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NID DAT 2023 – Application (Out), Answer Key, Result, Dates, Cut Off, Admission

The NID DAT 2023 Application Form was made available on October 22, 2022. Exam dates for NID 2023 have been released. On January 8, 2023, the preliminary examination will be held. Information about the test can be found here. The National Institute of Design is a design school in Ahmedabad, INDIA. The institute functions as an autonomous body under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry. NID is recognized by the Department Of Scientific Industrial And Research under, the government of India, as a scientific and industrial design research organization.

National Institute of Design offers admissions to aspirants in Bachelor of Design, Graduate Diploma Programme in Design as well as Master of Design programs on the basis of their performance in the NID Design Aptitude Test. In order to secure admission to design programs offered at the National Institute of Design aspirants need to take part in NID DAT (Prelims) and NID DAT (Mains).

Only candidates who are shortlisted in NID DAT (prelims) can appear for NID DAT (mains) admission round. NID Entrance Exam Exam Dates 2023. In this section, you will find everything you need to know regarding NID DAT 2023 such as the Application form, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Exam Dates, Exam Preparation, and Syllabus.

Exam dates for NID 2023 have been released. On January 8, 2023, the preliminary examination will be held. Information about the test can be found here.

The NID 2023 Application Form was made available on October 22, 2022. Check here

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NID DAT Overview

Exam NameNID Design Aptitude Test
Short FormNID DAT
Conducted ByNational Institute of Design
Registration Mode of NID DAT 2023Online
NID DAT 2023 Exam ModePen and Paper mode
Exam FrequencyOnce a year


NID DAT 2023 Important Dates

NID Entrance test Dates for candidates for an official category are listed below in the table:

EventsB.Des ExamM.Des Exam
Start to submit the Online application form22nd October 202222nd October 2022
Closing date of online application form16th December 202216th December 2022
Submit the application form with the late fee16th to 19th December 202216th to 19th December 2022
Correction window open for form20th to 22nd December 202220th to 22nd December 2022
Admit Card available (Prelims)30th December 202230th December 2022
NID 2023 Exam Date (Prelims)8th January 20238th January 2023
Result date declaration (Prelims)30th March 202328th February 2023
DAT Prelims rechecking request13th March to 1st April 202328th February to 2nd March 2023
Admit card available (Mains)14th April 20239th March 2023
Exam Date (Mains)29th to 30th April 202320th March to 23rd April 2023
Result date declaration (Mains)18th May 202316th May 2023
Window to submission of campus preferences18th to 19th May 2023
DAT Mains rechecking request18th to 19th May 202316th to 17th May 2023
Payment of token fee and uploading of documents25th to 26th May 202316th to 19th May 2023
Provisional offer letter for admission1st week of June 20231st week of June 2023

NID DAT Exam Result 2023

As per their performance, candidates will be awarded ranks too. The outcome of the second stage-mains will be announced in the form of a final result consisting of both the prelims and the main weighted results. In the case of applicants achieving the same marks, inter-se-merit would be applied in order to break the tie.

  • The candidate who will get higher marks in the exam Section B.
  • The applicant will get higher marks in Part A of the Prelims exam in case of an unresolved tie.
  • If the tie remains unresolved, then both candidates will be given the same number.

Qualified applicants would have to show up for DAT Mains based on the NID DAT Prelims merit list. The number of shortlisted candidates will be three times the number of seats available in that program, per category.

After the results are released, the merit list will be prepared for various courses and released online. No candidate will get results through offline mode.

NID Entrance Exam 2023 Answer Key

NID DAT 2023 Answer key will be issued after the exam is complete. Students get to know the correct answers to the questions asked in the test through the answer key. The students will be able to know the probable marks secured in the entrance test based on the answer key provided.

NID answer key will give an idea of the student’s performance in the test. Students should also be aware of their qualifying status and thus will be eligible for further entry.

NID Entrance Exam 2023 Cut Off

Candidates must score cut-off marks in order to apply for the entrance exam and get entry. The NID cut-off marks to be scored for various categories are given in the table below:

NID DAT 2023 Minimum Qualifying Criteria


Factors Responsible for NID DAT Cutoff

  • Seat Intake.
  • No. of applicants going to appear in the NID entrance test.
  • Cutoff trends from previous years.
  • The difficulty level of the exam.

Weightage of NID DAT 2023

DAT Prelims30%
DAT Finals70%

Percentile Score for the lastest candidates who secure admission in B.Des

NID Ahmedabad96.7765.9677.6377.6361.9146.3365.58
NID Andhra Pradesh92.79NE69.3969.3950.51NENot Applicable
NID Haryana87.44NE58.1358.1347.91NENot Applicable
NID Madhya Pradesh84.28NE55.3255.3257.58NENot Applicable
NID Assam79.62NE55.1155.11NENENot Applicable

Scores Relaxation for NID DAT Cut off 2023 – Applicants Belonging to Reserved Categories

ST / SC / OBC-NCL / PwD applicants will be declared qualified for the NID DAT entry test on the basis of the relaxation criterion referred to in the table below.

Cutoff Relaxation Criterion

10% less than cut off score of Open category20% less than cut off score of Open category20% less than cut off score of Open category30% less than cut off score of Open category

NID Entrance Exam 2023 Merit List

Short-listed names of candidates who qualified for the prelims would be released for merits. Candidates that are shortlisted on the merit list will now be eligible for the Mains exam.

Final merit shall be prepared on the basis of the weighting scores obtained at each admission process level. In prelims, a weight of 30 percent is given and a weighting of 70 percent is given for the mains.

Tiebreaker for NID DAT 2023 Merit List

The methodology of the tiebreaker will be utilized in a specified way:

  • The higher rank will be given to applicants that will secure higher marks in DAT Mains.
  • The higher rank will be provided to candidates who secure higher marks in the Stage 1 Design Aptitude Test.
  • The higher rank will be granted to candidates who will get higher marks in Stage 1 Design Aptitude Test Part B.
  • The higher rank will be provided to candidates who obtain higher marks in Stage 1 Design Aptitude Test Part A in the event of an unresolved tie.
  • Finally, the candidate who will obtain higher marks in the DAT Mains exam with maximum marks will be expected to have a higher rank.

NID DAT Counselling 2023

NID will organize counseling for NID DAT 2023 at the Ahmedabad campus. Qualified applicants in the prelims and mains exams of NID DAT 2023 will be able to participate in the counseling procedure in person. To confirm their seats, they would have to bring the original documents to the counseling event and pay the admission fee. On the date announced, they will receive a provisional offer of admission to participate in an in-person counseling process.

In the first week of June 2023, the two-step counseling process for NID 2023 will be performed. In the counseling process, the selected students will be called to take part. The 2 counseling steps are as follows:

Qualified Applicants’ Online Consent

Qualified candidates should send their consent online as of June 2023 to be eligible for the next step in counseling. The merit list will be published and uploaded frequently to the official NID website on the basis of online consent.

Upload Documents online

Once the name of the applicant has been listed on the merit list, for authentication purposes, they have to send a few documents in jpeg format. The requisite documents are as follows:

  • Marksheet 10th
  • Twelfth mark sheet
  • Certificate of Birth
  • Graduation degree for admission to M.Des.

The documents uploaded will be validated by the data referred to in the application form for NID 2023. In the event of any mismatch, the candidate’s admission is subject to cancellation.

NID DAT DAT Weightage of Prelims and Mains 2023 for Final merit list

(According to the old advertisement)

DAT Prelims30%
DAT Finals70%

List of Colleges Accepting NID DAT 2023 Scores 

The test scores of NID are considered in all 7 NID campuses. Below is a list of all those NIDs:

NID AhmedabadNID Gandhinagar
NID VijayawadaNID Bengaluru
NID BhopalNID Jorhat
NID Kurukshetra

NID DAT 2023 Courses Offered

In BDes, GDPD, and MDes courses, NIDs offer specialization to candidates. Through NID DAT 2023, applicants can secure admission to the following courses:

BDes Courses at NID

Ceramic and Glass designFurniture and Interior Design
animation film designTextile Design
Film and Video CommunicationGraphic Design
Exhibition DesignProduct Design

GDPD Courses at NID

Industrial DesignCommunication Design
Textile and Apparel Design 

MDes Courses at NID

Ceramic and Glass DesignAnimation Film Design
Graphic DesignProduct Design
Apparel DesignTextile Design
Furniture and Interior DesignFilm and Video Communication
Strategic Design ManagementPhotography Design
Transportation and Automobile DesignToy and Game Design
Universal DesignInteraction Design
Digital Game DesignDesign for Rental Experience
Lifestyle Accessory DesignInformation Design
New Media Design 

NID DAT 2023 Seat Intake

As per 2021 data, the NID Ahmedabad campus had provided a total of 125 seats in B.Design programs.

Seat matrix 2023 NID DAT

DepartmentB. Design SpecialisationSeats
Faculty of Industrial DesignProduct Design19
Faculty of Industrial DesignFurniture Design13
Faculty of Industrial DesignCeramic and Glass Design13
Faculty of Communication DesignGraphic Design19
Faculty of Communication DesignAnimation Film Design19
Faculty of Communication DesignFilm and Video Communication13
Faculty of Communication DesignExhibition Design13
Faculty of Textile, Apparel & Lifestyle Accessory DesignTextile Design19

NID DAT 2023 Reservation

NID DAT Reservation Criteria 2023 (Category Wise)

CategoryReservation (in %)
Economically Weaker Section (EWS)10
Other Backward Classes (OBC)27

Seat Reservation for B.Des and GDPD Programme

As mentioned below, the total number of seats available to Indian nationals under the B.Des and GDPD programs are classified into various categories:

Seat CategoryCategory of Eligible Candidates
General – Economically Weaker Section (GEN-EWS)GEN-EWS, GEN-EWS-PwD
Other Backward Class – Non-Creamy Layer (OBC-NCL)OBC-NCL and OBC-NCL-Pwd
Scheduled Caste (SC)SC and SC-PwD
Scheduled Tribe (ST)ST and ST-PwD
Open – Persons with Disability (PwD)GEN-PwD, GEN-EWS-PwD, OBC-NCL-PwD, SC-PwD, ST-PwD
Other Backward Class-Non-Creamy Layer- Persons with Disability (OBC-NCL- Pwd)OBC-NCL-PwD
Schedule Caste – Persons with Disability (SC-PwD)Sc-PwD
Schedule Tribe – Persons with Disability (ST-PwD)ST-Pwd

Category-wise Reservation of seats

ProgrammeInstituteTotal no. of SeatsGEN-EWS (10%)OBC-NCL(27%)Scheduled Caste (15%)Scheduled Tribe (7.5)%
B.DES.NID Ahmedabad1251334199
GDPDNID Andhra Pradesh75820116
GDPDNID Haryana75820116
GDPDNID Madhya Pradesh75820116
GDPDNID Assam75820116
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NID DAT Application Form 2023

Applicants can find all the details regarding NID Entrance Exam 2023:

  • NID Entrance Exam 2023 Registration process will start on January 2023.
  • The last date to apply for the exam will be on February 2023.
  • Applicants should go through the complete eligibility criteria, Before filling out the application form.
  • The registration process will be completed in many steps – Registration, Filling out the Application Form, Uploading of required documents, and making the application fee payment.
  • Applicants will get the opportunity to make corrections, in case you candidates have made mistakes while filling out the application form.
  • Applicants are required to take a printout of the application form for further processing after submitting their registration form.
  • Applicants who want to pay through DD will need to send the printout of the registration form along with DD drawn in favor of ‘All India Management Association payable at New Delhi & send to the below address:
    The Project Manager – CMS,
    All India Management Association,
    Management House, 15, Link Road,
    Lajpat Nagar Part 3, New Delhi – 110 024, India.

How to Fill NID 2023 Application Form

By entering their mobile number, email ID, date of birth, etc., applicants can complete the application form online. Applicants must follow the steps provided below to complete the NID DAT 2023 Application Form:

Step 1: Registration

  • First, the candidates will have to register online at the website before they start to fill out the application form.
  • While registering, the candidates will have to submit a valid mobile no., email ID, Date of birth, etc.
  • After candidates have filled out the registration form, the login credentials will be mailed to the registered email address of the candidates.

Step 2: Fill the Application Form

  • Now the candidates have logged in to their account using the id and password they had created in previous steps, and submitted all the required details.
  • Once the candidate has filled in all the information, they will have to click on the ‘Save & Proceed’ in order to proceed to the next step to ‘Upload Document’.

Step 3: Upload Documents

  • The candidates will have to upload a scanned copy of their recent passport-size photograph as well as their signature as per the guidelines.
  • After that, the candidates will have to upload their authentic Caste/PwD certificate issued by a competent authority.
  • Now, the candidate has to choose the ‘Save & Proceed’ option to proceed to the next section where the candidates will have to pay the application fees

Document Requirements

The details of the candidate’s photograph and signature dimensions that have to be provided are mentioned below:

Applicant’s’ Scanned PhotographThe latest photograph – JPEG Format – 50 to 100 KB
Applicant’s’ Scanned SignatureBlue/Black ball pen on white paper – JPEG Format – 50 to 100 KB
Applicant’s’ CertificateJPEG Format – Les than 150 KB

Application Fee

Mode of Payment: Applicants will be able to pay the application fee via online mode or offline mode.

  • In the case of online payment, the fee can be paid through credit/debit card or via net banking.
  • In case of offline payment, candidates can pay their fee through demand draft in the favor of ‘All India Management Association payable at New Delhi.

Check the application fees for various categories & courses in the below table:

CategoryB.Des and GDPDM.Des (1 discipline)M.Des (2 disciplines)
GeneralINR 2000INR 2000INR 4000
SCINR 1000INR 1000INR 2000
STINR 1000INR 1000INR 2000
OBC-NCLINR 2000INR 2000INR 4000
Gen-PwDINR 1000INR 1000INR 2000
ST-PwDINR 1000INR 1000INR 2000
SC-PwDINR 1000INR 1000INR 2000
OBC-NCL-PwDINR 1000INR 1000INR 2000
OverseasINR 3000INR 3000INR 6000

Relevant Links
GLS Institute of Design MIT Design Test AIEED

NID Entrance Exam 2023 Eligibility Criteria

Check the complete NID Entrance Exam 2023 Eligibility Criteria for UG and PG courses below:

General Eligibility:

  • Nationality: Indian and foreign nationals living overseas can apply.
  • Appearing: Applicants appearing in their qualifying exam can also apply provided they submit their proof of passing during admission.
  • Age Limit for B.Des/GDPD: The maximum age for applicants applying should be 20 years as on 30 June 2023. ST/SC/OBC candidates will get 3 years of age relaxation while PwD will get 5 years of age relaxation.
  • Age Limit for M.Des: Maximum age limit of applicants applying should be 30 years as on 30 June 2023. ST/SC/OBC candidates will get 3 years of age relaxation while PwD will get 5 years of age relaxation.

For B.Des/GDPD Course:

  • Educational Qualification: The applicants who have passed or are appearing for 12th level in Science, Commerce, Arts streams, or its equivalent from a recognized board/university can also apply.
  • The applicants with a 3 year full-time diploma after their 10th approved by AICTE can also apply.

For M. Des Course:

  • Educational Qualification: The applicants applying should have – a bachelor’s degree of a minimum of four years/a Bachelor’s degree of 3 years in any stream/Full time diploma of minimum 4 years of duration in design/ fine arts/ applied arts/ architecture after 12th level to be eligible.

NID DAT Exam Pattern 2023

Candidates can check the NID Entrance Exam 2023 exam pattern and marking scheme below:

Pattern for DAT Prelims:

  • Exam Mode: The mode in which the exam will be conducted is offline mode.
  • Type of Questions: Questions in the paper will be of objective and subjective types.
  • Total Marks: The paper will be of total 100 marks.
  • Language of the Exam: The entrance exam will be conducted in English
  • Duration of Exam: Total time of three hours will be given to complete the test.
  • Marking: There will be no negative markings in the entrance exam.

Pattern for DAT Mains:

DAT Mains will be held in two parts:

  • Studio Test: The format of DAT Mains Test will be different in English. The test will be of a total of 100 marks and candidates will have 3 hours to complete the exam.
  • Interviews: Once the studio test has been completed, interviews will be organized for various disciplines.

NID DAT Exam Syllabus 2023

NID Entrance Exam 2023 Syllabus for written test will include various topics such as creativity, comprehension, knowledge and visualization, drawing skills, memory drawing, general mental ability, etc. For the studio test, the syllabus will include various topics such as 3D modeling, body language, observation test, portfolio making, creative thinking, and so on.

Colour terminologyInspiration & design developmentMoodNatural & geometrical form
Theme & colour inter-relationshipDesign TheoryElements & principles of designInnovation in design
Principles of compositionLetteringOptical illusionOrnaments & motifs
Memory drawingUsage of colour in compositionsExpression & emotion 2021

NID DAT Exam Preparation Tips 2023

  • The candidates need to have a proper study schedule and should have good knowledge of the exam before starting the preparation.
  • Applicants should make notes of all the important points, concepts, or formulas at one place.
  • The candidates should attempt mock tests to analyze their exam preparation.
  • Students should practice previous years’ question papers.
  • Candidates should revise all their prepared notes at the end of each day.
  • The candidates should study for the test from experts or qualified students’ recommended test material.

NID DAT Exam Admit Card 2023

From December 2023, NID Entrance Exam Admit Card for prelims will be available online. Students have to enter their login credentials to download admit card for the prelims test. Candidates for the DAT Mains exam will access their admit cards for M.Des in the first week of March 2023 and for B.Des on April 2023.

Admit cards will contain essential information as to the test date, the candidate’s photograph and signature, and a series of directions to be followed by candidates during the examination.

In order to enter the exam hall, candidates must carry their admit card at the exam center along with photo Id proof.

NID DAT Exam Centres 2023

The first phase of the prelims for NID DAT 2023 will take place across 21 cities in India. At the time of completion of the application form, applicants must choose one center. The NID DAT 2023 examination center will be assigned to candidates in accordance with the preferences specified in the application form. At any of the NID campuses, such as Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Gandhinagar, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Assam, the mains will be organized.

NID DAT Exam Centres for Prelims

Name of the CitiesName of the Cities
ChennaiNew Delhi

NID Entrance Exam FAQ’s

Candidates those have paid the application fee through online mode, they do not have to send the hard copy of application form.

Yes, you can apply but make sure it is active.

The date of the issue of EWS certificate will be somewhere in April 2023 or later.

The entrance exam will be organized in the month of December 2023 for prelim.

DAT mains is the second stage of admission process. So, it is necessary to appear in both the exams.

There is no limit to apply in this examination.

You can apply for NID 2023 exam through online mode.

The exam will be conducted in various cities across India.

Yes, if you belong to any reserve category, then it is necessary to upload.

Yes, you are eligible as per the officials admission rules.

In case of any query regarding the NID Entrance Exam 2023, you can ask your query in the comments section below.