NIFT 2018: Application Form, Entrance Exam, Pattern, Syllabus


NIFT 2018National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) is a premier institution in fashion education. The institution offers bachelor’s and master’s courses in design and fashion technology. Admission in the 16 campuses of NIFT is done through NIFT entrance examination. The entrance exam is conducted one time in a year. Here, candidates can check details about NIFT 2018 including application form, exam pattern, exam dates, syllabus and preparation tips.

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Courses Offered

Courses offered in the campuses of NIFT at UG and PG level are given below:

  • Bachelor of Design (B.Des)
  • Bachelor of Fashion Technology (B.F.Tech)
  • Master of Design (M.Des)
  • Master of Fashion Management (MFM)
  • Master of Fashion Technology (M.F.Tech)

NIFT 2018 Exam Date

Students can check the NIFT exam dates 2018 in the below table:

EventsExam Dates (Tentative)
Commencement of Online Application1st week of November 2017
Closing of Application Form Submission2nd week of January 2018
Last date of online registration with late fee of Rs. 5000/-3rd week of January 2018
Downloading of NIFT 2018 Admit Card3rd week of January 2018
Exam Date2nd week of February 2018
Situation Test/Group Discussion/InterviewApril-May 2018
Final Result DeclarationMay/June 2018
CounsellingJune 2018

 NIFT Application Form 2018

  • The facility for online application form will be available from the first week of November 2017.
  • Application forms can be filled through online mode only. No printed application form will be entertained for NIFT 2018.
  • Candidates filling the application after last date have to submit late fee of Rs. 5000/- in addition to the application form.
  • After filling the form completely, candidates may take the printout of filled-in application for references.
  • Candidates are also advised to retain the proof of payment.

Application Fee:

Category-wise application fee of NIFT 2018 is given below:

CategoryApplication Fee
GEN/OBC (Non-Creamy layer)Rs. 1500/-
SC/ST/PHP CategoryRs. 750/-

Two modes are available for paying the application fee:

  • Credit/Debit Card
  • Demand Draft

Demand draft must be issued in favour of “NIFT HO” payable in New Delhi. Applicants who are going to opt DD for fee payment are required to send the duly completed application along with DD to the following address:

Project Manager – CMS
All India Management Association
Management House,
14, Institutional Area,
Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 110003

Eligibility Criteria

The norms and conditions that students have to satisfy to be eligible for NIFT 2018. The eligibility criteria for UG and PG courses is given below:

For UG Courses:

Qualification Criteria:

CoursesQualifying Examination
  • Pass in/appearing 10+2 examination from recognized state board or central board such as CBSE, CISCE, etc.
    General Certificate Education (GCE) Examination (London/Cambridge/Sri-Lanka) at the advanced (A) level/International Baccalaureate (IB).
    Any Public School/Board/University Examination equivalent as 10+2 from India or Foreign Universities recognized by AIU.
    Pass in/appearing Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by National Open School with minimum five subjects.
    3 years diploma passed from a recognized institution.
  • Pass in 10+2 examination from state board/central board with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subject.
  • Candidates holding diploma of 3 years in any branch of engineering are also eligible to apply.

 Age Criteria For UG Courses: 

  • Age Limit: Maximum age limit for UG courses is 23 years as on 1st October 2017.
  • The upper age limit of SC/ST/PHP candidates shall be relaxed by 5 years.

For PG Courses:

Qualification Criteria:

CoursesQualifying Examination
  • B.Des degree from recognized institution.
    Diploma in UG design from NIFT/NID only
    Undergraduate diploma of 3-years from NIFT/NID.
  • Appearing candidates can also apply.
  • Undergraduate degree from recognized institution.
    Undergraduate diploma of 3-years from NIFT/NID.
  • Appearing candidates can also apply.
  • The prescribed qualification is B.F.Tech from NIFT.
    B.E./B.Tech degree from a recognized institution.
  • Appearing candidates can also apply.

Age Criteria For PG Courses:

  • Age Limit: No prescribed age limit for PG courses.

NIFT 2018 Exam Pattern

The NIFT exam pattern comprises of GAT, CAT & GD/PI. The details about these tests are discussed below.

General Ability Test (GAT) is the written test for all the 5 courses offered by NIFT. For B.Des and M.Des courses, GAT is the first test for selection in NIFT. After GAT, B.Des & M.Des aspirants are required to qualify the CAT (Creative Ability Test). Candidates who will qualify both the written tests will be eligible for Situation Test (in case of B.Des) and GD/PI (in case of M.Des).

For B.F.Tech, GAT is the only selection test. MFM & M.F.Tech candidates are required to participate in GD/PI after qualifying the GAT.

  • Exam Mode: For all courses, GAT will be conducted in offline mode (PBT).
  • Exam duration: The duration of GAT written test will be 2 hours (for B.Des & M.Des) and 3 hours (for B.F.Tech, MFM & M.F.Tech).
  • Number of Questions: Total 100 questions will be asked in GAT for B.Des and 120 questions will be asked for M.Des.
  • Language: The paper medium will be English only.
  • Papers: For B.Des and M.Des, two written exams will be conducted i.e. GAT & CAT whereas for B.F.Tech, MFM & M.F.Tech only GAT will be conducted.
  • Negative Marking: There will be no negative marking.

Exam Pattern For B.Des & M.Des Courses:

The test structure of GAT for B.Des courses is as follows:

SectionsNo. of Questions
Quantitative Ability20
Communication Ability25
English Comprehension25
Analytical Ability15
General Knowledge & Current Affairs15

The test structure of GAT for M.Des courses is as follows:

SectionsNo. of Questions
Quantitative Ability20
Communication Ability30
English Comprehension30
Analytical Ability25
General Knowledge & Current Affairs15

Exam Pattern For B.F.Tech, MFM & M.F.Tech Courses:

The test structure of GAT for B.F.Tech & M.F.Tech courses is as follows:

SectionsNo. of Questions
Quantitative Ability30 (10 questions for MFM)
Communication Ability & English Comprehension45 (50 questions for MFM)
Analytical & Logical Ability25
General Knowledge & Current Affairs25
Case Study25 (40 questions for MFM)

NIFT 2018 Syllabus

NIFT syllabus for General Ability Test (GAT) comprises of Quantitative Ability, Communication Ability, English Comprehension, Analytical Ability, General Knowledge & Current Affairs for B.Des & M.Des courses. The syllabus of GAT for B.F.Tech, MFM, M.F.Tech will consist of Quantitative Ability, Communication Ability & English Comprehension, Analytical & Logical Ability, General Knowledge & Current Affairs & Case Study.

Creative Ability Test (CAT) for B.Des & M.Des tests the innovative and creative ability of the candidates in designing while Situation test for B.Des candidates will evaluate candidate’s skills for material handling and innovative ability. The group discussion (GD) would comprise of a discussion on a case study.

How to Prepare for NIFT

  • Gather the complete syllabus of NIFT.
  • Understanding of exam pattern plays an important role in exam preparation.
  • Practice sketching as much as you can.
  • Read newspapers or listen news to enhance your general knowledge.
  • Take proper sleep and keep yourself free from stress.

FAQs (Most Asked Questions)

Answer: You may refer the eligibility criteria section of our article to know the eligibility criteria for UG and PG courses.
Answer: NIFT 2018 application form will be available from the first week of November 2017.
Answer: The test will be conducted in offline mode.
Answer: Yes. 15% seats are reserved for SC category candidates while 7.5% seats are reserved for ST category candidates.
Answer: The last date to submit the application form will be second week of January 2018.
Answer: Candidates age should be less than 23 years as on 1st October 2017 (19 years for SC/ST/PHP candidates).
Answer: 1500/- (750/- for SC/ST/PHP category candidates).

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NIFT Admit Card 2018

  • NIFT 2018 admit card of eligible candidates will be available for downloading from the last week of January 2018.
  • Admit card will not be sent via post.
  • Candidates have to mandatorily carry the admit card to the test cente on the day of examination.

NIFT Result 2018

  • NIFT 2018 result will be declared in the end of May/June 2018.
  • Result will be declared online through the official website of NIFT.
  • The result of B.F.Tech will be prepared on the basis of GAT only.
  • Des result will be prepared on the basis of GAT, CAT and Situation Test while M.Des result will be prepared on the basis of GAT, CAT, GD/PI.
  • The final result of MFM and M.F.Tech will be declared on the basis of GAT and GD/PI.

NIFT Counselling 2018

  • The counselling schedule will be released on the official website of NIFT in the month of April/May 2018.
  • All the qualified candidates must necessarily participate in NIFT 2018 counselling to get admission.

NIFT Admission 2018

  • NIFT 2018 admission will start after the declaration of result and merit list.
  • At the time of admission, candidates have to carry original as well as photocopies of all the prescribed documents for verification purpose.

For any queries regarding NIFT 2018, you may leave your comments below.

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  1. Thara says:

    Age limit for doing PG course?

  2. Prachi says:

    Hello,I am doing fashion designing 3yr course but now I want to do bachelor in fashion designing from NIFT so can I apply for its exam?

  3. Prachi says:

    Hello, I am doing fashion designing 3 yr course,but now I want to do bachelor in fashion designing from can I apply for its exam ?

  4. Ankita says:

    Is there limited number of attempts?

  5. Gitanjali says:

    Hi! I am student of zoology honors part 1.can I go B.Des course in next year (2018)

  6. aakash says:

    Is maths required to appear in the exam??
    Especially for

  7. Gayathri says:

    Hi am 23 years old when i am join fashion desing. Courses

  8. Lakshmi Anand says:

    I am an B.E student.can I apply for M.des?

  9. Neha kumari says:

    I have already drop 1 yr.but due to some prob i havnt fill nift form..can i fill it in next year ?and if i do so,which kind of prob i have to face?

  10. Akshita says:

    Is coaching and must for getting into nift delhi 2018 being a general category ?????

  11. sakshi prashant ghantewar says:

    I gave this 2017 year hsc board exam but as was not knowing the dates of nift entrance form so i didn’t able to get exam . can i give exam in 2018 without getting admission in any collge

  12. Moupiya Maiti says:

    i am graduate in math honours from vidyasagar university.can i eligible for NIFT entrance?

  13. Disha says:

    I am going to 12the standard and can I complete the nift admission procedure 2018 side by side my 12th board exams?

  14. Jyoti jagdalla says:

    I am in last year graduation. Can I apply in nift 2018 and what Qualifies for M. Des?

  15. Purbali says:

    I want to know the syllabus for nift 2018 entrance exam and how to prepare for that. ?

  16. Muskan chhaparia says:

    Is coaching is required for qualiftied nift examination?

  17. Santhoshini says:

    I will write my 12th boards in April 2018 ,so can I write nift entrance exam in February 2018? Do i have to submit my 12th board certificate when applying for entrance exam?

    • Sarvgyan says:

      yes, you can appear. No u don’t need to send any documents.

    • No its not required.. says:

      First you need to fill the form for the admission.. And yes if your trying for nift exam for 2018.. you just need to mention in the admission form that you appeared for Boards last year.. that’s all.

  18. rn prasad says:

    How to fill up form?

  19. Gayatri Guha says:

    Hi! I am a English honors student. I am 21. Can I go for B.Des course after my graduation in English??

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