NIFT 2021 Exam Pattern for GAT, CAT

NIFT 2021 exam pattern has been announced by the National Institute of Fashion Technology. Candidates who are appearing in the upcoming NIFT 2021 entrance exam can check the complete exam pattern, marking scheme, and other details related to the exam. The NIFT entrance exam comprises of General Ability Test (GAT), Creative Ability Test (CAT) followed by Situation tests and GD / PI. The courses offered are B. Des, B.F.Tech, M. Des, MFM, and M.F.Tech.

NIFT 2021 Exam Pattern

To know the exam pattern it is first important to know which exams of the NIFT 2021 entrance exam you will appear in, as per the course you are applying for. For the same check the table below:

ProgrammeTest
B.DesCAT+GAT >> Situation Test
M.DesCAT+GAT >> GD / PI
B.FTechGAT
M.FTechGAT >> GD / PI
MFMGAT >> GD / PI

What is CAT?

CAT is Creative Ability Test (CAT). It is held only for M.Des and B.Des courses. This test is administered for both UG and PG Design Programmes 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.

What is GAT?

It is the General Ability Test. It is held for all the courses. However, the pattern of the test varies for the M.Des and B.Des courses from that of B.Ftech, M.Ftech, and MFM courses. Questions come from maths, general knowledge, English comprehension, etc. areas.

Download: NIFT 2021 admit card

NIFT 2021 Exam Pattern for CAT (Only for B.Des and M.Des courses)

This test is applicable for the candidates who have applied for B.Des and M.Des courses.

There is no exact pattern mentioned on the official website and the brochure of NIFT 2021 for the pattern of CAT. The exam is held in pen and paper mode. However, it has been mentioned that the questions will be based on the candidate’s intuitive ability, power of observation, and candidate’s idea regarding concept development and design. One of the major components of this test is checking the candidate’s colouring and illustration skills.

However, to know what CAT exam is like in NIFT, you can check the video below:

Get NIFT 2021 Sample Question Papers here

NIFT 2021 Exam Pattern for GAT (B.Des and M.Des courses)

GAT exam pattern for B.Des and M.Des courses is given below:

  • Language of the exam: The papers from both the courses will be set in Hindi as well as in English.
  • Duration of the exam: For both the courses the exam duration will be 120 mins that is 2 hours.
  • Mode of the Exam: Offline, pen and paper based.
  • Marking scheme: The objective type tests are subject to negative marking. The negative marking will apply at the rate of 0.25 each wrong answer.
SectionsNo. of questions in B.DesNo. of questions in M.Des
Quantitative Ability                                              2020
Communication Ability                                           2530
English Comprehension                                    2530
Analytical Ability                                                 1525
General Knowledge and Current Affairs1515
Total100120

NIFT 2021 Exam Pattern for GAT (B.FTCH, M.FTECH and M.FM Courses)

GAT exam pattern for B.FTCH, M.FTECH and M.FM courses is given below:

  • Language of the exam: The papers from both the courses will be set in Hindi as well as in English.
  • Duration of the exam: For both the courses the exam duration will be 180 mins that is 3 hours.
  • Mode of the Exam: Offline, pen and paper based.
  • Marking scheme: The objective type tests are subject to negative marking. The negative marking will apply at the rate of 0.25 each wrong answer.
SectionsNo. of questions in B.FTECHNo. of questions in M.FTECHNo. of questions in MFM
Quantitative Ability                                              303010
Communication Ability                                           454550
English Comprehension                                    252525
Analytical Ability                                                 252525
General Knowledge and Current Affairs252540
Total100120150

NIFT 2021 Situation Test Only for B.Des

The situation test will be undertaken only by the B. Des candidate who managed to clear the GAT and CAT stage. In this stage, the candidate’s ability to check innovative and creative use of given material. The candidate’s knowledge regarding the composition of elements, color scheme, construction skill, the finesse of the model, and the overall presentation is judged. 

NIFT 2021 GD / PI for All Candidates, Except for B.FTECH

Shortlisted candidates for Masters Programmes from the written entrance examination are required to undergo Case Study based Group Discussions (GD) and Personal Interview (PI).

GD would comprise 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:

  1. Conceptual clarity
  2. Knowledge of the topic assigned
  3. Contribution made to the topic
  4. Interpersonal skills
  5. Ability to generate new ideas
  6. Problem solving approach
  7. Leadership qualities
  8. Effective communication

Candidates shall be evaluated on the various parameters as listed below by a panel, in the personal interview:

  1. Career orientation
  2. Aptness for the course
  3. Overall personal achievements in academics and co-curricular activities
  4. Communication
  5. General awareness and aptitude, creative and lateral thinking

NIFT 2021 Weightages of CAT, GAT, GD / PI and Situation Test

The weightages of different tests in NIFT 2021 is given in the table below:

ProgrammeTestWeightage
B.DesCAT
GAT
Situation Test
50%
30%
20%
M.DesCAT
GAT
GD / PI
40%
30%
30%
B.FTechGAT100%
M.FTechGAT
GD / PI
70%
30%
MFMGAT
GD / PI
70%
30%

NIFT 2021 Syllabus

The NIFT 2021 will be a written test comprising of 5 major subjects. The candidates can check the important sub-topics of each section below:

Quantitative Ability: 

  • Addition, 
  • Multiplication, 
  • Division, 
  • Fractions, 
  • Percentage, 
  • Rate of Interest, 
  • Work and Task, 
  • Ratio and Proportion,
  • Speed and Distance.

Communication Ability and English Comprehension

  • Passage and Inference
  • Synonyms, 
  • Antonyms, 
  • Words with corresponding meanings, 
  • Questions based on grammatical rules, 
  • One word substitutes, 
  • Idioms and phrases, 
  • Spelling Correction

Analytical Ability and Logical Ability: 

  • Inference and logic
  • Logical and Situational Problems
  • Question-based on creative and lateral thinking 

General Knowledge and Current Affairs:

  • Current Affairs
  • General Knowledge

NIFT 2021 Important Books

The candidates can refer to the important books for the NIFT 2021 examination. These books recommended by toppers and they are helpful in scoring good marks in the examinations. 

SubjectsImportant Books
Quantitative AbilityQuantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal
Communication Ability & English ComprehensionEnglish by Wren and Martin
Objective English by S P Bakshi
Analytical & Logical AbilityLogical Reasoning by R S Aggarwal
General Knowledge And Current AffairsCurrent Affairs Half Yearly 2020+The Malayala Manorama English Yearbook 2020 (Set of 2 books) 

Check out details of NIFT 2021 Answer Key

NIFT 2021

NIFT 2021 is one of the premier entrance tests which is being conducted by the National Institute of Fashion and Technology. The NIFT 2021 is offered for both UG and PG courses viz B. Des, M.Des, B.F.Tech and M.F.Tech. This is an offline examination and the marks scored in the examination are used for applying to take admission in different NIFT campuses. There are three stages of the selection test in NIFT 2021 viz written test, situation test/creative test and GD/PI. The candidates who qualify in all the stages are called for the final counselling and admission. 

NIFT 2021 Exam Pattern FAQs

What is the mode of conducting NIFT 2021?

The NIFT 2021 will be conducted on the online mode.

Is there any negative marking for the wrong answer in NIFT 2021?

No, there is a negative marking of 1 mark against any wrong answer in NIFT 2021 exam.

I am not fluent in English, can I appear for the NIFT 2021 in any other language?

Yes, you can appear in Hindi or English in the NIFT 2021.

Is NIFT 2021 Pattern similar to the aspirant of B. Des and B.F.Tech?

Yes, the exam pattern of both disciplines are different.

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