NIFT Entrance Exam 2021 Eligibility Criteria

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NIFT Entrance Exam 2021 Eligibility Criteria

NIFT 2021 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 2020. 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 2021 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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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.

Some other articles that you can go through are mentioned below.

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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 Eligibility

I am in my final year of graduation. Can I apply for the NIFT Entrance Exam?

Yes, you can apply for the NIFT Entrance Exam provided you meet the eligibility criteria set by the institute. You should ensure that the application process of NIFT is completed within the given deadline.

What is the educational qualification required for international students to apply for the UG programmes offered through the NIFT Entrance Exam?

The students of foreign countries applying for admission to a UG course of NIFT must fulfil the following eligibility conditions. They should have a General Certificate Education (GCE) Examination (Cambridge/London/Sri-Lanka) at the International Baccalaureate (IB)/Advanced (A) level. Candidates who have qualified any Public Board/ School /University Examination in a foreign country that is recognised by the Association of Indian Universities as equivalent to the 10+2 system are also eligible for the application process.

Is any state domicile reservation provided for the NIFT Entrance Exam?

Yes, some seats are reserved in some of the NIFT campuses exclusively for students who belong to the same state. A total of 7 seats in the NIFT campuses of Kangra, Bhopal, Patna, Kannur, Shillong, Bhubaneshwar, and Jodhpur are reserved for candidates belonging to the states in which these campuses are situated. NIFT Srinagar has 13 seats reserved for candidates belonging to the state of Jammu & Kashmir.

Are only Indian citizens allowed to apply for the NIFT Entrance Exam?

No, candidates from other countries are also allowed to apply for admission to NIFT provided they satisfy the eligibility criteria set for the course in which they seek admission. Moreover, every NIFT campus has a certain number of seats that are reserved for foreign nationals.

How many marks in graduation are required to apply for NIFT Entrance Exam for General category candidates?

In order to be eligible to apply for PG programmes of NIFT, you must have scored passing marks in all the subjects that you have in graduation. Candidates with an aggregate score of minimum passing marks or more in graduation can apply for the postgraduate courses of NIFT.

Are any seats reserved for international students in the NIFT admission process?

Yes, there are seats reserved for the Foreign Nationals at each campus of NIFT. 5 seats each are reserved in the NIFT campuses of Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chennai, Srinagar, Raebareli, and Gandhinagar while the campuses of Bhubaneshwar, Kangra, Bhopal, Jodhpur, Kannur, Patna, and Shillong reserve 3 seats each for international students.

What is the reservation policy for all categories at NIFT?

The reservation of seats for all categories at NIFT are as follows: OBC (non creamy layer) - 27%, SC - 15%, ST - 7.5%, General EWS - 10%, PwD - 5%. Additionally, some seats are also reserved for foreign nationals and state domicile candidates.

Are candidates from all streams eligible for NIFT Entrance Exam?

For the undergraduate courses of NIFT, candidates from all streams are eligible to apply. However, the admission to the NIFT masters level courses ais open only for the students who have a relevant graduation degree in design. If a candidate has completed his/ her bachelor's in any other stream but has completed a three-year diploma from any NIFT or NID, he/ she is also eligible for applying to the programme.

What is the maximum age limit to apply for NIFT Entrance Exam?

The age limit for UG courses at NIFT is 23 years for general category candidates and 28 years for SC/ ST/ PwD category candidates. There is no age limit for the postgraduate courses offered at NIFT.

What is the minimum educational qualification required for NIFT Entrance Exam?

The minimum educational qualification required for NIFT Entrance Exam depends on the course in which you apply. For the bachelor level courses of NIFT, you should have completed class 12th from a recognised board of education or have an equivalent degree. The age limit for general category candidates is 23 years and that for SC/ ST/ PwD candidates is 28 years. If you are applying for a master’s level course at NIFT, you should have a graduation degree in the relevant specialisation of design. Students who have done graduation in a stream other than design but have a diploma from NIFT or NID are also eligible. No age limit is set for PG programmes at NIFT.

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