NID logo

NID DAT 2022: Exam Analysis, Answer Key, Question Paper, Pattern, Result, Cut off

Sonal Vaid logo

Sonal Vaid

Content Curator | Updated On - Jan 2, 2022

NID DAT 2022 prelims exam has been successfully conducted on Jan 2, 2022, in pen-paper mode. As per test-takers, the overall difficulty level of the paper was reported to be moderate. Check NID DAT 2022 Exam Analysis

  • NID DAT 2022 B.Des paper had a total of 26 questions- 22 MCQs in section 1 and 4 subjective questions in section 2. 180 minutes were given to attempt the paper. M.Des paper had 59 MCQs and 3 subjective questions. Check NID DAT 2022 Exam Pattern
  • NID DAT 2022 Prelims Result is expected to be declared in the first week of February 2022. NID DAT 2022 is a two-tier entrance test, i.e. DAT Prelims followed by DAT Mains. Hence, candidates shortlisted in DAT Prelims will be eligible to appear in DAT Mains. 
  • Admission in design programs across NIDs will depend on the candidate's performance in DAT Prelims and DAT Mains. Check NID DAT Cut off
  • NID DAT 2022 also known as the National Institute of Design, Design Aptitude Test is a national level entrance test for admissions into four-year undergraduate B.Des( Bachelor of Design)  program and two and half year M.Des (Masters of Design) programs offered by NIDs.

Why NIDs? NIDs or National Institutes of Design are prestigious institutes that presently offer Bachelor of Designs (B.Des) of four-year duration, Masters of Designs(M.Des) of two and a half year duration, and Ph.D. courses in Design. NID Campus in Ahmedabad with extension campus in Gandhinagar and Bengaluru offer both B.Des and M.Des programs while NID campus in Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, and Assam offers full-time four-year B.Des courses.

NID DAT Exam Dates

NID DAT 2022: Important Dates

Events Dates
Application form filling starts October 05, 2021
Last date to submit the application form

December 6, 2021

Submission of application form  with late fee

December 6, 2021- December 9, 2021

NID DAT 2022 Application Form Correction Window

December 10, 2021- December 16, 2021 

Admit card release for NID DAT Prelims 2022 December 23, 2021 
NID DAT Prelims date January 02, 2022
NID DAT Result Date February 2022
NID DAT Eligibility Criteria

NID DAT 2022 Exam Highlights

  • Exam Name- NID Design Aptitude Test (NID DAT)
  • Conducting Body- National Institute of Design
  • Exam Type- National Level Entrance Test
  • Exam Frequency- Once a year
  • Courses offered- B.Des (Bachelor of Design), M.Des (Masters of Design)
  • Mode of Application- Online
  • Number of Papers- NID DAT Prelims and NID DAT Mains
  • Mode of Exam- Pen, and Paper (Offline mode)
  • Number of test cities- 23 

NID DAT 2022: Eligibility Criteria

Candidates appearing for NID DAT should ensure that they fulfill NID DAT Eligibility Criteria, depending on the UG(B.Des) or PG(M.Des) course they wish to opt for. 

NID DAT 2022 Eligibility Criteria for B.Des: Age Limit

Category Date of Birth (on or after)
General July 01, 2002
Reserved Category (OBC- NCL, SC, ST) July 01, 1999
PwD (Person with Disabilities) July 01, 1997
Foreign Nationals in Overseas (Supernumerary) July 01, 2002

NID DAT 2022 Eligibility Criteria for B.Des: Educational Qualifications

Candidates who have passed or will appear for (10+2) examination in the academic year 2021-22 in any stream (Science, Arts, Commerce, Humanities, etc.) from a recognized board (CBSE, IB, ICSE, or equivalent)  are eligible for NID DAT 2022

NID DAT 2022 Eligibility Criteria for M.Des: Age Limit

Category Date of Birth (on or after)
General July 01, 1992
Reserved Category (OBC- NCL, SC, ST) July 01, 1989
PwD (Person with Disabilities) July 01, 1987
Foreign Nationals in Overseas (Supernumerary) July 01, 1992

NID DAT 2022 Eligibility Criteria for M.Des: Educational Qualification

In addition to fulfilling the age criteria, candidates must possess one of the following minimum qualifications to become eligible for admissions:

  • Candidates should have completed a Bachelor's Degree of a minimum of 4 years duration in any specialization from any recognized university.
  • Candidates should have a degree of full-time Diploma of minimum 4-year duration in Design/ Fine Arts/ Applied Arts/ Architecture after 12th standard or equivalent to 12th standard.
  • Candidates should have completed a Bachelor's Degree of a minimum 3-year duration in any specialization, after 12th standard or equivalent to 12th standard.
  • Candidates in the final year of their Bachelor's degree/Full-time Diploma program whose universities have not issued the final degree certificate are eligible to apply, In such a case candidates should ensure that they pass in all the subjects without any backlog and are able to submit a provisional degree certificate at the time of document verification for NID DAT 2022.

NID DAT 2022 Eligibility Criteria for Overseas Category

Foreign citizen candidates holding citizenship of a country other than the Republic of India are eligible to apply for NID DAT 2022 only under the overseas (supernumerary) category.

Program No. of supernumerary seats
B.Des, NID Ahmedabad 19
B.Des, NID Madhya Pradesh 11
M.Des (Discipline with 19 seats) 03
M.Des (Discipline with 12 seats) 02

Of the seats available for M.Des in NID DAT 2022, 15% of supernumerary seats are available for overseas candidates.

Check NID DAT 2022 Eligibility Criteria

NID DAT Exam Analysis

NID DAT 2022 Exam Analysis

As per the test takers, NID DAT 2022 prelims exam conducted on Jan 2, 2022, was of moderate difficulty. The B.Des paper had 26 questions (22 objective & 4 subjective) while the M.Des paper had 62 questions (59 objective & 3 subjective).

  • The English section was easy with no complex questions.
  • Candidates found the pictorial and diagram-related questions a bit tricky.
  • The difficulty level of the GK section was reported to be easy to moderate with questions related to COVID-19 and Padma Shree Awards.
NID DAT Reservation

NID DAT 2022: Reservation

As per NID DAT 2022 Reservation criteria, seats are reserved for different categories. There is a also a provision of 15% reservation of supernumerary seats in B. Des and M. Des program.

Category Wise NID DAT 2022 Reservation of Seats for B.Des

Institute Total no. of seats GEN-EWS (10%) OBC-NCL (27%) SC (15%) ST (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

Category Wise NID DAT 2022 Reservation of Seats for M. Des

Courses GEN-EWS (10%) OBC-NCL (27%) SC (15%) ST (7.5%)
Disciplines with 19 seats each 2


Disciplines with 12 seat each




NID DAT 2022: De- Reservation Rules

  • If seats are unfilled in the OBC-NCL category due to no eligible candidates as per the minimum qualifying criteria or non-availability of candidates, the seats will be de- reserved and will be allotted to candidates from the open category.
  • Vacant seats under GEN –EWS, SC and ST categories will not be allotted to candidates belonging to other categories.

Candidates must note that after the last date of application, the category chosen by a candidate will be considered as final, and requests for change of category thereafter will not be entertained.

NID DAT Exam Pattern

NID DAT 2022: Exam Pattern

Candidates are assessed on the basis of their design skills, creativity, reasoning ability, and problem-solving skills. NID DAT 2022 Exam Pattern highlights have been tabulated below separately for B.Des and M.Des:

Particulars B.Des  M.Des
Mode of exam Pen paper (offline mode) Offline
Duration of exam 3 hours 2 hours and 30 minutes (one discipline) 4 hours 30 minutes (two disciplines)
Medium of exam English English
Type of question Subjective and objective type Subjective and objective type
Total marks 100 100
NID DAT Syllabus

NID DAT 2022: Syllabus

NID DAT 2022 Syllabus for Prelims (B. Des)

Design outline Graphics & Pictograms Picture analysis
Mood, theme & color inter- relationship Presentation techniques Foreshortening & perspective
Natural & geometrical form Color terminology Story pictures
Lettering Design theory 3D visualizing
Color psychology, optical illusion Innovation in designs Lateral thinking
Theme development Form and function creative thinking and writing Design awareness
Visual logic Good design vs bad design Ornaments and motifs
Memory drawing Color, pattern & texture Inspiration & design development

NID DAT 2022 Syllabus for Studio Test

Model making Audio- Visual exercises Meeting with qualified candidates
How to evolve ideas Doodling Material manipulations

NID DAT 2022 Syllabus for B.Des/GDPD and M.Des are almost identical with different levels of difficulty. For detailed information check NID DAT 2022 Syllabus

NID DAT 2022 Preparation

NID DAT 2022: Best Books

Book name Author name
Basic Rendering Robert W. Gill
NID (B. Des) Entrance Book and test series AFAINDIA
NIFT/NID/IIFT Entrance Exam Guide RPH Editorial Board
NID DAT Books R.S Aggarwal (aptitude)
NIFT/NID/IIFT Entrance Exam Guide Surendra Dharmendra Mittal
Design Drawings Francis D.K.Ching

NID DAT 2022: Sample Paper

Course NID DAT 2022 Sample Paper
B.Des (DAT Prelims) Check Here
M.Des (DAT Prelims) Check Here

NID DAT 2022: Result

NID DAT Result

Based on the scores obtained in NID DAT 2022 Prelims, a separate merit list will be prepared for each category. Results will be declared on the official website, separate result scorecards will not be provided to the candidates. Also the scores obtained in NIDs DAT exam cannot be used by any person/institution without the consent of NID.

NID DAT 2022: Shortlisted Candidates

Based on merit list of NID DAT Prelims, eligible candidates will get to appear for NID DAT 2022 Mains. The number of candidates shortlisted will be no less than three times in each category applied for by the candidate. If the total score of two or more candidates in NID DAT 2022 prelims are the same after applying tie- break policy they will be assigned the same rank.

NID DAT 2022: Final Merit

In order to be considered for the merit list, a candidate must have appeared for all the tests in both NID DAT Prelims 2022 and NID DAT Mains 2022.

The final common merit lists will be generated category wise, based on the sum total of the weighted scores obtained by the candidate in NID DAT Prelims 2022 and NID DAT Mains 2022. Separate merit list will be prepared for overseas candidates.

Common NID DAT merit list will be generated based on the percentile score.

Candidates should note that the scores obtained during the application process in 2022-2023cycle are valid only for admission for this academic year. Also scores obtained in NID DAT exam cannot be used by any person/institution without prior permission of the National Institute of Design.

NID DAT 2022: Minimum Qualifying Criteria

Candidates from the various categories will be considered eligible for admission only if their final percentile score exceeds the minimum qualifying criteria.

Candidates should note on verification, even after admissions any information/document/category certificate are found to be incorrect or invalid that the candidature of such candidate will be summarily stand cancelled.

NID DAT Counselling

NID DAT 2022: Counselling and Seat Allotment

The procedure of seat allotment for B.Des and M.Des will be conducted at Ahmedabad. Each candidate should be present with the requisite documents as per the schedule. Failing to report with the requisite documents will lead to forfeiting the candidate’s seat and his/her seat will be allotted to the next eligible candidate in order of merit in the respective category.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic situation, candidates may be asked to pay the partial fees online for the confirmation of admission and the physical verification of documents may take place at the time of reporting at the campus.

NID DAT 2022 Seat allotment for final admissions will be based on the merit list, category of the candidate and availability of seats.

Category of the eligible candidate Seat Allocation category

NID DAT 2022: Cut Off

The cut off of NID 2022 will be released after the declaration of results. The candidates get admission in 4 year undergraduate or diploma courses and 2.5 years post graduate courses in design after clearing all the stages of the exam. The expected NID 2022 cutoff is as follows:

Category Undergraduate Postgraduate GDPD
General 11.2 27 40
SC/ST 6.4 9 25
OBC 6.4 13 28
PwD 12 20 20

NID DAT 2021 B.Des Cut Off

Campuses Open GEN-EWS OBC-NCL SC ST PwD Overseas
B.Des NID Ahmedabad 97.35 63.59 81.80 75.63 42.97 40.15 54.67
B.Des NID Andhra Pradesh 93.26 56.39 71.89 55.82 43.72 NE NA
B.Des NID Haryana 88.71 60.89 61.41 45.45 40.38 NE NA
B.Des NID Madhya Pradesh 89.80 53.28 62.85 52.48 NE NE 51.96
B.Des NID Ahmedabad 86.87 NE 55.47 43.95 NE NE


NE: Not Eligible      NA : Not Applicable

NID DAT 2021 M.Des Cut Off

Discipline Open GEN-EWS OBC-NCL SC ST PwD Overseas
Animation Film Design 76.71 NE NE 57.53 NE NE NA
Ceramic and Glass Design 82.93 NA 68.29 46.34 58.54 NA NA
Film and Video Communication 80.00 78.57 54.29 68.57 57.14 NA NA
Furniture and Interior Design 85.07 NE 64.18 50.75 79.10 NE NA
Graphic Design 86.30 72.60 47.95 58.90 57.53 NE NE
Product Design 77.61 NE 50.75 43.28 NE NE NA
Textile Design 90.54 78.38 63.51 48.65 68.92 NE NA
Apparel Design 86.30 NE 58.90 50.68 83.56 NE NE
Lifestyle Accessory Design 81.94 NE 55.56 51.39 40.28 41.67 NA
New Media Design 72.00 NE NE 48.00 NE NA NA
Photography Design 82.76 NA 60.34 58.62 62.07 NA NA
Strategic Design Management 87.50 63.89 54.17 56.94 NE 41.67 NA
Toy and Game Design 50.00 NA NE NE NA NA NA
Transportation & Automobile Design 85.51 63.77 68.12 40.48 NE NA NA
Design for Retail Experience 81.25 54.69 45.31 56.25 76.56 NE NA
Digital Game Design 76.27 72.88 47.46 40.68 NE NE NA
Information Design 86.84 NE 50.00 64.67 40.79 NE 69.74
Interaction Design 89.47 86.84 56.58 NE NE 71.05 NE
Universal Design 62.71 NA 62.49 42.37 NE NE NA

NE: Not Eligible      NA : Not Applicable

NID DAT 2022: Accepting Colleges

NID Ahmedabad NID Kurukshetra
NID Gandhinagar NID Bengaluru
NID Bhopal NID Vijayawada
NID Jorhat --

NID DAT 2022: Courses Offered

Candidates can secure admissions in following courses through NID DAT 2022:

Courses offered in B.Des

Ceramic and glass design Furniture and interior design
Graphic design Animation film design
Product design Film and video communication
Textile design Exhibition design

Courses offered in M. Des

Ceramic and glass design Animation film design
Product design Photography design
Textile design Toy and game design
Graphic design Interaction design
Apparel design Design for rental experience
Furniture and interior design New media design
Lifestyle accessory design Strategic design management
Universal design
Transportation and automobile design
Frequently Asked Questions

NID DAT 2022: Registration & Application Form Filling

NID DAT 2022 Registrations had to be done online. Steps to fill NID DAT 2022 Application Form:

  • Visit the official website.
  • Register/ Sign up by selecting the program of study, Nationality, and category.
  • Candidates must provide a valid email address and active mobile number.
  • After successful registration, login credentials will be sent via email to the registered email ID
  • Candidates can log in to their account using their registered Email ID, Date of birth, and password to proceed further.
  • Login and proceed to the application form
  • Candidates need to fill in all the required details.
  • After filling in all the details, click ‘save and proceed’
  • Candidates will then get navigated to the next section of ‘ upload document’

The photographs and signature dimensions to be uploaded within the prescribed dimensions and format.

Document Format and dimensions
Scanned Photograph A recent photograph- JPEG Format- 75 to 100 KB
Candidate’s Scanned Signature Blue/ black ball pen on white paper – JPEG Format- 75 to 100 KB
 Category Certificate JPEG Format- maximum150 KB
  • Click ‘save & exit’ to complete the form.

NID DAT 2022: Application Fee

Candidates could pay NID DAT application fee through Debit card/Credit card without any extra bank transaction charge or convenience fee.

Category B. Des M. Des (1 discipline) M. Des(2 discipline)
General Rs.3000 Rs.3000 Rs.6000
General EWS Rs.3000 Rs.3000 Rs.6000
OBC- NCL Rs.3000 Rs.3000 Rs.6000
SC Rs.1500 Rs.1500 Rs.3000
ST Rs.1500 Rs1500 Rs.3000
General PwD Rs.1500 Rs1500 Rs.3000
General- EWS-PwD Rs.1500 Rs.1500 Rs.3000
OBC-NCL-PwD Rs.1500 Rs.1500 Rs.3000
SC-PwD Rs.1500 Rs.1500 Rs.3000
ST-PwD Rs.1500 Rs.1500 Rs.3000
Overseas (supernumerary) Rs.5000 Rs.5000 Rs.10,000

Candidates should note that NID DAT 2022 Application Fee is neither refundable nor transferable.

NID DAT 2022: Admit Card

Candidates who had successfully registered for NID DAT 2022 could download their NID DAT 2022 Admit card by entering their email id and date of birth till Jan 2. Candidates could download the admit card by following the below-mentioned steps.

  • Visit the official website of NID
  • Click on ‘Admit card’ tab
  • Fill in the required details and submit a button.
  • The admit card will be displayed on the screen. Candidates should take a printout for future use.

NID DAT 2022: Exam Centers

Exam Center for NID DAT 2022
Ahmedabad Mumbai
Bengaluru Lucknow
Hyderabad Raipur
New Delhi Patna
Chennai Thiruvananthapuram
Kolkata Chandigarh
Nagpur Bhopal
Jaipur Guwahati
Vijayawada Ranchi
Shimla Bhubaneswar
Goa Dehradun

NID DAT 2022 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Is NID DAT 2022 application form released?

A: Yes, NID DAT 2022 application forms are available online. The application form filling has been released on October 05, 2021, candidates can fill the form till December 6, 2021.

Q: How do I apply for NID DAT 2022?

A: Candidates can to ND DAT 2022 through online registration and form filling process. The online application process involves following steps:

  • Signup/ Registration 
  • Filling details in application form 
  • Uploading documents and signature 
  • Payment of application fee and printing of application form.

Q: Is NID DAT 2022 application fee refundable?

A: No NID DAT 2022 application fee is non- refundable and non- transferable. Candidates are advised to pay the application fee for their respective category during the scheduled time to avoid any issues.

Q: How many times can I appear for NID DAT 2022?

A: There is no limit for attempting NID DAT 2022. Candidates can attempt the exam as many times as they want, the only limit for NID DAT 2022 is age limit.

Q: Is it mandatory to have Mathematics as a subject in 10+2 for NID DAT 2022 exam?

A: For clearing NID DAT 2022 candidates from any stream of 10+2 are eligible to apply, hence Mathematics is not necessary B. Des courses of NIFT and NID.

Q: What is the age limit for reserved candidates in NID DAT 2022?

A: The upper age limit is 33 years for candidates belonging to reserved categories such as OBC-NCL, SC, ST and the age limit for PwD reserved category candidates is 35 years. However the upper age limit for foreign applicants is 30 years.

Q: In which mode NID DAT 2022 is conducted?

A: ID DAT 2022 will be conducted in offline mode. The papers of NID DAT consist of drawing and designing which needs to be done in a pen paper mode.

Q: Is admission to GDPD provided through NID DAT 2022?

A: Admissions to GDPD were provided through NID DAT until 2019. After 2020, the seats of GDPD were converted into B. Des seats and candidates will no longer be offered admission to the GDPD course.

Q: Which books are best for preparation of NID DAT 2022?

A: Below mentioned is a list of books for NID DAT 2022 preparation.

Book name Author name
Basic Rendering Robert W. Gill
NID (B. Des) Entrance Book and test series AFAINDIA
NIFT/NID/IIFT Entrance Exam Guide RPH Editorial Board
NID DAT Books R.S Aggarwal (aptitude)
NIFT/NID/IIFT Entrance Exam Guide Surendra Dharmendra Mittal
Design Drawings Francis D.K.Ching

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.


I wanted to know the syllabus for Bdes entrance exam

You can check the exam pattern and syllabus for this exam in detail from here: NID Exam Pattern and Syllabus

Hi Kanishka, exact location would be mentioned on the admit card issued.
Hello I am sharandeep singh student of clss 11 in Kendriya Vidyalaya. i want to know about to the course of Animation desing or product photography in you institute NID and there seats and fees regarding the years. also known about the date or time of open admissions in your institute
Hi Sharandeep, kindly visit the official website of the institute for admission related information.
I hv filled NID form n revived Admit card also but due to some reasons I didn't able to give exams on respective dates Is their Any change for me to give exam
Hi Madhu Agarwal, No, There is no change to give Exam on another date. So, please you Applied for the next time.
who will guide me anyhow to get admission into NID M Design (Animation film design)

- No More Comments -