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NIFT 2018 Answer Key, Question Paper & Analysis

Last Updated - March 23, 2018

NIFT Entrance Exam 2018 was held on January 21, 2018 across 32 test cities in India. NIFT 2018 answer key will be published by the National Institute of Fashion Technology on its official website, i.e. 2018 Cut off is the closing rank that will be announced section and campus-wise by NIFT New Delhi.

  • NIFT 2018 Result has been declared on March 22, 2018.
  • Difficulty level of first sitting of Creative Ability Test (CAT) was higher as compared to last year. Check NIFT 2018 Paper Analysis
  • GAT was turned out to be moderate.
  • Overall difficulty level of NIFT 2018 was slightly higher as compared to previous years.

As part of NIFT Admission Process, candidates have to first clear a written entrance test. Students who wish to pursue B.Des and M.Des programs have to take both, Creative Ability Test (CAT) and General Ability Test (GAT). On the contrary, candidates seeking admission in BFTech, MFTech and MFM courses at NIFT, have to appear for only GAT. Basis the written exam, candidates are selected for further rounds including Situation Test and Interview round. Once candidates clear all these rounds, they are offered seats at Colleges Accepting NIFT Exam Scores. 

How to Download NIFT Answer Key 2018?

To download the NIFT answer key, candidates need to follow the below-mentioned steps:

  1. Visit the official website of NIFT i.e. to access the NIFT Answer Key.
  2. Click on the link that displays, 'NIFT 2018 Answer Key'
  3. After clicking on the link, a PDF file of NIFT 2018 answer key will appear on your screen.
  4. Cross-check the marks mentioned in the NIFT 2018 answer key.
  5. Download and save the NIFT 2018 answer key.

Marking Scheme of NIFT 2018 Answer Key

To calculate the probable marks scored in the entrance exam, it is indeed important for the candidates to know the marking scheme of NIFT 2018 answer key.

The below table lists the NIFT 2018 marking scheme for GAT (for B.Des and M.Des courses).

GAT for B.Des

SubjectTotal number of QuestionsMarks
English Comprehension2525
Quantitative Ability2020
General Knowledge and Current Affairs1515
Communication Ability2525
Analytical Ability1515

GAT for M.Des

SubjectTotal number of QuestionsMarks
Analytical Ability2525
Communication Ability3030
Quantitative Ability2020
General Knowledge and Current Affairs1515
English Comprehension3030

How to Calculate Marks with NIFT Answer Key 2018?

  • First, candidates should be certain of the answer key as they have downloaded answer key of the same set which they have appeared in the entrance exam of NIFT 2018.
  • The answer key will have the answer to the questions and it will be updated online as per the sets viz., set A, set B, set C, and set D.
  • Candidates need to keep the negative marking in consideration while calculating the marks.
  • It is evident that there will be only an approximation of the marks attained by the candidates in NIFT 2018 and the actual marks will only be known when the NIFT Result 2018 is officially available.

NIFT 2018 Analysis

The aim of the test was to test candidates' colour sensibilities and aesthetics while also testing them on their product designing skills.

Creative Ability Test (CAT) Analysis

This test is administered 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.

The Creative Ability Test (CAT) had three questions to be attempted.

The first question was based on colour sensibilities: The students had a choice of four themes from which they were required to attempt any two. They were to show the progression from one to another only through colours which were to be filled in a series of 10 blocks. The choices were (a) Cocoon to butterfly (b) Dawn to Night (c) Spring to autumn and (d) Shiny metallic to Rust. The visible changes were to be shown that occur in each process only through the expression of colours. This was a 30 marks question.

The second question provided the students with 4 set of choices in which they had to attempt any two. This question again was to test the psychological and emotional connect of the students with colours based on his or her colour interpretation. This had to be done in the format provided which comprised of seven concentric circles. The themes were (a) Sorrow (b) Happiness (c) Rebellious (d) Astonishment. It was a 30 marks question,

In the third question was of 40 marks and the students were specifically instructed NOT to colour or shade. In this question, students had to design 4 products, giving as much three dimensional details as possible, they had to make their designs on any one of the shapes out of triangle, square, circle and rectangle. All the four products were to be designed from the one shape chosen. The categories asked were (a) A textile print (b) A footwear product (c) A table utility product (d) A clothing utility product.

General Ability Test (GAT) Analysis

1) Quantitative Ability:This sub-test was to test the quantitative ability of the candidates. The sub test consisted of questions on Addition, Multiplication, Division, Fractions, Percentage, Rate of Interest, Work and Task, Ratio and Proportion, and Distance.

2) Communication Ability and English Comprehension: This was to test the language ability of the candidates in day to day communication in English. It includes questions on synonyms, antonyms, words with corresponding meanings, singular, plural, one word substitutes, idioms and phrases, correct spellings, comprehend a situation from a given passage etc.

3) Analytical Ability and Logical Ability: This was designed to test the candidate’s capacity for inference and logic from the given information and to evaluate the candidate’s ability to identify a given problem and apply reasoning in solving the core issues of the problem. Concepts and practice of creative and lateral thinking are likely to be useful.

4) General Knowledge and Current Affairs:This was designed to test the candidate’s general knowledge and current affairs.

5) Case Study:This was based on a situation of an industry environment. It helps to evaluate the candidate’s managerial ability.

The comprehension was on the tougher side of all sections and saw eight passages of moderate length but the language was fairly comprehensible. Reasoning and English language were on the expected line. This year the business awareness questions dominated the general knowledge section as such with questions from advertisements regarding company names, products, brand ambassadors, tag lines etc. Questions on personalities were also there.

Creative Ability Test (CAT) appeared more comfortable to the aspirants as compared to GAT. As the relative weightage of CAT and GAT from one course to other, a permutation and combinations of the scores in these two section will be at work while getting a call for the next level.

NIFT 2018 Cutoff

The Institute is expected to announce the closing ranks for 2018 admissions in the month of May/June. 

In the meantime, aspirants can check below NIFT Cut off 2018 admissions for all the offered programmes across all campuses for general category:

Campus wise NIFT cut off

NIFT CampusProgramQuotaLast Merit Rank
KangraFashion CommunicationHome State3699
SrinagarFashion DesignHome State4418
KangraApparel ProductionHome State1589
KangraAccessory DesignHome State3012
KangraTextile DesignHome State4861
KannurKnitwear DesignHome State2236
RaebareliLeather DesignOther State2074



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