If you are aspiring to pursue bachelors or masters degree in design at the National Institute of Design, then it is mandatory to clear the entrance examination. 

The NID Entrance exam is conducted in 2 stages: Prelims and Mains. NID DAT Prelims is an offline mode of the exam while NID Mains includes Interview and Studio Test. 

This post shall explain the detailed pattern of B.Des and M.Des courses. 

NID B.Des Exam Pattern 2021

The entrance examination for the undergraduate program at NID includes both prelims and mains. Upon qualifying prelims, you are shortlisted for the mains exam. Let us understand the pattern of NID Exam in detail below:

NID DAT Prelims Exam Pattern for B.Des

  • The question paper includes 2 types of questions i.e., objective and subjective.
  • The total time duration of the exam is 3 hours. 
  • The NID Entrance Exam Syllabus varies for each course. Make sure to go through the important topics during preparation. 
  • The NID Paper Pattern for the GDPD course is the same as B.Des. 

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Exam Part Type of Questions No. of Questions
Part I Objective type questions 22
Part II Subjective type questions 4
Total No. of Questions 26

Download Previous Year & Sample Question Papers for NID Exam

NID Prelims Marking Scheme

The exam is conducted for a total of 100 marks out of which the marks for objective and subjective are divided. 

Type of Question No. of Questions Marks for Each Question
Objective type questions Questions 1 to 14 1 mark
Questions 15 to 22 2 marks
Subjective type questions Question No. 23 15 marks
Question No. 24 20 marks
Question No. 25 15 marks
Question No. 26 20 marks
Total Marks 100 marks

NID Mains Exam Pattern 

  • This is also an offline mode of exam conducted for 100 marks.
  • The total time duration for the mains exam is 3 hours. 
  • There are different types of questions included in the studio test. 

After clearing the preliminary stage in NID Entrance Examination you need to appear for the studio test followed by a personal interview.

NID Studio Test for BDes Admissions: The studio test for NID admissions comprises questions from topics like drawing/sketching, hands-on model making, group discussions, presentations, etc. If you are shortlisted in the Studio Test round, only then you are allowed to appear for the personal interview round. 

Personal Interview for BDes Admissions: The interview round for BDes/GDPD admissions shall be held separately for each specialization (right after the studio test is held) at the same exam centre.

NID Exam Weightage for B.Des

The final marks are calculated based on the marks secured in the prelims and mains exam. Previously, the weightage allocated to NID DAT Prelims for BDes/ GDPD admissions was 30% and NID DAT Mains was allocated a weightage of 70%. 

But since last year, the weightage has been changed and the new structure is tabulated below:

Exam Weightage
NID DAT Prelims 70%
NID DAT Mains 30% (online interaction)

NID M.Des Exam Pattern 2021

The entrance examination for the postgraduate program also both prelims and mains. You shall be shortlisted for the mains exam after clearing the prelims exam. Let us understand the pattern of the NID M.Des Exam in detail below:

NID DAT Prelims Exam Pattern for M.Des

  • The preliminary examination for M.Des includes Common Design Aptitude Test and Discipline-Specific Test. 
  • The NID DAT question paper includes 2 types of questions i.e., objective and subjective.

For only one discipline - You need to appear for NID DAT Prelims comprising of CDAT and discipline-specific tests. The total duration of DAT Prelims is 2.5 hours.

For two disciplines - In case you have applied for 2 disciplines, you need to appear for NID DAT Prelims comprising of CDAT and two discipline-specific tests. The total duration of DAT Prelims will be 4.5 hours (30 minutes for CDAT and 2 hours for each discipline-specific test)

NID Marking Scheme for M.Des

Exam Part Type of Questions Marks
Part I Objective type questions 30
Part II Subjective type questions 70
Total No. of Questions 100 marks

NID Mains Exam Pattern 

  • This is an online mode of exam conducted for 100 marks.
  • The total time duration for the mains exam is 3 hours. 
  • There are different types of questions included in the studio test. 

After clearing the preliminary examination you need to appear for the studio test followed by a personal interview.

NID Studio Test for M.Des Admissions: The studio test is conducted separately for each specialization that you have applied for. The studio test for NID admissions comprises questions from topics like drawing/sketching, hands-on model making, group discussions, presentations, etc. If you are shortlisted in the Studio Test round, only then you are allowed to appear for the personal interview round. 

Personal Interview for M.Des Admissions: The interview round for M.Des admissions shall be held separately for each specialization (right after the studio test is held) at the same exam centre.

NID Exam Weightage for M.Des

The final marks are calculated based on the marks secured in the prelims and mains exam. Previously, the weightage allocated to NID DAT Prelims for admission in all MDes specializations was 30% and NID DAT Mains weightage was 70%.

But since last year, the weightage has been changed and the new structure is tabulated below:

Exam Weightage
NID DAT Prelims Common Design Aptitude Test - 15%; Design Specific Test - 45%
NID DAT Mains 40%

FAQ's

How many exams are conducted in NID?

There are two stages included in NID Entrance Exam: Prelims and Mains. 

What is the duration of NID Exam?

The NID DAT Exam for B.Des and GDPD is conducted for 3 hours while for M.Des it is conducted for 2 and half hours. 

How many questions are asked in NID DAT Prelims exam for B.Des course?

Around 64 MCQ questions and 3 subjective type questions are asked in the NID DAT Prelims exam for B.Des course.

Is there any negative marking in NID Exam?

No, there is no negative marking for wrong answers in NID Exam. 

What is the mode of NID Prelims Exam?

The NID DAT Prelims Exam is conducted in pen and paper mode.