16 December 2016

NID-DAT Resources update 3


I've been trying to gather as much NID-DAT and UCEED related resources as possible these days, but because of the cyclone that happened here in Chennai, which resulted in prolonged power cuts and interrupted signals and internet, I'm unable to cover up in estimated time. So, I'm sharing whatever I've collected till now. I will keep looking for topics as well as update something about NID and CEED design part very soon, whenever I get time apart from my works. Hope that's ok.

Downloadable PDF - A complete list of SYL links for NID-DAT exam (sitemap) 

Also, I hope you've already gone through the following relevant resources for NID/UCEED

NID-DAT Resources - 1 (shared on 2015)

NID-DAT Resources - 2 (2016)

Solutions to 2015 NID-DAT previous paper

GK and GA about designers for NID/UCEED

Useful online pages for design exams

NID Previous Papers from 2002 (collections)

New updates (17.12.2016)

Non verbal and Image Reasoning (2017 update)

PDF book on Non-verbal and Pictorial puzzles to improve observation (Solve as many when you get time)

PDF on practice questions for Non-verbal (abstract test) questions (skip the theory part but go through the sample test questions)


Cultural tour of India - Art, crafts, traditional wear etc (2017 update)

Indian Authors and their books

List of Indian Autobiographies pdf 

List of famous personalities (Just overview)

List of Indian Architects

(just give a glance)

Wiki list of natural disasters -

World's natural disaster list PDF

List of Terror attacks in India

Top 10 terror attack worldwide ever

Greatest battle and violence

Free time study

Current affairs - 6 months from daytodaygk website

You can get PDF of list of international organisations in this web page -

A Page for detailed info about Aesthetics

Animation step by step process -

Observation skills

Indian paintings and painters

Indian musical instruments

Animation study

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,
  • Ligature - A thing used for typing or binding something tightly
  • Mowgli is a fictional character and the protagonist of "The Jungle Book stories" by Rudyard Kipling
  • Bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. More about Bokeh 
  • Dodging and burning are terms used in photography for a technique used during the printing process to manipulate the exposure of a selected area(s) on a photographic print, deviating from the rest of the image's exposure. In a darkroom print from a film negative, dodging decreases the exposure for areas of the print that the photographer wishes to be lighter, while burning increases the exposure to areas of the print that should be darker
  • check more about - Dodging and burning
  • Contre-jour -  (French for "against daylight") is a photographic technique in which the camera is pointing directly toward a source of light.
  • Renaissance is a period in European history, from the 14th to the 17th century, regarded as the cultural bridge between the Middle Ages and modern history. It started as a cultural movement in Italy in the Late Medieval period and later spread to the rest of Europe, marking the beginning of the Early Modern Age.  Protagoras, who said that "Man is the measure of all things." This new thinking became manifest in art, architecture, politics, science and literature. Early examples were the development of perspective in oil painting and the recycled knowledge of how to make concrete. The Renaissance first began in Florence, in the 14th century.
  • Renaissance Spread - Northern Europe, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Poland, Russia, and some other countries
  • Renaissance characteristics - Humanism, Art, Science, Music, Religion, Self-awareness

Following links provide you good information related to Poetry

Different types of poetry from yourdictionary

All Types of Poems from Familyfriendpoems

All Forms of Poems from Familyfriendpoems

Here's - a good guide for art movements

Go through this wiki page in free time -

Check here - List of Indian Folk dances (state-wise)

A complete list of - Indian Folk dance (wiki page)

List of some famous epics of India 
  • Ramcharitmanas - An Awadhi rendering of Ramayana by Tulsidas.
  • Ramayana -  Part of the Hindu smriti, written by Valmiki. This epic of 24,000 verses in seven kandas (chapters or books) tells of a Raghuvamsa prince, Rama of Ayodhya, whose wife Sita is abducted by the rakshasa Ravana.
  • Mahabharata -  One of the two major ancient Sanskrit epics of India, the other being the Ramayana. The Mahabharata is of religious and philosophical importance in India; in particular, the Bhagavad Gita, which is one of its chapters (Bhishmaparva) and a sacred text of Hinduism.
  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika: is one of the fundamental text of Hatha Yoga including information about asanas, pranayama, chakras, kundalini, bandhas, kriyas, shakti, nadis and mudras. It was written by Swami Swatmarama in the 15th century CE.
  • Rigveda - The Rigveda is a collection of Vedic Sanskrit hymns counted as the holiest of the four religious texts of Hindus, known as the Vedas.

Free time study (check only when you get time)

Timeline of Hindu texts

Historic Indian texts

Some Supporting practice test for NID from UCEED -

Second set of practising test for NID from UCEED

Below, I'm including famous personality lists covering several fields, some of which I've already shared last year. But just as a remainder, I'm including them too.

List of famous Indian Animators

Shubhavi Arya
Charuvi Agrawal
Rajiv Chilaka
Alroy Jovi
Kireet Khurana
Ram Mohan - “father of Indian animation”
Ishu Patel
Sindhuja Rajaraman
Shilpa Ranade
Vanitha Rangaraju
Gitanjali Rao
Binu Sasidharan
Vishal Yoman

Top animators

Indian Ceramists - Dashrath Patel, Dashrath Patel

Indian Famous Photographers
  • Anish Bhaseen, Siddhartha Joshi, Ritam Banerjee, 
  • Hashim Badani, Vikram Bawa, Subhash Chandra, 
  • Soni Vivek, Samar Virdi,  Purplekarma, Ujjwal Saxena, 
  • Benu Sen, Prabhuddha Dasgupta, Raghu Rai, 
  • Gautam Rajadhyaksha, Raghubir Singh, Anand Sharan,

Indian women photographers
  • Rita Banerji, Pamella Bordes, Gauri Gill, Serin George
  • Indrani (photographer), Saadiya Kochar, Ashagi Lamiya
  • Richa Maheshwari, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Pushpamala N.
  • Rathika Ramasamy, Dayanita Singh, Shobha Deepak Singh
  • Sooni Taraporevala, Komala Varadan, Ajita Suchitra Veera, Homai Vyarawalla

Indian women designers
  • Farah Khan Ali, Ancy Antony, Simone Arora, Charuvi Agrawal
  • Subarna Ray Chaudhuri, Bina Sarkar Ellias, Tanya Gyani
  • Twinkle Khanna, Savitri Khanolkar, Sunita Kohli, Neelam Kothari
  • Meera Mehta, Sudha Pennathur, Suhani Pittie, Soundarya Rajinikanth
  • Samira Rathod, Sussanne Khan, Shamita Shetty
  • Sheila Sri Prakash, Shama Zaidi

List of Renaissance Poets
  • Kumaran Asan, Kerala Varma Valiya Koyithampuran, also known as Kerala Varma, poet and translator
  • Vallathol Narayana Menon,
  • Ulloor S Parameswara Iyer,
  • K. V. Simon,
  • K.C. Kesava Pillai,
  • A. R. Raja Raja Varma (1863–1918) poet, grammarian, scholar, critic and writer.
Note: Ananta Mandal is an Indian artist (Impressionist painter). He has been recognised with international and national honours for his many paintings in watercolour, oil and acrylic.

Famous Logo Designers (available in this page - GA on Designers for CEED, UCEED and NID

Categories of nobel prizes (given for) - Peace, Literature, Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, Economics

List of  Indian Noble prize winners -
  • RABINDRANATH TAGORE (1913) -for literature
  • C. V. RAMAN (1930) - Nobel Prize for Physics
  • HARGOBIND KHORANA (1968) - The Nobel Prize for Medicine
  • MOTHER TERESA (1979) - The Nobel Peace Prize
  • SUBRAMANIAN CHANDRASHEKAR (1983) - The Nobel Prize for Physics
  • AMARTYA SEN (1998) -  Nobel Prize for Economics
  • Venkatraman Ramakrishnan(2009) - Nobel Prize for chemistry
  • Kailash Satyarthi - 2014 - Nobel Prize For Peace

List of Indian Nobel laureates

Complete list of noble prize 

List of Indian Independence activist - wiki page

Famous Indian Freedom Fighters - LiveIndia

List of Indians who won Oscar awards
  • Bhanu Athaiyya (1983) - Best costume design, for the film 'Gandhi'
  • Satyajit Roy (1992) - Honarary award
  • Resul Pookutty (2009) - Best sound score for Slumdog Millionaire movie
  • A.R.Rahman (2009) - Best original score for Slumdog Millionaire movie
  • A.R.Rahman (2009) - Best original score for Slumdog Millionaire movie

List of some famous writers in 21st century

Kiran Desai, Chetan Bhagat, Arundhati Roy, Preeti Shenoy, Aravind Adiga, R.K.Narayan, Anita Desai, Amish Tripathi

Famous Indian writers

Another list

List of ancient Indian writers, medicinist, mathematicians etc

List of famous Indian fashion designers
(Source: Wikipedia)
  • Bhanu Athaiya, Erum Ali, Manish Arora, Dhruv Kapoor, Rohit Bal
  • Nachiket Barve, Ritu Beri, Troy Costa, Anita Dongre
  • Shivaji Dutta, James Ferreira, Surily Goel, Shantanu Goenka
  • Masaba Gupta, Omi Gurung, Asma Hussain, Payal Jain
  • Anand Kabra, Beena Kannan, Naeem Khan, Shabina Khan
  • Anamika Khanna, Radhika Khanna, Rohit Khosla
  • Sandeep Khosla, Archana Kochhar, Paresh Lamba, Anand Jon
  • Tanya Ling, Neeta Lulla, Manish Malhotra, Asmita Marwa
  • Rahul Mishra, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Aki Narula
  • Shaina NC, Agnimitra Paul, Raghavendra Rathore, Wendell Rodricks
  • Sheila Scotter, Anjana Seth, Kalpana Shah, Mana Shetty, Satish Sikha
  • AD Singh, Anna Singh, Govind Kumar Singh, Rajesh Pratap Singh
  • Tarun Tahiliani, JJ Valaya, Suneet Varma, Rohit Verma, Nidhi Yasha

Note: I know that's a lot about fashion designers list, but sorry couldn't help!

List of Indian women architects 
  • Eulie Chowdhury, Shimul Javeri Kadri, Ranjini Kalappa
  • Revathi Kamath, Sunita Kohli, Anupama Kundoo
  • Pravina Mehta, Perin Jamsetjee Mistri, Sheela Patel
  • Sonali Rastogi, Samira Rathod, Brinda Somaya
  • Sheila Sri Prakash, Kapila Vatsyayan, Chitra Vishwanath

List of Indian comics 

List of Indian graphic novels

The Believers, Kashmir Pending, Moon Mountain, River of Stories, The Vanished Path, Graphic novels by Sarnath Banerjee?

Facial Expression for NID Subjective

Plutchik-Wheel of emotions

That's it for now!

Note that I will update this page with one more round of GK topics that I've missed in this page. Till then, prepare well and good luck 


  1. hey, Bhanu Sir great job. But the link *Famous Logo Designers (availbale in this page - GA on Designers for CEED, UCEED and NID* is broken I guess.

    1. Will correct it, thanks for informing me Xenon :)

  2. This is very very helpful, thank you so much.

  3. thankyou so much sir you are saviour :)

  4. HELLO,
    Is NID B.Des exam paper is different than M.Des exam paper? if it is so then what are the topics for M.Des?

    1. I don't understand, MDes is masters program, n Bdes is bachelors, were u writing both ? clear me first

    2. I am appearing for M Des. and what are the topics for M Des?

    3. if it's mdes thru ceed, then it's bit diff story, but for nid, u can check the topics in this page


  5. Hello, Thanks for providing so much material. But other than previous year NID Mdes paper where can we find papers from year 2015-16,2014-15,2013-14,2012-13. It would be really helpful.

  6. it's not available as far as i know. Only this year they released as sample paper

  7. Thank You for the response.And ur material is helping out a lot.

  8. Sir, please send last year question papers of NID( 2014-2015).

  9. http://www.india-crafts.com/state_specials/

    Useful link about crafts of different states of India.

    1. thanks for sharing,
      this link is already available in this blog probably in uceed resource page

  10. The "List of Animated TV series produced in India -" is not working for me..

    1. it wasn't linked before, I update that, thnks for letting me knw

  11. sir the informaation material u provided, is vry helpful,but the fact is how retain so much in our memory,beside u we have to read newspaper daily,sketch,solve apptitude n maths? and still gk in nid is vry general n unspecific.

    1. can't help, only thing i can do is share whatever related and still people are asking for more materials. And if u complain that this is so much then u probably must look at those preparing for civils exam! u will understand what real memory study mean than. And I never suf=ggested reading news paper daily. apti n math are ontime if u learn the methods then u can solve similar kind n coming to sketching, who hates it ? everyones likes it doing, so i don't think there is any difficulty in dealing with that, nly prob with GA part which u know comes from unexpected syllabus n so to get more marks u need to be either extremely lucky or study all or at least important


    1. BCA comes under 10+2+3, according to CEED eligibility it should be (10+2+3+2), and so i doubt whether u can give or not, but for NID, they mentioned that 10+2+3 is also eligible, check the below two links

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    1. that's a useful blog, keep sharing useful info !

  14. are the topics for b.des and m.des same? I'm willing to appear and will sit for bachelors actually, so....

    1. yaa, syllabus is almost same, difficulty level matters though!

  15. Hi sir,
    Here, the pdf of Indian great personalilties is very old(almost 8-9 yrs old). Ex- It is written that Arun sarin is the CEO of Vodafone telecommunication, but he resigned from vodafone in 2008, current CEO is Vittorio colao.
    So, please make these changes.

    1. ok, will look into that soon. Thanks for the update :)

  16. Cultural tour of India - Art, crafts, traditional wear etc (2017 update)
    This link is directed to other page. Please fix it, sir

    1. yeah, updated the link, thanks for update. You can check the complete links in the sitemap pdf link that I've shared above.

  17. previous year paper arent available


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