NIFT 2021: Result (Out), Application Form, Eligibility, Syllabus Download, Admit Card & Admission


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 2021 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 shopper, retail buyer, textile designer, etc.

Read below to know more about the NIFT 2021 Exam.

NIFT 2021 Latest Updates: The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) has declared the result of the entrance exam on 17th March 2021 (Wednesday). The National Institute of Fashion Technology has started the NIFT application process 2021 from 14th December 2020 onwards. Candidates need to positively complete their application process for NIFT admissions 2021 by 11:59 pm on 21st January. Aspirants who are not able to meet this deadline can submit their application form for NIFT Entrance Exam 2021 with a late fee of ₹ 5,000 by 24th January 2021.

Candidates can fill NIFT application form online on the official website of the design entrance examination. But only filling NIFT 2021 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 2021 (for UG and PG courses) will be conducted on 14th February 2021.

NIFT 2021 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

Available Application Forms

NIFT Exam 2021 Important Dates

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

NIFT 2021 Events

Important Dates

Online registration starts

14th December 2020

Closing date of online registration

21st January 2021

Last date for application submission (with late fee)

24th January 2021

Application correction window opens

25th January 2021

Application correction window closes/the last date for registration with late fee

28th January 2021

Admit Card Availability (online only)

01st February 2021

Written Examination (UG & PG)

14th February 2021

Receiving objections

February 2021

Written exam result declaration

17th March 2021

Situation Test/ GD/ Interview

April/ May 2021

Declaration of the final result

May/ June 2021


End of May/ June 2021 onwards

NIFT Exam 2021 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 done 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 Discussion and Personal Interview (GD/PI).

Now, let’s have a look at the pattern of 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 programmes to test intuitive ability, innovative use of colour, illustration skills, and observation power in concept development and design ability.

Situation Test

The situation test evaluates the candidate’s innovative ability and skills of 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, colour scheme, and overall presentation.

Group Discussion and Personal Interviews

Candidates who qualify the written examination are required to appear for the GD and PI round. 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 a track of current events happening across the country and the world.

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

NIFT Entrance Exam Preparations 2021

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 the 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. Involve in any physical activity. Eat healthy, home-cooked food.

NIFT 2021 Preparation Books

Here is the list of recommended books for NIFT entrance exam preparation 2021:

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

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

NIFT Exam 2021 Eligibility

Eligibility Criteria for UG Course

  • A candidate should not be more than 23 years of age as of 1st October 2020. 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 programme 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 B.FTech. 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 details.

NIFT Exam 2021 Application Process

Candidates can get the NIFT 2021 application form online from 14th December 2020 till 21st January 2021. The application forms will be accepted only through the online mode. So, candidates must ensure that they fill the form online from the official website only.

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

How to Apply for NIFT 2021?

  • 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, programme type and programme 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 error.
  • Take a print out of the completed application form.

Application Fee

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

Category of Candidate

Application fee


₹ 2000/-


₹ 1000/-

Mode of Payment

  • The application fee can be paid through the Credit Card/Debit Card or Demand Draft.
  • 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 2021

The facility for application correction is provided for candidates to correct the mistakes made in the application form. The application correction facility will begin on 25th January 2021. The corrections will be allowed in a limited number of fields. No change in the examination centre will be permitted. You can log in using your registration number and password to make corrections in 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.

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



NIFT 2021 Exam Schedule

The exam schedule for NIFT 2021 mentioned here is as per the 2020 schedule. The timings will be updated as per the 2021 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 2021 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)


NIFT Admit Card 2021

NIFT entrance exam admit card 2021 for the written entrance exam will be released by the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) on 01st February 2021. NIFT admit card is 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 2021 admit card would 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 centre. Without the admit card, candidates will not be allowed to take up the exam.

NIFT Answer Key 2021

The NIFT answer key will be released in the month of February 2021 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 for downloading the NIFT Answer Key 2021.
  • Provide the details asked for such as roll number, programme, 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 through 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 2021 Declaration

NIFT 2021 Result has been announced through the official NIFT admission website on 17th March 2021. Candidates can check their result 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 2021 Result

The NIFT 2021 result can be checked using the following steps:

  • Go to the official website of NIFT.
  • Click on the NIFT Result 2021 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 2021

The following details will be mentioned on the NIFT 2021 result/ scorecard:

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

NIFT Counselling

National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) conduct 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 programmes for the courses including Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Fashion Technology and Master of Fashion Management, Master of Design and Master of Fashion Technology.

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 favour of ‘NIFT HO’. Mention your name, rank, roll number, mobile number, name of programme, category, 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 2020-21, Salary Certificate of March 2021) as proof for 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 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 counselling’.
  • Provide all the required information.
  • Pay the counselling fees.
  • Documents will be verified by NIFT after the payment is complete.
  • After the documents are verified, a Zoom meeting link will be sent on the registered mobile number and email ID.
  • Candidates will have to attend the counselling on the scheduled date through Zoom Meeting.


NIFT Exam 2021 - FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

The NIFT exam will be conducted on 14th February for admission to UG and PG level fashion designing programmes. Here are the answers to frequently asked questions related to the exam.

Q. When will be the NIFT exam conducted?

The exam will be held on 14th February 2021.

Q. When one can avail the application form for the NIFT Exam 2021?

The application forms are available from 14th December 2020 and will remain available till 21st January 2021.

Q. How to get the application form for the exam?

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

Q. What is the application fee for the NIFT 2021 Exam?

The application fee for the General candidate is ₹ 2000 and for reserved category candidates it is ₹ 1000.

Q. What is the eligibility criterion to appear for the M.FTech?

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

Q. What is the eligibility criterion for the Bachelor’s degree in Design?

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

Q. What is the age limit for NIFT’s Bachelor’s programme?

The candidate should not be more than 23 years of age as of 1st October 2020.

Q. How many types of question papers are there in the NIFT Exam?

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.