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NID Exam Syllabus 2022

NID Entrance Exam syllabus consists of questions from the following topics:

The written examination is followed by studio test and personal interview. The examination doesn't follow any prescribed syllabus and the question are included from the following area:
  • Visual Design
  • Thematic Color Arrangement
  • Subjects of Design
  • Sensitivity to Environment
  • Memory Drawing
  • Knowledge of Proportions and Perspective
  • General Mental Ability
  • Drawing Skills
  • Creativity
  • Composition
  • Communication Skills
  • Animation
  • Abstract Symbolism
NID Exam Pattern

NID Entrance Exam consists of three aptitude test of 60 marks each made to evaluates the candidate's aptitude and creativity along with innovative and critical analyzing power of the applicant. NID test areas include:

  1. Worldview
  2. Mental Ability
  3. Drawing
  4. Creativity
  5. Communication Skills

NID Exam Eligibility

The eligibility for NID exam is-

Educational Qualification

Students securing at least 50% marks in aggregate at 10+2 level or its equivalent in any stream from a recognized board can apply for the examination.

Candidate who are studying in the qualifying class can also apply for the exam, but at the time of admission, they must provide the eligibility proof.

Age Limit

Aspiring candidate should not be less than 17 years of age.

NID Exam Information

National Institute of Design is internationally acclaimed as one of the finest educational and research institutions for Industrial, Communication, Textile and IT Integrated (Experiential) Design.

It is an autonomous institution under the aegis of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India and is recognised by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.

National Institute of Design Entrance Exam is conducted on National level for admission to:

4 years Undergraduate & Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD) and
2 years 6 months Post-Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (PGDPD)
In internationally acclaimed National Institute of Design (NID) having its campuses at:

Ahmedabad (Main Campus)
Gandhinagar ( PG Campus) and
Bengaluru( R&D Campus)

Other Campuses are at : Kurukshetra, Vijaywada, Jorhat, Bhopal

Visit NID Admissions Page



Section Wise Exam Paper Breakup

The following table shows the section-wise distribution of questions in NIFT 2021-2022 for B.Des program.


No. of Questions

Quantitative Ability


Communication Ability


English Comprehension


Analytical Ability


General Knowledge and Current Affairs




The following table shows the section-wise distribution of questions in NIFT 2021-2022 for M.Des program.


No. of Questions

Quantitative Ability


Communication Ability


English Comprehension


Analytical Ability


General Knowledge and Current Affairs




The following table shows the section-wise distribution of questions in NIFT 2021-2022 for MFM, M.F.Tech, and B.F.Tech courses.


No. of Questions

Quantitative Ability

30 (10 questions for MFM)

Communication Ability & English Comprehension

45 (50 questions for MFM)

Analytical & Logical Ability


General Knowledge and Current Affairs


Case Study

25 (40 questions for MFM)



NIFT 2021-2022 Exam Syllabus

NIFT syllabus comprises Quantitative Ability, Communication Ability, English Comprehension, Analytical Ability, General Knowledge and Current affairs. 

Syllabus for both the GAT and CAT test has been mentioned below.

GAT Syllabus

Quantitative Ability: Addition, Multiplication, Division, Fractions, Percentage, Rate of Interest, Work & Task, Ratio & Proportion, and Distance

Communication Ability and English Comprehension: Synonyms, antonyms, word meanings, singular, plural, one-word substitutes, idioms & phrases, correct spellings.

CAT Syllabus

  • Discernment ability
  • Power of observation
  • Creativity in thought development
  • Design ability of the applicant

For Situation Test and Group Discussion, candidates must possess the following skills.

  • Conceptual Clarity
  • Knowledge of the topic assigned
  • Contribution made to the topic
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Ability to generate new ideas
  • Problem-solving approach
  • Leadership qualities
  • Effective Communication

Personal Interview

  • Career Orientation
  • Aptness for the field
  • Overall personal achievements in academics & co-curricular activities
  • Communication
  • General Awareness & Aptitude, creative & lateral thinking


Elaborate NIFT Syllabus 2021-2022: GAT for B.Des and M.Des

The General Ability Test or GAT for B. Des. and M. Des. consists of the following sections:

  1. Quantitative Ability
  2. Communication Ability
  3. English Comprehension
  4. Analytical Ability
  5. General Knowledge and Current Affairs
NIFT 2021-2022 exam syllabus for GAT is described below:



Quantitative Ability

The major areas of testing in this section are Addition, Multiplication, Division, Fractions, Percentage, Rate of Interest, Ratio and Proportion and Distance.

Communicative Ability

The candidates are tested on their language skills and its use in day-to-day communication in English. This sub-section includes questions from Synonyms, Antonyms, Words with corresponding meanings, Singular, Plural, One-word Substitutes, Idioms and Phrases, Spelling correction etc

English Comprehension

The examinees are tested on their reading abilities and comprehending abilities of a given situation in the given unseen passage. This section tests the basic English language skills through the questions based on the given passage.

Analytical Ability

This sub-section is designed to test the candidate’s capacity for the ability of inference and logic from the given information. This section picks up questions from the areas of logical reasoning where candidates are supposed to draw logical conclusions from the analytical reasoning questions.

General Knowledge and Current Affairs

This sub-section, as per the NIFT 2021-2022 syllabus is designed to test the candidate’s general awareness and current affairs. The questions in this section are taken up from the current affairs sections and general knowledge.

B.FTech & M.FTech Syllabus

NIFT Syllabus 2021-2022: GAT for MFM, B.FTech and M.FTech

The GAT for B. F. Tech. MFM, and M. F. Tech. has majorly the same sub-sections like the GAT for B. Des. and M. Des., however, there is a slight change. The various sections of this GAT are:

  1. Quantitative Ability
  2. Communication Ability and English Comprehension
  3. Analytical and Logical Ability
  4. General Knowledge and Current Affairs
  5. Case Study

The common sub-sections have a similar syllabus as per the NIFT Syllabus 2021 discussed above, while the Case Study sub-section is a new addition to this GAT. The Case Study is a test which is based on a situation of an industry environment which the candidate has to analyze and provide solutions to the questions. This test is designed especially to test the managerial skills of the candidate.

NIFT Syllabus 2021-2022: CAT for B.Des and M.Des

The Creative Ability Test or CAT is a test which is specially designed to judge and assess the intuitive ability, the observation power of the candidate in terms of concept development and design ability.

The major motive of this test is to assess the creative and innovative use of colour and illustration skills of the candidates. The candidates are required to work on their drawing skills and use their imagination to create new ideas by using colours. This exam is conducted for the candidates appearing for Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) or Master of Design (M.Des.) exam.

NIFT Syllabus 2021-2022 for Situation Test

The situation test is conducted for post announcement of written test for shortlisted candidates appearing for B. Des. This test is a ‘hands-on’ test to evaluate the candidate’s skills for material handling and the innovative ability on a given set of material. This test is helpful for the assessment of the creative aspect of the candidate’s minds and they shall be asked to prepare a model out of the given materials.

  • The model thus produced by the candidate would be evaluated on the basis of space visualization, innovative and creative use of the given materials,
  • The composition of elements, colour use, the skills added by the candidate in constructing the model, the finesse of the model and the overall presentation and neatness of work.
  • Along with the construction of the model, the candidate has to explain the idea and concept of the model in a write-up which would be the guide to the model. The write-up would be checked on the given parameters.

According to the NIFT syllabus 2021-2022, the candidates are required to be as creative as they can be. As this is a situation test, the candidates are not allowed to take help from any other source. The evaluation depends on the construction and the overall presentation of the model made.



Outline of Aptitude Test

The aptitude test will comprise of questions that could be of the Multiple-Choice type (MCQ), Multiple Select type (MSQ), Preferential Choice type (PCQ) and Numerical Answer type (NAQ).

The questions will carry either 1 mark, 2 marks or 3 marks and 125 questions have to be answered in 180 minutes.

The medium of Aptitude test will be the English language.

The aptitude of the candidate will be assessed using some or all of the following techniques:

Diagrammatic Reasoning – Tests the ability of logical reasoning, using diagrams and scenarios

Numerical Reasoning – Tests mathematical ability through simple problems

Verbal Reasoning – Assesses the ability to assess verbal logic.

Inductive Reasoning – Tests the ability to see patterns and analyse given data

Situational Judgment – Tests problem-solving ability.

Logical Reasoning – Tests ability to recognise patterns, sequences or relationships between shapes and imagery.

Abstract Reasoning – Will assess general knowledge, and ability to utilise knowledge in new situations.

Questions could be asked in various topics that assess candidates on basic concepts in

  • ·       mathematics, physics and geometry,
  • ·       language and interpretation,
  • ·       elements and principles of design,
  • ·       aesthetic sensitivity, colour theory,
  • ·       lateral thinking and logical reasoning,
  • ·       visual perception and cognition, graphics and imagery,
  • ·       building anatomy and architectural vocabulary,
  • ·       basic techniques of building construction and knowledge of material,
  • ·       general knowledge and current affairs, etc. and are may not be limited to those outlined.










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