National Institute of Fashion Technology

NIFT 2018 Entrance Exam

Last Date to Apply

2nd week of January 2018

About NIFT 2018

NIFT 2018 Entrance Exam is conducted every year by National Institute of Fashion Technology on All India basis for admission to Undergraduate and Postgraduate Degree Programs in 16 campuses of NIFT all over India. NIFT Application Process has started for admission in Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) and Bachelor of Fashion Technology (B.FTech.). The candidates can fill the application form on or before the due date. The last date to apply for NIFT 2018 Entrance Exam will be in 2nd week of February 2018.

The applicants will have to mandatorily appear in the GAT Test for the admission to both the UG courses which is the General Ability Test and the admission to the B.F.Tech will be offered on the basis of the scores of the same, however, the applicants will have to undergo 3 tests for the admission to the B.Des Course. 

Undergraduate courses at NIFT

  • 4 Years Bachelor of Design B.Des in the following specialisation:
    • Accessory Design
    • Fashion Communication
    • Fashion Design
    • Knitwear Design
    • Leather Design
    • Textile Design
  • 4 Years Bachelor of Fashion Technology B.F.Tech
    • Apparel Production

NIFT 2018 Exam Dates


Events  2017 Dates  2018 Dates
NIFT Online Registration opens  2 November 2017 --
NIFT Online Registration ends  10 January 2017 --
The last date to submit online with late fee of Rs. 5000
through Credit/Debit Card and DD
16 January 2017 --
NIFT Admit Card 21 January 2017 --
NIFT Exam 12 February 2017 --
Situation Test / Group Discussion / Interview April - May 2017 --
Declaration of NIFT Final Result (Online) End of May/June 2017 --
Counselling after NIFT Exam June 2017 onwards --

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NIFT 2018 Eligibility criteria

To apply for NIFT 2018 Entrance Exam the candidates are required to fulfil the following eligibility criteria listed below:

  • Age Criteria for Undergraduate Courses: The candidate should not exceed the Maximum Age of 23 years as on October 1, 2016. For SC /ST/ Differently Abled Person (PHP)- The upper age limit to apply for NIFT shall be relaxed by a period of 5 (five) years for the candidates. 

NIFT Eligibility Criteria - Bachelor of Design (B.Des.)

  • Candidate must have passed Class 12 examination from any recognised Central/State Board of Secondary Examination, such as CBSE / State Board New Delhi, ICSE, New Delhi.


  • (GCE) Examination (Cambridge/ London/Sri-Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level/  (IB).


  •  Any Exam in India or Foreign countries recognised by the AIU as equivalent to Class 12 system.


  • A passing grade in the Sr Secondary Exam conducted by the NIOS with at least of five subjects.


  • 3 or 4-years diploma course recognised by AICTE or a State Board of Technical Education.

NIFT Eligibility Criteria - Bachelor of Fashion Technology (B.FTech.)

  • Candidate must have passed Class 12 exam from any recognised Central/State Board of Secondary Examination, such as CBSE / State Board New Delhi, ICSE, New Delhi with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.


  • General Certificate Education (GCE) Examination (London/Cambridge/Sri- Lanka)  at the advanced (A) level with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics  (IB).


  • Any Exam in India or in foreign countries recognised
    by the Association of Indian Universities as equivalent to 10+2 system with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.


  • Open Schooling: A passing grade in the Sr Secondary School Exam conducted by NIOS with at least five subjects including Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.


  • Diploma in Engineering: 3 or 4 years diploma in any branch of Engineering recognised by AICTE or a State Board of Technical Education

NIFT 2018 Application form and Admit Card

Candidates can apply for NIFT 2018 online at the official website or by following the link given below from 1st week of November 2018 onwards. The candidates are advised to click on the below link to get the complete details on NIFT step by step form filling and submission procedure. The last date to submit the NIFT 2018 Application Form is the 2nd week of January 2018. Applicants are advised fill and submit the application form for NIFT 2018 as soon as possible and do not wait for the last time submission in order to get the best exam center as per their convenience.

NIFT Application Form 2018 

Payment of NIFT 2018 Application Fee

Candidates can pay the Application Fee via either of the two modes i.e. Online as well as Offline, The two modes along with their methods are described below.

  • Mode 1: Online Payment for Application Form
    • Credit Card
    • Debit Card
    • Net Banking
  • Mode 2: Offline Payment for Application Fee
    • Through Demand Draft- The Demand Draft should be issued in favour of “NIFT HO”, payable at New Delhi. 

NIFT Admit Card 2018

NIFT Admit Card 2018 will be available online from the 3rd week of January 2018 on the official website and on the link which is given below, The NIFT Admit Card will be issued only for those eligible candidates who have submitted their duly filled application forms before the due date along with the requisite application fee.

Admit Card for NIFT 2018 will not be dispatched through the post, so no correspondence in this regard will be entertained. Candidates are advised to check the details like name of the students, exam center, exam dates, etc. on the printed admit card.

NIFT Admit Card 2018

NIFT 2018 Fees

The candidates have to pay the application fee as under:

Category Fee in Rupees
General/OBC (Non-Creamy) Category Rs 1,500
SC/ ST/ PHP Category Rs 750
Late Fee (if applicable) Rs. 5000


NIFT Fee Structure for Undergraduate Courses (Last year)

Approximate Semester wise fees for students selected for admission in NIFT. The applicants will have to pay the required fee(semester wise) for the 4 years of their enrollment in UG course, The listed below fee includes the listed below factors:

  • Tuition Fee
  • Library Fee (Per year)
  • Mediclaim and Student Development Fee (Per Year)
  • Exam Fee (Per Year)
Semester Total Fee in Rupees
Semester 1 Rs. 1,10,450
Semester 2 Rs. 85,050
Semester 3 Rs. 1,05,950
Semester 4 Rs. 93,550
Semester 5
Rs. 1,16,550
Semester 6 Rs. 1,02,950
Semester 7 Rs. 1,13,600
Semester 8 Rs. 1,13,200
Total Fees Rs 8,59,300

NIFT 2018 Result and Counselling

NIFT Result 2018 will be announced by the end of May/June 2018 for the exam scheduled to be conducted in the 2nd week of February 2018. The students can check their NIFT Result of the entrance examination regarding overall merit-rank obtained by them. 

NIFT 2018 will be a Pen and Paper Based Test which will be held in 32 centers throughout India. The details of  NIFT counseling and the complete will be available on the website in the month of April/May 2018.

NIFT 2018 Result and Counselling

All the eligible candidates have to appear in the NIFT Exam in their respective test center. The written entrance exam is designed to test the knowledge, skill and aptitude of the candidates for the program opted.

Result announcement: The result of the entrance examination will be displayed on the NIFT website at the end of May/June 2018.

  • For B.Design- The result would be announced on the combined score of GAT and CAT. The candidates who qualify will be called for the next round which is known as the Situation Test.
  • For B.F.Tech: GAT will be the final test for selection.

NIFT 2018 Selection Process

There will be the specific selection process for both the UG courses, The applicants will be selected on the basis of their overall performances in the exams. The different selection process for both the courses have been given below:

Selection Process for B. Des Admission

As per the flow chart of the selection process given below, Applicants will have to appear in the Creative Ability and General Ability Tests which will be conducted in the 2nd week of February 2018. The Students who will be able to clear the CAT and GAT will be eligible for the situation Test (ST), however, the students who fails to clear the CAT and GAT will be eliminated from the selection process of NIFT. After completing the CAT and GAT and ST, the shortlisted candidates will be eligible for the Group Discussion and the Personal Interview which will decide their final admission. 

The weightage of each of the tests (CAT/GAT/ST) is as follows:

  • CAT Creative Ability Test: 50%
  • GAT General Ability Test: 30%
  • ST Situation Test: 20%

NIFT 2017 Selection Process Flow Chart For the Admission to B.Des CourseGeneral Instructions for the Qualifying Tests

Exam  Schedule
CAT  10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
GAT 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
ST April-May 2018
GD/PI April May 2018


Selection Process for B.F.Tech Admission

The applicants who have applied for the admission to the B.FTEch program will have to undergo One test only i.e. General Ability Test (GAT) On the basis of which the merit list will be prepared of the eligible candidates. The shortlisted candidates will be called for the interview and GD (if applicable) schedule of which is given below.

Test Schedule
GAT General Ability Test The 2nd week of February 2018
10:00 AM to 1 PM

NIFT Selection Process Flow chart for BFTech Admission

NIFT 2018 Exam pattern

There will no negative marking, and each right answer will be awarded one mark

The weightage assigned to each test in the final merit list of the entrance examination will be as under:

Programmes Test Test Date & Timings Weightage
Bachelor of Design CAT 2nd week of February 2018
10.00 am to 01.00 pm
GAT 2nd week of February 2018
02.00 pm to 04.00 pm
Situation Test For Shortlisted Candidates 20%
Bachelor of Fashion Technology GAT 10.00 am to 01.00 pm 100%


General Ability Test (GAT) Exam Pattern

  • The Test will be in the English Language
  • Test Duration: 120 Minutes each

B.Design GAT Exam Pattern 2018

Sections No. of Questions
Quantitative Ability 20
Communication Ability 25
English Comprehension 25
Analytical Ability 15
General Knowledge and Current Affairs 15
Total 100


B.FTech GAT Exam Pattern 2018

Sections No. of Questions
Quantitative Ability 30
Communication Ability  English Comprehension 45
Analytical & Logical Ability 25
General Knowledge and Current Affairs 25
Case Study 25
Total 150


Creative Ability Test (CAT) for B.Design

  • This test is administered to judge the intuition skill, power of observation, innovation in the development of a concept and design ability of the candidate.
  • An important aspect of the test is the creative and innovative use of color and illustration skill.

Situation Test for B.Design

Shortlisted candidates for B.Des from the written entrance examination are required to undergo a Situation Test

  • It is a hands-on test to evaluate the candidate’s skills for material handling and innovative ability on a given situation with a given set of materials.
  • Parameters to be evaluated during Situation Test: Model will be assessed on Space Visualization, Innovative and creative use of given material, the composition of elements, color scheme, construction skill, the finesse of the model and overall presentation, etc.
  • Write-up: These parameters will be checked with the write up explaining the concept/idea behind the model constructed.
    • The weightage of the write-up is 30%.
    • The write-up will be in the English language.
    • No marks will be given for write-up in any other language.

NIFT Entrance Exam 2018 Syllabus

  • Quantitative Ability: It includes questions on Addition, Multiplication, Division, Fractions, Percentage, Rate of Interest, Work and Task, Ratio and Proportion, and Distance 
  • Communication Ability: This section will 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, etc.
  • English Comprehension: It will test one’s ability to comprehend a situation from a given passage and test of basic English language.
  • Analytical Ability: It is designed to test the candidate’s inference and logic from the given information.
  • Logical Ability: evaluate the applicant’s ability to identify the logic or reason involved in a particular problem given and applying it to solving the problem. Concepts and practice of creative and lateral thinking are likely to be useful. 
  • Case Study: It will be based on a situation of an industry environment. It helps 
    to evaluate the candidate’s managerial ability.

NIFT 2018 Important details

NIFT Campuses across India

NIFT has 16 campuses in India for the admission to the Undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The applicants will be given admission to the campuses on the basis of their scores in the entrance exams. 

NIFT Bengaluru NIFT Bhubaneswar NIFT Hyderabad NIFT Patna
NIFT Kolkata NIFT Bhopal NIFT Jodhpur NIFT Raebareli
NIFT Mumbai NIFT Chennai NIFT Kangra NIFT Shillong
NIFT New Delhi NIFT Gandhinagar NIFT Kannur NIFT Srinagar


NIFT Campus Wise Seats Distribution


Bachelor of Design (B.Des) - Seats offered 

Campus Fashion Design Leather Design Accessory Design Textile Design Knitwear Design Fashion Communication
Bengaluru 30  - 30 30 30 30
Bhopal  -  - 30 30  -  -
Chennai 30 30 30 30 30 30
Gandhinagar 30  - 30 30  - 30
Hyderabad 30  - 30 30 30 30
Kannur 30  -  - 30 30 30
Kolkata 30 30 30 30 30 30
Mumbai 30  - 30 30 30 30
New Delhi 30 30 30 30 30 30


 Bachelor of Fashion Technology (B.F.Tech.) - Seats offered

Campus No. of Seats 
Bengaluru 30
Chennai 30
Gandhinagar 30
Hyderabad 30
Kannur 30
Kolkata 30
Mumbai 30
New Delhi 30


NIFT Seats Reservation 

The state domicile students will get Six supernumerary seats that are a 20% over and above the 30 seats. These seats will be allotted to students who belong to the States where the following NIFT campuses are located.  The table has the figures on the reservation of seats







OBC (Non-Creamy Layer)


Differently Abled Person (PHP)

3% horizontal reservation for
differently-abled person (with 40% or more disability) cutting across all sections

Foreign Nationals/ SAARC/NRI

15 % (Supernumerary)

State Domicile

20 % (Supernumerary)

State Domicile in Jammu & Kashmir

35 % within 30 seats


The Domicile seats will only be available to the students if they have passed their Class 12 Examination from the below-given states.

  • NIFT Campus-  Patna, Bihar
  • NIFT Kangra, Himachal Pradesh
  • NIFT Kannur, Kerala
  • NIFT Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
  • NIFT Shillong, Meghalaya
  • NIFT Bhubaneswar, Odisha
  • NIFT Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Latest News about NIFT

  • Implementation of reservation for OBC Students: Indian Government on has recently approved the up gradation of  NIFT campuses for implementation of reservation of seats for students belonging to Other Backward Classes (OBC).
  • New Campus in Jammu and Kashmir: A new permanent campus of National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) has been set up at Ompora, on the outskirts Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir.

About National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT)

 In 1986 NIFT Campus was established under the aegis of Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, (NIFT) is a leading institute in fashion education with the ability to integrate knowledge, academic freedom, critical independence and creative thinking.

NIFT 2018 Contact

NIFT Campus,
Hauz Khas, Near Gulmohar Park,
New Delhi – 110 016

NIFT Exam Helpline Number: 011-26542196, (011) 26867704, 26542149/48/59
Fax: (011) 26542151
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