NID DAT Prelims Exam 2024|Important Dates|Application fees|How to apply|Eligibility|

The Design Aptitude Test (DAT) took the prelims exam on 24th December 2023, which was conducted by the National Institute of Design (NID) for the admission of candidates in B.Des and M.Des

The exam is a national-level exam conducted every year for the admission of candidates, the exam has two stages: Prelims and Mains. The Prelims is conducted in OMR mode 

The duration of NID DAT 2024 is 3 hours. However, the Mains exam will be conducted from March to April 2024, and only shortlisted candidates who have scored in prelims are eligible to appear for the examination.

Important Dates

  • The prelim exam commenced on 24th December 2023.
  • The results for the prelims exam will be released on 28th March 2024 for B.Des candidates and 16th February 2024 for M.Des candidates.
  • The admit card for Mains will be released on 14th April 2024 for B.Des candidates and on 22nd February 2024 for M.Des candida
  • The commencement of Mains exam will start from 27th April 2024 for B.Des candidates and from 3rd March 2024 for M.Des candidates.
  • The results for the Mains examination will be announced on 21st May 2024 for B.Des candidates and M.Des candidates The date will be 30th April 2024.

Application  fees

The  application fees for the candidates are complete based on courses and programs,

  • For the B.Des course, the fees will be Rs.3000 for General category candidates and Rs.1500 for SC, ST, and PwD Candidates.
  • For M.Des course 1 the fees will be Rs.3000 for General category candidates and Rs.1500 for SC, ST, and PwD Candidates.
  • For M.Des course 2 the fees will be Rs.6000 for General category candidates and Rs.3000 for SC, ST, and PwD Candidates.

How to apply

  • The application process for NID DAT is completely online based.
  • Applicants need to apply through the official website
  • After applying applicants need to register themselves with their Mobile number and email ID.
  • After successful registration, a login account of the candidate will be created.
  • Now, candidates need to log in and upload all the required documents such as passport size photo and signature, and academic details.
  • After successfully uploading all the documents, candidates must pay the application fee.
  • After successful registration applicants need to take a printout of the application form.

How to Download Admit Card

  • To download the admit card candidates need to visit the official website.
  • After visiting the official website applicants need to enter their valid enrollment number and password
  • After the login candidates portal will open, now click the hall ticket download link.
  • Click the link, download the admit card, and take a printout of it.


  • Candidates who are going to appear for DAT need to be qualified for a government-approved Undergraduate course in any technical program or from any other nontechnical program such as Commerce, Science, or Arts.
  • Applicants must be citizens of India or a foreign country.
  • Candidates in their final year or who have a bachelor"s degree are also eligible.
  • Candidates must be born in or after 2002 and 2003.

Exam pattern

The Difficulty level of the exam is moderate to high. The question paper contains Objective and Subjective type questions. A total number of 25 questions will be given and the applicants will get 3 hours to complete the paper. 10 questions will be asked from General Aptitude (GA) and Visuals and Texts.

> For attempting every correct answer applicants will get 1 mark and 2 marks for each question.

> For attempting every wrong answer in MCQ only for 1 mark each question ⅓ marks will be deducted and for 2 marks each question, ⅔ marks will be deducted.

> For unattempted questions, no marks will be deducted.

The syllabus contains multiple formats such as Drawing, Sketching, Modelling, Texts, and Visuals.



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