NIFT 2023: Application Form(Released), Exam Date(Out), Eligibility, Syllabus Download, Admit Card & Admission

Last Modified on : 18 Jul 2024

National Institute of Fashion Technology conducts the NIFT Entrance Examination every year for admission to its undergraduate (Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Fashion Technology) and post-graduate courses in Fashion. NIFT score is applicable for admission to courses offered at 16 campuses of the NIFT at Bengaluru, Bhopal, Gandhinagar, Jodhpur, Kangra, Kannur, Raebareli, Shillong, Bhubaneshwar, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Patna, Mumbai, Srinagar, and New Delhi. Here are the details about the NIFT entrance exam 2023 related to eligibility, pattern, syllabus, important dates, NIFT entrance exam preparations, admit card, results, etc.

NIFT Career Opportunities

Fashion Designing is a comprehensive term, and it can be segmented into the following career options- Garment/clothing designing, accessory designing, footwear designing, stylist, personal shopping, retail buying, textile design, etc.

Read below to learn more about the NIFT 2023 Exam.

NIFT 2023 Latest Updates:

- NIFT 2023 exam will be conducted on 5th February 2023.

- NIFT 2023 Admit Card will release on 16th January 2023.

- The National Institute of Fashion Technology has started the NIFT application process 2023 from 1st November 2022 onwards.

Candidates can fill out the NIFT application form online on the official website of the design entrance examination. But only filling NIFT 2023 application form does not solve the purpose; candidates need to ensure that they complete and submit their application form for NIFT admissions as per the date and time mentioned by officials. The written exam of NIFT 2023 (for UG and PG courses) will be conducted on 5th February 2023.

NIFT 2023 Quick Overview

Name of the exam

National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) Entrance Examination

Exam conducting authority

National Institute of Fashion Technology

Exam Type

National Level

Exam Occurrence

Once a year

Exam Mode


Offered Courses

UG and PG

Question Papers

GAT (General Ability Test) and CAT (Creative Ability Test)

Official Website

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NIFT Exam 2023 Important Dates

Candidates can go through important application dates for the NIFT entrance exam in the table below:

NIFT 2023 Events

Important Dates

Online registration starts

1st November 2022

Closing date of online registration

31st December 2022

Last date for application submission (with late fee)

8th January 2023

The application correction window opens

9th to 12th January 2023

Admit Card Availability (online only)

16th January 2023

Written Examination (UG & PG)

5th February 2023

Answer Key Availability

February 2023

Written exam result declaration

March 2023

Situation Test/ GD/ Interview

 April 2023

Last date for foreign nationals/SAARC/NRI/online registration

April 2023

Declaration of the final result

May 2023


May 2023

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NIFT Exam 2023 Pattern & Syllabus

The examination process for admission to each course is different. Here is the detailed information:

Bachelor of Design (B.Des.)

The written examination comprises the Creative Ability Test (CAT) and General Ability Test (GAT). Those who qualify for the written test are required to appear for the Situation Test.

Bachelor of Fashion Technology (B.FTech.)

The written examination comprises the General Ability Test (GAT).

Master of Design (M.Des.)

The written examination includes CAT and GAT, followed by Group Discussion and Personal Interview (GD/PI).

Master of Fashion Technology (M.FTech.)

Admission is made on the basis of a written exam comprising CAT and GAT followed by a GD/PI round organized for candidates who qualify for the written examination.

Master of Fashion Management (M.F.M.)

The selection process comprises GAT (written exam). Shortlisted candidates are called for Group Discussions and Personal Interviews (GD/PI).

Now, let’s have a look at the pattern of the NIFT Written Examination (CAT and GAT pattern)

General Ability Test (GAT) Pattern (for UG and PG Design Programmes)

Programme Name



Language of question paper



Test Duration

120 minutes

120 minutes

Total Number of Questions



Section-Wise Distribution of Questions

English comprehension



Communication Ability



Quantitative Ability



Analytical Ability



General Knowledge and Current Affairs



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General Ability Test (GAT) Pattern (for UG and PG Programmes in Fashion Technology and Master of Fashion Management)

Programme Name




Language of question paper




Test Duration

180 minutes

180 minutes

180 minutes

Total Number of Questions




Section-Wise Distribution of Questions

Communication Ability & English Comprehension




Analytical & Logical Ability




Quantitative Ability




General Knowledge and Current Affairs




Case Study




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The number of questions in each section may vary each year.

Creative Ability Test (CAT) Pattern

The creative test is conducted for both UG and PG programs to test intuitive ability, innovative use of color, illustration skills, and observation power in concept development and design ability.

Situation Test

The situation test evaluates the candidate’s innovative ability and skills in handling material in a given situation. Candidates are required to create a model along with a short write-up explaining the concept. The model will be evaluated on innovation, creativity, space visualization, color scheme, and overall presentation.

Group Discussion and Personal Interviews

Candidates who qualify for the written examination are required to appear for the GD and PI rounds. GD includes 15 to 20 minutes of discussion on the case study assigned to the candidate, where candidates are assessed on interpersonal skills, problem-solving skills, leadership qualities, communication skills, etc. The personal interview evaluates a candidate on general awareness, career orientation, aptitude, communication, etc.

NIFT Latest Syllabus

Quantitative Ability: Addition, Division, Multiplication, Fractions, Rate of Interest, Percentage, Ratio and Proportion, Work and Task, and Distance.

Communication Ability and English Comprehension: Reading comprehension, one-word substitution, words with corresponding meanings, synonyms, antonyms, singular, plural, correct spellings, idioms, and phrases.

Analytical Ability and Logical Ability: Practice concepts related to lateral thinking, reasoning questions, etc.

General Knowledge and Current Affairs: Keep track of current events happening across the country and the world.

Case Study: Situation-based questions related to the industry.

NIFT Entrance Exam Preparation

The NIFT exam involves a test of creativity skills such as observation, drawing, writing, and visualization. It is a highly competitive exam, and thus candidates need to follow a strategy for preparation. Here are some tips:

Work on your Observation and Visualization Skills

The exam tests the candidate on their imaginative and creative skills. So, practice sketching a lot. Try new stuff. Also, avoid using an eraser. This helps in improving the sketch quality. Search for sketching options in journals, magazines, newspapers, and websites.

Work on Improving Speed

Only having good drawing skills is not enough for the exam. Having speed is very important to get through the NIFT exam, as the exam involves showcasing your creativity and imagination in a limited time.

Prepare for GAT

GAT involves testing of Communication Ability, English, Analytical Ability, Quantitative Ability, and General Knowledge. There are preparation books for the same. Candidates can buy a book and practice from the same. For the current affairs section, read the newspaper daily. Also, read fashion-related books and magazines for fashion industry updates.

Solve Previous Years’ Papers

Try to solve as many previous years’ papers as you can. Solving previous years’ papers is the best way to prepare well for the exam. It helps in understanding the pattern, question type, etc. Solving the papers also helps in increasing speed and accuracy.


Self-care is also necessary while preparing for the exam. Candidates must do regular exercise, yoga, and meditation to relax the mind and improve competition. Sleeping for 6 to 7 hours is also necessary for a refreshed mind. Involvement in any physical activity. Eat healthy, home-cooked food.

NIFT Preparation Books

Here is the list of recommended books for NIFT entrance exam preparation:

Book Name

Purchase Link

Guide for NIFT/ NID/ IIFT 2021 by Arihant Experts

Get the Book

NIFT/NID/IIFT Entrance Exam Guide by Ramesh Publishing House

Get the Book

NIFT/NID/IIFT Entrance Examination by Dharmendra Mittal

Get the Book

NIFT Entrance Exam Books – GAT, CAT, MAT, SITUATION Test by Dr D. Mittal

Get the Book

NIFT/NID/IIFT Entrance Examination by Shadan Usmani

Get the Book

NIFT/ NID Previous Years’ Papers (Solved) by RPH Editorial Board

Get the Book

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Do check the edition of the book, language of the author, students’ review, sample papers, syllabus covered in the book, etc. We recommend students buy only one book at a time. Don’t make a pile of books on your study table.

NIFT Exam 2023 Eligibility

Eligibility Criteria for UG Course

  • A candidate should not be more than 23 years of age as of 1st October 2021. However, there is an age relaxation of 5 years for the Reserved Category candidates.
  • A candidate should have passed class 12th or equivalent examination from a recognized Board.
  • A Diploma in Engineering (3 or 4 years) is required for the Bachelor program in Fashion Technology (B.FTech.).

Eligibility Criteria for PG Courses

  • To pursue M.Des. and MFM programs, candidates should have done Graduation (any discipline) from a recognised University or three years UG Diploma from NIFT/NID. Candidates in the final year of Graduation are also eligible to appear for the exam.
  • To pursue M.FTech, candidates should have done from NIFT or B. Tech/B.E. from a recognised University.
  • There is no age limit for the NIFT Exam.

Find eligibility criteria in more detail.

NIFT Exam 2023 Application Process

Candidates can get the NIFT 2023 application form online from 1st November 2022 till 31st December 2022. The application forms will be accepted only through online mode. So, candidates must ensure that they fill out the form online from the official website only.

Please note that all “entries in the application form shall be filled online in English.”

How to Apply for NIFT 2023?

  • A candidate should visit the official website of the NIFT Admissions.
  • Click on the ‘Fresh Candidate to create Log-in (New Log In) button.
  • Enter the information – candidate’s name, DOB, category, email ID, program type, and name to complete the registration process.
  • Upon successful registration, a candidate will be given a Registration id with a Login ID and password.
  • Now, log in to your account to complete the registration process.
  • Complete the remaining details, upload scanned images of your photograph and signature, and make the fee payment.
  • Before submitting the application form, a candidate should check it to make corrections for any errors.
  • Take a printout of the completed application form.

Application Fee

Candidates are required to make fee payments as per their category:

Category of Candidate

Application fee


₹ 3,000/-


₹ 1,500/-

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The application fee can be paid through the Credit Card/Debit Card or Demand Draft.

Mode of Payment

  • The DD should reach the following address –

Project Manager – CMS

All India Management Association (AIMA)
15 Link Road, Lajpat Nagar - Part 3
New Delhi – 110024

NIFT Application Correction 2023

The facility for application correction is provided for candidates to correct the mistakes made in the application form. The application correction facility began on the 9th and will end on the 12th of January, 2023. The corrections will be allowed in a limited number of fields. No change in the examination center will be permitted. You can log in using your registration number and password to make corrections to the application form.

No correction in the application form will be allowed after the correction facility is closed. So, candidates must make the corrections carefully.

NIFT Exam 2023 Other Details

NIFT Campuses

There are 8 NIFT campuses. The NIFT campuses are as follows:

NIFT Campuses


New Delhi

Main Campus (Union Territory)








West Bengal








Himachal Pradesh




Madhya Pradesh








Jammu and Kashmir


Uttar Pradesh



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NIFT 2023 Exam Schedule

The exam schedule for NIFT 2023 mentioned here is as per the 2021 schedule. The timings will be updated as per the 2023 schedule when released.




Bachelor of Design


10:00 AM to 01:00 PM


02:30 PM to 04:30 PM

Bachelor of Fashion Technology


10:00 AM to 01:00 PM

Master of Design


10:00 AM to 01:00 PM


02:30 PM to 04:30 PM

Master of Fashion Technology


10:00 AM to 01:00 PM

Master of Fashion Management


10:00 AM to 01:00 PM

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NIFT Examination Centers

Candidates can select only one city for the examination. No requests for change in the exam city are entertained at any stage. Here are the exam city options:


Exam City


Exam City




Kannur (Kerala)





























































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Reservation of Seats

Seats are reserved for different categories of candidates in different courses. The reservation criteria are as under:







OBC (Non-Creamy Layer)




PwD (Persons with Disability)


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NIFT Admit Card 2023

NIFT entrance exam admits card 2023 for the written entrance exam will be released by the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) on 16th January 2023. NIFT admit card will be available for download online only. Candidates need to visit the official website of the National Institute of Fashion Technology to download their admit card for the NIFT exam. Aspirants are informed that NIFT 2023 admit cards will not be sent to them by any other means, such as by post or by hand, under any circumstance.

The admit card contains the name, roll number, details of the venue of the exam, and the date and time of the exam. It is mandatory to bring the admit card to the examination center. Without the admit card, candidates will not be allowed to take up the exam.

NIFT Answer Key 2023

The NIFT answer key will be released in month of February 2023 through online mode. Candidates can download the answer key using their log-in credentials. The answer keys can be downloaded using the following steps:

  • Visit the official website.
  • Click the link to download the NIFT Answer Key 2023.
  • Provide the details asked for, such as roll number, program, question booklet series, and date of birth. Submit the details.
  • The answer key will appear on the screen.

You can estimate your scores following the marking scheme for the exam.

Raising Objection Against the Answer Key

Candidates are also provided with the option to raise objections against the answer key. If candidates find any answer incorrect, they can submit their representation against the same with supporting reasons. For challenging every answer, a payment of ₹ 500 is to be made online mode. The objections are to be raised only within the limited time provided for the same.

If the objections raised by the candidates are found to be correct by the subject experts, the answer key will be revised accordingly. The fee paid for objections found to be correct will be refunded. Candidates must note that no fee will be refunded if the objections are found to be incorrect. Also, any objections raised through a postal letter, email, or any other mode other than online will not be considered.

NIFT Result 2023 Declaration

NIFT 2023 results will be announced through the official NIFT admission website in the second week of March 2023. Candidates can check their results using their login ID and password. The result will be declared twice - once after the Written Test and the second time (final result) after the Situation Test. After the written test, the successful candidates are required to appear in the Situation Test/Group Discussion/ Interview. The final merit list will be prepared on the basis of the aggregate marks obtained by the candidate in the written test and the group discussion. After that, candidates will be called for counselling, where the allocation of seats will be made in different colleges.

Steps for Checking the NIFT 2023 Result

The NIFT 2023 result can be checked using the following steps:

  • Go to the official website of NIFT.
  • Click on the NIFT Result 2023 link.
  • Enter the details for login and submit the same.
  • The result will appear on the screen.
  • Download and take a print for future reference.

Details Mentioned on the NIFT Result 2023

The following details will be mentioned on the NIFT 2023 result/ scorecard:

  • Candidate’s name
  • Roll number
  • Application Number
  • Programme Applied for
  • Category
  • CAT marks
  • GAT marks
  • Total marks

NIFT Counselling

The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) conducts the counselling process for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Students who have cleared the General Ability Test (GAT) and Creative Ability Test (CAT) can register for online counselling on the official website at - Students who will be shortlisted after the counselling will be eligible for taking admission to UG and PG programs for the courses including Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Fashion Technology and Master of Fashion Management, Master of Design, and Master of Fashion Technology.

The NIFT Counselling process is conducted for successful candidates after the interview stage. The details of the counselling process, such as procedure, dates, mode, venue, etc, are released on the official website. Candidates must keep a check on the official website for the same.

Documents Required for Admission

Candidates are required to carry the following documents along with photocopies for the admission process:

  • Mark sheet and certificates (original) of the qualifying examination, i.e., class 12th. For admission to PG courses, candidates must carry the mark sheet and certificate of the graduation examination. For those who are in the final year of the qualifying exam, carry the mark sheet of all the previous years. And, for those who have appeared in the final year examination and the result is awaited, bring the admit card/ date sheet of the examination along with previous semester mark sheets.
  • Date of Birth Proof (Secondary School Mark Sheet and Certificate)
  • Bank Draft of requisite fee in favor of ‘NIFT HO’. Mention your name, rank, roll number, mobile number, name of program, category, and counselling date at the back of the Draft.
  • Category certificate for SC/ST/OBC/PwD/ GEN-EWS categories. For State domicile seats, the domicile status will be decided by the address of the school/ college last attended.
  • Parents’ Income Certificate (Income Tax Return of 2021-22, Salary Certificate of March 2023) as proof of the source of the funding tuition fee.
  • Medical fitness certificate (original) signed by a registered medical practitioner.
  • Affidavit on non-judicial stamp paper of ₹ 10/- (in case the result of the qualifying exam is pending).
  • An undertaking for a refund of the fee.
  • An undertaking for Anti-Ragging.

All the original documents (except for the medical certificate) will be returned to the candidates after verification.

How to register for NIFT Counselling:

  • Visit the official website at -
  • Under the ‘Admissions tab’, click on the link that reads ‘Register for online counseling.
  • Provide all the required information.
  • Pay the counselling fees.
  • NIFT will verify documents after the payment is complete.
  • After the documents are verified, a Zoom meeting link will be sent to the registered mobile number and email ID.
  • Candidates will have to attend the counselling on the scheduled date through Zoom Meeting.

NIFT Exam Frequently Asked Questions

The exam will be held on 5th February 2023.

The application forms are available from 1st November 2022 and remain until 31st December 2022.

The application form can be availed online from the official NIFT Admission website.

The application fee for the General candidate is Rs. 3000, and for reserved category candidates, it is Rs. 1500.

The candidate should have done either B.F.Tech from NIFT or B. Tech/B.E. from a recognized University to pursue the M.F.Tech from NIFT.

The candidate should have done the 12th standard or equivalent in any stream from any recognized Board.

The candidate should not be more than 23 years of age as of 1st October 2022.

There are two types of papers in the NIFT exam; GAT (General Ability Test) and CAT (Creative Ability Test). Detailed information is available above in the article.