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NIFT Entrance Exam

Posted: February 22, 2017 at 4:13 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

NIFT Entrance Exam Details

A fashion designer needs to know about current fashion trends, should be able to makes sketches, should have the ability to choose trendy material to design formal wear, sportswear, maternity wear, footwear and the list goes on increasing. National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) is a fashion institute in India, which offers programmes which focuses and teaches everything about above listed domains. The list of programmes offered by NIFT can be found here.

The selection process for NIFT is its entrance examination which is bifurcated into three parts:

  1. CAT (Creative Ability Test)
  2. GAT (General Ability Test)
  3. Situation Test (Personal Interview & Portfolio)

Students appearing for NIFT entrance exam and opting for any programme at NIFT, first need to clear the first two phases of the entrance which is CAT and GAT. Students clearing the first two phases are then shortlisted for the next process which is Situation Test. Students shortlisted for situation test need to visited the allotted centre with their respective design portfolio. All the shortlisted candidates are then evaluated on the basic of all three phases including a personal interview.


In order to crack any entrance examination what is more import is not just hard work but a combination of hard work with a smart work. So the very first step is to understand and go through the syllabus. So following contains the information about NIFT entrance exam in depth.

Syllabus for CAT (Creative Ability Test):

CAT test is purely based on candidates creative ability, where they shall be evaluated on the basis of domains like creativity, power of observation, thinking ability, colour corrections, graphic skills.

Syllabus for GAT ( General Ability Test):

  • Quantitative Ability
  • Communication Ability and English Comprehension
  • Analytical and Logical Ability
  • General Knowledge and Current Affairs
  • Case Study
  • Problem solving approach
  • Leadership qualities
  • Effective communication


Situation Test:

On the basis of their performance in CAT and GAT, B.Des applicants are called for Situation Test. Situation tests are held to examine candidate’s skills for material handling and inventive ability on a given situation with a given set of resources. Judgment will do on the basis of space visualization, innovative and creative use of given material, composition of elements, color scheme, construction skill, finesse of the model and overall presentation etc.


Bachelor’s Programs:

Candidates must check the new Bachelor‘s exam pattern provided by National Institute of Fashion Technology

Paper Name Sections No. of Questions Weight age
GAT Quantitative Ability 25  –
Communication Ability 35  –
English Comprehension 30  –
Analytical and Logical Ability 30  –
General Knowledge and Current Affairs 30  –
Total 150 30%
CAT 50%
Situation Test 20%
Fashion Technology
Total score will be based on General Ability Test (GAT) score


 Master’s Programs:

Candidates must check the new Master’s exam pattern provided by National Institute of Fashion Technology.

Paper name Weightage
Creative Ability Test (CAT) 40 per cent
General Ability Test (GAT) 30 per cent
Group Discussion or Personal Interview 30 per cent
Fashion Technology & Fashion Management
General Ability Test (GAT) 70 per cent
Group Discussion or Personal Interview 30 per cent