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NIFT For Fashion Enthusiasts After XII

For some, fashion is a means of self-expression and confidence.  Some passionate people choose to design and deciding fashion as their profession. If you are a fashion enthusiast and is aiming for the top best institute to study fashion designing in India, NIFT (National Institute of Fashion Designing) is for you! Here is all you want to know.


NIFT is a group of 19 highly reputed fashion colleges in India which offers outstanding academic coaching in various fashion designing courses in design, management and technology. NIFT was established under the ministry of Textiles by the Indian Government in 1986 for the course related to design, management and technology that meets international standards. NIFT New Delhi is ranked as the top 12th fashion school in the world for 2020 by the CEOWORLD Magazine. Surprisingly, the competition to crack NIFT test is not really tight when compared to other entrance exams like JEE and NEET. Only around 23,000 students apply for the test per year in India for 4297 seats. If you are really passionate and is ready to work for it, then don’t take a look back. With the right strategies, you can get into your dream profession.

Eligibility Criteria and Application

NIFT conducts national level entrance examination to the 16 colleges in various 32 cities across India once in a year to the courses like BDes, BFTech, MDes, MFTech and MFM.

The candidates applying for undergraduate courses (B.Des) should have 12th or equivalent from any recognized state or central boards, should have secured minimum 50% marks and should not be more than 23 years old. The candidate can apply for the entrance examination through the online portal www.nift.ac.in and submit the required documents.

NIFT Colleges in India

Here is the list of all NIFT colleges in India arranged according to their rankings. Your scores should be really good to secure admission in the top-ranked college. The parameters of ranking include the infrastructure, academic excellence, placement record of students and profile of faculties.

  1. NIFT New Delhi
  2. NIFT Navi Mumbai
  3. NIFT Bengaluru
  4. NIFT Chennai
  5. NIFT Kolkata
  6. NIFT Hyderabad
  7. NIFT Patna
  8. NIFT Bhopal
  9. NIFT Kannur, Kerala
  10. NIFT Gandhinagar
  11. NIFT Jodhpur
  12. NIFT Bhubaneswar
  13. NIFT Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh
  14. NIFT Shillong
  15. NIFT Srinagar
  16. NIFT Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

Courses under NIFT

List of UG programs offered here are the following.

  • -B.Des (Fashion Designing)
  • -B.Des (Leather Design)
  • -B.Des (Accessary Design)
  • -B.Des (Textile Design)
  • -B.Des (Knitwear Design)
  • -B.Des (Fashion Communication)
  • -B.FTech (Apparel production)

All the above-mentioned courses here begin with a 2-semester long foundation programme. This includes workshops, lectures, field visits and projects. You can explore the field of your skills and sensitivity and further choose your specialization courses which also depends on your performance.

Exam pattern and Syllabus

Candidates have to appear for CAT (Creative Ability Test) and GAT (Group Ability Test). The exam duration will be 2-3 hours, depending on your choice of the course you have opted. If shortlisted after CAT and GAT, candidates will be called for a situation test.

The exam will be offline, (paper pen method) and MCQ-based. The paper is only in English language. There is no negative marking for wrong answers which means you can try your luck by attempting all the questions.

Out of total 100 questions, number of questions from each section will be as follows:

  • Quantitative Ability – 20
  • Communication Ability – 25
  • English Comprehension – 25
  • Analytical Ability – 15
  • General knowledge and current affairs – 15

The syllabus for GAT includes Quantitative ability (addition, multiplication, fractions, percentage, interest rate, ratio etc.), communication skills and comprehensive ability (synonyms, antonyms, idioms, word meanings, spellings etc.)

CAT will test your observation power, creative skills and design and discernment ability. For situation test and group discussion, the skills like problem solving, leadership, knowledge, conceptual clarity are tested.  Personal Interview will check your personal aptness for the field and other skills you possess.

Preparation Strategies

There are centres which offer coaching for this institute at major cities in India. Online coaching is also there to overcome the issue of accessibility. Without attending to any coaching classes too, you can crack the examination. Self-discipline, motivation and consistency are the keys to crack the exam. Whether you attend coaching or not, getting familiar with the previous years’ question papers and practising them is the vital part of your preparation.

Your drawing skills and creativity matters but you have to learn to manage your time too. Remember that you have got only limited time to present your skills. Read newspapers or use any other sources to update your general awareness. Get good sleep and do regular exercise or yoga to keep your mind and body healthy, relaxed and focused.

There are many useful guides that help you prepare which includes publications like Arihant, Ramesh Publishing House, Dr.D.Mittal, Dharmendra Mittal and Shadan Usmani. Stick to any one of the guides and revise regularly what you have studied.

All the best folks!

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