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Preparation Tips for NIFT CAT 2022

Samiksha Rautela
Samiksha RautelaUpdated On: February 04, 2022 03:40 pm IST | NIFT Entrance Exam

NIFT CAT 2022 is conducted each year to enrol students to B.Des and M.Des courses. Find out how to prepare and ace the NIFT CAT 2022.

Preparation Tips for NIFT CAT 2022

NIFT Entrance Exam is a national level design entrance exam that is conducted by the National Institute of Fashion Technology for admission into graduate and postgraduate courses of design. NIFT 2022 is scheduled to be held on February 06, 2022 (Sunday). NIFT CAT 2022 (Creative Ability Test) is the first parameter that measures a candidate’s aptitude for the exam. It is followed by the NIFT GAT 2022 (General Ability Test).

Candidates appearing for the NIFT entrance exam often tend to get confused regarding the syllabus, topics and exam pattern of NIFT CAT 2022. It is crucial to take a look at the NIFT syllabus and follow the preparation strategies in order to do well in the NIFT CAT exam 2022. Read on to find out the important topics and tips to crack the NIFT CAT 2022.

About NIFT CAT 2022

The NIFT creative ability test or NIFT CAT 2022 is conducted by NIFT for admission to B.Des and M.Des courses. It is usually held in the morning session. The test is framed 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.

Through NIFT CAT 2022, applicants are judged on their illustration skills. Individuals possessing a strong grip in creativity and with an artistic approach generally fetch good marks in CAT of NIFT 2022. In order to ace this section of the NIFT entrance exam 2022, the candidate must have a creative bent of mind and clarity in thoughts.

Important Topics for NIFT CAT 2022

A candidate is required to go through all the possible and important topics before appearing for the NIFT CAT 2022. Given below is the list of topics that an aspirant must include while preparing for the exam.

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 2022

Candidates appearing for the NIFT CAT 2022 often find it hard to keep up with the diverse and vague syllabus of the exam. All aspirants are advised to follow the preparation tips and tricks enlisted below to score well.

Tip #1: 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.

Tip #2: Pick the correct study materials- Prior to starting with the preparation of NIFT CAT 2022, 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 2022.

Tip #3: Time Management- Time management is the key to any student's preparation for the NIFT entrance exam. While preparing for the NIFT CAT exam 2022, the candidate should keep in mind that time is the currency. It should be spent wisely. Wasting time in irrelevant study resources and taking too many breaks often lead to poor results.

Tip #4: Previous Year’s Question Papers/Sample Papers- Practice always makes an individual perfect. The aspirant appearing for NIFT CAT 2022 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.

Tip #5: 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.

Tip #6: 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.

Tip #7: 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.

Tip #8: Be positive- It is crucial to have an optimistic state of mind during the exam preparation as it helps in performing better. If a constant sphere of negativity, surrounds a student, it becomes really difficult for him/her to grasp the information. Staying positive boosts up the confidence and the process of preparation becomes much easier.

Also Read: Skills Required for a Successful Career in Design

NIFT CAT 2022 Exam Pattern

The NIFT CAT 2022 includes three questions and together they consist of 100 marks. The question should be answered by the candidates in the time duration of three hours. After the conclusion of the exam, the GAT (General Ability Test ) is conducted. Candidates can also check the preparation tips for NIFT GAT 2022 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 anyone can score well in the NIFT CAT exam 2022.

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How much is the total marks for the NIFT CAT?

The total marks for the NIFT CAT is 100.

Is NIFT CAT held before or after the NIFT GAT exam?

NIFT CAT is scheduled to be held before the NIFT GAT Exam.

What all skills are analysed in the NIFT CAT exam?

The skills that are analysed in the NIFT CAT exam are intuition, innovation in development of a concept, power of observation and design ability of the candidate.

NIFT CAT is conducted for admission to which courses?

NIFT CAT is a shortlisting parameter for admission to B.Des and M.Des degree programmes.

How many questions are asked in the NIFT CAT exam?

A total of three questions are asked in the NIFT CAT exam which candidates have to answer within the time limit of 3 hours.


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