NIFT 2020 Exam Pattern

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    NIFT or National Institute of Fashion Technology is a premier institute offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the field of Design and Fashion Technology. Candidates can seek admission to various campuses of NIFT in the country by clearing the NIFT entrance exam.

    NIFT 2020 will be conducted on January 19, 2020. As per NIFT 2020 Exam Pattern, the paper is held in offline mode and conducted in 3 stages viz. Written test, Situation test, and Group Discussion/Personal Interview.

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    Candidates can admit themselves into courses such as B.F.Tech, M.F.Tech, M.F.M, B.Des and M.Des based on their performance in the exam. Candidates must qualify each stage of the exam separately in order to get admission in the course of his/her choice. The question paper will be available in English language only. No marks will be deducted for wrong answers. Find below all important details related to NIFT 2020 Exam Pattern in the article.

    NIFT 2020 Exam Pattern Highlights

    Exam ModeOffline (Pen Paper Based)
    Number of Papers2
    Number of Sections5 (Quantitative Ability, Communication Ability, English Comprehension, Analytical and Logical Ability, General Knowledge and Current Affairs)
    Question Paper TypeMCQ based
    Exam Duration for GAT written test2 hours (for B.Des & M.Des) 3 hours (for B.F.Tech, MFM & M.F.Tech)
    Exam LanguageEnglish

    NIFT 2020 Exam Pattern in Detail

    NIFT 2020 Exam Pattern comprises GAT, CAT, Group Discussion and Personal Interview. The UG and PG courses offered by NIFT are Bachelor of Design (B.Des), Master of Design (M.Des), Bachelor of Fashion Technology (B.F.Tech), Master of Fashion Technology (M.F.Tech) and Master of Fashion Management (MFM).

    General Ability Test or GAT is a written test for all the 5 courses offered by NIFT. GAT is the first test for selection for B.Des and M.Des courses. After clearing GAT, B.Des and M.Des students are required to qualify CAT. Applicants who cleared both the written tests will be eligible for Situation Test followed by Group Discussion/ Personal Interview. GAT is the only selection test for B.F.Tech, M.F.Tech and MFM.

    NIFT 2019 Examination Pattern is explained in detail below:

    • GAT examination is conducted in the offline mode only.
    • For B.Des and M.Des, GAT exam is of 2 hours. On the other hand, B.F.Tech, MFM & M.F.Tech, GAT exam is for 3 hours.
    • The paper will be in English language only
    • For B.Des, a total of 100 questions will be asked in GAT and for M.Des 120 questions will be asked.
    • For B.F.Tech, MFM & M.F.Tech, 150 questions will be asked.
    • GAT & CAT written exams will be conducted for M.Des and B.Des courses. Whereas, for B.F.Tech, MFM & M.F.Tech only GAT will be conducted.
    • There is no negative marking for incorrect answers.

    Section Wise Course Details

    The following table shows the section-wise distribution of questions in NIFT 2020 for B.Des program.

    SectionNo. of Questions
    Quantitative Ability20
    Communication Ability25
    English Comprehension25
    Analytical Ability15
    General Knowledge and Current Affairs15

    The following table shows the section-wise distribution of questions in NIFT 2020 for M.Des program.

    SectionNo. of Questions
    Quantitative Ability20
    Communication Ability30
    English Comprehension30
    Analytical Ability25
    General Knowledge and Current Affairs15

    The following table shows the section-wise distribution of questions in NIFT 2020 for MFM, M.F.Tech and B.F.Tech courses.

    SectionNo. of Questions
    Quantitative Ability30 (10 questions for MFM)
    Communication Ability & English Comprehension45 (50 questions for MFM)
    Analytical & Logical Ability25
    General Knowledge and Current Affairs25
    Case Study25 (40 questions for MFM)

    NIFT 2020 Syllabus

    NIFT syllabus comprises Quantitative Ability, Communication Ability, English Comprehension, Analytical Ability, General Knowledge and Current affairs. Syllabus for both the GAT and CAT test is different and the same has been mentioned below.

    GAT Syllabus

    Quantitative Ability: Addition, Multiplication, Division, Fractions, Percentage, Rate of Interest, Work & Task, Ratio & Proportion and Distance

    Communication Ability and English Comprehension: Synonyms, antonyms, words with corresponding meanings, singular, plural, one-word substitutes, idioms & phrases, correct spellings

    CAT Syllabus

    • Discernment ability
    • Power of observation
    • Creativity in development of a thought
    • Design ability of the applicant

    For Situation Test and Group Discussion, candidates must possess the following skills.

    • 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

    • Career Orientation
    • Aptness for the field
    • Overall personal achievements in academics & co-curricular activities
    • Communication
    • General Awareness & Aptitude, creative & lateral thinking

    Check HereNIFT 2020 Syllabus

    NIFT 2020 Recommended Books

    Books are the main source of preparation. They are advised to go through the following books in order to cover each and every topic of the syllabus and perform well in the exam.

    Name of the BookName of the Author
    NIFT, NID and IIFT Entrance Exam GuideD Mittal
    NIFT, NID/ IIFT Admission TestBy Surendra Kavimandan
    Guide to NIFT/ NID for Group A, B and CR.P. Datson
    NIFT Entrance Exam Mock PapersD Mittal
    NIFT entrance examination preparation coursePrashant Kumar
    NIFT/ NID/ IIFT entrance examination guideSurendra
    Self Study Guide – NIFT 10 Mock PapersD.Mittal
    NIFT Entrance ExamVerma
    NIFT 2 EDVerma
    NIFTSonia Sahney

    NIFT 2020 Important Instructions

    Students are advised to go through the following instructions before appearing in the examination:

    • Students should start solving previous year papers and mock tests.
    • They should reach the examination hall before commencement of the exam.
    • Candidates must carry the printout of NIFT Admit Card 2020 along with the printout of original identity card.
    • Jewellery, watches, belts and other ornaments are also not allowed inside the examination hall.
    • All the electronic devices such as Mobile Phones, Pagers, and Bluetooth etc. are not allowed inside the examination center.
    • A valid photo ID proof includes College ID card, Passport, Driving License, Aadhar Card, Voter ID Card, PAN card etc.
    • Without NIFT Admit Card, students cannot appear for the exam

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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    Now im in 12th standards, i didn't even know my result, so should i allowed to do entrance exam, and im 18 years old..... Im so confused what to do? Please help me.

    10 Jan, 2020 23:25
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Lalrinzuali, yes, you can apply for this exam. You can check complete eligibility details from here: NIFT Eligibility Criteria

    24 Jan, 2020 17:13
    Akshara Jagarlamudi

    Is this test for admission in 2020

    21 Aug, 2019 00:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Akshara, yes, this exam will be held in 2020 also.

    21 Aug, 2019 11:44


    16 Jan, 2019 15:43
    Akansha Expert

    The cut off for general in written exam(CAT GAT) was 41.5 marks Passing marks may vary every year. As you might know, nift entrance consist of Cat-50% Gat-30% and Situation Test-20% So if u have scored well in written exam(CAT GAT) you can easily get among top 2000 and ofc get selected for situation test.

    16 Jan, 2019 16:09
    Mansi gupta

    How can I get an access to previous 10 year's question papers?

    24 Oct, 2018 00:20

    If i want to pursue fashion communication which course or degree is apt B.Des or B.F.Tech

    19 Oct, 2018 00:20
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Hashneet, It depends upon your interest, you may check the eligibility too.

    20 Oct, 2018 13:26
    Merry Todi

    Which book should i refer for NIFT MFM case study and other study material?

    22 Sep, 2018 17:07
    Garima Bansal

    Hi merry, The information regarding the study material is mentioned above on this page.

    24 Sep, 2018 17:43
    Muskan singh

    I am confused that what's the basic difference between in the courses B.DES & ??

    24 Aug, 2018 00:20
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Muskan, Please check this Links for getting the information about the Course information:-

    24 Aug, 2018 13:30

    what will happen in situation test

    01 Dec, 2017 00:20
    Bhawna Vedwal

    Hello Ankita, In situation test, The designing material is provided to the aspirants to test their innovative ability , material handling and designing skills .

    15 May, 2018 16:29

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