NIFT is commonly known as the National Institute of Fashion Technology. It was established in 1986 under the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India is an autonomous fashion design and technology institute. NIFT was declared a statutory institute in 2006 and empowered the authority to grant degrees by the Act of the Indian Parliament.
NIFT entrance exam is conducted by the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), to shortlist aspirants for taking admission in the design program NIFT’s headquarter is in New Delhi and there are 17 NIFT campuses spread across India, namely:
|Exam Name||National Institute of Fashion Technology Entrance Exam|
|Exam conducting body||National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT)|
|Exam Frequency||Once a year|
|Exam Duration||Creative Aptitude Test (CAT) for BDes: 3 hours|
|General Aptitude Test (GAT) for BDes & MDes : 2 hours|
|General Aptitude Test (GAT) for BFTech, MFM, MFTech : 3 hours|
|Exam Purpose||Admission to 17 NIFTs|
|Number of College accepting NIFT score||17|
|Courses Offered||BDes, BFTech, MDes, MFTech, MFM|
It offers different courses for an undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programme in design, management, and technology.
|Undergraduate courses||Postgraduate Courses|
|Bachelor of Design in Fashion Design (BDes-FD)||Master of Design – MDes|
|Bachelor of Design in Accessory Design (BDes-AD)||Master of Fashion Management -MFM|
|Bachelor of Design in Knitwear Design (BDes-KD)||Master of Fashion Technology- MFTech|
|Bachelor of Design in Leather Design (BDes-LD)|
|Bachelor of Design in Textile Design (BDes-TD)|
|Bachelor of Design in Fashion Communication (BDes-FC)|
NIFT Exam: Proposed Month
|Course||Educational Qualification||Age Limit|
|Bachelor of Design- B.Des (Fashion Design/Knitwear Design/Textile Design/Leather Design/ Accessory Design/ Fashion Communication)||Candidates who have passed/appeared Class 12th or equivalent from any of the recognized board or its equivalent||Not more than 23 years for General Candidate (Reserved candidate – up to 5 years of relaxation.|
|Candidates who have passed class 12th or equivalent conducted by National Open School with a minimum of 5 subjects|
|Candidates who have passed 3 or 4 years of Diploma recognized by AICTE or State Board of Technical Education|
|Candidates who have taken the General Certificate Education Examination in London/Sri Lanka at an Advanced (A) Level/International Baccalaureate (IB)|
|Candidates who have taken the exam in Foreign countries and should be recognized by the Association of Indian Universities as equivalent to the 10+2 system|
|Bachelor of Fashion Technology-B.F.Tech (Apparel Technology)||Candidates who have passed/appeared Class 12th or equivalent from any of the recognized board or its equivalent with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics||Not more than 23 years for General Candidate (Reserved candidate – up to 5 years of relaxation|
|Candidates who have passed class 12th or equivalent conducted by National Open School with a minimum of 5 subjects with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics|
|Candidates who have passed 3 or 4 years of Diploma in any branch of Engineering recognized by AICTE or State Board of Technical Education|
|Candidates who have taken the General Certificate Education Examination in London/Sri Lanka at an Advanced (A) Level with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics /International Baccalaureate (IB)|
|Candidates who have taken the exam in Foreign countries and that should be recognized by the Association of Indian Universities as equivalent to 10+2 system with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics|
|Master of Design-M.Des & Master of Fashion Management-MFM||Candidates who have passed undergraduate degree or equivalent by any of the recognized University||There is no age limit for the same|
|Candidates having a Diploma in undergraduate design from NIFT/NID only|
|Candidates having three years of Diploma course from NIFT/NID|
|Master of Fashion Technology-M.F.Tech||Candidates who have passed Bachelor of Fashion Technology (B.F.Tech) from NIFT||There is no age limit for the same|
|Candidates who have passed Bachelor of Engineering (B.E)/ Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) from any of the recognized University|
Admission /Eligibility Criteria for Foreign National/The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)/Non- Resident India (NRI)
Candidates belonging to Foreign Nationals, SAARC, and NRIs do not have to write the NIFT entrance exam for admission in design courses in NIFT colleges.
Following are the eligibility criteria for the Foreign Nationals, SAARC candidates and NRIs
|Bachelor of Design-B.Des||SAT Score|
|Bachelor of Fashion Technology- B.F.Tech||SAT Score|
|Master of Design-M.Des||GRE Score|
|Master of Fashion Technology-M.F.Tech||GRE Score|
|Master of Fashion Management- MFM||GMAT Score|
NIFT Exam Pattern
The entrance exam conducted by NIFT is an offline exam and is conducted in 4 stages viz. General Ability Test (GAT), Creative Ability Test (CAT), Situation Test, and Group Discussion/Personal Interview.
General Ability Test (GAT) is a written test for 5 courses offered by NIFT. GAT is the first test for B.Des and M.Des course. Candidates who qualify for the GAT are eligible to write the Creative Ability Test (CAT). Candidates who qualify for both the written test are eligible to go for the Situation Test followed by Group Discussion and Personal Interview. This is the last level of the whole Selection process.
General Ability Test (GAT):
- This is an offline exam.
- The medium of the test is English
- There is no negative mark for a wrong answer.
- The duration of the test for B.Des & M.Des is 2 hours and the duration for B.F.Tech, M.F.Tech & MFM is 3 hours
- The total number of questions for B.Des is 100 and for M.Des is 120.
- The total number of questions for B.F.Tech, M.F.Tech and MFM is 150.
- GAT & CAT exams are conducted for M.Des & B.Des while for B.F.Tech, M.F.Tech, and MFM only GAT is conducted.
Section-wise Exam Details: B.Des course
|Section-wise exam details Bachelor of Design: B.Des|
|Sections||Number of questions|
|General Knowledge & Current Affairs||15|
Section-wise Exam Details: M.Des course
|Section-wise exam details Master of Design: M.Des|
|Sections||Number of questions|
|General Knowledge & Current Affairs||15|
Section-wise Exam Details: B.F.Tech, M.F.Tech and MFM course
|Section-wise exam details B.F.Tech, M.F.Tech and MFM course|
|Sections||Number of questions|
|Quantitative Ability||30 (For MFM -10 Questions)|
|Communication Ability & English Comprehension||45 (For MFM -50 Questions)|
|Analytical & Logical Ability||25|
|General Knowledge & Current Affairs||25|
|Case Study||25 (For MFM -40 Questions)|
Creative Ability Test (CAT)
This is a paper and pencil-based examination. The duration of the test is 3 hours and there is no negative marking. The following parameter is evaluated in the exam:
- Creativity in Thought Development
- Observation Power & Skill
- Intuitive Ability
- Design Ability
- Illustration Skills
- Innovative use of colors
- Innovation in the development of a concept
|Creative Ability Test Pattern|
|Number of questions||3|
|Question Format||Drawing Question|
|Test Duration||3 hours|
This is a hands-on test to gauge the candidate’s expertise in material handling and innovative ability in a given situation provided with some sets of materials. Additional or external materials are not allowed. The project will be evaluated on the composition of elements, construction skills, color scheme, space visualization, innovative and creative use of given materials, and the overall presentation. Following parameters are tested for the situation test:
- Construction Skill
- Space Visualization
- Color Scheme
- Creative and innovative use of the prescribed material
- Finesse of the model and overall
- Composition of elements
This is a 15-20 minutes of discussion on the case study assigned. A panel of experts will assess the candidate on the below-mentioned parameters:
- Leadership Qualities
- Knowledge of the given topic
- Capability to generate new ideas
- Interpersonal Skills
- Problem-solving approach
- Conceptual clarity
An expert panelist will take the personal Interview of the candidate. Below listed parameters will be assessed in the personal round of interviews:
- Creative and lateral thinking
- Strong Communication skills
- Felicity for the field
- Career Orientation
- General awareness and knowledge.
NIFT Exam Pattern For Artisan Category
It offers admission to the Artisan and the children of the artisan based on their performance in the test, interview, and eligibility criteria. The admission for the Artisan will be offline at Campuses selected by the candidate.
There will be a Studio test which is a creative test wherein the candidates are needed to create a 3D model using the material provided during the test. The details are mentioned below:
|Eligibility and documentation|
NIFT for Lateral Entry Admission (NLEA) provides an opportunity to the students who have completed their Diploma /Degree in the relevant fields to take direct admission at NIFT.
Courses offered by NLEA are as follows:
- Bachelor of Design-B.Des
- Bachelor of Fashion Technology -B.F.Tech
Candidates willing to take direct admission at NIFT can go with the lateral entry admission. Here the candidate gets admission in the third semester of the UG course at NIFT. The details of the test are given below:
|B.Des & B.F.Tech||General Ability Test (GAT)||40|
|Bachelor of Design- B.Des||CAT||50%|
|Bachelor of Fashion Technology-B.F.Tech||GAT||100%|
|Master of Design-M.Des||CAT||40%|
|Master of Fashion Technology-M.F.Tech||GAT||70%|
|Master of Fashion Management-MFM||GAT||70%|
Colleges Accepting NIFT
|Institutes||Seat including the reserved category||NRI/OCI/Foreign National/SAARC||State Domicile|
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