NIFT Entrance Exam 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Subhashri Roy Updated On: 16 Jan, 2020 10:04 IST

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NIFT Entrance Exam 2020 Eligibility Criteria

NIFT 2020 Eligibility Criteria includes details that candidates must go through in order to know the requirements one has to fulfil before applying for the exam. There are some basic eligibility standards that a candidate needs to clear before filling the NIFT Application Form. These standards are categorised as listed below:

Eligibility for For B. Des/B. F. Tech Courses:

  • Candidate should be 23 years of age as on 1st October 2019. The upper age limit for the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribe/Person With Disability (PWD) is 28 years.
  • Candidate should have passed class 12 examination from a recognised State/Central Board of Secondary Examination, such as Central Board of Secondary Education/State Board New Delhi, and Council for Indian School of Certificate Examination, New Delhi.


  • Candidate should have a General Certificate Education (GCE) Examination (Cambridge/London/Sri-Lanka) at the International Baccalaureate (IB)/Advanced (A) level.


  • Candidate should have qualified any Public Board/School/University Examination in India or in foreign countries recognised by the Association of Indian Universities as equivalent to 10+2 system.


  • Candidate should at least have a passing grade with a minimum of five subjects in the Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Open School.


  • Candidate should have 3 or 4-years diploma recognised by AICTE or a State Board of Technical Education.

Eligibility for M.Des /M.F.M Courses:

  • There is no upper or lower age limit for Master Programmes.
  • Candidate should have a Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognised University/Institute in India.


  • Candidate should have a Bachelor Diploma from NIFT/NID of minimum 3 years duration.

Eligibility for M.F.Tech Course:

  • Candidate should have B.F.Tech. degree from NIFT.


  • Candidate should have a B.E/B.Tech. degree from a recognised Institute/University in India.

Candidates who are appearing in the qualifying exam can also apply with a proof of the minimum specified qualifications at the time of admission/counselling.

  • Candidates who have not appeared for the qualifying exam prior to the date of counselling/admission will not be eligible.
  • Provisional admission will be given only if the result of 12th class/final semester exam has not been declared by the concerned university/Board till the date of admission/counselling. In cases where the result has not been declared due to other reasons, then provisional admission will not be given.

NIFT 2020 Reservation Policy

The following table will vividly describe the reservation policy of the NIFTs:

Category of Candidates

%age of Seats Reserved

OBC (Non-Creamy Layer)




Scheduled Caste (SC)


Scheduled Tribe (ST)


Foreign Nationals

  • 5 Seats in Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Raebareli, Gandhinagar and Srinagar campuses of NIFT

  • 3 Seats in Bhubaneshwar, Bhopal, Kangra, Jodhpur, Patna, Kannur and Shillong campuses of NIFT

Persons with Disability (PwD)


State Domicile

  • A certain number of seats will be reserved in some of the NIFT campuses for students belonging to the same state 

  • A total of 7 seats in campuses of NIFT like Kangra, Patna, Bhopal, Kannur, Bhubaneshwar, Shillong and Jodhpur will be reserved for candidates belonging to the states where the campuses are situated

  • NIFT Srinagar has 13 seats reserved for candidates belonging to the state of Jammu & Kashmir

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