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Author : Palak Khanna

September 3, 2022

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The NIDs, or "National Institutes of Design," are India's premier autonomous design education institutions. NID Ahmedabad, NID Vijayawada, and NID Kurukshetra are the three. NID Ahmedabad, an 'Institute of National Importance,' has three campuses: NID Ahmedabad (Main campus or Heritage campus), NID Gandhinagar (PG campus), and NID Bangalore (R & D campus).

Admission to this institute is primarily through the NID Entrance Exam, which consists of two tests known as Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims and Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Mains. The purpose of these tests is to assess candidates' knowledge, skills, and behavioral characteristics.

DAT Prelims is the first round of tests worth 100 points. This test takes three hours to complete for a candidate. It is a written exam that assesses the candidate on topics such as knowledge, analysis, visualization, comprehension, and, most importantly, creativity. This preliminary exam is divided into two parts. The first section consists of MCQs for 30 points, and the second section consists of subjective questions in visual or written formats for 70 points.

In this article, we are going to talk about all the aspects of the NID entrance exam preparation.

Section-wise Prep Tips for NID DAT

For the first part of the DAT Prelims, here are some sample questions based on the following topics (please note that the exam questions are not limited to the following examples)

  • Art questions, such as identifying famous paintings and painting styles;
  • Performing Arts, such as identifying dance forms or musical instruments;
  • Design and Architecture, such as identifying famous works of designers or famous historical monuments;
  • Film - understanding of award-winning or acclaimed directors;
  • Logos - identifying and categorizing various logos, as well as understanding their designs;
  • Technological questions and abbreviations
  • Visual ability, mental aptitude, analytical reasoning, basic applied science, and other general knowledge and current affairs topics are also tested.
  • Books on verbal and nonverbal reasoning, reading comprehension, and general knowledge are recommended, as are internet studies, newspapers, and so on.

Download Free Practice Question Papers for NID Exam by CreativeEdge

The second part of DAT Prelims covers topics such as the following:

  • Fine arts – the study of perspective, texture, environments, human and animal drawings, etc.
  • Graphic questions – the study of 2D graphic posters, logos, signages, etc.
  • Subjective topics in Creative thinking. For example, a half-full glass goes in search of water to fill itself. Write and illustrate the challenges it would face, or illustrate the following words and their opposites: hot, anger, kind patience, etc. Keep in mind that questions on creative thinking are pretty much an open topic.

Referring to NID entrance exam sample question papers is always a boon to understanding the type of questions that are usually asked and these are available on the official website of NID.

Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Mains

Candidates who have completed the preliminary DAT Prelims are eligible for this exam. The DAT Mains consists primarily of the following components: drawing or creative thinking; material handling; audio-visual rounds; observation or psychometric and thematic tests.

Also read: How To Prepare For NID 2023 In 6 Months?

The topics covered in NID DAT Mains are as follows:

Drawing or creative thinking questions - Topics covered here are pretty much on the same lines as the second part of DAT Prelims which is explained above. You may also be asked to sketch or explain any activity or work assigned to you during the studio test, so fluency and practice in sketching will come in handy here as well.

Material handling includes 3D model creation that is based on creative material manipulation and thinking outside the box. Clay, straws, rubber bands, toothpicks, wire, cloth, and other materials may be provided. Material handling tools may or may not be provided, but candidates are advised to bring a few materials or tools such as cello tape, glue, sandpaper, pliers, steel rulers, paper cutters, and so on.

The key to this activity is to use materials wisely and to build stable or sustainable structures that are appropriate for the given theme and time frame. Though material handling may not be as simple as it appears, practice is essential. Try practicing at home with common household items. While material handling questions are asked of all prospective BDes and GDPD students, some PG programs, such as interaction design or information design, do not. Material handling is present in product design, toy and game design, and so on.

Also read: How to prepare for NID studio test

NID Online Coaching

NID Online Coaching

Courses Offered at NID Campuses

The main campus of NID Ahmedabad provides both a four-year Bachelor of Design (BDes) and a 2.5-year Masters of Design (MDes) program, whereas the Gandhinagar and Bangalore campuses only offer the 2.5-year Masters of Design (MDes). NID Vijayawada and NID Kurukshetra, on the other hand, only offer a four-year Graduate Diploma in Design (GDPD).

Graduate programs (BDes) offered at NID Ahmedabad are of the following specializations:

  • Faculty of Communication Design which offers four disciplines - Animation film design; Film and video communication; Exhibition Design and Graphic Design.
  • Faculty of Industrial Design which offers three disciplines - Ceramic & Glass Design; Furniture with Interior Design and Product Design.
  • Faculty of Textile and Apparel Design which offers one discipline which is Textile Design.

Graduate Diploma programs in Design (GDPD) offered at NID Vijayawada and NID Kurukshetra are in the following three specializations which are

  • Communication design
  • Industrial design
  • Textile and apparel design

NID mock test

NID mock test

Postgraduate programs (MDes) offered at NID Ahmedabad are of the following specializations:

  • The faculty of Communication Design offers four disciplines – Animation and film design (Ahmedabad); Film and video communication (Ahmedabad); Graphic design (Ahmedabad) and Photography design (Gandhinagar).
  • Faculty of Industrial Design which offers six disciplines – Ceramic and Glass design (Ahmedabad); Furniture and Interior design (Ahmedabad); Product design (Ahmedabad); Toy and Game design (Gandhinagar); Transportation and Automobile design (Gandhinagar) and Universal Design (Bangalore).
  • Faculty of IT Integrated Design offers four disciplines – Digital Game Design (Bangalore), Interaction Design (Bangalore), Information Design (Bangalore), and New Media Design (Gandhinagar).
  • Faculty of Interdisciplinary Design offers two disciplines – Design for retail experience (Bangalore) and Strategic design management (Gandhinagar).
  • Faculty of Textile, Apparel, Lifestyle and Accessory Design which offers three disciplines – Apparel design (Gandhinagar); Lifestyle Accessory design (Gandhinagar), and Textile Design (Ahmedabad).

NID entrance exam Preparation Books

There are several books out there that can guide you on how to prepare for the NID entrance exam. The below-mentioned books might help you.

  • NID (B.Des.) Entrance Books and Test Series by AFAINDIA
  • NID DAT book by R.S. Aggarwal (Aptitude Section)
  • Basic Rendering from Robert W.Gill
  • Design drawing by Francis D.K. Ching
  • NID Mock Test Series 2019-20 by Bhanwar Rathore and NID Alumni Ahmedabad
  • NIFT/ NID/ IIFT entrance exam guide by Surendra
  • NIFT/NID/IIFT Entrance Exam Guide by RPH Editorial Board
  • NIFT, NID, IIFT Entrance Examination by Dharmendra Mittal

Frequently Asked Questions

The candidates must carry the NIDDAT Admit card/Hall Ticket with them along with a Photo Identity Proof documents such as PAN Card, Voter Id, Driving Licence etc with them. The candidates must make sure to carry these or they might be debarred from sitting for the exam.
Yes, qualifying both studio test and interview is mandatory in order to get admission into any of the 7 NIDs across India. 
Colour Terminology, Design Development, Mood, Theme & Colour Inter-relationship, Design Theory, Elements & Principles Of Design, Theme Development, Visual Logic, Memory Drawing, Exercises on Imagination, Imagination & Doodling, Graphics & Pictograms, 3D Visualization, Developing Observation, etc.
In the NID exam you will be tested on topics like Creativity, Comprehension, Knowledge and Visualization, Drawing Skills, Memory Drawing, General Mental Ability, etc.
The best way to manage time in the NID exam is attempting as many mock tests as possible. Also, it will help you to test your preparation levels.
Around 64 MCQ questions and 3 subjective type questions are asked in the NID DAT Prelims exam for B.Des course.
No, there is no negative marking for wrong answers in NID Exam. 
As per the previous year analysis, the difficulty level of NIC CAT exam was moderate to difficult.
The NID question paper is a mix of creativity, logical thinking and general knowledge. Therefore, working on your creative skills and general knowledge would definitely help you crack the exam with a high score.
No. The NID Entrance Syllabus remains the same every year.
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NID Entrance Exam Section-Wise Prep Tips

Author : Palak Khanna

Updated On : September 3, 2022

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The NIDs, or "National Institutes of Design," are India's premier autonomous design education institutions. NID Ahmedabad, NID Vijayawada, and NID Kurukshetra are the three. NID Ahmedabad, an 'Institute of National Importance,' has three campuses: NID Ahmedabad (Main campus or Heritage campus), NID Gandhinagar (PG campus), and NID Bangalore (R & D campus).

Admission to this institute is primarily through the NID Entrance Exam, which consists of two tests known as Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims and Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Mains. The purpose of these tests is to assess candidates' knowledge, skills, and behavioral characteristics.

DAT Prelims is the first round of tests worth 100 points. This test takes three hours to complete for a candidate. It is a written exam that assesses the candidate on topics such as knowledge, analysis, visualization, comprehension, and, most importantly, creativity. This preliminary exam is divided into two parts. The first section consists of MCQs for 30 points, and the second section consists of subjective questions in visual or written formats for 70 points.

In this article, we are going to talk about all the aspects of the NID entrance exam preparation.

Section-wise Prep Tips for NID DAT

For the first part of the DAT Prelims, here are some sample questions based on the following topics (please note that the exam questions are not limited to the following examples)

  • Art questions, such as identifying famous paintings and painting styles;
  • Performing Arts, such as identifying dance forms or musical instruments;
  • Design and Architecture, such as identifying famous works of designers or famous historical monuments;
  • Film - understanding of award-winning or acclaimed directors;
  • Logos - identifying and categorizing various logos, as well as understanding their designs;
  • Technological questions and abbreviations
  • Visual ability, mental aptitude, analytical reasoning, basic applied science, and other general knowledge and current affairs topics are also tested.
  • Books on verbal and nonverbal reasoning, reading comprehension, and general knowledge are recommended, as are internet studies, newspapers, and so on.

Download Free Practice Question Papers for NID Exam by CreativeEdge

The second part of DAT Prelims covers topics such as the following:

  • Fine arts – the study of perspective, texture, environments, human and animal drawings, etc.
  • Graphic questions – the study of 2D graphic posters, logos, signages, etc.
  • Subjective topics in Creative thinking. For example, a half-full glass goes in search of water to fill itself. Write and illustrate the challenges it would face, or illustrate the following words and their opposites: hot, anger, kind patience, etc. Keep in mind that questions on creative thinking are pretty much an open topic.

Referring to NID entrance exam sample question papers is always a boon to understanding the type of questions that are usually asked and these are available on the official website of NID.

Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Mains

Candidates who have completed the preliminary DAT Prelims are eligible for this exam. The DAT Mains consists primarily of the following components: drawing or creative thinking; material handling; audio-visual rounds; observation or psychometric and thematic tests.

Also read: How To Prepare For NID 2023 In 6 Months?

The topics covered in NID DAT Mains are as follows:

Drawing or creative thinking questions - Topics covered here are pretty much on the same lines as the second part of DAT Prelims which is explained above. You may also be asked to sketch or explain any activity or work assigned to you during the studio test, so fluency and practice in sketching will come in handy here as well.

Material handling includes 3D model creation that is based on creative material manipulation and thinking outside the box. Clay, straws, rubber bands, toothpicks, wire, cloth, and other materials may be provided. Material handling tools may or may not be provided, but candidates are advised to bring a few materials or tools such as cello tape, glue, sandpaper, pliers, steel rulers, paper cutters, and so on.

The key to this activity is to use materials wisely and to build stable or sustainable structures that are appropriate for the given theme and time frame. Though material handling may not be as simple as it appears, practice is essential. Try practicing at home with common household items. While material handling questions are asked of all prospective BDes and GDPD students, some PG programs, such as interaction design or information design, do not. Material handling is present in product design, toy and game design, and so on.

Also read: How to prepare for NID studio test

NID Online Coaching

NID Online Coaching

Courses Offered at NID Campuses

The main campus of NID Ahmedabad provides both a four-year Bachelor of Design (BDes) and a 2.5-year Masters of Design (MDes) program, whereas the Gandhinagar and Bangalore campuses only offer the 2.5-year Masters of Design (MDes). NID Vijayawada and NID Kurukshetra, on the other hand, only offer a four-year Graduate Diploma in Design (GDPD).

Graduate programs (BDes) offered at NID Ahmedabad are of the following specializations:

  • Faculty of Communication Design which offers four disciplines - Animation film design; Film and video communication; Exhibition Design and Graphic Design.
  • Faculty of Industrial Design which offers three disciplines - Ceramic & Glass Design; Furniture with Interior Design and Product Design.
  • Faculty of Textile and Apparel Design which offers one discipline which is Textile Design.

Graduate Diploma programs in Design (GDPD) offered at NID Vijayawada and NID Kurukshetra are in the following three specializations which are

  • Communication design
  • Industrial design
  • Textile and apparel design

NID mock test

NID mock test

Postgraduate programs (MDes) offered at NID Ahmedabad are of the following specializations:

  • The faculty of Communication Design offers four disciplines – Animation and film design (Ahmedabad); Film and video communication (Ahmedabad); Graphic design (Ahmedabad) and Photography design (Gandhinagar).
  • Faculty of Industrial Design which offers six disciplines – Ceramic and Glass design (Ahmedabad); Furniture and Interior design (Ahmedabad); Product design (Ahmedabad); Toy and Game design (Gandhinagar); Transportation and Automobile design (Gandhinagar) and Universal Design (Bangalore).
  • Faculty of IT Integrated Design offers four disciplines – Digital Game Design (Bangalore), Interaction Design (Bangalore), Information Design (Bangalore), and New Media Design (Gandhinagar).
  • Faculty of Interdisciplinary Design offers two disciplines – Design for retail experience (Bangalore) and Strategic design management (Gandhinagar).
  • Faculty of Textile, Apparel, Lifestyle and Accessory Design which offers three disciplines – Apparel design (Gandhinagar); Lifestyle Accessory design (Gandhinagar), and Textile Design (Ahmedabad).

NID entrance exam Preparation Books

There are several books out there that can guide you on how to prepare for the NID entrance exam. The below-mentioned books might help you.

  • NID (B.Des.) Entrance Books and Test Series by AFAINDIA
  • NID DAT book by R.S. Aggarwal (Aptitude Section)
  • Basic Rendering from Robert W.Gill
  • Design drawing by Francis D.K. Ching
  • NID Mock Test Series 2019-20 by Bhanwar Rathore and NID Alumni Ahmedabad
  • NIFT/ NID/ IIFT entrance exam guide by Surendra
  • NIFT/NID/IIFT Entrance Exam Guide by RPH Editorial Board
  • NIFT, NID, IIFT Entrance Examination by Dharmendra Mittal

Frequently Asked Questions

The candidates must carry the NIDDAT Admit card/Hall Ticket with them along with a Photo Identity Proof documents such as PAN Card, Voter Id, Driving Licence etc with them. The candidates must make sure to carry these or they might be debarred from sitting for the exam.
Yes, qualifying both studio test and interview is mandatory in order to get admission into any of the 7 NIDs across India. 
Colour Terminology, Design Development, Mood, Theme & Colour Inter-relationship, Design Theory, Elements & Principles Of Design, Theme Development, Visual Logic, Memory Drawing, Exercises on Imagination, Imagination & Doodling, Graphics & Pictograms, 3D Visualization, Developing Observation, etc.
In the NID exam you will be tested on topics like Creativity, Comprehension, Knowledge and Visualization, Drawing Skills, Memory Drawing, General Mental Ability, etc.
The best way to manage time in the NID exam is attempting as many mock tests as possible. Also, it will help you to test your preparation levels.
Around 64 MCQ questions and 3 subjective type questions are asked in the NID DAT Prelims exam for B.Des course.
No, there is no negative marking for wrong answers in NID Exam. 
As per the previous year analysis, the difficulty level of NIC CAT exam was moderate to difficult.
The NID question paper is a mix of creativity, logical thinking and general knowledge. Therefore, working on your creative skills and general knowledge would definitely help you crack the exam with a high score.
No. The NID Entrance Syllabus remains the same every year.

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