NID DAT 2022: Answer Key, Download Result, Merit List, Shortlist for Mains, Cutoff, Seat Matrix

National Institute of Design Entrance Exam 2021 ( NID Entrance Exam )

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Updated on Feb 17, 2022 10:58 IST

NID Entrance Exam 2022 - The National Institute of Design (NID) will declare the results of NID DAT Prelims 2022 in February(tentative). The results would be declared separately for the B.Des and M.Des courses and can be checked in online mode by entering one's email address, DOB, and roll/ application number. The scores of DAT Prelims will be used to shortlist candidates for the NID DAT Mains 2022 exam. It may be noted that the number of shortlisted candidates will be at least THREE times the number of sanctioned seats for each category.  

The final marks of NID DAT 2022 will be prepared by considering the weightage of marks obtained in DAT Prelims and DAT Mains. The weightage for each level (exam) will be notified later. The merit list for admission to design courses at the NIDs will be based on NID DAT 2022 final marks.

The NID DAT 2022 prelims exam was conducted in pen-and-paper mode on January 2. The 3-hour long exam included objective and subjective type questions. 

What is NID Entrance Exam?

NID Design Aptitude Test (DAT) is a national-level entrance exam through which aspirants are shortlisted for admission to UG and PG Design courses offered by the prestigious National Institute of Design (NID) campuses. Candidates need to clear two NID admission tests in order to be eligible for admission to Bachelor of Design (BDes) and Master of Design (MDes) courses offered at its campuses. 

Initially, NID offered Bachelor of Design (BDes), Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD), and Master of Design (MDes) courses at its campuses. However, from 2020 onwards, the few NID campuses (NID Andhra Pradesh, NID Madhya Pradesh NID Haryana, and NID Assam), which offered GDPD courses also started offering BDes degree programs to students based on their performance in the NID Entrance Exam.

LATEST: NID DAT Prelims Answer update.
Prelims Result to be used to shortlist candidates for Mains; Check NID DAT Cutoff Marks

NID Result 2022

National Institute of Design will announce the results of NID DAT 2022 (prelims) on its official website. The results would be announced separately for the B.Des and M.Des courses. Candidates will have to download the NID DAT 2022 scorecard online. The scorecard will be valid for the current admission session only and contain details like the sectional and overall scores, and the qualifying status.

Candidates can check the NID DAT result by following the steps below:

  • Visit the official website -
  • Click on the result link
  • Enter email ID and date of birth
  • Click on Submit
  • Download the NID Entrance Exam result

Significance of NID DAT 2022 (prelims) score - The design school will use scores of DAT Prelims to shortlist candidates for the DAT Mains. Also, admit cards for DAT Mains will be issued only to shortlisted candidates. 

NID Cutoff 2022

The NID DAT cutoff will be announced on the official website of the exam. Check category-wise minimum qualifying criteria for BDes and MDes admissions for last year below:

Category Minimum Qualifying Criteria for NID Admissions (Both BDes & MDes Courses)
Open 50
EWS 50
SC 40
ST 40
PwD 40
Overseas 50

Also, check the NID DAT cutoff for Prelims exam (for General category) released last year for both BDes and MDes courses below.

NID Cutoff for BDes


NID DAT 2022 Prelims Cutoff for BDes (Score)

NID DAT 2022 Prelims Cutoff for BDes (Rank)




NID Cutoff for MDes


NID DAT 2022 Prelims Cutoff for MDes (Score)

NID DAT 2022 Prelims Cutoff for MDes (Rank)

Animation Film Design



Ceramic & Glass Design



Film & Video Communication



Furniture & Interior Design



Graphic Design



Product Design



Textile Design



Apparel Design



Lifestyle Accessory Design



New Media Design



Photography Design



Strategic Design Management



Toy & Game Design



Transportation & Automobile Design



Design for Retail Experience



Digital Game Design



Information Design 



Interaction Design



Universal Design



NID Entrance Exam 2022 Highlights

Check important highlights for NID DAT 2022 in the table below. 



Exam name

National Institute of Design Aptitude Test (NID DAT)

Conducting body


Exam frequency

Once a year

Exam purpose

Admission to Design courses offered by NIDS and some private colleges

Courses offered

BDes, MDes


BDes – Class 12

MDes – Graduation

Exam fee

Rs 3,000 (General category) and Rs 1,500 (Reserved categories)

Exam mode


Exam duration

BDes: 180 minutes

MDes: 150 minutes

NID DAT pattern

BDes & MDes

Prelims – Objective & subjective questions of 100 marks

Mains – Drawing/model-making questions of 100 marks

Number of seats

BDes – 425 (2021)  

MDes - 347 (2021)  

Number of test cities


Accepting colleges


Helpdesk email ID,

Official website

Useful Resources

NID DAT 2022 Reservation and Seat Matrix

NID DAT 2022 Eligibility Criteria

NID eligibility criteria 2022 for BDes and MDes courses is as mentioned below.

BDes - Candidates should clear Class 12 from any stream (ScienceHumanitiesCommerce) from a recognised board such as CBSE, IB, ICSE or their equivalent. Candidates appearing for Class 12 exams in 2022 are also eligible to apply.

MDes - 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, 2022.

Go through detailed NID eligibility criteria for admissions 2022 here.

NID DAT 2022 Important Dates

Aspirants can go through tentative dates for NID Entrance Exam 2022 in the table below.



Salient Features

Release of NID admission notification


NID has released the NID DAT exam dates and other admission details on the official website of the Design school.

NID application process with regular fee

05-Oct-2021 to 6-Dec-2021

Application closed.

NID application process with late fee

07-Dec-2021 to 09-Dec-2021

Application closed.

Application correction window

10-Dec-2021 to 16-Dec-2021

Correction window closed.

NID (Prelims) admit card download begins



NID DAT Prelims


Prelims will be held across 23 test cities for both BDes and MDes admissions. 

NID DAT answer key

January/February 2022 (tentative)

The answer key will contain official answers to questions asked in the exam.

Declaration of NID DAT result

February 2022 (tentative)

Check exam results providing details like email address and date of birth.


March/April 2022 (tentative)

Candidates who clear NID DAT Prelims have to appear for NID DAT Mains. The NID Mains is a drawing/model-making test.

Declaration of final NID result 

April/May 2022 (tentative)

Check results of NID DAT 2022 by using details like email ID and date of birth.

NID Admission Process 2022

NID DAT 2021 Selection Process

NID DAT 2022 Selection Process

NID admissions 2022 is a two-tier process. To secure admission to BDes and MDes courses offered at NID campuses, candidates need to appear for NID DAT (Prelims) and NID DAT (Mains). The objective of conducting both the tests is to assess knowledge, skills as well as behavioural abilities of candidates. Aspirants can go through the steps included as part of NID admission process 2022 below:

Step 1: Fill NID DAT Application Form

Candidates need to go through the eligibility criteria for NID admissions to the course in which they want to apply. After doing this, aspirants need to fill their NID DAT 2022 application form on the official website of National Institute of Design. Along with the application form, candidates need to upload their supporting documents, signature and photograph. After filling all the details in NID registration form, aspirants need to pay the application fee either online (by Credit/ Debit Card) or offline (by Demand Draft to be drawn in favour of "All India Management Association" and should be payable at New Delhi). 

Step 2: Download NID DAT Admit Card

The call letter/admit card for NID Entrance Exam is made available for download on the official website of the exam. Aspirants who do not receive the admit card for the entrance test need to contact NID Admission Cell immediately. 

Step 3: Appear for NID DAT (Prelims)

The first stage of NID admissions, NID DAT (Prelims) is a written test, which comprises objective as well as subjective questions. The entrance exam conducted by NID is of three hours duration. Check complete NID DAT exam pattern.

Step 4: Check NID DAT Prelims Result

Candidates can check their result for NID entrance exam on the official website of the exam by providing details such as their email address, date of birth, roll number/application number. 

Step 5: Download NID DAT Mains Admit Card

Candidates who clear NID DAT Prelims exam are then issued an admit card for NID DAT Mains. Aspirants can download NID DAT Mains admit card from the official website of National Institute of Design by entering their login details.

Step 6: Appear for NID DAT Mains 

Candidates who make it in the cut-off list for NID DAT (Prelims) are then eligible to appear for NID DAT (Mains), wherein authorities conduct a studio test and interview round. In the studio test for NID admissions, aspirants are given hands-on practical assignments, which they need to complete within the stipulated time.

Step 7: Check NID Final Result

Based on a candidate's performance in NID DAT (Prelims) and NID DAT (Mains), the final merit list for NID admissions is prepared. Aspirants can check the merit list for NID admissions on the official website of the exam.

List of Courses & Colleges Accepting NID Admission Test 2022

Candidates can secure admission to BDes and MDes courses offered by seven NID campuses through NID Entrance Exam 2022. Each of the courses is offered in different specialisations to aspirants. Go through the list of courses offered by NIDs in the table below.

BDes Courses at NID

Ceramic & Glass Design

Furniture & Interior Design

Product Design

Animation Film Design

Exhibition Design

Film & Video Communication

Graphic Design

Textile Design

Industrial Design

Communication Design

Textile & Apparel Design

MDes Courses at NID

Animation Film Design  

Ceramic and Glass Design            

Furniture & Interior Design         

Film & Video Communication    

Graphic Design 

Product Design

Textile Design

Apparel Design

Lifestyle Accessory Design         

Strategic Design Management  

New Media Design         

Photography Design      

Toy & Game Design       

Transportation & Automobile Design

Design for Retail Experience      

Digital Game Design       

Information Design        

Interaction Design          

Universal Design

The seven NID campuses accepting NID entrance exam scores/ranks for admission include:

List of NIDs accepting NID DAT Scores

NID Ahmedabad

NID Gandhinagar 

NID Bengaluru

NID Andhra Pradesh

NID Haryana

NID Madhya Pradesh

NID Assam

NID Fee Structure 

The fee structure for NID admissions to BDes and MDes courses is as under:

NID fee structure for BDes course NID fee structure for MDes course

NID DAT 2022 Test Centres

Details regarding NID exam centres 2022 have been released. The Design entrance exam will be conducted across 23 test cities in the country as listed below:

NID Test Cities
















Nagpur New Delhi








NID Entrance Exam 2022 Preparation Tips 

NID DAT Prelims comprises both objective- and subjective-type questions. To ace the exam, it is important for candidates to have a well thought-out NID preparation strategy. The NID Entrance Exam 2022 preparation plan that candidates can follow include:

  • Know the NID exam pattern and marking scheme well
  • Get well-versed with the NID DAT syllabus
  • Prepare a time-table and strictly adhere to it
  • Attempt NID previous year question papers
  • Solve NID sample papers and mock tests
  • Keep revising

Also Read:

NID Topper Tips 2022

One of the best ways to prepare for NID Entrance Exam is to know how previous years toppers prepared for DAT. Click on the links below to the NID DAT preparation strategy of past years' toppers.

NID Toppers Preparation Tips

Khushi Purohit
NID DAT 2021, AIR 1, BDes

Prepare for NID the way IITians prepare for JEE. Observe  everything in your surroundings. Sketch daily. 

Read Khushi's full interview

Dipra  Arora
NID DAT 2021, AIR 2, BDes

Keep learning, reading and researching about a wide range of topics so as to implement them in the theory as well as sketches.

Read Dipra's full interview

Krishna Gilda
NID DAT 2020, AIR 1, MDes

The decision to make a portfolio and an SoP before the NID Entrance Exam was the best strategy that helped me prepare for the entrance exam. 

Read Krishna's full interview

Pramod Priya Ranjan
NID DAT 2020, AIR 5, MDes

To keep the quality of sketching good and up to the expectations is the most difficult part. Usually, NID DAT papers are lengthy as compared to the time allotted for the exam.

Read Pramod's full interview

Exam Day Guidelines for NID Admission 2022

Check out the list of items and documents that candidates need to carry to the allotted NID exam centre below:

  • NID DAT admit card
  • Photo ID proof (Student ID card/Passport/Driving Licence/Aadhaar Card/Voter's ID Card/PAN Card)
  • Stationery

The list of items that are prohibitted inside the test centre include:

  • Mobile phone
  • Calculator
  • Any other electronic device

Any aspirant found to be carrying any of the aforemention item will be asked to leave the test centre without completing his/her exam.

NID Exam Analysis & Student Reaction

NID DAT 2022 is yet to be conducted. The NID Entrance Exam Prelims 2021 was conducted on March 14 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. As per the feedback shared by students, NID Entrance Exam for BDes was easy to moderate. There were some tricky questions in the exam. However, as compared to previous years, the exam was easy. The design entrance exam tested the creative abilities possessed by aspirants to the core. Check complete NID exam analysis.

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FAQs on NID Entrance Exam

Q. When will NID DAT 2022 Prelims results be declared?

A. NID DAT 2022 results for the prelims exam are expected to be declared in February. 

Q. When will NID DAT 2022 be held?

A. NID DAT 2022 exam dates have been released. The NID DAT Prelims was held on January 2. 

Q. How can I secure admission at NID?

A. You need to appear for NID Entrance Exam, which comprises two admission rounds - NID DAT Prelims and NID DAT Mains. You will be allowed to appear for NID Mains only if you clear the Prelims exam.

Q. What is NID DAT Prelims?

A. NID DAT Prelims is the shortlisting round for NID admissions. NID DAT Prelims comprises a written exam that candidates need to clear in order to be eligible for NID DAT Mains.

Q. What is NID DAT Mains?

A. NID DAT Mains is the final round for NID admissions. NID DAT Mains consists of a Studio Test and Interview round that candidates need to clear in order to secure admission to Design courses offered by NID campuses.

Q. What is the cutoff for NID admissions?

A. In 2021, the Open category candidates had to secure minimum 50 marks in order to be eligible for NID admissions. 

Q. How can I prepare for NID DAT?

A. Candidates need to have a thorough prep strategy in place when appearing for NID DAT. NID Entrance Exam comprises objective as well as subjective questions. Candidates who clear NID DAT Prelims then need to appear for NID DAT Mains which is the material handling round for NID admissions. Aspirants can go through tips and tricks to formulate  NID Entrance Exam Prep strategy here.

Q. How many students appear for NID DAT?

A. The statistics for the number of students who took NID Entrance Exam 2021 have not been released. However, in 2019, a total of 21,032 students applied for NID DAT. Data shows that more females apply for NID Entrance Exam as compared to male candidates. In 2019, 13,891 female candidates applied for the design entrance exam as compared to 7,933 male aspirants.

Q. How many seats are there for NID admissions 2022?

A. Total seats have increased for NID admissions. Seats available for admission to BDes courses through NID Entrance Exam is 425. Apart from this number, overseas candidates are offered 19 seats for admission to BDes course. For MDes course, around 347 seats are available for admission at NID campuses. Apart from this number, some seats are also reserved for overseas (supernumerary) candidates.

Q. Which NID campus is best?

A. National Institute of Design (NID) has seven campuses. Aspirants can secure admission to BDes courses at NID Ahmedabad, NID Andhra Pradesh, NID Haryana, NID Madhya Pradesh and NID Assam. MDes courses are available for admission at NID Ahmedabad, NID Gandhinagar and NID Bengaluru. 

Q. What kind of questions are asked in NID Entrance Exam?

A. NID Entrance Eexam consists of two admissions tests – NID DAT Prelims and NID DAT Mains. NID DAT Prelims is a written entrance exam and NID DAT Mains comprises a studio test and interview round. In NID DAT Prelims, candidates are asked both objective- and subjective-type questions.

Q. Is NID a government institute?

A: National Institute of Design (NID) has been declared as an 'Institute of National Importance' by a bill passed in the Lok Sabha. Established in 1961, NID is an autonomous national institution.

Q. What is the fees of NID?

A. NID fee to be paid by candidates for BDes course (without hostel facilities) is Rs 1,51,050. MDes course fee to be paid by Indian nationals is Rs 1,75,580.

NID Entrance Exam 2021 Contact Information

NIDAdmissions Cell


National Institute of Design
Paldi, Ahmedabad 380 007


NID Andhra Pradesh


Contact No: 0863 2377201/0863 2377224


NID Haryana

Mr Sunil Kumar U
Contact No: 01744 278100/278101

NID Madhya Pradesh

Mr Jelani Mohammed
Deputy Registrar
Contact: 8305103032
Direct number: 0755-6721008, 0755-6721116

NID Assam

Contact: 0376-2310108

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