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Admission at NID is held through an entrance exam known as NID DAT. The test has two rounds of the selection process- NID DAT Prelims and NID DAT Mains. Candidates are required to clear both the stages to be considered for BDes and MDes admission at NID.
Most of the students often wonder which exam is more difficult? NID DAT Prelims or NID Mains? This article carries the answer to this question. Candidates can scroll through the page and find out if NID DAT Prelims is tougher than Mains or is it the other way around?
NID DAT Prelims vs NID DAT Mains: Key Differences and Similarities
Captured below in this table are the key similarities and differences for NID DAT Prelims and Mains:
NID DAT Prelims
NID DAT Mains
National Institute of Design
National Institute of Design
To shortlist students for NID DAT Mains
To finalize candidates for MDes & BDes admissions
To be Announced
|To be Announced|
Theme poster, portfolio submission & online interaction/ Studio test & personal interview
SOP, portfolio submission & online interaction/ Studio test & personal interview
BDes: 3 hours
MDes: 2 hours 30 minutes (for one discipline) & 4 hours 30 minutes (for two disciplines)
Objective and subjective
NID DAT Prelims vs NID DAT Mains: Syllabus
NID DAT Prelims is a written aptitude test of design where questions are asked in objective and subjective format. On the other hand, NID DAT Mains comprises questions based on drawing, sketching, hands-on model making, group discussion, presentations, etc.
The syllabus of NID DAT Prelims and NID DAT Mains is very different from each other. NID DAT Prelims is designed to evaluate the design aptitude, knowledge, skills, and time management abilities of students. On the other hand, NID DAT Mains mainly focuses on judging on the spot creativity of the candidates, especially the material handling and out-of-the-box thinking part.
The detailed syllabus of NID DAT Prelims and NID DAT Mains is provided below:
NID DAT Prelims vs NID DAT Mains: Exam Pattern of M. Des
Given below are the exam pattern of NID DAT M.Des Prelims and Mains.
|NID DAT Prelims||NID DAT Mains|
NID DAT Prelims vs NID DAT Mains: Which is Tougher?
To answer this question, candidates first need to figure out what do they find tougher? NID DAT Prelims has a set syllabus for which numerous sample papers are available online as well as offline. Candidates can regularly practise and study from the prescribed syllabus to get an idea about the nature/ type of questions to ace NID DAT Prelims.
Whereas, NID DAT Mains is more like an extempore. Candidates’ ability to think on their feet and innovative/ creative skills are analyzed by highly qualified panel members. The exam is totally unpredictable and students are not aware of the questions that NID DAT Mains has in store for them.
If a student is more comfortable with attempting MCQs and drawing or sketching, they will find NID DAT Prelims easier but if they are more confident about their verbal skills and creative or innovative abilities then they will find NID DAT Mains less challenging.
Candidates must also note that over 6,000 students appear for NID DAT Prelims while the number of students appearing for NID DAT Mains is very less. However, students taking NID DAT Mains are the best out of the lot so the competition gets a bit tougher in the second stage of the NID DAT exam.
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