NID DAT Exam Analysis 2024 (OUT): Overall & Sectional Difficulty for DAT Prelims, Student Review

National Institute of Design Entrance Exam 2024 ( NID Entrance Exam )

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NID DAT Exam Analysis 2024: The exam analysis for the NID DAT 2024 exam is OUT.

As per the exam analysis, the difficulty level of the M.Des exam was moderate, even though the paper was a bit lengthy.

The cut-off can be around 40-45 in "Product".

Meanwhile, the difficulty level of the B.Des exam was easy to moderate; again, some students found the paper to be a bit lengthy.

Also, test takers believe that it is not necessary to take up coaching to do well in the NID DAT entrance exam. 

The NID DAT 2024 (Prelims) exam was conducted on December 24, 2023.

The NID DAT 2024 exam analysis provides insight into key elements of the NID DAT 2024 question paper, including - section-wise and overall difficulty level, weightage, good attempts, and expected cutoff.

Get student reactions, and updates on the activities at the exam center, including security check-in and arrangements, and the actual conduct of the entrance exam.

NID DAT 2024 (B.Des) - Summary Analysis

Paper

Total marks

Difficulty Level

Topics and questions

Paper I - GAT


Included Aptitude-based questions

25

Easy to moderate

Questions were asked from GK, G20 summit, Reasoning, and Sustainable Development

Paper I - GAT


Included Drawing-based questions

75

Moderate

Questions related to slow fashion, conscious buying, and posture drawing were asked.

Total/ Overall

100

Easy to moderate -

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Q:   When will the NID DAT exam analysis be released?

A:

The exam analysis for NID DAT 2025 exam will be released soon after the exam is over.

Note that the NID DAT Prelims 2025 exam will be conducted tentatively in December 2024.

The exam analysis will be available immediately after the exam. Shiksha. Com sends their own representatives to cover the exam, who interacts with exam takers and gather inputs. The exam analysis will cover all the details of the exam, including the types of questions asked, sectional and overall difficulty level, topics covered, what questions were asked, etc. The analysis will also check whether there were any technical issues during the exam. The candidate will also be asked whether there were any questions asked that was outside the official syllabus.

 

Q:   What is the difficulty level of NID DAT?

A:

The NID Entrance Exam is considered to be one of the toughest design entrance exam conducted in the country. In NID DAT, more weightage is given to subjective, drawing related questions. Thus, candidates need to be extremely creative and have a clear understanding of their concepts when appearing for the NID exam.

For preparing the final results for the  B. Des program, the DAT Prelims will be allocated 40% weightage, while DAT Mains will be given 60%.

During the DAT Mains, which comprises a Studio Test, the candidate is tested hands-on and have to show their drawing abilities, creativity, innovativeness, and material-handling ability.

 

NID DAT 2024 Exam Analysis (OUT)

The DAT Prelims exam analysis for the B.Des and M.Des programs is given below.

DAT Prelims 2024 (B.Des) Exam Analysis 

Shivani said that her overall experience was ok. She said that she was happy with the paper and gave her best. The MCQ part was easy. There was a question about people living in the mountains, designer models, etc. She was not clear on the expected cut-off.

Dhruv said that his overall experience was ok. The exam was easy but lengthy. The creative part was lengthy. He said that as the paper was easy, the cut-off could be high.

Tanishq said that the overall experience was great and that all the sections were quite easy. He said the question was about product design. He also said that as the checking is strict he can't say anything about the expected cut-off.

One more student said that as compared to last year, the question paper wasn't that lengthy. Both the GAT and drawing were not lengthy, the GAT was simple though. There were multiple questions on visual interpretation, statement questions, different forms of artwork, and material knowledge. The expected cut-off can go higher as last year it was 50.

Dhruvika said that the overall experience was ok. The question paper was not very lengthy. Students had the freedom to get creative while answering the question. The expected cut-off can be average as the paper was moderate.

DAT Prelims 2024 (M.Des) Exam Analysis 

As per the NID DAT analysis received from students who appeared in the exam, the NID DAT question paper had a few surprising elements, just like in previous years. Overall many students found questions to be easy, as questions were easily understandable. However, the paper was lengthy. The difficulty level was above average and the expected cut-off can be around 40-45 in "Product". Part A was 15 minutes and part B was 135 minutes including 9 questions.

Students also said that self-preparation is sufficient for NID.

Prasasthi, who appeared for "Textile" said that the overall difficulty level of the exam was 8 out of 10. The first paper had questions from General Knowledge and Reasoning. There were questions on Sustainable Development and the G20 summit. In the subjective paper, one question was on posture drawing on slow fashion, conscious buying, etc. She suggested that if any individual is from a design background, they can skip taking any coaching classes, although if they are not from a design background, they might have to take the classes. She also suggested reading a lot of GK and staying updated with current affairs.

Nidhi who appeared for NID Masters said that the overall difficulty level was easy-to-moderate. She said that the cut-off will be high around 70-80 out of 100. Both the papers were moderate level. The questions were on northern pole start branding and log design. Most of the questions were on weaving. In Paper 2, questions were on features on mobile phones, and posture drawing in a rural background set-up.

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NID DAT 2023 (Prelims) Exam Analysis

The exam analysis for the NID DAT 2024 (Prelims) exam is given below.

  1. Part A had many GK questions 
  2. 1 question was on perspective drawing, 1 question on storyboard, and 1 on problem-solving
  3. The paper was lengthy, according to one student
  4. Compared to previous editions, many students this year’s paper to be easier
  5. A projection-based question on cubes was asked
  6. Cut-off as per some students could go up to around 90

NID DAT 2023 - Sectional and Overall difficulty level

The sectional and overall difficulty level of the NID DAT 2023 exam is given in the table below.

Part 

Difficulty Level

Part I

Easy

Part II

Moderate

Overall

Easy

Q:   What aspects will be covered by NID DAT exam analysis?

A:

The NID DAT exam analysis will cover the following points:

  • Sectional difficulty - The difficulty level will be evaluated on a scale of easy, moderate, and difficult.
  • Overall difficulty - The overall difficulty will be calculated by considering the sectional difficulty. The previous years difficulty level will also taken into context.
  • The weightage of questions - The part of the analysis will examine the distribution of questions (or weightage) across various topics.
  • Good attempts - This will be an indication of how many questions you need to attempt to be in contention for a seat.
  • Expected cut-off - The candidate needs to meet the cut-off criteria to get admission.
 

Q:   What was the difficulty level of NID DAT 2023 (Prelims)?

A:
As per inputs given by candidates, the difficulty level of Part A was moderate, whereas Part B was moderate. Overall, the paper was easy compared to the previous edition. Part A of the question paper includes a number of questions from GK. As for some students, the paper was lengthy. The question paper included one question on perspective drawing, one question on the storyboard, and one question on problem-solving. Considering that the paper was easy compared to the previous year, the cut-off could go higher. Note that if the cut-off goes higher, the candidates will get need better marks to have a good chance of admission.
 

NID DAT Exam 2024 - Overview

Particulars

Details

Name of the exam

National Institute of Design - Design Aptitude Test

Commonly Known As

NID DAT

Conducting Body

National Institute of Design

Level of the Exam

National Level

Exam Type

Undergraduate and Postgraduate

Number of Seats

B.Des - 425

M.Des - 347

Admission process

The NID DAT entrance exam is a two-step process>

  1. The candidate has to first appear in DAT Prelims
  2. Shortlisted candidates next have to appear in DAT Mains

The final merit list for admission is prepared by giving weightage to DAT Prelims and DAT Mains.

Q:   How much time is needed to prepare for the NID DAT 2024 exam?

A:

A candidate would ideally need around 6 months or so to prepare the NID DAT 2024 exam. This time frame will allow the candidate to go through each topic in depth and prepare for the exam effectively. However, if the candidate has a strong grip over the fundamentals and basis concepts, it is still possible to prepare for the exam even in 3 months or less. But as the time duration shrinks, one will have to be more judicious with the use of each day and hour and be meticulous. Having a well defined time table in place will help matters. The time table can include things like day-wise topics to read and revise, sample papers to be solved, etc.

 

Q:   Is it possible to crack NID DAT 2024 without coaching?

A:

It is not mandatory to take coaching to get a good rank in NID DAT 2024. It is because, the entrance exam will test the creative, drawing, and innovative skills of the candidate. Now, a coaching institute cannot exactly teach you to be creative or become innovative. Instead, with a little effort these skills can yourself learn these skills yourself. Also, a major thrust of the design aptitide test is to evaluate the drawing skills of the candidate. So, make it a point to work on your design skills, including learning how to draw line, shadow, figure, gesture, cartoon drawing, etc. When practicing drawing, also keep a tab on the drawing speed, as it will help you complete the paper in the allotted time.

 

NID DAT Exam Analysis

The exam analysis for the NID DAT 2024 will be updated here soon after the exam is over.

In the meantime, go through the previous years' NID DAT exam analysis below.

NID DAT Exam Analysis 2023

The NID DAT 2023 exam was conducted in two phases. DAT Prelims was held on January 8, 2023. 

The detailed exam analysis for DAT Prelims is updated here. 

The NID DAT 2023 exam analysis covers the following points:

  • Sectional difficulty - The difficulty level will be evaluated on a scale of easy, moderate, and difficult.
  • Overall difficulty - Typically, if the overall difficulty level is higher, the cutoff tends to be lower and vice versa.
  • The weightage of questions - This part of the analysis will examine the distribution of questions (or weightage) across various topics. 
  • Good attempts - This will be an indication of how many questions you need to attempt to be in contention for a seat.
  • Expected cut-off   

NID DAT Exam Analysis 2022

Experts and test takers have opined that the overall difficulty level of the NID DAT 2022 exam was moderately difficult. 

Students considered the English section to be easy, though there were a few tricky questions involving pictorial and diagram sections. 

The GK section was rated easy to moderate. 

The B.Des question paper included a total of 26 questions. The duration of the exam was 3 hours. Meanwhile, the M.Des question paper was 4.5 hours long and included 100 questions. 

Both objective and subjective questions were asked.

Subjects of questions asked:

  • There was one question related to COVID-19
  • Another question was asked on the Padma Shree Awards.

NID DAT Exam Analysis 2021

As per NID DAT 2021 exam analysis, the difficulty level of the question paper for the BDes course was easy to moderate. There was a slight change in the NID exam pattern this year with respect to the marking distribution. The objective section of the exam carried 40 marks and the creative ability section was for 60 marks. Last year, the objective section of the exam carried 30 marks while the creative ability section was for 70 marks.

NID Exam Analysis 2021: Questions Asked in Objective Section

In the Objective section, a majority of questions were asked on subjects such as Logical Reasoning, English, General Knowledge, and Current Affairs. Some of the important topics from questions that were asked in the section include:

  • GK and Current Affairs: Art, Music, History, COVID-19
  • English: Reading passages, Vocabulary

NID Exam Analysis 2021: Questions asked in Drawing/Subjective Section

In the Drawing part, six questions were asked on topics such as perspective drawing, poster making, comic strips, story writing, and compositions. Some of the questions that were asked in the Drawing part of the exam include:

  1. Create three images/frames to depict a story
  2. Draw a poster on school bullying
  3. Make comic characters for TikTok in six parts
  4. Draw a poster by showcasing steps on how to make tea
  5. Depict a scenario that your younger sibling is disturbing/distracting you while you are studying online

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NID DAT Exam Analysis 2020

NID DAT Prelims 2020 was held on December 29 from 10 am to 1 pm. Unlike previous years' papers, NID DAT Prelims 2020 had no surprises for students. Part I of NID DAT 2020 comprising of general aptitude questions was of 30 marks weightage whereas Part II with drawing/ creative aptitude questions was of  70 marks. NID paper pattern was such that the aptitude questions were mostly from logical reasoning and GK/ current affairs. On the other hand, in the creative aptitude section besides drawing and sense of detailing, candidates were tested on their aptitude, perspective, creative thinking, storyboarding, and 2D graphic understanding.

Questions asked in the Creative Aptitude Section of NID DAT 2020 for BDes admissions are listed below:

NID DAT Prelims 2020 Questions Weightage
A figure representing a surface development of a cube was given and each face had an organic graphic pattern on it, the cube had to be drawn in 3D with the corresponding graphic on each face of the cube and the graphic had to be in the correct orientation as given in the figure. 5 Marks
A scene of a kitchen was given and the vanishing point was defined and was mentioned as that of a small child, the view of the kitchen had to be redrawn with respect to the vanishing point defined.  12 Marks
A scene was described as follows -  A person was looking at a jamun tree and it made him wonder, why don’t pumpkins grow on trees and jamuns on the ground ? at that moment some jamun fruit fell on his head and then he thought that if it was pumpkin, he could have been seriously injured - this had to be illustrated in 3 scenes.  12 Marks
Draw 5 different humours uses for a light bulb.  15 Marks
If trees evolved a self defence mechanism to prevent themselves from being cut, Imagine and Illustrate 3 such defense mechanisms by these trees.  15 Marks
A part of a quote by Rabindranath Tagore was given “Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high, where knowledge is free” - A poster had to be created with the above quote in mind.  10 Marks

Aspirants can view NID DAT exam analysis for BDes and MDes course admissions by clicking the links mentioned below:

NID DAT Exam Analysis 2019

In a sudden departure from its expected pattern, NID entrance exam had a 30 mark general aptitude section which had 22 questions based on verbal and non-verbal reasoning and general awareness with a sprinkle of quantitative. Aspirants can view NID DAT exam analysis for BDes and MDes course admissions by clicking the links mentioned below:

NID DAT Exam Analysis 2018

For the 2018 NID DAT (Prelims) BDes exam paper, the overall structure in terms of marks did not change from the last year, It had objective type questions (MCQs) for 70 marks and subjective type (drawing) questions for 30 marks totalling to a 100 marks. Overall, the objective section seemed to be more straightforward except for a few questions compared to the subjective section. It demanded a combination of creative thinking and problem solving abilities.

NID DAT Prelims 2018 exam paper for MDes was divided into two halves- objective and subjective. The objective section had 59 questions in total. These were further divided into different sections with marks per question ranging from 0.5 to 3. The subjective part had three questions which tested the creativity and the sketching abilities of students. The overall distribution of marks remained the same- 70 for objective and 30 for drawing totalling to 100 marks.

Overall, it was a mix of emotions with the paper weighing between moderately okay to difficult. On a comparative note, the subjective section seemed to be a little easier compared to the objective part and the 2018 edition of the DAT prelims seemed to be a little difficult for the students as compared to the 2017 edition. Read detailed exam analysis for NID DAT Prelims 2018 here.

NID Exam Analysis 2016

The exam pattern of NID DAT 2016 was a little different from previous years. However, this was in line with information shared by exam authorities. Till 2015,  most of the questions were subjective questions that required aspirants to provide design solutions. However, in NID DAT 2016 only three subjective questions were asked.

The questions asked in Section B of NID Entrance Exam required aspirants to really think through and were very time-consuming. It was because of this reason that many students were not able to complete their exa, paper on time. Before candidates could attempt the subjective questions they had to solve a a total of 87 objective type questions which contained questions from topics like probability, logical reasoning, analytical reasoning and general awareness. Read detailed NID entrance exam analysis 2016 by experts here.

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NID DAT 2024 Exam Analysis - FAQs

Go through the frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to the NID DAT 2023 exam analysis below.

Q:   What is NID DAT Prelims exam pattern?

A:
NID Entrance Exam comprises that Prelims and that Mains. NID DATA Prelims is a written entrance exam whereas NID DAT Mains comprises an offline based Studio Test (plus an Interview round for the M.Des programme). NID DAT Prelims for the B. Des programme is a paper-and-pencil/pen exam. The question paper may include both textual and visual questions. The language of the test will be English . Note that the test duration and other details related to the exam will be notified to the candidate through the NID DAT admit card. The candidate must follow previous years that Prelims questions papers to get better insights into the exam pattern, including types of questions asked, marking scheme, and difficulty level.
 

Q:   What is the cutoff for NID admissions?

A:
A. NID cutoffs vary from course to course as well as the reservation category to which candidates belong. In 2019, NID cutoff for B. Des course for general category candidates at NID Ahmedabad was 96.84 whereas the cutoff for M.Des course vary depending on the discipline for which candidates had applied for admissions. Aspirants can view detailed NID DAT cutoffs for past years' exam here. The cut-off depends on a multitude of factors, including the category of the candidate, the seat intake, total applicants, performance of candidate in the NID DAT exam, etc. If any of these parameters change, the cut-off would also change.
 

Q:   Can I ask for recheck of DAT Prelims result?

A:
Requests for rechecking the answer booklet of the that Prelims has to be submitted online at admissions. Nid. Edu. Rechecking is restricted to whether all the answers have been marked, and whether there has been any mistake in the totaling of marks for each question in Part II of answer booklet and transferring the marks correctly onto the first cover page of the answer booklet. No other re-evaluation of the answer script or other work done by the candidate as a part of the examination will be carried out. To recheck window will open soon after the that Prelims results are announced. Note that the candidate will have to pay a certain fee to submit a request.
 

Q:   Who sets NID DAT question paper?

A:
Questions in NID DAT are drafted by an exam committee formulated by the National Institute of Design. The NID DAT exam is considering one of the toughest in the land, along with other popular entrance exams like NIFT and UCEED. On particular reason why NID DAT is so competitive is there are only 425 seats available for the B. Des programme, while candidates from all over the country can apply. The NID DAT exam comprises two stages. The candidate first appears in DAT Mains, which is a Design Aptitude Test. Those who qualify in that Prelims have to next appear in the that Mains. Note that the final results will be prepared by giving weightage to both that Prelims and that Mains.
 

Q:   How many seats are there for NID admissions?

A:
Total seats offered in B. Des courses at all the NID campuses is 425 seats. For M.Des course, NID seats on offer for admission are 347. The B. Des programme is offered at five institutes - NID Ahmedabad, NID Andhra Pradesh, NID Haryana, NID Madhya Pradesh, and NID Assam. The various faculty members under which the programme is available include Faculty of Communication Design, Faculty of Industrial Design, and Faculty of Textile, Apparel, Lifestyle, and Accessory Design. Meanwhile, the M.Des course is available at NID Ahmedabad, NID Bengaluru, and NID Gandhinagar. Admission to both the B. Des and M.Des courses will be through the NID DAT entrance exam.
 

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The  Indian Institute of Design (NID) and the Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design (UCEED) are both design courses that can allow admission to BDes courses. Candidates can choose between UCEED and NID as per their suitability.

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The National Institute of Design (NID) has declared the NID DAT 2024 seat allotment for the 2nd round of the B.Des programme on June 24, 2024.

The allotment can be checked by logging into the portal using one's email ID and date of birth.

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It is difficult to put a specific number as to how many sample papes one needs to solve. But that being said, you must try at least 10 sample papers. Also, make sure that the sample papers covers the entire syllabus and are not repetitative.

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NID DAT is one of the toughest entrance exams in the land. Also, given the large number of applicants, it is highely competitive.

So, to have a chance of scoring a good score in the exam and be in the contetion for a seat in one of the top NIDs, one needs to ensure their preparation is full proof.

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A candidate would ideally need around 6 months or so to prepare the NID DAT 2025 exam. This time frame will allow the candidate to go through each topic in depth and prepare for the exam effectively. However, if the candidate has a strong grip over the fundamentals and basis concepts, it is still po

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The NID Design Aptitude Test (DAT) is a two-step entrance exam. The candidate first appears in DAT Prelims. If shortlisted, the candidate has to next appear in DAT Mains.

  1. Here are some suggested study material for NID DAT 2025.
  2. Quantitative Aptitude - Physics and Maths syllabus up to Class 10.  
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The results of the DAT Prelims will include the qualifying status of the candidate. If the candidate fails to qualify DAT Prelims, he or she will not be eligible to appear in DAT Mains.

Note that the Desing Aptitude Test (DAT) conducted by the National Institute of Design (NID) has two sub-exams: DAT

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Manashjyoti Hazarika

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Diploma candidates need to meet the following conditions for admission:

  • Done full-time Diploma of 4-year duration after 10+2
  • Diploma in the following subjects is accepted - Design/ Fine Arts/ Applied Arts/ Architecture.
  • The Diploma must be done from a university or institute recognised by law in India.

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The application edit window for NID DAT 2025 will open soon after the application form closes. Using the application edit window, the candidate will be able to edit details like their address, applied category, exam centre, etc. However, the candidate can't change the Programme Applied in, Name of t

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The GATE closing time for both the B.Des and M.Des courses is 9.30 am (30 minutes before the commencement of the exam), after which no candidate will be allowed inside the exam centre. 

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B.Des. in Animation Film Design
  • 3.9

    Placements

    3.0

    Infrastructure

    4.0

    Faculty & Course Curriculum

    4.0

    Crowd & Campus Life

    4.0

    Value for Money

    4.5

    Learning Experience

    0.0

    Course Support

    0.0
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  • Total Fees: ₹ 15.72 Lakh
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  • 4 years
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  • Full Time
B.Des. in User Experience and Interaction Design
  • 4.1

    Placements

    3.8

    Infrastructure

    4.8

    Faculty & Course Curriculum

    4.0

    Crowd & Campus Life

    4.5

    Value for Money

    3.5

    Learning Experience

    0.0

    Course Support

    0.0
    (4)
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  • Total Fees: ₹ 21.58 Lakh
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  • 4 years
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  • Full Time
B.Des. in User Experience Design
  • 4.0

    Placements

    4.0

    Infrastructure

    4.0

    Faculty & Course Curriculum

    4.0

    Crowd & Campus Life

    4.0

    Value for Money

    4.0

    Learning Experience

    0.0

    Course Support

    0.0
    (2)
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  • Total Fees: ₹ 16.20 Lakh
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  • 4 years
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  • Full Time
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  • Total Fees: ₹ 29.60 Lakh
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  • 4 years
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