NID - Design Aptitude Test 2023

NID - Design Aptitude Test 2023

Mode of ExamOffline
Level of ExamNational Level

About NID DAT 2023

The National Institute of Design conducts NID Design Aptitude Test (NID DAT) for the aspirants seeking B.Des and M.Des admission at NID campuses and other result sharing institutes. NID DAT prelims exam will be conducted on January 2 in pen and paper mode. Aspirants can now start filling the NID DAT 2023 application form online which is available on the official website. The last date to fill the NID DAT application form 2023 with regular fee is November 30, 2021. Aspirants are advised to check the NID DAT eligibility criteria before filling the application form. Aspirants can fill the application form of NID DAT 2023 by paying the late fee from December 1 to 5, 2021. 

Post NID DAT registration, the window to edit the NID DAT 2023 application form will be opened on the official website from December 6 to 13, 2021. Applicants can review and edit the details (if required) filled in the application form while registering. However, applicants are not allowed to change their programme applied in, candidate's name, date of birth, registered mobile number & registered email ID in the window to edit the application form. Applicants have to pay the applicable additional application form fees if they change their applied category during the “Window to Edit” period. In the case of any category change, the excess fee paid during the registration will not be refunded. 

The Institute will release the NID DAT 2023 admit card on December 23, 2021 on the official website Aspirants can download the NID DAT admit card 2023 online by providing the required login details. Candidates must carry the NID DAT admit card along with a valid identity card to the test centres for verification purpose. NID DAT prelims exam is schedule to held on January 2 in 24 national cities. NID DAT result will be announce in February/March on the official website. NID will conduct the NID DAT counselling to offer admission to the shortlisted candidates. 

What is NID DAT?

NID Design Aptitude Test commonly known as NID DAT is a two-tier design entrance test that consists of prelims exam and mains exam. The entrance test is conducted every year at the national level to shortlist students for B.Des and M.Des admission offered by NIDs campuses. NID DAT is conducted to assess candidates' knowledge, skill and behavioural abilities. NID admission is wholly based on candidates performance in NID DAT. 


The 4-years BDes programmes are offered at NID Ahmedabad, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Assam. Whereas 2-years MDes programmes are offered at NID Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Bengaluru. 




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NID DAT 2023 Application Process

Mode of Application : Offline and Online


Mode of Payment : Credit Card | Debit Card | Demand Draft


The application form of NID DAT 2021 is available on the official website of NID from October 5 to December 5, 2021. National Institute of Design will open the correction window to edit the application form from October 6 to 13, 2021. Candidates belonging to general and OBC-NCL category have to pay Rs 3000 as application fee while those who are from SC, ST, SC- PwD, ST – PwD, Open – PwD, OBC – NCL – PwD pay Rs 1500. The steps that need to be followed while filling NID DAT application form 2023 are listed below: 


Step  1 - Register for NID DAT 2023


Step  2 - Fill the NID DAT application form 2023


Step  3 - Upload the requisite scanned documents 


Step 4 -  Pay the application fee


Step 5 -  Print the NID DAT application form 2023


Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount

General, OBC

Offline, Online Transgender, Female, Male ₹ 3000

ST, SC PWD Online Transgender, Female, Male ₹ 1500

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NID DAT 2023 Highlights

Full Exam Name NID Design Aptitude Test

Short Exam Name NID DAT

Conducting Body National Institute of Design

Frequency of Conduct Once a year

Exam Level National Level Exam

Languages English

Mode of Application Offline / Online

Application Fee (General) 3000 Rs [Offline] +1 More

Mode of Exam Offline

Mode of Counselling Offline

Participating Colleges 10

Exam Duration 3 Hours

Number of Seats 225 Seats



NID DAT 2023 Important Dates

Upcoming Dates and Events


05 Oct, 2021 - 30 Nov, 2021


Application | Mode: Online Ongoing


01 Dec, 2021 - 05 Dec, 2021


Late Fee Application | Mode: Online


06 Dec, 2021 - 13 Dec, 2021


Application Correction | Mode: Online


23 Dec, 2021


Admit Card | Mode: Online


02 Jan, 2023


Exam | Mode: Offline



NID DAT 2023 Eligibility Criteria

As per eligibility criteria of NID DAT 2023, candidates have to meet the age limit, educational qualification and the qualifying exam that are accepted by NID. Those candidates who meet the eligibility criteria, only they should apply for the entrance exam. The eligibility criteria of NID  has been explained below in the table.

B.Des - Candidates should clear Class 12 from any stream ( Science , Humanities , Commerce ) from a recognised board such as CBSE , IB, ICSE or their equivalent. Candidates appearing for Class 12 exams in 2023 are also eligible to apply.

M.Des - Candidates should complete a bachelor’s degree course from a recognised college/university. Candidates should not be more than 30 years of age as on June 30, 2023.

Age limit

Aspirants up to 20 years of age on or before June 30, 2002, are eligible to apply. Candidates who belong to reserved categories, they get age relaxation of three years. PwD category candidates who born on or after July 1, 1997 are eligible to apply for admission


Educational Qualification

Students who have passed or will appear for class 12 examination in any stream in the academic year 2021–22 from any recognized board, such as CBSE, IB, ICSE or their equivalent can apply for NID DAT 2023.


NID DAT 2023 Exam Pattern

NID DAT exam pattern 2023 comprises the type of questions that are asked in the preliminary and mains exams. The exam pattern of NID DAT 2023 also mentions the duration of the exam, the total number of questions asked, whether there is a negative marking or not, and  the medium in which the exam is conducted.
NID DAT Exam Pattern - Prelims

NID DAT prelims consists of two parts, candidates can go through the table below to know the exam pattern in details.



Total Marks

100 marks

Mode of NID DAT 2023

Offline mode

Medium of the entrance exam


Duration of NID DAT 2021 exam

Three Hours

Type of questions

Subjective and Objective

NID DAT Exam Pattern - Section-wise



Question numbers

Marks per question

Total marks allotted

Part I

Objective type questions

1 to 22

Questions( 1 to 14) - 1 mark

Questions (15 to 22) - 2 marks

30 marks

Part II

Subjective type questions

23 to 26

Question (23) - 15 marks

Question (24) - 20 marks

Question (25)- 15 marks

Question (26) - 20 marks, which was subdivided into three parts.

70 marks

NID DAT Exam Pattern - Mains

NID DAT 2023 mains will be conducted in different formats. It includes sketching, drawing as well as hands-on model making.



Medium of language


Total Marks


Duration of the exam

Three Hours

Application Start Date :

21st October 2022

Application End Date :

22nd December 2022

Exam Date :

20th March 2023

Result Date :

19th May 2023

Conducted By :

National Institute of Design

Official Website :