NIFT Entrance Exam Analysis 2021

Updated By Sukriti Vajpayee on 19 Oct, 2020 09:59

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NIFT Previous Years' Exam Analysis

NIFT Entrance Exam 2020 was successfully conducted in 32 cities across the country on 19th January 2020. The NIFT entrance exam 2020 for admission to B.Des and M.Des courses comprised two different tests – NIFT General Ability Test (GAT) and NIFT Creative Ability Test (CAT). Aspirants appeared for the tests in two slots – NIFT CAT was held from 10 AM to 1 PM whereas NIFT GAT was conducted from 2.30 PM to 4.30 PM.

The admission process of NIFT 2020 is such that candidates who qualify both NIFT GAT and CAT entrance tests become eligible to appear in the final admissions round of NIFT – Situation Test and Personal Interview. Post this round, shortlisted candidates get admission in B.Des and M.Des programmes of NIFT. On the contrary, candidates just have to take NIFT GAT for admission to B.F.Tech, M.F.Tech, and MFM courses.

NIFT Entrance Exam 2020 Weightage

The NIFT entrance exam weightage varies from course to course. For admission to B.Des and M.Des courses at NIFT, GAT and CAT scores are considered. For admission to BFTech, MFTech and MFM courses at NIFT, candidates only have to appear in the GAT exam. 

Name of the Course

Weightage for Each Test

Bachelor of Design (B.Des)

CAT- 50%

GAT- 30%

Situation Test- 20%

Master of Design (M.Des)


GAT- 30%

GD&PI- 30%

Bachelor of Fashion Technology (B.F.Tech)


Master of Fashion Technology (M.F.Tech)

GAT- 70%

GD/PI- 30%

Master of Fashion Management (MFM)

GAT- 70%

GD/PI- 30%

NIFT 2019 Exam Analysis

NIFT Entrance Exam 2019 Difficulty Level and Students Reactions

  • According to many students, the NIFT CAT and GAT entrance exam 2019 was easy. The exam was not difficult at all as compared to previous NIFT entrance tests.

  • The students' reaction revealed that the theory paper was of medium difficulty level whereas the English and Maths sections were comparatively easier.

  • The NIFT GAT exam pattern and marking scheme were exactly as mentioned in the brochure.

  • Many students found the NIFT CAT 2019 GK section way easier than the NIFT GAT GK section. Overall, the NIFT Entrance Exam 2019 was well-timed and most of the students were able to complete the paper on time.

  • According to the NIFT 2019 exam analysis, overall GAT paper was easy. Different candidates found various sections easy or of medium level. Most of the aspirants found English way easier and a majority of them found the Quantitative Ability section as difficult. 

Comparison with Past Years’ Papers

  • Many students who gave the NIFT entrance exam again revealed that the difficulty level of NIFT B.Des entrance exam was the same as last year's.

  • Some students said that the Mathematics section of the NIFT B.Des entrance exam was more intruding than last years' papers.

Questions Asked for B.Des Admissions 2019

Given below is the list of questions asked in the NIFT CAT B.Des entrance exam 2019. The weightage of the NIFT CAT exam is 100 marks and comprises three questions where first two carry 30 marks each and the third one carries 40 marks.

Question 1: It is the year 2050. Draw any of the following items for the future:

  • An umbrella
  • A lunch box
  • A door knob

Question 2: Different shapes were given and students had to design any of the following:

  • A wind chime
  • A letter box
  • A Computer

Question 3: Show a process in four frames for the following:

  • A bird flying for the first time.
  • A rose blooming from a bud.
  • A wet shirt drying on a line.

Questions Asked for M.Des Admissions 2019

The three questions asked in NIFT CAT for Master of Design (MDes) course admissions are given in detail below. The weightage of NIFT CAT 2019 was 100 marks where the first two questions carried 30 marks each and the weightage of the third one was 40 marks.

Question 1: Write an essay on using pen and paper to using a laptop.

Question 2: If you were blindfolded for a whole day then what are the five tasks that you would find difficult. Elaborate further on one of the tasks.

Question 3: Design spectacles for different groups like:

  • School children
  • Sportsperson
  • People who travel in public transport
  • Traffic policeman

According to the NIFT 2019 exam analysis, GAT paper was easy overall. Different candidates found various sections easy or difficult. However, most of them found English easy while the majority of them found the Quantitative Ability section a bit on the difficult side. 

NIFT 2018 Exam Analysis

NIFT 2018 Entrance Exam was conducted on 21st of January, 2018 (Sunday) at various centres across the country. The NIFT entrance exam is held in order to shortlist candidates for admission to NIFT's design programmes. The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), which is considered to be a pioneer in fashion education, has its main campus in New Delhi. Other campuses are located in Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Jodhpur, Kangra, Kannur, Patna, Shillong and Raebareli.

NIFT GAT Paper Analysis 2018

The GAT paper in NIFT entrance exam did not throw any surprises and students were able to complete the paper in the stipulated time. The question paper pattern and the type of questions asked in the examination were on the same lines as previous years’ papers. Students found English, Math and Mental Ability quite doable as the questions were pretty straightforward. On the contrary, the difficulty level Reading Comprehension passages turned out to be moderate. RC was also a bit lengthy and time-consuming, according to students who attempted the paper. Those who would have attempted RC after other sections would have been at an advantage. The questions asked in General Knowledge and Fashion Aptitude questions section were quite tricky. According to some students, the questions were difficult in terms of depth of topics and were based on company branding and advertising. Some of the questions were based on major fashion events and fairs.

NIFT CAT Paper Analysis 2018

In the CAT paper, candidates had to attempt 3 questions. Each question was followed by choices. While the first two questions were of 40 marks each. The third question was of 20 marks. The first question was based on instructional design, where students were required to draw the steps involved to change a bulb or make a paper boat. The second question required the candidates to design a bag either for a marriage, a picnic or for shopping. The third question tested students' fundamentals in graphic design. It asked the students to depict their personality with basic geometric shapes. 

Overall, we can say that those who would've practiced previous years' papers would have done well in the NIFT Entrance Exam 2018 as the exam was pretty straightforward.

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NIFT Exam Analysis 2017

NIFT Entrance Exam 2017 was held on February 12, 2017, across 32 test cities in India. As part of NIFT admission process, candidates have to first clear a written entrance test. Students who wish to pursue B.Des and M.Des programmes have to take both, Creative Ability Test (CAT) and General Ability Test (GAT). On the contrary, candidates seeking admission in BFTech, MFTech and MFM courses at NIFT, have to appear for only GAT. Basis the written exam, candidates are selected for further rounds including Situation Test and Interview round. Once candidates clear all these rounds, they are offered seats at colleges accepting NIFT exam scores. 

As per the analysis of NIFT entrance exam 2017, all the sections in the paper had some tough questions. Therefore, the overall difficulty level was slightly higher as compared to previous years. The difficulty level of the first sitting of Creative Ability Test (CAT) was higher as compared to last year. In the NIFT Question Paper 2017, the CAT paper had three questions along with three choices. The focus of this part of the examination was to test candidates' drawing abilities, drawing and creative visualisation, sense of perspective and rendering abilities.

The General Ability Test (GAT) had some changes in its pattern in terms of the number of questions. The total number of questions was reduced to 100 for B.Des & 120 for M.Des. The same had to be attempted within the duration of 2 hours. As far as the difficulty level of the paper is concerned, the examination turned out to be moderate. The GAT paper was designed keeping in mind the qualifying exam curriculum and candidates' approach to the exam. 

NIFT Exam Analysis 2016

The 2016 NIFT written entrance examination was held on February 14th for Bachelor of Design, M.Des and Bachelor of Fashion Technology. The aim of the test was to test candidates' colour sensibilities and aesthetics while also testing them on their product designing skills.

Based on the choice, all eligible candidates had to appear in a written entrance examination at the Examination Centres opted by them. The written entrance examination is designed to test the knowledge, skill and aptitude of the candidates for the programme opted. There is no negative marking.

On the basis of the result of written test GAT and CAT, shortlisted B.Des candidates are called for the second test called Situation Test. For B.F.Tech candidates, GAT is the final test for selection. Aspirants for M.Des take GAT and CAT. On the basis of the result of GAT and CAT, in the case of M.Des and GAT in the case of M.F Tech and MFM, candidates are called for Group Discussion/Personal Interview (GD/PI).

Creative Ability Test (CAT) Analysis

This test is administered to judge the intuitive ability, power of observation in concept development and design ability of the candidate. An important aspect of the test is the creative and innovative use of colour and illustration skills.

The Creative Ability Test (CAT) had three questions to be attempted.

The first question was based on colour sensibilities: The students had a choice of four themes from which they were required to attempt any two. They were to show the progression from one to another only through colours which were to be filled in a series of 10 blocks. The choices were (a) Cocoon to butterfly (b) Dawn to Night (c) Spring to autumn and (d) Shiny metallic to Rust. The visible changes were to be shown that occur in each process only through the expression of colours. This was a 30 marks question.

The second question provided the students with 4 set of choices in which they had to attempt any two. This question again was to test the psychological and emotional connect of the students with colours based on his or her colour interpretation. This had to be done in the format provided which comprised of seven concentric circles. The themes were (a) Sorrow (b) Happiness (c) Rebellious (d) Astonishment. It was a 30 marks question,

In the third question was of 40 marks and the students were specifically instructed NOT to colour or shade. In this question, students had to design 4 products, giving as much three dimensional details as possible, they had to make their designs on any one of the shapes out of triangle, square, circle and rectangle. All the four products were to be designed from the one shape chosen. The categories asked were (a) A textile print (b) A footwear product (c) A table utility product (d) A clothing utility product.

The NIFT CAT 2016 was similar for both Bachelor's & Master's in Design course admissions.

NIFT 2016 GAT Analysis for BFTech, MFTech & MFM

GENERAL ABILITY TEST (GAT) FOR Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) and Master of Design (M.Des.): The distribution of marks of the test in various sections as given below:


Paper Name


FOR Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) and Master of Design (M.Des.)

Bachelor of Technology (B.F.Tech.), and Master of Fashion Technology (M.F.Tech.


Quantitative Ability



Communication Ability & English Comprehension

35 + 30=65


Case Study



Analytical and Logical Ability



General Knowledge and Current Affairs






General Ability Test (GAT) Analysis

1) Quantitative Ability: This sub-test was to test the quantitative ability of the candidates. The subtest consisted of questions on Addition, Multiplication, Division, Fractions, Percentage, Rate of Interest, Work and Task, Ratio and Proportion, and Distance.

2) Communication Ability and English Comprehension: This was to test the language ability of the candidates in day to day communication in English. It includes questions on synonyms, antonyms, words with corresponding meanings, singular, plural, one-word substitutes, idioms and phrases, correct spellings, comprehending a situation from a given passage etc.

3) Analytical Ability and Logical Ability: This was designed to test the candidate’s capacity for inference and logic from the given information and to evaluate the candidate’s ability to identify a given problem and apply reasoning in solving the core issues of the problem. Concepts and practice of creative and lateral thinking are likely to be useful.

4) General Knowledge and Current Affairs: This was designed to test the candidate’s general knowledge and current affairs.

5) Case Study: This was based on a situation of an industry environment. It helps to evaluate the candidate’s managerial ability.

The comprehension was on the tougher side of all sections and saw eight passages of moderate length but the language was fairly comprehensible. Reasoning and English language were on the expected line. This year the business awareness questions dominated the general knowledge section as such with questions from advertisements regarding company names, products, brand ambassadors, taglines etc. Questions on personalities were also there.

Creative Ability Test (CAT) appeared more comfortable to the aspirants as compared to GAT. As the relative weightage of CAT and GAT from one course to other, a permutation and combination of the scores in these two sections will be at work while getting a call for the next level.

Disclaimer: All details related to analysis have been gathered from various sources, and are subject to change. Candidates must cross-check with the official website of the examination before taking a final decision.

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I am a graduate student and I want to prepare for M.Des Entrance Exams such as NID, NIFT but I am very confused about how to start . What should I do in my daily schedule ,which book should I purchase and many types of queries are there.

-Ragini singhUpdated on October 16, 2020 02:23 PM
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Shreya Sareen, CollegeDekho Expert

Dear Student,

If you want to prepare for an M.Des Entrance Exam or a Design Entrance Exam, you can check out the Self-Study Guide for Design Entrance Exams in India. It consists of detailed preparation strategy, best books, previous year's question papers and mock tests for the design exam. 

You can also visit the top Design Entrance Exams to explore more options.

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If SC / ST / OBC seats remain unfilled at the end of the NIFT B.Des counselling sessions, do they offer these under the General category?

-MitraUpdated on September 15, 2020 10:46 AM
  • 1 Answer
Samiksha Rautela, Student / Alumni

Dear Student,

None of the NIFT seats remains vacant. The counselling process goes on until all the seats are filled with the corresponding category. Go through NIFT Counselling and NIFT Seat Matrix: Seat Allotment, Seat Reservation to understand the process better.

Write back in the QnA zone, in case of more queries.

Thank You


My common merit rank is 548 and general category rank is 441. Will I be able to get B.Des Fashion Design in any of the top 6 centres?

-DivyanshiUpdated on September 09, 2020 10:45 AM
  • 1 Answer
Samiksha Rautela, Student / Alumni

Dear Student,

Congratulations on your great performance in the NIFT Entrance Exam. As per the previous year’s cut-off and result, there is a high possibility that you will get a B.DesFashion Design course in one of the top six NIFT campuses.

Check out some other top design colleges in India and dial 1800-572-9877 (toll-free) or fill the Common Application Form for any admission related assistance. Feel free to write back in the QnA zone, in case of any doubts.

Thank You


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FAQs about NIFT Entrance Exam Exam Analysis

How many questions are asked in the NIFT GAT Entrance for B.F.Tech admissions?

If you have applied for admission to the course of B.F.Tech at NIFT, you will have to answer a total of 150 questions in the NIFT GAT Entrance Examination.

What are the total questions in the NIFT GAT Entrance Exam for M.Des?

For the programme of M.Des, a total of 120 questions are included in the question paper of NIFT GAT Entrance Exam.

How many questions were asked in the NIFT GAT Entrance Exam 2020 for B.Des?

A total of 100 questions were asked in the NIFT GAT Entrance Exam 2020 for admission to the course of B.Des.

Was NIFT CAT easier than NIFT GAT in 2019?

Some sections of NIFT CAT 2019 were said to be easier than those of NIFT GAT 2019. The sections of General Knowledge and English were said to be easier in NIFT CAT 2019.

How difficult was NIFT Entrance Examination 2020?

The level of difficulty of NIFT Entrance Exam 2020 was moderate. The questions were fairly balanced between easy and tricky.

How does the difficulty level of NIFT Entrance Exam determine the cut off scores?

If the difficulty level of the NIFT Entrance Exam is higher, the cut-off score of that year is kept relatively lower than other years. On the contrary, for an easy exam of NIFT, the cut-off marks are higher.

Is the NIFT Entrance Exam difficulty level same every year?

No, the difficulty level of the NIFT Entrance Exam is not the same every year. As the paper and its questions are different for every year, the level of difficulty also varies.

What is the difficulty level of NIFT Entrance Exam?

The difficulty level of NIFT Entrance Exam ranges between easy to moderate. The exam is not extremely difficult therefore candidates have to perform exceedingly well so as to clear the competition.

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