National Institute of Fashion Technology Entrance Examination [ NIFT ]

By Srushit Pargat Last Updated: November 23rd, 2020

The NIFT exam

The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) organises the NIFT entrance exam to select aspirants for admission in design programmes offered by it. Approximately 23,000 students took the NIFT entrance exam in 2020 to secure admission in undergraduate and postgraduate courses offered by the design institution. 

The NIFT is considered to be a pioneer institute in fashion education. It has its headquarters located in New Delhi. Apart from this, the NIFT has domestic centres at 15 other cities including Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Jodhpur, Kangra, Kannur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Patna, Raebareli, Shillong and Srinagar. Recently, a new campus for NIFT has begun functioning at Panchkula, but only Continuous Education (CE) programmes are offered here.

The NIFT entrance exam dates are usually declared in October, every year. The NIFT 2021 entrance exam is expected to be held in January.

Based on the NIFT exam, candidates can secure admission in the following courses.

-      Bachelor of Design (B. Des)

-      Bachelor of Fashion Technology (B.F. Tech)

-      Master of Design (M. Des)

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

-      Master of Fashion Technology (M.F. Tech)

The entrance exam for NIFT has a three-tiered format for admissions to B. Des and M. Des courses.

As part of the selection process of the NIFT entrance exam 2021 for admission to courses like B. Des and M. Des, aspiring candidates need to first appear for the Creative Ability Test (C.A.T.), which is followed by a General Ability Test (G.A.T.).

The final round for admission to the B. Des course is a Situation Test, and that for the M. Des course is GD/PI round.

For B.F. Tech course admissions, candidates are required only to take the GAT exam.

For M.F.M. and M.F. Tech programmes, candidates have to appear for both the GAT and GD/PI admission rounds.

The NIFT admission process for design course admissions is mentioned in the table below.

Bachelor of Design
Situation Test
Bachelor of Fashion TechnologyGAT100%
Master of DesignCAT
Online Interview
Master of Fashion TechnologyGAT
Online Interview
Master of Fashion ManagementGAT
Online Interview
ExamNIFT - National Institute of Fashion Technology Entrance Examination
Conducting Body National Institute of Fashion Technology 
Exam Purpose Admission into 16 NIFTs 
Courses offered B. Des, B.F. Tech, M. Des, M.F. Tech, M.F.M. 
Frequency Once a year 
Exam Level National Level Exam 
Languages English 
Exam Duration CAT for B. Des: 3 Hours
GAT for B. Des and M. Des: 2 Hours
GAT for B.F. Tech, M.F.M., M.F. Tech: 3 Hours 
Mode of Application Online 
Application Fee (General) ₹ 2000 [to be paid offline] 
Mode of Examination Offline 
Mode of Counselling Online/Offline 
Number of test cities 32 cities in India 
Number of participating colleges 19 
Number of Seats 2370 Seats 
Exam Helpdesk Number 011-26542000 

NIFT 2021 Important Updates

Students are advised to take note of the following events and dates with regard to the NIFT 2021 examination.

Event Date Salient Features 
Start date to fill the NIFT application forms The last week of October 2020 The online application process for NIFT admissions starts.

The registration process remains the same. 
The last date to submit the NIFT exam application form (no late fee) The last week of December 2020 Candidates must to fill and submit the NIFT application form online with their respective application fee. 

General/ OBC (non-creamy layer) students: ₹ 2,000 
SC/ ST/ PHP category candidates: ₹ 1,000 
The extended date to submit the application form (with late fee) The first week of January 2021 Aspirants who couldn't complete their application process as per the given schedule get a chance to apply with a late fee of ₹ 5,000.

The late fee is to be paid in addition to the applicable application fee through Credit/ Debit Card only. 

If students are paying the application fee through Demand Draft, the printed application along with the DD must reach the NIFT admission cell before the date mentioned. 
Download NIFT entrance exam admit card online The second week of January 2021 Candidates those who have applied must download the NIFT admit card from the official website from 2 pm onwards. 
NIFT entrance exam day The third week of January 2021 The NIFT entrance exam will be held across 32 test centres. 
Declaration of the result for NIFT written exam The second week of March 2021 The NIFT exam result is released on the official website. The candidates can check their NIFT results by providing details such as roll number, the application number, and date of birth. 
Declaration of the final merit list for B. Des The last week of June 2021 The NIFT final merit list will be released and made available on the official website. Students can check the same using their individual login credentials. 
Declaration of the final merit list for M. Des, M.F. Tech and M.F.M. The third week of July 2021 Students can check the final result for the NIFT PG admissions on the official website of the design school using their individual login credentials. 

Eligibility Criteria

The Eligibility Criteria of NIFT 2021 includes details that candidates must go through to know the criteria that have to be met before applying for the exam.

Some eligibility standards that a candidate needs to clear before filling the NIFT Application Form are listed below.

Eligibility criteria for B. Des/B.F. Tech Courses:

- The candidate should be 23 years old as of October 1, 2020. However, 28 years is the upper age limit for the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribe/Person With Disability (P.W.D.).

- The candidate must have passed their class 12 examination from a recognized State/Central Board of Secondary Examination. OR

- The candidate must have a G.C.E. (General Certificate Education) Examination (Cambridge/London/Sri-Lanka) at the International Advanced (A)/Baccalaureate (I.B.) level. OR

- The candidate should have qualified for any Public Board/School/University Examination in India or foreign countries equivalent to the 10+2 system and recognized by the Association of Indian Universities. OR

- The candidate should at least have a passing grade with a minimum of five subjects in the Senior Secondary School Examination organized by the National Open School.OR

- Candidate should have three or 4-years diploma recognized by AICTE or a State Board of Technical Education.

Eligibility criteria for M. Des/M.F.M. Courses:

- For Master Programmes, there is no upper or lower age limit.

- The candidate must have obtained a Bachelor's Degree in any field from a recognized Institute/University in India. OR

- The candidate must have a Bachelor Diploma from NIFT/NID of minimum three years duration.

Eligibility criteria for M.F. Tech Course:

- The candidate should have a B.F. Tech. Degree obtained from NIFT. OR

- The candidate is required to have a B.E/B.Tech. Degree obtained from a recognized University/Institute in India.

The students appearing for the qualifying exam can also apply with proof of the minimum specified qualifications at counseling/admission time.

- The candidates who have not appeared for the qualifying exam before the counseling/admission date are not eligible.

- Provisional admission will only be given if the result of 12th class/final semester exam is not declared by the concerned university/Board till the date of counseling/admission. Provisional admission will not be given in cases where the result has not been reported due to other reasons.

Syllabus for NIFT 2021

B. Des and M. Des

Analytical Ability: This test is designed to test the candidate's capacity for inference and logic from the given information.

Communication Ability: This section includes questions on antonyms, correct spellings, idioms and phrases, one-word substitutes, singular and plural, synonyms, words with corresponding meanings, etc.

English Comprehension: This aims to test the candidate's ability to comprehend a situation from the given passage and their basic English language skills.

Current Affairs and General Knowledge: Questions in this sub-test are designed to test the candidate's general knowledge and current affairs.

Quantitative Ability: This section contains questions that test Addition, Division, Fractions, Multiplication, Percentage, Rate of Interest and Distance, Ratio and Proportion, Work and Task, etc.

B.F. Tech, M. Des, M.F.M, M.F. Tech

Analytical Ability and Logical Ability: This section is designed to test the candidate's ability to infer and apply the logic from the given information and evaluate their skill to identify a given problem using reasoning in solving it. Practice and conceptual clarity of creative and lateral thinking are useful here.

Case Study: This section is based on a situation in an industrial environment. It aims to evaluate the managerial ability of the candidate.

Current Affairs and General Knowledge: Questions in this sub-test are designed to test the candidate's general knowledge and current affairs.

English Comprehension and Communication Ability: This test includes questions on antonyms, comprehending a situation from a given passage, correct spellings, idioms and phrases, one-word substitutes, singular and plural, synonyms, words with corresponding meanings, etc.

Quantitative Ability: This section contains questions that test Addition, Division, Fractions, Multiplication, Percentage, Rate of Interest and Distance, Ratio and Proportion, Work and Task, etc.

Some questions from the engineering field will also be tested for M.F.Tech.


NIFT conducts the creative ability test (CAT) to examine the creative and illustrative skills of an aspirant. The NIFT CAT is the first stage of exam held by the National Institute of Fashion Design. It tests the aptitude of the candidates based on their Creativity, Design Abilities, Illustration Skills, Innovation in Development of a Concept, Innovative Use of Colours and Observation Power.

A candidate must go through the topics listed below to prepare for the NIFT CAT 2021 examination.

3D Visualisation Foreshortening and Perspective Optical Illusion 
Colour Psychology and Optical Illusions Form and Function Optical Illusion Design
Colour Terminology Graphics and Pictograms Ornaments and motifs 
Colour, Pattern and Texture Imagination and Doodling Picture Analysis 
Creative Thinking and Writing Innovation and Creation Presentation Techniques 
Design Awareness Innovation in Design Principles of Composition 
Design Theory Inspiration and Creativity Story Pictures 
Developing Themes and Colour Associations Inspiration and Design Development Theme Development 
Drawing Fundamentals Lateral Thinking Understanding Light and Shade 
Elements andPrinciples Of Design Memory Drawing Usage of Colour in Compositions 
Exercises on Imagination Mood, Theme and Colour Inter-Relationship Use of Measurements, Scale and Proportions 
Expression and Emotion Natural and Geometrical Form Visual Logic 


The General Ability Test (GAT) is conducted as a written exam comprising of sections like Communication Ability and English Comprehension, Quantitative Ability, General Knowledge and Current Affairs and Analytical Ability and Logical Ability. The essential topics that candidates must prepare for NIFT GAT 2021 are listed below.

Section Important Topics 
Analytical Ability and Logical Ability Analogy 
Analytical Ability and Logical Ability 
Analytical Decision Making 
Blood Relations 
Circular Seating Arrangement 
Coded Inequalities or Mathematical Inequalities 
Data Sufficiency 
Directions and Distances 
Double Line-Up 
Grouping and Selection Problems 
Linear Seating Arrangement 
Order and Ranking 
Verbal Reasoning 
Communication Ability and English Comprehension Antonyms 
Comprehend a situation from the passage 
Correct spellings 
Error Spotting 
Fill in the blanks 
Idioms and phrases 
One-word substitutes 
Para Jumbles 
Phrase Replacement 
Sentence Correction 
Verbal Ability 
Words with corresponding meanings 
General Knowledge and Current Affairs Countries and Capitals
Current Affairs – National and International 
India and its neighbouring countries 
Indian Constitution 
Knowledge of Current Events 
Scientific Research 
Quantitative Ability Addition 
Data Interpretation 
Data Sufficiency 
Number Series 
Number System 
Percentage Permutation and Combination / Probability 
Profit and Loss 
Rate of Interest
Ratio and Proportion 
Time, Speed and Distance 
fWork and Task 

NIFT 2021 Seat Reservation Criteria

Kindly note the reservation policy of the NIFT 2021 examination presented in the table below.

Category of Candidates Percentage of Seats Reserved 
OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) 27% 
GEN-EWS 10% 
Persons with Disability (PwD) 5% 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 15% 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 7.50% 
Foreign Nationals 5 Seats in Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Srinagar and Raebareli campuses of NIFT.

3 Seats in Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Jodhpur, Kangra, Kannur, Shillong and Patna campuses of NIFT 
State Domicile A specific number of seats is reserved in some NIFT campuses for students of the same state.

7 seats in campuses of NIFT like Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Jodhpur, Kangra, Kannur, Patna and Shillong is reserved for students belonging to the states where the campuses are situated. 

NIFT Srinagar has 13 seats reserved for candidates belonging to the state of Jammu & Kashmir. 

NIFT 2021 Exam Centres

Given below are the locations of test centres for the NIFT 2021 examination.

Test CentresTest CentresTest CentresTest Centres
Ahmedabad Dehradun Kannur Raipur 
Bengaluru Delhi Kolkata Ranchi 
Bhopal Guwahati Lucknow Shillong 
Bhubaneshwar Hyderabad Madurai Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) 
Chandigarh Jaipur Mumbai Surat 
Chennai Jammu Nagpur Udaipur 
Cochin Jodhpur Patna Vadodara 
Coimbatore Kangra Pune Visakhapatnam 

The Application Process for NIFT 2021

The NIFT 2021 Application form is released in the final week of October 2020. It will be available on the website for around two months. The candidates must fill and submit the online application form with the prescribed fee within the stipulated time. If the applicant fails to register within the time specified, they have to pay a fine of ₹ 5000 to submit the application form. The NIFT entrance exam is likely to be conducted in January 2021.

The candidates whose either one of the parents works as Development commissioners (Handloom or Handicraft) are eligible for the Artisan category.

The applicant must have passed or appeared in class 12th exam to be eligible for NIFT

The students should not be more than 23 years of age as of June 01, 2021.

Steps involved in the application process include:

1. Registration

2. Filling NIFT 2021 Application Form

3. Uploading required documents

4. Payment of application fee.

5. Printing application form

The applicants are required to pay the application fee of ₹ 2000 (without fine) before the last date to get their application form verified. The application forms that are not accompanied by the application fee will be rejected. The candidates from SC/ST/PWD category have to pay an application fee of ₹ 1000.

Pre-Requisites for Filling the NIFT 2021 Application Form

- A valid Email ID

- Personal and Education qualification details

- The applicants Caste/ Tribe/ Class certificate (for SC/ST/OBC candidates)

- PwD certificate for candidates who has a physical disability

- The scanned images of photograph and signature (in JPEG/JPG format)

- A Demand Draft in case you are paying the application fee through DD

- A credit/debit card in case of payment of application fee in online mode

How to fill the NIFT 2021 Application Form?

NIFT Registration 2021 will be entirely online. Aspiring candidates must visit the official site,, to fill the application form. An application form sent through offline modes, such as via post, is not acceptable. The steps stated below will guide you in completing the application process for NIFT 2021.

Step 1: Online Registration on official site

- Visit the official website of NIFT (

- Fill in the details like candidates name, D.O.B., reserved category details, valid email id. Select the program from the drop-down menu.

The candidate's email id and date of birth will be used for logging in for the exam.

Step 2: Filling NIFT Application Form

- Log in to the candidate's account with the email id and D.O.B. to fill the NIFT 2021 Application Form.

- Enter the relevant details of the verification code and click on the "Submit" button.

- Enter other information like examination center preference, parents' details, nationality, gender, address, academic details, and contact information.

- Click on the declaration "I agree" (click on the checkbox beside the statement).

- Click on the "Save" button after verifying the information.

Step 3: Uploading Photograph and Signature file 

- The photograph and signature file must be less than 50 K.B. in size and must be in the .jpg or .jpeg format.

- Click on the "next" button to continue with the process.

Step 4: Payment of Application Fee for Exam

The exam application fee, according to various categories, is as follows.

Category Application Fee 
General/ OBC (Non - creamy) category ₹ 2000 
SC/ST/PHP category ₹ 1000 

- The application fee can be paid in the online mode or via bank draft issued in favour of "NIFT HO" payable at New Delhi.

1. Payment of application fee through bank draft:

Candidates must get a bank draft prepared for payment of the application fee. The details on the draft related to the candidate's name, signature, date, and amount must be adequately checked. The filled application form copy should be sent along with the D.D. to the following address:

The Project Manager,

All India Management Association Management House,

14, Institutional Area,

Lodhi Road, New Delhi - 110 003

2. Payment of the application fee - Credit/Debit Card:

Applicants must provide the necessary details of their account number along with the P.I.N. to pay the fee through a secure payment gateway. The information will not be stored. Do not click on the back or refresh button while the application fee is being paid.

Click on the "next" button to continue with the process.

The application fee can be paid in the online mode or via bank draft issued in favour of "NIFT HO" payable at New Delhi.

Step 5: Print the application form

After completely filling the form, you can print a copy and keep it safely for future use. The candidates who are paying the application fee by DD need to send a copy of application form with the DD.s

NIFT 2021 Application Form Correction

The students can review and correct their personal information in the application in the first week of January 2021. Candidates can edit their NIFT Application Form in online mode only at the official website by logging in with their application form number, email ID, date of birth and verification code.

This application fee will not be refunded in case the applicant is found not eligible for admissions to NIFT after editing/updating the application form.

The candidates cannot change the examination city.

Guidelines to fill the application form:

Category Criteria 
Name Must be the same as in class 10/SSC certificate/ name on the passport. 
DOB Date of birth to be entered in the format of date/month/year This must be selected from the calendar next to the text box. 
Mobile number A functional mobile number that can be used for future communication 
Email id A functional email id of the candidate or their parents'/siblings'/relatives' that can be used for sending details of registration number and password. 
Year of completion Enter the year of passing the qualifying examination. 
Parent's name Enter the name of either parent as written in the class 10 certificate. 
Fees An amount of ₹ 2000 has to be paid and details of the mode of payment need to be mentioned. 
Educational Qualification Information of marks has to be filled in percentage for class 10, 12 and graduation. 
Correspondence address Home address/local address has to be filled. This will be used for relevant communication. 

College-wise Intake through NIFT score

The college-wise intake through a candidates NIFT examination score is given below.

Institutes Category - Open, SC, ST, OBC(NCL), GEN- EWS, PwD NRI/OCI/Foreign Nationals/SAARC State Domicile 
NIFT Srinagar 48 10 26 
NIFT Shillong 103 21 
NIFT Raebareli 185 25 
NIFT Patna 205 18 42 
NIFT New Delhi 364 49 
NIFT Mumbai 296 40 
NIFT Kolkata 296 40 
NIFT Kannur 241 21 49 
NIFT Kangra 171 15 35 
NIFT Jodhpur 206 18 42 
NIFT Hyderabad 259 35 
NIFT Gandhinagar 253 34 
NIFT Chennai 327 44 
NIFT Bhubaneswar 206 18 42 
NIFT Bhopal 103 21 
NIFT Bengaluru 327 103 


Q. How many times can an aspiring student appear for the NIFT exam?

A. Bearing in mind the criteria for eligibility of NIFT 2021, candidates who are willing to give the exam can appear for the exam as many times as they like. However, the condition provided is your age should not exceed 23 years.

Q. Is there a specific exam day guideline that one must follow while appearing for the NIFT 2021 exam?

A. Students are advised to follow basic guidelines as provided below-

- Print out of NIFT 2021 admit card

- Photo ID proof

- Own stationery like Ballpoint pen, Pencil, Eraser (for B.F. Tech), Ballpoint pen, Lead pencils, Dry colours, Eraser, Sharpner and ruler (for B.Des).

Q. How do I prepare for NIFT CAT?

A. Students need to go through the detailed exam pattern and the syllabus for NIFT CAT and formulate a preparation strategy. In NIFT CAT exam, aspirants are evaluated based on their power of observation, innovation, and design ability.

Q. How do I prepare for NIFT GAT?

A. The NIFT GAT contains multiple-choice questions that aspirants need to solve to clear the exam. Questions are from subjects such as Analytical Ability, Quantitative Ability, Communication Ability, English Comprehension, General Knowledge, and Current Affairs.

Q. Does the NIFT exam have negative marking?

A. The NIFT CAT exam does not have negative marking. However, for the G.A.T. exam, 0.25 marks are deducted for every wrong answer marked by a candidate.


Best wishes to all the NIFT aspirants from the CollegeMarg Team!