National Institute of Design (NID) is a globally reputed educational and research institute for Communication, Industrial, Textile and Experiential design, located in India. It is an autonomous institution which is under the aegis of the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
The NID is conducting entrance exam for admission to its various PG and UG designing programs. The NID offers professional education programs at Undergraduate (UG) and Post graduate (PG) level with 5 faculty streams and 18 different domains of design.
For gaining admission to these programs, candidates need to pass a Design Aptitude Test (DAT), conducted by the NID. The DAT is conducted at numerous centers across India.
NID has entered the 6th decade of excellence, this year. It is active in education, advanced training and applied research. There are five faculty streams like Inter-disciplinary design, Communication design, Industrial design, Textile design, Apparel and Lifestyle design and IT integrated (Experiential) design.
For B- Des: Age limit is 20 years for General candidates and 23 years for Reserved candidates. He or she must have completed or must be completing Higher secondary education or equivalent.
For M-Des: Age limit is 30 years for General candidates and 33 years for Reserved category. He or she must have completed Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Degree must be in design, architecture or engineering.
DAT for both B.Des and M.Des consists of 2 phases. Phase 1 is a written test and Phase 2 is a Studio test.
Phase 1: It is a 3 hour test for 100 marks. Questions are of both textual and visual type. The test is conducted to assess the aptitude of the candidate for Visual sense, Design problem solving, Observation and Perception, Mental Ability, Environmental Awareness and Communication skills.
Phase 2: It is a Studio Test followed by Personal Interview and Presentation of Portfolio. This test is divided into 3 parts- Doodling, 3D modeling and Observation Test. NID studio test preparation must be done carefully.
Phase 1: 3 hour test of 100 marks, made of 2 parts, both of half an hour duration. Part A is a Common Foundation Paper for 40 marks and Part B is a specialization paper of 60 marks. The test evaluates the same qualities of candidate as in B. Des entrance test.
Phase 2: It is the same as B. Des entrance.
DAT is conducted in 12 exam centers such as Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Chennai, Chandigarh, Delhi, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur and Lucknow
Here are some tips to crack the test.
- Of course you need to know how to design and sketch. But you must also need to do these quickly and flawlessly. Speed and creativity are key factors.
- Refine your skills by joining a design and sketch course.
- Refer to the question papers of previous years which are available online. Solve 8 or 10 of them, sticking to time limit.
- Subscribe to offline and online guides for exam preparation.
- Keep connected with design students and even professional designers, if they are available online. Compare your artistic creations with theirs, solicit reviews of your sketching skills and request suggestions.
- Practice sketching in A4 size papers
- Do regular reading of newspapers and enhance your powers of observation.
- Read books and magazines in the field of design and develop an authentic passion for your field.
These are some facts about design entrance exam coaching.