NIFT Entrance Exam Preparation 2024

Author : Palak Khanna

Updated On : October 27, 2023


The NIFT 2024 entrance exam is expected to be conducted on 1st week of February 2024. With a very short preparation time, following expert advice can be advantageous to get admissions for the desired design programs. 

This post takes you through smart strategies for preparing for the NIFT Entrance Exam.

We have curated subject-wise NIFT preparation tips and our experts have a preparation video prepared to help you crack the Design Exam. 

NIFT Entrance Exam Preparation 2024

The National Institute for Fashion Technology conducts this entrance exam every year to offer admissions into Bachelor and Master Design courses.

The exam pattern comprises 2 parts - Creative Aptitude Test and General Aptitude Test

As per NIFT Exam Syllabus, GAT is conducted to evaluate your Communication Ability, English Comprehension, Quantitative Ability, Analytical Ability, General Knowledge and Current Affairs. 

Whereas, CAT tests your intuition skill, the power of observation, innovation in developing a concept, and design ability of the aspirant. A key aspect of the test is the creative and innovative use of colour and illustration skills.

Subject-Wise Preparation Strategy for NIFT Entrance Exam

To begin with, understand the NIFT Exam Pattern and marking scheme for all UG and PG program as represented below to divide and dedicate longer time to the sections carrying more marks. 

Programme BDES MDES
LANGUAGE OF WRITTEN TEST English/Hindi English/Hindi
Communication Ability 25 30
English Comprehension 25 30
Quantitative Ability 20 20
Analytical Ability 15 25
General Knowledge and Current Affairs 15 25
Total 100 120

Creativedge Results

Creativedge Results

You might also be interested to know more about NIFT Syllabus 2024 to prepare for relevant topics. 

Programme BF.Tech MF.Tech MFM
LANGUAGE OF WRITTEN TEST English/Hindi English/Hindi English/Hindi
TEST DURATION (MIN) 180 180 180
Communication Ability 45 45 50
English Comprehension 25 25 40
Quantitative Ability 30 30 10
Analytical Ability 25 25 25
General Knowledge and Current Affairs 25 25 25
Total 150 150 150

Each section in GAT carries slightly different scores. 

  • Analytical Ability tests the inference and logic ability from given information.
  • The Quantitative section tests your ability in mathematical concepts while the communication or verbal ability tests your language skills.
  • General Knowledge and Current Affairs test your awareness of recent events and how much you know about world affairs.
  • There is also a Case Study included in the Fashion technology entrance exam that uses a situation to test your style of response to discern your managerial ability. 

Be thorough with the syllabus, so you understand the topics to be covered. 

nift mock test

nift Mock test


  • You need to improve your skills over perspective drawings, concepts of 3-Ds, space design, product design, illustration skills & color rendering, the human figure, visual communication, color interpretation, etc so the score the desirable marks in this section.
  • The CAT includes a total of 3 drawing questions.
  • Evaluation of this paper depends on your coloring, composition, perspective, and proportion skills. 

Concepts to focus for Quantitative Ability    

  • Practice solving multiple question papers that will help you improve speed and also helps you understand the topics. 
  • Check the video below for simple NIFT preparation tips. 

Mathematics concepts to be covered are as follows: 

Ratios & Proportion Number System Ages
Averages Speed & Time Profit & Loss
Mixtures & Allegations Upstream & Downstream Work & Time
Pipes & Cisterns Compound & Simple Interests Set Theory
Mensuration Height & Distance Trigonometry
Probability Permutations & Combinations -

Concepts to focus for Reasoning Ability    

  • This section tests your logical thinking and reasoning skills.

Reasoning concepts to be covered are as follows: 

Coding-Decoding Verbal & Non-Verbal Series Ranking
Directions Syllogism Sitting Arrangements
Clocks and Calendars Blood Relations Line Counting
Cubes & Dices Puzzles Graphs

Concepts to focus for English Comprehension

  • Extensive work on vocabulary must be your utmost priority for this section.
  • Important topics under English include
Antonyms & Synonyms Spot The Errors Idioms & Phrases
Fill In The Blanks Cloze Test Analogies
Sentence Correction One-Word Substitution Spelling Errors and Ordering Of Passages/Sentences

Concepts to focus for General Awareness and Current Affairs Preparation

  • Reading newspapers daily is one of the best preparation methods for General Awareness and Current Affairs.
  • Along with preparation for current affairs you are also simultaneously improving your comprehension skills.
  • Also, going through Daily Current Affairs is important to keep track of all the latest issues happening across the globe.

For personal interview be prepared with the following :

1) Conceptual clarity
2) Knowledge of the topic assigned
3) Contribution made to the topic
4) Interpersonal skills
5) Ability to generate new ideas
6) Problem solving approach
7) Leadership qualities
8) Effective communication
9) Communication
10) General awareness and aptitude, creative and lateral thinking
11) Overall personal achievements in academics and co-curricular activities

How to prepare for entrance exam of NIFT? 

Few tips that might help you are as follows: 

  • Understand the exam pattern, marks alloted for each sections and topics to be covered. 
  • Prepare a flexible time table or plan that work best for you.
  • Get your basics right! Basics are the main blocks that are responsible for the formation of the whole foundation. Keep your basics straight and clear as it makes the preparation a little easy.
  • Refer to relevant reference books, online and offline material available. Take the mock tests conducted by CreativeEdge to know where your stand with your preparations. 
  • Work on your Speed: Increasing the speed is of key importance as time-management is vital for completing the entire exam on time. Focus on practice and consistency. It helps you solve more answers with accuracy in a short period of time.
  • Solve Sample Papers and Previous Year's Question Paper: It is the best way to comprehend the exam pattern and understand the nature of the questions.
  • Keep an Eye on General Knowledge: Make reading newspapers and magazines a habit. Also, watch the news on television to stay updated with public current affairs. Ensure that no field and design-related news is missed.

How to Prepare for NIFT entrance exams in Less than a month?

  • Both CAT and GAT are equally important. Allot your time equally for both the sections. 
  • Practice more sketching for CAT preparation. 
  • Solving sample papers during a month left for the exam will be of great help to determine the type of questions that can appear in the exams.
  • Set a time limit for yourself while solving the question papers to improve your solving speed.
  • Practicing is the key to succeeding. Try to practice and solve as many papers as you can.

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