National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) conducts NIFT Exam annually to offer admission into the Bachelor of Design (B.Des), Master of Design (M.Des), Bachelor of Fashion Technology (B.F.Tech), Master of Fashion Technology (M.F.Tech), and Master of Fashion Management (MFM). This post takes you through the complete details regarding NIFT Exam 2021.

Latest: As the NIFT written exam is scheduled for 14th February 2021, the exam conducting authorities has released the hall ticket. Download the NIFT Admit Card 2021 well in advance and check if there are errors. If in case there is any error make sure to report it to the authorities soon. 

NIFT 2021 Exam Highlights

Exam Name NIFT
Conducting Body National Institute of Fashion Technology
Exam Frequency Once a Year
Exam Type National Level
Programs offered 4 Years Bachelor in Design/Bachelor in Fashion Technology; 2 Years Master in Design/Fashion Management and Master in Fashion Technology
Eligibility Criteria UG: 10+2 or equivalent from a recognized Board
PG: Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent from a recognized University
Mode of Application online
Exam Mode Offline(Paper-Based)
Exam Duration 3 hours
Helpdesk Phone: (011) 47673032 10.00am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-4.00pm (Monday to Friday)
Official Website

NIFT Online Coaching

NIFT Online Coaching

NIFT 2021 Exam Dates

The exam dates of NIFT 2021 have been announced by the official authority. Go through the table below to know the important events related to NIFT Exam:

Events Dates
Starting of Online Registration 14 December 2020
Last date of Online Registration 21 January 2021
The last date of registration with the late fee of Rs. 5000 24 January 2021
Application Correction  25-28 January 2021
Availability of Admit card 01 February 2021
NIFT 2021 Exam 14 February 2021
Announcement of Result February/March 2021
Situation Test/GD/Interview April/May 2021
Declaration of Final Result last week of May/June 2021
Beginning of Counselling process May/June 2021

Courses Offered through NIFT 2021

The following are some of the courses that are offered by the NIFT exam:

  • Bachelor of Fashion technology
  • Bachelor of Design
  • Master of Design
  • Master of Fashion technology
  • Master of Fashion management

NIFT Participating Colleges 2021

A total of 17 colleges will accept the NIFT score. Here, is the list of NIFT Colleges that are accepting the score of NIFT Exam 2021.

  • NIFT, Bangalore
  • NIFT, Bhopal
  • NIFT, Gandhinagar
  • NIFT, Hyderabad
  • NIFT, Bhubaneshwar
  • NIFT, Jodhpur
  • NIFT, Chennai
  • NIFT, Kangra
  • NIFT, Kannur
  • NIFT, Kolkata
  • NIFT, Patna
  • NIFT, Raebareilley
  • NIFT, Mumbai
  • NIFT, Delhi
  • NIFT, Shillong
  • NIFT, Srinagar

NIFT Seat Intake 2021

NIFT has a total Seat Intake of 3547 for both UG and PG programs. Let us have a look at the table below to know the seat intake of different NIFT Campuses.

NIFT Campus Open, SC, ST, OBC(NCL), PwD (Open, SC, ST, OBC (NCL) State Domicile  NRI, Foreign Nationals/SAARC
Bengaluru  265 0 44
Bhopal 81  18 9
Chennai 265  0 44
Gandhinagar 205  0 34
Hyderabad  210 0 35
Kannur 189 42 21
Kolkata 240  0 40
Mumbai 240 0 40
New Delhi 295 0 49
Patna 162 36 18
Raebareli 150 0 25
Shillong 81 18 9
Kangra 135 30 15
Jodhpur 162  36 18
Bhubaneswar 162 36 18
Srinagar  38 22 10
Total  2880 238 429

NIFT 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Only the candidates who satisfy the NIFT eligibility criterion can apply for the entrance exam. The eligibility conditions for both UG and PG level programs are given below: 

Age Limit

  • Not more than 24 years as of 01 August 2021. However, age relaxation up to 5 years will be provided for SC/ST/PWD candidates.
  • There is no upper age limit for PG courses.

Academic Qualification

The educational qualification varies for each course. Check detailed required qualifications for different courses from the post below.

For B. Des. Program

  • Successfully completed or appearing for 10+2 qualifying examination or equivalent from any recognized Board

For B. F. Tech Programme

  • Successfully completed or appearing for 10+2 qualifying examination or equivalent from any recognized Board, having studied Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics as a subject combination

For MFM Programme

  • Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a recognized Institute/University.

For M. F. Tech Programme

  • B. F. Tech. from NIFT, OR, B. E/B. Tech. from a recognized Institute/University.

NIFT 2021 Selection Process

The process for each program along with the weightage assigned to each test in the final merit list of the entrance examination is tabulated below:

Program Selection Process Test Weightage
B. Des Comprises of a written examination comprising of a CAT and GAT, followed by a situation test to be undertaken by shortlisted candidates. CAT 50%
GAT 30%
Situation Test 20%
M. Des Comprises of a written examination comprising of CAT and GAT followed by Group Discussion and Personal Interview (GD/PI) for shortlisted candidates. CAT 40%
GAT 30%
GD/PI 30%
B. F. Tech Comprises of GAT Written Examination only. GAT 100%
M. F. Tech and MFM Comprises of Written test comprising of GAT followed by Group Discussion and Personal Interview (GD/PI) for shortlisted candidates.  GAT 70%
GD/PI 30%

NIFT 2021 Application Form

All the eligible candidates must make sure to fill the application form on or before the last date. You can follow the steps listed below to fill the NIFT online form without any errors.

  • Visit the official website, i.e.
  • Register on the official website before proceeding to fill the application form. Upon successful registration, your login credentials will be sent via email to the registered email address.
  • Log in using the credentials to access and fill the Application Form. Fill in all the mandatory fields with correct information.
  • You will need to upload scanned copies of recent passport-size colored photograph and signature in black on white background in JPG/JPEG format
  • After uploading the required documents, the application fee can be paid online via Credit/Debit Card or offline via demand draft. In the case of offline fee payment, you need to draw a Demand Draft of the requisite amount in favor of ‘NIFT HO’ payable at New Delhi.
  • You must send the Demand Draft along with a printout of the filled-in Application Form duly completed in all respects (via Speed Post/Registered Post/Courier Service) to the following address:

Project Manager,

All India Management Association Management House,

14, Institutional Area,

Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 110003

The demand draft should reach the address within the specified date.

NIFT Application Fee 2021

  • For General/OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) candidates - INR 2000
  • For SC/ST/PH candidates - INR 1000
  • Foreign Nationals (only online payment accepted)- USD 1000

NIFT 2021 Exam Pattern

The entrance exam seeks to check your knowledge, aptitude, and skills for the program chosen by you. The entrance test consists of Written-test, Situation Test, and Group Discussion/Personal Interview. You can attempt all the questions as there is no negative marking.

Written Test

The written test is further divided into Creative Ability Test (CAT), and General Ability Test (GAT).

Creative ability test (CAT) for B.Des and M.Des

CAT (Creative Ability Test) tries to assess the observing power of applicants in the growth of a concept, as well as their intuitive skill to design. Important elements of the CAT are the illustrative abilities and creativity of candidates in using color.

General ability test (GAT)

  •  The overall aptitude and quantitative, communicative, and analytical abilities of the applicants will be assessed in the GAT (General Ability Test) apart from general knowledge and current events.
  • Exam Duration for GAT written test will be 2 hours for B.Des & M.Des and it is 3 hours for B.F.Tech, MFM & M.F.Tech
Section B.Des & M.Des B.F.Tech, MFM & M.F.Tech
Quantitative Ability 30 (10 for MFM) 20
Communication Ability and English Comprehension 45 (50 for MFM) 50 (25 each)
Analytical Ability 25 15
General Knowledge & Current Affairs 25 15
Case Study 25 (40 for MFM) -
Total 150 questions 100 questions

Situation Test

You will be allowed to write a situation test, only if you score above the cut-off marks in the Written exam. Your skills for material handling and innovative ability as per the given situation with the material provided is evaluated in this exam.

Group Discussion/ Personal Interview

The final stage of NIFT 2021 will be the Personal Interview round wherein Interview Panel on the basis of the candidates’ academic and co-curricular achievements, creative and lateral thinking ability, communication skills, and finally, career orientation and aptness for the selected program will evaluate the candidate.

NIFT 2021 Syllabus

It is important to go through the NIFT Syllabus 2021 before starting your preparation as it will help you know the important topics from the exam point of view.

  • You must note that the syllabus for CAT and GAT will be different.
  • The NIFT Syllabus consists of topics such as Quantitative Ability, General Knowledge and Current Affairs, Analytical and Logical Ability, Problem Solving Approach. 
  • Also, it includes topics such as Design Ability, Observation Power, Creativity in Thought Development.

NIFT 2021 Preparation Tips

  • Create a practical study plan by giving more time to topics that you find difficult and keep a buffer so that you can complete some pending revisions.
  • The important thing is not to waste time on questions that seem to be difficult. Finish off all the sections which you are really good at so that you can dedicate more time to the difficult ones.
  • If you are planning to give your exam in the 9-12 slot, you should practice solving papers at the same time so that your mind is trained to be super active during that period.
  • Practicing previous year's question papers during the last couple of months before the exam will help you know the difficulty level of the paper and the type of questions asked in the exam.
  • Analyze your exam preparation level by attempting mock tests.

NIFT 2021 Books

Preparing from the right books will help enhance your preparation levels for the upcoming exam. You may consider referring to the books listed below while preparing for the NIFT 2021 exam.

Name of the Book Name of the Author
NIFT, NID and IIFT Entrance Exam Guide D Mittal
NIFT, NID/ IIFT Admission Test By Surendra Kalimantan
Guide to NIFT/ NID for Group A, B, and C R.P. Datson
NIFT Entrance Exam Mock Papers D Mittal
NIFT entrance exam preparation course Prashant Kumar

NIFT 2021 Admit Card

The admit card is a necessary document without which you will not be allowed to appear for the examination. You should keep in mind certain points regarding the NIFT Admit Card 2021.

  • The NIFT admit card is released in the form of a PDF 
  • You can download the Admit Card by visiting the official website.
  • You need to enter your application number and date of birth to download the admit card.
  • In case of any discrepancy in the particulars of the candidate or his/her photograph and signatures shown in the Admit Card and Confirmation Page, the candidate may immediately approach the concerned authority.

NIFT 2021 Exam Centers

You are required to select only one examination city according to your choice during the application process. Once selected, you will not be able to change the examination center opted and nor any request for a change in the examination. The exam conducting body reserves the right to cancel examination centers in case of any discrepancy.

Ahmedabad Dehradun Kannur (Kerala) Raipur
Bengaluru Delhi Kolkata Ranchi
Bhopal Guwahati Lucknow Surat
Bhubaneshwar Hyderabad Madurai Udaipur
Chandigarh Jaipur Mumbai Vadodara
Chennai Jammu Nagpur Visakhapatnam
Cochin Jodhpur Patna Shillong
Coimbatore Kangra Pune Srinagar (J&K)

NIFT Mock Test Series

NIFT Mock Test Series

NIFT Exam Analysis 2021

You can check the Exam analysis to understand the difficulty level of the paper, the type of questions asked in the exam, the number of questions from each topic, and many more. 

  • The NIFT Exam Analysis will provide a detailed Subject-wise review & Good Attempts for each section.
  • We will update you with the questions asked along with answers as soon as the exam is over.
  • Knowing the exam analysis of each subject will help you to better focus on the important topics

NIFT 2021 Result

The National Institute of Technology will release the result on the official website. The result will be released in the form of a merit list. The NIFT 2021 Result is released separately for B.Des and M.Des course. The result can be downloaded from the official website by following the steps given below:

  • Step 1: Visit the official website 
  • Step 2: Click on the tab ‘Result 2021’
  • Step 3: Enter details as demanded on-screen
  • Step 4: The result would be displayed on the screen
  • Step 5: Download the result and take a printout for future reference

NIFT 2021 Cut-off

The cut-off marks are the minimum qualifying marks that you need to secure to get selected in the exam. NIFT 2021 Cut-off is the closing rank set by participating institutes and the same will vary across NIFT campuses.

  • The cutoff list will be released after the declaration of the result.
  • There are 16 NIFT campuses in India and they will release an opening and closing rank for various courses.

NIFT 2021 Admission Process

You are required to register through the official website in order to participate in the counselling process. You need to enter your choice of campus for the counselling session.

  •  For the GD and PI Interview rounds, you have to download the call letter online by entering your application number, date of birth, and roll number.
  • At the time of counselling, document verification will also be done.
  • Though the institute does not charge any fee for the primary round of counseling, however each subsequent round of counseling would be charged at the rate of INR 5000. 

Documents Required at the time of NIFT Counselling 2021

The following documents are required at the time of the NIFT 2021 Counselling process:

  • All-Academic Certificates up to qualifying examination. In case of final exam appearing candidate whose result is due, all original mark sheet of the previous semester/years needs to be presented along with the date sheet/admit card for examination.
  • Demand Draft of requisite fee in favor of ‘NIFT HO’. Payable at New Delhi has to be submitted. Your name, counseling date, contact number, program name, NIFT Rank, and Roll Number should be clearly mentioned at the back of DD.
  • Proof of DOB
  • Documents in the prescribed format, in support of the claim of reservation.
  • Parents Income Certificate as the basis for Tuition Fee funding.
  • Medical certificate in the prescribed format issued by a Registered Medical Practitioner.
  • Affidavit on non-judicial stamp paper of Rs.10/- for seeking only provisional admission in case the qualifying examination result is due.
  • Anti-Ragging Declaration and Declaration regarding Fee Refund.


When will NIFT Exam 2021 be held?

As per the notification, the NIFT 2021 exam will be held on 14 February 2021.

What is the age limit to apply for the UG course of NIFT Exam 2021?

The candidates age should be not more than 24 years as of 01 August 2021 to apply for the NIFT 2021 exam. However, 5 years of age relaxation will be provided to SC/ST category candidates.

Is there any management quota in NIFT 2021?

No,. As per the notification, there is no management quota in NIFT 2021 

How can I apply for NIFT Exam?

You can apply for the NIFT exam by visiting the official website of National Institute of Fashion Technology. You can follow the steps mentioned in the above post to apply for the NIFT 2021.

Is Maths compulsory to apply for NIFT 2021 Exam?

You must note that the NIFT admission requirements vary from course to course. Maths is not a compulsory subject if you are willing to apply for a B.des course. However, you should have studied physics, chemistry, and Maths in 12th standard to apply for B.F Tech course.

In what mode the NIFT Entrance exam held?

The NIFT entrance exam will be held in the offline mode.




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