NID DAT Entrance Exam 2020 - Design Aptitude Test, Eligibility Exam Date & Application Form

NID DAT Entrance Exam or NID Design Aptitude Test 2020 is designed to offer fashion designing admission at the National Institute of Design. In this entrance exam, students will be evaluated according to their attributes and caliber. Check the important details of the NID DAT 2020 exam date, application form process, eligibility and many more that make you comfort while applying for the entrance exam.

About NID DAT 2020

NID DAT 2020: Design Aptitude Test (DAT) is a national level entrance exam which is conducted by the National Institute of Design every year with an objective to determine talent to students for admission into Bachelor of Design/ Graduate Diploma Programme in Design and Master of Design courses. 
The entrance exam is taken at the various exam centres in the different cities across the country.

It is a kind of competitive exam which opens the gateway for admissions to all candidates who are wishful to accomplish the design course or want to enter in the design sector.

NID DAT Entrance Exam 2020, Design Aptitude Test, Exam Date

Although, registration process for NID DAT 2020 has been started from October 1, 2019 which the last date to application submission is November 7.  Candidates can submit their application form with late fee till November 13 at 2:00 PM. Prelims exam will be conducted on December 29, 2019. 

Important Events and Dates

Some important events with date’s details have been enlisted below with the purpose to exact knowingness:

S.No Events Scheduled Date
1 Application  process begins October 1, 2019
2 Last date to submit application form November 7, 2019
3 Application submission with late fee November 13, 2019 till 2:00 PM
4 Window open for application correction November 13, 2019 till 6:00 PM
5 NID DAT Prelims admit card available December 20, 2019 from 4 pm
6 NID DAT Prelims exam December 29,  2019
7 Mains admit card available April 14, 2020
8 Mains exam April 29, 2020

Application Process

Candidates have to need to register their application form correctly with required details for the DAT 2020 exam by online mode through the official website of the National Institute of Design- admissions.nid.edu. Candidates will be not allowed to enter the examination hall who has not registered their application form. Candidates also need to pay as application fee by online or offline mode within the scheduled date of registration which will vary according to genders and categories.

Admission Process

Design Aptitude Test is conducted by the national institute of design for admission to designing courses. Candidates are mandatory to appear in the exam because they are selected on the performance of the qualifying exam of the DAT entrance exam.

Selected candidates are called with the view to appear in the studio test and personal interviews.

Eventually, they are considered to admission at the various NID’s prestigious colleges across India.

Age Criteria

For B.Des/GDPD courses, candidates are mandatory the maximum age of 20 years while a maximum age of 30 years are needed to candidates for Master of Designing course. Reserved categories candidate will be provided exemption as per the government of India rules.

NID DAT2020: Exam Pattern

DAT examination will be held on Pen and Paper-based comprising of subjective and objective questions with 100 marks for 3 hours for separately two papers- Prelims and Mains exams.

The national institute of design (NID) conducts these exams for candidates with intent to admission for Bachelor of Design, Master of Design, and Graduate Diploma Programme in Design courses.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. How to apply for NID DAT Entrance Exam?

Ans.NID DAT registration process is so simple here's the guide, learn step by step.

  1. Log to admissions.nid.edu/NIDA2020/Registration.aspx and select the programme as per your choice like Bachelor of Design / Graduate Diploma Programme in Design [B.Des/GDPD], Master of Design [M.Des.], Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Design, all the fields are given in the signup application form are mandatory must fill sharply.
  2. Well, after accomplishing the first step turn into second step wherein you will be required to submit Personal & Educational Details, Work Experience (it is for only master-level programme like M.Des.)
  3. Step third stands to collect the details of the applicants like Photograph, Signature, Caste / PwD Certificate, Passport.
  4. Step 4 is the last and crucial step to complete a successful application that comes with payment – he/she must make payment either Online or Demand Draft then take Print out of the Application Form.

Q. What is eligibility to Apply NID DAT 2020?

Ans.In General, eligibility criteria for NID DAT 2020 have been divided into two groups as Age limit and Educational Qualification.

For general Students – If he/she was born on or after 1 July 2000 is eligible to apply for admission.

For Reserved Category Students including OBC-NCL, SC, and ST – The applicant was born on or after July 1997 is eligible to apply.

Q. What is the last to submit Online Application Form for NID DAT 2020?

Ans.#2 pm on Thursday, 7 November 2019

#With late fees for B.Des/GDPD & M.Des 2 pm on Wednesday, 13 Nov'2019

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