NID-DAT



This blog (stuff you look) is basically started for CEED, later UCEED topics were added. Now that I went through NID Design Aptitude Test (DAT) syllabus and analysed the pattern, fortunately; I found that most of the CEED/UCEED topics are similar to that of NID DAT pattern. So, in this page, I have gathered all those useful topics which are relevant to NID, under separate headings as listed in the sample paper (A1,A2 and A3). Also, I have included all those mock tests, which are directly helpful to your preparation. Although bit late, but hopefully you will find these page useful.

Although bit late, but hopefully you will find these page useful. Please note that since the entire syllabus is not known, this collections are based on my pure observation/analysis and need not necessarily covers everything or might cover topics that may/may not appear directly in your exam. So, please co-operate.

NID DAT syllabus is similar regardless for B.Des, M.Des or PGDPD cases. So, I wish to maintain a single page for all these categories without the need for multiple pages

Resources and Pattern


NID-DAT Syllabus - a comprehensive list of topics

Useful Practice tests to NID

Although the below included mock test are designed for CEED and UCEED, it's obvious that these can be of great help for Design Aptitude Tests too! So, hoping that you have sufficient time, you might have a look at below sample tests/questions to understand the kind of questions/syllabus and how to solve them.





112 comments:

  1. Thankyou so much :)
    its great and very helpful :)
    sir please can you provide study material for numerical type question (uceed) ?

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    1. Will consider them in upcoming updates.

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    2. Dear sir please

      1. Please Provide me NID DAT Prelims Previous years question papers
      2. Their Solutions or Answer keys if available/Possible
      3. provide notes for NID

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    3. hello!!

      any updates for 2017 nid/ceed exam?

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  2. Thanks for the study material. Any idea kind of cut off marks NID follow?

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  3. sir please

    1. give link to download NID question papers
    2. provide the info to prepare & solve NID
    3. provide notes for NID

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    1. I think you haven't checked this page properly!
      The first link "Resources and study ......." is itself your requirement :P

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  4. can u plz give the soln to official sample paper from nid website for 2016???

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    1. will consider solving them if time permits

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  5. http://www.webindia123.com/personal/person.htm
    Great list of famous indian personalites

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  6. Hey can you please tell me what things I should carry to the nid dat exam center

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    1. ID proof, admit card, pencils, rulers, sketch pens/pencils,any of your other art media etc

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  7. Dude u r just great...hats off for these topics, really helpful.

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  8. Hi, can anyone tell me whether one needs to colour the sketches. in the admit card they have clearly mentioned to carry colour pencils, etc. That would be of great help.

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    1. Although it's not ,must, but if you find time, then you may use colors. Colors during NID exams have good preference I guess.

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  9. Tomorrow is the exam day. This was really helpful. Thank you so much. I think I'm prepared for the exam now. Only one thing I wanted to ask you. Do I need to carry water colours too? I have my admit card, ID proof, pencil, ruler, sharpener, eraser. And yes, pencil colours or oil pastel? What else is required?

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    1. coloring media depends on your preference (as per your hold on them). Both are good to carry - if you can use them easily.

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  10. I'm nervous right now. Tomorrow is finally THE DAY. You were of great help. Thank you so much. It would be great if all this paid off well. I have my admit card, ID proof, pencils, sharpener, eraser, ruler. And, oil pastel or colour pencils? Also, What else should I carry?

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    1. I think that much is sufficient, you can add some color media like dry or pencil colours if you wish. Gud luk:)

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    2. Thank you. :) It went well, according to me. Just waiting for the answer key.

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    3. That's great, I also heard that paper was easy.

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    4. yes sir... the paper was easy .. but sir i felt that the time is little less.. i had drawn the drawing roughly .. :(

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    5. Yes Sir, the paper was much better than I thought it would be. I have to prepare for NIFT too. No coaching, just Arihant"s book for entrance. Could you or anyone who sees this comment help me with the preparation? Any suggestions? Provide me with a website link or something. Anything would do. Just a little helpless here. Thankyou. :)

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    6. I'm having plans for NIFT, will consider after UCEED exam. If any other sources found, I will share.

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    7. Can anybody tell me if there is negative marking in NIFT or no?

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    8. Thankyou @ketakijain :)

      Sir, can you just help with the CAT thing? I can pretty much prepare for GAT. But, seems like both CAT and GAT matter individually.

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  11. we have to bring only dry color medium like pastel colors or colored pencil.. no need to bring water colors.. :)

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  12. Hi Sir , I am a regular viewer of this blog . I am preparing for UCEED from here and have prepared for NID also from here ! Sir yesterday I wrote my NID exam well but in subjective,due to lack of time I left one complete 10 marks question ... , rest all I could do well ... but now I'm very much tensed wether I would be qualified for the next round or not !!! Even many wrote the exam with sincere coaching but I don't even have that !!! Finally,Sir , will I be able to qualify for the studio test or not ?

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    1. Thta's ok if you have attempte the remaining ques properly. The asnwer to Whether u qualify or not? depends completely on competition and your attempt level of rest ques. We cannot judge just like that.

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    2. Thank you sir , what you said is right, drawing alone is not sufficient but we need to do it in time !

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  13. I GOT ANSWER KEY TO THE NID 2016 10th jan exam

    here is link http://mechatron3d.blogspot.in/search/label/NID%202016

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    1. no problem, it feels grt to help others.
      was it usefull comment down below the answer key..

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    2. nothing found..can u check it once please ....I need NID 2016 answer key

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  14. im looking for answers for nid papers,where could i get them?

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  15. In my result, it was mentioned as "according to your DAT score NID vijayawada will contact you separately" what does that mean?

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    1. Probably they meant that your score is not suitable enough for the three major NIDs but is possibly suited for NID Vij. You might get the confirmation once NID Vijayawada shortlist candidates.

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  16. Sir I have qualified for bdes 2nd and 3rd level for nid. Thanks a lot for your valuable guidance and resource material. Sir pls tell me how to prep for next levels.

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    1. Congrats Advait. Glad to hear. Next is to prepare for studio test, portfolio as well as for the interview. You can chk the below links

      Something for NID Studio Test

      CEED/NID Interview tips

      Apart from above, I have included a blogs link in SYL FB page some weeks ago where you can get very good details of NID portfolios. You may want to chk that

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  17. Any idea, what was the cut off score for general candidates?

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  18. Thankyou very much sir for your support.

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  19. Hello sir! I am Saurabh Singh and I am aspiring to pursue M. Des. in the field of visual communication/graphic/information design. I need your advice regarding the college DA-IICT for doing M. Des. I had applied for NID & cleared its DAT but couldn't get admission due to very tough competition. Now I have two options either to prepare for NID again for the next year or to appear in DAIICT's current DAT. This college is very reputed for engineering but I have no idea about its M. Des. program. Please share your thoughts with the college and what do you think Should I prepare for NID or come there in DAIICT. That'll be great help. Thank you :)

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    1. I'm not sure about DA-IICT, Haven't heard any reviews about that. Waiting for one more year really depends on certain scenario - like if u r working, then u can think of it, or if it's ur final year, then it's really worrying to wait one more year. But, if u r confident that next time qwhen u apply for competitive exams, if u can clear to some extent, then u can wait instead of compromising for private institute. If u r doubtful about nxt years competition, then do check for better options right now. Only this much I can say Saurabh. Decision is urs.

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  20. hello Mr. Bhanu,
    First of All thank You soo much for and amazing Blog On UCEED AND NID
    I have prepared a lot from you blog and some other places and I got into NID this year,
    So i started a blog so everyone can prepare the right way
    So I have 2 request from you First of all if you can link my blog to your NID Preparation Section so People who visit your blog can Go there too,
    second Can i link some of you blog content to my blog ??

    https://graphicpantherblog.wordpress.com

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    1. Nice to go thru ur blog designed graphically with infographs. Good work and glad to see you help others. I will definitely leave your blogs link in my blogs resource page once your blog has sufficient and useful content. Your blog still needs content to be shared. So, be on it, once you have sufficient content, let me know.
      You cannot copy my blogs content as it is, since content is copyrighted. Google disagrees this.

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  21. Hi Chander and all,
    I got seat in NID to do Game design. But I don't know about its scope and future. When I ask others they say it is a new course and have no idea, few say no future. I get many negative comments and I couldn't get a clear picture of it. I can do but the fees in NID is high after I come out I should get it back. So pls clear me with ur comments and help me to move in a proper way with ur opinions. Thank you...

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    1. Digital Game design in NID is not new, but yes, as far as I heard campus placements are few and I'm not sure about their course module. If you have plans for startup/company in game designing, then you need not have to worry, but just for taking some course, don't do that. This is what I know.

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  22. Sir please guide me as how to start my NID preparation.
    Thank you

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    1. NID has design and sketching part too, so better start with basic sketching. Make yourself comfortable with object sketching minding proportions, perspective, scaling etc. Simultaneously prepare for the three other sections covering aptitude, topics of which are available in the resource and this page.

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  23. Sir, could you tell how much should i focus in just drawing for NID. And which part need more focus compared to Drawing and Quantitive /creative ability.
    Thank you

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    1. Unlike CEED, drawing part in NID plays a crucial role. But it should not be forgotten that aptitude is also a part of your exam and adds weight age to your screening (as well as for final selection). One might not get selected if he does performs 100% well in drawing but not able to clear aptitude part. So, literally we cannot neglect both of them. If ur already a good sketcher, then focus on aptitude too! otherwise concentrate more on drawing initially until the last month of exam.

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  24. Thank you very much..for your assistance.

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  25. Sir for second round test in NID , is coaching required or it can be done by self.

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    1. Actually,yes, it's better to have a coaching assistance for later part (esp. portfolio making). It's best if u are not having much idea about how to organize or make content for your folio.

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  26. Does NID has changed pattern for 2017 exam?

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    1. Probably similar to 2016 pattern, check the syllabus in this years brochure.

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  27. THANKS BHANU SIR FOR YOUR HELPFUL BLOG! IS PORTFOLIO REALLY REQUIRED FOR BDES IN NID.IF YES, SHOULD THE PORTFOLIO BE DESIGNED USING SOFTWARES ETC. OR HAND DESIGNED SHOULD WORK??? (BY DESIGNING I MEAN FORMATTING, COVER PAGE,FONTS ETC.)

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    1. This answer is already available in FAQs page of NID offical website. I'm anyway copying that:
      "The process of admission to NID for B.Des. and M.Des. programmes consists of three stages.
      Stage 1: Design Aptitude Test (DAT)
      Stage 2: Studio Test
      Stage 3: Personal Interview

      It is not mandatory to do portfolio only using softwares. It's upto your choice and you can in fact go for hand designed one. You can even make of mix of both, that's usually how people do. Check portfolio guide in this blog for more detail -
      Tips on how to make a design portfolio for CEED and NID entrance

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  28. Sir I am really confused among the GDPD and B.DES courses offered by NID. Could you plz tell me about their difference and most importantly which will be better for pursuing design career. Can M.des be done after GDPD course.?
    Thank you

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    1. I'm not much aware of that. Details of GDPD is available in the main NID admission page. Pl. check that
      GDPD in NID

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  29. Helo sir the material which you have provided for nid 2016 exam is it the same for nid 2017 also ? Or the paper pattern has changed ? Please guide me on this

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    1. I can confirm that only when the official NID brochure is out, which is not yet open. It will be open by first week of Oct (as per the website). As far as I believe, the pattern SHOULD BE SAME to the previous year since last year only they adopted this pattern, and I hope they will not change it that soon (within a span of year). Anyway, Pl. remind me when the application webpage is active with official brochure. I will go thru that and confirm then. Thanks.

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  30. Sir the material which you have provided here for Nid dat preparation for 2016 is it the same for 2017 also ???
    Do tou have any idea whether the pattern of dat is going to chango or not for 2017 ? Because some are telling that the Exam may be online from 2017 please guide me

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    1. switching to online doesn't mean there will be pattern change, anyway, let's wait until notification. But, sketching part always exists no matter what the pattern be (esp for NID). So, do practice for that till the notifications. Also, aptitude is a general requirement, don't wait till the dates, just start preparation

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  31. Application forms for NID DAT 2017- 2018 are out last date of application is 28th of November and the DESIGN APPTITUDE TEST is on 8th of january 2017

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    1. ya, I already updated this in SYL FB timeline. I do remember that I said once to chk the pattern as well as update timetable (if possible) as asked by some people in FB. Will update them soon once I get time.

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  32. Sir can u plz give me last min tips for nid I m left with two months only
    And how to manage time during exam as per new timetable. I m finding day difficult . I m reading Gk n also solving mock test but still ...

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    1. It's not last minute, you still have two months!
      while the new pattern has several topics to be covered. I'm already trying to make posts for NID soon.

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  33. Hi Bhanu,
    I am applying for Mdes. Is it possible to find the previous year question papers at one place ?I assume that the DAT exam for Bdes and Mdes is the same. Isn't it ?
    (You are doing a great job here)

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    1. previous years papers are not available anywhere except the sample test that is available in NID brochure as per my knowledge. Ya, DAT (prelims) syllabus for bdes and mdes are same.

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  34. I'm preparing for NID and CEED this year and was wondering if its worth investing in the "Study Material" offered by institutes such as Mosiac or Silica.
    If this query has been answered previously I apologise for asking again.

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    1. If it were CEED/UCEED, I wouldn't have recommended. But since for NID, no previous papers are available and it involves more on design/sketching, so material selection depends on your level. If you are good enough to do self study or preparation and could deal with design questions by yourself, then It's ok to go on self pace. I'm not sure whether those materials covers all aspects of NID including design, and I still wonder whether design can be studied on books rather than practice/instruction from someone. I would suggest you to get reviews from someone whom have already taken (or taking) the course now. That should give u an idea.

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    2. Thankyou.
      I think the major attraction with these study materials is that they provide previous year papers(solved). And NID's previous year papers are not readily available.

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    3. I had given CEED and NID last year as well. But didnt make it because I believe I lacked in preparation. This blog is a really big help. Thankyou so much. :)

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  35. Hello Bhanu,

    I have recently filled in NID application form for 2 fields and submitted the form along with the fee.I have by mistake filled in 'DOB' in 'place of birth' field. What shall I do,would you please recommend. Since changes cant be made once the payment is done. I have written a mail to NID as well, haven't received a reply yet. I am very worried if the application will get rejected, please suggest.

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    1. There shouldn't be any prob I think, u hve alrdy informed them in written which will have added adv interms of proof. Anyway, try calling to their landline no. provided in admission page or brochure, If they r not replying, then u may call to NID office no. available in NID website n ask them to direct ur call to the concerned. That shld work.

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    2. Thanks for the reassurance :) I called the admission cell...they said that they cannot guarantee that the form will be accepted. What should I do now?

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    3. They must hve told that just to scare u, in order to not repeat similar kind of errors nxt time, imagine if they readily agree, then students might not bother checking the submission docs properly before they submit. Had the case of their reply being 'it's not possible', then we would have to bother, but since they said the other way, I believe it's ok.

      Or to be on safer side, if there is any cancellation option with refund, do that and submit a fresh appli. I think this shld be kept as ur last option.

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    4. Your view about their reply is quite practical. Thanks for your help on this issue! :)

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  36. Can u plz provide anything for current affairs up till now
    I think it is also imp for nid.Q r based on dat mostly n also some sample paper as per last year's pattern

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    1. that's already in my next NID resource update list, will update when i get time. I cannot guarantee about sample paper but will try my best to get time.

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  37. Sir, Does DAT exam differs for U.G and P.G ???

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    1. syllabus fro prelims will be mostly same but content for mains differs a bit for UG and PG. You can check NID brochure for more detailed clarifications.

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  38. Sir, I want NID Mock paper 2016, but I couldn't find it. Please send me.

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    1. http://stuffyoulook.blogspot.in/2016/12/answers-to-NID-DAT-sample-test-2016.html

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    2. it's in this page only, I don't know how u r not able to see it!

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  39. Sir I have practice d those mock tests and also the things u provided for nid n uceed.
    Now dis is d last month so can u please tell what is left or what should I practice. I m worried abt nid. Wat to do??

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    1. practicing only mock test is never sufficient for NID/UCEED preparation. They r just a way of understanding the pattern n they cannot cover all. Syllabus is known n u have already did some study, so sort out the list n check if u have missed preparing any topic or if u needed more practice/revision on specific topics. Also, GK prep shouldn't be stopped till the last end esp for NID, as you know most NID ques r GA/GK ques. The materials that I shared with u all is not complete, i'm still trying to gather more, will share soon, till then try preparing based on topcis list.

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  40. Can we include ideation sketches in NID exam if product qst. will come...like we do for ceed?

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    1. In NID, what I observed is they provide space only for the final sketch. So, I guess showing ideation process is not mandatory unless they specifically mention. But, u can! it adds to ur design!

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  41. Dear fellow NID DAT 2017 aspirants, admit card is now available for download on http://admissions.nid.edu/ . (If you have not done it already.)

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    1. Thank u so much Gayathri for sharing the update with everyone.

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  42. Tomorrow is D-day.....wanted to thank you for the last time,for this amazing blog!!!!!

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  43. hello sir. just wanted to thank you for creating such an amazing blog! Really helpful! (now, awaiting results.. fingers crossed)

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  44. Hello sir
    I recently get NID-DAT and I found that question no.30 answer was 11 and the answer is not given in the options.when I see answer keys the answer was 10 that was wrong.
    What can I do now

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    1. write to them for change of answers, they will consider if urs is correct

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    2. Thank you sir
      But they told to pay Rs 1000
      for objection why should I pay for their mistake.

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    3. ha ha,
      I suppose NID is running out of money, apart from taking hell lot of money for admissions as well as getting good revenue from exam fees, they now started this thing :P

      But one reason could be, if they said it free, then every participant will give his/her own answer as he/she did in the exam thinking that it is wrong! then it would be mess u know!

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    4. Yaa got it. . .
      .
      You are running best blog for design exam preparation. . .
      . .KEEP IT UP. . .

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  45. Hie. I just wanted to know what will be the estimated cut off according to you in NID 2017?
    And do they select on the basis of separate cut offs. Like if a person gets through the gk cut off and has less marks in the drawing section as per their cut off , but the total marks which he gets is more than the passing marks , so will he be eligible for the second round?

    I hope i made my point clear.

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