Nid Admission 2019

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The historic Ahmedabad Declaration on Industrial Design for Development-1979 will be completing its fourth decade in January 2019. To commemorate 40 years of this seminal declaration, NID in association with the World Design Organization (WDO) announces a two day International Conference on Design for Social Development during Feb. 14-15, 2019. It’ll be held at NID Gandhinagar Campus. The declaration was jointly made by UNIDO and ICSID (now WDO) in close cooperation with NID, Ahmedabad way back in 1979.


Nid Admission 2019

NID 2019 is national level entrance exam conducted by National Institute of Design for various UG and PG design courses scheduled to take place in January 2019. All aspirants for NID DAT 2019 can fill application form online on the official website, i.e. The exam will be of 3 hours with subjective and objective type questions. NID DAT 2019 Application Form will be available tentatively from October 2018 in the online mode.

  • Candidates can pay the application fee via online and offline mode.
  • For M.Des program, candidates must not be more than 30 years.
  • For B.Des and GDPD program candidates must not be more than 20 years of age.
  • Candidates qualifying the Prelims round will be eligible to appear for Mains exam.
  • NID 2019 is a 3-hour exam comprising both subjective and objective type questions.
  • NID will release separate admit cards for both Prelims and Mains round.
Exam Name Design Aptitude Test (DAT)
Conducting Body National Institute of Design
Official Website
Exam Type National Entrance Test for Professional Programs in Design at both UG and PG levels
Programs offered Bachelor in Design (B. Des) Masters in Design (M. Des) Graduate Diploma Program in Design (GDPD)
Exam Duration 3 hours each for DAT Prelims and Mains
Exam Date DAT Prelims: January 2019 DAT Mains: April 2019 for B. Des & GDPD; May 2019 for M. Des
Eligibility Criteria Age Limit: 30 years for M.Des Age Limit: 20 years for B.Des /GDPD
Mode of Application Online
Mode of Exam Pen and Paper based
Medium of Exam English

NID 2019 Exam Dates

Note that all dates listed in this article are indicative. Official dates for NID 2019 exam will be announced by NID in due course on its website. Based on past trends, tentative dates for the events involved in the process have been tabulated below. Aspirants are advised to keep a tab on the official website for updates.

Event Date
Availability of Online Application Form for DAT for both UG And PG courses  October 2018
Online Application Form Submission Deadline with Late Fee November 2018
Deadline to receive Application Form Print along with Demand Draft (to be sent via Speed Post/Registered Post/Courier) November 2018
Window to edit Online Application Form November 2018
Availability of Admit Cards for DAT Prelims December 2018
DAT Prelims Scheduled Exam Date (for all candidates including overseas applicants) January 2019
Release of Provisional Answer Key for DAT Prelims January 2019
Window to challenge Provisional Answer Key (Online) January 2019
Release of Final Answer Key January 2019
Declaration of Prelims Result (M. Des) February 2019
Availability of Admit Card for DAT Mains (M. Des) February 2019
DAT Mains Scheduled Date (M. Des) April 2019
Declaration of Mains Result (M. Des) May 2019
Release of Merit List (M. Des) May 2019
Declaration of Prelims Result (B. Des, GDPD) March 2019
Availability of Admit Cards for DAT Mains (B. Des, GDPD) March 2019
DAT Mains Scheduled Date (B. Des, GDPD) May 2019
Announcement of DAT Mains Result (B. Des, GDPD) May 2019
Release of Merit List (B. Des, GDPD) May 2019

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility conditions for both UG and PG level programs are tabulated below.

B. Des. & GDPD
  • Not more than 20 years as on June 30, 2019, for General candidates and Foreign Nationals
  • Not more than 23 years as on June 30, 2019, for SC/ST/OBC-NCL candidates.
  • Not more than 25 years as on June 30, 2019, for Indian PWD candidates.
Academic Qualification Successfully completed or appearing for 10+2 examination or equivalent from any recognized Board.
M. Des
  • Not more than 30 years as on June 30, 2019 for General candidates and Foreign Nationals
  • Not more than 33 years as on 30 June 2019 for SC/ST/OBC-NCL candidates.
  • Not more than 35 years as on January 19 for Indian PWD candidates.
Academic Qualification
  • Bachelor degree of minimum 4-year duration in any specialization, from any recognized University.
  • Applicant must have passed or have appeared for or be appearing for qualifying examinations before July 2019.


  • Bachelor degree of minimum 3-year duration in any discipline.
  • Applicants must have passed the Bachelor’s degree examination before July 2018.


  • Full-time Diploma (Design/Fine Arts/Applied Arts/Architecture) of minimum 4-year duration, from any recognized university.
  • Applicant must have passed or have appeared for or be appearing for qualifying examinations before July 2019.

Application Process

NID 2019 Application Form is expected to be available from October 2019. Applicants need to visit the official website, i.e. and register before proceeding to fill the application form.

Category B. Des and GDPD M. Des (1 discipline only) M. Des  (2 Disciplines)
General/ OBC-NCL INR 2000 INR 2000 INR 4000
SC/ST/PWD (open) INR 1000 INR 1000 INR 2000
PWD candidates belonging to OBC-NCL/SC/ST categories INR 1000 INR 1000 INR 2000
Overseas INR 2000 (only B. Des.) INR 2000 INR 4000

Admit Card

NID 2019 Admit Card will be available for download from the official website separately for Prelims and Mains exam of both UG and PG levels according to the schedule.

  • Visit the official website of NID –
  • Click on the relevant link of NID 2019 Admit Card.
  • Fill in the required details and click submit button.
  • In case the candidate has forgotten their application no., click on “Click here to view your application”.
  • Click on “submit” to see the application number
  • The NID 2019 Admit card will be generated on the screen. Take a printout and keep it safely.

Exam Centers

Applicants can specify their choice of Test Center in their Application Form. However, the final allocation of test centers is done my NID. Once allocated, no request for any change in test center will be entertained.

Ahmedabad Hyderabad
Bengaluru Guwahati
Bhubneshwar Lucknow
Bhopal New Delhi
Chandigarh Ranchi
Chennai Thiruvananthapuram
Dehradun Vijaywada

NID 2019 Cut Off

Separate Cut Offs will be released for NID DAT Prelims and NID DAT Mains exam. Only candidates who secure NID DAT Prelims cut-off scores are eligible to take part in the subsequent Studio Test and Interview round for NID admissions.

In case of M. Des admissions, based on the category-wise merit list of DAT Prelims, the number of candidates shortlisted for DAT Mains, in each category and discipline is 5 times the number of available seats in each category and respective discipline.

Category Undergraduate Postgraduate GDPD PGDPD
General 11.2 27 40 78.2
SC 6.4 9 40 55.4
OBC 6.4 13 28 47.4
PwD 12 20 40 72

Nid Entrance Exam Syllabus

NID DAT Syllabus 2019-  To know the topics from where questions would be asked, candidates can go through the syllabus of NID DAT 2019 (prelims and mains).  NID DAT 2019 syllabus will include topics from which questions will be asked in the national level design entrance test.

Innovation in design Principles of composition Inspiration & design development
Theme development Design theory Natural & geometrical form
Exercises on imagination Optical illusion Colour, pattern & texture
Lateral thinking Design awareness Creative thinking & writing
Graphics & pictograms Form & function Drawing fundamentals
Ornaments & motifs Imagination & doodling Understanding light & shade
Elements & principles of design Colour psychology & optical illusions 3D visualization
Lettering Developing observation Good design vs. bad design
Optical illusion Mood, theme & colour inter-relationship Visual logic
Outline for beginners Colour terminology Presentation techniques
Memory drawing Picture analysis Usage of colour in compositions
Innovation & creation Story p Natural & geometrical form
Use of measurements, scale & proportions Expression & emotion Developing themes & colour associations
Foreshortening & perspective Inspiration & creativity

NID DAT Syllabus 2019 for Mains

Model making Material manipulation Questions generally asked in an interview
Audio-visual exercises Mock interview Evolving ideas
Past studio test & interview questions Importance of body language Doodling
Creative thinking Guidance on portfolio making Interview tips

Exam Pattern 2019

Exam pattern of NID DAT 2019 was announced by National Institute of Design for prelims and mains. Candidates appearing for NID DAT 2019 Prelims will be evaluated on their knowledge, comprehension, analysis, creativity and visualisation.

It will comprise two parts:

  • Part 1: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) marked out of 30 marks
  • Part 2: Subjective questions marked out of 70 marks.

The final stage of NID DAT 2019, Mains, will involve tests in different formats such as drawing/sketching, hands-on model making, group discussions and presentations.

It is recommended that candidates should practise the sample papers released by the NID in order to have a better idea about the actual entrance exam.

Nid Entrance Exam 2019

NID 2019 Answer Key is releasing soon. NID Entrance Test 2019 (National Institute of Design) will be organized by the NID itself. It offers UG & PG design courses in the institution and its affiliated campuses. Design Aptitude Test (DAT) is the exam through which candidates can get admission in the four years of (B.Des) & (M.Des) programmes.

Events Dates (Announced)
Application form release 1st October 2018
Last date to submit application form 23rd November 2018
Last date to submit application with late fee 30th November 2018
Last date for receiving printed application forms 30th November 2018
Correction window 1st – 4th December 2018
Admit card 17th December 2018
Exam Date (DAT Prelims) 6th January 2019
DAT Prelim results for M.Des 15th February 2019
Rechecking window (DAT Prelims) with payment mode for M.Des 15th – 17th February 2019
Download Admit Card for DAT Mains for M.Des 1st March 2019
DAT Mains exam for M.Des 11th March – 12th April 2019
DAT Prelims result for B.Des and GDPD 19th March 2019
Rechecking window (DAT Prelims) with payment mode 19th – 22nd March 2019
Download Admit Card for DAT Mains for B.Des and GDPD 1st May 2019
DAT Mains result for M.Des 2nd May 2019
DAT Mains exam for B.Des, GDPD 12th – 19th May 2019
DAT Mains result for B.Des and GDPD 31st May 2019

Nid Entrance Exam Sample Papers

NID DAT Sample Papers 2019 – Candidates aspiring to pursue bachelor of design programme can download the NID DAT 2019 sample papers. The aim of these NID DAT sample papers is to assist the candidates get an idea about the type of questions that will be asked in the entrance exam. By solving NID DAT sample papers 2019, candidates will be able to prepare well for the final exam.

Students should solve the NID DAT sample papers 2019 as they would assess their weak and strong areas. Candidates would learn how to manage their time. Apart from this the candidates would also be able to assess which are the topics that are most important, less important and least relevant.

NID DAT Exam Pattern 2019 

Candidates can go through the NID DAT 2019 exam pattern as this will help them to know what are the type of questions that will be asked in prelims and mains exams.

Exam pattern of NID DAT 2019-Prelims

In the prelims, there will be two parts of the question paper. In the first part, candidates will had to answer objective questions and it was of 30 points. Candidates will have to mark the answer in the OMR sheet.

In Part II of the question paper, there were subjective questions which the candidates had to respond and it is mandatory for them to answer all the questions.

The prelim exam of NID DAT 2019 was of three hours and it was conducted in English. There was no negative marking for answering the questions incorrectly.

NID DAT Exam Pattern 2019 – Mains 

The exam pattern of NID DAT 2019 mains will be of three hours and the questions will be in different formats like hands-on-model making, drawing, sketching. The total marks of the exam will be 100 and all the questions will be in English.

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