NIFT 2022 Syllabus & Updated Exam Pattern

Last Modified: 16 Apr 2024

NIFT 2022 exam is conducted for both UG and PG Design Programmes. There are two written tests that a student needs to take irrespective of the programme he/she is applying for. These two written tests are – Creative Ability Test (CAT) and General Ability Test (GAT). The components of the written test are shared below:

For the General Ability Test (GAT) (both B.Des and M.Des Programmes)








120 Minutes

120 Minutes


No. of Questions

No. of Questions

Quantitative Ability



Communication Ability



English Comprehension



Analytical Ability



General Knowledge and Current Affairs






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NOTE: The number of sections in each section and for each course may vary year to year. Also, the level of difficulty in questions for the course may vary.

For Creative Ability Test (CAT)

Creative Ability Test is given for both UG and PG Design Programmes to assess the design ability, power of observation in concept development, and intuitive ability of the candidate. One of the important aspects of the CAT is to ascertain the creative and innovative use of colours and illustration skills.

Syllabus of General Ability Test (For All Programmes)

Quantitative Ability:

This section is designed in order to test the quantitative ability of the candidates. It comprises questions on various topics such as Addition, Multiplication, Division, Fractions, Rate of Interest, Percentage, Distance, Ratio and Proportion, and Work and Task.

Communication Ability and English Comprehension:

This section of the CAT is basically for evaluating the language ability of the candidates in regular communication in English. The questions in this section are based on synonyms, antonyms, singular, plural, idioms and phrases, comprehend a situation from a given passage, words with corresponding meanings, correct spellings etc.

Analytical Ability and Logical Ability:

This section is designed to evaluate the candidate’s aptitude in identifying the given problem and provide reasoning to solve the main issue of the problem and to test the candidate’s ability for inference and logic from the given information.

General Knowledge and Current Affairs:

This test is designed to evaluate the awareness of candidates on current affairs and general knowledge.

Case Study:

This section is based on a situation of industry environment which helps in testing the managerial ability of the candidates.

Candidates who will be shortlisted after from the written test will need to go for the Situation test/Group Discussion (GD) / Interview as required (except B.FTech).

Syllabus for Situation Test – For UG Design Programmes

After the written test, shortlisted candidates are required to take the Situation Test. This test is conducted to assess the candidate’s skills for the handling of material and the innovative ability for a given situation with a given set of materials.

Evaluation of the model will be based on the innovative and creative use of provided material, space visualization, construction skill, composition of elements, finesse, colour scheme and presentation of the model overall. These factors will be tested along with the write up describing the concept behind the model. As the medium of instruction of NIFT is in English, so the write-up should also be in English.

Group Discussions and Personal Interviews (GD/PI) – For All PG Programmes

Candidates for Masters Programmes who gets shortlisted from the written entrance examination will need to go through Case Study based Group Discussions (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) round. Group Discussion round will be of duration around 15 to 20 minutes, on the basis of which, a panel of experts will evaluate the candidates on the following parameters:

  • Clarity of concepts
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Ability to produce new ideas
  • Knowledge of the topic assigned
  • Leadership qualities
  • Problem-solving approach
  • Effective communication
  • Contribution made to the topic

Personal Interview

In case of a personal interview round, candidates will be evaluated on the parameters listed below:

  • Communication
  • Career orientation
  • General awareness and aptitude, creative, and lateral thinking
  • Aptness for the course
  • Overall personal achievements in academics and co-curricular activities.

As there is no such defined syllabus for the NIFT 2022 entrance exam, we have provided the concepts and topics, and the way the NIFT exam will be conducted. So, now as you have ample information about the NIFT 2022 syllabus, you can prepare for the exam accordingly.