NIFT Exam 2021 Notification, Application Form, Eligibility, Syllabus Download, Admit Card and Result

NIFT Exam

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 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 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 has started the NIFT counselling 2020 online registration for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Candidates qualifying the General Ability Test (GAT) and Creative Ability Test (CAT) can register online for the counselling till 13th August 2020. To register online, candidates have to login at the NIFT website using the forms number and dates of birth.

The official notification for the NIFT 2021 exam will be released tentatively in the fourth week of October 2020. The written exam (for UG and PG courses) will be conducted in the third week of January 2021.

NIFT Exam 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

Offline

Offered Courses

UG and PG

Question Papers

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

Official Website

https://nift.ac.in

 


NIFT Exam 2021 Important Dates

The important dates (tentative) for the NIFT 2021 recruitment are mentioned below as per latest schedule:

Exam Events

Important Dates

Online registration starts

Fourth week of October 2020

Closing date of online registration

Last week of December 2020

Last date for application submission (with late fee)

First week of January 2021

Application correction window opens

First week of January 2021

Application correction window closes/the last date for

registration with late fee

First week of January 2021

Admit Card Availability (online only)

Second week of January 2021

Written Examination (UG & PG)

Third week of January 2021

Receiving objections

Fourth week of January 2021

Written exam result declaration

February/ March 2021

Situation Test/ GD/ Interview

April/ May 2021

Declaration of the final result

May/ June 2021

Counselling

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 Creative Ability Test (CAT) and General Ability Test (GAT). Those who qualify 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 written exam comprising CAT and GAT followed by GD/PI round organized for candidates who qualify 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

B.Des.

M.Des.

Language of question paper

English

English

Test Duration

120 minutes

120 minutes

Total Number of Questions

100

120

Section-Wise Distribution of Questions

English comprehension

25

30

Communication Ability

25

30

Quantitative Ability

20

20

Analytical Ability

15

25

General Knowledge and Current Affairs

15

15

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

Programme Name

B.FTech.

M.FTech.

MFM

Language of question paper

English

English

English

Test Duration

180 minutes

180 minutes

180 minutes

Total Number of Questions

150

150

150

Section-Wise Distribution of Questions

Communication Ability & English Comprehension

45

45

50

Analytical & Logical Ability

25

25

25

Quantitative Ability

30

30

10

General Knowledge and Current Affairs

25

25

25

Case Study

25

25

40

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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

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 on 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 application form online from the third week of October 2020 till the fourth week of December 2020. 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 Exam?

  • A candidate should visit the official website of the NIFT Admissions.
  • Click on ‘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 Registration id with Login ID and password.
  • Now, log-in into 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

General/OBC

₹ 2000/-

SC/ST/PwD

₹ 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 2021 Application Correction

The facility for application correction is provided for candidates to correct the mistakes made in the application form. The application correction facility will tentatively begin in the first week of January 2021. The corrections will be allowed in a limited number of fields. No change in the examination center will be permitted. You can login 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

State

New Delhi

Main Campus (Union Territory)

Mumbai

Maharashtra

Hyderabad

Telangana

Chennai

Madras

Kolkata

West Bengal

Bengaluru

Karnataka

Gandhinagar

Gujarat

Patna

Bihar

Kangra

Himachal Pradesh

Kannur

Kerala

Bhopal

Madhya Pradesh

Shilong

Meghalaya

Bhubaneswar

Odisha

Jodhpur

Rajasthan

Srinagar

Jammu and Kashmir

Raebareli

Uttar Pradesh

Panchkula

Haryana

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.

Programmes

Test

Timings

Bachelor of Design

CAT

10:00 AM to 01:00 PM

GAT

02:30 PM to 04:30 PM

Bachelor of Fashion Technology

GAT

10:00 AM to 01:00 PM

Master of Design

CAT

10:00 AM to 01:00 PM

GAT

02:30 PM to 04:30 PM

Master of Fashion Technology

GAT

10:00 AM to 01:00 PM

Master of Fashion Management

GAT

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:

S.No.

Exam City

S.No.

Exam City

1

Ahmedabad

17

Kannur (Kerala)

2

Bengaluru

18

Kolkata

3

Bhopal

19

Lucknow

4

Bhubaneswar

20

Madurai

5

Chandigarh

21

Mumbai

6

Chennai

22

Nagpur

7

Cochin

23

Patna

8

Coimbatore

24

Pune

9

Dehradun

25

Raipur

10

Delhi

26

Ranchi

11

Guwahati

27

Surat

12

Hyderabad

28

Udaipur

13

Jaipur

29

Vadodara

14

Jammu

30

Visakhapatnam

15

Jodhpur

31

Shilong

16

Kangra

32

Srinagar

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Reservation of Seats

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

Categories

Reservation

SC

15%

ST

7.5%

OBC (Non-Creamy Layer)

27%

GEN-EWS

10%

PwD (Persons with Disability)

5%

NIFT 2021 Admit Card

Candidates can get their admit card online from the official website of NIFT from the second week of January 2021 onwards. 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 at the examination centre. Without the admit card, candidates will not be allowed to take up the exam.

NIFT 2021 Answer Key

The NIFT 2021 answer key will be released in the third week of January 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 2021 Answer Key.
  • 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 postal letter, email, or any other mode other than online will not be considered.

NIFT 2021 Result Declaration

The NIFT 2021 result will be announced through the official NIFT admission website. Candidates can check their result using their login ID and password. The result will be declared twice - once after the Written Test and 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) has started the online application process for counselling for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Students who have cleared General Ability Test (GAT) and Creative Ability Test (CAT) can register for online counselling on the official website at - nift.ac.in. The last date to register is 13th August 2020.

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 school/ college last attended.
  • Parents’ Income Certificate (Income Tax Return of 2020-21, Salary Certificate of March 2021) as a proof for the source of 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 qualifying exam is pending).
  • An undertaking for 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 - nift.ac.in
  • 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 registered mobile number and email ID.
  • Candidates will have to attend the counselling on the scheduled date through Zoom Meeting.

 

NIFT 2021 Exam FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

The NIFT 2021 exam will be conducted in the third week of January 2021 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 2021 exam conducted?

The exam will be held tentatively in the third week of January 2021.

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

Candidates can get the application form from the fourth week of October till the last week of December 2020.

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

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 on 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.


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