NID DAT Exam Pattern 2021

Updated By Sukriti Vajpayee on 18 Jan, 2021 10:46

Want to know more about NID DAT

NID DAT 2021 Exam Pattern (Changed for B.Des NID DAT Mains)

NID DAT is a pen paper-based exam, which is conducted in two stages for B.Des and M.Des. While Stage 1 is for Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims and stage 2 is for Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Mains. In order to score good marks in the entrance test, candidates must know the exam pattern of NID DAT 2021. The exam pattern of NID DAT 2021 comprises of the type of questions that will be asked in the entrance exam, marking scheme, duration of the test.

The question paper of NID DAT comprises of both objective and subjective questions. Through the NID DAT 2021 exam pattern, candidates get a fair idea about the overall format of the exam structure and as well as NID DAT 2021 Syllabus. The exam pattern of NID DAT 2021 is different for both prelims and mains examination.

Note: Those candidates who qualify the prelims stage by clearing the cut-off set by NID for that year are then called for the second stage i.e Mains Exam.

  • The question paper has 2 section having MCQ and subjective questions respectively.

  • The medium of the question paper language is English only.

  • The time duration of NID DAT 2021 is 180 minutes for B.Des whereas 150 minutes is for M.Des.

  • There will be no negative marking in NID DAT 2021.

  • The total marks of the exam will be out of 100.

Highlights of NID DAT Exam Pattern 2021

Particulars

Details

Examination for

B.Des

M.Des

Mode of Examination

Offline mode (Pen paper-based exam)

Total Stages

Prelims & Mains

Total no. of sections

2 (Section A and B)

Language of question paper

English

Nature of Questions

Mix of objective and subjective

Total Duration

3 hours

2 ½ hours

No. of Questions

Section A: 64 (MCQ)

Section A: 59 (MCQ)

Section B: 3 (Subjective)

Section B: 3 (Subjective)

Total Marks

100

Negative Marking

No

Detailed Exam Pattern of NID DAT 2021

NID DAT 2021 will be held in two stages - NID DAT (Prelims) and NID DAT (Mains).

Stage 1 - NID DAT (Prelims)

Stage 2 - NID DAT (Mains) consists of Studio Test and a Personal Interview.

NID DAT 2021 Exam Pattern for B.Des (Prelims)

  • The exam duration of NID DAT 2021 Prelims (B.Des) is 3 hours.

  • There is no negative marking in NID DAT 2021 Prelims (B.Des).

  • The B.Des DAT prelims paper evaluates the design aptitude of the candidates.

  • NID DAT 2021 prelims (B.Des) is divided into two parts, i-e. I and II. 

  • The Part I consists of Multiple Choice Objective Type questions and its total weightage is 70 marks. 

  • In this part of the paper, candidates can choose one or more correct answers.

  • Candidates will have to mark the responses in the OMR sheet

  • Whereas Part II of this exam has subjective type questions and the total weightage of this section is 30 marks.

Part

Type of Questions

Marks

I

Objective

70

II

Subjective

30

Total

100

 NID DAT 2021 Exam Pattern for B.Des (Mains)

  • The Mains (B.Des) examination is organised only for those candidates who clear the 1st stage of the examination. 

  • The NID DAT Mains (B.Des) will consist of tests in multiple formats such in a studio set up including drawing/sketching, group discussions, hands-on model making or presentations. 

  • The tests will be conducted over two days.

  • All questions will be asked in English.

  • This examination will carry a total of 100 marks. 

NID DAT 2021 Exam Pattern for M.Des (Prelims)

  • The exam duration of NID DAT 2021 Prelims (B.Des) is 2 and a half hours.

  • The M.Des DAT prelims paper comprising of a Common Design Aptitude Test (CDAT) and a faculty-specific Domain Test which evaluates candidates’ creativity, visualization, analysis, knowledge, and comprehension.

  • There is no negative marking in NID DAT 2020 Prelims (M.Des).

  • The question paper has 2 section having multiple choice objective type questions and subjective questions respectively.

Note: 

  • For aspirants those applying in only one discipline of M.Des Programme :

    • Such aspirants are required to appear in NID DAT Prelims, which include the CDAT (short for Common Design Aptitude Test) and domain-specific test of the faculty stream of the subjects selected by them.

    • The total duration of the examination is 150 minutes. 

  • For aspirants those applying in two disciplines of M.Des Programme.

    • Such aspirants are required to appear in NID DAT Prelims comprises of.

      • The CDAT (short for Common Design Aptitude Test) and One domain-specific test if the two subjects selected falls under same Faculty Stream. 

      • Or

      • The CDAT (short for Common Design Aptitude Test) and two domain-specific tests if the two subjects selected fall under different Faculty Streams.

  • The total duration of the examination is 150 minutes. 

NID DAT 2021 Exam Pattern for M.Des (Mains)

  • The Mains (M.Des) examination is organised only for those candidates who clear the 1st stage of the examination. 

  • The second stage of M.Des DAT Mains involves a Studio test and Interviews.

    • Studio Test: The studio test will comprise of different sections wherein questions of different formats such as hands on drawing/sketching, hands-on model making, group discussions, etc will be asked. 

    • The duration of the test will be 3 hours.

    • Interviews: The interview round will be conducted separately for each discipline, immediately after the Studio Test, and at the same centre as the Studio Test.

Want to know more about NID DAT

View All Questions

Related Questions

Can I get admission in B.Des Graphic Design at NID, Kurukshetra?

-anjaliUpdated on October 27, 2020 10:39 AM
  • 1 Answer
Samiksha Rautela, Student / Alumni

Dear Student,

NID, Kurukshetra does not offer a B.Des Graphic Design programme. However, NID Ahmedabad provides a B.Des in Graphic Design course. To take admission in the programme, you are required to prepare for the NID Entrance Exam.

Some other popular colleges that provide admission in B.Des Graphic Design are as follows.

Management and Design Academy (MADA), Delhi
Centre for Design Excellence (CODE), Jaipur
Apeejay Institute of Design (AID), New Delhi
LISAA School of Design (LISAA), Bangalore

Maeer's MIT Institute of Design (MITID), Pune

To explore more colleges or to take any admission related help, just ...

READ MORE...

I am a B.com graduate student and I want to prepare for M.Des Entrance Exams such as NID, NIFT but I am very confused about how to start . What should I do in my daily schedule ,which book should I purchase and many types of queries are there.

-Ragini singhUpdated on October 16, 2020 02:23 PM
  • 1 Answer
Shreya Sareen, CollegeDekho Expert

Dear Student,

If you want to prepare for an M.Des Entrance Exam or a Design Entrance Exam, you can check out the Self-Study Guide for Design Entrance Exams in India. It consists of detailed preparation strategy, best books, previous year's question papers and mock tests for the design exam. 

You can also visit the top Design Entrance Exams to explore more options.

Some other articles that you can go through are mentioned below.

NIFT Sample Papers: Download PDF

NIFT Situation Test 2020 Previous Year Questions

Preparation Tips for NIFT CAT 2020

In case you require any admission related ...

READ MORE...

I am a graduate and I also have on-field experience. I am applying for M.Des Furniture and Interior Design through NID DAT. How should I prepare for the exam? Also, I have a phobia of exams.

-VIDISHA LATAUpdated on October 01, 2020 10:44 AM
  • 1 Answer
Samiksha Rautela, Student / Alumni

Dear Student,

It is natural to get anxious and nervous before NID DAT as it is one of the most sought-after design exams. However, with proper preparation and sufficient practice, the exam nerves can be kept in check. You can visit the links below and get information and tips on how to prepare and what to prepare for NID DAT.

How to Prepare for NID DAT

Best Books for NID DAT

Exam Pattern for NID DAT

Syllabus for NID DAT

Sample Papers for NID DAT

Previous Year’s Question Papers for NID DAT

Coaching Institutes for NID DAT

Paper Analysis ...

READ MORE...

Still have questions about NID DAT Exam Pattern ? Ask us.

  • Typical response between 24-48 hours

  • Get personalized response

  • Free of Cost

  • Access to community

FAQs about NID DAT Exam Pattern

How many questions are asked for the B.Des course in NID DAT prelims?

Around 64 MCQ questions and 3 subjective type questions are asked in the NID DAT Prelims exam for B.Des course.

Do marks get deducted for unanswered questions in NID DAT?

No marks are deducted for unattempted questions in NID DAT.

What are the total marks for the NID DAT Mains exam?

The total marks for NID DAT Mains are 100.

What is the B.Des section-wise marks distribution for NID DAT prelims?

For the B.Des course, the first part has 70 marks in NID DAT Prelims while the second part carries 30 marks.

How many sections or parts are there in the NID DAT prelims exam?

In the NID DAT Prelims, there are two parts of the question paper. The first one is the objective part where an OMR sheet will be provided to the applicants while the second one is a subjective part.

How long is the NID DAT Prelims exam for B.Des course?

For the B.Des course, the NID DAT exam is 3 hours long.

Does NID DAT follow a negative marking scheme for incorrect attempts?

There is no negative marking for incorrect answers in NID DAT.

What is the medium of NID DAT question paper?

The language medium for NID DAT question paper is English.

What is the format for NID DAT questions?

The questions of NID DAT are both, objective as well as subjective.

Do I need to qualify both NID DAT Prelims and NID DAT Mains to get admission in the National Institute of Design?

Only after qualifying the NID DAT Prelims can an individual move on to the NID DAT Mains. And only those candidates can get admission to the National Institute of Design who clear both the exams.

View More

Latest Updates

Never miss an exam update !!

Register Now