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NID 2018 Exam Pattern

Updated On - March 26th 2018

NID 2018 The selection process for admission into NID comprises of three stages. The first stage includes a written examination of 100 marks. The written exam is divided into two sections namely objective (comprising of 70 questions) and subjective (comprising 30 questions).

Those candidates who qualify the written exam by clearing the cut-off set by NID for that year are then called for the second stage of selection process. The second stage involves a Studio test of 100 marks in which includes drawing/sketching, modelling and group discussion. In the third stage, an Interview is conducted immediately after the studio test at the same center. A final merit list of selected candidates is prepared after this round.

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Highlights for NID 2018 Exam Pattern

Exam Mode Offline mode/ pen – paper-based test
Stages of ExamStage I – Prelims Stage II – Mains
Exam DurationThree hours
Exam Centers23 Exam cities across India
Type of Questions Objective as well as Subjective type questions
Total Marks 200 Marks - 100 marks for Stage I and 100 marks for Stage II examination

NID 2018 Result Dates

Candidates who are willing to undertake the NID exam in 2018 should note the important dates related to the exam tabled below.

Declaration of results for M.Des course1st week of February 2018
Declaration of results B.Des and GDPDLast week of February 2018
Announcement of 1st merit list M.Des and B.DesLast week of May 2018
Announcement of 2nd merit list M.Des and B.Des3rd week of June 2018
Document verification and admission process for selected candidates3rd and 4th week of June 2018
Document verification and admission for waitlisted candidates4th week of June 2018

NID 2018 Marking Scheme

NID 2018 written exam consists of an offline exam of mixed nature. By mixed nature, it is meant that the paper would comprise both objective and subjective type questions.

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  • 70% (70 questions) of the total questions are of objective nature,
  • Remaining 30% (30 questions) questions are subjective in nature.
  • The two papers (objective and subjective) are held separately on the same day.
  • There is no negative marking for wrong answer.

Candidates who qualify the first round (also called prelims) are then called for second round (also known as Mains) of selection process which includes a Studio Test of 100 marks. The studio test checks the candidates’ ability in sketching/drawing, handicraft modeling, and group discussions. All the tests under this round would be conducted in English medium only. 

NID 2018 Exam Pattern and Syllabus

NID Exam is held in two stages. The first stage is the Preliminary exam. The exam will comprise of 2 papers. Paper 1 will comprise of 70 marks questions of objective type and Paper 2 will comprise of 30 marks questions of subjective type. There will be no negative marking.

The stage 2 is the Main examination which will be conducted for those students who clear the 1st stage. The stage II examination will be based on practical tests including sketching/ drawing, handicraft models, group discussions as well as presentations. This examination will carry a total of 100 marks. The test will be conducted in English medium only.

There is now a fixed syllabus outlined by the NID, the analysis of key words under the syllabus section of the notification and previous year question paper shows that following topics are considered as main ones for stage one and stage two exam.

Stage 1 (Written Test) Important Topics

  • Communication skills
  • Composition
  • Animation
  • Creativity
  • Drawing Skills (For subjective part)
  • General Mental Ability
  • Design skills
  • Environment sensitivity
  • Visual Design
  • Thematic color arrangement
  • Proportions and Perspective
  • Abstract Symbolism
  • Memory Drawing

2nd stage (Studio Test) Important Topics

  • Doodling
  • 3D Modeling
  • Observation Test
  • Creative Thinking
  • Audio-visual experience
  • Body Language
  • Material Manipulation
  • Portfolio making

The topics mentioned above forms the core of the NID exam syllabus and cover over 90% of the questions in both stages of the exam.

NID 2018 Important Instructions

Candidates are advised to follow the following instructions on the day of exam and week prior to the same.

  • Make arrangements for necessary documents like Admit Card and Photo ID proof that are required to be carried to the exam venue a day before the exam date.
  • Visit the exam center before the exam day to get an idea of the time taken and shortest route to the exam venue from your location.
  • In case the exam venue is far away from your current location then you should make some arrangements near the exam center beforehand to avoid last hour rush.
  • A valid photo ID card is to be carried along with the admit card. A valid photo ID includes School/College ID card, Passport, Driving License, Aadhar Card, Voter ID Car, PAN card etc.
  • Stationery items like Black and Blue ball point pen, pencils, erasers, sharpeners etc. should also be arranged beforehand.

Instructions to be Followed a Week Prior to Exam

Candidates should follow the following instructions a week before the NID exam.

  • Revise the basic concepts and avoid studying any new thing or referring to some new study material.
  • Practice mock test and check your speed and accuracy of solving by taking them in exam like condition that is in time bound manner.
  • Practice drawing and designing concepts by solving questions asked in previous years’ question papers.
  • Practice MCQ and check for accuracy.

Use of Optical Response Sheet

Candidates will be provided with an Optical Response Sheet during the preliminary exam. These sheets are provided to the candidates to mark the answers in response to the 70 MCQ questions asked in the first round of NID Exam.

  • Candidates are required to darken the bubble for that option in optical sheet which they think is the right answer for the question asked.
  • Apart from this, candidates would also be required to darken the bubbles for filling in information like Name, roll number, date of exam, cycle of exam etc.
  • Blue/Black ball pen is to be used for darkening the bubbles. Blue/Black gel pen is not allowed as it is difficult for the OMR analyzing device to capture the marked response.

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



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