How do I prepare for the NID second phase (Studio Test, Portfolio review, and personal Interview)?

First lets understand what is the purpose of SECOND PHASE. STUDIO TEST: This phase is designed to evaluate the candidate IN PERSON under xyz conditions so 2 things are important : 1) Level of creativity in impromptu situation, 2) Quality of execution and understanding of problem. basically, your SKILLS, CREATIVITY, UNDERSTANDING and SENSITIVITY are tested against time. like: make a 1:3 scale model of a … Continue reading How do I prepare for the NID second phase (Studio Test, Portfolio review, and personal Interview)?

How do I prepare for the NID entrance exam?

Its easy to prepare without paying for a full time coaching if you are very passionate about it. so i would suggest the following : 1) practice previous year question papers. ( any book for NID/ NIFT preparation will have these papers )( to understand the structure/pattern ) 2) buy some good books for sketching ( Andrew Loomis etc ) and practice. 3) read newpapers … Continue reading How do I prepare for the NID entrance exam?

What are some of the common mistakes made by candidates in NID entrance exams?

This is what i think are common mistakes : 1) poor time management and sketching speed. most students spend a lot of time just thinking in the exam and don’t sketch with good speed so they end up with some incomplete/unattempted questions. (fall below cutoff) 2) lacking confidence to think out of the box, most people dont think deep and wide enough on possibilities of … Continue reading What are some of the common mistakes made by candidates in NID entrance exams?

Is getting admission to NID Ahmedabad very difficult ?

Give it a try, you will come to know. For me, NID is the easiest yet very interesting exam i ever attempted and i always thank people who actually created that exam and that institute. The kind of questions they ask is very close to what a creative person thinks on a daily basis. ( ex:- A problem solving approach for becoming a product designer … Continue reading Is getting admission to NID Ahmedabad very difficult ?

Material you need for preparation

Here is beginner’s guide on how to start preparing for any design exam, following are the things you should buy, to begin with, most of these things you can get at your local stationery shop else you can get it cheaper online by clicking these Amazon link.

These products are long-term investment and will help you in college and job as well 🙂 so even if it feels expensive don’t compromise on quality and buy for long-term success.

MANORAMA YEAR BOOK – for General Knowledge Questions

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this book is enough to prepare for design exam GK questions. read it word by word 3 times before the exam.

The Big Book of Brain Games: 1000 PlayThinks of Art, Mathematics and Science


The Big Book of Brain Games: 1000 PlayThinks of Art, Mathematics and Science is a collection of puzzles, teasers and games. It challenges the readers to exercise their brain in innovative ways. Designed by puzzler, Ivan Moscovich, the book has a collection of brain-teasers and can satisfy anyone from the novice to the most ardent and experienced puzzle addict. Key Features:

  • Each puzzle has been rated on the order of difficulty, on a scale from 1 to 10.
  • Indices at the back interconnect many of these puzzles through cross-references.
  • The book provides full solutions to all the puzzles, to enable the reader to check the accuracy of their own answers and to find solutions for the puzzles they are unable to solve.

The Complete Book of Intelligence Tests: 500 Exercises to Improve, Upgrade and Enhance Your Mind Strength


This engaging book offers readers the ultimate in calisthenics for the brain. Using the same fun, informative, and accessible style that have made his previous books so popular, Philip Carter helps people identify mental strengths and weaknesses, and provides methods for improving memory, boosting creativity, and tuning in to emotional intelligence. Featuring never–before–published tests designed specifically for this book, plus answers for all questions, this latest treasure trove from a MENSA puzzle editor outlines a fun, challenging program for significantly enhancing performance in all areas of intelligence.

Universal Principles of Design


Universal Principles of Design, Revised and Updated is a comprehensive, cross-disciplinary encyclopedia of design. Richly illustrated and easy to navigate, it pairs clear explanations of every design concept with visual examples of the concepts applied in practice. From the “80/20” rule to chunking, from baby-face bias to Occam’s razor, and from self-similarity to storytelling, every major design concept is defined and illustrated for readers to expand their knowledge.

This landmark reference will become the standard for designers, engineers, architects, and students who seek to broaden and improve their design expertise.


NIFT preparation cover all ( GAT, CAT, MAT, SITUATION Test )

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The Design of Everyday Things

This book is a must-read for all design aspirants, it’s a basic introduction to the world of design and how should you look at things as a designer.


Logical Reasoning books by RS Aggarwal


Creative Workshop


Within these pages, you’ll find 80 creative challenges that will help you achieve a breadth of stronger design solutions, in various media, within any set time period. Exercises range from creating a typeface in an hour to designing a paper robot in an afternoon to designing web pages and other interactive experiences. Each exercise includes compelling visual solutions from other designers and background stories to help you increase your capacity to innovate.

Art Education by Gautam Roy

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Drawing for absolute beginners

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Learn all you need to know about getting started in sketching and drawing including materials, basic techniques and perspective. Al, o includes a glossary of common art terms. The Absolute Beginner series will inspire anyone who wants to make art to create realistic artwork for any subject, including still life, landscapes, animals and people.

Creative Writing: A Beginner’s Manual

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The book guides the reader through every stage of the writing process. The authors demonstrate the flexibility of English that allows it to express a multitude of cultural identities and encourage the students/readers to use the language assertively to      express their ideas

How to Read Better and Faster

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Reading is a vital skill considered mandatory for improving knowledge and enhancing wisdom. However, like other skills, the skill of reading can also be improved and honed to maximize the benefits.

The book, ‘How to Read Better and Faster’ provides its readers various techniques on how to improve reading and also discusses different aspects in detail.

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