National Institute of Fashion Technology

National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) is a pioneer in envisioning and evolving fashion education in India and was set up in New Delhi in 1986 with the backing of Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India. Over the last 30 years, it has emerged as the premier educational institute for graduate and postgraduate programs in Fashion Design, Technology & Management at both UG & PG level.

National Institute of Fashion Technology

National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) is a pioneer in envisioning and evolving fashion education in India and was set up in New Delhi in 1986 with the backing of Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India. Over the last 30 years, it has emerged as the premier educational institute for graduate and postgraduate programs in Fashion Design, Technology & Management at both UG & PG level.

Application & Admission Process

What are the Important dates of Admission Process ?

Following are the key dates in the admission process of NIFT :

Event Dates
Registration Starts 23 Oct 2019
Registration Ends 31 Dec 2019
Last Date with Late Fee 04 Jan 2020
Window to Edit Application Form 01 Jan 2020 To 04 Jan, 2020
Availability of Admit Card 10 Jan 2020
Written Entrance Exam 19 Jan 2020, Sunday
Result of Written Test February/March, 2020
Situation Test/Group Discussion/Personal Interview April/May, 2020
Declaration of Final Result End of May/ June 2020
How can I apply ? What are the application fees ?

The application process for NIFT is online and starts in October every year. To apply for admission at NIFT, visit
The application process is given below in 5 easy steps:

  • Read the admission brochure and instructions carefully
  • Sign up and register
  • Fill Details in Application Form
  • Upload Photograph and Signature
  • Pay Application Fee & Print your Application

Please see NIFT Prospectus

What is the Entrance Exam Pattern ? Are any Sample Papers available ?
I. Written Tests – For B.Des. & M.Des. :

a. Creative Ability Test (CAT) :

This test is administered to judge the intuitive ability, power of observation in concept development and design ability of the candidate. An important aspect of the test is the creative and innovative use of colour and illustration skills. About 3-4 questions come for 100 marks.

b. General Ability Test (GAT) :

The language of the paper is English. This test is comprised of various sections as given below :

Program B.Des/M.Des
Test Duration 2 hours
Sections No. of Questions
Quantitative Ability 25
Communication Ability 35
English Comprehension 30
Analytical Ability 30
GK and Current Affairs 30
Total 150

II. Written Test – For B.F.Tech / M.F.Tech / M.F.M. :

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

(Note: M.F.Tech also include some questions from the engineering field)

III. Situation Test – For B.Des. :

Shortlisted candidates for B.Des from the written entrance examination are required to take a Situation Test which is a hands-on test to evaluate the candidate’s skills for material handling and innovative ability with a given set of materials. The model will be evaluated on space visualization, innovative and creative use of given material, composition of elements, colour scheme, construction skill, finesse of the model and overall presentation etc.

(Note: The use of outside/additional material in making the model/design is not permitted)

IV. Group Discussion & Personal Interview – For M.Des. / M.F.Tech / M.F.M. :

Group Discussion :

GD would comprise of approximately 15 to 20 minutes of discussion on a case study assigned, on which a panel of experts will assess the candidates on various parameters including :

  • Conceptual clarity
  • Knowledge of the topic assigned
  • Contribution made to the topic
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Ability to generate new ideas
  • Problem solving approach
  • Leadership qualities
  • Effective Communication

Personal Interview:

Candidates shall be evaluated on the various parameters as listed below :

  • Career orientation
  • Aptness for the course
  • Overall personal achievements in academics and co-curricular activities
  • Communication
  • General awareness and aptitude, creative and lateral thinking

(Note: There is no negative marking in NIFT Entrance tests)

NIFT Seat Matrix 2019 vs 2020
NIFT SEAT MATRIX 2019 vs 2020
# Course (B.des) No. of Seats (2019) No. of Seats (2020) Increase in seats % increase
1 Fashion Design 531 642 103 19.39
2 Leather Design 140 168 28 20
3 Accessory Design 496 600 104 21
4 Textile Design 461 558 97 21
5 Knitwear Design 246 296 50 20
6 Fashion Communication 495 598 103 21
# Course No. of Seats (2019) No. of Seats (2020) Increase in seats % increase
1 Master of Design (M.Des) 141 171 30 21
2 Master of Fashion Management (M.F.M) 496 606 110 22
3 Master of Fashion Technology (M.F.Tech.) 116 140 24 20
What skills and aptitudes are they testing for ?

All aspirants applying to NIFT must possess basic computing knowledge and skills as applied to :

  • Operating systems
  • Word processing
  • Text editing
  • Spreadsheets
  • Database application
  • Presentation
  • Net surfing abilities
Which cities is the Entrance Exam held in ?

The NIFT Written Exam (CAT / GAT) will be conducted in the following 32 cities in India :

  • Ahmedabad
  • Bengaluru
  • Bhopal
  • Bhubaneshwar
  • Chandigarh
  • Chennai
  • Cochin
  • Coimbatore
  • Dehradun
  • Delhi
  • Guwahati
  • Hyderabad
  • Jaipur
  • Jammu
  • Jodhpur
  • Kangra
  • Kannur
  • Kolkata
  • Lucknow
  • Madurai
  • Mumbai
  • Nagpur
  • Patna
  • Pune
  • Raipur
  • Ranchi
  • Surat
  • Udaipur
  • Vadodara
  • Visakhapatnam
  • Shillong
  • Srinagar

(Note: The Situation Tests & GDPI are conducted at the NIFT campuses)

What is the Passing score / cut off for admission ?
There is no fixed passing score for NIFT entrance exam. Candidates are shortlisted for Situation Test and GD/PI based on CAT/ GAT score cut off. The cut off marks for which are not published by NIFT

General Information

Name of the Institute
National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT)
What was the Year of Establishment ?
NIFT was established in the year 1986 .
Which Campuses do they have ?

NIFT has 16 campuses in the following cities :

  • Bengaluru
  • Bhopal
  • Bhubaneshwar
  • Chennai
  • Gandhinagar
  • Hyderabad
  • Jodhpur
  • Kangra
  • Kannur
  • Kolkata
  • Mumbai
  • New Delhi
  • Patna
  • Raebareli
  • Sri Nagar
  • Shillong
What Programs are offered ? What is the annual intake ?

NIFT offers the following programs in Fashion Design, Technology and Management through its 16 campuses across India.

Sr No. Course No of Seats
Bachelors program(4 years)  
1. B.Des 2,010
  Accessory Design 420
  Fashion Communication 420
  Fashion Design 450
  Knitwear Design 210
  Leather Design 120
  Textile Design 390
2. B.F.Tech (Apparel Production) 360
Masters Program(2 years) 640
1. M.Des 120
2. M.F.Tech 100
3. M.F.Management 420
What is the Eligibility Criteria to apply for programs at the Institute ?

Eligibility Criteria :

For B.Des. program :
10+2 from a recognised Board of Education

For B.F.Tech program :
10+2 (with Physics, Chemistry & Maths subjects) from any recognized board of Education

For M.F.M :
Bachelor Degree from any Institute/ University recognised by law in India or Undergraduate Diploma of minimum 3 years duration from National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) or National Institute of Design (NID)

M.Des program :
Bachelor Degree from any Institute/ University recognised by law in India or Undergraduate Diploma of minimum 3 years duration in UG Design from National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) or National Institute of Design (NID)

For M.F.Tech program :
Bachelor of Fashion Technology (B.F.Tech.) from National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) or Bachelor of Engineering (B.E )/ Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) from any Institute / University recognized by law in India.

What are the Fees for different Programs ?

The approximate yearly expense of studying and living at NIFT campus is as follows :

Yearly Expenses Indian Students (In Rs.) NRI Students (In Rs.)
  Sem 1 Sem 2  
Tuition fee ( non refundable) 118050 118050 747800
Library fee (per year) (non refundable) 7800 0 43300
Mediclaim & student development fee (per Year) (non refundable) 3900 0 3900
Exam fee (per year) 3900 0 3900
Total 133650 118050 822700
Security deposit (one time) (refundable) 9900 0 9900
Alumni association membership fee (one time) (non refundable)* 0 0 0
Registration fee (one time) 9300 0 9300
Total 19200 0 19200
Total 152850 118050 841900

(Note: Fees are for the academic year 2020-21.)

See the detailed NIFT 2020 fee structure

Is there any Reservation in Seats ? If so, what is the split ?

Indian nationals belonging to certain categories are admitted under the seats reserved for them as follows :

Category PWD (Person With Disability) OBC-NC SC ST Foreign Nationals/NRI/SAARC State domicile
Reservation for each programme 5% 27%* 15% 7.5% 15% (supernumerary) 20% (supernumerary)

P.S.1 – This reservation is only available for candidates belonging to OBC non-creamy layer and having the requisite certificate
Persons with Disability (PwD) – 5 percent horizontal reservation of seats from the parent category in each programme cutting across all sections i.e. SCs, STs, OBCs (Non-Creamy only) and General category
Students domiciled in Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Odisha, Rajasthan have 20% supernumerary reservation in Patna, Kangra, Kannur, Bhopal, Shillong, Bhubaneshwar, Jodhpur campus respectively

Does the campus have Residential facility ?

All the hostel premises including the ones being run by private enterprises are provided with round the clock professional security, a doctor on call and Recreational facilities.

Following campuses have accommodation for Girls only :

  • Bengaluru
  • Bhopal
  • Bhubaneshwar
  • Gandhinagar
  • Hyderabad
  • Kangra
  • Kannur
  • Kolkata
  • Patna
  • Shillong

Following campuses have accommodation for Girls & Boys both :

  • Chennai
  • Jodhpur
  • Mumbai
  • Rae Bareilly

(Note: There is no residential facility on campus at Delhi)

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Does the Institute have any International Affiliations ?

Details of NIFT’s International Affiliations with various universities are given in the table below:

Sr No. University/Institute Location
1. Queensland University of Technology Australia
2. De Montfort University UK
3. Manchester Metropolitan University UK
4. University of Northampton UK
5. Swiss Textile College Switzerland
6. Mod Art International Paris
7. Shenkar College of Engineering & Design & Art Israel
8. ENSAIT France
9. Ecole Duperre France
10. Saxion University of Applied Sciences Netherlands
11. Donghua University China
12. State University of New York College at Buffalo State USA
13. Royal Academy of Arts Netherlands
14. BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology Bangladesh
15. ESMOD Germany
16. Politecnico di Milano Italy
17. NABA Italy
18. Copenhagen School of Design and Technology Denmark
Are there any Scholarships & Student Loans available ?
NIFT provides means-cum-merit based financial assistance to its students at all campuses.

For detailed information, please visit : here

Industry & Job Market

What are the Highlights of Industry Interaction ?

Highlights of Industry Interaction are as follows :

  • NID has set up the Industry & online Programmes department (I&OP), which regularly conducts design sensitisation and awareness workshops, seminars, and activities that provides competitive advantage through design.
  • Through these programmes, NID shares the vast knowledge and skills of various faculties with professionals, practitioners, teachers from various industries, organisations, and institutions; and welcomes all those who wish to be associated with design.
  • Throughout the year, special workshops are organised for design professionals on a variety of specific topics.
  • Till date, through the department, NID has conducted many workshops and programmes that have successfully spread design awareness to various sectors in India and abroad.
What are the Highlights of Placement for recent years ?

Every year in December, NID conducts a placement week, where over 100+ recruiting companies float 1,000+ job offers for the last semester students.

Highlights of the placement program are as follows :

  • The highest salary offered to a PG Student (2015 placement week) : Rs. 72 lacs p.a.
  • The highest salary offered to a Graduate student (2015 placement week): Rs. 48 lacs p.a.

NID has a very strong Industry Interface & Placement process. The Industry Interface is maintained in 3 different ways –

  1. Sponsored classroom projects :
    4 to 8 week projects are conducted for industry in last 2 years of UG and 2nd year of PG program
  2. Mandatory Industrial training :
    6 to 8 weeks projects in the industry premises. Students are paid anywhere from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 25,000 per month. This is scheduled during third year of UG and second year of PG program
  3. Mandatory Diploma project:
    All final semester students need to complete 6 months of diploma project with a client organization. The stipend is anywhere from Rs.15,000 to Rs.50,000 p.m.


Testimonials from Current or Ex Students

Arhan Sarkar
Bachelor of Design [B.DES]
Second Year (2018-19) student
“The college is the very example of what 60+ years of experience of culture and knowledge would result in. NID is a very respectable college and very prestigious. The faculty is a very experienced bunch of people and are one of the most sought after people in India. They are very respected but are also friendly with the students. In NID there is no rule to call your faculty by addressing them as Sir or Ma’am; instead you can call them by their name. This creates a positive environment of learning.”

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