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Some Good Books to Study for NID Exam Preparation

About NID 2020

With three campuses in India, National Institute of Design (NID) is one of the best colleges in the country for design studies. The Institute conducts admissions for UG and PG courses based on the entrance test DAT (Design Aptitude Test). The tests are conducted in two parts – Prelims and Mains every year. The schedule for NID 2020 has been released,and the date for the Prelims is on 29th December 2019.

Schedule for NID DAT 2020

Below are the important dates NID aspiring students need to remember

Online Registration Starts
 October 1st 2019
Online Registration Closes
November 7th 2019
Submission of application form with a late fee
November 13th  2019
Admit Card release - DAT Prelims
December 20th 2019
DAT Prelims Exam
December 29th  2019
DAT Prelims Result
February 18th  2020
March 19th 2020
Counselling Starts
June 5th & 6th 2020

Format for NID 2020

The Prelims paper is dividedinto Part I – MCQs (70 marks) and Part II – Subjective Questions (30 marks). The test aims to assess the analysing, creativity and visualisation skills of the candidate along with knowledge. The prelims will be for 100 marks,andthe language of paper will be English. Candidate clearing the Prelims for NID 2020 will be selected further for the Mains paper.

NID 2020 Mains is an offline paper where candidates need to showcase their Design/Drawing, Model making, Presentation and Group Discussion skills for which maximum marks are 100. None of the sections have negative marking. Duration for the exam is 3 hours.

The weightage for Prelims and Mains paper of DAT is as given below:


Preparing for Prelims

With very little time and a vast syllabus to study the aspirants need to refer books which help them prioritise the topics. Here is a list of some books which will help the students in their preparations.

1.      Manorama Yearbook and Newspapers – For the General Knowledge section since the scope of questions is vast, students need to stay updated on the current affairs as well as past events. The Manorama Yearbook is released every year,giving the candidates an updated knowledge of events.

2.      A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by R. S. Aggarwal – It is the one book that is necessary and recommended for all the entrance examinations. The revised edition of the book includes questions from recent examinations. The book comes with simple and easy to understand solutions.

3.      Design Drawing by Francis Ching – the book comes along with a CD-ROM giving students a chance at a better understanding of multiview, perception and design. The CD gives step-by-step videos by the author explaining free-hand techniques and various lessons.

4.      Perspective from Basic to Creative by Robert W Gill – With this book,the student gets an insight into the three types of perspective in clear and simple terms. The book is a combined edition of two of the author’s previous books,i.e. Basic Perspective and Creative Perspective.

All the above books give the candidate an in-depth preparation for the NID 2020 entrance examination. Along with this, the aspirants also need to practice solving the mock tests and previous year question papers to get an idea about the scheme of questions. A number of books are available containing such practice papers and their solutions. Some of them are:

NID UG (B.Des) Study Pack – the pack, has 14 books covering all the topics in the syllabi along with question papers for the students to solve.

NID Mock Test Series by Bhanwar Rathore

Guide for NIFT/NID/IIFT 2020 by Arihant Experts (comes with solved papers)

NID/NIFT/UCEED/CEED workbook by Ar. Revati Shantanu Parkhi

Find out section wise preparation tips & strategies for NID Entrance Exam at https://www.shiksha.com/design/communication-design/nid-entrance-exam-preptips

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