7 December 2016

Solutions to NID-DAT 2016 official sample Test paper

As promised, I'm giving solutions to NID-DAT 2016 sample test paper released by NID institute in their official web page. Wherever needed, I've given explanations with images. Note that I've given solutions to short questions only and haven't dealt with the subjective part which covers sketch and design. Hope you find this useful. 

I came to know from Preethi that the answer key had been released last year after the exam and they removed it. So, based on the answers as shared in the comments by Narendra K, Preethi Tk, and others I've modified my solutions since this page is viewed by all. Hope you make the note and thank the one who informed us :)

Note: One of our friend Narendra Karumudi informed me that the sample test paper is nothing but actual NID-DAT 2016 prelims question paper. So, please make a note.

Also check -


Q1) B

Split-complementary is a color scheme using one base color and two secondary colors. 

Analogous colors are groups of three colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, with one being the dominant color, which tends to be a primary or secondary color, and a tertiary. 

Complementary colors are pairs of colors which, when combined, cancel each other out. This means that when combined, they produce a grey-scale color like white or black. When placed next to each other, they create the strongest contrast for those particular two colors.

Coriander color scheme - 
HEX/HTML - #8E826A
RGB Values - 142, 130, 106

Cabbage color scheme - 
HEX/HTML - #374733
RGB Values - 142, 130, 106

A very good study on Color Theory  

Q2) A

Here's a good page to explore full forms - http://formfull.in/emi

Q3) B

SAR - Specific Absorption Rate - is a measure of the rate of RF (radiofrequency) energy absorption by the body from the source being measured – in this case, a cell phone. 

To find your smartphone SAR values, just type *#07#

Q4) B

Q5) A

Q6) A

Concave reflections are inverted and enlarged unlike convex reflections which are shorter in size. Since the longitudinal size is elongated, it appears thin in concave case.

Check this page for more explanation - 

Images formed with convex mirrors are always right side up and reduced in size. Examples of convex mirrors are: a car's side mirrors, security mirrors, makeup mirrors, dentist mirrors etc

Concave mirror uses : As reflections in car head-lights, hand torches, table lamps, shaving mirrors etc.

Q7) D

Q8) D

Raja Harishchandra is a 1913 Indian mythological silent film, directed and produced by Dadasaheb Phalke, and is the first full-length Indian feature film. 

Some facts:

Durgabai Kamat was a Marathi actress, who was the first female actress of Indian cinema. while her daughter Kamlabai Gokhale, played the role of as Mohini, thus becoming the first female child actress of Indian cinema.

Dadasaheb Phalke - the father of Indian cinema,

Q9) A

Cochin International Airport (CIAL) became the first fully solar powered airport in the world (15 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic power station built by CIAL). The plant comprises 46,150 solar panels laid across 45 acres near the international cargo complex.

Q10) B

Coal is the major source of Power in India as of 2016. Natural gas comes next, followed by petroleum and finally Biogas as per the given options.

About 70% of India's electricity generation capacity is from fossil fuels.

Some more Indian Energy Facts: Energy Policy of India 

Q11) D

Corporate social responsibility, often abbreviated "CSR," is a corporation's initiatives to assess and take responsibility for the company's effects on environmental and social wellbeing.

Common CSR actions include: (Source - Wiki)

Environmental sustainability:
recycling, waste management, water management, renewable energy, reusable materials, 'greener' supply chains, reducing paper use and adopting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building standards.

Community involvement: 
This can include raising money for local charities, providing volunteers, sponsoring local events, employing local workers, supporting local economic growth, engaging in fair trade practices, etc.
Ethical marketing: Companies that ethically market to consumers are placing a higher value on their customers and respecting them as people who are ends in themselves. They do not try to manipulate or falsely advertise to potential consumers. This is important for companies that want to be viewed as ethical.

Q12) D

A - (BIMAL ROY, MRINAL SEN, satyajit ray) are all film directors
B - No need to explain :P
C - Are all writers

Saadat Hasan Manto - Saadat Hasan Manto was an Indo-Pakistani writer, playwright and author 
Ismat Chughtai - was an eminent Indian writer in Urdu
Sampooran Singh Kalra known popularly by his pen name Gulzar, is an Indian poet,

D - 
Shabana Azmi is an Indian actress of film 
Prasoon Joshi is a renowned Indian lyricist
Sayeeda Jaffrey is an NRI banker and a successful corporate woman from America.

Q13) D

The term "black box" is almost never used within the flight safety industry or aviation, which prefers the term "flight recorder". The recorders are not permitted to be black in color, and must be bright orange, as they are intended to be spotted and recovered after incidents.

Q14) C

Q15) A

Interactive voice response (IVR) is a technology that allows a computer to interact with humans. IVR systems can be used for mobile purchases, banking payments and services, retail orders, utilities, travel information and weather conditions. 

Q16) A

Q17) D

Industrial Revolution denotes the transaction to new New industrial manufacturing process. This transition included going from hand production methods to machines, new chemical manufacturing and iron production processes, improved efficiency of water power, the increasing use of steam power, the development of machine tools and the rise of the factory system. Textiles were the dominant industry of the Industrial Revolution in terms of employment, value of output and capital invested; the textile industry was also the first to use modern production methods.

Q18) B

Q19) C

Manila is in Philippines, which is the east most part to India, followed by HongKong, Jakarta and finally Singapore. You can check the time zone, the one which is more ahead of Indian time of UTC+05:30, For Philippine, it is UTC+08:00 and for HongKond, it is UTC+07:16

Q20) B

Q21) D

Q22) B

9/11 - World Trade Center Attack
26/11 - 2008 Mumbai Taj attack
13/11 - 2015 Paris attack 

Q23) B

The Mesopotamian civilisation in the Tigris-Euphrates valley (c. 3300 BC - c. 2000 BC),
The Egyptian civilisation in the Nile valley (c. 3200 BC - c. 1000 BC),
The Harappan civilisation in the Indus valley (c. 3200 BC - c. 1300 BC), and
the Yellow River (Chinese) civilisation in the Yellow River valley (c. 2000 BC - c. 200 BC).

More details - Ancient River civilizations 

Q24) C

Q25) C

Q26) C

Q27) D

Q28) B

Q29) C

It depicts the comic character "The Common Man"
The Common Man is a cartoon character created by Indian author and cartoonist R. K. Laxman. For over a half of a century, the Common Man has represented the hopes, aspirations, troubles and perhaps even foibles of the average Indian, through a daily comic strip, "You Said It" in The Times of India. The comic was started in 1951

Q30) C

Q31) B

Ptolemy and Aristotle believed that sun revolved around the earth.

Q32) C

UNICEF's objectives are "to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential." 

The main objectives of UNIDO are the promotion of industrial growth and technological progress, most effective use of human resources, equitable development through industrialization, industrial development and environmental protection, international cooperation in industrial investment and technology.

The main objective of UNESCO is to contribute to peace and security in the world by promoting collaboration among nations through education, science, culture and communication in order to further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law, and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.

Its objectives include maintaining international peace and security, promoting human rights, fostering social and economic development, protecting the environment, and providing humanitarian aid in cases of famine, natural disaster, and armed conflict.

Q33) C

Q34) C

Check environmental related materials - Resources for UCEED

Q35) C

Q36) C

Q37) A

Q38) D

Premchand, better known as Munshi Premchand, Munshi being an honorary prefix, was an Indian writer famous for his modern Hindi-Urdu literature. He is one of the most celebrated writers of the Indian subcontinent and is regarded as one of the foremost Hindustani writers of the early twentieth century.

List of works - Devasthan Rahasya, Prema, Kishna, Roothi Rani, Vardaan, Seva Sadan, Premashram, Rangbhoomi, Nirmala, Kaayakalp, Pratigya, Gaban, Karmabhoomi, Godaan

For more detailed works, check wiki page 

Baba Ramdev is a yoga teacher known for his work in Ayurveda, business, politics and agriculture. He is best known for popularising yoga among Indians through his mass yoga camps. He founded the Patanjali Group of Institutions.

T.V. Mohandas Pai is the Chairman of Manipal Global Education. He used to be a Member of the board of directors of Infosys and Head – Administration, Education and Research, Financial, Human Resources, and Infosys Leadership Institute.

Anant Pai, popularly known as Uncle Pai, was an Indian educationalist and a pioneer in Indian comics. He is most famous as the creator of two comic book series viz. Amar Chitra Katha, which retold traditional Indian folk tales, mythological stories, and biographies of historical characters; and Tinkle, a children's anthology.

Q39)  C

Get perspective related study - Resources for UCEED

Q40) D

Jataka Tales are native Indian works relating the previous births of Gautama Buddha.

Q41) B

Q42) C

An object is said to have n-fold symmetry if it looks the same after being rotated 360/n degrees.
Q43) A

Animals that are bilaterally symmetric have mirror symmetry in the sagittal plane, which divides the body vertically into left and right halves, with one of each sense organ and limb pair on either side. The great majority (at least 99%) of animals are bilaterally symmetric, including humans 

Q44) B

Radial symmetry, in which an organism can be divided equally about a central point, much like a pie cut into equal parts. Radial symmetry can be divided equally many times around this central point. It just depends on how many pieces of pie you want! One slice represents one equal segment of the whole.

Further study - Symmetry types here - Isomorphology - symmetry types examples

Q45) C (bit doubtful)

Q46) D

Q47) D

It's Obvious, All are kitchen items except spanner

Q48) C

Q49) C

Learn how to understand this type of sequence questions - Step-by-step movement study

Q50) D

By simple observation
The pattern is actually flipped and rotated to negative  2-10 degree

Q51) A

I actually used a pen to measure the length/width visible on screen :P

Q52) B

Metal strip on top (numbered 1) will try to expand equally on both top and bottom surface, but since it's fixed at the bottom to strip 2, it will instead bend upwards in arc shape. similar phenomena to bottom, which gets stretched moe by the top strip (1). Had the case of both being non stick (free), then option D suits.

Q53) C

The Vitruvian Man is a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci around. It is accompanied by notes based on the work of the architect Vitruvius. The drawing and text are sometimes called the Canon of Proportions or, less often, Proportions of Man. The drawing is based on the correlations of ideal human proportions with geometry described by the ancient Roman architect Vitruvius in Book III of his treatise De architectura. Vitruvius described the human figure as being the principal source of proportion among the classical orders of architecture. Vitruvius determined that the ideal body should be eight heads high. 

Vastu Purusha Mandala, is a metaphysical square plan that illustrates how the Vastu Purusha was pinned down by Brahma and 44 Gods – face down, with his head to the North-East and his  feet towards the South-West.

The Modulor is an anthropometric scale of proportions devised by the Swiss-born French architect Le Corbusier. It was developed as a visual bridge between two incompatible scales, the imperial and the metric system. It is based on the height of a man with his arm raised. It was used as a system to set out a number of Le Corbusier's buildings and was later codified into two books.

Q54) D

Clearly the first one is tiger and the third one is Zebra's skin. Looking at 4, it tells us that it is the skin of Giraffe among the options given

Q55) B

2+3 = 5
3+5 = 8
5+8 = 13

Q56) 47

Even I was confused and thought the answer as 45, but thanks to a choti - Anjali Singh, she corrected me :D

Check answer to similar kind of question in - Answer key to Design test of CEED 2016 previous paper

Q57) D

It's very simple, split the given shapes in equal sized cube forms as shown in below image. The one wth the largest divisions has the largest surface area. Only D has 5 cubes, while rest other patterns have 4 cubes.

Q58) A

Energy stored by the ball is in the form of potential energy given by mass*9.81*height

The more the mass, the more will be inertia and so it can store more energy, Iron ball is clearly the winner.

Q59) D

Actually, nothing will happen, As you can see in the question, all the ropes have fixed length and are passing through pulleys. Regardless of how much weight you are putting at end, it always at the same position or break in the limit case.

Q60) C

Clearly tetanus is used to protect from bacterial infections during wounds. Cholera is spread by water or food sources. When people with TB in their lungs or throat cough, laugh, sneeze, sing, or even talk, the germs that cause TB may be spread into the air. If another person breathes in these germs there is a chance that they will become infected.

Q61) A

Clip doesn't harm or make hole through the paper/any other material, while the rest does.

Q62) D, B

Literally options C and D are the same :P

Q63) C

By observation

Q64) B

Straight forward question!

Clearly, options A, C and D are out, since we cannot get projection in the top of the given questions using them (they have two such projections on side)

Q65) A

By observation

Q66) A

Inflation is commonly measured by “either a Gross Domestic Product Deflator (GDP Deflator) or a Consumer Price Index (CPI) indicator. Another measure of inflation is the Personal Consumption Expenditure Chain Price Index (PCE Price Index).

Q67) C

Singapore temparature is mostly dry with humid kind of temperature mostly between 22 and 35 degrees. CapeTown and Auckland minimum temps could be as low as 14 degrees.

Q68) B

It's obvious, they meet the directors required criteria.

Q69) B

Q70) C

Q71) A

Q72) B

Q73) D

Q74) C

Q75) A

Q76) D

Q77) B

Q78) B

Q79) A

Q80) C 

Q81) D

Q82) B

Check the below image, where, I marked the eight visible triangles. As per the question, I've not considered three dots, which I showed in green color circle. Blue circles are the one's I considered for joining.

Q83) No option

Correction -
The answer according to Medhavi Sharma is 19.

Q84) B/D

"Was" denotes that it was something in past, six feet tall, profession, emotional etc are natural and so we need to use 'is' instead of 'was'. Only option B suits

Q85) B/C

Q86) D/C

Q87) D/A

Q88) D/B

Hope you enjoyed this. Stay tuned for more NID GK/GA related resources in the coming updates. Good luck :)


  1. sir, with response to your recent article (solutions to NID sample paper ) I want to let you know some changes
    55- B or C
    61- AorD
    62-C r D
    84-B or D
    85- B or C
    86-D or C
    87-B or A
    88-D or B
    Thank you sir , you are doing an amazing work.
    And I observed that the NID sample paper in their website is the Question paper for DAT prelims 2016.

    1. Thanks a lot for sharing your response Narendra. I will surely look into your answers and get back soon when I get time. I've already updated about about the DAT prelims thing above in this page :)

  2. Hey thanks for the answer key but in ques. 69 why can't it be blue? As blue blood is also a phrase.

  3. yup! blue is the answer.kindly check the 1st comment for corrections

  4. Also, is there any place where we can practice questions such as "which image represent the word abc'?

    1. I'm trying to gather them, will share them in the next resource update

  5. Hey! thanks for the much needed solutions.

    In question number 83, I think they mean quadrilaterals by connecting the dots and considering dots as the vertex point only.. So the shaded area in your solution making quadrilaterals by intersecting lines should not be considered.

    Also questions 74-77, 78-81 etc are very ambiguous.. For question 71 option A can also be an answer similarly for 73 D should also be considered.

  6. Hello Bro

    If u look at the sample question paper,there will be two sets of questions where the first ..page 1 to 26 is dat (ug) paper and the rest is for dat (pg).The answers were released last January itself for all these questions in the NID website which is not available now.

    Let me give the answers:

    84.B or D
    85.B or C
    86.D or C
    87.D or A
    88.D or B

    For the questions from 84 to 88..I saw the marks split up into 0.8marks for the appropriate answer and 0.4 marks for the next suitable answer.

    For rest of the questions in pg question paper :


    All the best everyone ! ��

    1. That's really really great of you, thanks for updating everyone with the answers, It would have been shared long back when the sample paper is out, saving my time in figuring out the questions :D

      But, thanks for the effort of putting answers for both the sheets. I will correct my response very soon.

    2. In PG Question Set, Can you post the key for question 56, 61, 62, 66, 67, 68?

    3. how can you say that 1-26 pages belong to UG and rest to PG??

    4. Sir,shouldn't the answer for the 48th question be A since a bear doesn't have such a long footprint?

  7. Hey, Aren't 70-81 more like individual's interpretation kind of questions?
    Also, could you provide explanations for 85,86 and 88?

    1. Yeah, it's ambiguous as already stated by Priyal in her comment above. But based on Preethi comment above (which happened to be official answer), they have more than one options. I've already corrected that above. You can check.

  8. i also have the official answer key by NID Ahmedabad
    provide your email id, i will mail you

    1. Hey! please email me! I request you! thank you so much!

    2. Hi Anwar, we already got that here itself, so u don't have to do that. Thank you anyay for the concern :)

  9. Oh yeah. .answer for qn 48 (pg- dat)is option D.

    1. Yes But Not that Because in that case by option 2nd is not cat footprint Possible so anwer is A.

  10. Replies
    1. Yes Sir But According Option 2nd Foot print Of man if that foot print have nail print after that definitely we can justified thats the bear foot print.. So Ans is A 2nd one is man foot print and 3rd one is tushkar mean Elephant Foot print...

  11. Hi sir, In the question no 82. they have specifically mentioned 'connect the group of dots such that 3 dots are left' Can you tell me what they tried to mean by that ? and the answer as per they have provided is (C)12 !! Anyways, I'm struck with the meaning hope of it

    1. out of the seven dots that I've shown in the picture, they asked us to consider only 4 and neglect 3 dots such that max. no. of triangles can be counted. I've shown blue dots for the considered ones and green dots for the neglected ones. Neglecting the green circles, we can join the dots as shown in the image above (check the solution image in the above post).

    2. but sir in the figure when you draw a diagonal from the corner point it goes through the green circle at the center (hence You have considered them) Same goes for the other two green circles as a straight line is passed through them ....

  12. hiii , sir .. i cant understand question 89, 91 ..pls solve this quest

    1. they're subjective questions and need sketching to be done. It depends on your creative thinking of making alternatives or ideas. while, I'm not sure whether I would be able to sketch them or not, coz of time, the least I can do is give hints in the form of written story, which I might be doing very soon ,after i finish resource updation which i'm working on currently.

  13. hey bhanu,
    in Q82 it asks to leave 3 dots!! can u please check!!

  14. Sir wil u pls upload 10 previous years Solved question papers of NID

  15. 20. B tulsi das wrote ramacharita manas

    1. Yes. Also 'Yayati' is written by Girish Karnad in Kannada. It was a famous play. This need to be corrected.

  16. sir ! did you have any sampla answer for part 2 nid question paper

    1. no, im planning to give a brief idea about that!

  17. Hey!! This is pretty late but the answer for Q.No. 57 (from the first set) can also be option B. If you observe all the other options except option B (which is SIX sided) are EIGHT sided.

  18. could you please post NID M.des papers post 2013? unable to find them anywhere

  19. hi Bhanu,
    in question 12 you have mentioned that "Sayeeda Jaffrey is an NRI banker and a successful corporate woman from America"
    but the question paper refered to "Sayeed Jaffery" who was an Indian bollywood actor

  20. Why cannot the answer to 55 be C?The difference between 2 consecutive numbers is increasing by 1 each time.

  21. why cant the answer for question 56 be A-28, because literally we can only see 28 squares?

  22. I want nid m. Des previous years paper.. Can you plzz share the link

  23. can you re-conform question 49.

    i think it's B

  24. In question 55, cant we consider it as
    2 + 1 = 3
    3 + 2 = 5
    5 + 3 = 8
    8 + 4 = 12
    Please clarify my doubts. The question is very ambiguous. I understand that the correct option is the fibbonacci sequence, but this method can also be used?

  25. Hello! In question no. 83 , there are 19 quadrilaterals. I have drawn them on my notebook one by one , for clarity. How do I send you the picture?

  26. CAn you please reconfirm Q44.
    How does a water splash demonstrate 5 fold symmetry?
    Really confused here! As far as what seems right, a star fish has both radial as well as five fold symmetry. A watersplash almost showcases radial symmetry. (Please see the question)

    1. Yes, I guess 5 fold symmetry is not possible. This link should assist you.

  27. Also, Q 62. How are options B and D the same for the skeletons? We can see clearly that the options are different.
    Kindly do clarify! And thank you for the answer key and explanation. :)

    1. It's actually C and D, not B and D, thanks for spotting the typo.

  28. Question 47 -NID 2016 part II
    Please tell amswer I'm not able to get it


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