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NID 2017 Exam Pattern

NID 2017 will be conducted on January 8, 2017. The exam will be of 3 hours in which both objective and subjective questions are asked. There are 2 sections in the exam, section A is of 70 marks and section B is of 30 marks. The syllabus includes topics from Lateral thinking, Design Solving thinking, Visual Sense, Communication Skills etc. NID 2017 Admit card will be available for downloaded from December 20, 2016.

NID conducts an entrance test DAT or Design Aptitude Test for admission to the candidates to Bachelor of Design (B. Des.), Master of Design (M. Des.) and the Graduate Diploma Program in Design (GDPD) which is offered only at the NID Vijaywada campus and NID Kurukshetra campus. It is very essential for all the candidates appearing in the Design Aptitude Test to go through the NID 2017 Exam pattern carefully. The exam timings are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for admission to B. Des. and M. Des. programs.

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NID 2017 Schedule for DAT

The NID 2017 exam will be conducted on Jan 08, 2017. The test for all three courses will be held simultaneously at the designated NID 2017 Exam Centers:

NID DAT 2017 (B.Des.)


January 8, 2017

NID DAT 2017 (M.Des.)

Exam Pattern of Design Aptitude Test (DAT) 2017

NID 2017 is a pen and paper based exam conducted by NID for admission to B. Des., M. Des. and GDPD. The total duration of the exam is 3 hours and the maximum marks awarded for the paper are 100. The questions in this test are subjective as well as objective.

Skills tested in NID 2017:

  • Comprehension
  • Analysis
  • Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Creativity

The NID 2017 question paper has two sections - the Section A carries 70 marks and it is a multiple choice objective type question paper while the B section carries 30 marks and is a subjective type question paper. There is no negative marking and all the questions are mandatory. The table below shows the highlights of NID 2017:

Type of Question MCQ and Subjective
Total Marks100
Marking SchemeNo negative marking
Selection ProcessDAT, Studio Test and Personal Interview

Once the candidates have completed DAT (Stage 1), based on the marks obtained, the candidates will be shortlisted for the Studio Test (Stage 2) and Personal Interview (Stage 3) for the final admission.

The Studio Test (Stage 2) for candidates appearing for B. Des. consists of various sections in different formats such as hands on practical assignments, etc. The studio test is of 100 marks. Personal Interview (Stage 3) for candidates appearing for B. Des. will be conducted immediately after the Studio Test at the same center.

Studio Test (Stage 2) for candidates appearing for M. Des. will be conducted separately for each discipline of specialization. The studio test may consist of different sections in different formats such as hands on practical assignments, group discussion, etc. The Studio Tests will carry a total of 100 marks. Personal Interview (Stage 3) for candidates appearing for M. Des. will be conducted separately for each discipline of specialization, immediately after the studio test at the same center. Students should also practice NID Sample Papers to undersand the exam pattern.

NID 2017 Syllabus

The Syllabus of NID 2017 includes various categories and topics such as Communication Skills, Composition, Creativity, Drawing Skills, General Mental Ability and Sensitivity to Environment and Subjects of Design.

The main aim of this entrance test is to assess the candidate’s ability to understand the Design Problem Solving, their Observation and Perceptions, Visual Sense, the Environmental Awareness, their Mental Ability and Communication Skills. The questions are both visual and textual.

The objective type questions are generally from the basic logical reasoning and comprehension passages, while the subjective questions are more visual and textual and require the candidates to not only draw creatively but also to write about the concept behind the drawing. This test is aimed at understanding the overall aptitude of the candidate to qualify for the Design courses at the bachelor, master and diploma level. The candidate also has to answer questions which test the communication skills and English language as the medium of teaching in NID is English. NID 2017 Preparation Tips can help candidates achieve good score in the exam.

Syllabus for DAT (Design Aptitude Test) 2017

The major topics that the candidates should prepare as a part of the NID syllabus for DAT 2017 Stage 1 Test are as follows:

Color TerminologyDesign AwarenessVisual Logic
Inspiration & Design DevelopmentDeveloping ObservationGood Design vs. Bad Design
Mood, theme & color inter - relationshipMemory DrawingDrawing Fundamentals
Design TheoryUsage of color in CompositionsUse of Measurements, Scale & proportions
Elements & Principles Of DesignExpression & EmotionOptical Illusion
Natural & Geometrical FormExercises on imaginationForeshortening & Perspective
Innovation in DesignLateral ThinkingDeveloping Themes & Color Associations
Principles of CompositionStory picturesInspiration & Creativity
LetteringPresentation TechniquesOrnaments & motifs
Optical IllusionImagination & DoodlingTheme Development
Understanding Light & Shade3D VisualizationCreative thinking & writing
Color Psychology & Optical IllusionsGraphics & PictogramsPicture Analysis
Form & FunctionInnovation & Creation 
Color, Pattern & Texture  

NID 2017 Exam Syllabus for Studio Test is from the following list:

Model MakingInterview TipsMock Interview
DoodlingMaterial ManipulationHow to evolve ideas
Meeting with past successful studentsPast Studio Test & Interview questionsAudio – Visual Exercises
Creative ThinkingImportance of Body LanguageInteraction with NID Alumni
Guidance on Portfolio Making  

NID 2017 Previous Year Question Paper

The candidates preparing for NID 2017 Design Aptitude Test should carefully go through NID Sample Papers to get hands on experience on solving questions expected in DAT 2017. Candidates will be able to comprehend the pattern of examination and types of questions expected in NID 2017 Entrance Examination.

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