NIFT 2021 (Exam Date – 14 Feb): Application Form, Pattern, Result

NIFT 2021

NIFT 2021

National Institute of Fashion Technology has released the official notification for NIFT 2021 admission and entrance exam. The exam date for NIFT 2021 is February 14, 2021. Online registration for NIFT is open now and last date to apply is January 21, 2021.

National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Delhi, is conducting NIFT exam 2021 for admissions into the B.Des, B.Ftech, M.Des, M.FTech and MFM courses. Candidates who want to take admission in one of the best fashion schools in India, need to apply by the deadline. The application form of NIFT 2021 can be filled online, at The selection criteria of NIFT 2021 includes CAT, GAT, GD / PI, depending on the course.

NIFT 2021 is a design aptitude test and is conducted in the pen and paper mode only. In all, there are 17 campuses of NIFT. Admission in all is granted on the basis of entrance exam. Scroll down to know more details on NIFT 2021.

Latest updates on NIFT 2021

14 Dec 2020: The application process for NIFT 2020 is open – Know more and apply here.

14 Dec 2020: Candidates can download the NIFT 2021 prospectus – Download PDF

14 Dec 2020: The notice for admission announcement in NIFT was announced for admission in B.Des / M.Des / MFTech / BFtech and MFM courses. Check the notice below, or download it here.

NIFT 2021 Exam Dates

NIFT 2021Dates
Application Form Start 14 Dec 2020
Last date to register 21 Jan 2021
Last date to register with late fee24 Jan 2021
Application Form Correction 25 – 28 Jan 2021
Admit Card Release 01 Feb 2021
Exam Date 14 Feb 2021
Answer Key and Objections 17 – 20 Feb 2021
ResultsFeb / Mar 2021
Last date for registration for Foreign candidates 30 Apr 2021
Situation Test Apr / May 2021
Final Result May / Jun 2021
Counselling End of May /June 2021 Onwards

NIFT 2021 Application Form

The conducting body releases the NIFT application form 2021 on Candidates need to apply online only. It is the responsibility of the candidate to preserve the application form until the end, as it is required at the time of admission. The NIFT 2021 application form procedure includes registration, application form filling, uploading documents, payment of fee. The application form fee is non-refundable

NIFT Application Fee:

Category Fee
General / OBC Rs. 2000
SC / STRs. 1000

Mode of Payment: The candidates have to pay the application form fee through Debit / Credit Card / net banking.

NIFT 2021 Test Centres

Candidates have to select the centers, while filling the application form. The NIFT exam is held at the following test centres.

AhmedabadKannur (Kerala)
Bengaluru Kolkata
Bhopal Lucknow
Madurai Bhubaneshwar

NIFT 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must read and understand the eligibility criteria before filling the NIFT 2021 application form. If found ineligible at a later stage, the candidature is cancelled.

For B.Des, B.FTech

Age Limit:

  • The maximum age of applicant should be 24 years as on August 1, 2021.
  • The upper age limit may be relaxed by a period of 5 (five) years for SC / ST / PWD.

Educational Qualifications For B.Des

Candidate must have passed

  • Class 12 from CBSE or any other recognised board. OR
  • Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by National Open School with minimum 5 subjects. OR
  • 3 or 4 year diploma. OR
  • Exam recognised as equal to 10+2 by the Association of Indian Universities. OR
  • General Certificate Education (GCE) Examination (London/ Cambridge/Sri-Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level/ International Baccalaureate (IB).

Educational Qualifications For B.FTech

  • Class 12 with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. OR
  • 3 or 4 yr Diploma in Engineering. OR
  • Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by National Open School with minimum 5 subjects with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.
  • Exam recognised as equal to 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics by the Association of Indian Universities. OR
  • General Certificate Education (GCE) Examination (London/ Cambridge/Sri-Lanka) at the advanced (A) level with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics / International Baccalaureate (IB).

For M.Des, M.F.M and M.FTech

Age Limit:

  • There is no age limit.

Educational Qualifications:

For M.Des, MFM

  • UG in any discipline. OR
  • UG Diploma of min 3 yrs from NIFT or NID.

For MFtech:

  • B.FTech. from National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT). OR
  • B.E / B.Tech. from any Institute

NIFT 2021 List of Courses

The applicants can check out the list of courses available at NIFT, colleges.

List of UG Programs

Undergraduate Courses:

  1. B.Des. (Fashion Design)
  2. B.Des. (Leather Design)
  3. B.Des. (Accessory Design)
  4. B.Des. (Textile Design)
  5. B.Des. (Knitwear Design)
  6. B.Des. (Fashion Communication)
  7. B.FTech. (Apparel Production)

Post Graduate Courses:

  1. M.Des. (Master of Design)
  2. M.F.M. (Master of Fashion Management)
  3. M.FTech. (Master of Fashion Technology)

NIFT 2021 Selection Criteria and Weightage

The entire admission process is divided into stages. However, the NIFT exam selection criteria is different for B.Des and M.Des courses. The admission criteria of NIFT 2021 is as follows:

Situation Test
BFtech GAT100%

NIFT 2021 Syllabus

The conducting body has prescribed the following syllabus for the NIFT examination.

General Ability Test

Quantitative Ability: Questions and topics from Class 9 and Class 10 Maths are asked mostly. Questions are asked from

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

Communication Ability and English Comprehension:

  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Words with corresponding meanings
  • Singular
  • Plural
  • One word substitutes
  • Idioms and phrases
  • Correct spellings
  • Comprehend a situation from a given passage

Analytical Ability and Logical Ability: This is about logical reasoning i.e verbal / non verbal questions..

General Knowledge: You should focus on GK related to the design fraternity, fashion world, Oscars, Names of Paintings and Painters etc.

Case Study: The sub-test is based on a situation of an industry environment. It helps to evaluate the candidate’s managerial ability.

Creative Ability Test

This is a subjective type question test, where candidate’s illustration level and colour skills are checked.

  • Intuitive Ability
  • Creative and Innovative Use
  • Colour and Illustration Skills
  • Power of Observation
  • Concept Development and Design Ability.

NIFT 2021 Exam Pattern of General Ability Test

The exam pattern is one of the first steps to prepare for NIFT 2021 examination. Candidates must read and understand it carefully. The GAT is different for Design programs, and Fashion Technology programs. Further, they are different for UG, PG, and program wise. Check the pattern below.

For B.Des and M.Des:

Mode of Test: It is held in the pen and paper mode.

Type of Questions: There are MCQ type questions.

Duration of Exam: The duration of UG exam is 120 minutes.

Language: It is held in English and Hindi.

SectionsNumber of QuestionsNumber of Questions
Quantitative Ability 2020
Communication Ability2530
English Comprehension2530
Analytical Ability1525
General Knowledge and
Current Affairs
Total 100 120

For BFTech / MFTech / MFM:

Duration of Exam: It is held for 180 minutes.

Language: The medium is Hindi / English.

Quantitative Ability 30 30 10
Ability & English
Analytical & Logical
General Knowledge
And Current Affair
Case Study252540
Total 150150150

NIFT 2021 Admit Card

NIFT releases the NIFT 2021 admit card on It is provided in the PDF format. Candidates need to login application number, DOB and password. The NIFT hall ticket is released separately for the CAT ( Creative Ability Test) and GAT ( General Ability Test). The admit card comprises of important details like name of candidate. test centre name and address, timings and instructions for the exam.

Since, the Creative Ability Test is only for held for the Design students, the CAT admit card is provided to the B.Design and M.Design candidates only.

The GAT i.e General Ability Test is issued to all the candidates appearing in the NIFT 2021 examination.

Things to carry to NIFT 2021 test centre

  • Hardcopy of NIFT admit card
  • ID proof like Adhaar Card, Passport etc.

NIFT 2021 Schedule

The exam schedule for NIFT 2021 is as follows:

Course – TestTest Timings
Bachelor of Design – CAT10.00 am to 01.00 pm
Bachelor of Design – GAT02.30 pm to 04.30 pm
Master of Design – CAT10.00 am to 01.00 pm
Master of Design – GAT02.30 pm to 04.30 pm
Bachelor of Fashion Technology – GAT10.00 am to 01.00 pm
Master of Fashion Technology – GAT10.00 am to 01.00 pm
Master of Fashion Management – GAT10.00 am to 01.00 pm

NIFT 2021 Important Books

You can refer to the following books for the NIFT 2021 examination.

Name of Books Link to Purchase
Guide for NIFT/NID/IIFT 2021Buy Here
NIFT UG (B.Des) Study Pack for 2020Buy Here
Fashion Design Studio: Learn to Draw Figures, Fashion, HairstylesBuy Here
General Knowledge Capsule 2020 with Current Affairs Buy Here
NIFT PG (M.Des) Study Pack for 2020Buy Here

How to Prepare for NIFT 2021 Examination?

NIFT is a design aptitude examination, hence candidates need to brush up their skills, drawing and sketching. Here are more tips on how to prepare for NIFT exam.

Sketch a lot: Students should draw and do a lot sketching of all the things around yourself. Use good quality pencil and colors only.

Work on observation skills: The students draw each and every object they observe in 2-D or 3-D perspective. This will make them ready for the situation test held for B.Design course.

Learn from Class 10 textbooks: The students can prepare for English Comprehension and Quantitative Ability section from their Class 9-10 NCERT textbooks.

Practice from sample papers: It is advisable to prepare from the sample papers of NIFT. By doing so, you can learn about the type of questions asked.

Focus on GK topics: You should have a basic knowledge about Indian Painters, Oscars, Artists etc.

NIFT 2021 Result

National Institute of Technology i.e NIFT, Delhi, releases the NIFT 2021 result on the official website. It is displayed in the form of a merit list. Candidates can also check their scorecard by logging in with their roll number, application form and DOB.

The NIFT 2021 result is released separately for General Aptitude Test (GAT) i.e written test. It is provided differently for B.Des and M.Des course.

After so, the NIFT 2021 final result is displayed after the GAT, CAT, Situation Test is held for B.Des / M.Des courses.

However, in case of M.FTech / B.Ftech /MFM courses, the final result is calculated on the basis of the GAT / GD and then PI.

NIFT 2021 Tie Breaking Criteria

In case, 2 or more candidates score the same marks, the tie is solved with the help of the following tie breaking criteria.

  • The older candidate is given preference.

NIFT 2021 Reservation Criteria

The conducting body has levied the following reservation criteria for the benefit of these categories. However, applicants applying for the same need to produce proofs at the time of admission.

Category Percentage
 SC 15%
OBC category27%
PwD candidates5%
Supernumerary for State Domicile20%
Supernumerary for Foreign Nationals/ SAARC/NRI.15%

NIFT 2021 Fee Structure

The candidates can check below the fee structure of NIFT 2021 from the image below:

NIFT 2021 Fee Structure

NIFT 2021 Counselling

After the declaration of results, the selected candidates have to appear for the NIFT 2021 counselling. They need to register with their basic details first. It is followed by the release of call letter of the applicants. They have to then appear for the document verification round at NIFT campus. Candidates have to carry their original documents only which are returned after verification.

  • Marksheet of Class 12
  • Marksheet of Qualiying Degree Exam
  • In cas of compartment in qualifying exam, admit card / marksheet is required
  • Bank Draft
  • Proof of DOB
  • Caste Certificate
  • Salary Certificate
  • An undertaking regarding Anti-Ragging (Annexure-II)
  • Affidavit
  • An undertaking regarding refund of fee (Annexure-IV)
  • Medical Certificate
NIFT 2021

About NIFT 2021

NIFT i.e National Institute of Fashion Technology was established in the year 1986. It is termed as one of the most pioneer institutes in the field of design. The institute offers 10 programmes in UG / PG courses. The university has top notch facilities like amphitheater, auditorium, cafeteria, on-campus medical aid etc. The scholarship is also given to the meritorious candidates.

National Institute of Fashion Technology
Hauz Khas, Near Gulmohar Park,
New Delhi, India 110016

Tel: +91-1126542000

NIFT 2021 Participating Institutes = NIFT Campuses: Candidates can check out the various participating institutes of NIFT 2021.

  • NIFT, Bangalore
  • NIFT, Bhopal
  • NIFT, Gandinagar
  • NIFT, Hyderabad
  • NIFT, Bhubaneshwar
  • NIFT, Jodhpur
  • NIFT, Chennai
  • NIFT, Kangra
  • NIFT, Kannaur
  • NIFT, Kolkata
  • NIFT, Patna
  • NIFT, Raebareilley
  • NIFT, Mumbai
  • NIFT, Delhi
  • NIFT, Shillong
  • NIFT, Srinagar

Check Campus wise programmes and seats offered at NIFT: Click here

Check more details on NIFT 2021 information brochure. Download it here.

FAQ’s for NIFT 2021

In what mode is NIFT 2021 conducted?

It is held in pen and paper mode.

Is there any negative marking in NIFT?

There is negative marking of 0.25 marks.

Can I change my test centre for NIFT 2021?

No, one cannot.

How can I apply for NIFT 2021?

The candidates can apply for NIFT 2021, online only at

Is NIFT situation test 2021 Cancelled?

No it will be held as per the schedule above on this page.

Can I join NIFT after 12?

Yes candidates can apply for the UG courses for admission after class 12.

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