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M.Des DAT Mains 2024 exam is being conducted in offline mode at NID campuses and comprises a Studio Test and Personal Interview. Check here for exam center reporting and registration times, and other important exam-day guidelines.

M.Des DAT Mains 2024 Exam Live Updates - The National Institute of Design (NID) is conducting the M.Des DAT Mains 2024 exam starting March 4, 2024. The exam is being conducted program-wise from March 4 to April 4, 2024; NID has already released the program-wise schedule for the Studio Test and Personal Interview. On the day of the exam, the candidate needs to report to the allocated NID campus as per the reporting time mentioned on their admit cards and get registered. 

Note that latecomers will not be allowed to enter the exam venue.

DAT Mains is the 2nd stage of the NID 2024 entrance exam and comprises a Studio Test and a Personal Interview. 

Candidates are shortlisted for DAT Mains based on their performance in DAT Prelims. 

The National Institute of Design (NID) conducted the DAT Prelims exam on December 24, 2024. 

DAT Prelims results for the M.Des program were announced on February 16, 2024. Meanwhile, DAT Prelims results for the B.Des program will be announced on March 28, 2024.

The FINAL results of NID DAT 2024 will be prepared by giving weightage to DAT Mains and DAT Prelims.

M.Des DAT Mains 2024 Reporting and Registration Times

Parameters

All disciplines (except Toy & Game Design and Information Design)

Toy & Game Design

Information Design

Reporting Time

8 am.


No entry will be allowed after 8.30 am.

2 pm.


No entry is allowed after 2.15 pm.

1.45 pm.


No entry is allowed after 2 pm.

Registration Time

8 am - 8.45 am.


No registrations are allowed after 8.45 am.

2 pm - 2.20 pm.


No registrations are allowed after 2.20 am.

1.45 pm - 2.15 pm.


No registrations are allowed after 2.15 am.

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LIVE UPDATE

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M.Des DAT Mains 2024 Exam Live Updates - Reporting & Registration Time, Exam Advisory

  • 10:31 PM IST4 Mar 2024

    The 1st day of DAT Mains exam is over!

    The M.Des DAT Mains 2024 exam is conducted from March 4 to April 4, 2024.

    The first day of the exam is now over. Candidates who are yet to appear in the exam are urged to carefully go through the exam guidelines, including reporting and registration times.

  • 9:35 PM IST4 Mar 2024

    NID DAT 2024 Prelims Exam Centers

    The DAT Prelims exam was conducted in the following cities.

    DAT Prelims 2024 Exam Cities 

    Ahmedabad

    Bengaluru

    Bhopal

    Bhubaneshwar

    Chandigarh

    Chennai

    Dehradun

    Guwahati

    Hyderabad

    Jaipur

    Kochi

    Kolkata

    Kurukshetra

    Lucknow

    Mumbai

    Nagpur New Delhi

    Patna

    Raipur

    Ranchi

    Thiruvananthapuram

    Vijayawada

     

     
  • 8:46 PM IST4 Mar 2024

    NID Faculty of Communication Design - M.Des courses

    The Faculty of Communication Design offers the following specializations:

    Discipline

    NID Campus

    Seat Intake

    Animation Film Design

    Ahmedabad

    19

    Film & Video Communication

    Ahmedabad

    19

    Graphic Design

    Ahmedabad

    19

    Photography Design

    Gandhinagar

    19

  • 8:01 PM IST4 Mar 2024

    NID 2024 Participating Colleges - Faculties

    The NIDs have the following faculties, with each offering various specializations.

    1. The Faculty of Communication Design
    2. The Faculty of Industrial Design
    3. Faculty of Information Technology-Integrated Programmes
    4. Faculty of Interdisciplinary Design Studies
    5. Faculty of Textile, Apparel, and Lifestyle Accessory Design
  • 7:15 PM IST4 Mar 2024

    NID DAT 2024 Reservation of Seats for B.Des program 

    Reservation of seats for the B.Des program is given below.

    Institute

    Total seats

    GEN-EWS

    (10%

    OBC-NCL

    (27%)

    Scheduled Caste

    (15%)

    Scheduled Tribe

    (7.5%)

    NID Ahmedabad

    125

    13

    34

    19

    9

    NID Andhra Pradesh

    75

    8

    20

    11

    6

    NID Haryana

    75

    8

    20

    11

    6

    NID Madhya Pradesh

    75

    8

    20

    11

    6

    NID Assam

    75

    8

    20

    11

    6

    Total

    425

    45

    114

    63

    33

  • 6:37 PM IST4 Mar 2024

    Who conducts the NID DAT 2024 exam?

    The NID DAT 2024 exam is conducted by the National Institute of Design (NID).

    The exam has two stages.

    1. DAT Prelims
    2. DAT Mains.

    Both stages are mandatory. Candidates are shortlisted for DAT Mains based on scores of DAT Prelims.

    The FINAL result will be prepared by giving weightage to both Prelims and Mains.

  • 5:59 PM IST4 Mar 2024

    M.Des NID DAT 2024 eligibility criteria

    The eligibility criteria for the M.Des for admission at the NIDs are given below.

    Parameters

    M.Des

    Age Limit

    The candidate must be born on or after July 1, 1992.

    In the case of candidates belonging to OBC-NCL, SC, and ST categories, the candidate must be born on or after July 1, 1989. Meanwhile, PwD candidates must be born on or after July 1, 1987.

    Educational Qualification

    Bachelor's degree of minimum four years duration OR an equivalent degree.

  • 5:24 PM IST4 Mar 2024

    NID DAT Entrance Exam - Number of Applicants

    The National Institute of Design (NID) doesn't release any exam statistics, unlike IIT Bombay which releases detailed exam statistics, on how many candidates registered, appeared, and qualified in the NID DAT exam.

    However, as per unofficial sources, some 15,000 applicants appear in the NID DAT exam.

     

  • 4:29 PM IST4 Mar 2024

    NID 2024 - Institute-wise seat intake

    The seat intake for the B.Des program at NID participating colleges is gven below.

    Institute

    Total seats

    GEN-EWS

    (10%

    OBC-NCL

    (27%)

    Scheduled Caste

    (15%)

    Scheduled Tribe

    (7.5%)

    NID Ahmedabad

    125

    13

    34

    19

    9

    NID Andhra Pradesh

    75

    8

    20

    11

    6

    NID Haryana

    75

    8

    20

    11

    6

    NID Madhya Pradesh

    75

    8

    20

    11

    6

    NID Assam

    75

    8

    20

    11

    6

    Total

    425

    45

    114

    63

    33

  • 4:04 PM IST4 Mar 2024

    NIFT 2024 results to be announced anytime soon

    The National Testing Agency (NTA) is expected to announce the results of the NIFT 2024 written exam anytime now. The results will be announced online at the NTA admission portal. To check their results, the candidate will have to use their candidate credentials.

  • 3:40 PM IST4 Mar 2024

    M.Des NID DAT 2024 (Mains) Tie-break Policy

    If two or more candidates secure the same marks in DAT Mains, the following tie-break policy will be adopted to decide merit ranks.

     

  • 3:12 PM IST4 Mar 2024

    Is registration mandatory for appearing in DAT Mains?

    Yes, upon reaching the M.Des DAT Mains 2024 exam center, the candidate must mandatorily get registered. Or else, the candidate will not be allowed to sit in the exam. Note the registration time is mentioned in the exam advisory released by NID.

    Additionally, the candidate is also recommended to carefully go through the exam guidelines mentioned in the M.Des DAT Mains 2024 studio test.

  • 2:55 PM IST4 Mar 2024

    Design courses offered by NIDs

    The NIDs offer the following design courses:

    • A full-time 4-year B.Des program
    • A full-time 2 1/2-year M.Des program.
    • PhD program, with full-time or part-time study options. 

    Admission to the above courses will be through the Design Aptitude Test (DAT).

    The DAT exam includes the DAT Prelims and the DAT Mains.

  • 2:48 PM IST4 Mar 2024

    Important topics for M.Des DAT Mains 2024 exam

    NID DAT 2024 Syllabus (Prelims) for M.Des Program

    Design Outline for Beginners

    Colour Terminology Inspiration & Design Development
    Mood, Theme & Colour Inter-relationship

    Design Theory

    Elements & Principles Of Design
    Natural & Geometrical Form Innovation in Design

    Principles of Composition

    Lettering

    Optical Illusion Understanding Light & Shade
    Colour Psychology & Optical Illusions

    Form & Function

    Colour, Pattern & Texture
    Theme Development Creative Thinking & Writing

    Picture Analysis

    Visual Logic

    Good Design vs Bad Design Drawing Fundamentals
    Use of Measurements, Scale & proportions

    Optical Illusion

    Foreshortening & Perspective
    Developing Themes & Colour Associations Inspiration & Creativity

    Ornaments & Motifs

    Memory Drawing

    Usage of Colour in Compositions Expression & Emotion
    Exercises on Imagination

    Lateral Thinking

    Story Pictures
    Presentation Techniques Imagination & Doodling

    3D Visualisation

    Graphics & Pictograms

    Innovation & Creation Design Awareness

    Developing observation

       

     

  • 2:12 PM IST4 Mar 2024

    When will results of B.Des DAT Prelims 2024 exam be declared?

    The DAT Prelims results for the B.Des program will be declared on March 28, 2024. The results will be announced online at admissions.nid.edu.

    To check your results, you will have to log in to the result portal using your email ID and date of birth.

  • 1:45 PM IST4 Mar 2024

    Reporting Time for Information Design - 1.45 PM

    The candidate needs to reach the exam center by 2 pm. Note that no entry will be allowed inside the exam center for the Information Design program after 2 pm.

    The Studio Test will be conducted from 2.30 - 5.30 pm.

  • 1:20 PM IST4 Mar 2024

    Question templates for the M.Des Studio Test

    The studio test typically includes the following types of questions.

    • Questions designed to test the material handling ability of the candidate
    • Clay handling
    • Storytelling questions - In these types of questions, the candidate has to narrate a story. 
    • Audio-visual questions
    • Group activities
  • 12:53 PM IST4 Mar 2024

    Tasked included in DAT Mains Studio Test

    The Studio Test for the M.Des program will include the following tasks:

    • Doodling exercises
    • Clay modelling
    • 3-D model making
    • Wire molding
    • Psychometric test
    • Story illustration
    • Personal interview
    • Thematic appreciation
  • 12:30 PM IST4 Mar 2024

    Get the M.Des DAT Admit Card duly signed and with seal of exam center

    The candidate must ensure that the admit card is duly signed and contains the seal of the invigilator. Note that this admit card will be required if the candidate wants to apply for a recheck of NID DAT 2024 final results. Additionally, it will be required for further admission rounds.

  • 12:01 PM IST4 Mar 2024

    Studio Test ends for All disciplines (except Toy & Game Design and Information Design)

    The Studio Test for All disciplines (except Toy & Game Design and Information Design) was conducted from 9 am - 12 noon. The candidate has to next appear in a Personal interview.

    Note that the interview will be conducted on multiple days, with the slots mentioned in the M.Des DAT Mains 2024 admit card.

  • 11:41 AM IST4 Mar 2024

    When was the M.DAT Prelims 2024 exam conducted?

    The National Institute of Design conducted the DAT Prelims exam for the MDes program on December 24, 2024.

    The DAT Prelims is the 1st stage of the two-stage NID DAT 2024 entrance exam. The scores of DAT Prelims are used to shortlist candidates for DAT Mains.

  • 11:15 AM IST4 Mar 2024

    Will digital admit card be accepted for M.Des DAT Mains 2024 exam?

    The candidate must carry with them a printout/ hardcopy of the M.Des DAT Mains admit card. Digital copies of the admit card will not be accepted.

  • 10:51 AM IST4 Mar 2024

    Toy & Game Design applicants need to report at 2 pm

    Gates will be closed at 2.15 pm.

    Meanwhile, the registration process for the Toy & Game Design program will be conducted from 2. pm - 2.20 pm.

    The Studio Test will be conducted from 2.30 - 5.30 pm.

  • 10:01 AM IST4 Mar 2024

    When will the studio test conducted for the Apparel design program?

    The Studio Test for the Apparel Design program will be conducted on March 5, 2025 (from 2.30 pm - 5.30 pm). Meanwhile, the personal interview will be conducted from March 4-7, 2024. 

  • 9:30 AM IST4 Mar 2024

    Will the M.Des Studio Test and Personal Interview be conducted on the same day?

    The Studio Test and Personal Interview for the M.Des program may or may not be conducted on the same day. It is because as per the exam schedule released by NID, while the Studio Test will be conducted on a single day, the personal interview will be conducted over multiple days.

  • 9:01 AM IST4 Mar 2024

    M.Des DAT Mains 2024 - All disciplines (except Toy & Game Design and Information Design) STARTS

    The M.Des DAT Mains 2024 exam for all disciplines (except Toy & Game Design and Information Design) is being conducted from 9 am - 12 noon (Shift 1 - Studio Test). The duration of the exam is 3 hours.

    This will be followed by a Personal Interview.

  • 8:45 AM IST4 Mar 2024

    Registration process over for All disciplines (except Toy & Game Design and Information Design)

    The registration for M.Des DAT Mains 2024 for all disciplines (except Toy & Game Design and Information Design) is now OVER.

  • 8:30 AM IST4 Mar 2024

    Registration will close at 8.45 am

    The registration for DAT Mains will close at 8.45 am. So, candidates who haven't yet registered will have to complete the process before they can appear in the DAT Mains exam.

  • 8:01 AM IST4 Mar 2024

    M.Des DAT Mains Reporting Time - Begins

    As per the official notification, candidates seeking admission to all disciplines (except Toy & Game Design and Information Design) had to report at 8 am. Note the gates close at 8.30 am.

    The registration for DAT Mains is currently ongoing. 

     

  • 7:33 AM IST4 Mar 2024

    Reporting Time STARTS at 8 am!

    Candidates seeking admission to all disciplines (except Toy & Game Design and Information Design) need to report for the M.DES DAT Mains exam at 8 am. Please note that the entry gates to the NID DAT 2024 (Mains) exam center will be closed at 8.30 am. So ensure that you aren't late.

  • 7:01 AM IST4 Mar 2024

    Check the reporting time for your program

    In an advisory released on its admission portal, NID has notified candidates about the reporting, registration, and gate closing times for M.Des DAT Mains. The candidate is expected to follow the advisory.

     

  • 6:25 AM IST4 Mar 2024

    M.Des DAT Mains 2024 exam STARTS Today!

    The M.Des DAT Mains 2024 exam kick starts today. The exam is conducted discipline-wise from March 4 to April 4 2024.

    Here is the discipline-wise schedule for the exam.

     

     

  • 4:37 AM IST4 Mar 2024

    Faculty of Communication Design

    Discipline

    NID Campus

    Seat Intake

    Animation Film Design

    Ahmedabad

    19

    Film & Video Communication

    Ahmedabad

    19

    Graphic Design

    Ahmedabad

    19

    Photography Design

    Gandhinagar

    19

  • 2:36 AM IST4 Mar 2024

    NID Seat Intake for M.Des program

    S.No

    NID Campus

    Seat Intake

    1

    NID Ahmedabad

    126

    2

    NID Gandhinagar

    126

    3

    NID Bengaluru

    95

     

    Total Intake 

    347

  • 12:59 AM IST4 Mar 2024

    NID DAT 2024 - Admission Category

    Seat Category

    Category of Eligible Candidates

    Open

    GEN, GEN-EWS, OBC-NCL,SC, ST, GEN-PwD, OBC-NCL-PwD, SC-PwD, ST-PwD, GEN-EWS-PwD

    General- Economically Weaker Section (GEN-EWS)

    GEN- EWS, GEN-EWS-PwD

    Other Backward Class-Non Creamy Layer (OBCNCL)

    OBC-NCL and OBC-NCL-PwD

    Schedule Caste (SC)

    SC and SC –PwD

    Schedule 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)

    SC-PwD

  • 11:45 PM IST3 Mar 2024

    What is the mode of the NID DAT Studio Test?

    The Studio Test for the M.Des program will be conducted in offline mode at the following NID campuses:

    • NID Bangalore
    • NID Gandhinagar
    • NID Ahmedabad.

    The candidate needs to bring their stationery for the exam.

     

  • 11:04 PM IST3 Mar 2024

    Reach the exam center on time!

    Considering the exam for all disciplines (except Toy & Game Design and Information Design) will commence at 9 am (registrations start even earlier, at 8 am), make sure that you start early. And for that to happen, you need to go to bed early!

  • 10:31 PM IST3 Mar 2024

    Will there be a baggage counter at NID exam center?

    NID officials are unlikely to make arrangements for a baggage counter. So, it is recommended that the candidate only bring the bare essentials for the exam.

    Note that exam officials will not take any responsibility for items lost or damaged.

  • 9:56 PM IST3 Mar 2024

    Can I apply for recheck of M.Des DAT Mains results?

    After the DAT Mains results are declared, the candidate can apply for a recheck of their results. The result recheck window will open from April 30 to May 2, 2024.

    The admission officials will go through the complaints submitted by the candidate and release fresh scorecards, if required.

  • 9:20 PM IST3 Mar 2024

    When will DAT Mains result be announced for M.Des

    The DAT Mains 2024 result for the M.Des program will be announced on April 30, 2024. The results will be announced by giving weightage to DAT Prelims and DAT Mains.

    To check your results, you have to go to the NID admission portal and log in using your email ID and date of birth.

  • 8:51 PM IST3 Mar 2024

    DAT Mains 2024 Exam pattern

    The DAT Mains exam pattern for the B.Des and M.Des programs is given below. 

     DAT Mains Exam Pattern
    Mode of exam

    Offline 

    Duration of exam

    3 hours

    Total marks 100
    Language of question paper English
    Type of questions

    Multiple formats (Drawing/ Sketching/ Model Making)

  • 8:19 PM IST3 Mar 2024

    Reporting and Registration Time for Toy & Game Design

    Candidates seeking admission to the Toy & Game Design program need to report at 2 pm; the gate closing time is 2.15 pm. Meanwhile, registrations will be conducted from 2 pm to 2.20 pm.

    Note that latecomers may not be allowed to take the exam.

  • 7:47 PM IST3 Mar 2024

    Reporting and Registration Time All disciplines (except Toy & Game Design and Information Design)

    Candidates seeking admission to the design courses apart from Toy & Game Design and Information Design need to report at the exam center at 8 am. Note that no entry will be allowed after 8.30 am. Also, registration will close at 8.45 am.

  • 7:14 PM IST3 Mar 2024

    NID DAT 2024 Helpdesk

    If the candidate has any questions regarding the M.Des DAT Mains 2024 exam, they may contact exam officials at the following address:

    Phone: 079 26623462 (11.00 AM to 12.30 PM and 03.00 PM to 05.30 PM, MON to FRI)
  • 6:43 PM IST3 Mar 2024

    Weightage for NID DAT 2024 FINAL results - B.Des Program

    Exam Component


    DAT Prelims

    DAT Mains

    Studio Test

    Personal Interview

    Weightage

    30%

    40%

    30%

  • 6:14 PM IST3 Mar 2024

    NID Results 2024 - Minimum Qualifying Criteria for final Results

    The National Institute of Design has released the category-wise minimum qualifying criteria for inclusion in NID DAT 2024 FINAL results.

    Category Minimum Qualifying Criteria  
    Open 50%
    Gen-EWS 50%
    OBC-NCL 45%
    SC 40%
    ST 40%
    PwD 40%
    Overseas 50%
  • 5:43 PM IST3 Mar 2024

    NID DAT 2024 admit card download portal

    This is what the NID DAT 2024 (Mains) admit card download portal looks like:

     

     

  • 5:16 PM IST3 Mar 2024

    NID DAT Mains 2024 admit card

    The NID DAT Mains 2024 admit card was released on February 22, 2024. Candidates who have qualified in DAT prelims can download the admit card using their email ID and date of birth. Note that admit cards for B.Des DAT Mains will be released later.

  • 4:52 PM IST3 Mar 2024

    M.Des DAT Mains Registration

    Candidates after arriving at the M.Des DAT Mains 2024 exam center need to get registered. The reporting time for DAT Mains will be mentioned in the admit card. Note that if the candidate is late, then registration will be closed. In that scenario, the candidate will not be allowed to take the exam.

  • 4:25 PM IST3 Mar 2024

    NID DAT Mains Syllabus for MDes

    The NID DAT 2024 (Mains) syllabus for MDes course is given below.

    Important Topics for DAT Mains - M.Des

    Model Making

    Doodling How to evolve ideas
    Audio – Visual Exercises

    Material Manipulation

    Creative Thinking
  • 3:59 PM IST3 Mar 2024

    DAT Prelims qualifying status

    The candidate can check their DAT Prelims qualifying status in the scorecard.

     

  • 3:37 PM IST3 Mar 2024

    Is it mandatory to appear in DAT Mains for admission?

    Candidates seeking admission to the M.Des program need to mandatorily appear in DAT Mains, or else he or she will not be considered for admission. Also, note that only such candidaes who have qualified in DAT Prelims are eligible to appear in DAT Mains.

  • 3:09 PM IST3 Mar 2024

    DAT Prelims results for B.Des to be OUT on March 28

    The National Institute of Design will declare the results of the B.Des DAT Prelims exam on March 28, 2024. Note that DAT Prelims results for M.Des was announced on February 16, 2024.

    Also, DAT Prelims exam for both the exams was conducted on December 24, 2023.  

  • 2:50 PM IST3 Mar 2024

    NID DAT 2024 (M.Des) Admission Handbook

    The admission handbook for the M.Des program can be downloaded online at admissions.nid.edu.

    Alternatively, to download the M.Des NID DAT 2024 admission handbook - Click Here

  • 2:29 PM IST3 Mar 2024

    NID DAT Mains 2024 Exam Center for M.Des program

    The M.Des DAT Mains will be conducted at the following THREE campuses:

    1. NID Ahmedabad
    2. NID Gandhinagar
    3. NID Bengaluru.

    The candidate can check the name and address of the M.Des NID DAT 2024 exam center or campus allocated to them on the NID DAT 2024 admit card.

  • 2:12 PM IST3 Mar 2024

    Will DAT Prelims admit accepted for appearing in DAT Mains?

    No, if the candidate brings the DAT Prelims admit card instead of the DAT Mains admit card, he or she will not be allowed to appear in the M.Des DAT Mains exam.

    So, if you haven't already downloaded the DAT Mains admit card, download it and take a printout. Bring it with you along with the ID proof on exam day.

  • 1:58 PM IST3 Mar 2024

    Document required for M.Des DAT Mains 2024 exam

    On the day of the exam, the candidate needs to bring with them the following documents:

    1. M.Des DAT Mains 2024 Admit Card
    2. A valid, original photo ID proof.
  • 1:46 PM IST3 Mar 2024

    M.Des DAT Mains ADVISORY

    The NID has also released an advisory for the M.Des candidates to follow.

     

  • 1:31 PM IST3 Mar 2024

    At what time do I need to report for the Studio Test?

    The M.Des DAT Mains 2024 exam is conducted program-wise in various slots. So, you need to refer to the exam schedule at report to the exam center accordingly. Note that late comers will not be alowed entry inside the exam hall.

  • 1:31 PM IST3 Mar 2024

    M.Des DAT Mains 2024 Exam Schedule

    The National Institute of Design (NID) has released the exam schedule at admissions.nid.edu.

     

    To download the M.Des DAT Mains 2024 Exam Schedule - Click Here

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