NIFT Exam is a national level entrance exam scheduled for admissions to the B.Des and M.Des courses in the National Institute of Fashion Technology. The exam will be conducted on January 18, 2020 in online mode for the Aptitude Test and offline mode for the Creative or Drawing test.

  • The offline exam, termed as, Creative Ability Test (CAT) is scheduled at 10 am to 1 pm. This is the Slot 1 of the NIFT Exam.
  • The online exam, termed as, General Aptitude Test (GAT) will be conducted on 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm. This exam is the Slot 2 of the NIFT Exam.
  • NIFT Exam Analysis for the previous years conclude the Slot 1 that is the CAT Exam to be easier in comparison to the GAT (Slot 2).
  • Candidates qualifying the GAT and CAT Exam for NIFT are eligible for the Personal Interview and Situation Test.
  •  For admission to B.Des and M.Des courses in NIFT, the scores for both GAT and CAT are considered for the final qualification.
  • For admission to the B.FTech, M.FTech and MFM courses in the institute, the scores for only GAT are considered.

NIFT Exam Analysis 2020

NIFT Exam Analysis 2020 along with the Student's review will be made live here. The analysis for CAT and GAT will be updated separately mentioning the difficulty level and questions asked.

The exam pattern is mostly followed for the exam every year. There are  The weightage for the final qualification through NIFT Entrance Exam 2020 varies from course to course. 

NIFT Questions Asked (Video Solutions)

NIFT Entrance Exam Weightage 

The weightage for qualification of the candidates through NIFT varies for each course. For B.Des, the qualification is done on the basis of GAT, CAT and Situation Test while for M.Des, GAT, CAT and GDPI scores are considered for qualification.

Here are the minimum qualifying marks for various courses through NIFT Exam 2020:

Course Weightage of Exam/Sections
B.Des CAT- 50%
GAT- 30%
Situation Test- 20%
M.Des CAT- 40%
GAT- 30%
GDPI- 30%
B.FTech GAT- 100%
M.FTech & MFM GAT- 70%
GDPI- 30%

NIFT Entrance Exam Analysis and Student's Review

  • The student's review on the NIFT CAT Exam and NIFT GAT Exam were quite mixed. A few students found the exam to be easy to moderate while a few couldn't attempt the required number of good attempts.
  • NIFT CAT was easier than the GAT Exam as per 80% of students who appeared for the exam.
  • The previous year NIFT Paper Analysis and Students review mention that the exam was not difficult in the year 2019 in comparison to the previous NIFT Exams. 
  • The theory exam in NIFT was moderately difficult while the English and Maths section was extremely easy.
  • The NIFT GAT Pattern and marking scheme was similar to the one mentioned in the brochure.
  • GAT GK section was more difficult than the NIFT CAT GK section as per many students.
  • The students also mention that the time allocated for each section or slot of the exam was appropriate since it was easy for the students to manage time in the exam and complete it on time.
  • According to the NIFT Paper Analysis, overall GAT paper was easy. Different candidates found various sections easy or of medium level. Most of the aspirants found English way easier and a majority of them found the Quantitative Ability section as difficult. 

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NIFT Exam Analysis 2019

The last year's exam for NIFT had put all the anxieties of the students to rest by following the set exam pattern as per the brochure. 

The experts mentioned that the students found the CAT Exam extremely easy. They found that the time given to them to attempt the three questions in the exam was enough to express their creativity in the exam.

Since CAT tests the quality of the drawing presented by the candidate, many students were satisfied with their performance in the exam. 

NIFT CAT Analysis 2019 focused more on aspirants’ ability to identify and pre-empt futuristic needs, product design, innovation and improvisation, shape explorations and creative visualization and observation in day to day life. The time at hand allowed for detailed rendering.

NIFT CAT Exam Analysis & Questions Asked

The exam has a separate set of questions depending on the course applied. The difficulty level, however, remains the same.

The marking scheme or the way of marking the creativity of a B.Des and M.Des student varies for the NIFT Exam.

NIFT CAT Analysis for B.Des

Here is the detailed NIFT Exam Analysis for CAT Exam for B.Des students. The first two questions hold a weightage of 30 marks each while the last question holds a weightage of 40 marks. Students can check the questions asked and their solutions from below:

Ques 1. From the following choices draw any one of the product for the year 2050:

- Umbrella

- Lunch Box

- Door Lock

Also, colour the drawing using dry colours.

Ans 1. 

This question demanded the quality of visualization of the candidate to think about 30+ years ahead of time and innovate the product as per the customer/consumer usage.

For example, using plastic in Lunchbox shall be a non-existent idea due to the growing environmental changes and health concerns. So, one can opt for adding smart features to the Lunchbox by adding a Bluetooth based heating system to it or a convertible spacing system, self-steam cleaning systems, etc. 

A door lock can be configured with a biometric entry system, can be connected to emergency numbers or fenced with an electric current to make an aesthetical design.

An umbrella can be imagined to be a small instrument generating an invisible, water-repelling magnetic shield including a special feature of being modified to different sizes so that it can be carried easily. 

Students who mention the details of the product in terms of the concept implied and functional innovation definitely get an advantage over others having the same idea.

Ques 2. From the given the basic geometric shapes - rectangle, circle, hexagon, right-angled triangle, triangle over a circle (teardrop), create any one product given below and explain in 100 words. Note that you can rotate, repeat but not slice any of the shapes.

  • Letterbox
  • Personal computer
  • Windchime

Here, the candidates were tested on their form exploration keeping the chosen product’s application/ function intact was of importance. Also, the write up was to analyze the creative aesthetic expressions to understand the inspiration and concept of the composed design.

Ques 3. In the 4 boxes given illustrate any one of the following

  • Bird flying taking flight
  • Rosebud to bloom
  • Steps of a wet shirt being dried

Ans 3. This question was a repeated question from the previous year's paper. This question tested the students on their observation of day to day life. The representations of nuanced details in each frame at four stages are crucial here, besides composing the whole block with a suitable backdrop.

Eg: The dripping water puddle beneath the wet shirt should be shown shrinking and drying too as the shirt dries up across the four stages. Colors too play a very noticeable role here as the wet shirt looks darker than the dry shirt. Similarly, the feet and wing coordination at different stages of the flight for a bird also show the level of observation.