NID abbreviates into National Institute of Design. It is a national institute for Design that conducts national level entrance exam every year for admissions to candidates for graduate and post graduate levels. NID is ranked as the 30th best design institute across the world and happens to be the best design school in India.


National institute of design offers educational courses at graduate and post-graduate level with 5 different faculty streams and 20 diverse design domains.

Where are NID campuses located?

  • Ahmedabad
  • Vijayawada
  • Bengaluru
  • Gandhinagar
  • Kurukshetra

NID Admit card

The admit card for NID will be released on the official website for NID and can be downloaded from the site at the time of the day of the examination. The admit card of NID DAT admission 2019 for prelims stage will be available for download from December 17th, 2018. For main stage, it will be available in online mode from May 1, 2019. NID offers admission to desired aspirants in Under Graduate and post graduate courses in the design field. The candidate who clears the Design Aptitude Test (DAT), NID Studio test and Personal interview will acquire admission in NID.

NID 2019 synopsis

Events An overview
Acronym NID
Exam name Design Aptitude Tet(DAT)
Conducted by National Institute of Design
Purpose of NID exam DAT exam is conducted for admissions in the four years of (B.Des) and (M.Des) programmes.
Exam level National
Exam category Undergraduate and Postgraduate (PG)
Exam mode Offline
Number of attempts NID can be attempted any number of times
NID Age limit Candidates up to 30 years of age for Masters
Duration 3 hours (180 Minutes)
Test conducted Every once a year

Important Dates for NID 2019

In the below table, you will find all the dates you need to mark on the calendar for your NID Entrance Exam. NID aspirants can check the schedule and the events below

NID 2019 Important Dates

Events Dates
Online registration for both UG and PG courses October 2018
Last date with late fee for submitting applications November 2018
NID Admit card December 2018
NID 2019 exam January 6th , 2019
NID DAT 2019 Draft Answer key After January 6th  , 2019
Final Answer key for NID 2019 Part A Last week of January 2019
NID 2019 result(Prelims)  March 19th, 2019 around 4 PM
Counseling At Ahmedabad in the 2nd week of June 2019

NID DAT 2019 Exam pattern

The exam pattern of prelims and mains of NID DAT exam 2019 varies, you can find the details as follows:

NID DAT exam pattern 2019

The NID DAT exam consists of two Parts, Part 1 and part 2

Parts Details
Part 1 In Part 1, we have 22 multiple choice questions for 30 marks to be marked using blue or black ball pen in the given OMR sheet.
Part 2 In Part 2, we have 4 subjective questions for 70 marks. This must be answered in the given question come answer booklet.
Skills tested Analysis, knowledge, Creativity, Visualization
Negative marking No negative marking

NID DAT 2019 Exam Pattern for Mains

  • NID DAT 2019 mains, the final stage will comprise of tests in drawing/sketching, hands-on model making, group discussions, presentations, etc.
  • The question paper will be in English and consists of 100 marks.
  • The test will be conducted for two days on May 12th and 19th, 2019

NID DAT 2019 Syllabus

In this section, NID syllabus 2019 will talk about the topics and subjects the CEED paper will comprise of. It is a wise thing to know the syllabus of the NID exam as it might be a great help in the preparation of the exam. Check out the NID syllabus as follows: The topics include color terminology, mood, inspiration and design development, theme and color inter-relationship, elements and principles of design, design theory, innovation in design, natural and geometrical form, lettering, principles of composition, optical illusion, memory drawing, ornaments and motifs, expression and emotion, usage of color in compositions, etc.

NID 2019 Eligibility Criteria

This section covers the eligibility criteria for all the NID DAT aspirants wanting to appear for NID exam.

  • Candidates up to 20 years of age on or before June 30th, 2019.
  • Candidates should have passed or will appear for class 12 examination in any stream in the academic year 2018-19 from any recognized board of education such as CBSE, ICSE, IB or their equivalent, can appear for NID DAT 2019.

NID 2019 Application form

The last date for applying for NID DAT 2019 will be closed on 4th December, 2018 and with the last fees from November 23th to 30th, 2018. The application form for NID 2019 will be available online from October 1 to November 23, 2018 without late fees.

NID DAT 2019 Application Fee details

S.NO. Category Fee
1 General/OBC Rs. 1000
2 SC/ST/PwD candidates Rs. 1000

Steps to fill the NID DAT application form

Step 1: Sign up/ Register

Step 2: Fill the online application form

Step 3: Upload relevant documents and signature

Step 4: Make the payment and take a printout

Note that candidates who made the payment online need not send the print out of the application form.

NID DAT Exam centres 2019

In the below section, you will read about the different cities the NID exam will be held. The candidate will be allotted the centre he/she has chosen while filling the application form.

NID DAT 2019 Exam centres

  • Ahmedabad
  • Lucknow
  • Bengaluru
  • Kurukshetra
  • Mumbai
  • Kolkata
  • Nagpur
  • Bhopal
  • Bhubaneswar
  • Chandigarh
  • Chennai
  • Patna
  • Pune
  • Raipur
  • Dehradun
  • New Delhi
  • Guwahati
  • Hyderabad
  • Ranchi
  • Trissur
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Jaipur
  • Vijayawada

Although there are many exam centres, the NID Mains will be held at NID Ahmedabad or at other campuses of NID such as Bengaluru, Kurukshetra, Gandhinagar and Vijayawada.

NID sample papers 2019

Candidates appearing for NID 2019 are suggested to solve sample papers to have a clear idea about the kind of questions asked and the exam pattern he/she has to answer for. Below are the sample papers that will help NID aspirants prepare well.

NID Results 2019

NID DAT 2019 result can be checked online by logging in with your email ID and date of birth. National institute of design would declare the results of NID DAT 2019 prelims on March 19th as scores. Candidates are also given ranks as per their performance. If two candidates score the same marks, the inter-se-merit will be considered to award higher rank

  • To the candidate who has scored higher marks in Part B of the exam.
  • In case of an unresolved tie, the candidate who has scored higher marks in Part A of prelims exam will be considered.
  • If this doesn’t break the tie, then both the candidates will be assigned with the same rank.

The number of candidates that will be shortlisted for NID DAT mains 2019 will be three times the seats reserved.

The result of the mains will be announced on May 1st, 2019 in the form of final result of both prelims and mains. NID DAT 2019 results will be valid only for the academic year 2019-20. Only NID DAT mains results can be checked online.

NID DAT Merit list 2019

A separate NID DAT 2019 merit list will be prepared for all the categories based on the scores obtained in prelims and mains. A few candidates will be shortlisted for mains based on the merit list.

NID DAT 2019 Final merit list

A final merit list will be released on 1st May, 2019. This merit list will be generated category wise, on the basis of the sum total of the scores obtained by the candidate at each stage of the admission process. The method used for tie-breaking is as follows:

  • Candidates who scored higher ranks in NID DAT Main will be given the higher rank
  • Candidates who have obtained higher marks in Stage 1 DAT will be given the higher rank
  • Candidate who has obtained higher marks in stage 1 DAT Part B will be given the higher rank.
  • The higher rank will be given to the candidate who has obtained higher marks in Stage 1 DAT part A in case of an unresolved tie.
  • Final higher rank will be given to the candidate who has obtained higher marks in DAT Mains exam question with maximum marks.

Weightage of scores for preparation of NID DAT 2019 Final merit list

Exam Weightage
DAT Prelims 30%
DAT Finals 70%

NID Cutoff 2019

NID 2019 cutoff is the minimum marks that the candidate scores in order to be eligible for admissions. Anyone scoring less that the cutoff for NID 2019 will not be shortlisted for admissions in UG Design programmers. Only candidates who have scored marks equal to or more than the NID 2019 cutoff will get through for the admission.

Minimum marks to be scored in NID DAT 2019

S.NO. Category NID 2019 cutoff
1. General 50
2. OBC NCL 45
3. SC/ST/PWD 40

DAT prelims 2018 score of the last candidate in order of merit for DAT mains can be checked below:

Open OBC-NCL SC ST PwD Supernumerary
68.10 59.50 55.50 52.50 48.00 50.60

Check out the merit list of 2018 as on June 15th 2018

Programme Open OBC-NCL SC ST PwD Supernumerary
Bachelor of Design 59.62 53.70 49.95 53.35 43.11 40.81

Relaxation in NID DAT Cutoff Marks for reserved categories

30% less than cutoff marks of General category 20% less than cutoff marks of General category 20% less than cutoff marks of General category 10% less than cutoff marks of General category

NID DAT Seat Intake 2019

A total number of seats offered for B.Design are 100 by National Institute of Design based on merit basis. NID aspirants can check the details of seat matrix for NID DAT admissions 2019-20 below:

NID DAT 2019 Seat Matrix

Department Specialization Seats

Faculty of Industrial Design

Product Design 15
Furniture & Interior Design 10
Ceramic and Glass Design 10

Faculty of

Communication Design

Graphic Design 15
Animation Film Design 15
Film and Video Communication 10
Exhibition Design 10
Faculty of Textile, Apparel & Lifestyle Accessory Design Textile Design 15

NID DAT Seats Reservation 2019

NID DAT seat allotment 2019 will be arranged based on the reservation criteria. A total number of 100 seats will be allocated as following:

Category Seat Reservation (Seats)
General 51.5% (50)
Scheduled caste 15%(15)
OBC-NCL 27% (27)
Scheduled Tribe 7.5% (8)

NID Counseling 2019

NID DAT counseling will be held at Ahmedabad campus in the 2nd week of June. Only candidates who receive the provisional offer will have to attend the admission procedure in-person. The mere appearance in the entrance test or being shortlisted will not guarantee or provide assurance to the admission.

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