The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) conducts an entrance examination every year for admissions into UG and PG programs in the Fashion stream. The NIFT Exam Pattern is designed to test an applicant's skills and basic knowledge in fashion. 

If you have applied or willing to apply for NIFT Entrance Exam, then it is important that you are aware of the exam pattern and how the selection process is done. This post takes you through detailed course-wise exam patterns, stages of exam, weightage of each stage for the final merit list. 

NIFT Exam Pattern 2021 for Design & Fashion Technology

  • NIFT offers admission for UG and PG courses that includes B.Design, B.Fashion Technology, M.Design, and M.Fashion Technology.
  • The selection process, the pattern of the exam, and the syllabus will vary for each course. Hence, you must go through the NIFT Syllabus and pattern of the exam carefully below. 
  • If you have applied for B.Des, then you need to appear for CAT, GAT, and Situation Test. 
  • If you have applied for the M.Des course, then you need to appear for CAT, GAT, and GD/PI.
  • If you have applied for B.F.Tech course, then you need to appear only for GAT. 
  • For M.F.Tech and M.F.M applicants, the selection process will be GAT and GD/PI. 
  • You will be qualified for the admission round only after qualifying all the stages.
  • Each stage of the NIFT Exam will be offline. You need to appear for a paper-based test at the respective exam center which will be provided on the admit card. 

NIFT CAT Pattern 2021

The first stage of the selection process for B.Des and M.Des is the Creative Ability Test (CAT). The main aim of this test is to judge the intuitive ability, power of observation in concept development, and design ability of the applicant. Through the NIFT CAT Exam, the creative and innovative use of colour and illustration skills will be tested. 

  • The total time duration to complete CAT is 3 hours.
  • There will be 3 drawing questions. The total marks for the creative ability test 100. 

Note: If anyone tries to disclose their identity by writing any personal details or place any identification mark on the answer sheet shall be considered ‘DISQUALIFIED’ and their results shall not be declared.

NIFT GAT Pattern 2021

After qualifying the creative ability test, you will be shortlisted for General Ability Test. This is an offline mode of exam for which the detailed NIFT Exam Pattern is explained below course-wise:

NIFT B.Des Pattern 2021

  • The question paper for B.Des includes a total of 100 multiple choice questions for 100 marks.
  • It is an offline mode of exam conducted for 120 minutes.
  • There is a negative marking of 0.25 for each wrong answer.
Sections No of Questions Asked
Quantitative Ability 20
Communication Ability 25
English Comprehension 25
Analytical Ability 15
General Knowledge and Current Affairs 15
Total Number of Questions 100

NIFT M.Des Pattern 2021

  • For the M.Des General Ability Test, the same pattern similar to B.Des is followed.
  • But, here there is a total of 120 questions for 120 marks. 
  • This is also an offline mode of exam conducted for 2 hours (120 minutes)
  • There is a negative marking of 0.25 for each wrong answer. 
Sections No of Questions Asked
Quantitative Ability 20
Communication Ability 30
English Comprehension 30
Analytical Ability 25
General Knowledge and Current Affairs 15
Total Number of Questions 120

NIFT B.F.Tech Exam Pattern 2021

For Fashion Technology courses, this is the first stage of the selection process. 

  • There are a total of 150 multiple choice questions for 150 marks.
  • This is also an offline mode of exam conducted for 3 hours (180 minutes)
  • There is a negative marking of 0.25 for each wrong answer.
Sections No of Questions Asked
Quantitative Ability 30
Communication Ability & English Comprehension 45
Analytical & Logical Ability 25
General Knowledge and Current Affairs 25
Case Study 25
Total Number of Questions 150

NIFT M.F.tech Exam Pattern 2021

  • For Masters in Fashion technology also we have the same pattern of the question paper.
  • The same sections are included with the same number of questions however, the difficulty level of the questions may vary.
  • This is an offline mode of exam conducted for 3 hours. 
  • There is a negative marking of 0.25 for each wrong answer.
Sections No of Questions Asked
Quantitative Ability 30
Communication Ability & English Comprehension 45
Analytical & Logical Ability 25
General Knowledge and Current Affairs 25
Case Study 25
Total Number of Questions 150

NIFT MFM Pattern 2021

  • For the Masters in Fashion Management, the number of questions is 150 however, the distribution of section-wise questions is different.
  • There is a negative marking of 0.25 for each wrong answer while 1 mark is awarded for the correct answer.
  • The time duration to complete 150 multiple choice questions is 3 hours.
Sections No of Questions Asked
Quantitative Ability 10
Communication Ability & English Comprehension 50
Analytical & Logical Ability 25
General Knowledge and Current Affairs 25
Case Study 40
Total Number of Questions 150

NIFT Entrance Exam Pattern for Situation Test 2021

After the written test, you will be shortlisted for the Situation Test. This is a hands-on test to evaluate your skills for material handling and innovative ability in a given situation with a given set of materials. 

  • Make sure to use only the given materials. No additional materials will be provided or allowed.
  • The model will be evaluated based on various parameters by the authorities. 
  • These parameters will be checked along with a write up explaining the concept behind the constructed model.
  • As the mode of exam in NIFT is English, you need to prepare the write-up in English.
  • No marks will be given for writeup in any other language.
  • The use of outside/additional material in making the model/ design is not permitted. 
  • The evaluation of the test will be done by the Jury on the spot. The model will not be preserved for future reference.

NIFT Group Discussion & Personal Interview for PG programs

Qualifiers of written exam for Masters Programs will be called for Group Discussion and Interview. The Group Discussion and Interview will be based on a case study.

Group Discussion

The GD would be for 15-20 minutes discussion around a case study assigned, on which a panel of experts will assess you on various parameters including

  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

Personal Interview

In the interview, you will be accessed on various parameters by the panel of experts that includes

  1. Career orientation
  2. Aptness for the course
  3. Overall personal achievements in academics and co-curricular activities
  4. Communication
  5. General awareness and aptitude, creative and lateral thinking

NIFT Entrance Exam Weightage 2021 

After completing all the stages of the NIFT 2021 Exam, the final merit list is prepared by considering the weightage of marks from each test as tabulated below:

Courses Test Weightage
Bachelor of Design (BDes) CAT 50%
GAT 30%
Situation Test 20%
Bachelor of Fashion Technology (B.F.Tech) GAT 100%
Master of Design (MDes) CAT 40%
GAT 30%
GD/PI 30%
Master of Fashion Technology (M.F.Tech) GAT 70%
GD/PI 30%
Master of Fashion Management (MFM) GAT 70%
GD/PI 30%

FAQ's

Which are the sections included in NIFT GAT 2021 for Design Course?

There are 5 sections included in NIFT GAT for Design courses i.e., Quantitative Ability, Communication Ability, English Comprehension, Analytical Ability, General Knowledge and Current Affairs. 

How many questions are asked in GAT for B.Des and M.Des?

In GAT, there are a total of 100 questions asked for B.Des and 120 questions asked for M.Des.

How many questions are asked in GAT for Fashion Technology course?

In GAT for Fashion Technology course a total of 150 questions. 

If I am unable to score well in General Ability Test, then will I be able to get admission in NIFT?

For the final merit list, only some percentage of the marks is taken for consideration. This varies for each course. However, if you have performed well in other sections, then you will be shortlisted for admission round. 

What is the time duration for NIFT GAT Exam?

The time duration of NIFT GAT Exam for Design courses is 2 hours while for Fashion technology courses it is 3 hours. 

What is the time duration for NIFT CAT Exam?

The time duration of NIFT CAT is 3 hours for design courses. 

Is there any negative marking for NIFT Exam?

There is no negative marking for NIFT CAT but, there is 0.25 deduction for each wrong answer in NIFT GAT.