NID DAT 2024 Exam: Spot Round Results OUT, BDes Seat Allotment II (Out), & Provisional Letters OUT, Other Latest Updates

Updated By Aarushi Jain on 11 Jul, 2024 13:06

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NID DAT 2024 Overview

The National Institute of Design (NID) has announced the NID DAT 2024 seat allotment result for M.Des in the SPOT Round on July 11, 2024. Candidates assigned seats in this round must confirm their seats, pay the admission fee, and upload the required documents by the same date. Seat allocation depends on the candidates' merit ranks and chosen campus options. The NID SPOT Admission Round 2024 began on July 9, 2024, to fill the remaining spots in the Master of Design (M.Des) program. Visit the NID DAT Counselling Process 2024 exam page for further details. The NID DAT seat allocation 2024 for Round 2 of BDes admissions was announced on June 24, 2024, at 4:10 PM. To access their Round 2 results for the NID DAT counselling process 2024, candidates should visit the official NID admissions website, where a direct link has been provided for downloading the seat allotment details. Also, the NID seat confirmation, non-refundable fee payment, and document submission deadline is Tuesday, June 25, 2024, at 12:00 AM.

NID has also issued provisional offer letters for the 2024 M.Des programs on May 31, 2024. Candidates who have secured a seat in the NID DAT 2024 M.Des allocation and have paid the required token fee can download their offer letters from the official website at NID also announced the first round of B.Des seat allotments on May 29, 2024. Students who received a seat were supposed to confirm it by paying the fees and uploading the required documents by 4 pm on May 31, 2024. So, the seat allocation round 1 stands concluded on May 31.

The BDes NID DAT Mains result 2024 was announced on May 21, 2024, on the official website of the conducting body. As per the official notice, the re-checking window for BDes DAT (Mains) will be accessible until May 22, 2024, up to 4:00 PM. The B.Des Mains 2024 examination took place on April 28, 2024. Previously, the results for B.Des NID DAT Prelims 2024 were disclosed on April 4, 2024, and the M.Des NID DAT Prelims results were published on February 16, 2024. 

The NID DAT result 2024 for MDes Mains was officially declared on the NID admission portal on April 30, 2024, at 4 PM. To view results, candidates were required to log in using their email ID and date of birth. The exam analysis for NID DAT 2024 is also available on our page. The entrance exam was conducted in the offline mode or the pen and paper mode. For the B.Des program, the NID DAT Prelims question paper had both written and picture-based questions. The M.Des program also has a mix of multiple-choice and open-ended questions. The final NID DAT results will be calculated based on NID DAT Prelims and NID DAT Mains scores.

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Steps To Download NID DAT 2024 M.Des Provisional Offer Letter

To download your provisional offer letters, please follow these steps:

  • Visit the official NID website at
  • On the homepage, find the "Important Updates" section.
  • Click on the link titled "Provisional Offer of Admission (POA) for M.Des. Round 01."
  • A login window will appear.
  • Enter your credentials and click "Submit."
  • Your admission letter will then be displayed on the scree

Provisional Offer of Admission (POA) for M.Des Round 1 -- DIRECT LINK

Note: For candidates who have not received a seat in the NID DAT M.Des courses for 2024, the second round of seat allotment will be released on June 4, 2024, at 4 PM.

NID DAT Result 2024

The National Institute of Design announced NID DAT Prelims results for the M.Des program on February 16, 2024. The results for the B.Des program will be announced on March 28, 2024. The results will be available online on the NID admission portal. Follow these steps to check NID DAT 2024 results:

  • Click on the provided result link.
  • You will be taken to a log-in page.
  • Enter your email ID and date of birth.
  • Once logged in, the DAT Prelims result will be shown on the screen.
  • Download and print a copy of the results.

The NID DAT Prelims scorecard will include details such as sectional and overall scores and your qualifying status. Successful candidates will be shortlisted for the NID DAT Mains.

Re-check of NID DAT 2024 (Prelims) Result 

Applicants can request a re-check of NID DAT Prelims results, with a fee of INR 2000. The re-check process becomes available shortly after declaring the NID DAT Prelims result. It's essential to understand that the re-check is limited to verifying whether all answers have been marked and ensuring accurate marking and transfer of marks in Part II of the answer booklet onto the first cover page.

Shortlisting of Candidates for NID DAT Mains

Candidates will move on to NID DAT Mains based on their performance in NID DAT Prelims. It is important to know that the National Institute of Design will publish cut-off marks for NID DAT Prelims, categorized by different groups.

FINAL Result of NID DAT 2024

The ultimate result will be determined by evaluating the candidate's performance in both NID DAT Prelims and NID DAT Mains. If a candidate doesn't qualify in NID DAT Prelims or doesn't participate in NID DAT Mains, they will not be considered in the NID DAT Mains results.

Weightage for NID DAT 2024 Final Results 

The final NID DAT 2024 results will be generated by allocating weightage to DAT Prelims and DAT Mains. 

B.Des Programme 

Exam Component

DAT Prelims

DAT Mains




M.Des Programme 

Exam Component

DAT Prelims

DAT Mains Studio Test

DAT Mains Personal Interview





NID Cutoffs 2024

The NID cut-off for 2024 will be released for each category, with specific relaxations for reserved categories. These cutoff marks represent the minimum scores required for eligibility in the counselling process. The NID DAT 2024 cut-off is determined by considering factors such as the previous year's cutoff, marking scheme, exam difficulty, and the number of candidates who appeared. Achieving the cutoff marks is important for securing admission to NID and its affiliated campuses.

Category-wise NID DAT 2024 Cut-off

The cutoff for Open/SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PwD categories will be released in May/June 2024. Aspirants can access the cutoff marks on the NID website. If candidates fall short of the cutoff marks, they will not proceed to the subsequent admission stages. The qualifying percentiles are set at 50 for the open category, 45 for OBC-NCL, and 40 for SC, ST, and PwD categories. Only candidates meeting the cutoff will be invited to the next phase of the admission process.


Minimum Qualifying Criteria for NID Admissions (Both BDes & MDes Courses)















NID DAT 2024 Cut Off for Reserved Categories

The NID DAT 2024 cut-off score for reserve category candidates is determined by the marks obtained by the candidate securing the last rank in the open category. The relaxed cutoffs for the reserve categories are as follows:

Reserved Categories



10% less than the cut-off score of the Open Category


20% less than the cut-off score of the Open Category


20% less than the cut-off score of the Open Category


30% less than the cut-off score of the Open Category

NID DAT 2024 Counselling

The NID DAT 2024 counselling process is the final step in this journey, offering admission to the 425 B.Des seats across NID's four campuses. To be eligible for NID DAT 2024 counselling, candidates must successfully clear both the Prelims and Mains exams. Reserved category candidates will enjoy some relaxation in the cutoff scores, as per the specified guidelines. The NID DAT 2024 counselling will be conducted in an offline mode at the NID Ahmedabad campus. Invited candidates will undergo a thorough evaluation process, considering their merit ranking, candidate category, and seat availability.

NID DAT 2024 Seat Matrix 

The NID Ahmedabad campus provided a total of 125 seats for B.Design programs:


B. Design Specialisation


Faculty of Industrial Design

Product Design


Furniture Design


Ceramic and Glass Design


Faculty of Communication Design

Graphic Design


Animation Film Design


Film and Video Communication


Exhibition Design


Faculty of Textile, Apparel & Lifestyle Accessory Design

Textile Design


NID DAT 2024 Merit List

The NID DAT 2024 merit list will be published for candidates who have completed both the Prelims and Mains exams. Accessible online through the candidate portal, the final merit list is determined by weighing the marks obtained in both the Prelims and Mains exams. Only those candidates whose names are on the merit list will qualify for the interview rounds. The merit list will be categorized separately for all candidate categories. Please note that no hard copy of the scorecard will be issued to the candidates.

NID DAT 2024 Reservation

The NID offers reservations for certain categories of candidates in the DAT 2024 exam. The reservation percentage for each category is as follows:


NID DAT 2024 Reservation Percentage



Scheduled Tribe (ST)


Other Backward Class – Non-creamy layer (OBC-NCL)


Scheduled Caste (SC)


Category Wise NID DAT 2024 Reservation of Seats For B.Des

Seats for the Bachelor of Design programme are scheduled to be divided into the following categories:



Total no. of Seats

Unreserved (51.5%)

OBC-NCL (27%)

Scheduled Tribe (7.5%)

Scheduled Caste (15%)


NID Ahmedabad







NID Kurukshetraa







NID Vijayawada






Category Wise NID DAT 2024 Reservation of Seats For M.Des

Following the implementation of the new 10% EWS reservation, the following category-wise allocation of seats for the Master of Design programme is expected:





Scheduled Caste

Scheduled Tribes

Percentage of reservation






Disciplines with 15 seats each






Disciplines with 10 seats each






NID Participating Colleges 2024

Aspirants can gain admission to B.Des programs and M.Des programs across seven NID campuses by taking the NID DAT 2024 exam. The courses are available in various specializations. Explore the list of courses provided by NIDs in the table below.


Courses at NID Participating Colleges


  • Ceramic & Glass Design
  • Furniture & Interior Design
  • Product Design
  • Animation Film Design
  • Exhibition Design
  • Film & Video Communication
  • Graphic Design
  • Textile Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Communication Design
  • Textile & Apparel Design


  • Animation Film Design  
  • Ceramic and Glass Design            
  • Furniture & Interior Design         
  • Film & Video Communication    
  • Graphic Design 
  • Product Design
  • Textile Design
  • Apparel Design
  • Lifestyle Accessory Design         
  • Strategic Design Management  
  • New Media Design         
  • Photography Design      
  • Toy & Game Design       
  • Transportation & Automobile Design
  • Design for Retail Experience      
  • Digital Game Design       
  • Information Design        
  • Interaction Design          
  • Universal Design

The NID entrance exam scores/ranks are accepted for admission at seven NID campuses, which are:

List of NIDs Accepting NID DAT Scores 2024

NID Ahmedabad

NID Gandhinagar

NID Bengaluru

NID Haryana (Kurukshetra)

NID Andhra Pradesh (Vijayawada)

NID Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal)

NID Assam (Jorhat)

NID DAT 2024 Exam Analysis

Here is the detailed NID DAT 2024 paper analysis for students to refer:

  • Overall Difficulty Level: Although considered moderate, understanding the specific difficulty of different sections (GAT vs. Drawing) would be helpful for targeted preparation.
  • Exam Format: The shorter duration of Part A suggests it might involve quick decision-making or recall-based questions, while the longer Part B with 9 questions likely focuses on a more in-depth analysis of the subject.
  • Student Feedback: The student opinion about self-preparation being sufficient is encouraging for many aspiring candidates. However, individual preparation needs might vary, and additional resources like coaching or practice materials can still be beneficial for some.


Difficulty Level

Part I (Aptitude)

Very Easy

Part II (Drawing)



Easy to Moderate

What is NID DAT Entrance Exam?

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:





425 seats

347 seats


  • NID Ahmedabad
  • NID Andhra Pradesh
  • NID Haryana
  • NID Madhya Pradesh
  • NID Assam
  • NID Ahmedabad
  • NID Gandhinagar
  • NID Bengaluru

NID Entrance Exam 2024 Notification

The preliminary examination for NID DAT 2024 is set for December 24, 2023. Before taking the test, prospective candidates should properly understand the qualifying conditions for their preferred programme. When the application form is released or around that time, the National Institute of Design will give full information regarding the qualifying criteria for the B.Des and M.Des courses. Meeting these requirements is required for both the exam and the following admissions procedure.

Aspiring students should keep an eye out for official announcements, the NID DAT 2024 syllabus, and the test style. Staying informed can help students prepare efficiently and take advantage of the exam's chances. It is recommended that they check for changes regularly and become familiar with the relevant knowledge to improve their chances of passing the NID DAT 2024 exam.

The official exam notification for NID PhD exam 2024 is yet to be released by the National Institute of Design (NID) Ahmedabad Campus. 

NID DAT 2024 Exam Highlights

The table below lists the important highlights of the NID DAT 2024 exam:



Exam Name

NID Design Aptitude Test 

Popularly Known 


Conducting Body

The National Institute of Design

Exam Frequency

Once a year

Courses Offered

BDes, MDes, PhD

Application fee

INR 3,000 

Exam Mode


Exam Duration

3 hours

NID DAT 2024 Application Form Date 

September 8, 2023 to December 7, 2023

NID DAT 2024 Exam Date (Prelims) 

December 24, 2023 (B.Des and M.Des)

NID DAT 2024 Exam Date (Mains)

  • B.Des: April 27 and 28, 2024
  • M.Des: March 3 and April 6, 2024

Seat Intake

  • B.Des – 425
  • M.Des – 347 

Official Website

NID DAT 2024 Exam Dates & Schedule

The official notification of NID DAT 2024 is out. The exam schedule of NID DAT 2024 has been released along with the official notification. Candidates can take a look at the detailed important dates for the NID DAT 2024 below:


B.Des Dates

M.Des Dates

NID DAT 2024 Application Form Date

September 8 to December 5, 2023

September 8 to December 5, 2023

Last Date for Submitting Online Applications (without late fee)5 December, 2023 (up to 1600 hrs)5 December, 2023 (up to 1600 hrs)

NID DAT Registration 2024 by Paying Late Fee

December 7, 2023 (up to 1600 hrs)

December 7, 2023 (up to 1600 hrs)

Correction of NID DAT 2024 Application Form

December 8, 2023 to December 10, 2023

December 8, 2023 to December 10, 2023

NID DAT 2024 Admit Card

December 12, 2023 (Released)

December 12, 2023 (Released)

NID DAT Exam Date (Prelims)

December 24, 2023

December 24, 2023

NID DAT 2024 Prelims Result

Old: March 28, 2024

Postponed: April 4, 2024

February 16, 2024

Rechecking Request for DAT Prelims

March 28 to March 30, 2024

February 16 to February 18, 2024

Download Admit Card for NID DAT Mains

Old: April 14, 2024

New: April 15, 2024

February 22, 2024

NID 2024 Exam Date (Mains)

April 27 and 28, 2024

March 4 and April 4, 2024

NID DAT 2024 Mains Result

May 21, 2024

April 30, 2024

Opening of Submission Window of Campus Preference

May 21 to May 23, 2024


Rechecking Request for DAT Mains 2024

May 21 and 22, 2024

April 30 to May 2, 2024

Payment of Token Fees and Uploading of Documents

May 29 to May 31, 2024

April 20 to May 14, 2024

Provisional Offer Letter of NID Admission

June 13, 2024

May 31, 2024

NID PhD 2023 Dates

Candidates can check the NID PhD 2023 exam important dates from the below table:


Dates (Tentative)

Availability of Application Form 

October 11, 2023

Last date for submission 

November 12, 2023

Admit Card/List of Students for DRT


Date for the DRT Exam 

December 25, 2023

Result of DRT Exam or Interview


NID DAT 2024 M.Des Mains - Program-wise Reporting & Registration Time

The National Institute of Design (NID) has issued an exam advisory for the NID DAT 2024 M.Des Mains, detailing reporting and registration times.


All disciplines (except Toy & Game Design and Information Design)

Toy & Game Design

Information Design

Reporting Time

8 am

No entry will be allowed after 8.30 am.

2 pm

No entry is allowed after 2.15 pm.

1:45 pm

No entry is allowed after 2 pm.

Registration Time

8 am - 8:45 am

No registrations are allowed after 8:45 am.

2 pm - 2:20 pm

No registrations are allowed after 2:20 am.

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm 

No registrations are allowed after 2:15 am.

The direct link to the schedule for Studio Tests and Interviews is available below:

NID DAT Mains 2024 - MDes Studio Tests & Interviews Schedule

NID DAT 2024 Answer Key

Soon after the exam, the NID DAT 2024 Answer Key will be available online. The official authority will post it on their website, together with all sets' question papers. If candidates find any errors in the answer key, they can lodge complaints by paying a fee per challenge. The answer key is a useful tool for candidates to use to validate the proper answers to their questions.

NID 2024 Admit Card (OUT)

The National Institute of Design released the admit cards for NID DAT 2024 Prelims on December 12, 2023. If you have successfully submitted your application, you will get an admit card. Here's how to download it:

  • Visit
  • Click on the link to download the NID admission test 2024-25 admit card.
  • Provide your login details and submit.
  • Review and download your admit card.

On the day of the NID DAT 2024 exam, make sure to bring your admit card and a valid photo ID. Also, have the admit card signed by the invigilator and stamped with the centre's seal. Remember, the signed (with the centre's seal) admit card is necessary for:

  • Requesting a recheck of DAT Prelims results and 
  • Downloading the NID DAT 2024 answer sheet.

NID DAT 2024 Exam Centres

The DAT Prelims exam will be held in 23 places around India. When filling out the application form, the candidate must select their desired exam centre. The following is a list of NID DAT exam centres in 2024:

NID DAT 2024 Exam Cities

















New Delhi








NID DAT 2024 Exam Pattern

The NID DAT 2024 exam pattern is different for the Prelims and Mains DAT exams as the entrance exam consists of two stages:

  • DAT Prelims: This is a written exam that is held in a pen-and-paper format. It consists of 100 multiple-choice questions (MCQs). The questions are divided into two sections:
    • Section I: General Knowledge and Design Awareness (1-22 questions; 30 marks)
    • Section II: Design Aptitude (23 to 26 questions; 70 marks)
  • DAT Mains: This is a computer-based test (CBT) that is held in two parts:
    • Part I: Design Portfolio Review
    • Part II: Personal Interview and Group Discussion

NID DAT 2024 Prelims Exam Pattern



Question Numbers

Marks Per Question

Total Marks Allotted

Part I

Objective Type Questions

1 to 22

  • Questions(1 to 14) - 1 mark
  • Questions (15 to 22) - 2 marks

30 Marks

Part II

Subjective Type Questions

23 to 26

  • Question (23) - 15 marks
  • Question (24) - 20 marks
  • Question (25)- 15 marks
  • Question (26) - 20 marks, which was subdivided into three parts.

70 Marks


100 Marks

NID DAT 2024 Mains/Studio Test Exam Pattern



Mode of Exam


Duration of Exam

3 hours

Total Marks


Language of Question Paper


Type of Questions

Multiple formats (Drawing/ Sketching/ Model Making)

NID DRT PhD Exam and Interview Pattern

Here is a summary of the important information about the NID PhD 2023 exam and interview:

  • There are two exams in total.
  • The first exam is a screening test with 100 marks.
  • The second exam is the Design Research Test (DRT), which is divided into two parts: DRT-1 and DRT-2.

The Design Research Test (DRT) primarily assesses the candidate's ability in the following areas:

  • General Awareness
  • Design Aptitude
  • Creativity
  • Research Ability
  • Reasoning Abilities
  • Design Abilities

Screening of Proposals (Total Marks = 100)

This includes:

  • Suitability to NID’s expressed research areas.
  • Relevance and feasibility of research study to the field of design.
  • Clearly defined objectives, the rationale of the study and research questions.
  • Language articulation and presentation quality.

DRT 1 - The Situation Test/Fieldwork (Total Marks = 50)

This section consists of: 

  • Observation and data representation
    • Planning/Research Brief
    • Field interaction
    • Research methods used in the field
  • Analysis and/or synthesis
    • Range of insights/opportunities
    • A variety of methods used
    • Quality of representation
    • Design research-related unknowns
  • Comprehension and articulation
    • Clarity of written communication
    • Quality of content
    • Structure

DRT 2 – General Awareness and Design Abilities (Total Marks = 50)

  • Knowledge and world view
  • Creativity and design thinking
  • Observation and imagination
  • Comprehension and articulation reasoning

Evaluation Criteria for Interview (Total Marks = 100)

  • The topic of the Research Proposal
  • Alignment with NID’s Research Priorities
  • Academic Record and work experience
  • Delivery and Presentation and personal attributes

Note: Only selected candidates will be called for interviews based on their DRT results. Only candidates who pass the DRT will be invited to the personal interview.

Weightage of DRT and Interview

For candidates with less than 15 years of work experience who go through DRT and an interview:

  • DRT is 20% of the evaluation.
  • The interview and research proposal presentation make up 80% of the evaluation.

For candidates with over 15 years of work experience who only go through an interview:

  • A presentation connecting their past work to the proposed research holds 20% weight.
  • The interview and research proposal presentation account for 80% of the evaluation.

NID DAT Syllabus 2024

To study for the design entrance test, it is important to adhere to the most recent and genuine NID DAT 2024 syllabus. The DAT Prelims course covers a wide range of design topics, such as colour terminology, composition principles, design theory, lettering, optical illusion, picture analysis, theme development, and so on.

NID DAT 2024 Syllabus For Prelims

The NID DAT 2024 syllabus aims to familiarize students with important topics in design. The syllabus for the DAT Prelims exam for the B.Des programme includes the following topics:

Design Outline

Graphics & Pictograms

Picture Analysis

Mood, Theme & Colour Inter-Relationship

Presentation Techniques

Foreshortening & Perspective

Natural & Geometrical Form

Colour Terminology

Story Pictures


Design Theory

3d Visualising

Colour Psychology, Optical Illusion

Innovation In Designs

Lateral Thinking

Theme Development

Form and Function Creative Thinking and Writing

Design Awareness

Visual Logic

Good Design vs Bad Design

Ornaments and Motifs

Memory Drawing

Colour, Pattern & Texture

Inspiration & Design Development

NID DAT 2024 Syllabus For Studio Test

The NID DAT 2024 Studio Test syllabus covers the following topics:

Model Making

Audio- Visual Exercises

Meeting With Qualified Candidates

How to Evolve Ideas


Material Manipulations

NID DAT 2024 Mains exam will focus on the following:

  • Design Portfolio: This is a portfolio of the candidate's design work that the NID judges will analyse.
  • Personal Interview: This is a one-on-one interview with the candidate to examine their creativity, problem-solving abilities, and communication abilities.
  • Group Discussions: This is a conversation with a group of applicants in which their collaboration and communication skills will be evaluated.

NID DAT 2024 Mains

Candidates shortlisted from NID DAT 2024 Prelims must proceed to the NID DAT 2024 Mains exam. For B.Des applicants, NID DAT Mains involves a Studio Test. Additionally, M.Des candidates undergo a Personal Interview along with the Studio Test. The Studio Test takes place offline, while the personal interview is conducted online.

Important Instructions for NID DAT Mains

  • To be on the final NID DAT 2024 merit list, candidates must participate in both DAT Prelims and DAT Mains. 
  • The weightage for these will be revealed before the NID DAT 2024 (Final) Results.
  • Rescheduling Studio Test requests will not be considered. 
  • Admit cards for the Studio Test and Online Interview are issued separately. If the candidate misses the online interview, Studio Test admit cards will not be generated. 
  • On the Studio Test day, bring a hard copy of the admit card and a valid photo ID. 
  • Merely attending NID DAT 2024 Mains does not assure admission.

NID DAT 2024 Mains Components

The DAT Mains test for the M.Des program consists of two parts: 

  • Studio Test 
  • Personal Interview

On the other hand, the DAT Mains for the B.Des program includes only one part, which is the Studio Test.

Statement of Purpose and Portfolio Review for NID DAT 2024 Mains

If shortlisted for DAT Mains, candidates must upload a Statement of Purpose (SOP) and Portfolio during the specified period. The National Institute of Design will inform the candidate about the uploading time via the registered email ID or result page. Separate SOPs and Portfolios are required for each discipline. 

The SOP should have brief answers within 100 words for each question, combined into a single file (max size - 2 MB). The Portfolio, a digital copy, must be uploaded in a single file (max size - 10 MB).

NID DAT 2024 Application Form

The registration process for the NID DAT 2024 exam commenced on September 8, 2023. The application form can be filled out with both regular and late fees.

  • Regular Fees: The last date to apply for NID DAT 2024 with regular fees was December 1, 2023.
  • Late Fees: Applications were accepted with late fees from December 1 to 7, 2023. The late fee was INR 1,000.

The application correction window was available from December 7 (4 PM) to December 10 (4 PM).

The NID PhD application form will be released on the official website. Please make sure to submit the registration form before the deadline. Before starting your application, please review the eligibility criteria. You must also carefully fill out all of the information on the application form.

NID DAT 2024 Application Fees

Candidates for the B.Des and M.Des programmes can pay the application fee online using a debit or credit card. The application cost is non-refundable and non-transferable to another candidate or application. As a result, before completing the payment, it is necessary to thoroughly verify the eligibility conditions and ensure that all information on the application form is correct.

The following are the application fees for the different categories:


General Category/General EWS/OBC-NCL (INR)

SC/ST/PWD candidates (INR)

Overseas (Supernumerary)





M.Des 1 Discipline only




M.Des 2 Disciplines





NID DAT Admission Process 2024

The following is a step-by-step admission process to the B.Des and M.Des programmes at the NIDs, from application submission to seat allocation:

  • Application Submission: Fill up and submit the application form with precise information by the deadline. Any inconsistencies may result in disqualification from NID DAT counselling process 2024.
  • Admit Card: Bring the admit card and a valid picture ID to the test. The admission card includes exam information and recommendations, as well as separate cards for DAT Prelims and DAT Mains.
  • DAT Prelims: The structure of this offline test is stated in the admit card. Candidates are shortlisted for the DAT Mains based on the results.
  • Check the Prelims Result: Enter your email address, date of birth, and roll/application number to access DAT Prelims results.
  • DAT Mains Admit Card: Download and print the individual NID DAT Mains admit card.
  • NID DAT Mains: DAT Mains will include a Studio Test; M.Des applicants will also be required to participate in an online interview stage. Aspirants for NID admissions are given hands-on practical projects to complete in the allotted time during the studio test.
  • Final Result: For admission and seat allotment, final results take into account both DAT Prelims and NID DAT Mains performance.
  • Merit List Publication: The NID will create a NID DAT 2024 merit list based on the exam results. The names of individuals who have qualified for the counselling procedure will be included on the list.
  • Call for Counseling: Candidates who have qualified for the entrance test and are on the merit list will be contacted for the counselling procedure. They will be contacted by email or other NID-specified communication means.
  • Document Verification: Candidates must provide their original papers for verification during the counselling session. Academic certificates, mark sheets, category certificates (if applicable), identity verification, and other papers may be included. Candidates must bring originals as well as photocopies of all essential papers.
  • Seat Allotment: This will take place depending on the candidate's entrance exam rank and specialism desire. During this process, the availability of seats and the candidate's preference will be taken into account.
  • Admission Confirmation: Following seat assignment, applicants must confirm their admission by paying the requisite admission fees within the time limit given. Failure to do so may result in the loss of the reserved seat.
  • Reporting to the Institute: Once accepted, applicants must report to the designated NID campus on the indicated date and time. They should have the relevant documentation, entry fee receipts, and other paperwork with them.

NID DAT 2024 Preparation Tips

To excel in the NID entrance exam, follow these essential tips and know how to prepare for NID DAT 2024:

  • Adapt your study strategy and plan to your learning style and preferences. When it comes to test preparation, one size does not suit all.
  • NID will keep you up to date on any official rules, exam pattern modifications, or curriculum adjustments.
  • Create a steady study schedule and adhere to it religiously for successful learning.
  • To know what to expect, familiarise yourself with the NID exam style and syllabus.
  • Review past and sample papers to have an understanding of the test format.
  • Take brief notes on relevant themes and review them on a regular basis to improve retention.
  • Keep your cool during the exam, remain hydrated, and prevent panic.
  • Discuss ideas with professors and friends to gain a better understanding.
  • In order to keep your mind refreshed and alert, incorporate exercise and yoga into your everyday regimen.

NID DAT 2024 Previous Year Question Papers

NID DAT previous years’ question papers are a great way to prepare for the exam and know about the exam pattern of this exam. Here are a few ways you can try to access and download the previous years’ question papers for the NID DAT exam:

  • Official NID website
  • Online forums and websites
  • Contacting coaching institutes
  • Buying question banks
  • Libraries and Bookstores

NID DAT 2024 Eligibility Criteria

The candidate must validate their NID DAT 2024 eligibility requirements according on the academic course for which they have applied - B.Des or M.Des. Here are the programme-specific NID DAT 2024 eligibility requirements:

NID DAT Eligibility Criteria for B.Des 

  • The candidate must have passed or be scheduled to take the 10+2 examination in any stream (Science, Arts, Commerce, Humanities, etc.) from a recognised board of education such as CBSE, IB, ICSE, or equivalent.
  • A minimum of 50% aggregate marks in the 10+2 examination are required.
  • The applicant must have been born on or after July 1, 2004.
    • Candidates from the reserved categories of Other Backward Class-Non Creamy Layer (OBCNCL), Scheduled Caste (SC), and Scheduled Tribe (ST) must have been born on or after July 1, 2001.
    • PwD applicants must have been born on or after July 1, 1999.

NID DAT Eligibility Criteria for M.Des

  • A Bachelor's degree in any field from a recognised university with a minimum of 50% aggregate grades is required.
  • Candidates with a full-time diploma of at least four years in Design/Fine Arts/Applied Arts/Architecture after the 12th grade or equivalent from any university or institute recognised by law in India are also eligible to apply.
  • The applicant must have been born on or after July 1, 1999.
    • Candidates from the reserved categories of Other Backward Class-Non Creamy Layer (OBCNCL), Scheduled Caste (SC), and Scheduled Tribe (ST) must have been born on or after July 1, 1989.
    • PwD candidates must have been born on or after July 1, 1987.

Note: Please keep in mind that these are the general eligibility requirements. For additional information on the exact admission criteria for each programme, please see the NID DAT 2024 Admission Handbook.

NID DAT Eligibility Criteria for PhD Des

Before applying for the NID PhD exam, it is important to understand if you meet the criteria for 2023. If you don't meet these criteria, your application may not be accepted. Here's what you need to know:

  • Nationality: You must be an Indian citizen.
  • Education: You should have completed a Master’s degree in Design from a recognized University, or
    • Completed a Bachelor’s degree in Design from the National Institute of Design with three years of professional or teaching experience or both, or
    • Finished a Faculty Development Programme in Design from the National Institute of Design or any recognized University, or
    • Hold a Master’s degree in Philosophy (in Design).

NID DAT 2024 Eligibility Criteria For Overseas Category

Applicants from foreign nations who do not have Indian citizenship may apply provided they match the qualifying requirements. Furthermore, 15% of available spaces in both the B.Design and M.Design programmes have been designated for international students.

The following is the exact number of seats available in the overseas category:


No. of seats

Master of Design (Discipline having 19 seats)


Master of Design (Discipline having 12 seats)


Bachelor of Design, NID Ahmedabad


Bachelor of Design, NID Madhya Pradesh


Bachelor of Design, NID Haryana


Contact Details

  • Official Website:
  • NID Headquarters Address: National Institute of Design, Paldi, Ahmedabad – 380007, Gujarat, India Phone: +91 79 2662 3462 / 2662 3463 
  • Email:
  • NID Campuses:
    • NID Bengaluru Address: National Institute of Design, #12, HMT Link Road, Off Tumkur Road, Bangalore – 560022, Karnataka, India Phone: +91 80 2337 3275 / 2337 3276
    • NID Ahmedabad Address: National Institute of Design, Paldi, Ahmedabad – 380007, Gujarat, India Phone: +91 79 2662 9500 / 2662 9501
    • NID Kurukshetra Address: National Institute of Design, Plot No. H-10, IDDC Campus, Sector 1, Kurukshetra – 136119, Haryana, India Phone: +91 1744 233700 / 233701
    • NID Gandhinagar Address: National Institute of Design, GH-0, Extension Road, Near Infocity, Gandhinagar – 382007, Gujarat, India Phone: +91 79 2326 5500 / 2326 5501

Important Dates

NID DAT 2024 Important EventsDates
Registration Date 08 Sep to 07 Dec, 2023
Admit Card Date 12 Dec, 2023
Exam Date 24 Dec, 2023
Result Date 28 Mar, 2024 (*Tentative)
Counselling Date 29 May to 31 May, 2024
Registration Date 08 Sep to 07 Dec, 2023
Admit Card Date 12 Dec, 2023
Exam Date 24 Dec, 2023
Result Date 16 Feb, 2024
Admit Card Date 22 Feb, 2024
Exam Date 03 Mar to 06 Apr, 2024 (*Tentative)
Result Date 30 Apr, 2024
Admit Card Date 14 Apr, 2024
Exam Date 27 Apr to 28 Apr, 2024 (*Tentative)
Result Date 21 May, 2024
Counselling Date 30 Apr to 14 May, 2024

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FAQs about NID DAT

Is admission to GDPD provided through NID DAT?

No, admission to GDPD was provided through NID DAT. However, the Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD) course was discontinued in 2023. The seats that were previously available for GDPD courses have now been converted into BDes degree programmes. The NID DAT is now only used for admission to undergraduate design programs at NID. If you are interested in pursuing a design education at NID, you will need to apply for one of the BDes programs.

Does NID DAT have a tie-breaker policy?

Yes. NID DAT employs a tie-breaker policy for candidates with identical total marks. The policy follows this sequence:
- Studio test marks: Higher marks in the studio test result in a higher rank.
- Written test marks: If the tie persists, higher written test marks determine the rank.
- Date of birth: In case of continued tie, an earlier date of birth secures a higher rank. 

This policy guarantees fairness in candidate treatment, ensuring admission goes to the most deserving candidates at NID.

NID DAT is conducted in an online or offline mode?

The NID DAT is conducted in a combination of online and offline modes. The NID DAT Prelims is conducted in a pen-and-paper mode, while the NID DAT Mains is conducted in a hybrid mode (online and offline). The studio test, which is part of the NID DAT Mains, is conducted offline at the NID campuses in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, and Gandhinagar.

What does NID DAT evaluate?

The NID DAT evaluates your design aptitude, creativity, problem-solving skills, and observational skills. It is a two-stage exam, with the prelims conducted in pen-and-paper mode and the mains conducted in a hybrid mode (online and offline). The prelims assess your general aptitude for design, while the mains assess your ability to think creatively, solve problems, and observe and interpret information.

How many attempts can I make for NID DAT?

There is no limit on the number of attempts you can make for the NID DAT exam. You can take the exam as many times as you want until you get the score you need to get into the program you want. However, it is important to note that the competition for admission to NID is very high, and your chances of getting in will increase with each attempt as you will have more time to prepare.

What is NID DAT Mains?

NID DAT Mains is conducted after the result of NID DAT Prelims is out. Only students who have qualified the NID DAT Prelims can sit for the exam. Candidates are analysed as per their material handling aptitude. The knowledge of the design discipline for which they have applied for admission is also measured.

What are NID DAT Prelims?

The NID DAT Prelims is the first stage of the NID Design Aptitude Test (DAT) exam. It is a two-hour pen-and-paper test that assesses your design aptitude, creativity, and problem-solving skills. The NID DAT Prelims is not an elimination test, and all candidates who qualify for the NID DAT Mains are considered for admission to NID.

NID DAT grants admission to which colleges?

The National Institute of Design (NID) grants admission to all undergraduate and postgraduate design programs at all NID campuses, including NID Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Bangalore, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, and Assam based on the NID DAT scores.

Who conducts the NID DAT exam?

The National Institute of Design (NID) conducts the Design Aptitude Test (DAT) for admission to its various design programs.

NID DAT is for admission to which courses?

The National Institute of Design (NID) Design Aptitude Test (DAT) is for admission to all undergraduate and postgraduate design programs at NID. This includes programs in Industrial Design, Communication Design, Textile, Apparel, Lifestyle and Accessory Design, IT Integrated (Experiential) Design, and Interdisciplinary Design Studies.

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