NIFT: Complete Information

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NIFT: Complete Information

National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) is conducting a NIFT entrance exam to shortlist candidates for admission to the design programs it offers. Each year, more than 20,000 students appear for the NIFT exam.

NIFT is considered a leader of design education and has its headquarters in New Delhi and centres in Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Jodhpur, Kangra, Kannur, Patna, Shillong, Raebareli and Srinagar.

Notification for NIFT 2020

The official notification for NIFT 2020 was issued on 22 October 2019. The NIFT 2020 application form was launched by the National Institute of Fashion Technology on October 23 in online mode. Candidates can apply before 31 December 2019. They are able to download NIFT 2020 admit card in online mode on January 10.

 The authorities will conduct the NIFT entrance exam in pen and paper-based mode on January 19, 2020. NIFT entrance test is a pathway to the admission to the B. Design (B. Des.) and Fashion Technology (B.F.Tech.) Bachelor’s programs. The qualified students will be admitted to the 16 NIFT campuses in India.

Eligibility Criteria for NIFT 2020

Candidates wishing to appear for the NIFT entrance exam should ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria for the NIFT exam. The eligibility criteria include age bar and educational qualification. Check the table for details of the eligibility criteria.

NIFT BDes Eligibility Criteria 2020NIFT BFTech Eligibility Criteria 2020
Candidates should have completed their Class 12 with passing marks from a respected board to be qualified for the 2020 NIFT entry exam.Aspirants should have completed their Class 12 from a recognised board wherein they have studied subjects such as Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Candidates should have secured passing marks in their Class 12 exam.
For NIFT admission 2020, aspirants should be under 23 years of ageFor NIFT admission 2020, aspirants should be under 23 years of age

Important Dates for NIFT 2020

(Tentative) Candidates may check for the important dates for NIFT entrance exam in the table below:

Start date to fill NIFT application formOctober 23, 2019
Last date to submit application form without late fee (₹Rs 2,000 for General/ OBC (non-creamy layer) students and Rs 1,000 for SC/ ST/ PHP category candidates)December 31, 2019
Last date to submit application form with late fee (₹5000)January 4, 2020
Download NIFT entrance exam admit card onlineJanuary 10, 2020
NIFT entrance exam dayJanuary 19, 2020

Admit Card for NIFT 2020

Candidates will access NIFT 2020 admit card on January 10. Take note that no hard copy of the admittance card will be sent. They will be required to carry the admission card to the exam centre, along with a valid ID proof. No applicant will be allowed to enter the examination hall without these documents.

Applicants need to download the NIFT Admission Card from the official website of the design entrance examination as specified by the NIFT authorities. Aspirants can access the NIFT Admit Card by providing details such as their six-digit identification number, date of birth and email.

Exam Pattern of NIFT 2020

 NIFT entrance exam is three-tiered exam . Applicants must first appear for the Creative Ability Test (CAT) as part of the NIFT entrance exam 2020 for BDes and accompanied by a General Ability Test (GAT). The final round of admission to the BDes course is a situation test.On the other side, applicants for BFTech course admissions need to appear for GAT exam only

NIFT B.Des GAT  2020 Exam Pattern is given below for the applicants to understand the structure of the entrance test. The number of questions, the language of the examination, the mode, the marking scheme and the factors described in the NIFT B.Des GAT 2020 test pattern can be checked in the below table.

Exam Pattern of NIFT 2020

SpecificsNIFT B.Des ExamNIFT B.FTech Exam
Mode of ExaminationOfflineOffline
Duration2 Hours3 Hours
Numbers of Questions100150
LanguageEnglishEnglish

Weightage for NIFT Admissions 2020

ProgrammeExamWeightage
B.DesCAT50%
GAT30%30%
Situation Test20%20%
B.FTechGAT100%

 Exam Syllabus of NIFT 2020

Applicants are informed that the syllabus is not officially released by the National Institute of Fashion Technology for NIFT CAT. However, we have compiled a list of topics from which maximum questions are asked in the NIFT entrance examination in the previous years. Aspirants can go through key topics to review while studying for the NIFT CAT.

NIFT Syllabus 2020 for CAT

While preparing for the NIFT CAT exam, candidates need to note that they will be evaluated based on their creativity and illustrative skills. Some issues based on which candidates were assessed in the NIFT Entry Exam 2020 are described below.

  • Design Theory
  • Colour Psychology and Optical Illusions
  • Colour Terminology
  • Natural and Geometrical Form
  • Inspiration and Design Development
  • Principles of Composition
  • Drawing Fundamentals
  • Elements and Principles of Design
  • Design Awareness
  • Mood, Theme and Colour Inter-relationship
  • Understanding Light & Shade
  • Usage of Colour in Compositions
  • Visual Logic
  • Inspiration and Creativity
  • Creative Thinking & Writing
  • Innovation in Design
  • Optical Illusion
  • Colour, Pattern & Texture
  • Form and Function
  • Theme Development
  • Picture Analysis
  • Use of Measurements, Scale & Proportions
  • Memory Drawing
  • Ornaments & Motifs
  • Developing Themes & Colour Associations
  • Optical Illusion
  • 3D Visualisation
  • Foreshortening & Perspective
  • Imagination & Doodling
  • Presentation Techniques
  • Expression & Emotion
  • Exercises on Imagination
  • Graphics & Pictograms
  • Lateral Thinking
  • Story Pictures
  • Innovation & Creation

NIFT Syllabus 2020 for GAT

GAT tests various academic skills such as mathematics (class 10), reasoning, English language and comprehension. It is also made up of GK, current affairs, and fashion industry information.

The core topics from which candidates can expect questions in the NIFT GAT exam are mentioned below:

  • Quantitative ability (20 Question)
  • Communication ability (25 Question)
  • Analytical ability (15 Question)
  • English comprehension (25 Question)
  • General knowledge and current affairs (15 Question)

Books for NIFT 2020

  • Guide for NIFT/NID/IIFT 2020 by Arihant Experts
  • Guide for NIFT/NID/IIFT 2019 
  • NIFT Exam Full Package by LearnX

Exam Preparation Tips for NIFT 2020

NIFT 2020 Preparation Tips will help students prepared to crack the NIFT 2020 exam by providing different effective tricks. NIFT is a regular entrance test at the national level. These institutes offer different programs for undergraduates and graduates. The examination is designed to test the creativity skills of the candidate such as drawing, observing, visualizing and writing. 22000 candidates appear for this entrance exam each year.  2400 seats will be allocated to candidates based on merit list. Candidates must prepare a strategy to compete effectively with the candidates because of high competition.

  • NIFT exam’s main purpose is to measure the creative and imaginative abilities of the applicant. Try to sketch anything you like a lot. Try new things to test yourself.
  • Do some yoga and meditation to boost your concentration power to focus better.
  • Do a mock test every day to gauge your level of preparation and keep improving with it.
  • Candidates need to be aware of what is happening around the world and in our country. Make the habit of reading newspaper daily. Candidates should read books and magazines related to fashion/design as well.

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