NID Design Aptitude Test is conducted in two stages:

  1. Preliminary
  2. Main

Duration: 3 hours

Mode of Examination: Pen/Paper Test

Negative Marks: There is no negative marking in NID.

Total Marks: 100 marks.

Weightage of Marks: The final marks of the candidate appearing for the B.Des  programme of the NID, will be calculated based on the weightage of marks obtained in DAT prelims and DAT mains as follows:

Programme DAT Prelims DAT Mains
B.Des 30% 70% (Studio Test)


As part of NID DAT Mains, candidates need to appear for a studio test followed by a personal interview round.

Studio Test for MDes: This test for M.Des admissions at NID will be held separately for each specialization (that is, the course for which an aspirant has applied for admission). The studio test will comprise of different sections wherein questions of different formats (like hands on drawing/sketching, hands-on model making, group discussions, etc) will be asked. Duration of the test will be three hours.

Personal Interview for MDes: The interview round for M.Des admissions will be conducted separately for each discipline, immediately after the studio test is held at the exam centre.