The National Institute of Design Aptitude Test, popularly known as NID DAT, is an entrance test administered by the National Institute of Design (NID) for admission to undergraduate (B.Des), postgraduate (M.Des), and doctorate (PhD) design programmes. The test is divided into two parts: DAT Prelims and DAT Mains.
The DAT Prelims is a paper-and-pencil screening examination. It assesses the candidate's design aptitude, including their comprehension of design ideas and principles, their ability to interpret and analyse visual data, and their inventiveness. The DAT Prelims is a qualifying test and only individuals who score higher than the cut-off are allowed to take the DAT Mains.
The NID DAT Mains is a more extensive exam that is administered on a computer. It assesses the candidate's design knowledge, ability to use design concepts to solve design challenges, and communication abilities. The DAT Mains is a tough test, with only a small number of applicants admitted to NID programmes.
According to the NID Admission 2024-25 Handbook, the following are the intake capacity and campuses for the B.Des and M.Des programmes: