NIFT Entrance Exam 2021

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NIFT Entrance Exam

For aspirants who wish to pursue a career in Fashion Designing, studying in fashion schools abroad is not the only option. India’s premier institution for Fashion Technology, NIFT is globally renowned for its professionally oriented courses. To take up courses at the prestigious institute, NIFT Entrance Exam is the gateway. In this blog, we will walk you through some of the key aspects of the exam. 

About NIFT

The pioneering institute of fashion education in India, National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) has always been providing professionals to the textile and apparel industry. Since it was made a statutory institute in 2006, the school has offered the highest standard in fashion pertaining to design, technology and management. Graduates from NIFT are equipped to understand the nuances of fashion business, art, craft, technology and skills that will help them grow in the fashion industry. 

NIFT Entrance Exam Highlights

Event Details
Name of the Examination NIFT
Conducting Authority National Institute of Fashion Technology
Examination Level National Level Exam
Examination Fee ₹2000/- for General/OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) and ₹1000 for SC/ST/PWD
Frequency Annually
Languages English
Mode of Application Online
Duration of Exam 2- 3 Hours
Helpdesk Phone: (011) 47673032 10:00am – 1:00pm & 2:00pm – 4:00pm (Monday to Friday)Email: 
Official Website

Admission Calendar 2021

Date Event Details of the Event
14- Jan- 2021 NIFT Application form registration starts There are no changes in the registration process for NIFT application in 2021
21- Jan-2021 Last Date of Form Submission  Students can submit their NIFT application till this date. The fees for General Category students in INR 2,000. Fees for SC/ ST category is INR 1000.
24- Jan -2021 Last Date of Submission with Late Fees Late Fees for the application form is INR 5,000
1- Feb- 2021 Download Entrance Exam Admit Cards Candidates can download their admit cards from the official website from 2pm onwards
14- Feb- 2021 NIFT Entrance Exam The Exam is to be held in 32 test centres. 

NIFT Entrance Exam 2021 Results

Here are the dates when NIFT Entrance Exam Results will be declared:

Date Result
17 Feb 2021- 20 Feb 2021 NIFT Answer Key released for GAT
March 2021 Declaration of NIFT Written Exam
April- May 2021 Situation Tests, Group Discussion or Interview
End of May or Beginning of June 2021 Final Merit list for NIFT UG and PG exams

NIFT 2021 Result Declaration

Your result will be declared online and is expected to be announced by March 2021. The steps involved in the process include: 

  1. Visit the official website of NIFT and click on the tab ‘Result 2021’.
  2. Enter the details as requested on the webpage.
  3. Your result would be displayed and so you can download and obtain a printout.

NIFT Entrance Exam Application Process

The online application for the NIFT entrance exam 2021 has been open from 14 January 2021 to 21 January 2021. Aspirants are required to visit the official website of NIFT and follow the step given below:

Registration Process

  1. Register yourself to receive login credentials on your registered email address. 
  2. Log in using the credentials and carefully fill in the details in the application form.
  3. Scanned copies of the documents need to be uploaded – recent passport size coloured photograph and your specimen signature in black on white background.
  4. Pay the application fee online via credit/debit card or offline via DD. The DD should be in favour of ‘NIFT HOpayable at New Delhi and sent to: The Project Manager CMS, All India Management Association, Management House, 14 Institutional Area, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110 003, India.

How to download Admit Card for NIFT Exam?

Admit cards will be available online and students will need to carry the admit card to the exam centre along with the valid ID proof. Follow the steps given below to download your NIFT admit card:

  1. Visit the official website of NIFT and click on the ‘NIFT admit card’.
  2. Enter any of the two credentials – registered email ID, DOB and 6-digit application number.
  3. Click on the ‘Submit’ button and your admit card will appear on the screen.
  4. Download and take a print out of the same for future reference.

NIFT 2021 Entrance Examination Centre

NIFT exam is conducted in the 32 cities of India. You can only select one preferred examination city during the application process. 

State City
Gujarat  Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodara
Karnataka Bengaluru
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
Odisha Bhubaneswar
Punjab Chandigarh
Tamil Nadu Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai
Uttarakhand Dehradun
Delhi New Delhi
Assam  Guwahati
Telangana Hyderabad
Rajasthan Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur
Jammu and Kashmir Jammu and Srinagar
Himachal Pradesh Kangra
Kerala Kannur and Kochi
West Bengal Kolkata
Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
Maharashtra Mumbai, Nagpur and Pune
Bihar Patna
Chhattisgarh Raipur
Jharkhand Ranchi
Andhra Pradesh Visakhapatnam
Meghalaya Shillong

NIFT Admission Process and Selection Criteria

Your selection process for NIFT admission is based on your written test, situation test and interview. Also, for admission to MDes, MFM and MFTech courses, candidates will need to appear for PI/GD. The weightage of the entrance exam for different courses is as follows:

NIFT Admission Process 2020

NIFT 2021 Counselling

Candidates are requested to register themselves on the official website in order to participate in the counselling process. They need to enter their choice of campus and a system-generated letter will be issued to the shortlisted candidates with details regarding the counselling schedule.

Take a look at the important documents you need to carry for the verification process:

  • Academic certificates up to the qualifying examination. In case, you are appearing in the final examination, all original marksheet of the previous semester/year along with the date sheet/admit card.
  • DD of requisite fee in case candidate has paid the application fee offline. The candidate’s name, counselling date, contact number, program, NIFT entrance exam rank and roll number should be clearly mentioned at the back of DD.
  • Date of Birth proof
  • Relevant documentation to claim of reservation, if needed.
  • Parents income certification for tuition fee funding, if needed.
  • Medical certificate issued by a registered medical practitioner.
  • Anti-ragging and fee refund declaration
  • Affidavit on non-judicial stamp paper of ₹10 (in case of provisional admission)

Note: There are no charges for the initial round of counselling, however, you need to pay ₹ 5000 for each subsequent round of counselling.

NIFT Entrance Exam Pattern 2021

There will be a written Examination for all UG and PG Design Courses. The exam patterns for each exam are as follows:

General Ability Test (GAT)

GAT for both BDes and MDes is conducted in English/Hindi for the duration of 120 minutes.

Programme BDes MDes
Sections  Number of Questions Number of Questions
Quantitative Ability 20 20
Communication Ability 25 30
English Comprehension 25 30
Analytical Ability 15 25
GK and Current Affairs 15 15
Total 100 120

GAT for both BDes and MDes is conducted in English/Hindi for the duration of 180 minutes.

Programme BFTech MFTech MFM
Sections  Number of Questions Number of Questions Number of Questions
Quantitative Ability 30 30 10
Communication Ability & English Comprehension 45 45 50
Analytical & Logical Ability 25 25 25
GK and Current Affairs 25 25 25
Case Study 25 25 40
Total 150 150 150

Note: The number of questions in the NIFT entrance exam may vary in each section for each course every year beside the difficulty of the questions. Also, MFTech will have some questions from the engineering field.

Creative Ability Test (CAT)

Conducted for both UG and PG design courses to analyse the intuitive ability, power of observation in the concept of design development, CAT tests the creative use of colour and illustration skills of the candidates. 

Situation Test for UG Design Courses

Shortlisted candidates for BDes from the Written Test are required to take the Situation Test which evaluates their skills for material handling and innovative ability in a given situation. The evaluation of the test will be done on the spot by the Jury and the model will not be preserved for future reference.

Group Discussions & Personal Interview for all PG Courses 

Shortlisted students for the master’s level program from the Written Test are required to undergo case study based GD and PI wherein the GD would comprise approximately 15 to 20 minutes of conversation. Candidates are tested on the following various parameters:

  • Academic and co-curricular achievements
  • Creative and lateral thinking ability
  • Communication skills
  • Career orientation
  • Aptness for the selected program

Courses offered for NIFT Entrance Exam

Every year, the institute conducts the NIFT entrance exam for more than 20,000 students aspiring to enrol in design programs. The applicants are judged based on their knowledge, skill and aptitude for the chosen course. Here are the following courses offered through NIFT Entrance Exam:

List of UG Courses offered by NIFT Entrance Exam:

  • BDes Fashion Design (FD)
  • BDes Leather Design (LD)
  • BDes Accessory Design (AD)
  • BDes Accessory Design (AD)
  • BDes Knitwear Design (KD) 
  • BDes Fashion Communication (FC)
  • BFTech Apparel Production (AP)

List of PG Courses offered by NIFT Entrance Exam:

  • MDes
  • MFM
  • MFTech
Bachelor Degree Courses at NIFT
Master Degree Courses at NIFT

NIFT Entrance Exam Eligibility Criteria

Here are the eligibility criteria for different courses that NIFT Entrance exam offers:

Bachelor’s Programs (BDes and BFTech)

Candidates who fulfil the following age and educational qualification criteria can apply for the concerned program:

  1. Qualifying Age: Maximum age of the candidate should be 23 years as of October 1, 2020. And the upper age limit may be relaxed by a period of 5 years for candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD categories.
  2. Educational Qualification: The candidates can have either of the following:
    • Passed 10+2 from the recognised Central/State Board of Secondary Examination.
    • Passed Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by National Open School with at least 5 subjects.
    • Obtained a 3 or 4-year diploma accredited by AICTE or a State Board of Technical Education.
    • Any public board examination in India or abroad recognised by the Association of Indian Universities as equivalent to a 10+2 system.
    • GCE (General Certificate Education) examination (Cambridge/London/Sri Lanka) at the Advanced ‘A’ level/international baccalaureate.

Note: The educational qualifications for BFTech are similar to BDes, however, for BFTech the candidate should be from Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Engineering background.

Master’s Programs (MDes, MFM and MFTech)

Candidates who fulfil the following age and educational qualification criteria can apply for the concerned program:

  1. Qualifying Age: No age limit
  2. Educational Qualification: The candidates can have either of the following:
    • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from an accredited institution.
    • Undergraduate diploma of minimum 3-year from NIFT/NID.
    • In the case of MFTech, candidates should have either have completed BFTech from NIFT or BE/BTech from a recognised institution.

Professors and NIFT entrance exams toppers recommend few books for fashion aspirants from all over India. This will help you with your preparation for the GAT section and your overall preparation.

Have a quick look at the table given below:

NIFT Entrance Exam – Self Study Guide
Popular Master Guide NIFT by R. Gupta
Bright Careers Guide NIFT Entrance Exam
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McGraw Hill Education
NIFT Exam Guide by Dr R P Datason
NIFT Exam Guide by Verma
NIFT Entrance Examination (Guide) by D Mittal
Concepts of Pattern Grading
NIFT Entrance Exams: Ultimate Success Series by Surendra
Prashant Kumar’s NIFT Entrance Examination Preparation Guide
NIFT: Previous Years’ Papers (Solved) by Ramesh Publishing House

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NIFT entrance exam can be your ticket to enter the country’s renowned fashion institute. While studying at NIFT can be an experience to cherish for the lifetime, cracking the entrance exam can be equally challenging. To help you ace the exam, you can reach out to our experts at Leverage Edu.

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