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NIFT 2019 Exam Pattern

Updated On - December 15th 2018 by DEEKSHA

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 NIFT entrance exam.

NIFT 2019 is scheduled for January 20, 2019. As per NIFT 2019 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 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 2019 Exam Pattern in the article.

NIFT 2019 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 2019 Exam Pattern in Detail

NIFT 2019 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 2018 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, total 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 2019 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 2019 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 2019 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 2019 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 2019 Syllabus

NIFT 2019 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 2019 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 2019 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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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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