NID DAT Exam Analysis 2018

Juhee Prasad Updated On: 10 Dec, 2018 13:06 IST

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NID DAT 2018 Exam Analysis

The NID DAT 2018 Prelims paper was conducted on January 7, 2018 across 23 test centres across India between 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The NID DAT 2017 exam is conducted for admission to both Bachelor of Design courses as well as Master of Design courses for admission to National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. Basis NID DAT 2018 exam score, 100 B. Design seats & 275 M. Design seats are up for grabs at the main campus of National Institute of Design Ahmedabad. With a valid DAT 2018 score, students can also pursue Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD) at NID Vijaywada campus & NID Kurukshetra campus. Please note that both NID Viyawada & NID Kurukshetra are "independent autonomous institutes under the DIPP, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India and offer four-year long Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD)", according to the official website of NID.

About Design Aptitude Test

Design Aptitude Test (DAT) seeks evidence of Knowledge, Comprehension, Analysis, Reasoning, Problem Solving and Creativity in the applicant.

The candidates were questioned on the topics such as Colour Terminology, Design Theory, Elements & Principles of Design, Innovation in Design, Creative thinking & writing, Visual Logic, Optical Illusion, Usage of colour in Compositions, 3D Visualization, etc.

NID Entrance Exam Pattern: In order to secure admissions in design programmes on offer at NID, aspirants need to clear two stages which are:

Stage 1: NID DAT (Prelims) - Pen & paper-based written test

Stage 2: NID DAT (Mains) - Studio Test and Personal Interview

The question paper of NID DAT (Prelims) was of 3 hours duration and in English. The question paper carried a total of 100 marks, out of which Section A carried 70 marks comprising of multiple choice objective type questions and Section B carried 30 marks comprising of subjective type questions. All questions were compulsory. There was no negative marking.

Students shared that NID DAT (Prelims) for admissions 2018-2019 was easy and students who took the exam for B.Des course admissions shared that they were able to attempt all the questions in the time allotted.

Read the complete NID Entrance Exam 2018 Student Reaction here.

NID DAT (Prelims) 2018

NID DAT (Prelims) 2018 was expected to have a slight change in pattern and so was the case with the written test conducted for admissions in various design courses on offer at different NID campuses.

The paper was of 3 hours duration wherein aspirants will be evaluated from a total of 100 marks. NID DAT test paper was divided into two parts. Section A consisted of 88 questions and Section B had 3 questions.

NID Entrance Exam 2018: Marking Scheme


Total Questions

Total Marks



70 marks



30 marks

NID DAT Prelims consisted of two parts:

Part I: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) marked out of 70 points. The responses of this part will be recorded on an OMR sheet and evaluated digitally.

Part II: Subjective questions marked out of 30 points, with responses to be provided in visual and/or written formats.

Majority of the questions in Section B were time-consuming and really tested an aspirant’s creativity and thought process. Section A was more objective in nature and evaluated aspirants around their general awareness and required them to be quick with their analytical abilities.

NID Entrance Exam 2018: Test Pattern Analysis

NID DAT 2018 did not hold any surprises for aspirants. The difficulty level of Section A questions ranged from ‘Easy to Moderate and tested general awareness of candidates. Questions related to probability and design solutions were put to students.

On the other hand, the difficulty level of Part B of NID DAT 2018 was above average. The question paper evaluated the creativity skills of candidates and one had to be quick and extremely creative in order to fare well in this section.

Overall since the exam was not very difficult so aspirants should expect the cut-offs to go high.

NID DAT 2017 Paper Analysis

National Institute of Design had conducted the Design Aptitude Test (NID DAT) in 2017 January across 22 exam centres across India. The 2017 NID DAT was conducted in two phases – NID DAT 2017 Prelims and the NID Design Aptitude Test 2017 Mains. NID DAT Prelims 2018 is a written entrance test, followed by NID DAT 2018 Mains, which comprises of a Studio Test & an Interview Round.

Known by the same name, NID DAT exam is conducted separately for admission to B. Design courses and M. Design courses as well.

While the NID exam 2016 had witnessed a slight change in the 2016 NID paper pattern in the written part, Design Aptitude Test 2017 was just an adoption of the previous year. The NID exam paper constituted of a total of 100 marks over 3 hours duration. The 2017 NID DAT exam was divided into 2 parts – Section A and Section B and the NID DAT marking scheme was as follows:




Total Questions



Total Marks



While the NID DAT (Mains) exam is conducted for admission to the 100 covetable seats in the elite National Institute of Design – Ahmedabad (main campus). With a valid NID DAT 2018 score, a student can secure admission to Bachelor in Design (B. Des) course, Bachelor of Design in Industrial Design/ Communication Design/ Textile, Apparel & Lifestyle Accessory Design and Master of Design (M. Des) courses.

NID DAT 2017 tested the students on the following parameters:

Problem Solving Design skills

Visual Sense skills

Skills on Observation & Perception

Environmental Awareness

Mental Ability & Communication Skills


The NID DAT 2017 Paper 1 or NID DAT 2017 Prelims exam paper was not very different from the 2016 NID DAT exam.

NID DAT 2017 Paper Analysis for UG courses:

Section A

Section B

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult

Tests General Knowledge

Tests Creativity Skills

Some of the sample questions asked in the National School of Design’s Design Aptitude Test 2017 (DAT 2017) for UG courses included:

Make Incredible India’s poster with the national flag, national emblem, national tree, national bird and national flower

How to draw self in a living room that has zero gravity

Draw a mother with a child crying in the background

NID DAT 2017 Paper Analysis for PG courses:

Section A

Section B

67 Objective type questions

Subjective questions

Difficulty level: Easy

Difficulty level: Difficult

No Negative Marking

Negative marking

Short Paper

Lengthy paper

Some of the sample questions asked in the National School of Design’s Design Aptitude Test 2017 (DAT 2017) for PG courses included:

Task of creating emotions like sadness, anger etc. (from a given set of 5 emotions) using facial expressions

Drawing objects from a given set of strokes

Creating a scene placing 2 characters in the scene: the given scene was an ice-cream cart

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