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How to Tackle NIFT Entrance Exam

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The NIFT (National Institute of Fashion Technology) is an educational institute set up to cater to the learning needs of students aspiring to be fashion designers, fashion technologists, fashion merchandisers and other such professionals of the fashion industry.

Ste up in 1986 by the Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India, the NIFT has grown into a premier institution in which a student can gain both a Bachelors as well as a Master’s degree in the field of Fashion Technology. Admission for candidates is through a tough entrance examination organized by the institute. One must enrol for design entrance preparation for NIFT.

How to apply?

To apply for various Bachelors and MastersPrograms, one must download the application form from the official website of the NIFT. Candidates who desire to know about the entrance procedure to NIFT can browse through the guidelines provided by the NIFT website and follow them to the last detail.

Fees for the test needs to be paid online or through a bank draft drawn in favour of NIFT, payable at New Delhi. Fee for General candidates is Rs.1500 and Rs.750 for SC/ ST. One can buy NIFT prospectus from any of the campuses of the NIFT across the country by paying Rs.500

Pattern of exam:

  • Candidate must take up an exam at a centre for which he or she has opted in the application form.
  • The entrance exam will be held in offline manner(pen and paper).
  • There will be no negative marking.
  • Paper: exam is separated into two sections: Creative Ability Test (CAT) and General Ability Test (GAT).
  • Language of GAT paper is English


Bachelor of Design:

Duration is 120 minutes.

  • Quantitative Ability- 25 questions (Qs)
  • Communication Ability – 35 Qs.
  • English comprehension -30 Qs.
  • Analytical ability- 30 Qs
  • Current affairs and General Knowledge- 30 Qs

Total-150 questions to be completed in 120 minutes.

For Master of Design:

Pattern of GAT is same.

 Bachelor of Technology (B.F. Tech):

Duration of GAT is 180 minutes

  • Quantitative Ability- 30 Qs
  • English comprehension and Communicative ability -45 Qs
  • Logical and analytical ability- 25 Qs
  • Current Affairs and General Knowledge- 25 Qs
  • Case study- 25 Qs.

About CAT

CAT evaluates the power of observation, intuitive ability, creativity in thought and ability for design of the student.  Another crucial aspect regarding the test is for evaluating the ability of the applicant to use various colours and apply his/ her creativity for using in graphic skills.

Situation Test

On the basis of performance in GAT and CAT, B Des applicants are invited for Situation Test. The Situation Test evaluates the skill of a candidate to handle material and inventiveness in a given situation with an allotted number of resources.

Candidates will be judged on the basis of creative and innovative use of given materials, space visualization, colour scheme, composition of elements, finesse of the model, overall presentation and construction skill.

Candidates who have qualified the written test will be called for Group Discussion (GD), Personal Interview (PI)and document verification. Admission to NIFT is based on all these tests (GAT, CAT, Studio Test, PI and GD).

The weightage of each of these is different for different courses. For instance, for B.Des , weightage is only CAT (50%), GAT (30%) and Situation Test (20%), but for M. Des, weightage is  CAT ( 40%), GAT (30%) and GD/ PI(30%).

How to Prepare for The Test:

  • One can practice previous years’ question papers
  • Keep abreast of current affairs by regular reading of newspapers.
  • Practicing drawing and sketching skills by joining an art institute or consulting a professional.
  • Practicetaking mock tests of various institutes so as to gain familiarity with NIFT test as well as learn to manage time as the NIFT test is also about time management.

These are some aspects about attending best NIFT Classes for Bachelor programmes and Masters programmes.

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