NIFT Application form 2021: Registration, exam dates, syllabus, Eligibility

All details that you need to know about the NIFT application process, syllabus, examination structure, exam dates and schedule.

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This article mentions the probable dates of NIFT Admissions 2021 based on the information from the previous year. We will update it based on the current information as soon as NIFT releases the new prospectus. Moreover, we think that it will be very challenging to conduct an examination nationwide in a post pandemic or post COVID-19 situation.

National Institute of Fashion Technology, at all its campuses, provides a learning environment and experience of the highest order concerning fashion design, fashion technology, and fashion management. The institute encourages students to draw inspiration from India’s textile industry and crafts industry while focusing on global relevant trends of the fashion industry.

NIFT entrance examnination 2021 details

NIFT has a total of 16 campuses in India. The details on these campuses can be found at their corresponding links given below.

1 NIFT Delhi 9 NIFT Bhubaneswar
2 NIFT Chennai 10 NIFT Jodhpur
3 NIFT Gandhinagar 11 NIFT Kangra
4 NIFT Kolkata 12 NIFT Kannur
5 NIFT Hyderabad 13 NIFT Patna
6 NIFT Mumbai 14 NIFT Raebareli
7 NIFT Bengaluru 15 NIFT Shillong
8 NIFT Bhopal 16 NIFT Srinagar

Read more on programs offered at NIFT

NIFT Entrance Examination Overview

NIFT Entrance examination is conducted by the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi. There are approximately 4000 total seats available across the sixteen above listed campuses of NIFT.

The application fee for General candidates is Rs. 2000 /- and for other applicants of category SC/ST/PWD is Rs. 1000 /-.

The application process of NIFT is online. The mode of exam is pen and paper and the duration is 03 hours. The tests have objective type questions and are subject to negative marking. The negative marking is applied at the rate of 0.25 for each wrong answer.

Based on their choice, an applicant has to appear for a written examination. Bachelor programs do not have any GD/PI. However, master programs have GD/PI based on the performance in the written examination.

A weightage of test types with respect to the program is given below. The final merit list is prepared based on the given weightages.

Programs Test Weightage (%)
B. Des ( Bachelor of Design) CAT 50
  GAT 30
  Situation Test 20
M. Des ( Master of Design ) CAT 40
  GAT 30
  GD/PI 30
B. F.Tech (Bachelor of Fashion Technology) GAT 100
M. F.Tech (Master of Fashion Technology) GAT 70
  GD/PI 30
M. FM ( Master of Fashion Management) GAT 70%
  GD/PI 30%

NIFT Exam Syllabus 2021

NIFT’s written exam evaluates applicants on knowledge of subjects such as Maths, English, GK, creativity, and visualisation aspects. The test is broadly divided into questions on Quantitative Ability, Communication Ability, English Comprehension, Analytical Ability, General Knowledge and current affairs.

Below given sections classify examination structure based on Design, Technology, and Management programs

GAT (General Ability Test) - Written Test

Applicants get 120 minutes to attempt approximately 100/120 questions in the examination for both B.Des and M.Des programmes. Breakup of questions based on each section is given below.

Programme B. Des M. Des
Test Duration (Minutes) 120 120
Language of Test English / Hindi English / Hindi
  No of Questions No of Questions
Quantitative Ability 20 20
Communication Ability 25 30
English Comprehension 25 30
Analytical Ability 15 25
General Knowledge and Current Affairs 15 15
Total Questions 100 120

CAT (Creative Ability Test) - Written Test

This test is administered for both UG and PG Design Programmes to judge the intuitive ability, power of observation in concept development and design ability of the candidate. An important aspect of the test is the creative and innovative use of colour and illustration skills.

Situation Test For UG Design Programs - After Written Test

Shortlisted candidates for B.Des from the written entrance examination are required to take a Situation Test.

It is a hands on test to evaluate the candidate’s skills for material handling and innovative ability in a given situation with a given set of materials. No additional material will be provided / allowed.

The constructed model is evaluated on following parameters :

  1. Space visualization

  2. Innovative and creative use of given material

  3. Composition of elements

  4. Colour scheme

  5. Construction skill

  6. Finesse of the model, and

  7. Overall presentation etc.

These parameters are checked with the write up explaining the concept behind the model constructed. Since the medium of instruction in NIFT is English, the write-up will be in English. No marks will be given for write-up in any other language.

The use of outside/additional material in making the model/design is not permitted. Also, candidates who try to disclose their identity by writing any personal details or place any identifica- tion mark on the model/ design/write-up shall be considered ‘DISQUALIFIED’ and the final result of these candidates shall not be declared.

The evaluation of the test is done by the Jury on the spot.

The constructed model is not preserved for future reference.

NIFT Exam Structure 2021 for UG / PG Technology and Management Programs

Below given details represent the components of the Written test for B. FTech, M. FTech and MFM programmes.

Programme B. FTech M. FTech MFM
Test Duration (Minutes) 180 180 180
Language of Test English / Hindi English / HIndi English / Hindi
  No of Questions No of Questions No of Questions
Quantitative Ability 30 30 10
Communication Ability & English Comprehension 45 45 50
Analytical & Logical Ability 25 25 25
General Knowledge and Current Affairs 25 25 25
Case Study 25 25 40
Total Questions 150 150 150

M.F Tech will also have some questions from the engineering field. The number of questions may vary in each section and for each course year to year. The level of difficulty in questions for all courses may vary.

NIFT GD/PI for all PG programmes

Shortlisted candidates for Masters Programmes from the written entrance examination are required to undergo Case Study based Group Discussions (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). GD would comprise approximately 15 to 20 minutes of discussion.

Read our post on GD/PI in NIFT

NIFT Eligibility Criteria 2021

Applicants need to apply for the desired program based on the given eligibility criteria.

Criteria Description
Age The maximum age should be 23 years as of 1st October 2020
  The upper age limit may be relaxed by a period of 5 (five) years for candidates of Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe/ Person with Disability (PWD) categories
Education The +2 level examination in the 10+2 pattern of examination of any recognized Central/State Board of Secondary Examination, such as Central Board of Secondary Education / State Board New Delhi, and Council for Indian School of Certificate Examination, New Delhi.
  OR A passing grade in the Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Open School with a minimum of five subjects
  OR 3 or 4-years diploma recognized by AICTE or a State Board of Technical Education.
  OR Any Public School/Board/University Examination in India or in foreign countries recognized by the Association of Indian Universities as equivalent to the 10+2 system.
  OR General Certificate Education (GCE) Examination (London/Cambridge/Sri-Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level/ International Baccalaureate (IB)

B. FTech (Bachelors of Fashion Technology)

Criteria Description
Age The maximum age should be 23 years as of 1st October 2020.
  The upper age limit may be relaxed by a period of 5 (five) years for candidates of Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe/ Person with Disability (PWD) categories
Education The +2 level examination in the 10+2 pattern of examination of any recognized Central/State Board of Secondary Examination, such as Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi, and Council for Indian School of Certificate Examination, New Delhi with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.
  Or 3 or 4-years diploma in any branch of Engineering recognized by AICTE or a State Board of Technical Education
  Or A passing grade in the Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Open School with a minimum of five subjects with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.
  Or Any Public School/Board/University Examination in India or in foreign countries recognized by the Association of Indian Universities as equivalent to 10+2 system with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.
  Or General Certificate Education (GCE) Examination (London/Cambridge/Sri-Lanka) at the advanced (A) level with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics / International Baccalaureate (IB).

M.Des (Masters of Design)

Criteria Description
Age No Age Limit
Education Undergraduate Degree in any discipline from any Institute / University recognized by law in India
  Or Undergraduate Diploma of minimum three years duration from NIFT / NID.
  Note: Master of Design (M.Des.) is an advanced course that demands an understanding of fundamentals in design and presupposes that candidates would be familiar with the basic skills and theories for successful completion of the program. The course would not provide any basic knowledge and skill development in design as a part of its Master’s program.

M. F.M (Masters of Fashion Management)

Criteria Description
Age No Age Limit
Education Undergraduate Degree in any discipline from any Institute / University recognized by law in India.
  Or Undergraduate Diploma of minimum three years duration from NIFT / NID.

M. F.Tech (Masters of Fashion Technology)

Criteria Description
Age No Age Limit
Education B.FTech. from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT)
  Or B.E / B.Tech. from any Institute / University recognized by law in India

NIFT Examination Important Dates 2021

The following given dates are the most important dates to keep in mind while applying for admission in NIFT. (Tentative)

All dates with respect to the application form, admit card, written test, results, GD/PI, final admission, and counseling process are given below.

Event Date
Registration opening date for the application form October 2020
Last date to fill the NIFT application form December 2020
Last date to fill the NIFT application form with the late fee January 2021
Dates of application modification/changes ( Start and End dates) January 2021
Date of release of NIFT 2021 admit card January 2021
Date of NIFT entrance test 2021 (GAT and CAT) January 2021
Raise objection for NIFT 2021 written / entrance test January 2021
NIFT Written exam results in 2021 February/March 2021
Registration for NIFT 2021 situation test Fourth week of March 2021 to the First week of April 2021
NIFT 2021 GDP/PI (Situation Test/Group Discussion/Interview) April - May 2021
Declaration of the final NIFT 2021 result (online) May/June 2021
Registration for NIFT 2021 counseling process Fourth week of May 2021 to the First week of June 2021
The first round of counseling for NIFT 2021 May/June 2021
Counseling process ( round 2 ) Third week of July 2021

How to Apply for NIFT entrance exam 2021

One needs to follow the below-mentioned steps to apply for admission into NIFT.

Step 1: Register with an email address

Step 2: Once registered, fill the application form with all the required information and details.

Step 3: Review the application form before the payment and final submission. Do not forget to take the print out of the application form.

Step 4: Access the admit card after successful completion. Keep the application and the login details securely.

NIFT Application form Correction 2021

When an applicant has made a mistake or for any other reason one needs to make some changes in the application form, they can do so in January 2021 when the application correction window is open. An applicant can submit the modified application form before the closing date of the application correction window.

How to prepare for NIFT Exam 2021

If you have already registered or planning to apply for NIFT 2021 then please read our post on how to prepare for NIFT exam 2021.