NIFT 2023 Application and Registration (Open), Exam Date Announced (Feb 5). Syllabus, Eligibility, Question Papers

  • By Christy J. Varghese
  • 21 November 2022
NIFT Exam 2023 Application (Open), Exam Date - Announced (Feb 5),  Eligibility, Syllabus, Question Papers

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The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) has opened the registration process for all UG and PG programs from 1st November 2022. The last date for submission of applications is 31st December 2022. 

Note: Late registrations will be accepted until the first week of January with a late fee of ₹5000.

The NIFT exam date 2023 is announced for 5th February 2023. The institution has also released the eligibility criteria, syllabus and sample question papers for those candidates who will appear for the NIFT Entrance Exam 2023

NIFT Entrance Exam Application Form 2023: How to Apply 

1. To begin the online application procedure, create an account at the National Institute of Fashion Technology website or NIFT

Note: The Aadhar number must be linked to a mobile device.

2. Use the activation code sent to your email address and/or mobile number during the registration to activate your online application.

3. After registering, the candidate must complete and upload personal information, a photograph and signature, educational information, and supporting documents.

4. Examine the details, confirm, and pay the application fee. An online payment of ₹3,000 (₹1,500 for reserved categories) using a credit card, debit card, or net banking is required.

Eligibility for NIFT Exam: NIFT Entrance Exam 2023

Given below are the eligibility criteria for NIFT admission to the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes at the National Institute of Fashion Technology. 

Bachelor of Design (BDes)

  • Passed the +2 level examination in the 10+2 pattern of examination from any recognised board or any public school, board, or university examination held in India or abroad that the Association of Indian Universities recognised as being similar to the 10+2 system 


  • A passing grade in the Senior Secondary School Examination administered by the National Open School with a minimum of five subjects 


  • At the Advanced (A) level of the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examination (London, Cambridge, Sri Lanka), or the International Baccalaureate (IB)

Bachelor of Fashion Technology  (B.F.Tech)

  • Passed the 10+2 exam with Maths and Physics from an accredited institution. 


  • Completed the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examination (London/Cambridge Sri-Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level with Physics and Mathematics/International Baccalaureate 


  • Received a passing grade in the Senior Secondary School Examination administered by the National Open School with a minimum of five subjects, including Physics and Mathematics (IB).

Age criteria for all Bachelor’s programs

  • As of August 1 of the admissions year, the candidate must not be over 24 years of age. 
  • Candidates who fall under the SC, ST or PWD categories can have the upper age restriction extended by up to 5 years.

Master’s in Fashion Management (M.F.M)

  • The applicant must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any field. 


  • Obtained a three-year minimum undergraduate diploma from NIFT or NID 


  • Completed a three-year minimum undergraduate degree programme at NIFT or NID.

Master's in Fashion Technology (M.F.Tech)

  • The candidate must have successfully completed the NIFT’s B.F.Tech programme 


  • B.E. or B.Tech. Degree from any accredited university.

Age criteria for all Master’s programs: There is no upper age limit.

NIFT Entrance Exam Syllabus & Pattern

Candidates taking the NIFT entrance exam 2023 must thoroughly review the exam format. Two sections of the NIFT entrance exam will be administered:

1. Written Exams - The Creative Ability Test (CAT) and General Ability Test (GAT) are the initial written exams the candidate takes. All programmes need the GAT examination, and candidates for the B.Des and M.Des degrees must additionally take the CAT exam. 

The CAT will be in a pen-and-paper format, whereas the GAT will be in a computer-based test (CBT) format.

2. Situation Test (for B.Des) / Group Discussion and Personal Interview (for all PG programs): The written test results (CAT and GAT) will be utilised to narrow the field of candidates.

NIFT Entrance Exam Syllabus 2023

The topics the candidate has to study for will be included in the NIFT exam syllabus. The CAT (paper-based) and GAT (computer-based) tests make up the NIFT 2023 writing examinations. 

Note: Only candidates for the B.Des and M.Des programmes must take the Creative Ability Test. 

 NIFT Entrance Exam Syllabus: GAT Syllabus 2023

B.Des and M.Des programs: 

  1. Communication Ability
  2. English Comprehension
  3. Quantitative Ability
  4. Analytical Ability
  5. General Knowledge and Current Affairs

B.F.Tech, M.F.Tech, and M.F.M: 

  1. Communication Ability and English Comprehension
  2. Case Study
  3. Quantitative Ability
  4. Analytical and Logical Ability
  5. GK and Current Affairs

General Ability Test (GAT) Syllabus: Types of questions 

Test Section

Type of questions

Quantitative Ability

Addition, multiplication, division, fractions, percentage, rate of interest, work and task, ratio and proportion, and distance 

Communication Ability + English Comprehension

Antonyms, synonyms, words with similar meanings, singular and plural, one-word substitutions, idioms and phrases, correct spelling, understanding a situation from a text, and other things.

Analytical Ability and Logical Ability

This subtest measures the candidate's capacity for inference and logic from the provided material and their capacity to recognise the given problem and use logic to address its fundamental concerns.

General knowledge and current affairs

Questions on general knowledge and current affairs topics 

Case Study 

This subsection is based on an industrial setting scenario. It aids in assessing the candidate's managerial aptitude.

 NIFT Entrance Exam Syllabus: CAT Syllabus 2023

The CAT (Creative Ability Test) examination, which is administered in a paper-based mode, is intended to gauge a candidate's capacity for observation as well as their intuitive and drawing abilities. Additionally, it evaluates the candidate's capacity for creativity and the usage of various colour schemes.

CAT Topics 

Drawing Fundamentals

Design Theory

Principles of composition

Natural & Geometrical Form

Innovation in Design

Principles of Composition

Creative thinking & writing

Optical Illusion

Understanding Light & Shade

Visual Logic

Form & Function

Colour, Pattern & Texture

Theme Development

Drawing Fundamentals

Picture Analysis

Memory Drawing

Inspiration & Creativity

Ornaments & motifs

Colour Psychology & Optical Illusions

Elements & Principles Of Design

Mood, Theme & Colour Inter-relationship

Use of Measurements, Scale & proportions

Optical Illusion

Foreshortening & Perspective

Developing Themes & Colour Associations

Usage of Colour in Compositions

Imagination & Doodling

3D Visualisation

Presentation Techniques

Expression & Emotion

Exercises on imagination

Lateral Thinking

Story Pictures

Graphics & Pictograms

Innovation & Creation

Design Awareness

Also read: How to become a graphic designer 

NIFT Entrance Exam Sample Question Papers:

You can also find the sample question papers for the entrance exams on the official website of NIFT. 


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • What is the NIFT exam? 

The National Institution of Fashion Technology is the NIFT full form. The NIFT exam is an entrance exam required for enrollment in several undergraduate and graduate design programmes, including B.Des., M.Des., MFTech, BFTech, and MFM.

  • Can I join NIFT after 12th grade? 

Yes. Interested students must have passed a recognised 10+2 board exam from a Central or State Board of Secondary Examination.

  • How to get admission to NIFT

Candidates must submit their applications online via NIFT's official website. The institute administers an entrance exam as the basis for final student selection. We have listed the step-by-step instructions in the article above.

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