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NIFT Eligibility Criteria 2023

Author : Palak Khanna

August 30, 2022

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The National Institute of Fashion Technology is yet to release the brochure for the academic year 2023 with several updates for the coming year. NIFT has set certain eligibility criteria you must satisfy to apply for the NIFT Exam. 

  • The basic NIFT entrance exam eligibility criteria for UG programs: B.Des and BF. Tech is to have completed the 12th standard from any recognized board with the age not exceeding 24 years as of 01 August 2023. 
  • Similarly, the NIFT entrance exam eligibility criteria for PG programs: M.Des, M.F.M, and M.F.Tech is to have completed an undergraduate or diploma degree in any discipline.

This post will help you understand the eligibility matrix for every course offered through the NIFT entrance exam 2023.

Download NIFT Previous Year Question Papers PDF Here

NIFT UG Eligibility Criteria 2023

The undergraduate programs offered on qualifying NIFT entrance exams are B.Des and B.FTech. Nationality and Age limit factors can remain quite similar for all the programs. The eligibility criteria for the NIFT entrance exam is as posted below. 

Nationality

  • Citizens of India (or)
  • Foreign Nationals (whether residing in India or abroad) (or)
  • Citizens of India holding an Indian passport and have temporarily immigrated to another country for six months or work, residence or any other purpose can apply for the exam

Age Limit

Your age should be less than 24 years as of 01 August 2023. However, the upper age limit will be relaxed up to 5 years for SC, SC, and PwD categories.

Looking to register for NIFT entrance exams? Read through NIFT Application Form 2023 to apply. 

NIFT 2023 Eligibility Criteria for B.Des

Eligibility criteria for B.Des in NIFT are as follows: 

  • You should have a passing grade in the Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Open School with a minimum of five subjects (or)
  • You must have passed the 12th standard from any recognized Central/State Board of Secondary Examination, New Delhi, and Council for Indian School of Certificate Examination, New Delhi  (or)
  • If you have a 3 or 4 years diploma recognized by AICTE or a State Board of Technical Education, then you are eligible to apply for the exam  (or)
  • Aspirants who have taken the General Certificate Education (GCE) Examination (London/ Cambridge/Sri-Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level/ International Baccalaureate (IB) are eligible  (or)
  • If you have taken any Public School/Board/University Examination in India or in foreign countries recognized by the Association of Indian Universities as equivalent to the 12th standard are eligible.

Check: NIFT Exam Day Instructions

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NIFT 2023 Eligibility Criteria for B.F Tech

Eligibility criteria for B.F Tech in NIFT are as follows: 

  • You must have completed +2 level examination in the 10+2 pattern of examination of any recognized Board of Secondary Examination (or)
  • You must have General Certificate Education (GCE) Examination (London/ Cambridge/ Sri-Lanka) at the advanced (A) level with Physics and Mathematics / International Baccalaureate (IB) (or)
  • A passing grade in the Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Open School with a minimum of five subjects with Physics and Mathematics. (or)
  • 3 or 4-years diploma in any branch of Engineering recognized by AICTE or a State Board of Technical Education

If you have registered for the NIFT entrance exam for the coming academic year, you might also want to check out NIFT Exam Pattern 2023

NIFT PG Courses Eligibility 2023

If you are interested to apply for PG courses through NIFT, then you would have the following courses to choose from:

  • Master of Design (M. Des)
  • Master of Fashion Management (MFM)
  • Master in Fashion Technology (M.F Tech)

Check: NIFT Syllabus

NIFT 2023 Eligibility Criteria for M. Des

Go through the detailed eligibility for the Master of Design program from the post below.

Age Limit

As per the notification, there are no upper age limit criteria to apply for the Master of Design Program. However, your minimum age should be 20 years to apply for this program.

Educational Qualification for M. Des or NIFT M.Des eligibility criteria is as follows:

  • You can apply if you have an undergraduate degree in any discipline from any Institute / University recognized by law in India (or)
  • You must hold a minimum of three years of undergraduate diploma certificate from NIFT/ NID.

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NIFT 2023 Eligibility Criteria for MFM

Here are the eligibility criteria for the NIFT entrance exam for the MFM course:

  • You must hold a minimum of 3 years undergraduate diploma certificate from NIFT/NID if you are willing to apply for the Master of Fashion Management program (or)
  • If you have an undergraduate degree in any discipline from any Institute / University recognized by law in India, you can apply for the exam.

NIFT 2023 Eligibility Criteria for M. F Tech

Educational Qualification for M.F Tech

  • You should have completed B.FTech. from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) or 
  • B.E / B.Tech. from any Institute / University recognized by law in India to apply for the Master of Fashion Technology.

Check: Life at NIFT 

NIFT Eligibility Criteria for Foreign Nationals/ NRI/ OCI/ SAARC

Foreign Nationals and Non-Resident Indians, who are citizens of India holding an Indian passport and have temporarily immigrated to another country for six months or more for work, residence, or any other purpose can also apply for NIFT 2023.

Age Limit

For UG Program: Your age should be less than 24 years of 01 August 2023. However, you will be provided with 5 years of age relaxation if you belong to the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe/ Person with Disability (PWD) categories.

For PG Program: The minimum age should be 20 years and there are no upper age limit criteria to apply for PG programs.

Educational Qualification

  • If you have a degree certificate from a University/ Board of any other country, then, you must have obtained an equivalent certificate from the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi before admission.
  • You have the flexibility to opt for as many SAT/ GMAT/ GRE tests before 30th April 2023. However, the highest score among these tests will be taken into consideration for allowing a seat.
  • Note that the GRE/ GMAT/ SAT scores should have been declared after 01 January 2019 and should be received by the Institute (NIFT) latest by 30th April 2023.

The program and campus will be allotted based on the merit list drawn as per the scores obtained by you in the following examinations.

Bachelor’s Programme (B.Des & B.FTech) SAT Score
Master’s Programme (M.F.M) GMAT Score
Master’s Programme (M.Des & M.FTech) GRE Score

NIFT Admission Eligibility for State Domicile

  • You should have a certificate from the concerned school/ college of the particular state.
  • The address of the school attended by you regularly will determine your domicile status if you have obtained the degree certificate through distance learning mode.
  • State Domicile Preferential Seats will be offered to candidates who belong to the following 9 states.
NIFT Campus State
Patna Bihar
Kangra Himachal Pradesh
Kannur Kerala
Bhopal Madhya Pradesh
Shillong Meghalaya
Bhubaneswar Odisha
Jodhpur Rajasthan
Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir
Panchkula Haryana

NIFT Eligibility Criteria 2023: Reservation of Seats

A certain percentage of seats are reserved for candidates belonging to SC/ ST/ OBC (Non-Creamy)/GEN-EWS/ Person With Disability (PWD)/ Foreign Nationals /SAARC/ NRI/ OCI/ State Domicile, in each program.

Categories Reservation of seats
ST 7.5%
SC 15%
OBC- NCL 27%
General-EWS 10%
Person with Disability (PWD) 5%

Check: Which NIFT campus is better?

The category selected by you at the time of submitting the application form will be final and the requirements will differ for each category. Check the requirements for each category from the post below.

SC/ST Category

You have to produce a Caste/Tribe certificate from the Competent Authority of the respective States/Union Territories/ National Commission of Tribes if you belong to SC/ ST category.

OBC (Non-Creamy) Category

You would have to substantiate the caste and non-creamy layer requirement if you belong to OBC (non-creamy) category.  Also, you have to produce a caste certificate from the Competent Authority certifying that they belong to the non-creamy layer. 

  • The OBC(Non-Creamy) certificate should mention that you belong to the non-creamy layer.
  • The caste mentioned in the OBC (Non-Creamy) certificate should find mentioned in the Central list of OBCs available at http:// ncbc.nic.in/backward-classes/index.html
  • In the case of a married woman applying under the reserved category, you have to produce the caste certificate by your name.
  • Note that the certificate in the name of the husband/mother/ father is not acceptable.
  • You are not entitled to apply under the reserved category OBC(NC) if you belong to the Creamy Layer of OBC.

General (Economically Weaker Section)

The benefit of reservation will be given only to those General category candidates who satisfy the condition given in the OM No. 20013/01/2018-BC-II dated 17 January 2019 issued by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education, Government of India.

  • The benefit of reservation will be given to only candidates who will produce an Income & Asset Certificate issued by a Competent Authority (or)
  • Chief Presidency Magistrate/Additional Chief Presidency Magistrate/ Presidency Magistrate (or)
  • District Magistrate/Additional District Magistrate/ Collector/ Deputy Commissioner/Additional Deputy Commissioner/ 1st Class Stipendiary Magistrate/ Sub-Divisional Magistrate/ Taluka Magistrate/ Executive Magistrate/ Extra Assistant Commissioner (or)
  • Sub-Divisional Officer of the area where the candidate and/ or his family normally resides.

Persons with Disability (PWD)

You should have a certificate of Disability if you belong to the PwD category and the certificate should be issued by a medical authority designated under sub-section (1) of section 57 of the act and rules 17 (a) and (b) of G.S.R. 591(E).

  • Note that you have to produce the original certificate of disability both at the time of counseling and at the time of admission to the Institute.
  • It is mandatory to attend counselling for evaluation for the PwD candidates.
  • The course will be allotted to you only after assessing your capabilities.

Frequently Asked Questions

The candidates age should be less than 24 years as of 01 August 2021 to apply for the NIFT 2021 exam.
A candidate must hold a minimum of 3 years undergraduate diploma certificate from NIFT/NID or they must have an undergraduate degree in any discipline from any Institute / University recognized by law in India, to apply for the Master of Fashion Management program.
Yes. Candidates who have passed 12th standard form any recognized board or university in any stream can apply for the 
Yes. You can apply for the NIFT if you have a pass grade certificate of the higher secondary exam which is conducted by the National Open school with a minimum of five subjects.
Your age should be less than 24 years as of 01 August 2021 and you must have passed the 12th standard from any recognized Central/State Board of Secondary Examination, New Delhi, and Council for Indian School of Certificate Examination, New Delhi to apply for the NIFT B.Des course.
As per the NIFT Eligibility, there is no age limit criteria to apply for NIFT PG courses.
Placements depends on the performance of the students in the interview. However, many companies provide overseas opportunities to students.
Students who want to get started right away might enrol in a long-term unlimited course that requires 1.5–2 years of preparation.
The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) is a self-contained fashion design and technology institute with headquarters in New Delhi, India.
Generally, the difficulty level of the NIFT entrance exam will be easy to moderate level. However, you should have good aptitude skills and creative skills to carck the exam.
No. As per the paper pattern, there is no negative marking in NIFT 2023.
You can go through the detailed review of the NIFT CAT exam from the above post.

When you begin with the registration then one thing you might notice is that the fee slab is different based on the category when it comes to registration. So yes if you belong to the general Creamy layer you will be charged an amount of INR 3000 however if you fall under the SC/ST or PwD Category then the fees go low by 50% meaning that you are suppose to pay 1500 but to avail this you have to attach your certificate validating your category claims.

Yes, NIFT have separate fees slab for the students hailing from the SC/ST class, they are likely to receive 5% - 7% relaxation on the Entire fees package. However this strictly depends on the decision of the fiscal department of NIFT.

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NIFT Eligibility Criteria 2023

Author : Palak Khanna

Updated On : August 30, 2022

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The National Institute of Fashion Technology is yet to release the brochure for the academic year 2023 with several updates for the coming year. NIFT has set certain eligibility criteria you must satisfy to apply for the NIFT Exam. 

  • The basic NIFT entrance exam eligibility criteria for UG programs: B.Des and BF. Tech is to have completed the 12th standard from any recognized board with the age not exceeding 24 years as of 01 August 2023. 
  • Similarly, the NIFT entrance exam eligibility criteria for PG programs: M.Des, M.F.M, and M.F.Tech is to have completed an undergraduate or diploma degree in any discipline.

This post will help you understand the eligibility matrix for every course offered through the NIFT entrance exam 2023.

Download NIFT Previous Year Question Papers PDF Here

NIFT UG Eligibility Criteria 2023

The undergraduate programs offered on qualifying NIFT entrance exams are B.Des and B.FTech. Nationality and Age limit factors can remain quite similar for all the programs. The eligibility criteria for the NIFT entrance exam is as posted below. 

Nationality

  • Citizens of India (or)
  • Foreign Nationals (whether residing in India or abroad) (or)
  • Citizens of India holding an Indian passport and have temporarily immigrated to another country for six months or work, residence or any other purpose can apply for the exam

Age Limit

Your age should be less than 24 years as of 01 August 2023. However, the upper age limit will be relaxed up to 5 years for SC, SC, and PwD categories.

Looking to register for NIFT entrance exams? Read through NIFT Application Form 2023 to apply. 

NIFT 2023 Eligibility Criteria for B.Des

Eligibility criteria for B.Des in NIFT are as follows: 

  • You should have a passing grade in the Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Open School with a minimum of five subjects (or)
  • You must have passed the 12th standard from any recognized Central/State Board of Secondary Examination, New Delhi, and Council for Indian School of Certificate Examination, New Delhi  (or)
  • If you have a 3 or 4 years diploma recognized by AICTE or a State Board of Technical Education, then you are eligible to apply for the exam  (or)
  • Aspirants who have taken the General Certificate Education (GCE) Examination (London/ Cambridge/Sri-Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level/ International Baccalaureate (IB) are eligible  (or)
  • If you have taken any Public School/Board/University Examination in India or in foreign countries recognized by the Association of Indian Universities as equivalent to the 12th standard are eligible.

Check: NIFT Exam Day Instructions

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nift online coaching

NIFT 2023 Eligibility Criteria for B.F Tech

Eligibility criteria for B.F Tech in NIFT are as follows: 

  • You must have completed +2 level examination in the 10+2 pattern of examination of any recognized Board of Secondary Examination (or)
  • You must have General Certificate Education (GCE) Examination (London/ Cambridge/ Sri-Lanka) at the advanced (A) level with Physics and Mathematics / International Baccalaureate (IB) (or)
  • A passing grade in the Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Open School with a minimum of five subjects with Physics and Mathematics. (or)
  • 3 or 4-years diploma in any branch of Engineering recognized by AICTE or a State Board of Technical Education

If you have registered for the NIFT entrance exam for the coming academic year, you might also want to check out NIFT Exam Pattern 2023

NIFT PG Courses Eligibility 2023

If you are interested to apply for PG courses through NIFT, then you would have the following courses to choose from:

  • Master of Design (M. Des)
  • Master of Fashion Management (MFM)
  • Master in Fashion Technology (M.F Tech)

Check: NIFT Syllabus

NIFT 2023 Eligibility Criteria for M. Des

Go through the detailed eligibility for the Master of Design program from the post below.

Age Limit

As per the notification, there are no upper age limit criteria to apply for the Master of Design Program. However, your minimum age should be 20 years to apply for this program.

Educational Qualification for M. Des or NIFT M.Des eligibility criteria is as follows:

  • You can apply if you have an undergraduate degree in any discipline from any Institute / University recognized by law in India (or)
  • You must hold a minimum of three years of undergraduate diploma certificate from NIFT/ NID.

nift mock test

nift Mock test

NIFT 2023 Eligibility Criteria for MFM

Here are the eligibility criteria for the NIFT entrance exam for the MFM course:

  • You must hold a minimum of 3 years undergraduate diploma certificate from NIFT/NID if you are willing to apply for the Master of Fashion Management program (or)
  • If you have an undergraduate degree in any discipline from any Institute / University recognized by law in India, you can apply for the exam.

NIFT 2023 Eligibility Criteria for M. F Tech

Educational Qualification for M.F Tech

  • You should have completed B.FTech. from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) or 
  • B.E / B.Tech. from any Institute / University recognized by law in India to apply for the Master of Fashion Technology.

Check: Life at NIFT 

NIFT Eligibility Criteria for Foreign Nationals/ NRI/ OCI/ SAARC

Foreign Nationals and Non-Resident Indians, who are citizens of India holding an Indian passport and have temporarily immigrated to another country for six months or more for work, residence, or any other purpose can also apply for NIFT 2023.

Age Limit

For UG Program: Your age should be less than 24 years of 01 August 2023. However, you will be provided with 5 years of age relaxation if you belong to the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe/ Person with Disability (PWD) categories.

For PG Program: The minimum age should be 20 years and there are no upper age limit criteria to apply for PG programs.

Educational Qualification

  • If you have a degree certificate from a University/ Board of any other country, then, you must have obtained an equivalent certificate from the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi before admission.
  • You have the flexibility to opt for as many SAT/ GMAT/ GRE tests before 30th April 2023. However, the highest score among these tests will be taken into consideration for allowing a seat.
  • Note that the GRE/ GMAT/ SAT scores should have been declared after 01 January 2019 and should be received by the Institute (NIFT) latest by 30th April 2023.

The program and campus will be allotted based on the merit list drawn as per the scores obtained by you in the following examinations.

Bachelor’s Programme (B.Des & B.FTech) SAT Score
Master’s Programme (M.F.M) GMAT Score
Master’s Programme (M.Des & M.FTech) GRE Score

NIFT Admission Eligibility for State Domicile

  • You should have a certificate from the concerned school/ college of the particular state.
  • The address of the school attended by you regularly will determine your domicile status if you have obtained the degree certificate through distance learning mode.
  • State Domicile Preferential Seats will be offered to candidates who belong to the following 9 states.
NIFT Campus State
Patna Bihar
Kangra Himachal Pradesh
Kannur Kerala
Bhopal Madhya Pradesh
Shillong Meghalaya
Bhubaneswar Odisha
Jodhpur Rajasthan
Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir
Panchkula Haryana

NIFT Eligibility Criteria 2023: Reservation of Seats

A certain percentage of seats are reserved for candidates belonging to SC/ ST/ OBC (Non-Creamy)/GEN-EWS/ Person With Disability (PWD)/ Foreign Nationals /SAARC/ NRI/ OCI/ State Domicile, in each program.

Categories Reservation of seats
ST 7.5%
SC 15%
OBC- NCL 27%
General-EWS 10%
Person with Disability (PWD) 5%

Check: Which NIFT campus is better?

The category selected by you at the time of submitting the application form will be final and the requirements will differ for each category. Check the requirements for each category from the post below.

SC/ST Category

You have to produce a Caste/Tribe certificate from the Competent Authority of the respective States/Union Territories/ National Commission of Tribes if you belong to SC/ ST category.

OBC (Non-Creamy) Category

You would have to substantiate the caste and non-creamy layer requirement if you belong to OBC (non-creamy) category.  Also, you have to produce a caste certificate from the Competent Authority certifying that they belong to the non-creamy layer. 

  • The OBC(Non-Creamy) certificate should mention that you belong to the non-creamy layer.
  • The caste mentioned in the OBC (Non-Creamy) certificate should find mentioned in the Central list of OBCs available at http:// ncbc.nic.in/backward-classes/index.html
  • In the case of a married woman applying under the reserved category, you have to produce the caste certificate by your name.
  • Note that the certificate in the name of the husband/mother/ father is not acceptable.
  • You are not entitled to apply under the reserved category OBC(NC) if you belong to the Creamy Layer of OBC.

General (Economically Weaker Section)

The benefit of reservation will be given only to those General category candidates who satisfy the condition given in the OM No. 20013/01/2018-BC-II dated 17 January 2019 issued by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education, Government of India.

  • The benefit of reservation will be given to only candidates who will produce an Income & Asset Certificate issued by a Competent Authority (or)
  • Chief Presidency Magistrate/Additional Chief Presidency Magistrate/ Presidency Magistrate (or)
  • District Magistrate/Additional District Magistrate/ Collector/ Deputy Commissioner/Additional Deputy Commissioner/ 1st Class Stipendiary Magistrate/ Sub-Divisional Magistrate/ Taluka Magistrate/ Executive Magistrate/ Extra Assistant Commissioner (or)
  • Sub-Divisional Officer of the area where the candidate and/ or his family normally resides.

Persons with Disability (PWD)

You should have a certificate of Disability if you belong to the PwD category and the certificate should be issued by a medical authority designated under sub-section (1) of section 57 of the act and rules 17 (a) and (b) of G.S.R. 591(E).

  • Note that you have to produce the original certificate of disability both at the time of counseling and at the time of admission to the Institute.
  • It is mandatory to attend counselling for evaluation for the PwD candidates.
  • The course will be allotted to you only after assessing your capabilities.

Frequently Asked Questions

The candidates age should be less than 24 years as of 01 August 2021 to apply for the NIFT 2021 exam.
A candidate must hold a minimum of 3 years undergraduate diploma certificate from NIFT/NID or they must have an undergraduate degree in any discipline from any Institute / University recognized by law in India, to apply for the Master of Fashion Management program.
Yes. Candidates who have passed 12th standard form any recognized board or university in any stream can apply for the 
Yes. You can apply for the NIFT if you have a pass grade certificate of the higher secondary exam which is conducted by the National Open school with a minimum of five subjects.
Your age should be less than 24 years as of 01 August 2021 and you must have passed the 12th standard from any recognized Central/State Board of Secondary Examination, New Delhi, and Council for Indian School of Certificate Examination, New Delhi to apply for the NIFT B.Des course.
As per the NIFT Eligibility, there is no age limit criteria to apply for NIFT PG courses.
Placements depends on the performance of the students in the interview. However, many companies provide overseas opportunities to students.
Students who want to get started right away might enrol in a long-term unlimited course that requires 1.5–2 years of preparation.
The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) is a self-contained fashion design and technology institute with headquarters in New Delhi, India.
Generally, the difficulty level of the NIFT entrance exam will be easy to moderate level. However, you should have good aptitude skills and creative skills to carck the exam.
No. As per the paper pattern, there is no negative marking in NIFT 2023.
You can go through the detailed review of the NIFT CAT exam from the above post.

When you begin with the registration then one thing you might notice is that the fee slab is different based on the category when it comes to registration. So yes if you belong to the general Creamy layer you will be charged an amount of INR 3000 however if you fall under the SC/ST or PwD Category then the fees go low by 50% meaning that you are suppose to pay 1500 but to avail this you have to attach your certificate validating your category claims.

Yes, NIFT have separate fees slab for the students hailing from the SC/ST class, they are likely to receive 5% - 7% relaxation on the Entire fees package. However this strictly depends on the decision of the fiscal department of NIFT.

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