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Points to Remember before Appearing for NID Exam 2023

Author : Palak Khanna

Updated On : December 26, 2022


The National Institute of Design conducts a Design Aptitude Test (DAT) every year for providing admission to UG and PG design courses that NIDs offer.

The admission is provided based on your performance in the two stages of the exam, i.e., DAT Prelims and DAT Mains.

Read through the post that will give you a complete insight into what you should remember before appearing for the NID Entrance Exam 2023.

Things to Keep in Mind before Appearing for NID 2023 Exam 

To apply for the NID entrance exam, you must have completed your class 12 or equivalent exam from a recognized board (AISSE/ICSE/CBSE).

  • The National Institute of Design test consists of two sections for 100 marks, i.e., the drawing test and the Aptitude test.
  • The drawing test holds 70% weightage, whereas the aptitude test holds 30% weightage. There is no negative marking for any wrong answer.

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  • In the aptitude test, there will be around 20 to 22 questions that you have to answer, whereas, in the drawing test, there will be 4 to 5 questions that you need to answer.
  • A total of 180 minutes, i.e., 3 hours, will be given to you to solve the design aptitude test.
  • The aptitude test includes questions from Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge, and English.
  • Note that the drawing test holds maximum weightage in the examination, so; you should focus on that part more than the aptitude test.
  • Try to finish the aptitude test in 25 to 30 minutes. So that you will have maximum time for the drawing test, which is all about how creative you are
  • To solve the aptitude test in 25 minutes, you can follow this trick that in the first 6-7 minutes, you just read all the 20-22 questions of aptitude.
  • And if while reading only you get the answer, select the answer immediately or leave it and move forward.

NID mock test

NID mock test

  • By following this technique, you can solve your aptitude test in 25 minutes quickly. And you will get 2.5 hours for your drawing test.
  • For the drawing test, you should think creatively and make a rough image of the questions in those 20 minutes you have saved in your aptitude test to make a fair image afterward in the remaining 2 hours 10 minutes.
  • You will have approximately 18 minutes to solve a ten marks question. So, use that 18 minutes wisely and solve the question.
  • It would help if you attempted all the questions given in the examination because there is no negative marking in the test. 
  • You should carry a valid ID proof along with your NID Admit Card to the exam center. The valid ID proof you can take with you is an Aadhar card, Passport, Voter ID, Pan Card, Student ID card: current school/college, and Driving License.
  • You do not have to carry the question-cum-answer booklet or any part thereof outside the examination hall.
  • You should eat, sleep, and rest well before the examination because eating, sleeping, and resting will help you increase your recovery, recall the things you have studied, and keep you fit and fresh during the test to perform the examination calmly.
  • You should keep your bag ready with all the necessary things, dress comfortably, and maintain a timeline.
  • As per the NID Exam Day Instructions, you should reach the exam center at least one hour before the examination.
  • You have proper stationery with you at the exam center. Stationery includes a ballpoint pen (black/blue), HB pencils, Erasers (basic ones/eraser dough), Sharpeners (0.55mm preferable), Dry colors (crayons/pencil colors, any brand would do but students usually prefer Staedtlers of ‘Luna’ brand), and Rulers.
  • These are all items you should carry with you, along with your admit card and original ID proof at the exam center.
  • The things which you should not carry with you in the examination hall are – Mobile phones, digital/ smartwatches, any bag/ handbag, papers, notes, books, calculator, marker, white fluid, wet colors ( brush pens, watercolors, oil colors, acrylic colors), any food or snacks, charcoal pencils, etc.

Read More: Time Management Tips for NID 2023

Frequently Asked Questions

No. As per the NID Exam day instructions, digital watch is not allowed inside the NID examination hall.
It is mandatory to follow the NID Exam Day Instructions. Otherwise, you will not be allowed to write the exam.
Yes. You can choose the test center as per your preference at the time of application form filling. However, NID reserves the right to add or remove any test center and allot a test center that may not be of your choice. 
No, it is advised to take color copy of the NID Admit Card to the exam center.
You must carry any one Photo ID proof for verification like Aadhar Card, Driving License, PAN card, etc. on the day of the NID Exam.


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