will be conducted at any of the NID campuses. The cities for the Preliminary exam are as under:























New Delhi


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NID DAT 2022 Admit Card

The DAT exam 2022 admit card will be released by NID on the official website on 23rd December 2021. Candidates will be able to download the admit card only through the online mode using their log-in credentials. The admit card is an important document for appearing in the examination. It needs to be carried to the exam hall. Steps to download the NID DAT 2022 admit card are as under:

  • Visit the official website.
  • Look for the NID DAT Admit Card 2022 link and click it.
  • Login using your credentials.
  • Your DAT 2022 admit will appear on the screen.
  • Check all the details carefully, download, and take a print.

NID DAT 2022 Answer Key

The NID DAT 2022 answer keys will be released online on the official website in January/ February 2022. The answer key has correct answers for the questions asked in the exam. If students find any discrepancies in the answer key, the same must be reported to the authorities with appropriate proof.

NID DAT Result 2022

The NID DAT final result 2022 will be released in April/ May 2022 on the official website. The result for the preliminary phase exam will be announced in January/ February 2022. Those who pass the preliminary exam become eligible for the Main exam. The result can be checked using the login credentials.

NID DAT 2022 Cut Off

NID DAT cut-offs are the minimum marks required to be secured to clear the exam. The cut-off will be determined by the number of candidates appearing in the entrance exam, seat intake, level of difficulty, previous years’ cut-off trends, etc. Category-wise minimum qualifying marks are mentioned below:


Cut-Off (Minimum Qualifying Marks)

Open/ General










Overseas candidates


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NID DAT 2022 Counselling

NID will conduct the DAT 2022 counselling at one of its campuses. Those who have cleared the Preliminary and Main phase exam will be eligible to participate in the counselling process. Candidates are required to carry the original documents for verification and pay the admission fee to confirm the allotted seat. A provisional counselling letter will be issued for participating in the counselling process. Details related to the process will be mentioned in the letter.

Check out the frequently asked questions for the NID DAT 2022 exam here.

NID Entrance Exam Frequently Asked Questions

No, there is no negative marking in the NID DAT exam.

There is no limit on the number of attempts. As long as you meet the eligibility conditions, you can appear for the exam.

The Preliminary phase will get 30% weightage and the Main phase will get 70% weightage for preparing the final result.

The format for the category certificate is provided on the official website. You can download the same from there.

Your preparation strategy must include the following:

  • Practising previous years’ question papers
  • Solving sample papers
  • Reading magazines, newspapers, and current affairs
  • Practising sketching

With consistency in preparation, you can easily crack the exam.

NID is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry.

Yes. For M.Des. courses, a portfolio is required.