How Do You Prepare for the NIFT Entrance Exam in the Next 30 days?

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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 entrance 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

  1. Creative Ability Test (CAT)
  2. General Ability Test (GAT)

There is no negative marking for incorrect answers.

  1. 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.

Example:

Show one of the following procedures in four steps:

  • Placing a bulb on a holder

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2. NIFT General Ability Test (GAT):

The  General Ability Test (GAT) will have the following

Program B.Des M.Des
Test Duration 2 hours 2 hour
Sections No. of Questions No. of Questions
Quantitative Ability 20 20
Communication Ability 25 30
English Comprehension 25 30
Analytical Ability 15 25
GK and Current Affairs 15 15
TOTAL 100 120

The NIFT written test for B. F Tech and M. F. Tech and M.F.M consists of only GAT.

General Ability Test (GAT):

Program BFTech MFTech MFM
Test Duration 3 hours 3 hours 3 hours
Sections No. of Questions No. of Questions No. of Questions
Quantitative Ability 30 30 10
Communication Ability & English Comprehension 45 45 50
Analytical & Logical Ability 25 25 25
GK & Current Affairs 25 25 25
Case Study 25 25 40
TOTAL 150 150 150

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

  1. 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.

HYPOTHESIS

  1. 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

  1. a) promotion of good health         b) people suffering from imaginary illness
  2. c) people suffering from real illness     d) increased efficiency in work

The passage suggests that

  1. a) health is an end in itself                                                          b) health is blessing
  2. c) health is only means to an end                                              d) we should not talk about health

Talking about the health all the time makes people

  1. a) always suffer from imaginary illness                             b) sometimes suffer from imaginary illness
  2. c) rarely suffer from imaginary illness                                d) often suffer from imaginary illness

The passage tells us

  1. a) how medicine should be manufactured                               b) what healthy man should or should not do
  2. c) what television programmes should be about                   d) how best to imagine illness

A healthy man should be concerned with

  1. a) his work which good health makes possible                                    b) looking after his health
  2. 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?

  1. a) AMR                                           b) TCO                                      c) SCN                                          d) TCN

EXAMPLE: GK and Current Affairs

Name the instrument used to measure relative humidity

  1. 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

  1. a) quantity sales                      b) customer service                     c) both (a) and (b)                        d) None of these

As per the case. Tag Heuer has

  1. a) low brand value                                                                               b) high brand name in the market 
  2. c) to improve availability of its products                                          d) tremendous pressure to improve sales

Which of the following statements is not true?

  1. a) Tag Heuer plans to give better experiences to its customers
  2. b) Before further expansion in India, Tag Heuer wants to improve its services in its existing stores
  3. c) Tag Hauer feels that current sales are just not adequate
  4. d) None of the above

The weightage assigned to each test in the final merit list of the entrance examination are as under:

BACHELOR PROGRAMMES TEST WEIGHTAGE
B.Des CAT

GAT

SITUATION TEST

50%

30%

20%

B.F.Tech GAT 100%
MASTER PROGRAMMES TEST WEIGHTAGE
M.Des CAT

GAT

GD/PI

40%

30%

30%

M.F.M. GAT

GD/PI

70%

30%

M.F.Tech GAT

GD/PI

70%

30%

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 NIFT 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.

ADMISSION CALENDAR
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

PROGRAMMES    Test    Test Timings
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!

Also Read: Top Fashion Design Courses in India

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