The Design Aptitude Test (DAT), an exam specially set by the National Institute of Design (NID), is not an easy battle to win. The exam requires a sufficient amount of practice and creativity to ace. NID is known for not having a set syllabus and they are considered to be unpredictable - breaking the pattern now and then. More than guessing the kind of questions that could appear, get into the habit of answering these kinds of questions. This will not only expose the process of answering these questions but also improve your speed. The exam is divided into two stages - NID Prelims and Mains. The prelims has two parts - MCQs (70 marks) and subjective questions (30 marks).



Brushing up on these following topics will give you a better understanding and approach while answering questions -

Colour theory
Inspiration and design development
Basic elements of design
Structure
Form
Composition
Expression and emotion.
Design awareness
Story illustrations
Light & shade
Good design & Bad design
Visual logic
Picture analysis

For the Mains, these are a few pointers you can brush up on:

Doodling
Interaction with alumni to know more about the exam and procedure
Material handling
Audio-visual exercises
Model making exercises
Studio and interview questions
Interview and exam tips

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