NID DAT 2022 Topper Interview: In talk with Mahirudra Singh AIR 2
The National Institute of Design (NID) every year conducts an entrance exam called the Design Aptitude Test (DAT). This entrance exam is followed by a Situation Test and it is followed by a Personal Interview Round.
Mahirudra bagged AIR 2 in NID 2022 . He is currently pursuing BDes from the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad. He believes that one with a creative, innovative and curious mind can easily crack NID. Mahirudra shared NID Entrance Exam preparation strategy, important books and tips.
Here are the excerpts from the Interview:
Harshita : Congratulations for your outstanding performance in NID 2022 Exam. Did you expect to secure AIR 2 ?
Mahirudra: To be honest I didn't thought I would get AIR 2 , but I tried my best to atleast get the best NID campus which is Ahmedabad and worked accordingly.
Harshita : Could you tell us about your preparation strategy that helped you crack NID ?
Mahirudra : My strategy was simple do atleast 2-3 sketches everyday in which one should be human , second one should be a scene drawing and third one a random past nid creative drawing question. Keep in touch with the current affairs and news for the Gk part of prelims, also in a week I would give 3-4 days to English ,reasoning or maths but the drawing should be regular.
Harshita : Which books or study material did you read to clear the exam?
Mahirudra : I joined BRDS and it helped me a lot as they provide you abundant study material which covers up almost everything and it turned out to be very helpful.
Harshita : Are there any important topics to score well?
Mahirudra: The most important topic or area for me was the drawing in prelims and the model making in the mains .
Harshita :What as per you are the mistakes one should avoid while preparing for the exam?
Mahirudra : Neither get overconfident nor nervous believe in yourself , and just because you are good in some area don't leave it completely for the last it's equally important as the areas where you are lacking , try to become even better at the things that you are good at .one more thing be unique in the exam and you can only be unique of you are yourself because everyone is different so keep that in mind too.
Harshita : How did you manage time while taking the exam?
Mahirudra: Speed is very important for NID it can only be achieved by practice , if u have good speed time management would be a childsplay for you , because with good speed not only you draw fast but start getting ideas fast too. I always gave the questions with more marks more time and effort and be more careful with , attempt what you know first and everything else later.
Harshita : How did you deal with your strengths and weaknesses while preparing for the exam?
Mahirudra: It's very simple give time to both your strength and weakness make sure you'll have to improve your weakness anyhow and stay on the same level ,if possible even better with your strength.
Harshita : What is the ideal time to start taking mock Tests & What role do mock tests play in Preparation? What were your strategies in particular towards mock tests?
Mahirudra: My advice regarding mock tests would be that start mock test preparation as soon as possible because they were super helpful to me , they will teach you time management,quick thinking , boost up your sketching speed. If I talk about myself I started giving mock test almost 1-2 months before the mains or prelims but would recommend to start even earlier. My strategy was simple be yourself,be unique, give your best , and draw as if the sketches should look like done by a professional designer or an artist , be different and believe in yourself.. everything else you'll learn automatically by giving tests and competiting with other students in your institute where you are preparing for NID.
Harshita Nandal has worked as a Creative head in Mitrakshar, University of Delhi. She has done her Graduation from the University of Delhi in English Honours. In her free time, she prefers to play the guitar, take short walks in between work and loves to watch Korean dramas. Currently, she is an author at Educere India to fulfil the desire of her passion for writing.
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