NIFT 2021 has been successfully conducted. The first session for the Creative Ability Test (CAT) had been scheduled at 10 am and ended at 1 pm.

The students appeared for GAT in the next shift which ended at 4:30 pm. Our team at Creative Edge met students at the centre to understand their opinions on the exam.

NIFT 2021 Analysis Highlights 

Here are a few highlights related to the Creative Ability Test from our NIFT Exam Analysis Live from the Centre:

  • CAT exam had 3 interesting questions that were predictable.
  • One question was based on the current virus outbreak.
  • Another question from CAT was based on Logo Drawing using Emojis.
  • The third question was situation based description wherein one had to imagine the scene and draw.

Given are the highlights from the GAT Exam:

  • The pattern was predictable for the exam. The exam was easy for most of the students.
  • The 15 questions in GK had quite confusing options. However, a strong memorisation had helped many students.
  • There were 35 aptitude and 50 English questions in total as per the NIFT Exam Pattern.

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NIFT Student's Review

Students coming out of the centre spoke to our team from Creative Edge and mentioned that both CAT and GAT exams were quite easy.

The exam was majorly based on Color Theory which made it easier for them to be more creative in the exam.

“GK was moderate while the questions based on Aptitude were extremely easy” most of the students claimed.

Questions Asked in NIFT 2021 Exam

In CAT, here are the questions as given to us by students:

  • Design a virtual space for a webinar. (Related to the recent virus outbreak). Design a background.
  • Draft creative emoji for any of these: Good morning/Good night/ Silence Please
  • Design various (precisely 4) festivities using musical instrument.

The third question related to musical instruments raised the brows of many students. They had been confused on how to be creative or if they have to use 4 different instruments to depict 4 festivals.

Our mentor, clarified it from students as to what was the question and clarified the doubt. He mentions, “The question had the word “instrument” which means it was 1 instrument to depict 4 different festivals.”

NIFT Entrance Exam Analysis 2020

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 GAT Exam Analysis 2020

According to the NIFT Paper Analysis, overall GAT paper was easy. A total of 100 questions were asked and students had to answer them in 2 hours.

  • The questions from the mathematics section were difficult
  • English comprehension was length and time-consuming
  • The general knowledge section was the easiest
  • The NIFT GAT Pattern and marking scheme was similar to the one mentioned in the brochure.

NIFT CAT Exam Analysis 2020

The CAT was easier than the GAT Exam as per 80% of students who appeared for the exam. Most of the students found that the questions were relatively easy while some of them find moderately difficult. The three questions that were asked in the creative ability test were:

Q.1. A bike was given and candidates were asked to complete the picture by depicting either two animals or an animal or a human being or two human beings. Candidates had to give captions from the same.

Q.2.Prepare a comic strip in which candidates were given four boxes were given and we had to make in black white

(i) Visiting a dentist

(ii) my trip to mars

(iii) Me as a fish

Q.3. There were three patterns that were given and it was of fabric and candidates had to colour as per them any one of the following themes. At the same time, candidates were also asked to write and tell the reason why they had used a particular colour.

(i) Travel



NIFT Exam Analysis 2019

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

The experts mentioned that the students found the CAT Exam extremely easy. 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 student, 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.

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.  

NIFT Exam Analysis 2018

The NIFT entrance exam was conducted on 21 January 2018. As per the students' review, the overall paper was easy and the questions asked were straight-forward.

NIFT GAT Exam Analysis 2018

  • The General Ability Test saw no change in the exam pattern
  • Some of the Maths questions were tricky and time-consuming
  • The general knowledge section was a bit tricky
  • Most of the reasoning questions were based on logical and thinking abilities

NIFT CAT Exam Analysis 2018

The creative ability test had only three questions and choices were provided within the questions. The questions that were asked in the CAT were:

  • The first question was based on instructional design, where students were required to draw the steps involved to change a bulb or make a paper boat.
  • The second question was based on design wherein students were asked to make a bag either for marriage, a picnic, or for shopping.
  • The third question was based on the graphic, where students were asked to depict their personality with basic geometric shapes.


Is it important to go through NIFT Exam Analysis?

Yes. Going through the exam analysis will help you understand the difficulty level of the paper, changes in the exam pattern, type of questions asked, and the expected cut off.

Is the difficulty level of the NIFT exam the same every year?

No. The difficulty level of the exam varies for each year and it depends on the level of the paper and the questions asked.

How is the NIFT 2021 exam Analysis Prepared?

The NATA Exam Analysis is prepared by taking the feedback from candidates who appear for the exam. 

Is going through the NIFT Exam Analysis will help score well in the exam?

Yes. Referring to the exam analysis of NIFT Exam will help you to know the difficulty level of the paper and enhance your preparation.