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NID 2019 Exam Pattern

Last Updated - December 29, 2017

National Institute of Design conducts entrance examination for admission into various UG and PG design courses. The entrance examination comprises two papers i.e. Prelims exam and Mains exam. Prelims exam is a pen-paper based written exam, whereas the Mains exam comprises Studio Test and Personal Interview.

Total time duration given to complete the exam is 3 hours. Prelims exam consists of objective questions while the Mains exam consists of Subjective questions. The medium of the exam is English only. The exam is held for a total of 200 marks with equal weightage for Prelims and Mains exam.  Applicants can attempt all the questions because there is no negative marking for wrong answers.

NID 2019 examination is scheduled to be conducted in the 1st week of January 2019. NID Syllabus includes topics like Visual Logic, Design Theory, Elements and Principles of Design, 3D Visualization etc. Candidates can check below all important information regarding NID Exam Patter, Syllabus and Recommended books further in the article.

NID 2019 Exam Pattern Highlights

Exam ModeOffline (Pen Paper Based Exam)
Number of Papers2
Number of SectionsStage I – Prelims and Stage II – Mains
Question Paper TypeObjective as well as Subjective
NID 2019 Total Marks200 Marks (100 marks for Paper 1 and 100 marks for Paper 2)
Exam Duration3 hours
Exam LanguageEnglish
Exam Centres23 exam cities across India

NID 2019 Exam Pattern in Detail

Before appearing in NID 2019 exam, students must check the examination pattern in detail so that they are aware about the type of questions asked in the paper, marking scheme, the difficulty level of paper etc.

Following is the detailed explanation of NID 2019 Exam pattern:

  • NID 2019 has 2 stages i.e. Stage I (Prelims) and Stage 2 (Mains)
  • Stage I, i.e. Prelims consists of 70 Objective questions, whereas Stage 2 consists of 30 Subjective questions.
  • Total duration given to complete the exam is 3 hours
  • Questions in Stage 2 exam is based on practical test including sketching/ drawing, handicraft models, group discussions as well as presentations
  • The paper is held in offline mode only.
  • All the questions in the paper will be asked in English language only.
  • In the third stage, an Interview is conducted immediately after the studio test at the same center.

NID 2019 Marking Scheme

  • For every correct answer, 1 mark will be awarded.
  • There is no negative marking for the wrong answer.
  • Marks will not be given or deducted for un-attempted questions.

NID 2019 Syllabus

The following table shows the detailed exam syllabus of B.Des, M.Des, Written Test and Studio Test:

B.Des & M.Des

Outline for beginners
Colour Terminology
Inspiration & Design Development
Mood, theme & colour inter – relationship
Design Theory
Elements & Principles Of Design
Natural & Geometrical Form
Innovation in Design
Principles of Composition
Optical Illusion
Understanding Light & Shade
Colour Psychology & Optical Illusions
Form & Function
Colour, Pattern & Texture
Theme Development
Creative thinking & writing
Picture Analysis
Visual Logic
Good Design vs. Bad Design
Drawing Fundamentals
Use of Measurements, Scale & proportions
Optical Illusion
Foreshortening & Perspective
Developing Themes & Colour Associations
Inspiration & Creativity
Ornaments & motifs
Memory Drawing
Usage of colour in Compositions
Expression & Emotion
Exercises on imagination
Lateral Thinking
Story pictures
Presentation Techniques
Imagination & Doodling
3D Visualization
Graphics & Pictograms
Innovation & Creation
Design Awareness
Developing Observation

Written Test

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

Studio Test

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

With the help of books, students can prepare any topic or chapter in detail. They can clear all their doubts regarding any topic. The following table shows the name of all the important books along with their author’s name:

Book NameAuthor Name
NIFT, NID, IIFT Entrance ExaminationDharmendra Mittal
NIFT/ NID/ IIFT entrance exam guideSurendra
NIFT/ NID/ IIFT Entrance Examination 2019Dharmendra Mittal

NID 2019 Important Instructions

Candidates must make sure to follow various important instructions for the day of exam. The same have been mentioned below:

  • Students must reach the examination centre before the commencement of the exam
  • They must arrange all the items like Black and Blue ballpoint pen, pencils, erasers, sharpeners etc before entering the exam hall.
  • Along with NID Admit Card, students must also bring all necessary documents and photo ID proof to the exam venue.
  • A valid photo ID proof includes School/ College ID card, Passport, Driving License, Aadhar Card, Voter ID Card, PAN card etc.
  • Electronic devices like Mobile Phones, Pagers, Watches, Calculators etc are totally prohibited inside the examination hall
  • Without admit card students cannot appear for the exam
  • It is mandatory for the documents to translate the school documents if they are in native language



1 Comment
ankiita priya

What is the dress code for nid and nift entrance exam?

03 Nov, 2018 22:23
Sarthak Mahajan

Hi Ankiita, You may please contact on the following number to get the relevant information 079 2662 3462.

06 Dec, 2018 13:10

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