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NIFT 2019

Last Updated - January 15, 2018

National Institute of Fashion Technology or NIFT is the pioneer institute in fashion education of India having 16 campuses spread across the country. NIFT is a statutory body that offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in various disciplines of fashion and selects students annually on the basis of NIFT Entrance Exam.

NIFT 2019 Entrance Exam is expected to be scheduled in January 2019 while the Application process for the same is expected to begin around October 2018.  The official notification for NIFT 2019 is not released as yet; however, on the basis of trends of previous years, we have mentioned a tentative timeline of events for the convenience of aspirants.

  • NIFT 2019 Registration has to be completed online through the institute’s official website, i.e.
  • The application fee for general category candidates is INR 1500 while that for reserved category is INR 750.
  • The entrance examination comprises the written test, situation test, and GD/PI.
  • The written test a paper-based offline exam while the situation test is a practical exam. Check NIFT 2019 Exam Pattern
  • Candidates can download their respective admit card from the official website of NIFT from January 2019.

NIFT 2019 Highlights

Exam NameNIFT
Conducting BodyNational Institute of Fashion Technology
Exam TypeNational Entrance Test for both UG & PG Degree Programs in Fashion
Programs offered4 Years Bachelor in Design/Bachelor in Fashion Technology; 2 Years Master in Design/Fashion Management and Master in Fashion Technology
Tentative Exam DateJanuary 2019
Eligibility CriteriaUG: 10+2 or equivalent from a recognized Board PG: Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent from a recognized University
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Exam ModeOffline, Paper-Based
Exam Duration3 hours
HelpdeskPhone: (011) 47673032 10.00am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-4.00pm (Monday to Friday) Email:

NIFT 2019 Important Dates

Here follows a tentative calendar for NIFT 2019 based on past trends. Aspirants should keep a tab on the official website for the release of the official notification.

Online Application Window Opens fromOctober 2018 - December 2018
Last date for Online Application with late fee (INR 5000)January 2019
Deadline to receive Demand Draft along with print of filled Application Form in case of offline payment by NIFTJanuary 2019
Online Application Form Modification WindowDecember 2018 – January 2019
Availability of Admit Card for download from official websiteJanuary 2019
NIFT 2019 Scheduled Exam DateJanuary 2019
Result of Written Entrance ExaminationMarch 2019
Situation Test/ Group Discussion/ InterviewApril/May 2019
Declaration of Final Result (Online)May/June 2019
Commencement of CounsellingJune 2019 onwards

Please note that Admit Cards, Results and Counselling Schedule has to be accessed/downloaded by applicants from NIFT website only.

NIFT 2019 Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility conditions for both UG and PG level programs are tabulated below:

Bachelor of Design – B. Des. (Fashion Design/ Knitwear Design/ Textile Design/Leather Design/Accessory Design/Fashion Communication)
  • Not more than 23 years as on October 1, 2018, for General candidates (Relaxation up to 5 years for SC/ST/PWD candidates)
Academic QualificationSuccessfully completed or appearing for 10+2 qualifying examination or equivalent from any recognized Board, OR, Completed/Appearing for 3 or 4-years diploma final examination recognized by AICTE or a State Board of Technical Education.
Bachelor of Fashion Technology (Apparel Technology)– B. F. Tech
  • Not more than 23 years as on October 1, 2018, for General candidates (can be relaxed up to 5 years for SC/ST/PWD candidates)
Academic QualificationSuccessfully completed or appearing for 10+2 qualifying examination or equivalent from any recognized Board, having studied Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics as subject combination, OR, Completed/Appearing for 3 or 4-years diploma in any branch of engineering recognized by AICTE or a State Board of Technical Education.
Master of Design - M. Des. And Master of Fashion Management – MFM
  • No age limit prescribed for PG programs
Academic QualificationBachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a recognized Institute/University, OR, Undergraduate Diploma of minimum 3-years duration in any discipline from NIFT/NID
Master of Fashion Technology – M. F. Tech
  • No age limit prescribed for PG programs
Academic QualificationB. F. Tech. from NIFT, OR, B. E/B. Tech. from a recognized Institute/University.

NIFT 2019 Seat Reservation

The NIFT has a certain percentage of total seats reserved for the SC/ST, OBC-NCL and Person with Disability (PWD). Also, supernumerary seats are reserved for candidates applying under Foreign National/SAARC/NRI, and State Domicile categories. The seat reservation scheme for the reserved categories is tabulated here:

CategorySeat Reservation
Schedule Caste (SC)15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST)7.5%
Person with Disability (PWD)5% Horizontal reservation across all categories for Person with Disability (with 40% or more disability)
Foreign Nationals/SAARC/NRI15% (Supernumerary)
State Domicile20% (supernumerary)

NIFT 2019 Application Form

The Online Application window for NIFT 2019 is expected to open from October 2018 till December 2019. Applicants are required to visit the official website, i.e. and follow the steps listed below to complete the Application process:

Step I: Register on the official website before proceeding to fill the application form. Upon successful registration, applicant’s login credentials will be sent via email to the registered email address. Applicants should save this email for future reference.

Step II: Log in using the credentials to access and fill the Application Form.
Fill in all the mandatory fields with correct details.

Step III: Applicants need to upload scanned copies of the following documents to the Online Application Form:

  • Applicant’s recent passport-size coloured photograph in JPG/JPEG format and not exceeding 100 KB in memory size.
  • Applicant’s specimen signature in black on white background, in JPG/JPEG format and not exceeding 50 KB in memory size.

Step IV: After uploading the required documents, the Application Fee can be paid online via Credit/Debit Card or offline via demand draft. In case of Online fee payment, applicants do not have to send the print-out of the application form to NIFT.

In case of offline fee payment, applicants need to draw a Demand Draft of the requisite amount in favor of ‘NIFT HO’ payable at New Delhi. The details of the Demand Draft needs to be entered online to complete the application process within the submission deadline.

Applicants must send the Demand Draft along with a printout of the filled-in Application Form duly complete in all respect (via Speed Post/Registered Post/Courier Service) to

The Project Manager–CMS,

All India Management Association, Management House,

14 Institutional Area, Lodhi Road
New Delhi 110 003, India.

The demand draft should reach the address within the specified date.

NIFT 2019 Application Fee

Category-wise indicative Application Fees for NIFT 2019 are as under:

General/OBC (Non-Creamy Layer)SC/ST/PWDForeign Nationals (only online payment accepted)
INR 1500INR 750USD 100

NIFT 2019 Admit Card

On the basis of information furnished by applicants in NIFT Application Form, Admit Cards of provisionally eligible candidates will be available to download from the official website in January 2019. Applicants are advised to check NIFT website regularly for updates.

NIFT 2019 Admit Card is a mandatory document without which applicants will not be allowed to appear for the exam. Candidates can follow the steps mentioned below to download the admit card:

Step I: Visit the official website of NIFT,

Step II: Click on the tab ‘NIFT 2019 Admit Card’

Step III: Enter required information as demanded by the page

Step IV: Download and take print out of NIFT 2019 Admit Card.

NIFT 2019 Exam Centers

NIFT 2019 will be an offline paper-based test for all UG and PG Programs tentatively scheduled in January 2019, to be conducted in 32 Indian cities.

Applicants can select only one preferred examination city during the application process. Based on this choice, all eligible candidates will have to appear for the written test at the Examination City selected by them.

Please note that no request for any changes in examination center will be entertained by NIFT and it reserves the right to cancel any of the Examination Centres listed below.

List Of Examination Centers
AhmedabadDehradunKannur (Kerala)Raipur
CoimbatoreKangraPuneSrinagar (J&K)

NIFT 2019 Exam Pattern

NIFT 2019 entrance exam attempts to test the knowledge, aptitude, and skills of the candidates for the chosen program. As such, the entrance test is split into three stages, viz. Written test, Situation test, and Group Discussion/Personal Interview. The written test is further split into Creative Ability Test (CAT), and General Ability Test (GAT):

  • Written Test
    1. Creative ability test (CAT)
    2. General ability test (GAT)
  • Situation test
  • Group Discussion/ Personal Interview

CAT (Creative Ability Test) aims to evaluate the candidates’ observing power in the development of a concept, as well as their intuitive, and design ability. Candidates’ illustrative skills and creativity in use of color are important aspects CAT.

GAT (General Ability Test) gauges the candidates’ general aptitude and quantitative, communicative and analytic skills apart from knowledge in general & current happenings.

Structure of Creative Ability Test
B. Des. M. Des.Medium: English Duration: 180 minutes Maximum Marks: 100
Structure of General Ability Test
B. Des & M. DesMedium: English Duration: 120 minutes Maximum Marks: 100

The final stage of NIFT 2019 will be the Personal Interview round wherein candidates will be evaluated by an Interview Panel on the basis of the candidates’ academic and co-curricular achievements, creative and lateral thinking ability, communication skills, and finally career orientation and aptness for the selected program.

Check NIFT 2019 Exam Pattern

NIFT 2019 Syllabus

The Scope of the different sections of the General Ability Test (GAT) are listed below; the level of difficulty of questions posed may vary from course to course.

  • Quantitative Ability consists of questions on basic mathematical functions like Addition, Multiplication, Division, Fractions, Percentage, Rate of Interest, Work and Task, Ratio and Proportion, and Distance.
  • Communication Ability and English Comprehension tests the language skills of candidates in terms of daily use of English as a medium of communication. It evaluates the candidates’ knowledge of synonyms, antonyms, and words and their meanings, singular/plural words, one-word substitutes, idioms and common phrases, correct spellings, reading comprehension etc.
  • Analytical Ability and Logical Ability puts to test the candidates’ competence in applying logic and inferring facts from given information, as well as ability in problem identification and applying reason to arrive at a solution for the problem. Creative and lateral thinking will come in handy for candidates in this section.
  • General Knowledge and Current Affairs section would review the candidates’ awareness in terms of general and current affairs.
  • The Case Study section would provide a real-life industry situation to candidates aiming to gauge the candidates’ management skills.

Some questions from the engineering as well would be posed for M. F. Tech program.

Candidates may consider referring to the books listed below in preparation for NIFT 2019.

Name of the BookPublisher/Author
Popular Master Guide NIFT and IIFTR. Gupta
NIFT/NID Exam GuideDr. R. P. Datason
NIFT Entrance Examination GuideD. Mittal
Entrance Examinations for NIFT/NID/IIFTArihant Publications
NIFT Previous years papers (solved)Ramesh publishing house

NIFT 2019 Result

NIFT 2019 Result is expected to be announced by March 2019. Candidates can access their results from their individual login on the official website. The steps involved in the process are:

Step I: Visit the official website of NIFT, i.e.

Step II: Click on the tab ‘Result 2019’.

Step III: Enter details as demanded on-screen.

Step IV: the result would be displayed on the screen.

Step V: Download the result and obtain a printout.

The final results will be the cumulative score secured by candidates in the NIFT Written Test, Situation Test, and GD/PI. The weightage assigned to each test in the final merit list of NIFT 2019 is tabulated below:

B. DesCAT50%
Situation Test20%
M. DesCAT40%
B. F. TechGAT100%
M. F. TechGAT70%

In case of equal scores of two candidates, the older candidate (as per DOB) will be given preference.

NIFT 2019 Counselling

NIFT Counselling 2019 is expected to commence from June 2019. Candidates are required to register through the official website in order to participate in the counselling process. The candidates need to enter their choice of campus for the counselling session. A System generated letter will be issued to shortlisted candidates with all details regarding counselling schedule and documents required for verification.

Though the institute does not charge any fee for the primary round of counseling, however each subsequent round of counseling would be charged at the rate of INR 5000. Further details of counseling like the mode, dates, and procedure will be available on the website in due course.

Documents required in originals along with photocopies for NIFT 2019 Counselling process:

  • All Academic Certificates up to qualifying examination. In case of final exam appearing candidate whose result is due, all original mark sheet of the previous semester/years needs to be presented along with the date sheet/admit card for examination.
  • Demand Draft of requisite fee in favor of ‘NIFT HO’. Payable at New Delhi has to be submitted. The candidate’s name, counseling date, contact number, program name, NIFT Rank and Roll Number should be clearly mentioned at the back of DD.
  • Proof of DOB
  • Documents in prescribed format, in support of the claim of reservation.
  • Parents Income Certificate as the basis for Tuition Fee funding.
  • Medical certificate in prescribed format issued by a Registered Medical Practitioner.
  • Affidavit on non-judicial stamp paper of Rs.10/- for seeking only provisional admission in case the qualifying examination result is due.
  • Anti-Ragging Declaration and Declaration regarding Fee Refund.



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