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NIFT Selection Process 2022

Updated By Samiksha Rautela on 22 Sep, 2021 13:39

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NIFT Selection Process 2022

NIFT Selection Process 2022 is different for all the programmes. For B.Des, it is carried out in three rounds- a Creative Ability Test (CAT) and General Ability Test (GAT), followed by a Situation Test and the selection process for BFTech includes only General Ability Test (GAT). In 2021, only the marks acquired in CAT and GAT were considered for the NIFT B.Des Result. 50% weightage was given to the CAT exam while 30% weightage was offered to GAT exam. All the postgraduate programmes at NIFT will hold its admissions through Group Discussion and Personal Interview (GD/PI) apart from the NIFT entrance exam. 

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Further rounds including the Situation Test/GD/PI are conducted only after a candidate clears the NIFT written exam. On this page, candidates can find all about the NIFT Selection Process 2022.

Course-wise Weightage of Each NIFT Selection Round 2022

The course-wise NIFT selection process 2022 has been described in the images below: 

B.Des NIFT Selection

Other design programmes NIFT

The detailed course-wise weightage and selection process of NIFT 2022 has been captured in the table underneath:


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NIFT Situation Test 2022

NIFT 2022 is held every year after the written exam to shortlist the desired candidates. NIFT 2021 Situation Test was postponed due to COVID-19. All the Bachelor of Design (BDes) aspirants may go through the below-mentioned process to have a clear understanding of the NIFT Situation Test:

  • Shortlisted candidates from NIFT written entrance examination are required to take a Situation Test which is an on the spot test to assess how the candidates handle material and their innovative ability in a given situation with a limited set of materials.

  • Candidates will not be allowed to use any other material that is not on the given list.

  • The model will be evaluated on various parameters such as space visualization, innovative and creative use of given material, the composition of elements, colour scheme, construction skill, the finesse of the model and overall presentation etc. 

  • The parameters will be checked with the write-up of the candidate explaining the concept behind his/her model. 

  • As the medium of instruction in NIFT is English, the write-up shall be in English. 

  • No marks will be given for a write-up written in any other language.

  • Also, candidates who try to disclose their identity by writing any personal details or place any identification mark on the model/ design/write-up shall be considered disqualified and the final result of such candidates shall not be announced.

  • The evaluation of the test will be done by the jury on the spot.

  • The model will not be kept for future reference.

Also, Solve the NIFT Situation Test Previous Year Papers!

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NIFT Group Discussion 2022

The GD round for PG admissions at NIFT has also been cancelled this year. All the shortlisted candidates for postgraduate programmes of NIFT including MDes, MFM, MFTech shall undergo the round of Group Discussions (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) which will be based on a case study. GD will be conducted for approximately 15 to 20 minutes on a case study assigned. A panel of experts will evaluate the candidates on various parameters such as the following:

  • Knowledge of the topic assigned

  • Conceptual clarity

  • Interpersonal skills

  • The contribution made to the topic

  • Problem-solving approach

  • Ability to generate new ideas

  • Effective communication

  • Leadership qualities

NIFT Personal Interview 2022

In the NIFT personal interview, candidates shall be assessed on several parameters as mentioned below:

  • Overall personal achievements in academics and co-curricular activities

  • Aptness for the selected course

  • Career orientation

  • General awareness and aptitude

  • Creative and lateral thinking 

  • Communication

Check out How to Crack Interviews for Design Admissions in India!

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Designing of what types is available??This is sure that we wil get placement??Marks obtained in 12 for the addmission??And what type of designing class is best for future??

-Shairoz AliUpdated on March 23, 2022 06:45 PM
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Harleen Kaur, Student / Alumni

Dear Student, the Design Course available at Rani Birla Girls College is Fashion and Apparel Design course. Yes, students can get placement through a college placement drive held by the colleges/universities. Admission to the design course is open to the students who have cleared their 10+2 examination from any stream, from any recognized board. In addition, students who have cleared 10+2 examinations in the Vocational stream conducted by the West Bengal State Council of Vocational Education & Training are also eligible to get admission in this course.   


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 March 14, 2022 09:28 AM
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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


I am in class 12th, 2020-2021 batch and I want to get admission in NIFT. My exam has been cancelled and I want to know when can I give the NIFT exam?

-Sneha SinghUpdated on June 28, 2021 01:20 PM
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Samiksha Rautela, Student / Alumni

Dear Student,

Since the NIFT 2021 Registration is over, you cannot take admission in a NIFT programme for the year 2021. If you are still willing to apply for NIFT, you can check the entire eligibility criteria laid down for NIFT 2022. If you satisfy all the conditions you can appear for the NIFT Entrance Exam 2022. The admission for the next academic session is expected to begin from December 2021 or January 2022. The exam is likely to be held in February 2022.

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FAQs about NIFT Entrance Exam

In which medium are the interviews of NIFT conducted?

The medium of NIFT Group Discussion and Personal Interview is primarily English. Only in rare cases can the panel use some other language in a sentence or two.

Who has to appear for the Group Discussion and Personal Interview of NIFT for the selection process?

All the candidates who apply for admission to the postgraduate programmes offered by NIFT will have to appear for the rounds of Group Discussion and Personal Interview. If you seek admission to the courses of M.Des, M.F.M., or M.F.Tech, you will have to give these rounds.

Is portfolio submission important for NIFT selection process?

Yes, submitting your work samples and portfolio while applying for NIFT admissions is essential. The institute opens a window in which candidates can upload their portfolios for being considered. Once the deadline passes, the applicants will not be allowed to send their work samples.

When was NIFT Situation Test 2020 conducted?

The Situation Test of NIFT was cancelled for the academic session of 2020-21. This step was taken due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in the nation and the multiple lockdowns for containing its spread. The selection of candidates for the session of 2020-21 will be done on the basis of NIFT CAT and NIFT GAT only.

How does NIFT select candidates for its PG courses?

The admisison to all the postgraduate programmes at NIFT is done through the entrance exams of NIFT GAT and NIFT CAT which are followed by rounds of Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI).

How are candidates selected for the course of B.F.Tech at NIFT?

The selection process of B.F.Tech at NIFT includes only the NIFT General Ability Test (GAT). Candidates are assessed on the basis of their performance in the NIFT GAT exam only.

What is the NIFT selection process for B.Des?

The selection process of B.Des at NIFT is carried out in three rounds. The first is the General Ability Test (GAT) which is followed by the Creative Ability Test (CAT). After these two exams, the candidates have to appear for a Situation Test. For the admissions of 2020, the Situation Test has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

What is the selection process of NIFT?

The selection process of NIFT varies from course to course. The NIFT Entrance Exam is conducted to assess the knowledge and skills of students and an interview is also held.

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