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National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) is a reputed institute in fashion education in India. It conducts NIFT Exam and will release NIFT Syllabus in the last week of October. The NIFT 2020 syllabus will cover all the topics and parts from which the questions will be asked.

  • Candidates should review the NIFT syllabus and prepare their planning strategy as they'd know what subjects they're familiar with and if they need to practice further.
  • NIFT 2020 comprises the written test, situation test, and GD/PI. There are two papers in the written exam – CAT, and GAT.
  • For B.Des and M.Des courses, the GAT exam will be 2 hours. On the other hand, the duration of B.F.Tech, MFM & M.F.Tech, GAT exam will be for 3 hours.

NIFT Syllabus for General Ability Test(GAT)

The General Ability Test (GAT) for B. Des. and M. Des. consists of the following sections:

Course  Sections 
GAT for B. Des. and M. Des.
  • Quantitative Ability
  • Communication Ability
  • English Comprehension
  • Analytical Ability
  • General Knowledge and Current Affairs
GAT for B. F. Tech. MFM, M. Des. and M. F. Tech
  • Quantitative Ability
  • Communication Ability and English Comprehension
  • Analytical and Logical Ability
  • General Knowledge and Current Affairs
  • Case Study

The NIFT 2020 exam syllabus for different sections of GAT are described below:

  • Quantitative Ability, they assess the quantitative ability of candidates. The major areas of testing in this section are Addition, Multiplication, Division, Fractions, Percentage, Rate of Interest, Work and Task, Ratio and Proportion and Distance.
  • Communicative Ability section, the candidate is tested on their language skills and its use in day-to-day communication in English. This sub-section includes questions from Synonyms, Antonyms, Words with corresponding meanings, Singular, Plural, One-word Substitutes, Idioms and Phrases, Spelling correction, etc.
  • English Comprehension section, a candidate is tested on their reading abilities and comprehending abilities of a given situation in the given unseen passage. This section tests the basic English language skills through the questions based on the passage.
  • Analytical Ability sub-section is designed to test the candidate’s capacity for the ability of inference and logic from the given information. This section picks up questions from the areas of logical reasoning where candidates are supposed to draw logical conclusions from the analytical reasoning questions.
  • General Knowledge and Current Affairs sub-section, as per the NIFT 2020 syllabus is designed to test the candidate’s general awareness and current affairs. The questions in this section are taken up from the current affairs sections and general knowledge.
  • The Case Study is a test that is based on a situation of an industry environment that the candidate has to analyze and provide solutions to the questions. This test is designed especially to test the managerial skills of the candidate.


In addition to the generic questions from the various sub-sections, the M. F. Tech. has some questions from the Engineering field also.

NIFT Syllabus for Creative Ability Test(CAT) 2020

For the NIFT CAT exam candidates should remember that they will be tested based on their imagination and illustration skills. Some of the factors underlying the assessment of applicants in the NIFT Entrance Exam 2020 are as follows:

Creativity Observation Power
Innovation in Development of a Concept Design Ability
Innovative Use of Colours Illustration Skills

NIFT Syllabus for Situation Test 2020

For the shortlisted candidates appearing of B Des., the situation test is performed. This assessment is a' hands-on' test for assessing the abilities of the applicant for material handling and the ability to innovate on a given set of material. The test is useful in assessing the creative dimension of the minds of the applicant and they are asked to prepare a prototype from the materials received.

In this test, candidates are evaluated on the basis of the below-mentioned parameters:

Conceptualization Skills Aesthetic appeal
Colour scheme Working methodology
Innovative ideas Overall presentation
Composition of elements Neatness
Creative use of materials provided

NIFT Syllabus for Group Discussion (GD) 2020

In the NIFT admissions 2020 Group Discussion round candidates will be further shortlisted on the below-mentioned basis:

Conceptual clarity Knowledge of the topic assigned
The contribution made to the topic Interpersonal skills
Ability to generate new ideas Problem-solving approach
Leadership qualities Effective communication

NIFT Syllabus for Personal Interview (PI) 2020

The parameters on the basis of which candidates will be judged on a personal interview round conducted for NIFT admissions are listed below:

Career orientation Aptness for the field
Good Communication Skills General awareness and aptitude
Overall personal achievements in academics and co-curricular activities Creative and lateral thinking 

NIFT Preparation Tips 2020

  • 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 revision.
  • The important thing is not to waste time over questions which 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 question papers during the last couple of months before the exam. 
  • Analyze your exam preparation level by attempting mock tests.

Candidates may consider referring to the books listed below in preparation for NIFT 2020.

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