The NIFT(National Institute of Fashion Technology) entrance exams are conducted for students who want to pursue courses offered by the same institution. The courses offered by NIFT are B.Des. (Fashion Design, Leather Design, Accessory Design, Textile Design, Knitwear Design, Fashion Communication), B.FTech. (Apparel Production), M.Des. (Master of Design), M.F.M. (Master of Fashion Management), M.FTech. (Master of Fashion Technology).
Before you start you have to realise that your creative ideas are more important than your artistic skills. It is not important that you have good drawing skills, but your power of thinking and creativity is tested. If your creativity is good and you have the determination and desire, then you can easily pass this test.
With just a few days left for the NIFT exam, if you are looking for the best last-minute tips for preparation then you have come to the right place.
To crack NIFT exam 2021 with better preparedness follow the steps below –
Step 1: Have the NIFT Exam Paper Pattern and marking scheme in your mind
The first step towards preparing for the NIFT exam would be to understand the NIFT exam paper pattern.
National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) offers 5 different programs – B.Des., B.FTech., M.Des., M.F.M., M.FTech. There is a different entrance exam for admission to each program.
The NIFT written test for B.Des. and M.Des. consists of the following two tests
- Creative Ability Test (CAT)
- General Ability Test (GAT)
There is no negative marking for incorrect answers.
- NIFT Creative Ability Test (CAT):
In this test,
- The intuitive ability, power of observation in concept development and design ability of the candidate is tested.
- Candidates must have creative and innovative use of colour and illustration skills.
- About 3-4 questions come for 100 marks. They are all drawing and design-related questions but not necessarily fashion related.
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2. NIFT General Ability Test (GAT):
The General Ability Test (GAT) will have the following
|Test Duration||2 hours||2 hour|
|Sections||No. of Questions||No. of Questions|
|GK and Current Affairs||15||15|
The NIFT written test for B. F Tech and M. F. Tech and M.F.M consists of only GAT.
General Ability Test (GAT):
|Test Duration||3 hours||3 hours||3 hours|
|Sections||No. of Questions||No. of Questions||No. of Questions|
|Communication Ability & English Comprehension||45||45||50|
|Analytical & Logical Ability||25||25||25|
|GK & Current Affairs||25||25||25|
P.S.- M.F.Tech will also have some questions from the engineering field.
P.S.- There is no negative marking in the NIFT Entrance test.
Example: Quantitative Ability
If a sum of money doubles itself in 8 yr at simple interest, then the rate of interest per annum is
- a) 5 b) 12.0 c) 12.5 d) 13.0
Example: Communication Ability
Instructions: Out of the given alternatives, choose the one which best expresses the meaning of
the given word.
- a) Fact b) Theory c) Conjecture d) Suppressed
Example: English Comprehension
In the world today we make health an end in itself. We have forgotten that health really means to enable a person to do his work and do it well. A lot of modern medicine and this includes many patients as well as many physicians pays very little attention to health but very much attention to those who imagine that they are ill. Our great concern with health is shown by the medical columns in newspapers, the health articles in popular magazines and the popularity of television programmes and all those books on medicine. We talk about health all the time. Yet for the most part, the only result is more people with an imaginary illness. A healthy man should not be wasting time talking about health; he should be using health for work. The work makes good health possible.
Modern medicine is primarily concerned with
- a) promotion of good health b) people suffering from imaginary illness
- c) people suffering from real illness d) increased efficiency in work
The passage suggests that
- a) health is an end in itself b) health is blessing
- c) health is only means to an end d) we should not talk about health
Talking about the health all the time makes people
- a) always suffer from imaginary illness b) sometimes suffer from imaginary illness
- c) rarely suffer from imaginary illness d) often suffer from imaginary illness
The passage tells us
- a) how medicine should be manufactured b) what healthy man should or should not do
- c) what television programmes should be about d) how best to imagine illness
A healthy man should be concerned with
- a) his work which good health makes possible b) looking after his health
- c) his health which makes work possible d) talking about health
Example: Analytical Ability
If in a code language “SUDHA” is written as “UWFJC” then how “RAM” will be written in the
same code language?
- a) AMR b) TCO c) SCN d) TCN
EXAMPLE: GK and Current Affairs
Name the instrument used to measure relative humidity
- a) Hydrometer b) Hygrometer c) Barometer d) Mercury Thermometer
Example: Case Study
Swiss watch brand Tag Heuer plans to tweak its collections and improve instore services as it bets on enhancing customer experience to power the next phase of growth in India, a top executive said. “The brand is doing well here and has a great platform to go forward. As the next step, we want to do some qualitative work. The focus will be on customer experience,” said General Manager at Tag Heuer India. The brand owned by French luxury conglomerate LVMH, is currently one of the top three in the Swiss watches category in terms of revenue and recall value in the country, GM said. He said Tag Heuer will focus on having the right collections and being at the right retail shops rather than chasing numbers mindlessly. “We want to get into the finer details of selling luxury watches to get into the finer details of selling a luxury watch to the Indian consumer. The numbers (sales) are being met, what is missing is the brand experience,” said GM.
Tag Heuer is currently focusing on
- a) quantity sales b) customer service c) both (a) and (b) d) None of these
As per the case. Tag Heuer has
- a) low brand value b) high brand name in the market
- c) to improve availability of its products d) tremendous pressure to improve sales
Which of the following statements is not true?
- a) Tag Heuer plans to give better experiences to its customers
- b) Before further expansion in India, Tag Heuer wants to improve its services in its existing stores
- c) Tag Hauer feels that current sales are just not adequate
- d) None of the above
The weightage assigned to each test in the final merit list of the entrance examination are as under:
On the basis of the results of the written test GAT and CAT, B.Des candidates are called for the second test called Situation Test. For B.F.Tech., GAT is the final test for selection. The candidates for M.Des take GAT and CAT. On the basis of the results of GAT and CAT in case of M.Des. and GAT in case of M.F Tech and MFM, candidates will be called for Group Discussion/Personal Interview.
Step 2: Practise and solve the sample papers of the previous years
One of the best ways to prepare yourself for the exam is to get familiar with the question paper. Solving a lot of sample question papers and previous year question papers will help in this. You can download solved NIFT question papers HERE.
Step 3: After you are thorough with the NIFT exam paper pattern, start formulating a strategy to answer the questions on time.
Your strategy will be to start with the simple questions first. After you have solved a lot of NIFT sample papers, you’d be in a better position to tell which questions are simpler for you. If you find analytical questions and GK questions easier you can start them first. If you find math questions easier, start with maths.
Step 4: Practice your creativity skills.
Poster Making, logo design, etc: Do check out some poster and logo ideas and so practice them so it becomes easier for you to solve those types of questions. Practice drawing unusual things around to hone your drawing skills.
Product design questions: Checkout product design-related ideas on Pinterest, and start practicing by drawing them.
Colour Scheme: Do some research on what colours mean and how to use them on day to day to day life, emotions and feelings.
Step 5: Don’t copy ideas
Never copy ideas from somewhere as it might put a bad light on your imagination skills. You can take ideas from other sources and come up with your own ideas.
NIFT Exam Dates
If you are an aspirant for NIFT Examination 2021 and have enrolled for it, here are some important dates that you need to remember.
|Online Application||14 December 2020 to 21 January 2021|
|Last Date for submission||21 January 2021|
|Last date for online registration with late fee of Rs.5000/- (in addition to the applicable application fee) through Credit/Debit Card only.||24 January 2021|
|Window to edit / update the Application Form||From 25 January, 2021 (1200 Hrs) Till 28 January, 2021 (1700 Hrs)|
|Admit Card (Online only)||1 February 2021 (1400 Hrs)|
|Written Entrance Examination for all UG & PG Programmes||14 February 2021 (Sunday)|
|Result of Written Entrance Examination||February/March, 2021|
|Situation Test/ Group Discussion/ Interview||April – May 2021|
|Declaration of Final Result (Online)||End of May/June, 2021|
|Counselling||End of May/June, 2021 onwards|
WRITTEN TEST (All UG and PG Programmes)
Date of Test : 14th February, 2021
|Bachelor of Design||CAT||10.00 am to 01.00 pm|
|GAT||02.30 pm to 04.30 pm|
|Master of Design||CAT||10.00 am to 01.00 pm|
|GAT||02.30 pm to 04.30 pm|
|Bachelor of Fashion Technology||GAT||10.00 am to 01.00 pm|
|Master of Fashion Technology||GAT||10.00 am to 01.00 pm|
|Master of Fashion Management||GAT||10.00 am to 01.00 pm|
The result of the entrance examination will be displayed on the NIFT website.
The following books can help you in preparing for NIFT 2021.
|Arihant NIFT Entrance Exam Self Study Guide||NIFT National Entrance Exam by R.P. Verma|
|Prashant Kumar’s NIFT Entrance Examination Preparation Guide||Concepts of Pattern Grading by Carolyn L. Moore|
You can also use SILICA’s NIFT Study Material Kit to help you in your preparation for NIFT 2021.
ALL THE BEST!