Do’s and Don'ts for NID DAT 2021

Samiksha Rautela
Samiksha RautelaPublished On: January 12, 2021 | NID DAT

NID DAT is a popular design entrance exam conducted for admission to National Institute of Design. Find out the Do's and Don'ts of NID DAT 2021 that must be kept in the mind to score well in the exam.

Do’s and Don'ts for NID DAT

NID DAT is one of the most sought after design entrance exams that offers admission to prestigious design colleges in India. Aspirants willing to qualify NID DAT, take the preparation very seriously and start strategizing months prior to the exam date. Amidst all the chaos of the exam preparation, certain Do’s and Don'ts for NID DAT 2021 skip the mind of the candidates.

It is essential to take note of all the pointers that must be kept in mind before appearing for NID DAT. They will not only help in building confidence but also in acing the design entrance exam. Read on and check out the top Dos and Don'ts for NID DAT 2021 that every candidate should be aware of in order to qualify the exam and build a strong career in design.

Highlights of NID DAT 2021

Provided below are all the essential information that are the key highlights of the NID DAT 2021.

Exam Name


Full Name

National Institute of Design (Design Aptitude Test)

Conducting Body

National Institute of Design

Stages of NID DAT

Stage 1: NID DAT Prelims

Stage 2: NID DAT Mains

Exam Level

National Level

Exam Language


Type of Questions

Subjective & Objective

Exam Duration

NID DAT Prelims: Three Hours

NID DAT Mains: Three Hours

Total Marks

NID DAT Prelims: 100 Marks

NID DAT Mains: 100 Marks

Do’s for NID DAT 2021

Enlisted below are certain do’s for NID DAT 2021 that you must keep in mind to ensure that the exam goes well.

Prepare a Time-Table

However, cliche it may sound, chalking out exam time-tables or a study plan is the first step for NID DAT preparation. It helps in managing your time and strategizing properly.

Go through the Syllabus and Exam Pattern

Check out the entire syllabus of NID DAT carefully. Make sure to cover each important topic in the syllabus as questions may crop up from anywhere. Going through the exam pattern of NID DAT also helps in understanding the nature of the exam. It helps in making better strategies.

Pick up Reliable Books

Instead of choosing any random preparation book for NID DAT, go for a well-known book from a reliable source (author/publisher). Also, check if the books are of latest edition as the old books often have outdated and misleading information.

Practice Sketching

Take references and pick out designing exercises regularly. Study the dimensions, size, form and consistency of the figure and try to incorporate it in your work. Be original and focus on thinking creatively.

Identify Strengths and Weaknesses

Giving equal attention and time to each topic is never the right strategy. Identify your strengths and weaknesses and divide time accordingly. Invest more energy on topics that require more work and study.

Keep a Tab on General Knowledge

Keep a close eye on the latest developments and occurrences in the designing world. Keep a tab on the general and current affairs. Keep reading newspapers and magazines. Download the applications that keep notifying the happenings around the world.

Carry your Admit Card

Admit card is a vital document without which a candidate will not be allowed to sit for the exam. In order to eradicate any last minute hassles, download the NID DAT Admit Card and take multiple copies of it so that you are sorted. Also, carry an identity proof as it is required for verification.

Keep your Stationery

Stationery materials such as Ruler, Eraser, Sharpener, Black ballpoint pen (to mark the answers in the OMR sheet) and Lead pencils (of varying grades) must be kept aside so that no last-minute rush is encountered on the exam day. Bring your own stationery to the exam to erase inconvenience.

Reach on Time

Reaching on time is very important as biometric registration is done on the day of the exam. Being late can not only result in nervousness but can also create lots of confusion. To ensure that everything goes smoothly, reach the exam centre 40 minutes before the reporting time.

Wear your Confidence

Confidence is the key to success so wear it on the day of the exam. It helps in staying calm and removing stress.

Also Read: National Institute of Design (NID) Seat Intake and Reservation Details

Don’ts for NID DAT 2021

Here are the big no-nos for the NID DAT 2021. Try avoiding them to perform well and ace the exam.

Do not Overstudy

Studying is a good thing but overdoing it can only lead to restlessness and exhaustion before the exam day. It can also be tiring for the body and mind.

Do not Leave any Topic Unattended

Check the syllabus and all the important topics. Leaving anything for the last minute or skipping on topics should be avoided.

Do not Pick up too many Books

Instead of focusing on quantity, focus on quality. Do not study from too many books as it can create chaos in the mind. Also, try sticking to books with easy language and sufficient information.

Do not Practice on A3 sized Sketchbooks

Practice sketching on the A4 size papers and canvas only as the answer sheets of the exam are also of A4 size.

Do not Spend all the Time on Drawing

Sketching and drawing are crucial parts of the NID DAT, however, they are not it. Invest time on an objective section of the exam as well. 

Do Not Skip the Sample Papers

Candidates often believe that preparing from books is the best way of scoring well in the exam. Sample papers, mock tests and previous year’s question papers are also very crucial for NID DAT exam. Solving them gives an idea about the nature of questions and also increases the speed and accuracy.

Do Not Avoid Revision

Keep at least 3-4 weeks aside for revision as it helps in retaining the memory. Preparation of the last few days is very important as whatever aspirant studies in the last days stay fresh on his/her memory.

Do Not Carry any Electronic Devices

Electronic Devices are prohibited in the exam premises. Candidates must not carry calculators, smartphones etc. in the examination hall.

Do Not Start Late Preparation

Time is very crucial for NID DAT preparation. Starting late can decrease the practise time which can hamper the final result.

Do Not Panic

Try keeping your nerves under control as panicking can result in memory loss which can further result in poor performance. Stay confident and avoid focusing on the negatives.

Also Read: List of Best NID Colleges: Fees, Eligibility, Courses

This was all about the Dos and Don'ts for NID DAT 2021. Check out the top coaching institutes of NID DAT to explore your options. In case you wish to focus on self-study, here is the Self-Study Guide for Design Exams in India. 

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