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NIFT 2023 - Exam Date, Application Process, Pattern, Syllabus, Preparation

Updated By Ankita Jha on 22 Sep, 2022 23:57

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About NIFT Entrance Exam 2023

NIFT 2023 entrance exam is to be conducted by National Institute of Fashion Technology tentatively in the month of February 2023.  The official notification of NIFT 2023 application form is expected to commence in the month of  December, 2022. 

NIFT is a national level exam conducted yearly to grant admission to the candidates who want to make their career in the field of design. Almost 40,000 candidates appear in NIFTs through GAT (General Ability Test) & CAT (Creativity Ability Test). There are a total of 4517 seats available in the National Institute of Fashion Technology. The NIFT GAT paper is conducted for the  Bachelor in Design courses and the duration of the exam is two hours. The total duration of NIFT CAT Paper is three hours to judge the creative skills and observation power of the candidates. Candidates can take a look at the Detailed NIFT 2022 Paper Analysis and also check out the eligibility criteria and selection process of NIFT 2023 below.NIFT offers various design courses such as Bachelor of Fashion Technology (B.F.Tech), Bachelor of Design (B.Des), Master of Design (M.Des), Master of Fashion Technology (M.F.Tech), and Master of Fashion Management (M.F.M). The NIFT entrance exam score is used for admission into both UG and PG programmes offered at NIFT Bhopal, Gandhinagar, Kangra, Jodhpur, Raebareli, Kannur, Chennai, Shillong, Mumbai, Bhubaneshwar, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Srinagar, Patna, New Delhi, and Bengaluru campuses

What is NIFT? 

The full form of NIFT is National Institute of Fashion Technology  and it is one of the most reputed and prestigious institutes for design in India. NIFT is conducted yearly to grant  admission into undergraduate programmes like BDes (Bachelor in Design) and B.FTech ( Bachelor of Fashion Technology) and also for postgraduate courses like M.FTech  (Master of Fashion Technology) and MDes (Master in Design).

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NIFT 2023 Highlights

Listed below are the NIFT 2023 Entrance examination important highlights for the candidates:

Particulars

Details

Name of the exam

National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) Entrance Exam

Conducting Body

National Institute of Fashion Technology

Level of the Exam 

National Level

Application Mode 

Online

Exam Mode 

Online Proctored Examination

Frequency

 of Exam 

Once a year

Duration

 Of Exam 

  • GAT (General Ability Test) - Two hours
  • CAT (Creativity Ability Test) - Three hours

Total Number of Questions

  • 100 questions for GAT (General Ability Test)
  • Drawing questions for CAT (Creativity Ability Test)

Type of Question 

MCQ based in the NIFT GAT 

Application Fees

  • General/ Other Backward Caste( OBC) - Rs 2000
  • Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) - Rs 1,000 

Total Seats Offered

4517 (Expected)

Applications Per Year

Approximately 40,000

Number of Exam Center

32 cities across India

Official Website

https://www.nift.ac.in

NIFT Exam Dates 2023

The candidates can check the NIFT Entrance dates 2023 tentatively mentioned below in the table. We will be providing the exact dates of each event as soon as it will be announced officially by the National Institute of Fashion Technology.

Events

Dates (Tentative)

Release of NIFT Information Brochure 2023

December 2022

Releasing of  Application Form of NIFT 2023

December 2022

Last Date to apply for  NIFT Registration process without late fine

To be announced

Last Date to apply for NIFT Registration process with late fine

To be announced

Releasing date of NIFT Admit Card 2023 

January 2023

NIFT 2023 Examination Date

February 2023

Releasing date of Answer Key of NIFT GAT 2023

To be announced

Last date for raising objection for GAT Answer Key

To be announced

Releasing of final answer key of CAT 2022

To be announced

Date for Situation Test of Bachelor in Design

To be announced

NIFT Results Declaration 2023 

To be announced 

NIFT Counseling 2023

To be announced 

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NIFT 2023 Eligibility Criteria

The candidate must go through NIFT eligibility criteria 2023 before applying for the NIFT entrance exam. The National Institute of Fashion Technology offers courses in the design stream for the candidates who want to pursue undergraduate and postgraduate degree.  If the candidate is taking admission in the UG course then the maximum age should be less than 24 years of the candidate on 1st August of the admission year. For reserved category like SC/ST and PwD candidates the upper age limit may be relaxed by a period of 5 years. The candidates who are applying for PG courses There is no age bar for them in appearing for the NIFT exam.

Degree

Courses

Duration

Eligibility



Bachelor in Design

Fashion Design



4 years

The candidate must have completed class 12th from a recognised board

 or 

must have passed General Certificate Education (GCE) Examination

or

The candidate must have passed with A grade in the Senior Secondary School Examination with minimum of 5 subjects conducted by the National Open School 

Accessory Design

Fashion Communication

Knitwear Design

Leather Design

Textile Design

Bachelor in Fashion Technology (Apparel Production)

-

4 years

The candidate must have completed class 12th from a recognised board

 or 

must have passed General Certificate Education (GCE) Examination

or

The candidate must have passed with A grade in the Senior Secondary School Examination with minimum of 5 subjects conducted by the National Open School 

Or

The candidate must done 3/4-years diploma course in any branch of Engineering approved by a State Board of Technical Education or AICTE

Master in Design

-

2 years

The candidate must have done graduation from a recognised university 

Or

Minimum 3 years of diploma in UG from NIFT/NID

Master of Fashion Management (MFM)

-

2 years

The candidate must have done graduation from a recognised university 

Or

Minimum 3 years of diploma in UG from NIFT/NID

Master of Fashion Technology

-

2 years

The candidate  must have done B.F.Tech from NIFT

or

B.Tech/ B.E from any recognised board/university.

Seat Reservation in NIFT 2023

Listed below are the reserved seats in The National Institute of Fashion Technology for different categories.

Category

Seat Reservation

Other Backward Caste (OBC) - Non-Creamy Layer

27 %

General/ Economically Weaker Section (EWS)

10%

Scheduled Caste (SC)

15%

Scheduled Tribe (ST)

7.5%

PWD candidates

5% (horizontal reservation cutting across categories)

State Domicile

20%

NRI/Foreign Nationals/ SAARC

15% (supernumerary)

Jammu and Srinagar Campus

35%

Alternative Exams Apart from NIFT Entrance Exam

Once an intelligent person proclaimed - “Always Have a Contingency Plan” which means in the event of an outcome opposite to what was expected, an alternative option must be in place. Here are some alternative exams of NIFT entrance exam which must be in the Plan B list of the NIFT aspirants if the events take an unexpected turn:

  1. Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED) 

  2. Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design (UCEED)

  3. National Institute of Design, Design Aptitude Test (NID DAT)

  4. All India Entrance Examination for Design (AIEED)

  5. Pearl Academy Entrance Exam 

  6. Lovely Professional University National Eligibility and Scholarship Test (LPUNEST)

  7. PES Scholastic Aptitude Test (PESSAT)

Advantages of Appearing in NIFT Entrance Exam

The following pointers will deal with some of the important advantages of appearing in NIFT entrance exam:

  1. Best placement opportunities post-completion of studies from any of the NIFT campuses.

  2. Best exposure to the students due to NIFTs’ tie-ups with more than 32 countries.

  3. Courses offered at NIFTs are more diverse and in-depth in nature.

NIFT 2023 Application Form

NIFT Application form 2023 will be released by the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) on the official website. The students will be able to fill the application process online for NIFT 2023 entrance examination.

How to fill out the NIFT Application Form 2023?

The students must go through the instructions given by the institute properly before filling the application for NIFT 2023. The stepwise process to apply for NIFT 2023 is given below for the reference of the students.

Step 1: The students will have to apply online by visiting the official website of National Institute of Fashion Technology i.e. https://www.nift.ac.in.

Step 2: Then the students must check for the latest Prospectus under “Admission” on the home page of NIFT for getting detailed information about courses and fee structure. 

Step 3: The NIFT application portal registration page for the students will open up on the new tab. The students who are applying as new user for NIFT 2023 entrance examination must click on the "new application portal" and subsequently complete the registration process for the NIFT 2023 entrance examination.

Step 4: The students will then be able to create a login id and password for NIFT 2023 registration and they can save the same for future login.

Step 5: The students will then have to fill the application form by entering all other personal details and educational qualifications, category, etc. to complete the NIFT registration form.

Step 6: The students will then have to upload their identity details in the form of scanned photograph and scanned signature as per the specified dimensions mentioned in the prospectus.

Step 7: The registration process will be completed after successful payment of fee for NIFT 2023. The students can pay the registration fee online using credit card/debit card/net banking, etc. The application fee is different for different categories for NIFT 2023.

Category

Application Fee

Unreserved/ Other Backward Class (OBC)

INR 2000 /-

Scheduled Caste(SC), Scheduled Tribe(ST)

INR 1000 /-

Person With Disability (PWD)

INR 1000 /-

NIFT 2023 Admission Process & Selection Criteria

The students can take admission in the participating colleges of NIFT on the basis of merit ranks obtained by the students in the NIFT 2023 entrance exam. The students can check the step-wise admission process as mentioned below. 

Step 1: Fill out NIFT Application Form 2023

The students must fill the application form online for NIFT registration on the official website. The students should only fill the relevant and genuine verifiable details in the application form. All the information furnished by the students will be cross verified during the time of admission.

Step 2: Download NIFT Admit Card

The admit cards will be generated after successful registration by the students for NIFT 2023. The students can download their respective admit cards by visiting the official website and entering the basic details.  The students must note that they will not receive any hard copy of the admit cards through post. 

Step 3: Appear for NIFT 2023 Written Examination

The students will then have to appear in the written tests - GAT and CAT. The written tests are conducted in paper based mode. 

Step 4: Result Declaration for NIFT 2023

The students can check the results online by visiting the result portal after entering their login credentials. The score obtained in the written tests will be used to shortlist candidates for the next round.

The students who will be shortlisted for B.Des course will have to appear in a Situation Test, while post graduate students will appear in a Group Discussion and Personal Interview (GDPI).

Step 5: Appear for NIFT Situation Test or GD/PI

The Situation Test is conducted for B.Des course to test the material handling skills of the aspirants. The postgraduate students need to appear for the Group Discussion/Personal Interview round. 

Step 6: Declaration of Final results

The final results of NIFT 2023 are prepared by giving weightage to each tech component. The student must also note that the final result is used for allocation of seats. 

Step 7: Appear for NIFT Counselling

The counseling processes for NIFT 2023 will be conducted online and will have multiple rounds. The shortlisted students will then have to get registered and participate in filling their choice of all the participating colleges. The allotment of seats will depend upon the NIFT 2023 merit rank of the students and choice of preference opted at the time of registration.

NIFT 2023 Answer Key

The answer key of NIFT 2023 entrance examination will be released by the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) for the objective-based GAT question paper. The answer keys are likely to be released in the third week of February tentatively. The answer key released by NIFT contains the official answers. The students can calculate their tentative or probable score once the answer keys are released.  The students will also be able to access the OMR answer sheet. The students must note that they are allowed to carry the GAT question paper only after completion of the NIFT 2023 entrance exam.

The students who have any doubts or objections against the answer key, OMR answer sheet, or question paper can raise objections/ observations by paying a fee of Rs. 500 per observation/ objections. 

How to download NIFT 2023 answer key for GAT?

  • The students will click on the answer key link
  • Then they will be asked to fill log-in credentials like Roll Number, program, Question Booklet No, and Date of Birth
  • The students can then successfully download the answer key. 

NIFT 2023 Result

The results will be declared by the National Institute of Fashion Technology for NIFT 2023 for the CAT and GAT written test. The NIFT 2023 result is likely to be declared in the 2nd week of March 2023. The result for the same will be released on the official website of the NIFT. 

The merit scores obtained in the written examination will be used to select and shortlist students for the situation test/group discussion and personal interview round. The shortlisted students will have to register for the situation test/ GDPI.

How to check NIFT 2023 result?

  • The students must click on the result link on the home page of the official website. 
  • Once the new login window gets opened,  they need to enter the following details, 
  • Email Adress
  • Password
  • The students can then check their result on screen. 
  • One can download and take a printout of the result.

Courses offered through NIFT Entrance Exam 2023

The students can go through the list of UG and PG courses that are offered by NIFT in which they can take admission on the basis of the ranks obtained in the NIFT entrance exam. The list of courses are mention as per the table given below:

NIFT Admissions 2023: List of UG Courses

BDes Knitwear Design (KD) 

BDes Fashion Communication (FC)

BFTech Apparel Production (AP)

BDes Textile Design (TD)

BDes Fashion Design (FD)

BDes Leather Design (LD)

BDes Accessory Design (AD)

NIFT Admissions 2023: List of PG Courses

MDes

MFM

MFTech

-

NIFT 2023 Test City Booking

The NIFT conducts examinations across the nation and NIFT 2023 exam centers are spread across 32 cities. The students can check the list of cities that are available for giving examination for NIFT 2023 as mentioned below in the tabular form:

Exam Centers of NIFT 2023

Ahmedabad

Bengaluru

Bhopal

Bhubaneswar

Chandigarh

Chennai

Cochin

Coimbatore

Dehradun

Delhi

Guwahati

Hyderabad

Jaipur

Jammu

Jodhpur

Kangra

Kannur (Kerala)

Kolkata

Lucknow

Madurai

Mumbai

Nagpur

Patna

Pune

Raipur

Ranchi

Surat

Udaipur

Vadodara

Vishakhapatnam

Shillong

Srinagar (J&K)

NIFT 2023 Exam Pattern

The candidates can check the NIFT exam pattern 2023 mentioned below.

  • The Entrance Examination for NIFT 2023 will be conducted in three stages. It starts with the General Ability Test (GAT) and followed by the Creativity Ability Test (CAT).
  • NIFT Entrance test comprises a written test which is conducted for all five courses through General Ability Test (GAT).
  • The students must note that only those students are eligible to give the Creativity Ability Test (CAT) who qualifies for the GAT.  The students who qualify for both GAT and CAT examination are asked to appear for the Situation Test and after that the students will have to go through final rounds of personal interview.
  • General Ability Test (GAT) is applicable for the courses of Bachelor in Fashion Technology, Master of Fashion Management, and Master in Fashion Technology. 
  • There is no negative marking in the NIFT exam pattern 2023 entrance examination. It is advisable that students must attempt all the questions. 

NIFT 2023 Exam Pattern

Mode of Examination

Online Proctored Examination

Number of Papers

Two

Number of Sections

Five

Type of the section

General Knowledge and Current Affairs, Communication Ability, English Comprehension, Quantitative Ability, and Analytical and Logical Ability.

Question Paper Mode

Multiple Choice Question

Duration of the Exam (GAT written test)

2 hours (for Bachelor in Designing & Master in Designing) 

3 hours (Bachelor in Fashion Technology, Master in Fashion Technology, and Master of Fashion Management)

Exam Language

English

NIFT 2023 Syllabus

NIFT Syllabus 2023 is divided into five major components. The syllabus includes questions from Quantitative Ability, Communication Ability, General Knowledge and Current Affairs, English Comprehension, and Analytical and Logical Ability. The students can check the syllabus for both the General Ability Test (GAT) and Creativity Ability Test (CAT). The syllabus is different for both the test. 

NIFT GAT Syllabus 2023

The syllabus for NIFT General Ability Test for 2023 includes questions from Quantitative Ability, Communication Ability, English Comprehension, General Knowledge and Current Affairs, and Analytical and Logical Ability. The questions are MCQ based and there are no negative marking. The duration of the examination is 2 hours.

Syllabus of GAT

No of Questions

Topics Covered

Communication Ability and English Comprehension

50

  • one-word substitutes
  • Idioms & phrases
  • correct spellings
  • Synonyms
  • Singular
  • Plural
  • Antonyms

General Knowledge and Current Affairs

15

  • Current Affairs
  • Polity
  • Geography
  • Sports
  • Awards and Honors

Quantitative Ability

20

  • Fractions
  • Percentage
  • Work & Task
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Time & Distance
  • Rate of Interest
  • Addition
  • Multiplication
  • Division

Analytical and Logical Ability

15

  • Ordering and ranking
  • Puzzle
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Linear Arrangement
  • Reasoning
  • Calendar
  • Blood relations

NIFT CAT Syllabus 2023

The syllabus for NIFT Creative Ability Test is designed to check the drawing test and evaluates the skills and observation perspective of the students. The examination is conducted for a 3 hour duration.  

Syllabus

Topics Covered

Creative Ability Test

  • Creativity in the development of a thought
  • Power of observation
  • Design ability of the applicant
  • Discernment ability

NIFT 2023 Cut off

There are a total of 4517 seats offered by NIFT every year for which approximately 40,000 students appear for the NIFT Entrance Examination. The NIFT 2023 cut off marks will be released by the National Institute of Technology after the conduction of the examination. The students can check the cut off marks of the 2021 and the number of shortlisted candidates for the given course as mentioned below.

Course

Rank Range

Shortlisted Candidates

B.Des

51-317

80

B.Des

319-619

90

B.Des

620-825

90

B.Des

828-1098

90

B.Des

1104-1328

80

B.Des

1331-1605

90

B.Des

1612-1874

90

B.Des

1882-2127

90

B.Des

2128-2440

80

B.Des

2443-2741

90

B.Des

2747-3132

90

B.Des

3133-3628

90

B.Des

3629-4100

80

B.Des

4110-4714

90

B.Des

4715-5543

90

B.Des

5448-6739

90

B.Des

6744-8150

100

B.Des

8161-9875

100

B.Des

9883-11605

100

B.Des

11658-14378

86

M.F.Tech

88-100

3

M.Des

24-525

91

B.F.Tech- Apparel Production

11-275

40

B.F.Tech- Apparel Production

276-929

89

MFM

24-352

80

MFM

353-814

90

MFM

816-1310

81

Factors Determining of NIFT Cut off

The students appearing for NIFT entrance examination must keep a check on different factors that determine the Cut Off marks for NIFT 2023. Some of the common factors that are crucial for NIFT Cut Off are mentioned below for the reference.

  • The total number of students appearing for the NIFT entrance examination.
  • The total number of seats offered by the NIFT.
  • The difficulty level of the question paper and the highest marks obtained by the student.
  • Last Year cutoffs of the NIFT.

Colleges accepting NIFT Entrance Exam 2023 Score

The number of colleges that accept admission through NIFT entrance examination has been increasing over the years. The students can check the list of different NIFT campuses along with the total number of seats offered for admission to different undergraduate and postgraduate courses last year as mentioned below. 

Name of the College

No. of Seats available for Admissions 2022

NIFT Bengaluru

381

NIFT Bhopal

220

NIFT Chennai

381

NIFT Gandhinagar

338

NIFT Hyderabad

301

NIFT Kannur

308

NIFT Kolkata

344

NIFT Mumbai

344

NIFT New Delhi

424

NIFT Patna

264

NIFT Panchkula

264

NIFT Raebareli

258

NIFT Shillong

220

NIFT Kangra

264

NIFT Jodhpur

264

NIFT Bhubaneswar

264

NIFT Srinagar

184

Total No. of Seats

5,023

Includes: All-India seats, State-domicile seats, and NRI seats

NIFT 2023 Conducting Body

National Institute of Fashion Technology is the conducting body of NIFT entrance exam. NIFT is a premier foundation in fashion education. The institution offers Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes in fashion and design technology. Admission in the 16 campuses of National Institute of Fashion Technology is done by NIFT entrance exam. The entrance exam is conducted once every year.

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FAQs about NIFT Entrance Exam

How many candidates give the NIFT Entrance Exam?

Every year, more than 23,000 students appear for the NIFT Entrance Exam across various test centres in the country.

Will I get guaranteed admission if I qualify the NIFT Entrance Exam?

The NIFT Entrance Examination is the first round of shortlisted candidates for admission to the National Institutes of Fashion Technology. After clearing the NIFT Entrance Exam, you will have to appear for further rounds of admission which include Situation Test, Group Discussion, and a Personal Interview. Your performance in all of these rounds will be considered for giving yo final admission.

What is the level of the NIFT entrance exam?

NIFT Entrance Examination is a national-level entrance test that is conducted for admission of applicants to the bachelor and masters level design programmes offered at the 16 campuses of NIFT.

How many colleges participate in the NIFT entrance exam?

All the 16 National Institutes of Fashion Technology participate in the NIFT Entrance Exam and accept the scores obtained by candidates in the exam for carrying out their admission process. Apart from that, some private colleges also accept NIFT Entrance Exam scores for shortlisting applicants.

Is the NIFT exam conducted only for admission to UG courses?

No, the NIFT Entrance Examination is used for selecting students for both UG and PG programmes that are offered by the National Institutes of Fashion Technology.

In which mode is NIFT Entrance Exam conducted?

The NIFT Entrance Examination is a pen and paper based exam which is conducted in the offline mode.

When does the registration process of NIFT Entrance Exam begin?

The application process of NIFT Entrance Exam begins in the month of October every year. The interested applicants are given time till December to submit their application forms after which the exam is conducted and is followed by further rounds of the NIFT admission process.

How many times is the NIFT entrance exam conducted every year?

The NIFT Entrance Exam is conducted once every year.

What is the full form of NIFT Entrance Exam?

The full form of NIFT exam is the National Institute of Fashion Technology Entrance Examination.

Who conducts the NIFT Entrance Exam?

The National Institutes of Fashion Technology (NIFTs) conduct the entrance exam of NIFT every year for admitting students to the various courses they offer.

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