NIFT Entrance (National Institute of Fashion Technology)

The NIFT entrance examination is applicable to the 15 NIFT campuses spread across the country, for students who want to join courses in Design offered at these campuses.

The NIFT (National Institute of Fashion Technology) entrance test is for students who want join any one of the various Design courses offered by the NIFT. NIFT is one of the most prestigious designing institutes in the country.  It offers degrees for Under Graduate, Post Graduate and Doctoral Studies. The NIFT Entrance Test is attempted by hundreds of students annually. It offers Bachelor level courses in the following disciplines:

B.Des. (Bachelor of Design):
Fashion Design
Leather Design
Accessory Design
Textile Design
Knitwear Design
Fashion Communication

B.FTech. (Bachelor of Fashion Technology):
Apparel Production

The duration of all the Bachelor Programs is 4 years and all of them have a common Foundation Course in the first year. NIFT has its campuses in Bengaluru, Bhopal, Chennai, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Kannur, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Patna, Raebareli, Shillong, Kangra, Jodhpur and Bhubaneswar.

Out of the total seats, 20% are reserved for State Domiciles, 15% for SC Candidates, 7.5% for ST Candidates, 27% for OBC Candidates (Non – Creamy Layer), 3% for Physically Handicapped Candidates and 15% for Foreign Nationals.

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What are the eligibility criteria?

You should not be more than 23 years of age as on the 1st of October of the year of admission.

This is relaxed for up to 5 years for Reserved Candidates (SC/ST/PH) provided that they are eligible for the course.

You should be proficient in English and should possess basic Computer skills.

For all Bachelor level programs (except B.FTech), you should have passed your Class 12th or equivalent examinations in any discipline from any Central or State recognized board. You will also be eligible if you have completed a 3 or 4-years diploma recognized by AICTE or a State Board of Technical Education.

For Bachelor in Fashion Technology program (B.FTech), you should have passed your Class 12th examinations or its equivalents with Physics, Chemistry and Math as your main subjects from a Central or State recognized board. You will also be eligible if you have completed a 3 or 4-years diploma recognized by AICTE or a State Board of Technical Education.

Candidates who have appeared for their Class 12th examinations or its equivalents in the same year as the NIFT entrance test are also eligible, provided that they can produce their Class 12th or equivalent mark sheet by the 30th of September of the year of admission.

Please keep in mind that if you have not appeared for your Class 12th or equivalent examination before the NIFT entrance test, then you will not be considered to be eligible.

15% of the total seats in each discipline are reserved for Foreign Nationals on a supernumerary basis. Their admission will be based on their SAT scores.

You can only take admission under the State Domicile category if you have completed your Class 12th or equivalent examination from a recognized institution within that State. This is applicable for NIFT campuses at Patna, Kangra, Bhopal, Kannur, Shillong, Jodhpur and Bhubaneswar.

State Domicile candidates can only seek admission to the NIFT in their State.


How to apply?

You can apply for the NIFT entrance test online at the following websites: . Application fees can be paid by credit card or by demand draft. Please check the process for each. 

Admit cards are not sent by post and are available on


What is the pattern of the examination?

The NIFT entrance exam for Bachelor in Design courses comprises three stages: a General Ability Test (GAT), a Creative Ability Test (CAT) and a Situation Test.

The General Ability Test (GAT) includes questions on various topics to evaluate your Quantitative Ability, Communication Ability, English Comprehension, Analytical Ability, General Knowledge and Current Affairs. In this test, you will face questions related to basic mathematics (fractions, percentage etc.), logical reasoning, English writing skills, your ability to communicate and express yourself as well as general knowledge and current affairs related questions.

The Creative Ability Test (CAT) includes questions that evaluate your intuition skill, observation skills, innovation and creativity. The test focuses on your creative and innovative medium, use of color and illustration skills.

Shortlisted candidates from the written examination (CAT and GAT) will appear for a ‘Situation Test’. The situation test is a hands – on test that aims to judge the candidate on his ability and skills regarding how well can he/she handle the material and how well can he/she use creativity to come up with an effective design solution with limited resources. 30% of the weightage of the Situation Test will be given to a ‘write up’ that explains your concept and model.

The weightage for Bachelor programs (except B.FTech) is as follows:
GAT – 30%, CAT – 50% and Situation Test – 20%.
Please note that you will first have to secure the minimum marks required in the GAT and CAT to be eligible for the Situation Test.

Students who are applying for the B.FTech course will only have to appear for the General Ability Test (GAT). Their admission is only based on this test. 

All written papers consist of objective type questions in the multiple choice format. Each question has four options with only one correct answer.

The duration of the GAT exam for all Bachelor courses (except B.FTech) is 2 hours. The duration of the CAT exam is 3 hours.

The duration of the GAT exam for B.FTech students is 3 hours.

It should be kept in mind that merely qualifying the entrance examination does not guarantee admission.

The admission process will be based on a counseling process for which all notified candidates will have to appear with necessary documents.

For any further information, please read the brochure or visit the following website:


What are the future prospects?

The different NIFT institutes that admit students on the basis of their scores in the NIFT are:

1. NIFT Bangalore , CA Site No. 21st, Sector 1, 27th Main Road, HSR Layout, Bengaluru - 560 034 T: + 91-80-25632550-55 E:
2. NIFT Hyderabad , opposite Hi-tech City, Madhapur, Hyderabad - 500 081 T: + 91-40-23114537, 23110630 E: 3. NIFT Mumbai Plot No. 15, Sector - 4 Kharghar, Navi Mumbai - 410 210 T: + 91-22-27747000 / 7100/5549 E:
4. NIFT Delhi , Hauz Khas, Near Gulmohar Park, New Delhi - 110 016 T: + 91-11-26867704, 26542139 E:
5. NIFT Jodhpur , Old Nagar Nigam Building , Inside Sojati Gate, Jodhpur - 342001 Rajasthan, T: + 91-291-3246310
6. NIFT Bhopal , MP bhoj Open University Campus, Kolar Road, Bhopal - 462 042 (MP) T: + 91-755-3243370 E:
7 . NIFT Bhubaneswar , IDCO Plot No.-24, Opp.KIIT School of Management, Chandaka Industrial Estate, Bhubaneswar-751024, Odisha E:
8. NIFT Kangra , Old Govt. Residential Polytechnic Campus, Chheb, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh - 176001 T: + 91-1892-260874 E:
9. NIFT Patna , 2nd Floor, Udyog Bhavan , opposite Gandhi Maidan, Patna - 04 T: + 91-612-2300087, 2300064 E:
10 NIFT Chennai , Rajiv Gandhi Salai, Taramani, Chennai - 600 113 T: + 91-44-22542755, 22542756 E:
11. NIFT Kannur , Dharmasala, Mangattuparamba, Kannur, Kerala - 670 564 T: + 91-497-2784783 / 80 E:
12. NIFT RaebareliVidya Mandir, ITI Premises, Doorbhash Nagar, Raebareli, UP - 229 010 T: + 91-535-2702422 / 31 E:
13. NIFT Gandhinagar , GH-O, Road, Behind Info City, Gandhinagar - 382 007 T: + 91-79-23240832, 23240834 E:
14. NIFT Kolkota , Plot - 3B, LA-Block, Near 16 No. Water Tank, Sector III, Salt Lake City, Kolkata - 700 098 T: + 91-33-23358872 / 2890/8348/7332 E:
15. NIFT Shillong , North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS Old Campus), 'C' Block, Pasteur Hills Lawmali, Shillong - 793 012, Meghalaya T: + 91-364-2590240 / 53 E: nift.shillong @

Important Dates for NIFT Entrance Test 2016:

Application Process Start Date  


Last Date of Online Registration


Extended Registration Period with late fee of Rs.5000

11.1.2016 to 16.1.2016

Written Entrance Exam


Situation Test (for Bachelor of Design), Group Discussion/Interview (For Master's courses)

April-May, 2016

Final Results

End of May, 2016 / June, 2016


June 2016 onwards

Design Courses Entrance

Entrance Exam


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