Preparation Tips for NIFT CAT 2021

Samiksha Rautela
Samiksha RautelaPublished On: October 23, 2020 | NIFT Entrance Exam

NIFT CAT 2021 is conducted each year to enrol students to B.Des and M.Des courses. Find out how to prepare and ace the NIFT CAT 2021.

NIFT CAT preparation tips

NIFT Entrance Exam is a national level exam that is conducted by the National Institute of Fashion Technology for admission into graduate and postgraduate courses of design. NIFT CAT 2021 (Creative Ability Test) is the first parameter that measures a candidate’s aptitude for the exam. It is quickly followed by the NIFT GAT 2021 (General Ability Test). Candidates appearing for the NIFT entrance exam often tend to get confused regarding the syllabus and exam pattern of NIFT CAT 2021.

It is crucial for the aspirants to take a look at the syllabus and follow the preparation strategies in order to do well in the NIFT CAT exam 2021. The candidates appearing for the Creative Ability Test are assessed on the basis of the observation and visualisation abilities, drawing skills, and creative writing skills. Design is an ambiguous sphere. A candidate needs to be aptly equipped with the topics that can be asked in the NIFT CAT 2021 test.

About NIFT CAT 2021

The NIFT creative ability test or NIFT CAT 2021 is conducted by NIFT for admission to B.Des and M.Des courses. NIFT CAT exam 2021 is conducted before NIFT GAT 2021. It is held in the morning session from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. Soon after the NIFT CAT is done, the GAT is held from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The test is framed in order to examine the candidate’s power of observation, intuition skills, design aptitude of the aspirant and development as well as comprehension of a concept. It also aims at analysing the innovative thinking and use of colours. The candidates are assessed on their illustration skills. Individuals possessing a strong grip in creativity and with an artistic approach generally fetch good marks in CAT of NIFT 2021. In order to ace this section of the NIFT entrance exam 2021, the candidate must have a creative bent of mind and clarity in thoughts.

Important Topics for NIFT CAT 2021

A candidate is required to go through all the possible and important topics before appearing for the NIFT CAT 2021. Given below is the list of topics that an aspirant must include in the preparation.

Design Theory

Drawing Fundamentals

Elements & Principles Of Design

Inspiration & Creativity

Colour Psychology & Optical Illusions

Colour Terminology

Natural & Geometrical Form

Creative thinking & writing

Innovation in Design

Inspiration & Design Development

Visual Logic

Theme Development

Use of Measurements, Scale & proportions

Memory Drawing

Form & Function

Principles of Composition

Mood, Theme & Colour Inter-Relationship

Understanding Light & Shade

Foreshortening & Perspective

Imagination & Doodling

Optical Illusion

Optical Illusion

Picture Analysis

Developing Themes & Colour Associations

Colour, Pattern & Texture

Usage of Colour in Compositions

Ornaments & motifs

Presentation Techniques

Expression & Emotion

Innovation & Creation

Lateral Thinking

3D Visualisation

Graphics & Pictograms

Story Pictures

Design Awareness

Exercises on imagination

Also Read: Design Career in India: Scope, Top Colleges, Fees

Preparation Tips for NIFT CAT 2021

It has been observed that an aspirant seeking admission at NIFT prepares a lot for the exam but does not score well in the final result. Also, the candidates appearing for the exam find it hard to keep up with the diverse and the vague syllabus of the exam. All aspirants are advised to follow the preparation tips and tricks enlisted below to score well in the CAT of NIFT 2021.

Prepare a plan- Before anything else, the aspirant is required to be ready with the plan of action. Without any set plan, implementation becomes difficult. It is essential to chalk out the plan so that the thought process gets solidified and the candidate gets a clear picture of the objective.

Pick the correct study material- Prior to starting with the preparation of NIFT CAT 2021, the candidate is advised to do the research and pick up the NIFT Entrance Exam books that are relevant. Studying from the incorrect books takes up too much of the candidate’s study time and it can cost him at the end. It is required to pick up books that contain sufficient and trustworthy content. Also, the candidate must make sure that the book is as per the new guidelines and syllabus of NIFT Entrance Exam 2021.

Time Management- Time management is the key to any student's preparation for the NIFT entrance exam. While preparing for the NIFT CAT exam 2021, the candidate should keep in mind that time is the currency. It should be spent wisely and on the right resources. Wasting time in irrelevant study resources and taking too many breaks often lead to a poor result.

Previous Year’s Question Papers/Sample Papers- Practice always makes an individual perfect. The aspirant appearing for NIFT CAT 2021 must practice from the question papers of previous years and sample papers. It is also advised to appear for the mock test before appearing for the actual exam. Doing so makes the candidate familiar with the exam pattern of the CAT of NIFT and it takes less effort to solve the questions. Also, through regular practice, a candidate becomes aware of the type of questions that might appear in the exam.

Revision- A candidate should make sure that he completes the entire syllabus way before the exam so that enough room is left for revision. Revisiting difficult topics often leads to a better understanding and it creates a clear picture in the mind of the applicant.

Winning over psychological barriers- The aspirants are required to keep nervousness, under-confidence and over-confidence at bay. Psychological barriers often tend to play with the mind of the candidate and he/she is unable to prepare as well as perform better. It is necessary for the candidates to do the research beforehand and take the right steps at the right time. The aspirant must not lose his/her cool even in dire circumstances and should believe in his/her preparation and abilities.

Proper rest- While taking too many breaks should be avoided but breaks should not be included in the plan of action. Studying religiously and continuously tends to exhaust the mind of the candidate after a while. It is crucial to take breaks every now and then as it helps in refreshing the mind of the aspirant. A student manages to study better with a refreshed mind.

Be positive- It is crucial to have an optimistic state of mind during the exam preparation as it helps in performing better. If a student is surrounded by a constant sphere of negativity, it becomes really difficult for him/her to grasp the information. Staying positive boosts up the confidence of the candidate and the process of preparation becomes an easier task.

Also Read: Skills Required for a Successful Career in Design

NIFT CAT 2021 Exam Pattern

The NIFT CAT 2021 includes three questions consisting of 100 marks altogether. The question should be answered by the candidates in the time duration of three hours. The exam is conducted from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. After the conclusion of the exam, the GAT (General Ability Test ) is conducted. Candidates can also check the preparation tips for NIFT GAT 2021 here.

The candidates are advised to stay confident and keep his/her artistic switch on before appearing for the Creative Aptitude Test. By staying calm and with proper preparation any candidate can score well in the NIFT CAT exam 2021. To learn about design admissions and check out other design colleges, you can just dial 1800-572-9877 (toll-free) or fill-up the Common Application Form. For any concerns or queries, write to us in the QnA portal.

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