The NIFT entrance exam typically takes place in February each year. Candidates who are selected for admission into BDes and MDes programs based on their performance in the NIFT entrance test must then participate in the NIFT Situation Test/Group Discussion/Interview round.
After the NIFT results for all these admission stages are announced, the selected candidates are required to participate in the NIFT counselling round to secure their seats for admission in colleges that accept NIFT scores for admission.
NIFT counselling for candidates who successfully pass all stages of the entrance exam will be held in May/ June 2024.
Applicants are required to participate in the NIFT counseling round based on their NIFT entrance exam rank and the category they have chosen for admission. The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) organizes several counseling rounds across its 16 campuses.
The official NIFT website states: “The NIFT Head Office will oversee all Campuses and the Admission process will occur concurrently at all NIFT Campuses”.
To successfully participate in the NIFT counseling round for 2024 admissions, applicants must follow the steps outlined below.
Step 1: Sign up on the official NIFT website
To participate in the 2023 NIFT counseling process, applicants must register on the National Institute of Fashion Technology's official website by submitting their NIFT application form number, birth date, and password.
Step 2: Obtain the NIFT system-generated letter
Once applicants have successfully registered on the NIFT official website, they receive a system-generated letter that includes the Nodal Officer's details and a list of essential documents needed for NIFT counseling and admission. Candidates must bring the following documents in original and photocopies to the NIFT 2024 counseling:
S.No. Essential Documents for NIFT Counselling Round 2023
11 Pledge for the applicant seeking temporary admission (Found in Annexure-I on the NIFT website).
12 Pledge from the students, according to the anti-ragging regulations (Found in Annexure-II on the NIFT website).
13 Pledge regarding Eligibility, Fee, and Refund (Found in Annexure-IV on the NIFT website).
14 Medical Fitness Certificates in the required format (Found in Annexure-VI on the NIFT website).
15 Form for cancelling Admission (Found in Annexure-III on the NIFT website).
16 Authorization letter from the applicant who cannot attend in person format (Found in Annexure-VII on the NIFT website). This is not applicable to PwD candidates.
Candidates are advised that if any of the necessary documents for NIFT counseling are in a language other than Hindi/English, they must ensure that these documents are translated into English/Hindi. The translation must be confirmed by the "issuing institution/gazetted officer/Self-attested (original and photocopy) by the candidate at the time of Counselling / Admission", according to the official NIFT website. If a candidate does not provide the document with the necessary verified translation, their candidacy may be revoked.
Step 4: Participate in the NIFT Counselling session & have documents validated
On the counseling day, candidates are required to arrive at their designated NIFT counseling center promptly at 9:30 am. They must bring their documents and photocopies to the NIFT counseling center. The official NIFT website states, "All original certificates, except the medical certificate, will be given back to the candidate after verification."
Step 5: Participate in NIFT Seat Allocation Process
Once the document verification process is completed, candidates are required to participate in the NIFT seat allocation process. In this step, candidates must choose the college/seat by clicking on its name on a monitor under the supervision of the Nodal Officer for NIFT admissions 2024.
Step 6: Remit the Admission Fee
Subsequently, if a candidate is granted a seat for NIFT admission at any of the National Institutes of Fashion Technology campuses, they are required to pay the specified fee immediately.
The official site states: "Should a candidate neglect to pay the fee after a seat has been granted, the offer will be rescinded and the seat will be given to the next candidate in line on the merit list. Partial payments or payments made via cash/cheque will not be permitted under any conditions".
Step 7: Obtain Allotment Letter
After completing all the steps outlined above, the candidate is provided with an allotment letter or admission receipt, which is officially signed by the NIFT Campus's Nodal Officer. Once this receipt is in the candidate's possession, they are not allowed to make any changes to the course/campus they have chosen for admission.
Refund Amount Timeline for NRI/SAARC/Foreign National Candidates If cancelled on or before July 20, 2023, full fee will be refunded except for the Registration fee. Full fee will be refunded except for 50% of the tuition fee and Registration Fee. If cancelled after July 20, 2024, but before the commencement of the final counselling round, full fee will be refunded except for 50% of the tuition fee and Registration Fee. If cancelled on or after the commencement of the final counselling round, only the Security Deposit will be refunded.
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The NIFT entrance exam consists of the Creative Ability Test (CAT) and the General Ability Test (GAT). Candidates who pass these tests are selected to participate in the Situation Test as well as the Group Discussion and Personal Interview round. The distribution of marks for each test in the NIFT Entrance Exam is as follows:
Program Test Distribution
Bachelor of Design CAT 50%
GAT 30% Situation Test 20%
Master of Design CAT 40%
GAT 30% GD/PI 30%
Bachelor of Fashion Technology GAT 100%
Master of Fashion Technology GAT 70%
Master of Fashion Management GAT 70% GD/PI 30%
1. Numerical Skills: This section is intended to assess the numerical skills of the applicants. It includes questions on Addition, Multiplication, Division, Fractions, Percentages, Interest Rates, Work and Task, Ratio and Proportion, and Distance.
2. Language Proficiency and English Understanding: This section is designed to evaluate the candidates' everyday communication skills. It encompasses questions on synonyms, antonyms, words with similar meanings, singular, plural, one-word substitutes, idioms and phrases, correct spellings, understanding a situation from a given passage, and so on.
Candidates shortlisted from the entrance exam are required to participate in the Situation Test and Personal Interview as applicable (except for B.FTech).
This test is administered to UG and PG Design students to evaluate their intuition, observational skills, and design capabilities. A crucial part of the test is the creative and innovative application of color and illustration skills.
Candidates who have been shortlisted for the B.Des program after the entrance test must participate in a Practical Assessment. This is a hands-on evaluation designed to assess the candidate's proficiency in handling materials and their ability to innovate in a specific situation using a provided set of materials.
No extra materials will be permitted or supplied. The candidate will be instructed to construct a model. The model will be assessed based on spatial visualization, inventive and creative utilization of the provided materials, arrangement of elements,
color coordination, construction ability, the refinement of the model, and overall presentation, among other things. These criteria will be verified against the written explanation detailing the concept behind the constructed model.
The language of instruction at NIFT is English, hence, the write-up should also be in English. No credit will be awarded for write-ups in any other language. The incorporation of external/extra materials in the creation of the model/design is strictly prohibited.
Furthermore, candidates who attempt to reveal their identity by including personal information or any identifying mark on the model/design/write-up will be 'DISQUALIFIED' and their final results will not be announced. The test will be assessed by the Jury immediately. The model will not be kept for future reference.
Candidates shortlisted for Masters Programmes post the written entrance exam will have to participate in a Personal Interview (PI). During the Personal Interview, a panel will evaluate candidates based on the following criteria:
NIFT holds the authority to alter the entrance examination structure, including the cancellation of any phase(s), in the event of unexpected situations
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