Apparel Design

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.


General Information

National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT)

NIFT was established in the year 1986 .

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

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

Please see the NIFT Campus seats in India

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.

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

Yearly Expenses Indian Students (In Rs.) NRI Students (In Rs.)
Tuition & Exam Fees 2,24,900 7,12,200
Library, Mediclaim etc. charges 8,200 58,900
Total 2,33,100 7,71,100

(Note: Fees are for the academic year 2019-20.)

See the detailed NIFT 2019 fee structure

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

P.S.2- 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

P.S.3- 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

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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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

NIFT provides means-cum-merit based financial assistance to its students at all campuses.

For detailed information, please visit : here

Application & Admission Process

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

Event Dates
Registration Starts OCT 22, 2018, Monday
Registration Ends DEC 28, 2018, Friday at 11:59 PM
Last Date with Late Fee JAN 03, 2019, Thursday
Window to Edit Application Form DEC 29, 2018 To JAN 03, 2019
Availability of Admit Card JAN 10, 2019, Thursday
Written Entrance Exam JAN 20, 2019, Sunday
Result of Written Test February/March, 2019
Situation Test/Group Discussion/Personal Interview February/March, 2019
Declaration of Final Result End of May/June 2019

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

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)

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

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)

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

Industry & Job Market

The profile of companies attending Placements at NIFT have expanded substantially with diverse segments of Industries like large Retailers, Brand marketers, Manufacturers, Consultancy organizations, E-retailers, Textile mills, Home furnishing companies, Design BPO's, Technology solution providers, International brands and Startup firms.

In 2016, 39% of the total graduates recruited were placed in Retail companies. This was followed by :

  • Fashion Brands
  • Designers / Design houses
  • Export houses / buying houses and agencies

Some Prominent companies were as follows :

  • Aditya birla nuvo ltd.
  • Amazon
  • Archana Kochhar
  • Arvind Lifestyle Brands
  • Blackberry
  • CTA apparels
  • Future group
  • Impulse
  • Laguna clothing
  • Lifestyle international
  • Mandhana industries
  • Modelama exports
  • Orient craft
  • Raymond ltd.
  • Reliance brands ltd.
  • Sabyasachi
  • Snapdeal
  • Technopak
  • Varun Behl etc.