NID 2021 Syllabus (Download PDF), Exam Pattern

NID 2021 Syllabus – From this page, candidates can download NID syllabus for Design Aptitude Test (DAT). NID DAT is held for admission in B.Des and M.Des courses. By knowing the syllabus of NID DAT 2021, candidate get to know what to study. Along with the syllabus, candidates should also check NID 2021 exam pattern. It helps candidates in understanding how the pattern of the exam is. We have given NID 2021 syllabus and exam pattern on this page, just scroll below and know it all.

NID 2021 Syllabus

Dear students,
There is no official syllabus for NID DAT. The topics available here and elsewhere are listed based on observations from previous year question papers. Thus, there is a possibility that in 2021 a new topic can be asked in the exam. Every year one or 2 new topics are added to the list. Thus prepare with a flexible approach.

NID 2021 admission is based on DAT prelims and mains. The candidates who qualify prelims are shortlisted to appear for the mains exam. This process is applicable for both B.Des and M.Des admissions. The syllabus of NID DAT 2021 is as follows:

NID DAT Prelims 2021 Syllabus for B.Des

The topics that are asked in DAT prelims for B.Des admission are:

  • Elements / Principles of Designs
  • Line drawing and doodles
  • Colour Psychology and Colour Wheels
  • 2D and 3D elevation
  • Light and shadows
  • Scale and Proportions
  • Motifs, Patterns and Grids
  • Pictogram and Illustrations
  • Gestures and Expressions
  • Figure Drawings
  • Product Drawings
  • Material Study
  • Pencil Shading / Rendering
  • Calligraphy / Typography
  • Brainstorming and Mind mapping
  • Logo and Symbolism
  • Perspective Drawing
  • Poster / Hoarding / Banner
  • Postcard and Stamp
  • Mascot Design
  • Futuristic Design
  • Cross Section
  • Conventional / Unconventional
  • Comic Strips / Story Boards
  • Step Drawings
  • Memory Drawing
  • Metamorphosis
  • Conceptual Product Design
  • Problem solving based questions

NID DAT Prelims 2021 Syllabus for M.Des

As per the information brochure the DAT prelims for M.Des will include questions from the following:

  • Common Design Aptitude Test
  • Discipline Scientific Test

NID DAT 2021 Mains Syllabus for B.Des and M.Des

This year, there is no information available for the DAT mains syllabus yet. However, it has been mentioned in the admission handbook for both B.Des and M.Des courses, that the mains exam will take place for the shortlisted candidates after the prelims.

As per last year, the DAT Mains exam consists of studio test. It is a practical test that involves the following for both B.Des and M.Des students.:

  • Audio – Visual Exercises
  • Doodling
  • Material Manipulation
  • Material Manipulation etc.

Download Hall Ticket for B.Des / GDPD, M.Des Here

NID 2021 Prelims Exam Pattern

The exam pattern for NID DAT 2021 prelims is given below:

NID Prelims Exam Pattern 2021 for B.Des

NID DAT PrelimsB.Des
Exam modeIt can be offline or online (to be announced soon)
DurationCandidates shall get only 3 hours
LanguageQuestion paper is only provided in English
Total MarksTotal 100 marks
Question TypeAll questions shall be of visuals or text type.

NID Prelims Exam Pattern 2021 for M.Des

NID DAT PrelimsM.Des
Exam odeIt can be offline or online (to be announced soon)
DurationIf candidate has selected 1 course then the duration is 2:30 hours
If candidate has selected 1 course then the duration is 4:30 hours
LanguageQuestion paper is only provided in English
Total MarksThe exam is of 100 marks
Question TypeThe question shall be of objective and subjective type

Also, Check details of NID 2021 Application Form and NID 2021 Application Form Correction

NID DAT 2021 Weightage of Sections

Over the years the question paper pattern of NID DAT has changed. One of the major change was made in the year 2019, when the weightage of the section was reversed. You can check it from below.

SectionMarks per section in 2020Marks per section in 2019Marks per section in 2018Marks per section in 2017Marks per section in 2016
Objective Section3030707070
Subjective Section7070303030
Total Marks100100100100100

For more details check the video below:

Important Books for NID 2021

The candidates can refer the books given below to prepare for DAT 2021 prelims exams:

NID (Admission Test) Previous Years’ PapersBuy Here
Guide for NIFT/NID/IIFT 2021Buy Here
NID (B.Des) Entrance Books & Test SeriesBuy Here
NID Study Pack Entrance Exam 2021Buy Here

How to Prepare for NID DAT 2021

Here are some preparation tips for NID DAT 2021:

Get the previous year question papers: Since the syllabus of NID DAT 2021 is unspecified, the first step is to get hold of the previous year question papers. Analyse them and make a list of the topics that are asked every year, newly added topics and mostly asked topics.

Solve the sample papers: The sample papers have been made available by NID for DAT 2021. Practice them to know what type of questions come in the exam.

Be observant: Observe the things around us and try to memorise the details. This will increase your memory. This exercise helps with memory-based drawings.

Keep up with the current affairs: Be well aware of global and national issues. Also, make sure to gain some static general knowledge. Also, be aware of Government schemes with their logos and slogans.

For more preparation tips on NI DAT 2021, check the video below:

NID 2021

The National Institute of Design (NID) is a design school which is formed as based on the recommendations made in the India Report, the Government of India with the assistance of the Ford Foundation and the Sarabhai family established the NID. Today this Institute is internationally acclaimed as one of the finest educational and research institutions for Industrial, Communication, Textile and IT Integrated Design. It’s main objective is to ensure the expansion in the number of quality design professionals through existing and new mechanisms. This vision states that higher education in design to meet the needs of society both in India and abroad. It’s institutes are situated in the Ahmadabad , Bengaluru, and Gandhinagar India.

NID 2021 Syllabus FAQs

What is the official syllabus of NID DAT?

There is no official syllabus released by NID for DAT.

How do I know what I have to prepare if I do not have any official syllabus?

Since the syllabus of NID DAT 2021 is unspecified, the first step is to get hold of the previous year question papers. Analyse them and make a list of the topics that are asked every year, newly added topics, and mostly asked topics.

Can I get NID sample papers?

Yes the NID DAT 2021 sample papers are available for B.Des and M.Des entrance exams on this page above and also on

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