NID 2019: Application form, Dates, Eligibility, Pattern, & Syllabus

by Roshni | Posted on Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

The NID or National Institute of Design is one of the premier institutes in India offering opportunity for aspirants who wish to pursue courses like- Master of Design (M.Des.), Bachelor of Design (B.Des.). While M.Des is a 2.5-year programme offered in 19 disciplines across 3

Campuses, B.Des is a four years programme offered in 8 disciplines at Ahmedabad campus. Admissions in these courses at NID are granted through the Design Aptitude Test. The exam takes place in two stages. Candidates must first of all clear Design Aptitude Test (Prelims) to be conducted at various centers and achieve a rank. Next stage is, i.e., Design Aptitude Test (Mains). Visit for more info.

In this article, you will read about NID 2019 Important dates, application procedure, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, preparation tips, syllabus, admit card, answer key, result, etc.

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Important Date for NID 2019

The table below is a tentative data gathered from previous year events.

Application form to be announced by

NID DAT Prelims result

NID DAT Main exam 2019 will be held probably in

NID DAT 2019For B.DesFor M.Des
4th week of September 201804th week the of September 2018
Last date for submitting online applications 4th week of October 201804th week of October 2018
Last date for submitting the online form on payment of late fees2nd week of November 201802nd week of November 2018
Last date for receiving the printed form with DD 2nd week of November 201802nd week of November 2018
Application form correction window 3rd week of November 03rd week of November 2018
Admit card for DAT to be issued by 3rd week of December 201803rd week of December 2018
NID DAT 2019 Prelims will be held in 1st week of January 201901st week of January 2019
Answer keys of DAT Prelims Part I1st week of January 201901st week of January 2019
Dates to challenge the answer key of DAT prelims 3rd week of January 201903rd week of January 2019
Final answer key of DAT Prelims 4th week of January 201904th week of January 2019
2nd week of March 2019 3rd week of February 2019
Admit card for DAT Mains 3rd week of March 201904th week of February 2019
3rd week of May 201902nd week of March to the 3rd week of April 2019
Merit list will be result online probably around 4th week of May 201901st week of May 2019

Application Process for NID 2019 DAT

Candidates aspiring to apply for mentioned courses have to indicate their interest by officially filling an NID application form 2019.

  • The form called NID DAT 2019 will be available on the official website at by 04th week of September the 2018.
  • Here you with ll have multiple steps to complete the form
  • Step- 1- Signing up
  • Step-2- filling up the form
  • Step-3- Uploading your Documents & signature
  • Step-4- Fees payment

Application Fees for NID DAT 2019

  • Rs. 2,000/- for General/ OBC-NCL.
  • Rs. 1,000/- for SC/ST/ Open-PwD/ OBC-NCL-PwD/ SC-PwD/ ST-PwD.
  • Rs. 3,000/- for overseas candidates.

Application fee submission 2019

Online- Net banking/ Credit card/ Debit card

  • Offline- Demand Draft mode
  • Send the DD to- The Project Manager–CMS, All India Management Association, Management House, 14, Institutional Area, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110 003, India

Eligibility Criteria for NID 2019 aspirants

Each individual will be admitted based on their clearance of various criteria. Therefore, you must check whether you satisfy these conditions.

Criteria for B.Des-

  • (i) Qualifying examination– an Indian national who has passed 12th class from a recognised board.
  • (ii) Age- not more than 20 years of age as on 30th June 2019.
  • Upper age limit for OBC-NCL, SC, ST- 23 years as on 30th June 2019
  • Upper age limit for PwD Reserved Category- 25 years
  • Reservation- OBC-NCL-27%, SC- 15% and ST- 7.5%

Criteria for M.Des-

  • (i) Qualifying examination– an Indian national with a relevant Bachelor’s degree from a recognised board.

The degree can be of 3 years/ 4 years/ or a full time diploma of 4 years in Design/Fine Arts/Applied Arts/ Architecture.

  • (ii) Age- not more than 30 years of age as on 30th June 2019.
  • Upper age limit for OBC-NCL, SC, ST- 33 years as on 30th June 2019
  • Upper age limit for PwD Reserved Category- 35 years

NID DAT 2019 Prelims Exam Pattern

The Design Aptitude test will be conducted by National Institute of Design in written mode probably in the 01st week of January 2019.

  • Duration- 3 hours
  • Total points- 100 points
  • Medium of paper- English
  • Parts in paper- 2
  • Marks for Part-I- 70 marks
  • Marks for Part-II- 30 marks
  • Subjects – Design/Fine Arts/Applied Arts/ Architecture
  • Marks for correct answer-1
  • Negative marking- NOT APPLICABLE
  • Type of questions MCQ in Part-I and Subjective in Part-II.

NID DAT 2019 Mains Exam pattern

Mains pattern for B.Des course-

  • Based on the scores obtained in DAT Prelims, candidates shortlisted will have to appear in Mains exam.
  • Each shortlisted candidate will be issued admit card for Mains paper
  • The DAT Mains for B.Des course may consist of testing candidates in different formats such as drawing/ sketching/ hands-on modelling.
  • Total marks for test be 100 and it will be of 3 hours. The paper will be in English.
  • The test will be held at Ahmedabad.

Mains pattern for M.DeS course-

    • Based on the scores in DAT Prelims, shortlisted candidates will have to appear in Mains paper.
    • Each candidate will be issued admit cards that will be downloaded from the website.
    • The DAT Mains for M.Des course will have two parts.
  • Part-I- Studio test- testing candidates on different formats such as drawing/ sketching/ hands-on modelling/ group discussion
  • Marks will be awarded out of 100 and the paper will be of 3 hours.
  • Part-II- Interview round- interviews will be taken separately for each discipline immediately after the Studio Test.

Preparation Tips for NID DAT 2019

Candidates must be very vigilant in noting down the DAT related events as there will be so many activities going on, there is chance you may miss. But not when iaspaper.nthe et is with you.

  • Kindly have a thorough reading of the exam pattern.
  • You should check the sample paper for getting to know the pattern of the questions.
  • As already described, the paper will be formulated to test a candidate’s knowledge of Design/Fine Arts/Applied Arts/ Architecture.

Syllabus for NID DAT 2019

Candidates who want to begin with their preparations can start with these following topics.

  • The exact list of topics will be available in handbook of the course
  • Science and environment not, world affairs, computer applications, heritages, Inspiration & Design Development, ecology, colour terminology, Design Theory, Mood, theme & colour inter – relationship, Elements & Principles Of Design, Innovation in Design, Natural & Geometrical Form, Principles of Composition, Optical Illusion, lettering, form and function, colour and pattern and texture, theme development, picture analysis, drawing fundamentals, use of measurements, scale and proportions, optical illusions, Colour Psychology & Optical Illusions, Creative thinking & writing, visual logic, Foreshortening & Perspective, Ornaments & motifs, memory drawing, story pictures, etc.

Admit Card for NID DAT 2019

Candidates will get two NID Admit Card 2019. One for Prelims and the other for Mains exam.

  • Admit card for Prelims can be uploaded by 03rd week of December 2018.
  • Admit card for Mains can be uploaded by 03rd week of March 2019 for B.Des and by 04th week of February for M.Des.
  • You may need the d to provide some credential details to download the hall ticket.

Answer Keys of NID 2019

After NID Answer Key 2019 conducts the DAT Prelims and Mains, the institute will publish the solutions of the 100 questions asked in the exam online on the official website at

  • Match your answers and if you think there is an error in the key, you can report the case within the time limit.
  • The submission of challenges will be ONLINE only.
  • You will have to pay Rs.1000/- per question to challenge the key.
  • If the candidate’s claim is accepted, the fees will be refunded.
  • Once, the date expires, the final answer key will be uploaded.

NID 2019 Results

The result of the DAT will be based on the score obtained in the DAT prelims NID 2019 Result .

  • Merit list will be prepared according to category and published on
  • 30% of weightage will be given to DAT Prelims, while 70% of weightage will be given to DAT Mains.
  • Score cards will be issued next.

Test Centres for NID DAT 2019

The DAT Prelims shall be conducted in the following cities. While there can be around 23 test centres for Prelims, Test centre for DAT Mains will be Ahmedabad, the Bangalore, and Gandhinagar.

S.No.Test CityS.No.Test , ity
9New delhi21Patna


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